Elite Status Club Nintendo Gifts are Out!

Hello guys,

When I attempted to log onto my Club Nintendo account today, I noticed that there was an announcement saying that the Elite Status gifts are in! With the recent excitement of the April 1st Direct still looming in my mind I wasn’t expecting to see this. Although the site was obviously over trafficked by thousands of people trying to log on at the same time I was able to at least get to see the gifts.

Here is a list of the awards for elite status members in 2015 only:

(Note: This is what is listed for the US only. Whether or not other places have this exact list (probably not) is beyond me.)

Platinum Members:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
  • Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
  • Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS)
  • Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)
  • Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
  • NES Remix 2 (Wii U)
  • Punch Out!! (Wii U)
  • Pushmo World (Wii U)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii U)
  • Ultimate NES Remix (Wii U)

Platinum 2015 Gifts

Gold Members:

  • Crashmo (3DS)
  • Freakyforms: Your creations, Alive! (3DS)
  • Pushmo (3DS)
  • Super Mario Bros 3 (3DS)
  • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (3DS)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (3DS)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (3DS)
  • The Mysterious Murasame Castle (3DS)
  • Advance Wars (Wii U)
  • The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
  • Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U)
  • Metroid Fusion (Wii U)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels (Wii U)
  • Super Mario Kart (Wii U)
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (Wii U)
  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (Wii U)

Gold 2015 Gifts

Remember, if you are a platinum member you also have the gold gifts to choose from as well. Which game will you be choosing? I’m eyeing that Mario Golf: World Tour!

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

7

Sources: Club Nintendo Website

Review: Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

Hello people,

I will be reviewing one of Nintendo’s most recent Nintendo 3DS releases: Code Name Steam.

Code Name Steam is a game made by Intelligent Systems which is famous for its amazing strategy games. I’m just going to say right off the bat that I am pleased with the strategy in this game. It’s nice to play a game that actually requires some thought before you make a move. I think Code Name Steam does that well!

You can control up to 4 units in a level, each with different weapons, special moves, and advantages. Some units like Tiger Lily can be both a healer and an offensive unit while other units like Lion have the ability to jump on top of obstacles (which is actually pretty handy). Everything that you do in Code Name Steam will require steam (the fuel). This includes moving, attacking, jumping, and pretty much everything else. The map is divided into hundreds of little squares where each square will drain one puff of steam from your unit’s steam tank. What’s nice about it is that if you’re controlling a unit and decide you didn’t like where you just moved and want to undo what you just did, you can backtrack through the squares you traveled and regain all the steam you just used. It doesn’t work if you decided to attack somebody after moving but if moving is all you did, it’s something to take advantage of.

There are also quite a few different weapons and steam tanks you can customize your units with. Some of these weapons make a lot more sense than others… There’s a gun that shoots banana peels, a gun that shoots out giant metal paralyzing PUMPKINS, a gun with a chicken on it…even though it’s supposed to be a phoenix… Big difference there guys… and a gun that shoots out healing bullets. I really like this variety because you can choose which weapons will better suit your needs.

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Your enemy in this game would be these weird insect-like alien guys. There’s quite a large assortment of them too which is pretty nice…but, that’s all that’s nice about them. All the aliens, bosses included, will have glowing pink spots on their bodies that mark their weak points. If you can get your unit in the ideal position to hit the alien at this glowing spot, it can greatly affect the outcome of the level as it does a hefty amount more damage than a regular shot aimed anywhere else.

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I’m sure most of you have heard about how long the wait times for enemy turns are in this game. The whole time when I was thinking of picking up this game I was asking myself, “Is it really going to be that bad?” Reading various reviews from professional review sites I wondered, “Are they just being harsh?” So I decided, I’m going to pick this game up and see for myself. I was also pretty pleased with the demo so…That would be another big factor.

In general, I feel like I’m somebody who has a little bit more tolerance for this kind of thing than others. So for me I didn’t feel like it was really as bad as people made it sound. If you’re on the fence about buying this game because of the stories you heard about long wait times, I would try and evaluate if you’re somebody who tends to like games more than the reviews say you will or if you’re somebody who tends to agree with the reviews and may lack some patience for something like this. I think it really depends on the player.

