Warning: minor spoilers
When it comes to Nintendo, one word springs to mind: Quality. Quality games, quality production, quality entertainment. And of late, of which Nintendo’s recent games have undoubtedly proven, they are now unparalleled in another aspect that has as much fierce competition than ever before: the soundtracks.
Below are my 5 picks of the past 18 months of Nintendo soundtrack picks that are a must for any MP3 player.
Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS) – Map Screen
Triple Deluxe is the latest Kirby outing, and is a wonderful successor to Kirby’s Adventure on the Wii from a couple of years back. The map screen track is of course an ode to the original Kirby’s Dream Land’s first level from Kirby’s first ever outing. It has never sounded so good.
Nintendoland (Wii U) – Introduction
Wii U’s primary launch titles’ whole premise of a mini game world unfortunately only really manages to expose its one major flaw – it is fun in very limited quantities. It does however sport one of the standout tracks on the platform to date in its introduction tune; a subtle hint of chip tune perfectly blended with a catchy piano number. This was my ringtone for quite a few months.
Super Mario 3D World – Bowser World
Just when you think it’s over, Nintendo pulls out another massive world to conquer in quite possibly the greatest Mario adventure of all time. Bowser World’s theme is catchy, almost infectious, and often pops up in my head even days after last hearing it.
Mario Kart 8 – Raindow Road N64
Needs little explanation. Simply the ultimate rendition of one of the Mario Kart series’ most memorable songs
Link Between Worlds – Lorule Theme
Nintendo’s recent masterpiece features not only the original Link to the Past’s world with a new generation of graphics, but also featured oh so many blissful renditions of LttP’s legendary soundtrack – and made them even more memorable. The Lorule theme (the dark world in LttP) is certainly the most memorable and catchy. Not only the best game on 3DS, but also the best soundtrack to date.
So there are my picks. Of course, music being wonderfully subjective as it is, I’m sure you have your own preferences. Please share within the comments or on Twitter/Facebook with your own picks.