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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Favorite Tunes #191: Soy Sauce for Geese

Favorite Tunes on Sunday again? Yeah, buddy. This should be the last time you see this feature up on Sundays as I'm moving it back to Saturday this week. Anyway, we've got music from two Fire Emblem games, Bomberman 64 as well as two Street Fighter titles.

Comrades - Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA)

Sacred Stones was the second game in the long running Fire Emblem series to be released outside of Japan and is the eighth game in the mainline series. This excellent character recruitment theme was arranged in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and I've got it cranked up to play very often.

Staff Roll - Bomberman 64 (N64)

People often make the mistake of assuming a game is easy because it has a cute, childlike visual style. Bomberman certainly looks adorable in his first 64 bit outing, but this is a seriously challenging adventure. Even if you aren't going for 100% by getting all the gold cards, this game will beat you up over and over. If you are going for the best, true ending, then you've got some grueling final fights ahead of you. Sometimes a jovial staff roll theme at the end is one of the best rewards a game can give you.

2017 is shaping up to be an excellent year for remakes. There's Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy as well as Fire Emblem Echoes, which is a remake of the Famicom/NES game, Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second game in the whole series, which was originally never released outside of Japan. Years ago I was exposed to this game's original chiptune soundtrack and I think it ranks among some of the best audio the NES has to offer. Having finally started my copy of Echoes, I like quite a bit of the remake's tunes. Where the Wind Rustles was always a top favorite of mine and it keeps the joyful march of the original while making it seem more grand with an orchestral performance. 

If the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite wasn't enough to give Capcom a higher place on fan's and critic's hate list, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is another. What is essentially an updated version of 2008's Super Street Fighter II: Turbo HD Remix, Final Challengers has a $40 price tag attached to it, which is way too rich for a lot of people's blood. While a number of things in Final Challengers is questionable, I can't fault Capcom for the new arrangements. 

Rashid's Theme - Street Fighter V (PC, PS4)

Moving on from one controversial Street Fighter game to the next, Street Fighter V was released at full price with missing features like a story mode and arcade mode, the later being a fighting game staple and left many bewildered as to why it was not included from the get go. While hating on Capcom has become increasingly popular over the years, I'm a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due. So I applaud Capcom for the new characters and sick beats SFV has to offer. I admit that I'm a bit late to to party with Rashid's jam, but I love.

Soy Sauce for Geese (Fateful Battle BGM 1) - King of Fighters XIV (PC, PS4)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware that Geese Howard, one of the poster boys for SNK bosses, is going to be joining the roster of Tekken 7 as DLC. With all the crazy outfit combos you can make in this game, I can't wait to see all the crazy get-ups players are going to dress him in.

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