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Operation British: 8-bit Mecha Anime Music!


Do you like 8-bit style music? (You probably do, since you're on this site.)
Do you like anime and its music? (I know some of you must.)
Do you like mecha anime? (C'mon, everyone has seen Evangelion, and at least heard of Gundam)

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?...

Well, if you're still reading, look what I have here:

It's music (mostly opening and ending themes) from Gundam, Macross, VOTOMS and Gurren Lagann, all done as 8-bit chiptunes!

Available at AnimeRemix.org, it's called Operation British (a reference to Zeon's space colony drop on Earth in the original Mobile Suit Gundam series). As far as I can tell, it was a one-man project (by a certain Master Hatchet), and boy did he/she put a lot of effort into it.

Although chiptunes have been used in other genres like techno, they don't always try to emulate the classic NES sound. This album recreates the distinct musical qualities of the NES, while still accurately following the original anime songs. The artist even included a NES and a Sega Genesis version of the same track (Men of Destiny, from Gundam 0083), just to show how different the two systems' soundchips were. Even without looking at the title, I'm sure most retro gamers would instantly recognize that the one track has that unique, but not as memorable, "Genesis" sound to it.

Coming from someone who absolutely loves all things Gundam (if it wasn't obvious by my username and avatar) and a fair bit of interest in the other series included in this album, this was one of the most unexpected and amazing things I ever discovered online.

As for reviewing the album, I'd say most of the songs stand for themselves as high-quality chiptunes. All the Gundam tracks are from the Universal Century metaseries, so all you Gundam Wing and Seed fans will be disappointed. The VOTOMS tracks are a bit weak as well, since the classic opening theme isn't included.

You can download the full album directly here. Also, it's TOTALLY FREE!

I know that this came out last year, but before you say "old content is old", I searched through the blogs and the forums for this beforehand. Seeing that no one has posted this, I figured it was my duty is enlighten people about this retro-mazing combination of anime, music and gaming.

BONUS! Here are some other (non-UC) Gundam 8-bit remixes from Youtube. Not quite as good as Opertaion British, but still nice.

G Gundam - Flying in the Sky
Gundam Seed - Invoke
Gundam Seed Destiny - Ignite
Gundam Wing - Just Communication
Gundam Wing - Rhythm Emotion
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About Guncannonone of us since 2:54 AM on 01.31.2009

Previous posts:

May Community Monthly Musing Recap
My expertise: Memorization, obsession and Star Fox 64 (Monthly Musing)
I suck at games: Confessions of an Item Hoarder (Monthly Musing)

Regular Articles:
Why Kinect Will Fail: The Name.
My own Listblog, but with some interesting categories.
(Relatively) Short Blog: Environment in Red Dead Redemption
Dr. Samit, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love SPORTS! (Monthly Musing)
The Airport: Last Refuge of the Arcade?
Ranking the Zelda series from my own memories
An Essay/Review of a Canadian History video game
8-bit remixes of Gundam music!
Rental Recollections: 7-7-7
Maniac Mansion: The TV Show

One Song...Many Remixes:
Volume 1: Mega Man X, Intro Stage

Video Game Mind Teasers (on hiatus until site upgrade)
Volume 15: Missing Edition
Volume 14: Touch Fuzzy Edition
Volume 13: SONIC EDITION!!!
Volume 12: Continuing Edition
Volume 11: Back to the Beginning Edition
Volume 10: Prizes Edition!
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

My videos:
Bit Transmission!
Guile's Theme + They Live!

Community Activities:
Destructoid: A YouTube Search Story

History in Video Games: Roundtable Podcast

Personal Stuff:
Getting some classic SNES games!
Getting Mega Man Complete Works!

Deliberate Failtoid:
Why Battlefield 1943 is the worst game EVER!

Age: 23
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Profile: I'm a longtime gamer, and started playing video games during the transition from the NES to the SNES. Although I like retro games, I play mostly newer games on the 360. Still, my favourite gaming memories are from all-nighters filled with Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Smash Bros. in the late 90s.

I'm looking for a career in public service, politics or other fields where research and writing are critical. Though, the closer it's related to games, the better.

I make videos, animated gifs, podcasts and all kinds of random stuff in my spare time. I'm also trying to develop my own gaming website (details coming eventually).

Systems: NES, Super NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, Wii, Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC, Colecovision (my dad's). Also, many other systems (including arcade) that I not emulate.

Some Favourite Games:
Retro (NES-SNES eta): Megaman 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars, Sonic 3, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Robotrek, Illusion of Gaia, Megaman X, Lufia 1 and 2, Strider, Metal Slug, Twilight Zone pinball.

Retro Limbo (N64 era): Ogre Battle 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mystical Ninja starring Goemon, Goemon's Great Adventure, Descent: Freespace.

Modern: Halo: Reach, Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Tales of Vesperia, Fallout 3, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Metroid Prime 1-3, Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam, Hearts of Iron II, Europa Universalis III, Civilization IV.

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