Episode 110: Saigo no Free Picks

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It’s a free picks show, and also a special “Thank You” episode! This one may be a little emotionally intense though, so make sure to have some tissues handy while you listen. Find out the meaning behind the title of the show, and what the PTR guys will be up to in the future!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Looney Tunes: Carrot Crazy (GBC, 1998) – “Treasure Island”- Alberto Jose Gonzalez

2 – Barunba (PCE, 1990) – “Fortress (Area 5)” – Makiko Ito, Hiroshi Nishikawa

3 – Ms. Pac Man’s Maze Madness (DC, 2000) -”CleoPactra” Jon Holland

4 – Quattro Sports BMX Simulator (NES, 1993) – “Title Theme” – Gavin Raeburn

5 – Hi No Tori Houhou Hen (FC, 1987) – ”Stage 3” – Kinuyo Yamashita, Iku Mizutani, Hidenori Maezawa

6 – Snipperclips Plus (Switch, 2017) – “Silly Science B” – Calum Bowen

7 – Foreman For Real (SNES, 1995) – “Tournament” – Chris Jojo, Paul Tonge, Suddi Raval

8 – Super Bomberman R (Switch, 2017) – “Online Battle 2” – Seima Iwahashi, Daisuke Kikuta

9 – Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology (3DS, 2018) – “Edge of Green” – Yoko Shimomura

10 – Streets of Rogue (PC, 2017) – “Ghetto Libretto” – Craig Barnes

11 -X-Men VS Street Fighter (Arcade, Saturn, PS1, 1996) – “Theme of Rogue” – Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara

12 – Super R-Type (SNES, 1995) – “A Submerging Titan” – Takushi Hiyamuta

Outro – Mega Man X (SNES, 1993) – “Ending” –  Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yūko Takehara, Toshihiko Horiyama

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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.

 Thanks to Trevin Hughes, , Chris Murray, and Key Glyph for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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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!

WiiGuys 8BitStereo
GamingGoingGoneLive!

Thanks to our PixelChat submitters: Jeff Leppard, John Jekel, Ariel Schneider, Joe Dunbar, Henrik Andersson, and Niko AKA The WiiGuy! Send your questions to: pixeltunesradio@gmail.com

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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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Episode 102: Final Fight with Cam Chiles

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On today’s episode, Ed and Mike team up with special guest Cam Chiles to celebrate the Final Fight game series (and horribly mispronounce Mike Haggar’s last name in the process!) Final Fight was a collection of beat ’em up titles from Capcom, and featured music by some of their most talented and prolific composers. Join them as they crank out jams by Junko Tamiya, Setsuo Yamamoto, T’s Music, and more!

Thanks to Cameron Mount for submitting a PixelChat question. 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 – Final Fight (SNES, 1991) – “Big Katana Boss” –  Junko Tamiya, Toshio Kajino

2 – Final Fight 2 (SNES, 1993) – “Sleep Junk Down” – Yasuaki Fujita, Mari Yamaguchi, Yuki Iwai, Setsuo Yamamoto, Yūko Takehara, Tatsuya Nishimura

3 – (Cam) Saturday Night Slam Masters (Arcade, 1993) – “Mike Haggar” – Masaki Izutani, Toshio Kajino, Syun Nishigaki, Ryo Mizutsuki, Nobuhiro Ōuchi

4 – Mighty Final Fight (NES, 1993) – “Round 4 (Factory)” – Setsuo Yamamoto, Yuko Takehara

5 – Final Fight CD (Sega CD, 1993) – “West Side Andore Cage Fight and Stage Ending” – T’s Music

6 – Final Fight 3 (SNES, 1995) – “For Metro City” – Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara

7 – Final Fight 3 – (SNES, 1995) – “Law & Disorder” – Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara

8 – Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Arcade, 1996) – “Guy’s Theme” – Syun Nishigaki, Setsuo Yamamoto, Tatsuro Suzuki, Isao Abe, Yuko Takehara, Naoaki Iwami, Naoshi Mizuta

9 – Final Fight Revenge (Saturn, 2000) – “Damnd’s Theme” – Jim Wallace

10 – Final Fight One (GBA, 2001) – “Double Andore” – Seiko Kobuchi, Toshio Kajino

