Episode 90: Densetsu no Free Picks

 

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On today’s show, Ed and Mike go freestyle and pick some tracks they’ve been listening to lately, and the result is a collection of really energetic and danceable tunes. Join them for a selection of VGM from all eras of gaming, and from composers from all over the world!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Syd Mead’s Terraforming (PCE-CD, 1993) – “Sea of Clouds” (Stage 1) – Katsuhiro Hayashi

2 – Space Invaders ‘91 (Genesis, 1991) – “Rounds 2, 11 & 14” – Noriyuki Iwadare

3 – Perfect Billiard (Arcade, 1987) – “Gameplay” – Composer Unknown

4 – Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4, 2016) – “Face Off” – Motoi Sakuraba

5 – Daiku no Gen-san ~ Robot Teikoku no Yabou (GB, 1994) – “Ending Theme” – Ikuko Mimori

6 – Ontamarama (NDS, 2007) – “Guitar Fiend” Toshikazu Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura

7 – Lego City Undercover (PC, PS4, Wii U, 2013) – “Time Trial” – Simon Withenshaw, Suddi Raval

8- Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds Overdrive (PS4, XBLA, 2013) – “Stage 0: Akihabara” – Takeshi Abo

9 – Great Battle Cyber (NES, 1992) – “Stages 1, 7 & 10” – Junya Kozakai

10 – Gravity Rush (Vita, PS4,  2012) – “Assault Cnida” – Kohei Tanaka

11 – MegaRace (Sega CD, 1994) – “Maeva” – Stéphane Picq

12 – Cybernator (SNES, 1991) – “Asteroid Run” – Masanao Akahori

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Episode 89: Same Song Different System: Undercover Cops

 

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Today’s episode is a focus on Undercover Cops, an arcade beat ‘em up developed by Irem in 1992  that was later ported to the Super Famicom in 1995.  It featured a soundtrack that heavily relied on contemporary influences, namely New Jack Swing and R&B, complete with vocal samples and epic orchestra hits.  The man behind both versions of the music is Takushi Hiyamuta, well-known for his work on Super R-Type, Neo Turf Masters, and the Metal Slug series. Using their patented “Same Song, Different System” formula, Mike and Ed compare the Arcade and Super Famicom versions of the soundtrack to see which one really stands out as the best overall OST. The results may surprise you!

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The Tracklist:

Undercover Cops
Arcade Version: 1992, Developed and Published by Irem
Super Famicom Version: 1995, Developed by Varie and Published by Irem
Composed and Arranged by Takushi Hiyamuta

Intro – “Assessment Day”

1 – “Northern Barramundi” (Stage 1)

2 – “Nasty Loud Quack” (Boss

3 – “Sarah Sowertty” (Stage 2-1)

4 – “Chaca Chaca Move Ya” (Stage 2-2)

5 – “Redtailed Cat” (Stage 3)

6 – “Dandy N.D.” (Stage 4)

7 – “Than Hawk Anger” (Stage 5-1)

8 – “Indifferent Zero Other” (Stage 5-2, Black’s Theme)

9 – “An-Non To-Ki-Me-Ki Street”

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Episode 88: Fan Favorites 3 with VGMJB

 

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On this extra special (and extra long) episode of PTR, Ed and Mike share yet another round of fan submissions. Joining them are the two co-hosts that perfected the craft of listener-powered podcasting, Josh and Emily from the VGM Jukebox! Listen in as Emily professes her love for Ryu Hayabusa, Mike does his best (or worst) Jerry Seinfeld impression, Josh summons a special guest Street Fighter II combatant, and Ed contemplates Swedish skeleton Vikings. A certain Haunted Jukebox may even show up to say hi! Join them for some amazing music and witty commentary that fans of both podcasts will love.

Check out The VGM Jukebox at thevgmjukebox.blogspot.com, or on Facebook at their brand new group page!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Devilish (Genesis, 1991) – “Stage 7: Prairie” – Hitoshi Sakimoto

2 – Venture Kid (iOS, 2016) – “Stage 2: City” – Matt Creamer (Norrin Radd)

3 – Nekketsu Oyako (Saturn, Playstation, 1994) – “Mega City Tokyo 2064: Outer City Road” – Hyakutaro Tsukumo

4 – NiGHTS Into Dreams (Saturn, 1996) – “Message From Nightopia” – Naofumi Hataya, Tomoko Sasaki, Fumie Kumatani

