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Title: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: 607 on May 18, 2017, 07:49:57 AM
Hey! I wrote this thread for another forum a while ago, but I thought it might be interesting to share it here as well, as this forum is largely about video game music, after all. :)

Hi, it's me again!

I've had this idea for a while now, but never made it, and thought somebody would've beat me to it by now. But apparently not.
I'm interested, though: what's your favourite soundtrack per platform? Obviously, you'll probably only be able to list those for platforms you know quite a few soundtracks on.
Keep in mind there are many soundtracks I don't know very well, but if I see any soundtracks on somebody's list I haven't fully listened to yet, I hope to check them out!

This would be my own list at the moment:
Nintendo Entertainment System: Super Mario Bros., Koji Kondo. With only the most basic of tools at his disposal, Kondo succeeded in creating a soundtrack that wouldn't get repetitive and would stay fun even after 30 years!!
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Donkey Kong Country 2, David Wise. This soundtrack is totally genius. Such a masterpiece, with many different themes, and for all, the atmosphere was set flawlessly. Stunning stuff.
Gameboy: Super Mario Land, Hirokazu Tanaka. So simple at its core, yet so incredibly well executed. These tunes are timeless.
Atari ST: Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge, Patrick Phelan. I love the ST's soundchip, and Phelan made the most out of it for this soundtrack, I think. All themes are awesome.
Playstation: Rayman, Rémi Gazel. A very impressive soundtrack. That's what it is.
Gameboy Color: Wario Land 3, Kozue Ishikawa. With very basic building stones, Kozue Ishikawa put very much thought into every one of her tunes. And as I learn more about music, I keep getting astonished by what went into these pieces.
Nintendo 64: Super Mario 64, Koji Kondo. Koji Kondo did it again. With some remixes, and many entirely new ideas, he composed another wonderful experience.
PC: SimCity 3000, Jerry Martin et al. This soundtrack features both new-age and jazz music, and both styles were captured perfectly, to my ears. Every single theme is unique, and it'd be hardly possible to choose a favourite, as every single one is a masterpiece and a great work of art.
Gameboy Advance: Mario Kart Super Circuit, Kenichi Nishimaki et al. Unfortunately these themes had to be compressed quite a bit to get onto the GBA, but when ripped they still sound great. The samples are very nice, the melodies, base lines, drums et cetera are super cool, and the whole thing simply fits very well together.
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Kenta Nagata et al. A very well-crafted soundtrack, with a lovely atmosphere.
Wii: Super Mario Galaxy, Mahito Yokota, Koji Kondo. This soundtrack is grand. It's definitely worthy of the grand game. Very beautiful.
Wii U: Yoshi's Woolly World, Tomoya Tomita, Misaki Asada. The soundtrack to Yoshi's Island, composed by Koji Kondo, is one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. This soundtrack beat it. It has quite a high number of themes, and they're all amazing. Some cute, some happy, some scary, some awesome; all very, very well-made. Great job.

It was nice writing that, but I'm also interested in reading other lists! Don't worry, they don't need to be as detailed as this one. :P
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Dekkadeci on May 18, 2017, 01:10:51 PM
Is it OK if we talk about our favourite OSTs but not by platform?
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: BlackDragonSlayer on May 18, 2017, 01:22:08 PM
I'm really tired right now, so I might change some of these later, but this is what I can remember off the top of my head. I'll probably finish adding stuff in within the next couple of days. A lot of these also end up being my favorite games by platform as well, though there are some exceptions.

NES
The Guardian Legend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyfSdJ0a1w4)
This game is a very interesting game, even if it's not perfect, it does a lot of interesting things I think could make for a very amazing game if they were refined (not that it's a bad game at all in its current state, let me make clear). Although I'd normally just go for a more "conventional" pick, I've found myself warming up to the soundtrack, especially as I myself have composed several tracks in the style of and/or greatly influenced by this game's soundtrack (and ones I'm still very proud of!).

Close Picks: The Legend of Zelda / Metroid
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SNES
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRxgYC5zrV4)
I first came across this game when I was very young through the GBA re-release. From the beginning, this is not only a very charming, but also a very engrossing soundtrack, and simply amazing.

