Episode 53: Sweatin’ With the Indies

 

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Happy New Year!  Ed and Mike are pumped for what PTR has in store for 2016, and they’re starting it off with a bang. This show is a collection of fantastic indie jams, organized in the style of a workout tape.  Start out stretching with the bluesy riffs of Transistor, and feel the burn with the huge beats of Awesomenauts and Mighty Switch Force 2! Also, the guys make some resolutions for PTR and themselves, and Ed tries to avoid the draw of Steam’s winter sale. Will he survive? Listen in to find out!

 

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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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Episode 52: Famicom Exclusives with WiiGuy

 

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WiiGuy is back! Mike and Ed had so much fun hanging out with the NES soundtrack fanatic and retro gaming YouTuber last time that they’ve invited him to do another episode. Today’s topic is Famicom games which haven’t been released outside of Japan, because there are a TON of fantastic soundtracks that never made their way to the west. You’ll hear some amazing tunes from Konami, Sunsoft, Namco, Natsume, and more!

Check out WiiGuy’s soundtrack uploads here, and watch his game review series here!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Metal Max (1991) – “Battle Theme” – Satoshi Kadokura, Shogo Sakai, Masaaki Iwasaki, Takafumi Miura

2 – Shanghai II (1990) – “Music 3” – Yuki Chan, Naohisa Morota (Sound Driver)

3 – Choujin Sentai Jetman – (1991) “Stage A” – Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Iku Mizutani (Sound Driver)

4 – San Goku Shi II: Haou No Tairiku (1992) – “Ending / Staff Roll” – Shinji Amagishi

5 – King of Kings (1988) – “Strategy Phase” – Hirohiko Takayama, Tsukasa Masuko (Sound Driver)

6 – Mitsume Ga Tooru (1992) – “Stage 1-1 and 2-1” – Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Iku Mizutani (Sound Driver)

7 – Last Armageddon (1990) – “Salvan Party” – Michiharu Hasuya, Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada, Hiroyasu Nishiyama

8 – Yume Penguin Monogatari (1991) “Stage 1” – Katsuhiro Suzuki, Atsushi Fujio

9 – Spartan X 2 (Kung Fu 2) (1991) – “Stage 2” – Ikuko Mimori

10 – Summer Carnival ‘92: Recca (1992) – “Jetter” – Nobuyuki Shioda

11 – Lagrange Point (1991) – “Bio Palace” – Akio Dobashi, Noriyuki Takahashi, Katsuhiko Suzuki, Atsushi Fujio

12 – Bio Senshi Dan: Increaser Tono Tatakai (1987) – “Area 1” – Tsukasa Masuko

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Episode 51: Winter Special 2

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‘Tis the season! Winter is upon us, and Mike and Ed thaw out a new batch of chilly, wonderful ice level tunes to get you in the mood for the holidays.  The also take some time to exchange gifts on-air at the top of show.  What do they get? Listen in to find out! Plus, Ed holds his annual NIPSLIP meeting, featuring tons of guest cameos!

Head over to www.youtube.com/dongled to watch the guys open their gifts in a special video segment on our YouTube stream.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Super Ghouls and Ghosts (SNES) (1991) – “Ice Forest” – Mari Yamaguchi

2 – Mario Kart 64 (N64) (1996) – “Sherbet Land” – Kenta Nagata

3 – Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES) (1995) – “In a Snow Bound Land” – David Wise

4 – Tetris (X68000) (1988) – “Troika” – Hiroshi Taguchi, Hisashi Yotsumoto

5 – Bonk’s Revenge (TG16) (1991) – “Snow Mountain” – Hirohiko Takayama

6 – Mother 3 (GBA) (2006) – “Snowman” – Shogo Sakai

7 – Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U, 3DS, Steam) (2014)- “Arctic Justice” – Jake Kaufman

8 – Ristar: The Shooting Star (Genesis) (1995) – “Ring Rink” – Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi Hataya, Masafumi Ogata

9 – Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) (2013) – “Snowball Park” – Mahito Yokota, Toru Minegishi, Koji Kondo, Yasuaki Iwata

10 – Drawn to Life (DS) (2007) – “Snowy Fields” – David J. Franco

11 – Bomberman 64 (N64) (1997)-  “White Glacier” – Akifumi Tada

12 – Kirby’s Air Ride (GC) (2003) – “Frozen Hillside” – Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai, Tadashi Ikegami, Jun Ishikawa

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Episode 50: Free Picks 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting

 

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Round 2! Fight!  Ed and Mike duke it out again with another Free Pick episode!  The guys roll out some of their favorite tunes from Iku Mizutani, Alberto J. Gonzalez, Stello Doussis, and more!

