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Mid-Week Video Day: The Opening Video that Made Me Fall in Love with Game Soundtracks [Wild Arms]

I love video game soundtracks, those that tell a story without words, and this is the main reason for my love. ❤

The quiet guitar, about to tell a story of a world with two moons. The whistling of a wanderer alone in the world, the sadness as he leaves the grave. Another guitar plays, telling the story of another wanderer, then the strings and percussions, drawing upon emotions of more people. A girl focuses her thoughts in her clasped hands, her wishes and hopes for the future, and looks up at the winds of change.

The strings swells as the wind spreads the wishes and hopes, and the strings grow louder and louder as a powerful golem rises from the earth, making contact with a girl standing upon its hand, as she tears away her appearance of a princess and embraces her abilities as a sorceress.

Then the strings roar into a climax, the struggles of the lone wanderer climbing up a cliff. Pain, exhaustion, yet he must go on. He slips, falls, hanging on as the darkness below awaits. Chest heaving, muscles burning with strain, heart filled with doubt and fear… yet he must go on.

But he stops. Something catches his eyes.

Wisps. Wisps filled with thoughts, with wishes and hopes for the future. Floating past him towards the top of the cliff. As though to encourage him, as though to fill him with hope.

And, as the percussion ends, full of determination and hope, the wanderer pushes on and makes it to the top of the cliff.

The quiet whistling returns, but the lone wanderer is no longer alone. As he stands up with a smile, as his companions return his smile, the sun rises over the horizon to bring a new day, just as the quiet guitar ends.

Yes, I just wrote all that listening to this soundtrack! Words really can’t describe how it moves my heart each time, even almost 20 years later. ❤❤❤

As the title of this post already mentioned, this is the video game opening that made me fall in love with video game music! It’s the opening movie for Wild Arms (1996, PSX), a Wild West-themed fantasy role-playing game. The soundtrack is called “To the End of the Wilderness” by my favourite composer Michiko Naruke!

Do let me know what you think of both the soundtrack and my mini-story. 😀

~Nicolle ❤

A Short Self-Compassionate Letter

Dear Self,

How wonderful that the soundtrack still moves you even after almost 20 years!

15 thoughts on “Mid-Week Video Day: The Opening Video that Made Me Fall in Love with Game Soundtracks [Wild Arms]

    1. Yay, I’m glad you’re in love with this soundtrack too! I really love Michiko Naruke’s compositions, and the soundtracks are even better in the remake! 😀

      The opening song is the same in the remake but with a different video, but while it explains the story better and I prefer the new artwork, I feel like it doesn’t really go hand-in-hand with the music like the original video, there isn’t that oomph feeling! Here’s the remake opening of you’re curious: https://youtu.be/Y8Fedfg8B50

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      1. Michiko Naruke!! Woohoo!!
        Yeah. Just saw it. I prefer the first one you shared. This one explains the story better for sure but there’s too much happening for me. No sense of mystery in the end

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