5 thoughts on “Episode 45 – The Last Ninja Remix

  • May 23, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I'd only ever seen this played on a friend's C64 when it was new before now, and I can definitely see what you mean. Not much has changed!

    Aaron mentioned pricing. £25.99 GBP would have been smack bang in the full price region here in the UK, while a budget title would be £7.99 GBP or £9.99 GBP. Some publishers did their own thing and varied it slightly but the above covers the majority of releases.

    Team 17 had an interesting policy on prices in that they charged what they believed a product was worth based on things like originality and effort/time/cost employed.

  • May 24, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I thought that was the case! Weren't there some ultra budget Speccy titles that were even cheaper though, only a couple quid?

  • May 24, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Oh yes, the 8bit and 16bit releases were priced differently. A full price Speccy game would cost about as much as a budget Amiga game for the tape version, and an extra fiver for the disk release. Then there was an enormous catalogue of budget Speccy titles priced at two or three quid.

    Lots of complete, but older games were given away free on mag cover tapes until the publishers decided it was bad for business.

  • May 24, 2016 at 10:37 am

    An Electron is a cut down version of the BBC Micro. Not quite at technically impressive, and a lot smaller and cheaper.

    Regarding The Last Ninja, I'm absolutely amazed you didn't like the music! The music from the Last Ninja series is among the most loved SID tunes ever made on the C64, and the Amiga versions, while not as good, are quite similar. I've just found a top 100 SID tunes and The Last Ninja is number 2, the third game is number 10 and the second game is number 12. Maybe you had to hear the C64 versions first for it to have an impact.

    There have also been a lot of Last Ninja Kickstarter campaigns, so the series is still very popular.

  • May 25, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Paul! We've missed your input! Thanks for the info on the Electron. I find the subject of British computers endlessly fascinating–I wish they could have kept up through the 90's and beyond!

    You're right about the Last Ninja music–I remember hearing about a LN Remix collection on Kickstarter not long ago. Maybe it's more memorable through the SID chip on the C64. In any case, I didn't hate it as much as Aaron did.

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