Video Game Music of the Week - 320


Kirby's Dream Course (SNES)

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Tracks:
Castles Of Cake, Jigsaw Plains, Cloudy Mountain Peaks, Ride To The Sky

Composer(s):
Hirokazu Ando


Kirby's Dream Course is a golf game set in the Kirby world that released on the SNES in 1994 and 1995. Although the game is 2D, it is the first Kirby game with 3D gameplay and physics, setting itself apart for more reasons than one.



Castles Of Cake
Kirby's Dream Course features a soundtrack that is all too pleasant and colourful. There are many of the familiar Kirby sounds found throughout the soundtrack and this almost minimalistic track has just enough Kirby charm to lure you into the games wonderful world.




Jigsaw Plains
This track is extremely upbeat and takes some minor inspiration from the track Float Islands from Kirby's Dreamland for the Game Boy. It's staccato like bass-percussion is the songs immediately noticeable feature.




Cloudy Mountain Peaks
The tracks bass, toy piano-like instrument and various other instruments melt together to make a very interesting track that always feels enjoyable to listen to from moment to moment.




Ride To The Sky
This theme begins with some very enchanting tapping. It sets itself apart very well with this, and creates a very floaty and angelic feel.





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

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Tetris Attack (SNES)

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Tracks:
Flower World, Moon World, Tropical Dream, The Place Where Evil Sleeps

Composer(s):
Masaya Kuzume


Tetris Attack is a SNES puzzle game that released in 1995. The game is based on the Japanese title Panel de Pon, which is essentially the same game, however this version features art from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The game also released on the Game Boy, however this is the SNES version specifically.



Flower World
This track is a very quirky and lively theme that features some very rapid bass and light wind instrument melodies at various times, these two play off each other to become the tracks main focus.




Moon World
This track is a lightly spooky theme that has quite a different sound to many of the other themes in the game. It features a repeating harp-like instrument that keeps the mildly eerie atmosphere alive.




Tropical Dream
This theme captures a very soothing feel with its tropical ideas. The echoey xylophone-like instrument and wavy saxophone keeps a very dream-like feel throughout the song.




The Place Where Evil Sleeps
This theme is a very dark track that teeters on the edge of mayhem, but never quite crosses it. Its this constant uneasiness that makes the tune such an interesting addition to the soundtrack.





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

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Terranigma (SNES)

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Tracks:
Origins, Light and Darkness, Elle, Dark Side Field, Nomads In A Desert

Composer(s):
Miyoko Takaoka
Masanori Hikichi


Terranigma is a JRPG that released on the Super Nintendo in 1995 and 1996 in Europe and Australia. The game unfortunately never officially released in North America.



Origins
This track is the first song found in Terranigma and plays during the opening movie. For the first half of the track, there is a lone instrument that plays a captivating melody. The song ends with a slightly sinister build up.




Light and Darkness
This song is a cinematic theme of sorts that progresses like a story. It plays directly after the previous tune, when the 'Start Screen' appears.




Elle
This track is a theme song to the games character Elle. Elle is an important character to the story and is also a love interest to the games main protagonist Ark.




Dark Side Field
Terranigma plays on the idea of a Dark side of the world and a Light side of the world. This theme pairs with the Dark Side and while it starts with a quite uneasy despair, the song kicks into a more empowering theme as it progresses.




Nomads In A Desert
This theme has a very different feel to many of the games other tracks with its almost old-style western feel. Its a great piece that delivers a specific mood and feeling, being one of the games memorable action tracks.





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

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ActRaiser (SNES)

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Tracks:
Filmoa, Pyramid ~ Marana, North Wall

Composer(s):
Yuzo Koshiro


ActRaiser released in 1990 in Japan, 1991 in North America and 1993 in Europe and Australia. The game is a Platform & City-Building Simulation game with some very unique elements. The soundtrack was awarded Best Music of 1993 in Electronic Gaming Monthly.



