Monday, March 26, 2012

Tunes of the Week 10 & 11 : Kid Icarus Uprising & Castlevania Symphony of the Night

I forgot to post tunes of the week last week so I will just put two entries into one and include to OSTs!

Let's start with the first!

Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS)

I only recently caught eye of the OST for the latest entry into the Kid Icarus series, (consisting of only one other game, Kid Icarus) . Kid Icarus Uprising is a on-rail and third person shooter/action game on the Nintendo 3DS, it recently came out in February 2012. I have seen various reviews and footage of the game and a lot of it points to what looks like a really great game. In one of the reviews I could hear the background music as well and when I went to listen to the OST I was pleasantly surprised how well done it is. 

This is actually from the same person who did Xenoblade Chronicles, which I showcased in a previous tunes of the week. Not only that but this game had a total of 5 composers working on it! Now that's dedication to making a great soundtrack! Though the uploaded OST songs so far are few and don't represent the entire game, they are all quite well done and catchy. Even the practice room song is very well done, it's not just generic and boring, it actually sounds legitimately great. I hate when games put no effort into their training/practice room songs and people always end up hating the music for that level.

Composers: Motoi Sakuraba, Yuzo Koshiro, Masafumi Takada, Noriyuki Iwadare, Yasunori Mitsuda

Main Theme

Practice Room Theme!

Reaper's Theme

Magnus Theme

Castlevania Symphony of the Night (PS)

Released back in 1997 on the Playstation, Castlevania Symphony of the Night is one of playstation's classic games. It helped kick start the whole "metroidvania" style of games in popularity and remains one of the best Castlevania games to this date. Not only did it excel in gameplay, but it had excellent with a wide variety of different styles incorporated into it. Not only that but the music all sound great in quality as well, it wasn't nearly as limited as other playstation games. Others used really low quality midi but Castlevania had much higher quality music and in the soundtrack of the game you can hear the quality the composer, Michiru Yamane strived for.

It's definetely one of my favourite soundtracks just because of it's sheer variety and ability to set a great mood in the world of Castlevania.

Composer(s); Michuru Yamane

Prologue Theme

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