Music is relative. It effects us in such a personal way that we can't possibly hope to describe the extent of that effect to anyone. It's why we are so protective (and sometimes even snobby) about it. Your personal taste in music will always be better to you than anyone else. So it's best to probably just accept that.
Here I will weekly (heh...) choose a piece of game music that I love and share it! Then talk about it. Not too complex, but I hope it's something you'll enjoy!
Sound Test: StarFox-Corneria
Thanks to this segment that I've been doing, lately I've been paying more attention to video game music, hoping to uncover some fantastic underrated tunes to post. I've found great music in games that I simply didn't give enough attention to in the past like Pikmin, Suikoden 2, Pokemon Silver (where did THAT come from!?), among others, but what I've really been noticing is that there are tons of games on the SNES, (outside the obvious works of Kondo and Uematsu) that I never realized had such great music. Donkey Kong Country, Tetris Attack, Actraiser, and StarFox are some of the ones I can name off-hand, but there have been plenty of others as well. Since I wanted to post something a bit more upbeat this week, even though I tend to be a fan of more expressive melodies, I decided that the first stage of StarFox would serve as a great example.
Sadly, I didn't own a Super Nintendo until the late 90s. Because of this, StarFox 64 was actually the first StarFox game I played. I usually played it at friend's houses (or trailers, depending on how poor they were) and wasn't very good. However, one night I was sleeping over with a friend named Kyle and the only video game console that he owned was a Super Nintendo, with a massive collection of about 4 or 5 games. The ones I remember were Ken Griffey's Home Run Derby and StarFox. I had only played StarFox 64, so I wasn't able to appreciate the graphics or gameplay of StarFox like some were, let alone the music.
Still, my memory of playing StarFox and being somewhat disappointed by it somehow became a fond one. Probably since this was the last time I saw my friend Kyle before he moved to Chicago. Later, I bought the game for 5.00 when GameStop started clearing out their SNES games. I still wasn't a huge fan of the game and haven't come to love it until recently. Still though, the music was never anything special to me.
That is until I played Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a re-arranged version (probably one of the best VG remixes I've heard) of Corneria's theme sounded over the new Star Fox stage. I immediately recognized the opening "bloop"s and proceeded to geek out. Since then I've downloaded all 304 of the amazing songs that make up the Super Smash Bros. Brawl Soundtrack
and this one is still my favorite by far. It gets me PUMPED! It also makes me want to violate a traffic law or two... Please enjoy both the original SNES theme and the amazing remixed SSBB version as well!
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Remixed Version