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Behind the Music of ‘Battletoads’ with David Wise

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Just this week I released my latest mixtape sampling my favourite tracks from some of my favourite video games developed by Rare in conjunction with our month-long spotlight on the famous team of game developers. Among the many tracks featured in the mix was the theme song to the beloved NES games Battletoads, composed by the one and only, David Wise. Deemed one of the hardest — if not the hardest — game ever made, Battletoads was a landmark beat-’em-up and one of the most graphically advanced video games ever released for the NES. It’s been 25 years since the game was released and the soundtrack is just as revered as the actual game. In fact, Rare recently teamed up with the art collective iam8bit to create an amazing Battletoads vinyl soundtrack which collects Wise’s original music from the game and puts it on a 180-gram record. The $25 album even comes with an exclusive Sound Chip jacket and Dark Queen gatefold (seen below). Unfortunately, only 300 of these were pressed, so good luck trying to find one now. In the meantime, take a few minutes to check out the latest video in the Rare Revealed series featuring David Wise discussing his time working on the 8-bit game. There’s plenty of interesting trivia and even a piano rendition of the Battletoads main theme, courtesy of Wise himself. Enjoy!

This article is part of our month-long spotlight on Rare Studios.

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Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and Tilt Magazine. Host of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast and the Sordid Cinema Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound on Sight. Former host of several other podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead shows, as well as Sound On Sight. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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