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February2014

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  • Weirdness An Album You Can Remix On Your Game Boy Advance

    Making music with an old friend

    The charming blips and scratching synth of chiptune soundtracks has never really lost its appeal among gamers and musicians alike, with many examples of retro sounds being used in new projects even today. From Anamanaguchi to I Fight Dragons, there's plenty out there to discover, and now electronic pop maestro Doctor...

  • Weirdness Famicom Cartridges Turned Into Chiptune Harmonicas

    Because some of you will just never stop blowing into them

    The idea has been sitting right under our noses (where our mouths are) the entire time: we blow into cartridges; we blow into harmonicas. Why not merge the two together? Finally, we have the technology — or at least someone creatively wily enough to use it. The gadgeteer(s) at Ugoita...

  • Video This Awesome Gerudo Valley Violin Cover Brings the Heat

    Desert thieves, for strings

    We last checked in on violin virtuoso Taylor Davis after she released an inspiring medley of songs from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since then, Davis has traded her Sheik outfit for a Goron Tunic, bringing her talents to an arrangement of the famed Gerudo Valley theme. The video hits the trifecta: a stirring...

  • News Listen To This Awesome Street Fighter II Rock Opera

    An epic six years in the making

    What started as a throwaway joke between friends has now concluded as something much, much more; a fully-fledged rock opera extravaganza. In 2007, Texan indie group Man Factory got together and decided that there was enough referential material in the Street Fighter series to knock together a garage rock album telling...

  • News Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Soundtrack Available For Download

    Additional soundtracks coming later this year

    Video game music is perhaps one of the most cherished and appreciated aspects of a game’s reputation. Titles in franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario are loved not solely for their gameplay, but for their connection to the player through wit, charm, and music; some of the most beloved...

  • News Shin Megami Tensei IV Soundtrack Released Next Month

    Four discs crammed full of incredible music

    Atlus has just announced that Shin Megami Tensei IV, which scored a fantastic 9/10 in our review, will finally see its wonderful soundtrack released in Japan on 26th February. Even better is that this isn't some half-hearted "best of" or "selection" CD, but all 112 tracks spread across four CDs and...

  • News The Rockman X Sound Box Album Set Includes Four Tracks Cut From Mega Man X

    And now you can listen to them for free

    Years from now we may refer to "doing a Capcom Anniversary", with a knowing wink and nudge. For example, in a parallel universe Nintendo didn't celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise by releasing Skyward Sword with a special CD and a game plot right at the beginning of the timeline, but sold us...

  • News Pokémon Composer Leaves Game Freak for Independent Quest

    Possibilities for the Poké-future still open

    Shota Kageyama, a composer for recent Pokémon titles including X &Y and Black & White, has announced via Twitter that he has left developer Game Freak to pursue independent music. Kageyama's tweet has been translated and reported by

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  • Video This Piano Medley of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Pokémon and Mario Soothes the Soul

    Because game music and pianos are cool

    The idea of someone filming themselves playing video game music on an old — and rather out-of-tune — piano may not be overly-exciting on paper, but it's oddly wonderful. We post various videos of game music, animation and live-action fan creations, and the latest to catch our attention has a rather...

  • News Pokémon X & Y Soundtrack Features 212 Tracks

    Gotta listen to 'em all!

    During the Pokémon Video Game Championships last week, series producer Junichi Masuda announced Pokémon X & Y would be getting a soundtrack released on iTunes shortly after the launch of the two games. The Pokémon Company has now confirmed it will contain a whopping 212 tracks and will last for over three and a half...

  • News Killer Instinct's Music Gets the Cover it Deserves

    Supreme Victory

    We often share some of the best fan content that we find, whether they're short films portraying scenes from games, memorable pieces of art or top-notch music covers. The band On Being Human brings us the latter, and last year we shared a terrific Super Metroid rock cover that seemed like the perfect alternative soundtrack to the...

  • News The Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1 Arrives on 22nd August

    Blake Robinson's Synthetic Orchestra returns

    You may be quite familiar with the name Blake Robinson by now, especially if you're a fan of video game music. Using software and tools that he's meticulously developed, Robinson produces orchestrations of iconic video game soundtracks that, arguably, take the source music to another level. He's produced...

