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Episode 97 – Super Famicom Japan Exclusives w/ NIKOTENGOKU

Episode 97 – Super Famicom Japan Exclusives w/ NIKOTENGOKU

New Year! New Episode! Starting off 2023, our 5th year as a podcast, we’re joined once again by our good pal, NikoTengoku! The Super Famicom (or as we know it outside of Japan, the Super NES) is host to a COLOSSAL list of excellent game soundtracks, but the Japan exclusive stuff usually gets overlooked. Niko helps us pick 10 awesome tracks that we know you’re gonna love, along with a very, VERY silly episode as per usual with Niko. We poke fun of certain game title names and songs, get a visit from not one but TWO legacy PixelTunes Radio characters, AND officially “knight” Niko as our 3rd co-host! Though his role will remain as a guest contributor to the show, we’re always excited to be joined by Niko and he always brings the funny and engaging discussions to XVGM Radio!

Big thanks to NikoTengoku for guesting on the episode! As always, check out his stuff here:
Niko’s8BitStereo: https://www.youtube.com/@Nikos8BitStereo

8Beats: https://8beats.co/residents/nikotengoku

NikoTengoku: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXcivGPk4XlEU-Tq7CgMx7A

Also special shout out and thanks to Ed Wilson from TheVGMbassy for his commercial assistance! Check out his excellent VGM podcast here: TheVGMbassy.com

What’d you think of this very silly, very exciting episode of XVGM Radio? Want to hear more from Niko Tengoku? Did you have a favorite track? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song 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: Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Rayjkayj, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, Scott Brackett, and Brad Austin. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Check out all episodes of XVGM Radio on www.youtube.com/dongled for another more visual format!
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 (Niko) – Dynami Tracer (SFC – 1996) “Title” Nobuo Uemetsu
1 – Mahjong Hishouden: Naki no Ryuu (SFC – 1992) “Battle Theme 1” IGS Sound Team
2 – Donald Duck no Mahô no Bôshi (SFC – 1995) “Forest of Angles” Takahisa Hirano, Takeshi Miura
3 – Shin Kido Senki (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing): Endless Duel (SFC – 1996) “Versus Screen” Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi
4 – Kyouraku Sanyou Toyomaru Okumura Daiichi Maruhon Parlor Parlor! 4 CR (SFC – 1995) “Menu” Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura
5 – Magic Knight Rayearth (SFC – 1995) “Mashin Battle” Daisuke Tamura
6 – Star Ocean (SFC – 1996) “Dancin’ Sword” Motoi Sakuraba
7 – Last Bible 3 (SFC – 1995) “Battle with Alec” Hiroyuki Yanada
8 – Umihara Kawase (SFC – 1994) “Keiryu Theme” Masahito Nakano, Atsuhiro Motoyama, Shinji Tachikawa
9 – ‘96 Zenkoku Koukou Soccer Senshuken (SFC – 1996) “Staff Roll” Toshiyuki Takine, Gocky in Bose

Episode 87 – Super Nintendo: ORCHESTRATED with Orchestral Fantasy

Episode 87 – Super Nintendo: ORCHESTRATED with Orchestral Fantasy

The Super Nintendo is known for having some of the most lush compositions in 16 bit history. But have you ever wondered what these tracks would sound like with real instruments? Our guest today is Andrew Thompson who runs a musical project where he answers that very question and the results are EPIC! Mike and Justin sit down with Andrew to discuss and compare his orchestrated versions with real instrumentation, while mostly staying faithful to the original compositions. If you’re a fan of JRPGs on the SNES, this is NOT an episode to miss!
***There were some connection issues regarding the first two breaks so we apologize in advance for the static-sounding voice on Andrew. After numerous trial and error, we decided to record separately and combine the breaks after the problem could not be solved. Thanks for understanding.***
We’d like to thank Andrew for being on the show. Please check out his content on both Youtube and Soundcloud as well as the latest album,
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OrchestralFantasy/videos
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/andrewt81
Beyond Fantasy Album: https://open.spotify.com/album/1RRCELKYi5sMU62joCGcqs
What was your favorite track of the episode? What’d you think of our guest and his renditions of classic SNES tracks?  Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song 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, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, 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 – Final Fantasy VI (SNES – 1994) “Dancing Mad Part 1” Nobuo Uematsu
1 – ActRaiser (SNES – 1990) “The World Tree (All Over the World)” Yuzo Koshiro
2 – Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES – 1992) “Ending Credits” Koji Kondo
3 – Secret of Mana (SNES – 1993) “The Second Truth from the Left” Hiroki Kikuta
4 – Final Fantasy V (SFC – 1992) “The Decisive Battle” Nobuo Uematsu