Close Picks: Super Metroid / Super Mario World
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N64
Majora's Mask (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhRImdUT06Y)
While I'm not really as much of a fan of Majora's Mask overall, one thing it probably does better than Ocarina of Time (coughoneoftheonlythingscough) is the soundtrack. It generally has a much more menacing and atmospheric feel overall, and the Boss Battle theme is still probably one of my favorite video game songs of all time.

Close Picks: Perfect Dark / Ocarina of Time
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Gameboy
Metroid II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIhOVLYFp3Q)
One of the most underappreciated Metroid games (and the one most in need of a remake), but it definitely doesn't lack in its soundtrack. Although a little bit seemingly overly cheery at times, the darker, more atmospheric parts of this soundtrack are what makes it appeal to me so much. Plus, the main tunnels theme itself it amazing.
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Gameboy Color
Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-UUtff_ZTQ)

Best Pokemon games. 'Nuff said.
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GBA
Wario Land 4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOcP6hmPjM4)
Though this is one of the GBA games that doesn't seem to get as much attention compared to others, Wario Land 4 is really an amazing game (and it uses the same engine as Metroid Fusion; pretty cool, huh?). Its soundtrack is also super great, super fun, and super weird as well. Definitely the best Wario Land game; can't wait until WarioWare stops being a thing (I mean, it's not BAD, just not a good use of Wario's potential).
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DS:
3DS:

PS1
Final Fantasy VII (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlfGch8mGhg)
Let's be honest, a Final Fantasy game being on here shouldn't be surprising at all. I have played this game since my childhood, and its soundtrack is one of the most amazing out there, even being a standout among Final Fantasy soundtracks. Everything works so well and just makes the game all that more amazing.
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PS2:
PS3
LittleBigPlanet 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATqcvIAzOnI&list=PL0DEF1F9089CD1308)
Both of the first two LBP games are full of great songs; what I like so much about this OST is that it's a mix or original songs and songs lifted from other places, which really helps to further the whole "mishmash" feel of the game. It's hard to pick a favorite of the two, but overall, I'd say the second one, overall, has a more consistent soundtrack, with standouts like A Fifth of Beethoven, Sleepyhead, Ghosts, The Factory Of A Better Tomorrow Theme, and so many others (like Ballet Shoes a.k.a. You Look So Pretty, which was in the adventure trailer but NOT IN THE ACTUAL GAMEEEEE).
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PS4
Axiom Verge (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0kSc8hHzAM)
I have soooo many good things to say about Axiom Verge. It's a great game, and you can tell how much effort was put into the soundtrack to really nail the atmosphere. From the beginning, it draws you in to this mysterious, unique world. I could write a whole ARTICLE on Axiom Verge; it's so great because it's so much like Metroid but also SO MUCH NOT LIKE METROID! FSFSFWFQFFWS.
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Sega Genesis
Mega Turrican (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70DLsXjGE4I)
Mega Turrican. MEGA TURRICAN. I cannot express how much I truly love this soundtrack. I mean it. It's probably grown to be my favorite video game soundtrack of all time. Everything about it is so amazing and perfect and I just love it. The cheap, "poppy" sound gurgled out by the pushed-to-the-absolute-limits sound card of the Genesis (bless you yamaha ym2612, you did your duty) just gives the music such a FEEEEEEEEL to it that can't be replicated or topped even by objectively superior sound quality (see: Super Turrican for the SNES). The Opening Theme is so amazing and it's awesome and it hypes you up so much for the game and fufweuifeuifeiheuf. Stage 1-1 theme is so absolutely impeccable and it is definitely by far the best "first stage" theme OF ALL TIME (I will FIGHT you if you say otherwise), and the rest of the soundtrack is just SO SOLID THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING THINGS IN IT; I AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA... CAN'T EVEN AAAAAAAAAAAA...