Best of all, it’s YOUR chance to pick the winner!  Submit your votes on pixeltunesradio.com, our Facebook group, or our YouTube page and tell us which host picked your favorite track from each category.  The winning host gets to pick ALL the tracks from a future episode!

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The Tracklist:

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

The “Infectious Groove” Category:

Mike: Sonic Rush (DS) (2005) – “Back 2 Back” – Hideki Naganuma, Teruhiko Nakagawa
Ed: BreakQuest – (PC) (2002) – “Noisy Pillars 2001” – Thomas Mogensen (DRAX)

 

The “Clothing Optional” Category:

Mike: Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson – (3DS) (2014) “Beyond Light and Darkness       (vocal)” – Tatsushi Hayashi, Riku Ono, Ryuta Kinoshita
Ed: GachiTora! Abarenbou Kyoushi in High School (Rowdy Teacher in High School) (PSP) (2011) – “Battle 1” – Yasushi Asada


The “Game Boy-Oh-Boy That’s Good” Category:

Mike: Action Man (Search For Base X) (GBC)(2001) – “Moon Base 2” – Iku Mizutani
Ed: Ottifanten: Kommando Stotebeker – (GBC) (2001) – “Die Vorstadt (The Suburbs)” – Stello Doussis (Also known as Archon in the scene)


The “Wings ‘n Things” Category:

Mike: Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)(2012) – “Magnus and the Dark Lord” – Yuzo Koshiro, Natsumi Kameoka
Ed: Wings of Death – (Amiga) (1991) – “Level 2: The Jungle of Mutants” – Jochen Hippel


The “Sorry About Your Eardrums” Category:

Mike: Galaxy Fight (Saturn) (1995) – “Eternal Beauty Forever” – Masato Arakawa, Takayuki Sasaki
Ed: Crypt of the Necrodancer – (PC) (2015) – “Crypteque” – Danny Baranowsky

 

The “Totally Mismatched, But F___ it” Category:

Mike: Ys: The Oath in Felghana -(PC/PSP) (2005) – “A Searing Struggle” – Mieko Ishikawa, Yukihiro Jindo
Ed: The Morning Adventure – (GBA) (2003) – “Gameplay Theme” – Alberto Jose Gonzalez

 

 

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Episode 49: Movie Mayhem

 

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Lights!  Camera!  VGM! Video games based on movies have generally garnered themselves a bad reputation. While it does seem that most of them were rushed out the door by their publishers, many of those games’ composers made sure to provide excellent soundtracks to make up for it. Talented folks like Jonathan Dunn, Barry Leitch, and Hitoshi Sakimoto have all lent their skills to these licensed titles at one point or another, and Mike and Ed share some of their favorite tunes from games based on films.  Grab some overpriced popcorn, pick your seat, and enjoy!

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The Tracklist:

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

1- Super Back to the Future Part II (SFC) (1993) – “Storyline” and “Round 2-1” – Hitoshi Sakimoto, Alan Silvestri

2 – Robocop (NES) (1989) – “On Duty” –  Shōgo Sakai, Takafumi Miura, Masaaki Iwasaki, Yuji SuzukiBasil Poledouris

3 – Die Hard Trilogy (PSX) (1996) – “Wall Street” – Stephen Root, Neil Palmer

4 – Darkman (Nes) (1991) – “Burned Alive” – Jonathan Dunn

5 – Lethal Weapon (Amiga) (1992) – “Mission 1” – Barry Leitch, Dean Evans

6 – Batman (PC Engine) (1990) – “Level 1” – Naoki Kodaka, Noboyuki Hara

7 – Blade Runner (Windows) (1997) – “Decktora’s Dance” – Frank Klepacki

8 – Aeon Flux (PS2/Xbox) (2005) – “Cue 8 Loop” – Kyle Richards

9 – Top Gun (NES) (1987) – “Refueling” – Kiyohiro Sada, Kazuki Muraoka, Kouji Murata  

10 – Rambo (NES) (1987) – “Stage Theme” – Toru Hasebe

11 – Toy Story (Genesis) (1995) – “Stage 8: Buzz Battle” – Patrick J. Collins, Philip Morris, Andy Blythe, Marten Joustra, Allister Brimble

12 – Waterworld (SNES) (1995) – “Mission Theme 2” – Dean Evans

 

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Episode 48: Jaleco Jams

 

