The Greatest Bits

8-Bit Nintendo Music Now!

The Greatest Bits Video Game Music DJ
The Greatest Bits Video Game Music DJ

The Greatest Bits is a video game music dj. He produces 8-bit Nintendo music remixes and other bleepy stuff.

“Sounds like Super Mario meets Daft Punk”

 

“The Greatest Bits releases finely mixed, loud and proud video game arrangements that knock harder than Takashi Tateishi could have ever imagined!”

(DJ Cutman on www.videogamedj.com)

Pokemon Red & Blue Music

Pokémon Red & Blue

It’s hard to believe that almost 20 years have passed since the original release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. On February 27, 1996, history was made when the first of the smash hit collect-a-thon series hit Japanese storefronts, and its massive popularity has not declined since. Dozens of games and hundreds of ‘mons later, the first Pokemon games are still considered a classic by veterans and novices alike. This is thanks, in part, to its largely chipper and energetic soundtrack.

Pokemon Red & Blue MusicWho can forget the feeling of running through endless waves of tall grass as the epic overworld score blares through their old Game Boy speakers, challenging everyone in sight to a friendly battle with the accompaniment of the classic battle theme? When battles became too overwhelming, we all sighed in relief once we heard that soothing Pokemon Center music. For both us and our ‘mons, that theme meant absolute safety.

Of course, not everything was bright in the musical world of Pokemon Red and Blue. It seems no one can talk about these games without first mentioning the Lavender Town theme, remembered for its highly unsettling, and highly pitched, chip tunes. However, even Lavender Town seemed strangely peaceful, nestled in that barren valley with nothing to distinct it from other hamlets other than its haunting music and muted purple hue.
Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue are classics, no one can doubt that. But perhaps they wouldn’t be so fondly remembered if not for composer Junichi Masuda’s masterpiece. Though the sounds may seem antiquated to modern ears, but the soundtrack carries its own special charm, and we players wouldn’t have it any other way.

In my version of this superb soundtrack, I tried to blend the eclectic and soothing chipsounds with real instruments. To add some special vibe to the Game Boy originals.

The Pokémon Red & Blue Game Boy Classics album is available on iTunesAmazon MP3Spotify and many other digital music stores and streaming services. Have fun :)

Chrono Trigger Music album

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is a time traveler role-playing video game from the Japanese game developer Square (currently Square Enix). The game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1995. The game is known to have one of the best video game soundtracks ever made. The overall music of the game is largely composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. However, he was also assisted by the famous Final Fantasy music composer Nobuo Uematsu for some tracks.

The music from this game inspired me to make a blend of orchestral, chiptune and “rock band” instruments. I hope to make the tracks stand even more out in a “1995 meets 2014″ style of music production.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify and many other digital music stores and streaming services. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

8-bit NES Top 50 volume 1

8-Bit NES Top 50

I’ve been working on this project for quite a while and it’s ready to see the daylight now…

It’s my personal music Top 50 from the Nintendo Entertainment System! I know there are a lot of debates on which song is the best NES song of all time, etc, but I wanted to make a Grand Tribute to the Golden NES era.

All compositions are originally from the late 80′s / early 90′s and are performed in a new way, with real drums and acoustic instruments, combined with the classic chiptune sounds we all love.

I hope this will be an album that you will enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it. Just something you can put on your speakers or headphones anytime you feel like it: on happy saturday evenings, lazy sunday afternoons, going to work on tuesdays etc. It’s a humble tribute to the fantastic originals.

You can listen to the tracks over here of download the album on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most other digital music stores and streaming services.

Volume 2, 3 and 4 will be added when they’re ready of course.

The tracklist of 8-Bit NES Top 50 Volume 1 is:

1. Duck Tales – The Moon theme

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2. Double Dragon – Mission 1

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3. Journey to Silius – Stage 1

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4. Super Mario Bros 3 theme

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5. Snake’s Revenge – Jungle Infiltration

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6. Silver Surfer – Section 1

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7. Metroid – Brinstar

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8. Castlevania – Wicked Child

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9. The Legend of Zelda

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10. Blaster Master – Area 1

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11. Contra – Jungle / Hangar theme

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12. Kick Master – The Bottomless Crevasse

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13. Mega Man 3 – Snake Man

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The Legend of Zelda Ocarina Of Time music

Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina Of Time musicThe soundtrack of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time contains many great tunes. Most of them have a classic, orchestral vibe.

On this tribute album I tried to capture the epic atmosphere of the game in a more “band style” version. So with a real drumkit instead of orchestral percussion, with an amplified bass guitar instead of a cello section, and lots of keyboard instruments.

The most classic songs are all there: the title theme, Kokiri Forest, Song of Storms, Lost Woods, Gerudo Valley and so on.

I hope you’ll enjoy the music!

 

Street Fighter 2 music

Street Fighter 2

Ready for a “Sonic Boom”?

The music from the Street Fighter characters has accompanied them for about 25 years now. Every (retro)gamer knows which tune will start if you fight Ryu in Japan or get flying kicks from Chun-Li in China.

Street Fighter 2 music
Street Fighter 2 music

One of the best YouTube virals still is the “Guile’s theme goes with everything” collection. So true! You should watch me eat my cereals in the morning with a grumpy sleepy face. Guile’s theme makes even this look like the start of another epic journey.

But to be honest, I still prefer the theme during a Guile vs Guile fight :)

Hearing the Street Fighter 2 theme and the player select music still make me feel as excited as they did in the early nineties.

I tried to make every song stand out in it’s own way. A rocking version of the opening tune, an EDM version of Guile’s theme, a jamming band version of Balrog’s theme and a kind-of deadmau5 style progressive house version of E. Honda’s theme. I hope it makes the album sound as diverse as the game characters are.

Please enjoy the Street Fighter 2 OST tribute, and I’m always happy to receive your feedback.

Mega Man 2 Music

Mega Man 2

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.

Mega Man 2On 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.

“The Greatest Bits releases finely mixed, loud and proud video game arrangements that knock harder than Takashi Tateishi could have ever imagined!” (DJ Cutman on videogamedj.com)

Check the Mega Man 2 music album out on iTunesAmazon MP3 or Spotify.

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Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

“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.

Check the 8-bit Michael Jackson music out on iTunesAmazon MP3 or Spotify.

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Donkey Kong Country

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.

Donkey Kong Country Music album

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)

Check the Donkey Kong Country music album out on iTunesAmazon MP3 or Spotify.

Tetris EP

Tetris

“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?”

Tetris musicI 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 iTunesAmazon 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.

Mike Tyson's Punch Out music

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

Well, what can I say. Two brand new retrogame remixes from the good old Punch-Out!! series

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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!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!!

And yes, pun…(ch) intended…

Check the music out on iTunesAmazon MP3 and Spotify.