  • News Pokémon X & Y Soundtrack Coming This November

    Unlike the game, it's download-only

    The Pokémon series is well revered around the world not only for its gameplay but also its charming music and now the Pokémon Company has revealed a soundtrack to Pokémon X & Y will be made available on iTunes in November, shortly after the release of the games. It was announced earlier via the official...

  • Interview Anamanaguchi On Making Sweet Chiptune Music And Loving Final Fantasy

    Meow, m-m-m-meow

    In case you didn't know, Anamanaguchi is an American chiptune indie rock band made up of hackers and producers born and raised on the Internet from New York City. They make — and we quote — "loud, fast music with a NES from 1985." September sees the release of their new album Endless Fantasy worldwide, so we thought it would be...

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  • News Korg M01D Music Synthesizer App Delayed in Japan

    Effect on Western summer release is unclear

    Not too long ago we told you about the KORG M01D Music Workstation coming to the 3DS eShop this summer, an expanded and improved sequel to a DS equivalent. KORG M01D promises to be a useful, powerful tool for music creation, including a library of 342 unique sounds, various sequencing tools and simple...

  • Review Banjo-Kazooie Symphony by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra

    A Rare treat

    Rare is a company that is fondly remembered by many Nintendo fans. While it had success on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with the Donkey Kong Country series, it was during the years of the Nintendo 64 that the development studio truly came into its own. It produced hit after hit, arguably saving the 64-bit system from the...

  • News Mega Man 5 Soundtrack Rocks Onto Capcom Store

    Tsk, it only has 57 tracks

    If you're a Mega Man fan that simply has to buy every re-release that graces Nintendo Virtual Console platforms, chances are you may have just recently downloaded Mega Man 5 onto your 3DS. Coincidentally — or not, we suspect — Capcom has updated its gradual release of the Blue Bomber's soundtracks with the fifth...

  • News Time to Rock Out With Some Chiptunes, Thanks to Diad

    Could have been called "Super Mosh Bros."

    Occasionally we like to direct your attention to some awesome music or videos that we come across, and today we bring you a rock chip-tune album called Diad. As that description suggests, this seven track album aims to produce 8-bit chiptunes that, given the right instrumentation, could very easily be...

  • Video The Super Piano Brothers Recreate Skyward Sword's Main Theme

    Gorgeous and epic

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was one of the last great Wii titles, earning a rare 10/10 in our review. Like any Zelda title there are some that don't like its changes, or the move to full-on motion controls, bit we'd wager that most at least like it a lot. One feature of the title that we feel stands up well for the vast...

  • News F-Zero Go Fast! Celebrates The Music Of Nintendo's Futuristic Racing Series

    Shiryu's latest 4 EP series is racing to your ears this month

    We're massive fans of Shiryu's music here at Nintendo Life, and his latest project has us very excited indeed, as it focuses on one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises. F-Zero Go Fast is a 4 EP series which covers the entire history of the F-Zero lineage, from the SNES days right up to...

  • News Fan-Made Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker Remix Album Coming Soon

    "On the Breath of the Wind" releasing later this year

    It's amazing to think that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is ten years old — here at Nintendo Life Towers we still vividly recall seeing those lush cel-shaded visuals for the first time and being totally enraptured by the gameplay. To mark the occasion, a fan album is being produced which...

  • News Chiptune Album World 1-2 Now Available To Download

    Music to our ears

    Koopa Soundworks has released its digital album World 1-2 today featuring some of the best retro-style chiptune music you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing. The album is a collaboration that includes some of the biggest names from major gaming franchises and is being distributed via GameChops. One of the most recognisable names...

  • News Grant Kirkhope's Perfect Dark Soundtrack Blasts Onto Bandcamp

    The sweet beats

    When we think back to iconic Rare shooters that helped to redefine the genre on the Nintendo 64, minds often drift to GoldenEye 007. That has a strong case as a trailblazer, but if you're looking for the best Rare title in that genre from the 64-bit beast, plenty of loyal fans will very enthusiastically and loudly point you towards...

April2013

  • News New Tour Dates Emerge For The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

    A spectacular event that's not to be missed

    Earlier this month, we reported that the popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert will be returning to Los Angeles for a special show during E3 on the 12th June. Dubbed "Season 2", Nintendo has announced new dates and cities for the beautifully arranged concert series across North...