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Game developer and publisher Jaleco was the underdog, struggling for a foothold in the gaming industry alongside giants like Capcom and Konami. While they may not have been as successful as their competitors, they released quite a few gems, and with those gems came some amazing music, In-house composers like Yasuyuki Suzuki wrote some amazing pieces for Jaleco, and we’ve dug up a bunch of his best works and more!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Astyanax(1990) (NES) – “Marshy Swamp” – Toshiko Tasaki 

2 – Banishing Racer (1991) (Game Boy)  – “Level 1” – Yasuyuki Suzuki

3 – Battle Unit Zeoth (1991) (GameBoy) – “Stage 1” – Unknown (Probably Akihito Hayashi)

4 –  Fortified Zone (1991) (Game Boy) – “Stage 3 (Cave)” – Tsukasa Tawada

5 – Ikkari No Yousai 2 (1992) (Game Boy) – “Stage 1 (Laboratory)” – Yasuyuki Suzuki, Kyobaka Sangou

6 – Soldam (1992) (Arcade) – “VS. Mode” – Yasuyuki Suzuki, Atsuyoshi Itsemura

7 – Operation Logic Bomb (1993) (SNES) – “Outside Area” – Yasuyuki Suzuki

8 – Cybattler (1993) (Arcade) – “Interception [Mission 1]” – Pao, U. Masaaki, Y. Tsugumi, Kikki

9 – Tuff E Nuff (1993) (SNES) – “Syoh’s Theme” – Yasuhiko Takashiba, Suguru Ishida

10 – The Peace Keepers (1994) (SNES) – “Yamaoka’s Dojo” – Atsuyoshi Itsemura, Hyu

11 – Dragon Seeds (1998) (PSX) – “Guardian” – Kenichi Arakawa, Ryo Yamazaki

12 – Carrier (2000) (Dreamcast) – “Lower Decks” – Teruyuki Mori, Shinichiro Nakamura, Toru Ohara

 

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Episode 47: Spooky Tunes 2

 

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It’s SpoOOoOoOOky Tunes 2!

THRILL – To a collection of monstrous VGM tracks, from ghastly composers like Alberto Jose Gonzalez, Jake Kaufman, and Naoki Kodaka!

CHILL – As Mike and Ed dig their favorite scary games out of their graves and explain why they’re just so SpoOoOoOky!

FEEL ILL – As you attempt to count up the number of times the guys say “spooky” for this year’s contest!

Halloween is upon us, and that means it’s time for another annual Spooky Tunes show!  In this episode, Danny Harrington is back with a new Halloween-themed game, and we’ve got an exclusive track from him to share with you!  Then, get taken on a haunted video game tour as we share some scary VGM written by composers from all over the world.

Check out Danny’s new game, “Blood Oath Classic,” at Harrowed Creations, and check his music out at his Bandcamp page!  They’re the perfect companions for a spooktacular Halloween season!

Also, head over to our pal Mike McDaniel’s Official Bloodstained Fan Forum and listen to his awesome Podcast about all things Castlevania and Bloodstained!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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The Tracklist:

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

Intro – Blood Oath Classic (2015) (PC) – “Ominous Pipe Dream” – Danny Harrington

1 – Undead Line (1991) (Mega Drive) – “Forest” – Kazunori Hasegawa

2 – Fester’s Quest (1989) (NES) – “Sewer” – Naoki Kodaka

3 – Baby Felix Halloween (2001) (GB) – “Halloween Theme” – Alberto Jose Gonzalez

4 – Splatterhouse (2001) (XBOX 360, PS3)  – “Reflections in Blood” – Howard Drossin

5 – SOMA (2015) (PC) – “SOMA Theme” – Mikko Tarmia

6 – Haunting Ground (2005) (PS2) – “Last Daniella” – Seiko Kobuchi, Shinya Okada

7 – Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ (2008) (DS) – “Little Pig” – Guillermo Badolato Cillero, Jorge Badolato Cillero

8 – Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1995) (SNES) – “Gymnasium – Part 3” – Greg Turner

9 – Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993) (SNES) – “Zombie Panic” – Joe McDermott

10 – Master of Darkness (1992) (Sega Master System) – “Epitaph (Stage 3)” – Yoko WadaTakashi Horiguchi

11 – Sweet Home (1989) (NES) – “Central Lobby” – Junko Tamiya

12 – Bloodrayne Betrayal (2011) (XBOX 360, PS3, PC) – “Sanguine Nightmare” – Jake Kaufman

Outro – “Sanguine Nightmare (NES Version)” – Jake Kaufman

 

 

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Episode 46: Castlevania vol. 2 – Handhelds

 

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It’s our first show of October, and as promised 1 year ago this month, Mike and Ed are back with another podcast focusing on Castlevania!  This time, the guys tackle the portable titles, starting with the Game Boy and following the series lineage up to the 3DS. They discuss how the handheld soundtracks have evolved over the years, and of course play some of their favorite music from the games.  Dracula may be right around the corner, but we promise that this episode doesn’t “suck!”