With all honesty I think there are some benefits that can come out of the wait time. With my personal experience, I was sometimes able to see (although my view was limited) what the aliens were doing. Those guys are programmed to actually be pretty smart so you can watch as they try and do the same as you and hide behind a corner or in some other blind spot. It’s beneficial in the sense that now you know where they’re hiding so your units won’t get attacked by them when it can otherwise be avoided. Unfortunately, if your unit happens to be behind a box or facing some object this doesn’t really apply but, I find that at least some of your units can see a little bit of what’s going on. Something that can help would be switching from unit to unit which is allowed when you’re waiting for the enemy to finish their turn. If Lion is behind a box and can’t see maybe Henry can. If Henry can’t, how about John? It would also help if you ended your turn with your units actually facing the direction that would benefit you. So while there is definitely the need of a fast forward option there are also ways that the player can try and take advantage of this free time (other than just watching TV).

I would also like to note that I played this game using my Nintendo 3DS XL so I did not try it out using the New 3DS. Because of this, I have also not been able to try out playing the game with any of the compatible amiibo. Sorry Ike, back on the shelf you go.

Overall, I think my experience with Code Name STEAM was pretty positive. There are definitely some steep climbs in difficulty specifically toward the end levels which left me frustrated but, for those who enjoy a nice challenge as well as strategy shooter type games, I’d say this game is for you. Please try the free demo available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop to check on your tolerance for the enemy wait times. If you have a hard time with those wait times imagine a whole game filled with them. In my opinion, the wait times do not get too much worse than what’d you see in the demo but, it won’t get better. I didn’t have problems with them but a lot of people did which is unfortunate because Code Name STEAM is pretty solid in every other way. Hopefully, if a sequel comes out, Intelligent Systems will fix that problem. I would give this game an 8/10.

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Thanks for reading guys! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of weeks but, I hope to get more blogging done soon! I have recently picked up Story of Seasons for Nintendo 3DS (it came out today, March 31st) and will be indulging myself in hours of farming. Probably not a game for everybody BUT, if you are a fellow lover of Harvest Moon (or rather, what it used to be) please stay tuned. I will be writing a review on Story of Seasons as soon as I can get a good feel of the game.

Again, thanks for reading!

7

P.S. For those of you who are reading this the day I posted it…There’s a Nintendo Direct tomorrow (April 1st, 2015) at 3pm P.T.! It will be followed by a Nintendo Treehouse event which will be featuring one of its upcoming spring releases. We’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see exactly which one it’ll be!

Sources: Feature Image || Characters Image || Gameplay Shot || Clakka Clakka Image

Review: Pokemon Shuffle

Hello guys!

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve last posted. I’ve been super busy recently which is why I haven’t been able to blog. After next week is over I should have plenty of time to blog to my heart’s content!

Today I will be reviewing Pokemon Shuffle, a game that came out on Nintendo 3DS in the middle of last month. It’s one of Nintendo’s several free-to-play games and is basically the same thing as Candy Crush except with a Pokemon paint cover. For fans who have played Pokemon Battle Trozei, I think you’ll feel right at home here. In the game, you get points based on how well you can connect three or more of the same Pokemon. Pokemon types play a factor on how fast you can cause an enemy Pokemon to faint so a nice knowledge of which types are effective against which types would be beneficial.

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The game provides you with a set number of moves that you can use to defeat the Pokemon. Your goal is to defeat the Pokemon in as little moves as possible for the extra moves will be converted to a higher catch rate at the end of the level.

Unfortunately, I got bored of Pokemon Shuffle pretty fast. It would probably be because of how common these kinds of games are and how hard it is to catch certain Pokemon even when you have a decent amount of moves left over. You wouldn’t think they’d be hard to catch but, no, they are (not all, but some).

And what makes matters worse is the fact that playing a game will take a life away whether or not you win. In other games like this you’d only lose a life if you actually failed to achieve the main goal of the level. The fact that Pokemon Shuffle takes away a life no matter what you do…This drives me nuts. To kind of make up for this is streetpassing. If you streetpass with others who also play Pokemon Shuffle you could get a few extra lives in addition to the five you are able to have already.

The game has no 3D capabilities but the soundtrack is cute and simple and same goes for the 2D visuals. If you check in everyday you can get 500 gold coins. It seems like a lot but buying a booster at the beginning of a level requires wayyyy more coins than that (so most of the time I just hoard my coins).

Also… Some of those prices for those gems that you can buy with real money… It’s scary how high they are. I think the most expensive pack of gems was almost 50 dollars. Why would anybody in their right minds spend that much on a free-to-play game while you could spend that money to buy Ocarina of Time 3D or Majora’s Mask 3D? Or maybe Monster Hunter 4? Fire Emblem: Awakening? Well, I guess somebody out there would which is why they give you that option in the first place.

