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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 13: Musically Inclined


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the thirteenth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning. Also! I'm extending my Mew giveaway to give you guys more time to enter.

 

 

 

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Musically Inclined

 

Somewhere, there is a parallel universe out there where I spent years of my life studying the craft of music instead of the craft of writing. I“m more than a little obsessed with music (particularly in games, with my physical/digital soundtrack collection being...well...larger than most, suffice to say.)

 

The Pokémon games are no exception. I“ve actually purchased every single soundtrack available via iTunes! And I“m most definitely interested in Symphonic Evolutions. If and when they ever make their way to Florida, I hope to devote an Individual Values to reviewing a performance I personally witness!

 

As each Nintendo handheld has gotten more and more powerful, Pokémon music has evolved, just like the critters themselves. Just listen to how the instrumentals have evolved between

and the
.

 

Another great example—since the same theme exists across two generations—compare Looker“s Theme

to
. There“s absolutely no question that Game Freak/Junichi Masuda have learned a thing or two in nineteen years of developing games.

 

Of course, I want to know what your favorite songs from the franchise (whether it be the games or the anime, even) are! Perhaps the Game Podunk Pokémaniacs will put together a ranking of Pokémon music sometime. It“s certainly a good discussion point.

 

Remember the days when Legendary Pokémon didn“t have specific themes? In Red, Blue and Yellow, the music that played when you encountered Mewtwo was the same as when you ran into your first Pidgey on Route 1. But—after playing Pokémon ORAS—I“ve realized just how many Legendary Pokémon (and specific themes to make them unique) there are. One of the nice touches of that game was the flashback offered to the Legendary Beast trio from Johto. While Ho-Oh and Lugia got their HeartGold/SoulSilver theme variants, when encountering Suicune, for example—the original 8bit theme from GSC plays.

 

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What kinds of music from the games get stuck in your head, even if they“re not necessarily your favorites? The happy-go-lucky music that almost seems like it was arranged with parody in mind always make me smile. Whether we“re talking about Looker“s Theme, which I already mentioned, or something like the

or the
—the happy stuff is particularly the catchiest, for me personally.

 

What are some of your favorites? Be sure to sound off below!

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