Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Shiho Fujii

Shiho Fujii Fujii is a relative newcomer to Nintendo’s sound team, joining the company in 2007. After getting her feet wet with some musical support for Wii Fit and Animal Crossing: City Folk, she was asked to contribute to New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword‘s soundtracks. Once the Wii U…

Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #11 – 15

I did not plan this, but we have five rock-heavy anthem remixes on tap for today, so let’s kick off the jams with Lame Genie’s superb take on Jake Kaufmann’s legendary “Strike the Earth” from Shovel Knight. This is a pretty direct cover of the original, but the band delivers a decibel-ridden arrangement that digs…

Music: Top VGM STKs #7 – Splatoon 2/Octo Expansion

  Splatoon has become one of my favorite franchises in the past decade, if not all time. It’s just such a splendidly executed game world, and the music is a huge part of why I have all the emotions about it. I feel this soundtrack is related in spirit to Sega’s Jet Set Radio, but…

2015 – A Dual Life Perspective (Parts I, II and III)

Originally written in 2015 and early 2016. End-of-the-year reflections are in full force across the gaming sphere, but I’ve only played three games that have come out in 2015 (Splatoon, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows). And while I have bought or been gifted several games in the last week thanks…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – Wii U

As you might have guessed by my moving the NES and Super NES articles, I’m going to begin working on this series anew over here at LVLS. And it seems fitting to relaunch it with the unfortunate Wii U, a system that truly deserved better than the reality it got. I love the console. It’s…

Opinion: Top 5 Ending Themes

To start off my new series on VGM favorites (I even made a new page for it!), I thought it would be fun to start off with my favorite ending/credit themes in video games. These five all appear in my Top 100 Favorite Songs in any game, and they are my favorite composition from the…

Opinion: Splatoon is not dead yet!

If you didn’t know better, the recent Splatoon revelation that Splatfests were ending this month would sound like a death knell for the game’s community. Some have even postulated as much, but I don’t really think that’s true, though. I’ve played this game for well over a year now, and I’ve seen no signs of…

Music: Little V Mills’ Knockout Splatoon Cover

Little V Mills makes some killer rock/metal remixes, and this take on the Squid Sisters’ trademark theme is definitely one of my faves. It’s only missing the Squid Sister vocals, but it shreds so hard it’s totally okay.