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Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2: Best of Rare’s Soundtracks

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Rare Game Soundtracks

Over the years, Rare developed some of our favourite video games, but what many people often forget (and sometimes don’t acknowledge) is the superb soundtracks composed for their critically acclaimed games such as Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Working with such musicians as Robin Beanland, David Wise Eveline Fischer, Graeme Norgate, Grant Kirkhope and David Clynick, Rare put together one of the most prolific teams of composers in a game company. Be it the music that plays when you pause Battletoads or the haunting melodies of the Goldeneye 007 score, the music has always been an important component in any of the company’s games, and sometimes as recognizable as the popular characters that populate these games. In conjunction with our month-long spotlight on Rare, I’ve put together a mixtape sampling my favourite tunes from some of my favourite games developed by Rare since the NES days. Enjoy.

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Conker’s Bad Fur Day Opening
RC Pro-AM Intro
GoldenyEye – Chemical Warfare Facility
GoldenEye TV Spot
Battletoads Cartoon Theme Song
Battletoads Theme
Perfect Dark Opening
Donkey Kong 64 Rap
Donkey Kong Theme
Banjo Kazooie – Click Clock Wood
Conker’s Bad Fur Day – Sloprano, The Great Mighty Poo
Rare Replay Theme Song
RC Pro-AM Theme
GoldenEye – Runaway
Perfect Dark TV Spot
Perfect Dark – Institute
Jet Force Gemini Title Sequence
Banjo Kazooie Theme
Diddy Kong Racing – Celebration
Mr. Pants Theme
Jet Force Gemini – Boss Battle
Wizards and Warriors Theme
Killer Instinct – Sabrewulf
Banjo Kazooie – Mad Monster Mansion
Rc Pro-AM 2 – Finish

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #179: ‘Creature in the Well’ Developer Interview, ‘Daemon X Machina’ Review, and ‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Impressions

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We love doing developer interviews, and this week is a good one: Adam Volker of Flight School Studio joins us to talk about their recent release, Creature in the Well. Having served as creative director on the project, Adam gives Rick, Patrick, and newcomer Campbell Gill insight into the project’s creation, construction, and even a little bit of what the developers have learned since the release. Important questions are answered, such as: is this really a ‘pinball’ game? What part of the game was inspired by Sesame Street? And a solution is given to perhaps the most difficult puzzle of all: how in the sandy world do you heal your wounded BOT-C? Fans of this recently released action-puzzle game — as well as anyone interested in game design — won’t want to miss it!

Later, Campbell gives Rick and Patrick the rundown on Daemon X Machina, a new Switch game where apparently flying around as a giant robot while blowing stuff up is actually pretty fun! It turns out that a lot has been improved from the early (and shaky) demo, but how does someone screw up a story that involves the moon exploding? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Finally, the guys offer their impression of Nintendo’s latest bit of wackiness, Ring Fit Adventure, an exercise-based game that will supposedly give players abs of steel while they explore a fantasy land and out-workout a slew of monsters along the way. Frankly, however, we spend more time discussing the video’s actors. For all this and more, have a listen!

For more info on Creature in the Well, check out their website.

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Interview with Adam Volker of Flight School Studio
BSlick – “Creature in the Well theme sone
Main Event: Daemon X Machina review
Daemon X Machnia soundtrack
Bonus Content: Ring Fit Adventure review
Daemon X Machina soundtrack

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Nxpress Nintendo Podcast #178: Switch Lite, ‘Astral Chain’ Review, and Standouts From the Latest Direct

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There just never seems to be enough time to talk about everything going on in the world of Nintendo these days, so this week we have another jam-packed show. To kick things off, Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined by Goomba Stomp contributor Renan Fontes to talk about Rick’s time spent testing the Switch Lite. Just what did out editor-in-chief think about Nintendo’s latest dedicated handheld, and what sort of consumer might it appeal to? Will it entice players away from getting a ‘normal’ Switch?

Next up, Patrick and Renan give a full review of the acclaimed Astral Chain (with a little bit of help from Neuron force rookie Tim). After his initial impressions weren’t so hot, has the game’s in-depth combat and detective-based exploration finally won Patrick over? Or has the tense and irritating situation escalated beyond the point of repair? Regardless, Renan explains how Platinum’s latest action opus just might be his game of the year, especially with the all the post-game content keeping him busy. It’s a well-rounded discussion that should provide a good overview from both a casual and expert position.

