v11. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) - Wind Garden
Who could have expected Nintendo EAD to give a Super Mario game a full orchestra? Well, that is exactly what they did with Super Mario Galaxy. Without a doubt one of the best themes from the game is Wind Garden which is heard playing in the gorgeous Gusty Garden Galaxy. This galaxy has worms that feast upon apples, winds that blow flowers in the air, and a stubborn mole that refuses to surrender.
v12. Viewtiful Joe (PS2, GCN) - Standing Ovation
After vanquishing Captain Blue in the original Viewtiful Joe, our unlikely hero winds up at the precipice of a new battle. But this time the girl that Joe saved wants to tag along in the form of Sexy Sylvia. Sure, why not? That opens up the way to the somewhat disappointing sequel and the credits where faux movie posters, cast, and credits are listed. Stand up and take a bow, Viewtiful Joe. You've earned it.
v13. Mega Man X3 (SNES) - Cast Roll
Sigma has once again been defeated thanks in part to the efforts of Mega Man X, Zero, and even Dr. Doppler. The Sigma Virus has been contained for the time being, but Mega Man X fans know that this wouldn't be the final time that Sigma would show his ugly mug. That's what the five sequels of Mega Man X3 were for. As Mega Man X runs through a futuristic metropolis, this rocking theme plays and the cast and crew light up the night sky. If you ever wanted to know how much Blizzard Buffalo weighed, this was the perfect opportunity to find out the answer.
v14. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (Wii) - Queen Bella's Ball
I didn't get to play much of the sequel to NiGHTS Into Dreams, but what I did get to play wasn't too terribly bad. There was plenty of variety in the gameplay from flying in the sunset sky as NiGHTs to exploring a map as one of the two children to racing to disarm a bomb. However, the most impressive part of the package was without question the music. SEGA once again delivered in spades with a variable pantheon of pretty and pleasant music. Queen Bella's Ball is just one of these terrific tracks. It gets you with its jazz flair and has you dancing in your seat as you play the boss battle that accompanies it.
v15. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) - Final Destination
As you'll discover, unlike most YouTube commenters, my vocabulary doesn't only consist of the word "epic", so I will attempt to not describe this song as that. Instead, I will talk about the incredible chanting backing this song that will send shivers down your spine. It borrows the melody of the main theme of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a game that might be listed in my favorite games of all time. But that's a discussion for another day. Whether you're battling Master Hand or taking on opponents in this flat, featureless arena, this track will get the blood pumping... to your loins! Oh!
This concludes the third installment of my favorite VGMs. Stay tuned next week for five more excellent themes from possibly your favorite video games of all time. Stay tuned later in the week for an all-new review and a new edition of the SPC Showdown!