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Random Smooth McGroove Updates Fans On Where He's Been For Almost Two Years
He's well-known for his acapella covers of game music
Has the acapella game music scene been quieter than usual for a while, or is it just us? Nope- Smooth McGroove, maybe the most famous of all the acapella video game singers, hasn't posted anything since July 2019. That's pre-pandemic! You could be forgiven for thinking that something awful...
Random Listen To The Mario Theme Recreated Using The Switch's Menu Sounds
Bleep bleep bleep bleep-bleep bleep, bloop.
We'll be honest – we just like any excuse to use an image of Music Toad. All the little sounds that play when you're messing around in a console's menus might not seem all that important at first, until you realise just how much time you spend there. Maybe we're just strange, but we often find ourselves...
News Celebrate Zelda's 35th Anniversary With This Wind Waker Orchestrated Fan Album
Well worth a listen
This year marks 35 years of The Legend of Zelda series. Nintendo's announced an HD remake of the Wii title, Skyward Sword, and is releasing an appropriately-themed Switch Joy-Con, but apart from that, it seems to be holding out on the celebrations. Regardless of this, fans are celebrating Link's 35th in all sorts of way, and to...
News ZA/UM Releases New Songs By British Sea Power For Disco Elysium's 'Final Cut'
Excellent news for fans of music that triggers an existential crisis
Disco Elysium, the political narrative/visual novel adventure/supernatural karaoke simulator/role-playing game that took the world by storm when it came to PC in 2019, is making its way to consoles this year as the new "Final Cut" version, which will add full voice-acting and new...
News An Ace Attorney Orchestral Concert Will Be Streamed Worldwide Next Month
Watch from the comfort of your own home
The gaming industry is no stranger to fantastic orchestral concerts, with series like The Legend of Zelda being treated to numerous shows over the past few years, but next month it's the turn of Ace Attorney. On 10th April, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a live selection of hits from the...
Random 'DJ Pikachu' Is Now A Thing, And He's Just Released A Remix Of Classic Pokémon Tunes
Watch the full set here
Sometimes we find ourselves wondering where the thousands of pounds we've spent on Pokémon games and merchandise over the years has actually gone, and we're delighted to discover that it's now funding DJ Pikachu's music career. Yes, Pokémon's official Japanese YouTube channel has shared a new video featuring DJ Pikachu (a...
News Watch VGMTogether This Weekend For Live Performances Of The Music From Hades And Paper Mario
Hey! Listen! ...to these performances
Cancel all your plans - VGMTogether begins this Friday, and goes on until Sunday, bringing live performances of video game soundtracks to you in the comfort of your own home, thanks to the power of INTERNET. What do you mean you don't have any plans? "Sitting around in your pants watching YouTube videos" doesn't...
News Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu May Have Written His Last Full Soundtrack
"He was going through some health issues"
Nobuo Uematsu's had a long history within gaming that any composer would be proud of. Having worked on most Final Fantasy games in some capacity, he's covered a wide span of RPG hits like Chrono Trigger, Lost Odyssey and The Last Story. Recently, he's been collaborating once more with Final Fantasy creator...
News Monster Hunter Rise Is Getting A Soundtrack CD Featuring Over 100 Songs
Listen to a few tracks here
We're only a handful of weeks away from the launch of Monster Hunter Rise on Nintendo Switch, but the beast-slaying fun is only just beginning. It's been revealed that Capcom plans to launch an official Monster Hunter Rise soundtrack CD set featuring a whopping 117 songs split across four discs (thanks, Gamer). The...
Video Watch Post Malone's Virtual Concert Celebrating 25 Years Of Pokémon
"Thank you all for 25 beautiful years"
The official Pokémon YouTube channel just aired its Post Malone Virtual Concert Experience, celebrating 25 years of pocket monsters. If you're yet to see the American rapper and songwriter's performance, you can watch the full 13-minute show right here. Post sings a handful of tracks - with one of them being...
Music Post Malone's Pokémon 25th Anniversary Song Goes Live Ahead Of This Weekend's Concert
Virtual show kicks off this Saturday
Ahead of this weekend's Pokémon Day Virtual Concert featuring Post Malone, the singer has released a brand new cover song that's available to stream right now. The track – a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1995 hit 'Only Wanna Be with You' – can be heard up above. The original record was last seen on...
Random Seriously, You Have To Witness This Funk-Tastic Mii Channel Jam Session
It's getting funky in here
You may have come across Alex Moukala previously. Working as a composer, musician and YouTuber, Alex has developed a significant fanbase with his takes on gaming OSTs. Between reacting to Octopath Traveler and making Kirby music sound like One-Winged Angel, he recently took aim at the Mii Channel t
Random Ariana Grande Sang About Playing Mario Party And Mario Kart
Baby, you might need a seatbelt when I... hit you with a Blue Shell
Before we begin: if you're here to be angry about Ariana Grande, might we suggest reading about something you like instead? We've got a pretty crackin' review of Bowser's Fury over here, or maybe you'd like to check out an Animal Crossing survey for the chance to win a free Switch...
News Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 'Piano Collections' Album Launches This April
New arrangements come from the original composer, Kumi Tanioka
You can see the passion Square-Enix hold for its soundtracks. Between concert events like Distant Worlds and vinyl releases, we've witnessed a few piano collections too, bringing some stunning renditions of existing songs. Having covered several of Final Fantasy's main entries
News Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Latest Single Featured On Ninjala Advert In Japan
It's part of a ten-year anniversary celebration for the singer
In Nintendo's latest TV advert for Ninjala, the hugely popular Switch exclusive that just hit six million downloads, singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu appears alongside Japanese comedy trio Yonsen Toshin to promote the game, as well as her latest single, "Gum Gum Girl". This isn't the first time...
Random YouTube Musician Charles Cornell Did A Deep-Dive On The Mii Channel Theme
Boop-ba-doop-boop, ba-doop-doop-doop (ᵈᵒᵒᵖ ᵈᵒᵒᵖ ᵈᵒᵒᵖ)
You've got it in your head now, don't you? The Mii Channel music is iconic, and for good reason: it's a banger. We've seen freestyle raps, remixes with dances,
News You Can Now Listen To The Catherine: Full Body Soundtrack On Spotify
It turns out the Persona albums aren't the only soundtracks Atlus has added to the streaming and media service Spotify recently. Nope, joining Persona is the Catherine: Full Body soundtrack. Catherine, in case you forgot, was released on the Nintendo Switch in July last year. The Spotify version includes a 2-disc soundtrack containing...
News Lots Of Persona Soundtracks Just Landed On Spotify
Stream to your heart's content
With Persona 5 Strikers set to launch on Switch next month, and with fan-favourite character Joker taking centre stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Persona series has never been more popular with Nintendo fans. Thankfully, then, this sudden wave of streamable Persona albums has come at a pretty perfect time...
Random Nintendo Had To "Politely Decline" The Chance To Work With Kanye West, Says Reggie
"Oh my gosh"
Collaborations with musicians aren't uncommon in the video game industry (we still shudder when we're reminded about the likes of Kris Kross: Make My Video and the Aerosmith-heavy Revolution X) and it seems that we very nearly had a similar team-up between Nintendo and good ol' Yeezy himself. Former Nintendo of America president Reggie...
Feature Ex-Rare Composers David Wise And Grant Kirkhope On Writing For Yooka-Laylee, Their Inspirations And Working From Home
"It’s very much like being in quarantine and lockdown all the time"
Last month music label Materia Collective put out the original soundtracks to both Yooka-Laylee and its sequel Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair on a host of digital storefronts and streaming platforms. The music from both of Playtonic Games' love letters to platformer
Feature Chiptune Band Anamanaguchi Shares Insight Into Its Latest Album And Dream Smash Bros. Fighters
"We used to be the only band with a computer on stage"
Almost anyone can hum the original NES theme of Super Mario Bros., but if you asked them what genre of music it fell into, most probably wouldn't know what to say. Sure, one could just describe it as video game music, but it could also be described as chiptune. The word chiptune is used to...
Video Listen To The London Philharmonic's Super Mario Medley From Abbey Road
A tiny 35th anniversary treat from The Game Awards
The Game Awards has showcased a variety of musical acts over the years and the 2020 edition of Geoff Keighley's annual gaming event was certainly no exception. Keighley was able to enlist the talents of the London Philharmonic Orchestra this year, and they performed a brief celebratory medley of...
News Yuzo Koshiro's Sumptuous ActRaiser Soundtrack Is Getting A Vinyl And CD Release
Includes previously unreleased tracks
The gorgeous soundtrack for Quintet's ActRaiser – one of the SNES' most unique and iconic third-party releases – is getting a special re-release on vinyl and CD, courtesy of Paris-based Wayô Records. Composed by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro, who has also created the music for Streets of Rage,
News 'A Merry Hyrule Christmas' Album Blends Zelda Classics With Beloved Festive Carols
Ganondorf is coming to town
The festive soundtrack you never knew you needed has arrived in the form of A Merry Hyrule Christmas, a Zelda tribute album that blends some of the series' classic tunes with Christmas carols. Produced by Eric Buchholz, who was also responsible for the hour-long arrangement album Hero of Time, this new record features...
Random Someone's Made A Cover Of Hyrule Warriors' Main Theme Inside WarioWare D.I.Y.
