Episode 72: Castlevania 3: Same Song, Different Country

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Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, known as Akumajō Densetsu in Japan, was the final and most impressive Castlevania game to be released on the NES and Famicom. Most fans in North America and Europe enjoyed a fantastic soundtrack composed by Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, and Hidenori Maezawa. Japanese fans were treated to something entirely different; an enhanced version of the soundtrack made possible by Konami’s VRC6 memory chip, developed in part by Maezawa.

In today’s episode, Mike and Ed pit the NES and Famicom versions of specially selected tracks head-to-head and ask the question: which one is the best? The answers may not be what you’re expecting!

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The Tracklist:

Akumajo Densetsu (Famicom, 1989)
Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse (NES, 1990)
Developed and Published by Konami
Composed by Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, and Hidenori Maezawa

New Determination: Prelude

Clockwork (Clock Tower Stage)

Mad Forest (Forest Stage)

Stream (Aqueduct Stage)

Escape from Underground: Aquarius (Sunken City Stage)

Deja Vu-Vampire Killer- (Dracula Castle Main Building)

Overture (Last Stage Boss)

Big Battle 1 (Very Last Boss BGM)

Evergreen (Ending Story)

Flashback (Cast)

 

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Episode 71: Iku Mizutani: The Man Behind the Music

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Iku Mizutani is well known for his fast-paced NES and Game Boy music on games like Shatterhand, Shadow of the Ninja, and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. He’s Mike’s favorite composer, and so he was thrilled when he agreed to do an interview with the PTR guys! Join us as we listen to some of Mizutani’s best 8 and 16 bit tracks, and ask him questions about his career, influences, and future plans. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

HUGE thank you to Bryan of Pixelated Audio for helping with translating for Mr. Mizutani.

Thanks to Nathan, Cameron Chiles, Chris Myers, Jeff Leppard, and Nikola Emerson Gutierrez for sending in today’s PixelChat questions. Want to ask Mike and Ed a question of your own? Send an email to pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Rush N’ Attack (NES, 1987) – “Stage 2”  – Iku Mizutani, Shinya Sakamoto, Satoe Terashima

2 – Shadow of the Ninja (NES, 1990) – “Stage 5”  – Iku Mizutani, Kouichi Yamanishi

3 – Tail ‘Gator (GB, 1991) – “Boss” – Iku Mizutani

4 – Don Doko Don 2 -(FC, 1992) – “Ice Cave” – Iku Mizutani

5 – Shatterhand (NES, 1991) – “Area C” – Iku Mizutani, Kouichi Yamanishi

6 – Chaos World (FC, 1991) – “Battle 1” – Iku Mizutani, Hiroyuki Iwatsuki

7 – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES, 1994) – “Building” – Iku Mizutani, Kinuyo Yamashita

8 – Tetris Plus (GB, 1997) – “Knossos” – NIS, Kazuo Sawa, Arranged by Iku Mizutani

9 – Dragon Dance (GBC, 2000) – “Final Boss Part 2” – Iku Mizutani, Kinuyo Yamashita

10 – Power Rangers Time Force (GBC, 2001) – “Fable City (Future)” – Iku Mizutani

11 – Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (GBC, 2000) – “Boss” – Iku Mizutani

12 – Action Man: Search for Base X (GBC, 2001) – “Moon Base 1 Boss” – Iku Mizutani

 

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Episode 70: Return of the Free Picks

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It’s episode 70, so that means it’s time for a free pick show! Mike and Ed play some tunes that don’t really fit into any particular theme, but are still completely awesome. Will the guys finally agree on the music? Is there any hope for humanity once dirt bike racing goes mainstream? Is it safe to play with a gun that’s also a sword that’s also a monster? Listen in and find out!

Huge thanks to PTR friend and fan Jason Fox for drawing this episode’s cover image… we think it’s adorable.  ❤
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And check out his webcomic series, Grand Staff Arsenal!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Spawn (GBC, 1999) – “Motorcycle Chase 2” – Jun Funahashi, Kazuhiro Senoo

2 – Alien Hominid (Multiple Systems, 2004) – “Urban 3” – Matthew E Harwood

3 – Fast Racing NEO (Wii U, 2015) – “Willard Mine” – Manfred Linzner, Martin Schioeler, bjulin (Yoel Kumbolu)

4 – P.O.W. (NES, 1989) – “Stage 2 – Installation” – Toshikazu Tanaka, Kikuko Hataya

5 – Apocalypse II (SNES, 1994 Unreleased) – “Apocalypse II Theme” – Mike Clarke

6 – No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Wii/PS3, 2010) – “Bit Side: Lay The Pipe B” – Masatomo “VARI” Komakine,Jun Fukuda, FIBER JELLY,Kazuhiro Goto, Taku Yoshioka,Ryo Watanabe, Masafumi Takada, MACHINE HEAD, MARU,Yusuke Komori, Masahiko Hagio, Tomohiro Shirai, KIYO-SICK, Akira Yamaoka

