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Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness(Pokémon XD: Yami no Kaze Dark Lugia in Japan) was released for the Nintendo GameCube in August of 2005. While it's not a direct sequel to Pokémon Colosseum, it's considered the successor. It contains some of the same music but re-arranged and it includes some of the same characters. The original score was written by Tsukasa Tawada, known for his work on several Pokémon games such as; Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon Battle Revolution and Pokémon Shuffle.  After dumping the BGM Files from the ISO image, I had to extract the two single channel DSP audio files from the FSYS files and then convert them to FLAC and MP3. After that we had to do our usual editing, looping(two loops, fade-out on the third), amplifying, tagging and organizing. It's a time consuming process but having it done right, makes it well worth it.

There are a handful of tracks that are identical but used for different events, such as: stm_bgm_XD_battle8  and stm_bgm_B_nikeldark  or stm_bgm_B_colosseum1  and stm_bgm_B_paira_1,  I only included one of those tracks to prevent redundancy.  Other tracks such as stm_bgm_B_lastboss  and stm_bgm_XD_lastbattle  are very similar as well,  but the XD Last Battle  version is unused in the game and is about a minute and a half shorter and has a naturally higher decibel level than the other.  There seems to be some word differences in the music files such as "Snatch Machine" instead of "Snag Machine" but it could just be that different terminology for the Japanese or European versions of the game, I'm not sure.

Most of the tracks were pretty easily identifiable (stm_bgm_B_colesseum1 = Colosseum - 1st Round), while others(stm_bgm_B_wirie =  Rider Willietook Battle) took a little digging to identify and properly label—especially for someone not familiar with the game. As some of you may know if you've been listening to our uploads, we don't want to break the flow music with fanfares, so we like to place the fanfare cues at the end of the soundtrack. For the fun of it, I also included a Sound Effect Selection Clip at the end.  All in all, I came away with 96 tracks and I'm glad to say that I think this is the cleanest upload of the score out there.

It's been a while since a home console has had a Pokémon game but hopefully Nintendo releases a open-world Pokémon game for the Switch. Until then, you can enjoy some Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Music uploaded in both FLAC and MP3.

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