Mickey Mouse: Memorabilia. Is it really that unsettling?

So,

it’s September. It’s the time when children go back to school and parents sigh as they have to drag themselves out of bed to make sure their children actually do go back to school. For me, someone who doesn’t go to school anymore, this isn’t the case. However, I do still drag myself out of bed at least before 9am every morning to keep me sane. Or sane enough anyway.

Speaking of sane, playing video games helps me not to get too bored with the amount of free time I have. There have been a handful of games I have been playing recently, one of them being Epic Mickey 2the sequel to Epic Mickey (if you didn’t figure that out yourself already).

Epic Mickey 2 to me felt like a polished up version of Epic Mickey, but this is probably because I played the sequel on the PS3 rather than the Wii, which is the platform I played the first game on. I must admit the second game was quite a bit easier, and I had many flashbacks to the last levels of the first game where I died and fell off things more than I wanted to.

But anyway, the games are pretty darn good. They both have fairly decent and positive reviews and even though tedious at points, the gameplay was fun to me personally. The style of the games is what’s number one though. Broken dolls, robotic Disney characters, and levels with lava? I really can’t get enough of that creepy Disney atmosphere, and the concept art is even better (credit to Shawn Melchor for picture number one and Kevin T. Chin for picture number two. It’s such amazing work! I could browse through this stuff all day-.
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Something tells me that Pinocchio still isn’t feeling like a real boy…
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I think the shrinking potion would’ve been more useful to you there, Alice…

Talking about creepy though, there are certainly a handful of Mickey Mouse trinkets, toys and the like spread across the Universe, and eBay. I for one would love to have a shelf dedicated to Mickey Mouse, for some reason I just love that cartoony rodent.
Mickey Mouse definitely has a rather disturbing history in terms of the merchandise that was released, and if you have seen some of the Haloween costumes from circa 1930, you’ll also probably have a good idea about what I’m talking about.
But let’s have a browse over some of the items that used to be in circulation, which will probably give you nightmares more than anything.

Honestly, what even is this? Sure, it’s from the 1930s, but it looks like something that’s come straight home from a drunk boxing match, and it really is rather unsettling.
The problem is that there are so many of them. You can search ‘mickey mouse 1930 doll’ on eBay and get pages and pages of fairly expensive results.

I mean, I don’t know why you’d want to, but if you did want to make some of these yourself, then here is a retro vintage sewing pattern you can buy (don’t say this blog never helped you).
If you’re not really wanting to make them, then you can always go and visit The Walt Disney Family Museum which has its own collection of the 1920s and 30s Mickey Mouse memorabilia. This time was when character merchandising became a novelty, and Mickey Mouse, in particular, became a craze.

If you want to see more about the weird and wonderful merchandising of this particular era, then give it an internet search! There are definitely plenty of disturbing Google results waiting for you, and with Halloween next month, you might as well prepare.

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Mickey Mouse himself has starred in a number of films, video games and probably many many other things that we surprisingly wouldn’t know about it we didn’t research. Of course, Mickey Mouse’s Debut was Steamboat Willie, and to me, this is one of my favourite versions of Mickey Mouse. Even though I still love him now, the vintage look is actually kind of dark and perhaps not so much for kids as you would have initially thought. Then, in 1984, Mickey Mouse made his first video game debut on Game & Watch systems. I don’t have much of an interest in Game & Watch games as of now, but I can’t wait to try and collect a bunch of Mickey Mouse-y items to show off to, well, myself.

To finish off with, here is a picture of the great Walt Disney surrounded by an original set of plush dolls at Disneyland opening day in 1955. Wow, such history! And Disney history at that.

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So, all in all,if you’re interested in a more modern Mickey Mouse game, with a great style and pretty fun gameplay and lots of co-op action if you really want, then I recommend Epic Mickey 2. Of course, I’ll be playing, watching, collecting and exploring other Mickey Mouse titles in the near future, and if you have any recommendations, then please comment them down below!

Thank you for reading! – Hannah. 

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The Beaten Diaries #7: History of Classes in Fantasy

APRIL ISSUE: POST #31

I am so excited to be writing this 7th Beaten Diaries post because I’m finally going to be talking about Fantasy LifeFantasy Life is somewhat nostalgic to me already, even though I only played it at the end of 2016 (okay, time goes too fast. Maybe it should be nostalgic to me already). I don’t own the game as of now, and I would really love a physical copy because it is so CUTE and I want it on my shelf so it can flourish.

