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News: Koji Kondo Discusses Music Creation for Iconic Mario and Legend of Zelda Games

Koji Kondo Discusses Music Creation for Iconic Mario and Legend of Zelda Games

The man behind your musical childhood speaks

For those of you who don't know, Koji Kondo is the man behind some of the most iconic tracks in the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series soundtracks. The catchy and beautiful music he produced in these games during the late '80s and all throughout the '90s has remained with many throughout their...

News: Koji Kondo Outlines the Importance of Music in Mario Maker

Koji Kondo Outlines the Importance of Music in Mario Maker

"We always want to make sure the music sounds fresh and new"

Nintendo played a prominent role during last week's début Game Awards in Las Vegas, with Reggie Fils-Aime on hand to introduce a few segments, including the well-received Legend of Zelda Wii U footage. Yet there was another prominent Nintendo figure on hand in Koji Kondo, the iconic...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest World Tour Confirmed

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest World Tour Confirmed

Will include new music from Majora's Mask and Link Between Worlds

While there have been other musical tours and concerts to celebrate The Legend of Zelda, it's the officially-sanctioned "Symphony of the Goddesses" tours that have been widely acclaimed, which began with the 25th Anniversary celebrations and even a CD with special edition copies of...

News: Image & Form Reveals That Steam Powered Giraffe is Producing the SteamWorld Heist Soundtrack

Image & Form Reveals That Steam Powered Giraffe is Producing the SteamWorld Heist Soundtrack

Will appear in-game, too

SteamWorld Dig, the 3DS eShop title — since ported to other platforms including Wii U — propelled Image & Form to prominence among Nintendo gamers and the wider gaming community, so there'll be plenty of attention on the upcoming SteamWorld Heist. Less a sequel and more of a spin-off, it sees the steam-driven robots...

News: The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in Japan

The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in Japan

Exposed shoulder buttons not an issue

Contrary to the West, Japan has an app that allows 3DS owners to download and listen to music, and despite the prominence of smaller and more dedicated media devices, many Japanese gamers are taking full advantage of the system. Recently hitting 3 million downloads, RecoChoku is the app in question. The site...

Weirdness: Fans of Patent Pending Song 'Hey Mario' Campaign for Radio One Airtime

Fans of Patent Pending Song 'Hey Mario' Campaign for Radio One Airtime

Over a million views of the song's videos since last year

There are plenty of fans out there that show their love for Nintendo and its games through various means — we see art, dance, song and more. Songs aren't in short supply of course, especially those dedicated to Mario, but one band and its fans are pushing the boat out to get mainstream...

News: Awesome Fan Album Metroid Cinematica Released Today

Awesome Fan Album Metroid Cinematica Released Today

Music to our ears

A young composer by the name of Sam Dillard has been hard at work composing and compiling his tribute to the spectacular music of the Metroid series, and has announced that the album is available to download right now. The 16 tracks on offer are all based heavily on tracks from the Metroid series as you might expect, but these are...

Feature: Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Music is "the biggest emotional aspect in any game"

There's surely little debating that music is absolutely integral to a video game experience. Nintendo has successfully riffed on iconic themes for decades, while still producing terrific new soundtracks in its current-day efforts that can only add to the excitement of the gameplay. This is...

News: You Can Now Download The Entire Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack For Your Listening Pleasure

You Can Now Download The Entire Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack For Your Listening Pleasure

And we mean the ENTIRE soundtrack

Rare's N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie is one of the best 3D platformers you're likely to find on any console, and its soundtrack was also pretty swell to boot. You can now download every piece of music contained in the game — that's 164 different tracks — over at composer Grant Kirkhope's Bandcamp page. It's not...

News: Harmony of Heroes, Free Super Smash Bros. Fan Album, Launches on 4th October

Harmony of Heroes, Free Super Smash Bros. Fan Album, Launches on 4th October

101 tracks in total

Harmony of Heroes, the free fan album dedicated to the Super Smash Bros. series, has a confirmed release date of 4th October, just a day after the arrival of the 3DS title in Europe and North America. It's a large-scale project involving contributors from around the world, bringing together a grand total of 101 tracks. The lead...

Ninterview: We Talk Bits and Beats With Mega Ran

We Talk Bits and Beats With Mega Ran

Bringing nerdcore to the masses

Raheem Jarbo, known as Random or Mega Ran, is a popular American underground rapper, Chiptunes DJ, and record producer. To those that love retro game music and the creativity it can spark he can perhaps be considered as a trailblazer; best known on the Nerdcore Hip-Hop scene, Mega Ran has also coined the term...

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...