Monday, December 22, 2008

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - "Merry Christmas" Edition

This week is that of Christmas. From Christmas to New Year's Day is what many consider the height of the holiday season-- the magical time of year. This week's SuperPhillip's Favorite VGM is a special occasion. I will be putting off continuing new videos, and just checking out themes from games which have a holiday/winter spirit to them. These aren't just my videos this time either, so I hope you'll enjoy this edition. Perhaps it will put you into the Christmas spirit if you aren't already! ...Oh, my. You and I seem to be under the mistletoe! You know what that means! *smooch* Goodness. I forgot. I haven't brushed my teeth for weeks! Well, at least it will explain that Frosted Flake and peanut butter aftertaste you're experiencing!

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JANGLE BELLS ~ from Donkey Kong Country 3 (SNES)
Let's start off with the most Christmas-y of these twenty tracks! In order to hear this song, you needed to enter a special code. The code made this song, Jangle Bells, the theme of every bonus stage. And instead of collecting stars within each stage, you collected Christmas ornaments. A pretty cool Easter egg (well-hidden Christmas present?) if I do say so myself.




ICE CAVE CHANT ~ from Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
From the final installment in the Donkey Kong Country trilogy to the very first, here we hear Ice Cave Chant. I can just picture having those cheeky apes slip-sliding around that icy cave!




FROSTY VILLAGE ~ from Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
What else could you expect from a level with homes equipped with Christmas lights and light poles with wreaths hanging from them? Well, a lot of places, but none of them would be Frosty Village of Diddy Kong Racing fame, I betcha!



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FREEZEEEY PEAK ~ from Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
This was one of my favorite worlds in the original Banjo-Kazooie alongside Gobi's Valley. In the center of the world stood a gigantic snowman which Banjo and Kazooie could traverse-- even sliding down a sled on his scarf! Surrounding the snowman were a Christmas tree in need of lighting, a bashful walrus who loathed stinky bears, a wintry village to the east, and several islands where some very throw-happy evil snowmen lingered.



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ICICLE MOUNTAIN ~ from Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN)
Many of us did not know the existance of the Ice Climbers until Super Smash Bros. Melee. "Who are those dudes" was a popular question when the premiere trailer was unveiled at Nintendo's Spaceworld event. They may still not have a new title under their collective belts, but Nana and Popo do have two roles in recent games-- Melee and Brawl.



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GLEAM GLACIER ~ from Super Princess Peach (DS)
From the fun albeit easy DS platformer, Super Princess Peach, comes the first theme of Gleam Glacier. A jaunty little ditty that makes you want to bob your head up and down as the melody chimes in. Very Christmas-like, don't you think?



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WHITE THE HEART ~ from Star Ocean: The Second Story (PS1)
Not the most jolly song on the list, yet it still fits with this edition's theme. If you're looking for a snowy village theme with a little more pep, check out A Snow Light later on.



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SNOW MOUNTAIN ~ from Super Mario 64 (N64)
Who could forget exploring their first fully 3D snow level? Slipping down slopes, leaping off the very top of the mountain into the abyss below either accidentally or intentionally, and racing a speedy penguin down an icy slide? Not me, for one. The theme for the two snow levels is a variation of the theme Slider which is used in many of the bonus stages of the game.



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SNOWY MOUNTAIN ~ from Sonic Adventure (DC)
We're going from a plain old snow mountain to a snowy mountain! This mellow track is perfect for the glacier exploration that Sonic endured in the Ice Cap area of the blue hedgehog's first 3D outing, Sonic Adventure.



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HOLOSKA DAY ~ from Sonic Unleashed (PS3, 360, Wii, PS2)
We're not done with that hedgehog yet. This is the day theme of the town area of Holoska from the newly released Sonic Unleashed for all major consoles. Love it or hate it, the soundtrack once again amazes.



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FREEZE MAN ~ from Mega Man 7 (SNES)
I'm pushing it on this once, but I just had to have my good friend Freeze Man pay us a visit. Some find Mega Man 7 as the black sheep of the series. Bigger sprites meant less room for platforming. I'd take that any day over the extreme precision platforming and lazy "old school" sprites of Mega Man 9.



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CHILLY WATERS ~ from Mario Party 3 (N64)
This is the very first board of Mario Party 3 which is my least favorite of the N64 trilogy. Note: they're all good games in my eyes. The board sits a top of slippery frozen-over lake. Who cares about watching your step? This song's jolly enough for me to fall on my rear with a smile!



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SNOW ~ from Mario Kart 64 (N64)
This is the theme of Frappe Snowland and Sherbet Land from the multiplayer racer that kickstarted the genre, Mario Kart 64. Frappe Snowland would return in Mario Kart DS as Sherbet Land would make a comeback in Mario Kart Wii-- the most recent title in the series.



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SHERBET LAND ~ from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GCN)
Not to be confused with the Nintendo 64's iteration, Double Dash's version is completely new-- a version that I prefer as there's more to look at... and avoid! Skating shy guys, freezies that will impede your progress upon contact, and slippery slopes and turns makes this Sherbet Land one to reckon with. I also prefer the theme more than the 64 version, but it's essentially comparing platinum to gold here.



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ICE VALLEY ~ from Metroid Prime (GCN)
Phendrana Drifts was not just a dangerous area, but it was also just one very good looking one, too. Never before had I been immersed in an actual winter world that I would just explore for fun-- not to find anything-- just explore like it was my very own playground. The mellow music which accompanied was just the "ice" on the cake.



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A SNOW LIGHT ~ from Tales of Symphonia (GCN)
This is one of my favorite village themes. It's just a majestic song accompanying a beautiful snowy town. I think I was in this town more than I needed to just so I could the theme over and over again.



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SNOW DANCING IN THE SCHOOLYARD ~ from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) Arranged Album
A song heard early in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, this track is the arranged album version. The tinny quality of the original soundtrack doesn't do it for me. I think my ears are too shallow.



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WHITE ICE ~ from Bomberman 64 (N64)
Let me make it clear that I hate the boss of this stage. You stupid spider. I hope you get coal shoved up where you spin your web, you big meanie! Now after listening to this song again, I'm back in the Christmas spirit. I think I'm going to sew that spider a big "I love you" sweater with eight sleeves... but after Christmas I'm burning the bastard in it.



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OVER SHIVER MOUNTAIN ~ from Paper Mario (N64)
The seventh chapter of the original Paper Mario took place in the frozen wilderness around Shiver City. Speaking of which, for another Christmas-like tune, check out Cold Reception in Shiver City. Anyway, Over Shiver Mountain is the type of winter theme that makes you want to dance... or bop your head... or take some ecstacy to-- wait, what?



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SLIPSHOD SLOPES ~ from Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)
Let's end with a song that is pretty laidback but full of Christmas sound. It's the theme of Slipshod Slopes in the wonderful Wii platformer, Wario Land: Shake It!



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If you won't be around this week after tonight due to family gatherings and whatnot, then allow me to wish you a Merry Christmas and/or a very propserous holiday season while I get the chance. Also, remember to check out my Youtube channel as it's there that you can find all of my past and future volumes!

1 comment:

Joseph said...

I thought Flanoir’s theme from ToS would surely be forgotten but it wasn’t! :)

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