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Episode 83 – Spookyfest 2021

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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!

Episode 82 – An Evening with Barry Leitch

Episode 82 – An Evening with Barry Leitch

Barry Leitch is mostly known for his compositions on the Top Gear racing game series, and more recently, Horizon Chase Turbo. But if you dive deep enough, you’ll uncover a wealth of video game music magic from a man who was inspired by the greats of the C64 era. Starting out as a teenager, his earlier creations aren’t as fondly remembered by the composer himself but the journey to how they became what they were is the path that we have taken on this interview. In this episode, Barry tells us all about working with the limitations of retro systems, the time a tiny TV made a massively negative impact on his Utopia SNES port and what it was like to cram big samples into tiny audio chips. He chats about what it was like working with other notable composer Dean Evans and the process he goes through to write music. Mike shares some ridiculous nostalgic memories regarding Gauntlet Legends, Justin shares a tale about his Rush 2 N64 experience and more on this in-depth interview with VGM Legendary composer, Barry Leitch!

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!

Episode 80: Free Picks 解き放たれた第四 (The Fourth Unleashed)

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Episode 80: Free Picks 解き放たれた第四 (The Fourth Unleashed)

The XVGM Radio guys go WILD…..with their fourth rendition of their Free Picks series of shows! Every 20 episodes, Mike and Justin pick whatever tracks they want to showcase, plus they flip a coin to determine the order of who introduces the episodes and picks the first tracks. How exciting! With a wide assortment of music at their fingertips, Mike blows Justin’s mind with an epic modern Genesis track, Justin revisits a game discussed on the Vanillaware episode while also posing a question about a specific track to the listener, and Janine takes the night off to let the boys do as they please. Strap yourselves in, grab a pair of headphones and crank this one up to 11, it’s Free Picks: The Fourth Unleased

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!

Episode 78 – Super Smash Bros. Music w/ The VGMbassy

Episode 78 – Super Smash Bros. Music w/ The VGMbassy

It’s a teamup of EPIC PROPORTIONS! Mike and Ed of XVGM Radio join forces with VGM Podcast minister and community mastermind, Ed Wilson (current host of The VGMbassy and previously co-host with Mike on PixelTunes Radio) to listen to some truly smash-tastic tunes. The guys pick their favorites from the Super Smash Bros. franchise, songs that recapture their memories of some of their favorite games and rebundles the tunes into incredible arrangements! The jokes soar high on this episode when the innuendo dial gets turned up to 11! Plus, a special 4 minute and change commercial featuring some of VGM Podcasting’s best voices! Don’t miss this episode!

Episode 77 – Only in PAL

Episode 77 – Only in PAL

Plenty of video games have only had certain releases in exclusive territories but PAL territories are home to some pretty oddball selections of games; some of which we’ve chosen here to highlight their amazing music. Who let a bunch of Yanks in to chat about PAL exclusives, anyways?! No idea, but you’ll soon forget about all that when you tune in to this episode of XVGM Radio. From chats about what Smurfing as a verb REALLY means, chats about censored European games box art and..being too cute to ball. It’ll all make sense after you give a listen to these PAL exclusives!

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!

Episode 75 – Adventure Island vs. Wonder Boy (feat. Rhythm & Pixels)

Episode 75 – Adventure Island vs. Wonder Boy (feat. Rhythm & Pixels)

In an epic battle for Justin’s soul, Mike and Justin teamed up with Rhythm & Pixels to discuss the wild, wacky world of Adventure Island and Wonder Boy games and their funky fresh music! From heavy metal chiptune boss bangers to Dorabian Night arabic themes (yes, you read that right), the guys showcased some absolutely killer tunes this time around! From hilarious chats about Rob being an 80 year old unknown Japanese VGM composer (I gotchu-chan!) to creating a fake VGM band called Master Wiggins, Rhythm & Pixels plus XVGM Radio ALWAYS is a chaotic sea of fun and information and in this case, you get to learn about the backstory of how Adventure Island ripped off Wonder Boy. How did the series come full circle in the end? Why is Pernell so obsessed with Turbo Grafx? Does Justin’s Soul ever get claimed? Is Rob running composer conspiracies?! Find out on this action-packed episode of XVGM Radio…and make sure to grab enough fruit along the way!

Episode 74 – Spy Games

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Episode 74 – Spy Games

What do didgeridoos, surf rock and discussions on bellbottoms have in common? Well, they’re all featured bits of conversation taking place in Episode 74 of XVGM Radio, where the XVGM guys are chatting about spy and espionage games and their video game music! Listen to Mike and Justin get super nostalgic for the Get Smart TV series, the debate about two different types of listeners in regards to the Jazzpunk track that Justin picked and of course, a deep dive into the allure of spy and espionage games and their music!

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