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Cris Tales vinyl soundtrack can now be preordered from Black Screen Records

Black Screen Records have just opened up preorders for a 2LP vinyl selection of music from the soundtrack to stylish time-bending RPG Cris Tales.

The release will be a 140g 2LP with one record on gold marbled colored vinyl and the other on “curacao” blue translucent colored vinyl. It will be housed in a gatefold jacket with artwork by Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK. It will include a download card for the full digital soundtrack.

It is priced at €32 and is scheduled to release around February 25, 2022. It can be preordered via Black Screen Records here. US folks can also preorder via Ship To Shore PhonoCo. here.

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Valis: The Fantasm Soldier Collection vinyl release up for preorder via Limited Run Games

Limited Run Games have just opened up preorders for a vinyl release with music from the first three games in the action platformer series, Valis.

The release will be a 3LP on black vinyl. It will be housed in a jacket featuring game art.

It is priced at $60 and is an open preorder from now and until February 6, 2022. It is scheduled to release 5-8 months after preorders close. It can be preordered via Limited Run Games here.

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Chocobo & Chill vinyl campaign from GameChops now live

GameChops have just launched a new campaign for an album in their Chill series and this time it’s the Final Fantasy series getting the treatment on Chocobo & Chill.

The release will be a single LP on black vinyl. It will be housed in a single-pocket jacket with artwork by Liz Clayton Fuller.

It is priced at $25 and the campaign runs from now and until February 6, 2022. If successful they are scheduled to begin shipping in June, 2022. The release can be backed via Bandcamp here.

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Guilty Gear soundtrack available to preorder on vinyl from Channel 3

Channel 3 Records are now taking preorders for the vinyl soundtrack to the first entry in the fighting game series Guilty Gear.

The release will be a 180g 2LP available in three color variants – “The Missing Link” red and black + blue and black pinwheel colored vinyl (450 copies), “Shout And Burning” red splatter and blue swirl colored vinyl (450 copies), and classic black vinyl (100 copies).
It will be housed in a heavyweight gatefold jacket with game art. It will include a 12-page booklet with artwork and liner notes by composer Daisuke Ishiwatari as well as a 7″ flexi disc with sound effects.

It is priced at $42 and is scheduled to release in May 2022. It can be preordered from Channel 3 Records here.

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Season themes from Arknights getting released on vinyl

Monster Siren Records are releasing the Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter themes from Arknights on vinyl.

The release will be a single 12″ on black vinyl. It will be housed in a jacket featuring game art. It will also include four acrylic stands with character art and postcards.

It is priced at 199 RMB and is scheduled to release in mid/late-January, 2022. It can be preordered via TMall here.
Please note that it is a Chinese store and will require a Chinese address or use of a proxy service to order.

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2021 – The year in VGM vinyl releases

2021 and 2022 in numbers

The time has once again come to look back at what was and forward to what will (hopefully) be. 2021 was a year of more COVID-19 and combined with a series of shortages made for a perfect storm of delays and pushbacks for many of the releases we were looking forward to (I made a post on reddit summing up many of the factors behind these delays that you can read here).

Did all this stop 2021 from being another record year for VGM vinyl? Nope. 222 new releases (this number is possibly a bit inflated due to me including titles that were released separately and as part of a box set – such as the Final Fantasy XIV releases). Last year that number sat at 176, so that’s a pretty big jump for a year with as many delays as 2021!

As per usual there are no signs of things slowing down as I’ve noted 189 upcoming titles set for 2022 (and some even later) on my list of upcoming releases. At one point this year it was even above 200, but a series of titles shipping late this year took it below that threshold. Last year this number was at 146 again pointing towards a continuous increase in VGM vinyl releases.

The labels

For the second year in a row Laced Records was the most productive label in terms of titles coming out with 17 new releases. With 12 announced titles for 2022 there’s no sign of them slowing down either.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. put more titles out than ever before with 14 new releases. They also have 7 releases announced so 2022 won’t be slowing down either.

Same goes for Black Screen Records who also got 14 new releases out. They’ve only announced 4 upcoming releases, but I’m sure they’ve got even more planned.

Respawned had an efficient second year as a label with 12 new releases and with another 4 announced we’ll have more to look forward to.

Limited Run Games have gone all in on vinyl as well and have also put out 11 titles with 11 titles also announced for 2022.

iam8bit was productive as always, but did have a bit fewer titles coming out with “just” 10 releases in 2021. Several were pushed for 2022, though, and they have 15 announced titles coming.

Brave Wave suffered through several delays, but still managed to get out 7 new titles with an additional 6 planned for 2022 (although all of which were pushed from their original 2021 dates).

As always there have been many more active labels out there and it’s lovely to see such a variety of releases among all of you guys! Once again we’ve also got a handful of new labels such as Mana Wave, Very Ok Vinyl and Mango Mage and it’s going to be exciting to see what they have planned in the new year.

Blip Blop in numbers

This is the sixth consecutive year I’ve been doing Blip Blop and unlike 2020 there weren’t any major celebrations or big events – just a ton of new releases to keep track of.