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I’ve heard some pretty positive feedback about the game from other people but it just isn’t my cup of tea.

One thing I do appreciate is that they’re not constantly hounding you to buy gems, buy gems ,BUY GEMS.  They’re not too aggressive about it which is a relief.

Over all, I was not too impressed with the game but it didn’t cost me a dime so I guess I’ll just move on.  Overall I would give Pokemon Shuffle a 6/10. In my opinion, the game is satisfying (in terms of visuals, music, and length) when you think about how it’s free. Unfortunately, it couldn’t keep my attention for too long but, fans who love Pokemon and enjoy Candy Crush and other match 3 games will probably really enjoy this.

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

The7thExperiment

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Sources: Pokemon Shuffle Feature Image || Kyogre Gameplay Image || Pokemon Pikachu Image || Mega Audino Image

Nintendo Game Forecast: March 2015 Edition

Hello guys! Woohoo, it’s been about a month since I first made TheHungerforGames page! Here are the release dates for Nintendo games in March 2015! If I missed one, please feel free to leave a comment!

Note: All release dates are for North America.

March 5th:

  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong Tipping Stars (Wii U/3DS)

March 13th:

  • Code Name S.T.E.A.M. (3DS)

March 20th:

  • Fossil Fighters Frontier (3DS)
  • Mario Party 10 (Wii U)
  • Super Mario Line amiibo

March 31st:

  • Story of Seasons (3DS)

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

7

Sources: Mario Party 10 Feature Photo || Nintendo

My Tomodachi Life: Introduction “Meet the Islanders”

Hello again guys!

Today I was playing my 3DS and came up with a new idea for a series I can do on my blog: My Tomodachi Life! Ever since June 6th, 2014 I have been actively playing Tomodachi Life on my Nintendo 3DS (with a few months when I went on hiatus). Basically, the purpose of the game is to allow the player to build up a community on a small island. You begin with just one Mii, the Mii that you made to represent yourself when you first purchased your Nintendo system. You can watch them as they grow, make friends, fall in love, and get into fights with friends. It’s a lot like the Sims except not quite as complex.

It would be ideal to have started a blog featuring a brand new island that I started simultaneously with this new series of blog posts but… I can’t bring myself to start a new island. It would mean deleting my current save data along with all my Miis. So I think I’ll just have a blog featuring my current Miis as they are right now.

This post will be mainly introducing some of the more popular Miis on the island (the ones I spend the most time with and are my favorites). Throughout the posts you will see many of my Miis, not just the 16 I choose to introduce in here. Currently I have a grand total of 70 Miis on the island of Sunnyside.

Without much further ado, lets meet the Miis!

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Maria

Meet Maria. She is a tiny little lady but very much adored by her husband Paul. Maria was one of the first Miis I introduced to the game and represents one of the most successful marriages ever to exist on Sunnyside Island. Although she looks young, she is the proud mother of Kevin, Aaliyah, Jasmine, and Scarlett.

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Paul

Paul! The loving husband to Maria and island heartthrob, Paul is one of the best looking guys on Sunnyside. Of course, this isn’t according to me. According to the Sunnyside Rankings, he is definitely the man every girl wants… Honestly, I don’t see it but I’m not a Mii.

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Jess

The first Jessica to live on the island. As of right now, the island has 4 Jessicas… She is the lucky first. Jessica (aka Jess to her fellow Miis) is happily married to Brandon and is the proud mother to Hannah and Jaxon.

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Angus

Angus. He looks a little goofy. It’s because he is. And I personally enjoy making him look like a complete idiot by dressing him up in funny outfits. The fact that he’s a short little Mii makes it even funnier. The ladybug outfit just wouldn’t look as good on Paul as it does on Angus! Why is he the unfortunate object of my amusement? I don’t really know. Currently dating a woman much younger than him (not to mention taller than him). He was once married (To Jessica R. but is now divorced.

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Elli

Meet Ellis! Or Elli for short. She’s the first child to move to the island and boy, is she cute! I created Ellis to be a sort of saint-like child. She’s innocent and intelligent. Never would dream of breaking the rules. She has been the object of Ronald’s affections for many years.

