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Interview: Shinesparkers - Celebrating Metroid with Music

Shinesparkers - Celebrating Metroid with Music

Recreating the adventure

Recently we became aware of Harmony of a Hunter, a two-disc album of fan-produced Metroid music that covers the history of the franchise: it's available for free from this download page. It's a project from Metroid fan-site shinesparkers.net, and a follow-up album called Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run is on the way. We spoke...

News: Monster Hunter and Jazz Finally Brought Together

Monster Hunter and Jazz Finally Brought Together

Swing that giant sword

When battling huge monsters in Monster Hunter Tri, and no doubt desperately hoping to hunt down some extra meat to gorge on, have you ever wished that there was a jazz soundtrack to keep you going? Well, the day has finally arrived, if you live in Japan. As reported by Andriasang, Capcom has released a new soundtrack with a...

News: Fan Collective Planning Metroid Music Release

Fan Collective Planning Metroid Music Release

Free two-disc album already available

Last year was packed full of Nintendo anniversaries, including 25 years since the original Metroid arrived on the NES. While Mario and The Legend of Zelda enjoyed celebrations and special anniversary game releases, Metroid was restricted to the appearance of Metroid Fusion on 3DS, and that was only for...

News: Super Mario World Music Video Crams In a Marimba

Super Mario World Music Video Crams In a Marimba

Everyone likes a marimba

You're probably thinking you've heard every imaginable variation on every single Super Mario theme, jingle and ditty, but this Super Mario World overworld theme contains a marimba and a melodica. It's also pretty good. The list of instruments in Adam Mormolstein's video might even eclipse the number of levels in Mario's...

News: 8-Bit + 6 String = NES Guitar

8-Bit + 6 String = NES Guitar

Making beautiful music

You can play a lot on an NES, but you know what you can't play on it? Stairway to Heaven. You could end all that injustice with an NES guitar. Get Lo-Fi (via This Is Why I'm Broke) makes and sells various configurations of the guitars — single coil pick-ups and rosewood or maple neck will set you back $155, while humbuckers...

News: Sing Along to The History of Nintendo

Sing Along to The History of Nintendo

Start Friday right

The talented folks at long-running webcomic Brawl in the Family have used their 400th strip to celebrate Nintendo's life and times in a catchy tune. From hanafuda cards to Wii U, it crams some good detail into its 3:42 running time and will no doubt get stuck in your head for a good few hours. It also scores bonus points for...

News: Sound-chip Enthusiast Explains Retro Sound Design

Sound-chip Enthusiast Explains Retro Sound Design

NES music gets the treatment

For some gamers there's a particular pleasure to be found in listening to music from previous console generations. We're not referring to the midi-fest of the N64, but going all the way back to the original NES. Technological limitations meant that only certain sounds and compositions could be used, but clever design...

News: Mario and Zelda Sheet Music Now Available

Mario and Zelda Sheet Music Now Available

Ocarina of Tune

Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda are arguably Nintendo's most prominent and famous franchises. With a shared history spanning 25 years and a lot of games, fans have been treated to some glorious music, whether it's been chip-tune or orchestral. Now, thanks to Alfred Music Publishing, musical gamers have the opportunity to play through some of these famous compositions themselves..

News: Resident Evil: Revelations Art Book and CD Soundtrack Announced

Resident Evil: Revelations Art Book and CD Soundtrack Announced

For Japan, so far

The hype is starting to build for Resident Evil: Revelations, not surprising as it's the first major release of the year on 3DS. With that in mind, it seems that Capcom is ready to go the extra mile to give fans of the series all of the content they need to get them excited. According to Andriasang, Capcom has announced a rather attractive 'Navigation and Art' book — or strategy..

News: Nintendo Reveals More Dates for Zelda Concert Tour

Nintendo Reveals More Dates for Zelda Concert Tour

Is it coming to your town?

