Mega Man X Review (SNES)

In this Mega Man X review, see if the Blue bomber’s 16-bit debut is an evolution of the classic NES games, or a digital abomination. Capcom’s series has seen many, many instalments over the years – Is this one of the good ones?

Retro Revival Road Trip – Mega Man Cartoon & Game Retrospective

saturdaymorning_megamanHey everyone…Some of you may know that I do a Saturday morning/weekday cartoon retrospect show over at Youtube (if you did’nt, well then whats keeping you from watching?) and wanted to share one particular episode that I just completed. Reason why I’m posting it here is that it not only covers the Mega Man Cartoon from the 90’s but I also dwell into the character’s origin, all the while some pretty cool hand selected, tunes play in the background (You might even recognize one of the people that helped with the tracks).

 

I love this character, and dug up as much info to compliment it and the cartoons/television shows that influenced its creation.

I hope you enjoy it… and maybe soon, I’ll cover other video game related cartoon shows 😉

Retro VGM Revival Hour – Ultimate VGM Halloween Playlist

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It’s that time of year again, when every home, school or place of business is decorated top to bottom in fake spider webs, rubber skeletons and quickly rotting jack-o-lanterns, all with “The Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters” and the occasional track or two from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” blasting out through some speakers on repeat. As lovers of video game music, isn’t it about time we broke the usual mundane Halloween traditions and introduce our type of music to the neighborhood?
Horror-themed games are fun to play all year round and there are a selected few that have some incredibly amazing music that are just perfect for your Halloween playlist this year. These video game tracks are all you need to have blasting from your doorstep this All Hallows’ Eve.

So you Just came back from trick-or-treating and ready to unwind. you Don’t need to go to any party because You already partied last weekend. You could watch a horror movie, But you already did that Earlier in the day. Why not spend the creepiest hours of All Hallows’ Eve listening to a some spooky video game tracks instead?

So dim the lights and cuddle up real close as we’re about to embrace our darker side on this episode of the retro VGM revival hour dedicated to Halloween.

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

PART 1:

1.) Sweet Home – Junko Tamiya – “The Eastern Garden” – December 15, 1989 (Japan Only) – CAPCOM – Famicom

2.) Monster Party – Masaki Hashimoto ( Hashimotoravolta ) – “Title Screen” – June 1989 – Human Entertainment/Bandai – NES

3.) Shadowgate – Hiroyuki Masuno – “Entryway” – December, 1989 – ICOM Simulations/ Kemco – NES

4.) Uninvited – Hiroyuki Masuno – “Game Over” – June 1991 – ICOM Simulations/ Kemco – NES

5.) Chakan: The Forever Man – Mark Steven Miller & Jason Scher – “Air Dimension 1 – The Dragonfly King”- June 8, 1992 – Extended Play Productions – Sega Genesis

6.) Clock Tower – Kouji Niikura & Kaori Takazoe – ” Don’t Cry, Jennifer” – September 14, 1995 (Japan Only) – Human Entertainment – Super Famicon

7.) Devilish: The Next Possesion – Hitoshi Sakimoto – “Stage 1 (Graveyard)” – 1992 – Aisystem Tokyo/ Sage’s Cration – Sega Genesis

8.) DOOM – Robert Prince – “E1M1 At Doom’s Gate” – September 1, 1995 – Sculptured Software/Williams Entertainment – SNES

9.) Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – Mari Yamaguchi – “Stage 1″ – November 28, 1991 – CAPCOM – SNES

10.) Ghoul School – Scott Marshall – “Hall Theme” – March 1992 – Imaineering/ Electro Brain – NES

11.) The Immortal – Rob Hubbard – “Barrel Ride” – August 9, 1993 – Sandcastle/ Electronic Arts – Sega Genesis

12.) Splatterhouse – Katsuro Tajima & Yoshinori Kawamoto – “Evil Cross & Nightmares (Stage 4)” – April 21, 1990 – Namco – TurboGrafx-16

13.) Fester’s Quest – Naoki Kodaka – “Underground Sewers” – September 1989 – SunSoft – NES

14.) Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Matt Furniss & Andy Brock – “Stage 2-3” – September 1993 – Traveller’s Tales/ Sony Imagesoft – Genesis

