Here’s to a Land of Dreams

I’m often at my most cognitively productive when I’m trying to sleep. My eyes open, my brow furrows, and I debate grabbing my phone and jotting down notes in a Google Doc or something—so my Totally Awesome Ideas don’t disappear upon waking, like Koholint Island. The gears in…

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Retro Revelations: 20 Years of Life and Entertainment Pt. 4

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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

Retro VGM Revival Hour – Tribute to Satoru Iwata (video version and Audio Version)

 

 

IWATAtributeToday is Dec. 6th, 2015: Happy birthday, Satoru Iwata – We still miss you.

We here at the Retro VGM Revival Hour and our partners SkirmishFrogs were saddened to hear of the passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata on July 11, 2015. Something that will stay with us for as long as we can remember.

known for his friendly approach to Nintendo fans around the world, it would be no surprise that mister Iwata was an immensely popular figure both within the industry and with Nintendo fans, he will be sorely missed and still does to this day. Rest in Peace, Mr. Iwata.

And this is why this episode of the Retro VGM Revival Hour is to give tribute of the amazing works that mister Satoru Iwata took part in, and that will be remembered in our hearts forever.

 

 

Track listing Below

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Game – Composer – Title – Year – Company – System

1.) Rollerball – Hideki Kanazashi & Hiroaki Suga – “Skyscraper” – 1984 – HAL Laboratory – NES

2.) Balloon Fight – Hirokazu Tanaka – “Balloon Trip / Bonus Round” – August 1986 – Nintendo – NES

3.) Adventures of LoLo – Hideki Kanazashi – “Floor Theme” – 20 April 1989 – HAL Laboratory – NES

4.) Air Fortress – Hideki Kanazashi – “Title Screen / Prologue“ – 1989 – HAL Laboratory – NES

5.) NES Open Tournament Golf – Shinobu Amayake & Akito Nakatsuka – “UK Course“ – September 29, 1991 – Nintendo – NES

6.) New Ghostbusters II – Jun Ishikawa – “Round 1: Court House” – 1991 – HAL Laboratory – NES

7.) Kirby’s Adventure – Hirokazu Ando & Jun Ishikawa – “High Hills” – May 1, 1993 – HAL Laboratory/Nintendo – NES

8.) EarthBound (known as Mother 2 in Japan) – Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka – “Bus Ride, Journey Home & Smiles and Tears” – June 5, 1995 – HAL Laboratory & APE/Nintendo – SNES

9.) Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards – Jun Ishikawa & Hirokazu Ando – “Rock Star“ – June 26, 2000 – HAL Laboratory/Nintendo – N64

10.) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi & Koji Kondo – “Molgera Battle Theme” – March 24, 2003 – Nintendo – Game Cube

11.) Animal Crossing – Kazumi Totaka, Kenta Nagata, Toru Minegishi & Shinobu Tanaka – “Steep Hill “ – September 15, 2002 – Nintendo – Game Cube

Here is the Video Version: