Monday, January 11, 2016

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Onward to 1100 Edition

With this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs, we have passed the midway point, making us closer to 1100 VGM volumes than 1000 volumes. The music keeps coming week in and week out, and I'm tickled pink that you guys and gals continue to listen to my video game music volume choices and writings.

This week is no different. We start off with a classic song from Final Fantasy IV. We then get a duo of Nintendo games with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Pilotwings Resort. Following that is a trip to Mount Mayhem with Beetle Adventure Racing. Finally, we take on Lex Luthor with LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

As always, if you'd like to check out a past VGM volume that was spotlighted on this very weekly segment, check out the VGM Database for your fix. Now, on to the music!

v1051. Final Fantasy IV (SNES) - Troian Beauty

This week's edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs begins with one of my favorite tracks from Final Fantasy IV, the castle theme of Troia, The setting is home to women of all strengths and sizes, taking on roles both traditionally for women and traditionally for men. The song Troian Beauty is a beautiful romp that continued Nobuo Uematsu's trademark style and extraordinary gift of creating memorable melodies.

v1052. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) - Great Cave Escape

The third level in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, the Great Cave Escape, has players drawing lines to guide the pink puffball around its innards. One clever gameplay mechanic has players drawing lines to stop the flow of water from a waterfall for Kirby to progress through the level. The song for the level is a catchy jazzy ditty that further shows why I chose this game as my favorite soundtrack of 2015 in the SuperPhillip Central Best of 2015 Awards.

v1053. Pilotwings Resort (3DS) - Turbo Jet

One of many vehicles pilots could take control of in Pilotwings Resort, the Turbo Jet could soar through the sky, shooting bullets at targets and performing ace flight maneuvers. Pilotwings Resort wasn't the most exciting launch title for the Nintendo 3DS to have, but it was a shining return to form for the franchise that was last visited on the Nintendo 64.

v1054. Beetle Adventure Racing (N64) - Mount Mayhem

Speaking of the Nintendo 64, a game that desperately needs a sequel or revamp of some type, with or without Volkswagen's iconic cars, Beetle Adventure Racing was an Nintendo 64 racer, a genre that had no shortage on Nintendo's 64-bit machine, that allowed players to take one of countless shortcuts to smash point boxes. This was all the while gunning for first place. Mount Mayhem was an icy track with crystal caverns, mountainous roads, and even a downhill ski jump for the exploring types.

v1055. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Multi) - The Brave and the Bald (Final Boss)

Using the leitmotifs created by Danny Elfman for the 1989 Batman movie as well as some original ideas, composer Rob Westwood created this intense final boss battle theme for the great fun that was LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. No longer being limited to just the Batman mythos of the original LEGO Batman, the sequel saw a profusion of DC superheroes and villain in one terrific open world game.

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