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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Favorite Tunes #173: Clash on the Big Bridge

We're almost done with the month of January, meaning there's just a little over a month until the Nintendo Switch releases. Even if I can't get one on launch day, I've got more than enough to keep me busy, both with games and game music. This week we've got music from Chrono Trigger, Gravity Rush and Gimmick! among others.

Clash on the Big Bridge ~FFXII Version~ - Final Fantasy XII (PS2)

Among the copious amount of thrilling battle themes from this massive series that is going on thirty years old, Clash on the Big Bridge from Final Fantasy V is a huge fan favorite. Hitoshi Sakimoto is a master at composing music and I never knew how much I wanted an arrangement of FFV's most memorable battle done by him until I had heard it. The classic 16-bit theme is given the orchestral arrangement and it is amazing.

Yoshi and Cookies - Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)

Yoshi's Woolly World was one of my favorite games of this console generation and I'm excited to go through the game again when it releases on February 3rd on the 3DS. (That Poochy amiibo is SO cute!) Anyone that has played Kirby's Epic Yarn will recognize the beginning of Yoshi and Cookies. Woolly World was a a bit of a spiritual successor to the aforementioned game, so it was nice to see a musical homage to it.

Volt Krueger - The Bouncer (PS2)

Another Square Enix title. The Bouncer was a launch title for the PS2. The game game didn't set the world on fire, but it had some nice ideas like multiple endings and allowing the player to switch characters frequently. The Bouncer has exceptional voice acting and each playable character has their own theme that plays when you fight as them.

Strange Memories of Death [Unused] - Gimmick! (NES)

No matter how many times I listen to the music from Gimmick!, I'm amazed. The NES library is full of some really great soundtracks, but Gimmick! is truly on a whole different level. This is actually an unused theme that can be heard in the game's sound test. One listen to this baby and you'll be left wondering why it went unused.

Black Omen - Chrono Trigger (SNES)

Boy, I sure am giving Square Enix a lot of love in this week's Favorite Tunes. The Clockwork album I've been listening to did having something to do with a track from Chrono Trigger making the cut. It reminded me just how amazing that game's score is, even the tracks that don't play as often as others like Black Omen.

Old Town - Gravity Rush (PSV, PS4)

Originally released on the PS Vita, Gravity Rush recieved a re-release under the name Gravity Rush Remastered, giving the game even better visuals and exposure to wider audience on the PS4. The game's absolutely wonderful soundtrack was written by Kohei Tanaka and anyone that watches One Piece will know of his work.

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