Close Picks: Sonic 2 / Gunstar Heroes
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PC: Heroes of Might and Magic III / Undertale / Doom
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: 607 on May 18, 2017, 06:14:39 PM
Is it OK if we talk about our favourite OSTs but not by platform?
Sure, if a topic like that doesn't already exist. :) I got this idea because I found it very hard to compare soundtracks from different platforms myself.
I'm really tired right now, so I might change some of these later, but this is what I can remember off the top of my head. I'll probably finish adding stuff in within the next couple of days. A lot of these also end up being my favorite games by platform as well, though there are some exceptions.
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Very interesting, thanks! There are actually some soundtracks in there I don't know myself, I'll check some of those out some time if I remember! :) Especially Mega Turrican captures my interest.

Also, Wario Land 4's got a really good soundtrack indeed. I went with Mario Kart Super Circuit in the end, but that wasn't an easy pick. In fact, most Wario Land games have got great music. I already mentioned Wario Land 3 for GBC, but for Gameboy, picking between Super Mario Land and Wario Land II was also quite difficult: I went with Super Mario Land as I knew I would mention Kozue Ishikawa for Wario Land 3 already.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: LeviR.star on May 18, 2017, 07:33:24 PM
Here's my incomplete list:

Game Boy: Kirby's Block Ball
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Mega Man X
Game Boy Advance: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: 607 on May 18, 2017, 08:08:25 PM
Here's my incomplete list:

Game Boy: Kirby's Block Ball
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Mega Man X
Game Boy Advance: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Good picks! I should get to know Kirby's Block Ball's OST better, and I don't think I've heard Mega Man X yet! :)
Superstar Saga's also got a great soundtrack! The GBA really does have some great soundtracks. It's a shame many of the samples had to be compressed heavily!
Fortunately, we've got HQ samples for the Wario Land 4 music, as they are in the files for WarioWare for Gamecube. :)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: SlowPokemon on May 19, 2017, 03:04:14 PM
Idk how I'm supposed to pick for DS but here are some others:

NES: Super Mario Bros. 3. It's short but its legacy is still felt in the Super Mario games today.
Favorite track: Probably the ending, but the older I get the more I really admire the airship theme that's become such a staple.

SNES: EarthBound. It's massive, endlessly quirky, and with really charming soundfonts and compositional styles.
Favorite track: There are so many. But I really like the quirkier tracks like the photographer's theme.

N64: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. More interesting in pretty much every way than Ocarina to me, if a bit more obtuse and frustrating, the soundtrack, like the game, is incredibly dark and unsettling for E-rated fare. Lots of tritones and uncomfortable dissonances.
Favorite track: Majora's Theme. And any track that uses Majora's theme, especially the title. The theme is simply one of the best pieces of video game music ever written.

That's all for now as I'm heading to work. Will update later :)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: braixen1264 on May 19, 2017, 03:22:57 PM
Pokemon DPPt

thats basically it
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: daj on May 19, 2017, 03:26:00 PM
Pokemon DPPt

thats basically it

Was finding a cooler way to say this the whole time xD
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Maelstrom on May 19, 2017, 04:18:22 PM
NES: Metroid
SNES: Chrono Trigger
N64: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
GCN: Metroid Prime
Wii: Xenoblade Chronicles
Wii U: Mario 3D World? Idk, nothing comes to mind
GB/GBC: Link's Awakening
GBA: Mother 3
DS: Radiant Historia
3DS: Bravely Default
PS1: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
PS2: Idk rn. Maybe Shadow of the Colossus? Maybe Drakengard?
PS3: NieR
PS4: NieR: Automata
PC: To many to decide.
XB/XB360/XBone/PSP/PSV: Not familiar enough with these  consoles to choose any.

How's that for a complete list? I was to lazy to write descriptors for them but I can if someone wants.

edit: Wow, I forgot that sega consoles exist because I know even less about them than the XB line.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: swimswamit on May 19, 2017, 09:08:02 PM
NES: Super Mario Bros
SNES: Super Metroid
N64: Ocarina
Gamecube: Wind Waker
Gameboy: Link's Awakening
GBC: Gold and Silver
Wii: Super Paper Mario (Floro Caverns/Sammer's Kingdom) Regardless of opinion on the game, I always though Brawl had some really good tracks too.
DS: Diamond and Pearl (Jubilife City is so good) or PMD:EOS
GBA: Superstar Saga (Hoohoo Village ftw)
PC: Lisa or Undertale, although Fez and Hotline Miami have some good stuff too.