Episode 78 – Super Smash Bros. Music w/ The VGMbassy

Episode 78 – Super Smash Bros. Music w/ The VGMbassy

It’s a teamup of EPIC PROPORTIONS! Mike and Ed of XVGM Radio join forces with VGM Podcast minister and community mastermind, Ed Wilson (current host of The VGMbassy and previously co-host with Mike on PixelTunes Radio) to listen to some truly smash-tastic tunes. The guys pick their favorites from the Super Smash Bros. franchise, songs that recapture their memories of some of their favorite games and rebundles the tunes into incredible arrangements! The jokes soar high on this episode when the innuendo dial gets turned up to 11! Plus, a special 4 minute and change commercial featuring some of VGM Podcasting’s best voices! Don’t miss this episode!
Big thanks to Ed Wilson for joining us for this wacky good time! Check out his podcast, The VGMbassy here: https://thevgmbassy.com/ and his Twitter here: https://twitter.com/thevgmbassy
Arcane Machine is an Industrial and Goth Music Podcast that Ed and Justin run together! Check it out here: https://arcanemachine.net/
Special thanks to all of our commercial guests and podcasters! They are:
Ed – VGMbassy
Rob and Pernell – Rhythm & Pixels https://rhythmandpixels.com/
Drew – Singing Mountain https://singingmountainpod.com/
Alex Messenger – A VGM Journey https://anchor.fm/vgmjourney
Karl and Will – Super Marcato Bros. http://www.supermarcatobros.com/podcast
Hammock – KVGM Radio http://www.kvgmradio.com/
Bryan and Gene – Pixelated Audio https://pixelatedaudio.com/
What was your favorite track of the episode? Got a favorite Smash Bros. memory? What did you think of our Super VGM Podcast Bros. commercial?  Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song 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, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, 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 – Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN – 2001) “Opening” Tadashi Ikegami, Shogo Sakai, Takuto Kitsuta
1 – Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii – 2008) “Mute City” Composed by Yumiko Kanki and Naoto Ishida, Arranged by Yasufumi Fukuda
2 – Super Smash Bros. (N64 – 1999) “Hyrule Castle” Arranged by Hirokazu Ando Composed by Koji Kondo
3 – Super Smash Bros Ultimate (SWI – 2018) “Bloody Tears & Monster Dance” Arranged by Michiko Naruke Composed by Kenichi Matsubara
4 – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (SWI – 2018) “Mother 3 Love Theme” Composed and Arranged by Shogo Sakai
5 – Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN – 2001) “Corneria” Arranged by Hirokazu Ando, Composed by Hajime Hirasawa
6 – Super Smash Bros for 3DS & Wii U (3DS/WiiU – 2014) “Norfair” Arranged by Yuzo Koshiro Composed by Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka
7 – Super Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS (3DS / WiiU – 2014) “Luigi’s Mansion Series Medley” Composed by Kazumi Totaka, arranged/ remixed by Hiroyuki Kawada
8 – Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U (3DS/WiiU – 2014) “Mii Plaza (Mii Channel)” Arranged by Yasunori Mitsuda Composed by Kazumi Totaka
9 – Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN – 2001) “Fire Emblem” Arranged by Shogo Sakai Composed by Yuka Tsujiyoko
Outro: Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN – 2001) “Congo Jungle/DK Rap Alternate Stage Music” Composed by Grant Kirkhope, Arranged by Hirokazu Ando w/ vocals by James W. Norwood Jr.

