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Monday, September 2, 2013

Favorite Tunes #68: Don't Stop Believin'

One of my favorite bands, I'm sort of surprised it took me this long to title a Favorite Tunes after one of Journey's most favorite songs. But given the recent developments over the last few days, the titled seemed fitting.

Main Theme - Mighty No. 9

This is a first in Favorite Tunes. A song from a game that isn't even out or even in development yet. But since the Kickstarter was launched just a few days ago, it's already coming very close to reaching the goal. If you've been living under a rock (heh), Mighty No. 9 is basically a spiritual successor to Mega Man, which is even being handled by Mega Man big wig Keiji Inafunae. This amazing Main Theme was done by Manami Matsumae, the wonderful woman that composed the music for the very first 1987 Mega Man. I love the traces of chiptune in this song.

Rainbow Road - Mario Kart 64 (N64)

As much as I enjoy the original Rainbow Road theme in Super Mario Kart, I have to give the nod to the N64 theme. Just getting to this track after racing through so many 150cc races was brutal and the track itself is one of the longest in Mario Kart history, if not the longest.

The early morning and late evening songs are really some of the best music that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has to offer. As a night owl myself, I frequently play New Leaf at the late hours so it's quite nice to to walk around my town with such a peaceful theme such as this one playing. 

Every once in a great while, a game will come along that is like no other. Journey is one of those games. Playing as a mysterious robbed figure, you make your way towards a mountain in the distance. You can meet other players along the way but their names aren't given out and you can't interact with them through any sort of speech. That may sound like a drawback but it's one of the many things that make's the journey in Journey that much more unique and memorable. 

OK, by now I figure you've probably caught on to the whole Journey vibe in this Favorite Tunes. Composed by Manami Matsumae, she may or may not have been influenced by Journey's Faithfully, which was one of the band's best hits. Whether she was or not, one thing I know for sure is that Elec Man Stage is one of the most memorable pieces of Mega Man music. 

The game the sold a ton of Wiis and dethroned Super Mario Bros. as the best selling video game of all-time, Wii Sports really helped sell the notion of what the Wii was all about. On top of that, it ended up being a pretty fun sports title, one that was certainly different from most games in the genre.

The good guys are out numbered. They are getting the holy snot kicked out of them and are quickly losing hope in any chance of victory. Only one thing left to do: give a rousing speech to inspire your troops. This is exactly what Squall Lionheart, the reluctant leader and hero of SeeD does to great effect in Final Fantasy VIII. It helps that he had Nobuo Uematsu backing him up with this inspiring theme. 

Going by the name Ridge Racer 2 in Japanese arcades, Ridge Racer Revolution hits the sweet spot if you're looking for some quick, good old fashioned arcade racing action. The addition of a rear view mirror made unlocking all three hidden, super speedy cars a heck of a lot easier than in the first game. Revolution remixed  a lot of music from the original Ridge Racer but the handful of new music selections were quite welcome with Grip being chief among them. 

One of Manabu Namiki's early composition works and for me, still one of his best. Battle Garegga isn't the toughest SHMUP out there, but it can get so tough to the point where it borders on being unfair. Even so, it's still worth checking out, even if it can be difficult to really hear and appreciate the music during gameplay. 

With all the gripping some Sonic fans do, you'd think the 3D Sonic games embracing more vocal songs was a bad thing when in fact, vocal tracks in the hedgehog's career were a thing ever since Sonic CD. Not every track was some Grammy wining performance, but then, neither was the stuff from Sonic CD and I love that game's vocal tracks. Giving each playable character their own theme was a nice touch. I especially dug Sonic's theme.

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