Music - News

January2010

  • News 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..

  • News Gaijin Games Reveals First BIT.TRIP RUNNER Details

    Dozens of stages, new characters and a special musical guest

    Gaijin Games is anything but lazy. Their acclaimed BIT.TRIP series is nary a year old with three entries under its WiiWare-shaped belt. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the Santa Cruz developers are hard at work on the next entry in their retro metaphysical saga: RUNNER. On the latest...

  • Podcast 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..

December2009

  • News 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

    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

    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...

November2009

  • Podcast 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...

  • News 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..

September2009

  • News 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

    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..

August2009

  • Features 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..

July2009

  • News 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...

  • News WiiWare and DSiWare Mecho Wars Games Approved by Nintendo

    Mecho Wars headed to the Wii and DSi within the next few months.

    It looks like the wait for the WiiWare and DSiWare versions of Luc Bernard's Mecho Wars won't be too much longer. According to Oyaji Games' web site news section, both games have passed approval at Nintendo and are ready to go. Below is the news snippet from Oyaji Games' official web site. Mecho Wars on WiiWare and DSiWare have both..

May2009

  • News Hey, You Got Your Rhythm Heaven In My iTunes!

    Quirky visualizer makes your trippy music even more so.

    Music and visualizers go together like caramel and apples, chocolate and peanut butter, and apple sauce and chocolate chip cookies (don't knock it till you try it!). iTunes users have been blessed with a series of excellent ones built right in, and now you can add another one to your arsenal of things to space out to: Rhythm Heaven! Over at..

April2009

  • News Rhythm Heaven Creator Talks J-Pop and Music Games

    Record producer turned games designer speaks to Wired

    Rhythm Heaven has shifted 1.5 million copies in Japan so far and looks set to repeat its success here in the West. However, not many people are aware that the brains behind this unique game is a 40 year-old J-Pop record producer previously famous for creating the all-girl Japanese super group Morning Musume. Mitsuo Terada – better known as..

  • News The Wii Gets Its Own Brutal Legend

    Double Fine's gut-busting metal adventure becomes a strong likelihood for the Wii, although not exactly as expected.

    For those unaware, Brutal Legend is a game that stars heavy-metal-groupie-turned-hero, Eddie Riggs (voiced by Jack Black), who is pulled into a world of rock ‘n’ roll fantasy where evil reigns most awesomely. Full of heavy riffs,...

  • News Don’t Stop Believing In More Downloadable Tracks For Rock Band

    11 more tracks this week for Rock Band 2 on Wii.

    More classics coming your way this week at the Rock Band 2 in game music store on the Wii as announced today by Harmonix and MTV. Journeys famous uplifter “Don’t Stop Believing”, as well as tracks from Foo Fighters, Oasis, and some family friendly fare from SpongeBob Squarepants. Also the classic “Heartbreaker” from Pat Benetar. What the..

  • News Rock Band 2 drops Pearl Jam's Ten

    The Wii Rock Band 2 music store adds Classic Jam and a few others

    The Wii’s Rock Band 2 music store has recently added Pearl Jam’s classic debut album “Ten”. As part of weekly additions it’s also added songs from Devo, Faith No More and Fall Out Boy. All songs are master tracks and run 200 Wii Points each. The update includes the entire Pearl Jam Ten album as separate tracks (sorry, still..

March2009

  • Preview Rhythm Heaven

    Taking the Nintendo Channel's new demo for a whirl!

    Nintendo has really unloaded on us today. With a storage solution for the Wii, the announcement of a new Zelda for the DS, and all the other news, it's possible that one might miss one little news item. You may or may not have known that in North America, Nintendo added Rhythm Heaven to its list of DS Downloads on the Wii's Nintendo Channel, and..

  • News Wii Music Heads To School

    Wii Music instrumental in promoting musical arm waving curriculum for U.S. Schools

    With the short attention span of so many kids these days, how do we reach out and turn them on to the interactive fun of musical instruments? Give them an interactive video game, of course. In Washington D.C. a new program is trying to entice kids into the music curriculum with Wii Music. On Thursday kids at H.D..

  • News Gradius ReBirth Soundtrack Released

    Konami has recently released the full soundtrack to their WiiWare shooter Gradius ReBirth in Japan. If you've got $38.90 laying around and can't live without your fix of Gradius tunes, Play-Asia has the soundtrack for the taking.

