Video Game Music of the Week - 324


Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Version - Part 2 (GBA)

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Tracks:
Mt. Chimney, Sootopolis City, Battle! (Regi), Heavy Rain

Composer(s):
Go Ichinose
Morikazu Aoki
Junichi Masuda


Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire has since been remade for the Nintendo 3DS, featuring enhanced visuals and all previous Pokémon up until this point.



Mt. Chimney
The Mt. Chimney theme is a an ultra-intense track that never lets up on the constant building of its melody. It has a multitude of instruments and percussions that intertwine with each other to create a very dense theme.




Sootopolis City
This theme is slightly different to many of the other city or town themes in the game and it plays towards the end of the journey. There are many instruments that play different melodies from moment to moment, creating a very diverse track.




Battle! (Regi)
This is one of the numerous battle themes in the game, and is generally heard during the post-game content. It plays while fighting any of the 'Regi' Pokémon, with which this game first introduced.




Heavy Rain
This is an action piece of sorts that plays partners with the legendary Pokémon, Kyogre, that is found in Pokémon Sapphire specifically. The game also features a similar theme that pairs with the legendary Pokémon from Ruby.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 323


Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Version - Part 1 (GBA)

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Tracks:
Littleroot Town, Rustboro City, Route 104

Composer(s):
Go Ichinose
Morikazu Aoki
Junichi Masuda


Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire is the third instalment in the major line of Pokémon games and released on the Game Boy Advance in 2003. It was the first Pokémon game to come to the Game Boy Advance and featured many new gameplay elements including Double Battles, Pokémon Natures and Abilities.



Littleroot Town
This first location in any Pokémon adventure always features a very light, warm-hearted theme track to give that homely-feel. It always reminds players of their initial moments, especially after returning to the location after journeying through most of the game.




Rustboro City
Rustboro City has a very charming theme that begins to show players a larger world past their hometown. The town features the games first Gym.




Route 104
Route 104 is one of the games early travel areas that connect the towns and special locations of the Hoenn region. It has a slight marching feel, giving that early momentum to the player.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 313


Mario Golf: Advance Tour (Game Boy Advance)

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

Composer(s):
Motoi Sakuraba


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



Entrance
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’.

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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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