Thursday, May 16, 2013

Relive the glory days of the Nintendo 64 with three free soundtracks

Anyone who called themselves a gamer in the 90s knew their way around a Nintendo 64. The system was one of the most perfect gaming machines ever created, and it boasted a surprisingly robust catalog of games that would come to define a generation of gamers.

Of these games, few stood out like Rare's titles did - GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo-Tooie, and Perfect Dark are still considered great games by today's standards for their innovative gameplay mechanics, immersive storytelling, and amazing music.

The man responsible for all of this music - Grant Kirkhope - recently became one of the coolest people in the video game music scene by giving away free digital copies of three of these soundtracks.

If you head over to Grant Kirkhope's bandcamp, you can download the soundtracks for Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, and Perfect Dark for the just-right price of 'free'.  There's no word on when, or if, the soundtracks for GoldenEye or Donkey Kong Country 64 will join their friends - but I guess you can't have everything in life.

Incidentally, I'd have paid a great amount of money for the Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack - and that's part of the reason why Kirkhope decided to ultimately give the soundtracks away.  Legend has it that he recently stumbled upon a $500 ebay auction for the 2-disc Perfect Dark soundtrack and was disgusted by the price that the seller was asking.

Figuring correctly that most people who'd want the ~15 year old soundtracks would have just pirated them by this point, he decided to make them available legitimately over on bandcamp.  If you feel like tossing a few bucks his way, hey - cool... but you can easily download all three for free.

Of course you won't do that because you want to reward Kirkhope's musical career and extreme generosity... and you want to send him a positive monetary message that will hopefully convince him to release a free download of the soundtrack for Donkey Kong Country 64.