I Fight Dragons (IFD) is a nintendocore video game with 8-bit inspirations formed in 2008. Brian Mazzaferri and Bill Prokopow while working on a demo had the idea to try and sound like music from an old NES. That song was “Heads Up, Hearts Down” and start them on a four years of national tours, two EPs and one full albums, hundreds of shows, and more. Their 2nd full length albums Project Atma is a Chiptune Rock Opera is set to be released soon.
Mages is video game developer, having worked on such games as Steins;Gate, Chaos;HEAd, and several other visual novel games in Japan. Their first game in North America is Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, on XBox Live Arcade, a spin-off to the 2D fighting game Phantom Breaker. “Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds” is a cooperative, side-scrolling beat’em up that hearkens back to the days of the 8-Bit era, but using modern game development techniques.
The two have joined for a special music video project. Taking IFD’s song “Move” from their recent album DEMOlitions with custom sprites of the band mashed-up with in-game footage from Mages’ Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds to create this project. Watch the video here.
The collaboration came about when Gail Salamanca, US PR Manager of Mages and fan of the band, wanted to combine IFD’s chiptune inspired rock with Phantom Breakers 8bit retro look into something for fans of both the band and game. Brian Mazzaferri of I Fight Dragons has stated that the outcome of “four badass anime heroines going on a beat-em-up rampage pixelized versions of IFD to cheer them on” is pretty much his ideal vision for a music video to Move. The video was produced by Strangely Compelling, directed by Salamanca, and the IFD sprites were created by Oleg Tikounov.