Monday, September 15, 2014

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - #VGMGate Edition

I think it's time to bring up something important regarding gaming. It's an issue that's been permeating to a boiling point, and now it's time to take some action.

Yes, there was no edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs last week. Where did it go? Who is responsible? What is the excuse for this lack of preparedness? That is what #VGMGate is all about.

While I try to uncover the answers for this amazing controversy, I urge you to listen to this week's VGM picks. We have music from Xenoblade Chronicles, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Mario Kart Wii, to kick things off.

v701. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) - Hometown

Yoko Shimomura delivers a mellow symphonic treat with the Hometown theme of the first area within Xenoblade Chronicles. There's no doubt still a line of hype that leads to Shulk's inclusion in the new pair of Super Smash Bros. games, so it seems reasonable to include a theme from the game he comes from. Let's not forget about the sequel that will hopefully be releasing on Wii U in 2015!

v702. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360) - City of Revelry

One of the greatest parts of the less-than-awesome final chapter in the so-called Lightning Trilogy, aside from the great graphics is the stellar soundtrack. We've previously listened to Savior of Souls, one of the battle themes heard within Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Now, we listen to City of Revelry, a terrific track featuring a very sexy saxophone!

v703. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - Coconut Mall

One of my favorite Mario Kart tracks of all time is Mario Kart Wii's Coconut Mall. It's an absolute blast to speed through the halls and lobbies of an Isle Delfino-inspired shopping mall, pulling off tricks off of fountains and steps, and racing through the home stretch parking lot. Coconut Mall would return in Mario Kart 7 with some nice alterations. Regardless of which version you race on, you're guaranteed a fun and enjoyable ride!

v704. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES) - Fight Against an Armed Boss

Yoko Shimomura does double duty on this week's installment of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs. The composer known for her work on Kingdom Hearts did the music for Super Mario RPG way back on the Super Nintendo. This theme plays when you battle a boss that holds one of the legendary seven stars. It's a catchy little number that uses the Smithy theme as a motif throughout.

v705. Phantasy Star Universe (360, PS2) - Save This World

While Phantasy Star Universe on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 was a decidedly disappointing entry in the franchise, the music was one bright spot in an otherwise dull and repetitive game. Save This World is the main vocal theme of the game, and it's a combination of symphonic sounds and grooving rock. Hey, SEGA, how about that Phantasy Star Online 2 localization for the West, huh?

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