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Pokemon

Attention, Pokemon hipsters: The Red/Blue soundtrack is on vinyl now


Limited to 500 copies, though
Feb 03
// Brett Makedonski
When you think about it, "With a Little Help from My Friends" is a song that's pretty fitting for trainers in Pokémon. After all, they only command the adorable little critters; they don't actually do any of the f...
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Castlevania

Let's remember Castlevania with this awesome dad-ass vampire guitarist


I want to grow up to be this guy
Feb 01
// Zack Furniss
When I cruise around the internet looking for juicy junk to shove down all of your throats, I listen to a large variety of music to keep myself focused. I've been on a Super Castlevania IV kick lately, so I went to the o...
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Mega Man

This Mega Man 2 concert kicks ass


Of course it has the Wily theme
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Over in Chiba, Japan last weekend at the Makuhari Messe (hey that's where TGS is!), a Mega Man concert was held -- specifically, of the Mega Man 2 variety. If you're into game music at all it's worth checking o...
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Rare throwback

Let's listen to David Wise play the Battletoads theme


Another Rare Revealed video
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Well, this is just lovely. If you've been enjoying Rare's behind-the-scenes videos looking back at its decades of video game development, today's upload is another treat. Longtime Rare composer David Wise talks about what it ...

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's involvement in Sonic 3 & Knuckles has been detailed


We finally know after 23 years...
Jan 26
// Joe Parlock
For years now, it’s been rumoured that Michael Jackson at least partially wrote the soundtrack for Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Many of the songs in the game sound remarkably similar to some of Jackson’s: just compare ...
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Steam Controller

Make sweet, sweet, screeching music with the Steam Controller


It's like a robot stuck in a blender
Jan 26
// Joe Parlock
There’s something really appealing about using things which sound just awful to make neat music. People have managed to get a tune out of disc drives, dot matrix printers, both together, and now the Steam Controller&rs...
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Lost in Harmony

Here's a snippet of that Wyclef Jean song from Lost in Harmony


Out on iOS today
Jan 22
// Darren Nakamura
Yoan Fanise (Valiant Hearts: The Great War) broke from Ubisoft last year to form Digixart Entertainment, and the studio's first game is out on iOS devices today. Lost in Harmony looks like a decent rhythm game/Battletoads bik...
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Music

The Banner Saga soundtrack is getting the vinyl treatment


Shipping Q2 2016
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
Austin Wintory's music is once again making its way to vinyl. Following his collaboration with iam8bit on Journey's vinyl release, his orchestral soundtrack for The Banner Saga is next in line. Pre-orders open tomorrow, Janua...
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Iron Maiden

A time-traveling Iron Maiden RPG? Um, yeah bro


'Play as Eddie in his various guises'
Jan 18
// Zack Furniss
Well, here's something I never thought I'd write about: Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast will be a mobile RPG in which you play as Eddie (the band's mascot) traveling through time to recover the shattered shards of his soul. ...
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Portal choir cover

Portal's 'Still Alive' sounds very Disney with a full choir


A whole album of choir-full game music
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Portal's beloved "Still Alive" is a quirky anti-epic, so giving it the full choir treatment just kind of sounds like a '90s Disney tune, even when the rest of the voices (backup singing villagers or something) jump in halfway...
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David Bowie

Rock legend and actor David Bowie has passed away


Right after the release of his album
Jan 11
// Chris Carter
Beloved actor and singer/songwriter David Bowie passed away last night in his home in New York City after a bout with cancer. Like many multimedia icons before him, you don't necessarily immediately associate video games with...