5 – Paperboy 2 (SNES, 1991) – “Delivery Route” – Nick Eastridge

6 – Metroid AM2R (PC, 2016) – “Initial Descent” – DoctorM64, Ryoji Yoshitomi

7 – Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PS4, Switch, 2017) – “Tools of War (Clockwork Tower Remix)” – Jake Kaufman

8 – Killer Instinct Season 1 (XB1, PC, 2013) – “Warlord (Spinal’s Theme)” – Mick Gordon

9 – World of Goo (PC, 2008) – “Screamer” – Kyle Gabler

10 – Final Fantasy X (PS2, 2001) – “To Zanarkand” – Nobuo Uematsu

11 – Perfect Dark – (N64, 2000) – “Chicago Stealth” – Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate, David Clynick

12 – Low G Man – (NES, 1990) – “Chapter 4: The Tower” – Nobuyuki Shioda, Norio Nakagata, Ryota Musha

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Episode 87: Yoshi!

 

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Mario’s pal Yoshi has captured the hearts of Nintendo fans everywhere since his debut on the SNES back in 1991. The little green dino with the super long tongue and voracious appetite has become a mainstay in the Mushroom Kingdom, starring in many of his own games, driving Karts with his friends, and even taking turns in Mario Party. Today’s episode focuses on the music of Yoshi’s games and features some of Nintendo’s greatest composers throughout the years, like Koji Kondo, Junichi Masuda, and Yasunori Mitsuda. Get ready for some lighthearted, feel-good tunes!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Yoshi (NES, 1992) – “Music C: Starman” – Junichi Masuda

2 – Yoshi’s Safari (SNES, 1993) – “Hot Chocolate Cave” – Yoshiki Nishimura, Miyuki Uemura, Yasushi Tokunaga

3 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES, 1995) “Overworld Theme” – Koji Kondo

4 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES, 1995) “Underground Theme” – Koji Kondo

5 – Mario Party (N64, 1998) – “Yoshi’s Tropical Island Board” – Yasunori Mitsuda

6 – Yoshi’s Story (N64, 1998) – “Yo Yo Yoshi” – Kazumi Totaka

7 – Yoshi: Topsy-Turvy (GBA, 2004) – “Tale of the Spirit of Kindness” – Tatsuyuki Maeda, Masaru Setsumaru, Mariko Nanba

8 – Yoshi’s Island DS (DS, 2006) “Big Boss Theme” – Yutaka Minobe, Masayoshi Ishi

9 – Yoshi’s New Island (3DS, 2014) – “Bandit Valley” – Masayoshi Ishi

10 – Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, 2014) – “Yoshi Circuit” – Shiho Fujii, Atsuko Asahi, Ryo Nagamatsu, Yasuaki Iwata

11 – Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U, 2015) – “Sponge Cave Spelunking” – Tomoya Tomita, Misaki Asada

12 – Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U, 2015) – “Lava Scarves and Red Hot Blarggs” – Tomoya Tomita, Misaki Asada

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Episode 86: Adventure Games w/ Brian

 

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Adventure games have been seeing quite the revival lately, with titles like Broken Age and Thimbleweed Park calling back to the golden age of the genre, where games like The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion ruled PC game shelves. Composers like Peter McConnel and Frank Klepacki made names for themselves on these early titles, creating atmospheric and sophisticated soundscapes in which one could easily get lost. Join Mike, Ed, and special guest host Brian (of the fledgling podcast Pixel Stories,) as they share music from some of their favorite Point ‘n Click Adventure titles both old and new!

 Check out Brian’s podcast at https://www.pixelstories.net/

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – The Legend of Kyrandia: Book 3: Malcolm’s Revenge (PC, Mac, 1994) – “Back in Kyrandia (Night)” –  Frank Klepacki

2 – Snatcher (Sega CD, 1994) – “The Entrance To Hell” – Kazuki Muraoka, Motoaki Furukawa, Akira Yamaoka, Hiroshi Tamawari, Kida Sun, Kazuhito Imai

3 – Thimbleweed Park (PC, 2017) – “No Quarter” – Steve Kirk

4 – Deja Vu (NES, 1990) – “Investigation Theme 1 (Indoors, Taxi)” – Hiroyuki Masuno

5 – Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright – Justice for All – (DS, 2002) “Announce the Truth” – Naoto Tanaka

6 – Dropsy (PC, 2015) – “Mothersbaugh on the Beach” – Chris Schlarb

7 – Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of Fate (PC, 1993) – “Credits” – Frank Klepacki

8 – Policenauts – (PSX, 3DO, Saturn, 1995) – “Criminal Investigation Part 1” – Tappi Iwase, Masahiro Ikariko, Motoaki Furukawa, Kozo Nakamura

9 – Broken Age (PC, 2014) – “Shay’s Secret Mission” – Peter McConnel

10 – Sam & Max – Hit the Road (PC, 1993) – “Pleasantly Understated Credit Sequence” – Michael Z. Land, Peter McConnell, Aric Wilmunder

11 – Hotel Dusk (DS, 2007) – “Play It Again” – Satoshi Okubo

12 – Deponia (PC, 2012) – “A Life of Order and Happiness” – Finn Seliger, Thomas Höhl

 

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Episode 85: Wild West Hoedown!

