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Namco Bandai Composer Plagiarizes Music From Chrono Trigger, Lufia II, and Warcraft II

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I actually think this is kind of old news, but interesting nonetheless. I sort of missed the big hubbub until a post about the topic resurfaced on Soundtrack Central, but apparently Namco Bandai composer Kennosuke Suemura recently “borrowed” the melodies from “Battle with Magus” from Chrono Trigger and “The One Who Will Save The Earth” from Lufia II for his recent Super Robot Taisen series soundtrack.

Worse, this isn’t the first time this has happened. The same composer was supposedly involved in a similar incident involving music from Warcraft II when working on a previous title in the series. Namco Bandai has since released a formal apology and paid a settlement to resolve the issue, but it’s kind of funny that the composer went after Square Enix and Blizzard Entertainment, two of the most vigilant companies when it comes to cracking down on unauthorized use of their property.

What do you think? The series has always been known for combining elements from all kinds of different games, but did Suemura go too far this time?

[via Soundtrack Central]

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