Video Game Music of the Week - 314


Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GameCube)

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Tracks:
Coin Attack, Speed Golf, Cheep Cheep Falls 2

Composer(s):
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’.

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Beyond Good & Evil (Various)

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Tracks:
Home Sweet Home, Hyllian Suite, Violent Jade Suite, Funky Bar

Composer(s):
Christophe Héral


Beyond Good & Evil is an action-adventure game that released over multiple home consoles and PC's in 2003. The game received quite the cult following and a sequel was finally announced at this years E3 expo.



Home Sweet Home
This song features a very enticing opening with its strange background sound and core piano line of music. The theme suggests an adventurous setting with some elements of mystery and grandiose layered within.




Hyllian Suite
Hyllian Suite features a very tribal and natural sound. The flute-like melody brings a sense of wonder to the theme, with the songs string instruments giving it a more ambitious feel at the same time. The xylophone segment is also one of the themes more memorable moments.




Violent Jade Suite
This theme is immediately noticeable as a very action-oriented and tense piece of music. The main section of the theme is extremely fast, delivering an almost agitated sound.




Funky Bar
This track has a great jazz feel with it's cleverly delivered trumpet solo. The beat box-backing only helps to deliver one of the games truly unforgettable themes, proving the unique qualities that the game possesses.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 294


Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GameCube)

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Tracks:
Title Theme, Torvus Bog, Submerged Ruins, Sanctuary Fortress, Vs Emperor Ing B

Composer(s):
Kenji Yamamoto


Metroid Prime 2: Echoes released in 2004 and is the follow-up to the 2002 game Metroid Prime. The series continued to be scored by composer Kenji Yamamoto, who also worked on the original Metroid Prime.



Title Theme
This track is the initial Title Theme song to
Metroid Prime 2. It has a very noticeable, space-like melody that marks the tracks high point. Yet the theme still features various cinematic elements such as a great initial build up, awe-inspiring choir chanting, and memorable musical peaks.




Torvus Bog
This theme continues to show the otherworldly elements present throughout much of the games visuals and sounds. It features some ambient elements, with less of an emphasis on a core melody.




Submerged Ruins
This track is based on the Brinster Underground Depths theme from Super Metroid. It's mysterious and remarkably eery, being one of the most atmospheric themes in the game.




Sanctuary Fortress
The games notable electronic sounds are more-so expressed in this theme. The pulsing rhythm-track plays throughout the entirety of the song, with a softer melody playing over the top during certain moments.




Vs Emperor Ing B
This song is a final battle theme track that is certainly one of the games more intense and memorable pieces. It plays hard and heavy during certain sections, while maintaining some of the types of sounds that are found throughout other sections in the game.




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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 293


Metroid Prime (GameCube)

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Tracks:
Tallon Overworld, Chozu Ruins, Phendrana Drifts, Data Selection/Credits

Composer(s):
Kenji Yamamoto
Kouichi Kyuma


Metroid Prime released in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube and was a distinct departure from the visual style of the previous games. It cleverly took the core gameplay of the original 2D titles, and brought it into a 3D world, seamlessly.



Tallon Overworld
Tallon Overworld is a great comparison theme that shows the series' evolution from the original game. It takes the
Brinstar Theme from the first Metroid, and creates a very atmoshpheric, yet familiar tune.




Chozo Ruins
Chozo Ruins is the first major area in the game and its theme track has a thin layer of mystery surrounding its sound. Interestingly, the Drum Beat in the song does not play in game, until Samus has defeated the Plated Beetle and regained her Morph Ball.




Phendrana Drifts
The Phendrana Drifts is an ice-themed area in the game, and as such, its theme plays on this environmental setting. It's a very diverse, evolutionary song that features numerous stand out moments.




Data Selection/Credits
This track plays during both the initial Save Selection screen and final Credits segment. It's one of the games most notable themes for those two reasons, and really captivated players from before they even begun their adventure.





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

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