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Monday, June 22, 2015

Favorite Tunes #118: After E3 2015 Edition

So another E3 has come and gone. There's lot of exciting, new games to look forward to this fall and holiday season. But until then, be sure to enjoy what you've already got on your plate. If you're anything like me, you've probably already got a lot and then some.

Opening ~ Bombing Mission - Final Fantasy VII (PS, PC)

Remember those Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX remakes that never materialized on the PS2 or PS3? Well *in Professor Fonsworth voice*  good news, everyone! At the very least, Final Fantasy VII is getting a gorgeous HD remake on the PS4! This remake only took waaaaay too many years to come about. FFVII's introduction theme music and first mission theme has always been one of my favorites and I'm curious to see who it will be arranged for the remake.

Space Armada - Star Fox (SNES)

In what has been an excrusiatingly long wait, at long last, we're getting a new Star Fox game. Star Fox Zero hits the Wii U this holiday season and it will be the first Star Fox game in well over a decade. Developed by Platinum Games under Nintendo's watchful eyes, Star Fox Zero ought to be a space shooter to remember. Will any themes from the original Star Fox get arranged for Star Fox Zero? If they do, I hope Space Armada gets some love. Yeah, there's the excellent Brawl remix, but I'd love to see this theme get more attention.

Shrouding Dark Cloud - Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

After far too many spin off titles, Square Enix is finally putting a "III" after the words "Kingdom Hearts". I've yet to really dive into the first game and I haven't heard a lot of good about the side games, but the music has always been on point. Yoko Shimomura really does know how to string together some engaging music.

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

After more than a decade, we're finally getting another classic Mega Man collection in the form of Mega Man Legacy Collection. I'm a bit miffed its only focusing on the first six Mega Man games, but its looking like a lot of care went into this one. Mega Man 4's sound font may sound a bit muffled when compared to all the other NES titles, but there are still some really good compositions here. Dr. Wily's second level theme (which plays on stages 3 and 4 respectively) is quite lively when compared to other Wily stage tunes.

Strike the Earth! (Plains of Passage) - Shovel Knight (Wii U, 3DS, PC, PS4, XBO)

I think its safe to assume that most people that owned a Wii U have probably played Shovel Knight when it was released in June 2014. The game was given a broader release when it hit the PS4 and Xbox One this year, thereby exposing it to a wider audience. The chip-tastic soundtrack is brought to you by Jake "virt" Kaufman and Mega Man 1 song writer Manami Matsumae contributing a few tracks.

Ken's Theme - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

Ryu's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. 4, like Mega Man and Pac-Man is no small thing. I'd thought we'd seen the end of third party characters making guest appearances but this is one of those times where I don't mind being wrong. The world warrior plays just as he does in the Street Fighter games and you can even use classic SF commands to make his moves do more damage. His stage, Suzaku Castle features music ripped right from the 1991 classic fighting game and some brand new arrangements. Ken may not be in the game, but he's here in spirit with this amazing remix.

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