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!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Do you have a favorite Zelda handheld game or experience? Have you played any of these games and if not, are you going to seek them out and their soundtracks? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song 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, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, 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 – The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC – 2001) “Title Screen” Kyōko Nakamura, Minako Adachi
1 – Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC – 2001) “Level 4: Skull Dungeon” Kyōko Nakamura, Minako Adachi
2 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (remake) (Switch – 2019) “Nightmare’s Boss Battle” Ryo Nagamatsu, (Original by Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa, Kazumi Totaka)
3 – The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS – 2009) “Overworld Adventures” Tōru Minegishi, Manaka Tominaga, Asuka Ohta, Kōji Kondō
4 – Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland (NDS – 2006) “BGM 127” Masanori Adachi
5 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB – 1993, GBC – 1998) “Mabe Village” Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa, Kazumi Totaka
6 – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords (GBA – 2002) “Sea of Trees” Yūko Takehara
7 – Patreon Pick: Dan Laughton – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB – 1993, GBC – 1998) “Face Shrine” Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa, Kazumi Totaka
8 – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (NDS – 2007) “The Great Sea” Kenta Nagata, Tōru Minegishi
9 – The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds (3DS, 2013) “Princess Hilda Appears” Ryo Nagamatsu, Koji Kondo (LttP Originals)
10 – The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA – 2004) “Minish Woods” Mitsuhiko Takano

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!
Big thank you to Joey aka Pragmatik for joining us on this episode! Please check out his channel here.
What was your favorite track of the episode? Did you enjoy hearing from our guest, Joey? Have you played any of these games and if not, are you going to seek them out and their soundtracks? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song 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, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, MixxMaster, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, 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 – Odin Sphere (PS2 – 2007, PS3 – 2011) “The Mysterious Pooka Village” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Manabu Namiki
1 – 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4 – 2020) “ISOLEUCINE” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Yoshimi Kudo, Rikako Watanabe, Yukinori Kikuchi
2 – Kumatanchi (NDS – 2008) “BGM05” Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda
3 – Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS3/Vita – 2013, PS4 – 2018) “A Decision Has To Be Made” Hitoshi Sakimoto
4 – Odin Sphere (PS2 – 2007, PS3 – 2011 , PS4/Vita – 2016) “Battle In The Labyrinth 2” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Manabu Namiki
5 – Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii – 2009, Vita – 2013) “Poor Meal” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura, Azusa Chiba, Yoshimi Kudo
6 – Grand Knight’s History (PSP – 2011) “Tension” Masaharu Iwata (this track), Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Yoshimi Kudo, Noriyuki Kamikura
7 – GrimGrimoire (PS2 – 2007) “BOOK OF DAYS” – Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura
8 – Odin Sphere (PS2 – 2007, PS3 – 2011,PS4/Vita – 2016) “Victory” Basiscape (Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Manabu Namiki)
9 – Fantasy Earth Zero (PC, 2006 JP/2010 US) “Track 18” Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Manabu Namiki, Kenichi Koyano

