Monday, May 30, 2011

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - SPC is Back Edition

I took an unannounced two-week vacation, and now I'm back-- just in time for E3! No better way to get back into the groove of things than returning to my favorite VGMs! This week we'll be listening and viewing music from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. That's just three of the games we'll be hearing music from! Let's get to it, gang!

v721. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Wandering Ghosts

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was the first Metroid-styled game in the series. The style would continue henceforth through the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Wandering Ghosts is a peppy song with an electric guitar as the main melody. Nothing like hearing this music while slaying some skeletons or other otherworldly creature.

v722. Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil - Stepping Wind (Snow Mountain Mira Mira)

This catchy vocal song plays during the snowboarding level of Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil for the PlayStation 2. After the massive bomb that was the Wii remake of the very first Klonoa game, it seems like the future is bleak for this floppy-eared feline. That's alright though as Klonoa lives on through in-game advertisements (Ridge Racer 3D, anyone?) and four great adventures.

v723. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Kakariko Village

Here's two versions of the same song with Kakariko Village from the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past which is arguably one of the greatest 16-bit games of its time. The first version is a symphonic arrangement from the Legend of Zelda: Sound and Drama CD while the other is simply the Super Nintendo original. A Link to the Past holds a special place in my heart as it is an extremely well-crafted game, full of secrets and fun.

v724. We Love Golf! - Highland Leaf Country Club

Ah, We Love Golf! by the fine folks at Camelot, makers of the Golden Sun and Mario Golf and Tennis games. I loved this Wii-exclusive golfing romp, and I was saddened that more people didn't get a chance to play this excellent golf game. The Highland Leaf Country Club was the first of eight courses in the game. It was, of course, the easiest with large, sprawling fairways and very few bunkers and water hazards. If you're looking for your Camelot-golfing fix, why not try out We Love Golf!?

v725. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg - Pop A Parade/A-Jack-in-the-Box

These two themes seamlessly transition from one to another to create a single-sounding song. It's Pop A Parade and A-Jack-in-the-Box! from Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, created by Sonic the Hedgehog creator, Yuji Naka. The game itself had you rolling an egg around, crushing and rolling over enemies as you leaped through rings and beat down bosses on your quest to save Billy's island. The game did not receive the best of marks and for good reason-- the camera was pretty poor, and the controls weren't the best. However, the soundtrack is pure gold, Jerry.

And before you know it, time will fly by, and we'll be experiencing the next set of five favorite VGMs. Have a great week, everybody!

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