Pokemon Theme in 20 Styles of the Late 90s

Alright, so we found this fairly recently, and it’s both impressive and hysterical.

Here’s this guy with enough vocal range and musical talent to imitate the original Pokemon theme song in 20 different styles, all from the late 90s era. We’ll admit, we’ve really only heard of most of the groups that are listed (Kris more so than Rachel), but many of them are iconic to be recognizable.

His name is Anthony Vincent and his channel is called Ten Second Songs. He has a decent amount of videos, all boasting songs that he sings in various styles in one go. We hope you guys enjoy (or, at the very least, are amused) at his sheer talent!

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Flashback Friday: Yoshi’s Story

Double Jump Kris MiiYoshi is one of the most adorable characters in the Super Mario franchise, and with good reason. Ever since Yoshi’s first appearance in Super Mario World in 1990, the character has appeared in nearly 60 games!

This month’s Flashback Friday post is dedicated to one of those games, Yoshi’s Story.

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Yoshi’s Story was released for the Nintendo 64 in December 1997 in Japan and March 1998 in North America. A side-scroller platform, the game was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console ten years later and the Wii U’s virtual console almost ten years after that. Yoshi’s Story is actually the last main platform game starring the titular character until Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U in 2015.

While it’s considered almost a sequel to the SNES’s Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Story is more puzzle-orientated with a cuter style in both graphics and music. It’s levels appear as a pop-up storybook, images resembling materials that one would use to make a scrapbook, such as fabric, cardboard, and paper.

The game had two modes, Story and Trial. Trial Mode enabled players to pick a course to go through as often as they wanted, but they were not unlocked until the player beat the course in Story Mode. Getting a high score was the main objective of each level, with the level ending when the Yoshi ate 30 pieces of fruit to complete the border around the screen. Considering the story of the game involved the Yoshis journeying across their island in search of Baby Bowser, who stole the Super Happy Tree. By eating the fruit, the Yoshis can stave off gloominess while trying to save their island.

Before each level loaded, a Lucky Fruit was chosen at random, which earns more points than any of the other fruit. Players could also get bonus points for eating the favorite fruit of whichever color Yoshi they happened to pick or for eating the same piece of fruit multiple times in a row. Players can go through each level as quickly as possible by eating every fruit they come across, but they can unlock secrets of the courses by biding their time and exploring every nook and cranny of the level.

Yoshi’s story got mixed to positive reviews, averaging only about 60% to 70% by most critics. It was, however, the second most downloaded title on the Wii U’s virtual console during the week of its release. With that said, the virtual console version received similar, if not worse, reviews than its Nintendo 64 counterpart.

I remember this game from ages ago. Rachel and I never owned it ourselves, but instead borrowed it from time to time from our aunt. We didn’t do too much in the Story Mode, being young enough to find it rather confusing, and amused ourselves with picking and choosing courses in the Trial Mode. We were always fans of Yoshi and had lots of fun with the game, its art style, and especially the music.

And, don’t lie, you all got the theme song stuck in your heads as much as we did:

Have you ever played Yoshi’s Story? What did you think of it?

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A Kingdom Hearts Medley by Rush Garcia

Here, have some more music!

As you can probably imagine, music plays a huge role in our love of video games. Not only does music in video games help set the mood, we adore hearing how people can remix or put their own spin on iconic medleys. This one, for example, is a Kingdom Hearts Medley by Rush Garcia.

Rush Garcia takes beautiful video game music and rearranges them as orchestra pieces, coming out with amazing results. Not only does Rush Garcia do fan compilations with video game music, there’s also plenty of original pieces to listen to. We hope you enjoy Rush Garcia’s work as much as we do!

What’s your favorite piece of music by a video game fan? What did you think of the video? Let us know in the comments!

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Pokemon Medley by Tina Guo

There has been plenty of news about Pokemon fairly recently, such as Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon coming out this November, Pokken Tournament for September, and Pokemon GO’s first anniversary this summer. What better way to celebrate these lovely milestones than by blasting the music?

Tina Guo is a cellist that we recently discovered while on one of our many trips to our local Barnes and Noble bookstore. While browsing, our ears perked up upon hearing familiar game music coming from the overhead speakers, such as Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and, of course, Pokemon. Leaping down the escalator, we made our way to the music department on the first floor to ask what was playing. The employee told us all about Tina Guo and her newest album Game On.

While another video game fan had bought the last album that Barnes and Noble had that day, we did find Tina on YouTube and Spotify, and she’s been a delight to listen to. Here’s her Pokemon Medley from her Game On album, and we hope you enjoy it like we do!

