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Episode 8 – Dat Sunsoft Bass

Episode 8 – Dat Sunsoft Bass
DAT SUNSOFT BASS! Sunsoft was arguably one of the best developers when it came to sound hardware on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and there’s no better example than Mr. Gimmick. Better known as Gimmick in its native land, this game (which remained exclusive to Japan and Scandinavian territories) showcased what happened when composer Masashi Kageyama took inspiration from his fellow employees’ taste in music, and injected it into this love letter to platform game fans. Despite never receiving this one in North America, the soundtrack and game have been praised as one of the most underrated on the console, with many people reproducing the game as best as they can with Sunsoft’s 5B chip. But the FME-7, the heart and soul of this soundtrack, remains exclusive to the Japanese Famicom console due to the system’s ability to read audio chips. Join Justin and Mike as they delve into the chip’s history, and share their thoughts on Gimmick’s incredible soundtrack, the game’s levels, and the little green protagonist, Umetaro!
Check out more details on DAT SUNSOFT BASS and learn more from Explod2A03:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEgoYUzwabI
Retro Game Audio’s Tumblr page is a great source of information as well:

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TRACK LISTING:

Soundtrack composed by: Masashi Kageyama with sound programming by Naohisa Morota.
Intro track – “Good Morning!/Introduction”
1 – “Happy Birthday/Stage 1”
2 – “Good Weather/Stage 2
3 – “Slow Illusion/Stage 3, Part 1”
4 – “Aporia/Boss Theme 1”
5 – “Paradigm/Stage 4”
6 – “Lion Heart/Stage 5”
7 – “Cadbury/Stage 6 Part 2”
8 – “Sophia Take 2/Stage 7”
9 – “Nothing to Lose/Final Boss, Part 1/ Long Tomorrow/Final Boss Part 2”
10 – “Identity Believer/Boss Battle 2”
Outro – “Strange Memories of Death/Unused”

Episode 7 – C64 Downports vs. Originals

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Episode 7 – C64 Downports vs. Originals

The late 1980s and early 1990s was an age full of change in video game music, and that shift into higher quality was arguable when it came to the Commodore 64. But do big budget titles from the silver age of gaming sound as good on The Little Computer That Could? Or were they even better than the originals? Mike and Justin take a listen to a list of tracks which may surprise listeners and will have you wondering…which one sounds better! From Double Dragon adult film discussion, to trying to name the SID chip with goofy names, plus a “brand new Tim Follin soundtrack and game?!” Sold.

Special thank you to one of our Patrons, Alex Messenger, for choosing not one but 2 awesome tracks for this comparison episode! Do YOU want to pick tracks! We can keep the variety flowing with different Patrons each month! Check out Patreon.com/XVGMRadio for more details!

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TRACK LISTING:

Intro Track -Ghostbusters (C64/ NES (New Ghostbusters 2- 1990, PAL/JPN exclusive) – David Crane (labelled as programmer. No Sound Credits) Ray Parker Jr. Composer of original theme; Jun Ishikawa
1 – Golden Axe -(C64, 1990) “Wilderness” – Jeroen Tel
2- Golden Axe (Genesis, 1989) – “Wilderness” – Nankyoku (a.k.a. You Takada), Decky, Imocky
3 – Double Dragon [C64 – Melbourne House release] (1988) “Title Screen (Arrival of the Black Warriors)” – arranged by Charles Deenen
4 – Double Dragon [NES] (1987) “Missions 1, 3-4, & 4-4 – Billy & Jimmy Lee’s Theme” – Kazunaka Yamane
5 – Patreon Pick: Alex Messenger – Ghouls n’ Ghosts (C64, 1989) “Stage 5” Tim Follin
6 – Super Ghouls n; Ghosts (SNES, 1991) “Ice Forest” Mari Yamaguchi
7 – TMNT – The Coin-Op (C64, 1991) “Music 3” – Jeroen Tel
8 – TMNT2 – The Arcade Game (NES, 1990) “Scene 3, Part 1” – Kozo Nakamura (arranger and composer), Yasuhiko Manno (sound design)
9 – Strider – (C64, 1990) – “Unknown Track” Patrick Ceuppens aka Lyon or Mark Tait
10 – Strider (Arcade, 1989) – “Siberian Wilderness” – XOR