Monday, March 15, 2010

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - 16-Bit and It Hurt Edition

This is another themed week here at the favorite VGMs. This week we're listening to music exclusively from the 16-bit era. We have Mega Man X, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yoshi, and Buster Bunny to share with you this week, so let's get nostalgic!

v511. Mega Man X - Spark Mandrill's Stage

My first ever issue of Nintendo Power was the silver anniversary issue. It was Jaunary 1994, and Mega Man X was on the cover in all of his glory. I remember studying the maps, pictures, and boss strategies with all my might. The theme I've selected this time around is Spark Mandrill's Stage. Rock out with this electrifying track!

v512. Mega Man X2 - Bubble Crab's Stage

This bubbly theme comes from Bubble Crab's Stage. It would be used again in remixed form in Mega Man X5 for Tidal Makoeen's level. The theme is very mellow. It's something you'd expect to hear on a soft rock station, don't you think? Mega Man X2 remains one of my favorite 16-bit games of all time.

v513. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time - Big Apple, 3 a.m.

The recently released Turtles in Time: Reshelled was a faint reminder of just how great the original TMNT IV truly was. It had awesome cooperative beat-em-up gameplay, fun source material, and of course, superb music.

v514. Yoshi's Island - Bigger Boss Theme

Played at the conclusion of every eighth level in Yoshi's Island, this boss theme relies heavily on the keyboard. Well, as close to an electric keyboard as the synthetic sounds of the Super Nintendo can give a composer! Rock out as you beat down Hookbill the Koopa and Navel Piranha among others.

v515. Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure - Forest

We end our stroll through the world of 16-bit music with Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure. This game was a 2-D platformer with a Super Mario World-style level progression. That is, many levels held secret exits and alternate paths. For a licensed game, it was quite good, and I encourage all who can track down a copy to try the game out.

Another week has gone by, and sooner than you know it, another edition of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs will be here. Catch you then.

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