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March’s Chiptune Events

If you enjoy chipmusic/chiptunes, here are some events THIS WEEK and NEXT WEEK in North America that you might find interesting.

First up, if you’re attending PAX East this weekend in Boston and want to do some dancing way before you go to the concerts, stop by the Jamspace Friday (3/22) and Saturday (3/23) between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm for some great chiptunes presented by the Boston8Bit crew. Individual performers for each day are listed on their Facebook event.

Also, if you see me walking around PAX East, say hi! I’ll be there all weekend, likely playing Johann Sebastian Joust.

If you happen to be in or around Montreal instead, this Saturday the 23rd is also an installment of Toy Company, which you may recall from this video highlight. A group of some of my favorite North American artists will be performing this time around and it promises to be an amazing show. It is being hosted at Foonzo, a gaming bar in Montreal.

For those of you attending GDC and/or living in San Francisco, 8bitSF has you covered with not 1 but 2 chip shows next week. There is POW POW: A Colossal Night of Sound + Vision (3/26) and POW POW: Bonus Round (3/29), the latter of which includes Derris Kharlan, who we’ve featured here before.

Lastly, if you’re in New York City (or the surrounding area) on Saturday the 30th, Pulsewave will be having a show featuring the Piko Piko Detroit crew! The event details are on the Facebook event or Pulsewave NYC’s Tumblr. This event has an open mic so if you’ve been making some chiptunes, come on out and show us!

Maybe Mario Tennis Open's weird Super Mario Bros. game isn't as fun as I initially thought — at least judging by this video shot by Nintendo World Report at PAX East.

If you stay with the video into the second half, you can see some footage of the game with the Mushroom Kingdom’s creepiest creeper, Waluigi. Also, I love Wario’s victory cheer at the end. It’s always great to hear Wario win.

Preorder: Mario Tennis Open (May 20)
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more
See also: More Mario Tennis posts
[Via NintendoWorldReport]

Nintendo is bringing new games to PAX East including Mario Tennis Open, Ketzal’s Corridor and Spirit Camera — that’s all great, whatever. But the real attraction is the chance to get more AR Idol Cards. There’ll be some kind of scavenger hunt, along with unspecified other card acquisition opportunities.

Actually, forget what I said about the real attraction. The really real attraction is the multiplayer tournament Friday night from 6-9 pm, which I’m hoping to attend. Come destroy me (and/or other attendees!)

Buy: Kid Icarus Uprising
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more 
See also: More Kid Icarus media
[Image by Yumiko]

A song from the Scott Pilgrim video game’s soundtrack performed by Anamanaguchi at PAX East. The chip music group debuted the track against a backdrop of images from the upcoming game — our first look at the title’s amazing sprite work — remixed by visual artists Paris and Outpt.

All the rad people we know are involved in the project:

Ubisoft Montreal, for those who don’t recognize the studio, produced 2007’s TMNT GBA game, which was a pretty fun old school TMNT/River City Ransom-esque brawler. Hopefully, this video game adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic will turn out as fun as that GBA release under these talented folks’s direction.

In case you skipped it yesterday, we posted direct-feed screenshots of the game from this Anamanaguchi performance, courtesy of Attract Mode.

And one last reminder for PAX East attendees: Visit our Attract Mode friends at 2 Player Productions’s booth by the main theater, and mention Tiny Cartridge to get a 10 percent discount on their excellent gear!

See also: “Dawn Metropolis” by Anamanaguchi

[Via Anamanaguchi, ZenAlbatross]

First look at the Scott Pilgrim video game, and it’s the business. In its PAX East concert last night, chip music rockers Anamanaguchi revealed it’s handling the soundtrack for the game adaptation of the Bryan Lee O’Malley movie/comic.

Paul Robertson, who does some fuck-awesome sprite work for 5th Cell, is providing artwork and animation help for the 8-bit-styled 2D brawler (these shots give me a River City Ransom vibe). If this turns out anything like Robertson’s Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006 production, WOO DOGGY.