7 – 8-Bit Music Power (FC, 2015) – “Pico My Heart” – Takeaki Kunimoto

8 – Gods Eater Burst (PSP, 2011) – “No Way Back” – Masaru “Go” Shiina, vocals by Ben Franklin

9 – Cosmic Psycho (X68000, 1991) – “Cosmic” – PANDA (Yuki Nakayama)

10 – Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein (DC/Arcade, 1998) – “Against the Absolute” –  Tetsuya Shibata, Takayuki Iwai

11 – Trials Fusion – (PS4/PC, 2014) – “21st Century Scoundrels” – Petri Alanko

12 – Rayxanber III (PC Engine CD, 1992) – “Title” – Yasuhito Saito

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Episode 69: Follin Back in Time

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Tim Follin may be remembered for writing amazing soundtracks to titles like Silver Surfer (NES) and Rock ‘n Roll Racing (SNES), but his career as one of the most celebrated western VGM composers started long before that. Join us as we explore the early careers of Tim and his brothers, Mike and Geoff!  You’ll hear music from the very first game Tim composed for in 1985, and we’ll pick out more musical highlights as we discuss his music in what we’re calling Volume 1 of the Follin story.  Have your local emergency number on speed dial, because we’re sure your face is going to melt right off!

Thanks to KeyGlyph, Jeff Leppard, and Daniel Laughton 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 – Subterranean Stryker (ZX Spectrum 48k, 1985, Insight) – “Title” – Tim Follin

2 – Chronos: A Tapestry of Time (ZX Spectrum 48k, 1987, The Radical Tubes, Mastertronic) – “Title” – Tim Follin

3 – Agent X II (ZX Spectrum 128k, 1987, Software Creations, Mastertronic) – “Title [AY + Beeper]’ – Tim Follin

4 – Agent X II (C64, 1987, Software Creations, Mastertronic) – “Flying Section” – Tim Follin

5 – Bionic Commando (Atari ST, 1988, Capcom, Go! Media Holdings) – “The Castle” – Tim Follin

6 – LED Storm (Amiga, 1988, Software Creations, Capcom) – “Title” – Tim & Mike Follin

7 – Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (C64, 1989, Software Creations, US Gold) – “Title” – Tim Follin

8 – Qix (Amiga, 1989, Alien Technology Group, Taito) “High Score” – Tim Follin

9 – Sly Spy: Secret Agent (Amiga, 1989, Software Creations) – “Stage Theme 1” – Tim Follin, Geoff Follin

10 – Magic Johnson’s Basketball (C64, 1989, Virgin Mastertronic) – “Title” – Tim Follin

11 – Puzznic (Amiga, 1990, Software Creations, Ocean) – “Title” – Tim Follin

12 – Gauntlet III (Amiga, 1991, Software Creations, US Gold) – “Tune 1” – Tim Follin

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Episode 68: Taito Arcade with Bryan

 

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This week, Ed tags his Impulse Project co-host Bryan into the ring to chat about video game music! The theme of the day is Taito; specifically the history of the company and it’s influential arcade games and soundtracks. Learn about Zuntata, Taito’s in-house band, and find out how a video game company wound up introducing vodka to Japan!  Be sure to check out Bryan’s own VGM podcast at pixelatedaudio.com for lots more game music and fun.

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The Tracklist:

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

INTRO – Bust-A-Move (Neo Geo, 1994) “Let’s Go to  Pao Pao Island”  – Kazuko Umino

1 – The Ninjawarriors (Arcade system, 1988) – “Japanese Smile” – Hisayoshi Ogura

2 – Kuri Kinton (L System, 1988) – “Face-off Hairs II” – Masahiko Takaki, Yasuhisa Watanabe

3 – Gun & Frontier (F2 System, 1990)  – “Desert Mountain Storm (BGM1)” – Hidetoshi Fukumori

4 – Aqua Jack “BGM 3” (Z System, 1990)  – Shizuo Aizawa

5 – The Ninja Kids (F2 System, 1991) – “An Aimed Town” – Norihiro Furukawa, Fumiaki Imaoka, Hiroshige Tonomura, Pinch Punch

6 – PuLiRuLa (F2 System, 1991) – “BGM4, Desert” – Kazuko Umino

7 – Ground Effects/ Super Ground Effects (Taito Z/ F3 Hybrid, 1992) – “Thailand Course” – Unknown

8 – Elevator action returns (Taito F3 System, 1994) – “Blow Up (Final Mission 1)” – Yasuhisa Watanabe

9 – Psychic Force (FX-1A System, 1996) – “Burning Storm” – Hideki Takahagi

10 – Magical Date EX – Sotsugyou Kokuhaku Daisakusen (FX-1A System, 1997) – “Over Drive” – Norihiro Furukawa, Hiroyuki Misawa

11 – Darius (Arcade System, 1986) – “Cosmic Air Way” – Hisayoshi Ogura

 

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Episode 67: Industrial Strength VGM

 

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Sure, everyone knows that Nine Inch Nails wrote the soundtrack for Quake, right? You may not know, however, that it wasn’t the first time an industrial artist has written music for a video game.., and it certainly wasn’t the last! Ed and special guest host Todd, both long-time fans of industrial music, share their tastes and expertise in the genre.  Check out tracks that listeners of orchestral, rock, and dance will enjoy (with an industrial twist, of course!) You’ll also learn a lot about the artists that created these tunes, and find out where you can find more of their music.