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Legend of Zelda Ocarina Medley

Being fans of the Legend of Zelda franchise, when we were younger, we actually bought a couple of beautiful pendant ocarinas. We don’t play them very well, but it’s a fun souvenir that reminds us of one of our favorite video game series!

Recently we stumbled upon a new YouTube channel called STL Ocarina, a company that produces ocarinas and promotes them with beautiful music videos. Below is a Zelda Medley, with the musician being Lena Leclaire. We hope you enjoy the music and wonderful scenery as much as we did!

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Skyrim Theme (Acapella & Violin Cover)

As many of you know, music is one of our favorite aspects of video games, and it’s amazing to us to see how creative artists can be when it comes to covering beloved video game tunes. This time we’re showing off another favorite of ours, the Skyrim Theme performed acapella style with a violin accompaniment.

Peter Hollens is an extremely talented acapella singer who has covered many a song from movies, video games, and pop culture from all over the place. He has an adorable family that he shares his music with, including his wife Evynne who performs on her own channel and has collaborated many times with Peter.

The Skyrim Theme, however, is a collaboration with famed violinist Lindsey Stirling, who has an amazing repertoire of her own. She has three albums of original content and beautiful music videos to go with them.

We hope that you enjoy this music video and like Peter and Lindsey enough to go and peruse their other content!

What do you think? Any favorite covers you want to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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1-2 Switch Game Review

onetwoswitchTitle: 1-2 Switch
Company: Nintendo
Console:
Nintendo Switch
Release Date:
March 3, 2017
How we got the game:
We bought it.

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1-2 Switch was probably one the games that we were most iffy about when it appeared in the lineup launch for the new Nintendo Switch. It definitely looked interesting enough to try, along with the technology that was rumored to be packed into the little joy-cons. So we picked it up and it was better than we thought!

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We weren’t sure if the price was going to be worth it, but after watching some playthroughs of the game on YouTube, we just had to give it a go.

gameplay

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1-2 Switch is a collection of mini-games, most of them lasting about 30 seconds or so. There are games based on timing, motion, rhythm, and other gimmicks that show off the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch console, particularly the Joy-Cons.

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Each game is unique in its own individual way. Sometimes you each need a Joy-Con, other times you both share the one Joy-Con. Sometimes you need the wrist straps and other times you’re placing the Joy-Con on the ground. Sometimes the Joy-Con simply vibrates to indicate something to you or it feels like soda bubbles getting ready to explode. The Joy-Cons are actually really amazing little things.

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The most impressive aspect of the game play were the Joy-Con themselves. I was geeking out over how much technology is packed into those little things! One of the best mini games that showcased this technology was the Ball Count game, where it feels as if there are a few little marbles rolling around inside the controller.

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It’s hard to explain and definitely something everyone should try for themselves. The other games we have (so far) don’t do the Joy-Cons justice. There were a wide variety of games where you had to run, sit and solve a puzzle with the Joy-Con, pass the Joy-Con around the room, and much more. Even though there are only 28 games, it gave a decent variety of things to do.

graphics-music

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Each mini-game had its own graphics and music, none of which were bad but also not particularly memorable because of how short the games are. The mini games had real people demonstrating how to play the games in little instructional videos, and the actors were… well, they were very enthusiastic at times…

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The main point of 1-2 Switch is that you’re not looking at the TV screen. So, the graphics aren’t memorable because you’re not supposed to be looking at them. And that also makes me wonder if they really tried with them because they knew people wouldn’t pay attention. The music is good and catchy, but of course you’re playing with other people so you just end up shouting over the music anyway. As for those videos… I would definitely prefer a voice-over to just tell me how to play the game.

replay-value

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This is a cute, quick game to play at a party with friends. It’s simple enough for even those friends who aren’t used to video games at all to pick up and have a good time with. However, I believe the game would be more worth it if it’s on sale or, if down the line, it gets a free patch or download to add more mini games to its library. 1-2 Switch is definitely fun but probably would have worked better had it been bundled with the console itself.

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For 28 quick games, is it worth the $50? Probably not. For the amount of fun and laughs you’ll have with your friends, is the price worth it? I think so. I can’t wait to invite some of my friends over and throw a Joy-Con in their hand and watch them look like dopes trying to eat as many invisible sandwiches as they can. I know the point of this game is to go out and have fun with friends, but that’s also the downside of it. I can see myself getting in the mood to play it, but I won’t be able to because Kris won’t be home or she won’t want to play. I can also see some of the mini-games getting old pretty fast.

1-2 Switch gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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