I wasn’t interested at first when I learned Ubisoft Montreal was creating a Scott Pilgrim game, but Pixeltao’s involvement in the project made me a little curious. Now that I hear Anamanaguchi and Paul Robertson are up in this bitch, this thing sounds like a dream. I’m way more excited after seeing these shots than I was after watching the Scott Pilgrim movie trailer.

The gents at Attract Mode have more details and dozens of exclusive screenshots from the game. Don’t forget that if you visit Attract Mode’s booth at PAX East and mention our site, they’ll give you a 10 percent discount on their rad merch, just like that. That’s how great these dudes are.

See also: Paul Robertson’s Syke energy animation

If you’re at PAX East…

If you’re at PAX East, why are you spending your precious time there at our silly site? You should be running to the 2 Player Productions booth by the main theater, where you can buy some great chip music albums and other junk.

Our friends from Attract Mode are in the same booth selling their video game culture-y wares and a selection of Meat Bun shirts! Don’t forget to grab a Game Girl tee, too!

Also, rumor has it that if you mention our Tiny site to Adam (that’s this dude), he’ll give you a 10% discount on your Attract Mode merchandise of choice. Finally, a tangible benefit to reading Tiny Cartridge! It’s not all disappointment and broken promises!

And for those of you wondering, we’ll announce the winners of our PAX 09 DVD contest soon, likely through Twitter first, so you’ll want to make sure you follow us. :o)

[Image via Nobuooo]

For those that need the reminder, we’re giving away several box sets of the PAX 2009 DVDs produced by our cronies at 2 Player Productions. The collections, each of which includes six DVDs and over 10 hours of filmed content from last year’s Penny Arcade Expo, is valued at $40.

All you need to do to enter is leave substantive comments in any of our posts published between this announcement and March 25th, 11:59 CDT. You can also stack you contest entries by tweeting the following message:

@TinyCartridge is giving away a PAX DVD Set & I want to win the damn thing: http://is.gd/aO2xK RT to enter!

2 Player Productions will also be selling some really awesome merchandise at PAX East later this week, so make sure you stop by there. I hear there might even be some custom game boys at their booth…

They’re sharing space with Attract Mode, too, so you know their booth is going to be off the damn hook. If you attend PAX East and don’t stop by to say “Hi” to 2PP and Attract Mode, I am not going to be your friend anymore.

See also: Watch the Penny Arcade reality show

Fort90Zine #3 teaser image by Mariel Cartwright (click for a larger image). By putting Professor Layton, Tron Bonne (with Servbots, of course), Momohime, Travis Touchdown, and pretty much all of my favorite characters on the cover of the latest zine edited by our awesome guest poster Matt Hawkins, Cartwright has inadvertently themed this the “JC should buy this issue.”
There are characters I love even more writing the issue, like Matt and Tiny Cartridge’s own, beloved Eric Caoili! How could you not want to buy this when it comes out?! 
Along with this thrilling announcement, Matt revealed that he’s the new East Coast representative for video game culture shop Attract Mode! What this means in the short term is that you can buy things from him at PAX East. What this means in the long term is — well, pretty much the same thing, but for other shows. Congrats to Matt for the gig, and congrats to Adam at Attract Mode for expanding in such a rad way!

Fort90Zine #3 teaser image by Mariel Cartwright (click for a larger image). By putting Professor Layton, Tron Bonne (with Servbots, of course), Momohime, Travis Touchdown, and pretty much all of my favorite characters on the cover of the latest zine edited by our awesome guest poster Matt Hawkins, Cartwright has inadvertently themed this the “JC should buy this issue.”

There are characters I love even more writing the issue, like Matt and Tiny Cartridge’s own, beloved Eric Caoili! How could you not want to buy this when it comes out?! 

Along with this thrilling announcement, Matt revealed that he’s the new East Coast representative for video game culture shop Attract Mode! What this means in the short term is that you can buy things from him at PAX East. What this means in the long term is — well, pretty much the same thing, but for other shows. Congrats to Matt for the gig, and congrats to Adam at Attract Mode for expanding in such a rad way!