Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Beat 'Em Up Edition

Welcome to a special Tuesday edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs. This week might have Halloween at the tail end of it, but SuperPhillip Central has a special beat-em-up edition in store for you guys and gals this week instead of a cliche "scary music" edition. Kicking (and punching... and throwing) things off is Streets of Rage 2, followed by Battletoads & Double Dragon. It's then morphin' time with Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie. Finally, we end this edition with Final Fight and Super Double Dragon.

If you want to catch up on past VGM volumes, check out the VGM Database.

v991. Streets of Rage 2 (GEN) - Go Straight

Yuzo Koshiro, a god among video game composers, created the music for Streets of Rage 2, a personal favorite of SuperPhillip Central for the Sega Genesis (or for our PAL pals, the Sega Mega Drive). Go Straight is the theme for the first level of Streets of Rage 2, a game considered the superior of the three Streets of Rage games.

v992. Battletoads & Double Dragon (SNES) - Stage 1

Before such historic crossovers like Mario and Sonic, there was Battletoads and Double Dragon with the rightly named Battletoads & Double Dragon on the Super Nintendo. An NES, Genesis, and Game Boy version would also be released, but since this theme comes from the SNES version, that's the only one being noted here.

v993. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (SNES) - Shopping Center

This beat-em-up is a guilty pleasure of mine, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie for the Super Nintendo. What makes it part of a guilty pleasure was my devote following of the Power Rangers television series in the early '90s. What also makes it fun is the simple combat, ability to morph into a Power Ranger from teen form, and battling familiar enemies like Putties and Cannontop from the TV show.

v994. Final Fight (SNES) - Round 01 - Slum Alleyway Stage

We go with a song with a tribal rhythm with this pick from Capcom's Final Fight. The Super Nintendo version of Final Fight is based off the arcade game, which saw more than its fair share of ports across various systems.

v995. Super Double Dragon (SNES) - Mission 3 (China Town)

We conclude with my favorite of the Double Dragon series, Super Double Dragon. It's a fun game to pick up a knife and chuck it at your teammate, instantly killing him. Of course, it's much funnier if that teammate of yours is your older brother, who appears completely dumbstruck when this happens. Regardless, Super Double Dragon also contains a really well done soundtrack, full of catchy themes to kick Shadow Warrior butt.

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