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The Video Game Soundtrack Deals Thread (OP Revamped 04/28/16)

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#1 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   3984 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 04:35 PM

Welcome to CAG's general deals thread for video game soundtracks. The reason for this thread's existence are: 1) VGM collecting can be very expensive, since most physical soundtracks come in the form of Japanese imports, and 2) good deals can be had if one looks hard enough.

Shops listings include basic info, pros and cons, and currently ongoing deals (if any). Major deals will be listed in the updates toward the top of this post. Unless otherwise noted, all prices are in US dollars or Japanese yen. I'll do my best to keep this updated on a regular basis, and hope that my fellow CAGs can help out :)

Thread Updates:
04/28/16: I've gone ahead and reformatted the thread, as I'd thought about doing late last year. The biggest change is that specific deals and sales are now noted in the section below called "Major New Sales/Deals". Shop listings will still include links to sale/clearance sections, but not individual albums. I might still tweak the formatting here and there. Anyway, please let me know what you think.

Other changes for this update: iam8bit and Laced Records have been added to the Official Shops, and some other shops have had their permanent sale/deal sections added (Amazon.co.jp, CDJapan, DeepDiscount, Blizzard Gear, etc.).

Major New Sales/Deals (last updated 04/28/16):
- The Square Enix Online Store is having a big spring sale until May 8th, which includes a handful of CDs at 20% off.
- CDJapan is offering 10% extra points on all released CDs until May 5th.

Albums of the Update:
- The Clock Tower series got a 4-CD 20th anniversary sound collection late last year, in both standard and limited editions.
- For their own 20th anniversary, the original Pokemon Red and Green finally have a Super Music Collection.
- Continuing on this theme, a "Tales of..." series orchestral album came out last month for its 20th.
- As is typical for Blizzard collector's editions, the one for Overwatch will include an OST.
- Joining Capcom's other "Sound Box" releases is one for the Mega Man Battle Network series. This set is out on June 15th.
- Currently playing while I work on this update: the PixelJunk Eden OST (via Steam).

Old updates:
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Glossary:
VGM - Video Game Music.
OST - Original Sound Track. A variation is OSV, which is short for "Original Sound Version".
Arrange album - Game music albums that are not OSTs, but rerecordings or remixes of game music. Square Enix's "Piano Collections" albums and live concert recordings fit in this category.
First Press - Refers to an edition of a soundtrack (or a bonus that comes with it) that is only available with the first print run. Many such soundtracks have the same MSRP as "normal" editions.
Doujin - A Japanese term for independantly made and produced media items, including games (and those games' soundtracks) and fan works such as game remix albums.
Obi - The cardstock piece that wraps around the spine of most Japanese CDs. Used CDs that are missing the obi (if there was one originally) will usually be cheaper, but are not considered "complete". Often machine-translated as "band".

SAL - Surface Air Lift. Economy airmail, with no tracking or insurance (though some shops offer "Registered SAL", which includes tracking and limited insurance). Usually the cheapest international shipping available from Japan; can take anywhere from ten days to six weeks.
EMS - Express Mail Service. What it says. The fastest and priciest international postal shipping from Japan, it usually takes between 3-5 days. Always includes tracking and insurance. Highly recommended for large and/or expensive orders.
Proxy service - A type of shopping service international buyers use to get items that are only sold locally. There are also forwarding services in which an international buyer places the order themselves and has it shipped to a local address, from which it's forwarded to said buyer.

How to Find Game Music on Japanese-Language Sites (when you don't know Japanese):
Copy and paste either the title (in kanji) or the catalog number of an album into the search bar, either at the specific site you're searching, or through Google. VGMdb is a good reference for both types of information.

Free and Bonus Game OSTs:
Unfortunately, the lists for these soundtracks have been lost during the transition to CAG 3.0, and I foolishly did not think to save them beforehand. Therefore, I have begun recompiling both lists here from memory, plus there are some new listings as well. As always, suggestions are appreciated!

Legally Free Game Soundtracks
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Bonus Soundtrack Included Updated!
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Online Shops (General)

All shops/services listed in alphabetical order.

