Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #21- 25

Let’s wrap up my remix picks today! To kick us off, here’s Thailand’s Simon Leong absolutely nailing Dr. Wily’s theme from Mega Man 2. This is an acoustic guitar cover, but it is played with the energy and the tempo of a much heavier instrument choice, and it just clicks. Leong has a lot of…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Michiru Oshima

Michiru Oshima Oshima is perhaps better known for her work outside of video games — working on anime soundtracks like Full Metal Alchemist, Le Chevalier d’Éon and Little Witch Academia; films including several in the Godzilla franchise, and dramas and concerts — but she has done quite a few gaming soundtracks on top of that,…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Atsuko Asahi

Atsuko Asahi Asahi is another newcomer to Nintendo’s sound team, joining in 2010 and having her first music credit for the 3DS launch title Steel Diver. She quickly expanded into many of Nintendo’s premiere Wii U and 3DS titles of the period, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii…

Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #16 – 20

Rock band On Being Human splits its focus between original music and video game covers, and when they switch over to the VGM side of things they’re quite smashing at it. Their medley of Goldeneye injects a lot of apropos edge to the spectacular soundtrack, and their rapid fire transitions give a lot of songs…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Shiho Fujii

Shiho Fujii Fujii is a relative newcomer to Nintendo’s sound team, joining the company in 2007. After getting her feet wet with some musical support for Wii Fit and Animal Crossing: City Folk, she was asked to contribute to New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword‘s soundtracks. Once the Wii U…

Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #11 – 15

I did not plan this, but we have five rock-heavy anthem remixes on tap for today, so let’s kick off the jams with Lame Genie’s superb take on Jake Kaufmann’s legendary “Strike the Earth” from Shovel Knight. This is a pretty direct cover of the original, but the band delivers a decibel-ridden arrangement that digs…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yumiko Kanki

Yumiko Kanki Kanki joined Nintendo around 1987, beginning her career of music and sound programming working on the two Famicom Golf titles for Japan. From there, she shared music duties on F-Zero, perhaps her greatest contribution to Nintendo’s musical history. She also worked on the Super Scope 6 pack-in, Tetris and Dr. Mario, Star Fox…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Kozue Ishikawa

Kozue Ishikawa Ishikawa joined Nintendo around 1993 to join the R&D1 sound team, mostly spending her career there working on notable Game Boy titles such as Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and the Wario Land series, as well as a few Super Nintendo titles such as Starfox 2, Famicom Bunko: Hajimari no Mori, and sound…

Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #1 – 5

Okay, I’ve had the hub page up all day, so let’s actually begin the list of my favorite remixes. The Advantage’s math rock approach to NES synth was one of the first major exposures I had to the now booming VGM rock cover world, and despite their relative silence for a long while they still…