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News Give Your Ears A Treat With The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Vinyl Soundtrack
Relive the epic battles
Picking a single highlight of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is pretty tough; the entire game oozed brilliance from start to finish and we loved every second of it. One potential contender, though, is Grant Kirkhope's stunning soundtrack and - as luck would have it - a vinyl release is scheduled to be available in Q3 this...
News Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gets Stunning 5-Disc Soundtrack Release
Another Japan-only treat
To celebrate The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's upcoming one-year anniversary, Nintendo has announced a stunning 5-disc soundtrack which is set to be published by Nippon Columbia. The initial print run for this soundtrack will come with a fancy three-sided slipcase, a 'The Legend of Zelda Field Music Collection', and...
Feature The Harp Twins Reflect On Their First Ever UK Tour
"We felt so honored to be so warmly welcomed by our UK fans"
We last spoke to The Harp Twins way back in 2012, but we've featured their music in various articles over the years since, especially when they do anything Zelda-themed! Musicians Camille and Kennerly Kitt combine the serene sound of the harp with a dynamic live shows and...
News Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Gets a Japanese Soundtrack Release on 23rd May
THINK YOU CAN TAKE ME?
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a wonderful way to end the first calendar year that Switch was available for, offering a suitably massive RPG experience that served as a nice on-the-go follow up to Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. The game also featured a fitting soundtrack, filled with sweeping, epic tunes, and it was just recently...
News Zuntata Now Playing In Your Music Streaming Service Of Choice
Over 3,000 tracks ready to rock your world
You may not know them by name, but with over three decades of Taito video game music under their belt you must have heard Zuntata's work in the past. From the memorable melodies of Bubble Bobble to the epic electronic/jazz fusion soundscapes of the Darius series, the prolific group founded by Hisayoshi...
Random There's Nothing Quite Like The Creator Of Sonic Doing An Impression Of Michael Jackson
"Jackson had made all of it with his mouth"
One of the most persistent anecdotes in the history of video gaming is Michael Jackson's connection with Sonic the Hedgehog 3. It's often been rumoured that he wrote the soundtrack for the game, having enjoyed a strong relationship with Sega during the early '90s. The story goes that when allegations...
News Mega Man Composer Addresses Similarity Between Elec Man's Theme And Journey's "Faithfully"
Manami Matsumae breaks her silence on plagiarism claims
With the great news about Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 coming to Switch being announced recently, we've got another slice of Blue Bomber-related news - this time going all the way back to the first NES game. In the world of games, a lot of minuscule things get dug up,...
News Floor Kids Is Getting a Vinyl Soundtrack Release in April
Floor Kids was a welcome surprise on the Switch eShop, blending hand drawn art with an infectious hip hop soundtrack and rhythm gameplay. The music—produced by Kid Koala—was a serious highlight for the release, and now those of you who loved it will have a chance to own the full soundtrack in its own separate release. Kid Koala just...
News Megadriver's Latest Album Is All About Shmups
And Great Justice For All
Nintendo Life shmup heads rejoice as Brazilian metal band and inventors of the game metal genre Megadriver have just released their latest album. For Great Justice is a twenty track metal cover album with some very iconic tunes from several classic shmups, including songs from Thunder Force IV,
News MSU1 Support For Yoshi's Island, Seiken Densetsu 3 And Final Fight 2 Is Here
Dinosaur babysitting, action RPG perfection and Mike Haggar's world tour
The Zeldix MSU1 community continues its incredible streak of MSU-1 audio project releases, with this week seeing the conclusion of two major projects from Conn and a nice Capcom surprise from Kurono and PepilloPEV. Without a doubt one of the greatest Super Nintendo (perhaps...
News SNES Classics Illusion of Gaia And Mystical Ninja Receive MSU1 Audio Support
Will and Goemon join the high fidelity club
Another week and another two major MSU-1 Audio projects released by Super Nintendo fans. Considering both these classic soundtracks come in at nearly one hundred tracks each this is no small feat. Two epic quests featuring brand new audio possibilities await you. Caught between the brilliance of both...
News It's Been A Bumper Month For Super Nintendo MSU-1 Audio Enhancement Patches
Pump up the volume
Love them or hate them, the MSU-1 audio enhancement patches are here to stay and the effervescent, passionate community of hobbyist hackers and music producers at Zeldix have been on a non-stop roll of releases during this month. We've rounded up most of those projects on this news post and who knows, one of your old...
