RetroPitch 2017!

  For several years now, I have simply wanted to pay people to write good retro gaming content. Now, I am delighted to be able to say: It’s time to do it. ### Welcome to RetroPitch 2017!     Basically, the idea is that I want to publish…

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Skirmish Frogs is Closing

I am finally convinced that “collaborative retro gaming website” is not a viable idea. Content-driven internet destinations rely on a torrid cycle of news and reviews. While classic gaming is certainly a realm with its share of news and reviews alike, the value is greatly diminished by scarcity…

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Atari Flashback 6 Review

With Atari Week fast approaching here on SkirmishFrogs, rather than take a look at a personal memory of a game on the Atari 2600 that I remember fondly, I thought just for a slight change to have a look at a plug and play system that caught my…

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Retro VGM Revival Hour – RPG’s

stage36_rpgsIn video Games We all like to immerse ourselves as much as we can with whatever game we are playing. To see ourselves as the hero. To become part of a world where we can be heroes, kings, warriors, and doing whatever we can as we conquer, save and survive extraordinary adventures in faraway lands. This particular type of game is not one you dip into from time to time. This is the type of game that you fully invest yourself deeply into a world filed with an ocean of possibilities.

No single genre in video games lets us do exactly this like role-playing games. So Pick your character class, choose your weapons and recruit your comrades Because this STAGE in the retro VGM revival hour is going to cover RPG games.



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

1.) Final Fantasy Mystic Quest – Ryuji Sasai & Yasuhiro Kawakami – “Boss Battle Theme (Battle Theme 02)” – October 5, 1992 – SQUARE – SNES

2.) Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Sekaiju no Meikyū IV: Denshō no Kyojin) – Yuzo Koshiro – “battlefield: storm” – July 5, 2012 – Atlus – Nintendo 3DS

3.) Cladun: This is an RPG (Classic Dungeon: Fuyoku no Masōjin) – Kaori Tsutsui, Syntaro Jimbo & Yoh Ohyama – “Knight of a Foreign Country” – System Prisma/Nippon Ichi Software & NIS America – February 18, 2010 – PSP

4.) Final Fantasy Adventure – Kenji Ito – “Requiem & Rising Sun (Title Theme)” – June 28, 1991 – SQUARE – Game Boy

5.) Chrono Cross – Yasunori Mitsuda – “Scars of Time (Time’s Scar)” – November 18, 1999 – SQUARE – Sony Playstaytion

6.) Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind – Jeremy Soule -“Nerevar Rising (Main theme)” – May 1, 2002 – Bethesda Game Studios – Windows PC & Microsoft Xbox

7.) Wild Arms – Michiko Naruke – “To the End of the Wilderness/To a New Journey (Ending)” – December 20, 1996 – Media.Vision/Sony Computer Entertainment – Sony Playstation

8.) Grandia – Noriyuki Iwadare – “Battle 3 theme” – December 18, 1997 – Game Arts/ESP Software – Sega Saturn & Sony Playstation

9.) Wild Arms 5 (Wild Arms: The Vth Vanguard) – Masato Kouda, Noriyasu Agematsu & Michiko Naruke – “When the Heart Ignites” – December 14, 2006 – Media.Vision/SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc) – Playstation 2

10.) Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Estpolis Denki II ) – Yasunori Shiono – “Battle Theme #1, Battle Theme #2 & The Savior Of Those On Earth (The One Who Will Save the Earth)” – February 24, 1995 – Neverland/Taito & Natsume – SNES

11.) Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy 6) – Nobuo Uematsu – “Prelude Theme & Snowy Field (Terra’s Theme/World Map)”- April 2, 1994 – SQUARE – SNES

12.) Xenoblade Chronicles – Manami Kiyota, Yoko Shimomura, Yasunori Mitsuda & Music Team ACE+ (Tomori Kudo, Hiroyo “CHiCO” Yamanaka & Kenji Hiramatsu) – “Gaur Plains” – June 10, 2010 – Monolith Soft/Nintendo – Nintendo Wii

13.) Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story – Takanori Arisawa – “Silver Moon Cruiser” – September 22, 1995 (Japan Only) – Angel – Super Famicom/SNES

14.) Cthulhu Saves the World – Gordon McNeil – “The Trial” – December 30, 2010 – Zeboyd Games – Windows PC & Xbox 360

15.) Medarot 4: Kabuto Version/Kuwagata Version (Medabots 4) – Kinuyo Yamashita – “Medaropolis” – March 23, 2001 (Japan Only) – Natsume/Imagineer – Game Boy Color

16.) Grandia III – Noriyuki Iwadare – “Attack with Conviction (Battle Theme)” – August 4, 2005 – Game Arts/SQUARE – Playstation 2

17.) Final Fantasy VIII – Nobuo Uematsu – “Balamb Garden” – February 11, 1999 – SQUARE – Sony Playstation

18.) Mother 3 – Shogo Sakai – “Welcome! & Mr. Batty Twist” – April 20, 2006 (Japan Only) – Brownie Brown & HAL Laboratory/Nintendo – GBA

19.) Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean – Motoi Sakuraba – “The True Mirror (Battle Theme)” – December 5, 2003 – Tri-Crescendo & Monolith Soft/NAMCO – Nintendo Game cube

Edgar Velasco: @MoonSpiderHugs

Thunder Force IV: The Greatest SHMUP of the 16-bit Generation

SHMUP Master Presents: Thunder Force IV!

In this video I show you why Thunder Force IV is one of the greatest 16-bit SHMUPS of all time. From a detailed examination of the game itself, to an epic boss rush at the end. You’ve probably never seen a Retro Gaming video quite like this before.

This video also features original covers of 5 songs featured in the game including the classic Metal Squad. Played on screaming heavy metal guitar by Julian Kogasu.

Feedback and suggestions for future videos are always welcomed!

*95% of footage was captured on a model 1 Sega Genesis console (modded for PAL play) through a Framemeister using RGB at 60fps.