Filmoa
This theme immediately begins with an organ and percussion focus. This idea carries throughout the entire song with a very marching sensibility.




Pyramid ~ Marana
This track delivers a certain uneasy tension. The heavy horn and hypnotic flute bring the song into its more reserved second section where a strong feeling of unrest is apparent.




North Wall
North Wall is one of the games more quieter and reflective tunes that delivers a more holy theme of sorts. The game plays heavily on the ideas of God and Satan, and this is a theme that helps to create that idea.






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

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Star Fox 2 (SNES)

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Tracks:
Venom, Macbeth Inside, Eladard Inside, Meteor, Fortuna

Composer(s):
Kozue Ishikawa
Yumiko Kanki


Star Fox 2 is a unique game in the fact that it was cancelled before release, even though it was essentially completed. However, the game did release officially when it was included in the recently released SNES Classic Mini.


Venom
This theme is a stage background track for the planet titled Venom. It immediately showcases a similar sound style to the first game in the series, with a very action-oriented feel.




Macbeth Inside
Many of the stage themes offer two mild variations on the stages specific track. This is the theme to the stage Macbeth, specifically the inside version of the track. It has a fast melody with some super heavy instrumentation during certain moments.




Eladard Inside
This theme is another inside version of a track, specifically to the stage Eladard. It's a very fast track with moments that slow down the melody before surprising the listener with a different quick section of music. It's definitely one of the games more intense themes.



Meteor
This track is a very fun and unique theme that differs from other songs in the game. It actually takes a similar approach to the track Fortuna from the original game. Note though, there is a stage theme for the planet Fortuna in this game, which is very different.




Fortuna
This song begins with a very slow, open-air feeling introduction. It's quite an empowering theme that delivers a sense of confidence and grandeur.






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

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Star Fox (SNES)

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Tracks:
Main Theme, Training Mode, Corneria, Meteor, Fortuna

Composer(s):
Hajime Hirasawa


Star Fox is the first game in the Star Fox series, releasing on the Super Nintendo in 1993. It was titled Starwing in Europe and Australia, and the series has since been considered one of Nintendo's major franchises.



Main Theme
The game itself, along with the following games in the series often feature a recurring theme or melody that has its roots based in this track specifically. The melody found in this song is also placed amongst certain different tracks in the game such as the
Stage Select and Control Screen theme.




Training Theme
The Training Theme features some intense elements mixed in with some more milder themes. This is a great combination for a theme that introduces you to the game in a safe environment.




Corneria
This is the games first stage theme and is one hell of an introduction track. It is a very rock-driven theme with an electric guitar-like instrument.




Meteor
The electric guitar makes an appearance again in this theme, but it's the sense of uneasiness in the theme that gives it its true characteristic.




Fortuna
This track is a super fun theme with a very casino-like vibe, yet there is still a sense of mystery littered within it's theming.






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

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Brain Lord (SNES)

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Tracks:
Dragon Legend, Town Of Arcs, Road To The Tower, Natural Cavern, Road To Toronto

Composer(s):
Masanao Akahori


Brain Lord is an Enix published RPG that released on the SNES for North America and Japan only, never making its way to Europe or Australia. The game was developed by Produce!, a Japanese game company that also developed The 7th Saga.



Dragon Legend
This song features some rather emotional musical moments which are especially noticeable because the theme is played during the opening cutscene of the game. It's a relatively short song that introduces the player to a world that is set to feature some serious story telling.




Town Of Arcs
An ultra heavy bass carries this track, along with its super funky melody and other side instrumentation. This track is definitely one of the games most groovy themes.




Road To The Tower
This piece carries with it some more serious tones and ideas of a grand scale story with a deep sense of importance. Its melody is the driving force of the theme.




Natural Cavern
This song is yet another funky piece of music found within the game. The track is yet another example of how musically interesting the games themes are, with it's numerous unique melodies for the different sections and moments in the game.




