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Monday, November 7, 2016

Favorite Tunes #163: Election Day Eve

How's that for a topical title? I've never been big on politics. Simply discussing it is a quick way to spark arguments with your friends and total strangers. I'm just ready to have this election overwith. This week, we've got tunes ranging from the SNES, Genesis, Game Boy and PS. Enjoy.

Dr. Light Lab 1 - Mega Man IV (GB)

Often labeled incorrectly as ports of the NES games, in Japan Mega Man's GB games went under the title of Rockman World and were far from being mere handheld versions of the console titles. Mega Man IV was notable for introducing shops to the entire series, an adrenaline filled final showdown with Dr. Wily and some nice GB versions of NES tracks from Mega Man 4 and 5 as well as original compositions. I personally prefer this version of Dr. Light Lab over the second.

Temple ~ DK Island Swing - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Collect the Kong letters of every stage a world houses and you unlock a Kong level. In a game that already throws everything and five kitchen sinks at you, the K levels will make you want to curl up in a corner and cry. These levels are lengthy and checkpoint starvation is in full effect. On the plus side, each K level has this jazzy remix of DK Island Swing. Gotta hold on to what's left of your sanity somehow.

Sucker Punch - Splatoon (Wii U)

I've really been enjoying Chugga Conroy's LP of Splatoon. He's gotten me to try out weapons I probably wouldn't have touched otherwise. Turns out I actually like the Squiffer. Anyhoo, anyone that's played Splatoon knows the multiplayer jams are the bee's knee. Sucker Punch isn't my favorite (Ink or Sink and Friend List have that honor) but it's still a joy to ears.

Under Pressure - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)

What it lacked in four player support, it made up for with exclusive bosses, new modes and extra stages. The SNES home conversion of Turtles in Time is often considered to be superior than the arcade original. I think it also benefited from the SNES sound chip. While the title might make you think of a classic song, Under Pressure is an original tune made just for the SNES version of Turtles in Time's Time Attack mode.

Attack the Barbarian - Streets of Rage (GEN)

The SNES may have had Final Fight but it lacked two player support. Streets of Rage didn't have this problem so it was another thing Genesis owners could rub in SNES owner's faces. Another plus for the Genesis crowed was Yuzo Koshiro's killer soundtrack. Am I supposed to beat up the boss or bust a move?

Irene - Street Fighter EX2 Plus (PS)

Just as Street Fighter EX + alpha had new features over it's arcade cousin, Street Fighter EX 2 Plus had some benefits over the stand up version. The PS version had some amazing arranged tracks done up by the same team that worked on the arcade game's music. Really, both soundtracks are gold, but EX2 Plus gets some exclusive music such as this beauty of a theme.

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