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There's no pressure or anything mate. Take a glance at the year's page on wikipedia and if anything stands out to you, then like you say that must mean it did something special.
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Drunkalilly wrote:
I predict Balla will have something to post every time...

You're not far off. I do need some (sober) time to consider this though. HGSS and SMG2 in the same year? That's all of mine...

Whatever, have Melty Monster from SMG2 while I think. Probably won't appear in my top five for the year, but by gum it's magnificent.
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I'd probably have posted something from Bayonetta - it retroactively counts as it's basically a Nintendo franchise now - so you've pipped me to the post there. I love the After Burner remix from the first Bayo , so have that as my contribution for this thread.

I'll post something meatier for your next update as I'm a bit drained after giving my thoughts on basically every film I've seen this decade in Balla's 2010 Other Stuff thread. Laughing
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Whatever, have Melty Monster from SMG2 while I think.  Probably won't appear in my top five for the year, but by gum it's magnificent.

That's a banger. You can throw a dart at either Galaxy OST and you're more or less guaranteed to land on a quality musical track.
I'll tell you what I discovered, though, preparing for this one: That does not apply to 3D Land. They seem to mostly be remixes of old tunes, or otherwise pretty generic. A shame Sad

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I'd probably have posted something from Bayonetta - it retroactively counts as it's basically a Nintendo franchise now - so you've pipped me to the post there. I love the After Burner remix from the first Bayo , so have that as my contribution for this thread.

That's another good'n! The Bayonetta soundtracks are pretty special throughout.

NIN
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Anyway, time for year two!

2011

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I turned 21. I lost my first apartment and actually saw in the New Year living on some pals’ sofa for a couple months. It was the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The Arab Spring began in the Middle East. Japan was struck by an awful earthquake and tsunami which resulted in an awful nuclear disaster.
A couple of my all-time favourite videogames came out, although one of them won’t be hitting a Nintendo machine for a good few years yet.

5: Temple of Time – Ocarina of Time 3D
by Koji Kondo
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I actually never completed Ocarina of Time until I played the 3DS version. Words upon words upon words have been typed about this game before me, the soundtrack has been discussed and covered ad nauseum. Even on the little screen through those tinny speakers, even having already played later and better Zeldas . . . the Temple of Time was something very special indeed. It’s only so low on the list as I fear it is pretty much the same as the N64 track.

4: Gym Leader’s Final Pokemon – Pokemon Black and White
by Junichi Masuda
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I was seven gyms into a replay of Pokemon Black when I stopped because Sword and Shield came out. They were wordier and more linear than I remembered, and the fully new pokedex was a cool idea but does you leave you missing the ol’ classics. Whether or not the game is the best, the music is still absolutely cracking. I’ve waxed lyrical about N’s theme a few times, but this one is pretty special. It really makes the gym battles feel exciting – and a couple of them were tricky, too. It’s been outdone now, I think, but the S&S gym tune is an ALL TIME banger.

3: Groose’s Theme – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
by Koji Kondo
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Man, I really love the characters in Zelda games, and Skyward Sword doesn’t disappoint. Comical Clowns, tragic devils, lovelorn bullies, ghosts with irritated bowels and above all . . . Groose. Hilarious and with a genuinely excellent character arc, he has such a perfect theme tune.
Of course, it really culminates in the heroic version at the end.

2: Missile – Ghost Trick
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There are a few funky, tense or otherwise excellent tracks I could have picked from this game, but this charming little tune for a very, very, very, very, very good boy just had to be the one.

1: Ballad of the Goddess – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
by Koji Kondo
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You thought I was just gonna share one song from this masterpiece? Are you kidding me? Skyward Sword was my favourite Zelda and maybe even favourite game until Breath of the Wild landed. The art style? Sumptuous. The gameplay? Flawless. The characters? Wonderful. The soundtrack? Oh my. When I went to the symphony of the goddesses concert, I was loving every track but when they played this one, with the montage of Skyward Sword scenes on the projector  . . . that was when I teared up.
The low-key harp cover was where it was really at, though.

I’ll be back on the 7th to talk about 2012. In the meantime, here’s my (mostly) non-gaming song of the year.
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I've had a look at 2010 and 2011 which as I said is hard for me as I barely touched Nintendo then and any good tracks like Ballad of the Goddess have been done. Maybe when we get to Wii U and Switch along with some ports on them then I will be able to do more than just one game


I feel The Last Story is sorely underrated not as a Wii game but as RPG in general, I hope Fantasian will be good when that comes to Apple Arcade.
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(cracks knuckles)


2010

Blooming heck this was not a good year for games for me.  I've managed to scrape a trio of titles together from perusing Wikipedia, two of which are ones you already have.  How spoiled are we with the Switch?  Wow.

