Retro VGM Revival Hour: STAGE 40 – OLD SCHOOL KONAMI

Konami was once synonymous with challenge, high quality and innovation going all the way back to the 8-bit era. The name was well known for great gameplay and amazing franchises, but over the past few years, this company seems to have lost its way.

Konami fans have been clamoring to see a return of some of gaming’s most revered titles for some time, but all fan requests seem to have fallen on deaf ears as the company is  moving away from traditional video games entirely to focus on other businesses (such  as portable IOS games and gambling pachinko machines. This means they no longer have any interest in funding Metal Gear Solid games or even their silent hill franchise.

Truly this has been a sad time for those who grew up on many Konami titles growing up. But this podcast is not to dwell on the bad, but to focus on the good things that KONAMI brought us: memorable gaming experiences, characters and most importantly amazing soundtracks. Which is why this stage of the retro VGM revival hour is dedicated to OLD SCHOOL KONAMI games….

This STAGE will be broken down into 2 parts…First part of this stage will be dedicated to the 8 bit music of KONAMI, while the second part will feature arcade and other system games…with that out of the way, lets us begin…..

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Track List:
Game – Composer – Title – Year – Company – System

PART I: NES/FAMICOM

1.) The Adventures of Bayou Billy – Jun Funahashi, Kiyohiro Sada, Hidenori Maezawa, Atsushi Fujio & Tsutomu Ogura – “Stages 2 & 7: Gun Shootin/Stage 4 (Car Drivin’ – Part 1)” – June 1989 – KONAMI – NES

2.) Batman Returns – Shigemasa Matsuo & Takashi Tateishi – “Stage 1 (Gotham Plaza)” – January 1993 – KONAMI – NES

3.) Bucky O’Hare – Tomoko Sumiyama – “Intro (Part 2)”, “Green Planet” & “Salvage Chute” – January 31, 1992 – KONAMI – NES

4.) Castlevania – Kinuyo Yamashita & Satoe Terashima – “Voyager (Ending Theme)” – May 1, 1987 – KONAMI – NES

5.) Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima & Kouji Murata – “Monster Dance (Night Time Theme)”- August 28, 1987 – KONAMI – NES

6.) Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto & Yoshinori Sasaki -“Prelude (Opening Theme)” – December 22, 1989 – KONAMI – NES

7.) Contra – Hidenori Maezawa & Kiyohiro Sada – “Introduction (Only Available in Japanese Version” & “Energy Zone (Area 6)” – February 2, 1988 – KONAMI – NES

8.) Contra Force – Kenichi Matsubara, Yasuhiko Manno & Tomoya Tomita – “Prologue” & “Mission 1: Dewerdrye Warehouse”- September 30, 1992 (U.S only) – KONAMI – NES

9.) Cosmic Wars – Hidenori Maezawa & Harumi Ueko – “Title Screen” & “Buy Ships” – August 4, 1989(Japan Only) – KONAMI – FAMICOM

10.) Crisis Force – Kenichi Matsubara, Yasuhiko Manno & Jun Chuma – “Advanced City (Stages 1 & 6)“ – August 27, 1991(Japan Only) – KONAMI – FAMICOM

11.) Cyber Stadium Series: Base Wars – Shigemasa Matsuo & Tomoko Sumiyama – “Play Ball!(Game Theme)” & “Fight!”- June 1, 1991(U.S Only) – KONAMI – NES

12.) Esper Dream 2: Aratanaru Tatakai – Shigemasa Matsuo – “Book 1 – Docks“ – February 20, 1987(Japan Only) – KONAMI – FAMICOM

13.) Getsu Fūma Den – Hidenori Maezawa – “Overworld Theme”  – July 7, 1987(Japan Only) – KONAMI – FAMICOM

14.) Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou  – Hidenori Maezawa & Yukie Morimoto- “Farewell (Credits Theme)” – December 16, 1988(Japan Only) – KONAMI – FAMICOM

15.) King Kong 2: Ikari no Megaton Punch –  Shinya Sakamoto, Satoe Terashima, Kinuyo Yamashita & Kiyohiro Sada – “1st Stage Theme” – December 18, 1986(Japan Only) – KONAMI – FAMICOM

16.) Laser Invasion – Shigeru Fukutake, Atsushi Fujio, Tomoko Sumiyama & Shigemasa Matsuo – “Aerial Combat Mode (Missions 1, 3 & 4)” – June 1991 – KONAMI – NES