The game itself is a fantastic 3DS title, developed by Level-5 and released back in 2012 in Japan and then in 2014 for the rest of the world (why they made us wait and tortured us I have no idea). The game is set in the world of Reveria, which has green forests, tall mountains, sparkling rivers and bustling cities. However, this peaceful land is disturbed when a meteorite falls into the player’s house (which is pretty unfortunate I must say), and then there’s a bunch of stuff about the prophecy and the moon. So, naturally, from the King himself, you are told to go and investigate!

The great thing about this game is that you don’t just have to be a warrior or a fighter and go and kill a bunch of enemies and repeat that forever. You can be given a bunch of various tasks depending on your class, including fishing (no, this isn’t Final Fantasy 15). You can choose from 12 classes at the beginning of the game, and I’m going to give you an overview of them and a little history about those roles in real life.

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Let’s begin with the Combat classes, which consists of the Paladin, Mercenary, Hunter, and Magician. I, as always, went for the magician first for my play-through. All these classes are great in combat and you can collect armor and powerful weapons as you progress.

Paladin So primarily, a Paladin is a military leader, or a knight, who wields a big weapon and can perform magic, such as healing and protection. The term comes from the roman word Palatine, which basically means a government official. After the fall of Rome, the King Charlemagne took over most of Europe, and tried to bring back the Roman Empire. There were 12 high-ranking warriors that served this King, and they were called his Palatines (or Paladins), which were very loyal and devoted. Fantasy paladins in general are special, righteous warriors or holy knights that follow their beliefs and leaders. The Paladin in Fantasy Life can hold a longsword and a shield. I don’t usually play as a warrior or a knight in games, but the Paladin in this game seems pretty fun to me, and I like bashing people with shields.

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Mercenary In history, mercenaries are professional soldiers who are hired to fight, and usually, fight for money rather than their beliefs or political reasons (I don’t blame them). They are usually not part of a regular army or force. Some records in history of using mercenaries in battle dates back to Ancient Egypt, where Pharaoh Ramesses II used 11,000 of them during his battles (the more the merrier I’m sure). The mercenary in Fantasy Life uses two-handed swords and inflicts a lot of damage, which makes them different to the Paladins. Mercenaries seem fun to play as, as you can throw your two swords around and chop people up (I can’t really say that without sounding like a psychopath though).

Hunter There isn’t really much to say about hunters. Hunters are hunters. They hunt things. It is a pretty cool class though since you use a bow and arrow as a weapon, and that’s pretty satisfying. You can inflict status effects such as paralysis and poison on enemies, all whilst keeping at a far and therefore safe distance. I think if I was in a fantasy world, I’d prefer to hide up in the trees and use bows and arrows from a distance. I don’t really want to come face-to-face with anything sharp.

Magician It’s hard to kind of sum up the history of magic. The term magic derives from the Greek work Mageia, and back during the medieval times, a wizard or magician was seen as a wise old man who served as a mentor, which can be backed up by the character Dumbledore from Harry Potter (also, I’m sure a long majestic beard is part of it). Of course, all throughout history there have been mages, wizards, witches, sorcerers, archmages, enchanters- it’s such a big topic to explore. In Fantasy Life, I very contently played as a magician. In the game, you can collect spirits such as water, air, earth and fire in your staff and use them to heal or attack. I always play as a mage when I play games. Perhaps I just like brandishing a staff.

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Now we’re moving onto the Gatherer classes, which consists of the woodcutter, miner, and angler. These classes, well, focus on gathering, believe it or not. There are many items to collect in Fantasy Life, and if you enjoy this activity, then one of these classes is for you (and if you have a particular interest for wood, ore or fish, then the choice will be made even easier!)

Woodcutter A woodcutter, otherwise known as a lumberjack, are workers in the logging industry who harvest wood. Lots and lots of wood. Back in history, the work a lumberjack had to do was actually pretty dangerous, and rather unfortunately low-paying too (I know I’d want more money if there was a chance I’d be crushed by a tree). The term comes from Canada back in 1831, and lumberjacks primarily worked in camps and lived in bunkhouses or tents, where they would have their trusty axes and saws beside them (while they slept too? I hope not). The Woodcutter role in Fantasy Life is pretty cool if you like this sort of thing. You can run around and cut trees, and, well, cut more trees! Actually it is pretty satisfying so I recommend you give it a shot.

