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Jayson Napolitano was Destructoid's Music Editor, specializing in coverage of game music, chiptunes, and more. He now owns and operates Scarlet Moon Productions, a game audio PR and record label company, continuing to spread his love for game music.

Likes dinners, meticulously organizing files on his hard drive, harpsichords, KOS-MOS, and the Genso Suikoden series.
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Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym

Like our last issue of The Sound Card, which focused on music to sleep to, this has also been on my back burner for some time. I have over 300 tracks on my exercise playlist in iTunes, and a lot of that is game music. I thoug...   more

Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym photo

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix

After our look at the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last week, I wanted to turn my attention to this year’s special release, dedicated entirely to the music of Ragnarok Online. Elemental Tunes features f...   more

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix photo

A former Square Enix composer worked on Puzzle & Dragons

So what’s the big stink about Puzzle & Dragons? I was fascinated by the title before it blew up into a huge success for Japanese publisher GungHo, mainly because of Romancing SaGa/Culdcept composer Kenji Ito’s...   more

A former Square Enix composer worked on Puzzle & Dragons photo

Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at

We just featured an issue of Note Worthy last week, but I thought the elaborate packaging and contents that GungHo put into the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last year deserved its own moment in the spotlight. It i...   more

Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at photo

So much great game music was released this past month

You know the drill: another month, ten more game soundtracks to review. We usually have a pick of the month, but there was so much great music released this time around, I decided to recognize four separate releases as our to...   more

So much great game music was released this past month photo

Take a look at Final Fantasy VII Vinyls

After the beautiful Final Fantasy Vinyls collection released last year, Square Enix is putting together a special two vinyl collection of music dedicated solely to Final Fantasy VII, printed on what they're calling "picture v...   more

Take a look at Final Fantasy VII Vinyls photo

Nintendo 30th anniversary CD is perfect stocking stuffer

Nintendo has released their Famicom-era soundtracks in a variety of ways over the years, but it's been quite some time since anything has been available in print. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of some of their earliest ti...   more

Nintendo 30th anniversary CD is perfect stocking stuffer photo

Super Mario 3D World hip-hop remix by Dj Cutman

We've said time and again how great the Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is. The team used the game's main theme quite extensively in promotional videos for the game, and it became obvious that they were taking the series in ...   more

Super Mario 3D World hip-hop remix by Dj Cutman  photo

New Square Enix Christmas album is the hotness

Square Enix's X'mas Collections album from 2010 was a cool idea, but was poorly executed. To put it bluntly, it was short, lazy, and sounded "cheap." They've taken this feedback to heart, and are releasing a second volum...   more

New Square Enix Christmas album is the hotness photo

Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is another masterpiece

Coming to the end of the year, there's always a lot of great game music releases planned. Top honors go to Super Mario 3D World, and there are so many reasons why that you'll read about here in a second.We've got reviews...   more

Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is another masterpiece photo

Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area

Escape Goat 2 looks better each time I see it. I got some new hands-on at GDC Next in Los Angeles where I caught a glimpse of the beautiful new forest and cathedral areas as well as got to hear some work-in-progress music, w...   more

Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo


Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo
Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area photo



Super Mario 3D World composers talk cats, dogs, and more

We mentioned a few days back that we had an interview with Nintendo composers Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo regarding their work on Super Mario 3D World in the works. Well, here it is! The two take the time to share with us how cats influenced the game, their thoughts on the great cats vs. dogs debate, and some surprises that we'll hear when it comes to the game's soundtrack.   more

Super Mario 3D World composers talk cats, dogs, and more photo

OverClocked ReMix releases official Mega Man album

OverClocked ReMix has already made it big in our books, contributing to the Video Games Live concert series and creating the soundtrack for Capcom's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. On that latter front, OCR has t...   more

OverClocked ReMix releases official Mega Man album photo

Super Mario 3D World features a lot of live music

The Super Mario Galaxy soundtracks feature some of the best Mario music of all time. That's in part thanks to the majestic atmosphere generated by the live symphony orchestra they recorded for those games. The recent New...   more

Super Mario 3D World features a lot of live music photo

Pokemon Reorchestrated will double team your ear holes

I know there are a lot of fans of Pokemon Reorchestrated's Kanto Symphony and Lost Diaries albums out there. The team is now looking to release a new project titled Double Team, which will cover music from the first five gene...   more

Pokemon Reorchestrated will double team your ear holes photo

I'm convinced: Final Fantasy VI is Uematsu's best work

Okay, so we've featured a lot of Final Fantasy in Note Worthy lately, in part thanks to the recent remaster soundtracks. Looking at Final Fantasy VI this month, however, finally brought me around to accepting that this is tru...   more

I'm convinced: Final Fantasy VI is Uematsu's best work photo