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Episode 86 – Dances with Nikos!

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Episode 86 – Dances with Nikos!

It’s that time of year again! NikoTengoku joins us for his third return as the unofficial “third host” of the show…and he’s ready TO DANCE! We let Niko pick the theme this time around and he wanted to get down! We’ve all picked a variety of dance tracks to listen to from all walks of dance music. From almost gabber-like songs, to borderline industrial, progressive trance and more! You’ll be ready to get outta your seat and join us on the dance floor in no time! Prepare for an insane amount of Alzadick jokes, stories about Mike’s dad hating VGM and much more!
Big thanks to NikoTengoku for joining us again for this annual visit! Go check out his Twitch and Youtube where he remains dedicated to both live streaming games and VGM!
https://www.youtube.com/Nikos8BitStereo
https://www.twitch.tv/nikotengoku
What was your favorite track of the episode? Did we manage to get you out of your seat and dance? Were you tired of Alzadick jokes?  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
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Streets of Rage 4 (Switch/PS4/XBOne/PC – 2020) “An Exhibition (Full Version)” Olivier Deriviere
1 – Super Drift Out (SFC – 1995) “Title Theme” Kenji Yamazaki
2 – Summer Carnival ‘92 RECCA (FC – 1992) “ELM-39” Nobuyuki Shioda
3 – Scott Pilgrim vs The World The Game (PS3/XB360 – 2010) “Twin Dragons” Anamanaguchi
4 – Zaxxon’s Motherbase 2000 (32X – 1995) “Stage 6 Boss” Masashi Yoneda, Naoshi Kunisawa
5 – Conker’s Bad Fur Day (N64 – 2001) “Rock Solid” Robin Beanland
6 – MvC Infinite (PS4/XBOne/Win – 2017) “Mega Man X” Eishi Segawa
7 – Dolucky no Puzzle Tour ’94 (SFC – 1994) “Final Battle” Hideyuki Shimono, Akihito Okawa
8 – Contra: Shattered Soldier (PS2 – 2002) “Battle Train” Sota Fujimori, Akira Yamaoka
9 – Beatmania IIDX 7th style (ARC – 2002) “Burning Heat! (Full Option Mix)” Mr.T (Tomoyuki Uchida) with Motoaki Furukawa

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
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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 68 – Anime Game Music w/ G to the Next Level

Episode 68 – Anime Game Music w/ G to the Next Level

What happens when video games and anime collide? You get video games based on anime, of course! Mike and Justin are joined by fellow-anime lover and Sega mega fan, George aka G To The Next Level, where the guys really hit it off celebrating video games based on anime and their stellar music. Diving deep into their own nostalgic memories of how they got interested in anime, the guys bring full attention to the jungle beats of Astro Boy, the creepiness of Mystic Defender and the smooth jazzy Sailor Moon vibes. Plus, George and Justin get super nerdy over Evangelion, Mike questions his sexuality after fawning over Shin from U.N. Squadron as a youth, and the guys pick their favorite Sailor Scout, all on this english-dubbed episode of XVGM Radio!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Are you an anime fan? Would you like to see George come back for a future episode or sequel to this episode? There’s plenty more anime-based games to cover! 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, 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
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 – Ghost in the Shell (PS1, 1997) “MISSION 03 – Boss – Firecracker” Takkyu Ishino, Derrick May, Mijk Van Dijk, Advent, Westbam, Joey Beltram, Brother From Another Planet, BCJ, Scan X, Dave Angel, Hardfloor
1 – Mystic Defender “Kuja-Ku-Oh/Spirit Warrior/Peacock King” (GEN, 1989) “Round 1” Chikako Kamatani
2 – Neon Genesis Evangelion (N64, 1999) “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” Hidetoshi Satō (Orig. Composer), Jun Enoki (Arranger)
3 – Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreshi Wa Nice Body (SFC, 1993) “Crazy Woods” Kinuyo Yamashita
4 – Astro Boy: Omega Factor (GBA, 2003) – “Track 3” Norio Hanzawa, Tsuyoshi Kaneko
5 – Magic Knight Rayearth (SAT, 1995/8) “CLEF” Hisanori Ōshiro
6 – U.N Squadron (SNES, 1991) “Enemy AirForce” Toshio Kajino, Mari Yamaguchi, Yasushi Ikeda
7 – Yu Yu Hakusho Makyou Tōitsusen (MD, 1994) – “Sub-Space 2” Satoshi Murata, Katsuhiko Suzuki, Aki Hata, Norio Hanzawa
8 – Lupin III – Pandora no Isan (FC, 1987) “Track 4” Unknown
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9 – Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (GEN/SNES, 1993) “Stage 1-1 (Street)” Aki Hata

