The fact that you can walk into Japanese music stores and buy a brand-new copy of the soundtrack to the original Nintendo 64 version of Super Smash Bros. because it’s still in print and was never out of print will never cease to impress me.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.


I remember way, way back, one of the issues of Nintendo Power around the time of Melee’s release came with an orchestral soundtrack. I loved it, but it was eventually stolen from my car along with the rest of my CDs. Some years after that, I got curious and ended up calling the Nintendo support line asking if there was a way to get another copy. Sure enough, they said I could have one if I got a year subscription