11 – Final Fight Streetwise (PS2, 2006) – “Bar Fight” – DJ D-Fault (Brad Fotch,) Raymond Herrera, Kristian Habenicht

12 – Ultra Street Fighter IV (Arcade, PS3, PC, X360, 2009) – “Cody’s Theme” – Hideyuki Fukasawa

Bonus Outro: The Mad Gear: Go Right and Fight! (PC, 2017) – “Act IV: I Dig Your Whig” – Adam Ford (Lead Composer), Cam Werme (Drum Tracking)

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Episode 101: Super Free Picks: Turbo Edition

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Ed and Mike start out the “Second Century” of PixelTunes Radio with a fantastic batch of free-pick music. As is usually the case with these shows, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, from speedy metal to groovy FM synth. Enjoy!

Thanks to Joe Dunbar, Alex Messenger, and Scott Mcelhone 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 – Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril (NES, 2010) – “Area 1” – Sivak

2 – Dial Q wo Mawase! (Genesis, 1992) – “Match Tune” – Unknown

3 – Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice (3DS, 2016) – “Scallywag Reef’ – Richard Jacques

4 – A Hat in Time (PC, 2017) – “Mafia Town (Scooter)” – Pascal Michael Stiefel

5 – Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4/PC/Vita, 2017) – “Deadly Temptation” – Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga

6 – Ku2 [Serious Mode] (X68000, 1993) – “Stage 1” – Unknown

7 – Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (SFC, 1993) – “Battlefield” – Ryuiji Sasai, Tadahiro Nitta, arr. by Hiroshi Amagi

8 – Dirt Dash (Arcade, 1995) – “City” – Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Hiroto Sasaki, Nobuyoshi Sano, Takayuki Aihara, Yuri Misumi

9 – De Blob (Wii, 2008) – “Revolutionary” – John Guscott

10 – Drinky & Smokey (X68000, 1994) – “Smokey Blues” – Naboru Matsuoka

11 – Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage (XBOX 360/PS3, 2010) – “The Seven Scars”- Masayoshi Sasaki, Haruki Yamada

12 – Waterworld (Genesis, 1995 unreleased) – “Shop 2” – Unknown

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Episode 100: The 100th Episode Special Event!

 

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Mike and Ed celebrate 100 episodes of PixelTunes Radio in this very special podcast featuring guest appearances, all-time favorite VGM tracks, and directors’ commentary on memorable skits. Learn what goes on behind-the-scenes during PTR production, and celebrate with the guys as they venture into the 100’s and beyond!

We want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us and listened to us over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks to Chris Murray, The Diad, Cameron Mount, John Jekel, Dan Bisciglia, and Key Glyph 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 – Power Drift (Arcade, 1988) – “Like the Wind (B Course)” – Hiroshi Kawaguchi
From Episode 9: Racing Trax

2 – Soldier Blade (TG16) – “Operation 1” – Keita Hoshi, Makiko Tanifuji
From Episode 84: Turbo Grafx 16/PC Engine

3 – The Scheme (PC-88, 1988) – “I’ll Save you all my Justice” – Yuzo Koshiro
From Episode 15: Composer Selection #1: Yuzo Koshiro

Commercial Break: Poison Pumps (Episode 2: Beat ’em Ups)

4 – Power Rangers Time Force (GBC, 2001) – “Level 4: Fable City (Future)” Iku Mizutani
From Episode 71: Iku Mizutani – The Man Behind the Music 

5 – Crypt of the Necrodancer (PC, 2015) – “Crypteque” – Danny Baranowski
From Episode 50: Free Picks 2: Hyper Fighting Edition!

6 – Global Gladiators (Genesis, 1993) – “Title Screen” – Tommy Tallarico
From Episode 1: Composer Showcase

Commercial Break: Game Bro (Episode 11: Totally Game Boy!)

7 – Cybattler (Arcade, 1993) – “Interception (Mission 1)” – Pao, U. Masaaki, Y. Tsugumi, Kikki
From Episode 48: Jaleco Jamz!

