Music artist releases full album on N64 cartridge

German musician Remute is set to release his latest work, a full 15-song album, on a Nintendo 64 cartridge in just a few months.


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Whether out of nostalgia or an enduring love for all things retro, classic video game consoles have never lost their appeal for gamers, collectors, and even developers. Fans regularly hope and demand remakes of their favorite classic games, as evidenced by the current petition with nearly 22,000 signatures asking Warner Bros. to greenlight a redesign of Unreal Engine 5 from Mortal Kombat Trilogy, originally released in 1996 for the nintendo64.

The success of Nintendo Switch Online – which offers a library of Nintendo titles for NES, SNES, N64 and even Sega Genesis – is a testament to the fact that gamers still appreciate old-school games, graphics and hardware. When Nintendo announced that the N64 and Genesis would be added to the subscription service’s console lineup in October 2021, despite the backlash of the accompanying price hike, the wireless Switch-compatible N64 controller sold out. almost immediately. Lots of people grabbed it not necessarily for use with Nintendo Switch Online, but more as a collectible.

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This melancholy enthusiasm for retro games and hardware has led some people to find particularly creative ways to express themselves. German musician Remute will release R64, an entire 15-song album, on a Nintendo 64 cartridge on March 25, 2022. The game cartridge will be region-free and can be used with all models of the N64 console, whether encoded for NTSC-U, NTSC-J , or PAL. This will be the first release of a trilogy, with the albums Unity and Generations will be released for Game Boy Advance and Sega Dreamcast later this year.


Remute has already released music albums for Sega Genesis, Gameboy, SNES and PC Engine, as well as a music ROM file for the Nintendo DS. The artist points out that the electro pop album for the N64 will not have an on-cartridge MP3 player with compressed WAV files. The music for R64 will be entirely generated and played in real time by the console in 93.75 MHz. The feat of creating what Remute considers to be the first album ever released on an N64 cartridge was accomplished with the help of developer Rasky, who created the sound engine, player GUI, and “incredibly trippy” that will accompany the music. .


A sample of R64 the music can be heard by visiting Remute’s Bandcamp page, and the depth of sound achieved with just 8MB of storage space is impressive. The album will be sold for €39.99, and a limited edition of R64, featuring a 7-inch vinyl record with hi-res versions of three selected songs, will also be available for purchase for €49.99.

R64 will be released digitally and on a Nintendo 64 cartridge on March 25, 2022.

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Source: Band Camp


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