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News: Mario Kart 8 Soundtrack CD Club Nintendo Reward Powerslides Into View

Mario Kart 8 Soundtrack CD Club Nintendo Reward Powerslides Into View

The perfect driving accompaniment

Club Nintendo might be about to close soon in Europe (it's already finished in North America), but in the meantime Nintendo is still being generous with the goodies on offer for dedicated Stars collectors in the region. For only 3000 Stars in Europe (2000 in Australia) you can now grab the Mario Kart 8 Original...

Review: KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

Weak Beats

Keytari: 8-Bit Music Maker seems to be an interesting entry in the eShop for anyone who's ever grooved along to the chiptunes that played during NES games. After hearing music from Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man for decades, Keytari tries to put the tools in your hand to make your own. Unfortunately, its limited capabilities turn it into...

Video: Chill Out With Smooth McGroove's Onett Theme A-Cappella From EarthBound

Chill Out With Smooth McGroove's Onett Theme A-Cappella From EarthBound

Released in honour of Satoru Iwata

Fans of awesome video game music with a taste for a-cappella are likely familiar with Smooth McGroove, who's covered a huge number of iconic tracks in his own style. There'd been a bit of a gap (around three months) since his last video at the time of writing, but the singer / composer has now released a fresh...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest World Tour Gets Extended

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest World Tour Gets Extended

The journey continues with more dates

Without a doubt, The Legend of Zelda series has some of the most iconic music in video gaming history. As such, it's no surprise that Symphony of the Goddesses - a concert series that aims to bring exactly that music to life - would still be touring years after its initial conception, with no signs of slowing...

News: Secret Of Evermore's Epic Soundtrack Gets The Remaster Treatment

Secret Of Evermore's Epic Soundtrack Gets The Remaster Treatment

Sean Schafianski works his magic on Jeremy Soule's original tracks

Secret of Evermore is one of Square's forgotten classics - a SNES title created entirely in North America that tried to ape stable mate Secret of Mana, but didn't quite match it. Despite being less acclaimed than some of Square's other 16-bit titles, Evermore still has plenty of fans...

Ninterview: Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

"The controller we have created is like wearing my childhood round my neck"

We recently came across a UK based hip-hop producer and DJ by the name of Imperial, who makes quite a striking impression with a strange musical instrument strapped around his neck, which has parts that might seem very familiar to our readers. This musical instrument is...

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...

News: ​30th Anniversary Super Mario Concert Comes to Japan this September

​30th Anniversary Super Mario Concert Comes to Japan this September

No love for the West, Nintendo?

It seems that Nintendo has a thing for putting on excellent concerts to celebrate landmark anniversaries for its most treasured franchises. Here in the West, fans have had the privilege for the past few years of attending the Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, a touring orchestra that covers several tracks and...

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...