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!

Episode 44 – Valfaris w/ Composer Curt Victor Bryant

What oozes neon, smells of decaying bugs and gives you a neck injury? Why, it’s Valfaris, of course! Released in 2019, Valfaris brought a 1980’s Heavy Metal Magazine aesthetic to the run-n-gun genre, and along with it came an equally brutal, tranquil, and exciting soundtrack by Ex-Celtic Frost member, Curt Victor Bryant. It’s not everyday you get certified rock stars on the podcast, so Mike and Justin talked up a storm with the composer! From his beginning days in Switzerland at the jukebox, to his time in Celtic Frost, Curt lays it all on the line in this tell all episode that is currently our longest to date! We talk Energy Babes, heavy metal references, his injection of world and new age music into this thrash/groove/extreme metal soundtrack that will get the blood pumping!

Episode 43 – The Sounds of the FM Towns

Japanese computer systems and consoles rarely coincide, but when it comes to Fujitsu, the two go hand in hand. Meet the FM Towns Computer System and the FM Towns Marty Console. Two systems with similar audio components that take the best of the 16 bit era (FM Synth, Redbook Audio, and PCM Sample-based music) and combines them all into one. Today’s episode, the XVGM Radio hosts are digging deep into the world of Fujitsu’s Towns systems to uncover some absolutely stellar music. Hear Mike showcase his love of Freestyle. Listen to Justin intentionally mispronounce a game title for the first time and rock out to the sounds...of the FM Towns.

Episode 42 – Sierra, an Audio History

Sierra Games is heralded as one of the premiere adventure game developers and publishers that existed. Deep care went into the development of the games they created, thanks to a husband and wife creative partnership between Ken and Roberta Williams. Together, they formed Sierra Games, a developer and publisher which created some of the most memorable adventure games ever made. But what about the soundtracks to these sprawling titles? Today on XVGM Radio, Justin and Mike are joined by fellow podcaster and long time personal friend, Brian Siecienski,who is part of the Pixel Stories Podcast. Together, these three share personal stories about their nostalgic experiences with Sierra Games and the soundtracks from the past, all while covering a good chunk of Sierra Games’ legacy.

Episode 41 – Winter Trax

The XVGM Radio boys get into the festive spirit by choosing tons of awesomely epic winter and/or holiday themed tracks to get you in the mood, no matter what you celebrate! Listen in as Mike and Justin chat about the mysterious “Furniss Flare”. Hear the guys determine if there’s too many Xenos….and of course, Nermel gender lore on Garfield. It’s all on this snowball-throwing, ice-level slidin’, mountain climbin’ episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 40 – Free Picks Again 再び

It’s time for another roll of the dice because XVGM Radio is back for their second round of free picks! We’re choosing songs from all across the VGM spectrum and bringing you a surprising mix of music. From new to old, from licensed games to obscure MAC-Exclusive shooters, to back-to-back mech based games, the VGM we’ve chosen here is going to surprise everyone! Hear Justin talk about an Exclusive Exclusive game (Not a typo!), Hear a possibly familiar voice for PixelTunes Radio listeners, and see if you have THE POWER OF STEVEN! It’s XVGM Radio at its wackiest!

Episode 39 – REMIXXX!

An episode that’s been a year in the making, Justin and Mike finally sit down and pick some of their favorite remixes! From nostalgic classics dating back to the beginnings of OCREMIX, to some more contemporary stuff from labels like Gamechops and even Youtube, this episode is a musical variety the likes of which ONLY XVGM Radio can deliver! Plus, hear the guys stumble onto a hidden treasure trove of a once-thought lost remixer, discussions on Phil Collins...and BUTTS! All on this RE-RE-REMIXXXXX episode of XVGM Radio!