Everyone knows Nintendo’s been stingy about retail soundtrack releases for the past decade. It’s hard to get anything out of them.
Fortunately, the new soundtrack for Kid Icarus Uprising (in Japanese, Shin Hikari Shinwa Palutena no Kagami or “New Light Myth: Palthena’s Mirror”) proved to be an exception. The three disc soundtrack, published by Yasunori Mitsuda’s “Sleigh Bells” label, is about as “complete” as anyone could want. Three discs, featuring multiple musical cues for each stage in the 3DS title, with music from seven different composers, all of whom boast some name recognition among VGM aficionados. Even more crazy, much of the album features performance from a full orchestra, with album credits as big as (or, slightly bigger than) Final Fantasy XIII. Yeah. That’s huge.
After the jump, I’ll be picking out some of my favorite tracks from each composer and trying to determine how, when or why Kid Icarus earned such a place in Nintendo’s pantheon. (more…)