Monday, April 4, 2011

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Super Nintendo Edition

This week on the favorite VGMs we're doing a blast from the past. All five themes played this week are from the Super Nintendo era-- one of the best consoles in all of gaming in this blogger's humble opinion. We have music from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Mega Man X. Let's get to it!

v691. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - Thunder Dome

You might notice that this screenshot shows the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Apparently in Europe (or to be more specific, the U.K.), ninja is considered a bad word. That's the reason for the change of the name. I don't think Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles rolls off the tongue as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Probably because I'm simply used to saying TMNT. Regardless, this song comes from the Super Nintendo version of TMNT: Tournament Fighters, a pretty-good fighter from the nineties. This arena, Thunder Dome, was a rock concert-like atmosphere, very conducive for a brawl.

v692. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie: The Game - Boss Battle

This really sounds like something from a 16-bit Mega Man or Mega Man X game, does it not? Regardless, when I was just a small lad, I begged my mother to let us see this movie. I think it was a double-feature. This and Batman Forever-- a double load of crap in retrospect. Nonetheless, the game was quite good. It was a 2D side-scrolling brawler where after you gained enough in your power gauge, you could transform into your Power Ranger form. There were plenty of bosses to take down, too, like Skullerina, Cannontop, and that mirror boss from the first level. I forget the names. I always dug the monster designs. They were my favorite part of the show and movie.

v693. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Flower Garden

Flower Garden is the first main level theme you listen to in Yoshi's Island. In Japan, the game is simply known as Yoshi's Island-- not Super Mario World 2. In fact, Nintendo of America thought it would be wise to add that moniker to the title to sell more copies. Whether it worked or not is up for question. I think it did. Nonetheless, I don't really consider this game a true mainline Mario game. I consider it a Yoshi spin-off. This is a big debate within the Mario fandom. What side are you on?

v694. Breath of Fire II - Fly Pudding

Fly Pudding is the theme of Jean the Frog's castle. When Ryu's party arrives there, they see that someone is impersonating Jean. How can they possibly prove that the fake Jean is an impostor? After ousting the fake Jean who turns out to be a demon, the royalty of Jean's kingdom is saved. Breath of Fire II was solely developed by Capcom, unlike the original BoF that was co-developed by Capcom and Squaresoft. I prefer the original to the sequel as the sequel required a heckuva lot more grinding than the first Breath of Fire. This was true especially in the Infinity dungeon, the long, final dungeon of Breath of Fire II.

v695. Mega Man X - Boomer Kuwanger Stage

We end our tour of Super Nintendo classic soundtracks with one of my favorite 16-bit games of all time, Mega Man X. I cannot tell you how many times I've played through this game. Probably dozens. Boomer Kuwanger is a bull-type enemy that is weak against Launch Octopus's Homing Torpedo weapon. Kuwanger himself uses a charge attack to slam X against walls, and can teleport around the room to trick Mega Man. Thankfully, that's where the Homing Torpedo comes in. The theme of Kuwanger's stage starts off soft and then gains a bold percussive beat. It's quite catchy, wouldn't you agree?

The Super Nintendo edition of the VGMs is over. Hope you enjoyed this trip back to a kinder, gentler time in gaming where platformers ruled and the term FPS wasn't even an idea yet. Until next week, the VGMs are out!

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