PixelChat is on hiatus until Mike comes back, but keep sending those questions to pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

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

Intro – Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PSX, 1999) – “Ozar Midrashim” – Greg Shaw, Kurt Harland, Jim Hedges

Information Society Website

1 – Firepower 2000 (SNES, 1992) – “Opening” – David Whittaker

2 – Spider-Man 2 (PS2/ GCN/ Xbox, 2004) – “Hung Like a Spider” – KMFDM, Michael McCuistion

KMFDM Website

3 – Robocop – (GB, 1990) – “Title Theme” – Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz

4 – X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse (PC, 1997) – “Tragic Rabbit” – Method of the W.O.R.M (Garry Schafer)

Method of the W.O.R.M Soundcloud

5 – Quake – (PC, 1996) – “Opening Theme” – Trent Reznor

Nine Inch Nails Website

6 – Shadowrun – (SNES, 1993) – “Intro” & “Maria Mercurial Theme” – Marshall Parker

7 – Killer Instinct (XB1/ PC, 2015) – “Rash’s Theme” – Celldweller

Klayton’s Webpage

8 – Dead Rising 3 (PS3/ X360, 2013) – “Hemlock Melee Battle” – Sascha Dikiciyan

Sonic Mayhem Website

9 – Adventures of Batman & Robin – (Genesis, 1995) – “Gotham by Night” – Jesper Kyd

10 – Airmech (PS4, PC, XB1, XB360, 2012) – “Burning Skyline” – Front Line Assembly

Front Line Assembly Homepage

11 – Devil May Cry 3 (PS2, 2005) – “Now You’ve Really Crossed the Line” – Tetsuya Shibata, Shawn McPherson 

12 – Descent Maximum/ Descent II (PSX/ PC, 1997) – “Glut” – Kevin Ogilvie, Mark Walk, Brian Luzietti, Mark Morgan, Larry Peacock, Tim Wiles, Johann Langlie, Ronald Valdez, Leslie Spitzer

Ohgr Official Facebook Page

13 – Silent Hill 3 (PS2/ Xbox, 2003) – “Letter – From the Lost Days” – Akira Yamaoka, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

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Episode 66: DOOM

 

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Hot on the heels of the new DOOM release, PTR is back with a scorching collection of songs from the franchise. Marvel at how far video game music has come in the last 20 years with direct comparisons of the original PC version of DOOM and the modern era’s industrial metal face-melters!  Plus, you might learn a thing or two about the stories behind some of the game’s more infamous console ports. Start throwing those devil’s horns in the air!

Thanks to Ezekiel Lawrence, Chris Myers, and Niko Gutierrez for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

DOOM is developed and published by id Software

DOOM (PC, SNES) Composed by Bobby Prince
DOOM (3DO) Composed by Bobby Prince, arranged by Randy Scott & Brian Celand
DOOM 2 (PC) Composed by Bobby Prince
Final DOOM (PC) Composed by Jonathan El-Bizri, Josh Martel, L.A. Sieben, Tom              Mustaine
DOOM PSX – Composed by Aubrey Hodges
New DOOM (PC, PS4, XB1) Composed by Mick Gordon & Richard Devine

1 – DOOM – “E1M1 – At Doom’s Gate” – PC, SNES, & 3DO versions

2 – New DOOM – “At Doom’s Gate”

3 – Doom 2 – “Map 1 & 15 – Running From Evil”

4 – New DOOM – “The Burning Hells”

5 – DOOM – “E1M9 – Hiding the Secrets” – PC, SNES, & 3DO versions

6 – Final DOOM – “Plutonia Map 4 – System Control”

7 – New DOOM – “Rip & Tear”

8 – DOOM – “E1M4 – Kitchen Ace (and Taking Names) – PC, SNES, & 3DO versions

9 – DOOM PSX – “Menu”

 

 

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Episode 65: Run n Gun Fun

 

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Today’s theme is all about running and gunning as Mike and Ed grab their rocket launchers and head towards the enemy’s base. The playlist is exceptionally rockin’ this time around, with hits from Turrican, Metal Slug, and… Lilo and Stitch? Hmm. Join us for an amazing VGM journey!

