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Rytmik Retrobits Takes You Back in Time

Posted by James Newton

One bit at a time

Remember when game music was a little less ambitious? When the most impressive creations were achieved with bleeps and bloops in a handful of channels? If you're nodding vigorously — or have no idea what we're talking about — then you might want to check out Rytmik Retrobits.

Unlike previous instalments Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition and Rytmik: Rock Edition, the game isn't about sounding contemporary or realistic but celebrating the pleasure of intricately created chip music. Fans of our chip and game music podcast NLFM will be right at home.

There's no release date for Rytmik Retrobits yet, but you can hear a few samples of the tunes over at the game's official website.

[via rytmik-retrobits.cinemax.cz]

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Crystalking18

#2

Crystalking18 said:

sounds great. I'm probably going to buy it when I get a points card, along with Mighty Milky Way

RyuZebian

#5

RyuZebian said:

There was a Video Game themed series of concerts in the city Malmö a while back, out of which 2 were chiptune acts. One with Korg-10 DS as his weapon of choice! :) The rock band Powerplay were the best of the bunch though, with their rockin' covers of the NES greats... Anyway, this Rytmik appeals to me, since I want to make music, but lack the know-how. And I figure that starting with such basic sounds might be a good idea! :D

Motorbass

#14

Motorbass said:

Nice nice. Not the real thing since it uses samples and not a real sound engine. But it may be nice to sketch out ideas.

kurtasbestos

#16

kurtasbestos said:

RyuZebian -> When people label the KORG DS-10 as (or try to use it to make) chiptunes, it makes me sad because it's a full-fledged synthesizer that can be used to do so many better things. It also makes me sad when people with decent equipment and skills recreate 8-bit songs (as opposed to creating their own material).

I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I don't care for chiptunes because after about 5 minutes they all start to sound exactly the same. Still... depending on the quality/variety of samples in this new version of Rytmik, I might be able to get more out of it than the previous versions.

Jahir

#17

Jahir said:

eoqadigf!! I need a freaking eShop card right now! I just checked the reviews of the past Rytmik games and I'm very (VERY) interested on them. This one looks awsome too, a must have for me :3

Mystic_Kirby

#19

Mystic_Kirby said:

YES! I actually sent an email to Cinemax a while back asking if they were gonna make an 8-bit themed rytmik and they said they were working on retrobits! SOOO EXCITED! :D

(Although, where's Hip Hop King? Still haven't gotten that yet. :/ So I can only assume it will take ages for Retrobits to get on U.S. shores.)

grumblegrumble

#24

grumblegrumble said:

OMG! Seriously!!! I love old video game blips and bleeps, that's part of the reason I love Atari so much hehe ;) And Nintendo, of course. Bring it on! :D

crazyj2312

#25

crazyj2312 said:

I better be able to export my music to my SD card this time. Otherwise, whats the point.

NintenDude97

#26

NintenDude97 said:

@crazyj2312 Nintendo put restrictions on DSiWare to keep it from accessing the SD filesystem. If they allowed it, hackers would be all over Ninty's games right now.
which would be awesome

Hey, and if you want to record songs to your PC, there is a way to do it. Just go on Amazon and buy a 3.5mm male to male cord. Then, once you have the cord, download Audacity (a free program) install it, and you'll see a record button near the toolbar. Plug your DSi (or 3DS) into the mic port of your PC. Press the record button right before you start the song. Wait for the whole song to play out on your DS, then stop the recording. If you want to export it as an .mp3, then download the L.A.M.E. plugin from their website. Hope this helps. :)

RyuZebian

#27

RyuZebian said:

@kurtasbestos
The thing I like about video game music is that it doesn't get as old as regular music when repeated! The DS-user didn't just only stick to "true" chiptune though. He prefers to call it "electronic rock," and I guess it's a lot like that. Sounds very 8-bitish though. His name is Snild Dolkow, so you can google that and judge for yourself what you think!

Shadowflash

#31

Shadowflash said:

@crazyj2312 If you need your music on your computer like I do, it's very well needed...and I use the FL recorder. For some odd reason, Audicity doesn't work right for me.

I wish we had a bit more info on this XD.

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