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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Favorite Tunes #113: Can You Feel the Sunshine

Another Favorite Tunes, another video game song used as a subtitle. If you're a Sonic fan, give yourself a digital cookie for your masterful guessing skills. It isn't all Sonic-based music, however. There are jams from The Lost Vikings and a blue, metal hero to name a little.

I freaking LOVE the music of Sonic R. Composed by Richard Jacques and sung by TJ Davis, Sonic R has some of my favorite Sonic jams to listen to. I don't care if the lyrics are cheese and make little to no sense. Pity this track wasn't used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on either edition of Smash 4.

Smart Ball or Jerry Boy as it is known in Japan is one of those early SNES games. It has some cute visuals but nothing truly groundbreaking save for some mode 7 scaling. Smart Ball is usually remembered for two things, the shoddy controls and the soundtrack, which is some pretty impressive audio even by infancy SNES standards. In spite of the control issues, it really isn't too shabby. Some trivia: Smart Ball was developed by Game Freak and they developed a Japan-only sequel. 

Before Blizzard blew up with World of Warcraft there was a little platform game called The Lost Vikings. In it you controlled three vikings that had to battle their way through, space, Egyptian and factory levels to get back home. The score was composed by Matt Furnis and with the game being released on the SNES, Genesis and Amiga platforms, there are notable differences between each game's soundtrack. 

With only five levels and four more being sold as DLC, Mighty Gunvolt could pass as an early NES or Game Boy game, taking a little over an hour or so to blast through. It does feature three playable characters, one of them being Beck from the upcoming Mighty No. 9, hence the title of this game and making it a nice little bonus game of sorts. The game was heavily design with the 8-bit console generation in mind from the visuals and music. This is some super adorable academic music, right here. 

Who says fighting isn't allowed on school grounds? In Rival Schools not only do students get in on the action but so do teachers and principals. Along with familair face Sakura, there are new mugs like Batsu, who would go on to be featured in other Capcom brawlers like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. Being a Capcom fighters from the 1990s, the music consists of a lot of guitar synth that is equally loud and catchy.

Mega Man: The Wily Wars is one of the games I listed in my Much Needed Re-Releases feature. The game isn't perfect but the Wily Tower game after completing Mega Man 1-3 has got to be one of the best unlockable bonuses in video game history. Along with the four new levels and bosses is brand spanking, new original music. You gotta love how happy Wily Tower Stage 2 sounds. 

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