01 - Title Screen
02 - Opening Movie
03 - Kalos Region Theme
04 - An Adventure Is Beginning
05 - Vaniville Town
06 - Route 1
07 - Aquacorde Town
08 - Friends Theme "A New Meeting"
09 - Obtained a Key Item!
10 - It's a Pokémon Battle!
11 - Battle! (Friend)
12 - Hurry Along 1
13 - Route 2
14 - Santalune Forest
15 - Obtained an Item!
16 - Battle! (Wild Pokémon)
17 - Victory! (Wild Pokémon)
18 - Level Up!
19 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Youngster)
20 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Lass)
21 - Battle! (Trainer Battle)
22 - Victory! (Trainer Battle)
23 - Santalune City
24 - Pokémon Center
25 - Pokémon Healed
26 - Changed into Basic Clothes (Boy)
27 - Changed into Basic Clothes (Girl)
28 - Pokémon Gym
29 - Battle! (Gym Leader)
30 - Victory! (Gym Leader)
31 - Obtained a Gym Badge!
32 - Obtained a TM!
33 - Route 4
34 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Poké Fan)
35 - Sina and Dexio
36 - Gate
37 - Lumiose City
38 - The Sycamore Pokémon Lab
39 - Professor Sycamore's Theme
40 - Pokédex Evaluation... You've Just Begun!
41 - Dark Skies
42 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Twins)
43 - Camphrier Town
44 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Tourist)
45 - Parfum Palace
46 - Together with Shauna
47 - Poké Flute
48 - Hurry Along 2
49 - Received a Pokémon Egg!
50 - Pokédex Evaluation... You're on Your Way!
51 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Butler)
52 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Maid)
53 - Route 8
01 - Glittering Cave
02 - Team Flare Appears!
03 - Evolution
04 - Congratulations! Your Pokémon Evolved!
05 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Swimmer Girl)
06 - Cyllage City
07 - Changed into Colorful Clothes (Boy)
08 - Changed into Sporty Clothes (Girl)
09 - Bicycle
10 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Hiker)
11 - Obtained a Berry!
12 - Geosenge Town
13 - Pokédex Evaluation... Keep at It!
14 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Honeymooners)
15 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Black Belt)
16 - Shalour City
17 - Tower of Mastery
18 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Roller Skater)
19 - Battle! (Successor Korrina)
20 - Surf
21 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Swimmer Boy)
22 - Riding Skiddo
23 - Coumarine City
24 - How About a Song? "An Unwavering Heart"
25 - The Kalos Power Plant
26 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Team Flare)
27 - Battle! (Team Flare)
28 - A Mysterious Figure
29 - The Lighting of Prism Tower
30 - Quiz Time in the Lumiose City Gym!
31 - Friends Theme "Reunited"
32 - Pokédex Evaluation... Not Bad!
33 - Scary House
34 - Laverre City
35 - Changed into Exotic Clothes (Girl)
36 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Furisode Girl)
37 - Route 15
38 - Pokédex Evaluation... Looking Good!
39 - Dendemille Town
40 - Move Deleted
41 - Obtained a Mega Stone!
01 - Anistar City
02 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Psychic)
03 - Changed into Feminine Clothes (Girl)
04 - Lysandre Labs
05 - An Eternal Prison
06 - The Ultimate Weapon Deployed
07 - Team Flare Secret Hq
08 - The Legendary Pokémon Awoken
09 - Battle! (Xerneas/Yveltal)
10 - Battle! (Lysandre)
11 - Victory! (Team Flare)
12 - Firing the Ultimate Weapon (Pokémon X)
13 - Firing the Ultimate Weapon (Pokémon Y)
14 - AZ
15 - Route 18
16 - Friends Theme "Friends Forever"
17 - Snowbelle City
18 - Changed into Elegant Clothes (Girl)
19 - How About a Song? "Jubilife City"
20 - Pokémon Village
21 - Pokédex Evaluation... It's Great!
22 - Victory Road
23 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Ace Trainer)
24 - The Pokémon League
25 - Battle! (Elite Four)
26 - Battle! (Champion)
27 - Victory! (Champion)
28 - Congratulations on Entering the Hall of Fame!
29 - The Sun Shines Down
30 - I'll Go With You
31 - KISEKI
32 - FIN
01 - The TMV Departs
02 - Kiloude City
03 - Changed into Special Clothes (Boy)
04 - Changed into Special Clothes (Girl)
05 - Battle Maison
06 - Received Battle Points!
07 - Friend Safari
08 - Pokédex Evaluation... It's Amazing!
09 - Gogoat Shuttle
10 - Obtained Wallpapers!
