Video Game Music of the Week - 297


Splatoon (Wii U)

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Tracks:
Main Theme, VS Mode 1, Booyah Base, Credits

Composer(s):
Toru Minegishi
Shiho Fujii


Splatoon released on the Nintendo Wii U in 2015 and was a fresh new take on an immensely popular video game genre. However, as is often the case with Nintendo, the game featured a remarkably unique style, along with some interesting gameplay ideas.



Main Theme
Everything about Splatoon shows that Nintendo made a very different approach to a brand new IP. The games genre and style has a very unique characteristic, with the games music being one of the main stylistic stand-outs. The games Main Theme shows a very garage/punk-rock style, with a wacky vocaliser incorporated.




Vs Mode 1
The games soundtrack takes musical cues from Rock, Punk, Surf-Rock and Ska just to name a few. Some of these styles and sounds can be found in this track.




Booyah Base
This track features a combination of Funk, Hip Hop and Electronic music with some inaudible vocals. It's a fun tune that plays as a background theme while shopping for various items in the game.




Credits
This final track is a very smooth theme that plays during the games credits. Like many of the games other songs, it features some heavily altered vocals to fit with the games unique style.





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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Video Game Music of the Week - 264


Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

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Tracks:
Super Bell Hill, Double Cherry Pass, Shifty Boo Mansion, Bowser's Castle

Composer(s):
Mahito Yokota
Toru Minegishi
Koji Kondo
Yasuaki Iwata


Super Mario 3D World released in 2013 and in some ways, is a sequel to the Nintendo 3DS title Super Mario 3D Land. While Super Mario 3D Land took a lot of inspiration from Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 3D World took many themes and ideas from Super Mario Bros. 2.


Super Bell Hill
This track features what is both the main and title theme to
Super Mario 3D World. Similar to the Super Mario 3D Land soundtrack, there are some very noticeable jazzy elements to the games music tracks.




Double Cherry Pass
This track is a relatively unique theme that features an almost old-timey sound to it. The track features a full set of amazing and diverse instruments, as well as some other unique sounds.




Shifty Boo Mansion
This theme is a dark and haunting theme that plays during the games Boo Mansion levels. It has a comical creepiness to it, with the eery ghost crying sounds that are found throughout almost the entire Mario series.




Bowser's Castle
This theme plays during the Bowser Castle levels. They are often difficult, tense stages in each Mario game that always feature a more crucial atmosphere to them.





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

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