Monday, March 30, 2009

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Donkey Kong Edition

Last week we bid adieu to The Legend of Zelda series for the time being. This week we go from the majestic kingdom of Hyrule to the lush green jungles of DK Isle with music from Donkey Kong's illustrious career.

V281. Donkey Kong - Theme

This theme right here is the oldest song ever included in my favorite VGMs. It's an extremely simple yet infectious theme that anyone growing up with and enjoying the game, Donkey Kong, couldn't get out of their head. Needless to say, our next series of music comes from the Donkey Kong franchise!

V282. Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance

Aquatic Ambiance serves as the theme for Donkey Kong Country's underwater levels. It's an extremely atmospheric and soothing piece of music, and the most mind-blowing part is that it was all done on the Super Nintendo's sound chip! I was amazed then, but now knowing how ahead of its time the DKC soundtrack was, it's just astonishing. Then again, Rare almost always has magnificent soundtracks for their games.

V283. Donkey Kong Country - Fear Factory

This is the second track I'm using in our Donkey Kong series from the original Donkey Kong Country. It only plays in a couple of levels in the fifth world-- it's Fear Factory. Curse those teasing oil drums! How dare you taunt me!

V284. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Flight of the Zinger

The Zinger is the bee-like enemy in the first two Donkey Kong Country games. They come in yellow (vulnerable to barrels) and red (invincible) varieties. This theme is yet another atmospheric track that really kicks in with a fast-paced piano theme. Another great track to one of my favorite soundtracks period in Donkey Kong Country 2.

V285. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Stickerbrush Symphony

This is one of the most popular tracks from the Donkey Kong Country 2 soundtrack and for good reason. It's an atmospheric, tranquil techno trance. It puts you into a false sense of security for sure as every level this song is featured in is lined with deadly thorns!

That wraps things up for this week. Next week we'll continue monkeying around with Donkey Kong and the gang as we make our way to the 300th volume of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs.

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