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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
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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 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?

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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

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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 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