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Monday, March 30, 2015

Favorite Tunes #109: Spring is Here

As of this writing, we're still in the month of March and as we all know, in March, we leave the winter season behind and enter the spring. With that in mind, here's another appropriately themed Favorite Tunes in honor of the new season.

So in Kirby Super Star, one of the eight games is called Spring Breeze. It's a remake of the original Kirby's Dream Land but it lets Kirby use his Copy ability which he gained in Kirby's Adventure. Kirby Super Star would recieve an enhanced port of the DS under the title Kirby Super Star Deluxe, which contained all five of the original Kirby's Dream Land levels. The SNES version omitted a stage. 

Ah, Ristar, another character in SEGA's enormous catalog that seems to have been forgotten. Given SEGA's current finanical situation, one wonders if Ristar will ever see the light of day again. For those not in the know, Ristar was developed by Sonic Team in their head day and as such, it is a highly quality, if challenging platformer, with vibrant visuals and an outstanding soundtrack. This bouncy theme was one of Tomoko Sasaki's earlier compositions. 

Wallpaper by Link-LeoB

One does not talk about Super Mario 3D World and not mention the game's highly memorable soundtrack. Its filled with some great rock, orchestral and jazz pieces. The game itself also has some of the most fun, imaginative stages from a Super Mario title. 

After 10 years without a Classic Mega Man game, Mega Man 9 was released on consoles digitally for a cool $10. It played more like Mega Man 1-2 since Mega Man's slide and charge shot made with the vanishing act. Sad as I was to see those abilities go, Mega Man 9 still turned out to be a solid game, even if some of its difficulty borders on the cheap side of things.

Releasing one year after the original game, Sonic 2 was a bigger and arguably better game. The were much more zones to explore and they had become even more massive, allowing for even greater exploration. The game also served up some fine Genesis audio thanks to the efforts of Masato Nakamura. Emerald Hill may not be Green Hill, but it's still a fine starter tune. 

The next spin-off of the Mega Man franchise following the Mega Man Zero games, Mega Man ZX brought over the gameplay and visual style of the Zero titles but with a Metrovania flair. ZX certainly would have benefited from a much better map, but it did do everything else right, especially in the music department, something that cannot be said for the game's sequel, ZX Advent. This is the remastered version of the game's first level. It sounds good in it's original format but the remastering really makes it sound so much better.

1 comment:

Tom Badguy said...

Good ol' Emerald Hill Zone.