Episode 57 – Zuntata

Episode 57 – Zuntata

What do Karaoke Machines, bizarre PCM voice samples and shamisens have in common? They’re all points of discussion on today’s episode where Mike and Justin do a deep dive on Zuntata, the in-house composers and live band for Taito! Formed in 1983, Zuntata was largely carried by composers like Hisayoshi Ogura, though there were over a dozen members over the years, all of which brought us some of the best video game music ever! We’re taking a deep dive into the back catalog of Zuntata’s music from all different genres of gaming. So get ready to test your burger, meditate…meditation and hang out with Daddy Mulk and his casino, because the XVGM Radio guys are ready to rock!
Thanks to our pal Ed Wilson of VGMBassy for helping with re-verifying these tracks are all definitely Zuntata. Head to TheVGMbassy.com for his podcast!
We’d love to hear what you thought about our Zuntata episode! Did you have a favorite tune? Did you need more shamisen? And where was Elevator Action Returns, anyways?! What game do you want to play the most after this? 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 a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Special thanks to Patreon member Kung FU Carlito from the Heroes Three Podcast for his pick in this episode! Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, 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 – Ninja Warriors (ARC, 1988, Mega CD, 1993, PC-Eng/Atari ST, 1989) “Daddy Mulk (Arranged)” Hisayoshi Ogura, Junichi Kawaguchi
1 – Aqua Jack – (ARC, 1990) “Game Start/BGM 1” Shizuo Aizawa
2 – G Darius (ARC/PS1, 1997) “Track 08” Hisayoshi Ogura
3 – Psychic Force – (ARC, PS1 1996) “Carry Away (Sonia’s Theme)” Hideki Takahagi
4 – Dungeon Magic (ARC, 1994) “Now We Cut Off the Hideous Chains (Fight)/Now, the Iron of our Blades are Severing and Murdering(Battle)” Norihiro Furukawa
5 – Cleopatra’s Fortune (ARC 1996, TAITO X-55 1995, SAT, 1997, PS1/DC 2001) “Shinin’ Queen” Shuichiro Nakazawa, Hideki Takahagi
6 – Syvalion (ARC/SNES, 1988/92) “Confusion” Yasuhisa Watanabe
7 – RC De Go (ARC, 1999/PS1, 2000) “Hearts on Fire” Saori Kunikyo (ZUNTATA)
Patreon Pick: Carlito – Night Striker (ARC, 1989/Mega CD, 1993/ PS1, 1995/SAT, 1996) “Burning Road” Arrangers: Hisayoshi Ogura, Tamayo Kawamoto, Yasuhisa Watanabe, Shuichiro Nakazawa, Masahiko Takaki
8 – Thunder Fox (ARC/GEN, 1990/91) “Mine (Stage 4)” Kazuko Umino (Arcade composer)
9 – Gamera 2000 (PS1, 1997) “The Promise (To Be Born Again And See You)” Masahiko Takaki, Shuichiro Nakazawa
10 – Arkanoid vs Space Invaders (iOS/Android, 2017) “Chilled Vaus” Hirokazu Koshio, Shouhei Tsuchiya

Episode 53 – Sounds of the Sega Master System

Episode 53 – Sounds of the Sega Master System

With Sega’s arcade ventures dwindling at the time, the Japanese arcade game maker decided to try their hand at making consoles, and eventually this led to today’s featured console, the Sega Master System. Called the Mark III in Japan, this PSG-based audio system (which also featured FM Synth in certain games) has always had a mix of somber or cheery sounding music. On today’s episode of XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin peel back the figurative shell of the console to bring you a dive into all regions worth of music. From in-depth discussion on the success of the system (in PAL regions and Brazil) and failures (North America) to chats about Mentos, notoriously bad Master System game cover art, SHHHOPELIFTERRR, Justin hearing Pac-Man sounds, and…Green and Pink Master System Consoles, wait…what?! This episode is jam packed full of tubular tunes and fun discussion.
Big thanks to Hungry Goriya for her voice over on the commercial and being the second caller for this week’s episode! Please consider checking out her fantastic Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrqaOPLC4_LTWCdJIvXvWTg
We’d love to hear what you thought about our picks on this deep dive into the Sega Master System’s sound chip! Did you have a favorite tune? 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 a random or obscure VGM song 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, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, 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 – Alex Kidd In Miracle World (SMS, 1986) “Main Theme” Tokuhiko Uwabo
1 – Predator 2 – (GG/SMS 1992) “Title Screen/Levels 1, 3, 6, Streets, Level 7, Alien Ship” Matt Furniss
2 – Pit Pot: The Magical Castle (SMS, 1985) “Main Theme” – Toshinori Asai
3 – Black Belt (SMS, 1986) “Boss” Katsuhiro Hayashi
4 – Choplifter (SMS, 1986) “Round 1” – Tokuhiko Uwabo
5 – Power Strike/Aleste (SMS/MSX, 1988) “The Solitude” Takayuki Hirono
6 – Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa (1987) “Boss Theme” – Lyndon Sharp OR Tokuhiko Uwabo
7 – Phantasy Star (SMS, 1987, GEN 1994) “Medusa” Tokuhiko Uwabo
8 – Wonder Boy in Monster Land (SMS, 1988) “Labyrinth of No End” – Shinichi Sakamoto (arcade version), James Smart (C64), or David Whittaker (European console ports)
9 – Road Rash (GEN, 1991, AST/AMIGA, 1992, GG, 1993, SMS, 1994, GB, 1996) “Grass Valley” Matt Furniss
10 – Cyborg Hunter (SMS, 1986) “Level C & F” – Keisuke Tsukahara, Kazuhiko Nagai
Outro – Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS, 1986) – “Main Theme (Arranged)” Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (vocals) Takahiro Kai (Arrangement)