8 – Psychic Force (Arcade/PSX, 1996) – “Burning Storm” –Hideki Takahagi
From Episode 68: Taito Arcade with Bryan of Pixelated Audio

9 – Genocide2: Master of the Dark Communion (X68000, 1991) – “Shock ‘72” – Hideyuki Shimono, Naoyuki Kimura
From Episode 24: Sharp X68000 Console Spotlight

Commercial Break: Iggy’s Balls (Episode 35: N64 Nvasion)

10 – Silent Mobius Case Titanic (X68000, 1991) – “Battle with Ghosts”  – Masahiro Kajihara
From Episode 60: Free Picks Gaiden

11 – Dangun Feveron [Fever S.O.S] (Arcade, 1998) – “Dancing Bomber” – Ryuichi Yabuki, Nanpei Masawa
From Episode 7: Shmup Trax

12 – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (SNES) – “Stickerbush Symphony” – David Wise
From Episode 23: David Wise

Commercial Break: Real World Midgar (Episode 54)

 

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Episode 99-2: Retroworld Expo VGM Panel 2017!

 

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In this bonus episode, Mike and Ed share the live audio from their VGM panel at Retroworld Expo 2017! Joining them are Rob and Pernell from Rhythm & Pixels, and Emily from The VGM Jukebox (with Josh there in spirit,) as they participate in a contest to see who can play the spOoOOOoOOkiest track of the show! The audience voted and a winner was chosen… did YOUR favorite host win? Listen in to find out!

Special thanks to Cam Werme for being an amazing MC and judge!

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Episode 99 Part 1: SpookyTunes 4

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It’s a bonafide Halloween party! On the evening before Retroworld Expo 2017, the PTR boys gathered VGM fans from far and wide: Emily from the VGM Jukebox, Pernell from Rhythm & Pixels, and frequent PTR guest hosts Cam Werme and Todd Mason all in one room to record a VERY special episode of SpookyTunes 4.  Join the party and listen to some of the creepiest tracks to ever hit your podcast feed!

Also, stay tuned next week when PTR unleashes the LIVE AUDIO from their panel at Retroworld Expo!

Thanks to Chris Murray for submitting a PixelChat question. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

Check out Emily’s VGM Podcast: The VGM Jukebox

Find Pernell’s VGM Podcast at: Rhythm & Pixels

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – The 7th Guest (PC, 1993)- “Music Box (Puzzles)” – George Sanger

2 – Ecco the Dolphin: The Tides of Time (Genesis, 1994) – “Moray Abyss” – Attila Dobos, András Magyari, Andy Armer, David Javelosa

3  – Wild Arms 2 (PS1, 1999) – “Pinch Type 1” – Michiko Naruke

4 – Brave Fencer Musashi (PS1, 1998) – “Somnolent Forest” – Tsuyoshi Sekito

5 – Ontamarama (NDS, 2007) – “Trance Macabre” – Toshikazu Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura

6 – Treasure Buster (iOS, 2016) – “Tomb of Sentient Ooze” – Matt Creamer (Norrin_Rad)

 

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Episode 98: Amazing Openings with Cam Werme

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Last time Ed and Mike had Cam Werme on the show, they all showed off some of their favorite ending tunes. So when it came time for him to return, they figured why not flip the script and play some opening themes? Join the VGM-crazy trio as they share a bunch of their favorite pre-gameplay melodies, ranging from the cinematic, to the rockin’, to the downright goofy!

Check out Cameron’s VGM covers with previous PTR guest host Cameron Chiles over at Camicom on YouTube!

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The Tracklist:

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

Episode Intro – Dragon Quest VI (SFC, 1995) – “Overture” – Koichi Sugiyama

1 – F1-ROC II: Race of Champions (SNES, 1993) – “Title” – Masanao Akahori, Hiro Nakayama

2 – Kingsley’s Adventure (PS1, 1999) – “Menu” – Alistair Lindsay

3 – Ninja Warriors (SNES) – “Opening+Title Theme” – Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, N. Tate

4 – Alundra (PSX, 1997) – “Alundra” – Kohei Tanaka

5 – Star Trader (X68000, 1991) – “Title” – Mieko Ishikawa, arranged by Keishi Yonao

6 – Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1994) “Theme” – David Wise

7 – Alien 3 (NES, 1993) – “Title Theme” – Jeroen Tel

8 – Buck Bumble (N64, 1998) “Buck Bumble Theme” – Justin Scharvona

9 – Contra: Shattered Soldier (PS2, 2002) – “Venus” – Sota Fujimori, Akira Yamaoka

