How has your relationship been with the music from the last five games you played?
Did anything catch your attention? Have you been in love? Have you been underwhelmed?
Me? I have been depriving my ears of music as of late. I came to this realization two Thursdays ago when I walked into Nintendo World.
One of my favourite things about walking in there on a quiet day is hearing a familiar video game tune drifting through the store. On that particular Thursday it was Chrono Trigger's "A Strange Happening" that had me reminiscing. It made me think though that surely there have been some great songs I've heard in the games I've played lately. But then again, I've been pretty busy focusing on coming last in races, listening to pep talks in battles, wondering why Maya is crazy, watching people make funny faces and too busy looking at splashes of colour while focusing on my ninja skills.
It's not all a loss though. There have been some great songs I've found. I just needed to take a little time to soak it all in.
Cruising Above the Clouds and Hanging with the Cows in Mario Kart 8
It's no wonder that my favourite course also has my favourite music. Traveling above the clouds is an epic adventure. Beanstalks twist between those fluffy clouds, and the music sets the stage for a whirlwind race! And hey, if it sounds like Super Mario Galaxy all up in there too, then it was already destined for greatness.
Race Track: Cloudtop Cruise
Then of course, I've also spent many sunny afternoons swerving my Prancer kart in between happy, beautiful cows. Sometimes they get hit by a shell but that's only when I'm desperate. They're ...okay, right guys?
Race Track: Moo Moo Meadows
- Game: Mario Kart 8
- Track(s): "Cloudtop Cruise", "Moo Moo Meadows"
- Composer(s): Shiho Fujii, Atsuko Asahi, Ryo Nagamatsu, and Yasuaki Iwata, Kenta Nagata (sound director)
Broken Hearts in Tomodachi Life
The music didn't do much for me in this game. But sometimes, there are little hints of some great things. For instance, the music changes ever so slightly with happier, upbeat notes when your friends are happy. Discovering what your friend's favourite food is comes with amazing animation with an equally bizarre song. It's a great indicator of just the sort of strange things you can find in Tomodachi Life, and just the sort of game it is. But the game truly got my attention when I encountered my first broken heart. Such sadness! So much depression.
- Game: Tomodachi Life
- Track: Rejection (unofficial name since I could not easily find it. Will update)
- Composer(s): Daisuke Matsuoka, Asuka Ito
...Uhhh...No, those aren't tears. It's just raining on my face.
Oh Look, I Found a Not So Hidden Village in Xenoblade Chronicles
This is why I love JRPGs. Music usually tends to take center stage in these games, and is just as important at conveying story plots and emotions as text or voice acting will. As predictable as Xenoblade Chronicles can be or frustrating other times; there's lots to love about the soundtrack. That's no surprise considering the composers that contributed to it.
It's hard picking just one song in such a mammoth adventure but so far, this is the one that had me loitering just on the outskirts of the hidden Machina village just so I could listen to its somber, proud wonder.
- Game: Xenoblade Chronicles
- Track: "Hidden Machina Village"
- Composer(s): Yoko Shimomura, ACE+, Manami Kiyota, Yasunori Mitsuda
Charm, Confidence, Giving Chase and Chiptunes in Phoenix Wright
It took me long enough but I started Phoenix Wright's third adventure in Trials and Tribulations. I finally get to see if this is the turnabout that will turnaround my opinion of the series since I've been told this is the one. So while I have not gotten very far, there's probably going to be another song I will absolutely adore more than the one I'm going to share. So why this one? Well if there's one thing I love about Phoenix Wright, it's that their characters not only have the best expressions while under pressure, but their theme songs are pretty hilarious and fitting as well. Ace Detective Luke Atmey's theme is no exception.
Here there's an air of intrigue, and a certain twisted charm in his theme music to match the odd, untrustworthy but confident appearance of the self-proclaimed World's Greatest Detective.
- Game: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
- Track: "Luke Atmey - Look at Me"
- Composer: Noriyuki Iwadare
Snacks! It's Snacks! Snack Time in Muramasa Rebirth
There's nothing better than stopping at a local eating place on some dirt road leading into a rural town and then chowing down. Dumplings, tofu, red bean pastry delights... YUM! Muramasa Rebirth makes me think I can fight ninjas and hold my own against samurai (not to mention demons) but really makes me hungry too. It's great traveling through Japan and hanging out in the hot springs, or taking in the beauty of the mountains and traditional cities. These sights are as appetizing as the food sights as well.
And the soundtrack as a whole? It's beautiful and honest to match; and that's an understatement.
- Game: Muramasa Rebirth
- Track: "Frugal Eating"
- Composer(s): Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura, Azusa Chiba, Yoshimi Kudo
Well TAY, it's Monday! And what better way to spend a Monday than sharing music with each other to chase away those Monday blues. What are the best songs you've heard from the past five games you played? Old or new, it matters not. We're all working on our backlogs, right? Share away!