Make sure to catch us on our guest appearance on VGM podcast Rhythm and Pixels!

Episode 4-1 All The Fours

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Mega Turrican (Genesis, 1993) – “Stage 3-1” – Chris Huelsbeck

2 – Alien Soldier (Mega Drive, 1995) – “Runner/AD2025” – Norio Hanzawa

3 – Heavy Barrel (NES, 1990) – “Stage 8” – Shōgo Sakai,  Takafumi Miura, Masaaki Iwasaki, Seiuch H., Yuji Suzuki, Yūsuke Takahama

4 – Out Zone (Arcade, 1990) – “Pump Them with Bullets (Stage 2)” – Tatsuya Uemura

5 – Shock Troopers 2 (Neo Geo/Wii VC, 1998) – “2nd Mission” – Masahiko Hataya, Masaki Kase

6 – Metal Law (Amiga, 1992) – “Stage 1” – Rudolf Stember

7 – Lilo And Stitch (GBA, 2002) – “Bug Laboratory” – Robert Baffy

8 – Realm (SNES, 1996) – “Flying Battleship” – Unknown

9 – Metal Slug Advance (GBA, 2004 ) – “Mission 4” – Den-Den, Takushi Hiyamuta

10 – Time Soldier (Amiga, 1989) – “World Wars” – Allister Brimble

11 – Gunlord (Dreamcast/Neo Geo, 2012) – “Stage 1” – Rafael Dyll

12 – Broforce – (PC, PS4, XB1, 2015) – “Broforce Theme Song” – Strident

 

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Episode 64: Summer Jamz

 

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Summer is here, and the PTR boys are spraying you down with some cool summer jams. Rap, jazz, funk, rock… it’s all in here! Hop in the car, roll down the windows, and head down the freeway with this collection of sizzling VGM tunes!

Thanks to Chris Baker (@dosman711) 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 – Shantae And the Pirate’s Curse (Multiple systems, 2014) – “Scorching Dunes (Sunburn Island)”- Jake Kaufman

2 – Windjammers (Neo Geo CD, 1994) – “Flying Power Disc (Beach Court)” – Seiichi Hamada, Tomoyoshi Sato, Masaaki Iwasaki

3 – Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers (NES, 1990) – “Zone A, C, E” – Harumi Fujita

4 – Ollie King (Arcade, 2004) – “Boarder 70” – Hideki Naganuma

5 – Super Valis IV (SNES, 1993) – “Vecanti” – Junta

6 – Super Adventure Island (SNES, 1992) – “Ice Groove” – Yuzo Koshiro

7 – Outrunners (Genesis, 1994) – “Magical Sound Shower” – Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Junko Shiratsu, Takayuki Nakamura

8 – Wii Sports Resort (Wii, 2009) – “Golf Results” – Ryo Nagamatsu

9 – Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, 1998) – “Gerudo Valley” – Koji Kondo

10 – Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO (YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World) (PC-98 OPNA, 1996) – “Hearth” – Ryu Umemoto, Ryu Takami, Kazuhiro Kanae

11 – Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 2010) – “Colony 9” – Yoko Shimomura

12 – Family Tennis Advance (GBA, 2002) – “Hard Court” – Iku Mizutani, Tetsuari Watanabe, Kohei Matsuoka

 

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Episode 63: Battle Clash Crescendo

 

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While the SNES Super Scope went largely ignored by the gaming community in the mid-nineties, those who owned one were treated to two of the best light-gun based games on the market. Battle Clash and its sequel Metal Combat were one-on-one mech combat games that saw the player facing off against some tough and crafty foes. Yuka Tsujiyoko, famous for her compositions and sound direction on many Fire Emblem soundtracks, lent her talents to these games, and the music is definitely worthy of a spotlight. Hoist those plastic bazookas up on your shoulders and take aim at this latest episode of PTR!

Keep those questions coming to pixeltunesradio@gmail.com for our new PixelChat segment! Big thanks to Cameron Mount, Aaron Hickman, John Steiner, and Matt Waller for their emails this episode!  🙂

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The Tracklist:

Battle Clash
(Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo, SNES, 1992)
Composed by Yuka Tsujiyoko

1 – Guido, Piloting Garam

2 – Lorca, Piloting Lorca

3 – Tasha, Piloting Artemis

4 – Alfred, Piloting Schneider

5 – Antonov, Piloting Ivan

6 – Carlos, Piloting Baron


Metal Combat
(Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo, SNES, 1993)
Composed by Yuka Tsujiyoko, Kenichi Nishimaki, and Masaya Kuzume

7 – Title Theme

8 – Training Theme

9 – Guido, Piloting Garam Mk. II

10 – Orosoh, Piloting Griffin

11 – Carlos, Piloting Viscount

12 – Anubis, Piloting Thanatos

13 – Danpe, Piloting Arachnus

14 – Battle Clash Statistics Theme

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Episode 62: Mega Man X-travaganza

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In 1994, Capcom unleashed Mega Man X on the SNES, revitalizing the Mega Man series and spawning an entirely new set of sequels. Keiji Inafune was at the helm, and upgraded every aspect of the Blue Bomber’s gameplay, including the music! Join Mike and Ed as they walk through the first three games in the series, and charge up you eardrums with fantastic tracks by Setsuo Yamamoto, Yuki Iwai, Kinuyo Yamashita, and more!

