this mix has been a long time coming. i’m continually cataloguing all the great video game music i hear in the games as i finish them, and so this collection is one i’ve been working on for all the games i played in 2006 (w/ the exception of x-men legends which i couldn’t find any music from; no big loss there). i think there’s a natural tendency to look down on soundtrack music in general and video game music in particular, but i’m a big fan of all kinds of video game music, including the relatively primitive blips and bleeps of the early games. i’m amazed at how much those composers especially were able to pack into their music, and hopefully that comes across in some of the tracks i’ve picked out.
a lot of these tracks are so short that i sort of organized them into mini-suites which in some cases sort of outline a story, oftentimes helped by the titles which are more often than not quite hilarious. the whole link’s awakening segment was particularly fun to put together, with such track titles as “let the journey begin!”, “marin sings the ballad of the wind fish”, “the moblins took bowwow!”, “mysterious forest”, and “monkeys build a bridge”. i have to particularly mention the “marin sings” track which is just a solo line but is amazingly poignant, at least i find it to be. no doubt a fair amount of my enjoyment of this mix comes from recalling the particular moment in the game each track comes from, but i’m fairly sure that even if you hadn’t played any of these games there’s still such a strong sense of character, action, and atmosphere that you’d still find something to enjoy. the mix is inadvertently a nintendo-only mix, due to the fact that i’m a nintendo fanboy, although the 2007 edition will have a bit more variety.
video game mix, vol. 1
1 jun ishikawa . kirby’s dream land 2 (GB) . title; coo’s theme; kirby wins
4 yuka tsujiyoko . paper mario: the thousand-year door (GCN) . peach gets the map
5 ozaki/totaka/hamano/k. ishikawa . the legend of zelda: link’s awakening (GB) . sword search; your sword!; let the journey begin!; marin sings the ballad of the wind fish; the moblins took bowwow!; mysterious forest; monkeys build a bridge; full moon cello
13 ando/ikegami/sakai/kitsuta . super smash bros. melee (GCN) . challenger!
14 koji kondo . SSBM (GCN) (orig. super mario bros. 2) . mushroom kingdom ii
15 shigeru miyamoto . SSBM (GCN) (orig. donkey kong) . hammer
16 kondo . SSBM (GCN) (orig. super mario bros. 2) . mushroom kingdom ii finale
17 kondo . SSBM (GCN) (orig. super mario bros.) . mario’s victory
18 junichi masuda . pokemon red/blue/yellow (GB) . rival appears; geodude; bellsprout; cycling
22 kondo . super mario sunshine (GCN) . particle entry; level select; pinna park amusement; shine get!
26 hirokazu “hip” tanaka . balloon fight (NES) . balloon trip/stage intro/etc.
27 kazumi totaka . super mario land 2: 6 golden coins (GBA) . macro zone; level start; athletic; bell/level clear!; bonus chance
32 hajime wakai . pikmin (GCN) . discovery of onion; carry, fight, increase and be eaten; night comes; new record
36 totaka . animal crossing (GCN) . load your game; go k.k. rider!; rainy day; 9 pm
40 nagata/wakai/minegishi/kondo . the legend of zelda: the wind waker (GCN) . sacred shrine; forsaken fortress invasion 1
42 steve henifin . eternal darkness (GCN) . the chosen
43 composer? . ninja gaiden: shadow (GB) . twist of fate/shadow; stage 2; defeated; garuda; stage clear
48 totaka . luigi’s mansion (GCN) . title screen; dark rooms; sucking up weak ghosts; room lighting up!
52 hirokazu ando . super smash bros. (N64) . duel zone; all clear
54 hidenori shoji . f-zero gx (GCN) . long pre-view (course view 2); osc-sync carnival (lightning)
56 kenji yamamoto . metroid prime (GCN) . title; data selection screen; samus aran’s appearance fanfare; phazon radiation; underwater frigate reactor core; samus’s farewell