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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 95 – PS2/PSP VGM Memories

Episode 95 – PS2/PSP VGM Memories

It’s well known that Sony’s Playstation 2 dominated sales during the 6th generation of gaming. However, this was also during the era where Sony attempted to take on the task of toppling Nintendo’s handheld juggernaut abilities. Enter the Sony Playstation Portable, Sony’s first major foray into the handheld market. Many games from the PS2 were given handheld versions on the PSP and while this is an interesting discussion point, the guys at XVGM Radio decided to just bask in the glory of the 6th generation, Sony style. Today’s episode is an exploration into some PS2 and PSP games with the occasional example of crossover. Mike threatens to discuss Castlevania until he turns blue, all while we learn about Justin’s price point on Amazon. From racist Mega Man boss discussions to feeling inadequate thanks to a royal pain in the butt, today’s a great way to break open some Thanksgiving Day leftovers and enjoy some PS2/PSP nostalgia discussion!

What’d you think of this exploration into the Playstation 2 and Playstation Portable? Favorite track? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMr…

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

Special thanks to Cam Werme for his Patron pick, and of course, thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, 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

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:

Intro – Katamari Damacy (PS2 – 2004) “Fugue #7777” Asuka Sakai
1 – Mega Man Powered Up (PSP – 2006) “Time Man Stage” Toshihiko Horiyama
2 – Ys VI: The Ark of Nepishtim (PS2/PSP – 2005/2006) “Release of the Far West Ocean” Hayato Sonoda, Wataru Ishibashi
3 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PS2 – 2003) “Pagoda of the Misty Moon” Michiru Yamane
4 – Puzzle Guzzle (PSP – 2008) “Track 7” JoJoGa
5 – LocoRoco (PSP – 2006) “doda doda ~The Snow Has Fallen – LocoRoco Red & Pink​Version~” Nobuyuki Shimizu, Kemmei Adachi
6 – Nightshade (PS2 – 2003) “Skyscraper Tokyo” Fumie Kumatani, Tomonori Sawada, Keiichi Sugiyama, Yutaka Minobe
7 – Patreon Pick: Cam Werme – Maximo VS Army of Zin (PS2 – 2003) “The First Strike!” Tommy Tallarico
8 -Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles (PSP – 2007) “Demon Seed (Arranged)” Michiru Yamane, Masanori Akita, Yuichi Tsuchiya, Akihiro Honda, Yasuhiro Ichihashi, (Original by Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, Hidenori Maezawa)
9 – Bleach: Heat the Soul (PSP – 2005) “Stage 4” Basiscape Co., Ltd.
10 – Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies (PS2 – 2001) “Operation” Katsuro Tajima, Keiki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Okubo, Tetsukazu Nakanishi

Episode 89 – The Best & Worst of Gems Driver Songs (w/ specia guest Dya)

Episode 89 – The Best & Worst of Gems Driver Songs (w/ specia guest Dya)

The Sega Genesis GEMS Driver is often considered one of the worst drivers created for video game music. However, we are optimists when it comes to most chips, so today, we’re taking a deep look into the GEMS driver. Who created it, why it was important to Western composers, the benefits of it and the downfalls. Justin and Mike aim to examine the good AND bad parts of it, to unearth some game music that you might not have known about. Aaron Hickman of the Genesis Gems podcast is also known as chiptune and VGM composer DYA. He joins us on this episode to help explain some of the nitty gritty details regarding GEMS and the Sega sound in general. From bad Sylvester Stallone impressions, to Mike absolutely losing it whenever Captain Salty is discussed….to a surprise phone call from someone claiming to be Tommy Tallarico, this episode of XVGM Radio has it all!
Big thank you to our special guest, Dya aka Aaron Hickman, for joining us on this exciting look at the GEMS driver. Check out his podcast and VGM/chiptunes here: https://dyamusic.bandcamp.com/
Genesis Gems Podcast
Special thanks to Patreon member Scott Mcelhone for his Patreon pick this episode! What was your favorite track? Your least favorite? Have we changed your opinion on GEMS?  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 – Prime Time NFL Starring Deion Sanders (GEN – 1996) “Season Tunes” Andy Armer
1 – Dragon’s Revenge (aka Dragon’s Fury 2) (GEN – 1993) “Main BGM” Earl Vickers
2 – Comix Zone (GEN – 1995) “Ending Theme” Howard Drossin
3 – X-Men 2: The Clone Wars (GEN – 1995) “The Clone Wars” Kurt Harland Larson, Neuromantic Productions, Jim Hedges, Mark Miller
4 – Earthworm Jim (GEN – 1995) “New Junk City” Tommy Tallarico / Mark Miller
5 – Richard Scarry’s Busytown (GEN – 1994) “Captain Salty” András Magyari
6 – ToeJam & Earl (GEN – 1991) “Rapmaster Rocket Racket” John Baker, Mark Miller (Direction)
7 – Demolition Man (GEN – 1995) “Pipe Maze” Nathan Grigg
8 – Patreon Pick – Scott Mcelhone: Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition (GEN – 1994) “Aviary” Sam Powell
9 – Sylvester & Tweety: Cagey Capers (GEN – 1994) “Hyde and Shriek” Nathan Grigg

