Monday, September 10, 2012

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Countdown to 200 Edition

As we reach volume 191 of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs, next week we will approach the milestone of 200 total VGMs. Since this list started anew in January, we've had 190 different games being represented here. This tradition continues with volumes 191-195. We have music from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Earthbound, and Ice Climber.

v191. Earthbound (SNES) - Because I Love You (Orchestrated)

The theme of the city of Fourside of Earthbound fame, Because I Love You comes from a series of Japanese game concerts that were spread out across numerous CDs. It's a moving piece for certain. The Earthbound series in Japan is known as Mother, probably something a lot of gamers know, but I'm just throwing it out there for those that maybe didn't. Only one of the three Mother games would reach North American shores, Mother 2. A N64 game would be in development, but it was cancelled, much to the chagrin of Earthbound fans everywhere.

v192. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA) - Rookie and Popple

A fast and frenetic boss theme for several encounters within Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance, Rookie and Popple is yet another grand theme composed by the mind of masterpieces, Yoko Shimomura. One of her most recent projects was the Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance soundtrack. Perhaps that will be showing up sooner rather than later on the favorite VGMs of mine. Hint, hint.

v193. Dewy's Adventure (Wii) - An Instrument Called Wind

A peppy tune sporting a pop feel and piano, An Instrument Called Wind plays throughout the first world of the highly underrated Wii game, Dewy's Adventure, one from the creators of Elebits, a near-launch Wii game. Dewy's Adventure had the titular hero, a dew droplet, sliding around the levels, attacking foes with lightning and sharp icicles as his body changed forms. The tilt controls of the game sometimes felt you were moving around a stick of butter on a very slippery skillet, but overall, Dewy's Adventure is a recommended game to look into.

v194. Ice Climber (NES) - Main Theme (Brawl Version)

When a pair of adorable Eskimo children appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, fans of the game wondered just who these two kids were. Turns out they were from a classic NES game, Ice Climber. The two are generally always tethered together for double the attack power. Their appearance in Brawl was marked with better fur shading on their parkas, a brand-new stage called Summit, and this rockin' remix of the main theme of the NES game, arranged by Toshiyuki Sudo.

v195. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - Medley (Orchestrated)

We conclude this edition of the VGMs with a piece that was performed in 2010 at the Press Start 2010 orchestral event, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. We have a medley of New Super Mario Bros. Wii music, including the Wii menu theme for NSMBWii, the ground theme of the game, the castle theme, and finally the athletic theme. Some who listen to this piece wonder why the music of the New Super Mario Bros. series doesn't go orchestrated. Well, I am of the opinion of many that it simply wouldn't fit a 2D game. I'm not saying better instruments as seen in Rayman Origins wouldn't work, but a full orchestra is overkill for such a game. What do you think?


Multiple editions of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs down, and our voyage to 200 reaches its destination next week. What will be the 200th VGM? Don't ask me - I haven't decided yet! But I'm sure I'll be able to find something that will please a lot of people. Until then, check out my VGM Database for all songs listed from January to now.

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