Nintendo has added several new dates to its Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour across North America, taking in Ontario, Seattle, San Francisco and more. Here's the list of dates, with more still to be announced, so don't be too disheartened if it's not stopping near you. 10th January — Dallas14th March —...

News: Zelda Symphony Tour Gets Four More Dates

Zelda Symphony Tour Gets Four More Dates

Updated: make that six

Update: Orlando and Denver added. Ticketmaster has revealed four six more dates for the Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses orchestral tour. The tour will take in Vancouver and Atlanta and stop in Phoenix twice. An Orlando date was added and then removed, then added again. 14th March — Vancouver, BC7th April — Denver, CO20th April — Phoenix, AZ21st April — Phoenix,..

News: Skyward Sword's Music Sounds Even Better When SNES-ified

Skyward Sword's Music Sounds Even Better When SNES-ified

Who needs an orchestra?

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's music is up there with the best of the series, and made all the more powerful by its use of a real orchestra. But how do the melodies themselves hold up when taken back to something a little less realistic? "Very well indeed" is the answer. YouTube user MischievousMusings has posted a so-called "demake" of the game's..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 22: Mascots and Mixes

NLFM Episode 22: Mascots and Mixes

New digs for old friends

Our chip and game music podcast rears its lovely head this month with a collection of Nintendo mascot sounds new and old, from that new Kirby game to Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Metroid remixes. Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando — Cookie Country (Kirby’s Return to Dreamland)The Greatest Bits — Fear Factory (Donkey Kong Co

News: Zelda Concert Tour Kicks Off in Dallas on 10th January

Zelda Concert Tour Kicks Off in Dallas on 10th January

Updated: tickets on sale now

The recent Zelda 25th Anniversary concerts in Los Angeles and London were just tasters ahead of the main course: a full tour that kicks off in 2012. The newly renamed The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses starts in Dallas, Texas on 10th January before touring the United States. Tickets for the Dallas show will go on sale via the Dallas Symphony, starting at $19..

News: A Video of Link Rapping on a Beach

A Video of Link Rapping on a Beach

What more do you need?

You want to make a rap video for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but you haven't got access to a world above the clouds or a nearby volcano. What do you do instead? You dress up as Link, go down to the beach and film it there. The video below might not be the most faithful tribute to the series we've ever seen, but it's...

Feature: Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Report

Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Report

London, Eiji Aonuma, Koji Kondo, Zelda Williams, legendary

After a successful first show at the Pantages theatre in Los Angeles, The Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary symphony took in London's Hammersmith Apollo with a sold-out show that celebrated the series' captivating music. Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma took to the stage to introduce the concert, the audience lapping up his every sentence,..

News: Symphonic Concert is the Latest 3D Nintendo Video

Symphonic Concert is the Latest 3D Nintendo Video

Quick, to the 3DS!

Calm down, fans of three-dimensional footage of orchestras rehearsing: today is about to be your best day ever. Nintendo of Europe has just released a 3D video of the Berlin Philharmoniker via SpotPass, as the world famous orchestra rehearses a performance of Russian Dance from Stravinsky's Petrushka, of course. By now you've stopped reading this and are eagerly watching the 3D..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 21: Curse of the Halloween Hootenanny

NLFM Episode 21: Curse of the Halloween Hootenanny

Fear the reaper!

Since it's not only the single best month of the year and because we had so much fun last time [citation needed], the NLFM Halloween Hootenanny has returned! 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. Hip Tanaka, Keiichi Suzuki — Giygas Battle..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 20: It's Alive!

NLFM Episode 20: It's Alive!

Thanks for hanging on to those RSS feeds

Had you going there for a while, didn't we? Weekly. Ha! Sorry for the absence, fearless listeners, but Nintendo Life's chip and game music podcast NLFM is back on track after a too-long hiatus. And boy do we have some doozies for your ears! 1. Shiryu — The Goddamn Batman (Shiryu’s Arcade vol. 4)2. Yoko Shimomura, Manami Kiyota, Yasunori Mitsuda —..