    It's worth mentioning that this soundtrack isn't likely to see a release outside of Japan, so if you want one, you'd better grab it now as these video game soundtracks..

February2009

  • News Eternity's Child Nominated for GANG Award

    Eternity’s Child may have had its critics but that hasn’t prevented it from picking up a Game Audio Network Guild nomination for Best Soundtrack.

    The music was crafted by the very talented Sean Beeson and is well worth a listen. You can check out samples - as well as read about how the soundtrack was created – by visiting Sean’s own site here. However, despite such accolades, Mr Bernard is..

January2009

  • News Meat Boy Plushie and Musical Track Now Available

    If you're feeling like getting into the Super Meat Boy spirit, you can now surf over to the Super Meat Boy Blog and purchase your very own Meat Boy plushie. How can you resist a cute little plushie that's in the shape of a piece of meat?

    Edmund has also just posted one of the first musical tracks from the Super Meat Boy game for your listening enjoyment as well. You can check it out below. If..

  • News Bplus Releases Part Two of Exclusive Soundtrack

    If you're one of those gamers who enjoyed the first part of the exclusive soundtrack Bplus recently released, you're in for a treat as they've just released the second part of the soundtrack on their web site forums for your listening enjoyment. And once again, it's completely free of charge!

    Below is the official press release which gives the details of the soundtrack release along with the..

  • News World of Goo Soundtrack Now Available

    It seems the soundtrack trend continues and this time it's one of the most hotly-anticipated musical scores of 2008. That's right, 2D Boy has just made available for download, the entire World of Goo soundtrack for your listening pleasure. And the best part is that it's completely free!

    The soundtrack is 49 minutes long and has been completely remastered by Kyle Gabler. The 2D Boy servers have been..

  • News Bplus Releases Exclusive Soundtrack

    Well if you're one of those gamers who enjoys a good video game soundtrack, Bplus has got just what you're looking for. Bplus has just released part 1 of their soundtrack series on their web site forums for all to download. And the best part is that it's completely free of charge!

    Below is the official press release which gives the details of the soundtrack release along with the location of the..

August2008

  • News Mega Man 9 Soundtracks Coming To Japan

    Don't look now, but the Mega Man 9 news just keeps getting better and better. Now fans of the game's soundtrack are in luck, as not one but two Mega Man 9 soundtracks are coming out in Japan later this year courtesy of Inti Creates.

    The first soundtrack, due out on September 12th, will feature the original soundtrack music taken directly from the game itself. This disc will feature a whopping 35..

July2008

  • News Rustler's Announce UK Machinima Music Video Contest

    To celebrate the launch of Machinima in the UK, Rustler's are providing an Alienware PC for the best user created music video to match one of Jonathan (Portal theme) Coulton's latest tracks.

    Rustlers may be the market leaders in the hot snacking section of your local supermarket, but that doesn't mean they're content to rest on their burgers. They've teamed up with Machinima.com, the most popular..

  • News Mega Man 9 Cover Song

    Who amongst our readers have watched the Mega Man 9 trailer more than one time just to hear the funky 8-bit music again? Even though it’s just about thirty notes repeating over and over we can’t get enough of it here at WiiWare World.

    The ever talented Tanguy Ukulele Orchestra have already done a cover song of this music in the style of ukulele and acapella. At the very least listening to this..

March2008

  • News The DS Gets Some Guitar Hero Love!

    Popular series Guitar Hero is making it's way to the DS, complete with it's own over-the-top peripheral. Well it wouldn't be Guitar Hero without it.

    We'd heard rumours of a DS Guitar Hero here at NintendoLife but we never quite understood how it would work. Would you have to plug-in some kind of miniature guitar controller or would it play similar to Jam Sessions? The answer is no. We're going to..

September2007

  • News NES Music Man Does It Again

    Ah the wonders of retro gaming, Alex Mauer has done it again, releasing his second album in the now popular-with-the-retro-junkies NES Cart format.

    Alex Mauer, creator of the first Nintendo cart music album, has already come out with his second cart. The new album features more songs (10) and larger graphics (full screen stills). Songs on the new album were composed by Alex Mauer and Phlogiston (a..

  • News Winamp Really Whips The Wii's Ass

    Play your music collection through your Wii, anywhere.

    Winamp, The long running free audio (and now video) player from AOL will be releasing a new version in October and one of the new features will be streaming support for your Wii and other next generation consoles. The new 'Winamp Remote' will not be installed on to your Wii but merely enables to access your music library on your or a friends PC..

