Debut album by ACMenes, 'Meet The Light' a Jazz rock tribute to Kid Icarus

It's been five years since the phenomenal and one of a kind game Kid Icarus Uprising came out on the Nintendo 3DS. That means in only fifteen years, another veteran developer will dust this IP off the shelf and give it another grandiose reboot.

That is a long way off, but fan and fighter of Pit, ACMenes keeps light alive in this hard rocking four track EP dedicated to the Kid Icarus games. Through four tracks, we hear a variety of styles from key themes in the series, starting off hard with a rearrangement of Dark Pit. This is one of my personal favorite themes from Kid Icarus Uprising since it was featured in the stage I played most repeatedly. A heavy attack of guitar, drums, and horns create the perfect background music for an intense battle with your greatest rival. Though Dark Pit is my favorite track in the game, I think my favorite track on this album has to go to Hades. This laid back jazz rendition of another favorite theme from KI:U has a smooth tone perfect for the king of the underworld to snap his fingers to. 

The intensity picks up again in the slow but aggressive Destroyed Skyworld, but descends into some somber tones before driving the song home. Like the best rock albums, the final track is a wistful ballad titled 'Home.' The album closes on a soft note, and left me with a lot of nostalgia for my favorite 3DS game, Kid Icarus Uprising. Maybe I'll even pick up my dusty old GCN controller and put in a few rounds of Smash as my personal main, Palutena.

“Meet The Light” is a 4-track EP of music from the Kid Icarus series, remixed in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series.

For more information on the album and the guest artists, please download the album (it’s free!) and see the liner notes.
— ACMenes

Chiptune tribute to Friday the 13th by lpower

More late November creepiness thanks to my relaxed attitude towards music posts as well as the rather late scheduling of many a Halloween album. Come on guys, you can't all release them on October 31st, be reasonable. 

Well lpower has many a reason to be unreasonable with his latest release via PteSquad.The OST nature of the album actually sets a nice ambient tone that lingers in the background, giving that perfect slasher movie vibe. Consider listening to this album as you walk around late at night playing Pokemon Go. I did that, and I am now terrified.

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE @ www.ptesquad.com/more/pte065.html

F13 is the soundtrack to a video game heavily inspired by the Friday the 13th horror series. It all began when David Arseneau started work on a post-grad research project into how pop culture phenomena are pieced together from various component parts and he chose to explore slasher movies and the Friday the 13th franchise. One aspect of this project was creating a working video game and so he enlisted lpower to provide the soundtrack, as well as much of the in-game pixel art.

The whole project will be exhibited by David next year, but for now you can hear this immense, clinical, chilling OST full of retro synth sounds. There are also cassette versions for sale over on lpower’s Bandcamp page! Grab one at: lpower.bandcamp.com. And download pixel art for the game by David and lpower: ptesquad.com/images/f13art.zip.
— PteSquad

Listen to a chiptune remix of battle music from Mother 3

Keep the beat 

I said more MRsonic699 was coming, and here it is. A remix of the wonderful Mother 3 soundtrack originally composed by Shogo Sakai. So how about that Mother 3 release? I need the full set on my Wii U, Nintendo!

Quickie cover of the Back Beat Battle song from the fantastic game Mother 3. It’s not legitimate, goes over technical limitations, more of an experiment. :v

Quickie cover of the Back Beat Battle song from the fantastic game Mother 3. It’s not legitimate, goes over technical limitations, more of an experiment. :v
— MRsonic699

genoboost reviews 1982 arcade classic BurgerTime

genoboost reviews 1982 arcade classic BurgerTime

As a child of roughly kindergarten age at the opening of the 90s, I spent much of my time playing video games. At that age, I understood that there were two types of games, platform games, and puzzle games. That was all we owned, so that was all I played. In that narrow field of vision I came across a classic arcade game. It was BurgerTime.

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TURNTNES chiptune compilation via HEXAWE

10 little piggies. 

HEXAWE pays tribute to ten years of littlegptracker with a compilation/competition of composers.

For TEN (10, 0x0A, niner plus one, etc) years, our beloved pig has provided its users and their audiences with wave twisting ear bombs that blow out shoulders and butts. Pulled pork.

To celebrate, we had one of our world famous competitions (comps, compos, fistfights). Once again, we used the sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES, tape eater, blow inducer) like we did so many years ago (See drunk NES funkk).