 

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Saddle up for our Wild West Hoedown! Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Mike and Cowpoke Ed round up some of their favorite western-themed VGM tracks in today’s show. There’s a lot of variety here, from Sunset Riders to Trials Frontier, so you won’t wanna miss it!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Darkwatch (Xbox, PS2, 2005) – “GBU Theme” – Michael Reagan, Asdru Sierra, Ennio Morricone

2 – Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 2013) – “Title Theme” – Paweł Błaszczak, Rod Abernethy

3 – Sunset Riders (SNES, 1993) – “Stage 1” – Naohisa Morota, Motoaki Furukawa, Hidenori Maezawa

4 – Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (Arcade, 1992) – “ Stage 1” – Michiru Yamane

5 – Wet (XBox 360, 2009) – “Desert Slaying” – Brian Lebarton

6 – Trials Frontier (Android, iOS, 2014) – “Village Theme” – Vili Viitaniemi

7 – Wild Arms (PS1, 1996) – “Courage Dungeon” – Michiko Naruke

8 – Dead Man’s Hand (PC, Xbox, 2004) – “Title Theme” – Calexico, Rom Di Prisco, Michael Larson

9 – Wild Guns (SNES, 1995) – “Carson City” – Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi

10 – Red Steel 2 (Wii, 2010) – “Vulture’s Prayer” – Tom Salta

11 – Tin Star (SNES, 1994) – “Out in the West – Stage 2” -Chris Jojo, Matthew Cannon, Suddi Raval

12 – Outlaws (PC, 1997) – “Sanchez the Outlaw” – Clint Bajakian, Hans Christian Reumschuessel

 

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Episode 84: TurboGrafx-16 & PC Engine

 

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It was back in 1989 that NEC and Hudson Soft’s TurboGrafx-16 game console took North America by storm… well, maybe not by “storm.” It was more like a passing shower. But overseas in Japan, the system’s counterpart, dubbed the PC Engine, was taking a large amount of market share away from Nintendo and Sega. On today’s show, Mike and Ed tackle “The Little (PC) Engine That Could,” with Mike sharing tracks from TG-16 games, and Ed rocking out with the best that the PC Engine exclusive titles had to offer. Listen in for some familiar composers and some that might be new to the podcast as the guys explain the hardware, the software, and the marketing behind this cool little console.

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Fighting Run (PCE, 1991) – “Dark Street” – Hiroshi Funaba

2 – Somer Assault (TG-16, 1992) – “Gemini (Round 3) and Cancer (Round 4)” – Hidehito Aoki, Katsuyuki Inose

3 – Hana Taka Daka?! (PCE, 1991) – “Shosuke ‘Kame’” – Kinuyo Yamashita

4 – Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu (TG-16, 1992) – “Stage 1-2” – Masakatsu Maekawa

5 – Makai Hakkenden Shada (PCE, 1989) – “BGM 3 (Overworld)” – Shōgo Sakai, Masaaki Iwasaki, Takafumi Miura, Seiichi Hamada, Yūji Suzuki, Yūsuke Takahama

6 – Air Zonk (TG-16, 1992) – “Stage 2 (Brains Town)” – Daisuke Morishima

7 – Jaseiken Necromancer (PCE, 1988) – “Field” – Jun Chikuma

8 – New Adventure Island (TG-16, 1992) – “High Mountain” – Keiji Sakata

9 – Bomberman ‘94 (PCE, 1993) – “Jammin’ Jungle” – Jun Chikuma

10 – Soldier Blade (TG-16, 1992) – “Operation 1” -Keita Hoshi, Makiko Tanifuji

11 – Hany on the Road (PCE, 1990) – “Hany on the Road” – Ako Matsudaira, Yasushi Kawasaki, Junya Kozakai

12 – Neutopia (TG-16, 1989) – “Water Sphere” – Tomotsune Maeno

 

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