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Episode 37 – SPOOKYFEST 2019

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!
We’d love to hear what you thought about SPOOKYFEST 2019! What was your favorite SPOOOOOOKY track? 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 Halloween related VGM 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, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Brad Austin, 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 – Sonic Adventure 2 (DC/GCN – 2001) “A Ghost’s Pumpkin Soup (Pumpkin Hill Theme)” Fumie Kumatani, Tomoya Ohtani, Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi, Hunnid P.
1 – The Haunting of Magnolia Manor (PC – 2011) “Frantic Haunting” Big Giant Circles
2 – Blazblue Continuum Shift (Arcade – 2009) “Howling Moon” Daisuke Ishiwatari
3 – Ms. Pac Man’s Maze Madness (DC/N64/PS1/PC/GBA – 2000) “Haunted Halloween” Jon Holland
Patreon Pick: Carlito – Double Dragon Neon (360/PS3 – 2012) “Ghost Forest” Jake Kaufman
4 – Mega Man 7 (SNES – 1995) “Shade Man (Horror Fortress)” Tatsuya Nishimura, Yūko Takehara, Toshihiko Horiyama, Makoto Tomozawa, Hiroshi Shimada, Noriko Ando, Atsushi Mori, Nariyuki Nobuyama, Ippo Yamada
5 – Taz: Wanted (GCN/PS2/Xbox/PC – 2002) “Taz: Haunted: (Spin)” Nimrod Productions
6 – Puppeteer (PS3 – 2013) “Hallowee Ville” Patrick Doyle
7 – Nanako in Classic Japanese Monster Castle (ACPC/ZX81/ZXS/C64 – 2009) “In Game” Sascha “Linus” Zeidler, Mikael Backlund
8 – Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2 – 2005) “Spooks of Halloween Town” Yoko Shimomura (Danny Elfman original comp)
9 – Blobcat (PC – 2017) “Halloween” Ben Zimmerman (The Green Piano on Youtube)
10 – Mario Party 2 (N64 – 1999) “Horror Land” Hironao Yamamoto, Shōhei Bandō, Kazuhiko Sawaguchi, Yasunori Mitsuda

Episode 36 – Castlevania Oddities

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!

***Please note: We caught an error in our information regarding the IIDX Bloody Tears Track during the final hour, so we updated the show notes here and will make a clarification in a future episode.***

Thanks to Vincent Diamonte for chatting with us about Order of Shadows! Please check out his soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/vincentdiamante

We’d love to hear what you thought about this Castlevania oddities episode! What was your favorite vampire-slaying tunes? Do you want to hear MORE Castlevania VGM? 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 Castlevania VGM 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, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin, 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: – Castlevania Judgment (Wii – 2009) “Darkness of Fear” Hideki Sakamoto (Director), Yasushi Asada
1 – Pop’n Music 15 ADVENTURE (Arcade – 2007) “Akumajo Dracula Medley -Hybrid Version-” KONAMI Kukeiha Club, Michiru Yamane
2 – Castlevania: The Arcade (Arcade – 2009) “Walking on the Edge” Arranged by: Gō Fujiwara, Masayuki Maruyama, (original by Kinuyo Yamashita, Satoe Terashima, Hidenori Maezawa
3 – Haunted Castle (Arcade – 1988) “Basement Melodies/Stage 5” Kenichi Matsubara, Masahiro Ikariko, “T”
Patreon Pick: Cam Werme – Castlevania (DOS – 1990) “Vampire Killer Ad-Lib and IBM PC Versions” Kris Hatlelid (arranger), (Original by: Kinuyo Yamashita, Satoe Terashima, Hidenori Maezawa)
4 – Castlevania Order of Shadows (Mobile – 2007) “Daring Assault (Roland Mix)” Vincent Diamante
5 – Wai Wai World 2: SOS!! Parsley Castle (FC – 1991) “Bloody Tears” Yūichi Sakakura, Kenichi Matsubara, Satoko Minami
6 – Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (PS3/360 – 2011) “Ruined Castle Corridor” (Original by Michiru Yamane, Takashi Yoshida, Sashiro Hokkai) (Arranged by: Tomoaki Hirono, Norikazu Miura, Atsushi Sato, Nobuyuki Akena, Yasuhisa Ito, Sota Fujimori, Yasuhiro Ichihashi, Toshihisa Furusawa )
7 – Castlevania Judgment (Wii – 2009) “Clock Work” Hideki Sakamoto (Director), Yasushi Asada
8 – Beatmania IIDX 13: DistorteD (PS2 – 2007) “Bloody Tears IIDX Edition” Arranged by DJ Yoshitaka aka Yoshitaka Nishimura, Original by Kenichi Matsubara
9 – Contra Hard Corps (Genesis – 1994) “Simon 1994rd” (Original by Kinuyo Yamashita, Satoe Terashima, Hidenori Maezawa) Michiru Yamane (Remix)
10 – Akumajou Special: Boku Dracula-Kun (Kid Dracula) (Famicom – 1990) “Disappearing at Tiffany’s (Stages 5&8)” Shinji Tasaka, Satoko Minami

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

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.

