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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Remix of the Week: Spinning Bird CPS1 Re-Arrange

The Street Fighter EX series has some pretty boss music. If you're unfamiliar with the EX games, Spinning Bird is Chun-Li's theme. Using the Fruity Loops Studio music maker tool, McQueen has recreated Chun's glorious theme in the style of Capcom's CPS1 audio hardware. The results are nothing short of stunning.

Wanna listen to this track on the go? Download the MP3 file here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fantastic First Level Themes Vol. 6

They say you never forget your first. First kiss. First car. First level of a video game. We're here to focus on that last one. The first level of a video game can say a lot about the rest of the game. It can be a great way to grab the player for invested play time. For a lot of us, not only do we remember the first level because it is the start of a game, but because the music with that beginning level really stayed with us.

The Hard Corps - Contra: Hard Corps (GEN)

There's been a security breach. Baddies are running rampant. And the whole city is on fire. Enter you, literally crashing onto the scene so fast a set of enemies couldn't react in time. Now that's the way you start out a game. Let's go! Time to put in that work! Annnnnd then the game quickly puts in that work on you. You thought other Contra games were tough? Son, please. This is Contra: Hard Corps and it will firmly imprint it's giant boot on your butt. Oh and that dude up top that loves throwing cars at you? He's but one of the first stage's mini bosses. But hey, at least that music is getting you stoked, right? Right?

Opening Stage - Mega Man X2 (SNES)

Peace is something that never lasts in the Mega Man games. I mean, the most anyone ever gets to enjoy of it is usually six months or so. Within half a year's time, trouble starts brewing for X and once again, he has to show those trouble making Mavericks what's up. On this extremely rare occasion X doesn't start the level by teleporting in, but rather arriving on a hover bike along with the famous Green Biker Duder. After the opposition puts some lasers into his ride, X swiftly returns the favor by crashing it right into them. The intro stage to Mega Man X 2 is much shorter compared to the first game, probably helped due to dashing being a function now built into X's systems. As you make your way through crushers and blast renegade robots, you're treated to an electrifying opening tune that's so good, it comes back for the final level.

Corneria - Star Fox Zero (Wii U)

If you live in the universe of Star Fox and Corneria is your home, why have't you moved? The place is always a breeding ground for destruction and the Star Fox crew always has to go in and set things right. The Corneria theme for Star Fox Zero really paints the beautiful city in dire straits. Like, the city, really needs some heroes.

Patched Plains - Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)

Don't you just hate it when you wake up from your nap only to find your planet overtaken by an army of robot invaders? Whelp, looks like Kirby's gotta save the day again. But this time, he gets so freakin' sweet mech armor!  Despite Popstar being overrun by robots, the game still begins with a jovial theme that's sure to have you humming and whistling right along with it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Favorite Tunes #158: The Rain Has Come

We've been getting a lot of rain here in Virginia Beach. A bit of the music featured in this week's favorite tunes reflects the dreary weather as of late. We can't always have sunshine. There's some upbeat music mixed with the downtrodden music as well.

It's Raining Somewhere Else - Undertale (PC) 

I've made mention of Undertale's outstanding soundtrack multiple times in Favorite Tunes. The game's main theme has so many arrangements, consisting of different genres that you never get tired of hearing it. Of course, when the music isn't a new spin on the main theme, it still manages to stay on your mind. A jazzed up version of Sans' theme? Why, yes, please.

Dark Groove - Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (PC)

When I think of rabbits, two spring to mind, the wise cracking, carrot eating Bugs Bunny, and the gun touting Jazz Jackrabbit. Outside of the 2002 GBA game, titled Jazz Jackrabbit (which was a completely original game from the the 1994 title of the same name), everyone's favorite green rabbit that isn't named Bucky, hasn't had a new game in years. At least, the music to the first two Jazz games are easily obtained on Loudr even if his first two games haven't been given a Steam release.

Cute Mafia - Street Fighter EX3 (PS2)

The Street Fighter EX games have never gained the fame that the 2D Street Fighter entries have enjoyed. That kinda sucks because they really aren't bad games. I'd love to see the original characters Arika created for these games return to current Street Fighter titles, but since Arika owns those characters, that will probably never happen. Along with some cool looking characters, the EX games are also known for their extremely high quality soundtracks.

Bonus Game - Pilotwings (SNES)

Despite the series long history, there have only been a total of three Pilotwings games. Nintendo doesn't usually open the doors and late the planes, gliders, jet packs and all other forms of air travel out unless they have some new hardware to show off and even then, sometimes Pilotwings is still grounded. The first game has some delightfully catchy music composed by Soyo Oka, who also wrote the score for Super Mario Kart.

