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SNES Chiptunes

Chiptuner team elix make the Super Nintendo do things I never thought it could


All I can think about now is Johnny Mnemonic
Feb 23
// Jason Faulkner
There's nothing that quite replicates the gritty '90s synth of the Super Nintendo's Sony SPC700 sound chip. Electronic dance music team elix, consisting of cTrix and ferris, have developed a music track creator, so that chip...
Startropics music glitch photo
Startropics music glitch

StarTropics music glitch fixed after 25 years


The bass is finally picked up
Feb 22
// Jason Faulkner
There's a sub-community of emulation fans out there dedicated to disassembling and modifying the arcane code of yesteryear's classics. Brad Smith, a.k.a. rainwarrior, is one such individual, who after hearing the errors in t...
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Project Ukulele

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele


Kameo's Steve Burke, too
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
I need to take some deep breaths here. Former Rare developers are creating a spiritual successor to "those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past," and they've brought on Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, an...
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Tron

Giorgio Moroder says he's scoring a new Tron game


Whoa, what? Yes!
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
Giorgio Moroder is back and I can't fully express how happy that makes me. In a word: ridiculously. Since contributing to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, the legendary record producer has kept busy: he's been DJing, worki...
Jake Kaufman VR album photo
Jake Kaufman VR album

Jake Kaufman's VR music album Nuren is up on Kickstarter


The New Renaissance
Feb 14
// Darren Nakamura
Late last year, Jake "virt" Kaufman left WayForward to strike out on his own. Since then, he has hinted about a big project he envisions. It looks like Nuren: The New Renaissance is that project. A collaborative project betw...
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Dale sings Tomodachi

Maybe, baby, Dale North is the one for me


How will I know unless we take a chance?
Feb 13
// Darren Nakamura
Ah, that smooth, buttery voice. Those luscious harmonies. That pixelated plaid shirt. That is our friend (and former Editor-in-Chief) Dale North. He has taken the default lyrics to the ballad "Maybe, Baby" in Tomodachi Life ...
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Hyrule Warriors

The Majora's Mask music in Hyrule Warriors is so damn catchy


*Idles on map screen and awaits death by moon crash*
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
I know it's early, but anyone else dig into the Majora's Mask DLC for Hyrule Warriors yet? I've played about an hour of it today and I'm loving the Termina map, especially its music, embedded above. So upbeat despite that ac...
PlayStation song photo
PlayStation song

Remember that time Eiffel 65 sang about PlayStation?


'My Console'
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
You know Eiffel 65 for the international sensation "Blue (Da Ba Dee)," whose music video looks like it was ripped straight from a videogame, but did you know the Italian Eurodance group also put out a song about the original...
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Five copies up for grabs
Originally a commission by a hardcore fan, Mega Ran Com: Mission, was recently unlocked for the general public, and we've got five digital copies to hand out to lucky readers! To enter to win, just leave a comment in the...

Destiny music photo
Destiny music

This Destiny guitar medley is pretty rockin'


I think we can all agree it has great music
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
One of the best soundtracks I listened to all year was easily Destiny. For all the problems that the game had, it was a joy to listen to, especially while in orbit waiting for a group or a connection. Guitarist Ryan Abu...
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Spotify on PS4

Sony partners with Spotify, shutters Music Unlimited


PlayStation Music app coming to PS4, PS3 this spring
Jan 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Spotify is coming to PlayStation Network this spring, Sony and Spotify announced today. The streaming service will launch via a new "music destination" called PlayStation Music, which will allow users to link their PSN accoun...
Dragon Age music photo
Dragon Age music

Download some tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition for free


Sweet
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
The music in Dragon Age: Inquisition is great, and now you can get a chance to sample a few tracks compliments of BioWare. Evidently the team got a lot of requests asking where to find the tavern songs in particular...
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Gravity Ghost

Ashly Burch plays a giant rapping mouse in Gravity Ghost


It's 'more of a schoolyard chant'
Jan 22
// Jonathan Holmes
Gravity Ghost is finally seeing release on Jan 26th, and as a reminder, it's still not too late to take advantage of the game's 33% off pre-order sale. You get an extra copy for pre-ordering too, so it's worth going in ...

Little Mac's true calling revealed

Jan 19 // Jonathan Holmes
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Words can't bring him down
Believe it or not, but someone at Nintendo actually liked the Captain Falcon's ass tribute amiibo video we did last month. Thanks to that happenstance, I ended up with an extra Little Mac amiibo a couple of days ago. I ...