First up, we have Ace Attorney Investigations.  Those two words alone should clue you in that it's going to be a good soundtrack.  We have:
- Kay Faraday, basically a ninja thief in training.  YOOOOOO!  An upbeat peppy piece for the series' best assistant outside the obvious one.
- Shi-Long Lang's music makes him sound like the coolest cat (or wolf) on the block.  That's exactly what he is.  Very good character theme.
- Finally, the heartwarming moment when Dick Gumshoe does a good!  Possibly doesn't work if you don't know how grim the downbeat detective's normal theme is, but if you do it is just the most heartwarming contrast.

The other two are both games Drunka's featured.  The first is Pokémon HGSS, and listening to Goldenrod made my heart absolutely swell with nostalgia and joy - but it's nowhere near my top picks:
- Ecruteak City has that real YOOOOOOO feel to it in the remake - originally it had the same piece as Cianwood, but they diverged in HGSS and Ecruteak came out well on top.  Cianwood is... okay I suppose.
- Route 47 was all-new for HGSS, and it's one of my favourite route themes in the series.  If you hear hints of it in LLP's outro, that's no accident.  Bells!
- YOOOOOOOO!  (You think it's bad now, wait until I get to next year...)  Yes, of course it's Vs. Ho-Oh, getting the majestic battle theme the legendary phoenix deserves.  Exquisite.  And I'm actually going to post a remix too.  Banger.

Finally - of course, we have SMG2.  I maintain that the soundtrack isn't as good as SMG1, but there are some belters that haven't been mentioned (the final battle's rocking, natch):
- Sky Station > Good Egg.  Fight me.
- Puzzle Plank is probably my choice of the game.  Splendid chirpy stuff that has me dancing in my chair.
- Stuff it, any excuse.  Buoy Base plays in one star in Space Storm Galaxy so I'm including it here.  Quite simply, one of the gaming tunes of all time.  The original piece is okay too - very ominous.

Not much to say on Drunka's other 2010 tunes: I suspect Deviljho would mean more to me if I'd fought one, and I tend to have an iffy record with lyrics in gaming music.  After Burner's belting though!  Is that in Smash?  If so I need to turn its frequency up!


I will do 2011, and probably at a rate of one tune per game too - but that took a bit of work, so expect 2011 down the line!


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I messed up - I knew I was missing something, and sure enough Xenoblade Chronicles was a 2011 game but it wasn't listed on the 2011 wikipedia page because it was 2010 in Japan and 2012 in America. Luckily, 2012 is a big sigh so I'll squeeze it in there.

I'll do a proper listen to yours later, Balls Man, but I'll say this now: Ecruteak is my go-to track when I want to talk about Japan on LLP.
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Kay and Shi-Long's tracks were okay - very Japan, very China, surprise DOOM guitars - but they didn't do a huge ammount for me having not played the game and met those characters.

The Gumshoe piece, on the other hand, was something very special. I really hope I get a chance to play the Edgeworth games - even if it isn't until I'm fluent in 日本語

I said already that Ecruteak is my go-to track for a long Japan section on LLP. Route 47 is a good'n too, but Vs Ho-oh is a true great. So much so that I'm gonna pull a Balla and say I didn't care for the remix, and much preferred listening to the OG.

The Galaxy 2 stuff is, of course, all gold. I dont think i have much to add other than that I think your final link is the wrong song, and that the comments on the SMG2 soundtrack make me feel super old. "Memories of my childhood" and stuff. I WAS 19 YEARS OLD. I turned 20 that year. I left home that year!
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Yes.  Just the last link. Shifty


2011

Okay boys, this was a surprisingly good year for Balla's gaming music.  It is a slightly trickier year without the two top tracks from Skyward Sword - seriously Drunka's taken two absolute bangers and I don't remember any others from that game.  (Fortunately Mas picked a 2012 game in the West. Razz )  It also doesn't help that I remember barely anything from Black/White, however epic that piece might be (although N's Bridge is an Ace Attorney Core them through and through); and I'm further thrown by my reluctance to use OoT3D because it's a port, otherwise it would of course be Gerudo Valley all the way.  Fortunately there are still enough great soundtracks for Balla to do a top 5, all from different games, even without those two SS belters.


5. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 - Raymond Shields's theme

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Yes, I played this.  I played it on a hacked cartridge with the fanslation patched in.  (You can play the original in English, Drunka - if you're willing to pay £30 for the privilege apparently. Wink )  It remains one of the top Ace Attorney adventures, due to every case being given some measure of overarching importance.  As for music, I can't get beyond Shields - the hat-wearing, smooth-talking, slightly antagonistic part-time assistant to Edgeworth.  This music is him down to a tee.  Look at him!  Look at him and tell me this tune doesn't work!