Review: Chiptune Champion

Jan 08 // Jed Whitaker
Chiptune Champion (PC [reviewed])Developer: Blake GarnerPublisher: Blake GarnerMSRP: $9.99Released: January 8, 2016 If you're like me then you grew up playing the NES where chiptunes were the norm, then you became a teenage pirate and you'd get distracted by keygen music, and now you're an adult and you just have a general love of chiptune and enjoy purchasing games and music to support artists. If so, you may want to give Chiptune Champion a play then, as it is filled with some of the best chiptunes out there from artists such as Rymdkraft, Carf Darko, and Savestates, with 40 songs in total. The whole presentation is bare-bones, but it gets the job done. Notes come from the top of the screen and the appropriate number key needs to be held while pressing the enter key on time, very similar to how Guitar Hero and Rock Band are played. The graphics are about what you'd expect from a 16-bit style game, and there isn't an option to have the game fill the whole screen, instead full screen puts a black box on the outside of the screen. Music continues to play regardless of if you hit the notes or not, but an obnoxious sound effect plays loudly if you miss a note or play one at the wrong time. I checked the options to see if the sound effect could be turned down or off, but no such options exist.  [embed]332764:61786:0[/embed] The developer suggests holding your keyboard vertically and facing away from yourself while playing, but I found it was easier to remap the keys to home row and play with my keyboard in its natural position. That said, my keyboard has a bit of extra plastic at the top that makes it a bit more extended, so your experience may vary based on your hardware. Once my keys were remapped I had a far better experience but was still only able to play on the easiest difficulty only requiring four keys. The medium and expert difficulties have you playing five keys, and ramp up the difficulty significantly, so if you're looking for a challenge you'll certainly find it there. There are also weekly and overall leaderboards per song, if you're into that kind of thing. On top of the included 40 songs is the ability to create your own and share them via Steam Workshop. Custom songs can be created, imported and exported right from the game, so even if your favorite chiptune artist isn't included you could technically create their tracks in the game or beg them to (looking at you Alphadeus.)  While the presentation leaves a bit to be desired, the music is on point and often had me humming along before the songs were even over, which is probably the most important factor to any music and rhythm game. If you're a fan of chiptunes and want a Guitar Hero-like experience on PC then Chiptune Champion is easily recommendable, it sure beats jumping through the hoops required to get Frets on Fire to work on modern technology.  [embed]332764:61786:0[/embed]
Review: Chiptune Champion photo
Keygen Music Hero
I love chiptune music and I love music and rhythm games, so of course I had to play Chiptune Champion, which combines them both.  It might not be perfect, and it might not be much to look at it, but it has its charm. 

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Sonic the Hedgehog

Crush 40 let slip a 25th anniversary Sonic game is in the works


I tried to think of a Live and Learn pun
Jan 03
// Joe Parlock
Jeez, it’s already been almost five years since the great Sonic Generations was released to celebrate the Blue Blur’s 20th anniversary. With the series’ 25th birthday rapidly approaching later this year, peo...

Holiday music to jam to with your gaming family

Dec 23 // Jed Whitaker
Pokémon Christmas Bash - Listen on Spotify [embed]328978:61635:0[/embed] Imagine if you will a Christmas album featuring the entire original cast of the Pokémon anime singing and rapping their own original songs, as well as some hot takes on classics. Actually, you don't have to imagine because it has existed since 2001! I discovered Pokémon Christmas Bash last year, and my life hasn't been the same since. I often whisper to friends that "I'm getting Santa a Pikachu this Christmas" as they groan from the memories of me playing this on loop.  What kind of cretin wouldn't love a song by Meowth called "Nobody Don't Like Christmas" or Jesse and James singing a bluesy version of "The Christmas Song"? Do yourself and those around you a favor and blare this one as loud as possible. Donkey Kong Country 3 - "Jangle Bells" [embed]328978:61636:0[/embed] Remember Donkey Kong Country 3? You know, the game where you play as the long-lost Dixie and Kiddy Kong? The above track from the DKC3 soundtrack will certainly have your toes tappin' and give you a hankering for some of that olde timey Rare gameplay. I know I associate Donkey Kong Country games with Christmas, as I remember fondly receiving them as gifts and marathoning them when I was a child. Great times. Nintendo's eShop Holiday Music [embed]328978:61637:0[/embed] Something that both the PS4 and Xbox One lack are kickass tunes for their virtual storefronts, but Nintendo has you covered. Nintendo's always had some pretty good tunes for its system menus and eShop, and this year's holiday-themed tune is no exception. The Destructoid Christmas Album [embed]328978:61638:0[/embed] What holiday music list would be complete without the Destructoid Christmas Album? You've got all the forefathers and mothers that paved the way for Destructoid: Jim Sterling, Chad Concelmo, Tony Ponce, Dale North, Jonathan Holmes, Chad Concelmo, and more!  The Second Annual Destructoid Christmas Album [embed]328978:61640:0[/embed] Last but not least The Second Annual Destructoid Christmas Album. As great as the original was, this one is far better. Not only do you have Jonathan Holmes and Tony Ponce rapping "Christmas in Hollis," but you also get Jim Sterling singing about a boy finding his mother dead on Christmas. What could bring more cheer than that? How about Dale North's beautiful voice and music? How about the always happy Chad Concelmo singing the classic "What's This?" from The Nightmare Before Christmas? I could gush over each and every song and tell you why they are fantastic, but why don't you just give it a listen instead? -- Your holidays will surely be even better with these great tunes! You're welcome. No need to thank me; call it my gift to you all. Feel free to share some of your other favorites in the comments below.  Happy holidays everyone!
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Remember the Destructoid Christmas album
Happy holidays, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  It is that time of year when you annoy entertain your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and unsuspecting opponents on Xbox Live with your holiday music. As a professional at annoying entertaining, I figured I'd gift you this virtual mixtape of my favorite ditties to liven up the mood wherever you are.

