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The Science Wizard (Explodatorium)
Jake Kaufman • Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged
Two Shovel Knight soundtracks! If you want the original, genuine chiptune steez, you can get the Shovel Knight OST from Bandcamp here. If you want the arranged version with lots of guest artists (including Manami Matsumae remixing Jake “Virt” Kaufman!) that one’s here. The price is right for both: literally any amount of money.
If you want a version of the OST you can play in an NES emulator – or on an actual NES, should you have a flash cart – you can get the NSF version here. What? Virt, you spoil us.
Oh, and in case you somehow didn’t hear, Shovel Knight is the business.
BUY Nintendo 2DS & 3DS/XL, upcoming games
Play Shantae at Giant Robot’s Game Night ⊟
In LA on my birthday (September 21)? Go to GR2 and play Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and Wii U Mighty Switch Force 2, while you listen to a live performance by Virt! It’s a night of WayForward!
Speaking of Pirate’s Curse, Nintendo UK recently posted a developer interview video of the game with WayForward, which you can watch here.
Anyway, I have been jealous of literally every one of these Game Night events, you guys. Except for the one I went to… and I’m still jealous I didn’t get to stay very long.
Along with this week’s release of Mighty Switch Force on the eShop, composer Jake “virt” Kaufman has released a downloadable soundtrack on Bandcamp, for the price of whatever. In addition to the music from the game, the download includes remixes from surasshu, coda, cancel, xaimus, and virt himself. It’s a who’s who of musicians who don’t capitalize their names.
Proceeds from the 23-track collection will go to “SHINY NEW GEAR for the WayForward music studio, so you can directly pitch in to help us put better-sounding music into each new game.”
As for, like, the actual game, I’ve barely had two minutes to try it out…
See also: More eShop news
10+ minutes of Retro City Rampage video, music. Cot damn at the chiptune talent working on this WiiWare game’s soundtrack: Virt, Freaky DNA, and Norrin Radd!
You can download a "Soundtrack Demo Mix Tape" with songs composed by that trio for Retro City Rampage. Those ten tracks and this extended video should tide you over until this releases some time this December (if all goes according to Vblank’s plan, that is).
Also, holy crap does this look fun. Real talk, dudes who cannot let go of their NES days (which I have a feeling is pretty much all of you) need to watch this entire thing. Don’t miss the Mega Man bit around the 8:36 mark!
Unveiled earlier this month, Retro City Rampage is a love letter to 8-bit games and 80s/90s pop culture, written on top-down Grand Theft Auto stationary and addressed to WiiWare. The downloadable title has you exploring an open world, taking on missions, and stumbling over dozens of gags appealing to the NES generation — those kids who grew up on ninja turtles and Snoop’s Doggystyle album.
We spoke with the man behind Retro City Rampage, VBlank’s Brian Provinciano, and found out how he turned an NES homebrew project he started tinkering with eight years ago into a commercial WiiWare title, and the composers he’s enlisted for the game’s soundtrack (you’re sure to recognize at least one of them!).
As fans who’ve followed Retro City Rampage might know, the game started as an homage to Grand Theft Auto III, appropriately titled Grand Theftendo. It took place in Portland and replaced the PS2 title’s 3D graphics with 8-bit sprites. Provinciano explains, “The title aimed at recreating a GTA III experience on the actual 8-bit console”
Sampler from Contra 4: Rocked ‘n’ Loaded, an album of covers of Jake “virt” Kaufman’s Contra 4 soundtrack. virt, who recently joined Wayforward to work as a sound designer and staff composer, even performs a cover of one of his own songs on this album!
Had I told you about this a few days ago, you could have ordered Rocked ‘n’ Loaded for just $10, but because I failed to find this until now, the promotion has ended and the pre-order price is back up to its regular $12.
Buy: Contra 4
See also: Contra 4 played upside down