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Monday, March 17, 2014

Favorite Tunes #85: Green Greens

Well, here we are, St. Patrick's Day. Everyone's wearing green, people are getting smashed and jail cells will probably be more crowded than a New York City bus. With green being all the rage today, here are some background tracks you'll hear while looking at some greens.

Wood Man Stage - Mega Man 2 (NES)

In truth, there's more brown than green in this level, but there's still a fair amount of green to be seen. Of all the Robot Master themes in Mega Man 2, Wood Man has my absolute favorite piece of music of the lot. As a kid, I'd go to Wood Man's level first just so I could hear the stage music.

Lost Woods - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, 3DS)

Getting lost in one of the most frustrating things to happen to anyone in real life or a video game. So when you give a location the name "Lost Woods" you know you're in for some trouble. Thankfully, despite the new 3D gameplay that Ocarina of Time brought to the table, navigating the Lost Woods wasn't too difficult. Of course, Koji Kondo also gave the woods an incredibly catchy piece of music.

Angel Island Zone Act 2 - Sonic 3 & Knuckles (GEN)

There isn't a lot of green to be found in act 2 of Angel Island Zone on the count of Robotnik's machines setting fire to the place. You'd think this would raise a red flag for Knuckles that the doc isn't being on the level with him, but Knux is a moron so, whatcha gonna do? I've always preferred Act 2's faster pace to Act 1 of Angel Island.

Through the Woods - Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Wii)

I'm losing track of how many times I mentioned the music from Kirby's Return to Dream Land in Favorite Tunes. Safe to say, the game houses one of my all-time favorite gaming soundtracks. You don't hear this theme in abundance, but it's always delightful when you do. I know a lot of Kirby music has a great deal of whimsical charm to it, but this one feels like it would fit perfectly set to a kid's story book.

Planet Colors (Green Plant) - F-Zero GX (GCN)

The Green Plant is an interesting track setting if only for offering the player a vastly different change of scenery from all the cool-looking futuristic tech areas of the game. Green Plant is quite the marvel to behold. But sight seeing can be dangerous when you're traveling at the speeds you do in F-Zero GX. For a better, safer look at the course, view the replay.

Secret of the Forest - Chrono Trigger (SNES)

Yasunori Matsuda's big debut did not disappoint. While he didn't score all of Chrono Trigger's soundtrack, he did write the bulk of the game's music and it is nothing short of mind blowing. Secret of the Forest is one of the game's earlier tracks, usually reserved for outside areas. While a much more mellow piece of music than the others, it's my personal favorite soothing track in the game.

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