|By Bucky||Saturday, 20 Jun 2009|
Developer: Nihon Falcom, Hudson Soft
Publisher: Hudson (JP), Nintendo (US + EU)
Year: 1987 (JP), 1989 (US), 1990 (EU)
Taking a glancing blow at the top 10 is Faxanadu, an early action RPG for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This game is sometimes considered a side story to Xanadu, another Nihon Falcom RPG, with the title simply being a combination of Famicom + Xanadu.
Faxanadu covers a range of emotions with its score. It balances out some catchy and driving tracks, with others that are more sombre or haunting. There are a couple “annoyingly upbeat” tracks in the game as well, as shizz poster Emptyeye offers in his gamefaqs review, but even those add to a distinct quirkiness that is more positive than anything else. This is, after all, the score to a world that lies around a giant tree.
My favorite tracks have always been the Eolis town theme, the password theme, the dungeon / tower theme, and World of Branch. I find them all to be highly memorable tunes from a nostalgic gaming experience. For the longest time I’ve had an interest in covering the password music, but that’s never quite come to fruition. Yet.
Listen to a variety of tracks on youtube here.