Monday, February 15, 2016

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Them's Fightin' Words Edition

With Street Fighter V releasing this week (tomorrow to be exact), it only makes sense to commemorate the occasion with an all fighting game edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs. The best of the best when it comes to fighting game franchises (and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fighting game) are a part of this pugilistic paradise of an edition.

We kick (literally) things off with Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, which totally makes sense considering the game we're celebrating that's seeing release tomorrow. Then, we head to SEGA's Virtua Fighter 4 for some fisticuffs. Next up, Dead or Alive 3 makes a showy appearance. TMNT: Tournament Fighters shows up just to show off an awesome theme from its incredible soundtrack, and Mortal Kombat X ends this edition with a fatality of epic proportions.

After your fists and feet are all punched and kicked out, take a listen to the songs featured on the VGM Database for more VGM goodness.

v1076. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (SNES) - Ryu Stage

Starting off with one of the most prolific fighting game franchises known to man (and woman), Street Fighter II Turbo released less than a year after its predecessor, adding various refinements and character balance to Street Fighter II. A young Yoko Shimomura provided many of the songs to the soundtrack. Ryu's stage recently received a Smash Bros. inclusion through DLC.

v1077. Virtua Fighter 4 (ARC, PS2) - Watch Out

Did you know that this next game led the charge in Japan for having online functionality in arcades? True story. Don't believe me? Look up the Wikipedia article I found that information in. Watch Out gets you pumped and primed for a fight with its electronic groove. On a side note, it's also a great driving song.

v1078. Dead or Alive 3 (XBX) - Eternity (Theme of Kasumi)

Kasumi is one of the more memorable faces in the Dead or Alive franchise. It helps that she's the primary protagonist throughout the five entry-long franchise. Dead or Alive 3 was a launch title for the OG Xbox back in 2001, a big get by Microsoft early on in the Xbox's life.

v1079. TMNT: Tournament Fighters (SNES) - Bonus Round

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear some synth rock guitar shredding on the Super Nintendo sound chip, here you go, with this excellent and hardcore bonus game theme that plays in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters. Three versions of the game released, the Genesis version, the Super NES version (which this song comes from), and an NES version. Between the three, the Super NES version is superior.

v1080. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, XONE, PC) - Main Menu

The most recent release on this week's edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs, Mortal Kombat X entered an already macabre, violent, and satisfyingly morbid franchise into even more ultraviolent territory. The soundtrack features various foreboding themes, such as this one chosen by yours truly, heard as you select which of the game's numerous modes and options you'd like to partake in.

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