15.) Master of Darkness – Yoko Wada & Takashi Horiguchi – “Epitaph (Round 3)” – 1992 – SIMS/ SEGA – Sega Master System

16.) Nosferatu – Masanao Akahori – “Main Theme” – October 1995 – Sea Corporation – SNES

17.) Phantom Fighter – Hironari Tadokoro – “Town” – April 1990 – Marionette/ FCI – NES

18.) Werewolf: The Last Warrior – Shogo Sakai & Yusuke Takahama – “Werewolf Form (Stage Theme 2)” – November 22, 1990 – SAS Sakata/ Data East – NES

19.) Zombies Ate My Neighbors – Joe McDermott – “Mars Needs Cheerleaders” – September 24, 1993 – LucasArts/ KONAMI – Sega Genesis

20.) Zombie Nation (AKA Samurai Zombie Nation) – Takane Ohkubo & Norio Nakagata – “Exodus (Round 1-2/ New York Night)” – January 1991 – KAZe/ Meldac – NES

21.) Silent Hill – Akira Yamaoka – “Silent Hill” – January 31, 1999 – KONAMI – PlayStation

PART 2:

1.) Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Jeroen Tel – “Daytime Scenes (Part 1)”- 1993 – Probe Software/Sony Imagesoft – NES

2.) Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Kenichi Matsubara – “A Requiem (Ending)” -1988 – KONAMI – NES

3.) Altered Beast – Tohru Nakabayashi (arranged by Kenji Eno & Michiya Hirasawa)- “Altered Beast Mode” – June 1986 – Interlink/Asmik Corporation – Famicom

4.)Dr. Chaos – Ponii Ichinen – “Mansion Theme”- 1988 – Marionette/FCI – NES

5.) The Immortal – Rob Hubbard – “Battle Theme” – 1990 – Sandcastle/Electronic Arts – NES

6.) Splatterhouse 2 – Eiko Kaneda – “Escape from the Evil One” – August 3, 1992 – Namco – Sega Genesis

7.) Dracula X – Tomoya Tomita, Masanari Iwata, Harumi Ueko & Masahiko Kimura – “Illusionary Dance” – September 1995 – KONAMI – SNES

8.) Ghostbusters – Kazuhiko Nagai – “Final Case – Deep Hole” – June 29, 1990 – Compile/SEGA – Sega Genesis

9.) Silent Hill 4: The Room – Akira Yamaoka (performed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn)
– “Room Of Angel” – September 7, 2004 – KONAMI – PlayStation 2 & Xbox

10.) Master of Darkness – Yoko Wada & Takashi Horiguchi – “ Laboratory (Round 4)“ – 1992 – SIMS/SEGA – Sega Master System

11.) Wolfchild – Martin Iveson – “Ancient Temple (Stage 3 )” – May 13, 1996 – CORE Design/JVC Musical Industries, Inc. – Sega Genesis

12.) Splatter House : Wanpaku Graffiti – Anna Puruna – “The Cabin“ – July 31, 1989 – Now production/NAMCO – Famicom

13.) Shadowrun – Sam Powell – “Redmond Barrens“ – 1994 – BlueSky Software/SEGA – Sega Genesis

14.) Castlevania – Lords of Shadow – Óscar Araujo – “Belmont’s Theme” – October 5, 2010 – MercuryStream & Kojima Productions/KONAMI – PS3 & Xbox 360

15.) Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly – Akayo Toyoda – “Crimson Butterfly“- December 10, 2003 – Tecmo – Playstation 2 & Xbox

16.) Monster in My Pocket – Hiroshi Takeyasu & Kozo Nakamura – “Stage 1: Monsters In My House” – January 1992 – KONAMI – NES

17.) Frankenstein: The Monster Returns – Linus & Cha-Cha – “Stage 2“ – 1990 – TOSE/Bandai – NES

18.) Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – Mark Van Hecke – “Streets“ – January 1992 – Imagineering/THQ – NES

19.) A Nightmare on Elm Street – David Wise – “House Theme 3” – October 1990 – RARE/LJN – NES

20.) Godzilla: Monster of Monsters – Masatomo Minamoto – “Godzilla & Title Screen(Planet X theme)“ – October 1989 – Compile/TOHO – NES

