Nintendo nerds rejoice – as if it wasn’t hard enough to believe that the original NES console has been around in its various forms since 1983, the makers themselves are acknowledging the new appreciation for retro game music by releasing an official soundtrack album of its most popular game theme songs.
Rocket News 24 has reported that the music slated for release has been recorded directly from the original games and are intended to be the “clearest possible” versions. Now you have no excuse for cranking out those shoddy Youtube rips during your next Gaming Night; you just have to stump up the requisite 2,400 yen (that’s about £15 for us Brits) to order it upon release next month…that is, if it even gets a Western release.
Check here for the tracklisting, and tell me which songs you can’t wait to hear in all their 8-bit glory!
Feeling that this week’s tune should be a little more chilled than usual, readers, so by special request, a song described only in my research as “a jazz standard” and nothing else.
What’s your favourite Fallout theme?
Better known in Japan as It’s a Wonderful World, this nifty little game got some splendid response from fans and critics alike; it won “tenth best game released on a Nintendo system during the 2000s” from Nintendo Power – an impressive feat considering albeit one with so many qualifiers. It’s bloody hard though!
My track of choice for Tuesday’s Tune is ‘Déjà vu’ – initially released on a 6-track EP through the Japanese iTunes store called “Subarashiki Konosekai + The World Ends with You” in June 2008. A month later it saw a physical release on a 19-track album.
The vocals are by Joanna Koike, who apart from this profile doesn’t seem to have a lot of info floating about online. Best way, really; you don’t want any old joker being able to regurgitate a bunch of facts about you on his blog just because you once sang a cool song. Ahem.
So for the special 100th edition of her blog recently, I asked fellow geek writer Ari what her favourite video game soundtrack was. She replied with Fallout 3 because of the Galaxy News Radio broadcasting legend, Three Dog. I love that station too; many’s the time I’ve had The Ink Spots stuck in my head for hours after making a brief stop-off in the Capital Wasteland of an evening. This got me thinking about the podcasts and specialist radio stations that actually DO play video game music both old and new, and which ones you really ought to check out.
Look. It’s still the Christmas holiday, okay? I am feeling that lazy.
Before I go into details, I should recommend a couple of specialist podcasts that play music from video games: Sekani’s BGM podcast is a great fortnightly round up; as is The Sound Test from 1up.com; sadly no longer updated. There are also plenty of live radio stations like RadioSEGA and Fuse VGM for all your 24/7 beep and bloop needs. For the fan communities there’s also OverClocked Remix, where old game tunes form the basis for fan remixes; The Answer arranged by Mattias Häggström Gerdt is a tribute album to the music from the Armored Core series and is just bloody wonderful; track one ‘Hello, Thinker’ was my ringtone for a long time!
Lame admission time from spending so much time listening to all these soundtracks and podcasts: I don’t know a single one of these songs from playing the games!
Morning Glow by Kota Hoshino (from the Armored Core series)
Déjà vu (from The World Ends With You)
You Are Smart (from Katamari Damacy)
Game Over Yeah! (from Sega Rally)
(I think I know what my next ringtone is gonna be.)
Instructor Mooselini’s Car Rap (from Parappa the Rapper)
And if any of these songs gets you going down Memory Lane, visit Galbadia Hotel to download your retro favourites – the FAQ page confirms that it’s all legit!