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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Favorite Tunes #131: Farewell, 2015

2015 has come and just about gone. Hard to believe that in one day, 2016 will be upon us. Since 2015 is coming to an end, it only feels right to have this set of Favorite Tunes be represented in finality. So enjoy a round of credit themes.

Credits (Super Smash Bros.) - Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Often refereed to by fans as Smash 64, the original Super Smash Bros. was one of my most played N64 titles. I always did enjoy the main theme of the first Smash. It was remixed in Brawl and was one of the many returning tracks for the Wii U edition of Smash.

Cosmic Eternity - Sonic CD (SCD)

If you missed out on Sonic CD on its initial 1993 release (like most did due to it being released on a system most didn't own), you ought to download it for your PC, PS3 or 360. You'll be getting the definitive version of the game featuring both soundtracks and Tails as a playable character among other tweaks. Cosmic Eternity is the Japanese/European ending theme. Sadly, the digital version of Sonic CD lacks lyrics.

Staff Roll (CPS-1) - Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (ARC)

The stage themes tend to be remembered most when discussion of Street Fighter II music becomes the topic of conversation. Perfectly understandable since the stages themes are some of the most varied, iconic tunes in gaming, doing a marvelous job of representing the numerous locals across the globe. However, the staff roll theme should not go unnoticed. During the course of Street Fighter II's updated releases, the music went from CPS-1 to CPS-2 with the music sounding quite different between the two. I lean toward the CPS-1 version when it comes to the game's staff roll.

Staff Roll - Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

A sequel of sorts to 2005's Kirby Canvas Curse on the DS, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse doesn't use the pink blob's signature Copy ability but it is still a solid Kirby game with a breathtaking claymation visual style. The soundtrack has a few classic Kirby arrangements but most of it is new material. The Staff Roll is a medley of a few of the game's new themes.

Staff Roll - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's soundtrack is easily some of the best video game music I've heard. It has jungle beats, rock, metal, ambient tracks and even some jazz. Speaking of, the staff roll theme mixes Jungle Hijinx with Stickerbrush Symphony for an earth-soothing tune.

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