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7:00 PM on 12.11.2012

The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles is out now on Windows 8

You guys remember FMV games, right? Well, even I remember them, and I'm the resident baby here at Destructoid. FMVs were interactive movies that, you guessed it, used full-motion videos. Think Dragon's Lair but with real act...

Brett Zeidler



Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes! photo
Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes!
by Tony Ponce

[Update: The chipWINter Bandcamp page is up! There was an opportunity to purchase a limited edition audio cassette of the album, but it sold out in five minutes. Damn!]

It's the holiday seasoooooooooon!

Brandon Hood of "Chiptunes = WIN" organized the original 51-track behemoth for release back in June. In October, he followed up with an expansion featuring a reduced count of 22 tracks. For the hat trick, there is a modest collection of 14 songs from 14 artists. A far cry from the disgusting excess of the first album, sure, but no less appreciated by the discerning chiptune lover.

As the name implies, chipWINter is holiday-themed delight with which to warm yourself on those cold December nights. I especially love that the lead track is a chip arrangement of Vince Guaraldi's famous "Linus an Lucy" off the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. Very classy!

At 9 PM EST, there was a chipWINter listening party on 8bitX Radio's "8 Bit Power Hour," after which the album went live for free on Bandcamp. Now go get it, boyo!

chipWINter [Bandcamp]

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Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears photo
Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears
by Tony Ponce

Last night, I noticed that the final issue of Nintendo Power was in stock at Barnes & Noble. Naturally, I bought two copies: one to peruse and one to leave in the shrink wrap FOR. EV. ER.

If you've ever been an NP reader or subscriber, you need to pick this baby up. The mag is so chock-full of good feelings and pleasant memories, which makes it all the more painful to read. But as Butters once said, it's "like a beautiful sadness."

I want to share a few impressions about issue #285 in the hopes that you'll run out the door to snag a copy as soon as possible.

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9:00 PM on 12.04.2012

Holy CG Samus! Sam Dillard's liquidy Metroid music vid

By now, you've likely had time to absorb the glory that is Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, the Metroid series tribute arrange album from Shinesparkers. Among the tracks is Sam Dillard's "Beyond the Glass," a cover of Super Me...

Tony Ponce

5:30 PM on 12.02.2012

Mega Man 3 OST gets a VRC6 chiptune overhaul

I've said it before, but Konami's VRC6 Memory Management Controller chip was quite magical. Applied to a Famicom cartridge, it added three extra sound channels, allowing for richer audio. Just compare "Beginning" from the We...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 11.10.2012

Goodbye, Destructoid

As some of you may or may not have heard, this is officially my last day with Destructoid. Man ... I can barely type that without getting upset. I am starting a new job next week at GolinHarris as a writer for Nintendo. It is...

Chad Concelmo

3:30 PM on 10.18.2012

Interplay has massive 'pay what you want' sale on GOG.com

Interplay has followed Larian Studios to become the next company offering a "pay what you want" sale on GOG.com. If Larian's deals didn't get your attention, this most certainly shall. They've got an interesting little setup ...

Jim Sterling



Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out photo
Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Back in July, I shared a preview of Kanto Symphony, a reworking of the Pokémon Red / Blue soundtrack originally composed by Junichi Masuda. This orchestral update, influenced by the Zelda Reorchestrated project, was spearheaded by Braxton "Skotein" Burks, who worked with Joypad Records in order to obtain the license needed to sell the finished work.

As Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth would say, "Good news, everyone!" Today is the day Kanto Symphony is released to the world! You can scoot on over to iTunes to download the 78-minute, 35-track album, or you can obtain it from Joypad Record's storefront. It's a paltry $9.99, so fish out your wallet and go support Braxton's amazing accomplishment.

Just listen to the preview tracks in the above video and tell me this isn't tasty awesome sauce. I'm so excited for Braxton, he's excited that people are excited, and I'm excited that he's excited that you are all excited. Let's get excited!

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3:00 PM on 10.04.2012

Konami announces Book of Memories demo from Tuesday

Konami has today officially announced that a Silent Hill: Book of Memories demo is available to download from the PlayStation Store for your PS Vita handheld entertainment device. If you were confused at all about what you do...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 10.04.2012

So baller: A full-scale LEGO Hylian shield

I once dabbled in building custom LEGO models many years ago. I made an Arwing and Wolfen from Star Fox 64, and as proud as I was of them, they were the blockiest damn things you've ever seen. I have nothing but the utmost re...

Tony Ponce



The tipping point! Chiptunes = WIN gets an expansion pack photo
The tipping point! Chiptunes = WIN gets an expansion pack
by Tony Ponce

[Header image from "Nyan Caxx"]

A few months ago, Brandon Hood of the "Chiptunes = WIN" movement organized an orgasmic three-hour, 51-track chiptune album that was as incredible as it was grossly excessive.

Naturally, he felt compelled to release a follow-up!

Starting right now on Arecibo Radio's "8 Bit Power Hour," Brandon will be sharing a selection of the 22 brand new tracks, produced by 24 different chiptune artists. Afterwards, the "Expansion Pack" will show up on the Chiptunes = WIN Bandcamp page for free download.

Soooooo, like, holy sh*t.

Chiptunes = WIN \m|♥|m/ "Expansion Pack" FTW!!!!!! 8D [Facebook]

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9:30 PM on 09.17.2012

Incredible unseen footage of Twelve Tales: Conker 64

Sometimes it's hard to remember that Conker was not always the foul-mouthed drunkard we all know and love. He was supposed to be another kid-friendly mascot in Rare's software stable. He even managed to squeeze out a forgett...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 09.12.2012

Paul Robertson makes Gravity Falls even more awesome

Folks give the Disney Channel a hard time over its programming lineup, often with valid reason. Still, there are a few shows that prove some people still "get it." I've been a big fan of Phineas and Ferb for its cleverness a...

Tony Ponce

12:30 PM on 08.27.2012

Overkill! 13 straight hours of chiptunes on geekbeatradio

Well... damn! Brandon Hood, organizer of that massive Chiptunes = WIN album from a while back, is teaming up with online music station geekbeatradio for an insane 17.5-hour-long broadcast. The main event of the broadcast, if ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 08.26.2012

SNESology delivers hot, original SNES music to your door

We've featured musician Shnabubula's videogame-themed albums in the past, so I'm nothing less than pleased about his latest endeavor. Back in May, he released SNESology, a completely free collection of original music that us...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 08.20.2012

Tokyo Jungle coming to North America September 25

Tokyo Jungle, the demented "animal survival" game about a Tokyo chock-full of lions and bears, is destined to hit North America on September 25. What's more, the crazy game is going to be available for the rather pleasant pri...

Jim Sterling