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In Flux

New East/West game composer collaboration In Flux available


Featuring Chipzel, Lifeformed, Manami Matsumae, and more
Mar 04
You might remember last year's World 1-2, the big game music collaboration featuring artists from both sides of the Pacific. If you aren't familiar, you may want to take some time now to catch up. The production group respons... read
Chiptunes

MAGFest = WIN is chiptuney goodness for your ears


12 tracks from 12 artists featured at this year's event
Jan 10
This past weekend in Maryland's National Harbor, several thoudand like-minded individuals gathered for the 12th annual Music and Gaming Festival, AKA MAGFest. This was only my second year attending, but man it was a blast. To... read

MAGFest is coming! Here's our panel info!


Spoiler: I'll be drunk.
Jan 02
MAGFest is just TWO DAYS AWAY! We've been keeping you updated with announcements thus far, with news about the MAG Prom, DJ line-up, Mega Manathon, Main Stage line-up, and special guests. Now that the schedule has been releas... read
Chiptunes

The real world is '80s inspired chiptunes, apparently


WillRock eats the red mushrooms
Dec 30
I have been a part of the "real world" for a few years now, and I can say from experience that it certainly is not as glamorous as William "WillRock" Harby's new album Welcome to the Real World. We have previously seen a snip... read
ULTIONUS

ULTIONUS is out now, features music by Jake Kaufman


Rad music, eyeroll-inducing character design
Dec 12
Not long ago, Andrew "DarkFalzX" Bado ran a Kickstarter campaign for the pixel art Metroidvania Legend of Iya, which just barely reached its funding goal in the final hours of its run. Though he has been putting his time int... read

Here it is, the MAGFest main stage line-up


Including North American debuts of Machinae Supremacy and MegaDriver
Dec 08
In 24 days I'll be piling into a car with some other Midwest Destructoid members and heading to MAGFest! Now that we have the full line-up, I don't even know where I want to start when I get there. Wait, with booze. I'll star... read
MAGFest line-up

MAGFest's 'MAG Prom' and stage 2 line-up announced


Featuring music from The OneUps and Love Canon!
Nov 28
MAGFest 12 is slowly inching its way toward us as I rip the pages off my word-a-day calendar (today's word is "gluttony"). Next year's event goes down January 2nd through 5th, and the second stage and MAG Prom line-ups have just been announced! Here's what's in store: read
Big Steel Wheels

Download a free track from C-jeff's Big Steel Wheels


C-jeff's 'A Thousand Bridges' coming through your CB radio
Nov 14
Ubiktune has impressed us in the past with its chiptune bundles and its various other published albums. As it turns out, the founder of Ubiktune Dmitry "C-jeff" Zhemkov is not just the Ubiktune founder; he's also a membe... read
MAGFest line-up

MAGFest chiptunes showcase and DJ line-up


More than 40 acts over 4 days
Nov 12
MAGFest is less than two months away! The yearly event takes place January 2nd - 5th at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor Maryland, and some of the acts have just been announced. Personally, I can't wait for Be... read
Chiptunes

Zantilla's Encounters is a chiptune journey through space


Only $2 on Bandcamp
Nov 01
Need some good, inexpensive chiptune rock? You may want to check out Adrian "Zantilla" Shegstad's recently released debut album, Encounters. Its hard, fast sound is inspired by UFOs, videogame music composer Jake "virt" Kaufm... read
Boss Battles for the Soul

Boss Battles for the Soul emulates SNES boss themes


Original music in the style of 16-bit boss battles
Oct 31
Retro game inspired music speaks to me (as I'm sure it does for many of you), and while I do enjoy a good remix/remake/remaster here and there, a lot of my favorite pieces are original compositions. Electronic music creator ... read
Hip Tanaka

Composer Hip Tanaka honors Yamauchi with Nintendo remixes


Famed Nintendo musician pays respect to his old boss
Sep 23
Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who made Nintendo a gaming empire, passed away last week. Though he may have been a cutthroat codger while at the company's helm, his influence cannot be denied. His former employees have no doubt fo... read
World 1-2: Encore

World 1-2: Encore offers more world-class game arranges


Follow-up to the amazing composer collab World 1-2
Sep 15
World 1-2 was pretty amazing. If you didn't snatch it up when it was first released, do realize that you have been missing out on a masterful collaboration of professional game composers and enthusiast arrangers, with contrib... read
Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening's jams get chopped for MeowMeow & BowWow


A fresh Zelda remix EP straight out of GameChops
Sep 07
While some of us were attending PAX and getting all the ladies, others were back home, hard at work in the studio. My buddy Dj CUTMAN produced a brand new Zelda EP through his net label GameChops, and it's ready for mass cons... read
Buttload of chiptunes

The magic returns! Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 2 in yo' FACE!


