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Dec 30 // Jayson Napolitano

Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym

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...
Dec 26 // Jayson Napolitano

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix

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...
Dec 22 // Jayson Napolitano

A former Square Enix composer worked on Puzzle & Dragons

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...
Dec 19 // Jayson Napolitano

Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at

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...
Dec 16 // Jayson Napolitano

So much great game music was released this past month

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...
Dec 08 // Jayson Napolitano

Take a look at Final Fantasy VII Vinyls

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...
Dec 05 // Jayson Napolitano

Nintendo 30th anniversary CD is perfect stocking stuffer

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...
Nov 24 // Jayson Napolitano

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

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 ...
Nov 20 // Jayson Napolitano

New Square Enix Christmas album is the hotness

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...
Nov 15 // Jayson Napolitano

Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is another masterpiece

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...
Nov 08 // Jayson Napolitano

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

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...
Nov 06 // Jayson Napolitano

Super Mario 3D World composers talk cats, dogs, and more

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.
Oct 31 // Jayson Napolitano

OverClocked ReMix releases official Mega Man album

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...
Oct 30 // Jayson Napolitano

Super Mario 3D World features a lot of live music

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...
Oct 29 // Jayson Napolitano

Pokemon Reorchestrated will double team your ear holes

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...
Oct 15 // Jayson Napolitano

I'm convinced: Final Fantasy VI is Uematsu's best work

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...
Oct 04 // Jayson Napolitano

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

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 ...
Sep 30 // Jayson Napolitano

Spectrum of Mana tribute album now available

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...
Sep 24 // Jayson Napolitano

Top ten game music tracks to sleep to

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....
Sep 16 // Jayson Napolitano

I never realized Final Fantasy V's OST was this good

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:...
Sep 09 // Jayson Napolitano

This Super Mario World orchestral arrangement is glorious

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...
Sep 07 // Jayson Napolitano

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

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...
Aug 20 // Jayson Napolitano

Enjoy these Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft music samples

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...
Aug 18 // Jayson Napolitano

Pokemon X and Y soundtrack to ship on four discs

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...
Aug 15 // Jayson Napolitano

Nobuo Uematsu's return to form with Blik-0 soundtrack

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...
Aug 14 // Jayson Napolitano

Celebrate 20 years of Secret of Mana with fan remix album

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...
Aug 13 // Jayson Napolitano

Video Games Live takes to Kickstarter to fund third album

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...
Aug 08 // Jayson Napolitano

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

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...
Jul 26 // Jayson Napolitano

Classic Castlevania music teased for Lords of Shadow 2?

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 "...
Jul 25 // Jayson Napolitano

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST on four discs

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...

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