Mood Music

One of the most important aspects of a video game, in our opinion, is the music. The calming field tunes, the epic boss scores, or even the jarring silence in a cut-scene all contribute to the mood of the game and the player.

I don’t think I’m come across a video game score that I didn’t like. There are so many songs that I could hum along with and tell you which game they’re from just from hearing the first few notes.

Oh, there are plenty to gush about. My personal favorite is the Song of Time from the Legend of Zelda series. Nostalgia is my best friend whenever that tune plays in the air. Honorable mentions are the Super Smash Bros. themes, Fire Emblem: Awakening’s Id Purpose song, and Hikari from Kingdom Hearts.

My favorite is definitely The Lost Woods from The Legend of Zelda, but I love all the Zelda music. Anything from the first Paper Mario game is high on my list as well. Then of course there’s other Mario games as well as Pokemon.

Pokemon has some really good tunes, especially the Champion battles. Super Mario music is iconic, but I believe one of my favorites from that series is the theme of Star Hill from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The songs are so iconic, bringing you right back to when you first played the game, to drumming up the excitement of being a part of that world again. Even games like Tetris have amazing music, to keep you in the mood to play, and I love it.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Tetris is mesmerizing. Especially when Smooth McGroove sings the song. But I agree, our cousin and I were playing Super Smash Bros. Wii U the other day and were battling on the Kalos stage. The music made me want to play Pokemon X or Y again.

Yes, the music just brings you right back to the game. Not only to the moment that you play the game, but also who you were playing with, the settings, all that jazz (no pun intended). Super Smash Bros. for the N64 brings me back to our paternal cousins’ basement, where I would argue and banter with our cousins about the characters in the game. The Clock Town theme brings me back to my best friend’s house, where Majora’s Mask was one of the two video games she ever owned. Fossil Canyon’s music from Diddy Kong Racing reminds me of when Rachel was just starting out playing video games, and she would accidentally vanquish all of our father’s attempts at firing missiles at her!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Ah, nostalgia! It’s like when I hear music from Ace Attorney (I forgot to mention that one earlier), I get in the mood to write my mystery novel. Music is a special bond between the game and the player. And so much more.

What’s your favorite musical score or tune in a video game?


One thought on “Mood Music

  1. I completely agree with you two! Music is one of the most special parts of games that tends to live with me long past completing a game. A great game doesn’t necessarily need good music, but great music makes any game memorable. When I listen to soundtracks, I have fond memories of the game itself as well as everything about how I was playing it, sort of like the memories you have of where you were and what context you were playing. I love the soundtracks to Ace Attorney of course, like you mentioned. I also enjoy the soundtracks to Okami, Chrono Cross (ok game, amazing music), Donkey Kong Country 2, and one of my personal favorites, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon for the N64.

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