Night-Time Listenings Wrap-Up: Two Week Special

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – Great Sea
Composed by Koji Kondo et al

Ah Wind Waker, a game that caused quite the uproar when it was first revealed. But When it got in the hands of gamers, it made quite a few of them believers. However, of those that played the game, you’ll find those that love or hate the sailing in the game. Whichever camp you fall under, you can’t deny that this song was great. Vast blue waters, uncharted territory, other islands in the distance, and seagulls flying by. Adventure was the theme of the song, and it delivered in spades.

Chrono Cross – Dead Sea
Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda

Everywhere you went in Chrono Cross was full of life and color. That is, until you entered the Dead Sea. Besides the corals swirling around the sea, all that stood was a tower in the middle, ominously overlooking the waters that surrounded it. The energy you saw in much of El Nido is frozen here, as it time itself has halted into a perpetual state of limbo. The song has that sort of isolated and lonely feel to it. It’s combined with rather futuristic sounding instruments, complementing the idea of technology causing this rift in the Dead Sea.

Yoshi’s Island – Flower Garden
Composed by Koji Kondo

Miyamoto went against his superiors when they told him that he needed to make games that were more realistic. Yoshi’s Island stood as his middle finger to these superiors, making the game as bright, cheerful, and childlike as he could. And we love him for doing that as this was both a fun and challenging game. The music was classic Nintendo, with simple instrumentation and memorable melodies.

Ace Combat 04 – Emancipation
Composed by Tetsukazu Nakanishi

In the transition from the PS1 to the PS2, the music of Ace Combat took a more dramatic turn. This song is played during the third to last mission in Ace Combat 04. The events leading up to this mission saw the young boy making a home for himself at a local bar in San Salvacion, located on the western portion of Erusia. Troops have been preparing for a clash in San Salvacion as ISAF forces have been creeping up to the Capital to take down the oppressive government. The mission takes place in this very city that the story took place in for most of the game. To top it all off, this mission commenced at night. In the midst of the radio chatter between the allies and the enemies, a civilian radio station can be heard in the frequency, reminding you that this is not some secluded area for war, but a city with innocent lives on the line.

Super MArio Galaxy 2 – Fluffy Bluff Galaxy
Composed by Mahito Yokota et al

When one thinks of music in a Mario game, they think of simple tunes and, well, Mario sounding music (like Yoshi’s Island earlier). So imagine everyone’s surprise when they heard that Super Mario Galaxy would have fully orchestrated music. The music was an instant classic and engraved into the memories of Mario fans, Nintendo fans, and general gamers alike. So when we heard there’s be a sequel to the game, we knew right away that there’d be more excellent music from the Super Mario Galaxy Orchestra. And boy howdy did they not disappoint. Cloudy Court, to me, is the best song of this game. Some call this song Galaxy 2’s “Gusty Garden Galaxy.”

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