Mega Man 9 Music

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Mega Man 9 MusicMore than a decade after its last numbered predecessor, “Mega Man 9” was ushered into the gaming world on a sea of applause and fanboyish glee — and maybe more than a little fanboyish drool. Released for multiple platforms in 2008, MM9 was a loving callback to the 8-bit platformers adored by many a nerd back in the far-off time of the 1980s. The same could certainly be said for its soundtrack, which manages to create an unusual, but no less unique blend of bleeps and bloops old and new that were tailor-made for nostalgia.

The game opens, appropriately enough, with the track “Opening 1,” a soft, almost sweet melody that serves as a peaceful callback to the Mega Man of yesteryear. This immediately (and seamlessly) moves into “Opening 2,” an oddly reflective piece with a funky beat.

Of course, it’s not Mega Man without some memorable robot master themes. Of particular note is “Splash Blue,” a hypnotic accompaniment to the equally hypnotic Splash Woman. The heavy reverb, reminiscent of a surging tide, immediately calls to mind the beauty of the ocean blue. Galaxy Man’s theme, “Galaxy Fantasy,” is among the fastest-paced tracks in the game and always a blast to listen to.

But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be “We are the Robots”, which is the title for the Dr. Wily Stage 2 theme in this game. It has the absolute feeling of a doomy heavy metal track, performed with 8-bit machines. I tried to capture it’s vibe and make the most out of this beautiful composition over here.

“Mega Man 9’s” soundtrack manages to package the nostalgic charm of the NES classics with the hyper-polished presentation of modern triple-A platformers, maintaining its own identity even with sounds lovingly appropriated from another time in gaming history.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess Music

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 After the record-breaking success of the 1998 Nintendo 64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the series was never quite the same. While the introduction of three dimensional graphics breathed new life into an already wildly successful series, a combination of an unpleasable fanbase and intense pressure for sequels to live up to Ocarina of Time led the series in an odd direction. None of the later games were by any means bad — you’ll quickly find that entries such as The Wind Waker and Majora’s Mask each have their own staunch defenders — Nintendo was at a loss when it came to finding a sequel that would please everyone.

The Legend of Zelda The Twilight Princess MusicThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess hit shelves in late 2006 for both the Wii and the Nintendo Gamecube, and the response was immediately positive. For the first time since Ocarina’s release, fans around the globe were universally pleased with a Zelda game. And this is partially due to its excellent soundtrack.

Composed in a collaborative effort by Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ohta, and series regular Koji Kondo, the Twilight Princess soundtrack features a more complex, mature tone to match its darker themes and subject matter. For the first time, the music here actually rivals that of Ocarina of Time.

Highlights include Ilia’s theme, a soft, mildly bittersweet tune to reflect the personality of Link’s dear childhood friend, and Midna’s Lament, a moody and melancholic piano piece that relays the intensity of Midna’s pain as she struggles to cling to life. The battle themes are also some of the best (and most unique) in the series. Each subsequent theme builds on the last, growing steadily more erratic and nightmarish as Zant slowly succumbs to madness.

The Zelda series may have had its ups and downs, but the music has always been the cream of the crop in terms of quality. It is no different with the multilayered Twilight Princess soundtrack.

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Donkey Kong Country

The original Donkey Kong Country video game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1994. It was accompanied by one of the greatest video game soundtracks of all time.

The timelessness of the original Donkey Kong Country music is proved by the fact that most compositions from the original 1994 game have reappeared in the 2010 Donkey Kong Country Returns soundtrack for the Wii.

Donkey Kong Country Music album

The Greatest Bits now shines a new light on the DKC compositions. They have been restyled into SNES remixes and Wii remixes that are retro and modern at the same time.

 

A lot of the lead melodies of the game have been ‘vintagized’; they have been performed with 8-bit style soundchips. On the other hand the songs have been remixed in styles of current dance beats and hip-hop grooves.

Retromodern versions blending the sounds of 1994 and 2014.

The musical styles vary from the funky beat treatment on the title theme to the dancefloor version of Fear Factory. From the chiptune ballad Aquatic Ambiance to the pounding drum ‘n bass beats on Mine Cart Madness. And from the eastern groove mix of the Cave Dweller Concert to the dark atmospheres of Northern Hemispheres.

All in the honour of a gorilla called Donkey.

“After a few seconds of the intro, it suddenly bursts into life as a full stereophonic onslaught of modern sounds, while retaining that retro feel. A score of 97%.” (www.theretrogamesnews.com)

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