Beetlejuice (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1991
Developer: Rare Co., Ltd.

Beetlejuice is an action platformer based on the hit movie of the same name. In this game, the player takes control of the ghost with the most, Beetlejuice, and must traverse through 5 levels, each containing several segments.

The game was panned by critics for its sluggish controls, as well as its confusing level design.

Rare developed this game, and would also release a Game Boy version based on the cartoon series at the same time. The Game Boy version shares some of the same staff, but is an entirely different game.


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The title screen.

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The level map.

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Playing the first stage.

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The shop where you can buy powerups for Beetlejuice to use.


Of all the faults in the game, the music is definitely not one of them. Despite not containing music from the movie, David Wise (of Donkey Kong Country fame) composed a cheery and spooky soundtrack to go along with the game.

The song titles and track orderings come from the NSFE file.

To write music on the NES, David had to write the music in 6502 assembly language.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen David Wise 1:07
02 Shop David Wise 0:51
03 Level 1: The Village David Wise 2:21
04 Level 2: Storm Drains David Wise 2:24
05 Level 3: Maitlands' House ~ The Attic David Wise 2:37
06 Level 4: Graveyard David Wise 2:44
07 Level 5: Afterlife Waiting Room David Wise 2:33
08 Penalty Room (Saturn) David Wise 3:03
09 Level Clear David Wise 0:03
10 Lose Life David Wise 0:05
11 Ending David Wise 0:11


(Source: Verification from composer; game lacks credits.)

Like most of Rare's NES games, this one does not contain credits. According to various staff at Rare, this was to prevent their employees from job offers from other companies. We have contacted David Wise who has verified composing the game's soundtrack. Mark Betteridge may have also been responsible for the game's sound effects.

Game Rip




Ripping NSF music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game uses the NES's RP2A03. It uses the later revision of Rare's sound driver, originally created by Rare founder Chris Stamper and modified by Mark Betteridge.


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Beetlejuice - NES.jpg
Title: Beetlejuice
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-05-??
Publisher: LJN Toys, Ltd.