MUSIC TO MY EARS
Game Freak is finally coming around! Last Tuesday they released a new soundtrack album titled Pokemon FireRed & Pokemon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection internationally on the iTunes store.
This soundtrack seems pretty small compared to Game Freak’s previous release, with only 90 tracks compared to the 212-track behemoth that was Pokemon X & Pokemon Y: Super Music Collection. And $12 for 90 tracks only seems like a bad deal for the same reason. But you can’t blame the remakes of the 8-bit games for having fewer pieces in their scores (whether you want to blame Nintendo for charging more is a different story).
To fill in some of the gaps, Game Freak added original tracks like the cool Memory P. (a nostalgic song about nostalgia for Pete’s sake!) and the bizarre Pokemon Tower 1997. You may think you already have an idea what Pokemon Tower 1997 sounds like – you’d be very, very wrong. They also lengthened this album by adding a few original chiptune tracks from the Game Boy version. The only bad thing was that this left me wanting more from the Pokemon Red, Blue and Green soundtrack.
The thing that truly made this release great news for me is that it’s evidence that Nintendo is learning. They have come to the realization that not only do international fans want Pokemon music, but that they are willing to pay for it. They are finally including us in the video game soundtrack market: something that’s been Japan-exclusive since day one.
You can’t blame Nintendo for giving Japan some good exclusive stuff. It is their home country after all. But the things that do end up staying on the island always seem to be the coolest stuff that blows everything else out of the water. Examples are those sick black Charizard or cute Pikachu 3DS XLs. Things with no other purpose for existing other than to make all other countries jealous.
Now that we’re finally being offered the soundtracks, I see it as a beam of hope. We may never get the sweetest goodies that are reserved for Japan. But maybe in the future Nintendo will at least not completely count us out of special promotions.
A new mandatory update is now available for Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, designed to fix several bugs and block access to certain third-party applications (i.e., .
Some of the issues resolved include a bug where moves learned by Pokemon after evolving through Wonder Trade were not appearing, and another bug where some users couldn’t view PR video taglines. There were also “minor changes to the internet connection method.”
As of December 13, it is necessary to download this update to access certain Pokemon X and Pokemon Y features.