Video Game Music of the Week - 304


Metroid II: Return Of Samus (Game Boy)

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Tracks:
Enter SR388, Ruins, Ending

Composer(s):
Ryoji Yoshitomi


Metroid II: Return Of Samus is a Game Boy sequel to the NES game Metroid. The game has been remade for the Nintendo 3DS, with a release date of September 2017.



Enter SR388
This track is one of the games main background themes. The difference in the tracks overall sound and delivered atmosphere is immediately noticeable in contrast to the first game. While the soundtrack does feature some more atmospheric and darker tunes, this one is of the other kind.




Ruins
This theme takes the more mysterious aspects of the series and delivers a theme that is both curious and fitting for the small handheld.




Ending
The Ending theme is the games biggest and boldest track. It has the usual ideas of success and sense of completion that is common in ending themes.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 291


Gargoyle's Quest (Game Boy)

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Tracks:
Intro, King Palace, Hell Field, Breager's Castle

Composer(s):
Harumi Fujita
Yoko Shimomura


Gargoyle's Quest released on the Game Boy in 1990. The game is an action-platformer that was followed by an NES prequel. Yoko Shimomura did some minor work on the games soundtrack, who is now the lead composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and was also recently the lead composer on Final Fantasy XV.



Intro
The introductory song to
Gargoyle's Quest shows the games dark theming quite well with its limited 8-bit sound.




King Palace
This track is a very melody focused theme. In fact, the melody itself is quite varied, changing from section to section slightly.




Hell Field
This slow and almost disheartening song is the games overworld theme. It's an odd choice in some respects, but is an important element in the games unique delivery and lasting appeal.




Breager's Castle
This stage theme begins immediately before a quick change into the songs main melody. There is a classical style element to it that solidifies the games particular setting.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 250


Heiankyo Alien (Game Boy)

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Tracks:
Stage Theme [1, 4, 7 & 10], Stage Theme [2, 5, 8, & 11], Title

Composer(s):
Norio Nakagata


Heiankyo Alien is an Action-Puzzle game that released on the Game Boy in 1990. The game was initially released as a PC game in 1979 and has been ported numerous times.



Stage Theme 1, 4, 7 & 10
The first set of stage themes in
Heiankyo Alien feature quite an eclectic sound as it progresses through a broad range of different styles and overall theming.




Stage Theme 2, 5, 8 & 11
This song features a notable shift after the initial opening loop plays. The games soundtrack in general often features a very lively performance from start to finish.




Title
The games Title screen theme features scale progressions from start to finish. It forms the tracks main sound and the unique notes that dance around it bring the song together.






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

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