Retro VGM Revival Hour – STAGE 35: CASTLEVANIA (Part 2)

STAGE-35_castlevania2It’s really hard to believe that it’s been almost 3 decades since we were first introduced to Konami’s Castlevania, which has become its very own institution in gaming. We still remember those first few steps we took with Simon Belmont, on his request to destroy Dracula and his army of ghouls and monsters. And since then, the series has gradually grown into something stronger, thanks to the addition of compelling gameplay, unique storylines, and memorable boss encounters. Many still consider it one of the best video game series that is still enjoyable to this day.

So let’s return to That famous castle once again for the most haunting adventure that only the bravest vampire hunters can endure. what better way to venture forth in this dark world filled with monsters and creatures of the night than with some amazingly inspiring tracks in this STAGE of the retro vim revival hour covering CASTLEVANIA games.

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

1.) Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin – Michiru Yamane & Yuzo Koshiro – “Gaze Up at the Darkness, In Search of the Secret Spell & The Gears Go Awry” – November 16, 2006 – KONAMI – Nintendo DS

2.) Castlevania: The Adventure – Shigeru Fukutake, Hidehiro Funauchi & Norio Hanzawa – “Revenge (Stage 4)” – October 27, 1989 – KONAMI – Game Boy

3.) Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge – Hidehiro Funauchi – “Ripe Seeds (Plant Castle) & “Psycho Warrior (Rock Castle)” – July 12, 1991 – KONAMI – Game Boy

4.) Castlevania: Bloodlines – Michiru Yamane -“Together Forever (Ending Theme), The Prayer Of A Tragic Queen (Stage 5 BGM) & Calling From Heaven (Stage 6 BGM)” – March 17, 1994 – KONAMI – Sega Genesis

5.) Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth – Manabu Namiki – “A lullaby sent to the Devils” – October 27, 2009 – M2/KONAMI – Nintendo Wii (WiiWare)

6.) Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – Michiru Yamane & Yasuhiro Ichihashi – “Wandering the Crystal Blue & Rhapsody of the Forsaken” – October 21, 2008 – KONAMI – Nintendo 3DS

7.) Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Kenichi Matsubara , Satoe Terashima & Kouji Murata – “The Silence of The Daylight (Town theme) & Final Boss: Dracula” – August 28, 1987 – KONAMI – NES

8.) Castlevania: Curse of Darkness – Michiru Yamane & Yuka Watanabe – “A Town Called Cordova” – November 1, 2005 – KONAMI – PS2 & XBOX

9.) Castlevania – Kinuyo Yamashita & Satoe Terashima – “Poison Mind (Boss Theme) & Out of time (Upper Terrace/ClockTower)”- September 26, 1986 – KONAMI – NES

10.) Castlevania Judgment – Yasushi Asada- “Darkness of Fear & Slash – November 18, 2008 – Konami & Eighting/KONAMI – Nintendo Wii

11.) Castlevania Chronicles (Akumajō Dracula x68000) – Shin-chan
,Keizo Nakamura, Hiroshi Kobayashi & Sota Fujimori – “Thrashard in the cave & Creatures in the depth” (X68000 versions) – July 23, 1993/May 24, 2001 – KONAMI – Sharp X68000 home computer & Sony Playstation

12.) Castlevania Legends – Youchi Iwata & Kaoru Okada – “Game Select, Prologue & Inside the Castle/Guest Hall (Stage 2)” – November 27, 1997 – KONAMI – Game Boy

13.) Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (Akumajou Densetsu)
– Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto & Yoshinori Sasaki – “Dead Beat, Dracula Battle 2 & Deja Vu (Vampire Killer) – December 22, 1989 – KONAMI – NES

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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