Namco, a long time developer and publisher in the video game industry, wanted to take their Famicom development to the next level. They created the NAMCO 163 expansion chip, which enhanced audio capabilities on the Famicom; making the system sound like a PC-Engine at points. A small set of games had this chip installed in it, and while not all of the games we’re talking about took advantage of all 8 additional sound channels, the music is still phenomenal. That’s why Mike and Justin are deep diving into the sound of the NAMCO 163 chip. Listen to some interesting facts about the chip and it’s development, hear Mike try to pronounce Wagan Land, and hear the XVGM gents talk about gold-digging mice brides...all on this very interesting episode of XVGM Radio!
Water themes in video games: You either hate them or love them. We’ve been getting a ton of rain lately, so what better way to forge through the storm then to talk about water themes in video games?! Justin and Mike put away their umbrellas and chat about an eclectic mix of tunes based on either bosses, levels song names or entire games that focus on water! Listen closely as the XVGM Radio boys slosh around in their iced-tea-filled-adult-diapers, get threatened by Kevin Costner, debate about the superior Earthworm Jim soundtracks, and more on this wet and wild episode of XVGM Radio!
Freedom Planet, the 2014 indie darling developed by Stephen Diduro (aka Strife) set the bar for games influenced by Sonic the Hedgehog and Rocket Knight Adventures. But a Sonic style game needed a Sonic styled composer...or did it? Enter Leila "Woofle" Wilson, who brought her love of JRPGs, Funk and New Jack Swing to compliment Strife's more Mega Man focus, along with Shane Ellis aka Blue Warrior's composition assistance, the three created the exciting soundtrack of Freedom Planet! Today, we're honored to have Leila Wilson join us for a special interview where we find out the origin story of the game, hear Leila gush about her VGM influences, and learn all about Lilac, Carol and Milla's fun and frantic journey!
Bosses: Those pesky creatures, monsters or people who stand in your way of reaching the next level or the end of the game. Some are considered pushovers and others are part of some of the most memorable moments in gaming. Today, Mike and Justin take a listen to some of those nail-biting, hair-pulling, controller throwing songs that you may end up hearing over and over again. From silly comparisons of songs to cartoon themes, to a pleasant mix of nostalgia and obscure bosses, this is Boss Themes on XVGM Radio!
Missed the live episode tonight? It's up on our Patreon! TRACK LISTING: Justin Intro: Mario 3-on-3 Hoops (NDS, 2006) “Bloocheep Ocean” - Masayoshi Soken 1 - NBA JAM Tournament Edition (SNES, 1995) “Title Theme” Rick Fox 2 - Double Dribble (Arcade, 1986) “Attract Mode” - Unknown Composer 3 - Pat Riley Basketball (Genesis, 1990) … Continue reading March Patreon Live Recording – 2019
In our second live show, we turn up the heat with a Valentine's Day special! Some tracks on this episode are questionably adult, so definitely get a babysitter, grab some fondue of the cheese and chocolate variety, and prepare to sizzle with the XVGM Radio gentlemen. https://www.patreon.com/posts/february-patreon-24573829 TRACK LISTING: Intro - Jet Set Radio … Continue reading February Patreon Live Recording – 2019
Back in the 80s and 90s, the Beat ‘Em Up began to evolve into one of the most celebrated (and imitated) genres of all time. However, what was always constantly refreshing were the tunes that arcade and console Beat ‘Em Ups were pumping out, while the quarters were being pumped in. Today on XVGM Radio, Justin and Mike explore the vast musical genres of Beat ‘Em Ups; Get ready to defeat the baddest of foes while these dudes take you through the illest of brawler tracks. From Mega Drive exclusives, to games that never left the arcade, the XVGM boys will have you howling with laughter when they try to figure out who pooped on the lawn. Wait, what?! Close your eyes, slip those headphones on, grab some quarters and get ready to lose yourself to the sound of the Beat ‘Em Up.