game boy zine

Well, I thought it was about time that I showed the full piece that I did for the Winter in Inkopolis Zine ( There were a lot of really talented artists that participated in this zine, so I hope to those who ordered the physical copies would really love the zine to its fullest extent. I wanted to thank @justdanifornow​ for running the show and having the patience of a saint in waiting for my submission. X’D 

For people who missed out on the limited pre-orders for physical copies, you can order the digital copy for 7$. Please check this link out for more details.

The money also goes to Child’s Play charity so it was nice to do something for a good cause. 

Arranged by Tony Marino
Original Music by Masahiko Kondo
Art by Scare City

Game Boy music may very well be the catalyst that has lead to my shaping in to the musician I am today. Being my very first exposure to video games outside of Duck Hunt, soundtracks like that of Balloon Kid and Kirby’s Dream Land managed to worm their way in to my childhood subconscious more often than not. As the majority of the games I was playing at the time were by Japanese developers, this was perhaps my first exposure to a uniquely Japanese composing style. As the years went on and I became an active piano player, this became clearly reflected in my own performance style.

This naturally led to my interest in further exploring the people behind these soundtracks, which (somewhere along the way) caused me to stumble across Japanese pop musician Kageyama Hironobu (who among numerous other things has done work with the Mystical Ninja and Zone of the Enders franchises). Let me tell you, I was instantly hooked. Music from Japan was unlike anything I had ever heard before, and I quickly fell in love with the language. The song I have submitted is as such a cover of a once popular J-Pop tune by artist Masahiko Kondo. I thought it would serve as a nice testament to the many different inspirations I gained over the years to become the kind of musician I am today, and hope people can enjoy this unique fusion of old and new.

-Tony Marino (Chip artist, Cats on Mars)

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