Random The Creator Of Black Mirror Got The BBC To Play A Game Boy Tune To Millions
Picks Nintendo Switch as is his luxury item, too
Charlie Brooker's superb Black Mirror series may have catapulted him to global fame, but what viewers of the twisted yet utterly compelling science fiction show might not know is that he started his career as a games journalist in the UK before making the leap into comedy and TV writing. Brooker was...
Music Secret of Mana Tribute Album "Resonance Of The Pure Land" Released
Overclocked Remix's 65th tribute album takes us back to 16-bit bliss
While Switch owners eagerly awaiting news of a possible Western release of the Seiken Desentsu Collection or even a change of heart regarding the Secret of Mana Remake being released on everything except Nintendo's flagship console, we bring you bit of good news and h
News The Symphony of the Goddesses Producer Hopes to Move On to Mario in the Future
"Hopefully it will stick"
The Symphony of the Goddesses concerts have been an ongoing success for quite a few years, combining iconic music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with orchestral arrangements and performances. It sets off around the world each year - though a hiatus seems likely in 2018 - and often shakes things up to keep fans...
Video Nintendo Releases More Footage of Splatoon 2 Soundtrack Performances
It's oh so serious
Splatoon and Splatoon 2 are fantastic games, establishing a new franchise that'll likely run on for many years to come. A big part of the games, apart from splatting things, is the music - from day one the IP has had its own distinct style that goes from strength to strength with each added track, while live performances are...
Music Sample the Delights of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Soundtrack With 'Shadow of the Lowlands'
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is just days away - yes, our review will be live before its release - and fans of incredibly complex and lengthy RPGs will soon be rejoicing. It's a game with plenty of promise, but one area perhaps overlooked in the official overview videos / Nintendo Direct is the soundtrack. It's hard to focus on it, sometimes,...
News Castlevania: Dracula X Gets MSU1 Digital Audio Enhancement Treatment
What a horrible night to have digital audio
Alas, poor Castlevania: Dracula X (Vampire's Kiss in Europe). Despite the best Konami efforts to snugly fit all the brilliance of the original PC Engine CD title Castlevania: Rondo of Blood inside a Super Nintendo cartridge it was just not meant to be; the fact it was a step down in the controls...
Music Rare And iam8bit Are Releasing Battletoads And Conker's Bad Fur Day Soundtracks On Vinyl
Preorders opening soon
Rare may not be under Nintendo's wing anymore but the UK studio is responsible for some amazing 8, 16 and 64-bit titles such as Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie, to name just three. Now, the company is teaming up with iam8bit to produce vinyl soundtracks for three of its classic games: Battletoads in...
Music Fan-Made Mother 4 Game Isn't Here Yet, But The Soundtrack Sure Is
Contains over 60 tracks!
GameChops has released the full soundtrack for the fan-made sequel to Mother 3, despite the fact that the game itself still isn't out yet. Created by a dedicated team of fans, Mother 4 certainly looks the part - but it is of course totally unofficial and earlier this year
Music Metroid, Kid Icarus And Earthbound Composer Has Released His First Album
And the opening single has a rather strange video
Video game composer Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka - also known as Chip Tanaka - has just released his first full album, and the opening single Beaver even has its own animated music video featuring Michael Jackson, several disembodied breasts and Donald Trump. The album is called Django...
Random Looking Back On That Time When Mario Gatecrashed The UK Music Charts
"We were shown into their boardroom, and in walked Miyamoto himself"
We don't see many of them these days but once upon a time video games were prime inspiration for novelty songs. Titles like Pac-Man and Space Invaders both inspired popular singles, and in 1992 the situation was no different as tracks based on both Super Mario Land and Tetris...
Feature Diggin' In The Carts Host Nick Dwyer On How Video Game Music Has Come Of Age
"Cool things have been happening within the sphere of video game music"
While video game music has always had its fans, the appreciation for game soundtracks and the people who create them has arguably never been higher. Part of this is due to the incredible nostalgia attached to some of gaming's most iconic tunes, but it's also because video game...
News Trio Of SNES Classics Get MSU1 Digital Audio Soundtracks
Street sweeping, alien blasting, intergalactic racing triple combo
The community of Super Nintendo enthusiasts has been truly pushing the envelope above and beyond this year. There has never been such a great number of MSU1 audio enhancement patches released in such a short amount of time ever since byuu developed the chip back in 2012. Let us take...
News Get the Official Free Download of Super Mario Odyssey's Jump Up, Super Star!
Well, that's nice
Super Mario Odyssey was a hit at E3 this year, but a surprising part of the show was the popularity of the game's song, 'Jump Up, Super Star!'. Its chirpy lyrics and Big Band stylings took off, and before long the track had been ripped and lovingly shared online. Now, following the release of an awesome musical video, Nintendo has...
