Bionic Commando Theme

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Bionic Commando Theme
Composer Harumi Fujita
Released 1988-07-20
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

The Bionic Commando Theme is a song heard in various games from the Bionic Commando series. It was composed by Harumi Fujita for the original arcade game and has been remixed for several other games. The track has a wonderful snare drum throughout the song giving it the perfect military march sound.

The Bionic Commando Theme had several titles like Area 1 because of the NES port, The Forefront from the arcade game, and The Front Line as it's known on the Legend of Game Music: Premium Box album. However, when Simon Wiklund released the soundtrack, he gave the song its now official title.

This song was covered by Machinae Supremacy to promote the Bionic Commando reboot.


Games

Released

Game

Arranger

Length

Format

Listen

1987-03-?? Bionic Commando (ARC) Harumi Fujita 1:59 VGM
1988-07-20 Bionic Commando (NES) Junko Tamiya 1:04 NSF
1992-07-24 Bionic Commando (GB) Unknown 1:11 GBS
2008-08-13 Bionic Commando: Rearmed (W32) Simon Wiklund

Bionic Commando (ARC)

Bionic Commando - ARC - Stage 2.png

This is the original version of the song as composed by Harumi Fujita. It is heard in stage 2: The Forefront.

This song was included on the Legend of Game Music: Premium Box album. It's track 51 on disc 3, and it has the title "The Front Line".

The song is played on a YM2151 sound chip and is song 0x2 in the game's sound test.


Bionic Commando (NES)

Bionic Commando - NES - Area 1.png

The Bionic Commando Theme is the background music of areas 1, 3, 4, and 7.

In the liner notes for the official soundtrack, Dean Tersigni writes:

There were many war games for the NES, but none of them have a more military sounding track than the "Bionic Commando Theme". The beat of the snares and the pulsing bass are the perfect backdrop for the powerful lead. Obviously inspired by a military march, this iconic song gives the game its notable character.



Bionic Commando (GB)

Bionic Commando - GB - Area 13.png

The Game Boy rearrangement is very similar to the NES version, only with a slower tempo and lower fidelity. The bulk of the song is intact, but it is missing the bridge. It plays only in area 13.


Bionic Commando: Rearmed (W32)

Bionic Commando: Rearmed features a remix version of the song. A preview of the remix can be heard on the 8-bit album, and the full remix can be heard in Bionic Commando: Rearmed (W32).


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