We used a sample pack recorded by Doomcloud straight out his NES stuffed with a MIDINES. Contestants also were able to use up to 500k of their “own” vocal samples.
— HEXAWE

Pastoral II, 2a03-based shoegaze from Brother Android

Cactus inspired chiptunes. 

Can it really be called shoegaze? Maybe consolegaze? Either way, there is something very beautiful in the dissonant, ever driving soundscape that Brother Android provides in their latest album, Pastoral II.

Been a while since I got to relax to some vibrant chiptune chillwave, and plan to have this short but sincere album on constant rotation until the weather actually cools down here in my desert home.

Second in a series of imaginary 7” records. Five summery wintery landlocked surf songs about Texas plants great & small.

Thanks to all desert flora, whose perseverance will, we are confident, be rewarded on the last day

pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua
— Brother Android

The Team Players perform acoustic guitar remix of music from Super Mario Bros 3

Check out this acoustic rearrangement of the Athletic theme from the super popular, yet not often covered, music from Super Mario Bros 3.

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Super Mario Bros. 3 soundtrack composed by : Koji Kondo

Greetings, If you see any ghosts, be careful. They will give chase if you turn away.
— The Team Players

Listen to NES style remix of Faron Woods from Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

From 8 bits and back again

Just found MRsonic699, so expect me to post more hot jams like this from him in the future. MR chooses an underrated Zelda track from the GCN/Wii game. 

I just really felt like doing this, I know this song isn’t all that special but for some reason I really love it. It doesn’t actually obey console limitations, but whatevs. Enjoy c:
— MRsonic699

CVIII no Densetsu or whatever by Kirby Pufocia

A horrible night for curses and junk

this is a long labor of love.

someone said, “it worked”
someone else said “now we are all sons of bitches”

tl;dr - i got tired of deciding between the US and JPN versions of this soundtrack, so i made one using the bones of broth. both, i mean.

this is the result of several hundreds of hours staring at a computer screen blasting nes music into my ears, adjusting sliders, cutting and pasting, drooling, and sending the results out to countless people to tell me what sounds bad because this album made me deaf.

welcome to this page, i have written a lot of long, stupid, rambling words about almost every track, which you’ll find in each individual “info” page. if you care at all about the technical aspects then by all means! there’s also jokes if you don’t! i wrote a lot of words. please somebody read them.

thanks for listening. CV is a trademark of konami, or whatever. you probably knew that.
— Kirby Pufocia

Xoc remasters and rereleases classic album '8 Bit 80s Flick'

What's old is new! XOC returns!

I have been a strong advocate of all things Xoc related ever since hearing the incomparable XOC plays SMW. Though other Xoc albums have replaced that one on my all time best Xoc albums list,. Unfortunately, xocmusic.com is no longer active, and the cornucopia of amazing, free to download albums of his vanished, save for what I had on an old hard drive. 

Xoc is renewed, and as such, has begun to transfer his many wonderful albums and soundtracks to the new Bandcamp netlabel TrashCanEagle Records.

Longtime readers and fans may assume, "I already love xoc, and I haven't lost a hard drive full of music in several years, so there is nothing new for me here." Wrong!

Xoc has not only begun rereleasing his music, he has also remastered the nearly decade old Cinema 80's into the new 8 Bit 80's Flick album.

Originally released in 2006 (as “Cinema 80s”), this reissue edition has been completely rebuilt and remixed from the original recordings. The entire album has been remastered for higher fidelity and better EQ balancing, and includes some additional material - not to mention new artwork!

Please replace the old version!
— XOC

Hyde209 creates an alternate reality of music in 'Mario & Sonic - Twisted Worlds'

Fall down the rabbit hole of a world without the Master System, a world without the Genesis, a world, without Blast Processing

Hyde209 remixes the classic Sonic The Hedgehog soundtrack in four wavew of glory. The classic FM chip soundtrack gets a full NES reimagining in Volume 1 of Hyde209's Mario & Sonic - Twisted Worlds.

This my take on how the Sonic 1 soundtrack would sound if it was made for the 8-bit NES instead of the SEGA 16-bit. Enjoy ^^
— Hyde209

Hideki Konno week begins with music from his first game, Super Mario Bros 2

Alright, technically his first game was Doki Doki Panic, but still!

