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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!

August Patreon Live Recording – 2021

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August Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Journey with the XVGM Radio guys as they deep dive through time itself, as far back as the early 1990s of gaming, where they discuss VGM music themed to time travel, time control, time for Go-Gurt, or time for action! It’s an exciting Patreon exclusive live show of epic proportions! And surprisingly, not a single Japanese composer; a rarity for the guys! Journey through the sands of time, through a movie theater, and into the questionable future…and past…as Mike and Justin get silly about yogurt, yoga and zen meditation. All on this episode that’s JUST for Patreon members!

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

July Patreon Live Recording – 2021

July Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Ice Cream is a lovely treat any time of the year, but especially during the summer. Since it’s the end of July, we’re celebrating by…playing tracks having to do with Ice Cream….while eating ice cream. From Mike’s embarrassing story about Queen Leene’s Ice Cream in Chrono Trigger, to Justin wanting to be buried in an Ice Cream Hole, this episode is packed full of nostalgia, dad jokes and frozen love. 

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!

June Patreon Live Recording – 2021

June Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Thanks to our Patreon members, the votes were in and you wanted to hear Capcom Handheld Game Music: We’re happy to give it to you! Justin and Mike picked some nostalgic but also intriguing tracks that go the distance. From the funky vibe of Mega Man Xtreme 2’s Launch octopus to the Tim Follin-ish Mega Man ZX track “Rockin’ On”, the guys brought some tracks which truly showcased the power of handheld VGM when it comes to Capcom’s franchises!

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!

May Patreon Live Recording – 2021

May Patreon Live Recording – 2021

They say April showers cause may flowers to bloom….well our patreon members bloomed into the beautiful game music butterflies we all knew they were! Our live shows are a chance for us to celebrate even more VGM that we pick, but a few times a year, YOU are the ones providing us with amazing video game music that blows us away, and this month’s live episode was really stellar stuff! Patreon members got to pick their favorite tracks on this exclusive episode and the end result is filled with memorable tunes, hilarious riffs and jokes and our regular live show tomfoolery. You guys made this one really special and to those who couldn’t tune in, the episode is here in all it’s glory for you! To those who chose a track that didn’t get played, never fear: it’ll be added to the next episode.

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