11 - Shopping
12 - Sushi High Roller
13 - Boutique
14 - Changed into Classic Clothes (Boy)
15 - Changed into Classic Clothes (Girl)
16 - Coiffure Clips
17 - PR Video Studio
18 - PR Video BGM "Cute 1"
19 - PR Video BGM "Cute 2"
20 - PR Video BGM "Cute 3"
21 - PR Video BGM "Cute 4"
22 - PR Video BGM "Elegant 1"
23 - PR Video BGM "Elegant 2"
24 - PR Video BGM "Elegant 3"
25 - PR Video BGM "Elegant 4"
26 - PR Video BGM "Cool 1"
27 - PR Video BGM "Cool 2"
28 - PR Video BGM "Cool 3"
29 - PR Video BGM "Cool 4"
30 - PR Video BGM "Classical 1"
31 - PR Video BGM "Classical 2"
32 - PR Video BGM "Classical 3"
33 - PR Video BGM "Classical 4"
34 - PR Video BGM "Lively 1"
35 - PR Video BGM "Lively 2"
36 - PR Video BGM "Lively 3"
37 - PR Video BGM "Lively 4"
38 - PR Video BGM "Rhythmical 1"
39 - PR Video BGM "Rhythmical 2"
40 - PR Video BGM "Rhythmical 3"
41 - PR Video BGM "Rhythmical 4"
42 - PR Video BGM "Mature 1"
43 - PR Video BGM "Mature 2"
44 - PR Video BGM "Mature 3"
45 - PR Video BGM "Mature 4"
46 - PR Video BGM "Thrilling 1"
47 - PR Video BGM "Thrilling 2"
48 - PR Video BGM "Thrilling 3"
49 - PR Video BGM "Thrilling 4"
50 - Another Chapter in Looker's Tale
51 - Looker's Theme
52 - Trainers' Eyes Meet (Punk Guy)
53 - Hotel Richissime
54 - Looker's in Trouble!
55 - Emma's Theme
56 - Looker's Sorrowful Theme
57 - Berry Picker
58 - Head It
59 - Tile Puzzle
60 - Tile Puzzle Complete!
61 - Let's Super Train!
62 - Start
63 - Super Training!
64 - Success!
65 - Try Again...
66 - Unlocked a New Super-Training Regimen!
67 - Secret Super Training!
68 - A Poké Radar Hit!
69 - Poké Radar Chain!
70 - Battle Spot
71 - Wonder Trade
72 - GTS
73 - Game Sync
74 - Mystery Gift
75 - Pokédex Evaluation... It's Complete!
76 - Battle! (Mewtwo)
77 - Title Screen
78 - Title Screen [Pokémon Origins Version]
79 - Battle! (Wild Pokémon)
80 - Battle! (Wild Pokémon) [Pokémon Origins Version]
81 - Battle! (Trainer Battle)
82 - Battle! (Trainer Battle) [Pokémon Origins Version]
83 - Final Battle! (Rival)
84 - Final Battle! (Rival) [Pokémon Origins Version]
85 - Cycling
86 - Cycling [Pokémon Origins Version]
One of my most memorable experiences of E3 2012 was attending the Video Games Live concert, and the portion of the concert that stuck with me the most was the performance of Pokémon music, because it made me take a long, hard look at perhaps the most overlooked and underrated aspect of the popular phenomenon. The Pokémon games are filled with enigmatic creatures, but perhaps the most enigmatic creature of all is the music. We get so caught up in all the other aspects of Pokémon that we never think about the music. This is a shame, really, because not only does every game have a massive soundtrack, but the music itself is surprisingly complex in its composition. I've always found the music in Pokémon games to be more sophisticated than kid songs or even most radio pop, especially since even the catchiest and most familiar melodies do not use the typical note choices and chord progressions of typically catchy tunes.
The Pokémon XY Super Music Collection consists of a massive 212 tracks. Pokémon's music has that inexplicable style to it, but does not limit itself to any single genre. Classical, pop rock, techno, atmospheric, whimsical, even hints of jazz and world music provide a unique and cool tapestry of sound that matches the unique coolness of the Kalos region and the myriad adventures it provides you. Even the 3-5 second jingle pieces such as when you level up sound lovingly crafted, and familiar pieces like the Pokémon Center theme song feel like home. The sound quality is rich and full without the tinny characteristics of prior Pokémon soundtracks, thanks to the superior sound capabilities of newer formats. The true beauty of the composers' talent is on display here, not handicapped by format or sound chip limitations. The music sounds very good in the game, but is a hundred times more lush here because you can listen to it through better speakers than those found in the 3DS.
Any journey is more fun with friends, and X and Y give you an eclectic group of friends who you periodically hang out with to swap stories and engage in friendly rivalries throughout your journey in the Kalos region. Several pieces of music are associated with this group of friends and are variations on a common melodic theme. It's always fun being with friends, and the music sounds appropriately cheerful and familiar. You and your friends will quickly find out that Kalos is rich in diversity and that each portion of the region has its own distinct culture. From the upscale urban-chic of Lumiose City to the coastal sportiness of Cyllage City to the subtly exotic undertones of Shalour City, each location's music perfectly reflects its style and invites you to stay a while and enjoy everything that place has to offer. Some of the more memorable town themes, such as those of Anistar City and Snowbelle City, have a surprisingly heavy poignancy about them given their cultural places and roles in Kalos' history. The storyline in X and Y is not all happy-go-lucky good times, and hearing hints of somberness just adds that extra gravitas to the evolving Pokémon mythos.