Also, don’t forget to send your questions to pixeltunesradio@gmail.com for our new PixelChat segment! Big thanks to Chris Myers, Cameron Werme, and Cameron Mount for their emails this episode!  🙂

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The Tracklist:

Mega Man X (Capcom, SNES, 1994)
Composed by Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, and Toshihiko Horiyama

1 – Spark Mandrill (Makoto Tomozawa)

2 – Storm Eagle (Makoto Tomozawa)

3 – Armored Armadillo (Setsuo Yamamoto)

4 – Boomer Kuwanger (Yuko Takehara)

 

Mega Man X 2 (Capcom, SNES, 1995)
Composed by Yuki Iwai

5 – Magna Centipede (Red Alert)

6 – Wheel Gator (Panzer des Drachens “Dragon Tank”)

7 – Wire Sponge (Weather Wizard)

8 – Crystal Snail (Sinister Gleam)


Mega Man X3
(Capcom, SNES, 1996)
Composed by Kinuyo Yamashita

9 – Toxic Seahorse

10 – Gravity Beetle

11 – Blast Hornet

12 – Crush Crawfish

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Episode 61: PTR Retro-spective

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Join the PTR guys as they take a look back at the last 60 episodes! Mike and Ed each choose their tracks from the OTHER host’s selections from past shows, and they play some of their favorite comedy sketches and offer some intriguing director’s commentary. If you’re a new listener, this is a great place to jump on and start listening!

Also, don’t forget to send your questions to pixeltunesradio@gmail.com for our new PixelChat segment! Big thanks to Dean (@round2gaming) and Jeff Leppard for their emails this time around!  🙂

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Side Pocket (Genesis, 1992) – “Ace in the Hole” – Emi Shimizu (Episode 45 – Classic Sportstacular)

2 – Grounseed (PC-98, 1996) – “Castle Basement” – Masahiro Kajihara, Ryu Takami, Takahiro Nogi, Ryu Umemoto,Daisuke Takahashi, Tatsuya Komoro – (Episode 10 – Ed’s Picks)

Episode 4 Sketch – “Birds Be Gone”

3 – Secret Ties (NES, 1991) – “Incan Temple” – Fumito Tamayama (Episode 22 – Unreleased Gems)

4 – Ys: The Oath in Felghana ( PSP, 2010) – “Be Careful”  – Yukihiro Jindo (Episode 31 – Same Song, Different System)

Episode 7 Sketch – “Ziggy Os”

5 – Clock Tower (SNES, 1995) – “Don’t Cry Jennifer” – Kouji Niikura (Episode 21 – SpookyTunes 1)

6 – Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ (NDS, 2008) “Little Pig” – Guillermo Badolato Cillero, Jorge Badolato Cillero (Episode 47 – SpookyTunes 2)

Episode 29 Sketch- “Tetra-Porta-Mega-Magic-Block-Slide-Dropper-EXTREME”

7 – Shinobi 3 (Genesis, 1993) – “Idaten” – Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama, Masayuki Nagao (Episode 32 – Ninjas)

8 – Battle Mania Daiginjo (Genesis, 1993) “Burning Heart” – Yasuyuki Hamada, Shigenori Masuko, Youko Suzuki, Fumito Tamayama (Episode 44 – Shmup Trax 2)

Episode 28 Sketch – “Valentine’s Day with Samus”

9 – Fester’s Quest (NES, 1989) – “Sewer” – Naoki Kodaka (Episode 47 – Spooky Tunes 2)

10 – Super Star Shooter 91 (X68000, 1991) – “Conflict” – Pomp the Bass (Episode 24 – Sharp X68000)

Episode 37 Sketch – “Undercover Cops”

11 – Midnight Resistance (1991, Genesis) – “Flood of Power” – Azusa Hara, Tatsuya Kiuchi, Hitomi Komatsu, Hiroaki Yoshida, Hitoshi Sakimoto (Episode 8 – Mike’s Picks)

12 – Wings of Death (1991, Amiga) – “Level 2: The Jungle of Mutants” – Jochen Hippel (Episode 50 – Free Pick)

Episode 47 Sketch – “International Splatterhouse of Pancakes”

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Episode 60: Free Picks Gaiden

 

