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Monday, July 6, 2015

Favorite Tunes #119: Boys of Summer

Well, summer is officially here. Its currently hotter than hot outside so I'm assuming you're keeping cool or working your cheeks off so you can afford all those sweet games coming out in a few months. Me, I'm slowly working on my backlog and as always, enjoying the good video game music. Speaking of, here are some summer inspired themes for your listening pleasure.




Whether you were pulling the remains of your hair our in the grand prix mode or testing the endurance of the GameCube controller during fits of rage, F-Zero GX's techno/rock soundtrack did not disappoint. In spite of the game's sanity breaking difficulty, GX is still considered by many to be the best game in the F-Zero series. There are arrangements of the much loved themes from the original SNES F-Zero as well as plethora of new music. Infinite Blue serves as a new piece of Big Blue music.

Ice Cream Island - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)



My favorite stage from the original N64 Super Smash Bros. was Dream Land. I adored it for its simple design and stage hazard that was Whispy Woods who, every now and then, would blow combatants to the left or right side of the stage. The Gourmet Race remix was also pretty rad. Naturally, I was excited to see the stage return in the fourth Smash game as downloadable content and with a brand new remix of one of my favorite Kirby jams. This chiptune-inspired throwback theme also uses the Boss theme from Kirby's Adventure as well as the classic Kirby Victory Dance jingle.

Hydrocity Act 1 - Sonic 3 & Knuckles (GEN)



Sonic 3 & Knuckles introduced elemental shields to the series. One such shield eliminated one of gamer's greatest fears in the series, drowning. Thanks to the nifty bubble shield, players could feel more at ease while exploring the watery depths of Hydrocity. I personally prefer Act 2 of Hydrocity's theme, but Act 1 never fails to make my head bop.

Boa-Boa Island - Super Adventure Island 2 (SNES)



The first Super Adventure Island had a superb soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro that was unfortunately saddled with a game that was unfairly difficult. Super Adventure Island 2 is a much more enjoyable romp and once again has the tunes from Koshiro. Like the first game, Super Adventure Island 2 has some themes that will no doubt take you back to the 1990s.

Sunny Beach - Wave Race 64 (N64)



There have been three games in the Wave Race series, the first one on the Game Boy, the N64 version and Blue Storm on the GameCube. Most people cit Wave Race 64 as the king of the lot. Its got the controls, the magnificent water physics and some excellent music by famed Nintendo composer Kazumi Totaka.

Aquarium Park Act 1 - Sonic Colors (Wii)



The Wii may not have been as powerful as the 360 or PS3 but one look at Sonic Colors and you'd think the game was running on an actual HD system. Seriously, this game looks gorgeous. It has the gameplay to go along with that pretty face and some exceptional Sonic jams. Even by the series standards, the music in Sonic Colors is truly amazing.

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