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Sound Card 014: Get ready to kick some ass!
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... read feature

Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix


Three discs of music, including arrangements by top Japanese composers
Dec 26
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... read
Puzzle & Dragons

A former Square Enix composer worked on Puzzle & Dragons


A published soundtrack album comes with rockin' remixes
Dec 22
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... read

Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at


Playing cards, key chain, mouse pad, music CD and more
Dec 19
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... read
Note Worthy 023: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
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... read feature

Final Fantasy VII

Take a look at Final Fantasy VII Vinyls


A treat for fans in Japan and Europe
Dec 08
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... read
Game Music

Nintendo 30th anniversary CD is perfect stocking stuffer


Classic Famicom-era soundtracks across two discs
Dec 05
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... read
Remix

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


Because the main theme wasn't catchy enough as is
Nov 24
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 ... read
Christmas Music

New Square Enix Christmas album is the hotness


Featuring Yuzo Koshiro and unannounced Mana game
Nov 20
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... read
Note Worthy 022: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
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... read feature

Escape Goat 2

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


Goatvania in gameplay and music!
Nov 08
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... read
Interview covering influences for the game, references to past soundtracks, and cats vs. dogs
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. read feature

Mega Man

OverClocked ReMix releases official Mega Man album


Capcom-sanctioned album shows they're thinking of Mega Man
Oct 31
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... read
Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World features a lot of live music


The emphasis is on a big-band jazz style
Oct 30
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... read
New album seeking Kickstarter funding needs your help
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... read feature

Note Worthy 020: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
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... read feature

Yoshitaka Amano

Look at Yoshitaka Amano's Deva Zan story and art book


Literary debut of legendary illustrator
Oct 04
I've been looking forward to getting this book for a long time. When we featured The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy some months back, we were told about the impending release of Deva Zan, Amano's literary debut that not ... read
Secret of Mana

Spectrum of Mana tribute album now available


Three discs of arrangements paying homage to Secret of Mana
Sep 30
Last month we shared an exclusive sample of Spectrum of Mana, a 3-disc tribute album to Hiroki Kikuta's timeless Secret of Mana soundtrack featuring stemage, Alexander Brandon, Tim Yarborough of The OneUps, and many others. T... read
Sound Card 013: Try not to fall asleep while reading!
This one's been on the back burner for way too long. While most recent editions of The Sound Card have focused on a single game franchise, I've been wanting to get back to the good ol' "What's on your playlist" kind of posts.... read feature

Note Worthy 019: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
Another month, another batch of ten soundtracks to cover in our monthly Note Worthy feature. We've got a lot of great music in this issue, including the Final Fantasy V Remaster Version, six hours of music with Before Meteor:... read feature

Super Mario World

This Super Mario World orchestral arrangement is glorious


Might be included on Video Games Live: LEVEL 3
Sep 09
Video Games Live is making a final push for its Kickstarter campaign, unveiling a fantastic arrangement from Super Mario World (which you can hear below) that it hopes to take to Nintendo and get on the upcoming Video Ga... read
Game music

Come see Gamer Jams concert if you're near Los Angeles


Journey, BioShock, Call of Duty, Uncharted, and Diablo III to be performed
Sep 07
Will you be in the Los Angeles area near the end of September? If so, you might want to head over to the Ford Theater on Friday, September 27 at 8:30pm for a special orchestral performance featuring the Young Musicians Founda... read
Exclusive tunes along with commentary from the sound team
It's been a while since we've talked about the Warcraft card game spin-off, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainment is currently taking beta sign-ups, so I thought it would be a good time to find out what's go... read feature

Pokemon

Pokemon X and Y soundtrack to ship on four discs


Gotta listen to them all
Aug 18
Nintendo is on a roll. After the five-disc Fire Emblem: Awakening soundtrack earlier this year, they're now putting out a four-disc Pokemon X and Y soundtrack titled Nintendo 3DS Pokémon X・Y Super Music Col... read
Note Worthy 018: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
Last month's Note Worthy featured some of the best music I've heard this year. It's interesting then, that this month, we have a lot of shorter releases, including several free-to-download albums, which is good if you broke t... read feature

Secret of Mana

Celebrate 20 years of Secret of Mana with fan remix album


Your ears are ready to be invaded
Aug 14
It's really been 20 years since Secret of Mana was released. I still listen to the game's amazing soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta on a weekly basis, so it's great news that a group of musical masterminds have combin... read
Video Games Live

Video Games Live takes to Kickstarter to fund third album


Because music publishers still don't get game music
Aug 13
Maybe you've been to a Video Games Live concert. Maybe, like me, you loved it, and sought out past CD and DVD releases. The show has only gotten better with time as they incorporate more and more music into the program, and a... read
Castlevania

Lords of Shadow 2's Dracula still evolving as a character


Voice acting talent is impacting character development in a big way
Aug 08
While there was a ton of news about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 a few weeks back at San Diego Comic Con, we did have a few more tidbits to share from a joint session with the voice of Gabriel Belmont/Dracula, Robert C... read
Lords of Shadow 2

Classic Castlevania music teased for Lords of Shadow 2?


'Vampire Killer' or 'Bloody Tears' might be coming to a game near you
Jul 26
We mentioned a few days ago that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will feature a brand new soundscape. However, what has me even more excited was producer Dave Cox's response to my plea for classic Castlevania tracks, such as "... read
Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST on four discs


Most heavily-promoted Final Fantasy soundtrack to date
Jul 25
Square Enix is super serious about the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack. I've never seen so much activity in terms of pre-releasing singles from a game as they've done three times now with "The Savior," "Crims... read
Combat, balance, characters, and lessons learned
We learned a lot about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 from our time at San Diego Comic-Con last week. We saw a demo showcasing the game's emphasis on exploration and combat, experienced it on PC, and have also delved into the... read feature

A more electronically-tinged soundtrack ahead
In a recent chat with producer Dave Cox at San Diego Comic Con, we learned that composer Oscar Araujo is busily working on the soundtrack, and that it will sound very much different compared to those of Lords of Shadow and Mi... read feature







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