Miner A miner is someone who extracts coal, ore and other minerals. The term can be for someone who works directly with rock faces or someone who works within a mine, usually below ground. Mining is even more dangerous than woodcutting, and there have been many catastrophes and injuries, even though the role has been around for centuries. Since the beginning of civilisation, we have gathered ceramics and metals, which were used to make tools around the world. Nowadays we use mining to gather coal, lead, copper, and iron. In the game, the miner’s role is to also mine materials, such as minerals and ore, from rocks with a pickaxe, whilst also using a dagger as a weapon if needed. Again, it’s pretty satisfying.

Angler I really like fishing in this game. It reminds me of games such as Animal Crossing where it’s pretty relaxing, and there’s nice background music to go with it too. Of course, you use a fishing rod, and like the miner, you use a dagger if you need to attack. There are plenty of fish to catch, so you can spend a lot of time doing so if you wish. Fishing is old. Very old. Some practices of fishing date back at least 40,000 years, but I think we’ve improved our equipment since then unless we still use fish hooks made from bone.

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Last, but certainly not least, are the Crafting classesThere are a staggering five classes to choose from here! This includes a cook, tailor, blacksmith, alchemist and carpenter. If you want to become any of those in real life, then it’s time to get some practice in virtually.

Cook Everyone knows what cooking is, I think. Preparing food for consumption. Oh, how us humans do love our food. Of course, the way we eat food keeps changing drastically. I for one, am a vegan, but I did grow up consuming a lot of dairy and meat products. There is evidence that shows that humans had control of fire one million years ago, so it does seem likely that cooking came about millions of years ago too (although the image of humans that long ago trying to figure out fire makes me laugh, and also makes me slightly nervous). Of course, fast forwarding through time, the Industrial Revolution brought the standardisation of food, where factories quickly canned and packaged a range of foods for consuming. In the 1920s, cafeterias and fast food restaurants emerged (much to our joy). It’s pretty adorable to cook in Fantasy Life though, where you have your little frying pan and workstation and ingredients. You have to stir, chop and fry! So if you’re looking to be a cook in real life, at least you’ll improve those three aspects quickly.

Tailor Aaah! Needles! No, not that sort of needle. There is no doctor class here, instead, you use your needle to sew and thread. In the game, you can make clothes, accessories, and furniture, which you can place neatly in one of your many homes. It’s noted that there were tailors back in the thirteenth century, but it didn’t take its modern turn until the late eighteenth century, and clothes were made from materials such as wool, silk or linen. Of course, everyone must look smart, and when they need to look smart, they go to a tailor. I like imagining the suits being made and pressed ready for a spiffing young fellow to take home.

Blacksmith Grr, weapons! Lots of hammers and swords and armor and daggers! Who doesn’t love some pointy things?! But anyway, using your hammer, you can craft a multitude of things in the game, which is really useful, to be honest. I for one could never be a blacksmith in real life, all that forging and bending and cutting and using fire- I’m sure I would kill someone (before I killed myself). There are many blacksmiths in mythology, including Hindu, Greek, Germanic, and Celtic mythology, who would probably construct lots of tools and weapons for Gods of some sort, or beautiful gold rings and glistening gems. Nowadays, there is a fluctuating interest in blacksmithing, but making and repairing iron and steel tools for people is still in practice (I for one just hope they do that without accidentally killing anything).

Alchemist Come on, Alchemists are just as cool to me as magicians are! Using flasks and materials, you can make bombs, accessories or medicine, and explosions! Okay, maybe not the last one, on purpose anyway. I could probably read a whole book on alchemy, and I probably will at some point, because right now, I really don’t know where to start. For places all over the world, there are many different ways that alchemy was introduced and then put into practice. It is said that alchemy was born in Ancient Egypt though, as the Egyptians believed in life after death, and their chemical knowledge rose because of it. Greeks than became interested in the Egyptian studies of alchemy, and viewed matter as the combination of fire, earth, air, and water, which definitely rings a few bells in modern fantasy-based media.

