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Preorders for the Mighty Switch Force! Collection 3LP up now from Limited Run Games

A week or so ago Limited Run Games announced that they would be releasing music from the Mighty Switch Force! Collection on vinyl and today they opened up preorders.

The set will feature music from Mighty Switch Force! on disc 1, remix tracks from Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition on disc 2, and music from Mighty Switch Force! 2 on disc 3.

It will be a 3LP set with one record on blue colored vinyl, one on red, and one on purple. They will be housed in a gatefold jacket with game art.

The album is priced at $45 and is scheduled to begin shipping in 2-4 months. It is being released as an open preorder that will be up from January 17 to January 31, 2020. It can be preordered from Limited Run Games here.

Mighty Switch Force! Collection - Contents

Space Quest IV reorchestrated album can be backed on Qrates

Space Quest Historian have launched a Qrates campaign for a vinyl release of his “Space Quest IV – Reorchestrated and Remixed” album.

As per the Qrates campaign description “the music has been reorchestrated with modern sound patches, but uses the original MIDI data from the game“. The campaign is non-profit and funds will only be used for the production of the vinyl release.

If the campaign is succesful the release will be a single LP on blue-in-black colored vinyl. It will be housed in a regular LP jacket with new artwork.

To succeed the campaign will need at least 100 backers before March 2, 2020. The album is priced at €18.72 and if the campaign is succesful it is scheduled to ship out 2-3 months after the campaign ends.

It can be backed on Qrates here.

Space Quest IV: Reorchestrated And Remixed - Front & Record
Space Quest IV: Reorchestrated And Remixed - Back

The VVVVVV soundtrack is up for preorder from Materia collective

The soundtrack to the classic puzzle platformer VVVVVV is getting its soundtrack released on vinyl for its 10th anniversary.

The release will be a 180g picture disc LP. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with new artwork by Leon Tukker and Isa Alcántara.

It is priced at $28 and is scheduled to begin shipping out in Q2, 2020. It can be preordered on Bandcamp here.

UPDATE: The listing was originally described as a 2LP at $40. This has since been corrected and this post have been updated to reflect the correct price and number of records.

VVVVVV - Front & Records
VVVVVV - Gatefold

2019 – The Year In VGM Vinyl Releases

2019 and 2020 in numbers

It’s that time again – we’ve hit 2020 and it is time to take a look back at the year that just ended.

Once again – for the fourth consecutive time – 2019 broke the record (heh) for most new VGM vinyl releases in a year with around 150 new titles. It’s a small increase from the 145 new titles from 2018, but an increase nonetheless. And as usual this is actual new releases – not including color variants, repressings, etc. (because that number is even higher).

And like previous years there’s no sign of things slowing down. I’ve cleaned up the list of upcoming titles and removed a few that were announced, but have not been mentioned again for well over a year. Despite this, there’s still 86 titles left in the list for us to look forward to! Sorry, but your wallets won’t be safe in 2020 either.

The Labels

iam8bit continues on as one of the most productive labels out there with 16 releases this year, and another 4 announced for the new year.

Laced Records had a spectacular 2019 with a solid mix of classics and new AAA games amounting in 10 new releases – and another 4 already announced for 2020.

Materia Collective truly begun going all in on the market for VGM arrangements released on vinyl and have released 9 titles this year (plus one in collab with Yetee Records).

2019 was the year of Lena Raine for Ship To Shore, with 5 of 7 releases being of her music for games, but they also gave us an obscure Castlevania album and soundtrack to the Japanese cult classic LSD.

A surprise in 2019 was Limited Run Games fully embracing VGM vinyl with 7 releases to their own name as well as announcing a partnership with Brave Wave.

Mondo continued their partnerships with Konami and Sony, which resulted in 6 new titles in 2019.

In the past year we also saw several smaller physical games companies starting to offer collector’s editions with vinyl soundtrack bonuses, which is a trend I suspect we’ll continue to see in the new year.

It’s also exciting that we’ve had new dedicated VGM vinyl labels show up in 2019 with Debug Records already putting out two titles, while Respawned Records and One Run Records have multiple titles planned for 2020.

And I should mention that there are of course many, many more labels who’ve put out stellar releases this year and I don’t see this slowing down either.

Blip Blop in 2019 (also in numbers)

Blip Blop will have its 5th (!) anniversary in the Summer of 2020, which is pretty insane. I had no idea I’d still be doing this 5 years later when I first started. Thanks to all of you for your continued support!
I do have some exciting news that I still can’t share yet, but trust me when I say I’ve got something neat planned for 2020.

