It was a week after its launch in 2006 when I strolled into Nintendo World to pick up my Wii. The place was in utter madness. Kids were running crazily all over the place and parents were busily trying to keep them in check (or not). I handed in my receipt at the counter and from the back my Wii was collected and presented to me. “How come she gets one?!” an insolent child inquired. “Pre-order,” I smugly replied to combat the attitude I was met with. The Wii sold out quickly and being in short to no supply, made all unable to get their hands on one that day quite displeased with my pre-order "prowess". I took it home and booted up The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Days later, Link and I would be felled at the bridge while my family teased me during my time of increased frustration.
One year later I picked up a Playstation 3. Excited, my friend and I booted up Motorstorm and played for hours that first night. The HD and the graphics wowed us as we laughed ourselves silly way past midnight from stunts gone wrong. That Thanksgiving would be The Oxtails' first gig for Rock Band. It was quite the failed gathering as there were some technical difficulties with the microphone. It was however, the first memory in a string of wonderful times ahead for my friends and I in our rise to stardom and eventual fall from grace for our virtual band.
For all those years I had the two consoles, along with my never neglected handhelds in my DS and PSP; I spent countless hours scouring dungeons for treasure and a way out, slashing enemies that stood in my way, and making friends in beautiful worlds. Whether it was a helpful NPC guiding me to my next destination, an ice spell to help destroy a fire demon or a bomb flower to open up the cracked wall to a hidden path; there was always one other constant accompanying me on all of my journeys. It was the music that guided my fights and made them exciting while at other times, the music helped in conveying emotional weight for all those joyful or teary moments in my gaming history.
From Start Screens, to Final Credits and everything in between: Thanks to all the composers from the Last-Generation for providing wonderful music and ensuring that many of my adventures and my misadventures were memorable. Thanks for making exploration an often colourful, and joyful experience. Thanks for making those nerve-racking, looming and seemingly impossible boss fights be that much more daunting. And thanks for making all those villages and their local inns where I laid my weary head for a good night's rest so welcoming.
It's a terrible task trying to pick just a handful of songs considering the number of games I played coupled with how enormous and fantastic just one soundtrack from a single game could be. That said, here are a few of my favourite songs from just some of the titles I played this generation. Feel free to share your favourites in the comments below!
"Battle Rock" from Super Mario Galaxy
"Koloktos" from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
"Philistine - Margaret Moonlight Battle" from No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle
"Heaven's Prayer" from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
"Black Market" from Professor Layton and the Last Specter
"Trauma" from Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
"The Red Locus" from Radiant Historia
"Three Minutes Clapping" from The World Ends with You
"Scrap and Build Ourselves (From Revolution)" from Eternal Sonata
"Nate's Theme 2.0" from Uncharted 2
"Blasphemous Experiment" from Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
"The Burdened" from Crisis Core
"All" of Rock Band and Patapon. Yes. Patapon.
Here’s to the future in gaming and all the amazing music that will surely carry us through all of our journeys in the next generation as well.