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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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Get equipped with the fan-made 'Mega Man 11' OST photo
Get equipped with the fan-made 'Mega Man 11' OST
by Tony Ponce

No, you didn't miss any surprise announcement of a new Classic Mega Man sequel. Yes, Capcom is just as thick-headed as ever. But a fan can dream, can't he?

Xavier "mv" Dang is a professional game composer who, like all sensible folks, has a soft spot for the little robot boy in blue. With the Mega Man series' 25th anniversary fast approaching, Xavier decided to throw a celebration the best way he knew how -- using FamiTracker, he created an NES-style soundtrack for an fake "Mega Man 11"! He's holding a listening party on his TwitchTV channel, and once that's over, he'll make the album available on his Bandcamp page for free download.

The main OST is 24 tracks (in mp3, FLAC, and even NSF formats) plus five bonus arrangements. For inspiration, he asked the ShowPrime community to suggest the eight Robot Masters. The ultimate picks -- which were then brought to life by various contributing artists -- are appropriately bizarre, such as Worm Man, Card Man, and Egg Man (no, not THAT Eggman). But my favorite is definitely Whip Woman, who is decked out like a dominatrix and reminds me of Linda from Double Dragon.

If you enjoy good chiptunes, do tune in. If you like Mega Man jams, do tune in. If you are sitting in your house on a Sunday afternoon with no plans (like me), what else are you gonna do?

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8:30 PM on 09.25.2012

River City Random has hot beats, won't make you 'Barf!'

A rapper named Random chops up NES sounds to make his music. One of the most popular brawlers on the NES was River City Ransom. "Random" and "Ransom" are just one letter apart. It's pretty much the most inevitable thing ever....

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 09.18.2012

Composer Kinuyo Yamashita plays MMX3 music on piano

One of the people I'm most looking forward to meeting at this year's MAGFest is Kinuyo Yamashita, the legendary game composer we all have to thank for making the original Castlevania sound so damn good. Her work can also be ...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 08.23.2012

I must be nuts to want to buy the Rockcan OST collection

This will be the third time we discuss this Mega Man soundtrack collection. There must be something wrong with me, because I already own pretty much all the music available in this collection. And by "own," I mean physically ...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 06.12.2012

Mega Ran 5th anniversary CD celebrates Blue Bomber's 25th

What a lying son of a gun. When rapper Random dropped Mega Ran 10 last year, he also announced his desire to move away from Mega Man-themed projects aside from the odd single here and there. But like Michael Corleone, I can ...

Tony Ponce

2:00 PM on 03.11.2012

BEST DAY EVER! Dj CUTMAN made a Power Blade mix for me!

Ever since I started posting Dj CUTMAN's chiptune mixes, the man has been wanting to express his appreciation for my help, so he offered to remix a game track for me. What was I going to say? No? Naturally, I accepted his off...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 03.07.2012

Did you remember to download virt's FX4 chiptune album?

A couple weeks back, we gave you guys a heads-up in regards to Jake "virt" Kaufman's latest chiptune album. Unfortunately, it wasn't available for download at the time. Now that it's been out for a few days, I thought I'd giv...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 02.28.2012

Good People Die renamed, confirmed for Vita in NA as well

Last week, Aksys made dreams come true by announcing that the 999 sequel Good People Die will be arriving in North America later this year. Today, Aksys follows up with an official press release that dishes a whole mess of ne...

Tony Ponce





2:30 PM on 02.07.2012

Dj CUTMAN makes ladies wet with newest games remix album

Two months ago, Dj CUTMAN collaborated with SPAMTROM on Bagu and the Riverman, a chip-tastic collection of Zelda II arrangments. CUTMAN then moved on to produce GameChops Vol. 2, a grand remix album that spreads the love beyo...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 02.02.2012

Mutant Mudds composer delivers a fresh chiptune remix

How are you enjoying the Mutant Mudds soundtrack? Shower any and all praise on the game's composer, Troupe Gammage, who totally nailed that pure 8-bit sound. Troupe is also the front man for a Texas indie rock group called SP...

Tony Ponce



Jam to some alien chiptune sex with C-jeff's Preschtale photo
Jam to some alien chiptune sex with C-jeff's Preschtale
by Tony Ponce

Ubiktune is a musical collective that focuses on chiptunes and videogame sounds and has been kickin' it since 2006. On January 1, Ubiktune's C-jeff released his latest concept album Preschtale on Bandcamp, so you might want to scoot on over and give it a sampling.

Preschtale is some trippy business, drawing influences from progressive rock and metal artists such as Pink Floyd and Dream Theater. It's a seven-track, 40-minute chiptune journey through an alien world, switching from mellow and groovy one second to head-banging and foreboding the next. As a bonus, guitarist Danimal Cannon (Armcannon, Metroid Metal Live) makes a guest appearance.

C-jeff is offering the album for however much you wish to pay for it. How can you pass up that opportunity? If you need just a little more encouragement, I've embedded the second track after the break for your ear canal's pleasure.

Preschtale [Bandcamp]

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6:45 PM on 01.12.2012

Destructoid joins PIPA/SOPA Blackout Protest on 18th

When your kids say "Where were you when the government made the internet lame?" you'll hopefully respond with unflinching certainty: "raising hell." On January 18th members of the House Committee will be discussing PIPA/SOPA ...

Papa Niero

8:00 PM on 01.11.2012

Bit Brigade's Mega Man 2 concert / speedrun is my JAM

MAGFest is the gift that keeps on giving, apparently. Why wasn't I there? Because reasons. So there's this band, Bit Brigade, whose members I will now consider my close, personal friends for life despite never having met the...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 11.21.2011

Flyrule is a trippy, beatastic album of Zelda remixes

I thought I was done sharing Zelda music for the rest of the year. Then someone on NeoGAF posts this thing called Flyrule, and I'm pulled back into the cycle. Beatsmith Shag took a few tracks from Ocarina of Time, switched up...

Tony Ponce

2:00 PM on 04.05.2011

Review: Bio Force Ape

On April 1, 2011, a prototype of Bio Force Ape, a 20-year-old canceled NES game, was made available online. It is a game in which you play a genetically altered chimpanzee in a diaper as he puts the hurt on various man-animal...

Tony Ponce