Episode 29 – Patreon Pick: Mario RPG Tunes

Super Mario RPG kicked off a huge franchise unknowningly which has spawned two different Mario role playing game series: Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi games. Today, we’re taking a listen across vast amounts of Mario RPG games to hear both original tracks and Mario franchise remixes as well. With a full variety of tunes to hear, there’s everything from Swing to Industrial-inspired, and everything in between! Hear Mike and Justin serenade you with tracks that remind them of these tunes, as the XVGM Radio guys get a visit from the Patreon member who requested this theme to begin with: Alex Messenger! Plus….peanut butter and handcuffs, Geno feeding Ana Kournikova pizza in bed and more!

Episode 28 – The Namco 163 Famicom Expansion Chip

Namco, a long time developer and publisher in the video game industry, wanted to take their Famicom development to the next level. They created the NAMCO 163 expansion chip, which enhanced audio capabilities on the Famicom; making the system sound like a PC-Engine at points. A small set of games had this chip installed in it, and while not all of the games we’re talking about took advantage of all 8 additional sound channels, the music is still phenomenal. That’s why Mike and Justin are deep diving into the sound of the NAMCO 163 chip. Listen to some interesting facts about the chip and it’s development, hear Mike try to pronounce Wagan Land, and hear the XVGM gents talk about gold-digging mice brides...all on this very interesting episode of XVGM Radio!

June Patreon Live Recording – 2019

Mike and Justin chat on this episode about their thoughts on E3 2019. What games are they excited for? Well, we chat about some of them on this episode, as well as debating about Black Queen’s visual change for the Battletoads revamp, gushing about how good Tifa looks in FFVII Remake, and..IS THAT JOHN WILLIAMS?! NOOOOO….Check it out on this fun little live show episode, and stay tuned for details about July’s PATREON PICKS LIVE SHOW where YOU get to pick the tracks for the live show! Details to follow. 

Episode 27 – Water Themes

Water themes in video games: You either hate them or love them. We’ve been getting a ton of rain lately, so what better way to forge through the storm then to talk about water themes in video games?! Justin and Mike put away their umbrellas and chat about an eclectic mix of tunes based on either bosses, levels song names or entire games that focus on water! Listen closely as the XVGM Radio boys slosh around in their iced-tea-filled-adult-diapers, get threatened by Kevin Costner, debate about the superior Earthworm Jim soundtracks, and more on this wet and wild episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 26 – Mike’s Picks!

It’s co-host spotlight time...AGAIN! This time around, Mike picks the tracks for the episode. Hear tracks ranging from the NES to the Playstation 4 as Mike and Justin take you on a audio journey through Mike’s wacky mind. From conversations about Simon Belmont telemundo style, to handling calls from anyone from “Mike’s mom” to an angry planet devourer, and even a little jokey ribbing of Mike’s youtube game review show, this episode is a nostalgic trip full of mega hits and obscure picks from popular games.

Episode 25 – Freedom Planet with Composer Leila “Woofle” Wilson

Freedom Planet, the 2014 indie darling developed by Stephen Diduro (aka Strife) set the bar for games influenced by Sonic the Hedgehog and Rocket Knight Adventures. But a Sonic style game needed a Sonic styled composer...or did it? Enter Leila "Woofle" Wilson, who brought her love of JRPGs, Funk and New Jack Swing to compliment Strife's more Mega Man focus, along with Shane Ellis aka Blue Warrior's composition assistance, the three created the exciting soundtrack of Freedom Planet! Today, we're honored to have Leila Wilson join us for a special interview where we find out the origin story of the game, hear Leila gush about her VGM influences, and learn all about Lilac, Carol and Milla's fun and frantic journey!