Monday, March 9, 2009

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - "Farewell, Mario" Edition

My review for Friday is almost finished. I just need to see how the online works in order to give my complete analysis. Expect it by the end of the week.

This installment marks the final Mario edition of our four series set. Let's cap things off with a listen to Mario's role-playing and kart-racing escapades. We have music from the original Mario RPG, Paper Mario, Mario & Luigi, and Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash.

V266. Super Mario RPG - Beware the Forest Mushrooms

We kick off the second half of Mario's various spin-offs with his first foray into the realm of role-playing games with Super Mario RPG. This is one of the more popular tracks in the game, so I'd be amiss if I didn't add it into my own collection of favorites.

V.267 - Paper Mario - Mysterious Dry Dry Outpost

This track comes from Mario's second RPG outing, Paper Mario, which was originally and tentatively titled Super Mario RPG 2. The wait for this game seemed to be forever, but after finally playing it I think it was worth the wait. While the soundtrack of the Paper Mario games don't hold a candle to Yoko Shimomura's compositions, there's still some quality to be found. Here is the theme of Dry Dry Outpost.

V268. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - Hoohoo Village

This quaint and cozy mountainside town, Hoohoo Village, is the home of this whimsical tune. The song as well as the village itself are courtesy of Yoko Shimomura and are featured in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Mario & Luigi 3 is set to release sometime this summer for lucky Europeans with no date yet planned for North America.

V269. Mario Kart 64 - Circuit

Vroom! Mario and company speed into 3D with Mario Kart 64-- one of the best multiplayer games of its time. This volume contains the theme of Luigi, Mario, Royal Raceways, and Wario Staduim-- it's Circuit.

V270. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! - Circuit

We round up our look and listen at Mario's various spin-offs with Mario Kart: Double Dash's Circuit track. This song is used numerous times for Luigi Circuit, Mario Circuit, and Yoshi Circuit. Double Dash gets a bad reputation with some, but I had some of my most memorable and enjoyable Mario Kart experiences with this great game.

That's it for now. Next week we start with a brand new series, and this one is quite legendary. Think you know what it is? We'll see if you're right next week!

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