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Japan earthquake benefit album from gaming's greatest composers now on sale

Months ago the whole world was saddened by the devastating earthquake that hit Japan, and gamer’s felt it in their own way, as videogame history is forever linked to the lovely island nation. In the aftermath, many of gaming’s most well-known creators were inspired to create several charity initiatives, including iPhone games and auctions. Months ago Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, Shadows of the Damned) got many of gaming’s best composers to create brand new songs for a benefit album titled Play for Japan. At long last you can download it now, with all the proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross.

Above: Yamaoka has more details about the album

Along with Yamaoka, the track list is a virtual who’s who of game composers. Nintendo fans will recognize Koji Kondo (writer of Mario and Zelda soundtracks, along with a million other classics) and Hip Tanaka (lesser-known but very important Nintendo songwriter and basis for KK Slider in Animal Crossing), while every Square-Enix fan should be familiar with the work of Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda. English-speaking composers also pitched in, including people that worked on Dead Space, Plants vs Zombies and Call of Duty. Here’s the full track list:

Akira Yamaoka (Shadows of the Damned) | “Ex Animo”
Arthur Inasi (Harmonix) | “We Are One”
Bear McCreary (SOCOM 4) | “Maverick Regeneration”
Chance Thomas (Lord of the Rings Online) | “Rise Up”
Hip Tanaka.β (Metroid) | “HVC-1384″
Inon Zur feat. The Lyris Quartet (Dragon Age) | “Remember“
Jason Graves (Dead Space) | “Necromancer”
Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.) | “Super Mario Medley On Two Pianos”
Laura Karpman (Everquest II) w/Lisbeth Scott | “Pine Wind Sound“
Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies) | “Jump“
Mitsuto Suzuki (The 3rd Birthday) | “Play for You”
Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid 4) | “Reminiscence”
Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) | “Every New Morning“
Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia) | “White Cloud”
Sean Murray (Call of Duty) | “The Temple Stone”
Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising) | “Greater Lights“
Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption) | “Moshi Moshi”
Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger) | “Dimension Break”

You can now buy it on iTunes in the US, UKand Canada. It’ll get a worldwide release on Amazon and iTunes July 15, so if you can’t download it to support Japan by this weekend, then you have a cold, sad heart. And FYI, Kondo’s Mario track is only available on iTunes.

Jul 11, 2011

Henry moved from the suburbs of northern Florida to work at GR+, and hasn't looked back once in seven years. When not collecting Mario toys, you can find him constantly checking his Twitter.