Guerrilla War (NES)

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Guerrilla War
Guerrilla War - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1988
Developer: SNK Corporation
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Guerrilla War is one of the better run-and-gun military games for the NES platform. The game is a fairly faithful port of the arcade game. The game allows two-player simultaneous action and a whole bunch of enemies, weapons, explosions, and bullets flying everywhere. While it is possible to make it through the game unscathed, you'll probably die a few thousand times. However, since the game gives you infinite continues, you shouldn't have any problem beating the game every time you play it. While this does take away some of the satisfaction of beating it, it also takes away all of the frustration found in games like Commando (NES) and Ikari Warriors (NES).

The game's story is of little importance, but it's there if you're interested. You are a guerrilla fighter who lands on an island that is under military occupation. You must advance to the leaders palace by wiping out his several thousand soldiers and rescuing hostages.

In the game you have unlimited ammo and unlimited grenades, so shoot generously. As you progress you'll uncover several weapons like spread guns, laser rifles, rocket launchers, and flame throwers. You can also drive tanks and run people over, which is great fun. There are ten stages in all and each stage had a powerful end boss to kill.

Guerrilla War offers about a half hour of non-stop excitement, but once you beat the game you'll become bored of it. However, the game keeps calling you back because it's hard to resist the mindless fun.

The game was originally released in the arcade in Japan under the title Guevara and you play as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government and bring Marxist communism to the island.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The opening story.

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Approaching the island.

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Stage 1, the shore.

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The first boss.

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Cleared the first stage!

Music

Although Guerrilla War's soundtrack rarely makes it onto anyone's top ten list, it is still professionally composed and above-average for the 8-bit Nintendo platform. All of the music has a thematically military sound which is, of course, apt for the game. The song titles are unofficial and named after where they're played in the game. There is an unused song in the ROM as well.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Approach Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 0:08
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02 Shore / Enemy Gates Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:33
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03 Jungle Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:55
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04 River Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:39
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05 Mine Entrance / Palace Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:01
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06 Mine Cart Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:46
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07 City / Capital Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:40
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08 Sewers Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 2:05
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09 Boss Music 1 Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 0:46
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10 Boss Music 2 Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 0:43
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11 Boss Music 3 Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 0:48
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12 Stage Clear Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 0:09
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13 Game Over Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 0:04
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14 Ending Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:54
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15 Unused Kazuhiro Nishida, Yoko Osaka, Toshikazu Tanaka 1:01
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Credits

(Source)

Back in the NES days, most Japanese developers required their staff to use aliases. The aliases of Yoko Osaka and Toshikazu Tanaka have been determined by credits from other SNK games. Kazuhiro Nishida's alias was revealed by fellow collaborator Toshikazu Tanaka.

It is not known which composer contributed to which song in the soundtrack, or who composed, arranged, or programmed the audio.

Game Rip

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site. The soundtrack was recorded using the Winamp plugin, Not So, Fatso!.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
Guerrilla War - NES - Japan.jpg
Title: ゲバラ (Guevara)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1988-12-26
Publisher: SNK Corporation
  USA.svg   USA
Guerrilla War - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Guerrilla War
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-06-??
Publisher: SNK Corporation of America
  EU.svg   EU
Guerrilla War - NES - EU.jpg
Title: Guerrilla War
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-??-??
Publisher: SNK Corporation

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