21.) Nosferatu – Masanao Akahori – “Creature of the Night” – October 1995 – SETA Corporation – SNES

PART 3:

1.) The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt – Jonatahn Dunn – “House Interior” – February 1993 – Ocean Software & Enigma Variations Ltd./ Ocean Software – SNES

2.) Dr. Franken – (arranged) Mark Cooksey – “Title Screen (Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fugue No. 2 In C Minor BWV 847 (The Well Tempered Clavier in C)” – December 1992 – MotiveTime, Ltd./Kemco – Game Boy

3.) Alien vs. Predator – Tenpei Sato & Hisayoshi Ogura – “Battle & City” – January 8, 1993 – Jorudan/Activision – SNES

4.) Doraemon – Giga Zombie no Gyakushuu (Doraemon The Revenge of Giga Zombie) – Kutsukake Takashi, Miyata Yasuo & June Chikuma – “Cave and Little House (Cave 2) & Tower of Evil King (Siedon’s base)” – September 14, 1990(Japan Only) – Epoch – Famicom

5.) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Michiharu Hasuya – “Title Screen (Opening) & Jekyll’s Theme” – April 8, 1988 – Advance Communication Co./Bandai – NES

6.) Party Hard – Felipe Adorno Vassao – “My Future Broken Heart (Miami Party)” – August 25, 2015 – Pinokl Games/TinyBuild Games – Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

7.) Drac’s Night Out – Mark Lesser, Rex Bradford & Advanced Audio Productions – “Story (Pause Menu) & Castle Interior (Main BGM)“ – 1991 (Unreleased) – Microsmiths/Parker Brothers – NES

8.) New Ghostbusters II – Jun Ishikawa – “Round 5 (Museum)” – December 26, 1990 (Japan/Europe Only) – HAL Laboratory – NES

9.) Dungeon Explorer – Tsukasa Masuko – “Dungeon BMG 1 & Dungeon BGM 4“ – March 4, 1989 – Atlus/Hudson Soft – TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine)

10.) Decap Attack – Fumito Tamayama & Hiroto Kanno – “Stage 5” – September 1991 – Vic Tokai/SEGA – Sega Genesis

11.) Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – Tamayo Kawamoto – “Level 5 (The Castle) & Level 2 (The Village of Decay and Destruction)” – October 29, 1989 – CAPCOM/SEGA – Sega Genesis

12.) Halloween Harry (Alien Carnage) – Steven Baker & George Stamatiadis – “Mission 2A & Mission 4B” – October 10, 1993 – Interactive Binary Illusions & SubZero Software/Apogee Software – MS-DOS

13.) Corpse Party: Blood Covered: Repeated Fear – Mao Hamamoto – “Chapter 1 (Main Theme)” – August 12, 2010 – Team GrisGris/Marvelous USA – Playstation Portable, IOS & Nintendo 3DS

14.) Laser Ghost – Koichi Namiki – “Foot Smell (My Shadow)“ – 1989 – SEGA – Arcade

15.) Monster World IV – Jin Watanabe – “Kool Dude” – April 1, 1994 (Japan Only) – Westone/SEGA – Sega Genesis

16.) Demon’s Crest – Toshihiko Horiyama – “Over the Demon Realm & Metropolis of Ruin” – October 21, 1994 – CAPCOM – SNES

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Retro VGM Revival Hour – SEGA vs NINTENDO Part II

stage_37-genvssnesThe fourth generation of consoles produced some of the most divisive and bitter rivalry ever seen in the history of video games. The two main contenders, The Sega Genesis and The Super Nintendo, waged a war against one another unlike anything ever seen before.

Many still make the claim that the 16-bit era of video games was the best/most entertaining era of video games, which is why this STAGE of the Retro VGM Revival Hour is dedicated to the console wars of the 90s pitting the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo!!!!

