This week on Music Match, we’ll be doing something a little bit different and will feature songs related to Nintendo. I don’t really want this to become a thing but thought I’d do it today mainly because these songs were written before geek culture became cool and everyone and their mother wanted a piece of it. These songs have unique music videos and were written during a more innocent time of the internet. They’re great songs and not that easy to find and they really aren’t parodies either. Enjoy! Lyrics for all songs can be found at the bottom.
While playing videogames Kevin gets zapped and travels to Videoland! He was chosen as the Gamemaster who must travel to different video games and save Videoland. I don’t know about you but the concept of this cartoon is awesome. I have vague memories of Captain N: The Game Master as a kid but not many since I was very young when it aired so it was mostly like watching the it for the first time for me since all I recognized was a little bit of the character models. Let’s not forget that Captain N is part of the Nintendo Animated Universe. So lets take a look at the show.
The show is from 1989 so its plagued with a lot of the stuff that makes 80s shows inferior to ones from say the 90s or 00s. That will probably tick off fans of 80s shows but its the truth even if I do enjoy some 80s animation. Its not a bad show but it really isn’t anything special either that I could recommend to any normal person. Its also hard to recommend to say all video game fans or fans of the franchises that are shown such as Castlevania or Mega Man since fans will no doubt be angry at the portrayal of the characters they like. But I really can’t blame the show too much, I mean this was during the time when videogames had very basic storylines not to mention artwork wasn’t stellar either so of course they took their own liberties, especially when being inspired by 8 bit models. Continue reading Captain N: The Game Master.. A look back→
Nintendo might be license happy now granting many of their properties to different companies to develop shows, toys and movies but before they were so liberal with their IP’s after the failure of the Wii U they had actually been extremely strict with them after the early 90’s.
We’ve recently read rumors of Nintendo looking to license The Legend of Zelda for a movie but this isn’t the first time studios have been interested. Back in 2007 there was a failed pitch by Imagi, the studio that brought us the fourth Ninja Turtles movie. Unlike the Gatchaman CG movie which never got made this one never actually even began official production but we can take a look at the video that was used to pitch the movie. Continue reading The Legend of Zelda movie pitch Imagi 2007→
As a kid with such software available to my hands as Napster and a love for Nintendo, it didn’t take long for one of the terms I searched for would be “Zelda” and sure enough I was able to find something. Zelda Rap by 5-3 Federation. I downloaded it and after 20 minutes or so I got to listen to it.
The rap uses the original The Legend of Zelda intro as the beats as he raps about the game and making random geeky references. This was more than a decade from when geek culture was “cool” so it really was done for the passion for the game. There are tons of zelda raps now but this is the original and if you ask what an odd choice well remember that the original commercial had a zelda rap, though I guess that would make it the original, nevertheless check it out: Continue reading The original Zelda Rap by 5-3 Federation + lyrics→
As you know The Legend of Zelda CDi games has given us many things..from the first voice acting, continuing the Zelda II Adventure of Link gameplay to countless youtube parodies. Now those infamous custscenes have really outlived their original purpose with everything that’s been done about them but I unironically like the cutscenes in their original form and always have even when finding said clips was difficult to do on the net.
What makes these so interesting to me is that it was one of the first times we saw the world of Zelda a little more fleshed out. Like the The Legend of Zelda cartoon it uses elements from fantasy that fit very well since the games were still rather basic at that point. In fact the game seems to be inspired by the Zelda cartoon in its tone even if it doesn’t really fit with it. The Arabian nights look of the games is just great and gives Zelda a rather nice character design, easily the only good one in the two games. Continue reading Secret Movie.. The Legend of Zelda: Wands of Gamelon & The Faces of Evil→