We’d like to take this time to apologize for the audio snafus. This episode won’t sound like our normal higher quality content, and it’s mostly due to some recording errors. However, we were able to preserve the audio thanks to another format we recorded in, so please excuse the occasional issues which may pop up.

What did you think of the picks? Did you agree with everyone’s voting? What’s your vote?

Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio

We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share different Super NES or Sega Genesis tracks 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, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin, 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

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TRACK LISTING:

Mike Intro Pick: SNES – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie “Shopping Center (Stage 1)” Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi

Justin Intro Pick: Genesis – The Lost Vikings (1992) “Prehistoria” – Matt Furniss

Mike – Best comparison:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior/Championship Edition (1991/1993) – “Guile’s Theme” – Yoko Shimomura, Yoshihiro Sakaguchi, Isao Abe, Tatsuya Nishimura (Arrangement on Genesis: Setsuo Yamamoto, Tadashi Joukagi)

Justin – Best comparison:
Earthworm Jim (1995) “New Junk City” – Mark Miller, Tommy Tallarico

Mike – Capabilities:
SNES – Super Castlevania IV (1991) “Stage 3-3 The Submerged City” Masanori Adachi, Akira Soji, Taro Kudo
Genesis – Ristar (1995) “Ice Scream” Tomoko Sasaki

Justin – Capabilities:
SNES – Actraiser (1990) “Fillmore” – Yuzo Koshiro (Slap Bass & Organs)
Genesis – Alien Soldier (1995) “Runner AD2025” – Norio Hanzawa (drums – alt slap bass)

Mike – A favorite from both systems:
SNES: Final Fantasy V (1992) “The Decisive Battle” – Nobuo Uematsu
Genesis: Streets of Rage 3 (1994) “Cycle 1 (Round 1-2)” – Motohiro Kawashima, Yuzo Koshiro

Justin: A favorite from both systems:
SNES – Gradius 3 (1990) “Dead End Cell” – Kazuki Muraoka, Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Uekō, Yukie Morimoto
Genesis – Battle Mania Daiginjou (1993) “Smoking Head” – Fumito Tamayama, Yasuyuki Hamada, Yoko Kawashima, Shigenori Masuko

Episode 34 – Super Thrash Bros!

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!
We’d love to hear what you thought about this episode! What was your favorite comparison? What do you think of Super Thrash Bros.? 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 Dreamcast VGM 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, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin, 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 iTunes 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:

All Medleys Performed and Arranged By Super Thrash Bros.

Intro : Kirby Medley
Metroid Medley – Metroid (NES – 1986) “Brinstar” Hirokazu Tanaka
F-Zero Medley – F-Zero X (N64 – 1998) “Mute City” Tarō Bandō, Hajime Wakai,
Mario Medley – Super Mario World (SNES – 1990) “Bowser’s Castle” Kōji Kondō
Mega Man Medley – Mega Man 2 (NES – 1988) “Flash Man” Takashi Tateishi, Manami Matsumae, Yoshihiro Sakaguchi
Pokemon Medley – Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (GB – 1996) “Trainer Battle” Junichi Masuda
Star Fox Medley – Star Fox (SNES – 1993) “Venom Base (Parts 1&3)” Hajime Hirasawa

Episode 33 – Celebrating 20 Years of Sega Dreamcast Music

Episode 33 – Celebrating 20 Years of Sega Dreamcast Music

Everyone join in now: Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Biiirtthhhdaayyyy dear Sega Dreamcast, Happy Birthday to you! The Sega Dreamcast is largely considered to be Sega’s swansong and the final console to focus on arcade-based-ports to home-grown video games. Utilizing the NAOMI hardware, Sega was able to easily port games from the arcade to the console market. Sadly, the Dreamcast was Sega’s final original console, released this day 20 years ago on September 9th, 1999, also known as 9-9-99. It’s been 20 years since the console released in North America with a complete onslaught of titles, so today we thought we’d explore the North American side of the console’s video game music. Justin and Mike have picked tons of fantastic music to take you for a ride throughout this celebration. So, roll down your windows, slick those frosted tips back, grab your chain wallet and put on your jeans with the enormous pant legs. Turn the nu-metal off for a second, hit pause on your VHS of the International Man of Mystery and let’s boogie to some Sega Dreamcast bangers!