Amazon.co.jp Updated!
Formats: CD, MP3
Conditions: new, used (from Marketplace sellers)
+ Some of THE best Japanese game OST prices online and Japanese retail prices on everything else, unbeatable selection, fast international shipping, payment in US dollars is accepted for in-stock items, excellent customer service.
- Only offers expensive express shipping for international orders (for CDs to North America, it's 900 yen per shipment and 300 yen per item), separate and more expensive shipping rates for Fulfilled by Amazon items, limited English-language navigation options, separate Amazon.co.jp account is usually required (unlike with other international Amazon sites), many Marketplace and Fulfilled by Amazon items can't be shipped internationally.
Important note: All prices include 8% domestic sales tax. If you're having your stuff shipped outside of Japan, this tax will be automatically subtracted from your order upon checkout.
Additional info: Amazon.co.jp has a full help section in English. Also, to order Marketplace/Fulfillment items that can't be shipped overseas, or just to lessen the cost of shipping, a proxy or forwarding service is recommended. CAG favorite dv8CAG specializes in Amazon.co.jp forwarding.
Amazon.co.jp's game music CD section and Amazon.co.jp's game music MP3 section (Japanese, limited English)
- Some game music CD subsections, for slightly easier browsing:
Ongoing deals:
- Game music - up to 25% off
- Game music - 25-50% off
- Game music - 50-70% off
- Game music - 70% off or more

Amazon.com
Formats: CD, MP3
Conditions: new, used (from Marketplace sellers)
+ Great selection of domestically-released OSTs, track samples available, excellent customer service, multiple Cheapy Award winner.
- Import OST prices tend to be stupidly high, chance of bootlegs for imports.
Amazon.com's animation and game soundtrack section and Amazon search for "game soundtrack"
Ongoing deals: Some game soundtracks are free to stream if you have Amazon Prime. Other than that, can't find any; if you do, let me know!

AmiAmi Updated!
Formats: CD
Conditions: new
+ Japanese retail prices, frequent shopper points, multiple orders can be combined, multiple shipping options, good customer service.
- Rarely any VGM deals (amazing prices for figures, though!), domestic sales tax is included, high shipping estimates, strict cancellation policy.
AmiAmi's game CD section
Ongoing deals:
- All sale CDs

Bandcamp
Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC
Conditions: new
+ Proceeds from all sales go directly to the artists, many albums are "name your price", easy to browse, sample tracks available.
- None that I know of.
Additional info: VGM albums can be found under the tags game music, game soundtrack, and video game soundtrack. Alternately, there's this Google search.
Some game OSTs/publishers on Bandcamp: A handful of notable artists and albums.
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Ongoing deals: None that I know of.

CDJapan Updated!
Formats: CD
Conditions: new
+ Good selection, Japanese retail prices (with small discounts on many items), regular sales, frequent shopper points and coupons, multiple shipping options, good customer service.
- Rarer OSTs can be hard to come by, game OSTs in particular hardly ever go on sale (and the most they seem to ever be discounted is 5% off of retail), shipping estimates can sometimes be too high.
CDJapan's game music section
Ongoing deals:
- Offers and special campaigns for the whole site

DeepDiscount.com (suggested by JamesInDigital) Updated!
Formats: CD
Conditions: new
I've never bought anything from here, so no review for right now. If anybody wants to contribute one, that'd be great :)
DeepDiscount.com search for "Game Music" (note: this is pretty much all imports. For domestic releases, search under "Soundtrack" or for the specific title/composer/publisher)
Ongoing deals: They offer free shipping on orders over $25 (with some restrictions).
- All music deals and sales

iTunes
Formats: MP3, AAC
Conditions: n/a
+ Cheaper than physical disks, includes some OSTs that would be hard or impossible to find in disk form to begin with.
- Limited selection, no sales (that I know of), albums are sometimes removed from the store without warning.
Additional info: For game music, search under "Soundtracks" in the iTunes Store; this is one of those places where it really helps if you are looking for something specific.
Some game OSTs/publishers on iTunes: A list of publishers and individual albums to keep an eye out for.
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Mandarake Updated!
Formats: CD, sometimes other formats depending on stock
Conditions: used, new (though it's rare)
+ Decent-to-great prices; carries obscure, rare, and doujin CDs.
- Limited English-language browsing options, some parts of the site are NSFW.
Mandarake's CD section
Ongoing deals: The 500 yen handling fee for orders under 5,000 yen has been eliminated, from what I've heard. Other than that, nope.

