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Back in 2004, game remixing super-site, OverClocked ReMix showed their love to the music of Donkey Kong Country with Kong in Concert. Years later, the community banded together again along with composer, David Wise, himself to bring us an album of the sequel titled Serious Monkey Business. Now the eight year journey has come to an end.
OCR is back. David Wise is back. And Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble! is finally here. Covering both the Super Nintendo and Game Boy Advance versions of Donkey Kong Country 3, the album is practically bursting at the seams. 5 discs, 77 tracks, over 5 hours of music, and a barrel full of awesome. And as always, it’s all free. Swing on over to the official site and grab it. (more…)
UPDATE: The patch is live. I’ve tested it myself and the boost challenges now load with the proper checkpoints and the final Burning Rangers stage loads with water just like it should.
Original Post: A word of warning to owners (or would be owners) of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The patch that released for the Wii U version of the game on launch day has a few nasty bugs. In addition to several reports from users, I’ve found many of these bugs in my own time with the game as I play it for review.
Boost challenges in the career mode load without checkpoints, making them impossible (and here I thought I was just terrible at them!). This particular bug can be temporarily bypassed by failing the course 3 times and choosing the “skip” option. You’ll then be able to continue on with the career mode, but not be able to get 100% completion.
Battle and party modes also have issues where players will fall endlessly until the match ends. Race modes, however, work just fine in the 13 hours I’ve spent with the game thus far; that is except a certain post-game event. After the credits roll and you make your way through an additional tier of challenges, you’ll find what’s quite possibly the ugliest glitch. The mirror version of the Burning Rangers track loads you into boat form with no water and a door in front of you that won’t open. Since you can’t fail that event under the circumstances, you can’t skip it either (thus bringing the rest of your post-game career progress to a halt).
Reports indicate that only the Wii U version is affected by these glitches. Developer Sumo Digital has stated that a new patch addressing these issues is awaiting certification by Nintendo right now.
As much as I love the sound of NES hardware, I’ve found myself really enjoying chiptunes from a broader array of systems recently. The latest in my rotation comes from 505 (Nils Feske). His new album, Interlude, mixes classic Atari sounds with subtle use of modern instruments and effects.
Feske is no stranger to the Atari scene and it shows. With contributions to YM Rockerz and a number of solo albums already under his belt, Feske was able to use his experience to create a diverse sound set out of aging hardware. You can grab Interlude on (where else?) Bandcamp right now for four euros (that’s just over $5).
OverClocked ReMix isn’t just the largest video game remix community on the net. It’s also a great place for artists to hone their skills in original composition. Over the past few years, OverClocked ReMix has even published a number of indie game soundtracks.
Impulse marks the site’s fifth indie soundtrack release. It contains all of Meteo Xavier’s contributions to the PC game along with a couple of remixes. You can grab it on both OverClocked ReMix and Bandcamp. The soundtrack is free, much like the game itself
Described as “Super Meat Boy meets Lunar Lander“, Impulse evokes the simplistic design philosophy of older computer games while emphasizing the importance of variety. Similarly, Meteo Xavier’s score goes in many interesting directions while maintaining a common thread of electronica. (more…)
Not all Kickstarters are merely ideas. Born Ready Games has already put loads of work into their space combat game, Strike Suit Zero. They just need you to help them afford to actually finish it.
Originally announced over a year ago, Strike Suit Zero promises to bring back the space combat genre while taking inspiration from classics like Wing Commander, X-Wing, Freespace, and Colony Wars. But the Strike Suit you pilot during these large scale space battles is no ordinary ship. Like the Veritech/Variable fighters of Robotech and Macross, you can transform your ship into a humanoid mech allowing you an extra layer of combat and mobility options.
We’ve been posting a lot of FM albums lately, but don’t think for a second that we’ve forgotten about those lovable square and triangle waves. The folks over at Chiptunes = WIN sure haven’t. Just last June they put together a massive 51 track, pay what you want collection on Bandcamp.
Now they’re back with 22 more nostalgia-inducing tracks in the ChipWIN Expansion Pack. Like the original, Expansion features tons of artists bringing their own unique styles and tool sets into the mix. You’ll hear both pure chip and hybrid chiptunes featuring wailing guitar solos and even some vocals. Between the two albums, you’ll hear great artists old and new including C-jeff (Preschtale), Disasterpeace (FEZ, Puzzle Agent), Danimal Cannon (Metroid Metal, Armcannon), and many others.
Have you been enjoying the funky chiptune albums from Ubiktune lately? By now you must be all danced out. What better way to relax and slow things down than with Ubiktune’s latest release. Strange Light Under My Bed is a free original album by Yerzmyey in the style of Berlin School. That means you can expect a blend of trance, ambient, and experimental styles that come together in some pretty unconventional ways.
Strange Light Under My Bed was made using a variety of retro computers including the ZX Spectrum 48k/128k, Amiga 500, Atari 520 ST, and Atari Falcon 030. You can see a full breakdown of every computer and chip used as well as which retro software and effects were used along with the download link (for multiple audio formats) on the album’s release page.
Just over a week ago, I evangelized a wonderful new chiptune hybrid album by Yoann Turpin called Rhythm’n’Bits. Now Ubiktune has sweetened the deal by packaging the album with six others in their Pilot bundle for as low as $1.
Pilot includes other albums we’ve covered such as coda’s Tracer and Shnabubula’s Game Genie. Alongside these gems, you’ll also receive Fakebit 2010, The Wave, Zeta Force, and Roots (an original album by Danimal Cannon of Metroid Metal and Armcannon fame). The Pilot bundle was made possible thanks to Indie Game Music Bundle’s “Bundle Dragon” project. It marks the first of what will hopefully be many Ubiktune album bundles. You can grab it on Ubiktune’s Bundle Dragon site here.
Indie Royale’s Back to School bundle will get you ready for a new year of learning — assuming your classes involve playing indie games. Up until September 22nd, you can get seven games including Swords & Soldiers, Lunar Flight, Sequence, and Cute Things Dying Violently by paying the current minimum (just over $5 as of this writing).
Rockin’ Android has taken the opportunity to release their new open-map platformer, Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils (pictured left), a few weeks ahead of its October 2nd release date to bundle buyers alongside two other titles from the publisher: Flying Red Barrel and Qlione.
One thing I wish I had collected when they existed were those old PC big boxes. They were a unique, and quite frankly rad piece of gaming history that has become more and more irrelevant in the digital age.
At PAX, I stopped by the Blendo Games booth and saw a set of really sweet big boxes for all of the games the company has released. As booth decorations go, it was an interesting and unique approach that definitely drew me in. Especially when you consider that all of their games so far have been digital only releases.
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