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Castlevania: The Adventure (1989) (GB) – “Darkness” – Shigeru Fukutake, Norio Hanzawa, Hidehiro Funauchi

2 – Castlevania 2: Belmont’s Revenge (1991) (GB) – “Ripe Seeds” – Hidehiro Funauchi

3 – Kid Dracula (1993) (GB) – “Volcano” – Akiko Itoh

4 – Castlevania Legends (1997) (GB) – “Dungeon of Silence” – Kaoru Okada, Youichi Iwata

5 – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (2001) (GBA) – “The Sinking Old Sanctuary” – Sotaro Tojima, Hiroshi Mitsuoka

6 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (2002) (GBA) – “Clockwork Tower of Causality” – Soshiro Hokkai, Michiru Yamane

7 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (2003) (GBA) – “Floating Garden” (Track 9 on album) – Michiru Yamane, Takashi Yoshida, Soshiro Hokkai

8 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005) (DS) – “Dracula’s Tears” – Michiru Yamane, Masahiko Kimura

9 – Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (2006) (DS) – “The Gears Go Awry” – Michiru Yamane, Yuzo Koshiro

10 – Dracula X Chronicles (2007) (PSP) – “Unknown” – Michiru Yamane, Masanori Akita

11 – Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (2008) (DS) – “Sorrow’s Distortion” – Michiru Yamane, Yasuhiro Ichihashi

12 – Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate (2013) (3DS) – “Night Watchman” – Oscar Araujo, Performed by The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra

 

 

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Episode 45: Classic Sportstacular

 

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Shoot! Dive! Kick! Run! Mike and Ed swing for the fences in this super-sporty episode of PixelTunes Radio. Jam to a bunch of classic tracks from names like Koji Kondo and Jeroen Tel, and score some extra VGM knowledge with some obscure (and amazing) titles! Whether you’re a mega fan, or just a casual spectator, this episode has a little something for everyone.

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The Tracklist:

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

Basketball:
1 – NBA Give ‘n Go (SNES) “In-Game BGM 5” – Masahiko Kimura
2 – NBA Jam T.E. (SNES) – “Title Screen” – Jon Hey

Baseball:
3 – Extra Innings (SNES) – “Menu” & “Massive Stadium” – Tetsuya Furumoto, Katsunori Ujiie, Takafumi Fujisawa

Football (American):
4 – Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – “Playoffs, Player 1”- Keiji Yamagishi, Ryuichi Nitta

Hockey:
5 – Ice Hockey (NES) – “In Game Theme” – Soyo Oka, Koji Kondo

Soccer:
6 – Mario Strikers Charged (Wii) – “Classroom” – Mike Peacock, Darren Radtke, Chad York

Golf:
7- Neo Turf Masters (Neo Geo) – “Grand Canyon Course (USA)” – Takushi Hiyamuta

Extreme Sports:
8 – Skate or Die (NES) “Joust” – Rob Hubbard, Kyle Granger, Christopher Grigg
9 – Winter Gold – (SNES) “Menu” – Jeroen Tel

Dodge Ball:
10 – Super Dodge Ball (Neo Geo) “Riki Team Stage” – IDA

Air Racing:
11 – Pilotwings Resort (3DS) – “Pedal Glider” – Asuka Ito

Billiards:
12 – Side Pocket (Genesis) – “Ace in the Hole” – Emi Shimizu

 

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Episode 44: Shmup Trax 2

 

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Mike and Ed take to the skies again in an episode featuring more music from their favorite shoot ’em up titles!  Expect tons of danceable grooves, some hard rock, and… the blues? What? Listen to find out more!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Silpheed (Sega CD) – “Hyperspace (Stage 5)” – Mecano Associates (Mariko Sato, Mamoru Ishimoda, Yoko Sonoda, Hiroshi Kawai, Fumihito Kasatani)

2 – Verytex (Mega Drive) – “The Void of Space (Stage 1)” – Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Yoshio Furukawa

3 – Legendary Wings (NES) – “Stage 3” – Manami Matsumae, Tamayo Kawamoto

4 – 1944 the Loop Master (Arcade) – “Nightmare Valley (Stage 7)” – Unknown?

