18th May 2011; By KnucklesSonic8
Included with the latest issue (Vol. 204) of Japanese gaming magazine, Nintendo Dream, was a promotional item that's worth taking note of. Subscribers were treated to a music CD featuring 19 different songs taken from a couple third-party 3DS titles. Referred to as "The Fastest Sound Preview", the collection offers high-quality tracks from games like Zoo Resort 3D and Samurai Warrior Chronicles. And so, because we love video game music so much, we've put these promotional songs up on the site for more people can enjoy these tracks. Enjoy!
Track Listing (EN):
1. [Dead or Alive Dimensions] DOA (Dimensions Mix)
2. [Dead or Alive Dimensions] Hitohira (Dimensions Mix)
3. [Dead or Alive Dimensions] The Shooted (Dimensions Mix)
4. [Samurai Warriors Chronicles] Conqueror
5. [Puzzle Bobble Universe] Motherland
6. [Super Monkey Ball 3D] EYN!!!
7. [Super Monkey Ball 3D] SEA OF CLOUDS
8. [Super Monkey Ball 3D] FREAK 2 NITE
9. [DualPenSports] Title Screen
10. [DualPenSports] Main Menu
11. [DualPenSports] Archery
12. [DualPenSports] Boxing
13. [DualPenSports] Results
14. [Pro Yakyuu Famista 2011] The Kattobase! NDmix
15. [Zoo Resort 3D] Zoo Life
16. [Zoo Resort 3D] Animal Communication
17. [Zoo Resort 3D] Principal Jobs
18. [Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask] Carnival Night
19. [Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask] Mystery 7 / Puzzle Theme
Game: Dead or Alive Dimensions
Composer: Makoto Hosoi
I'm not very familiar with the music from the Dead or Alive series so I don't really have much to comment on with the tracks they chose. I thought Track 2 was the best of the bunch, personally.
Game: Samurai Warriors Chronicles
Composer: Kensuke Inage
Translated 'Champion' or 'Conqueror', this carries a great Japanese presence with a fast pace that evokes the feeling of giving chase or undergoing intense battles. Definitely give this one a listen.
Game: Puzzle Bobble Universe
Composer: Jun Kadoma
The first thing I thought when I heard this was "Why couldn't they use one of the other stage themes?". Well actually, first I rolled my eyes then I made that remark. Seriously though, some of the other zones were clearly superior from a musical standpoint when compared with the rather annoying tune from the first world. But that's just my opinion.
Game: Super Monkey Ball 3D
Composer: Super Monkey Ball 3D Sound Team
Out of all the songs they could have selected, I think they made some good choices here. I was kind of surprised to see they didn't pick the Skypolis theme, but no matter. 'FREAK 2 NITE' is definitely one of the best stage themes in the game and I think the other two songs work too.
Composer: Kazuhiro Kobayashi & Shoichiro Sakamoto
There's nothing particularly noteworthy in this set, but of course you can make that call for yourself. Included in the group is a tune (Track 11) that I've heard so many times now that it has become etched into my brain.
Game: Pro Yakyuu Famista 2011
Composer: Sato Takahumi
I don't really have much to say about this one as I don't really care for it. But if I had to guess what game this belonged to, I would actually think of DualPenSports first. Anyway, maybe you'll have more of a liking to it than I did.
Game: Zoo Resort 3D
Composer: Takafumi Nishimura
Hey, these songs aren't half bad! While I'm not a big fan of the 'Animal Communication' song, I think the other two are pretty decent, surprisingly enough. Hopefully they'll remain this way when Ubisoft localizes the game for North America.
Game: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Composer: Tomohito Nishiura
I love the mysterious Layton puzzle-solving tune. It's definitely the best one I've heard from all the games, plus it's also great in the sense that I can't see myself getting annoyed with it after the hundredth puzzle like I did with the puzzle song from Curious Village. Listening to the Carnival theme sounded a little off-kilter for the Layton games at first, but slowly it adds the violin strings that remind you of the music from past games. Or, more specifically, the songs that were featured in some of the trailers. Whatever mystery is lurking beneath the surface of this fun-loving setting, you already know Layton will get to the bottom of it!
As a promotional CD, I think they represented some good games on here. However, I can't understand why they chose songs from games like DualPenSports over anything else third-parties have released or are planning on releasing soon. Regardless, it's still a pretty sweet promo item, wouldn't you say?