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Episode 23 – Boss Themes

Bosses: Those pesky creatures, monsters or people who stand in your way of reaching the next level or the end of the game. Some are considered pushovers and others are part of some of the most memorable moments in gaming. Today, Mike and Justin take a listen to some of those nail-biting, hair-pulling, controller throwing songs that you may end up hearing over and over again. From silly comparisons of songs to cartoon themes, to a pleasant mix of nostalgia and obscure bosses, this is Boss Themes on XVGM Radio!
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro : TMNT HH (Genesis, 1992) “Boss Battle” – Masahiro Ikariko, Yuichi Takamine, Kaori Kinouchi, Hideto Inoue (all sound arrangers), Mutusuhiko Izumi (composer)
1 – Valkyrie Profile (PS1 1999, PSP 2006, Mobile 2018) “Confidence in the Domination” Motoi Sakuraba
2 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii, 2010) “Vs. King Dedede” – Tomoya Tomita (arranger), Jun Ishikawa (original)
3 – Super Mario Bros 3 (NES, 1990) “Boss Battle/Boom Boom?” Koji Kondo
4 – Megaman X (SNES, 1993) “Boss Battle 01” – Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yūko Takehara, Toshihiko Horiyama
5 – King of the Monsters 2: The Next Thing (SNES, 1993) “HUGE FROGGER” Eiko Kaneda, Hiroji Kobayashi, M. Honmyou
6 – Legend of Legaia (PS1, 1998) “Koru Battle Theme” – Michiru Ōshima, Tomohiko Fukuoka, Kohei Tanaka
7 – Puyo Pop Fever (GCN, 2004) “Untrained Demon King Ultimate Legend” Hideki Abe
Patreon Pick: Kung Fu Carlito – Romancing Saga 2 (SNES, 1993) “Last Battle” Kenji Ito
8 – Pokemon Red/Blue (GB, 1998) “Gym Battle” – Junichi Masuda
9 – Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire (PC-Engine CD, 1995) “Boss Theme” T’s Music
10 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PS2, 2003) “Demonic Symphony Poem (Death’s Theme)” – Michiru Yamane

Episode 22 – Dolphin Blue

Episode 22 – Dolphin Blue

The Atomiswave, an arcade system based on the NAOMI hardware found in the Sega Dreamcast, had a string of stellar hits on it that were both exclusive, and non-exclusive. Today, we take a look at one of the titles that has never been ported outside of the Atomiswave and emulation: Dolphin Blue. Developed in 2003, this love letter to Metal Slug combines 16 bit 2D Run ‘n Gun action with breathtaking 3D visual backdrops. Take a dip in the sea with Royal Army heroes Erio and Anne to take on the Evil Empire. But what about the music? This soundtrack takes inspiration from not only Metal Slug’s tunes, but also flourishes on its own with tracks that pop and sizzle. So hop on a dolphin with Mike and Justin as they take you on a wild ride through Dolphin Blue’s incredible soundtrack!

Huge thank you to our Patrons who help donate to the show! We’re so grateful for each and every one of you! Thanks to: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Meyers, Scott McElhone, Chris Murray, Kung Fu Carlito, Peter Panda, Mixxmaster and The Autistic Gamer 89.

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TRACK LISTING:

All tracks composed by Akihiro Uchida, Toshihiro Yonetani, Maiko Iuchi
Intro : Stage 1-1
1 – Stage 1-2
2 – Stage 2-1
3 – Stage 2-2
4 – Boss 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 4-2
5 – Stage 3-1
6 – Stage 3-2
7 – Stage 4-2
8 – Boss 4-1
9 – Ending 0
10 – Ending 2