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Monday, September 23, 2013

Favorite Tunes #70: The Year of Luigi

Nintendo has a done a bang up job celebrating Luigi's 30th anniversary. Not one, not two, but three games staring everyone's favorite man in green and blue. In honor of the Year of Luigi, I'm giving my favorite player two the spotlight in this edition of Favorite Tunes.

Professor E. Gadd - Luigi's Mansion (GCN)

The GameCube marked the first time in history that a Nintendo console launched without a Mario title alongside it. While on the short side, Luigi's Mansion proved that Mario's younger brother could carry a title all on his own. Professor E. Gadd's theme is a much more mellow version of the Luigi's Mansion main theme.

The Last Cackletta - Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA)

The first entry in the delightful Mario & Luigi series. Luigi is reluctantly dragged along for the ride that takes him and his older brother all across the land. Like the Paper Mario games, enemies can be seen on the field so you can pick and choose your battles. The battle system utilizes timed hits so combat is anything but dull.

Main Title - Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (DS)

Probably the least popular game in the series, Partners in Time has you controlling Mario and Luigi as well as their baby counterparts. Being the first game on the DS hardware, the game utilized both screens. It isn't a bad game by any means but most fans prefer Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story over this one.

Raceways - Mario Kart 64 (N64)

Released nearly five years after the original Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64 was the series first foray into the third dimension. New racers and new power-ups were introduced such as Wario, tripple red shells and the dreaded spiny blue shell. Oh, and we also got a fantastic soundtrack by Kenta Nagata.

Luigi's Mansion - Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Luigi's Mansion sure did a lot of Mario's brother. It established his cowardly persona, gave him his own solo series and it gave him his very own huge house. It crumbles when it takes too much damage in Brawl, but I'm guessing Luigi has some killer insurance because it's rebuilt time and again on the quick.

Brobot L-Type Battle - Super Paper Mario (Wii)

Luigi may accompany Mario in the Mario & Luigi RPG games, but in the Paper Mario titles, he's often someone that Mario must fight against, though this isn't of his choosing. Brainwashed and taking on the persona of Mr. L, Luigi faces Mario on a number of occasions. One fight in particular has Luigi fighting with the Brobot L-Type, complete with his own unique battle theme.

The Wind is Blowing at Cavi Cape - Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS)

What many are calling the best of the series, the third Mario & Luigi game has the plumbers teaming up with Bowser, fighting inside his body as Bowser fights on the outside. It's a crazy turn of events, filled with the trademark humor the series is known for and of course, Fawful.

Title Theme - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

The Dark Moon has been shattered and the once friendly ghosts living with Professor E. Gadd become hostile. Rather, than place himself in danger, the old man calls upon Luigi. Armored with a more tricked out Poltergust vacuum that can be upgrade, multiple mansions to explore as opposed to one and you have yet another reason to get involved in Luigi's ghost busting exploits.

Level Clear Theme - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

Clearing a mission in Dark Moon is always satisfying  even if you don't get the highest rank possible. You can't ask for a bigger reward than Luigi's joys "I did it!" and this incredibly upbeat piece of music.

Adventure's End - Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)

The fourth game in the Mario & Luigi RPG series. You go adventuring inside Luigi's crazy dreams and messing with Luigi from the outside world via touch screen has different affects in the dream world. From the songs I've heard, this could be Yoko Shimomura's best effort in creating music for this series.

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