Welcome back gamers! Hope you had yourself a restful weekend, but now it’s time to resume Mammoth Gamers’ countdown to Halloween with aptly appropriate music for the occasion. This makes for Vol. 6 so be sure to check out our previous compilations if you happened to miss out. Let’s see what Monday entrails… I mean entails.
Creepy Castle – Donkey Kong 64
Honestly, this is the first time in years that I listened to the soundtrack from Donkey Kong 64 quite extensively. I had forgotten just, well, how creepy the music for Creepy Castle actually is. The beginning notes on piano really do make my skin crawl, and there’s that sinister laugh that you can’t help but find unsettling. What I found most memorable about Creepy Castle, was that it was unlike many of the other worlds found in Donkey Kong 64. What Creepy Castle lacked in an open, wide plane it made up for with sheer verticality. You had to work your way to the very top of the castle. There was constant rain and lightning, treacherous pitfalls, reanimated skeletons, and those tiny Kremlings armed with huge, spiked clubs.
Ikana Valley – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
This makes for further evidence that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask contains some seriously messed up stuff. The entirety of the theme to Ikana Valley is a wake-up call that something is seriously wrong for gamers who first wandered into this region of the land of Termina. There could be many untold horrors that dwell within Ikana Valley, but some of the few that stuck out include the many Gibdos and Redead that walk about, the many ninjas that appear out of nowhere to attack you, a thief who praises himself over assaulting and robbing a defenseless old lady. Yet, perhaps most disturbing of all, is the young girl who attempts to hide her possessed father from within the confines of their own home.
Baby Bowser’s Lullaby – Yoshi’s Story
Yoshi’s Story was a more lighthearted platforming experience for the Nintendo 64 back in the day. It was a good spiritual successor to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island as well. I think what I enjoyed the most about the game, even playing it as a kid, was the sense of foreshadowing that it had. I’m glad that Baby Mario and his annoying crying didn’t make a comeback here, but even more so that Baby Bowser was back with a vengeance. There’s often this saying that some of the most evil, heartless people in the world couldn’t have been born bad. I doubt that’s the case with Baby Bowser. His theme in Yoshi’s Story is reminiscent of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite, with euphonious xylophone and tense strings. Like a tiger can’t change its stripes, this baby Koopa King can’t change his spikes.
The Garage – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Never mind that there may not be some sort of melody or that you can’t whistle a tune if you tried, this music from Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon already gives you the creeps even with all the lights turned out. Truthfully, if you were in need of background music for your own haunted house, you wouldn’t need to look further than Luigi. This is supposedly music for the garage area of this game? This is the most horrid music I’ve heard given to a garage ever. No, this music should be the theme to an entire haunted mansion, a hospital, or an abandoned town. Honestly, well done to Luigi. He’d give his brother Mario an extensive run for his coins in the horror department. Now we have to wait and see if Luigi’s Mansion 3 does something that can top this eerie musical delight.
Peace Be With You – The Binding of Isaac
This is similar to the garage music from Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon in that this music goes more for ambience than melodical. This is a great use of drama for The Binding of Isaac. Peace Be With You is also fantastic for when you just need to take a moment and chill. Where I think it works best is that the level of scariness is dependent entirely on the listener. What’s going on in your head as you listen to this piece? Does it conjure up feelings of overwhelming loneliness? Perhaps a hopeless longing? All hope is lost in this ethereal limbo that accentuates the very same place that Isaac is trying to escape.
We got two more days to go until we bring in Halloween. As always, feel free to share some of your favorite Halloween-themed music with us. A few days doesn’t even begin to cover some of the great music that’s out there. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite musical tracks into other volumes, so be sure to check those out if you’re only joining us now. Keep it here at Mammoth Gamers and we’ll see you tomorrow!