Road To Toronto
This theme is a travelling backing track that continues the games very noticeable emphasis on diverse melodies and catchy riffs. Its one of the games more rock-centric themes.





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

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The 7th Saga (SNES)

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Tracks:
7th Saga, Overworld 1, Overworld Battle, Port City, Overworld 3

Composer(s):
Norihiko Yamanuki


The 7th Saga is a Japanese role-playing game that released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo in Japan and North America.



The 7th Saga
This short track is the initial title screen song to the game. It features quite a soothing theme for an opening to a large adventure style game, that perhaps has more meaning to the player once they finish their initial journey through the game.




Overworld 1
This is one of the many Overworld, or background music themes, that are found in the game. The games soundtrack as a whole does a very good job at creating a unique sense of adventure in a fantasy style world, while maintaining a very individual style to its themes.




Overworld Battle
This tremendous action piece is the games standard battle theme. As opposed to the previous two songs, this one most certainly delivers a more intense and exciting theme with its brilliantly diverse melody and various other percussions and sounds.




Port City
This song accompanies the Port Town area of Bonro. Its another more calm song in the soundtrack, which is to be expected due to it's partnered setting.




Overworld 3
This song is another of the games Overworld themes. Just like many of the other songs found in the game, it has many soothing qualities with a mild focus on a breezy melody.




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

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Sunset Riders (Arcade, SNES, Sega Mega-Drive)

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Tracks:
The Magnificent Four, Gunfight At The Sunset Corral, Butch Cassidy And Sunset Riders, Adios, Amigo!

Composer(s):
Motoaki Furukawa


Sunset Riders, developed by Konami, released in 1991 for Arcade systems. The 'Run and gun' game later came to Sega Mega-Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems in the following years. These tracks are from the Arcade version of Sunset Riders.



The Magnificent Four
The
Sunset Riders soundtrack is littered with 'Wild West' themes and ideas. The opening track, The Magnificent Four features what is the most classic 'Western' style theme in the game.




Gunfight At The Sunder Corral
This track is the first stage theme in the game and also plays during stages 5 and 8. The theme has an immediate start, thrusting players into the Wild West setting of Sunset Riders. The powerful, almost unpredictable flashes of sound are a great touch to the theme.



Butch Cassidy And Sunset Riders
Another stage theme track, Butch Cassidy and Sunset Riders begins with a more light-hearted melody than the previous theme. It's a very upbeat song, that succeeds in maintaining an action style.




Adios, Amigo!
This extremely wild and frantic track takes a musical slice from the opening theme to the game but delivers a ferocious theme to suit the on-screen boss battle.






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

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Chrono Trigger - Part 2 (SNES)

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Tracks:
At The Bottom Of Night, Corridors Of Time, Schala’s Theme, World Revolution, To Far Away Times

Composer(s):
Yasunori Mitsuda
Nobuo Uematsu


Featuring Chrono Trigger in a single VGM of the Week article simply doesn’t give the games soundtrack the attention it deserves. Composer Yasunori Mitsuda worked on most of the games music before falling ill and leaving Final Fantasy veteran composer Nobuo Uemtasu to step-in to complete the games final few tracks.


Note*
We featured Chrono Trigger in our 5th VGM of the Week article. As our podcast didn’t exist at that time, we lost the chance to feature the games soundtrack in-depth on the show because our podcast is directly influenced by the VGM of the Week articles. We are featuring the game yet again, to showcase the games music in our Video Game Music podcast, which will happen with other similar games in the future.


At The Bottom Of Night
This almost soothing song has multiple underlying notions of mystery, sadness and a touch of hope. The echoing melody is the major focus of the tune, however the string instrument and slow bass are responsible for some very important moments in the song.




Corridors Of Time
Corridors Of Time is easily one of the most distinctive themes in Chrono Trigger and is played in one of the games most important areas. The track begins with ringing bells, and throughout, it is filled with unique instruments and sounds, but continues to hold on to the ringing bell riff until the end.




