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News: Turn Your DSi Into a Virtual Instrument With the 'Music On' Series

Turn Your DSi Into a Virtual Instrument With the 'Music On' Series

Music On: Electronic Keyboard is the first in a new series from Abylight

The catalogue of DSiWare releases ranges from straight-forward games to various media creation applications; Abylight is the latest contributor to the latter. The company that brought us Fish 'em All! and Stop Stress: A Day of Fury has announced its upcoming range of Music On titles is a collection of virtual instruments, and..

News: Be the Master of Ceremonies With Def Jam Rapstar

Be the Master of Ceremonies With Def Jam Rapstar

Mic check, one two, one two

We might be getting a taste of what the turntable brings to the whole Hip Hop culture with games like DJ Hero, but evidently, that's not enough. Konami has secured co-distribution rights with Autumn Games for the upcoming "rap game" developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Games, and Def Jam Interactive. So clear your throat and pick up the mic if you have the skills..

News: New Rytmik Web Site Will Have You Nodding To Its Freshness

New Rytmik Web Site Will Have You Nodding To Its Freshness

Cinemax teases with a new trailer

It's been almost two years since AQ Interactive laid down the beats on the Nintendo DS in the form of Korg DS-10; a music sequencer based on Korg's MS-10 synthesiser. While the bar was set admirably high, the developers came back with Korg DS-10 Plus earlier this year, giving DSi users double the amount of tracks to play with. With AQ Interactive being the main..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 5: Dark Side of the Mario

NLFM Episode 5: Dark Side of the Mario

Shake your plumber bootie

It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're going to listen in on what makes Mario groove, go East/West (who knows?!) with the Kusagari and see just how epic one man can make the NES. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds,..

News: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Gets The NES Treatment

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Gets The NES Treatment

Classic rock album is re-imagined on the vintage 8-bit

Pink Floyd may be a band that your dad was into when he was younger but that doesn't deny them the privilege of being one of rock music's all-time greatest acts, and their magnum opus The Dark Side of the Moon still sounds amazing even today. But you know what would make it sound even more amazing? If it were re-done using nothing but the NES..

News: Contra 4 Soundtrack Gets Metal Megamixed

Contra 4 Soundtrack Gets Metal Megamixed

Rocked 'n' reloaded

Since nothing is more metal than some shirtless machismo dudes shooting aliens and robots in the face with big guns, it's with much delight but little surprise to see the Contra 4 soundtrack get the metal total conversion it deserves. The remix album is directed by Andreas "SnappleMan" Kotsamanidis with Tony...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 4: The One With Datarock

NLFM Episode 4: The One With Datarock

There's a Norwegian, Dark Void Zero, de Blob, Mega rap and the aural debut of Sega's 16-bit beast — what more could you possibly want?

Welcome to another jolly good episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. We're joined in this bumper-length episode by special guest Fredrik Saroena, one half of the retro-soaked Norwegian band Datarock (courtesy of EA), to talk about..

News: Eduardo the Samurai Toaster Soundtrack Set Free, Is Toasty

Eduardo the Samurai Toaster Soundtrack Set Free, Is Toasty

Includes new bonus songs not in the game

Along with a relaunched Web site for the rather good WiiWare release Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, developer Semnat Studios has made the game's full soundtrack available for free. Composed by Raymond Gramke, the album includes all nine tunes from the game as well as seven bonus tracks too hot for original inclusion. We rather liked Eduardo's 2D pastry..

News: Unleash Your Inner DJ With Rytmik

Unleash Your Inner DJ With Rytmik

Music creator coming to DSiWare

If you're like us then there's a non-stop party going on in your head that you want the world to hear. Czech developers Cinemax want to help get that party out with their upcoming DSiWare music creation tool Rytmik. With over 170 loops and samples of varying instruments and plenty of fiddling options, Rytmik sounds like it could be a lot of fun for transcribing that..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 3: BIT.TRIP Down Memory Lane

NLFM Episode 3: BIT.TRIP Down Memory Lane

Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games talks influences, music game design and the future of Commander Video

Welcome to another jolly good episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. We're joined in this double-length episode by special guest Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games, who has schlepped along a crate of his favorite chip/game music tunes and also spills a few beans on the next entry..