Carpenter Time to bring out the mighty saw and make all the tools, furniture and weapons in the game! Whoo! Anyway, the word carpentry comes from the French ‘Charpentier’ which means carriage maker, and carpentry itself is one of the oldest skills that is still used today. Some of the oldest surviving examples of carpentry are the Nanchan Temple in China and the Greensted Church, in my good ol’ home country, England (how it has parts surviving from the 11th century though I have no idea. Carpenters must’ve been incredibly skilled, or it was magic. I say it was magic). By the 16th century there were sawmills and later, the Industrial Revolution brought steam engines and other processes that made carpentry what it is today. I think I might shed a tear…

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So there we have it! A pretty wordy post, but it was interesting to me and I hope at least some of it is interesting to you too. It’s crazy how much history there is in this world, and how certain roles in life started from literally nothing. Video gaming stuff included. I really recommend Fantasy Life though, even if you don’t have a 2DS or a 3DS. Get it anyway. Just love the box. And the cartridge. I promise you, it’s worth it.

Thank you and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

3 Game Magazines you Should Know About! (if you’re British)

APRIL ISSUE: POST #17

Who doesn’t love words on shiny paper? I know I do. I thoroughly enjoy flipping through each page and checking out the layouts and different topics and articles in front of me. The only reason I don’t buy them now is because they are kind of expensive. Of course, I want to support creators of magazines, but I don’t have the money to do so. If I had it my way, I would stand in a shop for hours just flicking through them all and scanning each page into my brain like a machine. If I was rich, however, I’d take baths in magazines no doubt.

When I was younger I was actually subscribed to quite a lot (Top Gear and The Magical World of Roald Dahl included), and I would get a new and different one every so often if my parents allowed me to. Even though I was a kid who read a lot, magazines inspired me to read even more, and I think they also improved my humour (I’d be so lucky).

But anyway, here are three magazines that shaped me into the nerd that I am today!

Official Nintendo Magazine (ONM)
Editor: Matthew Castle
Company: Future pic

This was a magazine I was subscribed to. I have a huge stack on the bottom of my gaming shelf still, and I really need to pick them up and go through them sometime soon. The best thing about ONM was the little gifts that came with the issues. Those were my favourite, and I remember getting calenders, stickers, and lots of posters (I received so many posters that I actually wanted to request that they send me more wall space).

I remember receiving my first issue years before I was actually subscribed to them. My first issue had Animal Crossing on the cover, which I was very excited about. It was Issue 33 from 2008. I have no idea what made me rediscover them so long after, probably because I realised my love for video gaming, or I just wanted the extra gifts.

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ONM ran from February 2006 to October 2014. They covered all things Nintendo, and I also remember listening to their podcasts from time to time (I certainly remember Editor Chris Scullion and his Scottishness). I really looked forward to receiving my issue every month, and I remember even taking magazines out with me as a measly 12-year-old who tended to skip over lots of articles just to browse through the pictures instead.

Oh, and the coolest thing. If you have a lot of the issues and put them all together, then the Nintendo logo and Marios face appears along the spines to form one long picture. I was fascinated when I realised that this was a thing, and proceded to tell all of my non-gamer family and friends about it.

Before now, I had never looked up any sort of history with the magazine, and it’s actually pretty interesting (to me anyway). A long time ago, a magazine called Mean Machines split into two, meaning that a magazine for Nintendo and a magazine for Sega was made. The first Nintendo magazine, named Nintendo Magazine System was released in October 1992, and went through quite a few name changes before settling on Nintendo Official Magazine UK, just before their publisher changed to Future pic. This is when ONM was born, starting off completely fresh. It would definitely take a while to find all the issues I’m missing, as it reached its 100th issue a year before they discontinued.

Maybe one day I’ll find the issues I’m missing and try to get a complete collection.

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Official UK PlayStation Magazine
Editors: Tim Clark, Ben Wilson, Matthew Pellett, Ian Dean (current)
Company: Future Publishing

I. want. more. of. these. in. my. collection.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest, yes, I love this magazine too. Considering that I was into PlayStation just as much as I was into Nintendo, I’m surprised that I didn’t pick up more of these.

This magazine has followed a lot of news and events, the first magazine series containing information about the original PlayStationbefore they moved onto issues about the PlayStation 2 and then, now, it’s all about the PS3 and PS4I currently own only about five magazines in total, three being original PlayStation issues, and the last couple being the more recent, PS3 and PS4 issues. My life goal is certainly to own more, and I do search for them whenever I go to car boots or charity shops. I just hope one day I can be so lucky and someone wants to sell their whole collection for a pound.

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The Official UK PlayStation Magazine released its first issue in November 1995 and ran all the way to March 2004, reaching a grand total of 108 issues. The first game to ever be reviewed was Wipeout, which is coincidentally one of my husband’s favourite games, so hopefully, I can find that first issue one day.

