Kirby's Liberation Service, an electronic Kirby Super Star tribute EP by DaMonz

Kirby's Liberation Service, an electronic Kirby Super Star tribute EP by DaMonz

An intense dive into the music of Kirby Super Star. Jun Ishikawa became an instant favorite game composer thanks to his work on this classic Kirby game. DaMonz throws down a short but intense EP, taking on a variety of classic themes, most of which appear in the ten minute epic, Fluffball Rampage! With an awesome title track like that, I imagine the US release of this Roxanne Chartrand artwork will get the 'angry eyes'

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Advance Wars ReMix "Unworldly Invasion" by Majeles

This awesome OverClocked ReMix dropped right after I finished editing my upcoming Advance Wars video retrospective, which I am still lamenting. This is one dope track though, and a great reason to tell you to go back and read my Advance Wars 15th Anniversary Retrospective article.

Game: Advance Wars (Nintendo, 2001, GBA)
ReMixer(s): Majeles
Composer(s): Taishi Senda
Song(s): “Sturm’s Theme”
Posted: 2016-09-28, evaluated by the judges
— OverClocked ReMix

Support: Mazedude announces Kickstarter for American Pixels - a Game Music Tribute Album

Get your wallets out, this is a good one. Mazedude has announced a Kickstarter to finance an all new musical tribute to a few incredible US based video game composers. With all my yammering about Yasonuri Mitsuda, Motoi Sakaruba, and Kinuyo Yamashita, I know I'm guilty of forgetting the many incredible composers for the ever growing list of great Western produced games. Both AAA titles like DC Universe (Gerard K. Marino), Brutal Legend (Peter McConnell), and Mass Effect 2 (Jack Wall), as well as indie games Liquid Tribes (Jimmy "Big Giant Circles" Hinson), and Mighty Switch Force 2 (Jake Kaufman) are well represented among over a dozen tracks.

It's already been ten years since the American Album? How time flies. and I've been listening to Mazedude since even before that. Back in them good ole dial-up / OCReMix days of yore.'Yore' meaning circa 2001. I have to imagine the first track I heard from Mazedude was either 'Island of Zeal' (Chrono Trigger) or 'Norfair Deathmarch" (Super Metroid). The point is, Mazedude has been at it for years, and it gets none better, especially in the American made, American remixed tracks from his (with your help) American series of albums. 

Be sure to check out Mazedude's Kickstarter campaign, and donate anywhere between $1 and $3350 to reach that $5K goal in the next 29 days!

Listen to 'Sunken Ship' Leandro Arbreu's Dire, Dire Docks guitar arrangement from Super Mario 64

This guitar driven rendition of Dire, Dire Docks has me flipping out right now. It's great stuff. Is there an OCReMix of the year ballot? Leandro Abreu definitely gets my vote thus far.

ReMixer: Leandro Abreu
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• Game: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, 1996, N64)
• ReMixer(s): Leandro Abreu
• Composer(s): Koji Kondo
• Song(s): ‘Dire, Dire Docks’
• Posted: 2014-08-19, evaluated by djpretzel
— OverClocked Remix

Listen to SUBCON podcast 16 - The most thug party members in FFVII

The only video game hip hop podcast

The latest SUBCON features new tracks from 2 Mello, Andre Martel, Bona El-Zee, and an OCReMix rap collab. In another Video Game Based Lyrics Corner, I decide which FFVII characters don't give a f-, using Sean Paul and J Bo of YoungBloodz as my guide. Then I go as hard as a PBS telethon as I reveal the SUBCON Patreon plan!

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'The Rose General' by katethegreat19, a moving tribute to Final Fantasy IX

This wonderful OCReMix dropped right around the same time I took my first shot at Final Fantasy IX. Not just on of my favorite FF remixes (in a world inundated with them) but also one of my favorite OCR tracks. Damn fine work.

Unfortunately, this song ends the week on a Melencholy note. For many folks such as myself, I feel that the Final Fantasy series, as well as Square-Enix as a company have diverged largely from what made their classic games so memorable. You can decide for yourself whether that is a good, or necessary move for S-E. 

In more upbeat news, it appears that rumors are circulating already that the FFVII reboot for PS4 is only the beginning of a full PSX FF trilogy series of reboots. That would include Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX. 

Share your memories of Final Fantasy IX with us! Would you love to see FFIX get an HD reboot much like the upcoming remake of FFVII?

'Finding Somebody to Love in This Meager World' by Level 99 from Final Fantasy Tactics

Tactical remix action

ReMixer: Level 99
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• Game: Final Fantasy Tactics (Square, 1998, PS1)
• ReMixer(s): Level 99
• Composer(s): Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata
• Song(s): ‘Delita’s Theme’, ‘Main Character’s Theme’, ‘World Map’
• Posted: 2015-06-24, evaluated by the judges
— OverClocked ReMix

First look at Rebellion: Inspired by Final Fantasy II, An OverClocked ReMix Album

Coming soon!

