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P-Vock's Music Box: Oh Brother

Hello and welcome back to P-Vock's Music Box. I don't know why, but I'm feeling good. Maybe the spring weather is getting to me, maybe the announcement that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is coming early has me too hyped (last time I was involved with coming early, I got dumped shortly after), or maybe I'm just officially insane. Either way, I wanna drop some feel-good tunes, so let's visit a happy world and have some fun.

The Mario & Luigi games have some of the best adventures from that series. The combat is super fun and satisfying. The final bosses are incredible. The writing is top-tier, even if they just mercilessly dunk on Luigi for no reason. But you know where I'm going with this, the music in these games is top-tier. Composed by my favourite composer of all time, Yoko Shimomura, these games have some absolutely iconic beats. Let's celebrate the warmer weather by heading to the beach with an absolute jam.

Oh damn that is some funky shit. I could explain all about Plack Beach (yes, it literally is made of teeth and it's hilarious), but you don't even need me to do that. This music just feels like some damn good tunes to hit the beach with and a perfect tune to get your head bopping and your face smiling. I figured it was only fair to give you an absolutely cozy banger to kick off this column before we ratchet things up a little bit. Now, let's get into a boss fight and have a little more hype.

Before Dream Team released in 2013 (Jesus, it was almost a decade ago...) I would have never believed a piece of music could be epic while still capturing the lighthearted nature of this series. It starts out so jovial and carefree, but just continually picks up and creates something truly special. If only the game in question was also special and not just aggressively meh.

But alright.



ALRIGHT. Flashback to 2009. A Nintendo E3 presentation in which Reggie (the then NoA president) came on screen and said "Bowser, that long-time bad guy, really does suck." That was the first time anyone heard anything about Bowser's Inside Story. No game that's reveal began with that quote has any business as incredible as this game is. What should have been just another RPG with the Mario cast became an absolute masterpiece, with one hell of a soundtrack (if the track I played earlier was any indication). Get ready, because this stupid game has one of the most incredible final boss fights ever, and the music is literally perfect.


Why does music that slaps this damn hard exist in a god-forsaken Mario game? There's just no reason music like this belongs in this game, but I ain't complaining. This is an absolutely phenomenal piece that manages to be both intense and emotional, which makes it all the more surprising that it exists in a game with Mario in it.

Alright, I'm out. I hope these wonderful bops help you kick off your weekend on a good note.

Thanks as always for checking this out and I'll catch you back here next time with another suggestion from my Music Box. Stay Brutal.

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