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Episode 47 – Konami Unleashed in the East! W/ Dan Laughton

There’s plenty of Konami classics that never made their way outside of Japan. We could probably do an entire episode like this featuring the Ganbare Goemon series! However, today we’ll be focusing our efforts on two shoot ‘em ups (SHMUPS, Shooters, Shmupdangos, whatever you wanna call them!) Falsion, a Famicom Disk System game that took use of the 3D Glasses that premiered on the same day, as well as Crisis Force, one of the final Konami games released on the Famicom. Both of these have stellar soundtracks that are worth sharing with the rest of the world. So let Mike and Justin take you on a wild space mission with special guest, author Dan Laughton. Learn about how real world physics apply to space battles, hear Mike and Justin travel from the future with California accents on a mission to save the world…and jam out to some awesome music on this episode of XVGM Radio!

March Patreon Live Recording – 2020

Since everyone is up in arms (and for good reason) about the Coronavirus, we thought we’d do an episode on: FOR YOUR HEALTH! Join Mike and Justin as they reveal ghastly personal medical stories (both funny and gross,) share never-before-heard outtakes from Episodes 43 and 45, and chat about the pandemic that’s sweeping the globe, all during this Patreon-exclusive live show! 

Episode 46 – Reverse Picks!

When co-hosts pick tracks on a video game music podcast, it’s typically songs they enjoy. But what if you tried to guess which picks your co-host would pick? In this episode, Justin and Mike reverse their picks, allowing Mike to pick tracks he thinks Justin would enjoy, and Justin to choose Mike’s tracks. What follows is an enlightening episode that showcases the strength of how well the two hosts know each other, as we give our Producer-who-is-also-a-Metroid, Janine, a night off. No callers, just two hosts sharing and rating songs they think they other would pick.

February Patreon Live Recording – 2020

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Mike and Justin decided it was time to celebrate their favorite ladies of the video game world…and what better way to do that then to showcase some of their music! The boys wax nostalgia for their favorite women in games and the music that represented them. Listen as Mike shares an intimate story about his awkward high school years, Justin educates everyone on Dizzy’s questionable adulthood, plus plenty of side tracked stories about fighting games, Marvel VS Capcom Ultimate’s horrific face models on the early build of the game, the Double Dragon Cartoon theme song, Mike’s dad running into a composer featured in this episode…and….of course…ONE DONG. Join us for a late celebration of Valentines day as we pay respects to some of our favorite women in video game fandom and play some amazing tracks!

Episode 45 -Series Spotlight on Rhythm Heaven w/ Nikotengoku!

In the mid-2000s, Nintendo threw their rhythm-based games hat into the mix with the Game Boy Advance Japanese exclusive, Rhythm Tengoku. The franchise eventually was brought to other regions of the world, and with it, a smorgasbord of tasty audible treats. From smooth jazz to ska to hip hop infused metal, this series has it all when it comes to musical genres! Screaming from the highest of high rooftops regarding his love of the series is none other than today’s returning guest: Niko, aka NikoTengoku, better known as the artist formerly known as Wiiguy. Niko, Justin and Mike sit down and chat about Niko’s streams featuring made up lyrics to a Rhythm Heaven song, Justin blanking out dog sound effects, and plenty of other hilarious moments!

Episode 44 – Valfaris w/ Composer Curt Victor Bryant

What oozes neon, smells of decaying bugs and gives you a neck injury? Why, it’s Valfaris, of course! Released in 2019, Valfaris brought a 1980’s Heavy Metal Magazine aesthetic to the run-n-gun genre, and along with it came an equally brutal, tranquil, and exciting soundtrack by Ex-Celtic Frost member, Curt Victor Bryant. It’s not everyday you get certified rock stars on the podcast, so Mike and Justin talked up a storm with the composer! From his beginning days in Switzerland at the jukebox, to his time in Celtic Frost, Curt lays it all on the line in this tell all episode that is currently our longest to date! We talk Energy Babes, heavy metal references, his injection of world and new age music into this thrash/groove/extreme metal soundtrack that will get the blood pumping!

Episode 43 – The Sounds of the FM Towns

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Japanese computer systems and consoles rarely coincide, but when it comes to Fujitsu, the two go hand in hand. Meet the FM Towns Computer System and the FM Towns Marty Console. Two systems with similar audio components that take the best of the 16 bit era (FM Synth, Redbook Audio, and PCM Sample-based music) and combines them all into one. Today’s episode, the XVGM Radio hosts are digging deep into the world of Fujitsu’s Towns systems to uncover some absolutely stellar music. Hear Mike showcase his love of Freestyle. Listen to Justin intentionally mispronounce a game title for the first time and rock out to the sounds…of the FM Towns.

Episode 42 – Sierra, an Audio History

Sierra Games is heralded as one of the premiere adventure game developers and publishers that existed. Deep care went into the development of the games they created, thanks to a husband and wife creative partnership between Ken and Roberta Williams. Together, they formed Sierra Games, a developer and publisher which created some of the most memorable adventure games ever made. But what about the soundtracks to these sprawling titles? Today on XVGM Radio, Justin and Mike are joined by fellow podcaster and long time personal friend, Brian Siecienski,who is part of the Pixel Stories Podcast. Together, these three share personal stories about their nostalgic experiences with Sierra Games and the soundtracks from the past, all while covering a good chunk of Sierra Games’ legacy.

Episode 41 – Winter Trax

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The XVGM Radio boys get into the festive spirit by choosing tons of awesomely epic winter and/or holiday themed tracks to get you in the mood, no matter what you celebrate! Listen in as Mike and Justin chat about the mysterious “Furniss Flare”. Hear the guys determine if there’s too many Xenos….and of course, Nermel gender lore on Garfield. It’s all on this snowball-throwing, ice-level slidin’, mountain climbin’ episode of XVGM Radio!

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