Final Fantasy VII is a game that is very near and dear to my heart. Being an only child, I led a rich, inner life in my youth that was heavily influenced by the sprawling, fantastical worlds of JRPGs and Final Fantasy, in particular. This game was the reason I purchased a PlayStation, for crying out loud, so believe me when I say that Nobuo Uematsu’s score is burned deep into my brain. Few things were sweeter than the sight of Cloud and company rhythmically pumping their weapons after a battle in celebration of having slain another batch of random baddies accompanied by the jauntiest victory theme you’ve ever heard. Normally, I’m fairly resistant to a cappella covers, because everyone I met in college who did a cappella made it seem like a creepy, Scientology-esque cult. However, once I heard the dulcet tones of Smooth McGroove and his pitch perfect covers of classic gaming themes, I began to change my tune. Revel in his bearded brilliance and transport yourself back to a simpler time when pixels ruled the earth.
Final Fantasy VII‘s “Victory Theme”
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney‘s “Cornered” theme
Tetris‘ “Theme A”
Street Fighter II‘s “Guile Theme”
Mega Man 2′s “Dr. Wily Stage”
Super Mario World – “Overworld Theme”
What do you think of Smooth McGroove’s covers? What theme would you like him to tackle? Let us know in the comments below or let me know on Twitter!