Video Game Music of the Week - 264


Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

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Tracks:
Super Bell Hill, Double Cherry Pass, Shifty Boo Mansion, Bowser's Castle

Composer(s):
Mahito Yokota
Toru Minegishi
Koji Kondo
Yasuaki Iwata


Super Mario 3D World released in 2013 and in some ways, is a sequel to the Nintendo 3DS title Super Mario 3D Land. While Super Mario 3D Land took a lot of inspiration from Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 3D World took many themes and ideas from Super Mario Bros. 2.


Super Bell Hill
This track features what is both the main and title theme to
Super Mario 3D World. Similar to the Super Mario 3D Land soundtrack, there are some very noticeable jazzy elements to the games music tracks.




Double Cherry Pass
This track is a relatively unique theme that features an almost old-timey sound to it. The track features a full set of amazing and diverse instruments, as well as some other unique sounds.




Shifty Boo Mansion
This theme is a dark and haunting theme that plays during the games Boo Mansion levels. It has a comical creepiness to it, with the eery ghost crying sounds that are found throughout almost the entire Mario series.




Bowser's Castle
This theme plays during the Bowser Castle levels. They are often difficult, tense stages in each Mario game that always feature a more crucial atmosphere to them.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 263


Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo 3DS)

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Tracks:
Title, Beach (Underwater), Koopa's Lava Castle, Special World 8

Composer(s):
Takeshi Hama
Mahito Yokota
Asuka Hayazaki


Super Mario 3D Land is a Nintendo 3DS title that blends traditional 2D Mario elements with the 3D free-roaming aspects of more recent games. The game released in November 2011, worldwide.



Title
This is the main intro theme to
Super Mario 3D Land and was the first song heard during the first trailer for the game at Nintendo's E3 Press Conference in 2011. It is possibly the most jazzy theme in the Mario series.




Beach ~ Underwater
This track is an underwater themed stages in Super Mario 3D Land. Nearly all Mario games feature different tracks for different stage themings, such as Underwater, Underground, Deserts etc. The second half of the track features a very light, high-tonal melody that is a recurring structure in Mario's underwater themes.




Koopa's Lava Castle
This is a Castle theme to the Bowser stages in Super Mario 3D Land. It's a tense track, and one of the really few action pieces found in the game.




Special World 8
In Super Mario 3D Land, once the main game is complete, there is almost a whole other game to be played. These stages are very difficult and feature usually unique and wild aspects to them. The final Special World features a very fun and catchy theme, showing the beauty in the music of the Super Mario series.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 262


Ace Attorney - Justice For All (GBA, DS)

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Tracks:
Another Overture, Objection 2002, Scars Etched By Flame, End

Composer(s):
Naota Tanaka


Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All originally released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan and was later re-released on the Nintendo DS. The re-release was later translated and released in English. It is the second game in the series.



Another Overture
This theme is an introductory track to
Ace Attorney - Justice For All. Overture's are opening themes to stories or movies and this track sets the stage for the following narrative.




Objection 2002
This track is the 'Objection Theme' which is found in each Ace Attorney game in some way. It has a continuos melody and is a relatively simple track that doesn't do anything too wild, but features a very mildly upbeat theme.




Scars Etched By Flame
This theme song features a slow and gloomy melody and instrumentation. The track has a heaviness to it that helps in building emotion in the games narration.




End
This is the games ending theme and is a really great example of a dynamic and creative ending track that helps to cement the players complete experience with the game. There are a few unique moments that appear during the song, which help to create that specific dynamic structure.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 261


Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo DS)

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Tracks:
Theme of the Diabolical Box, Folsense, Lost Forest, Suspense

Composer(s):
Tomohito Nishiura


Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, known as Professor Layton and Pandora's Box in Europe and Australia is the second entry in the Professor Layton series. The game follows a similar progression to that of the first game, but delivers a brand new story with a hefty load of new puzzles as well.



Theme of the Diabolical Box
The main theme to
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box begins with a very ominous piano opening. The track then features string instrumentation and the very characteristic sound of the piano accordion which makes numerous appearances in the Professor Layton series.




Folsense
This track features the piano accordion again and is a relatively sombre song. The string instrument plays the most prominent theme in the song, which begins a few moments after the track starts.




Lost Forest
The element of mystery is layered heavily throughout the Layton series, and this track is yet another example of this. The games in the series truly find a way to set a specific atmosphere and this atmosphere is often achieved through the remarkable soundtracks.




Suspense
Suspense is yet another slow theme found in the game. It's melody is quite simple, but its eery instrumentation and melodic progression make if feel like a very chilling and unique theme.





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

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