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Nintendo 3DS Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Super Music Complete
Catalog Number: OVCP-0004
Released On: December 3, 2014
Composed By: Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, Morikazu Aoki, Minako Adachi, Shota Kageyama, Hideaki Kuroda, Hitomi Sato, Satoshi Nohara
Arranged By: Shota Kageyama, Minako Adachi, Hideaki Kuroda, Hitomi Sato, Junichi Masuda, Go Ichinose, Morikazu Aoki
Published By: The Pokémon Company (distributed by OVERLAP)
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: 6 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Title Demo ~Departure From Hoenn District~
02 - Title Demo 2
03 - Title ~Main Theme~
04 - Opening Select
05 - Mishiro Town
06 - Odamaki Laboratory
07 - Haruka
08 - Help!
09 - Battle! Wild Pokémon
10 - Victory Against Wild Pokémon!
11 - Route 101
12 - Kotoki Town
13 - Received an Item!
14 - Taken Along
15 - Pokémon Center
16 - Recovery
17 - Eye Contact! Shorts Boy
18 - Pokédex Evaluation...Onwards!
19 - Eye Contact! Miniskirt
20 - Battle! Trainer
21 - Victory over Trainer!
22 - Level Up!
23 - Touka City
24 - Pokédex Evaluation...Not Yet!
25 - Mitsuru's Theme
26 - Route 104
27 - Touka Forest
28 - Magma Gang Appears!
29 - Battle! Aqua / Magma Gang
30 - Victory over Aqua / Magma Gang!
31 - Kanazumi City
32 - Trainer's School
33 - Received a Key Item!
34 - Crossing the Sea
35 - Muro Town
36 - Eye Contact! Floater Girl
37 - Pokédex Evaluation...Do Your Best!
38 - Kaina City
39 - Marine Science Museum
40 - Aqua / Magma Gang Leader's Theme
41 - Route 110
42 - Cycling
43 - Eye Contact! Triathlete
44 - Shidake Town
45 - Received a Pokémon Egg!
46 - Route 113
47 - Eye Contact! Twins
48 - Hajitsuge Town
49 - Rope Way
Total Time:
56'42"

Disc Two
01 - Mt. Chimney
02 - Eye Contact! Mountain Man
03 - Route 111
04 - Pokédex Evaluation...You're On the Way
05 - Gym
06 - Battle! Gym Leader
07 - Victory over Gym Leader & Elite Four!
08 - Received a Gym Badge!
09 - Received a Technical Machine!
10 - The Coming Road to Someday
11 - Surfing
12 - Caught Daigo
13 - Southern Island
14 - Received a Mega Stone!
15 - Route 119
16 - Touch and go! ~ Red and Blue
17 - Hiwamaki City
18 - Route 120
19 - Interviewer
20 - Safari Zone
21 - Pokédex Evaluation...Doing Great!
22 - Eye Contact! Gentleman
23 - Minamo City
24 - Art Museum
25 - Forget a Move
26 - Yuuki
27 - Battle! Yuuki / Haruka
28 - Evolution
29 - Congratulations on
30 - Friendly Shop
31 - Pokédex Evaluation...Wow!
32 - Okuribi Mountain
33 - Eye Contact! Psychic
34 - Eye Contact! Occult Maniac
35 - Okuribi Mountain Outer Wall
36 - Crimson Orb / Azure Orb
Total Time:
43'47"

Disc Three
01 - Those Who Wriggle
02 - Hideout
03 - GORENPATSU!!!!!
04 - Countdown to Collapse
05 - Diving
06 - Eye Contact! Diver
07 - Aqua Gang Appears!
08 - Battle! Aqua / Magma Gang's Leader
09 - Waking Up the Super-Ancient Pokémon
10 - Drought
11 - Heavy Rain
12 - Rune City
13 - Shrine of Awakening
14 - Battle! Primal Reversion
15 - Coexistence
16 - Infinity Flute
17 - Soaring Dreams
18 - Soaring
19 - Eye Contact! Bikini Sister
20 - Saiyuu City
21 - Champion Road
22 - Eye Contact! Elite Trainer
23 - Rival's Theme
24 - Elite Four Appears!
25 - Battle! Elite Four
26 - Champion Daigo
27 - Final Battle! Daigo
28 - Victory over Daigo!
29 - Glory Room
30 - Entering the Hall of Fame
31 - Let's Go Home Together
32 - Ending
33 - THE END
Total Time:
59'20"

