Some of you might think that the so-called "summer solstice" is the real beginning of summer. No, no, no. You've actually got it all wrong. The official start of summer begins with this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs. We've got music from Sonic CD, Super Mario Sunshine, and Daytona USA to kick off your summer season right!
v651. Sonic CD (SCD) - Palmtree Panic Zone (Present) - JP/EU Version
While we generally enjoy the North American Sonic CD soundtrack, Palmtree Panic Zone's Japanese and European theme version of the present iteration of the zone outshines its North American counterpart. It's a very jovial theme with plenty of summertime vibes in it to make for a satisfying sound!
v652. Super Mario Sunshine (GCN) - Delfino Plaza
Listed as our favorite game hub way back when, Super Mario Sunshine's Delfino Plaza is the perfect gaming overworld. It's both compact and dense with things to do. Getting the area's numerous secret stars is like enjoying multiple side quests while glistening in the tropical sun of the plaza. This guitar-based theme from Koji Kondo is perfect for the glorious sun-baked setting of Delfino Plaza.
v653. Daytona USA (ARC) - Let's Go Away
A song synonymous with action-packed, skill-based drifting fun, Daytona USA is an arcade series that conjures up thoughts of racing down the sun-soaked tracks of the series. This trademark vocal theme of the series may seem corny to some, but to us it symbolizes summertime and racing awesomeness.
v654. Banjo-Kazooie (N64, XBLA) - Treasure Trove Cove
The second world of Phil's favorite 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie is none other than the sandy shores of Treasure Trove Cove. Packed to the brim with activities to partake in, whether it's taking down a giant crab, plundering a ship, entering a sand castle, or venturing to the top of the cove where a lighthouse rests, Treasure Trove Cove's greatness is further improved by this fantastic track.
v655. Ratchet & Clank (PS2) - Pokitaru - Jowai Resort
Listed as one of SuperPhillip Central's Top Ten Summer Vacation Video Game Destinations a while back, Ratchet & Clank's Pokitaru - Jowai Resort is a bright and sunny level. It would be perfect if it weren't for all those tenacious little spiked creatures that want nothing more than to use Ratchet as a pin cushion. Ratchet & Clank is one of our favorite PlayStation franchises. Although the series isn't at its once high levels of quality, we're sure that the PlayStation 4 will do wonders for Ratchet and his robo buddy!