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Overclocked Favorites: Gaming Carols December 14, 2008

Posted by eric22222 in General, VG Music.
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(Part 2 of session 58 is up)

What kind of semi-regular feature of Eric Online would Overclocked Favorites be without a Christmas special? Hardly a semi-regular feature at all, that’s what kind. If you usually skip over the songs, thinking they aren’t that interesting, allow me to assure you that Number 3, Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride, is by far one of the best of my favorites and is well-worth a listen, if only for the skill of melding two unique pieces of music.

Merry Little Christmas – Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Sega Saturn
NiGHTS was one of those early “true” 3-d games, released within a month of Super Mario 64. Though it was highly rated, it experienced poor sales, making it a somewhat obscure game. This remix has a piano lead through some of it, so bonus points off the bat just on personal preference. The pace is very laid back, taking its time to get where it’s going. At 2:43, the song fades into “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” which surprisingly isn’t out of place with the rest of the song. I just wish the transition was more subtle.

A William Wobbler Christmas – William Wobbler, Commodore 64
Remember how I said NiGHTS was an obscure game? Forget that. I never played William Wobbler. Never even heard of it. But this remix does a good job of capturing that instrumentation that conveys a wintery feeling: melodic percussion, light snare,and syncopation. Therefore, it’s in the list. It’s really just a fun song: light and upbeat, and it keeps things interesting. The notes move quickly up and down, though, so it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the quick-moving melody.

Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride – Super Mario World, SNES
This song wins at remixes. First of all, it’s by a group called The OneUps, so we’re already off to a good start. The first fifteen seconds of the song let’s you know what’s about to happen for the other three minutes: classic Christmas songs seamlessly integrated with the songs from various Mario games. I can’t believe how well they bring the two together. Halfway through the song, things get mixed up with some jazzy solos, abruptly interrupted by the ending.

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