Pretty generic choices, but they're all so good :>

Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: SpartanChief17 on May 19, 2017, 09:31:46 PM
NDS: PMD: EoS
Xbox/360/One: Halo, Skyrim, Star Wars Battlefront II (the old one)
Wii: Super Mario Galaxy (the first one)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Latios212 on May 19, 2017, 09:52:01 PM
Ah gee this is hard. Here's some, excluding Smash games

NES: Kirby's Adventure (or Super Mario Bros. 3)
SNES: can't decide yet
N64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (or Super Mario 64)
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker?
Wii: Super Mario Galaxy (or Kirby's Epic Yarn)
Switch: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (surprise!)
Game Boy: Pokémon Red and Blue
Game Boy Color: Pokémon Gold and Silver
Game Boy Advance: Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
DS: Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
3DS: can't decide yet

I don't really play games on these systems but anyways
PlayStation: Chrono Cross
PC: Undertale

Wii U: Mario 3D World? Idk, nothing comes to mind
Wii U: Mario Kart 8 (but that was pretty good too)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: E. Gadd Industries on May 20, 2017, 12:39:49 AM
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3 (like everyone else)
SNES: Super Mario World
N64: Uhhhhh... Mario Kart 64
GB: Dr. Mario
GBA: Wario Land 4
GCN: A draw between Wario World & Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
DS: Pokémon DPPt
Wii: Draw between Kirby's Epic Yarn & Wario Land: Shake It! (Tomoya Tomita FTW!!!)
3DS: Draw between Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon & Mario Golf: World Tour
WiiU: Mario Kart 8
Switch: Super Mario Odyssey Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

As stated above, my favourite VGM composer is hands down Tomoya Tomita
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Latios212 on May 20, 2017, 12:41:37 AM
As stated above, my favourite VGM composer is hands down Tomoya Tomita
you are a man of good taste
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Yug_Guy on May 20, 2017, 01:38:53 AM
(http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/001/236/841/075.jpg)
FTFY
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Dudeman on May 20, 2017, 01:46:38 AM
Can I just take a moment to gush about some Mega Man soundtracks? Thanks.

My favorite GBA soundtrack is Mega Man Zero 4. Go listen to this, please. Incredible composition for the GBA's limited sound capabilities, emotion, awesome guitar; it ticks all my boxes. (the game's amazing too but that's not important right now)

I am not a Playstation fan by any means but Mega Man X4-X6 were PSX titles so they're the scope of my PSX soundtrack knowledge. X6, despite being a pretty messy and not good game, has a really great soundtrack with diverse instrumentation, mood, and tone, so go check that out if you're inclined.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: E. Gadd Industries on May 20, 2017, 01:47:24 AM
@Yug ._. But I don't like yogurt
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Yug_Guy on May 20, 2017, 01:49:11 AM
._. But I don't like yogurt
You had one job
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: MaestroUGC on May 20, 2017, 02:19:27 AM
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3, though The Legend of Zelda is a close second.
SNES: Donkey Kong Country, though the entire trilogy is fantastic.
N64: Banjo-Tooie, though anything written by Grant Kirkhope is a strong contender.
GCN: Pikmin
Wii: Super Mario Galaxy
Wii U: The Wonderful 101, though Super Mario 3D World is another close second.

GB: Despite having never played it, Pokémon RBY.
GBA: Wario Land 4
NDS: Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
3DS: Having played little of the library, I don't have a favorite, though I guess Super Mario 3D Land gets it default due to playtime.

Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Dreamcast: Sonic Adventure 2
XBOX 360: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
PS: Crash Bandicoot 2
PC: The Neverhood
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: LeviR.star on May 20, 2017, 02:54:41 AM
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3

Golly, this game sure has a popular soundtrack. I like it, too, of course.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: WaluigiTime64 on May 20, 2017, 03:07:37 AM
Can I just take a moment to gush about some Mega Man soundtracks? Thanks.
You didn't even so much as mention Mega Man 6. You failed.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Dudeman on May 20, 2017, 03:12:31 AM
Everyone knows about Classic. I wanted to shed some light on some later titles.

