The Summer Carnival ’92: Recca Soundtrack is Absolutely Insane

Summer Carnival: ’92 Recca is an ultra-rare, hardcore, Famicom shooter which was (amazingly) released on the 3DS Virtual Console last September. I’ve been dabbling with it lately and while I am utter rubbish at the game, I have found myself in awe of the soundtrack. As far as I know, Recca didn’t contain a special sound chip in the cartridge ala the Famicom version of Castlevania III, yet it still creates a soundscape I didn’t think the Famicom was capable of.

Technical feats aside, Recca’s soundtrack is a collection of well-composed, borderline hardcore techno tracks, the likes of which were seldom seen on Famicom.

They range from driving:

to atmospheric:

to weirdly unsettling:

If you want a physical copy of Recca’s soundtrack, your best bet is the Naxat Shooting Collection. This 3-disc collection contains not only Recca’s OST, but also the soundtrack to M.U.S.H.A., which has maybe my favorite first stage music ever in a shooter.

Summer Carnival ’92 Recca is a game well worth adding to your 3DS’ digital library. It’s a technical marvel, an interesting piece of Japanese gaming history, and there is simply nothing else like it on the system. Oh, and if you’re as awful as I am at hardcore shooters, don’t worry- there’s a code for infinite lives.

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