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Twitch music

Twitch deems these 500+ songs okay for streaming


Okay for streaming but not necessarily human ears
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
Last year, Twitch rolled out an audio-recognition system that scans archived broadcasts for copyrighted music and mutes the offending segments. Now, the game-streaming site is offering broadcasters a library of 500+ songs (wi...
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Super Smash Bros.

PSA: Today is the last day to register for the free Super Smash Bros. soundtracks


Go to Club Nintendo
Jan 14
// Darren Nakamura
If you are anything like me, you put off registering products on Club Nintendo until months (or years) later, when they aren't worth as much. If you bought both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and you have...
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Austin Wintory

Journey composer Austin Wintory threatened by musician's union


Band Geeks 2
Jan 13
// Mike Cosimano
Austin Wintory -- the Grammy-nominated composer behind Journey, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, and The Banner Saga, among others -- has been fined by the American Federation of Musicians for "violating union rules," Varie...
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Hotline Miami 2

Grab some headphones and listen to this Hotline Miami 2 song


Magic Sword
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
The music and gameplay of Hotline Miami are so intertwined in my mind that I'm hesitant to listen to tracks off the sequel's soundtrack beforehand. Oh, what the hell? One can't hurt! This song, "The Way Home, comes from Magi...
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Hidden Nintendo song

Hidden 'Totaka's Song' discovered in Mario Kart 8


You sly dog
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Composer Kazumi Totaka has been hiding this tune in Nintendo games for over two decades now. While some of us will best recognize "Totaka's Song" from Mario Paint, it has turned up in titles like Link's Awakening, Luigi's Ma...

The best One Direction songs to describe indescribable gaming feelings

Jan 07 // Brett Makedonski
"Up All Night" Right off One Direction's debut album, the quintet couldn't contain their affection for late-night gaming at a buddy's house. "It feels like we've been livin' in fast forward, another moment passing by," they say. You know, that feeling when you start up a new game and time somehow skips ahead eight hours. That's such a great emotion. But, they continue "I wanna stay up all night, and jump around until we see the sun...Hold on to the feeling, and don't let it go." If there were ever any doubt that this is about a gaming-fueled sleepless slumber party, I think all the evidence is right there. Then they sing "Up all night, like this, all night, hey" over and over because they're not the world's greatest poets. "Live While We're Young" This one's similar to the previous entry, yet so thematically different. Whereas "Up All Night" deals with the company of others, "Live While We're Young" touches on that memorable moment when you bring a new console home. Almost the entirety of the chorus practically spells it out in black and white. "Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy 'till we see the sun. I know we only met, but let's pretend it's love, and never, never, never stop for anyone. Tonight let's get some and live while we're young." Everyone knows that feeling, One Direction; you're not alone. You and your new console may be near strangers, but you just want to spend the rest of your life together. You block the rest of the world out. It's like life means something again. Well put, 1D. "Kiss Me" "Kiss Me" is more personal than One Direction's other forays into the gaming world. It quite obviously details a passionate, intimate experience shared with an Xbox 360. It covertly describes that unreal connection the first time blue eyes and green lights meet. It's about softly kissing the console's side as the overworked processor pumps hot air on your neck. And, its raw emotion conveys the thrilling sense of danger when you first get your tongue stuck in the disc tray. I have to say, though: One Direction did a good job of dressing this one up like they're kissing a lady. We're savvy enough to see through that. "You & I" I think we can all agree that there's nothing better than some local cooperative videogame playin'. One Direction's of that opinion, too -- so much so that they even wrote a song about it! Wow! "You and I...We can make it 'til the end. Nothing can come between you and I." Well said, 1D. It really conveys that sense of solidarity when you're plugging away at Contra or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game with a friend. Your drive for success is equal parts desire for victory and wanting to not let your partner down. That's a really special bond. "Something Great" Everyone's favorite band wants Half-Life 3 just as badly as we do. "One day you'll come into my world and say it all...I want you here with me like how I pictured it, so I don't have to keep imagining." Some day, One Direction. Some day.
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This is what makes you beautiful, 1D
It's 2015. It's an age of sexiness and carelessness, a time when Snapchat and Tinder are far more popular than table etiquette apps (much to my chagrin). Yet, this blasted Internet webpage is writing about decidedly unsexy to...

