Thunderbirds (NES)

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Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds - NES.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Pack-In-Video Co., Ltd.
Buy: Amazon

Thunderbirds is a game based on the sitcom of the same name. The player takes the role of the Thunderbirds. Dr. Brain threatens the Thunderbirds that if they don't give up their vehicles within 60 days, he will destroy them. It is up to the Thunderbirds to stop Dr. Brain from doing so.

The game plays as a vertical shooter. You control the Thunderbirds' ships, which have different attacks. The player can only sustain three hits. Pickups are available from different colored enemies, but after the player suffers a hit, they lose that pickup. The game is known for it's unforgiving difficulty. Overall, while the game is challenging, it also manages to stay fun at the same time. The game has good graphics, music, and controls. This was one of the few TV-adaptation games that Pack-In-Video developed.

Screenshots

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Title screen.

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The opening cutscene.

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The map.

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Playing the first level.


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Music

The music is very good. Three composers at Pack-In-Video, Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, and Hitoshi Saito came together to provide an amazing soundtrack. The title music is a very well put together arrangement of the Thunderbirds TV theme. It's possible that the composers obtained the original sheet music from the producers. The stage themes are fast and get you into the game. Like most games, though, the music can be very annoying after hearing the same thing several times, especially since, because of the difficulty of this game, you will most likely be playing the levels over and over. Shockingly, this game has credits, as most games developed by Pack-In-Video did not. Below, you can click on the sources to see the people behind this game.

Masaki Iwamoto has only been credited as an arranger, so maybe he worked on the title music.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Barry GrayJunichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi Saito 1:20
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02 Cutscene Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi SaitoMasaki Iwamoto 1:41
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03 Map Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi SaitoMasaki Iwamoto 1:53
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04 Stage Theme 1 Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi SaitoMasaki Iwamoto 1:36
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05 Stage Theme 2 Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi SaitoMasaki Iwamoto 1:53
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06 Stage Theme 3 Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi SaitoMasaki Iwamoto 1:56
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07 Stage Theme 4 Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi SaitoMasaki Iwamoto 1:33
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08 Ending Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi SaitoMasaki Iwamoto 1:18
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Credits

(Source) Japan (Source) USA

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
Thunderbirds - FC.jpg
Title: サンダーバード (Thunderbirds)
Platform: FC
Released: 1989-09-29
Publisher: Pack-In-Video, Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
Thunderbirds - NES.jpg
Title: Thunderbirds
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-09-??
Publisher: Activision