5 – Iridion 2 (GBA) – “Dynamic Main Menu” – Manfred Linzner

6 – Ketsui: Death Label (DS) – “Defensive Line – Lurk In The Darkness (Stage 4)” – Manabu Namiki

7 – Hellfire (Sega Genesis) – “Ready to Go – Captain Lancer” – Tatsuya Uemura

8 – Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender – “Buttermilk Bay” – Electric Cafe

9 – Liberation Maiden (3DS) – “Liberation Day (instrumental)” – Akira Yamaoka

10 – Phalanx the Assault Fighter A-144 (SNES) – “Destroyer” – S. Yamaguchi

11 – Crisis Force (NES) – “Stage 1” – Kenichi Matsubara , Yasuhiko Manno, Jun Chuma

12 – Battle Mania Daiginjou (GEN) – “Burning Heart” – Yasuyuki Hamada, Shigenori Masuko, Youko Suzuki, Fumito Tamayama

 

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Episode 43: Epic Endings with Cam Werme

 

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There’s something amazing about the music that plays at the end of games. Is it the sense of accomplishment?  The flourish and emotion? Or is it something else? Mike and Ed are joined by Cameron, a friend and Facebook group contributor, to answer those very questions. This episode features music from Chrono Trigger, Mother 3, and much more!

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The Tracklist:

1 – Blaster Master: Blasting Again (PSX) “Rush Boy (Theme of Roddy)” – Satoshi Asano

2 – Journey To Silius (NES) “Ending Theme” – Naoki Kodaka

3 – Super Castlevania IV (SNES) “Ending Theme” – Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudou

4 – Puggsy (Genesis) “Ending Theme” – Matt Furniss

5 – Chrono Trigger (SNES) “To Far Away Times” – Yasunori Matsuda, Nobuo Uematsu

6 – Thunder Cross 2 (Arcade)  “A Shooting Star” – Mikio Saito

7 – Secret of Evermore (SNES) “Staff Roll” – Jeremy Soule

8 – Legend of Zelda – A Link To The Past (SNES) “Ending Theme/Credits” – Koji Kondo

9 – Mother 3 (GBA) “16 Melodies” – Shogo Sakai

10 – Crystalis (NES) “Ending Credits” – Yoko Osaka

11 – Shadow of the Ninja (NES) “Ending Theme” – Iku Mizutani, Kouichi Yamanishi

12 – Air Zonk (TG-16) “Credits” – Daisuke Morishima, Hisashi Matsushita

 

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Episode 42: Mega Man 2 vs. Mega Man 3

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Two of the best NES soundtracks ever recorded are on show in this episode: Takashi Tateishi’s amazing music from Mega Man 2, and the outstanding Mega Man 3 soundtrack, composed by the husband and wife duo Yasuaki and Harumi Fujita.  Both soundtracks feature elements of rock, dance, pop, and Latin music, and every tune is a worthwhile listen.  Enjoy!

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The Tracklist:

Mega Man 2 (1988, NES)
Composed by Takashi Tateishi (Air Man Stage co-composed by Manami Matsumae)

Mega Man 3 (1990, NES)
Composed by Harumi Fujita and Yasuaki Fujita

1 – Metal Man Stage (Mega Man 2)

2 – Top Man Stage (Mega Man 3)

3 – Bubble Man Stage (Mega Man 2)

4 – Snake Man Stage (Mega Man 3)

5 – Quick Man Stage (Mega Man 2)

6 – Hard Man Stage (Mega Man 3)

7 – Wood Man Stage (Mega Man 2)

8 – Magnet Man Stage (Mega Man 3)

9 – Flash Man Stage (Mega Man 2)

10 – Shadow Man Stage (Mega Man 3)

11 – Air Man Stage (Mega Man 2)

12 – Needle Man Stage (Mega Man 3)

 

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Episode 41: Free Pick Championship Edition

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Havoc vs. Socket. Morrigan vs. Blinx. Giana vs. Trace! It’s a free pick episode with a twist! Mike and Ed have selected some of their favorite songs to share, and they’re pitting them against each other. YOU get to decide who wins!  Check out the categories in the tracklist section, and comment with your favorite picks for each one.  We’ll announce the winning tracks (and winning host) on a future episode of PTR.

Ready? FIGHT!

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The Tracklist:

“Sonic Ripoff” Category

1 – Socket (Genesis) – “Treasure Castle” – Fumito Tamayama, Yoko Suzuki, Shigenori Masuko

VS.

2 – High Seas Havoc (Genesis) – “Lonely Journey” – Emi Shimizu, Masaaki Iwasaki

 

“Shameless Publisher Guest-Star” Category

3 – Wai Wai World 2 SOS!! Paseri Jou (Famicom) – “Run, Rickle!”  – Yūichi Sakakura, Kenichi Matsubara, Satoko Minami

VS.