Pipe Island - Yoshi's Safari (SNES)

You say you've never played this game? Well that's not too surprising. You did need the Super Scope 6 to play it and that thing only worked for so many SNES titles. With the Wii U's motion controls, you'd think they would re-release more games from their light gun library. I always loved the western feel of this track.

Rolento Battle - Final Fight (ARC)

Originally meant to be a follow up to the 1987 Street Fighter called Street Fighter '89, this beat 'em up became it's own game taking on the title of Final Fight, but still being part of the Street Fighter Universe. Rolento isn't the toughest boss in the game, but he loves his grenades and he's quick on his feet.

Favorite Tunes Database

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Remix of the Week: Chrome Gadget (SNES Remix)

This week's remix comes from one of my favorite remixers, The Legend o Renegade. After a four month absence, he's made his return with a slew of  SNES remixes, mainly from Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Chrome Gadget was an underrated them from my all-time favorite Sonic game and Regegade keeps it faithful to the original Genesis tune all the while putting his own unique touch on it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

UNDERVEIL, an Undertale Arrange Soundtrack

I've made mention on this blog several times that Undertale has an amazing soundtrack. So it doesn't really surprise me that there are a number of Undertale fan arrangement albums out there. I haven't listened to them all, but I've heard a few and UNDERVEIL is easily some of the best Undertale fan arrangement music you can find.

Like the original Undertale soundtrack, UNDERVEIL covers a number of genres, including chiptune, club, jazz and some dub step. I was really surprised at how good this album turned out. Unlike a lot of other Undertale fan albums, UNDERVEIL is free. You can also listen to the whole soundtrack on the site in case you're unsure about downloading this one. But after hearing the first few tracks, you'll probably put this one on your hard drive in  heartbeat.


Monday, September 19, 2016

So Gumball and Regular Show are Ending

I've been an avid fan of Cartoon Network since early 2002. This was the year that I got into Dragon Ball and became very familiar with the shows that were created exclusively for the channel like Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory, the list goes on and on. I was there to see the network decay that set in around 2004 and from 2009 to 2011, I didn't watch much of the network. mainly due to not having cable during those years. But even before 2009, I found a lot of what was on the channel to be garbage. In 2012, I got cable again and this is when I saw Adventure Time and Regular Show and was like "Cartoon Network has good shows again?" Shortly after, I discovered The Amazing World of Gumball and had reasons to watch the network regularly once more. And recently, we heard news that The Amazing World of Gumball would end with it's 6th season and Regular Show would concluded with its 8th season.

Understandably, a lot of fans are upset over this news. These are two shows that helped Cartoon Network escape Network decay and ushered in what could you could call a new golden age for cartoons. These are two examples I would bring up as proof that we still have good cartoons today whenever I'd see someone foolishly claiming that all of the shows we have TV currently suck.

I share much of what fans are feeling over the conclusion of these shows. But all good things come to an end. I love the DC Animated Universe and hated to see it go. But we still get the occasional awesome DC Animated film from talent that helped make up that wonderful world. And whenever I miss it too much, I can always go back and rewatch those shows. Same with Gargoyles and TaleSpin.

Regular Show may have had the plug pulled on it due to decreased ratings over the past few seasons. There's no confirmation if that was the case, or if  the CN feels the show has run its course and the time has come to wrap things up. As for Gumball, I don't know why the show is ending at season six, but if the creator Ben Bocquelet  was going to leave the show after the the end of this season, I don't think I'd want to see a seventh season Gumball without him calling the shots.

Some are calling the end of Regular Show and Gumball the end of an era for CN. The channel does have amazing shows such as Steven Universe and We Bare Bears but Teen Titans Go! gets way too much air time and the Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot has not been well received but has been green lit for a second season (probably because CN has so much PPG merch they want to sell, which I think was one of the main reasons the show came back in the first place).

If Gumball and Regular Show must end, I'd rather they go out while the quality of the shows are still good. The Simpson has been swimming in the pool of seasonal rot for well over a decade and Family Guy has jumped in right along with it. Lakewood Plaza Turbo looks like its going to be a great addition to CN's roster and we've still got Steven Universe and We Bare Bears and Clarence to look forward to. Gumball just began it's 5th season and The final season of Regular Show starts on September 26. Let's enjoy the new episodes while we got 'em.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Remix of the Week: Ink or Sink

What's not to like about Splatoon? It has a pretty fun single player campaign (something most games in the shooter genre could care less about these days), the Inklings have got to be some of the coolest characters to grace gaming, the game is innovative and the soundtrack is the bees knee. For this Remix of the Week, we've got an arrangement of one of my favorite Splatoon jams, Ink or Sink, remixed by NOQQYSC. Keep listening and you'll hear a bit of an old favorite from another Nintendo game mixed in there.

NOQQYSC has the song up for download here.