Episode 109: BATMAN

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Ever dance to VGM in the pale moonlight? Mike and Ed heed the call of the Bat-Signal and swing into action with a utility belt full of awesome tunes! Join them as they explore the history of the Dark Knight, delve into both obscure and classic Batman games, and spin some incredible music from Naoki Kodaka, Barry Leitch, Jake Kaufman, and more!

Thanks to Dan Bisciglia, Ben Dishman, and Joe Dunbar for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Batman, the Caped Crusader (C64, 1988) – “In-Game Theme” – Fred Gray

2 – Batman: The Movie (ZX Spectrum, 1989) – “Stage 5 – The Cathedral” – Matthew Cannon

3 – Batman (Amiga, 1989) – “Title Screen” – Matthew Cannon, Jonathan Dunn

4 – Batman: The Video Game (NES, 1990) – “Stage 1 and 5” – Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara

5 – Batman (TG-16, 1990) “Stage 4” – Nobuyuki Hara

6 – Batman: Return of the Joker (NES, 1991) – “Stages 1+6” – Nobuyuki Hara, Naoki Kodaka, Shinichi Seya

7 – Batman Returns (Sega CD, 1992) – “Act 2, Driving Stages 1-5, & Driving Acts Intro” – Spencer Nilsen

8 – Batman: The Animated Series (GB, 1993) – “Mr. Freeze Level” – Yoshiyuki Hagiwara, Yuko Kurahashi

9 – Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES, 1994) – “Joker’s Funhouse” – Jun Funahashi, Masanari Iwata, Masahiko Kimura, Kayo Fujitani, Harumi Uekō, Masahiro Ikariko, Kazuhiko Uehara

10 – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (PS1, N64, 2000) – “Stage 1” – Unknown

11 – Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (GBA, 2003) – “Clayface” – Barry Leitch

12 – Batman: The Brave and the Bold (DS, 2010) – “Catwoman Boss Level” – Jake Kaufman

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Episode 108: Isometric Jamz

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It’s time to look at video game music from a whole new perspective! In today’s episode, Mike and Ed select their tracks exclusively from games that use an isometric viewpoint.  Prepare your ears for tunes spanning the history of the video game industry, with some well-known titles mixed in with a few that may surprise you!

Thanks to Jay Jorgenson, Ben Dishman, and Josh Battin for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

Thanks also to Internetakias1 on YouTube for the Clarification Corner segment!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Last Ninja 2 (C64, 1988) – “Central Park” – Matt Gray

2 – Biker Mice From Mars (SNES, 1994) – “Fortress” – Nobuyuki Akena, Hideto Inoue

3 – Lunar Knights (DS, 2007) – “Guild Hideout” – Hiroe Noguchi, Masashi Watanabe, Masanori Akita, Akihiro Honda, Shuichi Kobori, Nobuko Toda, Yuichi Tsuchiya, Yasuhiro Ichihashi, Tsutomu Watanabe, Tomoharu Nakano, Rie Yamatani, Yutaka Shimoyama, Rie Nakano, Hideyuki Suzuki, Kazuki Muraoka

4 – Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis, 1996) – “Rusty Ruin Zone Act 1” – Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, Masaru Setsumaru, Seirō Okamoto

5 – Assault Android Cactus (PS4, Xbox1, PC, Linux, Mac, 2015) – “Cactus” – Jeff van Dyck

6 – Snake, Rattle & Roll (NES, 1990) – “Levels 5 and 8” – David Wise

7 – Solstice (NES, 1990) – “Ending” – Tim Follin

8 – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES, 1996) – “Rose Town” – Yoko Shimomura

9 – Pac-Mania (Arcade, 1987) – “Pac Man’s Park” – Junko Ozawa, Yoshito Tomuro, Yuriko Keino

10 – Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PS4, 2017) – “Mana Surge” Clark Powell, Jesper Kyd

11 – Bastion (PC, 2011) – “Twisted Streets” – Darren Korb

12 – Front Mission (SNES, 1995) – “Take the offensive” – Yoko Shimomura, Noriko Matsueda

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Episode 107: The Music of the PC-98

 

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The PC-98 series of computers wasn’t really meant to play games. Ironically, it became the system with one of the most robust collections of it’s time. Packed with the option of two fantastic FM-synthesis soundchips, there was no shortage of incredible music for this unassuming beige box. In this episode, Mike and Ed explore some of the best music the PC-98 has to offer!

After recording this episode, we discovered that the first song we play (attributed to “unknown”) was in fact composed by Ryu Umemoto.

WARNING: Due to the adult nature of the games in this episode, there are some descriptions of mature content. While we strive to keep it in PG-13 territory, you may not want to listen with your kids or grandma.