But yeah, 6 is bae. Even if Napalm Man is in 5.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: WaluigiTime64 on May 20, 2017, 03:18:05 AM
Even if Napalm Man is in 5.
That song is fairly good, but Staff Roll and Gravity Man Stage are better.

Honestly 5 and 3 are very close to 6.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Dekkadeci on May 20, 2017, 03:25:24 AM
This is going to be pretty biased because I don't listen to full OSTs that often (though I rank OSTs where I have non-fond memories of at least 1/3 of the soundtrack as middle-of-the-road unmemorable):
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Echo on May 20, 2017, 03:50:35 AM
My favorite GBA soundtrack is Mega Man Zero 4. Go listen to this, please. Incredible composition for the GBA's limited sound capabilities, emotion, awesome guitar; it ticks all my boxes.

Or even better, just skip the limited sound capabilities altogether by listening to the remastered soundtracks.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Dudeman on May 20, 2017, 03:54:40 AM
Or even better, just skip the limited sound capabilities altogether by listening to the remastered soundtracks.
I THOUGHT NOBODY WOULD KNOW OH MY GOD
THANK YOU ECHO
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: SlowPokemon on May 20, 2017, 04:01:00 AM
A few more:

Game Boy: Pokémon Red and Blue is the real choice, but just to mention another that's not been mentioned unless I'm mistaken, Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. Your love for this soundtrack depends on your opinion of Totaka's main theme that he arranges about seven hundred times for the game. I love it.
Favorite track: I guess "Lavender Town" (Pokémon Red and Blue); "Athletic" (Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins).

Game Boy Color: Pokémon Gold and Silver. There's no better entirely 8-bit soundtrack out there.
Favorite track: I can't just pick a favorite Gold and Silver track, but two that I love are "Battle! (Gym Leader--Johto Version)" because of its killer intro; and "Battle! (Gym Leader--Kanto Version)" because of how effectively it remixes the Red/Blue track despite also being 8-bit.

Game Boy Advance: yeah, gotta go with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, though the Ace Attorney trilogy comes really close.
Favorite track: Again, I can't even narrow it down, but two that I really love are "Sootopolis City" and "Ending Theme." I can't even pinpoint why exactly, but Ruby was my first big game I fell in love with, so that's something.

Nintendo DS: I'm not claiming it's the best, but my favorite is absolutely Professor Layton and the Curious Village. It's dear to my heart for reasons beyond logic. A couple obscure ones that people might not otherwise be compelled to check out are Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and its sequel, Last Window: The Secret of Cape West. Lots of cool vintage jazz sound in these games.
Favorite track: "Professor Layton's Theme" (Professor Layton and the Curious Village); literally the whole soundtrack but in particular "Easy Feeling," "Slow Steps," "The Last Sleep," and "So Noted" (Hotel Dusk: Room 215).

Nintendo 3DS: It's a tricky one to narrow down because virtually every game Nintendo releases for 3DS has a stellar soundtrack. One that I don't believe any has mentioned is Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. I gush about this score a lot, because it's the most perfect soundtrack ever made in terms of complementing the game it appears in. It's a basically flawless work of art and taps into why I used to get excited about video game music before I was jaded by contemporary studies.
Favorite track: A really killer track is "The Law of Pajamaja." Really all of the area themes are incredible but that one just unfailingly makes me smile. Shimomura has the best knack for melody of any game composer out there, and her skills are on full display in this game.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: 607 on May 20, 2017, 09:37:23 AM
Well, I've got things to listen to for a while!! :P
Thanks, guys, I didn't expect to get this many replies! :)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: BlueStone on May 20, 2017, 11:26:02 PM
NES: Mother/EarthBound
GB: Zelda - Link's Awakening
SNES: Too many great soundtracks to choose only one.
N64: Zelda - Ocarina of Time or Kirby 64
GBA: Fire Emblem
GameCube: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Highly recommended if you haven't heard it before.)
Dreamcast: Skies of Arcadia (Great orchestration)
PS1: Chrono Cross (Unbelievable MIDI quality)
3DS: Fire Emblem Awakening (Incredible MIDI quality)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: LeviR.star on May 21, 2017, 01:01:29 AM
Kirby 64