  • News Harmony of Heroes, A Smash Bros. Fan Album, is Set to Arrive in 2014

    From the team that produced the Harmony of a Hunter Metroid albums

    Shinesparkers is a Metroid fan-site and collective of music lovers that brought us some terrific — and free — Metroid music in the past couple of years. Harmony of a Hunter was followed by Harmony of a Hunter 101% Run, both of which we discussed with the team way back in April...

  • News Celebrate The European Launch of Fire Emblem: Awakening With This Tribute Album

    30 classic cuts to download for free

    As you're no doubt aware, Fire Emblem: Awakening launches in Europe today. To mark this grand occasion, Shiryu Music has launched Fire Emblem: War Memories, a free-to-download 30 track tribute album featuring music from previous games in the long-running tactical RPG series. You can download the album

  • News World 1-2 is an Upcoming Chiptune Album With Serious Pedigree

    Chiptune arrangers team up with famous composers

    As we all know here on Nintendo Life, video game culture isn't just about playing a game and pushing buttons, but about a wider community and other ways of sharing our passion. Whether that's dressing up for expos, writing, making videos or working on music soundtracks, there's more to this hobby than...

  • News Mega Man Soundtracks Released on U.S. Capcom Store

    If you're in Europe, tough

    The Mega Man franchise is currently indulging in its 25th Anniversary celebrations with various goodies though yes, we know, no full game to date. For fans of the series, however, recent months have given a good opportunity to buy assorted trinkets to celebrate, with Capcom also gradually bringing the first six NES...

  • News Zelda Symphony Returning To Los Angeles During E3 2013

    Da da da daaaaaaaaa

    It's been almost two years since something beautiful and magical happened during Nintendo's E3 press conference in June 2011 - the company opened the presentation with a spectacular orchestra, displaying tunes from The Legend of Zelda's impressive musical catalogue. The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses - under Irish...

  • News KORG M01D Music Workstation Hitting 3DS eShop This Summer

    What sweet music you'll make

    Some of you may fondly recall KORG DS-10, a "musical workstation" for your humble Nintendo DS. If you enjoyed making bizarre aural creations with this cult release then you'll be please to learn that it's getting a sequel for the 3DS eShop, entitled KORG M01D. Essentially a souped-up version of the DS original, KORG...

  • News Zelda Reorchestrated Brings Musical Journey To An End After Nine Years

    The final chapter

    Zelda Reorchestrated was a fantastic project, led by a team of enthusiastic musicians and fans of one of Nintendo's most recognised franchises. It is with regret that the team are preparing to say farewell to almost a decade of composing the series' most famous themes. Twilight Symphony, the team's greatest achievement to date,...

March2013

  • News Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Soundtracks Now Available on iTunes

    Playing the game is a more fun way to listen, though

    Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy is a notable part of the 3DS library for fans of rhythm-based games, as it combines some memorable music with solid, intuitive controls. For keen fans of the Final Fantasy franchise, meanwhile, it's probably one the most treasured titles in their collection. The title...

  • News Erutan Beautifully Sings 'The Hunter's Mark' in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Trailer

    Capcom developed the special trailer just for her

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has finally emerged in the West and to celebrate the release Capcom has conjured up a new trailer which features well-known performer Erutan softly sing along with the game's theme. Erutan - whose real name is Kate Covington - has been playing music since she was one and a...

  • News The Nano Soundtrack Collection is Blowing Up Speakers Right Now

    Shin'en delivers a gift to the fans

    After confirming the imminent arrival of Nano Assault EX on the 3DS eShop last week, Shin'en Multimedia stated that it had a much-requested surprise on the way for fans of the series — that new treat is The Nano Soundtrack Collection. As anyone who's played any of the "Nano" titles — from DS to Wii U — will...

  • News Richie Branson Celebrates Chrono Trigger Anniversary With a New Rap

    Three free tracks, album on the way

    Last summer we directed you to a music track from rapper Richie Branson, called Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, which combined rap with enough game references to satisfy almost anyone. He's now returning with a new album that's focused on SNES classic Chrono Trigger, and to celebrate the 18th Anniversary since its...

  • Ninterview The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra

    Orchestrating classic gaming music

    Earlier this week we told you about the upcoming Super Metroid Symphony, which will be formally licensed by JoyPad Records and available for sale. It's being produced by Blake Robinson's Synthetic Orchestra, a prolific project that's specialised in producing orchestral arrangements of popular music, ranging from...

