Kung Fu (NES)
Kung Fu AKA Spartan X is one of the earliest fighting games. It's very primitive allowing for only a few moves and enemies, but it did have all the traditional elements of a scrolling fighter like interesting bosses and different stages. The story is typical, your girlfriend Sylvia has been kidnapped by the sinister Mr. X and you must fight your way to the top of a pagoda to rescue her. Due to it's primitive level the game is very short, you either die really quickly or beat the game really quickly. Not much replay value exists and the game can be memorized after only a few plays through.
Kung-Fu was also released on the PlayChoice-10 system. The music is the same in both versions.
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This game was released before impressive soundtracks were common for the NES. There are only a few short tunes that serve as a soundtrack, taken from the arcade version of Kung Fu Master, composed by Masato Ishizaki. There is even one track in the ROM that doesn't seem to be used in the game, which is interesting considering the game's already tiny soundtrack. While the game does not have credits, Koji Kondo is known for rearranging the arcade version's soundtrack for this port. The NES version does, however, contain one original song, Rescued Sylvia. The song also sounds identical to Kondo's musical style at the time.
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We have contacted Irem staff, who verified Ishizaki's role in composing the music to the arcade version, that was subsequently ported to the NES.
Source verification is needed.
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.