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Nintendo Week Talks Fire Emblem, Incredible NX Rumors, and a Megaton of Pokémon News

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That’s where we come in! We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of “Nintendo Week,” a podcast made for Nintendo fans by Nintendo fans.

This week we’re joined by Braxton Burks, the creator of the popular
Pokémon Reorchestrated fan project, to discuss a huge amount of Pokémon news, including the Virtual Console rereleases, Pokémon GO, and the announcement of Gen VII. Plus we address an extremely juicy new set of NX rumors that detail all the goals of the system, and it sounds crazy enough to work like magic. After the break we introduce a new segment called Places and People, where we sit down to chat with various people from around the Nintendosphere. You can check out the episode below—or if you’d like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.


Nintendo Week is currently available in full on
iTunes, Podbean, and right here at Gamnesia—and tons of videos from the show are available on YouTube where it’s easy to find them based on your favorite subjects… So between it all, you have plenty of ways to access one of the best places for information on all things Nintendo. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes for the earliest possible access to new episodes, or subscribe to our channel on YouTube for totally neato visuals. But if you’d rather not subscribe, you can still find all of our Nintendo Week content right here at Gamnesia.

Note: We’ve reached file capacity for SoundCloud uploads, so for the time being we’re exploring other options. In the meantime, we’re still available on tons of great platforms!

If you’d like to give us feedback, please email me at
[email protected], and we’ll do our best to improve our show! We want to give you guys the best podcast we can, so please don’t be afraid to leave suggestions. And if you have questions about Nintendo that you’d like some insight on, please send those in as well! When we have a good number of fan questions, we’ll be answering them in one big block, so we’d love to hear some of your thoughts.

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This week’s break music is an
awesome 8-bit remix of Pokémon X and Y‘s Bicycle Theme, once again by our friend Bulby on YouTube. Our outro music is Pokémon Reorchestrated’s fantastic rendition of the Champion Battle music from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal.

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The Pokémon Reorchestrated YouTube Page Has Been Shut Down by The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Reorchestrated, a well-known Pokémon fan project that makes beautiful, orchestral renditions of classic songs from the games’ soundtracks, was hit with two copyright claims by The Pokémon Company last week. As a result, all of the Kanto Symphony tracks were removed, and channel creator Braxton Burks was warned that a third strike would result in his channel being deleted.

Unfortunately for fans of Reorchestrated, that third strike came yesterday and the channel has been terminated. All of the music from Pokémon Reorchestrated was licensed, but Burks apparently lacked the specific license needed for YouTube. Hopefully this can be resolved in the future, but for now, you can still listen to the tracks on
Loudr.

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The Fan-Created Kanto Symphony has been Removed From YouTube by The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Reorchestrated is a well-known Pokémon fan project that makes beautiful, orchestral renditions of classic songs from the games’ soundtracks. If you’re a fan of their YouTube channel, you may have noticed that all of the beautiful tracks from the Kanto Symphony have been removed. As it turns out, this was done at the behest of The Pokémon Company .

According to the channel’s explanation, a representative from The Pokémon Company personally filed copyright claims against all of the Kanto videos, but none of the other videos were flagged. As a result, all of the Kanto songs have been removed, and the channel has received two copyright strikes. This is alarming, as a third strike gets the channel deleted. The channel’s creator, Braxton Burks, says he was not given an explanation as to why the Kanto videos are considered copyright infringement, as all of the songs are licensed, and he pays royalties on them. You can check out his video explanation of the situation by clicking above.

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New Bark Town’s Music from Pokémon Gold and Silver Gets a Gorgeous Orchestral Arrangement

Pokémon Reorchestrated is a well-known Pokémon fan project that makes beautiful, orchestral renditions of classic songs from the games’ soundtracks. They have recorded three albums and produced over fifty songs in their five-year career.

Last week, they released a new single for their upcoming album, Johto Legends, inspired by the soundtrack from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. This is a cover of the song from “New Bark Town”, the main character’s hometown in the Generation II games.

You can listen to the new single above! In addition, if you want to listen to the original song to refresh your memory, click here.

What do you guys think? Do you like this cover? In my opinion, it’s amazing; Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal are my favorite Pokémon games, and this rendition of “New Bark Town” is one of my favorite works from Pokémon Reorchestrated’s library.

If you want more from Pokémon Reorchestrated, you can check out their YouTube channel here, and you can listen to all their music on Spotify. For more information on their upcoming album Johto Legends, you can watch their latest update video here.