Not surprisingly, this magazine was one of the best selling magazines in the worldIt just makes me sad that I didn’t get as many as I should’ve done. I would love to flip back through and discover hidden gems and look at all those old advertisements. Also, honestly, I LOVE the old magazine style and formats. If I ever make a video game magazine, I’d definitely go for a retro style because come on, those page designs were badass.

Moving on, next was the Official UK PlayStation 2 magazine, which launched in December 2000 as a sequel publication.

However, the best thing about these magazines were the DEMO discs. My Dad kept more of the DEMO discs than the magazines, which shows how much people just get the magazines for the extra stuff, but I’m happy that he did that at least. They were pretty cool, and I remember trying out a bunch of games (more than once. You know, just to really get a feel for them). In conclusion, though, magazines were the bomb back in the day.

Which brings me to the present-day with the PlayStation Magazine, which started in Winter 2006. I think it’s still going pretty strong. It covers all things PlayStation, including the underloved PS VITA. I just hope this magazine will continue on for years to come.

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Nintendo Gamer
Editors: Mark Green, Nick Ellis, Martin Kitts, Charlotte Martyn, Matthew Castle
Company: Future pic

And lastly, back to Nintendo again! Oh look, it’s that name Matthew Castle again too!

Let’s just mention and praise Matthew Castle a bit, he’s written quite a few articles and is currently the editor for the Official Xbox Magazine (apologies for not writing about Xbox much, I don’t hate it I promise.) He’s provided the UK with a lot of gaming content, and I think he deserves to be awarded a Wikipedia page.

Moving on though, I do have a couple of issues of NGamer in my stack, and it really wasn’t too bad of a magazine. It is the successor to the N64 Magazine(which ran from 1997 to 2006) and was first named Super Play back in 1992 to 1996 and then lastly renamed to NGamer from 2006 to 2012.

I didn’t actually realise that the magazine finished that long ago. I didn’t really follow it at all and I remember it being quite less popular than the aforementioned ONM and PlayStation magazines (if my memory serves me correctly), but again, it wasn’t a bad magazine in the slightest, it just had a lot of competition. It naturally covered the world of Nintendofollowing releases on the DS, Gamecube, GBA and later the Wii and the 3DS.

This magazine actually had a few novelty scoring systems and recurring jokes and themes, which I for one think is genius. If I had a whole team of people, I’m sure I’d make them do funny things for the sake of mixing comedy and publishing together.

So, to sum it all up, magazines are awesome. That’s just an insight to what kind of publications you can find in the UK, but there really are lots to choose from. There’s a lot of reading and fun to be had, no matter what your age.

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Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Gamer Journies #1 ft. My First Haul!

APRIL ISSUE: POST #12

Wow, didn’t think I’d be starting this series so soon, but considering that I went to a car boot sale yesterday and managed to snag some interesting items, I couldn’t say no to showing them off.

So, bright and early at 7am, my Dad and I set off on the half an hour journey towards the sale, which we have been checking out every now and then for a couple of years. It’s one of those ones where lots of people set up their wonky tables on muddy grass and bring their whole living room with them to sell. So, naturally, there were quite a few gaming items scattered about too.

It was also very foggy.

As you can see, I tried to be secretive while taking pictures, and after a while, I got so lost in searching for things that I didn’t really take many at all.

But anyway, this one dude had a bunch of awesome gaming related items, so I awkwardly stood there and looked at him until I managed to say the words ‘how much is this?’ and ‘what is it?’

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This picture was taken after I took everything (purchased, not stolen, obviously).
I actually went back this stall a few times, just because I was so intrigued by what was there. The guy was so nice and he said I could have whatever I wanted, within reason, for ten pounds. I nearly fainted. But I composed myself and leaped at the opportunity.

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Then there were a bunch of other stalls too. This one dude had a huuuuuuge row of games (see image) and I was gobsmacked. I stood there browsing the games for so long that I think the seller was starting to get freaked out. But I bought two PS2 games from him and he wished me on my merry way (probably to his relief).

So, now that I’ve explained to you the main events of the day, I think I’ll move swiftly on to the haul itself and show you what I picked up.

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I got these three games because, well, I guess I was in a Disney and Sega mood. (Actually, I wanted the Cars game for a long time, and I had no idea that Disney Golf even existed. So these were great buys in my opinion.)
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There brought home so much stuff in this bag, and the bag was a haul item too!
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Dishonored 2 heart stress toy thing. Well, this can go right beside my sonic stress toy on one of my shelves (I’m a stressy person, okay.)
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These are only the steel tin cases, not the games, but he threw them in for me anyway, and I think they’re pretty cool!

