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I Like The "Sound" Of That!

By aquizero on Jul 02 2012 07:55 AM

When you love a video game, having a piece of it with you at all times is great. It is a fact that we aren’t able to play our games as much as we would like. We do have to eat, sleep and work to help us fund our gaming habits. This is why video game soundtracks make a lot of sense. The times that we are away from our systems, we may be able to listen to music. What better way is there for developers to ensure replay value of games than releasing a soundtrack?

Thanks to Google Music I have been able to upload all my music to an online service known as the cloud. It is easier than ever to stream all my video game soundtracks from either a computer or my Internet-enabled mobile phone. I can often be found listening to the Final Fantasy original soundtracks. These soundtracks are just amazing and leave you wanting to jump right back into the games after hearing them. Square Enix has done things right by having nearly all the music in the Final Fantasy series composed by the amazingly talented Nobuo Uematsu. This man is known so well for outstanding music that some people buy his soundtracks without having played the games beforehand. His name and reputation might even convince you to pick up Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, which can be considered a collection of his work.

What if Nintendo capitalized on video game music in the same manner? I could see the same approach being very successful. Shed some light on the music composers and make soundtracks readily available. For all we know, the track list for all the Mario games could have been composed by the same person. If so, it would be nice to bring this person out into the limelight! This tactic may not work well for every Nintendo franchise, but it is worth a try.

If you live in the United States, you may not be aware that Nintendo has released game soundtracks already for multiple games. It’s unfortunate that not all soundtracks are properly localized. Many are released only in Japan, such as Kid Icarus: Uprising, which is only available on Club Nintendo Japan. If you have played this game, then you would agree that the soundtrack is great. I personally have not picked up my game again since I completed the main storyline. Listening to the video game soundtrack could change that.

I understand that not every game has a memorable track list. So I am not suggesting we have every game released alongside of its soundtrack. What I do hope, is that the deserving games release their soundtracks. And, more importantly, have them distributed to Western shores as well.

So, what do you think about video game soundtracks? Are they something you look forward to after you completed the game?



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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 9

I love video game soundtracks. I just wish Nintendo would release more in America.
I agree! That is partially why I wrote this. It is kind of unfair to assume the the west isn't as interested in soundtracks as the east.It would be nice if they had someone as talented as Nobuo too!

View Postaquizero, on 02 July 2012 - 01:07 PM, said:

I agree! That is partially why I wrote this. It is kind of unfair to assume the the west isn't as interested in soundtracks as the east.It would be nice if they had someone as talented as Nobuo too!

I didn't know he did the main theme to SSBB until I read his profile on wikipedia.

View PostDarthArk, on 02 July 2012 - 01:13 PM, said:

I didn't know he did the main theme to SSBB until I read his profile on wikipedia.

Holy crap are you serious! I am telling you, he is the man! If only Nintendo could have him compose for one of the franchises!
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 soundtrack YouTube video!



I know I want this, do you?
Good read, Ben.

I love video game soundtracks. I listen to them quite often and they never seem to get old. I think they're so appealing to me because I don't have to repetitively listen to lyrics from silly songs like "Call Me Maybe." and "Baby," by Justin Bieber. :P

By the way, I'm prepared to purchase the new Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 soundtrack today at the local Tsutaya! I'm even more prepared to share the goodness with whoever wants some of it here at Nintendo Nerds.

View PostKevin, on 29 July 2012 - 05:41 PM, said:

By the way, I'm prepared to purchase the new Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 soundtrack today at the local Tsutaya! I'm even more prepared to share the goodness with whoever wants some of it here at Nintendo Nerds.

Umm, count me in! I can not wait to hear this soundtrack!
My friend has the Melee soundtrack on his computer. Theres great music in that game. I also wouldn't mind having the soundtrack to Super Mario Sunshine.

However, I don't know how often I would listen to a game soundtrack. Probably when I was in a jazz mood.

One of the coolest features I know of is the Sound Test (Its at least in Melee, unsure if in original or Brawl) in Smash Bros Melee. Going through that I can really rack up the hours ha

View Postaquizero, on 30 July 2012 - 09:41 AM, said:

Umm, count me in! I can not wait to hear this soundtrack!

I'm not sure if you saw this yet, but I posted an update in the Pokémon Black 2 And White 2: Super Music Complete article/ topic.