Days of Thunder (NES)

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Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Beam Software Pty. Ltd.
Buy: Amazon
This is for the released version of the game. For the unreleased version, see Days of Thunder: Mindscape (NES).

Days of Thunder is a 3D racing game based on its movie counterpart. In this game, you play as Cole Trickle and must win the championship. The game tries to take on a 3D perspective, but the game fails this attempt with bad controls. Most players don't see past the first stage. Mostly because of it's completely unfair difficulty of you having to take your car to the pit stop to get it fixed or refueled, but the other racers don't pit.

The game was only developed by a few people; Trevor Nuridin, Andrew Bailey, Carl Muller, Parrish Heywood, Gary Liddon, Andrew Carter, Jamie Rivett, Tania Smith, and Gavan Anderson.

Years later, an unreleased version of the game was discovered, which is completely different from the released version.


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The game's title screen.

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Qualifying for the race.

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Repairing the car in the pits.

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"I guess winning isn't everything, but it would be nice."

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Winning the race.

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Completing the game.


Since this is a movie based game, it's no surprise the game has a decent at best soundtrack. There are only two real songs that play. The rest are just short fanfares. There are also two unused songs, one of them being the infamous Funeral March, composed by Frederic Chopin. It sounds like these songs may have been used in the game over screen, but nothing plays there. Tania Smith wrote the music in Music Macro Language using Beam Software's sound driver programmed by Brian Post.

The beginning of the title screen music has an uncanny resemblance to the Peter Gunn theme. Some of the digitized sound effect sound as if they are from other Mindscape games. For example, the engine sound is from Mad Max (NES).


# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Tania SmithTania SmithBrian Post 3:33
02 Pit Theme Tania SmithTania SmithBrian Post 1:01
03 Lose Theme Tania SmithTania SmithBrian Post 0:07
04 Win Theme Tania SmithTania SmithBrian Post 0:05
05 Congratulations! Tania SmithTania SmithBrian Post 0:06
06 Funeral March Frederic ChopinTania SmithBrian Post 0:06
07 Unused Song Tania SmithTania SmithBrian Post 0:03


(Source: Verification from composers; game lacks audio credits.)

There is a code you can input at the title screen which shows pictures of some of the development staff horribly rendered in MS Paint, but it makes no mention of Tania, Gavan, or Brian. We have received verification from Gavan Anderson that Tania Smith composed the music to this game.

Carl is listed in the game's secret staff screen. He has verified writing the sound effect that plays on the copyright screens.

Game Rip





Ripping NES music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site. The music was recorded in VirtuaNSF.


  USA.svg   USA
Days of Thunder - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Days of Thunder
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-10-??
Publisher: Mindscape, Inc.
  EU.svg   EU
Days of Thunder - NES - EU.jpg
Title: Days of Thunder
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-04-25
Publisher: Mindscape, Inc.