Showcasing Game Music: Volume 2

It’s been a while since I’ve written a new edition of this feature, as volume one was actually written several years ago for an older site. Now though, I’ve got new tunes to talk about!

Yoshi’s Woolly World: Knitty Knotty Windmill

Composed by Tomoya Tomita

This track is just so happy. I’m far from an expert in music, but when a composer writes a track that’s just so joyful and vibrant, I usually find myself loving it.

Yoshi’s Woolly World: Castle Course

Composed by Tomoya Tomita

Same game, completely different sound. The bass here caught me completely off guard when I heard it for the first time in-game. It’s such a fresh sound, and it’s really fitting. Truthfully, it took me a while to get into Woolly World, and I’m still fairly early on, but I’m really enjoying it this time around.

Persona 5: Life Goes On

Composed by Shoji Meguro

No matter what your stance is on JRPG’s, Persona 5 is undoubtedly one of the most surprising breakout hits in North America on PlayStation 4. A big part of why it sticks in my head months after I completed the 100-hour journey is the soundtrack. We spoke of vibrant instrumentation earlier, but this just takes it to another level. Even better, just about the whole soundtrack is this good.

Spider-Man (PS4): Inside the Numbers

Composed by John Paesano

This atmospheric track is so eerie, yet appealing to listen to. It’s a lot like something you’d expect to hear on a movie soundtrack, but it also fits really well as a part of a cinematic game soundtrack.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Lifelight (Intro Theme)

Composed by Hideki Sakamoto, vocals by Abby Trott

You’ve almost certainly heard this already. In my eyes, this is the greatest Smash Bros. intro song, just ahead of the one from Brawl. It manages to capture the tone of Smash Bros. while also sounding fresh and new for the “ultimate” experience. Mission achieved, and we had no doubt it would be.

Undertale: Ruins

Composed by Toby Fox

I know I’m late to the party on this one, but great video game music is timeless, right? I started playing Undertale fairly recently on my Nintendo Switch, and there’s so much great music so far. I can’t wait to finish up the experience.

Sonic Colors: Aquarium Park Act 1

Sonic Colors was composed by Tomoya Ohtani, Kenichi Tokoi, Fumie Kumatani, Hideaki Kobayashi, Mariko Nanba, and Naofumi Hataya

I had to put a Sonic track on here for the grand rearrival of this series, and it was a tough decision on which one. When I’d narrowed it down to two, it was either this or this. Both are excellent, but I chose the song from Colors for no real reason other than that I like it just a bit more. By a tiny amount. H/T to Scott the Woz for including it in the background of one of his videos so I could re-remember it recently.

Fan Track: Pac-Man World: The Return of Spooky: Mountain Theme

Composed by Factor5Fanatic

In 2015, a YouTuber that goes by the name Factor5Fanatic released the first in a set of music tracks that would go along with a Pac-Man World 4 fangame. This is one of my favourites, and I think it goes really well with the tone of Pac-Man World that was created in the first two games in the series.

Super Smash Bros. Series: Battle (Team Galactic)

Arrangement: Masato Kouda

I included Team Plasma’s theme from Pokémon Black/White 2 last time, so I thought I’d choose another evil team theme for this one. This Smash Bros. remix of Team Galactic’s battle music from Diamond/Pearl improves the original a lot by adding more energy and a more dynamic sound. If Game Freak ever decides to remake the games that kicked off generation four, I hope the Team Galactic theme sounds this good.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair: Mechanical Melody

Composed by David Wise

One of the things I really liked in the original Yooka-Laylee was the music. If this track (and the new track from Kirkhope) are any indication, this 2.5D sequel won’t disappoint musically either.

Any tracks catch your eye? Let me know and they may be featured in the next volume of this series.

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