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Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:33 am
by zeroone
In Dr. Mario, after you clear a stage, it prompts the player to press START to advance to the next level ("STAGE CLEAR | TRY NEXT"). On that screen, it plays music that cuts out with a strange chirp after about about 10 seconds. Is that a bug in Dr. Mario? And, if so, is there any way to listen to the full song?

Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:39 am
by Quietust
The NSF displays the same behavior - perhaps it's a bug in the music engine?

Also, it's 22 seconds, not 10.

Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:43 am
by rainwarrior
I wouldn't presume that's a bug. It sounds perfectly intentional to me. Several of the tracks have funny little musical "chirp" noises.

Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 11:43 am
by Quietust
Perhaps the viruses infected not only the patient, but also the music engine...

Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 12:37 pm
by Drag
It appears to be a stylistic choice by Mr.Tanaka, since the same weirdness shows up in the SNES version, Tetris & Dr.Mario. If you'd like though, the prototype version of the game, named Virus, contains versions of the jingles that don't end abruptly.

Edit: Corrected link. I knew it was one of the protos. :P

Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 12:40 pm
by Dwedit
The early prototype versions of Dr. Mario (Virus) plays the song longer, and eventually loops.

Audio: wik page - ogg file

Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 2:29 pm
by Myask
Drag wrote:It appears to be a stylistic choice by Mr.Tanaka, since the same weirdness shows up in the SNES version, Tetris & Dr.Mario. If you'd like though, the prototype version of the game, named Virus, contains versions of the jingles that don't end abruptly.

Edit: Corrected link. I knew it was one of the protos. :P
That link behaves oddly. Cut and paste works, but clicking yields "Dr._Mario_NES_/" rather than parentheses…

Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 8:33 pm
by tepples
That and the fact that the bleep at the end of the stage clear music used for "Fever" and "Off" sounds like the sound effect for pressing Start in Tetris.