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Hatsuke

Hatsuke. No, no it’s not “Hat-sook”. It’s pronounced like a Japanese pronunciation (Hot-soo-kay). Hatsuke is the type that thinks a lot of himself. He’s smart and he knows it. Once divorced, Hatsuke is now dating a woman much younger than him. Unfortunately, there are a handful of guys who are doing that on the island.

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Mihora

I originally created Mihora (also pronounced in a Japanese way) to be either Hatsuke’s sister or his girlfriend. But I wasn’t sure which one would work better so I left it open. Unfortunately for Hatsuke, Mihora did not ever fall into those categories. Mihora is now known as the freaky girl with the creepy room. She has a weird sense of fashion and is described by many to be a little…witch-like?

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Ronald

Ronald! The youngest kid on the island (or, at least he was). He loves to cause mischief and is full of energy. He has a lot of friends (his best being Thomas) but the love of his life is definitely Elli. Unfortunately, she’s never really returned his affections. Maybe one day when they’re both older she’ll finally realize how great he is? Not even I know right now.

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Jessica

Jessica! One of the four Jessicas. To her fellow Miis she is just known as Jessica. Once married to Hatsuke (but no longer), Jessica has stayed away from the dating scene but has found happiness in being with her friends who love her all the same.

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Rick

Rick. His face permanently frozen in this unhappy, dissatisfied glare. He’s actually not really that grumpy of a guy but he chooses to always look like he is. Sadly, it’s just in his genes. This is evident when you see his kids… He is happily married to Britney and is the proud father of two beautiful girls: Ashley, and Lily and one son (he was just born today…and… I can’t remember his name).

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Jessica R.

Meet Jessica R. The third of the Jessicas. Although small, she is a force to be reckoned with as she is the only Mii on the island that is twice divorced with one child. Her child, Madison, is scarily an exact clone of her except with the skin tone of her father. Jessica R. is still waiting for her Mr. Right.

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Brandon

Brandon. Jess’ husband. When I first created Brandon I meant for him to be a huge jerk who everybody kind of despised. Fortunately for him he met Jess. I was actually pretty annoyed at this but decided that I’d make it so that Brandon changed into a decent guy because of Jess. So, he isn’t so despised anymore. He is the proud father of Jaxon and Hannah.

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Britney

The island’s first fashionista. Meet Britney. She loves the color pink and is the kind of Mii to go out and shop…a lot. Her days of shopping and inches of makeup applied to her face are long gone as she has settled down with Rick and has three beautiful children.

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Antuan

Meet Antuan! He was the most mature guy to move to the island (in terms of age) back when the island wasn’t as populated. He is still currently single but I personally hope he will realize his love for Ronda. Antuan can often be seen wearing over-the-top outfits: costumes ranging from police man outfits to hot dogs…even if it’s not Halloween.

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Rüla

Meet Rüla! I don’t really know how I came up with her name. But I created her to be the child genious. She has big dreams of becoming an adult resulting from her thinking that her success is often held back by her tender age. I ended up giving her a child-to-adult potion. She’s now dating Angus. Does that make him a pedophile?

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Lloyd

Last up is Lloyd. He has an intense love of music and for his wife Katlyn and sons Christian and Brody (both were lucky enough to inherit those lovely eyebrows). Lloyd can sometimes be seen at the fountain practicing his guitar.

Whew, that was a lot. That’s really just the tip of the iceberg since I have 70 Miis in all. I will not even bother introducing them all. Hopefully, if you follow with this series of posts you will get to know all the Miis. Some of them will definitely appear more often than others. It really just depends on if anything especially extravagant happens. With this game there really are endless possibilities. I really hope you liked my introductions to some of the Miis that have since become very dear to my heart. I have enjoyed watching them grow and develop lives on the island of Sunnyside. Although this game is often described as weird…maybe even worthy of “bizarre”, it has become a game I have grown to love because of my relationships with the residents of Sunnyside.

(Please refer to the “Category Descriptions” page under “Other” on the main menu if you are curious about how these posts will be structured in the future. Give me some time but, I should have that up soon. Also, I have a brand gallery in the sidebar! Check it out from time to time as I will be adding new pics pretty often!)

Now here are a few bonus screenshots featuring the Miis!

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The winners of the male hotness competition…. Paul is evidently proud.

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Dancers during a techno concert (from left to right: Paul, Elli, Lloyd, Jessica R., Angus, Nicki, and Hatsuke)

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A Photo taken by a fellow Mii. Depicts two couples! (Nicki and Thomas in the back and Paul and Maria closer)

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A circle of Miis enjoy tossing Maria around!

