In a game where you’re the very best, sometimes you need an orchestra.

Yes, more companies are capitalizing on your nostalgia, this time with orchestrations of the original Pokémon soundtrack. Caitlin Oram at Pixels or Death found them evocative of her youth in the best way.

Of course, I’d turn out the lights, kiss Mom and Dad goodnight, and snuggle into bed… until I heard their footsteps fade down the hall. I spent hours and hours playing by flashlight, hiding under the covers so the crack under the door wouldn’t let out a single glimpse of light. I obsessed over the game, daydreaming about the next battle in school or humming the songs as I did chores. To this day, the only game guide I’ve ever owned is the “Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide,” which is now dog-eared, missing its cover, and sitting on my bookshelf.

While I only listened to songs from the Kanto region, [Skotein] has songs from each major region in the Pokémon world (except for Sevii Islands, only appearing in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen). I love it so much; they’ve taken my favourite toy from childhood and given it a grown-up twist. Orchestral music now really appeals to me (although as a child I found it boring) – so they’ve taken a favourite old memory, and put it into a current favourite style of music. In doing so, Pokémon Reorchestrated took a piece of my childhood and brought it up to adulthood. Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony is slotted for release later this month, and I know I’ll be getting myself a copy.