4 – Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan Advance (GBA) – “Pair of Mojipittan” – Satoru Kousaki, Nobuyuki Ohnogi, Toshio Kai, Masaru Shiina, Kanako Kakino, Yuri Misumi

 

“Songs You Can Twerk To” Category

5 – Darkstalkers 3 (Vampire Savior) (PS1/Saturn/Arcade)- “Deserted Chateau (Morrigan’s Stage)” – Takayuki Iwai, Masato Kouda

VS.

6 – Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space (Xbox) – “Sky World” – Tomonori Sawada, Keiichi Sugiyama

 

“Genesis Sidescrollers with non-English Titles” Category

7 – El Viento (Genesis) – “Stage 1 – New York City” – Motoi Sakuraba

VS.

8 – Chelnov: Atomic Runner (Genesis) – “Chelnov Theme” –   Azusa Hara, Hiroaki Yoshida, Tatsuya Kiuchi, Tenno;  Arranged by Masaaki Iwasaki

 

“Indie Games You Should Totally Play” Category

9 – Giana Sisters DS (DS) – “Main Theme” – Chris Huelsbeck, Fabian Del Priore

VS.

10 – Axiom Verge (Indie) – “Inexorable” – Thomas Happ

 

“Creative use of FM Chips” Category

11 – Road Rash 3 (Genesis) – Title Theme” – Don Veca

VS.

12 – Bosconian (X68000) – “Flash Flash Flash” – Yuzo Koshiro, Noboyuki Ohnagi

 

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Episode 40: Fan Favorites

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It’s our first listener-powered episode!  Every track in this podcast was submitted by our awesome community of VGM fans.  Enjoy an eclectic selection of amazing tunes as Mike and Ed share their thoughts on the music.

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The Tracklist:

1- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – “Maze of Life” (3DS) – Shoji Meguro
Submitted by Kevin Thomas

2 – Bear a Grudge – “Title/ Ingame Music” (ZX Spectrum) – J. David Rogers
Submitted by Aaron Hickman

3 – Gradius the Interstellar Assault – “Pursuance” (GB) – Yoshiyugi Hagiwara
Submitted by Cole Simon

4 – Sentinel Returns – “In-Game Music 1” (PSX) – John Carpenter, Gary McKill
Submitted by Ty Dunitz

5 – Evergrace – “EG Expression I ~ Ryuvane’s Wind” (PS2) – Kota Hoshino, Yūji Kanda, Keiichirō Segawa, Tsukasa Saitō
Submitted by Vasiliy Bochkov

6 – Battle Garegga – “Fly to the Leaden Sky” (Saturn, Arcade) – Manabu Namiki
Submitted by Magma Dragoon

7 – Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – “A Clashing of Waves” (DS) – Michiru Yamane, Yasuhiro Ichihashi
Submitted by Alexander Hunt

8 – Punch-Out!! – “Punch-Out!! Theme” (Wii) – Mike Peacock, Darren Radtke, Chad York
Submitted by George Fillby

9 – PLOK! – “Beach Theme” (SNES) – Tim & Geoff Follin
Submitted by Alex Messenger

10 – Donkey Kong 64 – “DK Rap” (N64) – Grant Kirkhope
Submitted by Todd Mason

11 – Metal Gear – “Theme of Tara” (MSX2) – Iku Mizutani, Shigehiro Takenouchi, Motoaki Furukawa
Submitted by Daniel Laughton

12 – Battletoads – “Volkmire’s Inferno Race” (Genesis) – David Wise
Submitted by Cameron Werme

Which track is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments or tweet us @pixeltunesradio!

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Episode 39: Violent Storm

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“Who’ll be the hero?” Ed and Mike bust through the gates and bring you Violent Storm, a hilarious Konami arcade brawler featuring an eclectic and fantastic soundtrack! The music was co-composed by Kenichiro Fukui, famous for his work on the Front Mission series and his membership in Nobuo Uematsu’s band “The Black Mages.” Every song in this game is stellar, and some will even have you singing along to cheesy 80’s lyrics!