  • News It's Chiptune Album Time, and This One's For SEGA Fans

    Oh, the sweet beats

    We may be called Nintendo Life, but ever since the Wii Virtual Console came into being it's given us a viable excuse to talk about a lot of other systems, including Nintendo'a arch-nemesis of the early-mid '90s, the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis. Which is no bad thing, the games industry, past and present, is about a lot more than...

  • News Super Metroid Symphony Album to be Released on 19th March

    Another arrangement from the Synthetic Orchestra

    While many enthusiasts and talented musicians create terrific remixes or orchestrations of popular game soundtracks, not all are as prolific or well-regarded as the Synthetic Orchestra. The creation of Blake Robinson, the studio is his project to take well known themes from various sources — many...

January2013

  • News Atlus Lifts The Lid On Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Box Set

    A nice pre-order bonus

    Last month we reported that Atlus is bringing Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers to North America on 16th April this year. Today, the publisher has revealed a nice little treat for true fans of the series who pre-order the game at participating stores: a limited edition box set conta

  • News 8 Bit Weapon Celebrates Over A Decade Of Chiptune Goodness With Chiptopia

    New album features 16 classic cuts

    If you know your chiptune, then you'll already be aware of the band 8 Bit Weapon. Comprised of Seth & Michelle Sternberger, the band creates music using retro gaming hardware - including the C64, Game Boy, NES, Amiga and several other vintage systems. The duo have launched a new album which celebrates more...

  • News Gunman Clive Soundtrack Goes On Sale

    Yours for $1

    Gunman Clive is a recent budget-priced arrival on the 3DS eShop, and despite some reported bugs — which we didn't experience ourselves — it's earned a fairly positive response so far. With a development team of two and previous releases on smartphones, PC and Mac, it's a title that's earned some success from modest beginnings. Not...

  • News Zelda Symphony of the Goddess coming to the UK this year

    Have your big pouch ready!

    On 25th October 2011, Zelda fans across the UK - and from further afield too - flocked to the Hammersmith Apollo for a once in a lifetime experience. The Legend of Zelda series celebrated its 25th anniversary in style - and featured Eiji Aonuma, Zelda Williams and legendary Zelda theme composer Koji Kondo. And now, that...

December2012

  • News Unchipped Kickstarter Aims To Capture The Magic Of NES Music

    "8-bit NES themes brought to life with today's technology"

    A new Kickstarter project has been launched which intends to celebrate the authentic sound of NES music. Unchipped - 8-Bit Music Reborn is the work of Brad Tratzinski, and has a modest goal of just $4,000. Tratzinski - who also plays in the band Splitbelly - reveals that the project came...

  • News Nintendo Now Involved With Twilight Symphony

    Set to be released before Christmas

    Twilight Symphony, the epic 3-disc orchestral rearrangement of music from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, was set to be released mid-November but never actually made it through the letterboxes of those who placed an order. The box-set, made by the extremely talented Zelda Reorchestrated and distributed...

November2012

  • News Fan Made Wii U Album Available For Download

    Wii bet that U will like these!

    Wii U Grooves - a fan made album of remixed Wii U sounds - has been uploaded to the interwebs for your listening pleasure. DJ Cutman, who has a passion for video games and chip-tune music, mixed the 9-track album and has made it available for download right here. The songs are inspired - and cleverly named - by the...

  • News Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Available From 17th November

    A must for Metroid fans

    Harmony of a Hunter is a fan-produced album that celebrates the Metroid franchise, and when released it gave a more significant acknowledgement of the series' 25th Anniversary than that from Nintendo itself. A free, two-disc album with 36 tracks, it was a major undertaking that we discussed in our interview with Shinesparkers...

  • News Zelda: Twilight Symphony Soundtrack Available For Pre-Order

    Over 3 hours of glorious music

    Zelda Orchestrated, the dedicated team behind Twilight Symphony, has finally unveiled that its most ambitious project is now available for pre-order with a price tag of $49.99. The 3-disc soundtrack, which is an orchestral arrangement of music from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is only available in limited...

