Monday, November 22, 2010

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Thankful for Super Mario Galaxy 2 Edition

Here we are with Thanksgiving week, and what do we have to show for it but a generous helping of VGMs to put beside your cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Mm.... Delicious. This week is all about Super Mario Galaxy 2, a possible Game of the Year contender at this year's SuperPhillip Central Awards. Enough from me, let's start gobbling this goodies!

v606. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Throwback Galaxy

We've had this theme before via the Mario and Zelda Big Band Live concert performance. Now we have a very similarly constructed version for Super Mario Galaxy 2. Just like the original, you can be rest assured that there's going to be a lot of future installments starring our favorite portly plumber. That is, unless you have a best friend or relative who happens to be a portly plumber. Then Mario would be second place, but you know what I mean. This theme plays during the Throwback Galaxy, a galaxy full of odes to Super Mario 64. I'm getting nostalgic all of a sudden!

v607. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Yoshi Star Galaxy

I don't want to make this a themed week, so let's end our journey through the galaxy for the time being. This time around our specimen is the Yoshi Star Galaxy, the second major galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2. It's the first level you get to saddle up and ride Yoshi-- something we haven't seen in a 3D Mario game since Sunshine, and we all know how that turned out. This chintzy theme is quite catchy and never fails to put a smile on my superhero face.

v608. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Bowser's Lava Lair

Well, I wasn't going to do another Galaxy 2 video until frequent commenter, Klagmar, mentioned this piece from the Super Mario Galaxy 2 soundtrack. It's an orchestrated, remastered version of Koopa Road from Super Mario 64. It features haunting vocals and stirring strings, perfect for the foreboding level that accompanies it. Bowser's Lava Lair is the second world's concluding galaxy, and it's one of my personal favorites.

v609. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Melty Monster Galaxy

So apparently we're doing a themed week after all. This piece from Super Mario Galaxy 2 plays during the Melty Monster Galaxy, full of fiery foes and flowing lava. The song continues to escalate and escalate more until its satisfying conclusion. As of this writing, I'm at World 5 with 60 some-odd stars in my possession. Fantastic game. Better than the first without a doubt.

v610. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Final Bowser Battle

We conclude our tour of the galaxy (for now) with a listen to Bowser's final battle theme, and boy, is it an epic one. I've yet to play through to the end of the game at the time of this writing, so I'm in for one heck of an intergalactic battle! The first two Bowser battles take place on a planetoid with Bowser summoning asteroids at poor Mario's path. This is all the meanwhile pummeling the planet with King Koopa's meteor-sized fists. They're epic confrontations for sure. How did you enjoy them?

Next week will be the usual-- more VGMs for your listening pleasure. That can't be all too bad, now can it? Until then, the VGMs are going to rest up for Thanksgiving!

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