Hotline vinyl photo
Hotline vinyl

Holy crap, this Hotline Miami 2 vinyl is cool


Wait until you see the jacket art
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
iam8bit has opened pre-orders for the Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Collector's Edition Vinyl ahead of its first quarter 2015 ship date. (Is that when the game is releasing? Hope so!) At $60, the three-record set features 28 ...
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Promoted Blogs

Happy holidays and a musical gift


Promoted from our Community Blogs
Dec 16
// Alphadeus
[Dtoid community blogger Alphadeus asks for some help. It's not the easiest thing in the world to do and it means a lot that he would come to us. I think we can all relate to needing a little help from our friends. He also sh...
Music photo
Music

OC ReMix celebrates turning 15 with, yep, you guessed it


Free remixes
Dec 12
// Jordan Devore
OverClocked ReMix has given us a ton of amazing remixes over the years. Longer than I realize, sometimes -- the game music community celebrated its 15th anniversary this week. Crazy. For the big one-five, the site has release...
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Free music

Grab some free tunes from the Dungeonmans soundtrack


Andrew Aversa emulates Hitoshi Sakimoto
Dec 09
// Darren Nakamura
I spent a lot of time listening to Hitoshi Sakimoto's work with the soundtrack for Final Fantasy Tactics. Heck, it is still in my rotation for background music during board game nights. From the sound of it, Andrew "zircon" A...
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Promoted Blog

New Album "2AD14 - II" - Always Free!


Promoted from our Community Blogs
Dec 08
// Alphadeus
[Dtoid community blogger Alphadeus is back with another lovely album! From his brain space to the tips of his fingers to your ears, this is a journey worth taking. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go...
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Game Music Bundle

Wow, Game Music Bundle 8 sounds fantastic


Literally
Dec 04
// Darren Nakamura
Can you believe the Game Music Bundle is on number eight? We haven't covered every single iteration of it, though the last one got some shameless self promotion here on Destructoid. That said, this one deserves special mentio...
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Saints Row

This is Saints Row: Gat out of Hell's musical number


When Clancy Brown tells you to do something, you listen
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
"It's a whimsical, weird fucking game," former Volition creative director Steve Jaros said of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell when I spoke with him about the Disney-inspired standalone expansion. It's true: there's a musical num...

Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer

Nov 16 // Steven Hansen
But boomboxes are a big, dead cultural artifact. Inside My Radio, one of the coolest projects I checked out at Game Connection Europe, puts you in the role of a lively LED inside of a dying boombox. Your goal is to bring back the funk (or, actually, the electro, dub, and disco).  Inside My Radio is structured similarly to underrated rhythm-platformer Sound Shapes, with a number of stages making up the track list in an album. Within the musical genres of electro, dub, and disco, there will be subgenres and styles represented, which will wind up with their own albums, so it won't be a three-tune affair.  Unlike Sound Shapes, though, the music here isn't just tonal, visual set-dressing. Here, your main movements--jump, dash, slam--have to be synchronized with the backing beat, or nothing registers. A bit closer to Crypt of the Necrodancer, perhaps, but with a more consistent rhythm rather than a tile based affair. Should you slip up and lose the beat, prompting a complete meltdown, as is often the case in rhythm games, a button press brings up a metronome-like visual indicator around the LED chap that you can follow to get back on track.  Aside from rhythm-based precision platforming, there are a few puzzle sort of things to deal with, as well as the ability to slightly alter the style of track within the level you're playing, depending on which bit you prefer. The dubworld even has a giant mixing board you can manually adjust for the sound you want.  The music I've heard is good, the visual style is lovely in its colorful lighting and sharp angles (the cutscenes, too, which look a little different). I'm excited to check out more Inside My Radio, headphones on, soon. PC and "consoles" are currently confirmed, though it may be a tip that the studio's last, very different game came to PS3 and Vita alongside PC. 
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Get in my radio (an Austin Powers joke)
There are things to consider when it comes to playing music in public. Are you in an open space, perhaps a park, with enough distance between you and others so that your tunes don't dance on over into unwilling ears? Are you...

Review: Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!