And it's surprisingly great
The internet has always loved a good cover song or two, but it's not every day that you stumble across a brand new Zelda arrangement inside a ten-year-old Nintendo DS game, is it? As it happens, that's exactly what we have here. YouTube user Squishy Pixelz has recreated the 'Champions Unite' main theme from Hyrule...
News Banjo-Kazooie Composer Posts Remixes For Halloween, With A Full Album Coming
There are myriad spooky levels throughout the history of video games, although one of the best has to be Mad Monster Mansion from Banjo-Kazooie (officially known as The Best Video Game Of All Time™ around these parts — when this writer's around, at least). Composer Grant Kirkhope recently put out a remix of that level's creepy...
Random Mario Kart Music Apparently Helps With Your Homework
Listen up, kids
A lot of people like to work with music playing in the background – it's easy to see how a favourite tune can inspire you to increased productivity or get you through a particularly tough day. However, a new craze has surfaced online which is based around using Mario Kart's more strident songs to encourage people to work faster...
Random Japanese Comedian Pikotaro Has Joined Forces With Pokémon's Pikachu For A New Viral Hit
"PIKA to PIKO"
Japanese comedian Kazuhito Kosaka – better known for his comedy character Pikotaro – scored a viral hit with PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) back in 2016, and has continued to pump out similar songs since. He's now joined forces with The Pokémon Company to create a new song called PIKA to PIKO. The song was revealed during this...
News Ex-Rare Composer David Wise Says He Would Be "Delighted" To Be Involved With Another Donkey Kong Country Game
And we would go bananas for a new entry
If there's one series we would love to see make a return, it's gotta be Donkey Kong Country. The last mainline outing was the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U in 2014, and it was then enhanced for the Switch in 2018. So, who is willing to help out on a new Donkey Kong Country game?...
News Nintendo Shares A Quick Taste Of Paper Mario: The Origami King's Soundtrack
The soothing sounds of the Café theme
We're now just ten days away from Mario's next grand adventure in Paper Mario: The Origami King and if you're anything like us, you'll be itching to jump in and explore its new open-world design. Thankfully, Nintendo has given us another quick taste of what the game will offer with a lovely soundtrack tease...
News Treat Your Ears To 'Hero Of Time', An Hour-Long Arrangement Album Based On Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
And you can get 10% off!
We all know just how wonderful The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is, with its iconic gameplay and the impact it's had on game development ever since, and one of its many standout features is the soundtrack. From that Hyrule Field main theme to the music that plays at Lon Lon Ranch, Koji Kondo's music is inspiring - and...
News Sonic The Hedgehog's Official 'DJ Style Party' Album Is Out Now
Update: Listen on Spotify, Apple Music and more
Update (Thu 18th Jun, 2020 13:00 BST): Sonic the Hedgehog DJ Style Party, a new official album featuring remixes from a number of the blue blur's games, is now available to stream online. You'll find it on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and more. Original Article (Wed 15th Apr,...
Feature 2020's Breakout Star? It Has To Be Animal Crossing's K.K. Slider
"There’s definitely a K.K. Slider song out there for everyone"
Forget the Billboard charts and the most popular celebrities on them – there’s a new breakout star in town, and most Nintendo fans have heard his music for weeks through remixes, social media videos and trendy TikToks (as well as in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, of course). K.K...
News Legendary Composer David Wise Explains Why He Wouldn't Have Swapped The N64 For A CD-Based Console
"We could have dynamic responsive scores that react to the gameplay environments"
Former Rare composer David Wise is responsible for some of the best soundtracks ever heard in a video game, and for the longest time, he was the company's main resource when it came to creating music for its NES, SNES, Game Boy and N64 output. He's been speaking to US...
News There's A Whole Host Of Castlevania Soundtracks On Spotify Now
Listen to them - children of the night. What music they make!
Konami's Castlevania series isn't just famous for its tight gameplay, sprawling fortresses and inventive boss battles – it's also a series with some of the best music in the history of video games, and while Konami doesn't seem to have plans for any new entries right now (that's a...
Random Classic Nintendo Games Sound Even Cooler When Played Live On Violin
Including sound effects!
Often, that wonderful feeling of nostalgia you get when loading up a game from your childhood comes from hearing the soundtrack or sound effects that used to blare out of your TV screen. From the iconic Super Mario Bros. theme to the Legend of Zelda's 'da da da daaaaa', there's bound to be a few sounds that instantly bring...
Video Hear Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Main Theme Performed By 664-Member Orchestra
An epic rendition of 'Lifelight'
There aren't many things that could make 'Lifelight', the main theme from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, any more epic, but having it be played by 664 people at the same time sure comes close. YouTube channel The 8-Bit Big Band has shared a new video showing exactly that, with 6
Video See Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Main Theme Performed By The Original Musicians
See the faces behind the magic
Let's just get this out there: the main theme song in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is delightful. Ever since the game was released - and in the weeks just before launch, actually - we've been finding ourselves humming the tune wherever we go, annoying our friends and family but having an absolute whale of a time. Now,...
