Video Game Music of the Week - 277


Street Fighter III: New Generation (Arcade)

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Tracks:
Jazzy NYC, Crowded Street, Good Fighter, Beginning Of The Next

Composer(s):
Hideki Okugawa
Yuki Iwai


Street Fighter III: New Generation released on Arcade in 1997 and featured a whole new cast of fighters, apart from both Ryu and Ken. The game was later updated through two seperate releases with Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, released in 1997, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, released in 1999.



Jazzy NYC
This track immediately shows the stark differences between the
Street Fighter II soundtrack and the Street Fighter III soundtrack. The musical style of the series featured a complete overhaul with this release. This style and sound was later featured in other Street Fighter games and spin-offs in the series such as Marvel vs. Capcom and X-Men vs. Street Fighter.




Crowded Street
This track is the theme song to the stage Hong Kong. It's pacing is swift and its melody is sporadic, making it a very noticeable stage theme.




Good Fighter
The soundtrack features a more Funk style as opposed to Rock, which was definitely one of the more noticeable genres of music found in the previous Street Fighter II. This theme in particular shows the composer really diversifying the series musically with the tracks Funk vibe.




Beginning To The Next
This song is the games final Staff Roll/Credits theme. It's wildly different from the other tunes found in the game in terms of its more calm approach. This concept of featuring a different style song for a Credits Theme is something that is so consistently present in Video Game Music.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 266


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

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Tracks:
Mode Menu, Airship Stage, Swamp Stage, Training Mode

Composer(s):
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’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 265


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

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Tracks:
Captain America, Spider-Man, Morrigan, Captain Commando

Composer(s):
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.




Spider-Man
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
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’.

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