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (Publisher, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s) [Sound Chip]

1 – Rall III: Kakusei-hen (Fairy Dust, 1994) – “Battle 1 – Winning Expectation” – Ryu Umemoto [OPN]

2 – Ningyō Tsukai 2 [Metal & Lace 2] – (Forest, 1996) – “VS J Mantis” – Hideki Higuchi [OPNA]

3 – Rhyme Star (Starcraft, 1994) “World 12“ – Takeshi Abo [OPNA]

4 – Zatsuon Ryoiki (D.O, 1994) – “Introductory Scene – Highway” – Ryuuichirou Fujisawa, Hiro Tachibana [OPN]

5 – Possessioner (Queen Soft, 1994) “Labotech/Dr. Lashmar” – Hiroaki Sano, Masahiro Kajihara [OPN]

6 – Cross Changer (Ucom, 1994) – “Action 1” – Suzunosuke Himekiri [OPNA]

7 – Virgin Angel – (Crystal Soft, 1995) “Virgin Angel’s Theme 2 – Staff Roll” – Sen Shibata [OPNA]

8 – Night Slave (Melody, 1996) – “Hard Rushing” – Yuki Nakayama (PANDA) [OPN]

9 – Silent Mobius: Case Titanic Reproduction (Gainax & D4Enterprise, 1990) “Silent City” – Masahiro Kajiwara, Hiroe Suga [OPN]

10 – Waku Waku Mahjong Panic! 2 (Four-Nine & Excellents, 1996) – “Totsugeki” – Kazumichi Moegi [OPNA]

11 – Trouble Outsiders – (Petit, 1996) “A Battle With Destiny” – Shiori Ueno [OPNA]

12 – Amy to Yobanaide [Don’t Call me Amy] (C’s Ware, 1995) – “Tomomi-kun” – Ryu Umemoto [OPNA]

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Episode 106: 4th Anniversary w/ Ryu and Snake

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PixelTunes is officially 4 years old! Woohoo! Ed makes his return to the show and celebrates with Mike and special guest Ryu Hayabusa. Ryu’s picked some excellent VGM to share with the guys today, and things get VERY interesting as the episode progresses. Listen in for some wacky antics and lots of the great VGM that PTR is famous for!

Thanks to Chris Murray, Scott Mcelhone, Ariel Schneider, Henrik Andersson, and Dan Bisciglia for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Dragon Skills (Wii U, 2016) – “World 3 – Graveyard” – Simon Osterhold (Sim Productions)

2 – Pizza Pop! (FC, 1992) – “Stage 3 – Motorcycle Ride” – Junya Kozakai

3 – Ninja Battle Heroes (3DS, 2014) – “BGM01” – Unknown

4 – Goemon Mononoke Sugoroku (N64, 1999) “Party Time” – Hajime Takai, Tomoaki Hirono

5 – Guardian War (3DO, 1994) – “Shop” – Yasufumi Fukuda, Yukiharu Urita

6 – Lupin Sensei: Pandora no Isan (FC,1987 ) – “Stage 1 – Mansion” – Haruhisa Udagawa, Kumi Hanaoka

7 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES, 1989 ) – “Airport/Overworld 2” – Jun Funahashi

8 – Metal Gear (MSX2, 1987) – Red Alert” – Iku Mizutani

9 – Tomb Raider: Legend (GCN, PS2, Xbox, 2006) – “Bolivia 4B” – Troels Brun Folmann

10 – Winback (N64, PS2, 1999) – “Multiplayer 2” – Kaori Nakabai, Keiji yamagishi, Tsutomu Hirasawa

11 – Daytona Championship USA (Arcade, 2017) – “Let’s Go Away [New Version]” – Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

12 – Savage (Amiga,1989) – “Savage Remix” – Kevin Collier

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Episode 105: SNES Deep Cuts

 

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Uncovering unique tracks has always been a PixelTunes Radio staple, but on episode 105, we’re down-right hole punchy! Mike is joined by our guest co-host once again, Justin, as they go round robin on tracks with the always knowledgeable VGM aficionado himself, Niko AKA The Wii Guy! Listen on as the guys get weird and wonky with Looney Tunes, discuss the finer methods of cheese and pickle based weaponry, and baste themselves in the longest track to date on PixelTunes history! With tons of humor and information about the Super NES sound hardware, along with some truly deep cuts, this is one you won’t want to miss!

