The Game Boy may be as old as the hills, but it's alive and well in the world of chiptune music. In recent years an active musical community has grown up around Nintendo's iconic handheld, intent on creating awesome tunes and even playing them to live audiences.
If you needed any more of an indication of how big the Game Boy music scene has become, then you'll want to check out Heebie-GBs - the world's first Little Sound DJ (LSDj) music album on a physical Game Boy cartridge. LSDj is a music composition tool which turns the Game Boy hardware into a full-fledged music workstation, and is the program of choice for many amateur and professional musicians and composers.
Produced by ASM Retro - a US-based modding site which sells a wide range of parts and mods for Game Boy hardware - Heebie-GBs launched last year and is manufactured using 100 percent new components. It features the work of famed chiptune artists such as Nordloef, Tommy Creep, Pixel Hero Zero and Solarbear, and - as you might expect - has to be inserted into a Game Boy console to be listened to. Thank goodness for Prosound modded systems, eh?
If you're old enough to remember family outings sat in the back of your parent's car playing your Game Boy with headphones on, then the quality of these songs is sure to tickle your nostalgia bone. Heebie-GBs 2014 is available direct from ASM Retro for $48.00.
That's just awesome! I may not be a big fan of chiptune music, but this is one of the coolest things a chiptune composer could come up with!
how awesome. i just wish it was on a gba cartridge so you could listen to it on a ds so it would sound good. but still pretty cool. i love chiptune music. oh and btw @damo , you put it as LDSj in the headline, when its supposed to be LSDj, right?
@3dcaleb Well spotted, fixed!
It's not just the software that can make music, check this out.
Also, some over clocking fun on a gameboy colour.
OMG I miss gameboy's plastic cases...
This is not new, these kind of GB carts have been around for over a decade. Anamanaguchi uses something similar for both the NES and GB.
EDIT: Sorry, I thought this was a music-making cart. It is quite a crazy yet-nice idea, too bad it wasn't released back in the day.
This is awesome! I'm a complete sucker for GB music. Some of my favorites are Fortified Zone, Survival Kids, Kirby's Dreamland, Cliffhanger, Donkey Kong Land 2, and Mario Land 1/2/3.
I wish this cartridge didn't cost quite so much, though. I'd certainly pay that for music I know I'm gonna love, but not all chip tune music is automatically great...
@sketchturner It's a shame it will only take someone to rip the ROM to ruin all this, although there is not much of a market anyway.
If they release a digital version of it, I hope they use the original hardware. Maybe most people won't notice, but the Super, the Color and emulators don't sound as good as the original 1989 version, those even had a pin that allowed for extra sound in the cartridge.
There is mod that changes music in Final Fantasy 6 Advance to original music from Snes. It sound gorgeous .
Music from nes/snes and gameboy/gameboy color was beatiful but tiresome after long sesions of gaming. Music from gameboy advance is far better, not so annoying as older gameboys.
When i finished Final Fantasy 4 Advance i often listened to music from this.
I'm glad that they included music players in advance versions.
Music from advance verions of Fire Emblem rock also.
Even from Pokemon on gameboy/gameboy color (not to mention from advance versions).
This is a very cool idea. Pricey, but very very cool.
This is awesome! Everyone should try to get to a Chiptune gig or festival.. Because live chiptune is a stunning visual and sonic experience!
@cfgk24 This guy says the truth. Listen to him
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