Monday, August 4, 2014

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Break Out the Suntan Lotion Edition

It's the first SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs edition of August! We're surviving the warm temps outside while producing heat of our own indoors! This week we have another collection of five tracks to add to our ever-expanding list of video game music faves. Titles spotlighted this week include Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Katamari Damacy, and Final Fantasy X-2. Make sure your SPF is high enough on your suntan lotion, start rubbing it all over your skin, and get ready to listen, as these VGMs are HOT!

v676. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) - 7 PM

This low key piece of music evokes memories of casually strolling through your village at twilight, walking past trees, villagers, and their homes as you survey the surroundings. 7 PM is a mystical piece that has a bit of mystique behind it, making it one of the more enchanting of the hourly songs heard in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Speaking of which, who still regularly plays the game?

v677. Katamari Damacy (PS2) - Lonely Rolling Star

We roll up a song from Katamari Damacy for volume 677 of our Favorite VGMs segment, Lonely Rolling Star. Like any good song, you need not know the lyrics to appreciate it. All you need is an open mind, a desire to listen to lovely melodies and choruses, and an open heart.

v678. Mario Party (N64) - Eternal Star

The final board in the original Mario Party, Eternal Star had players shuffling around a broken star, searching frantically for Power Stars. However, instead of Toad giving out stars, a Bowser Kid did. Even more troublesome, there were multiple Bowser Kids, and only one of them had a real Power Star. Yasunori Mitsuda composed the music to the original Mario Party, the only entry he was involved with. It still remains the best soundtrack of the series, in our collective opinion.

v679. Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2) - Besaid Island

It's August, so let's get tropical with a nice summer vacation video game destination, Besaid Island. It's a returning locale from the original Final Fantasy X, and in Final Fantasy X-2, it still shines brightly. We have nostalgia for this era of Final Fantasy, the PS2 era, as it was the last before the Final Fantasy name sadly seriously weakened.

v680. Elebits (Wii) - To the Amusement Park!

A near-launch title for the Wii, Elebits (or as it's known over the Atlantic as Eledees) was a creative game that used the Wii Remote to search, find, and collect the little eponymous electrical creatures of the game. Its soundtrack featured whimsical and catchy tracks, with To the Amusement Park! being one of the better ones in an already solid soundtrack.

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