Life Force (NES)
Life Force AKA 沙羅曼蛇 (Salamander) is a well-known scrolling shooter that borrowed heavily from Gradius (NES). It has plenty of the staple scrolling shooter elements: different weapons, option powers, missiles, and memorable bosses. The level design lends itself to being inside of a human body and fighting off various invaders. Life Force isn't a direct port from the arcade, but a mash-up of Life Force (ARC) and Life Force Deluxe (ARC). Most of the game comes from Salamander, but the powerup system is taken from the deluxe version. Also, some of the levels have been completely redesigned like the Temple Stage and Cell Stage 2.
The music of Life Force was originally composed by Miki Higashino for the arcade version. It was arranged for the NES by several of Konami's staff. The NES audio has a warmer sound than the arcade soundtrack, but the fidelity is slightly lower.
- Ripper: TNSe^1999
- Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
- Game Credits:
- Music By [Arranger]: Shinya Sakamoto credited as S. Sakamoto
- Music By [Arranger]: Satoe Terashima credited as S. Terashima
- Music By [Arranger]: Hidenori Maezawa credited as H. Maezawa
- Music By [Programmer]: Atsushi Fujio credited as A. Fujio
- Not Credited Composer: Miki Higashino
- Not Credited Composer: Suzuki Kyouta
- Not Credited Composer: Akira Yamaoka
- Not Credited Sound Effects: Yoshiaki Hatano
- Not Credited Sound Effects: Hidenao Yamane
- Not Credited Sound Effects: AKT
- Not Credited Sound Effects: Akira Yamaoka
- Not Credited Sound Effects: Midnight Zombie
The credits of Life Force are pretty complicated. When you beat the USA release, you get a short ending with the Konami logo, but no credits. However, when you beat the Japanese release, you're treated to some extra animation and a staff roll. In the Japanese release music is credited to: Shinya Sakamoto, Satoe Terashima, Hidenori Maezawa, and Atsushi Fujio. Atsushi Fujio was probably the audio programmer, since he is usually credited as such in later games. The other three were probably arrangers of the arcade music since all of the music in Life Force is ported from the arcade games.
However, another complication arises because the arcade versions of Salamander and Life Force [USA] and Life Force Japan all have different credits! Using the process of elimination, we find that all of Salamander's music was composed by Miki Higashino, and Life Force's additional music was composed by Suzuki Kyouta and Akira Yamaoko. Only one track (Thunderbolt) is taken from Life Force, and that's why it credits the additional composers.
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.