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

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!
Big thank you to Patreon member Dan Laughton for requesting a track for this episode, and Dan Laughton for being on our show! Check out Dan’s book if you enjoyed this brief glimpse into his view on video games! Purchase link is here: http://tiny.cc/zb1glz
Make sure to also check out his podcast he co-hosts with his wife called The Village Person’s Podcast! https://thevillagepersonspodcast.com/podcast/
We’d love to hear what you thought about these blood-pumping Japan-exclusive Konami SHMUP tracks. What was your favorite song? 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 a random or obscure VGM song 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, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, MixxMaster, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, 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:

FALSION (FDS)
Composed by: Shinya Sakamoto, Shigehiro Takenouchi, Atsushi Fujio

Intro – “Stage 1”
1 – “Boss Theme”
2 – “Stage 2”
3 – “Stage 4”
4 – “Last Boss”
5 – “Stage 6”

CRISIS FORCE (FC)
Composed by: Kenichi Matsubara, Yasuhiko Manno, Jun Chuma

6 – “Stage 4:World of Fire”
7 – “Stages 1 & 6: Advanced City”
8 – “Final Battle 1/Boss 2”
9 – “Ending”
10 – “Stage 2:Land and Sea”

Episode 42 – Sierra, an Audio History

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.
We’d love to hear what you thought about Sierra Games and the tracks we picked! What was your favorite song? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro: Quest For Glory: So, You Want To Be A Hero? (DOS/MAC,1992) “The Thief” – Mark Seibert, Aubrey Hodges, Spike Jones
1 – Police Quest 2: The Vengeance (Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, PC-98, 1988) “Intro Music (Roland MT-32 Version)” – Mark Seibert
2 – Space Quest 3: The Pirates of Pestulon (Amiga/AtariST/DOS, 1989) “The Black Hole” – Bob Siebenberg
3 – King’s Quest V (NES, 1992) “Harpie Island” – Ken Allen, Mark Seibert (both uncredited)
4 – Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (DOS/WIN, MAC 1993) “Lake Pontertrain” – Christopher Braymen, Neal Grandstaff, Stuart M. Rosen, Kelli Spurgeon, Richard Spurgeon, Jay D. Usher
5 – Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work (DOS/Mac, 1991) “Track 25” – Mark Seibert
6 – The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain (PC/Mac, 1995) – “Title ” – Jonathan Cunningham, Mark Krause
7 – Roberta William’s Phantasmagoria (DOS/Saturn/MAC/WIN, 1995) “Chapter 6” – Mark Seibert, Jay D. Usher
8 – Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father (DOS/Win, 1993) “Crash Interrogation” – Christopher Braymen, Neal Grandstaff, Stuart M. Rosen, Kelli Spurgeon, Richard Spurgeon, Jay D. Usher
9 – Police Quest III: the Kindred (Amiga, DOS 1992) “Main Theme” – Jan Hammer
Outro: Quest For Glory: So, You Want To Be A Hero? (DOS/MAC,1992) “The Thief (ARRANGED)” – Mark Seibert, Aubrey Hodges, Spike Jones

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
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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