WaveBack Episode 72: 2018 WaveBack Awards

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Matt and Kris decide on the best video game music of 2018 with the first annual WaveBack Awards

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And the nominees are… Best Menu Music * Victory Fanfare – Octopath Traveler by Yasunori Nishiki * Stage Select – Mega Man 11 by Marika Suzuki * Spooky Main Manu – Graveyard Keeper by Hamza el Hamri * Torna – Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna by Yasunori Mitsuda * Guacamelee! 2 Theme (Main Menu) – Guacamelee 2 by Peter Chapman

Best Game Opener * First Steps – Celeste by Lena Raine * Los Manglares – Guacamelee 2 by Rom Di Prisco * CommanderVideo Runs Again – Runner 3 by Matthew Harwood * Prisoner’s Awakening – Dead Cells by Yoann Laulan * Minit’s Awakening – Minit by Jukio Kallio

Best Stage Music * Quillshroom’s Horrors (Quillshroom Marsh) – The Messenger by Rainbowdragoneyes * A Melody to Break the Curse (Music Box) – The Messenger by Rainbowdragoneyes * Fuse Man Stage – Mega Man 11 by Marika Suzuki * Greenpath – Hollow Knight by Christopher Larkin * Sabasaba Desert – Minit by Jukio Kallio

Best cinematic or event music * Scattered and Lost – Celeste by Lena Raine * Shocking Turn of Events – Spider-Man by John Paesano * Lara’s Dream – Shadow of the Tomb Raider by Brian D’Oliveira * Nasty Majesty – Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion by Toru Minegishi, Ryo Nagamatsu, and Shiho Fuji * Primed for Battle – Starlink by Trevor Yulie

Best shop music * Botanist – Blossom Tales by Visager * Weapon Merchant – Dead Cells by Yoann Laulan * Shop – Mega Man 11 by Marika Suzuki * The Arcane Shoppe – The Messenger by Rainbowdragoneyes * Mouth Verbalmeyer – Runner 3 by Matthew Harwood

Best boss music * Weight of a Doubt – Dandara by ThommazK * They Who Govern Reason – Octopath Traveler by Yasunori Nishiki * Not the Boss of Me – Runner 3 by Matthew Harwood * Phantom Legacy – The Messenger by Rainbowdragoneyes * New Boss Theme – Guacamelee 2 by Peter Chapman

Best soundtrack from a remake/remaster * DKC Tropical Freeze by David Wise * Lumines Remastered by Takayuki Nakamura and Katsumi Yokota * Shadow of the Colossus by Kow Otani * Pokemon Let’s Go by Shota Kageyama * Katamari Damacy Reroll by Yuu Miyake, Asuka Sakai, Akitaka Tohyama, Hideki Tobeta, Yoshihito Yano, and Yuri Misumi

Best original song * Scattered and Lost – Celeste by Lena Raine * CommanderVideo Runs Again – Runner 3 by Matthew Harwood * A Melody to Break the Curse – The Messenger by Rainbowdragoneyes * Minit’s Awakening – Minit by Jukio Kallio * Los Manglares – Guacamelee 2 by Rom Di Prisco

Best original soundtrack * Celeste by Lena Raine * Guacamelee 2 by Peter Chapman (aka Coins), Rom Di Prisco and Mariachi Entertainment System * Minit by Jukio Kallio * The Messenger by Rainbowdragoneyes * Runner 3 by Matthew Harwood and Stemage

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Kris Randazzo

Kris is the Content Supervisor of Geekade. As an avid consumer of all things video game, Kris spent his formative years collecting cartridges, CDs, discs, and assorted paraphernalia in an effort to amass a video game collection large enough to kill an elephant. He works with Stone Age Gamer, writing for their blog and hosting the Stone Age Gamer Podcast right here at Geekade. He's also the host of the WaveBack Podcast, co-host of This Week's Episode, and can occasionally be found in the pages of Nintendo Force Magazine.

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