Monday, January 28, 2013

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - It's Mario's World Edition

We all just play in it. Last week we arrived at 300 VGM volumes. This week we kick off our quest for 400 with five new themes from video games. On this edition we have a special orchestrated theme of Super Mario World, a piece from Jet Force Gemini, and music from F-Zero GX.

v301. Super Mario World (SNES) - Overworld (Orchestrated)

Performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic, this Overworld theme from Super Mario World gets the jazz treatment. Moreover, at the rousing conclusion of the symphonic piece comes a big band shift. It's nice getting a different take on a familiar theme, don't you think?

v302. Final Fantasy (Multi) - Cornelia Castle

With harpsichord accompaniment, the theme of Cornelia Castle from the very first Final Fantasy is full of majestic wonder. This particular rendition comes from the PSP port of the game. This version came with FMV cutscenes, a revised soundtrack, greater resolution visuals, and an all-new dungeon.

v303. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (GCN) - G.I.A.N.T. E.G.G. (Opening)

Without a doubt the catchiest VGM on this week's edition, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg's opening theme is quite kooky. Perhaps "cuckoo" would be the better word here. Along with the manic pace of the song comes an adorable children's chorus. I am sorry for giving you this VGM. Most likely you'll be humming it all evening now.

v304. Jet Force Gemini (N64) - Eschebone

A long while back (well, 2009 at least) I listed Jet Force Gemini as having the best Nintendo 64 soundtrack. The cinematic route that Rare's composers went with the game set the stage for a fantastic alien-busting romp that blares wonderfully symphonic-sounding music.

v305. F-Zero GX (GCN) - ZEN (Aeropolis)

We conclude this week's tour of my favorite VGMs with a piece from F-Zero GX, one of my favorite (and one of the most difficult) arcade-style racers. I am always amazed when I play the game at how well the visuals have held up. Oh, and I guess the gameplay has to. That is sort of important, too. ZEN starts off with a wintry sound before coming in with an electronica feel. The final lap theme for Aeropolis takes place at the three minute mark.

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