National Console Support (aka NCSX) (suggested by Traitorious)
Formats: CD, vinyl
Conditions: new
+ Has a great reputation among import gamers.
- Generally high prices, limited selection.
NCSX's music CDs section
Ongoing deals: None that I can see.

Otaku.com
Formats: CD
Conditions: used, new
+ Wide-ranging selection (just about all of it in-stock), carries doujin CDs, some rare items, great customer service.
- Some prices tend to be on the high side, high flat-rate shipping sent via Registered SAL (though this is negotiable for large orders), site not well designed for casual browsing.
Otaku's game music section and Otaku's Final Fantasy CD section
Ongoing deals:
- Sale section for the whole site

Play-Asia Updated!
Formats: CD
Conditions: new
+ Good selection, regular sales, multiple shipping options, generally decent prices, coupons, good customer service, multiple Cheapy Award winner.
- Rarer OSTs can be hard to come by, better prices can usually be found elsewhere, no longer offers free shipping, is apparently run by edgelord trolls.
Play-Asia's Video Game Soundtracks section
Ongoing deals: The old sale section is now gone. They still have auctions, as well as some sales, which are announced here. Also, there doesn't seem to be a thread here anymore for Play-Asia coupons. If I've somehow overlooked it, please let me know!

Rakuten Updated!
Formats: CD
Conditions: mostly used, some new
+ Large and diverse selection; carries obscure, rare, and doujin CDs; points system.
- Most sellers only ship via EMS, product descriptions are machine translated.
Rakuten's game music CD section
Ongoing deals:
- Special offers page for the whole site

Steam
Formats: MP3
Conditions: n/a
+ Good prices, amazing sales, good site navigation, the Steam browser has a built-in music player.
- Soundtracks are treated like DLC and require the base game, no dedicated section in the store for soundtracks.
Steam search for "soundtrack" and Steam search for "soundtrack dlc"
Ongoing deals: Sales change on a daily basis, and may or may not include soundtrack DLC. There are two large annual sales to keep an eye out for-- a summer sale and a holiday sale-- as well as your typical Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. Check out the current Steam/PC Gaming Deals Thread for up-to-date info.

YesAsia Updated!
Formats: CD
Conditions: new
+ Wide-ranging selection, free international economy shipping for many items.
- Items aren't necessarily guaranteed to come in stock.
YesAsia's Japanese game music section
Ongoing deals: In addition to free shipping, many items come with a free Japanese capsule toy.
- All Japanese soundtrack deals

Online Shops (Official)

Blizzard Gear (formerly the Blizzard online shop) Updated!
Formats: CD
Conditions: new
+ Exclusive items.
- Very limited selection.
Blizzard Gear search for "music"
Ongoing deals:
- Vault (all clearance items)

Game Music Bundle
Formats: MP3
Conditions: n/a
+ Set your own price, supports game music composers.
- Limited and fluctuating selection.
Game Music Bundle
Ongoing deals: Unfortunately, new bundles go up rarely. I highly recommend subscribing to their mailing list to get the latest info. Click on the button that says "+ Follow Game Music Bundle" to do so.

Humble Bundle
Formats: MP3
Conditions: n/a
+ Set your own price, supports indie developers and/or charities.
- Limited and fluctuating selection, not all bundles include soundtracks.
Humble Bundle
Ongoing deals: Check out the Humble Megathread for the most up-to-date info.

iam8bit NEW!
Formats: vinyl
Conditions: new
+ Exclusive collector's edition vinyl soundtracks, if you're into that. Also, some albums come with digital copies.
- (never ordered from there, so let me know if you have any thoughts!)
iam8bit - Vinyl
Ongoing deals: Nope.

Laced Records NEW!
Formats: CD, vinyl, digital
Conditions: new
+ Multiple formats.
- Very limited selection.
Laced Records Store
Ongoing deals: Nope.

Rockstar
Formats: CD, vinyl, MP3
Conditions: new
+ Good site navigation, good prices
- Very limited selection, no exclusives (as far as music goes).
Rockstar Warehouse's CD/Vinyl section
Rockstar Warehouse's Downloadable Music section (DRM: iTunes US/Europe)
Ongoing deals: None that I know of.

