Video Game Music of the Week - 326


Stardew Valley (Various)

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Tracks:
Stardew Valley Overture, Spring (The Valley Comes Alive), Fall (Raven's Descent), Winter (Nocturne Of Ice)

Composer(s):
Eric Barone


Stardew Valley is a multiplatform Farming Simulation game that was developed solely by one individual Eric Barone, known also as ConcernedApe. The game was immediately loved by fans and reviewers, and was applauded for breathing new life into a genre that as has recently felt stale.



Stardew Valley Overture
This theme is the title screen track and really combines the feeling of a dawning new day and a players imminent session of play. These two ideas combine to really showcase why Stardew Valley is such a vigorously fun game.




Spring (The Valley Comes Alive)
This is one of the themes that plays during Spring time, which is the first season experienced in the game. During this time, players go from being curious during their initial hours with the game, to deeply invested in their newly established farm. It is a very fun theme that builds with its early castanets, and diverse instrumentation.




Fall (Raven's Descent)
The theme tracks that play during Fall take a sharp turn from what is expected from the music of Spring and Summer. The themes are more reserved and feature light, almost mysterious elements that help define the Fall theming.




Winter (Nocturne Of Ice)
As expected, Winter (Nocturne Of Ice) features a plethora of water, cold and ice-like sounds to create its very immersive feeling. You can almost feel the light snow flakes and brushes of cold air when you hear the delicate theme. The tracks melody that appears in the second half is almost magical in its sound.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 298


ARMS (Switch)

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Tracks:
GrandPrix, Scrapyard, Snake Park, Get New ARMS Theme

Composer(s):
Atsuko Asahi
Yasuaki Iwata


Nintendo's latest brand new IP, ARMS, released on the Nintendo Switch in June of this year. The title took advantage of the unique capabilities of the consoles motion controllers, the Joy-Cons, and delivered a competitive fighting game for the new system.


GrandPrix
This track is the games official Main Theme that plays during the title menu. It's an infectious tune that conveys a fun, colourful atmosphere to what is yet another unique world hand-crafted by Nintendo.




Scrapyard
This is one of the games stage themes, that is paired with the character Mechanica. It's funky guitar chords play in tandem with an almost sporadic selection of instruments and varying sounds.




Snake Park
This theme is another stage track, this time for the character Kid Cobra. It's one of the faster tunes found in the game and features a mild play on the Main Theme of ARMS. In fact, most of the games stage themes feature recurring elements from the games title track.




Get New ARMS Theme
This song is a bonus theme of sorts that plays when the character is partaking in a Mini-game that allows players to obtain more "ARMS" for their characters. Its yet another ultra-funky track with a great bass riff.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 288


Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, Switch)

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Tracks:
Main Title, Toad Harbor, Final Results, Dolphin Shoals, Shy Guy Falls

Composer(s):
Atsuko Asahi
Shiho Fujii
Ryo Nagamatsu
Yasuaki Iwata


Mario Kart 8 released on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014 and has recently released on the Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game is the best-selling Wii U game to date and features the most tracks and playable characters thanks to its inclusion of downloadable content.



Main Title
The introductory track to
Mario Kart 8 features an extremely diverse array of instruments and various sounds. The song also features a new version of the melody from the original Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo.




Toad Harbor
Toad Harbor is the second race track from the second cup, the Flower Cup. It has a sunny, waterside town theming to the stage and the background music features a very breezy and clean guitar melody.




Final Results
This track plays at the end of each race, when the rankings are displayed and when the player has placed in the top 6. It has a very funky and lively backing with its jump piano notes, slap bass and slick percussions.




Dolphin Shoals
This track is another water themed stage. The background music's most notable aspect is easily the saxophone solo that plays throughout the theme.




Shy Guy Falls
Shy Guy Falls features an almost old-Western style feel to it that plays at a fairly fast pace. The stage itself is a wild race track that takes you over large ravines and down rapid waterfalls.






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

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