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Friday, November 27, 2015

Favorite Tunes #128: Underground Jazz

Super Mario Maker has been blessed with check points, Cloud Strife is coming to Super Smash Bros., Splatoon got a new stage with 3 more on the way and the first generation of Pokemon games are at long last getting a digital release. Can you guess how all of that fits in with the 128th edition of Favorite Tunes?

SMB Underground (Edit Mode) - Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Half the joy of Super Mario Maker comes from playing other people's creations. The other half comes from constructing your own courses. When making your own levels, the game gives you an arrangement of the background theme's tile set. Super Mario Bros. Underground edit music is video game jazz at its finest.

Electric de Chocobo - Final Fantasy VII (PS, PC)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've no doubt heard that Final Fantasy VII star Cloud Strife is going to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U, complete with Midgar as a stage, No doubt we'll be getting a hefty does of FFVII music for Cloud's stage along with several remixes. FFVII doesn't have my favorite FF score but the music is still quite good. The game does have what is arguably the best Chocobo theme.

Opening - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a huge part of my childhood. I watched the 1987 cartoon show, I had a ton of the action figures and of course, there were the games. the first NES TMNT game is often given much flak for its insane difficulty but the game isn't the disaster so many make it out to be. It has some slick visuals and the soundtrack serves up some of the best rock on the NES. That killer opening theme still amazes me to this day.

Friend List - Splatoon (Wii U)

Who did you go with during the Pirates vs. Ninjas Splatfest? I went with Ninjas and while it was the popular choice by a super wide margin, Pirates came out on top. Oh well. That's just the way it goes sometimes. Anyhoo, Splatoon might just have my favorite video game soundtrack this year. So many standout tracks in both the single and online multiplayer mode. Friend List is my second favorite multiplayer theme right behind Ink or Sink.

Battle! Wild Pokemon - Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (GB)

The first generation of Pokemon is at long last making its way to the 3DS eShop in 2016, complete with virtual link cable capabilities for local battling. The original Pokemon games are home to some of the finest chiptune GB music. For many a Pokemon fan, this battle theme is one of their favorites, not just because it was one of the firsts but because this piece of music is just that good.

Staff Credits - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN, Wii)

I've never really played much of Twilight Princess despite owning a copy on the Wii. With an HD remake heading for the Wii U, I intend to give that version my attention and see just why this game gets the adoration that it does. While I haven't played it, I have sampled some of its music. The staff roll music as a beautiful arrangement of the game's main theme and my favorite staff roll music of all Zelda games.

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