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Friday, May 2, 2014

Favorite Tunes #89: On Like Donkey Kong

And now for something a bit different on Favorite Tunes. This is the first time music from one particular game will be featured. In this case, the game is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. David Wise returned to compose the music for Tropical Freeze, resulting in what is becoming one of my favorite video game soundtracks.

Big Top Bop - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

I never thought I'd do battle with a huge walrus on what appears to be a skateboard ramp. What's more, I never thought there would be metal blaring as the Kong's thrashed said walrus. After so much jungle themed music in the first world, this came as quite a surprise. You read right, this is the game's first boss music.

Scorch 'N Torch - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

This certainly isn't the first time an area lush with green has been set a blaze in a platformer. Sonic 3 & Knuckles saw Robotnik's machines turning Angel Island into an inferno. Preservers of the forests will probably have my head for saying it, but this level looked incredibly good being absorbed by all the flames. The music that evoked a wildfire continuing to grow out of control certainly helped with the lovely scenery.

Windmill Hills - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

What could make a level with a windmill theme with breathtaking backdrops better? Why, a sweet musical piece from David Wise, of course! If this is what the countryside sounds like, I want to leave city life behind forever.

Mountain Mania - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Cursing around the mountainside, on your faithful rhino companion Rambi, tearing up property and taking out Snowmads. Life with the Kongs truly is grand. Similar to the Super Mario series, whenever you're riding Rambi, drums are played along with the music.

Grassland Groove - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Did you forget about the Lion King? Well on the very off chance that you did, Grassland Groove will bring those memories flooding back. This level is bursting with all kinds of imagery that is sure to remind you of Disney's animated classic. From the giant giraffe heads you ascend to the numerous Pride Rock structures in the background, it's crystal clear what this stage is paying homage to. Throw in an audio track that has insane amount of jungle inspiration and you have one of the game's most memorable stages.

Irate Eight - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Anyone that's played the original Donkey Kong Country Trilogy will more than likely agree that Lockjaw's Saga was one of the finest musical tracks from those games. I adore the new music in Tropical Freeze, but I guessed that David Wise scoring the audio meant that we'd be in for some amazing arrangements and sure enough, the man delivered.

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