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Some of the kids that were on the island! They’ve all grown up since then. (From left to right: Christian, Hannah, Jasmine, Richie, Ronald, Lily, Elli, Brody, and some kid… Sorry kiddo. I forgot your name.)

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Jessica confessing her love for Max! I didn’t think the michelin man was all that manly but… hey, whatever floats your boat.

Thanks so much for reading!

Sincerely,

7

P.S. I have recently decided to add a page called 7’s Recommendations. It will feature games that I think deserve a little bit more spotlight. Please check it out (link in the main menu)!

Source: Tomodachi Life Feature Photo 

Nintendo Force Magazine, “A Wonderful Surprise”

Hello guys,

today I decided I’d write something a little different. I decided I should write about some of my favorite Nintennerd gear. This time I chose my favorite magazine of all: Nintendo Force Magazine!

About a year ago, I felt an itch urging me to look for a magazine I frequently read when I was a child. It went by the name of Nintendo Power and I’m sure some of you have heard of it and maybe were even subscribers! Of course, those of you may also be aware that Nintendo Power was shut down in 2012… I was only 2 years late. I was disappointed to say the least and was pretty sad that a part of my childhood was now gone and I haven’t even known.

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January/February 2013

A few days later, I decided I’d Google why the company shut down knowing that it was probably because of money. And sure enough, that was the reason. Lucky for me, the page I was looking at was a yahoo answers page with somebody asking the same question as I did. I decided I’d read multiple of the answers that were posted and one of them caught my eye. There was a guy who answered and included a link to a magazine by the name of NF magazine (Nintendo Force Magazine) and said it was like a sort of successor to Nintendo Power. I decided I’d check it out. After browsing their online store I decided I’d give them a chance. I subscribed.

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March/April 2014

After about a week, I got my first issue in the mail. It had Mario Kart 8 on the cover (to the left) and a free poster (depicted in the feature photo of this post)! Woo-hoo! As I opened up the pages for the first time I was impressed by how amazing the magazine looked. It’s a young magazine. 2015 marks the beginning of its third year. I was very happy with what I saw and knew this was the beginning of a long term relationship with this company. I wish them the best with continued success for many years to come.

Several months later, I began to take notice of another part of the magazine. It isn’t actually a part of the magazine itself but was set up by the guys who write for the mag. A weekly podcast hosted by two guys that I’ve since-then become very used to seeing: Evan Campbell and Noah Ward. They host something on YouTube called the NF Show and it acts as a sort of supplement to the magazine since the magazine only comes once every 2 months. Before I knew it, their show became part of my regular routine.

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January/February 2015 issue

Now it’s been almost a year since I first discovered NF Magazine. They are recently going through their second Kickstarter ever. With only a little over two weeks left, they’ve already met their goal and are trying their best to get as many subscribers as possible to complete their many stretch goals (posters in every issue). It looks like it’s going to be another very Nintendo-filled year.

I am so excited to have joined the Force. I am forever grateful that they decided to step up and fill the hole that Nintendo Power left behind when it closed down. I hope NF Magazine will be around for a very long time. Best of luck to the Kickstarter! Lets reach those stretch goals!

Sincerely,

7

Useful Links: NF Magazine Website || NF Magazine Kickstarter

Images Used: NF Magazine Mario Kart 8 Poster Image || Cover Images NF Magazine

Video Game Music Appreciation: “Nintendo Tunes” Part 1

Hello guys,

Happy Saturday! I am here today to write about my first video game OST appreciation blog entry. These kinds of blog entries will feature personal picks of mine from specific OSTs or even whole soundtracks themselves. Each entry will have a specific theme.Today’s video game songs theme will be from Nintendo! Surprise!

At this very moment I am listening to “The Greatest Video Game Music” album preformed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is probably one of my favorite albums I ever bought. And yes, I am one of the people who still go out and actually buy CDs. Just like I am one of those people who actually still read books.

