Bit Brigade

Bit Brigade Powered Up At The Arkadia Retrocade!

I am sure for most of you it might feel like I’ve gone on ad nauseam about how wonderful it is working at a retro arcade. The simple fact of the matter is however that is 100% the truth. Constantly being around not just the shining and warm glow of the arcade games of the Golden Age. But seeing happy Players outweighs the few times it might start to feel like work.


In particular though there are those moments when the bar of awesomeness is raised even higher. Like last evening when we had very special musical guests drop into the arcade. Thanks to local musician Robert Baldomero aka LucioPro who performed at MagFest last year. He was able to get the ball rolling to have none other than the Bit Brigade perform at the arcade this year.
Bit Brigade - Title Screen

LucioPro has been a guest performer at the arcade in the past but last evening was the first time he actually revealed he was also secretly Soundwave of the Decepticons!

Now Bit Brigade as well as LucioPro had also just performed at PAX South four days previously. But they totally brought their A game to say the very least. One of the mind-blowing aspects of Bit Brigade is a member of the group is actually playing the game live. The band is playing the music for the level that is being projected behind them. In the case of this video for the opening level of the classic Castlevania!

Bit Brigade

I do apologize about my tablet’s inability to truly get a great image. I was standing on a chair holding it up over Sinistar while Bit Brigade was rocking out.

Now for those of you that have been or are now rightfully swayed by the power of the Bit Brigade. I have some very good news. They totally have an incredible amount of merchandise that you can purchase from their official store. Items include not just CD’s but Vinyl, T-Shirts, and digital downloads.

Now that you’ve seen the Bit Brigade entertain at the smaller venue that was the arcade. Check out this video from the 2012 MagFest to see some glorious Mega Man 2 action and music!


There is a bit of salty language from the legions enjoying the concert – just a heads up.

[Via] Infinite Bacon’s Channel

Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest TV Commercial (1988)

Castlevania 2 - Simon's Quest
I’ve talked before about my love for the original Castlevania game on the Nintendo Entertainment System…as well as the soul shattering difficulty I had at beating the game.

[Via] John Doe

Yes, I was merely a withered husk of a Gamer after that epic battle to bring low Dracula and his minions but then one afternoon I saw this TV commercial…and realized that Simon Belmont and I hadn’t finished the job.

[Via] Epic Videos

To be honest, Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest is probably my favorite of all the series and the one I will continuously pull out and play a couple of hours just to listen to the awesome music.

[Via] Illmatic28

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – “Bloody Tears” (1988)

I have quite a lot of fondness for the second adventure of Simon Belmont on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. It might have had something to do with that horrific cover to the second issue of Nintendo Power, you know the one I’m talking about…

…the issue that caused many parents to call the magazine’s headquarters and complain that the cover had given their children nightmares. I guess back in the day we just weren’t ready for a costumed man holding the severed head of Count Dracula?

One of the things I loved most about the sequel to Castlevania was its soundtrack, the music just set the mood for me. My favorite bit of music though was entitled Bloody Tears by the game’s composer, Kenichi Matsubara.

[Via] KamilDowonna’s YouTube Channel!

Take just a few seconds to listen to that and tell my you aren’t ready to go whip a few skeletons on the mouth!