10 – Dark Cloud 2: Dark Chronicle (PS2, 2002) – “Never-ending Adventure (Rush’s Theme)” – Tomohito Nishiura

11 – Patchwork Heroes (PSP, 2010) “Holding 1,000,000 Tons of Bravery” – Hideki Sakamoto

12 – Arcus Odyssey (Genesis, 1991) – “Opening” – Motoi Sakuraba

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Episode 97: The Music of Ys – Volume I

 

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Nihon Falcom’s Ys series follows the adventures of Adol Christin as he battles the forces of evil across countless lands. As fantastic as the games are, the music (in typical Falcom fashion) is famous across the world for it’s amazing music. Meiko Ishikawa and Yuzo Koshiro joined forces when the series was young to delight the ears of gamers everywhere, and the soundtrack quality hasn’t faltered since. Join the PTR guys as they pick some prime examples of Ys music from the first four games in the series, from a vast variety of consoles and soundchips!

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Special thanks to Dan Kelly for the Nick Carney musical jingle!!

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The Tracklist:

Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (1987)
Composed by Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa, Masaya Hashimoto, and Takahito Abe
TG-CD Arrangement: Ryo Yonemitsu

1 – “The Morning Grow” – (PC-88, 1987)

2 – Tower of the Shadow of Death” – (TG-CD, 1990)

3 – “First Step Towards Wars” – (SMS, 1988)

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter (1988)
Composed by Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa, and Hideya Nagata
TG-CD Arrangement: Ryo Yonemitsu

4 – ”To Make The End of Battle” (FC, 1988)

5 – “Moat of Burnedbless” (TG-CD, 1990)

6 – “Palace of Solomon” (TG-CD, 1990)

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (1989)
Composed by Mieko Ishikawa
TG-CD Arrangement: Ryo Yonemitsu and Keita Hoshi
SNES Arrangement: Michiharu Hasuya, Masaaki Harada, and Osamu Kasai
Genesis/ MD Arrangement: Yoshiaki Kubotera and Noriyuki Iwadare

7 – “Trading Town of Redmont” (TGCD, 1991)

8 – “Welcome!” – (SNES,1992)

9 – “Ruins of Ilverns” (Genesis, 1991)

Ys IV: Dawn of Ys (1993)
Composed by Atsushi Shirakawa, Naoki Kaneda, Takahiro Tsunashima, and Masaru Nakajima

10 – “A Great Ordeal”- (PC Engine CD, 1993)

Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (1993)
Composed by Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Miyoko Takaoka, Naoyuki Ito, Tomohiro Endo, and Hiroo Tengenji

11 – “Minea Port” (SFC, 1993)

12 – “Field” – (SFC, 1993)

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Episode 96: Follin Back in Time II

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One year after exploring composer Tim Follin’s early works on episode 69, Mike and Ed are back with the long-awaited followup! In this show, they explore the latter half of his career, featuring music from the NES, SNES, and beyond. You’ll hear some old favorites, and maybe some material you weren’t aware even existed! Join us as we fall for Follin all over again!

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The Tracklist:

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

Intro – Pictionary (NES, 1990) – “Main Theme” – Tim Follin

1 – Target: Renegade (NES, 1988) – “Downtown” – Tim Follin

2 – Sky Shark (NES, 1989) – “Stage 2” – Tim Follin

3 – Pictionary: The Game of Video Quick Draw (NES, 1990) – “Mini Game 2” – Tim Follin

4 – Silver Surfer (NES, 1990) – “World Theme 1” – Tim and Geoff Follin

5 – Spider-Man/X-Men Arcade’s Revenge (SNES, 1992) – “Cyclops Stages” – Tim and Geoff Follin

6 – Rock N’ Roll Racing (SNES, 1993) – “Highway Star” – Deep Purple, arranged by Time Follin

7 – Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball (SNES, 1994) – “Play Ball!” – Tim Follin,  Geoff Follin, Chris Jojo, Paul Tonge, Matthew Cannon

8 – Ultraverse Prime – (Sega CD, 1994) – “Theme Song” – Tim and Geoff Follin

9 – Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (DC, PS2, 2000) – “Credits” – Tim Follin, Attila Heger

