Rhythm Game SpinOffs We Want After Cadence of Hyrule

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form I always thought Crypt of the NecroDancer was a cool concept. Fighting monsters while staying on beat turned combat into a kind of dance mixed with a very fast turn-based strategy game. And the music was absolutely incredible, even if the retro sprites were a little too retro. But the neat idea was ruined for me by the needless difficulty and randomization of the roguelike genre.So I’m thrilled the recent inexplicable yet incredible crossover Cadence of Hyrule- Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda fixes virtually all of those problems. The game is still tough and there are still random elements but they are heavily reduced in favor of a typical 2D Zelda adventure where you can actually make progress over hours of play. The roguelike elements are almost vestigial.Cadence of Hyrule is much more about messing around with Zelda items like hookshots and boomerangs in this new rhythm game context, as well as soaking in the 16-bit Zelda art you’d never guess an indie game pulled off. As far as 2019 Zelda games on Nintendo Switch go, I may end up enjoying this game even more than the Link’s Awakening remake just because of how fresh it feels to explore and fight through.But of course Cadence of Hyrule’s greatest strength comes from the art form powering the whole gimmick. The music, once again by Danny Baranowsky, is absolutely incredible. Chill Zelda beats to study to. Rousing symphonic overworld journey music backed by dance hall beats. Disco descents into enemy dungeons. Epic boss showdown show tunes that make you feel like you’re listening to a Zelda-themed rock opera. I just wish more modern songs got recognition along with classic remixes, but that’s only because I want more music in general.I also want more games like Cadence of Hyrule. Not just other weird Nintendo mash-ups like Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle or Star Fox in Starlink, although those are both great. But I mean more games that apply the Crypt of the NecroDancer formula to other games with killer soundtracks. Games like these.Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, SplatoonAfter playing a game as awesome as Cadence of Hyrule, I could basically fill this entire list with Nintendo games that should get the same treatment. From the ambient natural atmosphere of Donkey Kong Country, to Metroid’s sci-fi riffs that metal musicians love, to the new-school punk dance hits of Splatoon, to the iconic tracks of the Mario franchise, these are all ripe for music spin-off potential. Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix isn’t enough.CastlevaniaCastlevania is almost underrated for the sheer variety of fantastic gothic techno music it presents to players. It gets your blood pumping as you prepare to slay some blood suckers. Castlevania’s general game design, using temporary items to explore a sprawling castle full of monsters, would also easily translate to the NecroDancer formula.Metal GearWe’d be grateful for a good new Metal Gear game period after the messy departure of creator Hideo Kojima. But a NecroDancer-style dance game, as weird as it sounds, is worth pursuing. Metal Gear is never afraid to inject some random goofiness into the serious military action. Snake sneaking around enemy bases is basically the same as exploring dungeons. And Metal Gear is chock full of awesome operatic vocal tracks that would be absolute bangers in a music game.Final FantasyFinal Fantasy technically already got a rhythm spin-off with the two Theatrhythm Final Fantasy games. But while they did feature some light RPG elements, they were really just about tapping and swiping icons on beat. What I’m asking for here is a full-on adventure based on the iconic Nobuo Uematsu tunes of this beloved enduring JRPG franchise.Guardians of the GalaxyWhile Square Enix has finally unveiled its big AAA Avengers video game (which looks more than a little creepy) rumors persist that the studio is also prepping a Guardians of the Galaxy game with its Marvel partnership. And given how prominent pop music is in the cinematic version of this franchise, a video game adaptation should totally go full-on rhythm game.Sonic the HedgehogFrom anonymous Michael Jackson contributions to beloved Crush 40 butt-rock, there’s a lot to choose from when making a Sonic music platformer. And the success of Sonic Mania should convince Sega to basically hand over the hedgehog to indies. But what really pushed us over the (h)edge was hearing this crazy “Green Hill Zone” cover by Stephen Colbert late night band leader on Jon Batiste who has also covered other gaming songs from Mario and Zelda. It makes more sense than “Gangsta’s Paradise!”Anything by Supergiant GamesDespite their disconnected fantasy/sci-fi worlds, projects from developer Supergiant Games share many things in common. They have gorgeous illustrated art. They have deep strategic gameplay systems. Logan Cunningham voices someone or something important. And most relevant here, they have stunning soundtracks by composer Darren Korb and vocalist Ashley Lynn Barrett. So whether it’s Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, Hades, or something brand new, we need a Supergiant Games game that’s even more about the music.last_img