Perfect Selection Snatcher Battle – Difficult Move (Naoto Shibata)November 13, 2009
Ok, aside from having a slightly humorous title, Perfect Selection Snatcher Battle (1995) is actually a pretty cool soundtrack. While not the best in the Perfect Selection series, it has a few really great tracks, and “Difficult Move” is one of them.
Snatcher Battle, like the rest of the Battle series, is a set of (mostly) rock mixes from classic Konami games. These have pretty high production, and many of the compositions still stand strong even 15 years after they were made. “Difficult Move” is a great way to begin the album, with strong major chords and a steady beat, giving the sense of the game’s private detective’s feet eating up the sidewalk. This particular song comes originally from SD Snatcher (MSX 2, 1990).
Snatcher is a cyberpunk adventure designed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. The game borrows heavily from Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? with a trench coat-donning private detective hunting down androids disguised as humans. The androids ‘snatch’ humans and steal their skins to hide in. Junkers hunt down the robots. Sadly, the game hasn’t been widely available in English, though it has been translated by fans. You can find more information at the Junker HQ.
The album was remixed by Naoto Shibata of the Konami Kukeiha Club, which is the name of the Konami studio’s sound production staff. Their name literally translates as “Konami Square Wave Club”, a reference to early game sound chips. They have produced over a hundred albums from Konami’s top brands, such as Castlevania, Contra, Metal Gear Solid, Twinbee, and Gradius and are one of the top-recognized groups in the industry.