After listening to this episode, be sure to check out Rhythm & Pixels Podcast, as we have joined forces with them to do a mass celebration of Dreamcast tunes. Check them out at: https://rhythmandpixels.com/

We’d love to hear what you thought about our Dreamcast selections! What was your favorite track? What songs were missing that you would like to showcase yourself? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio

We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share Dreamcast VGM 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, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin 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 iTunes 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 : Sonic Adventure 2 (DC – 2001) “Escape From The City…For City Escape” Fumie Kumatani, Tomoya Ohtani, Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi, Ted Poley (drums and lyrics), Tony Harnell (vocals)
1 – Trickstyle (DC/PC – 1999) “Japan Race 3” Richard Beddow
2 – Fur Fighters (DC/PS2/PC/IOS – 2000/2001, 2012) “Viggo-A-Gogo” Nelson Everhart, Michael Pummell
3 – Space Channel 5 (DC, 1999/PS2 – 2003) “Spaceport – Introducing Ulala!” Naofumi Hataya, Kenichi Tokoi, Ken Woodman (Mexican Flyer)
4 – ChuChu Rocket (DC/GBA – 1999/2001) “Credits” Tomoya Ohtani
5 – Outtrigger (Arcade 1999/DC – 2001) “You Defeated Me” Fumio Ito
6 – Sega Marine Fishing (DC/Arcade – 2000) “Coral Reef” Unknown Composer
7 – Sword of the Berserk (DC – 2000) “Adhesion to Blood” Susumu Hirasawa
8 – Power Stone 2 (DC/Arcade – 2000) “Extra Stage 2” Tetsuya Shibata
9 -Omikron: The Nomad Soul (DC/PC – 1999/2000) “Fight With Astaroth” Xavier Despas, David Bowie, Reeves Gabriels
10 – Phantasy Star Online (DC – 2001) “Can still see the light ~ENDING THEME~ (Wind Orchestra Version)” Hideaki Kobayashi, Fumie Kumatani
Outro: Skies of Arcadia (DC/GCN – 2000/2003) “Theme of Loneliness” Yutaka Minobe, Tatsuyuki Maeda

Episode 32 – Summer Jamz with KVGM – The Last Wave

Episode 32 – Summer Jamz with KVGM – The Last Wave

Do you hear that sound? Can you feel it? The cool ocean breeze in your hair, the salt on your tongue. But wait…doesn’t this sound familiar? It’s because it’s the opening line in our guest’s mantra for his own show: KVGM Radio! That’s right! XVGM and KVGM our joining stations for a special summer jams(z) episode with KVGM net-jockey, Hammock a.k.a. Brennan. Sit back and relax or pull back the sun roof and drive around town bumping some of the most chillest and illest of summer tunes. From the lighthearted to the funky fresh, these songs will get the head bobbin’ and the drinks flowing. Make ours an Arnold Palmtree.

Special thanks to our pal Brennan for stopping by the show! If you like what you heard today, Hammock does a similar show on KVGM Radio!

Check it out at: https://kvgmradio.blogspot.com/  or just search KVGM Radio on most podcatchers! Also follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kvgmradio

We’d love to hear what you thought about our Summer Jamz picks! What was your favorite track? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio

We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share VGM 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, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at 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 iTunes 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 : Mahou Shoujo Fancy COCO (PC-98/PS1 – 1996) “ Summer” Ryu Umemoto
1 – Aitakute…Your Smiles in My Heart (PS1 – 2000) “Summer Sea (Event 2)” Shoichiro Hirata, Noboru Sakaue, and Aya Sakuma
2 – Super Mario Sunshine (GCN – 2002) “Sky & Sea” Kōji Kondō, Shinobu Tanaka
3 – Umihara Kawase (SFC – 1994) “Kawanabe Theme” Masahito Nakano, Atsuhiro Motoyama, Shinji Tachikawa
4 – Knuckles’ Chaotix (32X – 1995) ”Door Into Summer” Junko Shiratsu, Mariko Nanba
5 – Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand (GBA – 2003) “Banshee the Deathbringer (Carmilla Fight)” Norihiko Hibino
6 – Star Trader (SX68K – 1989) “Intention to Mystery (Credit Roll)” Hiroya Hatsushiba, Keishi Yoano, Mieko Ishikawa
7 – Mahjong Doukyuusei Special (SAT – 1996) – “Summer Mirage” Akihiro Akamatsu, Fumika Matsumoto
8- Firewatch (PC/PS4/Switch/XBONE – 2016) “Thorofare Hike” Chris Remo
9 – Outrun 2006 Coast to Coast (PS2/Xbox/PSP – 2006) “Passing Breeze” Hiroshi Kawaguchi (Hiro), Yasuhiro Takagi, Fumio Ito

