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Pixie The Fairy avatar 10:46 PM on 12.14.2013
Pixie's Mix #1: Favorites from 2013

I don't know how frequent a series of posts like this will be, but I'm always adding game music to my various things that play MP3s, which is my 3DS, my old PC and now my tablet. 2013 had a lot of great music, so I found myself adding things fairly often! 

This list will really just consist of music that happened in games or tracks that were released in 2013. Could be direct game music, fan remixes or instrumental stuff. Its my list, so I pick what I like!

Submerged in Ambience - a Donkey Kong Country remix by The Distortionist



This popped up on Overclocked Remix earlier in the year. "Aquatic Ambience" remains one of my favorite video game tracks of all time, its just very melancholy and relaxed. I never imagined that it could rock, though. The Distortionist surprised me here.

Desierto Caliente - Guacamelee



Guacamelee is a game that scratched all the itches Castlevania has failed to in recent years for me, even musically. See, Castlevania once knew how to mash genres up - to put a little bounce into the dreary, gothic fantasy setting, but with Lords of Shadow it forgot about that. Guacamelee knows how to do that even within its Mexican setting. Its got the spirit, the blend of music relevant to the setting, but mashed up with other genres.

Shooting Star Tsukikage - Code of Princess



This is probably my favorite character-specific theme this year, which compliments the samurai Tsukikage quite well. The upright bass also really sells it. 

Its done by ACE, who also composed a fair bit of the Xenoblade Chronicles soundtrack, which I enjoyed a lot. Code of Princess is honestly a forgettable game, but I'm happy with its memorable OST.

Over and Out - a Megaman 3 remix by Diggi Dis



The password theme from Megaman 3 pops into my head every now and then. I don't really know why, I don't really harbor any emotional attachment to the series. It just happens, my brain doesn't forget songs. At any rate, this take on the theme is infectious and its hard not to smile about.

Gale Force - Etrian Odyssey IV



Its funny how we sometimes get worried when a series does away with an old composition method and then we see (well, hear) we had nothing to worry about. I love the FM Synthesis of classic arcade and Genesis games, which the Etrian Odyssey series thrived on for a bit.

Yuzo Koshiro proved, much like other composers, that the live instrumentation could be every bit as good, if not better.

The Impresario - Balance and Ruin: Final Fantasy VI



The opera music from Final Fantasy VI, but from the minds of Jake Kaufman and Tommy Pedrini. I'm sure if Queen had composed FFVI instead of Nobuo Uematsu it might have sounded much like this, given its all bohemian and stuff.

Naomi's Battle Theme - SMT Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Arranged Soundtrack



If the SMT series had a recurring battle theme on par with Final Fantasy's "Battle on the Big Bridge," its "Naomi's Battle Theme" from Soul Hackers. Shoji Meguro has amazing range as a composer and like Gilgamesh's theme, Naomi's just has that sort of swagger about it. Atsushi Kitajoh did a great job arranging this version.

Man with a Machine Gun - a Final Fantasy VIII song performed by Smooth McGroove



Nothing much to add here. The bearded one brings the awesome as usual.

Tokyo Map Theme - Shin Megami Tensei IV



SMT games, while among my favorites, have pretty bland or just plain terrible world maps. Thankfully, to offset this the map themes are pretty great. SMT IV's world map is awful, so its only fair that it has a pretty awesome map theme.

Its not quite as epic as the final map theme from SMT III: Nocturne, but that guitar!

Id~ Purpose - Fire Emblem Awakening



The final battle of Fire Emblem: Awakening is a battle where a certain consequence just can't be avoided. Its one of those moments similar to the last scene Final Fantasy X where its hard to not tear up just a bit, but its made more personal because your character had so much more agency in who they had relationships with in FE:A.

In this battle, you knew how much your character meant to all who they had met or loved, but this wasn't an entirely sad goodbye, it was a proud one. This song soaringly reflects that moment.

Though I have to say I never thought a song with accordions in it could get me weepy.

Anyway, that's my mix! Hope you enjoyed it!

 
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