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The Tracklist:

Violent Storm (Konami, 1993, Arcade) – Kenichiro Fukui, Seiichi Fukami

Intro – Pleased to Meet You

1 – Who’ll Be the Hero? (1st Stage)

2 – On the Train (2nd Stage)

3 – Feel My Power (3rd Stage 1)

4 – Sharara’s Dancing ~ Light Steps (3rd Stage 2)

5 – We Are Free (5th Stage)

6 – Hey! Hey! Hey! (6th Stage)

7 – The Final Technique (7th Stage)

8 – VS Geldo (final boss)

9 – Nice Fight. Congratulations (Name Entry)

10 – Are You Ready to Have a Good Time? (Ending)

Which track is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments or tweet us @pixeltunesradio!

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Episode 38: Metamorphic Force

 

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Four warriors from across the globe unite to defeat the evil Death Shadow, powered by animal spirits and some of the most amazing music to ever grace a coin-op.  Metamorphic Force was Konami’s arcade beat ’em up swan song, and they sure went out with a bang!  Join Mike and Ed as they walk through the game and its amazing soundtrack, featuring some intensely hard-rockin’ tunes!

Look out NEXT WEEK for a special episode of PTR, featuring another fantastic Konami arcade title!!!

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The Tracklist:

Metamorphic Force (1993) – Mutsuhiko Izumi, Mariko Egawa

1. AD 199X (Attract Mode)

2. The Ruins of Bakyarous (Stage 1)

3. Freezing Ground (Stage 3)

4. Human Soldier (Stage 4-2)

5. Hurry! (Bonus Stage 2)

6. Colosseum of Revenge (Stage 5)

7. She-Devil of the Colosseum (Stage 5 Boss)

8. Warrior of Death Shadow Castle (Stage 6-1)

9. Death Shadow (Final Boss Part 1)
(based on “Birds of Fire” by Mahavishnu Orchestra)

10. Into the Hopeful Sky (Ending)

Which track is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments or tweet us @pixeltunesradio!

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Episode 37: Same Song, Different System vol.2

Download Episode 37: “Same Song, Different System vol.2” Here!

You loved our last “Same Song, Different System” episode, so the guys are back with more awesome tunes from multi-platform games! Mike and Ed debate their favorite versions of tracks from Golden Axe, Zero Wing, and more, while giving you the scoop on which system got the best port!

Also, we’re announcing our first listener request episode! Listen to this episode to see how you can appear on the show and share your favorite video game music with our listeners!

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The Tracklist:

*1 – Viewpoint – “Not All There (Area1)” – Shizuyoshi Okamura (Sizlla), Masaki Kase, Megumi Matsuura
Systems: Neo Geo (1992), Genesis (1994), and Sharp X68000 (1995)

*2 – Undercover Cops – “Redtailed Cat (Stage 3)” – Takushi Hiyamuta
Systems: Arcade (1992) and SNES (1995)

*3 – Golden Axe – “Wilderness”
Systems:
Arcade (1989) – Tōru Nakabayashi, Yō Takada
Genesis (1989) – Arranged by Nankyoku, Decky, Imocky
C64 (1990) – Arranged by Jeroen Tel
Playstation 2 (2003) – Arranged by Makoto Iida

*4 – Zero Wing – “Open Your Eyes” – Tatsuya Uemura,  Toshiaki Tomisawa, Masahiro Yuge
Systems: Arcade (1989), Mega Drive (1991), PC Engine CD (1992)

*5 – Mega Man X3 – “Zero’s Theme”
Systems:
SNES (1996) – Kinuyo Yamashita
PSX/ Saturn (1996) – Arranged by Toshihiko Horiyama, Shusaku Uchiyama, Yoshino Aoki

*6 – 1943 Kai – “Air Battle B” – Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi, Junko Tamiya, Hiroshige Tonomura, Tamayo Kawamoto, Harumi Fujita
Systems: Arcade (1988), PC Engine (1991)

Which versions of our tracks were YOUR favorite?  Let us know in the comments, or tweet at us @pixeltunesradio!

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Episode 36: Shreddin’ with Brendan

Download Episode 36: “Shreddin’ with Brendan” Here!

Ed wasn’t the only video game obsessed kid growing up in his house – his younger brother Brendan was always right beside him, playing the same games and loving the same tunes.  This week, Brendan joins his brother Ed and Mike, and brings along some rockin’ tunes of his own! There’s a lot of guitar-heavy tracks from titles like Guilty Gear and Guitar Freaks this time around, and Ed and Brendan reminisce about their shared childhoods and growing up as gamers. Enjoy!

