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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Favorite Tunes #97: Getting Hyped for Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. released on the 3DS in Japan on September 13. The game will release in America on October 3. Gamers fortunate enough to have gold/platinum status as Club Nintendo members were e-mailed demo codes with unlimited use with Nintendo occasional handing out demo codes before the public demo release on October 19. I'm as stoked for this game as the next guy and to get even more jazzed, Favorite Tunes is Smash Bros. centric.

Note: Not every song featured here is in Super Smash Bros.

Yoshi Star Galaxy - Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Leading us off is Mr. Video Game himself. The debate rages on whether Super Mario Galaxy 2 is superior than the original. I tend to prefer the first game more, but there's no denying that both titles are superb. Outside of a cameo appearance with his face making up a small planet, Yoshi was MIA in the first Super Mario Galaxy. This travesty was rectified in Super Mario Galaxy 2, with everyone's favorite everything-eating green dino making regular appearances. Koji Kondo stepped back and let Mahito Yokota handle most of the compositions for Galaxy 2 as he did in the original game, only writing a handful of songs. One such track was Yoshi Star Galaxy, a jazzy, tropical, upbeat piece of tunage.

Aquatic Ruin Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (GEN)

Lots of gamers toute this as the greatest Sonic game. It's not a statement I can personally really behind, but Sonic 2 is still a fantastic hedgehog game, regardless. As the title implies, Aquatic Ruin is home to Sonic's kryptonite, H2O. The nice thing about the way this zone is structure, however, is that the water can be bypassed. You can stay on the top path, which keeps our heroes high and dry or take the lower route, leading to wet depths.

Dr. Cossack Stage 2 - Mega Man 4 (NES)

So many gamers say the Mega Buster was a crutch that made Mega Man too powerful. And yet no one complains about the brokeness of the Metal Blades. Meh, whatever. Mega Man 4 has always been one of my favorites. It was the first time Wily tried to blame others for his crimes and it was the introduction to one of my favorite supporting cast members, Dr. Cossack, who got a super awesome theme for his third and fourth levels.

Tilte Screen - Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS)

Mario, Mega Man, Sonic and now Pac-Man in the same game? Talk about history being made. Of the four video game legends that make up red, blue and yellow, Pac-Man is the oldest of the bunch, and is Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto's favorite video game character. This theme is actually a remix from the arcade game Pacmania, which, intrestingly enough has been arranged and will be one of Pac-Man's musical themes for Super Smash Bros.

Mute City - Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

The announcement that Captain Falcon was returning for the fourth entry of Smash was indeed a welcome one. He was one of the original Smashers but given Nintendo's current stance on the F-Zero series, so fans were a little worried that the days of throwing Falcon Punches were long gone. Nope. The Captain is back and with a kickin' new Mute City remix. It's already become one of my favorite arrangements for Smash 4, done by Kenji Ito, known for his glorious work on the Square Enix's SaGa series. YES!

Spark Man Stage - Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

With all the nut hugging Mega Man 2 got in Smash, what with that freaking Wily Castle stage and the music, I was pleased to see that someone remembered that there were other games outside of the second NES game. Spark Man has always had what I believe to be the pinnacle of the electric based stage level music in the entire Classic series. I was really hoping this theme would get some love for Smash 4.

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Voltech said...

I don't know a blasted thing about Mega Man, but inexplicably that hasn't stopped me from being on the cusp of an addiction to some of the Blue Bomber's music. I was watching the Smash 4 debut trailer over and over again just to hear that Dr. Wily theme.

As one should, I'd imagine.

In any case, I've been listening to songs from Smash 4 here and there, and I have to say that the Punch-Out/boxing stage themes have grown on me. That could change, of course -- as in "be forgotten once I've heard even better songs" -- but it's good to hear that the latest K.O. fest hasn't lost its touch with the music. Sound design is serious business, yo.

But I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I can't wait to play as Palutena so I can do some sick goddess combos. I anticipate my brother taking up Little Mac (and thus being a problem), so I'm hoping a little Aegis reflector action will keep me from having a bad time.

Barring that, Villager shenanigans. I just KNOW my bro's gonna hate him.

Reggie White Jr. said...

I've been listening to the music for Smash 4 and think it's all kinds of radical and it further gets me hyped for the game's release. Having the demo, I love Villager even more but I already knew he/she would be one of my mains. I actually like the female version a lot more.

Given the enormous roster Smash 4 has, I think I'm gonna have way more than handful of mains for this one. The inclusion of Little Mac and Palutena and the Koopalings has me foaming at the mouth. October third cannot be here soon enough.