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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Favorite Tunes #139: Cerulean City

We're fast approaching the 150th edition of Favorite Tunes. Video game music is something I've been enamored with since the late '80s so I'm always happy to share a few gaming tracks I adore each week in this feature. This week features music from Splatoon, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and that indie PC game no one can stop talking about, Undertale.

Another Medium - Undertale (PC)

What's this? Undertale music cropping up again? It still hasn't been featured as many times as the music from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but since the music from Undertale is so good, you can look forward to it showing up frequently. Since the random encounter rate in the game isn't that high it allows you to better take in the game's soundtrack.

Tentacular Circus - Splatoon (Wii U)

Are you one of those Squids that hasn't touched Splatoon's single player campaign? I recommend giving it a go. Not only is it good for players that are just starting out, but this mode is also the way certain pieces of gear can be unlocked. This mode is also home to some pretty sick beats. Kinda wish we could hear these in the online multiplayer mode.

Cerulean City - Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (DS)

One of my all-time favorite tracks from Gen I was enhanced in Gen II. It was enhanced even more in the DS remakes HeartGold/SoulSilver. I don't see how anyone could dislike this them. Its such a bouncy, jovial piece of music.

Bramble Blast - Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Its floaty and has tripping. Just a few of the reasons gamers will toss out as to why Brawl sucks and Melee is the best Smash evar!!! I certainly wasn't a fan of tripping but Brawl was one of my most played Wii games. It increased my love for Toon Link and the soundtrack still makes my ears hum. Much thanks to Sakurai for including a good chunk of Brawl's music in Smash 4.

Brave or Grave - Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Multi)

If ever there was a boss that inspired rage quit it would have to be M. Bison. If you didn't grow up in the '90s, this dictator has been a thorn in the side of many a Street Fighter II player. I thought he couldn't get any tougher but then his Alpha 3 incarnation came along and with him, a screen clearing Psycho Crusher. On the up side, he still knows what's up with those final boss themes.

Opening - Mega Man 8 (PS, SAT)

Mega Man came to the 32-bit era of gaming in style. And with horrific voice acting. Fans tend to be quite divided on Mega Man 8, but I'm among the lot that likes to defend this game. The following the Capcom logo is a beautiful anime cut scene with a rocking jam. The Japanese version has Electrical Communication, which isn't bad by any means, but I've always found this tune more fitting.

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