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

Funky hip hop remix of Smash Bros music by Voodoo Lion, from the remix album 'Beyond the Stars'

Get serious. 

Had to highlight this intense fighting game groove from Voodoo Lion, since I enjoy pointing out Voodoo Lion whenever I have a spare moment to do so. Get down to this funky remix of classic music from the Smash Bros series!

Listen to 'Break My Limits,' an FFVII Battle Theme remix by DJ Chief Takinawa

Get hyped for the Smash Bros Direct presentation later today with this extra hot drum n bass remix of the classic battle theme music from Final Fantasy VII. Takinawa laid this track down immediately after the Cloud in Smash reveal, and it drops just in time for the final info on Cloud Strife.

Move that Dope: Rap duo Marcus & Rome drop Rated 'D' For Dope EP

Light it up. 

Technically sound, extra catchy, lyrically smart, AND with heart. Been looking forward to reviewing this album, because that means I get to call listening to this album 'work.'  The Maryland born, Philly based rap duo drop an eight track EP that burns hot straight through. This is the sort of album I created SUBCON to showcase. You can bet M&R will make an appearance on the show soon (like, the next episode soon). 

M&R lay it all out as soon as the album starts with an autobiographical account most retrogamers have lived in the Yoshi based, Bknapp produced opener, "Press Start." 

SHVKVZULU's glitched beats crack the album open, and quickly takes a dark turn to fit the mood.  The shot firing "HM02 as Fuck" may already got my new vote for best Pokemon rap ever (No, the official Pokemon rap does not even make top five).

"Ice Cap/Aquatic Mine drops the duo in the back to back sonic beats. The flow gets out of control before switching into a smooth, low key closer.

I review the track Gorrila Tactics on an upcoming episode of SUBCON. Get hyped!

"Hero of Rhyme" is another banger over fan favorite Legend of Zelda theme Gerudo Valley. Judging by the love shown at the end of this track, I believe more LoZ based M&R is on the way. Sounds like they got enough memories in them to go full Zelda on the next release. I say all this because the track is a teasingly short minute long without the closing speech.

"Ring Out" may be the  sneaky best track on the album. They bring back the grime, constantly dropping rings and some of the best lines on the album. So many replays for hip hop heads, with the fast pace and surprising rhymes. 

The duo go clutch and kill it on the finale. "No Johns Freestyle" is dedicated to all the smash players, even 'filthy casuals" like me.

Rated 'D' For Dope is stuck in my rotation as I write this. If you hit play, it can easily infest your music player as well. Keep your finger on the rewind button for this one.

‘D’ For Dope content is generally suitable for gamers, hip-hop heads, and/or filthy casuals. May contain suggestive rhyme schemes, immature humor, partial nudity, use of drugs, and/or frequent use of strong bars.
— Marcus & Rome

Check out my thoughts on upcoming Smash Bros DLC in new The Bystanders Podcast

Anthony talks Frank through all the latest happenings in Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS. We dig deep into our top picks and predictions for the Super Smash Bros Fighter Ballot. Then, we spend time discussing the Mewtwo release, upcoming Lucas DLC, and the latest costume pack DLC.

Discussion from The Bystanders Podcast Episode 05: April 16, 2015:

Music in this episode "Still Tippin' (Great Fairy's Fountain)" by Team Teamwork:




The GM4A Weekly VGM Recap for December 15-21, 2014

What an exciting and exhausting week. Not only are the holidays truly bearing down on us, but the site has revealed, not one, but two new projects this past week!

One of those projects is the launch of the all new Game Music 4 All podcast, Subcon. It's a music podcast completely dedicated to video game hip hop! Be sure to check it out at

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Last Week's Stories

Spirit Climes - a Tales of Xillia inspired electronic album by Emrls Community Music / December 15, 2014

Announcing Groovy: 20th Anniversary Earthworm Jim Tribute album, dropping Dec. 31st / December 15, 2014

Listen to OCReMix 'La Samba de Agua' from the Super Mario Bros. 3 video game by Mustin / December 16, 2014

Watch "Stickerbrush Symphony" from Donkey Kong Country 2 performed by Ace Waters / December 17, 2014

Massive chilled out remix album Playing Video Games by Magicxbeats / December 18, 2014

Listen to this metal rendition of Stage 1 from the original Castlevania by Ultimate D-pad / December 19, 2014

The GM4A Weekly VGM Recap for November 24-30, 2014

With Smash Bros and the holidays coming on strong, not to mention plenty of NBA basketball to watch, I've been coasting on fumes lately when it comes to leisurely blogging time. Luckily tons of new music has helped me regain my focus.

I tend to feel that every month of the year has strong musical releases, but much like the beloved video games we are inspired by, it seems that the majority of great VGM comes out around the holidays as well. Whether this is out of luck, habit, or is just this writer's own confirmation bias, but it feels like the months of November and December are red hot as far as great music is concerned.

Once again, thank you to everyone who has been checking out this site. As the months (and soon, another year) shift forward, I hope to reveal more projects and posts for the website, so keep us bookmarked, and click on all them social media links below.

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The GM4A Weekly VGM Recap for November 17-23, 2014

I've been playing Smash Bros for Wii U. Big shocker. I hope to have  post about that later this week. Soon I also hope to start showing off some of those big bad updates coming to the site.

If you've been visiting a lot recently, you probably noticed the constant changes to the main blog page, sidebar, archives, etc. Please let me know what you think of the changes, and what you, the readers, would like to see in regards to site layout and content. 

Thanks again to all the folks visiting the site. I hope we become your number one destination for new video game inspired music!

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The GM4A Weekly Recap for October 13-19, 2014

It's about the time of year where we are about to be flooded with great video games, and great video game music as well. Not only do games like Super Smash Bros for Wii U and a new Mario Kart 8 update coming over the next month, but tons of great music is on the horizon as well, starting with the highly anticipated finale of 2 Mello's mashup trilogy with The 3/6 Chambers album.

MWill any video game remixers or cover bands be the soundtrack to your gaming holidays?

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Celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros for 3DS in Los Angeles this Saturday, October 4th

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.

Club Nintendo offers Super Smash Bros - Premium Sound Selection OST with game purchases


It appears that Nintendo is offering the chance to get some of the select cuts from the upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS / Wii U. If a Club Nintendo member registers both copies of the game, they will receive this beautiful two disc album.


No tracks have been announced for the upcoming song selection OST, but I'll make a safe bet that we will hear some familiar sounds from the silhouettes gracing the album cover.

This news also gives me a chance to share some of the latest Smash Bros arrangements that are available on the 3DS version's website, namely, this arrangement of music from the Mario & Luigi series by my favorite game composer, Yoko Shimomura.

Source: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Arrangement Supervisor: Yoko Shimomura

Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament & Retrogaming Meet Up 10.04.14



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!

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  • Buy/Sell/Trade video games
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Listen to first samples of music from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U


UPDATE: Looks like just before this post went up, there are two more songs to check out via the same link below. Music from Nintendogs and a Mega Man Medley.

Recently Masahiro Sakurai has updated the 3DS home for Super Smash Bros, revealing the music and composers for several themes in the game. There is an original arrangement "Multi-Man Smash" by beloved Katamari Damacy composer Yoshihito Yano.

There are also two remixes from relatively recent Nintendo games, a rocking Pokemon battle theme rearrangement by the well traveled composer Yuzo Koshiro, as well as the track below. Full Steam Ahead is a personal favorite of mine, and made all the sweeter by knowing that Wild Arms composer Michiko Naruke is behind it. 

Source: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks / The Legend of Zelda Arrangement Supervisor: Michiko Naruke