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News: Composer Noriyuki Iwadare Returns For More Langrisser Adventures

Composer Noriyuki Iwadare Returns For More Langrisser Adventures

Iwadare helps to reincarnate the series

Fans were no doubt pleased to discover earlier this year that the Langrisser series is being reignited to bring Langrisser Re: Incarnation Tensei to the 3DS. After a 15 year break it is fair to say that fans are ready, and now the buzz can be heightened further by the announcement that world famous composer...

Review: Music On: Electric Guitar (3DS eShop)

Music On: Electric Guitar (3DS eShop)

While my 3DS gently weeps

If someone were to come up to you on the street and loudly proclaim "My 3DS is an electric guitar!!", you'd probably just smile politely and try to put as much distance between the two of you as possible. Their boasting isn't total insanity however, as Music On: Electric Guitar is an ambitious little app that aims to...

News: Marvel at the Launch Trailer, Live Music and Tracks of Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2

Marvel at the Launch Trailer, Live Music and Tracks of Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2

Full details inside

After a lengthy period of furious winking, release date movement - for the better in this case - and rumours, Nintendo revealed the details for Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2. Some of the rumours actually proved correct, either by dumb luck or otherwise, and the line-up has certainly got plenty of fans excited. If you missed it, the...

News: ​Unreleased SNES Music Game From The Creator Of Electroplankton Comes Back To Life

​Unreleased SNES Music Game From The Creator Of Electroplankton Comes Back To Life

Making noise with the SNES Mouse

Back in the 16-bit era Interactive media artist Toshio Iwai designed a SNES music composition tool that was to be released along with the SNES mouse in a bundle package, just like Mario Paint. There was even a US trademark filled for the game's western release under the name Sound Factory. Sadly, it never got...

News: ​Xenoblade Chronicles X's Soundtrack Is So Epic, It Needs 4 CDs To Contain It

​Xenoblade Chronicles X's Soundtrack Is So Epic, It Needs 4 CDs To Contain It

55 songs, coming to Japan May 20th

With Xenoblade Chronicles 3D release date fast approaching, it's hard not to yearn for the brand new title from the series, Xenoblade Chronicles X. However far away the (still undecided) western release date might be, new information for the game has been arriving in spades leaving fans wanting more. Recently we...

Exclusive: Theatre Musical 'The Legend of Zelda: Harmony of Hyrule' to Tread the Boards of Broadway

Theatre Musical 'The Legend of Zelda: Harmony of Hyrule' to Tread the Boards of Broadway

Everyone sings but Link

When rumours of a Legend of Zelda TV series on Netflix circulated, there was an understandable mix of trepidation and excitement; its description of "Game of Thrones for a family audience" certainly raised eyebrows. However, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata subsequently came out and said that the apparent leak was...

News: Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtracks Available Again on Club Nintendo in Europe

Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtracks Available Again on Club Nintendo in Europe

Big bands

With Club Nintendo in the middle of its farewell run, members are in their final few months in which they can spend their stars and coins. The North American platform has gone big with various rewards and downloadable games, and after a bit of a delay Nintendo of Europe recently got in the act with its own range of download games. We've...

Video: Bask in the Glow of These Live Performances from the Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Soundtrack

Bask in the Glow of These Live Performances from the Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Soundtrack

Gorgeous

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D has many qualities, such as the scale of the adventure and the well-crafted real-time combat mechanics, yet any list of praise should also reference its music. Sweeping orchestral numbers, low-key yet beautiful piano melodies, its range is vast and contributes a great deal to the experience; this is a game to play...

News: Tickets Go On Sale Soon for the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Tour

Tickets Go On Sale Soon for the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions Concert Tour

Buy them a day early using a special code

Major franchises that are beloved by Nintendo fans have some of gaming's most iconic soundtracks, and the enduring popularity of the Symphony of the Goddesses tours for The Legend of Zelda demonstrate that live events can be a huge success. It's no surprise, then, that Pokémon will enjoy similar treatment...