 

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

1.) Sonic 3 & Knuckles – Brad Buxer, Cirocco Jones, Geoff Grace, Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada, Jun Senoue, Miyoko Takaoka, Masanori Hikichi, Howard Drossin & Michael Jackson – “Flying Battery Zone 1″ – (sonic 3)February 2, 1994/(sonic & Knuckles)October 18, 1994 – Sonic Team/SEGA – Sega Genesis

2.) Sparkster – Kazuhiro Uehara, Masahiro Ikariko, Minako Matsuhira, Michiru Yamane & Akira Yamaoka – “Lakeside” – September 15, 1994 – KONAMI – SNES

3.) Streets of Rage  – Yuzo Koshiro – “Keep The Groovin (Round 4)” – SEGA – August 2, 1991 – Sega Genesis

4.) Battletoads in Battlemaniacs – David Wise – “The Dark Queen (BonusStage 1)” – June 1993 – RARE/Tradewest – SNES

5.) Batman – Naoki Kodaka – “Gotham City Street” – July 27, 1990 – SunSoft – Sega Genesis

6.) Star Fox – Hajime Hirasawa -“Corneria” – February 21, 1993 – Nintendo & Argonaut Games/NINTENDO – SNES

7.) X-Men 2: The Clone Wars – Kurt Harland – “ Climbing The Temple” – 1995 – HeadGames/SEGA – Sega Genesis

8) Actraiser – Yuzo Koshiro – “Fillmore” – December 16, 1990 – Quintet/Enix – SNES

9.) The Ooze – Howard Drossin – “Toxic Dump (Parts I & II)” – September 22, 1995 – Sega Technical Institute/SEGA – Sega Genesis

10.) Battletoads & Double Dragon – David Wise – “Missile Mayhem (Stage 5)” – December 1, 1993 – RARE/Sony ImageSoft – SNES

11.) Elemental Master – Toshiharu Yamanishi – “Dance of Flame (Stage 1)”- December 14, 1990 – TechnoSoft/Renovation Products – Sega Genesis

12.) EarthBound – Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka – “Pokey(porky) Means Business” – August 27, 1994 – Ape & HAL Laboratoty/Nintendo – SNES

13.) Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer – Masanori Hikichi, Noriyuki Iwadare, Isao Mizoguchi & Yoshiaki Kubotera – “Asteroid Field (Stage 1)” – July 16, 1992 (Japan Only) – Masaya – Sega Genesis

14.) Mega Man 7 – Yuko Takehara, Makoto Tomozawa & Toshihiko Horiama  – “Intro Stage(Opening Stage)” – March 24, 1995 – CAPCOM – SNES

15.) Sparkster (Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2) –  Akira Yamaoka & Michiru Yamane – “Stage 1-1/1-3” – February 22, 1994 – KONAMI – Sega Genesis

16.) Top Gear – Barry Leitch & Hiroyuki Masuno – “Las Vegas/Mad Racer (Track 1)” – March 27, 1992 – Gremlin Graphics/KEMCO – SNES

17.) Cool Spot – Tommy Tallarico – “Rave Dancetune”  – 1993 – Virgin Games/Virgin Interactive – Sega Genesis

18.) Final Fight 3 – Katsunari Katajima – “For Metro City” – December 21, 1995 – CAPCOM – SNES

19) Decap Attack – Fumito Tamayama & Hiroto Kanno – “Stage 2” – September 1991 – Vic Tokai/SEGA – Sega Genesis

20.) Shadow run – Marshall Parker – “3 AM On A Summer Night(Mourge)” – May 1993 – Beam Software/Data East – SNES

21.) Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure – Shinji Tasaka, Hideto Inoue & Tsuyoshi Sekito – “Inside the Caverns” – February 7, 1993 – KONAMI – Sega Genesis

22.) Super Adventure Island – Yuzo Koshiro – “Follow Wind(Stage 1)” – April 1992 – Produce/Hudson Soft – SNES

23.) Comix Zone –  Howard Drossin – “Episode 2, Page 1-3 (Later That Night)” – August 2, 1995 –  Sega Technical Institute/SEGA – Sega Genesis –

24.) Lady Stalker: Challenge from the Past – Eri Sugai – “fighting dancer(Fighting Spirit)” – April 1, 1995(Japan Only) – Climax Entertainment/Taito Corporation –  SNES

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Retro VGM Revival Hour: HANDHELD GAMES

STAGE32_HandheldIt’s almost impossible to overlook the impact of handheld games, there’s no question that a huge part of our gaming lives recently have centered on gaming on the go with actual hand-held systems.