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Splattack!

Damn, look at Seymour shred Splatoon tunes on his guitar


Dtoid community highlight
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
Splatoon's music was love at first listen. Last year, Nintendo initially drew me to its then-unknown game about squidkids thanks in large part to the kickass theme song. It's now nearly 2016, and I'm not even close to tired o...
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Napster

Napster is coming to Wii U


Haha
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
Holy '90s, Batman. Nintendo has announced that Napster, the now-legitimate streaming music service, will be coming to the Wii U eShop as a free app on December 17. A 30-day free trial is available, but after that, you'll have...
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Rock Band VR

Harmonix is doing Rock Band VR for Oculus Rift


Huh, okay
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
As announced this evening during Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards, Harmonix and Oculus are partnering for Rock Band VR. A rough clip with first-person footage of a player holding a guitar was shown, as well as a bit between Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and the band DragonForce. He wore flag pants, you guys. The Oculus Rift launches in Q1 2016, and Rock Band VR will be out sometime next year.
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The Rock

The Rock is pretty good at piano


Can you hear what The Rock is singing?
Dec 03
// Darren Nakamura
He is a multitalented man.
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Vinyl

The Dustforce soundtrack is finally coming to vinyl


One of the best around
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
It was bound to happen sooner or later. I've been giving shout-outs to vinyl releases as they pop up and, at last, iam8bit is putting the wonderful Dustforce soundtrack by Lifeformed on vinyl. Hot damn! Pre-orders opened this...
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Amplitude

Amplitude set to release on January 5 for PS4


Ring in the new year
Dec 02
// Darren Nakamura
It has been a bit of a wait for Amplitude, Harmonix's 2014 Kickstarter success. It was originally slated for release in March of 2015, but was pushed back a few times to January of 2016. Still, a year is nothing if you consid...
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Famicom

Chiptune musicians release album on Famicom


The plan: release music on cartridges
Nov 29
// Mike Cosimano
We've seen new releases for the Sega Dreamcast come to fruition in the past few years, but a brand new Famicom cartridge is an even more potent throwback. 8-Bit Music Power is a chiptune music compilation from Japanese artist...
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Fez

Oh my gosh, this Fez vinyl!


The game has a new limited edition, too
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
I was checked out for the day when I saw this vinyl set for Fez, or so I thought. It's so dang good! Disasterpeace is one of my favorite musicians working in games right now, and the Fez soundtrack is among his best work, eas...
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Hotline

This Hotline Miami sale supports the musicians


Both games and OSTs discounted on Steam
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
The music for Hotline Miami has stuck with me like few other video game soundtracks. Carpenter Brut, M|O|O|N, Perturbator, and Magic Sword all in one brutal, high-octane place. It's exceptional. While the games have been disc...
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Transistor

Transistor now available on the Apple TV


Back to the city
Nov 15
// Nic Rowen
The Apple TV hasn't exactly set the world of gaming on fire, but with the recent release of Transistor to the platform, I'm officially more interested in it than ever. Like 1% interested, but still. This version of the game h...
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Fallout 4

Someone recreated the piano scene from Big in Fallout 4


And it only took 19 hours!
Nov 14
// Jordan Devore
Settlement building in Fallout 4 isn't as user friendly or refined as it should be (I'd like my garden of melons to not float three feet off the ground, if at all possible), but that isn't going to hold people back from making impressive things. Take, for instance, this walking piano:
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Onett lullaby

Gentle Love does EarthBound as a tribute to Iwata


Proceeds go to American Cancer Society
Nov 09
// Darren Nakamura
[Disclosure: Jayson Napolitano previously worked for Destructoid. He is now representing Gentle Love.] You know Gentle Love, right? It's the Japanese duo responsible for the soothing Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabi...

