Video Game Music of the Week - 316

Terranigma (SNES)


Origins, Light and Darkness, Elle, Dark Side Field, Nomads In A Desert

Miyoko Takaoka
Masanori Hikichi

Terranigma is a JRPG that released on the Super Nintendo in 1995 and 1996 in Europe and Australia. The game unfortunately never officially released in North America.

This track is the first song found in Terranigma and plays during the opening movie. For the first half of the track, there is a lone instrument that plays a captivating melody. The song ends with a slightly sinister build up.

Light and Darkness
This song is a cinematic theme of sorts that progresses like a story. It plays directly after the previous tune, when the 'Start Screen' appears.

This track is a theme song to the games character Elle. Elle is an important character to the story and is also a love interest to the games main protagonist Ark.

Dark Side Field
Terranigma plays on the idea of a Dark side of the world and a Light side of the world. This theme pairs with the Dark Side and while it starts with a quite uneasy despair, the song kicks into a more empowering theme as it progresses.

Nomads In A Desert
This theme has a very different feel to many of the games other tracks with its almost old-style western feel. Its a great piece that delivers a specific mood and feeling, being one of the games memorable action tracks.

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


Video Game Music of the Week - 315

ActRaiser (SNES)


Filmoa, Pyramid ~ Marana, North Wall

Yuzo Koshiro

ActRaiser released in 1990 in Japan, 1991 in North America and 1993 in Europe and Australia. The game is a Platform & City-Building Simulation game with some very unique elements. The soundtrack was awarded Best Music of 1993 in Electronic Gaming Monthly.

This theme immediately begins with an organ and percussion focus. This idea carries throughout the entire song with a very marching sensibility.

Pyramid ~ Marana
This track delivers a certain uneasy tension. The heavy horn and hypnotic flute bring the song into its more reserved second section where a strong feeling of unrest is apparent.

North Wall
North Wall is one of the games more quieter and reflective tunes that delivers a more holy theme of sorts. The game plays heavily on the ideas of God and Satan, and this is a theme that helps to create that idea.

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


Video Game Music of the Week - 314

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GameCube)


Coin Attack, Speed Golf, Cheep Cheep Falls 2

Motoi Sakuraba

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2003 and was the second home console game to release in the series, following the Nintendo 64 game, Mario Golf.

Coin Attack
This relatively fast track has a very funky melody that plays unique percussions that seem to always find their way into core Mario games and Mario spin-offs.

Speed Golf
A classic rock style of sorts, Speed Golf has a fast bass and brass melody. Its a very relentless theme that doesn't slow down for one moment.

Cheep Cheep Falls 2
This track is an area song of sorts and has a rather unique theme that shifts its melody at times, making you think the track is headed one way, before it ultimately goes another.

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


Video Game Music of the Week - 313

Mario Golf: Advance Tour (Game Boy Advance)


Entrance, Out & About, Palms Club Tournament, Dunes Club Course

Motoi Sakuraba

Mario Golf: Advance Tour is the fourth game in the Mario Golf series and released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance.

This track is a great introductory song to the game. It features a very classic Mario sound that can be found throughout the many Mario spin-off games.

Out & About
This is a relatively mild theme that has a slow major melody after the lengthy intro. The track then repeats.

Palm Clubs Tournament
This is a theme track to a location in the game that is paired with the tournament mode. It's a very fast theme that's reminiscent of more an RPG style, however, it fits astonishingly well with the game.

Dunes Club Course
Another location theme, this track really focuses on a funky bass line introduction that keeps the songs momentum throughout. There's an excellent plucked string instrument shortly after the intro, right before the song splits into a very robust theme.

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