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It’s Episode 60, and that means it’s time for a “free pick” show! Mike and Ed both make some Sonic Mayhem (literally!) with tracks from Wild 9 and Quake 2! They picked some super-funky songs from VGM past and present that will also be sure to get you movin’. Enjoy!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Bloody Wolf (TG16, 1989) – “Level 5” – Azusa Hara, Hiroaki Yoshida, Tatsuya Kiuchi, Hitomi Komatsu, Shuji Segawa

2 – Nexzr (PCE-CD, 1993) – “Stage 2” – Katsuya Yoneda

3 – Wild 9 (PSX, 1998) – “Gulag” – Tommy Tallarico, Sonic Mayhem

4 – Quake II (PC, 1997) – “Descent Into Cerberon” – Sonic Mayhem (Sascha Dikiciyan)

5 – Killer Instinct (SNES, 1995) – “B. Orchid Stage/Danger/Fight Over” – Robin Beanland, Graeme Norgate

6 – Ball Jacks (Genesis, 1993) – “Round 3” – Yoshinori Kawamoto, H. Umino

7 – Akumajo Dracula X68000 (X68000, 1993) – “You Goddamned Bathead” – Shin-Chan, Keizo Nakamura, Hiroshi Kobayashi

8 – Silent Mobius (X68000, 1991) – “Battle with Ghosts” – Masahiro Kajiwara, Hiroe Suga

9 – Bulk Slash (Saturn, 1997) – “Stage 1: Gruen” – Takeshi Sato, T’s Music

10 – Driver: You are the Wheelman (PSX, 1999) – “Funk of Asphalt” – Allister Brimble

11 – Project X Zone 2 (3DS, 2016) – “Brave New World” – Yuzo Koshiro, Arranged by Salamander Factory Co.,ltd.: Naofumi Tsuruyama, Takuya Hanaoka, Kayoko Matsushima

12 – Bill’s Tomato Game (Genesis, Unreleased) – “Levels 61-70” – Matt Furniss, Shaun Hollingworth

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Episode 59: Star Fox

 

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It’s a Star Fox PTR, just in time for the much-anticipated release of Star Fox Zero on the Wii U! Mike and Ed take a stroll through the Lylat System, visiting all of the previous Star Fox titles along the way. Treat your ears to a double dose of music from each game, and learn about the history of the series, including the sadly unreleased Star Fox 2 for the SNES. Featured in this episode: Music from Koji Kondo, Hajime Wakai, Yumiko Kanki, and and a special remix of the Corneria theme by VGM band ‘The Mad Gear!’

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Star Fox -(SNES, 1992) –  “Corneria” – Hajime Hirasawa

2 – Star Fox – (SNES, 1992) – “Fortuna” – Hajime Hirasawa

3 – Star Fox 2 (SNES, 1995) “Venom Inside” – Kozue Ishikawa, Yumiko Kanki

4 – Star Fox 2 – (SNES. 1995) – “Macbeth” – Kozue Ishikawa, Yumiko Kanki

5 – Star Fox 64 (N64, 1997) “Star Wolf Theme” – Koji Kondo, Hajime Wakai

6 – Star Fox 64 – (N64, 1997) – “Sector Y & Solar” – Koji Kondo, Hajime Wakai

7 – Star Fox Adventures – (GCN, 2002) – “Andross Battle” – David Wise 

8 – Star Fox Adventures – (GCN, 2002) -”Riding a Snowhorn” – David Wise

9 – Star Fox Assault – (GCN, 2005) -”Oikonny’s Space Fleet” – Yoshie Arakawa, Yoshinori Kawamoto

10 – Star Fox Assault – (GCN, 2005) -”VS: Aparoid Homeworld” – Yoshie Arakawa, Yoshinori Kawamoto

11 – Star Fox Command – (DS, 2006) – “Battle with Emperor Anglar 2” – Hajime Wakai

12 – Star Fox Command – (DS, 2006) -”Fichina Overworld Map 3” – Hajime Wakai

13 – Corneria (Performed by The Mad Gear)

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Episode 58: CORE Design

 

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The game development company known as CORE Design humbly began in a small Victorian house in Derby, England back in 1988. They may be best known for creating the eponymous Tomb Raider franchise, but there’s a rich and very interesting history behind the developer, as well. Join Ed and Mike for a journey through the CORE timeline, starting with some unassuming C64 and Amiga titles, and finishing off with multi-million unit selling blockbuster hits. Get ready for some fantastic music, too! Legends like Barry Leitch, Matt Furniss, Martin Iveson, and Nathan McCree are all featured in this episode, You don’t want to miss it!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Action Fighter (C64 – 1988) – “Action Fighter Theme” – David Pridmore

2 – CarVup (Amiga – 1990) – “In-Game 3” – Matthew Simmonds

3 – Impossamole (C64 – 1990) – “Impossamole Theme” – Barry Leitch

4 – Wolfchild (Genesis – 1992) – “Wolfship” – Martin Iveson, Matt Furniss

5 – Chuck Rock 2 (Genesis – 1992)  – “Stone Age Suburbs” – Martin Iveson

6 – Blastar (Amiga – 1993) – “Cybernetic Station” – Martin Iveson

7 – Thunderstrike 2 (PSX, Saturn, PC – 1995) – “Thunderstrike 2 Theme” – Martin Iveson

