Super Mario RPG Barrel Volcano — Crazy Group Trio

Crazy Group Trio was discovered via Spotify when the music streaming service recommended the artist due to the covers and remixes of video game music that the artist creates. Super Mario RPG covers were included, something that was exciting to us!

Crazy Group Trio’s YouTube channel is fairly active, with music being uploaded a couple of times a week. The music ranges from several games, including Final Fantasy, Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Banjo-Kazooie. The piano arrangements give familiar video game music a fun, new twist.

Below is the YouTube video that shows off the piano arrangement for Barrel Volcano from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Hero of Our Time – NateWantsToBattle

So, Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists are fairly spot-on. Lately, they’ve been creating two mixes for me based on video game music (apparently I listen to enough to warrant the need for two mixes). Due to listening to the likes of Big Bad Bosses, Spotify eventually threw “Hero of Our Time” at me by NateWantsToBattle, or Nathan Sharp, one of the members of Big Bad Bosses.

I fell in love with the energetic beat and the, “Go, hero, you can do it!” message of the song. The song itself is part of an album of original songs that Nate published dedicated to the Legend of Zelda series. He also has albums of Pokemon songs, as well as covers of hit songs and albums of his original work.

We hope you enjoy this song, as well as Nate’s other work if you choose to go and take a listen!

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Settle It in Smash – Yungtown and Garrett Williamson

To continue to celebrate some of our favorite gamers on YouTube, this month’s music video is a Super Smash Bros. tribute called, “Settle It in Smash.”

This energetic song was written and performed by Luke Sizemore, also known as Yungtown, and Garrett Williamson. The video was uploaded three years ago, but it is still one of our favorites to jam to! The video below was uploaded by Yungtown, while Garrett also has a version on his channel.

We hope you guys enjoy the song as much as we have!

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I’m the Boss Music Video

It’s no secret that Rachel and I enjoy watching YouTube, our favorites mostly being gamers. Most of the videos that they produce are reviews or let’s plays, but there are a few out there who showcase their love of video games in other creative ways.

Below is a music video for a “villain boy band” called Big Bad Bosses. A few YouTubers personified Ganondorf from the Legend of Zelda series, Bowser from the Super Mario series, Dr. Eggman from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and Sephiroth from the Final Fantasy series. Respectively, they are Satchell Drakes, Jirard Khalil, Alex Faciane, and Nate Sharp.

In our opinion, they sound pretty damn good, and their music video is amusing, to say the least. We definitely hope you enjoy their music as much as we do!

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Halo Theme by Lindsey Stirling and William Joseph

We’ve showcased a bit of Lindsey Stirling’s skills on this blog before, and we thought it high-time that we do it again.

Neither Rachel nor I have ever played Halo, but the music is often found in video game music compilations that we’ve seen around YouTube and Spotify. The music has always sounded epic to us, especially this violin and piano collaboration between Lindsey and William Joseph. We hope you enjoy the video down below and the music as much as we do!

Friday Favorites: Game Awards 2017 Moments

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

The Game Awards have come and gone this year, and we really enjoyed the show. There are a few parts, however, that still stand out to me. Here is a list of my favorite parts of the 2017 Game Awards.

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Orchestra Performance

I’m an absolute sucker for the music in video games — soundtracks are what I listen to all the time, so much so that I don’t have an answer whenever someone asks who my favorite singer or band is. I would adore it if the Game Awards orchestra decided to tour. Hearing the mash-up of video game music, especially with Tina Guo on the cellist and a live performance of “Jump Up, Super Star!” sung by Kate Higgins, was amazing!

Best Student Game and Best Independent Game

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are the three biggest names in the video game industry, with good reason. However, it gave me warm and fuzzy feelings to hear the awards for Best Student Game and Best Independent Game. Celebrating the future of the gaming industry and those who will keep the industry moving forward is awesome, and the winners certainly deserved their awards!

Carol Shaw

I’m appalled that I have never heard of this woman before the Game Awards honored her with their Industry Icon. Carol Shaw was one of the first female programmers and she worked for Atari. Seeing a woman being recognized for her work and inspiration to others in the video game industry was phenomenal, and learning about this trailblazer was the highlight of the Game Awards for me. And the standing ovation that she received? Absolutely heartwarming.

What were your favorite parts of the Game Awards? Any moments that especially stood out to you?

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Winter and Holidays Nintendo Music

There’s a YouTube channel that specializes in posting hour or so long videos of tunes from video games. Generally it’s more relaxing music, music that allows you to do your work with minimal distractions, which is what we tend to do when playing this YouTube channel on in the background.

The channel is run by someone who simply goes by the name Luigi. The compilations are something that he puts up mainly for fun rather than money, so there’s usually little to no ads to interrupt the hour-plus long videos of music.

This particular video of his encompasses winter themes from a plethora of Nintendo games, and is the most recent video that does so. He lists the tracks in the description of the video, if you’re interested. We hope you’re having a wonderful December and that this music keeps your mood festive!