v131. Diddy Kong Racing (N64) - Crescent Island
Not only the theme of the Crescent Island racetrack, but it is also used as the second credits theme of Diddy Kong Racing, my personal favorite kart racer around. It introduced the genre to a well done story mode filled with unique challenges and boss races as well as brought hovercrafts and airplanes into the mix. This was when Rare was at the top of their game with Nintendo.
v132. Viewtiful Joe 2 (PS2, GCN) - True Heroes
The final boss theme of Viewtiful Joe 2, a slightly worse sequel to the original Viewtiful Joe, True Heroes has our viewtiful heroes facing off against the ultimate evil, striving to steal the power of the Oscars for himself. While Viewtiful Joe was a breath of fresh air with the character's never-before-seen powers and cel shaded glory, the sequel was somewhat more of the same with a new partner in Sexy Sylvia added to the mix. Most people's opinion on the game is that it is inferior to its predecessor, and I am in that camp.
v133. Phantasy Star Online (DC) - Can Still See the Light
A haunting vocal piece in the first half, followed by a rousing orchestral movement at the end, Can Still See the Light is the ending theme of Phantasy Star Online, originally a Dreamcast exclusive before it was ported to the GameCube and Xbox with an added part full of four new areas. I remember spending countless hours bobbing and weaving through perilous foes in search of survival and treasure alike. The upcoming Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PC and the PlayStation Vita, and I'm sure it will continue the tradition of quality the series is known for. (We won't talk about Phantasy Star Universe.)
v134. Kirby's Adventure (NES) - Butter Building (Brawl Version)
Kirby's Adventure was the very first Kirby title for a home console. Kirby had previously been exclusive to the Game Boy. This all-new platforming romp allowed Kirby to gobble up foes and steal their powers. Don't mess with a Kirby scorned or he'll send the pain right back at ya'. Kirby's Adventure would most recently go on the 3DS eShop in the form of a 3D Classics game. Now you can play through the scrolling parallax backgrounds in full stereoscopic 3D. Now that's progress!
v135. Pokemon Red/Blue Versions (GB) - Route 1
Nothing like ending an edition of the favorite VGMs with some retro goodness. And that is exactly what we get a sample of with the Pokemon games that started it all, Red and Blue. Route 1 is the jaunty tune that plays on the path that connects your hometown of Pallet with Virdian City. Catch some Rattata and enjoy the scenery as this song plays. Ah, the simplicity of childhood and a world where the biggest threat to humanity is a group of fashionably dressed Pokemon criminals named Team Rocket...
We have finished off another week of my favorite VGMs. If you want even more VGM goodness, check out my VGM database where all past VGM tracks are there for your listening and viewing pleasure. Until later, have a terrific week!