All good things must come to an end. The final Splatfest is now a memory. It was a really close one with Team Marie being triumphant over Team Callie. I went with Team Callie but I had a lot of fun. Good games Team Marie. I'll still be playing Splatoon but you better believe I'm more than a little sad to see Splatfest go.
Shiokara Bushi - Splatoon (Wii U)
If you get off of Splatoon's highly addictive online multiplayer mode and play the excellent single player campaign you'll cross tentacles with one of Nintendo's most creative final bosses, DJ Octavio. During the climax of the battle, Ocatvio's killer jam is replaced with this sick beat for the duration of the fight. During Splatfest, the tune Ink Me Up is usually played but when about 24 hours of the event was left, Nintendo switched things up and made Shiokara Bushi the final Splatfest theme, much to many player surprise and delight.
Ranking - Contra (ARC)
I tend to prefer the original Contra's score on the NES hardware, but there's a certain charm to the arcade version's music. Most of the music from the arcade version made it to the home consoles. Pity that the excellent Ranking music did not. I'll bet this would have sounded terrific with NES instruments but even on arcade hardware, its a pretty jovial track.
Main Theme - Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U, 3DS)
Mario and Sonic are back once again. This time they've headed to Rio for the Olympic Games. It wouldn't be a Mario & Sonic game without some boss remixes and a main theme and this game certainly delivers. The intro with the drums really gives this one a festival vibe.
Molgera: Wind Waker - Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS)
If you couldn't get enough hack and slash action with Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U, Hyrule Warriors Legends has you covered for on the go Zelda meets Dynasty Warriors fix. Toon Link joins the fight, bringing with him a variety of Wind Waker arrangements. In true Dynasty Warriors fashion, these tracks are rock remixes. Though I was not expecting a Molgera remix, it is most certainly welcome.
Studiopolis Zone - Sonic Mania (PS4, XBO, PC)
The last time I including a song in Favorite Tunes from a game that had yet to be released, it was Mighty No. 9. I like to think Sonic Mania will fare a lot better than that game did. Studiopolis Zone's music reminds me a lot of the Japanese version of Stardust Speedway Zone, one of my favorite tunes in Sonic CD. This track had me dying to find out what the rest of the game's soundtrack will be like.
Name Entry - Super Thunder Blade (GEN)
A port of the arcade game, Thunder Blade, Super Thunder Blade was a game that was too much for the Genesis hardware. The overhead section of each stage has been given the axe and the game lags like crazy after every movement. My first time playing Super Thunder Glade was on the PS2's SEGA Genesis Collection and since I died frequently, I was met with the Name Entry screen.