Disc Four
01 - The Eternal Successors
02 - AZOTH
03 - Sky Pillar
04 - Dragon's Lament
05 - Battle! Super-Ancient Pokémon
06 - Battle! Folklorist Higana
07 - per aspera ad astra!
08 - Battle! Deoxys
09 - Beginning of Investigation -theme of Ωα-
10 - Pokédex Evaluation...Spectacular!
11 - Received a Berry!
12 - Contest Lobby
13 - Luchia's Theme
14 - Live Costume Dress-Up!
15 - Pokémon Contest Live Debut!!
16 - Pokémon Contest Live Appeal!
17 - Result Announcement
18 - Contest Championship
19 - Contest Rank Up!
20 - Trick Mansion
21 - Super Secret Base
22 - Received Moyougae Goods!!
23 - Team Rank UP!
24 - Eye Contact! Daisuki Club
25 - Eye Contact! Scary Old Man
26 - Sea Kinsetsu
27 - Sealed Chamber
28 - Battle! Regirock / Regice / Registeel
29 - Pokémon Link
30 - Received an Emblem across Time!
31 - Pokédex Evaluation...Complete!
32 - Battle Resort
33 - Battle Maison
34 - Received Battle Points!
35 - Battle! Battle Chatelaine
36 - Pokémon Center Birthday!
37 - Final Battle! World Champions
38 - Battle! Deoxys (original ver.)
39 - Battle! Frontier Brain (original ver.)
40 - Musical "Carnivaloon Poppa!"
41 - TRICK MASTER ~Karaku-REMIX!~
42 - Appeal☆Love
Total Time:
60'17"

Disc Five
01 - Title Demo ~Departure From Hoenn District~
02 - Title Demo 2 ~Double Battle~
03 - Title ~Main Theme~
04 - Opening Select
05 - Mishiro Town
06 - Odamaki Laboratory
07 - Haruka
08 - Help!
09 - Battle! Wild Pokémon
10 - Victory over the Wild Pokémon!
11 - Route 101
12 - Kotoki Town
13 - Pokémon Center
14 - Recovery
15 - Eye Contact! Shorts Boy
16 - Eye Contact! Miniskirt
17 - Battle! Trainer
18 - Victory over Trainer!
19 - Level Up
20 - Touka City
21 - Come Along
22 - Route 104
23 - Touka Forest
24 - Magma Gang Enters!
25 - Battle! Aqua / Magma Gang
26 - Victory over Aqua / Magma Gang!
27 - Kanazumi City
28 - Trainer's School
29 - Crossing the Sea
30 - Muro Town
31 - Eye Contact! Floater Girl
32 - Kaina City
33 - Marine Science Museum
34 - Route 110
35 - Cycling
36 - Game Corner
37 - Success!
38 - Regret
39 - BD Time
40 - Great Success!
41 - Shidake Town
42 - Route 113
43 - Little Twins
44 - Hajitsuge Town
45 - Rope Way
46 - Mt. Chimney
47 - Eye Contact! Mountain Man
48 - Route 111
49 - Gym
50 - Battle! Gym Leader
51 - Victory over Gym Leader!
52 - Badge Get
53 - Technical Machine Get
54 - Surfing
Total Time:
54'00"

