Contra III: The Alien Wars – “No Hope of Life” (Konami)June 11, 2010
Today’s daily is actually a jingle – the game over jingle from Contra Spirits (aka Contra III: The Alien Wars, 1992). This is mostly because jingles often don’t get a lot of coverage for longer songs – that and I just got back from jazz night at The Hunter/Gatherer in Columbia, SC and I don’t think I’ve got anything on hand that could possibly follow up – they were THAT good! So for now, “No Hope of Life” works. (Actually ok, the ending from Contra 4: Rocked ‘n’ Loaded is pretty badass!). Anyway, I think this is the best game over jingle out of everything I’ve heard (and there are some pretty good ones out there). Even better than Super Mario World, and Castlevania III, and those were jingles!
The game over jingle is actually something of a remix of the game over jingle from the original Contra by Hidenori Maezawa. That theme is pretty memorable because a) you probably heard it a million times if you’ve ever played the game and b) it’s got a nice commando ditty followed by an oopsie ‘bwah-bwah-bwah-bwaaaah!’ (Game over! Try again!) Anyway, the version from Contra III has some nice drums and punctuated notes that make it easy to remember, and you have to love the deep bass rumble at the end. Yup, the Alien Wars are over for you, son! Time for the Konami Code!