Nintendo must love cranking out multi cd soundtracks judging by the Fire Emblem: Awakening soundtrack which took up 5 discs and now they’re at it again with another franchise.
The soundtrack for Pokemon X and Y will be shipping on 4 discs with 3 1/2 hours of music totalling 212 tracks. Called Nintendo 3DS Pokémon X・Y Super Music Collection, the collection will also be available in digital format as well. What is surprising though is the cost of the package. The physical edition will set you back ¥2,500 which isn’t too bad for 4 discs.
Great news if you loved the Square Enix Final Fantasy game on the 3DS and iOS, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, as now we hear that they’ll be releasing a compilation cd set of the game tunes.
The set will be pretty grand consisting of no less than 5 cd’s with each disc being dedicated to the different parts of the game being Chaos Shrine, EMS, BMS, FMS plus an original soundtrack disc. The last cd will have tracks arranged by Yoshitaka Hirota.
The cd will be available in physical copy from July 31st in Japan however you can buy it already from the iTunes store if a digital copy is more your thing. The physical cd will set you back ¥3,990 which is a bargain. Links for digital versions are above as well.
Fans of Square Enix OST’s will be in for a treat with the opening of the Square Enix portal solely for it’s Piano Collections range of soundtracks. As you can pretty much guess from the name, the series will contain music from the rich SE catalogue rendered only by piano of classic moments in gaming history. At the moment, the site contains tracks ranging from NieR, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy.
The Piano Opera Final Fantasy I/II/III official soundtrack also received a facelift courtesy of Square Enix. The site will contain a complete track list, samples and more exciting for fans, comments from Hiroyuki Nakayama and Nobuo Uematsu.
The Piano Opera Final Fantasy I/II/III soundtrack will contain 13 tracks and is due for release on February 29 for ¥2,800. But if listening isn’t your cup of tea and you’d rather play the music, there will be a sheet music book for sale in early March priced at ¥1,800.
Square Enix are busy launching new sites everywhere today with another one being the music site fot the upcoming, Final Fantasy XIII-2. The site features several tracks from the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Original Soundtrack and also shows off the gorgeous packaging for the CD pack that will be releasing mid-December.
The soundtrack will feature no less than 4 discs and will be launching one day before the official game’s release on December 14. There will several flavours available from retailers ranging from the standard edition at ¥3,990 and a limited first run edition for ¥4,800. The Limited Edition will also feature a bonus DVD thrown in, the contents of which are unknown but it’s free!
The Japanese Club Nintendo Premium members will be in for a treat this year with a swag of great freebies. First up, they’ll be getting a “Dot Mario cushion” as seen below.
However, if the cushion isn’t their sort of thing, they can have their choice of a set of two table calendars or they can select two soundtracks cd’s from a choice of five. That’s a great deal!
But if you can’t make up your mind with the awesome selection on hand and you also happen to have points just burning a hole in your virtual pocket, then you can opt to receive a second and third freebie at 400 points a pop each.
Fans of OST’s or Original Soundtrack belonging to anime’s or games will be pleased to hear that as well as FFXIII-2 hitting store shelves on December 15, the soundtrack will be hitting stores everywhere one day earlier on December 14. As with most things from Japan, there will be a standard and Limited Edition available at launch. Standard version will set you back ¥3,990 while the Limited flavour will be set at ¥4,800.
Fans can go past the official site now and get an early sample before you buy and while Square Enix haven’t released too much info on this release, there is evidence to support that it will be on 4 discs for some some great aural pleasure.
Exciting news today from Japan regarding a hugely popular fighting franchise that just received a welcome coup. Music fans and soundtrack Otakus will be pleased to hear that Hiroaki Yura has been named the Music Supervisor of Namco’s upcoming fighter, Soul Calibur V. Hiroaki is no stranger to the music scene, being a violin virtuoso and the Director/Founder of the highly regarded Eminence Symphony Orchestra. Eminence have scored a large number of animes and games ranging from Xenoblade on the Nintendo Wii, to the extremely popular, “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” anime. Eminence are also well known for their sellout series of concerts entitled, “A Night in Fantasia” where they recreate the scores from various animes and video games projecting images from the material onto a massive screen that plays behind them. I have been fortunate enough to attend a couple of the ANIF concerts around Australia and let me tell you, they are nothing short of spectacular.
Earlier today I asked Hiroaki Yura to comment on this amazing opportunity:
“I feel very honoured to be a part of the Project Soul team. As Music Supervisor, I will be looking into how I can best continue and improve the 16 years of tradition that the Sound Director, Mr Junichi Nakatsuru has built within the team. Please look forward to our work!” Hiroaki Yura
Knowing that someone of the calibre of Hiroaki Yura will be overseeing the music, almost makes the wait for Soul Calibur V even more excruciating! Have a look at the Soul Calibur V teaser trailer below which was shown at the recent Comic-Con. Now picture that action with Yura san’s brand of music behind it…awesome!
And for the uninitiated, a clip below of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra performing a sublime mix of the Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 score from a few years back.
Japandaman, Hiroaki and Laucha at the Imagine offices, Tokyo, Japan 2010.
Japanese simulation fans will be ecstatic at the news that popular simulation game, The iDOLM@STER 2 is heading to the PS3. The first game released on the Xbox 360 back in 2007 revolved around a producer taking his girl band and trying to reach dizzying levels of success with them which garnered it great scores in Famitsu and other publications at the time. Three years later, the sequel was released once again on the Xbox 360 without news of a PS3 port. Well that has now changed with the PS3 version due to hit Japan stores on October 27th 2011 in two different editions. First off there’s the stock standard edition which will retail for ¥7,980, however if you fork out ¥19,800 you get quite a few extras for your buck.
As well as the game, you’ll also be receiving a Blu-Ray of Volume 1 of the “The iDOLM@STER” anime, the soundtrack to “The iDOLM@STER 2”, a cd called Idolmaster Gravure For You! Volume 1 (it’s supposed to be able to let you take pics of the idol girls at the beachside?), a container box that will eventually allow you to hold all the “The iDOLM@STER” anime discs and lastly, you’ll also get the latest copy of a magazine for fans of the idols which may or may not be called Monthly Idol Pix. So as you can see there’s heaps on offer there for those lucky enough to nab themselves the limited version which any self respecting Otaku would go for, if anything for the enclosed soundtrack. Hopefully the soundtrack will feature a memorable tracks as the first one did but none more so than, “Tonari ni…”, one of my personal faves which I was lucky enough to see live performed by Chiaki Takahashi with the Eminence Symphony Orchestra, sublime. Check the preview clip below to see what I mean 🙂