Ah! An excellent choice. Kirby 64's soundtrack is like Dream Land 3's, but better.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Maelstrom on May 21, 2017, 03:48:41 AM
Chrono Cross and FE: Awakening weren't midis.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: cashwarrior1 on May 21, 2017, 01:16:50 PM
Just a small top 5:

5: Phoenotopia (A flash game that is amazing!)
4: Minecraft (specifically the xbox DLCs, those songs are outstanding)
3: Sonic (I can't decide between 1, 2, and 3)
2: Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
1: Kid Icarus Uprising
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Static on May 21, 2017, 06:34:04 PM
NES: Kirby's Adventure
SNES: Chrono Trigger (though Mario RPG is really close)
N64: Paper Mario
GC: Animal Crossing
Wii: Kirby's Epic Yarn
Wii U: Mario Kart 8

I didn't list any handhelds bc while I certainly like many handheld OSTs, none of them really have stuck out that much to me. It's probably because I spend more of my time playing console games lol. As far as PC goes, there's really too much to narrow it down to one, though if I did, I'd probably go with the entire Touhou series OST lol.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: AmpharosAndy on May 21, 2017, 07:57:25 PM
I made a draft but it's almost entirely pokemon, which isn't really a contribution haha
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: BlueStone on May 23, 2017, 01:22:04 AM
Chrono Cross and FE: Awakening weren't midis.

They were, they just used great sounding samples. Some of the tracks weren't MIDI but the majority of them were.

EDIT: Clarification, although it may not use the MIDI format I meant it used MIDI-like sequenced music.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Maelstrom on May 23, 2017, 04:13:22 AM
The guitar in Scars of Time and Radical Dreamers was from a live recording, as well as the vocals for the ending theme. I was pretty sure FE Awakening had some live stuff, but I can't find a record of that anywhere.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: daj on May 24, 2017, 03:38:30 AM
Alright, I thought I'd do this. ^^ I've mainly played handhelds though, so I don't really know that much about the PS and NES platforms. :p

GBC: Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal
"Surf", "Violet City", "Azealea Town", and all the awesome battle themes...need I say more? There was no competition here xD

GBA: Zelda: The Minish Cap
Eeyup, I don't think it is RSE. RSE will hold a place in my heart very dear to me, but when it comes to the quality of compositions and the sounds, this game just beats it in every way possible except melodic intricacy. "Cloud Tops" is absolutely frikkin majestic, and you didn't think a track like that could fit into a device barely able to fit in your palm. Then again, it was released towards the end of the GBA era, soo...

DS: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum
This OST is just insane haha. The game was pretty awesome, but this soundtrack got young me interested in VGM and all the technical bits behind it. So this is a definite one. I think BW was a very close second though ^^

3DS: Fire Emblem Fates? xD
How has no one mentioned this game yet? xD I haven't played the game, but oh my god this soundtrack is legendary. I've seen the way the music just seamlessly transitions during battle, i've listened reaaaally closely to those dense orchestral tracks, and every time I listen harder, it gets more rewarding. Plus, "Lost in Thoughts All Alone" is in it. PSMD is a pretty close second.

SNES: Chrono Trigger
I kinda liked the Earthbound OST, I really loved the FFVI OST, I kinda enjoyed most of the rest (FE4 ahaha welp)...but when it comes to the sheer depth of ideas and creativity, nothing beats Chrono Trigger. Sure the sounds weren't fantastic - FFVI was much cleaner, but dang. There's just so much melodic development in Chrono Trigger. And it's awesome :)

Nintendo Wii: SMG1
Yeah, okay. SMG2 was kickass as well, but it didn't have melodies as awe-inspiring as "Gusty Garden Galaxy" and "Good Egg Galaxy". This game's soundtrack broke the market for the next generation of games, setting the benchmark so high that even right now, I don't think I've found an OST as expansive and amazing as this one.

