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Episode 72 – Vanillaware w/ Pragmatik

Episode 72 – Vanillaware w/ Pragmatik

The story of Vanillaware, an Osaka-based Japanese game developer, is one that could’ve been showcased in failure. The company’s first game almost shut down the company, but they later would regroup and continue working on video games, putting out some of the most original and interesting titles on more recent generations of consoles. Today, we sit down with Pragmatik, a Youtube game reviewer and super-fan of Vanillaware who shares some in depth information on games like Muramasa The Demon Blade, Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown. Musically, there’s a lot to dive into here, so grab your best swords and sorcery gear (and maybe a mech or two) and jump into the music of Basiscape (Vanillaware’s go-to composer crew featuring Hitoshi Sakimoto and more.) Join Mike, Justin and Joey (Pragmatik) as they dive intro the controversy behind the ladies of Dragon’s Crown, Mike’s fury towards Odin Sphere’s inventory system on the PS2 and…Justin audibly spots a shamisen?! SHOCK AND AWE! All on this episode of XVGM Radio!
Big thank you to Joey aka Pragmatik for joining us on this episode! Please check out his channel here.
What was your favorite track of the episode? Did you enjoy hearing from our guest, Joey? Have you played any of these games and if not, are you going to seek them out and their soundtracks? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, MixxMaster, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Odin Sphere (PS2 – 2007, PS3 – 2011) “The Mysterious Pooka Village” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Manabu Namiki
1 – 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4 – 2020) “ISOLEUCINE” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Yoshimi Kudo, Rikako Watanabe, Yukinori Kikuchi
2 – Kumatanchi (NDS – 2008) “BGM05” Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda
3 – Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS3/Vita – 2013, PS4 – 2018) “A Decision Has To Be Made” Hitoshi Sakimoto
4 – Odin Sphere (PS2 – 2007, PS3 – 2011 , PS4/Vita – 2016) “Battle In The Labyrinth 2” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Manabu Namiki
5 – Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii – 2009, Vita – 2013) “Poor Meal” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura, Azusa Chiba, Yoshimi Kudo
6 – Grand Knight’s History (PSP – 2011) “Tension” Masaharu Iwata (this track), Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Yoshimi Kudo, Noriyuki Kamikura
7 – GrimGrimoire (PS2 – 2007) “BOOK OF DAYS” – Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura
8 – Odin Sphere (PS2 – 2007, PS3 – 2011,PS4/Vita – 2016) “Victory” Basiscape (Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Manabu Namiki)
9 – Fantasy Earth Zero (PC, 2006 JP/2010 US) “Track 18” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Manabu Namiki, Kenichi Koyano

Episode 71 – Card and Board Games 2

Episode 71 – Card and Board Games 2

Going all the way back to Episode 3 where they covered Board and Card Game based titles, Mike and Justin are back at it, revisiting the theme but adding in some new twists and turns. This time around, they’re focusing on featuring video games that are board/card games utilizing gaming’s top franchises. From conversations about how Eddie from Mega Man dials a phone, to Speed: The Movie: The Card Game and of course, what the DS in every DS game REALLY stands for. Hint: It’s not Dice Suckers…you’ll certainly roll high with episode 71 of XVGM Radio!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Would you like to see a Board and Card Games 3, and if so, should we tackle it from another different angle or more of the same? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, MixxMaster, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro -Mario Party 2 (N64 – 1999) “Space Land” Hironao Yamamoto, Shōhei Bandō, Kazuhiko Sawaguchi, Yasunori Mitsuda
1 – Slay The Spire (SWI, PS4, XBONE, WIN, MAC,IOS 2017) “Exordium” Clark Aboud
2 – Clubhouse games: 51 Worldwide classics (Switch – 2020) “BGM Toy Sports Toy” Masayoshi Ishi, Toshiki Aida
3 – Wily & Right no Rockboard (That’s Paradise!) (FC, 1993) “Cold Island” Yuki Iwai
4 – Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PS4/XB1/WIN – 2017) “Northern Realms” P.T. Adamczyk, Mikołaj Stroiński, Marcin Przybyłowicz
5 – Super Battleship (SNES/GEN 1993) “Title Screen” Christopher Barker
6 – Dungeons & Dragons – Warriors of the Eternal Sun (GEN – 1992) “Jungle Combat” Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, Dwight Kenichi Okahara
7- Sonic Shuffle (DC, 2000) “Space Encounter” Hidenobu Otsuki, Ryo Fukuda, Takeo Suzuki, Yoshitaka Hirota, Kazumi Mitome
8 – Patreon Pick: Jordan and Anson Davis – Itadaki Street DS (DS, 2007) “Hello Happy Kingdom (Arranged) / Tutorial” Yoko Shimomura (original), Koichi Sugiyama (arranged)
9 – Battleship/Connect Four/Sorry!/Trouble (DS, 2007) “Sorry! In Game Music” Mark Cooksey
10 – Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (WiiU – 2015) “Board Game Event (Opposite Day)” Unknown Composer

Episode 70 – Paradise Killer w/ Composer Barry” Epoch” Topping

Episode 70 – Paradise Killer w/ Composer Barry” Epoch” Topping

Every now and then a game comes out that features a soundtrack that puts the fire back in our VGM lovin’ hearts. Paradise Killer is exactly that kind of OST. The XVGM Radio guys are joined by Barry “Epoch” Topping, the composer of (what Mike considers) the best VGM soundtrack of 2020. From the vocal-infused, saxophone wailing on the intro theme “Paradise (Stay Forever)”to the mix of genre-hopping across the70s and 80s (and even a little bit of the 90s), this soundtrack features an eclectic mix of music. From City Pop/Future Funk and Vaporwave influences, to straight up New Jack Swing and 80s Dance, and down to synthwave and easy listening, these tunes got it all! Hear Barry’s story about how he transitioned from wedding band player to VGM composer, his video game influences, listen to Mike and Justin talk about the game in-depth with some interesting reveals about the game and it’s soundtrack directly from the composer himself! All on this episode of XVGM Radio! Don’t miss out on this one!

Big thank you to Barry Topping for joining us for this episode! Please consider checking out the soundtrack and Barry’s Bandcamp in the links below:

Soundtrack: https://kaizengameworks.bandcamp.com/album/paradise-killer-original-soundtrack

Barry’s Bandcamp: https://nostoppingepoch.bandcamp.com/music

What was your favorite track of the episode? Are you planning on picking up the game or the soundtrack or maybe both? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio

We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn

Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, MixxMaster, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio

Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio

If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Paradise (Stay Forever)
1 – Breeze With U
2 – House of Bliss
3 – Headlights on the Shore
>4 – Midori Eyes
5 – 8th Street Rose
6 – Lady Blue
7 – The Plateau
8 – The Lemegeton Bop
9 – The Sarcophagus
10 – To the Heart