News: Zelda Reorchestrated's Ocarina of Time Album Cleaned Up and Ready to Go

Zelda Reorchestrated's Ocarina of Time Album Cleaned Up and Ready to Go

Old and improved!

Soundtracks as good as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's are few and far between. Now over a decade old, those sweeping symphonics sound, on a technical level, a bit aged thanks to the N64's compressed cartridge medium. Good thing the series has a very talented fanbase with groups like ZREO then, who painstakingly reorchestrate the music from all entries. So painstakingly..

News: Poketunes: Translated Interview with Heart Gold and Soul Silver Sound Team

Poketunes: Translated Interview with Heart Gold and Soul Silver Sound Team

Musical discussions and a few curious tidbits

In Japan on 28th October 2009, the soundtrack for the newest Pokémon titles, Heart Gold and Soul Silver, was released. The three CD set came with a booklet containing various details and a six page interview with the sound team. Pokémon fansite Dogasu's Backpack has translated the interview in full along with various members of the Pokémon community..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 2 - Holiday Spectacular Spectacular

NLFM Episode 2 - Holiday Spectacular Spectacular

Cheer or bust!

Welcome to another handsome episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. This month we succumb to the holiday spirit and explore the seasonal chip music landscape in this holiday spectacular spectacular! NLFM will generally focus on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 1 - Open For Business!

NLFM Episode 1 - Open For Business!

We kick off our first game/chip music podcast with YMCK, Anamanaguchi, Metroid Metal and more!

Welcome to the first episode of NLFM, the new monthly Nintendo Life podcast focused on music from and inspired by video games! We feel game and chip music doesn't get the credit it deserves a lot of the time, so we decided to kickstart our own show spotlighting this often overlooked but hugely important..

News: Easy Piano DS With Keyboard Peripheral Announced

Easy Piano DS With Keyboard Peripheral Announced

Pretend you're Beethoven on the bus next year

Publisher Valcon Games has announced that they'll be bringing Game Life's new music game Easy Piano to the DS, complete with a 13-key, full-octave keyboard peripheral. The game hopes to be an introductory teaching tool for playing the real piano, similar to how Art Academy wants to teach you how to draw fruit bowls. There's also a mode that prompts you..

News: First Bands Announced For MAGFest 8

First Bands Announced For MAGFest 8

Metroid Metal and Arm Cannon to play New Years music and game festival

The annual New Year's Music and Gaming Festival, a four-day blast of gaming and concerts, has announced the first bands lined up for it's eighth time round the block. Metroid Metal, the band with the most self-explanatory name in music who we caught up with a little while ago, played their first gig at MAGFest 7 and will return..

News: Rage of the Gladiator "Battle Music" MP3

Rage of the Gladiator "Battle Music" MP3

Check out yet another great music track from Ghostfire Games' upcoming WiiWare release.

Ed Roman, CEO of Ghostfire Games, has just sent us over another brand new MP3 soundtrack tune from their upcoming WiiWare title Rage of the Gladiator. This is yet another track from veteran video game music composer Sean Beeson, who also work on the soundtracks for Eternity's Child and Mecho Wars. If you'd like..

Features: Metroid's Metal Makeover

Metroid's Metal Makeover

How five guys blasted the series' haunting soundtrack into a whole different genre - without sucking

The trouble with covering beloved music is that it’s so easy to lose something in the translation. Successfully capturing the original work’s intent and mood is atypical; what most often happens when things go south is the heart and soul of the piece are mangled with good intentions. It’s not..

News: Daft Punk Gets 8-Bit Makeover

Daft Punk Gets 8-Bit Makeover

Chiptunes compilation shows the true meaning of digital love.

Sometimes, music gets covered in a way that just feels right, like Nouvelle Vague's rendition of Billy Idol's Dancing With Myself. French musician Je deviens dj en 3 jours' (or JDDJ3J) project, Da Chip!, fits nicely into this category. With the help of 10 of his cronies, the fusion of...