Even 22 years after its release, the Mega Man 2 game is still the all-time bestseller of the Mega Man series. The NES game is critically acclaimed to have one of the best video game music soundtracks ever composed.
American magazine Game Informer listed the title theme of Mega Man 2 as “one of the five best video game openings of all time”. Gametrailers.com listed the Dr. Wily Stage 1 – 2 music as the “2nd best video game theme ever” (only second to the world famous Legend of Zelda theme). And Brandon Sheffield, Game Developer Magazine’s editor-in-chief, states that the Mega Man 2 music should be an example to today’s game music developers because of its strong and recognizable melodies.
On this album The Greatest Bits honours the Japanese composers by crafting full Mega Man remixes out of the (originally shorter) game loops. The Greatest Bits combines top class sound production with the unique sound and feel of the original “chipsounds” from the 80’s and early 90’s. The result is a retrogame crossover album that’s extremely suitable for today’s headphones and speakersets.
“In the late 80’s, I was Michael Jackson. I stepped into a darkend night club, flipped a coin into the jukebox, and suddenly a chiptune version of Smooth Criminal started playing…”
After releasing the albums Thriller and Bad, Michael Jackson was not only the reigning King of Pop, but also a Prince of Videogames (with Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog as the untouchable supreme rulers).
In the SEGA Michael Jackson gameMoonwalker you could be MJ himself on a mission to save kidnapped kids from the evil “Mister Big”. The game was accompanied by chiptune versions of Michael Jackson’s most memorable hits.
After releasing the critically acclaimed albums Mega Man 2, Donkey Kong Country and Tetris, video game dj The Greatest Bits now releases a tribute album to Michael Jackson as a video game star. This Moonwalker music album contains the songs Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Another Part of Me, Billie Jean, Bad and Thriller. All restyled in retrogame sounds.
The original Donkey Kong Country video game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1994. It was accompanied by one of the greatest video game soundtracks of all time.
The timelessness of the original Donkey Kong Country music is proved by the fact that most compositions from the original 1994 game have reappeared in the 2010 Donkey Kong Country Returns soundtrack for the Wii.
The Greatest Bits now shines a new light on the DKC compositions. They have been restyled into SNES remixes and Wii remixes that are retro and modern at the same time.
A lot of the lead melodies of the game have been ‘vintagized’; they have been performed with 8-bit style soundchips. On the other hand the songs have been remixed in styles of current dance beats and hip-hop grooves.
Retromodern versions blending the sounds of 1994 and 2014.
The musical styles vary from the funky beat treatment on the title theme to the dancefloor version of Fear Factory. From the chiptune ballad Aquatic Ambiance to the pounding drum ‘n bass beats on Mine Cart Madness. And from the eastern groove mix of the Cave Dweller Concert to the dark atmospheres of Northern Hemispheres.
All in the honour of a gorilla called Donkey.
“After a few seconds of the intro, it suddenly bursts into life as a full stereophonic onslaught of modern sounds, while retaining that retro feel. A score of 97%.” (www.theretrogamesnews.com)
“The Greatest Bits’ Tetris EP is something of musical genius. Its quick, its catchy and its beyond clever.” (new-reviews.co.uk)
Nice quote from the trailer of Ecstasy of Order, an upcoming documentary on the Classic Tetris World Championships: “It’s the only video game that can be described as perfect, right? Because… well, how would you improve it?”
I played Tetris on many consoles and home computers. The “classic” one is of course the Game Boy version; portable and addictive. Many, many hours of gaming accompanied by the Tetris themes, must have awakened an interest in classical music and Russian folk music.
The original Tetris game compositions are from traditional Russian songs and classical works by Bach and Tchaikovsky. These musical geniuses - in their times – probably never imagined their compositions being performed as Game Boy music by blipping 8-bit soundchips one day
Nor being remixed by a guy who happens to be a retrostyle video game music nerd that calls himself The Greatest Bits.
Check the Tetris EP out on iTunes, Amazon MP3, or Spotify. Alternatively you can visit the download page, and get the Tetris EP for free by giving a simple like, tweet or “plus one”.
As an extra bonus track, I made a relaxing dub remix version of the Tetris Game Boy A theme. It’s an exclusive and free mp3 download if you sign up for The Greatest Bits Video Game Music Newsletter.
Well, what can I say. Two brand new retrogame remixes from the good old Punch-Out!! series
The Punch-Out game has been released in many versions (Arcade, NES, Super Nintendo, Wii). These remixes are particularly inspired by Little Mac trying to beat Mike Tyson, 8-bit style in the late 80’s. Not an easy task, as we all know…
I tried to combine retrostyle chiptune melodies with punchy beats and ‘humanoid’ boxing sounds. I hope they’ll knock you out!!