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    Pokemon- Main Theme and Portal

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    Pokemon and Mega Man 2

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    Diablo and Portal

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    Pokemon - Main Theme

    Mega Man 2 – Dr. Wily Stage 1/2

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    Diablo - Town
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    Mega Man 2 – Dr. Wily Stage 1/2


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    Diablo - Town
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    Interesting…The two slugfests end with Diablo - Town and Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily Stage 1/2 moving on by identical 4-3 margins. Now for the last two fights of the first round.

    Round 1

    Fight 15

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    The Castlevania series has produced numerous unforgettable songs. But the Symphony of the Night soundtrack, composed by Michiru Yamane, holds a special place in the hearts of fans. “Dance of the Pales” is a waltz that has a ballroom’s stateliness, with a fanciful second section punctuated by a glockenspiel. The piano sound is also a bit spooky. At a time when 2D games were falling out of favor, and with a new title that changed the series by introducing open-ended exploration and RPG elements into the mix, this soundtrack played a big part in retaining Castlevania fans during the changes.

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    Competing against Yamane’s waltz is Grant Kirkhope’s polka. This song opens Banjo-Kazooie and—fun fact—helped the soundtrack gain a nomination for the “Most Journey-Worthy Music” award. It’s fun, silly, and extremely catchy and was recently given lyrics by Brentalfloss. Of greater importance, the entire soundtrack is notable for being interactive during game play. This means that if you jump in the water, the music changes into a harp arrangement. If you enter a haunted mansion, an organ starts playing the theme. That allows the music to reflect the environment around the character and, consequently, create a more immersive experience.

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    Round 1

    Fight 16

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    It’s Uematsu versus Kondo for the fourth and last time this round. It is sometimes noted that this song bears similarities to “Silent Night.” Nevertheless, it’s a classic in the Uematsu catalogue and serves as central theme for the first Playstation 2 game in the Final Fantasy series. It’s a lovely piece with a memorable melody that suggests both sadness and hopefulness (or maybe I’m just projecting). Although this soundtrack was the beginning of Uematsu’s diminishing involvement with Square Enix—until the announcement at E3 that he’ll be returning as principle composer of Final Fantasy XIV—[Hidden link. Register to see links.] are very strong and also, in the case of many of them, introduced us to his current tendencies towards heavy metal.

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    It’ll be a battle of the giants here. It is theorized that in the exact middle of most great stories something completely unexpected happens. With A Link to the Past, it’s Link’s banishment to the Dark World, which became a plot point in many of the later Zelda games. What also became major components of the subsequent games were songs from this soundtrack, including “Zelda’s Lullaby,” “Ganondorf's Theme,” “Hyrule Castle,” “Kakariko Village,” and “Fairy Fountain.” Standing shoulder to shoulder with those easily recognizable pieces is our competitor in this fight. This fantastic piece sets the mood for adventuring and danger and is one of Kondo’s most beloved pieces. But will it win here?


    My votes are for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Dark World.

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    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales FTW One of the best VGM ever!!!

    Final Fantasy X – To Zanarkand Love them both .. too bad one will be eliminated so early

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    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales
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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Dark World

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    Damn, those are 4 good songs.

    Banjo-Kazooie - Main Theme - The BK soundtrack really left a lasting impression on me as a kid.
    Final Fantasy X - To Zanarkand - Real shame I couldn't pick both here.

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    There is a tie in Fight 16 between The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Dark World and Final Fantasy X - To Zanarkand.

    The next person to vote will determine the winner and after that voting for this round will be closed.

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    I guess that's my cue...

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales
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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Dark World

    Banjo has brilliant music all round, but there are much better tracks than the title theme which 'pales' (haw haw) in comparison to the gorgeously haunting SoN.

