Monday, November 18, 2013

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGM - Light-Hearted Edge Edition

Welcome to a nighttime installment of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGM, where we pick our most cherished and enjoyed themes from various video games. No system, no series, no game is off-limits! On this week's edition of the ol' Favorite VGM, we have music from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Shadow the Hedgehog, and F-Zero GX. We have fantastical games and even some more "serious" fare.

v506. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) - Amber Valley (Orchestrated)

Can you imagine hearing this theme and strolling the grand countryside of Ivalice? We sure can. Hitoshi Sakimoto and Nobuo Uematsu teamed up to work on the soundtrack of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, a game that many Nintendo fans welcomed with open arms. After all, then-Squaresoft hadn't worked on a Nintendo platform for almost a decade.

v507. Dewy's Adventure (Wii) - Strawberry Date

Catchy, infectious, and cute, Strawberry Date is the main theme of the overlooked Wii platformer Dewy's Adventure. The game was created by the team behind Elebits, another Wii title. You tilted the Wii Remote to move Dewy around many themed environments. It was quite the charming game that is definitely worth a look.

v508. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (GCN) - Chant This Charm

We've already featured two other themes from Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. This one, Chant This Charm, is the ending theme, played during the credits. The day has been saved, the chickens are all safe, and we can enjoy this light vocal song. Sure, we didn't get to the end of the game because it wasn't very good, but at least we can enjoy the music!

v509. Shadow the Hedgehog (PS2, GCN, XBX) - Cosmic Fall

Back in the day we were much more patient gamers. For example, we beat Shadow the Hedgehog 100%. Yes, even the hard mode. Now that we're older (maybe a little wiser), have more responsibilities, and have more games to review, if a game is bad, we probably won't torture ourselves to beat it 100%. Shadow the Hedgehog is one of those games that we wouldn't complete nowadays. Still, the heavy focus of rock featured throughout the soundtrack fit the mood of the game and was just fun to listen to.

v510. F-Zero GX (GCN) - Hurrah for the Champion (Winning Run)

You've survived the twists and turns of Mute City, you've crossed the finish line, and you've won first place. This theme welcomes you to the winner's circle as you make your F-Zero pilot makes his or her (or its) way for one last victory lap. The techno music and rock guitar make for a delightful and awesome combination. Victory is yours... Stand up and enjoy it!

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