So in a Pokémon world, unsupervised ten-year-old kids can just play slots all day in gaming establishments and get no pushback? Is it even only legal because “game coins” are technically not currency and perhaps legally similar instead to tickets like the ones awarded by amusement games?

Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal
Junichi Masuda, Go Ichinose, and Morikazu Aoki
“Radio: Lucky Channel/Game Corner”

Oh, what do I care, I just mostly spent my time listening to the music anyway!

With only a Game Boy sound chip as someone’s disposal, it’s incredible to hear something legitimately danceable conjured from it. Yet they do a pretty good imitation of the four-on-the-floor-with-hi-hats disco beat as the backbone—it even has solidly fast momentum—and the synths are as delightfully rhythmic as they are melodic. The beat even goes into crazier overdrive at the “chorus” section of the song, i.e. the last segment after which it all loops back to the beginning, and it’s a perfect way to tie things up.

This was pretty much my favorite song from the Generation 2 Pokémon games. It had enough of an impact, that a decade and a half later, once I was an adult well beyond those preteen years, when M83 put out the first single in advance of their next album Junk, “Do It, Try It”, and those jaunty saloon pianos kicked in? The very first thing they brought to my mind was that darn Game Corner music.

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Where I am concerned, that’s some high praise.


RedStripe Loved Trax—originally from days of Tumblr past—is a series about the music Justin adores, with special emphasis on songs from (or introduced by) video games and anime.