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“Retro” is the ears of the beholder. For some, it extends to the clang and twang of  electric guitars; for others, it’s the primitive chirp of a computer chip: that crazy 8-bit sound. And as every genre has its revival, it would appear that the latest incarnation of retro music is moving above ground, appealing to both older listeners nostalgic for the classic games of their youth and a younger generation embracing the lo-fi spectrum of electronic music.

Case in point: Namco’s Taiko Master Dondon Number Two, released for the Wii on Jan. 14, features the song “Family Don Don,” composed by chiptune whiz kids YMCK. Making music since 2003, YMCK are creating quite a niche for themselves in the game market. Earlier last year the band rearranged 8-bit classics for the Nintendo DS game PiCOPiCT, whose pixellated graphics also hark back to the dawn of the home-computer game.

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