Episode 45 -Series Spotlight on Rhythm Heaven w/ Nikotengoku!

Episode 45 -Series Spotlight on Rhythm Heaven w/ Nikotengoku!

In the mid-2000s, Nintendo threw their rhythm-based games hat into the mix with the Game Boy Advance Japanese exclusive, Rhythm Tengoku. The franchise eventually was brought to other regions of the world, and with it, a smorgasbord of tasty audible treats. From smooth jazz to ska to hip hop infused metal, this series has it all when it comes to musical genres! Screaming from the highest of high rooftops regarding his love of the series is none other than today’s returning guest: Niko, aka NikoTengoku, better known as the artist formerly known as Wiiguy. Niko, Justin and Mike sit down and chat about Niko’s streams featuring made up lyrics to a Rhythm Heaven song, Justin blanking out dog sound effects, and plenty of other hilarious moments!
Huge thank you to our pal NikoTengoku for stopping by the show again! Visit his twitch stream at: twitch.tv/NikoTengoku
We’d love to hear what you thought about the music in the Rhythm Heaven series, as well as our guest, Niko! What was your favorite 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 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, Chris Hart, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, 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 – Rhythm Heaven (NDS, 2008) “Game Select 2 (That’s Paradise Instrumental) – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone
1 – Rhythm Tengoku (GBA,ARC 2006) “ Rabbit Jump ” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone
2 – Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii, 2012) “See-Saw” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone, Shinji Ushiroda, Asuka Itō
3 – Rhythm Tengoku (GBA, ARC 2006) “Cafe Counsel” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone
4 – Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii, 2012)“ Remix 7” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone, Shinji Ushiroda, Asuka Itō
Patreon Request: Jordan/Anson Davis: Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii, 2012) “Air Rally” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone, Shinji Ushiroda, Asuka Itō
5 – Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS, 2015) “Tap Trial 2 (Turbo Tap Trial)” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Shinji Ushiroda, Asuka Itō, Yumi Takahashi, Megumi Inoue
6 – Rhythm Heaven (NDS, 2008) “Shoot-em-up 2” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone
7 – Rhythm Heaven: Megamix (3DS, 2015) “Right Hand Remix” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Shinji Ushiroda, Asuka Itō, Yumi Takahashi, Megumi Inoue
8 – Rhythm Heaven (NDS, 2008) “Glee Club” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone
9 – Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii, 2012) “Remix 3 ~ I Feel Fine (Tonight)” – Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku), Masami Yone, Shinji Ushiroda, Asuka Itō

Episode 17 – GameBoy w/ Niko (WiiGuy309!)

Episode 17 – GameBoy w/ Niko (WiiGuy309!)

