Sesame Street: Countdown (NES)

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Sesame Street: Countdown
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1992
Developer: RSP, Inc.
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Sesame Street Countdown is a kids educational game based on the popular TV show Sesame Street. The player plays as Count Von Count. The player has the option to either Run or Hop through the entire game. If the player chooses to hop, the number that the player will need will be conveniently placed where he/she can grab them. The level starts with a number wheel and the player must jump to hit a number. The number that is hit, the player must go from point A to point B looking for the numbers and is required to collect a certain amount of the specified number in order to complete the level. If the player collects too many wrong numbers, the game is over and the player must start all the way from the beginning of the game. There are eight stages in the entire game. The player can also grab a balloon and fly up into the clouds for a bonus game where they can grab a number. There are also lightning bolts scattered around the level that the player can obtain which counts as collecting a number. Like Big Bird's Hide and Speak (NES) the game is notorious for it's clear digitized speech from the Count.


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The first song you hear in the game sounds depressing, but the other music sounds decent, only thing is that it sounds like it's off-beat a little. This could be because the music was written on a sequencer and wasn't synced properly. While the game itself lacks credits, the manual has credits and attributes the music to Russell Ginns and Michael Artin. Though Michael Artin is credited in the game's manual for the music, he states that he did not compose any of the music and that he worked on the MIDI conversion tool for the NES. The music was composed in Master Tracks Pro for DOS. An interesting fact about the music is that like You've Got to Eat Your Vegetables!!, this game's music also had lyrics to its songs. While the lyrics aren't official, they were composed by Ginns and Artin while he was composing the game's music. The lyrics are an obscure reference to the Iranian ambassador during the hostage crisis:

Zadik Gotsbadeyh 
Setting the hostages free 
Zadik Gotsbadeyh 
Setting them free 
Letting them be 
I can go counting on Sesame Street 
One, two, three! 
Zadik Gotsbadeyh 
Setting the hostages free. 

Ginns said that he composed a remixed version of the game's music in a game called Egg-Spedition.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen/Level 1, 3, 5, 7 Russell GinnsMichael Artin 0:26
02 Level 2, 4, 6 Russell GinnsMichael Artin 0:30
03 Final Level/Ending Russell GinnsMichael Artin 0:45
04 Bonus Game Russell GinnsMichael Artin 0:07
05 Level Complete (Part 1) Russell GinnsMichael Artin 0:03
06 Level Complete (Part 2) Russell GinnsMichael Artin 0:04
07 Game Over Russell GinnsMichael Artin 0:08


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  • Recorder: Doommaster1994
  • Game Credits:
    • Music By: Russell Ginns credited as Russell Ginns - Children's Television Workshop.
    • Music By: Michael Artin credited as Michael Artin - Children's Television Workshop.


The game does not have any in-game credits, but they can be found in the game's instruction manual.

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Title: Sesame Street: Countdown
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Released: 1992-02-??
Publisher: Hi-Tech Expressions, Inc.


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