Episode 31 – Kart Racing Tracks

Episode 31 – Kart Racing Tracks

Zoom! Whoosh! Boing! Vroom! Start your engines and turn the volume up, because the XVGM Radio guys are going racing! Kart racing to be specific! Today, we’re checking out the wild and wacky world of the Kart Racing video game genre and the tunes behind the engine sounds. Celebrate good times and good memories with songs that range from the weird and wonky to the bouncy and funky. Sure, we could’ve stuck with just Mario Kart, but we’ve chosen tracks from some pretty obscure games. So start your engines, here comes the green light, get your items ready for XVGM Radio: Kart Racing Tracks!

We’d love to hear what you thought about these Kart Racing Tracks! What was your favorite track? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio

We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share VGM 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, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at 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 iTunes 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 – Diddy Kong Racing: (N64 – 1997) “T.T’s Theme” David Wise
1 – Sonic Drift (GameGear – 1994) “Springyard Course” Masayuki Nagao
2 – Crash Team Racing Nitro Refueled (PS4/Switch/XBONE – 2019) “N. Sanity Beach Map” Mark Mothersbaug (Mutato Muzika)(Original OST), Josh Mancell (original OST), Ashif Hakik, Nicolas Tremblay
Patreon Pick: Scott Mcelhone – Mario Kart Wii (Wii – 2008) “Wario’s Gold Mine” Asuka Ohta, Ryo Nagamatsu
3 – Wacky Wheels (DOS – 1994) “Pumper” Mark Klem
4 – Chocobo Racing (PS1 – 1999) “Mogri Forest” Kenji Ito, Nobuo Uematsu
5 – Atari Karts (Jaguar – 1995) “World 8 (Lava/Hell)” Fabrice Gillet, Miracle Designs Tea
6 – Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (Wii – 2007) “Cosmic Highway” Takashi Kouga, David Wise (original DKC Theme)
7 – Mario Kart DS (NDS – 2005) “Peach Gardens” Shinobu Tanaka
8 – M&M’s Kart Racing (Wii – 2007) “UFO” Lukasz Stasinski
9 – ModNation Racers (PS3/PSP – 2010) “Ain’t No Stoppin’ It” Jono Grant, Marc Baril, Peter Chapman
10 – Konami Krazy Racers (GBA – 2001) “Metal Gear Solid Level/Cyborg Ninja” Sotaro Tojima(arranged), Kazuki Muraoka, Hiroyuki Togo, Takanari Ishiyama, Lee Jeon Myung

Episode 30 – Perfect Dark w/ Grant Kirkhope

Episode 30 – Perfect Dark w/ Grant Kirkhope

Following the N64 smash hit, Goldeneye, RARE lost the Bond license. But this didn’t matter much to them, as their spiritual successor to Goldeneye pushed the Nintendo 64 to its limits. Hailed as one of the greatest First Person Shooters of all time, Perfect Dark introduced gamers to Joanna Dark, the Carrington Institute, the evil corporation Datadyne and the alien races of the Maians and the Skedar. But such a unique Cyberpunk-fused sci-fi stealth journey needed a perfect soundtrack to fit it’s perfect name. Enter Grant Kirkhope, taking over for Graeme Norgate, along with David Clynick; a trifecta of composers that crafted a sound that was as unique on the N64 as it was technically impressive. Today on XVGM Radio, we are extremely excited to bring you an in depth interview with Grant Kirkhope, the primary composer on this stellar shooter. Hear about Grant’s surprising hard rockin’ roots and how a fellow RARE employee helped change his life forever. Listen to Grant’s stories about the E3 where Perfect Dark was showcased, how he and the other composers created the tunes, and what Grant thinks could be Joanna’s favorite cocktail. Count how many times a very excited Mike says “Extravaganza,” and hear Justin be in awe of Grant’s composing style. We promise, this episode won’t leave you in the dark.
HUGE Thank You to Grant Kirkhope for joining us on this episode! Please do us a favor and check out his website and social media:
Website – https://www.grantkirkhope.com/
Twitter – @GrantKirkhope
Bandcamp – https://grantkirkhope.bandcamp.com/
We’d love to hear what you thought about this Perfect Dark Extravaganza! What was your favorite track? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at www.Facebook.com/Groups/XVGMRadio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share VGM you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Special thanks to Alex Messenger for his Patreon episode pick! Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at 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 iTunes 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!

