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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

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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 94 – SpooOOookyfest 2022

Episode 94 – SpooOOookyfest 2022

It’s that spooooooooooky time of year again! Celebrate Halloween with the video game music podcast hostesses with the mostestes….that’s a word. Justin and Mike host Spookyfest each year and now that they’re back to their normal outdoor festival activity, you’re in for a fright of a good time! From discussions of Peanuts characters becoming VGM composers to the nostalgia-dripping remembrance of Count Duckula’s airtime, the boils scare no expense as they share their love of spooky game tunes. Mike digs up the bones of his rare appreciation for industrial music and Justin learning that….GASP…he was replaced with a ROBOT?! It’s a howling romp of a VGM festival that we hope you’ll enjoy…PERMANENTLY! MUWAHAHAH!
What’d you think of this year’s Halloween episode? Enjoy the sponsors? Favorite track? 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, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Rayjkayj, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Bedroth, 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
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 – Frankenstein: The Monster Returns (NES – 1990) “Stage 1” Linus, Cha♡Cha
1 – Ghoul Panic (PS1/ARC – 1999) “Challenge Stage 8” Manabu Namiki/Unknown Composer
2 – The Mummy (GB – 2000) “BGM #03” Junko Karashima
3 – Illbleed (DC – 2001) “A Losing Battle” Yukinori Kikuchi
4 – Count Duckula in No Sax Please – We’re Egyptian (C64 – 1989) “Main Theme” Unknown Composer
5 – Patreon Pick: Alex Messenger – Super Meat Boy (XB360 – 2010) “C.H.A.D.’s Broken Wind (Ch 2 Dark World)” Danny Baranowsky
6 – Cuphead (XBOne – 2017) “The Mausoleum” Kristofer Maddigan
7 – Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion (Steam – 2014) “A Smile Beneath Your Skin” Akuma Kira
8 – Friday the 13th (NES – 1989) “Track 02” Hirohiko Takayama
9 -Evil Tonight (SWI/Steam – 2021) “Haven” Peter Jones
10 – Aliens (ARC – 1990) “Stages 5-1 & 5-2” Masanori Adachi

Episode 93 – X-Men Game Music w/ Carlos from Heroes Three

Episode 93 – X-Men Game Music w/ Carlos from Heroes Three

Marvel Comics’ X-Men series is a franchise that means a lot to millions all over the planet. In the 90s, it was the pinnacle of X-citing, engaging storytelling coupled with a major media boost thanks to the comics, collectible cards, Saturday morning cartoons and of course, video games. On today’s episode of XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin invite fellow X-Men fan Carlos from the Heroes Three Podcast to share some nostalgic memories on how the gaming experiences featuring the mighty Mutants changed their lives forever. Choosing from mostly the 90s era of X-related games and their music, the boys dish the dirt on 10 awesome songs from that era. Listen to tales of Mike piddling around with ZSNES’ emulator to make music remixes of Cyclops’ theme. Hear how the X-Men changed Carlos’ life when it came to becoming an artist. Revel in Justin’s tale on how his appreciation for Genesis music has flipped the switch. They share their favorite X-heroes, open up about their pre-pubescent love of Psylocke and try to figure out what’s up with people who are anti-Capcom guitar tones. The guys discuss the deeper meanings of the X-Men metaphor and how it relates to real life in this personal, fulfilling episode that features songs you love AND some you might discover for the first time!
Big thank you to Carlos from The Heroes Three Podcast! Follow him on Twitter and check out his podcast!
Heroes Three Podcast Site
Carlos’ Twitter
What’d you think of our X-Men episode? Favorite track? Who are YOUR Top 5 Favorite X-characters?  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, Rayjkayj, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Bedroth, 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
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 – X-Men (ARC – 1992) “Here Comes the Hero” Seichi Fukami, Yuji Takenouchi, Junya Nakano, Ayako Nishigaki
1 – Marvel Super Heroes (ARC – 1995) – “Wolverine Stage” Takayuki Iwai, Yuki Iwai, Tatsuro Suzuki
2 – X-Men (GEN – 1993) “Final Boss” Fletcher Beasley
3 – X-Men Mutant Apocalypse (SNES – 1994) “Theme of Cyclops” Setsuo Yamamoto
4 – The Uncanny X-Men (NES – 1989) – “Level 3 – Search and Destroy the Robofactory” Unknown Composer
5 – Patreon Pick: RayjCayj – X-Men: Children of the Atom (ARC – 1994, SAT -1995, DOS – 1997, PS1 – 1998) “Moon Night – Psylocke’s Theme” – Shun Nishigaki
6 – X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (GBA – 2003) “Boss” Shin’en (Manfred Linzner)
7 – Spider-Man and the X-Men (SNES – 1992) – “Gambit” Geoff Follin, Tim Follin
8 – X-Men vs. Street Fighter (ARC – 1996) “Magneto Stage” Yuki Iwai, Yūko Takehara
9 – X-Men Mutant Wars (GBC – 2000) “Sewers” Kazuo Sawa