October2012

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 23: Revenge of the Halloween Hootenanny

    Best served as cold as a corpse

    Grab your bluntest instruments and aim for the head because NLFM has risen from its grave for the third annual Halloween Hootenanny! More spooky, more sinister and more deathly, this episode is best listened to in a dark castle dungeon while eating raw pumpkins. Failing that, anywhere else will do. 1. Masanao...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Its Version of iTunes For 3DS

    Music to our ears

    Nintendo has unveiled a new partnership with RecoChoku today during its Japanese Nintendo Direct which finally brings a music store to the 3DS console. The service is scheduled to begin this December in Japan, and looks set to be Nintendo's take on iTunes for your 3DS. RecoChoku has one million songs in its catalogue and 3DS users...

  • News Take An Ambient Musical Trip Through 8-bit History With NEScapism

    Zelda and Castlevania, trance-style

    Electronic recording artist The Electric Witch (real name Zac Bentz) has created a fitting aural tribute to the NES era in the form of NEScapism, a mini-album which spurns the traditional chiptune format and instead re-imagines classic 8-bit tunes as swirling ambient soundscapes. To quote the composer:...

  • News This Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Soundtrack Packaging is Rather Special

    Pop up CD case, anyone?

    We've been paying a lot of attention to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy here at Nintendo Life, mainly because it looks like a high quality 3DS RPG from Square Enix. With an attractive art-style and seemingly plenty of interesting gameplay to offer, we're sure that others are also keen to see a Western release. One thing that's...

  • Interview Braxton Burks - Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony

    Pokémon musical

    Clearly we're not the only ones that love orchestrated game music, as Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony has just been released to a positive response. The fan project reinterprets the 8-bit music of Pokémon Red / Blue in full orchestral form and has been cleared by Nintendo through Joypad Records, a company that specialises...

  • News Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony Released into the Wild

    Catch it now

    A few months ago we brought news that Braxton "Skotein" Burks was working with Joypad Records on a collection of orchestrated Pokémon music, and now we're pleased to tell you that Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony has been completed and sent out into the world. The 35-track extravaganza covers the soundtrack of Pokémon Red /...

  • News Star Fox Developer Shares Memories of Miyamoto's Musical Musings

    Nintendo is a "musically inclined" company

    Dylan Cuthbert may be making awesome software at Q-Games these days, but many Nintendo fans will forever connect him with Star Fox. He worked on the SNES original as well as Star Fox Command and Star Fox 3D. Cuthbert and some of his fellow Q-Games staff members have released an album u

  • News Zelda Symphony Heading To Australia

    A Link To The South

    Amazing news, Zelda fans: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will be heading to Australia next year to continue its world tour. You can purchase the tickets from Ticketmaster, which are available to buy from October 20th. Both shows are set to take place at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Friday February 1st...

  • News The Harp Twins Are Back With Another Musical Video

    Music to our ears

    Camille and Kennerly, known as The Harp Twins, are back with another game-themed arrangement, this time with a rather soothing Final Fantasy medley. The twins’ unique take on the harp involves new arrangements of well-known music pieces; it's certainly worked quite well in their favour, with a worldwide following and over 4...

  • News The Truth Behind Donkey Kong Country's Opening Level Theme

    It's a stitch-up

    Remember the music for the opening level on Donkey Kong Country? Do you recall how it moves from one musical style to another, almost as if it's three different songs that have been fused together? That because it is. In an interview with CVG, former Rare composer David Wise reveals the truth behind the track: I was on holiday in...

  • News Kylie Sing & Dance Coming To Wii Next Month

    We just can't get you out of our heads

    This year will mark Kylie Minogue's 25th year in music, and what better way to celebrate by singing and dancing the night away with Kylie Sing & Dance for the Wii in November. The game will feature 25 of Aussie starlet’s globally recognised smash hits, including tunes such as ‘Spinning Around’, ‘I...

  • News Justin Bieber Surprises Just Dance 4 Fans

    The girls just couldn't 'Belieb' it

    Ubisoft invited a bunch of young girls to come and play Just Dance 4 early for what they thought was a research focus group. The girls figured they were being asked to give some feedback on the game, but little did they know that Ubisoft had another trick up its sleeves. Justin Bieber was called upon to help...

  • News Mass Effect fans, Take Note: Cris Velasco Is Scoring ZombiU's Soundtrack

    Veteran game composer crafting a dark score for Ubisoft's upcoming zombie title

    Hot off the heels of Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2, BAFTA award winning composer Cris Velasco will be lending his musical talents to the horror genre with Ubisoft's ZombiU. Best known for his work on the God of War series, Cris is no stranger to the game industry,...

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