Top 30 NES Soundtracks #06: Castlevania II
By Bucky Thursday, 25 Jun 2009

#6 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (66 Votes)

#6 CV2

Developer, Publisher: Konami
Year: 1987 (JP), 1988 (US), 1990 (EU)
AKA: Dracula II: Noroi no Fuin

The second entry in the Castlevania series enters our list at #6, with 66 votes. The score is shorter in length than its predecessor, which is a bit odd for a sequel, but Castlevania 2 offers 9 tracks of music that are each highly memorable. As much as I enjoy the first Castlevania soundtrack, I think CV2 is more succinct in its efforts to share excellent music with the gamer.

Final Boss and Monster Dance are possibly my least favorite tracks from the game, yet I still find them very enjoyable. If the rest of the soundtrack can only go uphill from there, then there is no question of its excellence.

Message of Darkness opens Castlevania 2 up with an ominous tune, which then transitions to the daytime town theme, Silence of Daylight. While offering some subtle references to Vampire Killer from Castlevania, it’s not too derivative to lack originality. It’s also another perfect example of what I think distinguishes the classic Castlevania sound, which is that weird, sort of genre-ambiguous approach to spooky melodic “progressive funk”.

Less subtle in their musical influences, and likely to please a lot of video game nerds, are Bloody Tears and Dwelling of Doom. These tracks are some of the most metal sounding tunes in the Castlevania series, with Dwelling of Doom often recognized as being eerily similar to Yngwie Malmsteen’s Far Beyond the Sun (skip to 0:36 in).

Just like the previous entry and a handful of others in our top list, the original was released on floppy disc for the Famicom in Japan and had a different sounding score. You can read more about the differences between the two and my thoughts on them in the video descriptions of any of the linked videos. In short, I’m a bigger fan of the music we got here in the United States.

The music was composed and programmed by Kenichi Matsubara (Crisis Force, Contra Force), and S. Terishima (Lifeforce). Surprisingly, Castlevania 2 wasn’t called “Simon’s Force”.

You can listen to the complete Dracula II and Castlevania II soundtracks on youtube here.

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One Response to “Top 30 NES Soundtracks #06: Castlevania II”

  1. atchley Says:

    Another classic makes the list. I am most pleased.

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