Video Game Music of the Week - 328


Professor Layton and the Last Specter (Nintendo DS)

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Tracks:
Last Specter, Luke's Door, Final Boss

Composer(s):
Tomohito Nishiura


Professor Layton and the Last Specter is the fourth game in the Layton series, however it is set earlier in the timeline of Layton games, being the first canonical game.



Last Specter
The title track to
Professor Layton and the Last Specter features a touch more funk than previous songs in the series, but it's almost immediately noticeable that the track fits into the Layton series style that the games have since become known for.




Luke's Door
This track is a fun theme that features many of the European sounds that are found littered throughout the series. There is a swing feel to the percussions and its theme.




Final Boss
This Final Boss theme plays during the end of the game, but being a Layton game, it works very different to how you may expect a boss battle to work. It plays during the last round of puzzles that all feature a sense of tension, which the song helps amplify.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 327


Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (Nintendo DS)

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Tracks:
Searching For Clues, Memories, The Towering Padoda,

Composer(s):
Tomohito Nishiura


Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, also known as Professor Layton and the Lost Future is the third entry in the Layton series. While it is the last game is the first trilogy, it is actually the sixth game chronologically speaking.



Searching For Clues
This theme track plays while journeying throughout the town as you solve puzzles and inquire about the games larger mystery. It really sums up the games overall sound, and still feels very much like a Layton theme.




Memories
This is a very peaceful theme that solidifies some of the games story moments. The games composer, Tomohito Nishiura, is capable of jumping from very upbeat themes to these more poignant tracks quite seamlessly.




Towering Pagoda
The Towering Pagoda is a large building in the game that Layton and his companions travel through, solving multiple puzzles along the way. It's a slightly menacing building and as such, its theme features a mix of this menacing idea, with the very European sounds of the Layton series.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 287


Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)

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Tracks:
Title Theme, Toad Circuit, Rock Rock Mountain, Sherbet Rink

Composer(s):
Kenta Nagata
Satomi Terui


Mario Kart 7 released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2011 and was the first game to feature the Hang Glider mechanic, Underwater driving, customisable vehicles and a first-person driving mode.



Title Theme
All
Mario Kart games feature a rather extravagant title theme or main theme that often follow a similar big-band style. The horns are easily the most prominent part of the track, with the piano section being a close second.




Toad Circuit
This chilled theme is a perfect accompaniment to both the first race track in the game and the simplified setting of this same race track.




Rock Rock Mountain
This theme, as you can surmise, is the games most rock-centric theme, working as a pun for the rocky mountain area. The distorted guitar shines in this theme, with its minor heavier elements.




Sherbet Rink
This theme song is such a fun and quirky theme that plays during one of the battle mode stages. The battle mode stages all feature a similar melody, but with unique flourishes that set them apart from each other.





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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Video Game Music of the Week - 261


Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo DS)

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Tracks:
Theme of the Diabolical Box, Folsense, Lost Forest, Suspense

Composer(s):
Tomohito Nishiura


Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, known as Professor Layton and Pandora's Box in Europe and Australia is the second entry in the Professor Layton series. The game follows a similar progression to that of the first game, but delivers a brand new story with a hefty load of new puzzles as well.



Theme of the Diabolical Box
The main theme to
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box begins with a very ominous piano opening. The track then features string instrumentation and the very characteristic sound of the piano accordion which makes numerous appearances in the Professor Layton series.




Folsense
This track features the piano accordion again and is a relatively sombre song. The string instrument plays the most prominent theme in the song, which begins a few moments after the track starts.




Lost Forest
The element of mystery is layered heavily throughout the Layton series, and this track is yet another example of this. The games in the series truly find a way to set a specific atmosphere and this atmosphere is often achieved through the remarkable soundtracks.




Suspense
Suspense is yet another slow theme found in the game. It's melody is quite simple, but its eery instrumentation and melodic progression make if feel like a very chilling and unique theme.





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

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