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So, without much further ado I will begin with one of the most popular games from Nintendo. For many people, The Legend of Zelda is probably their favorite video game series of all time. Not only is the story great and the characters unique but, the music is a force to be reckoned with all on its own. From peaceful music playing in the background in Kakariko Village to boss battle music from Twilight Princess (the kind of makes you feel like you’re going to die), The Legend of Zelda offers a superb soundtrack with so many songs written to convey different emotions and are meant to bring a sense of nostalgia for long-time fans. When I first heard the tune that plays when the children in (Twilight Princess) Kakariko village were safely returned I couldn’t help but stop everything I was doing. I wanted to dedicate that moment just to remembering thinking about how happy those parents would be to know their children were safe. For people who have played through that game, it’s a strange and unfamiliar world filled with darkness and ambiguity. Probably not as much as Majora’s Mask but I’d say it’s next in line.

I would say one of my favorite recurring songs in the Legend of Zelda series would be the Shop theme. It’s light hearted. It’s catchy. I could listen to it all day! Of course, there are several variations of the Shop Theme but my favorite is the one from Ocarina of Time. Really, they’re all very similar. Why can’t they play this song in Gamestops or something? Or Walmart! Well, yeah it’d probably get old after a while but I’d be really happy!

Below I have posted several videos. They’re all variations of the Shop theme featured in different games across the series. It’s nice to be able to listen to them side by side and compare how each one is different.

Honestly the most annoying one (to me) is probably the Malo Mart one from Twilight Princess… It’s also the most unique baring almost no resemblance to how the Shop Theme usually is. And for anybody who knows, Beedle be awesome. OHHHHHHHHH! THAAAANKKKKK YOUUUUUU! (For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, just ignore it…)

I’ve really only just touched the iceberg with Legend of Zelda but I want to move on to some of Nintendo’s other great franchises. When you think of Nintendo who do you think of usually? He’s in red. He has a large nose. He’s a great jumper. And he’s Italian! It’s AH-ME MARIO!

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I think one of my favorite songs from Mario games would be “Gusty Garden Galaxy” from the Super Mario Galaxy games. When I hear the main chorus line of Gusty Garden, I just think of Nintendo as a company. It is a reflection of their success and of their personality. When you hear Gusty Garden Galaxy, you just think, “This just screams Nintendo.” It’s playful, colorful, and at the same time just as musical and enjoyable as songs from Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy. Isn’t that just perfect for a Mario game? Especially one like Super Mario Galaxy. Nintendo is a company that is so good at bringing family oriented fun to households without what people of this generation often think is necessary in a game. Nintendo proves you don’t need all the blood and violence to enjoy a great game. When I hear Gusty Garden Galaxy, I just take it as a great celebration of Nintendo altogether. Of course, I also picture Mario flying from planet to planet or collecting those adorable little star bits. It is equally playful and colorful as the world it was created for and has certainly reached my list of favorites from Nintendo.

Finally, I’d like to pick a less obvious choice. I mean, we all know that Final Fantasy has some of the video game industry’s biggest musical hits but, what about their newest hit game that goes by a different name? Bravely Default. Yes, that’s right. Bravely Default has probably some of the best game music I’ve heard in a long long time (from Nintendo specifically). I mean, don’t misunderstand. Zelda and Mario always have great music. But Bravely Default is this brand new game that came out recently and boy, I fell in love with its music in seconds. There were days when I just put the 3DS down just to listen to the music. I’m sure Agnes can wait just a little longer. I want to enjoy this moment.

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I think what really impresses me about this particular soundtrack is the amount of variety it has. A lot of the musical tracks within Bravely Default sound mystical which matches the game. But then there are the songs like “Sailing the Sea” that almost bring tears to your eyes and songs like “The Land of Sand and its Great Clock” that fit the environment so much it just enhances the experience and brings it to a whole new level. These songs are such opposites. One is smooth just like you’re moving through the gentle waters of the ocean (assuming it actually is gentle) while the “Land of Sand and its Great Clock” is harsh, reflective of the unforgiving weather of the desert.

Personally, I fell in love with the gentleness of each note in every song. I mean, not every song can be accurately described as gentle (like boss battles or something). But, there are a lot of songs in the soundtrack that achieve that quality and it really says something about the people who composed the music. A light touch here. A gentle whisper there. It’s really quite beautiful. It is evident that much care was taken when writing this music.

That’s all I’m going to feature for now. Obviously, there are about 100 more songs I’d love to talk about here. Seeing as this is my first post in this particular category maybe it was a little rough around the edges. I’m still trying to get organized and figure out the best way to do a post featuring favorite songs. Nonetheless, I will work to make sure future posts are as organized and as enjoyable for fellow music appreciators as can be. Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

7

Images used: Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass Image || Bravely Default Feature Image || Bravely Default Characters || Super Mario Galaxy Image