KORG Announces Gadget for Nintendo Switch


The KORG music-making applications for Nintendo’s systems have been some of its most innovative and interesting ideas, and the Switch is set to be no different. KORG has released plenty of information on the official website going over what people can expect from KORG Gadget.

The creation tool will allow players to create music alone, or together with friends using Sound, Phrase, Sequence and Mix segments to use the synthesization tools to create songs. Using individual Joy-Con, up to four friends can create their own unique songs, or piece together a song using HD Rumble and Motion Control to turn knobs and dials and adjust the instrument as needed. KORG Gadget will come to the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2018.


Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms Trailer

Ph LEVEL is back! While Christmas may be over, the holiday spirit is still running through my veins, and I’ve at least set out to catch up on a few trailers that released during my hiatus. First up, we’re keeping the Christmas feeling going with Disney’s unveiling of the first trailer of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, their live-action adaptation of the fabled stage play.

The film takes the usual Disney live-action flair, and adds some holiday spirit with Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman topping out the cast of newcomers. The film is set to release November 2018.

Gorillaz “Garage Palace” Video

I’m not normally one to share music videos on here, but the Gorillaz are one of my all-time favorite musical compositions (are they a group?), and their latest video, a partnership with British rapper Little Simz, is an incredible piece of art. The video takes us through a trippy 32-bit video game filled with side-scrolling beat-em-ups, bullet hell shooters, and more.

Definitely take a look at it, as the design and fluid pixel-art work is absolutely beautiful, and because more mainstream musicians need to try their hand at this level of experimental.

Classic Batman Theme to Appear in Justice League


We already knew that Joss Whedon had entrusted scoring duties for this month’s Justice League to the legendary Danny Elfman, and the hope that we would hear Elfman’s classic Batman theme in the film was stoked. Well, hope no more, as Elfman has confirmed its inclusion. Keep in mind, rumors have been rampant of Elfman re-working pieces of the classic, but he states that it is the classic theme in and of itself.

“No, you will not hear a new theme for Batman. You’ll hear Batman’s theme… Hans has done some wonderful, driving, rhythmic stuff, but there has only been one theme and it is the Batman theme.

Now, I did use the theme that Hans composed for Wonder Woman, the one that he wrote originally and used a bit – maybe – from John Williams to Superman, just maybe, we’ll have to see,” said Elfman.

Nintendo Releases Mario Musical Trailer

Don’t get too excited. Nintendo isn’t releasing a musical Mario tour of sorts, but Super Mario Odyssey releases in just over two weeks, and the game’s musical impact has been vital to its success. With that in mind, Nintendo has released a new musical trailer, featuring the game’s theme song, “Jump Up, Super Star!”

Super Mario Odyssey releases on October 27, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.

Spotify Headed to Xbox One


After what seems like an eternity for Xbox users, it appears that Spotify is headed to Xbox One with an upcoming app. Pictures of Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) testing a Spotify app for Xbox One were spotted on Reddit earlier this week, and sources confirm that the app is set to release soon, as it is currently being tested internally.

The new Spotify app for Xbox will finally give users of Microsoft’s console access to the popular music streaming service, several years after the service became available on Sony’s family of PlayStation consoles.

Taiko no Tatsujin Getting an English Release

In a shocking announcement, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session is getting an English release on PlayStation 4 consoles! The series hasn’t seen an English release since Taiko Drum Master for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. The game features songs from the mega-hit “Your Name,” as well as Hatsune Miku, and even Doraemon.

The best part? They’re bringing over the entire bundle, as well as the PS4 Drum Controller to play the game on, as well. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session will be on sale later this year.

Here’s The Sonic Forces Theme Song

Sega has posted a minute and a half long snippet of the Sonic Forces theme song, titled “Fist Bump.” Douglas Robb, the lead singer of Hoobastank, wrote the lyrics for, and performs the song. In addition, Tomoya Ohtani composed and arranged it and Takahito Eguchi arranged the strings.

This was supposed to be something comical, but instead it sounds like a kick-ass anime opening theme song, with English vocals by the lead singer of Hoobastank, and I can’t complain. Sonic Forces releases on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

DJMAX Respect Limited Edition and Release Date


I haven’t covered any of DJMAX Respect up to this point, but this limited edition is beyond cool, and it forced my hand. The title is an upcoming rhythm-action game for PlayStation 4, which includes a comprehensive list of past songs from older DJMAX games, as well as a great selection of newer songs.

The Limited Edition (seen above) includes the game, an art book, a two-disc soundtrack, six pins, and a replacement cover with DJMAX Portable 1 & 2 on it. The game is set to release across Asia and Korea on July 28th, with worldwide release dates expected to be announced soon. Hit the jump for a look at some newly released songs for the game, as well.

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Super Mario Odyssey Theme

Nintendo has released the endlessly-catchy theme song that present in the new gameplay trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, and it’s something else. A big brass band plays, with some fantastic meta vocals by Pauline, the damsel-in-distress from the original Donkey Kong game, who just so happens to also be the mayor of New Donk City, the home of Odyssey.

Project Rap Rabbit in Development


Rice Digital is reporting on a rumor that is too crazy to not be true. Not to mention an image (which you can find after the jump) that is supporting this wild claim. Apparently, legendary rhythm action developers Masaya Matsuura (PaRappa The Rapper), and Keiichi Yano (Gitaroo Man) are partnering for a new, currently unnamed project, codenamed Project Rap Rabbit.

The claim is supported by an image making the rounds with the two legendary characters respective hats (seen above) implying a partnership between the two. The image in question states in Japanese text, “Make Rhythm Action Great Again!” – and it certainly gives me hope that could happen with two of the most incredible game developers in history, pioneers of their genre, working together.

UPDATE: It’s official! Check out the video below for the announcement, and some motion artwork!

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