Review: Just Dance 2016

Nov 09 // Caitlin Cooke
Just Dance 2016 (Xbox One [reviewed], Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Wii)Developer: UbisoftPublisher: UbisoftMSRP: $49.99 (Just Dance Unlimited streaming service is an additional $6.99/month, 39.99/year)Release Date: October 20, 2015  In addition to the usual modes in the Just Dance series there are a few new ones present to provide different offerings to newcomers and spice things up a bit for seasoned players. Along with the normal competitive Dance Party mode, you can now play cooperatively with other players and work together to reach a high score. Dance Quest is also new, showcasing an interesting concept where you compete against a robot leaderboard and move through the ranks in a set playlist. World Video Challenge allows players to compete with people from around the world in a pre-recorded environment, and Showtime is the most different of the bunch, essentially allowing players to participate in glorified karaoke. Perhaps one of the most useful features to be carried over from Just Dance 2015 is the ability to play the game without a Kinect by holding your smartphone, and allowing up to six players to join in. The Kinect seems to be a forgotten accessory these days as the game no longer supports menu navigation through Kinect, rather players need to use the controller to scroll through. I find this to be a win in my book as I never felt as if it did a good enough job of tracking navigation anyway. The phone navigation is fairly smooth overall but with a limited interface compared to using the controller. I also found the phone tracking buggy at times and even less reliable than using the Kinect to play. For example, if my phone had some kind of notification (like a low battery indicator) go off, it paused the game mid-dance. This caused a lot of frustration since I didn’t really feel like disabling notifications every time I turned the game on. However, I do feel the added flexibility of allowing smartphone play is worth it overall and I’m glad they included it again. Unfortunately the meat of the game, the song list, is lackluster. Recent hits seem sparse, and the variety of genres and time periods also seem to be missing. A majority of the music combs sub-par top hits from the past five years, with only a few one-off gems out of the bunch. I would have liked to see more hits from the '80s and '90s, or at the least better songs from recent years. The choreography for the most part seems lacking across the board with a few exceptions. Perhaps it’s impossible to raise the bar here with six other versions behind its back, or maybe it's betting on the unlimited streaming service to fill the gaps. Some of the dances stand out -- for example, in “Under the Sea” you mimic Ariel and have to sit down, using arm movements and moving your “fins” to the beat. There are also a few interesting choices that mix the game up including a kung-fu style choreographed segment, an Irish dance, and a song featuring Hatsune Miku. These are the high points of the game, especially if you love making your friends dance to silly songs. Outside of this, it’s standard pop fare. The new Showtime mode isn’t much to talk about unless you enjoy humiliating your friends, in which case it’s a complete masterpiece. There is no set choreography, just pure singing and forming your own dance moves to an effects-driven video filled with overlays. It’s not something I enjoyed doing on my own, but watching friends go through it was delightful. I do however wish it offered more songs as you can only pick from a handful -- I suppose designing those overlays and graphics takes a lot of time. The game overall feels a bit limited -- despite all of the new modes, it doesn’t seem very open in terms of what you can do. For example, the Showtime and other video uploads only show a few brief clips from other players around the world, and there isn’t really any way to sort or find new videos -- it only shows you what’s popular and what’s most recent. I was also disappointed that Dance Quest mode, although a bright concept, was extremely limited in that you’re dancing against robot scores (not real people) and you’re not able to create playlists or jump around to different quests. Despite my qualms, I had fun playing Just Dance 2016 -- but then again, it’s hard not to. It’s still a favored party game and one that has almost perfected the fun-for-all game model. Heck, it’s reached a point where it’s thrown in some mediocre new modes and a subscription model just to keep itself fresh, so in some cases you can call this a success. However you can also say that Just Dance is a dying breed, one that is taking its last breath to capitalize on the streaming craze that’s enveloped our little gaming world. I say we don’t think about it too deeply, and just dance. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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I've had a little bit too much (much)
Yes, another Just Dance -- the seventh in the series -- has arrived. This latest edition is no exception to the usual hallmarks that defines the series with its ease of accessibility and colorful party atmosphere. It hol...

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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII composer isn't working on the remake


'Not at all,' says Uematsu
Nov 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Nobuo Uematsu, the beloved composer of Final Fantasy VII (and the most titles in the series), will not be contributing to the soundtrack for Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake. While speaking with French outlet&n...
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BeatNiks

Harmonix just released a music-powered virtual pet called BeatNiks


Beans, beans, the musical fruit
Nov 05
// Darren Nakamura
Harmonix sure has diversified in the past five years. Sure, the studio just released Rock Band 4 and it focuses on interacting with music in all of its games, but with stuff like Chroma and A City Sleeps, it has gone further ...
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Vinyl

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture's soundtrack is being released on vinyl


I'm in love. This is what love is
Nov 05
// Joe Parlock
Plenty of people didn’t for various reasons, but I absolutely loved pretty much every second of The Chinese Room’s Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. One of the key things that made my time with that game so e...

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