This Favorite Tunes is a bit late. I was supposed to have this up on the 22nd, but I slacked off, time got away from me and I never got around to getting it up at the appointed time. To make amends, a bonus Favorite Tunes will be added later this week. For now, enjoy some beats from the latest entry in the Paper Mario series, Super Mario RPG, Rayman, Street Fighter III, Ape Escape, and Portal.
Sketchy Corner - Paper Mario Color Splash (Wii U)
Before Color Splash was even released, some fans already made up their minds that they hated the game because it took some aspects from Sticker Star. Having invested hours into Color Splash, I can say that it isn't the awful game so many make it appear to be. The writing is funny, the batlles, while on the easy side are fun, the HD visuals a marvel and the soundtrack is audio heaven. I almost regret getting the water wheel going in Port Prisma because once you do, this jazzy beat no longer plays.
Nimbus Land (Let's Do The Fooka-Fooka!) - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
While fans await for a *ahem* "proper" Paper Mario sequel (whatever that means), fans also wait and wait for a sequel to Super Mario RPG. With 20 years after the game's release, I think it could be safe to assume that a sequel to the SNES classic just ain't gonna happen. As much as I love that game, I'm perfectly fine with Nintendo carrying on RPGs with the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi titles.
Good Fighter (Ryu Stage) - Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact Giant Attack (ARC, DC)
Street Fighter III as a whole was a major shake up for the SF series. The majority of the cast from the SFII series was gone in favor of a lot of new faces. The soundtrack was also quite different with hip hop and jazz being the dominate music genre. I didn't get into the SFIII titles until 3rd Stike but I liked the new fighters and different style of music.
Specter Land ~ Flying Fortress - Ape Escape (PS)
The first PS game that needed to be played with the Dual Shock controller, Ape Escape put both analog sticks to good use as you took control of numerous inventions to capture the rambunctious monkeys. The game's vibrant, cheerful and atmospheric soundtrack is some of Soichi Terada's best work.
Still Alive - Portal (PC)
If you ever had reason to be suspicious of cake, look no further than the innovative PC game, Portal. Any gun that lets you turn the enemy into Swiss cheese in a second is cool and all but a portal gun? Now that's the bee's knee. Also cool is the end credits theme to the game, a song so famous even those that haven't played Portal (like me) have heard it.
Band Land - Rayman (Multi)
The limbless wonder was quite the thing in the mid to late 1990s. When every other platform hero under the sun was going 3D, Rayman was keeping it 2D and pretty, too. Even after all these years, the original Rayman still looks drop dead gorgeous.
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