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My Favourite Music In Video Games Part 2

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Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to PART 2 of My Favourite Music In Video Games, a blog series dedicated to some of my favourite tunes in video games that I feel everyone should hear too. It was a while ago, but back in part 1 it focused on franchises from the 90’s and I feel like we’re gonna continue that with some of my other childhood video games (with one exception). So here let’s get started:

Bomberman

Oh Bomberman, how I love you! Back in the last 90’s to early 00’s Bomberman was a huge part of my gaming world especially because of the games Bomberman 64 and Bomberman Hero, and those games were home to some incredible music. In 64 you had so many incredible songs from the main levels to the menu screen and multiplayer levels too. A few of my ultimate nostalgic tunes are: Green GardenBlue Resort, and VS Altair Part 2. And Hero had cool songs BeakRedial, Foehn, Dessert, Zip and Cell just to name a few. And then there’s Bomberman Generation, the last great Bomberman game in my opinion, besides being a good game it also housed some great tunes like Main Theme (Original), Tentasia (Original), Octo Ocean (Original) & (Crystal), Tako Desert (Eygptian) & (Funky), Coin Battle (Original) and the hardcore Majestar.

Favourite song – Mimesis:

It was a close call between this and Foehn, but I think I love this song the most because it is so upbeat and happy-sounding (if that makes any sense haha). A lot of the songs in this game have a very drum and bass like feel to it in terms of the beast and structure and that is what I love about all of the songs especially this one. This song is from the levels in Bomberman Hero when you have to ride that rabbit Louie, it’s a jolly little sound with a great beat and I could listen to it for ages on repeat.

Rayman

Now the Rayman series has housed a lot of good music ever since the first set of games on PlayStation 1 back in the late 90’s, but I mainly recall some of the newer music from Rayman Origins and Legends. The reason I am more interested in the newer Rayman games when it comes to music is because of their more quirky and eclectic collection of songs.

Favourite song – Medieval Theme:

Even though this is one of the first songs in the game, it honestly left the biggest impression on me. I like the choice of instruments and the fact that it really sounds it was from the medieval period. The song is super quirky, fun, upbeat and epic towards the second half. I could listen to this on repeat for ages.

Star Fox

The Star Fox series may not have that many games in its series when compared to other franchises like Mario, Zelda and Metroid, but that doesn’t make it any less important, especially when it comes to the music. Since the first game on Super Nintendo Star Fox has been home to some great music especially in Star Fox 64 aka Lylat Wars and Star Fox Assault. For me SF64 housed some good songs from the Opening, Title Screen to the awesome sounds of Star Wolf and Versus, and then you have Versus One By One, to the lovely Mission Accomplished. Star Fox Assault brought some really awesome style and flair with the orchestrated soundtrack which makes songs like Theme of Star Fox Assault, Mission Briefing, Oikonny’s Fleet (Space Battleground) and many others sound so good.And then the Super Smash Bros. series got some great remixes with Melee‘s Corneria, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl‘s Space Armada, Area 6, Area 6 Ver. 2, Corneria and Main Theme (Star Fox 64).

Favourite song – Star Wolf (Star Fox Assault):

I don’t really recall hearing the original Star Fox theme first time, but I remember it from my childhood playing Star Fox 64 especially when it came to multiplayer. That being said when I heard the Star Fox Assault version in Super Smash Bros. Brawl my world changed. Composers Yoshie Arakawa and Yoshinori Kawamoto have taken a simply cool song and turned it into an epic orchestrated piece of work that feels like it belongs in a western film or an older spy movie. It is just the definition of sexy and badass.

Snowboard Kids

The Snowboard Kids series only has three games to its series (though I don’t really count that reimagined version on the DS), but most people that remember this game series know about the two games on the Nintendo 64. I don’t know about Snowboard Kids 2 or the DS game, but the first game definitely has a great sound. There are unforgettable tracks in this game like Sunset Rock, Night Highway, Dizzy Land, Board Shop (a beautiful slow jam with a great melody) and the brilliant Grass Valley which just screams of adventure and awesomeness.

Favourite song –  Big Snowman:

I really adore the soundtrack for the first Snowboard Kids game and it was a close call between this and Grass Valley, but in the end this won me over. I do believe it to be the best song in the game purely because it is so cool, feel-good and the most energetic. I just love the composition and it makes me feel so happy. Plus it gives me a huge nostalgia rush of playing this game along with my sister and old school friends.

