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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Favorite Tunes #178: Blast From the Past

Two weeks without Favorite Tunes? What gives? Well, you see, this game came out and it has made it really hard to not only play other games but do usual blogging. I'm pretty sure you know what that game is. *Ahem* Anyhoo, there's music from Gradius Gaiden, Blaster Master Zero and Space Megaforce among others.

Area 2 - Blaster Master Zero (3DS, NS)

Despite owning the original Blast Master both physically and digitally, I have never really played much of it. Blaster Master Zero, the remake, however, I have invested hours into and it is already shaping up to be one of my favorite games of 2017. The soundtrack is straight fire! I could be predictable and give the glorious Area 1 remix a spot here, but I really like the theme used for Area 2.

Speed - Gradius Gaiden (PS)

Regarded among some fans as the best game in the series, Gradius Gaiden was originally released on the PS in Japan only but would make it's way to the states in the PSP Gradius Collection. Being a big fan of Gradius, the is one of the few Gradius I've yet to play. The music is really freaking cool and this is hands down my favorite track from the game. With Konami making their way back into console and PC gaming, I'm hoping Gradius Gaiden sees another re-release.

Destroy Them All - Life Force (NES)

From one Gradius game to another, Life Force was released one year after Gradius in arcades and was ported to the NES where it recieved a few features not present in the original arcade version. The power up bar from Gradius was implemented, making it easier for the player to customize their power ups. Being a solid port, the game also kept the arcade game's difficulty so Nintendo Hard is in full force but the Konami Code does make finishing the game a bit easier. Life Force's soundtrack sounds pretty dang good on the NES. In particular, the final stage theme sounds a lot better than the arcade version.

Stage Select - Bomberman 64 (N64)

Bomberman '93, '94 and Bomberma Hero had all recieved Virtual Console releases but Bomberman 64 was left out in the cold. At least, until now. Bomberman 64 recently hit the Wii U eShop so if you don't feel like hunting down a copy or getting out the N64, you can buy the game digitally. Bomberman 64 is certainly one of the most challenging entries and you really have to put in work to get the game's true ending. It also has some of the best music. Here's hoping Bomberman 64: The Second Attack gets re-released as it is an incredibly rare title.

Hateno Village (Day) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U, NS)

Like so many others, Breath of the Wild has taken up a huge part of my gaming time. Whether you're staving off Lynels or just exploring the vast open world, BOTW makes for a truly unique Zelda experience. I really like what Nintendo has done with the music in this game. This game has some really great town thems. Kakariko Village is a theme I love, but I have to give the nod to Hateno Village.

Boss Battle 2 - Space Megaforce (SNES)

Oh man, if ever there was a shooter that was in dire need of a re-release it is Space Megaforce, known as Super Aleste in Japan. This game could very well be my favorite Compile shooter and it fetches insanely high prices on the second hand market. It plays excellently, looks fantastic and the soundtrack is crazy awesome. Is this rock theme not the sickest thing you ears have ever been blessed to hear?

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