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

Retro VGM Revival Hour – Yoko Shimomura

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Often described as “the most famous female video game music composer in the world”, With over 45 different games to her Resume, Yoko Shimomura has become one of the most well known and highly respected Video Game Composers The industry has ever known. From 1988 up to present day, her music has spanned countless generations and continues to influence new generations of fellow video game composers. Whether it was working for high profile companies like Capcom or Square Enix, Yoko Shimomura’s music has spanned decades, with each new composition becoming instant classics. This is why I thought it was finally time to honor the works of this amazing video game music composer In this STAGE of the retro video game revival hour.

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

1.) Gargoyle’s Quest: Ghosts ‘n Goblins – Yoko Shimomura & Harumi Fujita – “Hell Field (Overworld Theme)” – July 1990 – CAPCOM – Gameboy

2.) Adventures In The Magic Kingdom – Yoko Shimomura – “Autopia” – June 1990 – CAPCOM – NES

3.) Nemo – Yoko Shimomura (credited as ShimoPii) – “Nightmare Castle (Stage 6)
” – December 1990 – CAPCOM – Arcade

4.) Street Fighter II: The World Warrior – Yoko Shimomura & Isao Abe – “Ken’s Theme” – August 1991 – CAPCOM – Arcade

5.) The King of Dragons – Yoko Shimomura – “The Orc Village” – April 1994 – CAPCOM – SNES

6.) Varth: Operation Thunderstorm – Yoko Shimomura & Masaki Izutani – “STAGE 27” – July 1992 – CAPCOM – Arcade

7.) Live A Live – Yoko Shimomura – “Go! Go! Buriki Daioh!” – September 2, 1994(Japan Only) – Square – Super Famicom

8.) Super Mario RPG – Yoko Shimomura – “and my name’s Booster(Bukki)” – May 13, 1996 – Square/Nintendo – SNES

9.) Parasite Eve – Yoko Shimomura – “Theme of Aya” – September 9, 1998 – Square(Squaresoft) – Sony PlayStation

10.) Legend of Mana – Yoko Shimomura – “Pain the Universe” – June 6, 2000 – Square(Squaresoft) – Sony PlayStation

11.) Kingdom Hearts – Yoko Shimomura – “Having a wild time” – September 16, 2002 – Square(Squaresoft) – PS2

12.) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga – Yoko Shimomura – “Rookie and Popple” – November 17, 2003 – AlphaDream/Nintendo – GBA

13.) Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories – Yoko Shimomura – “The Force in You” – December 7, 2004 – Jupiter Corporation/Square Enix – GBA

14.) Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time – Yoko Shimomura – “Serious Trouble” – November 28, 2005 – AlphaDream/Nintendo – Nintendo DS

15.) Kingdom Hearts II – Yoko Shimomura – “Spooks of Halloween Town” – March 28, 2006 – Square Enix – PS2

16.) Heroes of Mana – Yoko Shimomura – “Time for the March to Ruin(Dark Goddess final Battle Theme)” – August 14, 2007 – Square Enix & Brownie Brown/Square Enix – Nintendo DS

17.)Luminous Arc 2 – Yoko Shimomura – “Cherry blossoms falling in the snow” -November 18, 2008 – Imageepoch Inc./Atlus -Nintendo DS

18.) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story – Yoko Shimomura – “Final Battle” – September 14, 2009 – AlphaDream/Nintendo – Nintendo DS

19.) Radiant Historia – Yoko Shimomura – “An Earnest Desire of Grey” – February 22, 2011 – Atlus – Nintendo DS

20.) Xenoblade Chronicles – Yoko Shimomura – “Engage the Enemy(Confrontation with the Enemy)” – April 6, 2012 – Monolith Software/Nintendo – Nintendo Wii