Hello everyone! Today is a special post, as I am starting something that will hopefully be a fun, long standing series, and that is… The Video Game Music Chronicles.
This is a series where I’ll be bringing my love of music to the blog. I’ve wanted for some time to find a way to channel this here somehow while staying focus on video games, but also talk about my fascination of music in general. I thought the way I could do this with the best of both worlds is by talking about times when video game music resembles music in the real world, or vice versa. It can be anything from a cover, to inspiration, to just pure dumb luck.
So for our debut, we’re going to talk about something fun and silly. Something that probably happened by chance, but with the help of the internet, has flourished into something bigger, and that is…
Hotline Bling by Drake
When this song first came out, it took the world by storm. No matter where you turned, it just managed to find it’s way to your ear drums. One of the most enjoyable things was the countless memes that were sparked out of it’s release. From things like incorporating light saber fights or Wii tennis into the video, it was down right hilarious.
As much as I enjoyed these memes and got many laughs out of them, I noted something in the music itself. It resembled something very familiar. As I thought back, I pin pointed what it reminded me off, and that was…
The Wii Shop Channel Music
One of the coolest things of the Wii, that the Switch is notably missing today, are nice touches like catchy music to the eshop interface. Although Nintendo did great things on the Wii U eshop, where they themed the music with whatever was the hot game being released that week, the Wii’s stock eshop music was just so damn catchy and fun. It really made me feel like I was browsing through store shelves in white painted aisles. For your listening pleasure, you can indulge your self to 10 hours of the music in the video above.
Upon doing some google searches, I was happy to find I wasn’t the only one who felt there was some kind of resemblance between the two. ToonLink on youtube had kindly put together a mash up of Drake performing the song over the Wii Shop music, and it’s down right hilarious!
Much better! I was never a big fan of the original song, but now it’s something right up my alley. It also helps that it looks like the set they are is inside a gigantic Nintendo Wii. Is Drake trying to tell us something?
Did you enjoy the Volume 1 of The Video Game Music Chronicles? Do you think Hotline Bling and the Wii Shop sound similar? Let’s call each others cell phone and discuss in the comments!