Disc Six
01 - Route 119
02 - Hiwamaki City
03 - Route 120
04 - Interviewer
05 - Safari Zone
06 - Eye Contact! Gentleman
07 - Minamo City
08 - Art Museum
09 - Technique Forget
10 - Yuki
11 - Battle! Yuki / Haruka
12 - Evolution
13 - Evolution Congratulations
14 - Friendly Shop
15 - Okuribi Mountain
16 - Eye Contact! Psychic
17 - Eye Contact! Occult Maniac
18 - Okuribi Mountain Outer Wall
19 - Hiding Place
20 - Item Get
21 - Aqua Gang Enters!
22 - Battle! Aqua / Magma Gang's Leader
23 - Waking Up the Super-Ancient Pokémon
24 - Drought
25 - Heavy Rain
26 - Diving
27 - Rune City
28 - Shrine of Awakening
29 - Battle! Super-Ancient Pokémon
30 - Eye Contact! Bikini Sister
31 - Saiyuu City
32 - Berry Get!
33 - Contest Lobby
34 - Contest!
35 - Result Announcement
36 - Contest Championship
37 - Sealed Chamber
38 - Battle! Regirock / Regice / Registeel
39 - Trick Mansion
40 - Abandoned Ship
41 - Battle Tower
42 - Champion Road
43 - Eye Contact! Elite Trainer
44 - Elite Four Enter!
45 - Battle! Elite Four
46 - Champion Daigo
47 - Decisive Battle! Daigo
48 - Victory over Daigo!
49 - Glory Room
50 - Entering the Hall of Fame
51 - Ending
52 - The END
53 - TRICK MASTER
54 - SLATEPORT CITY
55 - STEVEN STONE
Total Time:
68'37"

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire has a remarkable soundtrack. It was the first Pokémon game on the GameBoy Advance, which allowed it to use better quality instruments than its predecessors, but its greatness is not just technical. It is also a result of the innovative use of those instruments within the cherished Pokémon musical style. Composers Go Ichinose, Morikazu Aoki, and Junichi Masuda were able to create more genre-specific songs, such as the jazz-influenced "PokéMart" that reappears in many of the following Pokémon games. They also emphasized percussion, which added a new kick to the horns and the flutes. Still, Ruby/Sapphire includes many bleepy instruments from its 8-bit past in the rhythmic duets that characterize Pokémon music. The result of all this is a highly creative and memorable soundtrack that deserves to be revamped for Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.

The problem is that composers Minako Adachi and Hitomi Sato, and returning composers Go Ichinose and Junichi Masuda, don't build on the elements that made the Ruby/Sapphire soundtrack remarkable. Most of the songs that lingered between genres are now specified to the genres of jazz, new wave, or high-brow tea party string-and-woodwind pieces, and the songs are rearranged less creatively than they were in Ruby/Sapphire. 8-bit instruments are almost completely left out, erasing the creative combination of bleepy instruments and more realistic ones. The rearrangements also have less interaction between instruments and feature longer notes rather than the original staccato, both of which detract from the active rhythmic duets characteristic of Pokémon music as a whole, not just in Ruby/Sapphire.

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire does build on one of the unique elements of the Ruby/Sapphire soundtrack, though: the percussion. In many of the songs, the drums are loud and dynamic, at the forefront of the sound. Other songs feature interesting combinations of percussion, such as the tambourine, glockenspiel, and hand pats in "Littleroot Town". Ruby/Sapphire's pride in its percussion shows up even in the new song, "Soaring," which plays during the new feature of flying on Latios or Latias across the Hoenn region.

I wasn't too impressed with most of the rearrangements in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. While I was listening to the soundtrack, I found myself thinking that many of the tracks would have sounded better with just a simple piano arrangement instead of all the strings, trumpets, and exotic percussion. Of course, a Pokémon game that takes an average twenty-one hours to complete (twice that, if you're really dedicated) can't just have piano arrangements for its entire soundtrack, which brings me to the conclusion that Ruby/Sapphire needs a piano collections album. Many of the songs already begin with a piano, and given all of the piano arrangements of Pokémon songs on YouTube (and all the hits on those YouTube videos), there's obviously a demand for it. The Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire soundtrack does the job, especially if you just want to hear your favorite songs with better quality instruments, but if the composers really want to celebrate the Ruby/Sapphire soundtrack and give it the praise it deserves while fulfilling fans' wishes, a piano collection is the best way to go.

Reviewed by: Brigid Choi



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