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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Review

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is very well built, it's comfortable, dense and has textured grips to keep the controller from slipping out of your hands. It's the alternative choice for those who want a more traditional way to play games compared to the Joy-Cons setup with the standard Attachment or Charging Grip. It comes with a 6ft USB-C cable and can be charged from the Switch docking station or AC adapter. It's an improvement over the Wii U Pro Controller, ditching the odd right joystick placement and moving it below the primary buttons, resembling a Xbox controller.

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Hyrule Warrirors

 

It's finally finished. Hyrule Warriors is a hack-and-slack game developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja, featuring characters from the Zelda franchise. It was released for the Wii U in August of 2014 and the heavy hitting soundtrack is composed by both Masato Koike & Yuki Matsumura. A fair amount of the tracks are re-arranged versions of classic Zelda tunes such as Hyrule Field or The Legend of Zelda Theme which certainly sound great but the original works are some of the best rock songs I've heard in a game—Eclipse of the World being my favorite so far. I'm glad I got around to doing this because for quite a while now it's been the most requested soundtrack for us to upload and we always feel bad when it takes a while to get these uploaded but there's only so much free time in a week and I always want to make sure each upload goes through the motions of properly converting, editing, tagging and double checking the files to make sure we didn't overlook any tracks.

This project was very different from previous uploads because a majority of the tracks have multiple channels and depending on the occurring event some channels are muted while others play; such as Pause and Focus Spirit. Typically the way it's structured is the first two channels are Percussion, 3-4 are Bass Guitar, 5-6 are Brass, 7-8 are Electric Guitar, and the remaining two are either just Cymbals or additional Drums for Focus Spirit. You can mix and match the channels any which way to want, resulting in tracks unheard during gameplay but some of them can be heard at the music gallery in the options menu once you've unlocked a certain track; you can also change the channels there by using the shoulder buttons.

Overall, we came away with exactly 100 tracks. More than I originally mentioned because I ended up adding a few more variations to the album other than just the normal, pause and focus spirit version, for example: Solidus Cave(Techno), Silent Guadians (Rock) or Eclipse of the World (Focus Spirit Ver. 2). Ones I've played around with that sound quite good so I had to add them. I didn't want to add every channel because the album than becomes less of a soundtrack and more of a channel sampler. Our goal is always to make our uploads as professional as possible and I hope that's shown with our previous uploads. I could have added even more but I didn't want tracks that sounded almost the same as other with just one extra instrument. I labeled each track according to the in-game Gallery Music Player description with the only difference being instead of the games abbreviations(TP, OT, SS) I think it looks better to have the complete titles(Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword), so I changed that.

I really wish someday Nintendo will realize how many people want to listen to the great music they've composed over the years and set up an online store or at least release the albums on iTunes so it's not so difficult to obtain but until that day—which may never come, sadly—you can enjoy our upload in both FLAC(which is a two part download) and MP3. Enjoy!

*Update: Just noticed that I forgot to add the album art and one of the Clock Town tracks to the MP3 files but it's now updated.

NHL 99 Soundtrack (9 Tracks)

Our next soundtrack project is now uploaded on our Youtube Channel. Not much imagery on this one since almost every track plays when the main menu is open but if you want to know a little more about the soundtrack and our upload process, check out our post from July 13 of this year.   On a side note, I'm glad to say that the Hyrule Warriors Soundtrack  is almost finished and I know we keep getting requests for it so I wanted to mention it and It's turning out really well. Overall we came away with 91 tracks and It's in very high qulity. We'll post another update once we get it all uploaded.

Mario & Luigi Sound Selection

Mario & Luigi Sound Selection was released in September of 2009 exclusively for Club Nintendo members in Japan, redeemable for 400 points. It's a 33-track compilation of three Mario RPG games released for Nintendo's handhelds; Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance(9 Tracks), Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time(6 Tracks) and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story(18 Tracks) both for the Nintendo DS system. You can find a couple used copies and some new on ebay, their going rate is about $45-75. This isn't a remixed or remastered album, the music is a clean recording directly from the games themselves. All three games are fantastic in their writing and gameplay, if you haven't played them I'd highly recommend it. In fact, Nintendo is remaking Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Nintendo 3DS and it will be released in October - just in case you're interested. Down the road we'll work on individual audio extractions of the games to add tracks omitted from this album but for the most part the best tracks are included. Mario & Luigi Sound Selection is uploaded in both FLAC and MP3.

OMEN HP Wired USB Gaming Mouse with SteelSeries Review

The OMEN PC gaming line by HP is the spiritual successor to the Vooodoo PC gaming company that was acquired by HP over a decade ago, the components and computers are heavily influence by past Voodoo designs sporting the trademark tribal mask logo. This midline/lightweight OMEN gaming mouse(SteelSeries Rival 300) has a matte finish and refined rubber grips on each side that I actually like the more I use this mouse. It's a good looking gaming mouse and even with its bright illumination, it's not too flashy.

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