Square Enix (Online Store suggested by Kirin Lemon, Distant Worlds suggested by Nogib) Updated!
Formats: CD (Square Enix Online Store), MP3 (Distant Worlds)
Conditions: new
+ All-around great prices for import Square Enix OSTs, free shipping at $100 (within the continental US).
- Limited selection, no non-Square Enix-published Square Enix game music (such as anything Dragon Quest), the Online Store is run by Digital River.
Square Enix Online Store's music CD section
Distant Worlds official store
Ongoing deals: At the Square Enix store, there's a "sale" tab at the top of the page which sometimes has deals.

Sumthing Digital (suggested by eastx) Updated!
Formats: MP3
Conditions: n/a
+ Digital downloads of Sumthing Else releases, with samples, all in one handy location. If you aren't familiar with them, Sumthing Else publishes a lot of Western game music, and also domestic versions of some Japanese soundtracks (mostly Capcom ones).
- None that I can see, other than the shop being download-only (for CD releases, check Amazon.com).
Sumthing Digital's game soundtracks section
Ongoing deals: Occasionally offers coupon codes, which usually show up in new posts in this thread. There's also the "Promotions and Discounts" section of Sumthing's blog, though it hasn't been updated in awhile.

Video Games Live
Don't know much about this place, so no plusses or minuses for now. They used to have a small selection of Video Games Live and Tommy Tallarico albums, but right now, all it looks like they carry is t-shirts and other merchandise.
Video Games Live's online shop (new link)
Ongoing deals: The whole store seems pretty much dead. If this continues, I'll remove it.

Auction Sites

eBay
Formats: CD, vinyl (though it's rare)
Conditions: used, new
+ Some tasty rarities pop up here from time to time.
- Tons of BOOTLEGS, limited selection of legit OSTs, rare CDs tend to be cheaper on Japanese secondhand sites, the usual eBay crapola.
Additional info: I don't think I need to tell you all how to get to eBay ;)
Legit Sellers: Otaku.com and NCSX (listed above) are both known eBay sellers; here are some others:
- champ des pins - recommended by SleazyC (for rarities [including doujin CDs], good customer service)

Yahoo! Japan Auctions (suggested by Bloomy)
Formats: CD, vinyl (though it's rare)
Conditions: used, new
+ The Japanese equivalent of eBay, wide-ranging selection, rarities, less of a risk of bootlegs than on eBay.
- Entire site in Japanese, you will probably have to go through (and pay for) a proxy service to get what you want (Bloomy recommends Celga; I like From Japan).
Yahoo! Japan Auctions (Japanese)
Additional Info: Dealing with Yahoo Japan auctions
 

:-( GameMusic.com R.I.P. :-(
:-( VGM World (vgmworld.com) R.I.P. :-(


Additional contributors/thanks: SleazyC, K_G, helmet, ZerotypeX, metaly, 11440, MSUHitman, neocisco, TheLongshot, louiedog

Edited by R. Kasahara, 28 April 2016 - 09:17 PM.
Some store and other updates.

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#2 Kirin Lemon   世界を革命する者 CAGiversary!   5011 Posts   Joined 12.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 04:52 PM

The official Square-Enix store has some great prices on some of their soundtracks. $19.99 for the Final Fantasy Tactics OST is a fantastic deal.

http://store.na.squa...goryID.16256200
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 04:59 PM

I bought from CD Japan and Otaku before and am very happy with their service. They tend to use boxes for shipment, which is particularly important if the item has a digipak type of packaging, or could easily be dented or crushed.

Shipping usually costs an arm and a leg though.
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:01 PM

Oh man, I've been looking for Katamari Fortissimo Damacy forever. It's just that I can't read Japanese T_T

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:02 PM

Well made thread, thanks!

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#6 DukeEdwardI   Whose Queens? CAGiversary!   2141 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:05 PM

Handy thread! Well done.

#7 SleazyC   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   106 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:09 PM

I've bought from VGM World, Otaku, Amazon JP, CDJapan and YesAsia and all of them had good service. VGM World and Otaku I can single out specifically as they were very open answering questions I asked them about the products they sold.
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#8 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   3984 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:18 PM

The official Square-Enix store has some great prices on some of their soundtracks. $19.99 for the Final Fantasy Tactics OST is a fantastic deal.

http://store.na.squa...goryID.16256200

Added to the list. Thanks for the suggestion!
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#9 Traitorious   Shunts to the face CAGiversary!   535 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:06 PM

Very well organized. I've been meaning to start picking up OSTs now that I have a bit of cash saved up, and can justify some random expenditures.

I haven't bought anything from them in awhile, but doesn't ncsx.com carry OSTs too?

#10 vikingvessel   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   191 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:11 PM

Noticed there wasn't a catch-all thread for video game soundtracks, and seeing as how 1) VGM collecting can be very expensive, since most soundtracks come in the form of Japanese imports, and 2) good deals can be had if one looks hard enough, I thought this might be a good idea.



This is amazing!
I am not a super OST enthusiast, though your effort rules
and should elate any interested parties.

#11 backseatdog   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3031 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:40 PM

wow great job op, nice and well organized!

Sup.


#12 Drkirby   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   614 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:45 PM

GameMusic.com seems to have some great prices. Sure there is nothing up with them? A little to good to be true.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:48 PM

Ohh wow a must appreciated thread :D I hope it stays alive for a long time

#14 Nogib   *squeezing* the *juice* CAGiversary!   1431 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:05 PM

FYI, Distant Worlds II came out the other day. All I can say is buy buy BUY it! http://store.ffdistantworlds.com/
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:07 PM

No CD of it this time around?

#16 Kirin Lemon   世界を革命する者 CAGiversary!   5011 Posts   Joined 12.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:14 PM

FYI, Distant Worlds II came out the other day. All I can say is buy buy BUY it! http://store.ffdistantworlds.com/


Yep, that version of Dancing Mad is pretty much the greatest thing to ever happen in the history of the world.
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:17 PM

great thread...tagged for later...now I need to find a great deal on the Resident Evil: Dark Side Chronicles soundtrack and the RE: Degeneration movie.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:20 PM

Cool thread idea! You are totally missing http://www.sumthingdigital.com . Sumthing Digital is the place to get the Bionic Commando Rearmed, Borderlands, Halo, God of War, Blue Dragon, and other (mostly western) game soundtracks in MP3 form. They usually have 10 or 20% off coupons, too. The current coupon code is vgl15 for 15% off all game music (expires May 26).

Edited by eastx, 07 May 2010 - 06:57 PM.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:03 PM

Something to remember, if you bought the Tales of Vesperia 360 LE, if you redeem the code that was in there you get Vol. 2 and 3 of the 10th Anniversary Soundtrack on CD (Vol. 1 is in the CE.)

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#20 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   3984 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:14 PM

I've bought from VGM World, Otaku, Amazon JP, CDJapan and YesAsia and all of them had good service. VGM World and Otaku I can single out specifically as they were very open answering questions I asked them about the products they sold.

Added your notes about VGM World and Otaku's customer service; thanks for the input :)

I haven't bought anything from them in awhile, but doesn't ncsx.com carry OSTs too?

I forgot about NCSX! ^^; Just checked, and they do carry OSTs; I'll add them shortly.

Trying to check another store I forgot (Mandarake), but can't get it to load. I can't remember if they carry game soundtracks; anyone here know?

GameMusic.com seems to have some great prices. Sure there is nothing up with them? A little to good to be true.

It's been years since I last ordered from them, but they're legit.

Yep, that version of Dancing Mad is pretty much the greatest thing to ever happen in the history of the world.

Better than the Black Mages version?

And to Nogib: I'll add the Distant Worlds link to the Square Enix Store section, just to keep all that stuff together. Thanks for the info!

Cool thread idea! You are totally missing http://www.sumthingdigital.com . Sumthing Digital is the place to get the Bionic Commando Rearmed, Borderlands, Halo, God of War, Blue Dragon,and other (mostly western) game soundtracks in MP3 form. They usually have 10 or 20% off coupons, too. The current coupon code is vgl15 for 15% off all game music (expires May 26).

Thanks :) I know Sumthing has MP3 OSTs at Amazon (CDs there, too) and on iTunes, but I'll add the company store as well.

Edited by blueshinra, 06 May 2010 - 10:07 PM.

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#21 metaly   In the world, only this island is. CAGiversary!   4677 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:31 PM

Oh this is just awesome. I've been meaning to create a game music geeking out thread for a while, but this will do. :)

I've been trying to figure out what's up with the Valkyria Chronicles 2 OST, which has been out for a while but the only online store carrying it is otaku.com. It sounds like they're pretty reliable, though?

