EarthBound – “The Battle of Final Destiny” (Keichi Suzuki, Hirokazu Tanaka)July 24, 2010
EarthBound (Mother 2, 1994) certainly had an interesting soundtrack. The entire game was off-beat, and it had a wide range of music and background to cover those emotions, but also many pieces that stand out for their strong melody. One of the more interesting – and thus memorable – tracks is “The Battle of Final Destiny,” a rather redundant track title that couples 8-bit drama with 90s death metal. You can find the rest of the EarthBound soundtrack on the impeccable Starmen.net (actually, the site is crazier than I last remember).
“The Battle of Final Destiny” is the final boss music. Ness and his friends have transferred their souls into robots in order to travel back in time and destroy Gygas, a creature of chaos dead set on obliterating the earth (I don’t remember why; must have been all the porn we’re broadcasting into space). So the fight begins with the player facing a giant face of Ness inside an organic globule with a giant robotic spider controlled by Pokey – a rather humorous sight. The track opens with about 50 seconds of 8-bit music played over the SNES speaker, recalling classic games (and more specifically EarthBound Zero, aka Mother).
This type of music is completely unexpected, not only for its archaism but also because there is nothing else in the game that plays like this. Likewise, the infusion of death metal at 0:53 is equally surprising, and it’s actually not that bad a tune. A loop at 2:13 makes this a fairly long piece, but bear in mind that the track begins at 0:53, making the internal loop actually only about 1:20 in length.
The best-known remix of this song (and the only one I know of) is “~FATSHIT~ [Guitar Arrange Plus],” by Christian Pacaud. This five-minute guitar epic from Bound Together – An EarthBound Remix Project mixes some crazyphat synth lines with guitar of awesome. You just have to play this track back and lie back and listen to the groove. The track ends with some atmospheric audio from “Giygas’ Demise,” the real final boss music.
I have already posted a bunch of Hip Tanaka’s music (and his 8-bit background makes me wonder if this piece was his composition…). Keichi Suzuki also found his start with Mother on the Famicom, but he has also composed Mother 3 for the GameBoy Advance, making him one of the core composers of the series. Though Mr. Suzuki has composed few games (his other game is Real Sound: Kaze no Regret), he has also composed for many films including The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi and Tokyo Godfathers.