Weirdness: Should Rap Star Iggy Azalea Ever Go To Mars, She'll Be Taking Her Nintendo Handheld

Should Rap Star Iggy Azalea Ever Go To Mars, She'll Be Taking Her Nintendo Handheld

But is she named after the famous Koopaling, that's what we want to know

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea - real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly - is a pretty hot property in the music world right now, despite the fact that she's been referred to as the female Vanilla Ice (sounds like an insult if you ask us). If you need any proof of this, then you should...

Video: Allow These Charming Renditions Of Classic Zelda Tunes To Gently Massage Your Pointy Elf-Ears

Allow These Charming Renditions Of Classic Zelda Tunes To Gently Massage Your Pointy Elf-Ears

A sweeping orchestral arrangement

Here at Nintendo Life we love it when our favourite video game music gets a quality video tribute with costumes, location, cinematography and a musical arrangement to match. Recently we covered Taylor Davis' amazing work and here is someone very much on a similar level of quality. Vocalist Jillian Aversa has...

Feature: A Night at the Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest

A Night at the Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest

We take on the latest tour

Since the introduction of the iconic theme song on the NES in 1986, the body of music that has grown out of the Legend of Zelda series has been nothing short of legendary. Beginning with modest 8-bit sounds and eventually evolving into the sweeping sonatas in modern games, the songs have grown into something much more than...

News: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Official Soundtrack Returns to Club Nintendo in Europe

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Official Soundtrack Returns to Club Nintendo in Europe

You've got to spend those stars on something

Update 2: This soundtrack is now back on Club Nintendo in Europe, so act fast! Update: It seems that a lot of Club Nintendo members in Europe are desperate to spend their stars, as this soundtrack has disappeared again - supply not quite meeting demand, we suspect. Original Article: The end of Club...

Video: Check Out This Lovely Video of The Legend of Zelda Symphony in Tokyo, With Appearances from Eiji Aonuma and Koji Kondo

Check Out This Lovely Video of The Legend of Zelda Symphony in Tokyo, With Appearances from Eiji Aonuma and Koji Kondo

Watch in 4K if you're fancy enough

The Legend of Zelda Symphony is currently gearing up for its latest world tour, with concert dates in the Americas and Europe on the way. It kicked off in Tokyo just recently, however, and as this tour is the first - in this series, at least - that'll feature music from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask,...

Video: YouTube Musician Smooth McGroove Performs Majora's Mask Milk Bar Acapella

YouTube Musician Smooth McGroove Performs Majora's Mask Milk Bar Acapella

Milkin' it at the perfect time...

Popular YouTuber Smooth McGroove is at it again, and this time he tackles the 'Milk Bar' from Majora's Mask with a great level of detail and precision (as always). His 'Oath to Order / Calling the Four Giants' upload a week ago proved to go down exceptionally well with all the hype surrounding Majora's Mask 3D this...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest Concert Song List Revealed

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest Concert Song List Revealed

Zelda fans are in for a treat

Following the news that the “Symphony of the Goddesses” tours were returning in 2015 on a worldwide Master Quest comes new information via NeoGAF after the concert’s arrival in Japan over the weekend. With tickets sold out, Nintendo were nice enough to broadcast it to Japanese locals via NicoNico. The good news...

Music: Here's The Entire Gradius III Soundtrack In NES Style, Just Because

Here's The Entire Gradius III Soundtrack In NES Style, Just Because

The remix you didn't know you needed

Gradius III was one of Konami's first releases for the SNES and took the popular shooter franchise into the 16-bit realm for the first time. As is the case with many Konami games, it featured an excellent soundtrack by Konami Kukeiha Club, the company's in-house music team. In its pure, untouched form it's a...

Video: Listen to a Drummer Nail the Mario Underground Theme

Listen to a Drummer Nail the Mario Underground Theme

More than one way to beat World 1-2

Videogame covers are found in abundance on YouTube. You have covers with acoustic guitar, covers with Mario Paint, and even covers with just a guy singing mostly "Baah!" with the tones of an angel. One piece of the cover scene that doesn't seem to get as much attention is the drums, but we thankfully have artists...