17.) Life Force (aka Salamander) – Hidenori Maezawa, Shinya Sakamoto, Satoe Terashima & Atsushi Fujio – “Starfield(Stage 2)” – August 1988 – KONAMI – NES

18.) Metal Gear – Kazuki Muraoka – “Jungle Infiltration” & “Intruder Detected(Theme 2)”- June 1988 – KONAMI – NES

19.) Snake’s Revenge – Tsutomu Ogura – “Jungle Infiltration” & “Metal Gear” – April 1990 – KONAMI – NES

20.) Mission: Impossible – Jun Funahashi & Yoshiyuki Hagiwara – “Venice(Stage 2 Theme)” – September 1990 – KONAMI – NES

21.) Mōuryou Senki MADARA – Atsushi Fujio & Katsuhiko Suzuki – “Map 1 (Pre-Overworld/Departing Soldiers)” & “Map 2 (Overworld/MaDaRa)” – March 30, 1990(Japan Only) – KONAMI – FAMICOM

PART II: ARCADE/OTHER SYSTEMS

22.) Super Contra – Kazuki Muraoka & Motoaki Furukawa – “Thunder Landing (1st Stage)” & “In A Tight Squeeze(2nd Stage)” – January 8, 1988 – KONAMI – Arcade

23.) The Legend of the Mystical Ninja – Kazuhiko Uehara & Harumi Ueko – “Road to the Flying Castle” – February, 1992 – KONAMI – SNES

24.) Rollergames – Atsushi Fujio – “Unused Track 2” – 1990 – KONAMI – Arcades

25.) Double Dribble: The Playoff Edition (HyperDunk) – Miki Higashino – “Championship” – March 4, 1994 – KONAMI – Sega Genesis/MegaDrive

26.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Mutsuhiko Izumi, Miki Higashino & Kozo Nakamura – “Technodrome” & “Factory(TMNT Theme)” – 1989 – KONAMI – Arcade

27.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time – Mutsuhiko Izumi & Kôzô Nakamura – “Technodrome lets kick shell” – July 24, 1992 – KONAMI – SNES

28.) G.I. Joe – Tsutomu Ogura & Kenichiro Fukui – “Mission 1-1“ – April 1992 – KONAMI – Arcades

29.) Castlevania: Dracula X – Tomoya Tomita, Masanari Iwata, Harumi Ueko & Masahiko Kimura – “Bloodlines (1st stage )” – July 21, 1995 – KONAMI – SNES

30.) Metal Gear – Iku Mizutani, Shigehiro Takenouchi & Motoaki Furukawa – “Theme Of Tara(Infiltration BGM 1)”, “! (RED ALERT/Battle BGM)” & “TX55 METAL GEAR (METAL GEAR Battle BGM)”  – July 13, 1987 – KONAMI – MSX2 computer

31.) Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake – Tsuyoshi Sekito, Masahiro Ikariko, Mutsuhiko Izumi, Yuko Kurahashi, Tomoya Tomita, Kazuhiko Uehara & Yuji Takenouchi – “Theme Of Solid Snake” & “Zanziber Breeze”  – July 20, 1990 – KONAMI – MSX2 computer

32.) Vendetta (Crime Fighters 2 ) – Michiru Yamane – “Bay Area (4th Stage)” & “Power in the Darkness (3rd Stage)” – July 1991 – KONAMI – Arcades

33.) Thunder Cross II – Mikio Saito – “Heavy Metal Bomber (3rd Stage)” – 1991 – KONAMI – Arcades

34.) Crime Fighters – Mutsuhiko Izumi & Kenichirou Matsubara  – “Hunger City (Stage 4 & 8)“ – April 1989 – KONAMI – Arcades

35.) Silent Hill 2 – Akira Yamaoka – “Promise” – September 24, 2001 – KONAMI – PS2

36.) Silent Hill: Shattered Memories – Akira Yamaoka W/ Vocals by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn – “Acceptance (Instrumental ver. Followed by complete version)” – December 8, 2009 – KONAMI – Nintendo Wii

37.) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – music & words by Norihiko Hibino w/vocals by Cynthia Harrell – “Snake Eater” – November 17, 2004 – KONAMI – PS2

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