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News: Keep Your Eyes Peeled for this Orchestral Metroid Album

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for this Orchestral Metroid Album

Paying homage to a very special lady

Composer Sam Dillard is in the process of producing an album of music from the Metroid series called Metroid Cinematica, and aims to release it during October. The music promises to be more of a re-imagining than a simple repeat performance of the original tracks. Certain moments from different themes will be...

News: The Wonderful 101 Gets a Wonderful Soundtrack Release

The Wonderful 101 Gets a Wonderful Soundtrack Release

Wonderful

Music fanatics, prepare your eardrums. Platinum Games announced today that the complete soundtrack of 127 tracks from its excellent title The Wonderful 101 is getting a digital release. Split into two volumes, the soundtrack would supposedly have needed five CDs in order to have a physical release, so our shelves can breathe a sigh of...

News: Diggin' In The Carts Aims To Give Japanese Video Game Music The Exposure It Deserves

Diggin' In The Carts Aims To Give Japanese Video Game Music The Exposure It Deserves

Chip tune greatness

Red Bull might be an energy drink, but the company is going all kinds of other cool stuff that doesn't involve beverages — and the Red Bull Music Academy is one of them. Diggin' In The Carts is a new web series which aims to explore the rich — and some would say under-appreciated — history of the Japanese video game music...

Weirdness: Hear Nintendo's Classic Themes Played on Kazoos

Hear Nintendo's Classic Themes Played on Kazoos

Marginally too cool for school

Nintendo has arguably some of the best music in the gaming world, causing different groups of people to take the music from the games they love and perform it themselves. It's no surprise that certain individuals take it upon themselves to somewhat reinvent tracks in order to give them a fresh and interesting feel...

News: A Whopping 5-Disc Bayonetta 2 Soundtrack Will be Released in Japan

A Whopping 5-Disc Bayonetta 2 Soundtrack Will be Released in Japan

Bewitching

Bayonetta 2 arrives in Western territories this October, and we think you should be excited about it. It's impressed us a great deal so far, with fast-paced action, gorgeous visuals and a soundtrack that pushes you onwards. It's great news — if you're in Japan — that the soundtrack is all set for a full release in the country...

News: Goodbye Galaxy Games Reveals First Teaser Image of Wii U FPS

Goodbye Galaxy Games Reveals First Teaser Image of Wii U FPS

Tappingo soundtrack now available for free

Earlier this year we spoke to Hugo Smits, the man behind Goodbye Galaxy Games, to talk a little about the upcoming Tappingo 2. A surprising detail was that, when asked about other projects in the works, the answer was an "FPS with guns and blood" for the Wii U. The developer has now sent us a teaser image...

Review: Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Wii U eShop)

Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Wii U eShop)

A decomposing composer, recomposed

Public domain is often seen as the place cheap music games go to die, but it does not have to be this way. There is a lot of great music from the past that remains untapped; a multitude of virtuosos from previous centuries whose works can appeal within the context of a game. All that’s needed is the right...

Video: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jeremy Ellis and The Roots Perform an Awesome Super Mario Bros. Remix

DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jeremy Ellis and The Roots Perform an Awesome Super Mario Bros. Remix

Which DJ wins?

With the recent Independence Day celebrations in the US, there were plenty of events and concerts taking place around the country. One of these was the 2014 Philly Jam, and for those watching there was a bit of a retro Mario treat to enjoy. In the clip below DJ Jazzy Jeff — who most may know as Will Smith's buddy and musical...

News: Pokémon Orchestral Tour Premiering in August

Pokémon Orchestral Tour Premiering in August

Super effective on the ears

Following in the steps of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, another Nintendo franchise's musical score will soon say goodbye to its mom and embark on a journey to prove itself the champion of concert halls the land over. The Pokémon Company International has announced Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, a new...

News: Shovel Knight Soundtracks Released on Bandcamp

Shovel Knight Soundtracks Released on Bandcamp

Name your price for some metal-slammin' tracks

In our recent post on the Shovel Knight release trailer, you may recall one of our questions in our state of frenzied yammering was "Where do we get this song?!" Delightfully, we have an answer: it's Track 17 on Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged, newly released alongside the

News: An Iconic Super Mario Bros. 3 Overworld Theme Gets the Smooth McGroove Treatment

An Iconic Super Mario Bros. 3 Overworld Theme Gets the Smooth McGroove Treatment

Who can resist that?

We imagine many of you are already familiar with Smooth McGroove, a hugely popular presence on YouTube that's highly regarded for his weekly Acapella music videos. His rise to prominence has been particularly impressive, with his focus on retro titles also helping to establish a dedicated audience. While all of his videos are...

News: New Super Mario 64 Remix Album is a Work of Musical Art

New Super Mario 64 Remix Album is a Work of Musical Art

21 tracks expertly re-imagined

It’s been argued about and discussed for years that some of the best music of the modern era has come from video games. Whether it be a quirky little chip-tune jingle or a full blown symphony, video game music has delivered some of the best pieces to gamers everywhere. But despite its varied range and outstanding...

Ninterview: Taylor Davis Shares Her Musical Journey and Love for Gaming

Taylor Davis Shares Her Musical Journey and Love for Gaming

"Just focus on what you love about yourself and what makes you happy"

Videogame music is, as we and many others have argued, absolutely vital to what makes particular experiences memorable and special. It's no surprise, either, that there are a lot of musicians in the world that readily cite gaming as a core passion in their lives — whether in...

News: If You Like Rainbow Road Music, This Album Is For You

If You Like Rainbow Road Music, This Album Is For You

Shiryu brings us Rainbow Road Adventures

As you may have guessed from all the Mario Kart 8 articles, today is the Wii U title's launch day. A happy occasion for many Wii U owners, certainly, and one being celebrated in various ways. One such celebration that we think you'll enjoy is this album, Rainbow Road Adventures from musician and Nintendo...

News: Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

At least a potential E3 reveal won't be a live demonstation

It seems that today is a day of potential E3 leaks, and this one will likely divide Nintendo gamers. We're aware that some of the Nintendo Life community enjoyed Wii Music, so this writer will restrict expressing his feelings of trepidation and fear at this possible reveal — the lead...