10 – Starsky & Hutch (GC, Xbox, PS2, 2003) – “Funk 5” – Tim Follin, Dave Sullivan, Matthew J. Costello

11 – Future Tactics: The Uprising (GC, Xbox, PS2, 2004) – “Enemy Attack II” – Tim Follin

12 – Lemmings (PSP, PS2, 2006) – “Earth Tunnels 2” – Tim Follin

Bonus! – Moto-X (SNES, Unreleased) – “Title Theme” – Tim Follin

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Episode 95: Remixes & Covers

 

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Ed and Mike color a bit outside their usual lines today, bringing you a selection of VGM covers and remixes! Some tracks are classic tunes from well-known remixers and VGM cover bands, while others might be completely knew to you. Enjoy this selection of amazing head-banging and danceable tunes!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title – Track Title – Remixer – Composer(s)

Intro – Mega Man 2 – “Quick Man” – Project X – Composed by Tateshi Tateishi

Project X’s Bandcamp

1 – Super Mario Bros. 2 – “Super Buck Jazz” – Estradasphere – Composed by Koji Kondo

Estradasphere’s Official Facebook Page

2 – Smurf’s Nightmare – “Hidden Around” – ErichWK – Composed by Alberto Jose Gonzalez

ErichWK’s Bandcamp 

3 – Guilty Gear X2 – “Momentary Life (Baiken’s Theme)” – S.S.H. – Composed by Daisuke Ishiwatari

SSH’s VGMdb Page

4 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – “Killer Seaweed” – bLiNd – Composed by Jun Funahashi

bLiNd’s Bandcamp

5 – Mega Man X4 – “Stage Select/Stage Start” – DJ MetaZero – Composed by Toshihiko Horiyama

DJ MetaZero’s OCRemix Page

6 – Mega Man 2 – “Bubble Man (Soap and Water Mix)” – AE (A_Rival) – Composed by Takeshi Tateishi

A_Rival’s Bandcamp

7 – Star Fox – “Godspeed” – The Wingless – Composed by Hajime Hirasawa

The Wingless’s Homepage

8 – Mother 3 – “The Attic’s a Dungeon (80s Synth Remix)” – MyNewSoundtrack – Composed by Shogo Sakai

MyNewSoundtrack’s Bandcamp

9 – Metroid – “Ridley’s Theme” – Metroid Metal – Composed by Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka

Metroid Metal’s Homepage

10 – Castlevania 2 – “Vampire Snap 2 (Vampire Killer)” – Joshua Morse – Composed by Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima, Kouji Murata

Joshua Morse’s Bandcamp

11 – Final Fantasy VII – “Antitrust” – SubstN – Composed by Nobuo Uematsu

12 – Punch Out!! – “Little Mac’s Confession” – Game Over – Composed by Yukio Kaneoka, Akito Nakatsuka, Kenji Yamamoto

Game Over’s Homepage

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Episode 94: Target Shooting Games

 

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It’s number 94 with a bang! This time around, Mike and Ed pick music that shot straight to the top of their VGM charts… from target shooting games! Join the guys as they discuss Virtua Cop, House of the Dead, Time Crisis, and more!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii, 2009) – “Scream Train” – PitStop Productions (John Sanderson, Nadeem Daya)

2 – Missile Ground Zero (ZX Spectrum, 1989) – “Title Music” -Tim Follin

3 – Time Crisis 3 (Arcade, PS2, 2003) – “Rescue Stage 2” – Takeshi Miura, Sanae Kasahara, Kaoru Okada, Takuya Yokota

4 – Body Count (Genesis, 1994) – “Stage 1” – Steve Collet

5 – Virtua Cop 3 (Arcade, 2003) – “Hard Mission Section 1: Sewers (BGM 10)” – Sachio Ogawa, Seiichi Hamada, Hideaki Miyamoto, Shinichi Goto, Yasuhiro Takagi, Tatsutoshi Narita

6 – Elemental Gearbolt (PS1, 1998) – “Thunder” Kei Wakakusa

7 – Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (Wii, 2007) “The Epileptic Express C” – Masafumi Takada, Jun Fukuda

