Episode 38 – Shakedown Hawaii w/ Norrin Radd/Matt Creamer

Grit your teeth as you plow through innocent bystanders, hold up stores for insurance protection, and burn forests down with your flamethrower...it’s your world in Shakedown Hawaii. The successor to Retro City Rampage had a lot to live up to, and thankfully it doesn’t suffer from sequelitis, as it’s one of the best indie games this year. Take on the role of an aging 1980’s CEO, or his spoiled rotten to the core son, and even a hired mercenary to do the dirty work. All three are at your disposal here as you steal cars, burn down parking lots, and crush anything in your way: including pesky consumer rights! Take on the role of CEO as you figure out the best way to ruin customer’s lives and make cash doing it. Despite the slimy premise, the game is tons of fun and backed by an incredible 80s synthwave soundtrack by Norrin Radd aka Matt Creamer. Matt takes us through the ups and downs he faced getting the official soundtrack released, and answers all the hard-hitting questions all while providing fantastic insight into his compositions.

Episode 37 – SPOOKYFEST 2019!

It’s that time once again for...SPOOKYFEST….2019! Yes, Spookyfest has returned to a backyard near us. Every year we host a special Halloween-themed episode of our show, but it’s totally done outdoors like a concert festival! Hear the crowds roar in between songs as Mike and Justin dig up 10 ghoulish tracks, a ghastly outro...and even a Patreon request! Listen to the guys discuss Knuckles’ mode of transportation,debate about Phantom of the Opera’s melodies, and try to figure out if a track is Cukey or Spute. All this, and more on XVGM Radio’s SPOOKYFEST 2019!

October Patreon Live Recording – 2019

It’s that Spooky time of year again! Mike and Justin gather at the Halloween church of VGM to showcase some somber, creepy, and downright eerie tunes while talking about things that are special to them about this time of year. From chatting about Halloween non-VGM traditions to talk of Halloween treats, what a “hot dog storm” would actually look like, and all things SpoOoOoOoOoOoky, it’s a pre-game for SpookyFest 2019 like you’ll NEVER forget! The guys also mention a VERY special contest exclusive to Patreon members that YOU can win in a future main episode! All Treat, No Tricks! 

Episode 36 – Castlevania Oddities

Castlevania music has a special place in our hearts. But what about the wacky, wild world of Castlevania cameos, bizarre ports and side story games and other ‘Vania obscurities? Mike and Justin take the listener on a bumpy hayride past Dracula’s castle, and into his backyard to listen to some of the stranger versions of mainline games in the Castlevania franchise. From mobile to only in the arcade and even multiplayer preferred, the series has certainly had its ups and downs but the tunes have mostly always been the best kind of wall meat: tough to find, yet fully satisfying! So, grab your garlic water and rave sticks and join XVGM Radio as they explore these weird and wacky Castlevania remixes...with a few originals to boot!

Episode 35 – Super Nintendo Jams vs. Sega Genesis Grooves (Retro World Expo Live Panel)

Mike and Justin Hosted their first ever panel together, and they did it at Retro World Expo in Hartford, CT on September 28th, 2019! The guys wanted to do something to attract a big audience, and what better way to do that then to have the ultimate retro battle when it comes to VGM: Super NES versus Sega Genesis! After cultivating a wide range of tunage, the guys got the audience to participate in a cheering contest to determine which song was liked better. The categories of Best comparison, Capabilities, and a favorite from each of the guys for every console.

Episode 34 – Super Thrash Bros!

To be in a video game music cover band in 2019, there needs to be a gimmick of some sort. Fortunately, Super Thrash Bros. have a rock solid one. These gents combine wacky Smash Bros. themed showmanship and metal medleys with Smash Bros. themed costumes for a combination that can’t be beat! Today on XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin are lounging with Super Thrash Bros. members Eric Germain (Ness; Drums), Ryan Morris (Megaman; Guitar) and Nick Palmisano(Skull Kid; Bass) to listen to the band’s favorite medleys of their own. Then, we’ll compare one portion of the medley to it’s Thrash Bros. counterpart, head to head! Other members of Super Thrash Bros. who weren’t able to join us this time around include Ant Palmisano (Shiek, Guitar), Bryan Carroll (Master Hand), Ed Connolly (Crazy Hand).This versus match is worth every second! Hear Mike get schooled on “progressive punk” aka Thrash, hear all about how this band came together to rock, and...long blonde haired dudes headbanging while wearing Donkey Kong ties?! It’s all on this episode of XVGM Radio!

September Patreon Live Recording – 2019

Mike and Justin have returned with a chill episode full of free picks and wacky discussion! Hear about the supposed Tecmo Bowl of Cereal full of all your favorite Tecmo hits...but don’t forget to toss in some Tokyo Game Show 2019 Xenoblade and Final Fantasy discussion, discussions about zoo penguins, and various other non-sequiturs! It’s a free picks episode that will entertain the masses of Patrons! Thanks to all who showed up for the engaging live chat for the September live show! We look forward to giving you something extra spooky in October so stay tuned!