Schala’s Theme
Schala is one of the games most pivotal characters, even though she is not part of the games core group of protagonists. Her role also plays an important part in the sequel, Chrono Cross, therefore making her one of the most important characters in the entire series. Her theme is very mysterious and has a certain ‘ancient’ feel to it.




World Revolution
This track is played during various action moments throughout the game. It features a very progressive melody and feel to it, becoming more intense during certain moments.




To Far Away Times
In a sense, the track To Far Away Times is a medley of sorts that also features its own unique melody that blends all the ideas and emotions found throughout the game into one extremely moving and memorable piece of music. It is the games ending theme, and a very fitting way to end one of the Super Nintendo’s greatest RPG’s.




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

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Chrono Trigger - Part 1 (SNES)

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Tracks:
Chrono Trigger, Memories Of Green, Guardia Millenial Fair, Wind Scene, Frog’s Theme

Composer(s):
Yasunori Mitsuda
Nobuo Uematsu


Chrono Trigger released on the SNES in 1995 and its legacy as being one of the greatest RPG games ever made is still upheld by many today. Almost every aspect of game design came together to create one of the most memorable experiences in the medium of gaming. The games soundtrack is so extremely diverse and well-composed, being just another pillar in the games completely unique and well-crafted creation. This feature will look at the music found in the first half of the games soundtrack.


Note*
We featured Chrono Trigger in our 5th VGM of the Week article. As our podcast didn’t exist at that time, we lost the chance to feature the games soundtrack in-depth on the show, mainly because our podcast is directly influenced by the VGM of the Week articles. We are featuring the game yet again, to showcase the games music in our Video Game Music podcast, which will happen with other similar games in the future.


Chrono Trigger
As the name implies, the track titled Chrono Trigger is the main theme of the game. It has a very unforgettable melody that plays during story moments, when the games set of protagonists make very important decisions.




Memories Of Green
This theme plays on the World Map during the year 1000 A.D. As the game jumps around different time periods, the music changes depending on the year that you’re in. This theme is found during the first time period, very early in the game.




Guardia Millenial Fair
The opening moments of the game features Crono exploring the Guardia Millenial Fair, a fair that is taking place in Crono’s home town. It acts as an introductory area to the game, introducing the world, some of the games main characters and allows the player to get acquainted with the game itself. It’s an extremely fun tune that is one of the games most catchy themes.




Wind Scene
Wind Scene is yet another track that plays on the games World Map. This time during the time period of 600 A.D, which is the first alternate time period that Crono travels to in the story. Its unique string instrumental melody is the tracks greatest quality, being the star aspect of the song, allowing it to become one of the games most emotive themes.




Frog’s Theme
Frog is one of the games main characters and this track is his main theme. It is a very uplifting tune, especially during it’s opening moments. The main melody begins at about the 15-second mark with a wind instrument that has a very unique characteristic.





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

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Breath Of Fire II (SNES)

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Tracks:
Cross Counter, More Than Words, Dying Corpse, I’ll Do It

Composer(s):
Yuko Takehara


Breath Of Fire II released in 1994 in Japan, 1995 in North America and 1996 in Europe. Unlike other entries in the series, Breath Of Fire II is a direct sequel to Breath Of Fire, taking place 500 years after.



Cross Counter
The first track is
Breath Of Fire II’s standard battle theme. The song features a lot of variety, with some unexpectedness and a heavy dose of action.




More Than Words
This soft theme suits itself to the games important story moments. It focuses almost solely on its core melody, creating a deep level of emotion.




Dying Corpse
This theme is another action piece and another battle theme. The track seems to change its time signature at a certain point in the track, which creates this deep level of urgency.




I’ll Do It
This track is yet another fast and heavy theme. Its heavy power-chord, rock elements bring some intensity to the theme.





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

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