I'm no Nobuo fanboy, but he's got talent. That song gets me every time, what a nice tune.
Yeah, I thought her performance was cool just for the fact that SOMEONE'S playing it, and it was done rather nicely. It may not be symphony-hall quality, but hey, the vast majority of piano players are amateurs. I always like it when someone plays a decent piano rendition of VGM. And yeah, that opening tune to FF10 just gets me...It's simple, but it's beautifully sad, especially when Tidus talks about wanting to tell his story.
And regarding other VGM piano playing that gives me goosebumps:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6zpB3Vds1Q&NR (Legend of Mana)
You gotta love the Totoro and soot sprite in the foreground, heh.
I see that there are a lot of VGM piano playing on YT...I'm gonna have to check this out, heh.
Ooh, here's one of someone playing the Piano Collections version of Tina's Theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uns6tHo2 … ed&search=