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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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Ape Escape 2

Ape Escape 2 was released exclusively for PlayStation 2 in Japan July 18th, 2002 and a year later it made it's way to the EU and US. It was later ported to the PlayStation 4 in August of 2016 with updated visuals and trophy support. The soundtrack is composed by Koji Hayama. I been wanting to work on uploading this soundtrack for some time, I use to rent the first and second Ape Escape all the time back in the day and though the first game has an official soundtrack release—Ape Escape Originape Soundtrack—from 2011(over a decade after it's release) the second game has never received the same treatment.  I never played the third installment but it has an official soundtrack as well; Ape Escape 3 Originape Soundtrack. I labeled and number the tracks according to how they are placed on the in-game music menu, since they are the official title.

The music is similar to other platformers of it's time such as Banjo-Kazooie or Mario 64 because of it's focus on melody, with it's cheery/upbeat tracks. I haven't really listened to any of the music since I played Ape Escape 2 on the PS2 years ago but just like other chipper soundtracks of that time, I instantly remembered when I heard them again. I also picked up the upscaled version for PS4 about three weeks ago and I've already finished the darn thing. It helped that I remembered where most of the monkeys are but there were still a couple that are well hidden and drove me a little nuts. The controls are also a bit clunky and there are times when your clearly next to a ledge and Hikaru just won't grab on..  but it's still a fun, challenging game overall and there are tons of unlockables to keep you busy.  A few of my favorite tracks from the album are: Land of the Apes, Skyscaper City, Enter the Monkey, Monkey Chorus  and lastly Staff Credits.  Whenever I hear the Staff Credits song now, I think of my almost 20 year old cat. Over the years, no matter where I was gaming around my house, he'd always be there watching the screen, tracking the various things moving around and this PS4 port was the last game I finished with him by my side before he passed. It's hard to believe 20 years flying by like that but at least we all have good memories of him and he had a good life. The soundtrack is uploaded in both FLAC and MP3(320kbps) and you'll find it in the archive.

 

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Soundtrack(YouTube)

We just uploaded our The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Soundtrack with 273 tracks onto our YouTube channel, as we continue to slowly upload our Video Game Music Extractions. The entire video is 6 hours and 20 minutes long and it took me about 7 hours to process the whole thing and another couple hours to upload it; I'd rather have it as one video compared to uploading 273 seperate ones. Not to mention it took weeks of chipping away at the track titles, composers and syncing images of where the tracks play during the game. I normally only place a handful of images from a given area or event throughout our music videos but I just ended up placing a matched screenshot here or there and then..  I was determined to do the while thing that way, heh. Can't say I'll ever do that again—at least for a musical score of this size—but it is nice in a way because much like how the Symphony of the Goddess concert would sync video clips to the music, it allows you to quickly identify when the track is played if you're not familiar with the score and it also gives you something to look at. You know, It's personally not my favorite Zelda soundtrack but it does contain some very good tracks(Old Woman's Theme, The Goddess's Mission, Thousand-Year Arachnid,  just to name a few) that I still listen to today, so it's worth checking out. Anyway, it's uploaded and I hope you enjoy it.