Video Game Music of the Week - 269

Sunset Riders (Arcade, SNES, Sega Mega-Drive)


The Magnificent Four, Gunfight At The Sunset Corral, Butch Cassidy And Sunset Riders, Adios, Amigo!

Motoaki Furukawa

Sunset Riders, developed by Konami, released in 1991 for Arcade systems. The 'Run and gun' game later came to Sega Mega-Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems in the following years. These tracks are from the Arcade version of Sunset Riders.

The Magnificent Four
Sunset Riders soundtrack is littered with 'Wild West' themes and ideas. The opening track, The Magnificent Four features what is the most classic 'Western' style theme in the game.

Gunfight At The Sunder Corral
This track is the first stage theme in the game and also plays during stages 5 and 8. The theme has an immediate start, thrusting players into the Wild West setting of Sunset Riders. The powerful, almost unpredictable flashes of sound are a great touch to the theme.

Butch Cassidy And Sunset Riders
Another stage theme track, Butch Cassidy and Sunset Riders begins with a more light-hearted melody than the previous theme. It's a very upbeat song, that succeeds in maintaining an action style.

Adios, Amigo!
This extremely wild and frantic track takes a musical slice from the opening theme to the game but delivers a ferocious theme to suit the on-screen boss battle.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.


Video Game Music of the Week - 268

Bravely Second: End Layer (Nintendo 3DS)


Bravely Second Main Theme, Gathelatio (Seat Of The Orthodoxy) Ready To Go, Blabbery Second, Battle Of Oblivion


Bravely Second: End Layer released in early 2015 and is a sequel to Bravely Default. The game takes place two and a half years after the events of the first game in the series.

Bravely Second Main Theme
The theme begins with a small piano intro before heading into the very cinematic body of the song. It's a great theme that introduces the very enticing concept of adventure and fantasy that the game delivers.

Gathelatio (Seat Of The Orthodoxy)
This song is a location theme track that is found early on. It has notions of royalty and prestige, intertwined with the feeling of a bustling city set in a magical place.

Ready To Go
This song is a slow theme with a piano opening that continues to carry the song throughout. RPG titles like Bravely Default and Bravely Second focus very hard to deliver impactful stories, and its through themes such as this that truly help define a created world and leave a mark on the player.

Blabbery Second
This theme song plays during moments of chatter between the party members and between the general characters found in the game. It's a very light, bubbly theme that occurs during moments of respite.

Battle Of Oblivion
This track is one of the games battle themes. The fast tune features a very intense overall feel, with a lot of diversity in its structure and sound.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.


Video Game Music of the Week - 267

Bravely Default (Nintendo 3DS)


Beneath The Hollow Moon, The Visitor, Beyond That Prayer, The Vagrant Love, The Day The Wind Blew


Bravely Default released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. The traditional JRPG was both a return to form style game and a breath of fresh air at the same time. It did away with some JRPG elements that weighed down the genre, while still maintaining an enticing video game experience.

Beneath The Hollow Moon
The tranquility of this theme solidifies the soundtracks impressive array of memorable tracks. The wind lead instruments melody is the songs defining factor and has such a great, deep theme.

The Visitor
The Visitor is a perfect example of the diversity and wildness that can be found in numerous songs on the Bravely Default soundtrack. Its fanatic instrumentation and unexpected melody bring yet another creative tune to the game.

Beyond That Prayer
This track begins in a very predictable RPG fashion. However, you'll be surprised by the tonal shift and the remarkable quality of individuality this track processes.

The Vagrant Love
This super-fast action piece is a relatively short track, but crams so much into its score from beginning to end.

The Day The Wind Blew
This track is a slow theme that features an amazing piano melody throughout with different layers that appear as the song progresses. It all comes together as one of the games most emotive themes.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.


Video Game Music of the Week - 266

Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes (Arcade, Various)


Mode Menu, Airship Stage, Swamp Stage, Training Mode

Tetsuya Shibata
Mitsuhiko Takano

Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes released in 2000, just two years after the previous game in the series. The game continues to be one of the most talked about collaboration games in modern gaming and is still loved today by many fighting-game enthusiasts.

Mode Menu
This track is all about the electric guitar and its infectious riff. It's a fairly neutral song with a short melody, but positions itself perfectly as a mellow Menu theme.

Airship Stage
The Airship Stage theme has a very mild sound that intertwines with some funk and jazz elements. This track, and many of the other themes in the game feel quite different to any previous fighting game soundtrack.

Swamp Stage
This song is very much a Funk-themed track with its bubbly opening and remarkably memorable horns and distorted vocals. The theme has many unique elements that define what the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 soundtrack is all about.

Training Mode
The Training Mode track features a plethora of Funk instruments and sounds. It has a wild structure and its melody and sounds vary mildly throughout.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.


Video Game Music of the Week - 265

Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes (Arcade, Various)


Captain America, Spider-Man, Morrigan, Captain Commando

Masato Kouda
Yuko Takehara

Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes released in 1998 and is the third entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, following X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.

Captain America
Captain America's theme in Marvel vs. Capcom is one of the most noble tracks in the game, fitting for a character such as this. The games soundtrack features a very characteristic Capcom sound throughout.

The theme song to Spider-Man is expectingly up-beat and mildly quirky. The unique Marvel vs. Capcom sound can be heard extremely well in this theme, with it's notable Jazz and Lounge sounds.

Morrigan's theme is very much dialled down compared to many of the other songs in the game. It features some minor Jazz elements and remains relatively smooth throughout.

Captain Commando
The theme track to Captain Commando possesses one of the games greatest melody focused themes. It begins with a very rock-centric beat and further along, features almost metal-rock elements.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.