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Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack released on vinyl.

Donkey Kong Country was the first official video game soundtrack I picked up when it was available to purchase on the Nintendo Power Super Power Club Supplies Catalog. The SNES has a tremendous amount of games with fantastic soundtracks, but there was something about the variety that DKC featured that I had to have as copy of. With the use of my Super Power Supplies Stamps and a few dollars more from my mom; I was able to place an order for the soundtrack. I played that original cassette tape like crazy and I’m pretty sure that somewhere in some storage bins is that very same tape.

So, it shouldn’t come to much surprise that when Moonshake Records announced it was going to be doing a release of the DKC Soundtrack on 12 inch vinyl that I would be picking it up. It arrived a few weeks ago along with Moonshake’s other release of Metroid, but sadly it was damaged in shipping and was pretty much unplayable. My replacement copy arrived last FrIday and plays without issues thanks to no damage from the post office this time around. Both sides are available to listen to below and is a direct rip from my equipment. The record at this time is sold out, but there may be a chance it will get repressed. If that is the case, we will provide a link when it happens.

SIDE A:

  • Title
  • Simian Segue
  • Island Swing
  • Cranky’s Theme
  • Cave Dweller Concert
  • Bonus Room Blitz
  • Aquatic Ambiance
  • Candy’s Theme
  • Bad Boss Boogie
  • Mine Cart Madness

SIDE B:

  • Life in the Mines
  • Voice of the Temple
  • Forest Frenzy
  • Treetop Rock
  • Funky’s Theme
  • Misty Menace
  • Northern Hemispheres
  • Ice Cave Chant
  • Fear Factory
  • Gang Plank Galleon/Ending
  • Bonus Songs

Brave Wave releasing the Art of Fighting Soundtrack on CD and vinyl.

Brave Wave is tackling NEO-GEO soundtracks next and it looks like the first one will be Art of Fighting. I just re-visited the game because I honestly couldn’t remember a single tune from the soundtrack because its buried over a ton of loud sound effects. Even after completing the game again, I’m still not completely sold on if I want the soundtrack to this in collection. I’ll have to give it a better listen soon.
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Brave Wave Announces ART OF FIGHTING The Definitive Soundtrack for CD and Vinyl!

SNK AND BRAVE WAVE ANNOUNCE EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR CREATING CLASSIC NEOGEO SOUNDTRACK RESTORATIONS, STARTING WITH ART OF FIGHTING SERIES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CD AND VINYL RELEASES

SNK and Brave Wave Productions are proud to announce that they have entered into a partnership for releasing classic NEOGEO soundtracks on CD and vinyl. This multi-year endeavor begins with Generation Series 005: ART OF FIGHTINGGeneration Series 00X: ART OF FIGHTING 2 and Generation Series 00X: THE PATH OF THE WARRIOR: ART OF FIGHTING 3. First released in 1992, the ART OF FIGHTING series celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year in 2017. SNK and Brave Wave are eager to introduce the classic fighting game franchise to a new generation of gamers.

As part of Brave Wave’s critically acclaimed Generation Series lineup of classic video game soundtracks, the ART OF FIGHTING soundtracks will feature each games’ original music restored to the highest possible quality, in collaboration and consultation with SNK and the original composers of NEO Sound Orchestra. The CD and vinyl will feature artwork from the SNK archives by the legendary illustrator Shinkiro, in addition to thorough liner notes with insight on the production of ART OF FIGHTING.

ART OF FIGHTING The Definitive Soundtrack will release for CD and vinyl in October 2017, followed by ART OF FIGHTING 2 The Definitive Soundtrack and THE PATH OF THE WARRIOR: ART OF FIGHTING 3 The Definitive Soundtrack in the first half of 2018.

SNK and Brave Wave hope to expand this collaboration to other major NEOGEO franchises beyond ART OF FIGHTING starting in 2018. NEOGEO fans can expect many of their favorite classic soundtracks to make their way to CD and vinyl in new and unprecedented quality, under the same award-winning team at Brave Wave who previously worked on the Billboard-charted Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack and the two-volume Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack.

For all inquiries regarding ART OF FIGHTING The Definitive Soundtrack, please visit Brave Wave’s official website at http://www.bravewave.net/genseries or e-mail Brave Wave at genseries@bravewave.net.

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Kansas City Game Finds

If there’s anything I love as much as playing classic video games, its having the best damn serving of BBQ I can find. Thursday night, I left with a friend and made the 500 plus mile trek to Kansas City for the American Royal World Series of Barbecue and while I was there, I made sure to find it least two video game shops to check out and see if I spotted anything I wanted.

Stop 1: Vintage Stock – 4163 Sterling Ave, Kansas City, MO 64133

Our first stop was at Vintage Stock in Kansas City and it has a great selection of music, movies, toys and video games. Unfortunately the prices  tend to be on the higher side and run for about 5 to 10 dollars over the price of what one could find on eBay. Still, there is plenty of treasures to be found here if one does some digging and they also had quite a variety of console accessories that could be picked up in fairly decent condition. I ended up not picking up anything here, but its a great jack of all trades shop if you are interested in multiple forms of entertainment media.

Stop 2: Gameco – 8123 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64118

Our second stop at Gameco had much better results for me. Their focus is strictly gaming and they have a pretty wide selection of games for consoles starting as far back at the Atari 2600 and even having some Commodore 64 stuff for sale. The store’s owner was extremely energetic and more then happy to help customers who had questions about items in stock. Pricing at the store was decent, but became far more tolerable with the amount of combined discounts he offers for checking in at the store via Facebook or paying with cash. I picked up a copy of Virtua Racing as I’ve never played the Genesis port and was shocked at how much larger the cartridge was then most Genesis games. My other pick up was the box and manual for Life Force on the NES!

Life Force is probably one of my favorite shoot-em-up games and one that my cousin David introduced to me during a Christmas family get together back in the day. He actually ended up giving me the copy of Life Force and I have had it ever since. Its really awesome to now have a complete copy of it.

So if you happen to be in the Kansas City area, be sure to check out both shops.

 

 

Now is the time for Star Fox Comics!

Over the last few years, we’ve had the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario Adventures comic strips that made their debut in the 1992 editions of Nintendo re-published by VIZ Media. Those comics bring a smile to my face anytime I see them as I have so many great memories about what was going on during my childhood while reading them. We are still missing a series, however that I loved even more than those two major game franchise comics and that series ran in every 1993 issue of Nintendo Power: Star Fox.

To really hone in on the release of Star Fox, Nintendo commissioned 10 chapters of Star Fox Comics to be drawn and written by Benimaru Itoh that would be seen by all Nintendo Power readers from issues #45 to 55. The comics focused as both a prequel and aftermath for what would occur on the actual SNES game and would help deepen the story line between the Star Fox team itself and the motivations for Andross’s attack on the entire Lylat system. The comic would also add Fara Phoenix, as the 5th member of the Star Fox team to act as Fox’s love interest. Highlights from the comics include the Star Fox team taking the fight to Andross’s army before they even agree to help save the galaxy from them, Falco kicking the crap out of Fox and further details regarding Fox’s father who supposedly met his end by Andross.

Now is the time for VIZ Media to pull the trigger on getting these comics re-released. After all, the SNES Classic Edition is right around the corner and demand for it is hot. Even more so, those hunting for the system want to play the final version of Star Fox 2; which never got released officially. The iron for Star Fox is as hot as it ever could be. Let’s make it happen VIZ!

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Update: VIZ Media did reach out to me regarding this article. Sadly, it seems nothing is in the works for now on any republishing of the Star Fox comics. Let’s hope that changes!