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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Favorite Tunes #87: Yoko Shimomura Edition

Surprise, surprise, Yoko Shimomura is one of my favorite video game music composers. The lady has been in the business for over 20 years making music to some of the most celebrated series. So I'm finally giving the gal her due in Favorite Tunes.

Dearly Beloved - Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

It's hard not to think about Kingdom Hearts without getting Shimomura's compositions stuck in your head. She's just as much a part of the series as Sora, Donald and Goofy are. The series wouldn't be half as memorable without the music she lent, all starting out with this lovely, gentle piano piece, which serves as a title theme.

Dr. Wily Stage - Mega Man 5 (NES)

While Mari Yamaguchi did the bulk of Mega Man 5's score, Yoko Shimomura contributed a single piece of music to the game, the famous Dr. Wily Stage theme, one of my personal favorite Wily themes. For whatever reason, she was not given credit for her work. She did quite a number with this track and it once again blows my mind that composers can write such complex music with only five sound channels that the NES offered.

Live-A-Live - Live-A-Live (SNES)

A Super Famicom title released late in the console's life, Live-A-Live is one of the many Square games that stayed in Japan. This RPG had you playing as multiple characters each with his and her own unique story. The title theme is an epic-sounding music piece. In some portions of the game, it even doubles as a battle theme.

Guile Stage - Street Fighter II (ARC CPS I)

Here it is, the theme that goes with everything. Well, most people would say the CPS II version of Guile's theme goes with everything but even on CPS I arcade hardware, Guile's stage music still sounds highly patriotic.

Pain the Universe - Legend of Mana (PS)

Legend of Mana may not be the most famous game in the Mana series, but you cannot deny that it has one dynamite soundtrack. This rockin' tune is one of the game's earlier battle themes.

Fight Against a Somewhat Stronger Monster - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)

The RPG that comes highly recommended to those that love the genre and those that want no association with it. It's full of RPG elements but remains totally accessible to outsiders by incoroporatng lots of Super Mario elements and being able to pick and choose your battles. Speaking of battles, I absolutely adore this theme. It's got record scratches and sick drum rolls.

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