In the last segment, the guys pick which announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct got them the most excited. XenobladeReturn of the Obra Din, and even Super NES games online each make an appearance. So for all this and more on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, have a listen!

Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Nintendo Switch Lite review plus Nintendo’s new exercise new accessory.
Nintendo Switch Lite clip
Main Event: Astral Chain review
Astral Chain soundtrack
Bonus Content: Nintendo Direct review
Kid Koala – “Roll Credits”

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #177: PAX West, ‘Astral Chain’ and ‘Decay of Logos’

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This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, things start off with a bang, as Rick, Tim, and Patrick begin what seems like an innocent discussion of the now-delayed Switch release of Decay of Logos, but quickly turn it into a lively debate about the responsibilities of reviewers who have received codes for broken games. Those interested in getting a peek behind the scenes of a website like Goomba Stomp will get a good dose of multiple philosophies on how to handle publishers and what is owed to the readers. It’s a lengthy back-and-forth, but we think it’s worth a listen!

After all the arguing, things settle down with some previews from PAX West, as Tim relates some of the indies he got a chance to try out in person, and Rick delivers a review of FAR: Lone Sails for the Switch. This indie revolving around a child operating a steampunk-ish transport across post-apocalyptic landscapes is reminiscent of Inside, but finds its own way to be one of the most relaxing, enjoyable games of the year so far.

This week’s episode ends with Patrick’s first impressions of Astral Chain. Does he agree with Brent’s enthusiastic review, or has this sci-fi action game not managed to arrest him quite yet? For all this and more, have a listen!

Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Everything wrong with Decay of Logos
Decay of Logos clip
Main Event: PAX West and Far: Lone Sails
Far: Lone Sails soundtrack
Bonus Content: Astral Chain review
Astral Chain Soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #176: ‘Three Houses’ Wrap-up, ‘The Sinking City,’ and Indie World

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From a packed house to a nearly empty one, this week sees Tim and Patrick carrying the gaming torch on their own, as they deliver finalized reviews of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and The Sinking City, as well as thoughts on the latest Nintendo indie showcase.

So, after 90-odd hours of battle, drama, comedy, tea time, fishing, lost-and-found, and vigorous recruitment, does Three Houses hold up all the way through to the end — or even beyond? Seeing as how Patrick basically hasn’t been able to put it down since he first picked it up, the short answer is probably yes. However, the guys go into more detail (though spoiler-free), discussing the gameplay differences between pre- and post-time skip, the difficulty for newcomers to the series, and whether it’s worth starting over to play other houses.

After that, we go through some of the bigger titles spotlighted in Nintendo’s Indie World, pick our standouts, and talk about how important it is for indie games to differentiate themselves from the growing mob of titles. Last, Tim reviews The Sinking City, a Lovecraftian detective story involving ancient gods in an atmospheric urban setting. Will fans of the author get more out of this? How do the puzzles work, and are they effective at making the player feel like they’ve solved a mystery? For all this and more, have a listen!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Catching up on Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses clip
Main Event: Indie World discussion
The Sinking City cutscene
Bonus Content: The Sinking City review
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #175: Ranking Mario, ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3,’ and a Week Without Games

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We’ve got a packed house for this week’s show, but the more is merrier when discussing Goomba Stomp’s recently published list ranking the Mario series. How does one assess greatness? It ain’t easy, but there are enough strong opinions to go around to dispute some of the results. Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined by Izsak Barnette and Game Boys co-host Ryan Kapioski to weigh in with our own picks for the best (and worst) Mario games, reignite the debate between Super Mario 3 and Super Mario World, jab at Sunshine a bit, and detail in general the thoughts that go into ranking games like these.

Before that, however, Izsak Barnette tells us about that time he went crazy and didn’t play video games for a week. What was he thinking, and what did he learn? It turns out that there’s a whole other world of things to do. Who knew? And finally, Ryan gives us the rundown on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and whether this Switch exclusive has enough combat and fan service to be worth your dollars. It’s another episode full of twists and turns and tangents, so for all this and more, tune in!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: A week with Video Games
Super Mario 64 Theme Song
Main Event: Ranking the Super Mario Bros. Series
Nintendo Power Commercial
Bonus Content: Reading over Nintendo Power issue #1
Super Mario 64 Soundtrack
Extra Bonus Content: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Review

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