Rebellion: Inspired by Final Fantasy II - COMING SOON @ !!!
Director: Brandon Strader
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• Game: Final Fantasy II (Square, 1988, Famicom)
• Artists: BONKERS, Brandon Strader, Darkmoocher, Dr. Manhattan, Hat,
IanFitC, Jeff Ball, Kidd Cabbage, mellogear, Sir Jordanius, Sixto Sounds, Tuberz McGee, Viking Guitar, W!SE the all E, XPRTNovice, zykO
• Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
— OverClocked ReMix

Listen to hip hop TMNT remix 'Pizza in the Van' by MMvsUSAF

Pizza powered hip hop

ReMixers: MMvsUSAF (Walwark, Renzu), Chidi Enyia, Samara Smith, Roqsteady
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• Game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Konami, 1992, SNES)
• ReMixer(s): Chidi Enyia, MMvsUSAF, Roqsteady, Samara Smith
• Composer(s): Harumi Ueko, Kazuhiko Uehara, Mutsuhiko Izumi
• Song(s): ‘Sewer Surfin’ (Stage 3 BGM)’
• Posted: 2015-05-20, evaluated by djpretzel
— OverClocked ReMix

Mario Strikers Charged for the Wii turns eight years old

Daisy has been waiting too long for a rematch

Daisy may be a Princess, but she carries herself knowing full well that she can completely dominate a heated soccer match against any challenger.

Rare is the Super Mario game that earns anything higher than the all inclusive E rating from the ESRB. It's been eight years since Next Level Games was able to accomplish such a daring task with the Wii title Mario Strikers Charged. Unlike the friendly rounds of golf and tennis the Mario party take part in, soccer in the Mushroom Kingdom is an unbelievably competitive experience. The intensity of the Strikers series is on par with the all out brawls of the Super Smash Bros.

The developers at Next Level Games' most recent release was the well received Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon for the 3DS. I hope that Next Level Games will get the chance to return to their sports game roots sometime in the near future, preferably with another soccer tournament involving the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom, especially in a world with the Nintendo expanding DLC of Mario Kart 8.

Link leading a team of Stalfos with an octorok goalie fending off Bowser and his crew of dry bones? I'll pre-order that right now.

Remix of "Road to the Striker Cup" from Mario Strikers Charged (Football). A really awesome game!
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Listen to FFmusic Dj & Geoffrey Taucer's bluesy ToeJam & Earl remix 'Killer Toe Funk'

Down home outer space guitar funk

ReMixers: FFmusic Dj, Geoffrey Taucer
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• Game: ToeJam & Earl (Sega, 1992, GEN)
• ReMixer(s): FFmusic Dj, Geoffrey Taucer
• Composer(s): John Baker
• Song(s): ‘Toejam Jammin’’
• Posted: 2015-05-11, evaluated by the judges
— OverClocked Remix

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.

Listen to new OC ReMix 'Sakit Chills Out' from La Mulana by Hylian Lemon

OC ReMix #3127: La-Mulana ‘Sakit Chills Out’ [Giant’s Cry, Giant’s Rage] by Hylian Lemon

ReMixer: Hylian Lemon
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• Game: La-Mulana (GR3 Project, 2005, WIN)
• ReMixer(s): Hylian Lemon
• Composer(s): Houryu Samejima, Takumi Naramura
• Song(s): ‘Giant’s Cry’, ‘Giant’s Cry’, ‘Giant’s Rage’, ‘Giant’s Rage’
• Posted: 2015-05-04, evaluated by the judges
— OverClocked ReMix

Listen to new OC ReMix 'The Seven Wise Men Shot First' by Joey Grady

OC ReMix #3129: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past ‘The Seven Wise Men Shot First’ by Joey Grady

ReMixer: Joey Grady
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• Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
• ReMixer(s): Joey Grady
• Composer(s): Koji Kondo
• Song(s): ‘Opening Demo’
• Posted: 2015-05-07, evaluated by the judges
— OverClocked Remix

Listen to latest OCReMix - Mega Man 2 'Flash Man and the Sorcerer's Stone Man' by Deedubs

Futuristic robot wars have never sounded so magical

ReMixer: Deedubs
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• Game: Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES)
• ReMixer(s): Deedubs
• Composer(s): Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi
• Song(s): ‘Flash Man Stage’, ‘Stone Man Stage’
• Posted: 2015-04-30, evaluated by djpretzel
— OverClocked ReMix

Psychonauts 10th Anniversary Week continues w/ MazeDude tribute 'Psychotic Censors'

A haunting rearrangement of Peter McConnell's theme 'The Censors Unleashed'

As with any great game, Psychonauts has inspired plenty of artists in its wake. One of those is MazeDude, a stellar musician and prolific video game remixer. Many of MazeDude's tracks are easily recognizable for the eclectic sounds and instruments used in them. His tribute to Peter McConnell and the Psychonauts soundtrack is no different. A driving piano centers an array of industrial sounds. The result is a dark journey through sound, very fitting of the more disturbing moments of Psychonauts.

MazeDude's track can be found both on the Bad Dudes album Zombies Rocked My Neighbors, and on OCReMix as remix #1638.

Did you consider Psychonauts a funny, or dark game? The game certainly had plenty of both in the variety of levels, sometimes at the same time. Do you think there are other video games that have the same mood and tone as Psychonauts?