Episode 90 – Nostalgic Themes

Episode 90 – Nostalgic Themes

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, there was plenty of stuff Mike and Justin reflected on in this episode from their youth. Though as always when they pick a topic, sometimes they approach the idea differently for fun results. Episode 90 is a perfect representation of this method of madness. Listen to the guys wax nostalgia when talking about retro television, cartoons and how the theme songs converted to video games. They also go over the composers on the original theme songs and their thoughts on comparing them. Mike gets goofy with the best anime ever (courtesy of the internet meme about Corey in the House), Justin shares his take on Dragon Ball Z’s music, Mike talks about college drinking games involving Power Rangers, and the guys collectively discuss sick days with Bob Barker, all on this memory-filled episode of XVGM Radio!
Big thank you to Candice of Candi’s Game Shrine for reprising her Jill Valentine role in this episode’s commercial! Check out her youtube and twitter here:
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/c/CandisClassicGameShrine
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Candi_CGS
Special thanks to Patreon members Jordan and Anson Davis for their Patreon pick this episode! What was your favorite track? Your least favorite? What theme songs are YOU nostalgic for?  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, Rayjkayj, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, 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
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 – Tiny Toon Adventures – Buster Busts Loose (SNES – 1992) “Theme of Tiny Toon Adventures” Kazuhiko Uehara, Yukie Morimoto, Bruce Broughton (original)
1 – Batman The Animated Series (GB – 1993) “Title” Yoshiyuki Hagiwara, Yuko Kurahashi (Music Image) Danny Elfman (original)
2 – Aaahh! Real Monsters (GEN – 1995) “Title, Score” Greg Turner, Eric Swanson, Drew Neumann (original)
3 – Choujin Sentai Jetman (FC – 1991) “Title Screen” Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Hironobu Kageyama (original)
4 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (GB – 1994) “Title Screen & Boss Theme” Ron Wasserman (orig comp) Keisuke Nishino
5 – Zillion (SMS – 1987) “Pure Stone (Title Theme)” Tokuhiko Uwabo, Jun Irie(original)
6 – Dragon Ball Z – Supersonic Warriors (GBA – 2004) “Cha-La Head-Cha-La (Short)” Studio PJ Co. Ltd Hironobu Kageyama (original)
7 – Patreon Pick – Jordan/Anson Davis – The Price is Right (APL2 – 1990) “The Price is Right Theme” Wayne K. Hoy, Kevin Kruse (Programmers), Edd Kalehoff (original)
8 – Stone Protectors (SNES – 1994) “Main Theme” Steve Duckworth, Steve Zuckerman (original)
9 – Cory in the House (DS – 2008) “Main Theme” Chris Alan Lee and Scott Clausen (original composer) David Jaeden Conley (arranger)
10 – Disney’s Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (NES – 1993) “Title” Mark Mueller (Orig Comp), Jeff Pescetto (TV version), The JETS (extended version), Sachiko Oita, Akihiro Akamatsu, Minae Fujii

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 84 – Yakuza Games w/ Alex From A VGM Journey

Episode 84 – Yakuza Games w/ Alex From A VGM Journey

On XVGM Radio, we generally are pretty knowledgable about the subject matter of both game music and the game series we discuss. But what about when we’re not familiar with a franchise or its tunes? We bring in someone who’s played them all and in this circumstance that would be patron saint of video game music podcasts and leader of his own show, Alex Messenger of A VGM Journey. Together, we discuss Alex’s history with the Yakuza series as Justin and Mike experience the franchise through Alex. From misheard vocal lyrics “Can You Hungry – Just Brillo!” to Mike’s experience growing up listening to whatever his parents played in the car and of course Justin had to jokingly give Mike a hard time about a track! Come along for the trip to Japan as we chat about one of Sega’s newer yet most prominent IPs of the PS2 era and beyond! This…is a journey through the Yakuza franchise’s video game music!
Big thank you to Alex from A VGM Journey for joining us on this show! You can check out his podcast at https://anchor.fm/vgmjourney or other podcatchers!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Are you a fan of the Yakuza series? If not, are you going to check out the franchise?  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:

Intro – Yakuza 3 (PS3 – 2009) “Fly” Hideki Sakamoto, Hiroyoshi Kato, Keisuke Ito
1 – Yakuza (PS2 – 2005) “Funk Goes On” Hidenori Shoji
2 – Yakuza 5 (PS3 – 2012) “Be The Star!!” Mitsuharu Fukuyama
3 – Yakuza 4 (PS3 – 2010) “Funny” Kenichi Tokoi, Yasuhiro Takagi, Mitsuharu Fukuyama, Ryohei Kohno, Chihiro Aoki, Takahiro Kai, Yuichi Kanatani
4 – Yakuza 0 (PS3/PS4 – 2015) “Pledge of Demon” Yuri Fukuda, Chihiro Aoki, Saori Yoshida
5 – Yakuza 5 (PS3 – 2012) “Battle of Pride” Mitsuharu Fukuyama
6 – Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4 – 2017) “Ruthless Octagon” Yuri Fukuda, Chihiro Aoki, Saori Yoshida
7 – Yakuza: Like A Dragon (PS4 – 2020) “Sub Story Battle Theme” Hidenori Shoji
8 – Yakuza 3 (PS3 – 2009) “Clay Doll On The Cradle” Hideki Sakamoto, Hiroyoshi Kato, Keisuke Ito
9 – Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS4 – 2020) “Overcoming the Dragon” Hidenori Shoji

Episode 83 – Spookyfest 2021

Episode 83 – Spookyfest 2021

It’s that time of year again! Spooooooooooooookyfest has returned for it’s 2021 festival! Join Mike and Justin (and lots of zombies) for the most ghoulish “live” music event of the year! We’ve picked some really devilish tracks for you to sink your teeth into this Halloween season! From brand new Sega Genesis games to creepy crawly C64 classics, the XVGM Radio guys are making sure your late October festivities are at their most haunting of levels. With plenty of brand new “sponsors” for this event, coupled with some hilarious chats, you’d better check yourself before you Shrek yourself on this shriek of a good time…ONLY on XVGM Radio!
Be sure to also check out this year’s VIP Pass to the episode, which will take place on October 29th’s live show! We’ll have 7 more SPOOOOOOOOOOOOKY tracks that didn’t make the cut for this episode, exclusive to Patreon members!
What was your favorite track of the episode? What did you think of our sppooooooooky good time?  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:

Intro – Super Mario 3D Land (3DS – 2011) “Boo Waltz (Waltz of the Boos-Arranged)” Mahito Yokota (Composer and Arranger), Kōji Kondō (Composer), Asuka Hayazaki, Takeshi Hama (arrangers)
1 – Monster in my Pocket (NES – 1992) “Last Battle at Monster Mountain” Hiroshi Takeyasu, Kozo Nakamura
2 – Friday Night Funkin’ (PC – 2020) “Week 2: Spooky Month – South” KawaiiSprite (Isaac Garcia)
3 – Banjo Tooie (N64 – 2000) “Haunted Zone” Grant Kirkhope (Old King Coal)
4 – Ottos Ottifanten: Baby Brunos Alptraum (GB – 1998) “Ghostphobia” Alberto Jose Gonzales
5 – Patreon Request: Ryan McPherson – Quake (PC – 1996) “Quake Theme” Trent Reznor/NIN
6 – Curse of Illmore Bay (GEN – 2020) “Scare Tonight” Sebastian Abreu
7 – Clock Tower 3 (PS2 – 2002) “A Shadow Creeping Near” Cozy Kubo, Norihito Kudo, Reiji Matsumoto
8 – Scary Monsters (C64 – 1986) “Main Theme” Keith Tinman
9 – Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia (WIN/XB360 – 2007) “MonsterFest” Afshin Toufighian
10 – DK: Jungle Climber (NDS – 2007) “Spooky Woods” Yuuichi Kanno, Yoshikata Hirota, Takashi Kouga

Episode 81 – Consoles VS Handhelds (Same Song Different System)

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Episode 81 – Consoles VS Handhelds (Same Song Different System)

