Episode 23: Spotlight on David Wise


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Many of us grew up with David Wise’s music.  His name is synonymous with blockbuster games like Battletoads and Donkey Kong Country.  In this episode, we take a tour through his amazing career with game developer Rare, and beyond!

The Tracklist:

1 – RC Pro-Am/ RC Pro Am 2 – Medley (NES)

2 – Ironsword (Wizards and Warriors 2) – Stage 1 (NES)


3 – Snake Rattle & Roll – Stage 3

4 – Captain Skyhawk – Space Dock/ Weapons Shop (NES)


5 – Battletoads – Stage 1 Theme (GB)

6 – Battletoads in Battlemaniacs – Turbo Tunnels (SNES)


7 – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – Stickerbrush Symphony (SNES)

8 – Starfox Adventures- Credits Montage (GCN)


9 – Tengami –Reflections (iOS, Wii U eShop)

10 – DKC: Tropical Freeze – Punch Bowl [“Bashmaster – The Unbreakable”] (Wii U)


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2 Responses to Episode 23: Spotlight on David Wise

  1. VGManiac456 says:

    A very nice podcast; some good music picks (but it’s hard to go wrong with David Wise). I remember being surprised finding out that David Wise did the music for the Battletoads games; it just boggled my mind at the time since I played DKC games way before Battletoads. Speaking of which, the Dark Queen was the final boss for the original Battletoads, Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, and Battletoads & Double Dragon. Meanwhile, Robo-Manus took the job of being the final boss for both arcade and Gameboy Battletoads titles. Just to clear up that question.

    • [Ed] Ah, OK! I could have sworn I remember fighting Robo-Manus at the end of Battlemaniacs, and then destroying the ship from the helicopter without fighting the queen, but it was a while ago and I must’ve gotten my games mixed up. The funny thing is, if you look at the very beginning of my soundtrack thread, you’ll see the post I made when I discovered that Wise did both BT and DKC. I think I actually used the phrase “Mind=Blown” then, too!

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