Thanks to Justin for subbing for Ed again, and as always, our guest Niko AKA The WiiGuy! Check out his channels!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)
All tracks this episode are from the SNES

1 – The Green Lantern (Unreleased) – “Hi Score” – Dean Evans

2 – Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions (1993) “20,000 Martians Under the Sea” – Jim Hedges

3 – Imperium (1992) “Base of the Sea” – Tenpei Sato, Tatsuya Sato, Hiroki Uematsu

4 – Stone Protectors (1994) – “Main Theme” – Steve Duckworth

5 – Alien vs. Predator (1993) – “Space Port” – Tenpei Sato, Hisayoshi Ogura

6 -Rudra no Hihou (Treasure of the Rudras) (1996) – “Battle for the Fields” – Ryuji Sasai

7 – Rendering Ranger: R2 (1995) – “Stage 7” – Stefan Kramer, Jesper Olsen

8 – Super Star Wars (1992) – “Jawa Sandcrawler” – John Williams, Paul Webb

9 – Hebereke’s Popoitto (1995) – “Stages 3 & 5” – Noriaki Urata, Kazuo Nii, Hiroshi Tsukamoto

10 – Utopia: The Creation Of A Nation (1993) – “Alpha Ceti” – Barry Leitch

11 – Gradius III (1991) – “Aqua Illusion” – Kazuki Muraoka, Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko, Yukie Morimoto

12 – The Great Battle IV – (1994) – “Floating World Martom (Fourth Stage)” – Norihiko Togashi

 

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Episode 104: Wario

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Aside from Bowser and Wart, Mario didn’t really have an arch nemesis…that is until Wario appeared. Since his 1992 debut as the antagonist in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Wario’s anti-hero brand has continued to evolve over time. From his own Wario Land and Warioware Inc. series, to puzzle games, party and sports titles, Wario has embraced change across an almost 30 year reign. Hidden in this episode are 12 treasure troves of tracks that are sure to make sure you DON’T have a rotten day! Join Mike and Ed’s fill in co-host Justin as they share music from some of Nintendo’s most celebrated composers.

Thanks to Alex Messenger, Chris Murray, Key Glyph, and Matt Crawford for their Wario-themed PixelChat Questions! Send us YOUR questions at PixelTunesRadio@gmail.com

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB, 1992) – “Wario Castle” – Kazumi Totaka

2 – Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB, 1994) – “Ending”- Kozue Ishikawa, Ryōji Yoshitomi

3 – Wario’s Woods (NES, 1994) – “Round Clear” – Shinobu Amayake, Soyo Oka

4 – Wario Blast feat. Bomberman (GB, 1994) – “World 3” – Yasuhiko Fukuda

5 – Virtual Boy Wario Land (VB, 1995) – “Credits” – Kazumi Totaka

6 – Wario Land 2 (GBC, 1998) – “End Assessment” – Kozue Ishikawa

7 – Wario Land 3 (GBC, 2000) – “Out of the Woods (Day)” – Kozue Ishikawa, Ryoji Yoshitomi

8 – Wario Land 4 (GBA, 2001) – “Hall of Hieroglyphs”- Ryōji Yoshitomi

9 – Wario World (GCN, 2003) – “Greenhorn Forest” – Norio Hanzawa, Minako Hamano

10 – Wario: Master of Disguise (DS, 2007) – “Terrormisu Battle” – Kenji Hikita

11 – Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii, 2008) – “The Pirate Shop” – Tomoya Tomita

12 – Game & Wario (Wii U, 2013) – “Jimmy Lovin’” – Yasuhisa Baba, Masanobu Matsunaga, Takeru Kanazaki, Hiroki Morishita, Shoh Murakami, Yoshito Sekigawa

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Episode 103: John Baker, ToeJam, Earl, and More

 

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Prepare for the funky fresh style of John Baker, as Mike and previous guest co-host Brian interview the ToeJam & Earl legend himself! They also explore some other games in his catalog, and ask some hard hitting questions about the GEMS driver. The answers are not what you’d expect! We also hear tracks with lots of variety from Baker’s post-TJ&E days. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title

All Music Composed by John Baker

1 – ToeJam & Earl (Genesis, 1991) “Rapmaster Rocket Racket”

2 – ToeJam & Earl (Genesis, 1991) “Funkotronic Beat”

3 – ToeJam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron (Genesis, 1993) “Lewanda’s Love”

4 – ToeJam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron (Genesis, 1993) “Funk Down Under”

5 – Gex: Enter The Gecko (PS1, 1998) “Kung Fu Theatre, pt. 2”

6 – Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (PSX, N64, 1999) “Holiday Broadcasting (Totally Scrooged)”

7 – Farmville (Facebook Web, 2009) “Haunted Hollow”

8 – Mafia Wars Shakedown (iOS, 2011) “Main Theme”

9 – Battlestone (Mobile, 2013) “Main Theme”

 

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