I've been playing the upcoming 3DS game Fire Emblem: Awakening for the last week, and wanted to share some of the game's music.
We won't be posting a full review for a little while still, but I can already say that the soundtrack, most of which you can already listen to on YouTube, is something special.
I'll have something more in-depth about the game's soundtrack at some point soon, but for the time being, I wanted to share one of the standouts, the music that plays when you pick your party and prepare for battle.
The "prepare track" is an important one for a strategy-RPGs like Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre. It needs to be exciting without overselling it, thought-provoking while staying out of your way and letting you run through your stats and party members. This music achieves that, and it's hip, to boot.
I'm not 100% clear on who composed the Awakening soundtrack: It looks like it was some combination of longtime series composer Yuka Tsujiyoko and Okami and Bayonetta composer Rei Kondoh. I've reached out to Nintendo to find out.
Update: Nintendo got back to me to let me know that some of the Awakening music was indeed composed by Rei Kendoh, with Hiroki Morishita acting as music director and main composer.
At any rate, give it a listen, and choose your team. But be sure to choose… wisely.