Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Noriko Matsueda

Noriko Matsueda Matsueda joined Square in 1994 and began her career assisting recent hire Yoko Shimomura on the original Front Mission for the Super Famicom. Her first exposure to International audiences came with 1995’s Chrono Trigger, where she stepped in to assist the ill Yasunori Mitsuda with one track, “Boss Battle 1”, which Nabuo Uematsu…

Opinion: A Disclaimer about that PC release of Chrono Trigger

So Square-Enix stealth released Chrono Trigger onto PC today! Normally I would be very happy more people will have access to such a marvelous game (especially with the Wii Shop closing down its purchase option next month, rendering yet another door closed), but unfortunately the release has some major caveats. Namely…well…look. Oh my god, what…

Music: Top 25 VGM STKs – #1, Chrono Trigger

This was a very difficult call to make. But in the end, I feel Chrono Trigger is without a doubt the closest any single soundtrack has come to pure musical perfection. It has a huge plethora of tracks covering a wide range of genres, motifs and textures, and somehow nary a one is annoying or…

Music: The Top 10 of My Top 100 VGM

So now that I’ve wrapped up that Top 100 VGM list finally, I wanted to share the ten songs I adore the most in order! Home Sweet Home, Beyond Good & Evil, Christophe Heral, PS2/GC/Xbox/PC, UBI Soft, 2003 – Five Modern RPG & Action/Adventure Tunes from my Top 100 Stage 1/5, Batman, Naoki Kodaka, NES,…

Music – BogusRed’s Remix “Gale of Ages” from Chrono Trigger

BogusRed has become one of my favorite remixers, and even though she hasn’t put out anything in several years (to my knowledge, anyway), her stirring piano renditions of Zelda, Metroid and Chrono Trigger are in my book exemplary. Unfortunately not many of her compositions are on Youtube, so my two favorite CT tracks from her…

Music – Chrono Trigger’s “Outskirts of Time”

Have you ever had a talk with somebody who somehow manages to make something you couldn’t quite piece together on your own suddenly collide together? I had such a chat today with a friend that managed to fill some of the gaping holes I had generated regarding my life the past couple years. It’s pretty…

Opinion: So if the SNES Classic featured 30 games instead of 21…

So the just-announced SNES Classic has a plethora of games on it, and unlike the NES Classic I can’t really argue against any of their inclusions. I mean, I could do without a few of these because I have them in other formats, but in terms of the strength and importance of these picks, they…

Music – Five Great “Overworld” Themes

Time to tackle a few more of my favorite songs from my Top 100! This time I’ll share five of my favorite overworld themes, which I’m defining as a track that takes place in a game space not considered a town or an overall level theme from, say, Mega Man or Contra. Secret of Mana…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – The SNES

When I launched LVLs. (and then P4), I had a series of articles on my favorite or “essential” games. I wanted to rethink my approach of analyzing the games that I love, and would like to take three to six games I adore for each system the most and try to better understand why exactly…