August2007

  • News Guitar Hero III Track Listing

    For all you metalheads out there, the track listing for Wii bound Guitar Hero III has been announced by RedOctane.

    Songs announced for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock so far include: Slash’s Original Boss Battle RecordingWelcome to The Jungle (by Guns N’ Roses)One (by Metallica)Paint It Black (by The Rolling Stones)Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)The Metal (by..

July2007

  • News Boogie To This

    EA reveal the tracklisting (35 of em!) for their forthcoming Dance-Em-Up, Boogie, exclusive to Wii.

    ”This is a breakthrough game with a landmark soundtrack,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing at EA. “We’ve brought together generations of the biggest hits in pop music history for a game that takes Wii innovation to a whole new level. Boogie is truly the ultimate..

  • News Music Album Released On NES Cartridge

    Forget MP3. Forget CD and cassette. And don't even think you're retro by collecting vinyl. Alex Mauer likes to do things a little bit differently.

    Well a lot differently actually - seeing as his latest album Vegavox is seeing a release on a NES cartridge. I'll quit the jibber-jabber and let you see/hear for yourself: Probably the coolest idea ever for an album release and it's available for a mere..

May2007

  • News It's Da WiiMix...

    Following on from my new found love of video game remixes imagine my glee when I found "The WiiMixes".

    "It's The WiiMix" is a conceptual audio project from ROBOTOBOTS (agent b & gustodian) created as a homage to both video game culture and instrumental hip hop. The goal was to produce 3 songs, each of which sampled the music from a different channel on the Nintendo Wii console. From there the..

March2007

  • News Wii Loop Machine

    Blogger named "The Amazing Rolo" shows off his incredible "Wii Loop Machine", turn your Wiimote into an instrument!

    As you probably already know, it didn't take long for the macheads to get the Wiimote working on their machines, I even bothered to try it out, it was cool but had no real use - until now! The "Wii Loop Machine" is a fantastic example of what you can do with your Wiimote besides..

February2007

  • News Zelda Orchestrated

    A lot of the complaints about Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess was that it wasn't properly orchestrated and instead the music was all MIDI.

    While I felt the music in Twilight Princess perfectly suited the game a lot of people who don't really know what they are talking about saw the words MIDI and thought bad. Personally the fact that Twilight Princess was in MIDI made it feel more true to the..

  • News Dj Wiij

    Just incase you needed another use for your Wiimote.

    You've probably already tried the Wiimote on your Mac, using DarwiinRemote, but haven't really found a use for it... until now. Look what we've come across recently, Wii DJing! "Welcome to DJ Wiij. The first and original djing website dedicated to using Nintendo Wiimotes. As much of a gimmick this looks like, it really works like a charm..

November2006

  • News Zelda Soundtrack @ Target

    US gamers have noticed a special edition Zelda: Twilight Princess soundtrack in local Target stores.

    Visor's favourite blog, Kotaku, posted a picture today along with the following blurb. "Reader Chris T. writes in with this find from his local Target. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess soundtrack that comes with a 1/6 scale replica Hylian Sword and Shield. Chris describes it as a..

  • News Use Your DS For Midi?

    Homebrew scene comes up with another clever use of the DS interface, a MIDI controller!

    Joystiq have reported that a small group of homebrew developers (Tobias "0xtob" Weyand and Collin "TheRain" Meyer) in Germany are currently developed a system dubbed "DS Midi WiFi" that allows the DS to exchange MIDI data with a PC. "The exchange works both ways, so users can tap out tunes on their touch..

  • News Excite Truck Custom Soundtracks

    Following the success of custom soundtracks in XBOX games it seems that Nintendo have jumped on board with a similar feature for their high octane racer Excite Truck.

    US review copies have confirmed the rumour that you will be able to upload a total of 100 tracks from an SD card into the game to be used as a soundtrack. You simply insert an SD card with your MP3's loaded onto into the Nintendo..

April2006

  • News Video Games Live

    Get up and dance to that funky beat -- the video game music we know and love gets up and goes on tour.

    PressTheButtons' main man MattG has pointed out a truly bizarre American stage show, Video Games Live. "An immersive concert event featuring music from the world’s most popular video games performed by a live orchestra and choir combined with synchronized lighting, video, performers, and..

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