Welcome to another installment of The Fangirl Mixtapes! With this post, as you may have already guessed by the title, I’ll be covering my favourite area/town themes in video games. So without further delay,
seeing as it’s been 4 months since my last post anyways, let’s jump right into it!
Cerulean City (Pokémon Red and Blue)
First up in this post we’re going back to Gen 1 with the Cerulean Town theme from Pokémon Red. The nostalgia goggles are firmly placed over my eyes for this one but I believe I’m justified in this. Listening to this theme, it’s very easy for me to be transported back to my childhood playing Pokémon Red and remembering all the hours I spent on it. I could very easily dedicate a whole post to Pokémon town themes, any maybe I will in the near future, but for the time being I wanted to focus on a theme that best conveys my feelings around the music from Pokémon in general.
Secret of the Forest – Guardia Forest Theme (Chrono Trigger)
Chrono Trigger is a game I consider way ahead of its time; not least because of that amazing soundtrack – courtesy of Yasunori Mitsuda. If I had to pick one theme from the game for this post it would definitely have to be the Guardia Forest theme. The appreciation for this track even extends as far as hip hop: it’s been sampled in tracks by the likes of Dom Kennedy ,Wiz Khalifa and Evil Needle.
Dragon Roost Island (Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)
While the majority of Wind Waker’s soundtrack is inspired by traditional Irish music, the theme of Dragon Roost Island incorporates more Andalusian/Spanish elements. The flute is delightful and I believe this track, bar the main theme of the game, truly captures the spirit of Wind Waker. I also shed a fangirl tear when I realised the theme was remixed as part of the Rito Village theme in Breath of the Wild ❤.
Ginza (Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne)
By now it should be evident that it’s very hard for me to talk about my favourite pieces of video game music without seeing anything from the SMT series pop up. But that’s because Shoji Meguro is truly the (underrated) GOAT. This particular rendition of the Ginza theme is a remix of the theme from the original SMT but it’s by far the best if you ask me. Re-playing the game on my laptop with headphones and hearing that bassline in all its glory blew me away.
Shinjuku Underground District (Shin Megami Tensei IV)
SMT IV’s soundtrack is criminally underrated. The theme to the Shinjuku Underground District is a great example of the 80s-synth house/funk melodies that the game provides that match perfectly with the cyberpunk dystopian theme. I always saved and ended my current sessions of SMT IV in this particular district mainly due to this theme.
I was already at university when I finally played Earthbound for the first time but there’s something about the charm of the game, in particular the music, that reminds me of carefree childhood memories. The Onett theme has always taken me back to childhood summers that equally consisted of playing N64 with my cousins and playing outside.
Town Hall (Animal Crossing: New Leaf)
Technically, I could have picked any track from the Animal Crossing series and it would have been a “town tune”, however I chose the Town Hall theme to include in this post as it’s an absolute treat. Also: Isabelle ❤.
Hateno Village (Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
In terms of town themes from BotW I didn’t know whether to pick Hateno Village, Lurelin Village or Rito Village to include in this post. It was close but in the end, it had to be Hateno Village. The peaceful, whimsical melodies highlighted with that delightful violin made Hateno Village the perfect place to recharge before getting back to adventuring and saving Hyrule. This will definitely be a theme to look back on fondly when BotW is old enough to be considered “retro”. (And the night theme is even more beautifully emotive).
A Ghost’s Pumpkin Soup – Pumpkin Hill (Sonic Adventure 2)
Last but certainly not least is the theme to Pumpkin Hill from SA2. Of course this would make the list – the track is basically iconic by this point; and I know a few people personally (me included) who know all the lyrics word for word with no shame. Having a rapper for Knuckles’ themes blew my mind as a kid and while all of Knuckle’s stages had great music, Pumpkin Hill just takes the cake.
I wonder what Hunnid P is doing with his life now…
That’s all from me for now! I’ll be back with another post soonish; in the meantime take a look at my ever-growing Video Game OST/Remixes playlist.