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Pokémon Reorchestrated’s Double Team! Review

Anyone familiar with Pokémon Reorchestrated should also be familiar with the consistently high quality work produced by the project, from its early days arranging single tracks on YouTube, through its Kanto Symphony album, and everything done up through now. The most recently released album by Pokémon Reorchestrated is Double Team!, which arranges twelve songs spanning all six generations of Pokémon games for a live string ensemble. If the idea alone makes you giddy enough to pick up a copy, head on over to Loudr or iTunes, but if you need a little more convincing that Double Team! Is well worth your cash, keep reading after the jump!

The album begins with Pallet Town from Pokémon Red and Blue, which opens the album to a great start with a gentle piano solo. It slowly transitions into a calm rendition of the town’s main melody, growing grander and more adventurous as the bass builds, before settling back down into a sweet tune and preparing for the adventure to come.

The rest of the album features—you guessed it: string arrangements—of some of the best themes from throughout the 
Pokémon series, and that’s no hyperbole. Some of these arrangements are more conservative to their original compositions than others, and the tracks chosen include battle themes, waltzes, and more, all of which contribute to the album’s nice diversity in music. But the icing on the cake is the pure joy of hearing real, live-recorded instruments play these wonderful themes. Because the fourteen musicians playing were layered three times over after the recording session, the album further aggrandizes these gorgeous arrangements and absorbs listeners deeply in the music.

My personal favorite tracks in the album are “Golden Horizons,” which is an arrangement of Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions’ ending credits theme, “Reflections,” an arrangement of Black and White’s “Unwavering Emotions,” and “N Suite,” which is a collection of various themes played surrounding N in Black and White.

“Golden Horizons” has a certain simplistic beauty about it and the way it builds slowly from a gentle melody with a quiet bass to a grand, triumphant declaration of power in its final few notes. And that the original track is one of my favorite songs of all time certainly helps me appreciate the arrangement even more. Unfortunately, this song that would have made such a great conclusion to the album comes in the middle of the tracklist, leaving the end of the album to remain a bit anticlimactic. “Reflections” and “N Suite,” on the other hand, achieve their greatness by taking several emotional turns and truly letting the music speak for itself as the sweeping strings gracefully swell and melt away, leaving high piano notes to carry much of the tune in their more melancholic moments.

The following is a preview of 
Double Team! featuring Ecruteak City and “N Suite.”

The Verdict: It’s a Critical Hit!

Listening to Double Team!, you’ll feel joy. You’ll feel heartache. You’ll feel adventure. But most importantly, you will never feel unsatisfied. With its powerfully emotional arrangements and rich, full sound, Double Team! is a must-have for Pokémaniacs and musicians alike.

Double Team! is available now on Loudr and iTunes for only $7.99. (You should buy it. You know you want to.)

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Gorgeous Live Sound; Diversity in the Sources and Arrangements; Powerfully Emotional, Excellent Beginning
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The Forgotten Pixels is a Promising Video Series Based on Zelda, Pokémon, and Other Classics

What happens to a video game world when its cartridge is left unplayed? Well, that’s exactly what the creators of The Forgotten Pixels hope to explore. The Forgotten Pixels is a crowdfunded animation project inspired by classic games like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon, created by our friends Chris Pavlou, of ChrisCrossMedia; Hombre de Mundo, of Zelda Universe; Braxton Burks, of Pokémon Reorchestrated; and many more talented people.

“If you want it put short, this is the story about a video game cartridge that never got played, and what happens to the world inside it. What happens when the game never gets played? Well, that’s a very, very interesting question.” —
Daniel Åkerman, Screenwriter

You can learn all you need to know about
The Forgotten Pixels from the above video, as well as their official Kickstarter page. Head on over and donate to help fund this extremely promising endeavor. Below you can see previews of the project’s stretch goals, musical themes, and backing incentives!


Source: Kickstarter

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Pokémon Reorchestrated Releases a Special Halloween Treat for Double Team!

Pokémon Reorchestrated Presents: Double Team! is an upcoming album of live-recorded Pokémon music by Braxton Burks, the creator of Pokémon Reorchestrated, and Eric Buchholz, famed musician from Twilight Symphony and Symphony of the Goddesses. We already told you all about the project not too long ago, but today brings some exciting news!

Double Team! promised a special Halloween track exclusive for backers who contributed to the Kickstarter project before October 31st. Yesterday, the dynamic duo revealed a special preview of the track for its early backers, and today, you can find the full track on YouTube.

There’s barely more than two days left to contribute, so if you’d like to see
Double Team! become a reality, be sure to head over to the Kickstarter page and donate. After hearing this special sneak peak, I don’t see how any of you could remain unconvinced that this is worth your dime and dollar.

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