PS1/PS2: Kingdom Hearts? :p
Wait, does no one else adore the KH soundtrack here? xD It's diverse, memorable, and perhaps just slightly overdone when it comes to recurring melodic ideas. But those harmonies are beautiful, those soundscapes are beautiful, and I think no other game uses a piano better less Eternal Sonata. Chrono Cross is pretty awesome too though, i will admit ^^

PS3: Gears of War 3? xD
I'm not sure how many people play shooters and love them here...but this game really nailed its music hard. Not just the "Mad World" reduction when the saddest part of the story hits - the main theme is orchestrated into a brilliant fanfare of horns, the choirs sound like they're coming for your soul...it's amazing. I don't think the soundtrack works that well in isolation from the game, but it's still really well done :)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: BlueStone on May 24, 2017, 11:06:20 PM
Perhaps you're surprised Fire Emblem Fates soundtrack hasn't been mentioned because you haven't played the game, lol. I can't speak for others but I'm a bit biased against it myself because having played the game I found the game itself a bit boring and characters shallow compared to others in the series. I hear great things about Echoes though and am looking forward to hearing how they arranged FE Gaiden's OST for that one. Although, would that then count it as a 3DS or an NES game OST on these lists? lol
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: Latios212 on May 24, 2017, 11:21:04 PM
...but this topic is about the soundtracks, not the games lol. There's no denying great music; Fates is definitely one of the contenders for my favorite 3DS soundtrack. (Yes, I've played it.)
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: 607 on July 15, 2017, 09:16:17 AM
I did not forget about this topic! In fact, I'm going through all the posts, and listening the soundtracks I haven't heard yet.
I started with BlackDragonSlayer's post which took weeks but was very enjoyable!
I'm really tired right now, so I might change some of these later, but this is what I can remember off the top of my head. I'll probably finish adding stuff in within the next couple of days. A lot of these also end up being my favorite games by platform as well, though there are some exceptions.

The Guardian Legend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyfSdJ0a1w4)
This game is a very interesting game, even if it's not perfect, it does a lot of interesting things I think could make for a very amazing game if they were refined (not that it's a bad game at all in its current state, let me make clear). Although I'd normally just go for a more "conventional" pick, I've found myself warming up to the soundtrack, especially as I myself have composed several tracks in the style of and/or greatly influenced by this game's soundtrack (and ones I'm still very proud of!).
It's been a while since I listened to this one, so I don't fully remember it, but I do think I enjoyed it!

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Majora's Mask (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhRImdUT06Y)
While I'm not really as much of a fan of Majora's Mask overall, one thing it probably does better than Ocarina of Time (coughoneoftheonlythingscough) is the soundtrack. It generally has a much more menacing and atmospheric feel overall, and the Boss Battle theme is still probably one of my favorite video game songs of all time.
I've listened to Majora's Mask before, and it's a great soundtrack for sure! It reuses quite some themes from Ocarina of Time, but that's no wonder, considering the short development time.

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Metroid II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIhOVLYFp3Q)
One of the most underappreciated Metroid games (and the one most in need of a remake), but it definitely doesn't lack in its soundtrack. Although a little bit seemingly overly cheery at times, the darker, more atmospheric parts of this soundtrack are what makes it appeal to me so much. Plus, the main tunnels theme itself it amazing.
I didn't really get this soundtrack. I think it probably works better if you're actually playing the game, instead of listening to the themes without context. Most pieces sounded mostly like arbitrary noises.