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 85 – Dimo’s Quest CD-i Spotlight

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Episode 85 – Dimo’s Quest CD-i Spotlight

While single games have been covered before on XVGM Radio, never before have we went into a soundtrack without hearing it period. Taking a page from our pal Ed Wilson over at The VGMbassy, we’re doing a “Blind Listen” episode where we pick tracks we haven’t heard, and learn about the game as we go along. The end result is a hilarious episode where Mike and Justin try to figure out PCM samples’ origins, listen to a totally radical soundtrack we’ve never heard before, deal with an explosion in the studio…and take a caller request from…Janine?! It’s all on this very exciting episode of XVGM Radio!
Shout out to Ed Wilson for the idea of doing a Blind Listen! Head over to his podcast for more of these: www.theVGMbassy.com
What was your favorite track of the episode? Are you a fan of this soundtrack? Are you gonna hunt down this OST?  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, Nathan Cooper, Dan Laughton, Bedroth 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:

(All music by Joris De Man):
Intro – “Dimo’s Quest Theme”
“Dimo’s Life”
“Slow and Annoying”
“The Unknown Level”
“The Hardest Levels”
“That Happy Tune”
“Level of Death”
“Key Power”
“Whisper Dimo”
“The Happy Ending”
“High Scores”

Episode 76 – The Wonderswan & Wonderswan Color

Episode 76 – The Wonderswan & Wonderswan Color

We’re no strangers to covering obscure stuff on XVGM Radio…but this might be the most obscure thing we’ve chat about: Bandai’s Wonderswan family of handhelds. Going after the Game Boy was a lofty goal, one which made the Wonderswan succumb. But today, we dig up the grave of Bandai’s Wonderswan, the Wonderswan Color and the SwanCrystal, to delve into some video game music that we just can’t put our finger on. Does it sound like Game Boy? Master System? Something else? We talk about the rise and fall of the little Japan-only handheld along with Mike’s confusion over this system and the Neo Geo Pocket, Comparisons to adult film concepts (just how many times Chou Aniki can get stuck in a washing machine, super big bro?!) The legacy of Gunpei Yokoi and his tragic end, plus we get super nerdy about the life and death of the Bandai Wonderswan: All on Episode 76!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Have you played any Wonderswan handhelds? 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 – Pocket Fighter (WS – 2000) “Beach House/Safrill” Norihiko Togashi (Arrangement), Isao Abe, Yuki Iwai, Setsuo Yamamoto
1 – Chou Aniki – Otoko no Tamafuda (WS – 2000) “BGM #15” Koji Hayama, Shigeki Hayashi
2 – Rockman & Forte Mirai kara no Chōsensha (WS – 1999) “Opening Stage” Toshihiko Horiyama, Naoshi Mizuta, Akari Kaida
3 – Guilty Gear Petit 2 (WSC – 2001) “Feel a Fear (Zato-1)” Takayuki Nakamura
4 – Gunpey EX (WSC – 2000) “Stage Music” Unknown Composer
5 – Wild Card (WSC – 2001) “”BGM03” Kenji Ito
6 – Namco Super Wars (WSC – 2002) “BGM #04” Unknown Composer
7 – Blue Wing Blitz (WSC – 2001) “BGM08” Kumi Tanioka
8 – Patreon Pick – Ryan Mcpherson – Final Fantasy II (WSC – 2001) “Battle Scene A” Nobou Uematsu
9 – SD Gundam: Emotional Jam (WS – 1999) “BGM06” Unknown Composer
10 – Vaitz Blade (WS – 1999) “BGM 27” Nuka Shinji

Episode 66 – Amiga Music w/ Nikotengoku

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Episode 66 – Amiga Music w/ Nikotengoku

