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Have a Very 8-Bit Christmas (MP3s)

Tis the season for blippy, retro fun. The 8-bit mode has infected everything from toys to fashion, so why not seasonal favorites? Enter Doctor Octoroc‘s 8-Bit Jesus: Classic Christmas Songs in the Style of Classic NES Games, a compilation of 18 Christmas songs rendered like something likely to emanate from an arcade game in which Santa has to deliver presents via ever more complicated chimneys. The song titles hint at the provenance of the sounds: “Have Yourself a Final Little Fantasy” (MP3), “Joy to Commando” (MP3), “Silent Knight Man” (MP3), etc. There’s also beautiful cover art, in the colorful pixel mode, by Jude Buffum (judebuffum.wordpress.com). Get the full release at doctoroctoroc.com, and, due to the set’s popularity, various mirror sites (located via twitter.com/ario).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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