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Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-UUtff_ZTQ)

Best Pokemon games. 'Nuff said.
Now this was very enjoyable! I've listened to the soundtrack of Pokémon Red & Blue a few times (and have got Pokémon Blue myself), but many of these themes I hadn't heard yet! It's a lovely soundtrack, though! I also like the reimaginations of the original town themes in the Kanto region.
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Wario Land 4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOcP6hmPjM4)
Though this is one of the GBA games that doesn't seem to get as much attention compared to others, Wario Land 4 is really an amazing game (and it uses the same engine as Metroid Fusion; pretty cool, huh?). Its soundtrack is also super great, super fun, and super weird as well. Definitely the best Wario Land game; can't wait until WarioWare stops being a thing (I mean, it's not BAD, just not a good use of Wario's potential).
I've listened to Wario Land 4 some times before, but mostly heard it while playing the game. Wario Land 4 is pretty much flawless in all regards, and the music definitely is too. It's just full of masterpieces.
If only someone would pick up Wario Land... (Retro Studios? WayForward?)

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Final Fantasy VII (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlfGch8mGhg)
Let's be honest, a Final Fantasy game being on here shouldn't be surprising at all. I have played this game since my childhood, and its soundtrack is one of the most amazing out there, even being a standout among Final Fantasy soundtracks. Everything works so well and just makes the game all that more amazing.
I had heard a lot about this soundtrack before and came across some covers, but I had never taken the time to listen to the (quite long) soundtrack in its entirety. I'm glad I did now, though! It is truly amazing! I was very impressed, and enjoyed all of it.
Meanwhile, I also caught about half of the FFVII run at SGDQ 2017, so I know a bit more about the game now as well!
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LittleBigPlanet 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATqcvIAzOnI&list=PL0DEF1F9089CD1308)
Both of the first two LBP games are full of great songs; what I like so much about this OST is that it's a mix or original songs and songs lifted from other places, which really helps to further the whole "mishmash" feel of the game. It's hard to pick a favorite of the two, but overall, I'd say the second one, overall, has a more consistent soundtrack, with standouts like A Fifth of Beethoven, Sleepyhead, Ghosts, The Factory Of A Better Tomorrow Theme, and so many others (like Ballet Shoes a.k.a. You Look So Pretty, which was in the adventure trailer but NOT IN THE ACTUAL GAMEEEEE).
I didn't particularly enjoy this soundtrack. It's too much of a potpourri for me. Most songs don't fit together at all, and many don't seem to be originals either. It might work in the game (I've never played it), but there were very few times while listening to this soundtrack that I thought "Hm, this is good!".
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Axiom Verge (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0kSc8hHzAM)
I have soooo many good things to say about Axiom Verge. It's a great game, and you can tell how much effort was put into the soundtrack to really nail the atmosphere. From the beginning, it draws you in to this mysterious, unique world. I could write a whole ARTICLE on Axiom Verge; it's so great because it's so much like Metroid but also SO MUCH NOT LIKE METROID! FSFSFWFQFFWS.
Very interesting and cool! I hadn't heard anything in this style before, but I really enjoyed the soundtrack.

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Mega Turrican (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70DLsXjGE4I)
Mega Turrican. MEGA TURRICAN. I cannot express how much I truly love this soundtrack. I mean it. It's probably grown to be my favorite video game soundtrack of all time. Everything about it is so amazing and perfect and I just love it. The cheap, "poppy" sound gurgled out by the pushed-to-the-absolute-limits sound card of the Genesis (bless you yamaha ym2612, you did your duty) just gives the music such a FEEEEEEEEL to it that can't be replicated or topped even by objectively superior sound quality (see: Super Turrican for the SNES). The Opening Theme is so amazing and it's awesome and it hypes you up so much for the game and fufweuifeuifeiheuf. Stage 1-1 theme is so absolutely impeccable and it is definitely by far the best "first stage" theme OF ALL TIME (I will FIGHT you if you say otherwise), and the rest of the soundtrack is just SO SOLID THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING THINGS IN IT; I AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA... CAN'T EVEN AAAAAAAAAAAA...
That was awesome. A really solid soundtrack, and incredibly fun to listen to. I really enjoyed that! :)

Onto the next post! Which is quite a bit shorter, containing only three soundtracks, of which I'm already well acquainted with one.
Title: Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
Post by: AmpharosAndy on July 15, 2017, 10:30:32 AM
PS3: Gears of War 3?
My favourite xbox exclusive PS3 game XD

Gears 1 had the best soundtrack of the series imo. My list is pretty much the same as yours so there's not much point in posting it.