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June Patreon Live Recording – 2021

June Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Thanks to our Patreon members, the votes were in and you wanted to hear Capcom Handheld Game Music: We’re happy to give it to you! Justin and Mike picked some nostalgic but also intriguing tracks that go the distance. From the funky vibe of Mega Man Xtreme 2’s Launch octopus to the Tim Follin-ish Mega Man ZX track “Rockin’ On”, the guys brought some tracks which truly showcased the power of handheld VGM when it comes to Capcom’s franchises!

Episode 77 – Only in PAL

Episode 77 – Only in PAL

Plenty of video games have only had certain releases in exclusive territories but PAL territories are home to some pretty oddball selections of games; some of which we’ve chosen here to highlight their amazing music. Who let a bunch of Yanks in to chat about PAL exclusives, anyways?! No idea, but you’ll soon forget about all that when you tune in to this episode of XVGM Radio. From chats about what Smurfing as a verb REALLY means, chats about censored European games box art and..being too cute to ball. It’ll all make sense after you give a listen to these PAL exclusives!

Episode 76 – The Wonderswan & Wonderswan Color

Episode 76 – The Wonderswan & Wonderswan Color

We’re no strangers to covering obscure stuff on XVGM Radio…but this might be the most obscure thing we’ve chat about: Bandai’s Wonderswan family of handhelds. Going after the Game Boy was a lofty goal, one which made the Wonderswan succumb. But today, we dig up the grave of Bandai’s Wonderswan, the Wonderswan Color and the SwanCrystal, to delve into some video game music that we just can’t put our finger on. Does it sound like Game Boy? Master System? Something else? We talk about the rise and fall of the little Japan-only handheld along with Mike’s confusion over this system and the Neo Geo Pocket, Comparisons to adult film concepts (just how many times Chou Aniki can get stuck in a washing machine, super big bro?!) The legacy of Gunpei Yokoi and his tragic end, plus we get super nerdy about the life and death of the Bandai Wonderswan: All on Episode 76!

May Patreon Live Recording – 2021

May Patreon Live Recording – 2021

They say April showers cause may flowers to bloom….well our patreon members bloomed into the beautiful game music butterflies we all knew they were! Our live shows are a chance for us to celebrate even more VGM that we pick, but a few times a year, YOU are the ones providing us with amazing video game music that blows us away, and this month’s live episode was really stellar stuff! Patreon members got to pick their favorite tracks on this exclusive episode and the end result is filled with memorable tunes, hilarious riffs and jokes and our regular live show tomfoolery. You guys made this one really special and to those who couldn’t tune in, the episode is here in all it’s glory for you! To those who chose a track that didn’t get played, never fear: it’ll be added to the next episode.

Episode 75 – Adventure Island vs. Wonder Boy (feat. Rhythm & Pixels)

Episode 75 – Adventure Island vs. Wonder Boy (feat. Rhythm & Pixels)

In an epic battle for Justin’s soul, Mike and Justin teamed up with Rhythm & Pixels to discuss the wild, wacky world of Adventure Island and Wonder Boy games and their funky fresh music! From heavy metal chiptune boss bangers to Dorabian Night arabic themes (yes, you read that right), the guys showcased some absolutely killer tunes this time around! From hilarious chats about Rob being an 80 year old unknown Japanese VGM composer (I gotchu-chan!) to creating a fake VGM band called Master Wiggins, Rhythm & Pixels plus XVGM Radio ALWAYS is a chaotic sea of fun and information and in this case, you get to learn about the backstory of how Adventure Island ripped off Wonder Boy. How did the series come full circle in the end? Why is Pernell so obsessed with Turbo Grafx? Does Justin’s Soul ever get claimed? Is Rob running composer conspiracies?! Find out on this action-packed episode of XVGM Radio…and make sure to grab enough fruit along the way!

Episode 74 – Spy Games

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Episode 74 – Spy Games

What do didgeridoos, surf rock and discussions on bellbottoms have in common? Well, they’re all featured bits of conversation taking place in Episode 74 of XVGM Radio, where the XVGM guys are chatting about spy and espionage games and their video game music! Listen to Mike and Justin get super nostalgic for the Get Smart TV series, the debate about two different types of listeners in regards to the Jazzpunk track that Justin picked and of course, a deep dive into the allure of spy and espionage games and their music!

April Patreon Live Recording – 2021

April Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Everybody loves to talk about the Sunsoft 8-bit music era, aka DAT SUNSOFT BASS. But there’s a whole world to explore outside of the NES and Game Boy tunes, and Mike and Justin are giving you a teaser sample in this live episode where we talk about Mike’s love (and abuse) of PCM-sample heavy tracks, Justin and Mike buy Blaster Master stuff on ebay while talking about Blaster Master and…Ryu from Street Fighter?! All on this Patreon exclusive live episode for April 2021!

Episode 73 – Zelda Handhelds

Episode 73 – Zelda Handhelds

The Legend of Zelda is perhaps most famous for being one of the flagship franchises on Nintendo consoles, expanding into the third dimension and consistently innovating as time has marched on. However, the franchise has also had its fair share of exploration on handhelds beginning with Link’s Awakening and continues to this day on the console/handheld hybrid Nintendo Switch with the remake all these years later. Today on XVGM Radio, we explore the vast history of the Legend of Zelda on handhelds and dive deep into their soundtracks all while sharing our own memories of playing them. From Mike and Justin’s shared dislike of Tingle to Mike’s sad story about his grandmother and even our patron pick gets a little deep! Draw your Master Sword, grab some headphones and get ready for some amazing music on Episode 73 of XVGM Radio!

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!

March Patreon Live Recording – 2021

March Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Back in September 2020, the XVGM Radio guys started putting together a licensed tracks episode and noticed that most of the tracks were Tony Hawk game related. So they decided, hey, we’ll shift gears and play all TH music and go back to licensed music at a later time. And that later time, as voted by YOU, our Patron, is now. March’s theme was our first ever (and certainly not the last) where Patrons could directly vote for the episode, and since we had a tiebreaker, we’ll be playing the other winner next month. But for now, prepare to rap, dance, groove and headbang through some truly classic licensed music for video games! Hear Mike yet again gush about how great Saints Row IV is for entirely too long, listen to Mike and Justin admit their lack of Soccer interest, and hear Justin talk about his post-college adventures with band-based rhythm games, in this balls to the wall episode full of music you’ll be bobbing your head to!

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