 

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Couldn’t have been happier when he allowed me to have his Luigi figurine too!!
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Look at that shiny nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some neat little bits and bobs! You just can’t go wrong.

 

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A lanyard! I always thought these types of things were interesting. As of now, it’s hangin’ with me in my room.

 

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The exclusive Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Print! Super stoked to have this. The guy didn’t want to let it go, but I’m super happy that he let me include it. Gamers are the best (well, this proves they can be).

 

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Finally, I couldn’t believe he let me have this Horizon Zero Dawn collectors edition guide too! Aah, it’s so beautiful.

So, there we have it! I feel truly lucky and grateful. It’s hard to stumble upon such great bargains sometimes, and as a cheapskate, it’s hard for me to say yes. But the people I managed to talk to really were nice and they totally deserved my money, and I can’t wait for more chances to try and bring home some great deals to share.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

 

 

Music Spotlight #1: Ryo Nagamatsu

APRIL ISSUE: POST #6

You really can’t go wrong with Mario Kart, no matter what version you play or platform you enjoy it on, there’s always that same competitive feeling every time, and honestly, I think the music makes it all that much more exciting.

I played a lot of Mario Kart growing up, mainly the Wii and DS versions, and I loved them to bits. I even went as far as obtaining a generic wheel I could give to my friends and family, so they could join me while I used the official wheel that came in the box. Ha! I thought, ‘nobody is going to beat me with the pathetic version of my exquisite steering device!’ Oh, how I was big-headed. 

Anyway, following on from my earlier post, I would like to keep the ‘Japanese people’ theme going so I would like to introduce you to Ryo Nagamatsuwho composed tracks for Mario Kart Wii along with Asuka Hayazaki. Ryo Nagamatsu has also worked on games such as New Super Mario Bros Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2. 

Name: Ryo Nagamatsu 永松亮
Nationality: Japanese 

Disclaimer: All music belongs to Nintendo. 
Thank you mainly to this channel for having so many soundtracks!

Here are some of my favourite tracks that he has composed and arranged.

Moo Moo Meadows – this music makes me so HAPPY. This actually has a sort of Irish-theme to it, and since I grew up around quite a bit of folk and Irish music, this is even more enjoyable to me. It’s a fantastic fit for a cute racing game, especially for a track where you’re driving on a farm, surrounded by cows. It’s not like you get to do that everyday anyway.

Dry Dry Ruins – WHY ARE ALL THESE SOUNDTRACKS SO FUNKY? Well, it is Mario KartWhy am I even asking that question? The desert levels were never really part of my top tracks, mainly because of that stupid quicksand that I never seemed alert enough to avoid, but the soundtracks were and still are effective. Composers have to create music that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a new kind of world, and this soundtrack does exactly that in my opinion.

Moonview Highway – Why does this make me feel that I’m about to go onto some 80s Theme Show? Or some sort of prize-winning show? But in any case, this music is great. It really sets a nice and pleasant atmosphere while you’re being run over by cars and bombs. Remind me to never play this music at driving lessons if I ever have any.

Now, while Mario Kart is glorious, I’d like to move onto some other games and see what other soundtracks we can do some funky dances to.

Title Theme for New Super Mario Bros. Wii – I haven’t actually played too much of this game, the main reason being that I don’t own it. From what I did play though, I have heard this title theme time and time again. It’s actually pretty simple, but it has such a Mario aura to it. Like, if you hear it, you just know that it’s part of a Mario game. This is why the composers are so genius.

In my opinion, the ‘bah’s’ will always go down in history. Not sure what for exactly, but they should always be remembered no matter what. It reminds us of the good in this world. Also props to the marimba player. (Or xylophone. I’m not an instrument expert, unfortunately).

Sorry. I just love this. It makes me say ‘yay!’. You’ve got to appreciate the shorter tracks too, you know. It’s only eight seconds in length but it’s still so charming. If after eight seconds of sound you make someone feel hundreds of emotions, you’ve done your job right.

Finally, this is the most hypnotizing 26 seconds my ears have ever heard. And also, it’s like congratulations to me, for finishing this post, and congratulations to you, for actually getting to the end too.

What are your favourite soundtracks from these games? 

-LDG