Last year I’d just made the 600th news post on the site and right now we’re over 800, which means that there’s roughly been 200 new announcements in 2021, which means there’s been almost four new announcements per week. It’s no wonder I never have any money.

The number of releases listed on the site has gone from 1746 to 2027 and it’s worth noting that I’m aware of several missing releases although mostly newer repressings and color variants that’s been harder and harder to keep track of, but I’ll try to add new ones to the extent possible.

As for you guys – the users on the site – there’s been a large increase in visitors over the past year with 49.257 unique visitors to the site. You’re roughly visiting from the usual places with 50% of users being based in the US, 10% in the UK, 6% from Canada and just under 4% each for France and Germany.

As is tradition at this point I joined the guys from Video Game Grooves for a Best of 2021 podcast episode, which you can find here. We looked at our personal favorite releases of 2021 and announced what you guys had voted as your top 5 favorites.

Back in 2020 I predicted that 2021 would be a wild year for VGM vinyl and I was indeed right. Considering that 2021 in many aspects have been a weird and not always easy year, VGM vinyl releases have been coming out left and right and there’s still no sign of things slowing down just yet. Although it remains to be seen if the delays will continue into the new year and slow it down maybe just a little bit.

As for myself you can probably expect a bit more quiet from me in the early parts of the new year. I will try to get new announcements out in a timely manner, but I have some personal matters that will require most of my attention in the beginning of the year.

You’ve now reached the end of this long rambling of mine! Thank you for reading it and thank you for being awesome and checking out Blip Blop! Happy new year and here’s to a great 2022!

Vinyl soundtrack for The Legend Of Sword And Fairy up for preorder now

Chinese label Fanthful Records are releasing the soundtrack to classic 1995 Chinese RPG The Legend Of Sword And Fairy (known in the West as Chinese Paladin) on vinyl. The release will include tracks from both the 1995 DOS version and 1997 Win95 version.

The release will be a 2LP with one record on pink and the other on clear colored vinyl. It will be housed in a jacket with game art.
A collector’s edition with the CD and several bonus items is also available.

It is priced at 300 RMB and is scheduled to release around May 20, 2022 – although do note that preorders are set to close on February 10, 2022. It can be preordered from Fanthful Records here although it may require using a proxy service to order it from China.

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Black Screen Records to release Desperados III soundtrack on vinyl

Black Screen Records have just opened preorders for a vinyl release of the soundtrack to Western real-time tactics game Desperados III.

The release will be a single LP on red and black marble colored vinyl. It will be housed in a single-pocket jacket with new artwork by Randis Albion and Dane Baudoin.

It is priced at €26 and is scheduled to release on February 11, 2022. It can be preordered from Black Screen Records here.

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Mega Man 2 & 3 + Mega Man X get standalone vinyl releases from Laced

Laced Records have just announced that they are releasing the soundtracks to Mega Man 2&3 together as well as Mega Man X. Complete soundtracks for both have previously been part of their Mega Man and Mega Man X box sets.

Mega Man 2&3 will be a 180g 2LP in two color variants – a limited edition “Mega Buster” blue swirl variant, and a standard black variant. It will be housed in a wide single-pocket jacket with artwork by Ultimatemaverickx.

Mega Man X will be a 180g LP in two color variants – a limited edition “X-Blaster” blue swirl, and a standard black variant. It will be housed in a single-pocket jacket with artwork by Ultimatemaverickx.

Mega Man 2&3 is priced at £33/$35 and Mega Man X is priced at £24/$28. Both releases are scheduled to release in August, 2022 and can be preordered via Laced Records here.

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Persona 1-5 vinyl soundtracks now available to preorder from iam8bit

Last week iam8bit announced that they would be releasing the soundtracks to the six main games in the JRPG series Persona on vinyl and now they are ready with preorders. The soundtracks will be available individually (except 1, 2: Innocent Sin and 2: Eternal Punishment, which will be bundled together) and together as part of a complete box set.

Persona 1 and 2 will be a 3LP on pink, purple and green colored vinyl. They will be sold together, but seemingly be housed in two separate boxes.

Persona 3 will be a 4LP on blue, yellow, red and purple colored vinyl. It will be housed in a box set.

Persona 4 will be a 4LP on yellow, grey, silver and black vinyl. It will be housed in a box set.

Persona 5 will be a 4LP on black, silver, red and white colored vinyl. It will be housed in a box set. This is identical to the recent releases of the Persona 5 Essential Edition.

All releases will feature new artwork by Drew Wise and include stickers matching the games.

A slipcase box set featuring all 15 LPs in their respective boxes will also be available for purchase. The box will also be sold separately for people who already own Persona 5.

The full collected box set will also include a certificate of authenticity, which will not be included with the standalone releases.

Persona 1+2 is priced at $90, while Persona 3-5 will be $100 each. The full box set will be $400 and the standalone slipcase box will be $35. They are all scheduled to release in Q3 2022, with a later wave of orders not shipping until sometime in 2023.

The releases can be preordered from iam8bit here. EU folks can also preorder the box set via Black Screen Records here – no individual releases yet, though.

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