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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Favorite Tunes #121: Cute Witches and Adorable Frogs

I've decided to forgo a particular theme with this installment. This time there's music from PC Engine platform, my favorite console ever, the SNES and I even threw in some arcade beats for good measure.

Ripples Theme (Raku Raku Mode Ending )- Magical Chase (TG16)

Famed Final Fantasy Tactics composers Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masahru Iwata are more known for their more serious, atmospheric game soundtracks. So its nice to see that they wrote some more light hearted music and for the Turbo Grafx 16, no less! Magical Chase is one of those lesser known PC Engine titles while it did receive  western release, its one of the rarer games so don't expect to find it for chump change.

The Prince's Adventure - For the Frog the Bell Tolls (GB)

You may be looking at the cover of this game and might be thinking that the character on the front looks awfully familiar. If you've played Smash 4, no doubt you've cracked open an Assist trophy and seen this little guy turn into a frog or snake and then proceed to beat the crap out of your opponent in comical, cartoon style. Or you've had your opponent do it to you. This happens to be Prince Sable, the main character of Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru, which translates to For the Frog the Bell Tolls, a 1992 Japan only Game Boy game. This upbeat theme was composed by Kazmui Totaka and it gets a short arrangement in 1993's The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

Uncontrollable - Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

The game may not be available to western audiences just yet, but the soundtrack was released some time ago so we've been able to give it a listen. The tone of the music is noticeably different from the first Xenoblade Chronicles. Yoko Shimomura, ACE+, Yasunori Mitsuda and Manami Kiyota are nowhere to be found writing music for this game. Instead Hiroyuki Sawano has taken on the task of writing the music of Xenoblade Chronicles X. More known for his work in the anime field, fans are a bit divided on the music in Chronicles X. Me, I actually the music for the most part. This is one of my favorites among the vocal numbers.

Hyper Space - Phalanx (SNES)

Phalanx is not the greatest SNES shooter. The power-up system is decent at best and the levels can drag on for quite a while. Having said that, you can certainly do a lot worse and I've always liked the game's soundtrack. If only the above cover was used for the American release.

Wolverine Stage - X-Men: Children of the Atom (ARC)

Because Snkit Bub needs more attention.  In all seriousness, Capcom had so many arcade classics in the 1990s. Their fighters and beat 'em ups were some of the best and the soundtracks to those games were legendary.  Between the numerous Capcom games he's stared in, it's almost hard to pick my favorite Wolverine theme but this is a serious contender for the top spot.

Perplexing Pool - Pikmin 2 (GCN, Wii)

Until a few years ago, Nintendo didn't release new IPs very often. Among those rare new franchises in the early 2000s was Pikmin an interesting take on the RTS genre. The sequel, Pikmin 2 became one of the more costly GCN titles until it was re-released in 2009 on the Wii. Pikmin 2's soundtrack is much larger than the first game with lots of variations on most musical themes.

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