Another week has hit us like a redheaded stepchild, and with it comes five more great video game tracks. This week we start things off explicitly with some MadWorld, go down for the count with Punch-Out!, get viewtiful with Viewtiful Joe, go into overdrive with Gran Turismo 4, and show our Pokeymans with Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Onto the music!
v556. MadWorld - Move
We go from the cute, cuddly Pokemon to murderous mayhem in MadWorld for the Wii. This game was awarded best soundtrack at SuperPhillip Central's Best of 2009 game awards. Take a listen why. It's not every day I listen to hiphop, rap, and heavy metal, but for MadWorld, my ears happily made an exception! This song is Move, and it's performed by Ox.
v557. Punch-Out! - Main Theme
Ding-ding! The round starts and the fighters circle around the ring. Glass Joe opens up a weakness, and Little Mac capitalizes greatly! K.O.! Punch-Out!! was an immensely rewarding, challenging, reflex-based game that was a lot of fun. Too bad I absolutely stunk at it! Here's the main theme from the Wii version.
v558. Viewtiful Joe - Joe & Sylvia (Shadow Space Fort)
Ah... here we have arrived at the ultimate chapter of the first Viewtiful Joe, Joe & Sylvia, modeled after the movie Star Wars. This level takes place in space aboard the big bad's space fortress. Viewtiful Joe remains one of my favorite Gamecube games, and it was so good I double-dipped so I could play as Dante in the PlayStation 2 version. Here's the track Joe & Sylvia (Shadow Space Fort) for your listening amusement.
v559. Gran Turismo 4 - Freedom to Win
Rev up your racer as we're putting the pedal to the metal with Gran Tursimo 4. This extremely catchy, soft rock track is from the official soundtrack performed by THE BAD. There's the good and the ugly, but I was always did prefer THE BAD. Here's hoping Gran Turismo 5 comes out sometime soon!
v560. Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver - Violet & Olivine
This jaunty little theme comes from the recently released Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver. Which version did you pick up? I got SoulSilver-- bucking the trend of always buying the first of the two games. First it was Ruby, then it was FireRed, and then followed by Diamond. Back to my roots this time just like when I originally bought Pokemon Blue. Man, I feel so old!
This week of VGMs comes to an end, but they'll be back, bigger, faster, stronger. We can rebuild them. We can make them... bionic. Until then, have a great week, everybody!