The original Pokémon games were released close to the end of the Game Boy’s lifespan, but for many people, these titles are truly inseparable from their memories of the handheld. Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version are classics of their genre — a genre they basically created — and started the worldwide phenomenon that has shaped the childhoods of millions of people. They are good games, to put it simply, and one of the greatest aspects of these games are the simple-yet-charming musical tracks that play throughout their adventures.
Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite songs from The Legend of Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!
Those endearing melodies that ring out through the Game Boy’s mono speaker give life to the games and have an undeniable effect on the series and its lasting success (I guess you could say they are super effective). They deserve appreciation, and Peter Anthony Smith’s medley is a fantastic fan-made love letter to the rhythms of the Pokémon world.
First of all, Peter performs his one-man trio with an EWI — or electronic wind instrument — which works well with the 8-bit tracks from Pokémon. I’m not a musician by any means, and my technical knowledge concerning music is very limited, but the style he went for while arranging this collection of iconic songs served him well, and it delivers a final product that will please any Pokémon fan.
This medley is comprised of three songs that play during certain points in Red and Blue: “Celadon City,” “Pokémon Tower,” and “S.S. Anne.” Each melody is a remix, but they still stick closely to the source material in an attempt to behave more like an updated, live version.
I love his choice of tracks for this medley. They are not songs that are excessively remixed (such as the games’ introduction theme), but instead are ones that everyone remembers without necessarily being the first songs people start humming whenever they think about Red and Blue. They also work well with the EWI, which is something I’m willing to believe he considered when choosing the songs.
Peter has done a number of other medleys and covers for Pokemon and other various franchises (including The Legend of Zelda), so I suggest you check out his YouTube channel to see more of his content. Each video is enjoyable and filled with the same level of thought and detail as the one shown above.