Virt Week begins with remixed music from Shantae: Risky's Revenge by genoboost

To celebrate the upcoming birthday (April 3) of Jake Kaufman, an incredible video game musician and composer by any measurement, I'm counting down my three favorite virt tracks that I've heard throughout my years of covering VGM.

Number three on the list is from the Shantae: Risky's Revenge soundtrack, a song I first heard performed live a few years ago.

"Burning Town Forever Remix" is an intense chiptune dance track that encapsulates the vibrant fun of the Shantae series, This remix  is included as the final track to the Shantae: Risky's Revenge Original Soundtrack by Jake 'virt' Kaufman. The critically acclaimed DSiWare game was released on October 4, 2010. 

A few facts about Jake 'Virt' Kaufman.

  • Also composed the original Shantae for Game Boy Color (a very rare game that can now be found on ebay for over $200)
  • Credited in over sixty albums (via VGMdb)
  • The first WayForward title composed by Jake Kaufman is the Game Boy Advance game The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris, released April 2, 2002.
  • Founded landmark video game music community VGMix website in 2000.

What are some of your favorite songs and soundtracks by Virt? Help celebrate by sharing them in the comments.

Amazing tribute to Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, at the same time, A Mana Trigger album by SRMusic by genoboost

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A stunning series of arrangements of music from the classic role playing games Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana. The album is masterfully done, and will move you to your nostalgic core as you think about some of the greatest moments in those two games as Sébastien Ridé performs classic themes on piano. 

My personal favorites are any time something from Chrono Trigger is played, as I am not nearly as familiar with the catalogue of music from the Secret of Mana series. I expect several people to scold me for that fact after this post.

If you enjoy the album as much as I did, you can purchase it via loudr starting at $5.

'Cinematic RPG' Parasite Eve series turns 17 years old by genoboost

Square-Enix' Playstation classic celebrates another year.

Square released the 'cinematic RPG' Parasite Eve in Japan on March 29th, 1998. A survival horror game for the PlayStation, it was basically Square's take on the Resident Evil franchise. In essence that meant RPGify everything. The one-camera views and prerendered backgrounds remained, but added to the 'slowly shoot monsters' formula were customizable firearms, magic spells and effects, and more CG cut scenes than Square could likely afford. 

Unlike the constant fantasy settings of most RPGs, Parasite Eve took place in then modern day New York, and instead of a mysterious swordsman or young night, the game starred rookie NYPD officer Aya Brea. Of course realism goes out the window on Brea's first night on the job as the wildlife of New York begin to mutate into hideous creatures. This also marks another RPG in which you fight a dinosaur.

You fight a T-Rex, you shoot it with an AK-47 that shoots magic bullets.

In honor of such a momentous moment in gaming, take a moment to listen to the eclectic and amazing Parasite Eve soundtrack composed by Yoko Shimomura.

Did you ever play Parasite Eve, if so, what did you think of it? Let us know about your own thoughts on the Parasite Eve series and soundtrack in the comments below.

Listen to Modern Casino Night Zone from the Sonic Generations OST by genoboost

When I first heard this remix on the 3DS version of Sonic Generations, I was completely enthralled by the Las Vegas casino big band vibe blasting from my speakers. This is one beautiful remix of music from my favorite classic Zelda game, of course, Sonic Generations on 3DS (much like it's DS predecessors) was pretty damn good too.

Original Music Taken From “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2” (1992)
Composed by Masato Nakamura
Remixed & Sound Produced by Jun Senoue & Atushi “Sushi” Kosugi

Programming: Jun Senoue
Bass: Takeshi Taneda
Drums: Toru Kawamura
Wurlitzer Piano: Tommy Mandel
Trumpet & Horn Arrangement: Tony Kadleck
Tenor Sax & Clarinet: Charles Pillow
Trombone: Ryan Keberle
— Liner notes from VGMdb for the album SONIC GENERATIONS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK: BLUE BLUR

Listen to 'Lifeliss,' a classic Chrono Cross hip hop remix by My Parents Favorite Music by genoboost

It's truly hard to believe that MPFM has been at it for over ten years now. This track is one of my favorites from her debut album,©®@~ Mystery, though I didn't have the pleasure to hear it until the CD got a re-release sometime after the follow up album Wheelo Exgirlfriends was released.

One of the first times I heard someone rap over the nearly sacred track Time's Scar from Chrono Cross as well, and MPFM nailed it oh so long ago.