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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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