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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Favorite Tunes #172: Tipping the Scales

Holy balls of yarn! Did you catch that Fire Emblem Direct on the 18th? I'm not even the world's biggest Fire Emblem fan and I'm stoked for all that content! This Favorite Tunes is sprinkled with a dash of Fire Emblem music, Transformers: Devastation and some Metal Gear.

Battle Theme (Opponent) - Fire Emblem Gaiden (NES)

Usually I don't post music from a game that was mentioned in a previous Favorite Tunes, but I decided to make an exception for since Fire Emblem Gaiden is getting a beefy remake on the 3DS under the name Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. I'm more familiar with the game's soundtrack than I am the actually game, with the music being some of the best composed on the NES. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to the remake's arranged score. I recommend listening to Gaiden's original soundtrack to familiarize yourself with the themes for the upcoming game.

Motormaster - Transformers: Devastation (Multi)

Platinum Games licensed offerings haven't always been the best. 2016's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes: Mutants in Manhattan, a title I was really looking forward to, ended up being another mediocre Turtles game. Thankfully, their Transformers 2015 outing was a lot better, featuring a killer '80s style rock soundtrack.

Splattack! - Splatoon (Wii U)

The original Splatoon was a huge success for Nintendo, so much so, that it really isn't too surprising that Splatoon 2 will be landing on the Nintendo Switch just two years after the original. I cannot wait to ink turf and listen to Splatoon 2's soundtrack. In the meantime, Splatoon's original tunes will stay fresh in my mind. Pun, not intended.

Hell Field (Overworld Theme) - Gargoyle's Quest (GB)

Firebrands are some of the most annoying enemies in the Ghost 'n Goblins series and back in 1990, Capcom gave these life drainers their very own game. Regardless of your feelings towards these flying pests, Gargoyle's Quest is a standout title on the original Game Boy and you should definitely hop on the 3DS eShop and download it if you haven't yet. The game's soundtrack was handled by Yuki Iwai and Yoko Shimomura. Man, this theme is freaking beautiful.

-!- Alert - Metal Gear (NES)

For years the NES version of Metal Gear was the only way to legally play the first installment of the Metal Gear Saga. This all changed in 2006 when Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, an updated version of MGS3 was released on the PS2  and included the MSX2 version of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake as bonuses. The NES version of MG is often bashed by Hideo Kojima and fans for being an inferior port of the MSX2 game. It may not be perfect, but the NES music definitely trumps the MSX2 tunes. Alert just sounds so much better on the NES and this theme really needs to be arranged.

Draven's Valley Pass - Arcana (SNES)

Developed and published by HAL, Arcana is a dungeon crawling, card based RPG. Before Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando  worked magic together writing music for the numerous Kirby games, they collaborated on Arcana and one need only listen to a few tracks from this game to hear that Kirby vibe. Draven's Valley Pass is a good example of why short and repetitive, doesn't always mean bad.

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