The difference between consoles and handhelds can be immense…..or….there’s not much of a difference (if we’re talking about redbook audio, at least.) But what happens when we DO compare these two regarding the same composition, but different arrangements? What sacrifices need to be made to make the underpowered consoles stand out? Today on XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin compare several handheld tracks with their console counterparts and determine which they like more…and the answers may shock you. Between Mike’s nerdy ramblings about lyrical differences in Luna’s Boat Song, Justin waxing nostalgic about his mind being blown regarding Lethal Weapon NES’ switching characters method, controversial anti-war songs and plenty of balls jokes to go around, it’s pretty clear these guys are Nutz for VGM!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Do you enjoy these track-comparison episodes? 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, 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:

Intro – Cannon Fodder (GBC – 2000, 3DO – 1994) “War Tune” Richard Joseph (original and GBC), Gavin Robertson (GBC arrangement)
1 – Lethal Weapon (NES/GB – 1993) Track 4/BGM02“” Neil Baldwin
2 – Lunar Silver Star Story Complete / Lunar Silver Star Harmony (PS1 – 1999, PSP – 2010) “Wind Nocturne (Luna’s Boat Song) / Nocturne of the Wind 2009” Noriyuki Iwadare feat. Jennifer Stigile
3 – Mr. Nutz (GB/GBC/GBA/GEN/SNES – 1994) “Track 06/Volcano Underpass” (GB: Raphaël Gesqua (original), Jonathan Dunn (conversion))(GEN: Raphaël Gesqua / Matt Furniss (Arranger)
4 – Patreon Pick: Rage Cage – Mcdonald’s Treasure Land Adventure (GEN – 1993) / Donald No Magical World (SGG – 1994) “Stage 2 – Magical Town” / “BGM 05” Katsuhiko Suzuki ([Music Composer]), Aki Hata (Stage 1: Cave Area and Stage 3: Sunken Ship (Music Composer [uncredited]))
5 – Final Fantasy (NES – 1987, PSP – 2009) “Battle Scene” Nobuo Uematsu
6- Robocop (C64 – 1988, GB – 1990) “Title Theme” Jonathan Dunn

Episode 79 – The music of Blaster Master

Episode 79 – The music of Blaster Master

The original Blaster Master on the Nintendo Entertainment System was host to plenty of nostalgic memories for those of us who grew up during that era. But there’s a surprising amount of games that have been released for the game-turned-franchise and on this episode, Justin and Mike dive deep into the legacy of the series and how Naoki Kodaka helped shape the roots of what would become an explosive success in the hands of developer Inticreates. Taking you on a trip from the surprising origins of the first official game of the series (which has its history with an entirely different company!) all the way up to chatting about the upcoming Blaster Master Zero 3: the finale of a riveting revisit to the Blaster Master games. Join Mike as he tries to stump Justin with a soundalike from another Sunsoft game. Plus, how the Worlds of Power book fits into all this…wait, what?! Hop in your Sophia tank and let’s get rolling into Episode 79, on XVGM Radio!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Surprised about the origins of Blaster Master?  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 – Blaster Master (NES – 1988) “Intro/Area 1” Naoki Kodaka
1 – RoboWarrior (NES – 1987, MSX – 1988) “Overworld Theme 2” Daisuke Inoue, Takeaki Kunimoto
2 – Blaster Master (NES – 1988) “Boss 2 and 3” Naoki Kodaka
3 – Blaster Master Jr. (GB – 1993) “Bomber King Theme” Shinichi Seya (Arrangement), Daisuke Inoue, Takeaki Kunimoto (Original)
4 – Blaster Master 2 (GEN – 1993) “Stage 6” Sound Images (Tony Williams)
5 – Blaster Master: Enemy Below (GBC – 2000) “Area 3” Akira Suda, Naoki Kodaka (original composer)
6 – Blaster Master: Blasting Again (PS1 – 2000) “Castle of the Plants” Satoshi Asano
7 – Blaster Master: Overdrive (Wii – 2010) “Area 2” Naoki Kodaka (Original), unknown arranger
8 – Patreon Pick: Chris Murray – Blaster Master Zero (3DS/SWI – 2017) “The Underground Adventure Begins” Ippo Yamada, Hiroaki Sano, Aoi Takeda, Kotaro Yamada, Naoki Kodaka (original)
9 – Blaster Master Zero 2 (Win/SWI – 2019) “Connected Chicks” Ippo Yamada, Hiroaki Sano, Aoi Takeda, Kotaro Yamada, Naoki Kodaka
10 – Blaster Master Zero 2 (Win/SWI – 2019) “Battle Blasters” Ippo Yamada, Hiroaki Sano, Aoi Takeda, Kotaro Yamada, Naoki Kodaka

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
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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