51 excellent free chip tracks to life your spirits!
Jul 16
Last year, chiptune aficionado Brandon Hood organized "Chiptunes = WIN" to promote the best of super happy rainbow sunshine chip music, starting with a mind-blowing 51-track album. Over the next few months, a number of ChipWI... read
Mega Man 6 OST

Savor the international flavor of the Mega Man 6 OST


Fighting robots 'round the world
Jun 21
["Rockman Rockman 6" by Kinniku] After being denied a release on Wii's Virtual Console, the final NES Mega Man has at long last made it to the American 3DS eShop. Before we graduate to the synth goodness of the SNES, let's en... read
Mega Man remixed

Mega Ran and JP chip artists to remix Mega Man once more


Contributers include composers of Street Fighter IV, Streets of Rage 3, and Ape Escape
Jun 10
Mega Man rapper Mega Ran may have recently dropped a stellar Castlevania hip hopera album, but he'll never forget the little blue dude who propelled his music career, resulting in his decision to leave his teaching gig and fo... read
Anamanaguchi

Latest Anamanaguchi music video sends pizza into space


Endless fantasy or endless pizza?
May 25
You may have heard that chip rockers Anamanaguchi have a new album, Endless Fantasy, in the works. The musical neon riders previously uploaded a video for the song "Meow" off the album, and now they follow up with one for th... read
Mega Man 5 OST

Buy the Mega Man 5 OST and fend off the 'Blues'


It's been a while, brother!
May 18
After nearly a month since the last soundtrack release, Capcom has made available the Mega Man 5 OST to celebrate the classic platformer's arrival on the 3DS eShop. As with the MM4 OST, the album costs $8.95 and contains both... read
Chiptune metal

Pray at the altar of NES chiptune metal with Diad


Rock hard tasty abs
May 12
Chiptunes are cool and all, but you know me -- I gotta have that little extra edge. When chip music emulates face-melting metal, it's one of the nine most beautiful things in the world (maybe some day I'll tell you what the o... read
WTFLOL

Chiptunes = WTFLOL!? Non-chip covers of chip jams


Six videogame music arrangers make rockin' covers of original chiptunes
May 06
[Update: The album is live! Hit up the Bandcamp page to get your free jams!] If you are a big chiptune nut, you've probably heard me make mention of "Chiptunes = WIN," a chip appreciation group that has released three free co... read
Anamanguchi

Help Anamanguchi make Endless Fantasy even bigger


And here's where you come in
May 04
Anamanaguchi just finished Endless Fantasy, their new 22-track record that's been in the works for the last three years. This is not the end of the story though, as Anamanguchi wants to go BIG. The chiptune band has put up a... read
World 1-2

Super game composer collab World 1-2 is out


A crossover jam of gaming's best musical talents
May 01
A couple weeks ago, Jayson Napolitano buzzed a gusher about World 1-2, a landmark music project organized by Mohammed Taher's Koopa Soundworks and Dj CUTMAN's GameChops net labels. They gathered some of the best music talents... read
Mega Man 4 OST

Download Mega Man 4 OST now for Mother Russia


Stereotypes are fun!
Apr 25
Greetings, comrades! Defend motherland from blue capitalist robot by purchasing Mega Man 4 soundtrack and showing what Soviet power can do! Ahhh... Cold War stereotypes. I miss 'em! I only informed you of the Mega Man 3 OST r... read
brentalfloss

Snag brentalfloss' unreleased YouTube jams for $0.59 each


Or the whole album for $7.99
Apr 25
[Video uploaded by bedsidecargo] Internet songman brentalfloss has uploaded many funny and creative music videos to his YouTube page over the years. Among those, he cherry-picked a few choice tunes, re-rerecorded them with im... read
Mega Man 3 OST

The Mega Man 3 OST is ready for your money


It's a kind of magic
Apr 23
["The Mega Man 3 Posse" by CyberMoonStudios] If you've got $8.95 to spare, you can swing on down to Capcom's online store and download the Mega Man 3 soundtrack. It contains tunes from both the NES original and the PlayStatio... read
Animation Domination

Remember when space was the coolest?


A little tribute to the '80s and '90s
Apr 23
The ridiculous Animation Domination YouTube channel puts out a lot of awesome short cartoons. Their latest one is a love letter to the '80s and '90s full of pop culture references, including plenty towards gaming. The chiptune portion of the song was also done by Pete Berkman of Anamanaguchi fame.  read
Chiptunes

Chiptunes plus '80s electronic music is quite delicious


Quite Operational from Ubiktune
Apr 21
Ubiktune is at it again, this time with a new artist named Monomer who's debut album, Quite Operational, combines '80s-tinged electronic music with 8-bit accents. While I'd normally pass on something that so heavily emphasize... read
MUSIC GET

World 1-2 is insane, and I must have it in my earholes


Top NES-era composers join modern greats
Apr 17
Okay, I have no idea how this album is even possible. How do you get the composers of the original Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man, Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), Austin Wintory (Journey), Stemage of Metroid Metal, Module (Shatter), ... read
Mega Man 2 OST

Mega Man 2 OST now on sale, but beware of audio hiccups


Most popular Mega Man game soundtrack was not given the proper treatment
Apr 15
Any debate over the best Classic series Mega Man soundtrack typically boils down to MM2 and MM3. Both games sport some of the best music on the NES, but when push comes to shove, MM2 will edge out ever so slightly in a popula... read
Welcome back to Note Worthy, our monthly soundtrack round-up. This issue marks one year of Note Worthy, and I'm changing up things a bit with formatting. In the past, I've featured our ten monthly reviews in alphabetical orde... read feature

Chiptunes for charity

Out now: Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes


Top chiptune artists join forces for charity
Apr 14
We mentioned last week that a secret roster of chiptune artists were teaming up for charity in an upcoming release on Ubiktune. Now that the album is released, you can get in on some fantastic tracks from Jake "virt" Kaufman,... read






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