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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Favorite Tunes #140: Wild West

Apologies for the lack of posts last week. I had some urgent family matters that I had to attend to. But things are going well so I'd like to resume the regular blog post of at least getting a few posts up in one week.

Stage Desert - Smart Ball (SNES)

We've been having some warmer weather here in Virginia Beach as of late so a desert theme seems really appropriate. Besides, Smart Ball has some really good tunes behind those screwy controls. Would ya believe Game Freak made this game?

Western Land - Mario Party 2 (N64)

I haven't played a Mario Party game since the second one, but some would say the series has seen better days. The games aren't terrible but from my understanding, there's been somewhat of a fall from grace. At least the controls stopped giving players blisters after the first game and Yasunori Matsuda once again delivered the goods with a killer soundtrack.

Wild West - Final Fantasy VI (SNES)

How I mentioned how much I love Final Fantasy VI? Because I really love Final Fantasy VI. The story, the characters, the music, oh, the music! In this gamer's humble opinion, Final Fantasy VI is Nobuo Uematsu's magnum opus. This game is bursting with quality music from high profile tracks like Dancing Mad to more under-appreciated themes like Wild West (which plays on the Veldt).

The Decisive Battle - Arcana (SNES)

I used to listen to a ton of MIDI video game music back in the day/ MIDI covers to be precise. One such game that had a wealth of MIDI covers was Arcana and The Decisive Battle was a song that I would replay over and over. Years later I would hear the original SNES tracks and found out that Jun Ishikawa of Kirby fame, had a hand in writing this game's splendid soundtrack.

Realm Overworld - The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)

If you thought Zelda II and Skyward Sword were the only games to cause fan uproar, you were either just born or just poked your head out of the sand. The DS Zelda games are quite divisive among Zelda fans. From the touch controls to the new gameplay features they introduced, one doesn't have to do much searching to find that opinions of Toon Links DS adventure can be quite mixed with Spirit Tracks getting the majority of the hate. This lovely theme from Toon Link's rail road days was given a superb remix for the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros.

M. Bison Stage - Street Fighter II (SNES ver.)

Mike Tyson had us throwing our controllers across the room in the 1980s. M. Bison had us doing it in the 1990s. The final boss of Street Fighter II was no push over. Be it the arcade or the home versions, M. Bison brought forth much frustration to any and everyone who challenged him.I think the SNES version of M. Bison's iconic stage theme turned out extremely well.

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