Fan work of the week #5

Yeah, I think I missed a week but oh well. This week’s fan work of the week is: nettle attack by AsteriaGaia

nettle attack

Simply because it makes me smile 🙂

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Play That Funky Music

This week I decided to choose my top five favourite video game pieces of music. There are hundreds of tunes I love but these are some that stand out the most. In order to get onto this list, these songs have to be something I’ll listen to over and over without getting tired of hearing them.

Number Five

Yoshi’s Island Title Theme.

Yoshi's Island

I remember playing Yoshi’s Island when it first came out and falling in love with the addictive gameplay and picture book graphics. One of the most memorable things about the game was the music which kept that Mario charm while adding its own style into the mix. It’s been a while since I’ve played but I think the title screen music got better each time you beat a world, opening up new instruments which added to the tune. It’s one of those songs you don’t forget, no matter how many years have passed.

Other notable songs from the game: The end credits, the castle theme, everything else.

Number Four

The Wind Waker Title Screen/End credits

Wind Waker
Yep, another title screen song but a good tune is a good tune. TWW may be the game that split the Zelda community in two but I think it’s safe to say everyone enjoys at least one of the pieces of music it has to offer. I liked the celtic take the game took to music, providing something a bit different from previous Zelda games. The title screen is the one that stands out most for me since I could easily sit there and listen to it for hours and just imagine I’m on some far away island surrounded by a vast ocean.

Other notable songs from the game: The Great Sea, Forest Haven, DragonRoost Island.

Number Three.

The Legend of Zelda Shop Theme.

Most people don’t know but this is my favourite Zelda song from the series. As far as I’m aware it first appeared in Ocarina of Time so that’s the game I’ll be basing it from. There’s just something about this song, it’s not as ‘stand outish’ as the other songs on this list but I can’t help but smile whenever I hear it. It’s a feel good song which should be played in shops everywhere if you ask me. Haha, OK, some people may go insane but at least shopping would be a bit more interesting.

Other notable Zelda shop themes: Malo Mart.

Number Two.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Greenhill Zone.

Greenhill Zone

The oldest song on the list and was very nearly my number one but after listening to both my top two choices for a while again I decided to change them around. To me, Greenhill Zone is THE Sonic song. Whenever I think of the blue hedgehog, this song comes to mind. It’s everything Sonic is portrayed to be, fast, exciting, free. I can easily play the first few levels of the original Sonic over and over just to have this music playing.

Other notable Sonic tunes: City Escape.

Number One

Donkey Kong 64, Jungle Japes.

Jungle Japes
I’m a huge fan of DK music in general but this one takes the place at the top of my list. I’m a sucker for a solid drum beat and that’s why it edges ahead of Greenhill Zone. Obviously inspired by Donkey Kong Country’s Jungle Hijinx, Japes expanded the song, adding its own unique style and feel while staying true to the DK feel. The jungle themes are what make Donkey Kong for me so they’ll hopefully be around for many games to come.

Other notable DK songs: Everything, you really can’t go wrong.

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Fan work of the week #4

This week’s fan work comes in the form of a Sonic the Hedgehog remix: Dj Artora – Sonic [The Hedgehog] – Green Hill Zone [Rock]

Green Hill Zone is one of my favourite Sonic tunes so when I found this I couldn’t stop listening. This will also lead onto my next entry when I get around to writing it.

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Fan work of the week #3

This week’s fan work of the week is Clay Saria of Kokiri Forest by MacX5.

Clay SariaYou’ll notice a lot of my selections will be Zelda-related since it’s the series I generally end up browsing for hours. I’m not usually interested in clay works but this one caught my eye, the style is perfect and Saria’s expression is so cute. If these were mass produced I’d definitely pay for one.

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Fan work of the week #2


This week’s fan work of the week is a musical number going by the name of Frog Eyes by Hylian Lemon. Probably one of his oldest mixes but still one of my favourites. I remember when it was top of my list for ages and also my ring tone which was always cool since I knew I was the only one on campus to use it. I think the attraction to the song comes from the LoZ shop theme being my favourite Zelda song and the lakeside music just acts to the effect.

I wonder if Hylian Lemon knows if he were to remake this track and dedicate it to me it would make my day. But alas, I shall never be friends with someone so famous.

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25 Years

DQ Logo

I think most people know this year is The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary but many have overlooked that it is also the same anniversary for the Dragon Quest series. It’s funny to think that two of my favourite game series were created in the same year. However, I haven’t been a DQ fan for very long…

It all started last summer when I was browsing for any new DS games I might be interested in. I subscribe to a few Nintendo magazines and was constantly being bombarded with Dragon Quest IX posters, guides and reviews so wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Looking at a few website reviews I decided to go ahead and order the game; what I didn’t realise was as soon as it arrived my entire summer and beyond would be taken up playing it! Anyone who was at uni with me during my first semester will know I was playing it whenever I got some free time.

Right from the beginning the game drags you into this immense world. One of the first things I liked is that the game doesn’t spend ages making you work through a tutorial section which has little relevance to anything related to the story itself. You’re simply thrown into your first battle then sent on your way. Speaking of the battles, the system is one of my favourites from any series. It’s based on the turn-based system but feels far more free since the characters have great animations and each new enemy is often a joy to fight. I would often find myself grinding for hours, not because I had to but because I wanted to.

The ability to create your own characters was also a nice touch. Your party can hold up to four members who can be designed (with limitations) to look and be a class of your choosing. I found I spent hours building up various skills and weapons when I learned I could change classes throughout the course of the game. Often finding new upgrades and powers along the way.  The only criticism I have about these creatable characters is that they have no personality and are merely shells for you to use. It would have been nice to see some character in the people you play as but it can be forgiven considering the amount of other things which are happening around you.

The story itself is quite generic, beat the bad guy and save the world but it’s done in such a way that will keep you wanting to play right until the end. Even after finishing the main story there’s so much to do as well as constant downloadable content that I’d be surprised if anyone has cleared the game 100% or even close.

I recently purchased DQVIII but haven’t played as much yet. It looks to be just as addictive as my first experience though. Overall I’d definitely recommend trying this series if you’re a fan of that type of gameplay.

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Saving the Day

Save Screeen

I recently read This article where it’s explained how Capcom intend to implement a new feature which will only allow gamers to save one file on their games and never be able to delete it. I can see where they’re coming from in terms of not particularly liking games being sold second hand but this is a little too far. At the end of the day, it’s not like the player gives the game back to the company to be sold again once they’ve finished with it and as far as I’m aware it’s the shops who gain the profit from second hand sales.

This move will also more than likely turn some players off from buying the games in the first place. Just by browsing some of the feedback I can see numerous people stating they won’t buy a game if there’s no chance of being able to replay it and I have to agree with them. No matter how amazing the game is, if I can only play it once and that’s it then I don’t think I’d bother playing it at all. Of course, there are plenty of games I’ve only ever played all the way through once but it’s nice to know the option is there if I should want to sell or replay it.

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