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Here it is, the MAGFest main stage line-up

Including North American debuts of Machinae Supremacy and MegaDriver
Dec 08
// Conor Elsea
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...
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MAGFest line-up

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

Featuring music from The OneUps and Love Canon!
Nov 28
// mrandydixon
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:
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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
// Darren Nakamura
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...
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MAGFest line-up

MAGFest chiptunes showcase and DJ line-up

More than 40 acts over 4 days
Nov 12
// Conor Elsea
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...
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Zantilla's Encounters is a chiptune journey through space

Only $2 on Bandcamp
Nov 01
// Darren Nakamura
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...
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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
// Darren Nakamura
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 ...
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Hip Tanaka

Composer Hip Tanaka honors Yamauchi with Nintendo remixes

Famed Nintendo musician pays respect to his old boss
Sep 23
// Tony Ponce
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...
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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
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Link's Awakening

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

A fresh Zelda remix EP straight out of GameChops
Sep 07
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Buttload of chiptunes

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

51 excellent free chip tracks to life your spirits!
Jul 16
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Mega Man 6 OST

Savor the international flavor of the Mega Man 6 OST

Fighting robots 'round the world
Jun 21
// Tony Ponce
["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...
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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
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Latest Anamanaguchi music video sends pizza into space

Endless fantasy or endless pizza?
May 25
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Mega Man 5 OST

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

It's been a while, brother!
May 18
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Chiptune metal

Pray at the altar of NES chiptune metal with Diad

Rock hard tasty abs
May 12
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Chiptunes = WTFLOL!? Non-chip covers of chip jams

Six videogame music arrangers make rockin' covers of original chiptunes
May 06
// Tony Ponce
[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...
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Help Anamanguchi make Endless Fantasy even bigger

And here's where you come in
May 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
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World 1-2

Super game composer collab World 1-2 is out

A crossover jam of gaming's best musical talents
May 01
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Mega Man 4 OST

Download Mega Man 4 OST now for Mother Russia

Stereotypes are fun!
Apr 25
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Snag brentalfloss' unreleased YouTube jams for $0.59 each

Or the whole album for $7.99
Apr 25
// Tony Ponce
[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...
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Mega Man 3 OST

The Mega Man 3 OST is ready for your money

It's a kind of magic
Apr 23
// Tony Ponce
["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...
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Animation Domination

Remember when space was the coolest?

A little tribute to the '80s and '90s
Apr 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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. 
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Chiptunes plus '80s electronic music is quite delicious

Quite Operational from Ubiktune
Apr 21
// Jayson Napolitano
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...

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

Top NES-era composers join modern greats
Apr 17
// Jayson Napolitano
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), ...
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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
// Tony Ponce
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...