8 – Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles (Wii, 2009) – “Theme of Alexia Type 1” – Shusaku Uchiyama, Takeshi Miura, Yoshihisa Hirano

9 – Bazooka Blitzkrieg (SNES, 1992) – “Hunting for Robots” – Uchu-Jin

10 – Rambo 3 (SMS, 1990) – “Levels 2 and 5” – Composer Unknown

11 – Ghost Squad (Wii, Arcade, 2007) – “BGM 40” -Tatsutoshi Narita, Yasuhiro Takagi

12 – Freedom Force (NES, 1988) – “Stage 4: Town” – Naoki Kodaka

 

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Episode 93: A Chat with Norrin_Radd

 

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Today, Matt Creamer, AKA Norrin_Radd, joins Mike and Ed as guest host! The Retro City Rampage and Treasure Buster composer talks about his music writing process, the hardships of making NES music for indie games, and his immense respect for fellow composer Jake Kaufman. Matt also brings a selection of his favorite VGM to share with us, while the PTR boys spin some of their favorite Norrin_Radd jams. Fans of chiptunes will NOT want to miss this one!

Visit Matt’s site for his music and YouTube videos at MattCreamerAudio.com

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Contra (NES, 1988) – “Alien’s Lair” – Hidenori Maezawa, Kiyohiro Sada, Kazuki Muraoka

2 – Retro City Rampage (Multiplatform, 2012) – “Joy Ride” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

3 – Shadow of the Colossus (PS2, 2005) – “The Farthest Land” – Kow Otani

4 – Swap Heroes (iOS, 2014) – “Stage 4: Lost Sands” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

5 – Contra III (SNES, 1992) – “The Streets of Neo City” – Miki Higashino, Masanori Adachi, Tappi Iwase

6 – Venture Kid (iOS, Android, 2016) – “Level 4: Volcano” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

7 – Twisted Metal (PS1, 1995) – “Rooftop Battle” – Chuck E. Myers, Tom Hopkins, Lance Lenhart

8 – Slayin (iOS, 2013) – “In Game Theme” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

9 – Warsong (Genesis, 1991) – “Friendly Fight (Player Phase 1)” – Hiroshi Fujioka, Noriyuki Iwadare, Isao Mizoguchi

10 – Treasure Buster (iOS, 2016) – “Stage 1: SlamDancer” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

11 – LA Noire (PS3, X360, 2011) – “Main Theme” – Andrew Hale, Simon Hale

12 – Match Land (iOS, Android, 2017) – “In Game Music” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

 

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Episode 92: Quintet with Todd

 

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Perhaps most well-known in North America for the ActRaiser and Soul Blazer series, the little development house known as Quintet went on to release some very unique titles in Japan long after we’d forgotten all about them.  In this episode, Todd (a huge fan of the Soul Blazer series himself) joins Ed and Mike to explore Quintet’s catalog and soundtracks.

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – ActRaiser (SNES, 1990) – “Theme from ActRaiser” – Yuzo Koshiro

2 – Soul Blazer (1992, SNES) – “Lostside Marshes” & “Basement of Dr. Leo” – Yukihide Takekawa, arr. by Kazuhiko Toyama

3 – ActRaiser 2 (1993, SNES) – “Banishing of Tanzra” – Yuzo Koshiro

4 – Illusion of Gaia (1994, SNES) “Descent into Darkness” & “Golden Road” – Yasuhiro Kawasaki

5 – Robotrek (1994, SNES) – “Research & Development” & “ Hometown in Autumn” – Ayako Yoda, Produced by Yuzo Koshiro

6 – Terranigma (1995, SFC) – “Crysta (Hometown)” – Miyoko Takaoka, Masanori Hikichi

7 – The Granstream Saga (1998, PS1) – “Last Boss Battle” – Masanori Hikichi, Miyoko Takaoka, Takako Ochiai

8 – Solo Crisis (1998, Saturn) – “BGM08” – Naoki Kaneda

9 – Code R (Saturn, 1998) – “BGM38” – Masanori Hikichi, Takako Ochiai, Akihiro Jūichiya, Naoki Kaneda

10 – Planet Laika (1999, PS1) – “BGM61” – Akihiro Jūichiya, Takako Ochiai

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