News Tiny Barbarian DX Gets a Rather Huge Soundtrack Release
Tiny Barbarian DX is out today and, whilst we've already seen some nice little goodies on offer alongside the physical retail version in North America, we now have something else for the whole world to enjoy. Releasing as a 76-track album, 'Tiny Barbarian DX: The Ultimate Chiptune Compilation' is now available to download...
Music Super Metroid's Mother Brain Battle Theme Is Much Less Threatening In Jazz Form
Mega Man, Final Fantasy and Transformers themes also tackled
Video game battle themes are normally strident and forceful, creating tension at moments in a game when rapid responses and cunning reflexes are required. However, Japanese music act Gentle Love - which consists of Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino (saxophone) and Etrian...
Music Metroid Meets Vangelis In New 70 Track, 5 Disc Fan-Made Album
Gets you in the mood for Metroid: Samus Returns
"What would Metroid's music sound like if it were performed by Vangelis?" This was the question that birthed a new 70 track, 5 disc album by retro gaming enthusiast, music creator and Nintendo Life contributor Gonçalo "Shiryu" Lopes. Shiryu has created works based on franchises like F-Zero,
News Image & Form Shows Off the SteamWorld Dig 2 Soundtrack, Composed by El Huervo
Along with some new snippets of footage
Image & Form keeps its fans updated on progress with its episodes of The Engine Room, and does so once again with its latest episode. This one focuses on the soundtrack for SteamWorld Dig 2; as fans of the series know, each entry brings some terrific game music to our ears. The big-name composer for...
Feature Ex-Rare Composer Grant Kirkhope On "Breaking Mario" And Following In Koji Kondo's Footsteps
"We've poured ourselves into this game to try and make it special"
It's fair to say that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle didn't have the most auspicious of starts. When the game leaked it was met with a fair degree of scepticism, but that all changed when the title was unveiled onstage at E3, complete with an appearance by Shigeru Miyamoto himself...
News Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Soundtrack Now Available For Download
89 tracks spanning more than two hours
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is one of our favourite Switch eShop titles, and with good reason - it takes the incredible Master System original and gives it a HD lick of paint. Another reason to adore the game is Michael Geyre's amazing arranged soundtrack, which uses Shinichi Sakamoto’s original tunes...
Music Check Out Sonic Forces' Opening Theme, Featuring Hoobastank's Douglas Robb
"How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?"
Sega has released the opening theme for the upcoming Sonic Forces, which features vocals and lyrics by Douglas Robb of Hoobastank. Hoobastank were formed in 1994 (it says here) and have sold 10 million albums worldwide (it also says here). We can't say we've spun many of their discs in the Nintendo...
News Here's Your First Taste Of Grant Kirkhope's Contribution To Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Former Rare man has outdone himself yet again
Nintendo fans were excited to finally hear the confirmation that Grant Kirkhope (known for his work on Banjo Kazooie, Goldeneye, and Donkey Kong 64) would be producing music for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It'
News Streets Of Rage And Etrian Odyssey Composer Isn't Sure Why The Switch Exists
"I'm not really surprised by it"
The name Yuzo Koshiro will be instantly familiar to anyone who has been gaming for the past 30 years. The legendary creator of music for games like Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi, ActRaiser and Etrian Odyssey has been president of Ancient Corp for 27 years now, and during that time he has contributed some...
News Pop On Some Headphones for This Sonic Forces Park Avenue Track
Composed by Tomoya Ohtani
Not long ago SEGA unveiled its custom character feature for Sonic Forces, which will allow players to create their own hero to fight alongside modern and classic Sonic. There'll be plenty of options and different animal types that have various abilities, though some are concerned at what the dedicated Sonic fanbase will...
Music This 8-Bit Rendition Of The ARMS Theme Is Even Catchier Than The Original
If you've taken part in the ARMS Global Testpunch recently then you'll no doubt find yourself humming the game's excellent theme tune for most of your waking hours - it's that catchy. In case you're one of the few people who haven't heard it yet - or you need reminding so it can torment you for even longer - here's what it sounds like:...
Video Lindsey Stirling Performs RiME's Beautiful "Forgotten City" Theme
Complete with a gorgeous video, of course
The ridiculously-talented Lindsey Stirling has taken part in yet another video game project, this time relating to the upcoming Zelda-like adventure RiME. Stirling - whose talents include violin, dancing and creating her own award-winning original music - has performed the game's "Forgotten City"...