A year ago I’d posted over 300 news posts, and now I’m well over 400. Basically meaning that I’m posting a new announcement more than twice a week (and that’s only counting new titles that are available to order). Last year I had over 1200 releases in the directory and right now I’m sitting at 1415. And I know I’m missing a good amount of new color variants and repressings, so the actual number is a bit higher when I’m done catching up!
Again, please note that this number is including every color and release variant for each title.

Listings – both available and upcoming – include music from 1488 different games on 78 different gaming platforms.

And what about you guys – the users of the site? There’s been 27035 unique users in 2019, which is a notable increase from last year! You guys visit from pretty much the same places as last year – almost half of you are located in the US, almost 10% in the UK, while users from Canada, Germany and France make up about 5% each.

Just like the past two years I’ve been a guest on the Video Game Grooves podcast for their end of the year episode, where we take a look back at our favorite releases of 2019. You can listen to it here if you want some listening samples and more discussion rather than just numbers.

2020 looks to hold more of the same for Blip Blop (plus beforementioned surprise, but you’ll have to wait for more about that one). The increase in number of titles and announcements means that there’s not much time for drastic changes, but as always I’m open to new ideas.

You’ve made it to the bottom of my 2019 retrospective – thank you so much for taking your time to read this. We’ve had a great 2019 and it certainly looks like we’ll continue with a great 2020 as well [insert hindsight joke here].

New Majora’s Mask arrangement LPs are up for preorder from Materia Collective

Materia Collective have just opened up preorders for two new vinyl releases for Theophany’s Time’s End arrangements of music from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

Both releases will be 2LPs on gold-colored vinyl. They will both be housed in gatefold jackets that are individually numbered. Additionally, Time’s End II will include a 16-page booklet with stills from the short film “Terrible Fate”.

Time’s End is priced at $40 and Time’s End II at $45. Both are scheduled to release in April, 2020.

Time’s End can be preordered from Bandcamp here and Materia Collective’s store here.
Time’s End II can be preordered from Bandcamp here and Materia Collective’s store here.

Time's End - Front
Time's End - Gatefold
Time's End II - Front
Time's End II - Booklet

Preorders for Brave Wave’s Samurai Shodown up soon

Preorders for Brave Wave’s next entry in their Generation Series – the soundtrack to the Neo Geo and Neo Geo CD versions of Samurai Shodown – are about to go live.

The release will be a 3LP on black, white and red vinyl. It will be housed in a two-piece box set and will also come with a booklet with interviews and liner notes. A download card will also be included.

300 copies will also be available with an art print signed by series creator Yasushi Adachi and composer Norio Tate.

The regular edition is priced at $50, while the signed is priced at $60. It is scheduled to ship in 1-3 months.

Regular edition will be availble from Limited Run Games here and the signed edition here at 10AM ET today.
The regular edition will be available from Fangamer and BigWax at a later time as well.

Samurai Shodown (1993) - Contents

G4F Records to release the Paper Beast soundtrack on vinyl

G4F Records have just announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to the VR exploration adventure game Paper Beasts on vinyl.

The release will be a 2LP on 180g white vinyl. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with artwork by Pascal Lefort. Copies that are placed during preorder will also come with autographed art by the game’s creator Eric Chahi.

It is priced at €35 and is scheduled to release in Q1 2020. It can be preordered from G4F Records here.

Paper Beast - Front Cover
Paper Beast - Gatefold
Paper Beast - Back Cover

Overland: Biomes 2LP available for backing via Bandcamp’s crowdfunding

A crowdfunding campaign for the ambient music from the game Overland has launched on composer Jocelyn Reyes’ Bandcamp.

If succesful, it will be a 2LP release on black and white swirl colored vinyl. It will come in a matte gatefold jacket with new artwork by Heather Penn.

The campaign runs from December 17, 2019 and ends 29 days later. If the campaign reaches its goal of $7612 the album is scheduled to release in April, 2020.

The lowest tier is priced at $38 and includes the album, while higher tiers comes with options of a signature and a test pressing. You can back the campaign on Bandcamp here.

Overland: Biomes - Front Cover Mockup
Overland: Biomes - Gatefold Mockup

The Erica soundtrack is getting released on vinyl from Black Screen Records

Black Screen Records have just announced that they will be releasing the Austin Wintory score for the interactive adventure game Erica on vinyl.

The release will be a black vinyl 2LP cut at 45RPM. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with art from the game.

It is priced at €32 and is scheduled to release in early March, 2020. Preorders placed before December 31, 2019 will be signed by the game’s creative director Jack Attridge.
It can be preordered from Black Screen Records here.

Erica - Front Cover
Erica - Gatefold
Erica - Back Cover