Battles, whether they are friendly or intensely competitive, are a keystone aspect of the Pokémon experience, so the soundtrack is chock full of driving battle themes. But before that, let's talk about the classic pre-battle ritual of the stare-down. Stare-downs are dramatic parts of any battle scene, and there are different "Trainers' Eyes Meet" themes depending on the type of Kalos trainer who's staring you down. For example, the lass's theme sounds appropriately girly, the psychic's theme sounds appropriately mysterious, and the punk guy's theme sounds like a bully's theme music from a 1980s teen movie. A few of my personal favorites are female swimmer, black belt, and ace trainer. A few trainer types, including the beauty and hex maniac, share stare down themes with other trainer types, and thus don't have their own listing on the soundtrack.
Of course, once the stare-down ends, it's time to battle for real. Along with all the battle themes from X and Y, there are a few retro battle themes from the first games. There are over 20 battle themes in this soundtrack, and they are all fast paced, driving, and engaging in their own special ways. Whether you're battling wild pokémon, your friends, trainers out in the field, gym leaders, villains, or any other opponents, there is a song to go with it. I always love when RPGs have multiple battle themes, because when playing a game anchored by combat, variety is the spice of life. My personal favorites are "Battle! (Friend)" and "Battle! (Gym Leader)." I like the melody in the former, especially the little bridge section from :52- :58. It gives the sense that the battle is serious, yet still friendly. The latter sounds like I'm on a big stage at a stadium with all the bright lights and a capacity crowd expecting an epic battle. Considering the creative designs of the gyms and the celebrity status of the gym leaders, it's only fitting that that music is larger than life. Also cool are the multiple victory themes depending on the type of opponent fought. Where most RPGs have a singular victory theme, it is refreshing to encounter an RPG with several.
My favorite aspect of the game was playing dress-up with my character, so the jingles that represented the styles of my outfits are the ones that stayed with me the most. Because I played as a girl, it was nice to hear the boy's side jingles for changing clothes. Although I think the girl's clothing themes are generally better (perhaps owing to the fact that there are a LOT more articles of clothing for stylish girls to buy), my favorite is the boy's "Basic Clothes" theme.
In addition to clothing boutiques allowing you to change your characters' clothing, X and Y offer a wide variety of fun mini-games and virtual pet style mechanics that allow you to interact with individual pokeémon in your party. These pieces of music are all in the tail end of the soundtrack and remind me of the fun I had bonding with my favorite pokémon. As a fan of driving battle themes, the "Super Training!" and "Secret Super Training!" music are my favorite mini-game themes. These peppy themes sound like the great battle themes I loved in classic JRPGs and would have running through in my head whenever I'm about to face some kind of life challenge.
Pokémon certainly wouldn't be Pokémon without some cool surprises, and the soundtrack exemplifies that with some nice surprises of its own. Who would think that a Pokémon soundtrack would contain heartfelt, stirring piano pieces? Lovely songs such as "Unwavering Heart," "Az," and "Elegant 2" showcase a level of emotional depth typically reserved for typically grander RPGs such as Final Fantasy or Persona. "Elegant 2" is definitely a piece I wished was longer, because it deserves to evolve into an epic piece, much like how adorable little charmander evolves into the awe-inspiring charizard.
Perhaps the most addicting feature in X and Y is the PR studio, where you can make 10-second YouTube style videos of your character and/or favorite pokémon to share with other players online. I spent copious amounts of time making PR videos, especially perusing the wide selection of music to accompany my videos. I like how the music was subcategorized into adjectives like "mature," "cool," "thrilling," or "elegant" to offer plenty of self-expression options. A few pieces I've used for videos are "Cool 2" for its buoyancy, "Elegant 1" for its breeziness, and "Rhythmical 3" for its night out on the town vibe. Everyone has their own favorites, and it's quite easy to pick one.
If there is any Pokémon soundtrack to own, it is this one. I heard instrumental layers in various pieces that I did not hear during gameplay, and that brought my feelings of nostalgia into HD. Even without the nostalgia of the game underlying my experience, I would have been treated to some truly epic JRPG music from a game that doesn't quite evoke "epic experience" the way something like Xenogears would. The simple fact that I listened to a 212 track soundtrack repeatedly and liked everything says it all. I never imagined that a Pokémon game would be a contender for my favorite video game soundtrack of 2013, but here it is. This soundtrack comes highly recommended, and I urge any gamer to buy it, play it during their morning commutes, and turn that dreary morning drive/bus ride/train ride/etc. into a journey through Kalos.
Reviewed by: Neal Chandran