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The Tracklist:

*1 – UmJammer Lammy (PSX) – “Flight Fright” – Masaya Matsuura

*2 – F Zero X (N64) – “Decide in the Eyes” – Taro Bando, Hajime Wakai

*3 – Rogue Legacy (Indie) – “Narwhal” – A Shell in the Pit, Tettix

*4 – Guilty Gear X2 (PS2) – “Still in the Dark” – Daisuke Ishiwatari

*5 – Guitar Freaks (PSX) – “Fire (Extended)”  – Mutsuhiko Izumi

*6 – Darius Twin (SNES) – “Rilair” – Norihiro Furukawa, Pochi

*7 – TMNT 3 Manhattan Project (NES) – “Scene 8” – Yūichi Sakakura, Tomoya Tomita, Kōzō Nakamura

*8 – Marble Madness (NES) – “Level 6” – Hal Canon, Brad Fuller, Arranged by David Wise

*9 – Halo Combat Evolved (XBOX) – “Halo” – Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori

*10 – Lords of Thunder (TGCD) – “Bosque” – Satoshi Miyazawa

*11 – Top Gear (SNES) – “Circuit Theme C” – Barry Leitch

*12 – Gitaroo Man (PS2) – “The Legendary Theme” – Sadayoshi Okamoto, Yosuke Sato

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Episode 35: N64 Nvasion

 

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The N64 was a very unique console compared to its competitors.  While Sony and Sega opted to use the CD-ROM format allowing for high-quality streaming audio, the N64’s cartridges used sequenced music. This resulted in some very interesting uses of sound, and Mike and Ed dish out some examples of the N64’s finest musical offerings. From old favorites like Banjo Kazooie to amazing and obscure titles like Rakuga Kids, this episode is a great overview of the console’s excellent soundtracks!

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The Tracklist:

*1 – Banjo Kazooie (1998) – “Mumbo’s Mountain” – Grant Kirkhope

*2 – Jet Force Gemini (1999) – “SS Anubis” – Robin Beanland, Graeme Norgate, Alistair Lindsay

*3 – Conker’s Bad Fur Day (2000) – “Rock Solid” – Robin Beanland

*4 – F-Zero X (1998) – “Devil’s Call In Your Heart” – Taro Bando, Hajime Wakai

*5 – Super Mario 64 (1996) – “Main Theme Overworld” – Koji Kondo

*6 – Mario Golf (1999) – “Koopa Cup” – Motoi Sakuraba

*7 – Rakuga Kids (1998) – “Orange Bridge” – Tomoya Tomita, Kozo Nakamura, Masahiko Kimura

*8 – Iggy’s Reckin Balls (1998) – “Tower 8” – Roy Wilkins

*9 – Zool Majuu Tsukai Densetsu (1999) – “Battle 2” – Ichiro Nemoto

*10 – Ridge Racer 64 (2000) – “Speed Nation” – Keith Arem

*11 – Beetle Adventure Racing! (1999) – “Mount Mayhem” – Phil Western, Scott Blackwood, Brenden Tennant.

*12 – Mischief Makers (1997) – “Volcanic” – Norio Hanzawa

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Episode 34: Marvel Melodies

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To celebrate the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” it’s a Marvel Comics episode! There was no shortage of Marvel Superhero-based games in the 80’s and 90’s.  Kids got to live out their dreams of fighting villains as Spider-Man or Wolverine, even if some of the titles didn’t quite live up to expectations. Fortunately, the one thing in common between many Marvel games is awesome music!  Mike and Ed slice into the pages of their favorite comic book games and yank out some clobberin’ tunes. Excelsior!

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The Tracklist:

*1 – The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (Sega CD, 1993) – Track 3 – Spencer Nilsen, David Young

*2 – Silver Surfer (NES, 1990) – High Score – Tim Follin

*3 – Spider-Man & the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (SNES, 1992) – Cyclops – Tim & Geoff Follin

*4 – X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES, 1995) – Cyclops’ Level – Setsuo Yamamoto

*5 -Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems (SNES, 1996) – The Amazon – Takane Okubo, Katsunari Kitajima

*6 – Captain America and the Avengers (Genesis, 1992) – Whirlwind/Ultron Fight – Tatsuya Kiuchi, Shogo Sakai, Hitoshi Sakimoto

*7 – Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage (SNES, 1994) – Maximum Carnage – Green Jelly, Chris Jojo

*8 – The Incredible Hulk (SNES, 1994) Staff Roll – Steve Collett

*9 – X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 (PSX, 2001) – Ambush  – Carey James Chico

*10 – Fantastic Four (PSX, 1997) –Platform Peril – Stephen Root, Neil Palmer

*11 – X-Men 2: Clone Wars (Genesis, 1994) – Sentinel Complex – Kurt Harland

12 – Iron Man/ X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal (PSX & Saturn, 1996) –  CD Track 20 – W. Greg Turner

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