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News: Tinie Tempah Shows the Love for Mario and Highlights Retro Inspiration for His Music

Tinie Tempah Shows the Love for Mario and Highlights Retro Inspiration for His Music

"Those games are adventures of the highest order"

Mario's the man, right? We sure think so / hope so, and the mascot is still Nintendo's most famous and bankable character, with the brilliant Super Mario 3D World recently achieving strong attach-rate sales on the Wii U and Mario Kart 8 exciting fans and carrying the fight to increase the system's...

News: Pokémon Black and White Soundtrack Now Available on iTunes

Pokémon Black and White Soundtrack Now Available on iTunes

Remastered music collection joins iTunes' growing Pokémon library

A few short weeks after the release of the Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection on iTunes, today we get the Pokémon Black & Pokémon White: Super Music Collection, which you can preview and purchase here for $9.99 / £7.99 / €8.99. This digitally...

News: Video Games Live Tour Confirms UK Gigs

Video Games Live Tour Confirms UK Gigs

World tour is underway and will also go to mainland Europe

Last year we told you about Kickstarter success for Video Games Live, securing the release of another album of live game music performances. Headed up by industry veteran Tommy Tallarico, the project remains hugely popular with gamers around the world and is currently embarking on a world...

News: Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated Will Give Fan-Favourite "Hidden Gems" The Symphonic Treatment

Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated Will Give Fan-Favourite "Hidden Gems" The Symphonic Treatment

Using high-quality MIDIs to imitate a live orchestra

Nintendo soundtracks include some of the most celebrated pieces of video game music in the long history of the industry. From the ubiquitous theme of the original Super Mario Bros. to the waterworks-inducing tones of Koji Kondo's wholly epic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time score, nostalgia...

Video: Nintendo Approves of this Mario Kart Song

Nintendo Approves of this Mario Kart Song

For the First Time in Forever, for you Frozen fans

It's a well-known fact that, aside from the occasional multi-platform game that many will happily ignore, Mario Kart 8's 30th May arrival is the closest major release for the Wii U. One consolation is that there is an enticing line-up of eShop games, but retail titles can still arguably get the...

News: Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection Available Now on iTunes

Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection Available Now on iTunes

Prince will not be happy

In recent weeks and months Game Freak has been releasing rather impressive soundtrack albums on iTunes for various titles in the Pokémon franchise. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, the DS titles, have now been covered with the arrival of Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection on the download store. For...

Month Of Kong: Tropical Freeze Composer David Wise On Working With The Ape Again

Tropical Freeze Composer David Wise On Working With The Ape Again

A Rare breed of composer

As we all know, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launched this month on the Wii U, and comes with a glorious soundtrack composed by former Rare staffer and original Donkey Kong Country music-maker David Wise. We got chance to sit down and chat with Wise recently, and he shared a few thoughts on what it was like...

Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?

Kerry wonders why Nintendo's not wired for sound

I’ve recently (finally) got around to playing Fire Emblem: Awakening, and like all other beings with functioning ears after the first few battles I decided the soundtrack was incredible; so I took off into the wilds of the internet to try and buy a copy for myself. The joy of hearing such...

Weirdness: Samus Aran's Metroid Backstory Re-imagined as a Love Song

Samus Aran's Metroid Backstory Re-imagined as a Love Song

Samus does Glee

It seems that a number of Metroid fans quite like Samus Aran to be a largely silent, steely-eyed killer. Or, at least, they don't want her to be an emotionally unstable — swerving from distant monotone narration to being frozen by childhood trauma — young bounty hunter daft enough to slowly burn to death until given permission to...

Weirdness: Listen To The Super Mario Theme On A 3,000 Year Old Chinese Instrument

Listen To The Super Mario Theme On A 3,000 Year Old Chinese Instrument

A bit trickier to play than a warp whistle, probably

Doodoo doo do dooo do, dah! - It's the Super Mario theme! Known across the globe and endlessly catchy, this tune has been played on every instrument under the sun, as well a few renditions that should barely count. Hearing a cover version is certainly nothing new, but allow us to present one just...

Video: This Awesome Gerudo Valley Violin Cover Brings the Heat

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

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

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...