Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
I've been wanting to work on this soundtrack for a long time now and I'm glad to say that the past two weeks I finally got around to it. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is the second installment in the long running Paper Mario Series and is still to this day.. the best one released(yes, the first PM is a great game but second my books). It's been about, nine or ten years since I last played through TTYD and the story of my last playthrough is interesting and a testament to what a great game it is..
So, I played through the entire game and reached the point where I was about to open The Thousand-Year Door and enter the Palace of Shadow(for those of you that don't know, that's the very end of the game); I saved and went to bed. The next day after work, I went to load up my save and.. yup, nothing is there. It was really my fault for using a cheap aftermarket purple memory card for the GameCube but everything was gone, including my PM:TTYD saves. I remember feeling.. well, not happy, as you would imagine. I told myself I would not do that all over again, especially not anytime soon. A week or so go by and I went online ordered a Nintendo Licensed black 251 memory card, popped it in, sat back and played through the entire darn game again. Finished up the Palace of Shadow that I missed, defeated the Shadow Queen, watched the credits roll and I actually enjoyed it just as much as I did the first around. Moral of the story, do not rely on cheap knock off memory cards.
Now, on to the music..
The soundtrack was pretty straightforward, I took the stm or stream files off of the .ISO I ripped, converted them, edited and labeled the tracks according to when they play. There were some tracks like evt_mri1 and _mri2 or stgk_fld1_up1 and _up2 that are identical with the exception of a very short intro attached, so I excluded the non-intro versions since there is less audio(which is what I did with Skyward Sword). As for the tagging, the tracks that are recycled throughout the game are tagged based on when they're first heard - such as Magnus Von Grapple Battle that's played again during the second battle with Crump at Keelhaul Key. I used some in-game dialogue to tag some of the events that occur to make the titles sound more original such as "You're Interrupting My Me Time" and "Pirates do not MOAN!"(what a great line).
This is one of my all-time favorite games and If there is ever a HD Remake(make it happen Nintendo!) I'd definitely give it another playthrough. I also wanted to say that the newest game in the seriesPaper Mario: Color Splash is so far, one of the better ones I've played recently and it has some good music if anybody was wondering. You'll find the PP:TTYD OST in the archive.