Music: Dragon Quest VIII’s “Strange World”

Dragon Quest as a franchise hit its 30 year milestone this past week. In celebration, here’s my favorite musical contribution from the franchise, this lovely orchestration from the NA PS2 version of Dragon Quest VIII. This is how one does a wistful overworld; excellent work from Koichi Sugiyama.

Music – “Staff Credits” from Splatoon

Splatoon is easily one of the most unique soundtracks in all of games, adopting multitudes of musical genres and mashing them all into one re-imagined squid universe. The Vocaloid moment in Japan is clearly an inspiration for the sounds of the Squid Sisters, and this R’n’B cut of their theme is iconic to me of…

Music: The Soundtrack of Mega Man 3

A forum thread popped up asking people what their favorite Mega Man stage theme was. For me, it’s Snake Man or bust. Mega Man 3 was my first exposure to the franchise, and I’m pretty positive Snake Man was my first choice to try out (because he’s SNAKE Man; you think I was gonna try…

Music: “Heartbeat, Heartbreak” from Persona 4

Shoji Meguro has become one of my favorite composers thanks to his masterful work on injecting a ton of style into the Persona series, and this is my favorite from P4. Catchy as all out! Great memories.

Music: Strike the Earth! (Shovel Knight)

Jake “virt” Kaufman has become one of America’s finest composers in the past decade, and this may very well be his magnum opus. Such a loving homage to the NES days, but so much more technical than a soundtrack of that vintage, Shovel Knight is a tour de force of gaming music. “Strike the Earth!”…

Music: The Last Ninja by Ben Daglish

In particular, 4:21. The stage 1 theme is an absolutely amazing composition from the early days of the medium. It manages to create one hell of a mood starting out, and then it kicks into overdrive, launching a cavalcade of layers over the listener. I was blown away by this back as a kid, and…

Opinion: Best NES Composers

Opinion pieces will be my take on the five best…of something. In this case, I want to share my votes for the five greatest composers for the NES hardware. 5) KONAMI KuKeiHa Club (Konami) Yes, I’m cheating slightly by including the entirety of Konami’s sensational musical staff from the 80s, so I won’t let them…