Monday, May 4, 2009

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Business As Usual Edition

We had a lot of fun dedicating weeks to various video game franchises, but now it's back to business as usual with multiple series being spotlighted each week. This week we have a spotlight all on Wii games with Wii Music, Wario Land, and many more!

V301. Wii Music - Main Theme

Nintendo botched the presentation of Wii Music to the gaming crowd and media. It immediately turned everyone off. Fortunately, there was much more depth to the game than Nintendo presented. I very much enjoyed playing my own interpretations of the game's songs as well as making versions that sounded nothing like the source song! The lack of structure in the game most likely killed it for most media types. Their loss. I had fun AND it was during my work hours!

V302. Let's TAP - Main Theme

Get... out... of... my... head...! GET OUT OF MY HEAD! This is the epitome of a catchy song. It's the type that stays inside your head until you finally knock yourself unconscious. Unfortunately it then plays in your dreams and your resulting comatose state. Regardless, Let's Tap is an interesting project by Sonic the Hedgehog's creator and former Sega employer, Yuji Naka. The Wii title is a series of short games played exclusively by tapping. These taps register on the Wii remote causing the desired function. This could be a great party game depending the price, but for me, I've grown tired of most party games in general.

V303. Elebits - Fancy Some Candy?

This track comes from the overlooked Wii game, Elebits. The game came out on or around launch depending where you live. Until recently I was completely oblivious to the fact that Michiru Yamane (Castlevania lead composer) was one of two composers for this game. This woman has such range!

V304. de Blob - Raydian Day (Unstoppable)

This lively brass-filled funkadelic frolic comes from the rather terrific de Blob video game for Wii. The game sold well according to the publisher, THQ, so I look forward to seeing a sequel somewhere down the line. The music was great in the fact that as the town became more colorful, the music kicked in with new accompaniment and a bigger beat. Eventually when you were in the fourth level of the game, this song is what is heard at the fun's peak.

V305. Wario Land: Shake It! - Whoopsy Desert

The second level of the first continent in Wario's newest side-scrolling adventure takes place in the humid and sandy sprawls of Whoopsy Desert. I love this track when it kicks it in with the guitar at around 0:55. It's the type of tune that you can bop your head to as you bash away baddies and venture your bad self for bonuses of booty of the treasure variety.

Hope we'll see you next week with more classic video game tunes!

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