Parodius Da! Shinwa kara Owarai E (ARC)
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Parodius Da! Shinwa kara Owarai E (It's Parodius! From Myth to Laughter) is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up released by Konami in 1990. The sequel to Parodius: Tako wa Chikyuu o Sukuu (MSX), it continues and builds upon that game's foundation: taking Gradius and giving it an absurd, self-referential facelift. This includes having four playable characters, most of which originate from other Konami games (including TwinBee's titular aircraft and the son of Penta from Antarctic Adventure) and all of which have their own sets of weapons. Since Parodius Da! is on markedly more powerful hardware, though, it is far longer and flashier than its predecessor. Over the course of ten stages, you'll encounter everything from a battleship with a cat's head to sentient pairs of lips that send their teeth out to attack to cherry trees that spontaneously get up and walk around.
Much like its predecessor, arrangements of classical or otherwise public domain music makes up a significant portion of the game's soundtrack. However, Parodius Da! also features a number of songs taken from Nemesis (ARC) and Vulcan Venture (ARC), the first two Gradius games. Kazuki Muraoka's arrangements are almost uniformly uptempo and cheerful, sometimes to the point of absurdity - fitting for an unabashedly goofy game.
- Ripper: Valley Bell (with composer updates by dissident93)
- Recorder: Theand
- Game Credits:
- Sound: Kazuki Muraoka credited as -Cameo- Matano and -Dokuo- Umeno
- Uncredited Composer: Shinji Tasaka
- Uncredited Composer: Motoaki Furukawa
- Uncredited Composer: Kenichi Matsubara
- Uncredited Composer: Seiichi Fukami
- Uncredited Composer: Miki Higashino
- Uncredited Composer: Shigeru Fukutake
- Uncredited Composer: Yoshinori Sasaki
- Uncredited Composer: Unknown
- Uncredited Composer: Johann Strauss II
- Uncredited Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
- Uncredited Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
- Uncredited Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Uncredited Composer: Gioachino Rossini
- Uncredited Composer: Jacques Offenbach
- Uncredited Composer: Aram Khachaturian
- Uncredited Composer: Traditional
- Uncredited Composer: Georges Bizet
- Uncredited Composer: Tokichi Setoguchi
- Uncredited Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
- Uncredited Composer: Josef Franz Wagner
- Uncredited Composer: Edvard Grieg
- Uncredited Composer: Hidenori Maezawa
Kazuki Muraoka is credited as two separate people. No other composers are credited at all.
Some of the music originates from Nemesis (ARC) and Vulcan Venture (ARC); sources like this interview and the latter game's credits confirm that their respective composers are Miki Higashino and a group of four (Shinji Tasaka, Motoaki Furukawa, Kenichi Matsubara, and Seiichi Fukami). Likewise, other official albums credit the music from TwinBee (ARC) as the work of Shigeru Fukutake and Yoshinori Sasaki. The composer of Antarctic Adventure (MSX) is currently unknown.
Most of the classical composers have only been unofficially identified by comparing the game's music with their original works.
- https://www.mobygames.com/game/9408/parodius - MobyGames.
- https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/arcade/568419-parodius-da - GameFAQs.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parodius!_From_Myth_to_Laughter - Wikipedia.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20160817154911/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parodius_music - Archived Wikipedia page identifying many of the original songs used in the Parodius series.