Lode Runner (NES)

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Lode Runner
Lode Runner - NES.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1984
Developer: Hudson Soft
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Lode Runner is a platforming game based off the popular computer game by Doug Smith, and ported to the Famicom and NES by Shinichi Nakamoto. The objective of the game is to collect all of the gold you find in the level and climb the ladder that appears after you have collected all of the gold. You can trap your enemies and walk over them, but be careful, they won't stay trapped forever. While the NES version has good graphics, it does not compare to most of its computer counterparts. Later, the game was re-released in Japan as Championship Lode Runner, which gave players a bigger challenge with harder levels. It is basically the same game though and uses the same graphics and music.


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Title screen.

Lode Runner - NES - Get Ready.png

Getting ready to play.

Lode Runner - NES - In-Game.png

Playing the first level.

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The ladder to the next level.

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There's not a lot to offer in the audio department of this game. You get a few jingles here and there and a short title theme, but the in-game theme is just a 10 second loop, and since the game plays forever until you lose all your lives, the song can easily get very annoying very fast. Because Shinichi Nakamoto did not know how to write music, he made a wise decision of hiring a professional musician, Isamu Hirano. This was the only game Isamu composed music for (unless you count Championship Lode Runner which uses the same exact tunes.) In Championship Lode Runner, it uses the same exact music, except the title screen music is replaced with the level complete music.


# Title ComposerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Isamu HiranoShinichi Nakamoto 0:15
02 Get Ready Isamu HiranoShinichi Nakamoto 0:06
03 In-Game Isamu HiranoShinichi Nakamoto 0:32
04 Ladder Unlocked Isamu HiranoShinichi Nakamoto 0:02
05 Level Complete Isamu HiranoShinichi Nakamoto 0:12
06 Death Isamu HiranoShinichi Nakamoto 0:02
07 Game Over Isamu HiranoShinichi Nakamoto 0:03


(Source: [1])

Because this is such an early title, the game lacks staff credits. Because of this, we have contacted a former Hudson Soft staff member who has given us confirmation that Shinichi Nakamoto worked most of the game including the game's programming, graphics, and music driver. He also may have written the game's sound effects. Isamu Hirano's webpage lists this game as one of his works.

Game Rip






Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.


  Japan.svg   Japan
Lode Runner - FC.jpg
Title: ロードランナー (Lode Runner)
Platform: FC
Released: 1984-07-31
Publisher: Hudson Soft
  Japan.svg   Japan
Championship Lode Runner - FC.jpg
Title: チャンピオンシップロードランナー (Championship Lode Runner)
Platform: FC
Released: 1985-04-17
Publisher: Hudson Soft
  USA.svg   USA
Lode Runner - NES.jpg
Title: Lode Runner
Platform: FC
Released: 1987-09-??
Publisher: BroderBund Software Inc.