Monday, June 25, 2012

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - The Heat Is On Edition

Hot temperatures and steamy conditions in Central City make for an uncomfortable day. That's okay as I can sit inside and listen to some cool VGMs. Some of the games being represented today include Wii Sports, Super Princess Peach, and Sonic Unleashed. If there's no disagreements, let's get to the music.

v136. Wii Sports (Wii) - Main Theme

This game could be argued as one of the most defining games of this generation alongside Call of Duty IV. It's Wii Sports, a title that was previously packed in with the revolutionary Nintendo Wii system. The title featured five sports: baseball, bowling, tennis, golf, and boxing. It also introduced the world to Miis, avatar characters that could resemble their real life counterparts. Wii Sports had a grand impact on the industry whether some wish to admit to it or not.

v137. Super Princess Peach (DS) - Gleam Glacier 1

The first game to star Princess Peach, Super Princess Peach had the titular character journeying across Vibe Island's eight lands to rescue Mario and Luigi from the grips of Bowser's clutches. Along the way, she cried, she was on cloud nine, she raged, and she grew clam through her platforming escapades. Even the enemies couldn't help but get emotional as well. While a tremendously easy game and one that garnered a lot of criticism for the way it portrayed Peach as finicky with her feelings. Women are no doubt not as emotionally fragile as Super Princess Peach might make them look, that much is certain.

v138. Monster Tale (DS) - Aqueducts

Reviewed last week right here on SuperPhillip Central, Monster Tale comes from the brains behind Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure and the upcoming Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. The thread that ties all three games together, besides being made by Dreamrift, is that they are all platformers. Monster Tale is a Metroid-style platformer, but it has a heavy reliance on backtracking which I broached about in my review. This song, Aqueducts, is a magnificent song to just lay back, relax, and chill to.

v139. TMNT IV: Turtles in Time (SNES) - Skull & Crossbones

You may not have heard a peep out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a little while, but rest assured that they will be coming back in a big way. A Nickolodeon animated series is coming soon, and it promises to offer a lot into the ethos of the franchise. Speaking of offering a lot, TMNT IV: Turtles in Time is my favorite TMNT entry, sending the Turtles back in time thanks to Shredder's time machine device. The turtles fight their way to the present and take down a mutated Shredder, saving the day and giving the city of New York its Statue of Liberty back.

v140. Sonic Unleashed (PS3, 360) - Rooftop Run - Day

A lot of Sonic Team games during this era had one or two or many things that stopped them from being truly great games. With Sonic Unleashed it was the addition of Werehog Sonic, an immensely slow character who had agonizing platforming and brawling sections. These would be fine if they were five minute affairs, but they went on for 20-30, even on a good tear. Rooftop Run - Day is a terrific tune as it features a great combination of rock guitar and strings. At least normal Sonic's stages were superb and laid the groundwork for Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations.


Put on the suntan lotion and head to the pool as this volume of the favorite VGMs is over. But things are just heating up as we listen on all summer long. Next week we'll have five more entertaining tunes for your enjoyment. See you then.

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