    Second choice is easy. It would be madness for me not to go for 'Dark World'! I have a particular thing for heroic themes cast in a minor key (see also Dvorak and Goldsmith - though this is nothing like them of course). It funny that so many of the themes from Link to the Past have cropped up in later Zelda's but not this one. Also a shame that the rendition in Brawl had to be so horrendous

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    And the winners are Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales (4-1) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Dark World (3-2). Let’s start Round 2!

    Round 2

    Fight 1

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    Composer: Masato Nakamura
    Year: 1991
    Tech: Zilog Z80 and Yamaha synthesizer sound chips
    Fun Fact: The opening [Hidden link. Register to see links.] chant took up 1/8 of the four-megabit game cartridge.

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    Composer: Ko Otani
    Year: 2005
    Tech: Various synthesizers, plus studio recordings featuring Otani himself, the Otohiko Fujita Group (horns), and the Masatsugu Shinozaki Group (strings)
    Fun Fact: Won “Soundtrack of the Year” in Electronic Gaming Monthly

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    Composer: Koji Kondo
    Year: 1990
    Tech: Sony SPC700
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    Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
    Year: 1997
    Tech: MIDI played through the CXD2922Q sound chip
    Fun Fact: Uematsu completed the 85-track score for Final Fantasy VII in less than one year.

    My votes are for Shadow of the Colossus – Swift Horse and Final Fantasy VII – Aerith’s Theme.

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    Predictable I know but 16-BIT MASCOTS FTW!

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    Sonic the Hedgehog – Green Hill Zone

    Super Mario World – Athletic

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    Shadow of the Colossus - Swift Horse

    Super Mario World - Athletic

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    Sonic the Hedgehog – Green Hill Zone
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    Final Fantasy VII – Aerith’s Theme

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    Sonic the Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone
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    Final Fantasy VII - Aerith's Theme

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    Close fights, but Sonic the Hedgehog – Green Hill Zone and Final Fantasy VII – Aerith’s Theme emerge victorious by 3-2 margins. Moving on…

    Round 2

    Fight 3

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    Composer: Hidenori Maezawa
    Year: 1987
    Album sound: 2A03 APU sound chip
    Fun Fact: This song is officially titled “Battle in the Dense Forest” but is more commonly known as “Stage 1” or “Stage 1: Jungle.”

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    Composer: Koji Kondo
    Year: 1996
    Album sound: R4300i processor and RSP together
    Fun Fact: Many of the game’s details were inspired by real life. For example, one enemy is based on assistant director Takashi Tezuka’s wife, who, as Miyamoto explained, “is very quiet normally, but one day she exploded, maddened by all the time [Tezuka] spent at work. In the game, there is now a character which shrinks when Mario looks at it, but when Mario turns away, it will grow large and menacing.”

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    Round 2

    Fight 4

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    Composer: Michiru Yamane
    Year: 1997
    Album sound: Various synthesizers, plus studio recordings featuring Yamane herself, Takayuki Fujiki (electric guitar), Kahori Yamane (vocals), and Nishimura Oh. Ya. Zi (electric guitar)
    Fun Fact: Kogi Igarashi supposedly came up with the gameplay changes in Symphony of the Night after seeing dozens of Castlevania games in the “used” bargain bin in Japanese video game stores, which made him realize that linear Castlevania games offered limited replay value.

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    Composer: Koji Kondo
    Year: 1985
    Album sound: 2A03 APU sound chip
    Fun Fact: Nobuo Uematsu believes this song changed Japanese culture forever and should be the national anthem.

    I feel bad for turning my back on Mario, but my votes are for Contra – Stage 1 and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales.

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    Contra and Castlevania

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    Contra Stage 1 and Super Mario Bros. Overworld.

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    Contra

    Super Mario Bros.

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    Super Mario 64 – Dire, Dire Docks

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales

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    Super Mario 64 – Dire, Dire Docks

    Super Mario Bros. – Overworld

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    There is a tie in Fight 4 between Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of the Pales and Super Mario Bros. – Overworld.

    The next person to vote will determine the winner and after that voting for this round will be closed.

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    Gotta go with Super Mario Bros!

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