Thursday, March 13, 2014

Moons over my hammy: Move over Killer, Asura's Wrath did it too

at 9:15 PM
Remember how it was all awesome when Killer Is Dead had a boss fight set on the Moon to the fourth movement of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor? Hey I was playing Asura's Wrath the other night and THAT SAME BOSS FIGHT HAPPENED!

So before anyone cries foul (and let's please not even take a look at the Youtube comments), we should learn an important fact. This choice of soundtrack is not much of a coincidence. In fact, that particular Dvorak piece is something of the Moon's theme song, having been brought along by the one and only Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission. And the symphony's fourth movement is certainly the boss-musicyiest.

The final battle starts at 6:49:

Did one game copy the other? Killer Is Dead of course came out over a year after Asura's Wrath, but it's entirely about the Moon. Having a final boss fight there isn't particularly conspicuous, especially in video game world (I believe a certain Duck Tale is set on the Moon as well, no?), and we just got a pretty good explanation for the choice of music. Could the choice have been inspired by Asura? Sure. It still works on its own. You be the judge. Also, who cares. I'm only writing about this because I didn't have time for a real post this week.

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