Monday, August 24, 2015

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - The 3K Edition

Maybe I'm trying to get too creative with these edition titles, but the "3K" is a reference to the starting letter of three of the games this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs contains. "Ah-ha!" you exclaim.

This week has two Square Enix games as bookends, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Final Fantasy XIV. The games in the middle include Kororinpa: Marble Mania, Elebits, and Knuckles Chaotix for some retro goodness for this edition.

If you'd like to go back in time and see what past VGMs I've included in this weekly segment of SuperPhillip Central, then check out the VGM Database. It has over 900 different themes from countless games both classic and modern.

v946. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS) - Traverse in Trance

We begin this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs with a delightful track from the Kingdom Hearts 3D soundtrack, Traverse in Trance. It uses the Traverse Town theme from the original Kingdom Hearts and turns into a slower and more soothing song in this currently Nintendo 3DS exclusive game.

v947. Kororinpa: Marble Mania (Wii) - Heaven's Park

If you're a fan of games where you guide a ball through a labyrinth or obstacle-laden course, you'll definitely find Kororinpa: Marble Mania an interesting game. A sequel released on the same system, the Wii, called Marble Saga: Kororinpa. However, that game's ball physics were tinkered with for the worse unfortunately. Still, both games feature a pleasant soundtrack to roll the various unlockable marbles within the game, as Heaven's Park from the original game shows.

v948. Elebits (Wii) - Boss - Sea, Sky, & Land

The first three bosses in the vastly overlooked near launch title for the Wii, Elebits, is a very peppy jazzy piece that works well as your scramble to take down the large Elebit creatures plaguing the protagonist's town. The Castlevania series' Michiru Yamane assisted with the stellar soundtrack of this unique Wii game.

v949. Knuckles Chaotix (32X) - Evening Star

Let's slip some Knuckles into this edition of the old VGMs, shall we? Unlike Sonic, Knuckles doesn't chuckle. At least that's what his theme song in Sonic Adventure says, anyway. Knuckles Chaotix was the premier title on the doomed Sega 32X for the Genesis. It's definitely worth playing as the two-characters-tethered-to-one-ring mechanic was a very interesting and enjoyable one.

v950. Final Fantasy XIV (PS4, PS3, PC) - Ultima

After the middling reviews and negative fan feedback of the initial Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix showed remorse for putting out a poor product. The updated version, A Realm Reborn, made the hassle of the original release up to players with a much better game. Not just a better game, but an excellent MMORPG for both Final Fantasy fans and newcomers to the franchise.

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