Celebrate 25 years of Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past with these epic remixes

It's been a quarter of a century since Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past was released in Japan on November 21st, 1991. To celebrate, I'll be sharing tons of content! Be sure to check out my album and remix reviews, articles (coming soon), and a very special SUBCON Podcast 45, all dedicated to the Super Nintendo classic, Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past.

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Tomorrow I drop another SUBCON Podcast. It's a podcast dedicated to the best hip hop and rap inspired by video games. Unfortunately, time and format constraints led to a few great tracks getting left out.

Just like my SUBCON Link to the Past special, each song listed here is a rearrangement from the classic Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past soundtrack composed by Koji Kondo. We've got a few more hip hop vibes. Monstrously metal covers by ThePlasmas and Pokerus, and a clasy orchestral medley from Shiyru.

These tracks were shared by the amazing artists and musicians from the Game Music 4 All facebook group. Be sure to head over and join our discussions about music, gaming, and more! Check out these artists, and share some of your favorite Legend of Zelda Link to the Past memories with me on Twitter @genoboost!

#1 The Past from Hyrule Melodia Et Concordia by Shiryu

#3 Save The Princess ft Pierce Reed from GameDork: Eat Sleep Kill Robots by Nonsenze

#4 Dungeons to Explore from Infection #03 by Pokérus

Shiryu releases NLA Blues, epic two dozen track tribute to Xenoblade Chronicles X

I was stuck in the world of New LA and Xenoblade Chronicles X for hundreds of hours myself, and can confirm that tis is one lengthy and impressive album of remixes. Shiryu digs deep and carves out over two dozen rearrangements of music from the eclectic Xenoblade Chronicles X soundtrack.

“We took our planet for granted. We believed tomorrow was a certainty thus we grew arrogant and weak. And one day they came. In a flash of light, the Earth was gone. Millions of lives erased in a single, unstoppable moment. We sacrificed those millions to save a few thousand in generation ships we launched into space as our last resort to avoid the complete annihilation of Mankind.

An we ran, we ran scared and we ran into the depths of the unknown. The White Whale was one among dozens of ships and in it’s cargo hold, the habitat that we filled with the most precious cargo of all: Our Future. But they pursued and founds us. We fought them off time after time until eventually the White Whale was sunk and disintegrated on the fortuitous breathable atmosphere of a small planet we now call Mira. Fortune kept smiling on us because the habitat crash landed mostly intact on the surface and it became Humanity’s sole shining beacon of light, all alone in the night.

Welcome to the last city of Mankind. Welcome to New Los Angeles.”


Sometimes a video game comes that completely grips my imagination. It happened to me several times very the course of my three decades as a gamer: “Speedball 2”, “Dune”, “Secret of Mana”, “Star Fox”, “Super Metroid”, “Fire Emblem”, “Xenoblade Chronicles”, “Mass Effect 3” and... well, what can I say, I love to dream away from reality. The last of this very extensive list is non other then “Xenoblade Chronicles X” for the Wii U, a game that despite the name is not a direct sequel at all of the Wii (and now New 3DS) original RPG from Monolith Software. The soundtrack is rather varied for a JRPG, including hip hop , rock , jazz and some other genres mixed together that very well portray a New Los Angeles, the last know city of Mankind that crash landed on Planet Mira after a somewhat disastrous evacuation of Earth. I pretty much played this game from release non stop for over 3 months with my current save data clocking at over 640 hours (so far!) and although I finished the main story mode in around 120, I just kept coming back for more because it truly is a wonderful planet to further explore. Very much like my previous tribute album “Mass Effectively” came to be in 2013 after I completed “Mass Effect 3”, “NLA Blues” is a tribute to “Xenoblade Chronicles X”, with a mix of various styles spread across 26 tracks, each track representing a place in New Los Angeles. Even if you’ve never played the game, I hope you enjoy these. It took way longer to produce then my usual albums because there is so much great stuff going on in my life, I am really glad I managed to pull this off. It will always remind me of the time I spend playing this game and the pleasant stuff going on, but Life taught me never to take anything for granted. So cherish every moment, you never know when some ancient alien civilizations decides to use the Earth as a battlefield. and we have to migrate into outer space.
— Shiryu

Celebrate another year of the Game Boy with Shiryu's Game Boy Memoria XXV

Saying the Game Boy had a huge influence in my upbringing is an understatement. Beside the old Donkey Kong Game &Watch, the Game Boy was my very first Nintendo console and introduced me to such classic Nintendo franchises as the Mario series. It was for the first time in gaming history a portable video game system with an impressive library of both first and third party titles. As usual it took a bit longer for the Game Boy to be release in Europe and even more so in my home country, but better late than never. Even folks that got the colour SEGA Game Gear instead of Nintendo’s four shades of grey brick eventually could not deny the facts: the Game Boy was and is a stunning piece of hardware. What took me by surprise was the quality of the music of it’s games, often rivalling the music I was used to from the mighty Commodore Amiga. This album is a celebration of the console’s 25th anniversary. 1989 looks so far away now, but I still hold fond memories of reading about the Game Boy and wanting one. And when the day came I was not disappointed: Tetris, Solar Striker and Super Mario Land. My very first three games that made all the difference when I had to travel by bus or wait in the doctor’s office. It’s not something easy to comprehend nowadays because almost all of us carry with us powerful personal computers disguised as cellphones everywhere, and video games are now easily accessible a bit everywhere, but the Game Boy is where all of that began and this is my due tribute. Hope these twenty electronic covers of twenty of my personal favourite games bring you back wonderful memories. Thank you for existing, Nintendo! You always made my life much more tolerable. Enjoy the album! In memory of Gunpei Yokoi. Janitor, Handyman, Genius Designer.

released 12 September 2014
— Shiryu

Over six hours of 16-bit love in SNES XX by Shiryu

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It's not easy to encapsulate six hours of music into a few sentences, but Shiryu's tribute to 20 years of Super Nintendo, SNES XX, has forced my hand.

To get a scope of this album, just know that the shortest track on the album, "Pilotwings Suite" clocks in at about seven and a half minutes.

So now you must be wondering what the longest song is. The albums grand finale is a nearly 40 minute long tribute to underrated SNES title Secret of Mana. This song alone could have been a full album release.

You can grab this collection of over 6 hours of nearly two dozen different SNES based medley for approximately $13 over on Shiryu's bandcamp page.