Playing amazing games anywhere we want is the goal of any gamer but as much as the hardware might change or upgrade, its the games that we look forward to every-time we dig into our suitcases, book bags or even fanny packs. An experience that could only be amplified by the great music these games have is why this episode of the retro VGM revival hour is dedicated to Handheld game music.

 

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

1.) Mega Man Maverick Hunter X – Toshihiko Horiyama, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, Makoto Tomozawa, Setsuo Yamamoto, Kento Hasegawa, Seiko Kobuchi & Shinya Okada – “New-Type Airport (Storm Eagle Stage)” – January 31, 2006 – CAPCOM – PSP

2.) Sylvan Tale – Saori Kobayashi – “Overworld 1” – January 27, 1995 (Japan Only) – SEGA – Game Gear

3.) Trip World – Manami Matsumae, Masayuki Iwata, Tsutomu Ishida, Atsushi Mihiro & Shinichi Seya – “World 1” – November 27, 1992 (Japan & Europe Only) – SunSoft – Game Boy

4.) Power Pro Kun Pocket 7 – Shoichi Tanaka , Yoshihiro Tagawa, Watanabe Kino, Naoyuki Sato & Tomoaki Hirono – “Guts’s Over!” – December 2, 2004 (Japan Only) – KONAMI – GBA

5.) Kirby’s Block Ball – Sukezo Ouyama & Ryoue Takagi – “Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright’s Stage (5th Stage)” – 1995 – HAL Laboratory/NINTENDO – Game Boy

6.) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow – Masahiko Kimura & Michiru Yamane – “Cursed Clock Tower”- August 25, 2005 – KONAMI – Nintendo DS

7.) Electrocop – Bob Vieira – “Level Theme” – 1989 – Epyx/Atari – Atari Lynx

8.) Ys: Memories of Celceta (aka “Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta”) – Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga, Saki Momiyama, and Tomokatsu Hagiuda – “The Great Forest of Celceta” – September 27, 2012 – Nihon Falcom/Sxeed Games – Playstation Vita

9.) Mother 3 – Shogo Sakai – “Serious” – April 20, 2006 (japan Only) – HAL laboratory & Brownie Brown/NINTENDO – GBA

10.) Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Ōedo Tengu ri Kaeshi no Maki – Yasuhiro Ichihashi – “I Am Impact!” – June 23, 2005 (Japan Only) – KONAMI – Nintendo DS

11.) Shinobi – Yuzo Koshiro – “Rush, First Step & Distant Thunder” – April 26, 1991 – SEGA – Game Gear

12.) Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – Atsushi Kitajoh & Toshiki Konishi – “Footsteps of Time” -June 5, 2014 – Atlus – Nintendo 3DS

13.) Xanadu Next – Falcom Sound Team – “Evildoer” – June 20, 2005 (Japan only) – Nihon Falcom/Nokia – Nokia N-Gage

14.) Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 – Kazuhiro Nakamura & Go Shiina – “Break Through with the Sword“ – January 29, 2009 (Japan Only) – Alfa System/Bandai Namco Games – PSP

15.) Mega Man Xtreme – Toshio Kasino & Story Utsumi – “Magna Centipede” – October 20, 2000 – CAPCOM – Game Boy Color

16.) King of Fighters R-1 – Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan – “Fairy (Chizuru Kagura’s Theme) & Psycho Soldier Remix ’97 (Athena’s Theme)” – March 16, 1999 (Japan & Europe Only) – SNK – Neo Geo Pocket

17.) Zan Gear – Motoi Sakuraba – “Age of Heat Haze“ – October 23, 1990 (Japan Only) – Wolf Team/Nippon Telenet – Game Gear

18.) Medarot 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei: Kabuto ( AKA “Medabots 5″) – Kinuyo Yamashita – “Hardness Ten” – December 14, 2001 (Japan Only) – Natsume/Imagineer – GBC

19.) Guilty Gear Petit – Daisuke Ishiwatari -“Holy Orders” – January 25, 2001 (Japan Only) – Arc System Works/SAMMY – WonderSwan Color