8 – Swagman (Saturn, PSX – 1996-97) – “Zack’s House Upstairs” – Nathan McCree, Martin Iveson

9 – Fighting Force (PS1 – 1997) – “Office” – Martin Iveson

10 – Tomb Raider II (PSX – 1997) – “The Skidoo” – Nathan Mcree

11 – Tomb Raider (GBC – 2000) – “BGM 3” – Manfred Linzner

12 – Smart Bomb (PSP – 2005) – “Bomb Diffusing 1” – Peter Connelly

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Episode 57: Sega CD Sounds

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The Sega CD (known as the Mega CD in Japan and Europe) was a device that attached to the Genesis/ Mega Drive console, and added extra processing power and huge CD-ROM storage capacity. Developers were just starting to embrace this new CD technology, and the results were… interesting, at best.  Mike, Ed, and Ed’s brother Brendan explore the ill-fated unit, and play some of the best music that it had to offer. From the history of the console, to reviews of some of the most obscure games, this is a great episode for all retro gaming fans!

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The Tracklist:

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

Intro – Sega CD BIOS collection: David JavelosaSachio Ogawa 

1 – Sonic CD (1993, Sega) “Tidal Tempest (Past)” – Naofumi Hataya, Masafumi Ogata

2 – Spider-Man vs the Kingpin (1993, Sega) – “Track 7” – Spencer Nilsen, David J. Young

3- Lords of Thunder – (1995, Hudson Soft) –  “Auzal”  – Satoshi Miyazawa

4 – Stellar Fire (1993, Dynamix/ Infinite Laser Dog) – “Level 2” – Christopher Stevens

5 – AH3 Thunderstrike (1993, Core Design) – Track 10 – Martin Iveson

6- WolfChild – (1992, Core Design) – “Stage 4 – Ancient Temple” – Martin Iveson

7 – After Burner III – (1992, Sega) – “After Burner” – Sol, Inc.

8 – Final Fight CD – (1993, Capcom) – “A Walk in the Park” AKA “Something Putrid by the Bay” – T’s Music

9- Lunar: The Silver Star – (1993, Game Arts/ Working Designs) -”Normal Battle” –Noriyuki Iwadare, Hiroshi Fujioka, Isao Mizoguchi

10 – Dark Wizard – (1994, Sega) – “Amon – The Prejudiced” – Keisuke Tsukahara,  Sachio Ogawa, Izuho Numata, Masaru Setsumaru, Jun Senoue, Yoshimi Hishida, Shouko Ogawa

11  – Panic! – (1993, Data East) – “Intro Scene” – Kei Tani

12 – Devastator – (1993, Wolfteam) – “Credits” – Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura

 

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Episode 56: Elemental Master

 

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TecnoSoft released Elemental Master to North American audiences in 1993 with very little fanfare. The unassuming vertical shoot ’em up wasn’t destined for retail greatness,  but that doesn’t mean it was a bad game! Listen in as Mike and Ed take this Genesis title for a spin. You won’t believe how amazing Toshiharu Yamanishi’s music is! This episode is a total rock-fest, with blistering FM-driven 16 bit guitars and wailing keyboard solos that you won’t want to miss!  Also, stay tuned till the end for a PTR EXCLUSIVE premiere cover song of a track featured on the episode!


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The Tracklist:

Elemental Master for the Sega Genesis
Developed by TechnoSoft, Published by Renovation
Soundtrack composed by Toshiharu Yamanishi 

Great Spirit Overture (Opening)

Cursed Destiny (Visual Scene 1)

Temptation of the Devil (Stage Select)

Dance of Flame (Stage 1)

Like the Wind (Stage 2)

Until the End of the Earth (Stage 3)

Evil Beat (Stage 3 Boss)

Blood-Stained Lake (Stage 4)

Spectre Living in the Water (Stage 4 Boss)

Terror of the Glacier (Stage 5)

Den of Evil (Stage 6)

Suspicious Beauty (Stage 6 Boss – Salome)

Shudder of Darkness (Stage 7)

Fate (Stage 7 Boss)

King Gyra’s Revival (Final Boss)

Sorrowful Requiem (Ending)

Setting out (Staff Roll)

Like the Wind – Retro Shredded by Jeff Leppard

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Episode 55: SNK vs Capcom with Pixelated Audio!