Halo 4 OST Volume 2 is everything I wanted out of Halo 4

Apr 15 // Jayson Napolitano
Top PicksHALO 4 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK VOL 2.Release Date: April 8, 2013Price: $9.99Availability: Halo 4 Soundtrack WebsiteArtist(s): Neil Davidge and Kazuma Jinnouchi[embed]250730:48105:0[/embed]I’ve been waiting for this album even though I never knew it was coming. I enjoyed the Halo 4 soundtrack, but did feel it was a bit too cinematic. It contained only a fraction of the in-game soundtrack and was meant to tell the story of the game through sound. That makes Volume 2 the perfect place to explore the amazing atmospheres that Neil Davidge and Kazuma Jinnouchi were able to create for the game. This album is much darker and much more atmospheric, featuring lots of orchestral elements with interwoven electronics.Half of the tracks are provided by Jinnouchi, who was mostly absent from Volume 1. His opener, “Atonement,” will have you thinking of Halo soundtracks of old with its use of choir, and he even goes as far as to remix a past Halo track. From there, we launch into chugging electronics with heavy-hitting bass in percussion in “Intruders,” “Mantis,” with added glitchy percussion, and “Gravity” with its ominous pulsating bass synths.Davidge returns with similarly-cool soundscapes. “Kantele Bow” and “Pylons” give off a very bad ass vibe along with “Convoy,” which really gets down to business and reminds me of some of my favorite Halo moments. I love the siren-like sounds in “Escape,” the reverberating electronic tones in “Swamp,” the familiar tribal percussion in “Push Through,” and the Metroid-esque ambiance of “Foreshadow.” Finally, “Aliens,” my favorite track on the album, sports deep bassy tones and exotic female chanting.Halo fans who didn’t appreciate the Halo 4 soundtrack last year will want to give this album a try. It more effectively combines the old and the new quite nicely, and having played the game, I knew these moments were in the game despite not appearing on the soundtrack album, so I’m happy to be able to enjoy them outside of the gaming experience.FINAL FANTASY XI: Seekers of Adoulin Original SoundtrackRelease Date: March 27, 2013Price: 2,000 Yen ($21)Availability: CD JapanArtist(s): Naoshi Mizuta[Official soundtrack samples]We posted about this album a few weeks back, and with its lovely packaging and over 50 minutes of new music, I have to say this is the most excited I’ve been for new Final Fantasy XI music in a while.After an upbeat orchestral opener titled “A New Direction,” the album launches into a number of playful tunes including the adventurous “Breaking Ground” with its funky slap bass, the fun rhythmic pizzicato strings in “The Pioneers,” the prehistoric vibes of “Into Lands Primeval – Ulbuka” with its bongos and bell tones, and the relaxing tropical escape, “Mog Resort.” My two favorites are “Water's Umbral Knell” with its abstract use of water drops and metallic bell tones that are dark and unsettling and the decisive and foreboding “Hades.” Two bonus tracks, likely from content updates between major expansions, are also appreciated inclusions.This price is right with this one. Naoshi Mizuta continues to grow with the series and shows off some of his best.Magical Chase Original SoundtrackRelease Date: February 26, 2013Price: 2,625 Yen ($27)Availability: CD JapanArtist(s): Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata[Official soundtrack samples]Get ready for a history lesson. Back before Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata became known for their orchestral RPG scores for Ogre Battle and Final Fantasy Tactics, they worked together on this PC Engine shmup title that earned quite a following for its vibrant visuals and upbeat and bubbly soundtrack. Yes, Sakimoto and cute videogame music.If I had to pick a title that this music most closely resembles, it would be Fantasy Zone, which I also love. From the incredibly catchy chorus section of the first stage theme, “Rampish Chase” to the playful “Ripple’s Theme,” there’s lots of sticky sweet melodies to enjoy. Then there’s the rambunctious “Azure Way,” the decisive “Waltz of Meditation” that hints at the Sakimoto/Iwata that would appear in later years, the chippy final stage theme, and boss themes that will have you bopping your head. The ending theme is also incredible.And that doesn’t even touch on the 26 minutes of arranged and unused tracks provided by Basiscape Records to commemorate this album. There are five arrangements in all, updating the retro sound of the originals with orchestral or electronic sounds, although Sakimoto’s Sakimoto-esque version of “Ripple’s Theme” is probably my favorite. The undiscovered tracks are similar to other tracks found on the album, so no biggie.I’d always heard about this game and soundtrack. After listening and watching some gameplay videos, I want to play it. If you’re a fan of Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata, you need to pick this up. It’s a piece of history and it’s amazing that it’s finally out there.Other Releases[embed]250730:48106:0[/embed]Alter Ego Dreamwalker OSTRelease Date: March 21, 2013Price: Name Your Own PriceAvailability: Bandcamp via UbiktuneArtist(s): Ken “coda” SnyderYogurtbox is back. Well, at least half of it. We’ve featured coda a few times here on Destructoid, and this time he’s bringing his chiptune magic to a game soundtrack courtesy of Ubiktune. In addition to providing some upbeat and pumpin’ chiptune action with a swagger (the pop-oriented and super catchy “Sweet Home” and powerful epic final stage, “Void,” being my favorites), there are also some fantastic remixes from other artists including the amazingly talented kulor, Madbrain, Blitz Lunar, and DJ Bouche. All for name-your-own-price, so do it now.[embed]250730:48107:0[/embed]Fly’n OSTRelease Date: November 9, 2012Price: $4.99 EURAvailability: Ankama ShopArtist(s): Guillaume PervieuxWe need to give Ankama’s Guillaume Pervieux some love. He wrote a lengthy and amazing score for the beautiful Islands of Wakfu a couple years ago, and his latest work for Fly’n will also surprise you with its eclectic and abstract electronic soundscapes. The meandering and gamey opener, “Adcoffe,” hints at aural joys to follow which include the tense yet playful “Andndamm,” the bassy chill-fest “Yservat,” the Radiohead-esque “Sonwide,” the comical and mischievous “Fucus,”and the dreamy and psychedelic “Oysicide" and “Carbonic.” There’s lots of gamey stuff and other more serious electronic music, but it’s all great, and there’s nearly two hours of it. Check it out.Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Sounds of that other GamindustriRelease Date: March 21, 2013Price: Not for SaleAvailability: NISA Online Store (Sold Out)Artist(s): Nobuo UematsuI admit that my primary draw to this game was its soundtrack by Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. I’ve since found myself interested in the game’s world and characters more so than the music!What you have is a lot of bubbly electronic music and typical JRPG rock themes. That’s fine, as that’s what we know and love Uematsu for, but this isn’t his most inspired work. The upbeat tunes fit the game’s visuals and quirky sense of humor perfectly, but the sticky-sweet melodies lack substance and memorability. Aside from several character theme remixes from previous titles (“Rom's/Ram's Theme ver. V” is particularly cool), you’ll mostly want to keep your ears peeled for the Japanese-flavored “The Rock Garden” and the Earthbound Papas rockfests, “4th Dimension” and “Invader 1960,” but I wouldn’t feel too bad if you missed out on this one.[embed]250730:48108:0[/embed]The Mystic Quest For MetalRelease Date: July 12, 2012Price: $4Availability: BandcampArtist(s): Daniel TidwellFinal Fantasy: Mystic Quest is one of my favorite games (ridicule all you want!), and that’s in large part due to the game’s amazing soundtrack. In fact, one of the highlights of my many years writing about game music was an interview with the composer about this game.It’s heavy metal rock in game music at its best, and Daniel Tidwell (previously of Lords of Thunder) has given it a fitting tribute with some amazing guitar solos and great metal production work. You get the game’s three battle themes as well as the epic final dungeon and rockin’ “Lava Dome." Thanks to Nubuwo for turning me on to this one.NanoSweep 15 / overdrive hell 9: Hizumi Tengoku Moeru MaharajaRelease Date: December 31, 2012Price: 500 Yen / 325 YenAvailability: LimitedArtist(s): SuperSweepHere’s another round of original electronic music from SuperSweep Records.In what’s probably my favorite NanoSweep to date, I loved the hell out of the dreamy chillout track, “Focus,” and the super funky “Oscillation” which features some great rhythmic electric piano. Ayako Saso’s appropriately-titled “Patchwork” combines a lot of different ideas, the most interesting of which is a modified female vocal section that reminds me a lot of The World Ends With You, while Hosoe himself closes out with “Killing Terramorphous,” a hammering electronic track that gallops along with mind-crushing bass synths.Overdrive Hell 9 yields an ethnic experience focusing on what sounds to be Indian music. Lots of vocals abound with the lovely “Ethno Vibration,” which is pretty tame by overdrive hell standards. “Curry Burns,” “Screaming Yoga,” and “Go Go West” get back on track, however, with crazy effects on the vocals and throbbing bass drums that never let up.As always, these are hard to come by as they’re sold at events in Japan, but they do exist![embed]250730:48109:0[/embed]Sidetracks - Music from SidescrollerRelease Date: June 25, 2012Price: $9.99Availability: iTunesArtist(s): High Frequency BandwidthThis month concludes my look back at the PixelJunk franchise. Sidetracks is similar in style and even borrows a few tracks from PixelJunk Shooter (including an even more laidback version of “Fotographik,” my favorite track from that album). There’s the grungy opener, “Dog is No Hero,” which combines rock and electronic elements, but aside from this and the glitch rock track, “Zodiac 3 Arts Klub” with its catchy male chorus section, it’s mostly an icy trip-hop affair.“More or Less” is a perfect example of chill hop with its snazzy hip hop stylings, while “Planet Thanet” brings in alien-sounding synths, “Ghetto World” gets funky bass and percussion, and “MNP” goes for a spooky vibe with lots of weird sound effects and organ. The two remixes featured of “Planet Thanet” and “More or Less” get more icy ambiance and reverb, and are nice additions.As my favorite tracks from Shooter are also presented here, this is definitely by favorite PixelJunk soundtrack to date. We’ll see what the future brings![embed]250730:48110:0[/embed]TOMB RAIDER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKRelease Date: March 5, 2013Price: $15.51Availability: Sumthing Else Music WorksArtist(s): Jason GravesWe reviewed the limited edition soundtrack disc last month, and this is the follow-up review of the stand-alone release containing twenty tracks as opposed to ten. Everything said last time remains true: this is a wonderful soundtrack full of tense moments that covers the Tomb Raider setting perfectly.Key tracks from the beginning and end were featured on the other album, so this fills out things in the middle with plenty of great moments that include the ominous “Exploring the Island,” the ambient percussion and bassy didgeridoo of “Infiltrating the Bunker,” the buzzy and tense “The Scavenger’s Camp,” the emotionally-tinged “On the Beach,” and the fantastic rhythms of “The Oni.” This is the definitive way to enjoy this soundtrack if you have the LE and wanted to hear more, if even better, if you don’t own the soundtrack at all.
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Note Worthy 014: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
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...

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Chiptunes for charity

Out now: Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes

Top chiptune artists join forces for charity
Apr 14
// Jayson Napolitano
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,...
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NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more

Apr 10
// Tony Ponce
Atreyu! Falcor! Atreyu? Falcor? Game music remixer Dj CUTMAN has organized a bunch of tunes that he's produced for the video group Underbelly into a nifty pay-what-you want pack. Underbelly Beats & Remixes contain a few s...
Chiptunes photo

eJay Pure lets you easily build your own chiptunes

Dev needs your help on Kickstarter
Apr 10
// Dale North
Not everyone can make chiptunes. Look, I'm a classically trained musician and I have trouble making them. My last creation sounded like a TurboGrafx-16 farted and then poured acid on itself.  iOS and Android app eJay Pu...
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Chiptunes for charity

Top chiptune talent teams up with Ubiktune for charity

Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes
Apr 09
// Jayson Napolitano
We love Ubiktune. And now there's an even bigger reason to check out their upcoming release titled Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes. An array of secret chiptune artists are joining forces with Noise Channel's c...

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