4. Mario Kart 7 - Neo Bowser City

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Or 'Koopa City' in PAL versions, because sure, that sums up the level of cool of this circuit.  It's Blade Runner but Bowser, and the music, pumping electro, perfectly reflects that.  One of my favourite Mario Kart tracks. #pun


3. Okamiden - Thundercloud

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(deeeeep breath)  YOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Aye, none of you played this, didya?  You were all busy being taken in by the game-light launch of the 3DS, or you believed the reviews that said the DS just couldn't handle the size of the world.  That last part was... kinda true, but you know what it could handle?  A belting soundtrack.  This piece is the best to my mind, a mixture of rock and good ol' YOOO that got me pumped for ascending this celestial structure.  For other top musics you've never heard, how about Ryoshima Coast redone?  Or Shinshu Field?  Cracking series, cracking music.  Okami 2 wen?


2. Xenoblade Chronicles - Gaur Motherf**king Plains

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I'll leave the other songs for Drunka to thumb through (hint: Mechonis Plains), but this.  This is the belter.  It plays at the point that the game opens up, and there has never been a better 'game-opening-up' theme than this.  It's got a long loop (4 minutes) and development cycle too, but the key part is that opening.  It chills the spine and raises the spirit.  Sublime.


1. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Outer Rings

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From a long loop to a very short one, but I don't care.  I love many videogame tunes, but very few can make my heart swell like this.  It should be the theme song for the Kirby anime.  It should be the theme song for every anime.


Just missing out were Tales of the Abyss' Meaning of Birth, a banging tune from a boring game; and Cabanela's theme from Ghost Trick, heradling the coolest character in gaming since 2004.  Missile's cute - it ain't got nothing on this.
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5. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 - Raymond Shields's theme

Yes, I played this.  I played it on a hacked cartridge with the fanslation patched in.  (You can play the original in English, Drunka - if you're willing to pay £30 for the privilege apparently. Wink )  


Yeah, I remember us finding a copy in Game or CEX during the first meet. I will need to acquire a copy somewhere down the line.
The track is fun but, like the other two character themes, it needs context. If you're trying to lure me with an AA soundtrack, you need those pursuit themes!

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4. Mario Kart 7 - Neo Bowser City

Fair enough, this is a good'n. It doesn't feel quite as strong, having since listened to the Mario Kart 8 version, but I'm always on board for some sci-fi synths.


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(deeeeep breath)  YOOOOOOOOOOOOO
You gotta stop that man. Once it was a bit eyebrow raising, but you keep doubling down. You gotta walk it back or youre cancelled bro.

As for the song, its great. I loved the okami soundtrack and this feels like more of the same. I hadn't played Okami when 'den released, and it kind of feels like you need both.

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2. Xenboblade Chronicles - Gaur Motherf**king Plains

G*D FUCKING D**N IT! I'm such a st**id cunt and now you've pipped me to one of the clear actual songs of 2011. Huge belter. It slaps, it bangs, it pops. The messiah will be conceived to this music.

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On the other hand, Im very surprised to hear this one from the Man O' Balls. It feels like tge kind of light, fun athletic theme you often say you struggle to tell apart. Its fun, i like it.

Cabanela's theme was my next choice but it feels neutered without the animations accompanying it.
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Thing is, I'm not sure that the AAI Objection and Pursuit themes are all that.  Maybe it's because they're not set in a courtroom?  Here's Pursuit from AAI and here it is from AAI2.  They're both good, because of course they are - but even without the character behind it, I think Shields' theme is just really solid and hummable, more so than those two.

As for Outer Rings, I think the chord progression, and maybe just the piano? sway it for me.  It does feel much more like an anime battle scene or a magical girl transformation than, say, Super Bell Hill or a Mario athletic theme. #weeb
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Thing is, I'm not sure that the AAI Objection and Pursuit themes are all that.  Maybe it's because they're not set in a courtroom?  Here's Pursuit from AAI and here it is from AAI2.  

That AAI2 in particular is smashing.
I actually didn't know AAI doesn't have court stuff. Huh.


NIN
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Anyway, time for day three!

2012

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As we all know, the world ended in 2012, as predicted by the Mayans. Nintendo were similarly doomed, thanks to the underwhelming launch of the Wii U. Still, at least Americans got Xenoblade and could listen to tunes like this.

5: Snake Eater – Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
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The greatest song of a generation. Stunning, emotional, perfect gorgeous. Only so low on this list as it was from the previous decade.

