Category Archives: Music

Nagi, a Surreal Auditory Experience Rooted in Video Games and Reconstruction

The concept of ‘gamification’, the application of game-playing elements to other activities, is a curious one. Whilst not strictly emerging conceptually from video games – rather, based primarily on the concept of a ‘game’ itself – it becomes easy for … Continue reading

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The Overlooked Star of the Switch Presentation was Ken Ishii’s Slick DJ Set

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate what could possibly be the most overlooked aspect of last week’s live Nintendo Switch presentation – the ridiculously cool build-up DJ set from Ken Ishii. The Sapporo techno pioneer has something of a gaming … Continue reading

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In Fitting with the Season, Here’s a Nintendo-Sanctioned Version of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ on the Super Famicom

Yes, you read that right. This unused 16-bit cover of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ was featured as a part of Do-Re-Mi De~Fa!, a digital music magazine distributed via the Super Famicom’s Satellaview service, which we’ve been talking about an awful lot this … Continue reading

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Takenobu Mitsuyoshi’s Rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ Gives Christmas a Rolling Start

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, the composer notable for his work on a number of SEGA’s most iconic soundtracks, including Virtua Fighter 2 and Daytona USA – for which he provided some truly breathtaking vocals – has performed ‘Jingle Bells’ for the arcade rhythm game maimai. I … Continue reading

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More cart-based chiptune goodness with “8BIT MUSIC POWER NEXT”

Following on from the success of 8BIT MUSIC POWER, the unique chiptune album which released earlier this year in authentic Famicom cartridge format, homebrew developer and artist Riki Iwasaki has announced at the 2016 BitSummit indie developers conference that a sequel is in … Continue reading

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Splatoon x Tower Records – Apparel, glassware and more

Music and fashion are a big part of what makes up the particularly fresh stylings of Nintendo’s Splatoon, so a collaboration with Tower Records (the former US music retail powerhouse who are still going strong in Japan) seems rather fitting. Teased … Continue reading

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A little look at… 8BIT MUSIC POWER

Since its unveiling back in late 2015 we’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of 8BIT MUSIC POWER, a brand new chiptune album produced by Famicom homebrew developer Riki Iwasaki, featuring the musical talents of many different chiptune artists and delivered in the … Continue reading

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Career Spotlight – Asuka Hayazaki

This is the first entry of a new regular item on Minus World, ‘Career Spotlight’. In this monthly feature you’ll get an opportunity to learn about the unsung heroes who have been responsible for some of your favourite titles, often working behind … Continue reading

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“8BIT MUSIC POWER” now available to pre-order!

You may remember around a month ago we featured an article about “8BIT MUSIC POWER”, a brand new chiptune album from Japan released in Famicom cartridge format! I was quite excited to discover that Japanese artist and programmer RIKI was working on … Continue reading

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Listen to chiptune the way it was intended with RIKI’s “8BIT MUSIC POWER”!

Many fans of chiptune music will tell you that the best and most authentic sounding beats around are those produced by the machines that inspired the genre themselves! Be it the NES or the Game Boy, both of which sport a wide … Continue reading

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