Nov 12 // Brittany Vincent
Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! (PS Vita)Developer: MeteorisePublisher: XSEED GamesReleased: November 11, 2014MSRP: $14.99 Bon Appétit! gathers the entire Senran Kagura cast for a cooking competition set up to offer the winner a scroll that can grant a solitary wish. With such an astonishing prize on the line, word travels quickly to all the sprightly young ninja as they enter the cook-off to nab the scroll for themselves. Of course, it's all a front, a scheme from a geezer who wants to see the girls traipsing around in sexy aprons, but you can't fault an old man for trying. The girls give it their all and set out to humiliate one another in the name of making their dreams come true, and that's where you come in. Once you've started the game proper, Story Mode is where you'll want to head first to unlock special outfits, accessories, and extra content. You can choose from a healthy amount of the Senran Kagura girls, like Asuka, Ikaruga, Hibari, Hikage, and the rest of the gang. Each girl is saddled with her own brief snippet of visual novel-styled narrative as to why she's pursuing the special scroll. Most are hilariously awful, littered with double and triple entendres that revolve around the male anatomy or breasts. Asuka is one of the worst perpetrators, but I was consistently astounded by the localization team's unmatched efforts to go the extra mile and ensure line after line was simultaneously corny and sexually charged. [embed]283649:56308:0[/embed] It's fairly impressive, to be honest, and despite how absolutely inane it can be, refreshing to see a game nearly devoid of male characters take casual racy speech and toss it out so carelessly. It may be considered fanservice "for men," but it certainly isn't the men the girls are not-so-subtly flirting with in-game, and that's something I can get behind. If I were a lesser person, that could have been a dirty remark, but I'll refrain for the purposes of this review. After you've chosen a girl you'll partake in a multi-stage cooking competition, which locks your girl in fierce combat with varying opponents. Like a racier Iron Chef, dishes are established at the beginning of the match for both parties to create, with both girls assigned a station and their own cooking tools and materials. Except you don't ever actually do any cooking. Instead, you whip up the tasty meals assigned to you by way of pressing buttons in time to the beat -- this is a rhythm game, after all. Near the bottom of the screen are two tiers where symbols corresponding to the Vita's face buttons appear. It's your job to hit them as the music plays, a la Bust A Groove or PaRappa the Rapper. Sometimes you'll need to tap the note until the number above it reaches zero. You'll have to hold notes occasionally as well, while tending to button presses above or below it. The directional buttons come into play as well, so you'll have to think fast when two are on-screen at the same time. It's quite challenging on the highest difficulty setting, especially when it comes to songs with a higher BPM, though you're never given the option to select a song for each stage. There are three breaks in each song where the judge (the lecherous Grandpa himself) takes a moment to sample the dishes you've crafted thus far, and if you've managed to keep your ninja's meter full (as opposed to your opponent's color filling the bar) you'll come out on top. If by the end of the match you've created the superior dish each time, you'll emerge victorious. At the end of each judging round, the player on the losing end of the battle will have her clothes ripped in strategic places a bit more each time until she's left totally naked but for chibi anime faces to cover up the naughty bits -- because we're not adults here or anything and a little bit of nipple is far more scandalous than making penis joke after penis joke -- but I digress. At the end of each song the victor is subjected to a "humiliating" pose in which they're drizzled with chocolate syrup or various dessert toppings as they pose sensually. And then it's gone, done, onto the next one, because if you want to see the rest of the characters, you've got to get to work unlocking them through Story Mode. Otherwise, you could choose Arcade or Free Play for the thrill of the rhythm game without the unlockables. Unfortunately, the game's biggest pitfall comes in the form of the songs themselves. They're not exactly what I'd call memorable, with tunes channeling wedding marches, bizarre Christmas-like holiday doppelgangers, and a cavalcade of instrumental (and occasionally vocal) songs that are instantly forgettable. While you're locked in a heated cooking battle, it's easy to forgive this fact, but the most basic building block of a rhythm game is its songs. These songs simply aren't strong enough to act as the backbone of a title that revolves solely around them. There are a couple with vocals that will at the very least stand out, but for the most part they feel like accompanying background tracks in any run-of-the-mill JRPG. Luckily, they're just rollicking enough to provide a challenge and I suppose that's all that's really warranted here, though some cutesy pop songs could have spiced things up considerably. Still, this is a surprisingly meaty title that'll have you coming back again and again to best one difficulty level after another, even if it's just to collect special accessories with which you can outfit your girls. They're hilariously pandering (I chose a military outfit paired with a pacifier and cat ears) but they do alter the way your girl appears in each scene, even when she's hard at work cooking. It also seems that band-aids are the lingerie of choice for most of the girls. Who knew? I was hoping for some hardcore BDSM gear to really round things out, but the best I could find was a collar. The outfits paired with dialogue snippets make for some side-splitting screenshots, but if you take them be forewarned that the Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! logo will be superimposed at the bottom right of each one for some unknown reason. Everything in this strange little rhythm game comes together in some weird way, from the girls posing as desserts to the fact that this is a musical cooking competition. It's a fluffy bit of cotton candy that works well with the core cast of characters, and Senran Kagura devotees as well as rhythm game fans alike should find something to enjoy here, even if it's just the fact that nearly every character route has inappropriate banter.
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Light and delicious
Some may call Senran Kagura inherently tasteless, but the series of action-packed brawlers has depth and satisfying combat. The games have swept the handheld community mainly because of their increasingly risqué conten...

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Promoted Blog

The Quiet Return of the Composer


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Nov 11
// Alphadeus
[Dtoid community blogger Alphadeus creates the most lovely music. He is a prime example of a truly talented community member sharing his gift with us. It's an honor and pleasure to share this on the front page with all of you...

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