As I mentioned in this post a while back, I absolutely love good video game music, and among my favorite tunes is the Bicycle Theme from Pokemon Crystal (which is basically the better version of Gold and Silver). To be honest, I had a tough time picking just one song from Crystal to include on my list. I could sit and listen to those little 8-bit ditties for hours on end; there’s something so fun, peppy, and nostalgic about them! Now, I know that the music from Crystal was the same as in Gold and Silver. I can only assume that the music in HeartGold and SoulSilver is practically the same; I’ve never played the remakes. I do know that the sounds are updated, because HG and SS have a feature that allows playback of the old 8-bit tunes rather than the new audio files. I’m simply unsure as to whether the new audio files are new tracks altogether, or simply “remastered” versions of the old ones.
In any case, I love seeing this soundtrack on iTunes because it gives game enthusiasts (especially nostalgic ones like me) a legal way to download the songs that may have defined a time in their life so much more than any other song that will ever be heard on the radio.
Personally, the music from Pokemon Crystal is the most prevalent sound in my childhood, and I don’t know why. I enjoy hearing the tunes from Crystal now much more than any other song that was every popular when I was a kid, and I really don’t know why. I didn’t play Crystal a ton; in fact, I never beat the Elite Four. I didn’t watch the TV show, I never watched the movies. Only rarely did I play the card game with friends. Really, Pokemon was less important in my childhood (as told by time spent playing it) than Legos or Beyblades, yet it sticks with me more.
I take that as possibly the first cue that I’m supposed to play games, write about games, or write for games for a living; it’s what I love, it’s what I do, and it’s what I remember more than almost any other aspect of my childhood. So, as you can see, the release of these soundtracks makes me very happy. I’ve tried to download the files for the original Gold and Silver tunes from many sites, but of course, it didn’t work. Some required site memberships, payments of some sorts, and others flat out didn’t work. Seeing that I can now download this great album legitimately on iTunes is a sort of blessing.
Of course, this isn’t the only album I would download if I had the money. If money were no option (and it were available) I would buy the Fire Emblem Awakening soundtrack, maybe the Rayman Origins soundtrack, some Halo ones, and DEFINITELY the Mario Kart soundtracks. Along with Pokemon, I could listen to the Mario Kart Wii soundtrack for a long, long time.
These Pokemon soundtracks scratch my itch for nostalgia. I might not buy them, (yet) but knowing they’re there, available and waiting for me, is a comfort. Having these pieces of history out in the wild is a great thing for Nintendo and/or Game Freak to have done.
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