Xenophobe (NES)

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Xenophobe - NES.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1987
Developer: Sun Corporation

Xenophobe is an action game based on the arcade by Bally Midway. You choose from three different characters. While the goal of the game is to kill a certain amount of enemies, the game seems to run on a timer, and once the timer runs out, you have completed the level. Because of the limitations at the time, the NES version only allows two players at the same time, where the arcade version allowed all three characters to be played.


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The game's title screen.

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Selecting a character.

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Killing aliens.

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Xenophobe has a short soundtrack, ported from the original arcade. You only get songs at the title screen, when you complete a level, and when you get a game over. There's also an unused song which sounds like an alternative game over tune, possibly intended for player 2 when they got a game over. However, both players have the same game over themes.

The original arcade version credits the music to "Souvenir of Omaha". We have contacted some staff from Bally Midway who identified the alias as belonging to Michael Bartlow. Naohisa Morota is responsible for the NES conversion, in which he wrote the music in 6502 assembly. Since Morota has been credited for sound programming, he has been listed for that as well. However, Akito Takeuchi may have been responsible for the sound engine used in this game.


# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Michael BartlowNaohisa MorotaNaohisa Morota 0:08
02 Game Over Michael BartlowNaohisa MorotaNaohisa Morota 0:15
03 Stage Clear Michael BartlowNaohisa MorotaNaohisa Morota 0:29
04 Unused Song Michael BartlowNaohisa MorotaNaohisa Morota 0:14


(Source: Arcade, verification from staff; game lacks credits.)

The NES version of Xenophobe does not have any credits, probably due to it being released early in the NES' life cycle (1988). We have contacted the programmer, Hiroaki Higashiya, who has verified that Naohisa Morota as the NES version's arranger.

The arcade version has credits, but the composer uses an alias, Souvenir of Omaha. We have contacted the game's programmer, as well as Bob Libbe about the alias. Both have confirmed the identity of Souvenir of Omaha as Michael Bartlow, one of the main composers at Bally Midway at the time.

Game Rip






The music was recorded in VirtuaNSF. Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

Xenophobe uses the Ricoh 2A03 chip.


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Xenophobe - NES.jpg
Title: Xenophobe
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-12-??
Publisher: Sun Corporation