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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Favorite Tunes #125: If You Build It, They Will Come

It feels like its been too long since I dropped some of my favorite video game songs on this blog. This is a Nintendo themed installment with some of my old favorite and new favorite jams being represented.

Title Screen - Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

By DaKidGaming

How do you celebrate a milestone anniversary of one of the greatest, most influential video game franchises of all-time? With Super Mario Maker. For the first time ever, Mario fans can legally make their own levels. Whether you're a lover of fun, brilliantly designed stages or rage quitting Nintendo hard, Super Mario Maker has something for everyone. Not including the reused music from previous games, Super Mario Maker's score was written by Super Mario maestro, Koji Kondo, who hasn't written music solo for the series since Super Mario 64.

Multiplayer Theme 2 - Splatoon (Wii U)

If you've grown tired of the over-saturated market of brown shooters, you should give Splatoon a try. It's super colorful and Nintendo's take on the genre, shooting ink, swimming in ink and shooting it on walls to travel up them, breaths new life into the genre. The soundtrack is also really good and even among heavy hitters like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, it still manages to stand out.

Gnat Attack 1 - Mario Paint (SNES)

Long before Super Mario Maker, there was Mario Paint, a SNES game editor that allowed us to create our own art and music. Homages and references to this 16-bit classic are littered throughout Super Mario Maker and in a lot of ways it can been seen as a spiritual sequel to this title. One of the funnest mini games in Mario Paint was Gnat Attack. You played as a fly swatter, tasked with, what else, swatting gnats down. This mini game is actually hidden within Super Mario Maker and by beating it, you can unlock the very same outfit Mario wears on the cover of Super Mario Maker.

Pop Fashion Show - Style Savvy: Trendsetters (3DS)

Called Girls Mode in Japan, This is the second game in the Style Savvy series. The first was released on the original DS and there's been no word when or if the third game is coming to America. In Trendsetters you work your way up from assistant to store manager, buying clothes and dressing up customers. It sounds simple and it is but its really addictive with thousands of different clothing combinations. Playing dress up has never been this much. This super catchy beat can also be heard in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.

Battle! Team Aqua/Magma Leader - Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS)

If you missed out on Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire in the GBA era, fear not. Omega Ruby and Sapphire and enhanced remakes of those titles, released the very same day that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. dropped in America, causing wallets and purses to cry out in pain everywhere. The original version of this theme is quite good but the remake is so much better.

Records Roll - NES Remix 2 (Wii U)

Completing all of the challenges in each version of NES Remix is no easy task. Since these games were born from the NES era, you can expect lots of Nintendo Hard moments and if you're trying to make those three stars turn into rainbows, well, good luck is all I can say. Your reward for doing so in NEX Remix 2 is this dreamy staff roll theme.

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