Monday, June 4, 2018

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - "One wE3k Away!" Edition

Ta-da! As one of my special surprises for this week celebrating SuperPhillip Central's ten-year anniversary, SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs return to their previous glory, and we're continuing right where we left off back in January with VGM volume 1551! As is customary, we're kicking off the work week right with five new VGM themes, and many of these come from recent releases.

Starting off, the fight is on with Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Then, we take to the battlefield and rack up an impressive K.O. count with Hyrule Warriors. A duo of Nintendo Switch platformers follows, one Wii U port and one brand-spanking-new with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Kirby: Star Allies. To wrap this grand return of the Favorite VGMs up, we go back in time a little bit to the world of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen.

No doubt you need a recap of all previous video game themes ever posted on this once again weekly-recurring segment, so check out the VGM Database to get your fill of all the spotlighted video games and music ever featured! Finally, it makes me happy to be able to reiterate these words after several months off, "Now, let's get on to the music!"

v1551. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) - Battle with Alexander

Returning strong with an original piece of music from Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs is officially back in action! This theme mixes synth with rock to produce a stirring sound for the battle against a longtime summon within the Final Fantasy series, Alexander. While Dissidia Final Fantasy NT didn't shape up to a truly worthy successor to the popular PlayStation Portable games, it did shape up to an energizing fighter all the same.

v1552. Hyrule Warriors (NSW, 3DS) - Title & Dragon: Wind Waker

As of this past Thursday, Hyrule Warriors has been reviewed on SuperPhillip Central three unique times for each of its three ports. First, it was the Wii U original, then the 3DS port with new content, and finally and most recently, the Nintendo Switch version as seen here. The Wind Waker scenario in Hyrule Warriors does not appear in the Wii U original, debuting in Hyrule Warriors Legends and being fully realized in HD in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. One of the themes that plays during the scenario is this rousing rendition of both The Wind Waker title theme and the theme of Dragon Roost Island. It's a rocking combination perfect for eliminating enemies on the battlefield!

v1553. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (NSW, Wii U) - Busted Bayou

Speaking of recently reviewed games, SuperPhillip Central took a look at the Nintendo Switch release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze with my review. The Switch version retained the same excellent gameplay and masterful level design of the Wii U original while throwing in a brand-new mode featuring Funky Kong for lesser skilled players. What was also retained was the stellar David Wise-composed soundtrack. I've previously featured four songs from the soundtrack on SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs in the past, and now I have a fifth to share: Busted Bayou! This theme plays during the titular level, the first players can experience that has DK and environment in glorious and visually stunning silhouette mode.

v1554. Kirby: Star Allies (NSW) - Forest Area

We keep on keeping on with recent releases here on SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs! This time we're taking a look--er, rather a listen--to Kirby: Star Allies, one of the few really big original releases for the Nintendo Switch's first half of 2018. This remix of the Kirby: Return to Dream Land's Forest Area has never sounded better. Kirby himself may not have played better with Star Allies, but the adventure was an enjoyable and engaging one regardless, especially with some friends.

v1555. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (Multi) - Town

The remake of Dragon Quest IV originally appeared on the Nintendo DS, but has since made its way to mobile platforms. With updated graphics and sound, as well as some other neat gameplay improvements, Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is a remarkable remake, for sure. The famous town theme from the game has been remixed in several Dragon Quest spin-offs. Most recently, it's been remixed in Dragon Quest Builders, as it appeared on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and now the Nintendo Switch.

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