News Highly Regarded Game Composer, and Metroid Fan, is Working at Retro Studios
Dare to dream
What is Retro Studios up to? That's a key question for Nintendo fans. Aside from assisting in a small number of projects the Texas-based studio has been quiet since the enjoyable Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U. After a trilogy of Metroid Prime games on GameCube and Wii and then two Donkey Kong Country titles, the book is...
Video Rapper Mega Ran Enters A Spooky Game Boy World In His Latest Track
Take me to church
Mega Ran - friend of Nintendo Life and nerdcore rapper extraordinaire - is back with a new video for his song "Church" which we thought we'd share as it's been done with a 1989 Nintendo Game Boy style which even people who aren't fans of this genre of music should enjoy. You might also recognise the sample from Super Mario World in...
News David Wise Talks Humble Beginnings, Snake Pass & Nintendo
"Originally I wanted to be somebody like Phil Collins"
The video game industry has been blessed with some incredible musical talents over the years, with ex-Rare composer David Wise being a standout; there's a strong chance you you will have heard his work. Having created acclaimed scores for games like Battletoads, Wizards & Warriors and Donkey...
News Hero of Time Orchestral Album Now Available for Pre-Order as Download, CD, or Vinyl
"An epic re-imagining of the iconic score "
The Legend of Zelda is a franchise with some of the most memorable music in gaming, and it's celebrated in various ways. Late last year we reported on an album by Materia Collective that is re-imagining the soundtrack from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; though it's not an official Nintendo product...
News The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2017 Tour Details Have Been Revealed
Most tickets are already on sale, too
Back when The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was the new Zelda game, part of the series' anniversary celebrations for that year was a traveling orchestra that performed live arrangements of music from across the long history of Zelda games. The concept proved to be so popular that they brought it back the...
Feature David Wise On Creating "Aztec Rock And Roll" For Snake Pass
"I'm a Nintendo-influenced fan boy at heart"
David Wise is something of a legend in the realm of video game music; plucked from the obscurity of Leicester's high street by the Stamper Brothers, he would become Rare's in-house composer for many years, almost single-handedly creating the aural accompaniment to the studio's NES, SNES and Game Boy...
Music Strike Up The Band - Final Fantasy “Bra Bra” 2017 Tour Announced
On the road again
The world of Final Fantasy is never dull. On top of the main series of games, spin-offs and remakes, there's always been a lot of fun items and events that fans can enjoy. 2017 is no exception and one of the bigger events this year will be the Final Fantasy Brass de Bravo concert tour. Starting on 2nd April and continuing through...
Music Secret Of Mana Composer Hiroki Kikuta Releases Prog Rock And Jazz Fusion Albums
Composer Hiroki Kikuta is responsible for some of the best gaming soundtracks ever, with Seiken Densetsu II (Secret of Mana), Seiken Densetsu III and Koudelka under his belt. He's currently creating music for the Kickstarter title Indivisible by Lab Zero Games, but he has found the time to produce not one but two new albums, collaborating with...
Music Loads Of Classic Sega Albums Are Now Available On Spotify
Welcome to the Fantasy Zone
If you like tapping your toes to classic tunes from Sega games - and let's face it, who doesn't - then you'll be pleased to learn that the Japanese veteran has made many of its video game music album available for streaming on Spotify. The official soundtrack albums for games such as Out Run, NiGHTS, Virtua Fighter 5,
Video Check Out This Cool Music Bug in Super Mario Bros. 2
A nod to its heritage
I've always enjoyed this time in the life cycle of gaming. You know, when one piece of hardware is retired and another is introduced; this time around we anxiously await to christen The Switch in our homes, while the Wii U gets ready for the viking funeral. But that all aside, it's a great time to look back and reacquaint...
Feature Experiencing Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses & Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions
Music to all ears
Arjun has attended both the Symphony of the Goddesses and Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions tours, and shares his thoughts on the experiences. To most people, video games are a way to relax, unwind, be entertained, get competitive, or all of the above. To others, video games are that and then some - a tool to escape into worlds...
News Tomoya Tomita Leaves Good-Feel Games, Uploads Recent Compositions Online
The composer for Yoshi's Woolly World and Kirby's Epic Yarn
When it comes to famous Nintendo composers, Koji Kondo is usually the first name to come to mind, due in no small part to his significant contributions to the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series'. One composer's name that you may not be quite so familiar with is that of Tomoya Tomita,...
Rumour Grant Kirkhope to Compose Music For Mario & Rabbids Crossover RPG
Known for Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Yooka-Laylee
Back in November there were reports from multiple sources that Ubisoft would be producing an RPG for the Nintendo Switch, serving as a crossover between the Mario series and the Rabbids universe. You can read what we had to say about it here. Today we might have a hint as to who will be...