Check out this 2012 Remaster of one of my favorite classic OverClocked Remix tracks from the long ago era of 2002. Back in the day when you could download every OCReMix by hand (which I did). This one is the only OCR track submitted by electronic musician DarK PurPLe. 

You can check out the original OCR track here.

Super Mario Bros 2 continues to be the black sheep of the Mario series, even with the inclusion of bob-ombs and shyguys (shout out to Black Shy Guy, my main in Mario Kart 8, also made by Konno) in the everyday life of Super Mario characters these days. 

Do you think nintendo should create a 'New Super Mario Bros. 2?' Something along the lines of the New Super Mario Bros series, but for the plant pulling fun of SMB2.

Top 25 Greatest 8-bit Castlevania Songs of All Time, as judged by 'AccordingToSCIENCE'

Please note: This is a fan video only; we do not claim ownership of content, nor do we collect any ad revenue. This video is a product of love for Castlevania.

We're going back to our roots with the best 8-bit Castlevania songs - check it out!
Our same old rule applies: melodies can only be featured once.

Top 25: 1:03
Top 20: 8:39
Top 15: 17:18
Top 10: 24:12
Top 5: 33:12
Stats: 43:48

The Castlevania series has been heralded for its music since its first appearance on the NES. These games helped redefine what was possible for 8-bit music composition, giving players exquisite melodies which evoked feelings of adventure, mystery, and fear. Every Castlevania game since these beginnings has featured a incredible soundtrack, but while games like Symphony of the Night and Lords of Shadow are quite musically impressive, we here at According to Science wanted to give a special shoutout to the era that started it all. That's right - for this list we focused solely on Castlevania installments which appeared on the NES and Gameboy systems. This resulted in a smaller pool of songs than we're used to, but we're confident that longtime fans and newcomers alike will discover some new favorites.

Adventures of Lolo series turns 26 years old

HAL's classic trilogy celebrates over a quarter century of brain-twisting puzzles.

It's been a long time since Lolo and his girlfriend Lala found themselves as the stars of a video game, but old school NES fans could never forget room after room of challenging puzzles while those upbeat 2A03 chip sounds cheered us onward.

A few facts about the Adventures of Lolo series

  • The original Adventures of Lolo is actually a compilation of puzzles from HAL's puzzle series Eggerland
  • Due to the reused puzzles, Adventures of Lolo was never released in Japan, so when AoL2 and 3 were released in Japan, they were known as AoL and AoL2 respectively
  • The Japanese releases in the Adventures of Lolo series featured more difficult puzzles than the US versions.
  • According to Adventures of Lolo for Game Boy, series protagonists Lolo and Lala have had a child, Lulu.
  • The final game in the series was released in 1990, although the last time Lolo and Lala appeared in a game was HAL's 1996 SNES game Kirby Superstar. 

Take a moment and pay tribute to one of the classics that made the NES era so special by listening to former HAL composer Hideki Kanazashi's full Adventures of Lolo 3 soundtrack, in stereo.

Did you ever play the Adventures of Lolo series? Do you think Nintendo should dig this series out of the closet?

Listen to this hard rock cover of the music from Tetris by Nerd Army

Considering back when I started digging through VGM remixes and covers over ten years ago, it seemed like every other remix I heard was of Tetris, and usually in the style of techno. That said, it's probably been years since I mentioned Tetris on this blog, but this heavy hitting cover by Nerd Army is more than enough to wash away all those terrible Tetris techno memories.

Watch The Altered Beasts perform an acoustic jazz guitar cover of the Super Mario Bros 2 Overworld Theme

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Absolutely beautiful cover of the music from Super Mario Bros 2 by The Altered Beasts, an offshoot of the amazing The OneUps VG jazz group. 

Considering they are part of the impeccable OneUps, it's clear that they know their instruments, and create an impressive jazz rendition of this well known, but sometimes overlooked theme from the odd middle child of the SMB family.

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Guitar Duo project by William Reyes and Tim Yarbrough of The OneUps.

Listen to this metal rendition of Stage 1 from the original Castlevania by Ultimate D-pad

I can't pass up any metal cover of the original Castlevania music (nor any other type of cover to be honest). I believe the original Castlevania to have some of the strongest overall music of any game in the NES era. Comparable only to the best of the best soundtracks of the time.

Ultimate D-Pad gives the opening theme a go in this epic cover, which is also free to download, so you can headbang any time anywhere, even during a cursed, horrible night.