 

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It’s the Matchup of the Century!  The PTR boys were guests on episode 49 of VGM podcast Pixelated Audio to discuss SNK vs Capcom: SVC Chaos. Now Bryan and James have joined Mike and Ed for a show all about Capcom vs SNK: Millennium Fight 2000!  Groove to Satoshi Ise’s hard-rockin’ electronic soundtrack, and learn a few factoids about the game and the designers along the way! This show is part 2 in a 2-part series, so if you haven’t heard Pixelated Audio’s episode 49 crossover show yet, we recommend you give that one a listen before this one.  Enjoy!

Listen to part 1 here: http://www.pixelatedaudio.com/snk-capcom/

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The Tracklist:

SNK vs Capcom: Millennium Fight 2000 (DC, PSX, Arcade)
Composed by Satoshi Ise 

1 – Keep My Fire (Capcom Stage)

2 –  B.B (SNK Stage)

3 – Higher and Higher (Terry Stage)

4 – Cafe Sonic Party (Paopao Stage)

5 – Player Select 2

6 – Sign (Vega Stage)

7 – Naked Blow (Sagat Stage)

8 – Needle (Final Fight Stage)

9 – O-S-A-K-A (Osaka Stage)

10 – Desert Chateau Remix (Morrigan Stage)

11 – Worth of My Fist (Akuma Stage)

12 – Vigor (Geese Howard Stage)

 

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Episode 54: The Music of Final Fantasy

 

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The Final Fantasy series is celebrated not only for it’s engaging characters, powerful storylines, and impressive graphics, but it’s wonderful music as well. Composers like Kenji Ito and Ryuji Sasai have lent their talents to the games, along with the incomparable Nobuo Uematsu.  Join Paladin Mike, Dark Mage Ed, and Quest Party Member Todd as they embark upon a musical journey through some of their favorite Final Fantasy titles!

(We apologize for the incidental echo-like effect on Ed’s voice that pops up a few times during the show. Both microphones were picking him up at the same time.  We didn’t feel it was bad enough that we had to cancel the episode, though.)

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Final Fantasy IV (1991) (SNES) – “Fight 1” – Nobuo Uematsu

2 –  Final Fantasy Legend 2 (1991) (Game Boy) – “Theme of a New God” – Nobuo Uematsu, Kenji Ito

3 – Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (October 1992) (SNES) – “Battle Theme 1” – Ryuji Sasai, Yasuhiro Kawakami

4 – Final Fantasy V (1992) (SNES) – “Tenderness in the Air” – Nobuo Uematsu

5 – Final Fantasy VI (1994) (SNES) – “Edgar and Sabin” – Nobuo Uematsu

6 – Final Fantasy VII (1997) (PSX) – “Cosmo Canyon” – Nobuo Uematsu

7 – Final Fantasy VIII (1999) (PSX) – “Balamb Garden” – Nobuo Uematsu

8 – Final Fantasy IX (2000) (PSX) – “Jesters of the Moon” – Nobuo Uematsu

9 – Final Fantasy X (2001) (PS2) – “Auron’s Theme” – Nobuo Uematsu

10 – Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (2008) (PSP) – “SOLDIER Battle” – Takaharu Ishimoto

11 – Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS) (2010) – “Strong Enemy” – Naoshi Mizuta

12 – Final Fantasy Dissidia Duodecim 012 (PSP) (2011) – “Chaos Shrine”  – Takeharu Ishimoto

 

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Episode 53: Sweatin’ With the Indies Mixtape Edition

 

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This is “Episode 53: Sweatin’ with the Indies” with all the fat cut out! By popular demand, we’ve trimmed down our show into a music-only mix! So hit the track with our tracks and do a few loops with us!

 

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Transistor (2014) (PC, Consoles) – “Heightmap” – Darren Korb

2 – Gunman Clive 2 (2015) (PC, Consoles) – “Deep Down” – Arne Horberg

3 – Awesomenauts (2012) (PC, Consoles) – “Party at the End of the Universe” – SonicPicnic (Yorick Goldewijk, Tuur Hendrikx, Stefan Leertouwer, Robin Schaefer)

4 – Mighty Switch Force 2 -(2013) (PC, Consoles) “Dalmation Station”- Jake Kaufman

5 – Time Surfer (2013) (IOS, Android) – “There’s Always Time to Shop” – Nathan Antony (Derris-Kharlan)

6 – Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (2012) (PC, Consoles) – “In-Game 4 (Machinae Supremacy ver.)”

7 – Mercenary Kings (2014) (PC, PS4) – “Facility 1” – Patrice Bourgeault

8 – Freedom Planet (2014) (PC, Wii U)- “Major Boss Battle” – Leila Wilson, Stephen DiDuro, Shane Ellis

9 – Undertale (2015) (PC) – “Spear of Justice” – Toby Fox

10 – Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (2013) (PC, Consoles) – “Laughin’ Jokin’ Numbnuts” – Distant

11 – Downwell (2015) (PC, Mobile) – “Uroboros” – Eirik Suhrke

12 – Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014) (PC, Consoles) “Boss Theme” – Peter Chapman, Rom Di Prisco

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