News N64 Star Wars Title Shadows Of The Empire Is Getting A Soundtrack Release
On CD and vinyl
When the Nintendo 64 launched back in the '90s, it arrived with the likes of Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64 in tow – as well as LucasArts' Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. This 3D action title was part of a multimedia campaign that also covered books, comics and toys, and bridged the gap between The Empire Strikes Back and...
News Classic Streets Of Rage Soundtracks Are Being Rereleased On Cassette And CD
If today's release of Streets of Rage 4 on Switch has you feeling all nostalgic for earlier games in the series, you might want to take a nosey at these tempting soundtrack offerings. Wayô Records is set to rerelease the classic Mega Drive soundtracks to both Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2 composed by Yuzo Koshiro...
Music Treat Yourself To A Taste Of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's Remastered Soundtrack
Nintendo shares a quick tease
We're only a month-or-so away from getting our hands on Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and reliving every wonderful moment from the Wii original. It seems like Nintendo wants to get us in the mood, too, offering up a quick tease at the new release's soundtrack. Nintendo's shared a 30-second tease of a...
Video Get Hyped For Animal Crossing: New Horizons With This Original Song
We all wanna go to New Horizons
With Animal Crossing: New Horizons rapidly approaching, we've been finding ourselves increasingly impressed with the wonderful creativity shown by the community. As suc
News Need Some Kirk-hope For The Future? Wise Up With Both Yooka-Laylee OSTs, Now Out On Digital Stores
The perfect (Play)tonic
In these trying times we could all do with a some relief - a little pick-me-up to get us through the day. When we're feeling blue, throwing on some classic Rareware tunes from the likes of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie perks us up no end. As luck would have it, both composers behind those winners feature on the...
Random Streets Of Rage Composer Put His Name On Title Screens Because His Mum Told Him To
“That wasn’t my suggestion”
Yuzo Koshiro is arguably one of the most famous composers of video game music in the world thanks to his incredible work on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive and, more recently, for his sterling efforts on franchises such as Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey. While Koshiro’s tunes for titles like Revenge of Shinobi, ActRaiser...
News You Can Now Stream Songs From Pokémon Mystery Dungeon's OST For Free On YouTube
A very welcome surprise
In what is a very unusual move from The Pokémon Company, a selection of music from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team has been shared to YouTube for free streaming. The uploads are almost certainly in place to celebrate the recent launch of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:...
Video Wiz Khalifa Drops New 16-Bit Music Video For Sonic The Hedgehog Movie
'Speed Me Up'
Sonic the Hedgehog's big movie release date is just a handful of weeks away now, and a new music video has been released for one of the tracks set to appear in the film. Speed Me Up is a new song from American rapper/singer-songwriter Wiz Khalifa, featuring vocals from Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, and Sueco the Child who we're told are...
Feature Uncovering The Story Behind Nintendo's Most Bizarre Tie-In
‘90s Mario mania, posthumous endorsements and White Knuckle Scorin'...
Uncanny, no? It’s Saturday morning and we’re relaxing on the sofa with a coffee, idly scrolling through Twitter while MTV Classics plays in the background. The 1992 video for Roy Orbison’s posthumously released track 'I Drove All Night' plays. Now, we’re partial to...
News Yoshi's Woolly World's Composer Has Uploaded Lots Of Unheard Music From The Game
Give them a listen
Yoshi's Woolly World was one of our favourite games on the Wii U, partly because you can't go wrong with a nice dose of Yoshi cuteness, but also largely because of its truly wonderful soundtrack. The man behind many of our fondest musical memories in that game, composer Tomoya Tomita, has his very own YouTube channel, and fans of...
News Shovel Knight's Getting A Lullaby Album From The Composers Of Bayonetta And Etrian Odyssey
Update: Listen to the full thing here
Update: The Shovel Knight lullaby album is now available to buy and stream, meaning the entire thing has now been unlocked in the Bandcamp music player below. Give the whole thing a listen and make sure to download a copy if you enjoy it. Original Article (Tue 12th Nov, 2019 15:15 GMT): The Shovel Knight...
News Sony Music Is Publishing A Special 30th Anniversary Mother Vinyl Set
Now that's the sound of Christmas
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of MOTHER - the first game in Nintendo's popular RPG series and known as EarthBound Beginnings in the west - Sony Music Direct is releasing a MOTHER Original Soundtrack on Christmas Day in Japan. The soundtrack is a UK recording by Keiichi Suzuki's Moonriders. This double album set...