New Year, New Niko Episode! 2020 was a rough year on all of us, but before it got out of hand, Niko had stopped by for an episode in January and there was discussion at the end of that episode to cover Amiga the next time he stopped by. We didn’t forget his suggestion, and so this episode of XVGM Radio sees the NikoTengoku himself is back with a slew of amazing Amiga tracks that will melt faces! Mike and Justin add some goody goody BASS to the mix, Justin’s eyeballs get threatened while he dreams about freshly squeezed apple juice and the boys crack up about hilariously bad cutscene art from Thunder Jaws, all on this absolutely hysterical episode of XVGM Radio!
What was your favorite Amiga jamz? Favorite moment of the show? 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, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, 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
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 – Fury of the Furries (AMI, 1993) – “Lagoon” – Frédéric Motte
1 – Gauntlet 3: The Final Quest (AMI, 1991) – “Unused Theme” – Tim Follin
2 – Action Cat (AMI – 1995) “Main Theme” Annette Stender
3 – Turrican II: The Final Fight (AMI, 1991) “The Desert Rocks (1-1) Chris Hülsbeck
4 – Super Stardust (AMI, 1994) – “Levels 01 to 06 (World 1)” – Risto Vuori
5 – Space Crusade (AMI, ACPC, AST, C64, DOS, ZXS – 1992) “Main Menu” Imagitec Design Inc – Barry Leitch, Ian Howe
6 – Walker (AMI, 1993) “Title Screen” Raymond Usher
7 – Jim Power in Mutant Planet (AMI, 1993) – “Level 5: Caves” – Chris Hülsbeck
8 – Thunder Jaws (ARC, AMI, ACPC, AST, C64 – 1991) “Stage 4” Jolyon Myers
9 – Pinball Dreams (AMI, 1992) “Écran Titre” Olof Gustafsson

Episode 58 – Chrono Trigger 25 Years Later – An Epoch Journey

Episode 58 – Chrono Trigger 25 Years Later – An Epoch Journey

It’s about time! Hailed as one of the greatest JRPG experiences of all time, and for good reason, Chrono Trigger’s the complete package for all gamers. Therefore, Justin and Mike bring in a special guest who not only is a huge fan of the game and it’s stellar soundtrack, but also named his podcast after a song title: Drew Mackie of Singing Mountain. Drew joins the XVGM Radio boys for a celebration of the ages, as they discuss the 25th anniversary of the game as of today (Yes, we’re breaking schedule to release on the official 25th birthday of Chrono Trigger!) What transpires is a nostalgic trip into the past full of name corrections, Mike sharing the track that made him cry, and of course our overlord Lavos screech discussions (Praise Lavos, of course.) Grab your Masamune, your bowls of Eyes Cream and prepare to howl with the Black Wind, as we celebrate 25 years of this milestone game!
HUGE Thank you to Drew Mackie from Singing Mountain Podcast. Please go check out his amazing show at: https://singingmountainpod.com/ and subscribe via your podcatchers/RSS Feeds.Episodes are also hosted via Soundcloud as well!
We’d love to hear what you thought about our Chrono Trigger episode! Did you have a favorite tune? What did you think of our guest? How do you pronounce all the names of the characters? 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:

Chrono Trigger (SNES, PS1, NDS, 1995/1999/2008)
Soundtrack Composed by: Yasunori Mitsuda, Nobuo Uematsu

Intro – “A Presentiment/Chrono Trigger”
1 – “Secret of the Forest”
2 – “Burn! Bobonga!”
3 – “Battle 1”
Patreon Pick: Chris Murray – “First Festival of Stars”
4 – “The Kingdom Trial”
5 – “Last Battle”
6 – “Wings That Cross Time”
7 – “Schala’s Theme”
8 – “Lavos’ Theme”
9 – “To Far Away Times”

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 48 – The Music of Final Fantasy VII (feat. Knight of the Round)

Episode 48 – The Music of Final Fantasy VII (feat. Knight of the Round)

Hailed as one of the greatest video game experiences ever, Final Fantasy VII was a game changer. It revolutionized the Japanese Role Playing Game market and the art of storytelling in a video game at the time of its released. Now, almost 23 years later, we are about to see a remade version of the game that captured our hearts back in 1997. But on the eve of Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date, XVGM Radio sat down with Knight of the Round band member, Justin Taylor, to chat about the significance of the original game, it’s landmark music by Nobuo Uematsu, and showcase KotR’s latest release, a Metal-infused thematic cover album aptly titled: “SEVEN.” We’ll give you one guess what the theme is. From chatting about Cid’s character growth to the importance of Tifa in Mike’s teen years and Justin’s teenage confusion over numbering the Final Fantasy games back in the day. It’s a musical celebration of a true masterpiece, both musically and gameplay wise. Also, MAD Cait Sith hate!
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TRACK LISTING:

Final Fantasy VII – Sony Playstation, 1997
Composed By: Nobuo Uematsu
Arrangements/Covers by Knight of the Round

Intro – “Prelude”
Knight of the Round – “Opening/Bombing Mission”
1 – “Hurry!”
2 – “Tifa’s Theme”
3 – “Turk’s Theme”
4 – “Rufus Welcoming Ceremony”
5 – “Underneath The Rotting Pizza”
6 – “Jenova Absolute”
7 – “Crazy Motorcycle”
8 – “Cid’s Theme”
9 – “Fiddle de Chocobo”
10 – “Highwind Takes To The Skies”
Knight of the Round – “One Winged Angel”