Castlevania

I never grew up with Castlevania and never really found out what it was until my late teenage years, but I understand and respect the franchise a lot. This is a series that is highly praised for its gameplay, presentation and of course it’s music too. There are a number of badass songs in this series from the NES and Playstation days right up until the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. There’s a number of cool songs like including that awesome Vampire Killer from the first Castlevania I which is the quintessential song on the series, you also have Divine Bloodlines from Castlevania: Dracula X, Bloody Tears (Day Theme) from Castlevania II, Beginning from Castlevania III and Simon’s Theme from Super Castlevania IV.

Favourite song – Monster Dance:

In the end this is my favourite song for sure and is my favourite song in the Castlevania series as it has style, a wonderful melody and it is totally memorable and addictive. Sure the song is a bit old, lacking in layers and is on the short side, but my god it is awesome. And I think one of the main reasons I love it is due to watching the Angry Video Game Nerd on several occasions since 2007 haha.

So there you have it, my another five picks. Tell me if you’re familiar, like or dislike my choices in the comments below. Also if they’re any that you’d like to see in the future let me know. Other than that make sure to come back for some more music madness in the world of video games. Bye bye for now! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Media, Video Games

 

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Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews: Snowboard Kids

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to Day #24 of my Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews where I’ll be giving you reviews of some of my most nostalgic video games from my childhood. Today we have one of my favourite multiplayer games from the N64 in the form of Snowboard Kids!

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Now this is one of the games on the N64 that ruled my life, after my friends at school introduced me to it, my sister and I never put it down. There was just something really awesome about playing a racing game involving snowboarding, the use of items and crazy, cartoonish characters that screamed out awesome to me when I was younger. And still to this day I come back to Snowboard Kids just to live in nostalgia for a bit. Anyway let’s get on with the review.

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So Snowboard Kids was a racing game for the Nintendo 64 released in 1997 for Japan and, then released in 1998 for America and Europe. In this game there’s group of kids who snowboard and race each other through several stages featuring snow and other types of terrain. In single-player you had the main racing mode where you could race in six of the main stages with five of the available characters. The characters involved were Slash, Nancy, Jam, Linda and Tommy, each of them had different stats in terms of speed, handling and trick ability. After completing the six main stages in first place in single-player you’d unlock three more stages and one more additional character, Shinobin. Outside of racing in single-player you also had skill courses where you could speed through levels, or shoot snowmen with weapons or build up your score by performing tricks in the air. You could also access a shop and provided that you that had enough money you could buy new boards and repaint current ones to your choosing.

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I remember back in the day when Snowboard Kids along with Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Kart 64 and Bomberman 64 were the pinnacles of my childhood gaming. Every day after school me and my sister would go over to our friend’s house and play this game for hours on end! And after we got it on our own N64 we abused it terribly haha. This game was just a special kind of racing game that was simple and also complex too. Playing this in multiplayer was where it was at and just like Mario Kart, if you choice to play with friends, your friendships wouldn’t last long and would descend into chaos and hatred. I loved the visuals and the soundtrack, wow, this again was one of those sorts of games that really worked because of its music which was and still is very memorable and awesome!

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In the races themselves in addition to the usual gameplay that comes with a snowboarding game, Snowboard Kids had two types of items in red and blue boxes. Red boxes held shooting items that you’d use to attack your opponents and then there’s the blue boxes that had support items that would help you or be used against your enemies. Most races were downhill and once you got the end of a lap you’d have to get a lift that would take you back to the starting point. There were several game mechanics that were unique to Snowboard Kids from other snowboard games and racing games at the time. One was the addition of the second item slot, allowing each player to carry a shooting item and support item (such as a rock, or invisibility) at the same time. Also, players needed to pay 100 gold in order to grab an item during the race, which could be obtained either through performing tricks or collecting coins scattered across the course. All courses also required players to race down the hill for multiple laps. Once a player had reached the bottom of the hill, he or she would need to pass through the lift gate to be transported back to the top of the hill, and could not be attacked by other players in this transition.

In conclusion I think Snowboard Kids was one of the best games to come out on the N64, it was a racing game that had a Mario Kart charm about it but it was its own game. The gameplay was solid, the graphics were nice and colourful and the soundtrack was unforgettable. This game has a good deal of replay value in both the single-player and multiplayer modes, I definitely recommend this game to those who have yet to play it. 🙂

Okay so that’s another review done and dusted. Drop me a comment below about the game if you’ve played it and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Game Reviews, Media, Reviews, Video Games

 

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