Song Highlights – Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Party, Rayman Origins

Guar Plains – Xenoblade Chronicles (ACE+, Wii, Nintendo/Monolith Soft)

Man, this soundtrack is incredible, with this one track a highlight of its quality. I adore wandering around to this theme. So adventurous!

Bramble Blast – Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Michiro Naruke/David Wise [original composer], Wii, Nintendo)

The original song Wise performed is nice, but I really do enjoy listening to Naruke’s arrangement. It has great instrumentation that take the original composition into peppier places, and I am a big fan of the way it sounds. Shame I don’t like the DK level it plays on. :(

Mario Party – Peaceful Mushroom Village (Yasunori Mitsuda, Main Menu theme, N64, Nintendo/Hudson)

A short loop but a really good one. Very relaxing, very mellow, and is the best thing I can recollect from this game. My palms still ache, Nintendo. :p

Rayman Origins – Lost Beats (Christophe Heral/Billy Martin, Desert of Dijiridoos stages, PS3/Xbox 360/Wii/PC/3DS/Vita, UBISoft)

The musical talents of Heral cannot be ignored. I don’t know how much Martin did, but most of this soundtrack screams out Heral to me. :p This is a lovely mix of instrumentation that is just amazing to listen to. It’s 10 minutes long, so it’ll keep you entertained for a bit.

Music Wednesdays – They Might Be Giants “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations was released yesterday, featuring the venerable Ezio Auditore’s quest to discover the roots of his assassin heritage.  His journey takes him to Masayaf, the ancestral home of Altair, the hero of the first AC game, along with Constantinople.  You might be more familiar with its contemporary name, Istanbul.

I think you know where this is going.

Michel Ancel talks Rayman Origins (and BG&E2!)

This morning, Ubisoft’s Michel Ancel was interviewed by Geoff Keighley about the upcoming Rayman Origins. Ancel talked about going back to not only the roots of Rayman, but also his roots as a game creator. He also fielded some viewer questions, and even discussed what Rayman is supposed to be!

Later in the interivew, Keighley questioned Ancel about the sequel to Beyond Good & Evil. Ancel touched on his aspirations for the game (and seemingly confirmed that the infamous leaked trailer was legit), but reiterated that he wanted the game to fulfill his complete vision, thus why he’s saving it for the next generation of consoles. Still, he and Gabrielle Shrager insisted that the eventual release of the game was a matter of when, not if.

In the mean time, he’s focusing on making Rayman Origins the best it can be.

Check out the full interview at E3 2011: History of Rayman Interview (Stream)

Michel Ancel addresses Beyond Good & Evil 2

According to, despite not being mentioned at Ubisoft’s press conference, Michel Ancel has since gone on to say that the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2 is “very far [into] development,” but is apparently being aimed at the next generation of consoles. With Sony and Microsoft’s next console offerings still at least a couple of years away, it’s likely BG&E2 won’t be surfacing anytime soon.

Read the original story at Beyond Good & Evil 2 Waiting for Next Generation

Acquire the Beyond Good & Evil STK, courtesy of UBISoft

I appreciate UBISoft’s newfound zeal for Beyond Good & Evil, and am more than happy to pass on awesome promotions they’re doing, like releasing the BG&E soundtrack for free.  Clicking that link will open up a Save As prompt, and you can enjoy one of gaming’s greatest compositions legally.  Very nice perk, UBISoft – thanks!

TheSpeedGamers – Prince of Persia/Assassin’s Creed Marathon

TheSpeedGamers’ latest marathon begins today, August 20, at 7 pm EDT/4 pm PDT, and will last for 72 hours. This time, they will be playing through several titles in both the Prince of Persia series and the Assassin’s Creed series. As far as I’m aware, a specific list of which games will be played has not been made available, but I’m sure that most of the main games will make an appearance.

The charity being represented is the Gulf Restoration Network, which is dedicated to helping clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The initial donation target is $12,000.

There will be contests, prizes, and of course, lots of gaming! To view the event live and make a donation, visit the TheSpeedGamers’ official site at To learn more about the Gulf Restoration Network, visit their official site at


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