4: Over the Smokestacks, Over the City – Little Inferno
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An oft-forgotten plaything of a game, this, which was overpriced and underappreciated. Nonetheless, it did have a surprisingly emotional soundtrack, with this final piece in particular really sticking with me.

3: Only You – Batman: Arkham City
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The Arkham games do have full orchestral soundtracks which capture the cinematic equivalents really well but it was this spoilerific moment from the end which really made the soundtrack special.

2: Main Theme – Nintendo Land
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People seem to have forgotten Nintendo Land. It was a great little game and it manage, right there on day one, to show off the Wii U better than anything that followed.

1: An End, Once and For All – Mass Effect 3
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People who complain about Mass Effect 3's ending seem to forget that the whole game is one long ending for the trilogy. Subsequently, the game has a very melancholy tone, from Leaving Earth right at the beginning until this refrain at the end.

Please enjoy this violin cover from the amazing Taylor Davis.


I’ll be back on the 10th to talk about 2013. In the meantime, here’s my non-gaming song of the year.
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This is going to be a bastard of a year for me isn't it?  Four of those are splendid (the 'best' is probably Snake Eater, but Nintendo Land had me dancing in the kitchen so is probably my favourite); number 3 is like the Ace Attorney tunes I posted where you need the character/context, but much more so.  (Also: you may want to take the timestamps off those links.  I know I have no real ground to stand on when it comes to getting links wrong though.)  Mas' TLS submission is also tremendous, as well as being by far the best thing about that game.

oh gosh I just hit the build-up in the ME3 piece Love


2012

This was, surprisingly, not a bastard of a year for me.  I found a good selection of tunes across three consoles - not, you may or may not be surprised to hear, including the recently-launched-at-this-point Wii U.  (There were probably some other banging Nintendo Land tunes, but I just didn't remember them to the extent of any of these pieces.)  Granted, I didn't play two of the games. Let's have at it, then!


5. Pokémon Conquest - Normal Battle

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YOO- (That's enough of that.)  This is the first of two Pokémon games this year that I didn't play.  Credit to former green-texted forumite Silver_light for posting a bunch of Pokémon Conquest tunes in the old version of this thread, including this utter banger.  Could have come straight out of Okami, and there are few higher compliments than that.  Might have ranked higher had I played the game...


4. Gunman Clive - Fly Me to the Moon

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Clive > Bayo.  This was a tremendous little title with a tremendous little soundtrack, which I've linked to in full up there.  Every piece was pint-sized excellence - nowhere more so than this track, heralding Clive or his belle's journey into space.  Ridiculous and sublime in equal doses.


3. Paper Mario: Sticker Star - Gooper Blooper Battle

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The best part of this relative shiter was its soundtrack, nowhere more so than in this battle.  Gooper Blooper literally slaps to the beat, with its thumps becoming more erratic the more injured it gets.  Finally hit it with (of all things) a chuffing sponge sticker and the classic Mario tune bursts out, and it is glorious.

That's not the only excellent bit of music from this dubious source, however.  Snow Rise is a splendid snowy tune; this belter randomly plays in the middle of a haunted mansion and I wasn't complaining; and I was delighted to hear this jingle when you play the Boombox.  Sound familiar?  Perhaps they should have asked the composers to do the whole game...


2. Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise - Monkey Watch

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The Wii's last great game that I played, a tremendous little rhythm offering that is for the most part so infectiously happy that it has me humming all the way to the bank.  Nowhere is that more true than in this lovely little piece, which used to annoy Nupkin no end and probably still does (should test that...).  If you want to see what else I loved from BtBRP, for once all the links from Music Week 10(!!!) still work!  (That was the 300th post on the forum, numbers fans...)


1. Pokémon Black 2/White 2 - Champion Battle (SPOILERS!)

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I'm guessing that the statute of limitations on spoilers isn't quite up for this one?  Also battles in the BW games were so dynamic that any shot of them's going to look a bit bobbins.  Ah well, here's another game that I haven't played - but the Champion theme's one of my go-to pieces to listen to while writing, or doing anything else.  It's going to fire me up in all but the glummest moods, it's just so darn happy while still maintaining that epic feel.  It sits happily along a similar-mooded piece taking my top spot from last year, actually.  I have a type I guess.


Missing out was Dark Pit's theme from KIU.  KIU is a game with a strong place in my heart that I, and GNamer as a whole, found difficult to remember things from: that extends to the music as a whole, sadly.  (I do like the bit where you're a dog as well.)  Missing out too was Mysterious Flower from the credits of Layton and the Miracle Mask, pretty impactful because the game was happy to kill off a character at the end for the first time, I think, for the series; but with marks deducted for fobbing us UK people off with the instrumental version.  It was tougher to narrow down than I thought, this year!
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