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Happy Birthday, N64! My Top Ten Nintendo 64 Games

From Doing Barrel Rolls to Throwing Shells At Friends, We Countdown the Top 10 Games on the Nintendo 64.

Written by Jonathan Steele

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The 8Bit Heroes Podcast Episode 17 – “What is Humility” Show Notes

Listen to this episode here: http://8bitheropodcast.libsyn.com/the-8bit-heroes-episode-17-what-is-humility

News

  • New Batman Banners mean New Batman Arkham Game? YUP! New trailer too!

  • PS4 just keeps selling, hitting 6 million!

    • PS4 hits 6 million consoles sold, 13.7 million games; Xbox One still only around 4 million

  • Nintendo to Release Green Yoshi 3DSXL

Facebook Questions

  • From sound quality to pinball, we answer YOUR Facebook questions! Like us on Facebook to stay tuned of when we’ll take more of your questions!

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    • Check out our friends, Parents Press Play, on iTunes! 3 dads come together to talk the latest in tech, games, movies and more from the perspective of a dad. Great stuff and they’ve been a huge help to us!

  • Video of the Week

The 8Bit Heroes Podcast Episode 16 – “Dragon Justice Ball League War Z” Show Notes

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8Bit News

8Bit Review: Justice League War

  • Jump to the 23:00 mark on the episode to hear our review of the latest DC animated film, Justice League: War

8Bit Tips: Marriage & Gaming

  • Jump to the 40:42 mark on the episode to hear our advice for finding the right game to play with your girlfriend/spouse and more!

Video of the Week: Godzilla Official Trailer

The 8Bit Heroes Podcast Episode 15 “All The Polkamanz” Show Notes

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News Discussed in this Episode:

Adam Sessler’s Impressions of Gameplay

Ms. Marvel #1 Review

  • Written Review Coming After Issue #2!

Comic-Con/Sci-Fi Expo

  • From meeting Stephen Amell, broken escalators and a great time, 8Bit Hero Derek Smith recounts his time at his first convention. Check the episode around the 49:15 mark!

Video of the Week!

  • While this was not discussed on the show, we have to share the visually awesome and hilarious trailer for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film, coming out August 1!

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Music Inspired by Video Games

Written by Jonathan Steele

If you are anything like me, then you have browsed the Internet in search of your favorite video game soundtracks a time or two. And I don’t mean Halo or Mass Effect, though those games do have fantastic music. I’m talking about the good old fashioned stuff. I’m talking about Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, etc. Those games just had a distinct sound to them that was instantly recognizable and brought back so many memories. I eventually discovered that this sound is called “chiptune.” I started searching for original music that included that chiptune sound, and to my dismay, what I found was disappointing. There was almost none at all, and the stuff I could find had terrible quality. Eventually I gave up and just kept listening to whatever electronic music I could find.

Then, years later, I downloaded a little game on my iPhone called Extreme Road Trip 2.

I immediately noticed that this game’s soundtrack was exactly what I had been looking for. It had that chiptune sound, but it also had a wide range of other “normal” instruments mixed in as well. I was impressed. It didn’t take me long to discover that the artist was Jimmy Hinson, aka Big Giant Circles. Almost immediately, he became my favorite musician. His first full album, Impostor Nostalgia, captivated me with its incredible sound that was simultaneously nostalgic and original. Instead of writing music that was 100% chiptune, which could quickly get boring, he brings in all sorts of instruments with chiptune at the forefront. It’s beautifully executed, and his music is a joy to listen to.

But here’s the best part: Big Giant Circles just released his second full album, The Glory Days. I was part of the Kickstarter campaign, so I’ve been listening to it for the past week, and I can honestly say it’s everything I’d hoped it would be. Jimmy does it again with a gorgeous array of styles and sounds, only this time he kicks it up a notch with even more variety than before. No single song is anything like another, and that is truly a feat for any artist. One of my favorite things about this album is how skillfully he embeds classic video game themes into his music. Most people just take a game’s theme song and change the rhythm up or turn it into dubstep. Not Jimmy. He writes a fully original song and then weaves that classic theme in with it. In fact, he does it so well that I didn’t recognize one of the most well-known video game themes in history until I listened to the track for about the fifth time. Then suddenly it just hit me, “Oh my gosh! That’s the theme from Super Mario World!”

If you are a fan of classic video games, and you love hearing the sounds that take you right back to the glory days, you need to buy this album. And yes, please buy it on Bandcamp or iTunes. Don’t go download a torrent. This guy has worked tirelessly on this album and his skill is unparalleled. He deserves every penny. So what are you waiting for? Get to listening! Here are just a few of my favorite tracks from The Glory Days to get you started.