Hip hop producer Shag does it again with another collection of Zelda inspired hip hop beats. This time taking the memorable yet haunting tunes in the cult classic N64 sequel to Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask. This album is itself a sequel to Shag's 2011 release of the original Flyrule. You can grab both for free from Shaq's bandcamp.
I'm just an unbelievably huge fan of this theme, itdefinitely makes my top 3 staff rolls of all time. Kondo kills it on this ending, it's like he took his skills to a new dimenstion much like Mario himself.
G&S kicks some ass too, both musically as well as in the new additions he's been adding to his videos lately.
Get pumped with music from the long dormant F-Zero series
Armcannon goes to town on this epic rendition of several series themes. F-Zero and F-Zero X will always hold a special place in my heart as far as VGM is concerned.
Konno is merely listed as 'Supervisor' for the N64 entry of this series, but hey, every hand helps, and I am always guilty of looking for excuses to play music from F-Zero and/or Armcannon.
Here is a related question, with Konno's success with Mario Kart, would you like to see him give a new F-Zero a try? Considering how Mario Kart 8 has gone, I'd gladly shell out cash for a new F-Zero with futuristic characters like Samus and Fox McCloud as DLC.
Share your thoughts and F-Zero memories with us!
Nerdcore Emulation Station is correct, featuring a who's who of nerdcore over two albums. A few name drops are the likes of Mega Ran, Ill Gill, Sammus, SkyBlew, and perhaps a dozen or more artists from every corner of the nerdcore kingdom.
Te initial N.E.S. album drops beats from a variety of classic games throughout gaming history. Parappa the Rapper, Metal Gear Solid, Sonic, and Mario are all represented on the album. These are accompanied by flows from 1-UP and the aforementioned litany of amazing emcees.
One of the greatest things about this series, is the overarching storyline nature of the album layout. I think 1-UP explains it best,
"In the distant future, Emcees live happily across different galaxies providing entertainment and joy through their story telling to their people.
An evil force plans to put an end to all of that. The imagidrains and their evil leader devise a plan to feed on everyone's imaginations simultaneously through an all out assault on every galaxy at once with stolen abilities.
The Emcees fight but cannot withstand this onslaught of newly found foes and their powers. A voice appears in their head and transports them all to a new world where they must venture through uncharted territories, learn new skills, and fight new enemies in order to level up.
Follow 1-UP and many other Emcees as they fight through the worlds of Playstation, Sega Saturn and N64 defeating bosses and freeing them from the Imagidrains mind control, finding new items and leveling up so they can return to their worlds and defeat the imagidrains."
This album is a ridiculous 25 tracks in length, with two or more emcees on every track, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger collection of new and old nerdcore and hip hop talent.
Despite the eclectic list of artists, the beats help hold the mixtape feel together over the immense amount of tracks. Remixes bring out the catchiest and most memorable parts of the video games they lift from, and keep the adventurous theme in mind as you hear the noble music of Zelda or the get moving beats from Super Mario.
Think that I post the album stream and we are over here? We got a whole second album to discuss.
A few months after the initial launch of the Nerdcore Emulation Station, 1-UP has gathered the emcees of nerdcore for another adventure. He even includes an update about where this adventure stands,
"Join 1-UP In the second chapter of NES as he and his comrades venture to the Gamecube world in order to free the inhabitants from the Imagidrain army.
They are currently pumping the planet's resources dry causing the planet to lose it's form and if nothing is done it will implode."
That's right, it looks like the N.E.S. is chilling on the GCN planet for a full album, with remixes of music from Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime and Pikmin, among many others. Sammus even reprises her role alongside Shammers (another one of my personal nerdcore favorites) as her namesake Samus in "Metroid Prime - Stage 7 (Ft Sammus, Shammers and W!SE)." The fusion of styles definitely makes this the stand out track for me.
Flyrule sequel majoras mask
Dawn of a New Day
Music Performed & Sequenced by
MAJORA PHILHARMONIC SOUND ORCHESTRA
Shoji Horikoshi,Masahide & Yumi,Masaharu Toyoda,
Keita Kikuchi,Katsuya Takahashi
Original Music Composed by
Koji Kondo,Toru Minegishi
Incredible arrangement of the empowering Super Mario 64 Wing Cap music. The N64 launch title Super Mario 64 remains one of my all time favorite soundtracks. Song for song, some of the most memorable music in any game I've ever played, or Videogame OST I've ever heard.
MM is my personal favorite 3D Zelda (the much maligned Skyward Sword comes in a close second). Much of that favoritism comes from the huge cast of characters in the game, each seemingly with their own lives, thoughts, and reasons to be doomed thanks to that cursed Majora's Mask.
Ambient electronic medley of some of Nintendo's finest water levels, including songs from Super Mario 3, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country and Ocarina of Time.
The perfect soothing cool tunes for these obscenely hot summer months.
Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament during the afternoon, and an Art Show Tribute to Super Smash Bros the same night!
Join Game Music 4 All and Retrobits LA at Rose City Pizza for a full day dedicated to Super Smash Bros. Celebrate fifteen years of Nintendo's flagship fighting game, as well as the debut of Super Smash Bros for 3DS.
Head over to the Retrobits LA section for full event and tournament info!
Check out the sneak preview for some of the art by Los Angeles based artists.
UPDATE: EVENT HAS MOVED TO OCT. 4. POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT CHANGE
On October 4, 2014, the N64 classic Super Smash Bros (N64) returns for another round!
Join Retro Bits Social Club at 1PM at Rose City Pizza (directions on event page) to compete for the grand prize in our latest retro videogame tournament, or simply grab some pizza and beer from Rose City Pizza and enjoy a day of classic video games, food, and friends!
At Retro Bits LA You can also...
- Buy/Sell/Trade video games
- Enjoy vintage video games on freeplay TVs
- Join in on 3DS multiplayer & collect StreetPass tags
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Can't get enough of the unstoppable bass on this epic remix of the beautiful Astral Observatory music from Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for the Nintendo 64. Get the club bumping like it's the end of the world.
Awesome artwork from Matt Rockefeller over on INPRNT showing that it doesn't take much to get kids off the couch and into the wild. Though parents probably aren't too enthused once those kids come back inside.
Recent release, Spacious Anxious, the latest album from Youngstown, Ohio-based chiptune composer sleepytimejesse seems to be summoning the spirit of Hip Tanaka if he had gone on to compose the music to all those incredible N64 games that never came out (Earthbound 64, Metroid 64...sigh).