Jump Up, Lifelight, and Other Theme Songs

Jump Up Superstar, Lifelight, and Other Theme Songs | Video Games | Gaming | Game Music | Video Game Soundtracks | DoublexJump.com

krismii
While we’ve always enjoyed video game soundtracks, even the pixel-y tunes from retro games, video games nowadays have huge orchestras backing them up. It’s awesome to me, and I just want to go to concerts that perform these songs. Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, two of the Nintendo Switch’s biggest games, have full theme songs with “Jump Up, Superstar!” and “Lifelight.” I got goosebumps the first time I heard those songs in conjunction with the opening of those games.

rachmii
I enjoy the fact that Nintendo is stepping up a bit when it comes to theme songs for some of their most popular games. It’s totally unexpected but it brings a new light to the game. When they announced the story mode for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate with the voice acting, movie trailer-like sequence, and the song, I was blown away. It was kind of weird, sure, but it was well done.

krismii
It was well done! I enjoyed finding and listening to covers of those songs on Spotify, especially since most video game music just sounds epic. The opening movie for the game reminded me of when I first became enamored with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. That opening sequence still is one of my favorite video game theme songs, if you will.

rachmii
I agree. And having live performances is a step up too. I mean, they had someone perform Jump Up, Superstar at the Game Awards in… 2017? 2018? I forget when actually but it was a cool performance. I always enjoy those shows because they usually throw in a live band or orchestra, dancers, or something of the like.

krismii
I believe that was the original singer as well, which made it even better. The live orchestra performances are also one of my favorite parts of the Game Awards, E3, etc. It throws me back to when we went to the Legend of Zelda orchestra show, and I just want to enjoy more concerts performing video game soundtracks. It goes back to how, whenever we start up a new game, we tend to wait on the title screen to see if a theme song or trailer will begin playing.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I would love to see the Zelda orchestra again. But you’re right, we do wait on the main menu for a bit because the song is often epic and showcases the game like a movie trailer. Skyward Sword is still my favorite opening, by the way. The movie and sequence along with it were gold.

krismii
I would love to see an Octopath Traveler orchestra! Another franchise that has pretty good openings and theme songs, in my opinion, is the Fire Emblem franchise. I cannot wait until I’m able to turn on Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the first time and see how they animate that opening. I believe the opening trailer has been available for a while, but I’ve avoided it in order to experience it for the first time when I actually get the play the game.

Rachel Mii Double Jump

Octopath Traveler would be amazing to see live! I listen to the soundtrack on a loop in my car. I’m sure Fire Emblem: Three Houses is amazing as well. In fact, we should definitely play it today. I’m looking forward to hearing some new music!

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Debate: Music Vs. Graphics

Debate Music vs Graphics | Video games | gaming | blogging | DoublexJump.com

krismii
You know how people say, “Never judge a book by its cover?” People judge books by their covers all the time, that’s what the covers are for. You’re supposed to judge the covers, as they are potential readers’ first impression of whether or not they may like the book. Graphics are the same for video games. When researching games, I check out screenshots to get a taste of whether or not I’d enjoy the game based on how it looks. To me, graphics are a bit more important than music when it comes to my opinion on video games.

rachmii
While I can agree with that since I too look at the graphics to decide if I like the art style or not, I have to say that’s all it is – it’s an art style. Art is unique and interpretation in varies ways depending on who is looking at it and what they’re favorite kinds of styles are. With that said, I don’t think graphics are necessarily important to making a game “good.” All it does is visually show off the characters. Meanwhile, the music has a lot to say about the game. Following along with the story and plot of the game, the music needs to be appropriate and add a certain emotion and atmosphere to the game play. That’s why I think music is more important than graphics.

krismii
Music does add a lot to games’ atmosphere, I agree, but if the graphics don’t capture a person’s interest in the game, no one is going to play the game and hear the awesome music. Not only that, the graphics of video games can be wildly different from game to game — cel-shaded, realistic, pixel, watercolor-like visuals, are just a few of the different styles that can make a game. Look at how many variations of art styles the Legend of Zelda franchise has had over the years. Seeing and experiencing a game with amazing graphics really helps to immerse the players and connect them with the characters they are controlling.

rachmii
True, but how often do you hear about people complaining about the graphics? Depending on the game itself, the graphics are certainly a hit or miss. People will try the game anyway and complain about the art style. Music, on the other hand, can very well be a hit or miss too. I’ve mentioned before that a certain song might not fit a certain part of the game, but how many times do you use the music as context clues for what’s going on in the game? Or the deadly silence that tells you a boss battle is coming up?

krismii
I concede that graphics may be more hotly contended rather than music when it comes to critiquing video games, but that can also prove how invested people are in the art style of games. No two gamers’ tastes are alike (although you and I come pretty close), so to see arguments or even disappointment over a game’s graphic style just shows how passionate people are about the game’s look. Graphics can be used as context clues as well. Aside from the obvious healing spots or the game throwing healing packs at you, how about when horror or stealth games start using shadows and dim lights to set the mood? Or small movies that showcase the arena right before the boss enters? While music — or lack of it — certainly helps in amping up the tension before a boss fight, if the graphics don’t adequately show me a terrifying boss, I’m not going to be intimidated.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Fair enough. But how many times do you coo and awe at the graphics of a game? When you first turn on a brand new game, sure. You’re amazing and impressed at the various people and places you come across – especially Breath of the Wild and other games on the Switch. Music, however, changes and upgrades throughout the game. The art style never changes while the battle music for some can be completely different the further you get into the game. You’re always surprised.

krismii
I am always in awe of graphics on my favorite games, haha! Graphics are what got me interested in Gris, they’re still what I think about in Breath of the Wild, and I am floored by the amount of detail in the artwork of Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not only that, a game with good graphics keeps inviting you back like home. Music does that as well, I know, but it’s the visual immersion that’s important to me.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Well, I guess that’s what it comes down to then… are you more a visual person or an auditory person? We’ll let everyone else decide.

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