Arguably the most popular handheld gaming system in history, the Game Boy was a smorgasbord of great games, all on the go. Thankfully, portability didn’t rule out having a stellar sound chip and this episode is just the tip of the iceberg. We enlist the help of Niko, better known as WiiGuy309 or simply Wii Guy, to help us sort through the entire Game Boy library to bring you some memorable tracks! Between Mike getting the details on the Jungle Book movie completely wrong, to an unofficial sponsorship from Taco Bell, this episode will have you reaching for your monochromatic Game Boys and a pair of headphones!
Thanks to Alex Messenger for his Patreon pick! Find out how you can pick tracks for the show, as well as tons of other cool rewards through our Patreon! Patreon.com/XVGMRadio. Our patrons are as follows (Thanks to all of you! Alex Messenger, Scott McElhone, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Kung Fu Carlito, Chris Myers, Peter Panda, The Autistic Gamer 89, Mixxmaster.
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro: RoboCop 2 (GB – 1991) “Stage Theme 1” Jonathan Dunn
1 – TMNT II: Back from the Sewers (GB – 1991) “Battle Field (Act 3-1)” Tsuyoshi Sekito, Yuko Kurahashi
2 – Ninja Gaiden Shadow (GB – 1991) “Stage 1” Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
3 – Jungle Book (GB – 1994) “BGM 06 (Bonus Round)” Neil Baldwin
4 – Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB – 1996) “Arctic Abyss (In a Snowbound Land GB Mix)” Grant Kirkhope (arrangement), David Wise
5 – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB – 1992) “Treetop” Kazumi Totaka
6 – Patreon Pick: Alex Messenger – Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs’ Big Break (GB – 1992) “Stage Theme 2/Pipes” Hidehiro Funauchi, M. Shindou
7 – Metroid 2: Return of Samus (GB – 1991) “Surface of SR388” Ryōji Yoshitomi
8 – Turok: Battle of the Bionosaurs (GB – 1997) “Ruins” Alberto Jose Gonzalez
9 – Fortified Zone (GB – 1991) “Stage 3” Tsukasa “Honey” Tawada
10 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB – 1993) “Mysterious Forest” Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa, Kazumi Totaka

Episode 10 – Survival Horror (ft. Avalanche Reviews)

Episode 10 – Survival Horror (ft. Avalanche Reviews)

Starting off the spooky season, the XVGM Radio boys are joined by Avalanche Reviews, aka Avalanche Jared, to showcase the survival horror genre of games and game music. Jared shares his history and experiences with various survival horror games, and the guys debate if Aya Brea is Christina Aguilera, along with defining the survival horror genre, all with a backdrop of some frighteningly good tracks! So grab your ink ribbons, Camera Obscuras, and Boomstick, and prepare for a wild ride!

Big thanks to our guest, Avalanche Reviews (Jared) for joining us. Check out his channel here.

Thank you to Candi’s Game Shrine for providing voice over for the RE Commercial! Check out her awesome channel here.

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TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Silent Hill 3 (PS2/PC – 2003) – “You’re Not Here” – Akira Yamaoka (w/ vocals from Mary Elizabeth McGlynn)
1 – Resident Evil 2 (PS1 – 1998) – “Front Hall” Masami Ueda, Shusaku Uchiyama, Shun Nishigaki
2 – Alone in the Dark (PC – 1992) – “Run for your Life” – Philippe Vachey
3 – Dead Space (XB360/PS3/PC – 2008) -”Do Not Vomit, Do Not Shout” – Jason Graves, Rod Abernathy
4 – Parasite Eve (PS1 – 1998) – “Out of Phase” – Yoko Shimomura
5- Silent Hill: Origins (PS2 – 2007) – “Shot Down in Flames” – Akira Yamaoka, Mary Elizabeth Mcglynn (vocals)
6 – Fatal Frame Maiden of Black Water (WiiU – 2014) “Lost House” – Ayako Toyoda
7 – Resident Evil (PS1 – 1996) – “Second Floor Revisited” Makoto Tomozawa, Akari Kaida, Masami Ueda
8 – Evil Dead: Hail to the King (PS1 – 2000) – “Title Screen” – Tommy Tallarico, Todd Dennis, Chris Rickwood, Jack Wall
9 – Sweet Home (NES – 1989) – “Battle Theme” – Junko Tamiya
10 – Dino Crisis -(PS1/DC/PC – 1999) “Burn Away” -Makoto Tomozawa, Akari Kaida, Sayaka Fujita, Shun Nishigaki