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Rumour: Former Rare Composer David Wise Is Working On An Unannounced Nintendo Title

Former Rare Composer David Wise Is Working On An Unannounced Nintendo Title

Man behind Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's music is back

David Wise is a living legend for many Nintendo fans, having contributed some amazing music to a dazzling array of classic Nintendo releases - the most famous of which is arguably the Donkey Kong Country franchise. Wise has since gone freelance but composed the fantastic soundtrack to...

Video: Retro Music is Hard-Wired Into Your Brain Because of Science, Not Just Because It's Awesome

Retro Music is Hard-Wired Into Your Brain Because of Science, Not Just Because It's Awesome

Jumping to the beat

When playing retro games it's common to admire the music, with a sense among some that chiptunes of the 8- and 16-bit era are a cut above modern soundtracks. There are still spectacular soundtracks in modern gaming, particularly those performed by live bands and orchestras, yet for some retro music can't be topped. There are...

News: Here's Your Next Helping Of Guitar Hero Live Tracks

Here's Your Next Helping Of Guitar Hero Live Tracks

A mix of old and new

Activision has released the next set of songs for its forthcoming music title, Guitar Hero Live. This week's helping includes shock rock outfit Marilyn Manson, newcomers Royal Blood and veteran outfit the Deftones. Here's this week's list: Royal Blood "Little Monster" Marilyn Manson "Disposable Teens" Killswitch Engage "In...

News: Newly Confirmed Guitar Hero Live Tracks Bring The Spandex And Poodle Perms

Newly Confirmed Guitar Hero Live Tracks Bring The Spandex And Poodle Perms

"Got any Priest, mate?"

Activision is releasing the full track list for its forthcoming Guitar Hero Live in batches, and it has just announced the second helping of songs. While some fans expressed disappointment at the first drop, this week's offering should get classic rock fans more excited as it includes Pantera, Rage Against the Machine and...

Weirdness: Former My Chemical Romance Frontman Can't Get Enough Of Zelda: Wind Waker

Former My Chemical Romance Frontman Can't Get Enough Of Zelda: Wind Waker

"I play Zelda with my daughter now"

When Activision announced its plans to relaunch Guitar Hero recently, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way was one of the artists it recruited to promote the move. Way has since been talking to UK newspaper Metro about gaming in general, and has revealed that he's a big fan of The Legend of Zelda - and the...

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...