Archive for June, 2011

Yesterday night, before Distant Worlds Chicago, I had the pleasure of sitting down to have a chat with Nobuo Uematsu, a composer best known for scoring the Final Fantasy series of video games. We were joined by Hiroki Ogawa, who acted as Uematsu-san’s translator and VG Tribune’s news writer Alex Romero.
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When The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was first released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, it changed the gaming landscape forever. Every action-adventure game released after it now had an unbeatable standard to live up to and players would continue to remember the intricacies of its memorable puzzles for years to come. So, how do you review a remake of a masterpiece? By analyzing the improvements said remake has over its already immaculate predecessor.
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VG Tribune + Distant Worlds Chicago

Published by Roger DiLuigi III in Music, Uncategorized. 2 Comments

Hey readers, I have an exciting announcement for you all today! VG Tribune will be attending the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert being held in Chicago on June 26th at the Symphony Center and before the performance I will actually be interviewing famed Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. I’m sure that there are plenty of you out there who would love to ask him some questions so, if you have any, be sure to sure post them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to ask them during the interview.

With a program featuring music ranging from Final Fantasy VI to Final Fantasy XIII, I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome night so look forward to my coverage of the event in two weeks.

For more information on the concert and tickets be sure to visit the official website for Distant Worlds here.

Associate Editor Roger DiLuigi gets his hands on the Wii U Controller and shows us his Rhythm Heaven Skills in this video from the VIP Nintendo Booth Tour that ended our E3 2011 experience.

Here’s the epic beginning to Nintendo’s E3 2011 Press Conference with the live reactions of the audience. Applause roared throughout the crowd as a live orchestra played a medley of Zelda music that eventually culminated into the theme song to Skyward Sword as Miyamoto walked onstage. Unbelievable.


Wow, this has really been one heck of a day for Zelda fans. First, we get a great rumor: a Skyward Sword information leak from 4chan and ZeldaInformer. Then, we find out that we’ll be seeing some sort of new Zelda project at E3 to commemorate Zelda’s 25th Anniversary (my bet is still on a Zelda Compilation). And now, in perhaps the biggest Zelda news of the day, the latest “Iwata Asks” interview has confirmed one of the leaked rumors about Skyward Sword: the game is indeed going to have an orchestrated soundtrack by the guys responsible for Super Mario Galaxy‘s music.

Here’s a snippet from the interview that includes the confirmation:

Yokota: I’ve been steeped in The Legend of Zelda this past year.

Iwata: Stepped in Zelda?

Yokota: I only worked on The Legend of Zelda. Two games at the same time!

Iwata: Huh? Two at the same time? I didn’t know that!

Yokota: One was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and the other is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Iwata: After development of Super Mario Galaxy 2 ended?

Yokota: Yes. That’s about the time. At the E3 last year, when we were going to exhibit The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the first time, we talked about using orchestral music. But (Shigeru) Miyamoto-san said it wasn’t necessary.

Iwata: We were going to have attendees of last year’s E3 try out the new game’s operability, so he said orchestral music wasn’t necessary right away.

Yokota: Right. Then, toward the end of summer break, they finally decided to put in orchestral music and I joined the development team.

Iwata: You’re sort of the orchestration director for the Legend of Zelda music, aren’t you?

Yokota: Yes. I was in charge of the orchestral songs for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as well.

Well, there you have it folks! One rumor confirmed, eleven more to go. It’s great to finally have solid confirmation of an orchestrated soundtrack for Skyward Sword. Here’s hoping I get to hear a few of the new compositions during my playtime with the game at E3 next week!