As many of you can obviously see from my previous posts, Pokemon is one of my favorite video game series of all-time. The game features a simple, yet unique soundtrack that can be repetitive or amazing at different times of the game. One of the greatest themes in these games is the music that plays when you face your rival. In any hand-held Pokemon game, the rival is always this rebellious asshole who always wants to be the best. The soundtrack fits in perfectly with the theme which includes, competition, jealousy, and intensity. The battles against your rival are always some of the most intense ones, from the first one right after you get your first Pokemon, all the way to when he eventually becomes the champion at the end of the game. The soundtrack is very nostalgic and this particular theme is easily recognized by Pokemon fans around the world. I have included two of the best Rival themes featured in Pokemon games, the original version from Red/Blue/Yellow, as well as the most recent version featured in Black/White. Well, here they are, enjoy!
The Most Recent Version:
One of my absolute favorite video games of all-time has got to be The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The creators took a big gamble in the creation of this game, opting to use cel-shaded graphics as opposed to realistic ones. This technique actually gave the game a distinct feel that I never quite felt in any other video game to date. The games’ soundtrack is one of my personal favorites of all-time and one you should definitely check out. If anything, one song in particular stands out far beyond the others. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that song would be the Dragon Roost Island theme. This song is an absolute masterpiece in my opinion as well as in many Zelda fans hearts. The theme plays once you arrive on an island in the game called Dragon Roost Island. The song itself has a very relaxing feel to it and almost makes me want to be on the beach. If I am ever stressed out I listen to this song and it immediately calms me down and transports my mind into a beautiful imaginary island free of work, stress, and any kind of problems. You must listen to this song before you die or else you aren’t human (just kidding). But anyways, I would like this song to gain more recognition and actually become known to the outside world. So without further ado, here it is:
One of my favorite video game songs of all-time is from the F-Zero racing series by Nintendo. The theme plays on the “Mute City” stage and makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The theme never fails to make me feel the intensity that racing at super high speeds should make you feel. As the gamer, you control a race car driver and try to finish in 1st place out of a total of 30 racers. Along the way, there are speed boosts, and hazards. The theme probably easily ranks in my top 10 favorites of all-time and I would like more people to listen to it. The series itself is severely underrated and for any racing fan out there who likes video games, I encourage you to try the F-Zero series out.
Listen to the epic song for yourselves here:
A History of Mario
First seen in: Donkey Kong (Arcade) 1981
Footage of Mario’s first appearance:
Being one of the most recognizable fictional icons in video games doesn’t happen overnight. Mario is arguably the most famous video game character in the world. Having appeared in over 200 games, it’s most likely that the average gamer has played a video game that features him. Being Nintendo’s official mascot, Mario appears in a wide variety of games, ranging from tennis, golf, kart racing, fighting, adventure, party, etc. His most famous game is undoubtedly Super Mario Bros., the game that really introduced the typical platformer. This game set a standard which arguably changed video games forever. I have even found a flash version of the game that you guys can play here:
Control Arrows: Move
S(hold) Run Fast
Throughout the years, Mario’s graphics have also evolved a lot. Take a look for yourself:
Here is a video compilation of games that feature Mario:
The latest video game released for Nintendo’s Wii is Super Mario Galaxy 2. Some footage can be seen here.
The future looks very bright for video game fans and Mario as well. By growing a strong Mario fan base, Nintendo has successfully attracted many gamers to purchase their games. I can’t wait to see what possibilities can happen with the future of video games.
Just look at how far video game graphics have come. I can’t wait
To go along with one of my favorite video games of all-time, Super Metroid, I present to you my favorite song from the game. The soundtrack is an absolute masterpiece in every aspect. The creepy/mysterious sound is supposed to make the player feel like they are truly lost alone in a remote planet without a GPS. The perfect balance of sound effects and ambiance make the Lower Brinstar Theme an instant classic. The creators of Super Metroid brilliantly incorporated the music to add to the overall excellent experience that they created in what many consider to be the best game of all-time.
Listen to the epic song for yourself:
System: Super Nintendo
Released Date: April 18, 1994
Metroid is the lesser known franchise that often gets overshadowed by the likes of the Mario Bros. series, as well as the Legend of Zelda series. This saddens me, because in my opinion, Super Metroid easily belongs in the top 3 games of all-time. Basically, the main character is a bounty-hunter called Samus. Throughout the game, the player controls Samus, but doesn’t actually find out that she’s a female until she takes off her helmet. The plot is basically that Samus needs to kill an evil creature known as Mother Brain who controls evil creatures that take over a planet known as Zebes. Throughout the adventure title, Samus upgrades her power suit by defeating numerous bosses. As new items are acquired, Samus is able to explore new areas of the planet previously unreachable. The game features awesome music, gameplay, and most importantly, an epic storyline.
Fun Factor: 10
Overall: 40/40 = Masterpiece
Here is a speed-run of the entire game. He finished it in an hour, that’s insane! Check it out here:
One of my favorite video game songs of all time definitely has to be Dire, Dire Docks from the Nintendo 64 game, Super Mario 64. To go along with one of the all-time classic video games of all time, this song adds even more to the legendary experience. The music is often described as making many people feel very nostalgic because it is definitely one of the songs that stands out as being an all-out masterpiece. I have even read some comments stating that some people “want this song to be played at their funeral”. Yes, that is how much meaning this song has to some hardcore gamers.
Listen to the song for yourself here:
Tron is an arcade game that was released in 1982 along with a movie which the game is based on that also was released the same year. The game is pretty simple, you basically compete in one of 4 minigames, the most famous of these being the light cycles. In this minigame, the player controls a racer who battles against another racer. The “cars” create a” wall of light” from the back of their cars that create a long trail based on your movements.The goal of the game is the make your opponent “die” which can occur either through them hitting your wall of light know as your “light cycle” or by forcing them to either hit the outside boundary walls or trap them inside their own light cycle.
Here is classic footage of the original arcade game:
The sequel to the original 1982 movie came out last year and was named “Tron: Legacy”. The movie was again made by Disney and was shown in 3D in most theaters, having amazing graphics. Its truly amazing how they recreated the came through the movie and made the audience “experience” the game using the 3D effects.
Here is a short video that shows the interpretation of “the grid” in the new “Tron:Legacy” film:
Here is a link to a short clip from Tron: Legacy showing one of my favorite scenes where a Light Cycle battle is happening. If you haven’t yet seen the film, it includes some spoilers so be warned. It unfortunately won’t allow me to embed the video due to a request by the youtube user so here is the link:
Tron Light Cycle Scene
Pokemon Red/Blue versions came out in North America on Sept. 28, 1998. In the game, the main character is on a mission to catch fictional creatures named Pokemon, which stands for Pocket Monsters. There was originally 151 pokemon at the time and they came in many different varieties. Some of the most common types were grass, water, fire, flying, and psychic. Each type has it strengths and weaknesses, making Pokemon a strategic game in which trainers try to catch pokemon of various types. Basically the game plays like an rpg, allowing trainers to carry up to 6 pokemon with them at any given time. Pokemon get stronger through experience and level up starting at level 1 with the maximum being level 100. Throughout the game, you battle against other trainers, gym leaders, your rival, and eventually the Elite 4. The game was quite revolutionary at the time and became an instant classic.
Here is a short video showing some classic gameplay of the original game: