Gentle Love does EarthBound as a tribute to Iwata


Proceeds go to American Cancer Society

[Disclosure: Jayson Napolitano previously worked for Destructoid. He is now representing Gentle Love.]

You know Gentle Love, right? It’s the Japanese duo responsible for the soothing Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies albums. “Snake Eater” from Metal Gear Solid 3 done in piano and sax is a great rendition. The fact that Metal Gear Solid series composer Norihiko Hibino is one half of Gentle Love might have something to do with it being so good.

Anyway, Gentle Love has released a two-song album, each track a tribute to someone who passed away this year. The first track, “Onett,” honors Satoru Iwata, who famously saved EarthBound, allowing it to reach its cult classic status. It is strangely melancholy; the Onett theme is normally upbeat and punchy, but this version slows it down into something more demure and wistful.

The second track, “Sincerely Yours,” is more personal. It’s an original work honoring musician Eiki Oshimi, who was a mentor to Hibino and who passed away within days of Iwata.

Prescription for Peace: A Tribute to the Departed is up for purchase on Loudrfor a dollar to cover licensing fees. Any additional money made through the pay-what-you-want pricing will go to the American Cancer Society.