#22 estofan   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   617 Posts   Joined 7.1 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:45 PM

Sweeeeeeeeeet! Thanks for the effort! I usually buy from Play-Asia and occassionally Amazon JP but it's nice to see so many other options.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:47 PM

Something to remember, if you bought the Tales of Vesperia 360 LE, if you redeem the code that was in there you get Vol. 2 and 3 of the 10th Anniversary Soundtrack on CD (Vol. 1 is in the CE.)


I don't think you can anymore, the link to register it seems to just redirect to the main tales site.

#24 SleazyC   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   106 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:10 AM

Oh this is just awesome. I've been meaning to create a game music geeking out thread for a while, but this will do. :)

I've been trying to figure out what's up with the Valkyria Chronicles 2 OST, which has been out for a while but the only online store carrying it is otaku.com. It sounds like they're pretty reliable, though?

Amazon JP has it as well -> http://www.amazon.co...&language=en_JP

A good way to search for specific OST's is to use VGMdb (www.vgmdb.net) and grab the catalog number and then google it. You can usually bring up Amazon JP much easier than searching for the title of the OST as the differences in translations of a games name can make it a bit tougher to find.
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#25 Kirin Lemon   世界を革命する者 CAGiversary!   5011 Posts   Joined 12.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 03:37 AM

Better than the Black Mages version?


Way, way, way better. Then multiplied by one thousand more "way"s.
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#26 R. Kasahara   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   3984 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 07 May 2010 - 12:52 PM

A good way to search for specific OST's is to use VGMdb (www.vgmdb.net) and grab the catalog number and then google it. You can usually bring up Amazon JP much easier than searching for the title of the OST as the differences in translations of a games name can make it a bit tougher to find.

I've been using a similar approach lately. VGMdb typically has kanji titles for Japanese OSTs listed alongside the translated ones; I just copy and paste that into Amazon JP's search window whenever I'm price-checking (or wishlisting) a specific album there. VGMdb in general is great for looking up all kinds of information about game OSTs.

Speaking of Amazon JP, they also have subsections for some specific game series, for those who like to browse. I've pulled out the ones that I recognized here:

- Wizardry (mostly OOP stuff)
- Ogre Battle (all OOP stuff)
- Gran Turismo
- Sakura Wars
- Shin Megami Tensei
- Super Robot Wars
- Xenosaga
- Da Capo
- Dance Dance Revolution
- Digimon
- Tokimeki Memorial
- Dragon Quest
- Resident Evil (Biohazard)
- Parappa the Rapper (mostly OOP stuff)
- beatmania
- Fire Emblem
- Final Fantasy
- Persona
- Pokemon (Pocket Monsters)
- Metal Gear Solid
- Wild Arms

Way, way, way better. Then multiplied by one thousand more "way"s.

Hah, I'll have to check it out sometime, then.
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#27 chubbyninja1319  

chubbyninja1319

Posted 07 May 2010 - 02:10 PM

Awesome thread! My go to place for import OST's is Play Asia. Sumthing digital has good stuff.

A suggestion to all....Check out Distant Worlds II. It's unbelievable.

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#28 Bloomy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2522 Posts   Joined 10.2 Years Ago  

Posted 07 May 2010 - 04:12 PM

Great thread.

Since you list eBay, I thought I'd bring up that Yahoo Japan Auctions is another option for finding rarities. There's probably a lesser chance of bootlegs there than eBay. Most sellers don't ship internationally, so there'd be some extra fees for using a middleman service. Here's a tutorial on using the site, including some middleman services. I use Celga myself and have been happy with them. Even with the extra fees, YJA can still beat prices on eBay. I recently picked up the Majora's Mask soundtrack, and have gotten some Club Nintendo CDs in the past (I hope the US Club Nintendo adds soundtracks to their rewards). I can't read Japanese, so for searches, I just copy / paste Japanese from Wikipedia articles.

#29 Renaissance 2K   *nom nom nom* CAGiversary!   578 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Renaissance 2K

Posted 07 May 2010 - 05:50 PM

GameMusic.com seems to have some great prices. Sure there is nothing up with them? A little to good to be true.


Their shipping is nasty, but they're alright.
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#30 Greenboom98   End Of Time traveler CAGiversary!   677 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Greenboom98

Posted 07 May 2010 - 07:04 PM

Good thread! Will keep an eye out... :-D Really wondering on SMG2 OST... I bought the first one from Playasia a when it was released... great price too.
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