PERFECT DARK
Nintendo 64, Released in 2000
Original Soundtrack by: Grant Kirkhope, David Clynick and Graeme Norgate
Intro: Main Title/Enter the Dark
1 – Datadyne Central: Extraction
2 – Carrington Villa: Hostage One
3 – Carrington Institute
4 – Chicago Stealth
5 – Airbase: Espionage
6 – Training
7 – Area 51: Infiltration
8 – Deep Sea: Nullify Threat
9 – Pelagic 2: Exploration
10 – Skedar Ruins: Battle Shrine
Outro: Credits

Episode 29 – Patreon Pick: Mario RPG Tunes

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!
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro : Mario & Luigi Paper Jam (3DS – 2015) “Ready For A New Adventure!” Yoko Shimomura
1 – Super Paper Mario (Wii – 2007) “Champion of Destruction” Chika Sekigawa, Naoko Mitome
2 – Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS – 2012) “Swinging Swing” Masanobu Matsunaga, Saki Kurata, Shoh Murakami, Yoshito Sekigawa, Yasuhisa Baba, Hiroki Morishita, Masanori Adachi, Kiyoshi Hazemoto, Tomoko Sano, Kousei Muraki, Hiroaki Hanaoka, Yasumasa Yamada
3 – Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga (GBA – 2003) “Come On!” Yoko Shimomura
4 – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES – 1996) “Weapons Factory” Yoko Shimomura
5 – Mario and Luigi Dream Team (3DS – 2013) “Victory in the Dream World” Yoko Shimomura
6 – Paper Mario (N64 – 2000) “Welcome to Yoshi Village” Yuka Tsujiyoko
7 – Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door (GCN – 2004) “Rogueport’s Underground City” Yoshito Hirano, Yuka Tsujiyoko
8 – Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (NDS – 2005) “Dark Dungeon” Yoko Shimomura
Patreon Pick: Alex Messenger – Mario and Luigi Dream Team (3DS – 2013) “Mysteries of the Cave” Yoko Shimomura
9 – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES – 1996) “Still the Road is Full of Dangers” Yoko Shimomura
10 – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (NDS – 2009) “Tough Guy Alert/They’re Pretty Tough, We Should Be Careful” Yoko Shimomura
Outro: Paper Mario: Color Splash (WiiU – 2016) “Your Answers, Please!” Shigemitsu Goto, Fumihiro Isobe, Takeru Kanazaki

Episode 28 – The Namco 163 Famicom Expansion Chip

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!
Shout out to Nerdly Pleasures blogspot article and the NESDEV Wiki page for the information.
LINKS: https://nerdlypleasures.blogspot.com/2017/08/famicom-expansion-audio-overview.html
https://wiki.nesdev.com/w/index.php/Namco_163_audio
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro : Erika To Satoru No Yume Bouken (FC – 1988) “Title Theme” Hirohiko Takayama (8 channels), Tsukasa Masuko (sound driver uncredited)
1 – Family Circuit ‘91 (FC – 1991) – “BGM 05” Nobuyuki Ōnogi
2 – Wagan Land 3 (FC – 1992) – “Space Station Stage 3” Yoshinori Kawamoto
3 – Sangokushi – Chuugen no Hasha (aka Romance of the Three Kingdoms) (FC – 1988) – “BGM 09” Yoko Kanno (Uncredited)
4 – Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei 2 (FC – 1990) – “Daedalus” Tsukasa Masuko (uncredited)
5 – Hydlide 3: Yami Kara no Houmonsha (FC – 1989) – “Gayzac” Shigeru Tomita (Original Music), Hiroshi Sakaguchi (Arrangement)
6 – Mappy Kids (FC – 1989) – “Stage 3 Theme” Atsuko Iwanaga
7 – Sangokushi 2 – Haou no Tairiku (aka Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2) (FC – 1992) – “Ending” Shinji Amagishi (as Banjirō Amanishi)
8 – Rolling Thunder (FC – 1989) – “Stage 1 Theme” Junko Ozawa, Minoru Kidooka (sound driver)
9 – Final Lap (FC – 1987) – “Final Results (Tournament Mode)” Unknown (no credits for Arcade or FC)
10 – King of Kings (FC – 1988) – “Strategy Phase” (8 channels) Hirohiko Takayama