Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

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Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Post by zeroone » Mon May 29, 2017 10:33 am

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?

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Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Post by Quietust » Mon May 29, 2017 10:39 am

The NSF displays the same behavior - perhaps it's a bug in the music engine?

Also, it's 22 seconds, not 10.
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Post by rainwarrior » Mon May 29, 2017 10:43 am

I wouldn't presume that's a bug. It sounds perfectly intentional to me. Several of the tracks have funny little musical "chirp" noises.

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Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Post by Quietust » Mon May 29, 2017 11:43 am

Perhaps the viruses infected not only the patient, but also the music engine...
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Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Post by Drag » Mon May 29, 2017 12:37 pm

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
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Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Post by Dwedit » Mon May 29, 2017 12:40 pm

The early prototype versions of Dr. Mario (Virus) plays the song longer, and eventually loops.

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Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Post by Myask » Mon May 29, 2017 2:29 pm

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
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Re: Dr. Mario stage clear music cuts out

Post by tepples » Mon May 29, 2017 8:33 pm

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.

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