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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 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 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

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:

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