Sonic 2 Review (1992, SEGA Mega Drive/SEGA Genesis)

Sonic The Hedgehog is a series that defined the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis, with it’s blazing fast gameplay and a marketable character with oodles of attitude.

Released on Sonic Twosday, this was the game that took Sonic to the next level, offering improvements on the original in every single way. In this Sonic The Hedgehog 2 review, I see how this platformer holds up today!

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 – Free Play

bonusYou’ve encountered Many Difficult stages, But with the hard work is a great reward, and what better way to reward you, The Fellow listener, with a spacial BONUS STAGE of the Retro VGM Revival Hour. No theme, or subject, just a selection of random tracks of the past and present as a reward for showing much love and respect to the art of Video Game Music. So as you unwrap your favorite gifts, just Listen to these amazing tracks to get you excited to take on whatever lies a head.

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

*Earthworm Jim – Tommy Tallarico – “New Junk City”- August 2, 1994 – Shiny Entertainment & Playmates Interactive/SEGA – Sega Genesis(MegaDrive)

*Mega Man 6 – Yuko Takehara – “Dr. Wily Stages”- March 15, 1994 – CAPCOM – NES

*The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Minako Hamano & Kazue Ishikawa – “Tal Tal Mountains” – August 1993 – NINTENDO – GameBoy

*Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time – Yoko Shimomura – “Thwomp Volcano” – November 28, 2005 – AlphaDream/NINTENDO – Nintendo DS

*Mother – Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka – “Bein’ Friends” – July 27, 1989(Japan Only) – NINTENDO – NES(Famicon)

*The Guardian Legend – Masatomo Miyamoto & Takeshi Santo – “Forest Labyrinth” – April 1989 – Compile/Broderbund – NES

*Catherine – Shoji Meguro, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Atsushi Kitajoh & Toshiki Konishi – “It’s a Golden Show” – July 26, 2011 – ATLUS – PS3/Xbox 360

*Tower of Heaven – flashygoodness – “Indignant Divinity” – 2010 – askiisoft – PC

*Persona 4 – Shoji Meguro, Atsushi Kitajoh & Ryota Koduka – “Your Affection” – December 9, 2008 – ATLUS – PS2

*Rayman Origins – Christophe Héral & Billy Martin – “Land Of Dead World (Land of the Livid Dead ~ Nowhere to Run ~ Chasing a Dream)” – November 15, 2011 – Ubisoft – Wii / Xbox 360 / PS3 / Vita / PC / 3DS

*Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden 2 – Kenji Yamamoto – “Vegeta’s Theme” – December 17, 1993(Japan only) – TOSE/Bandai – Super Famicom

*Super Dodge Ball – Kazuo Sawa – “Opposition Match Theme” – June 1989 – Technos japan/CSG Imagesoft Inc – NES

*Silent Hill 2 – Akira Yamaoka – “Theme of Laura” – September 24, 2001 – KONAMI – PS2

*Mother 3 – Shogo Sakai – “Love Theme” – April 20, 2006(Japan Only) – Brownie Brown & HAL Laboratory/NINTENDO – GameBoy Advanced

*Super Mario 3D World – Mahito Yokota, Toru Minegishi, Yasuaki Iwata & Koji Kondo – “World Bowser” – November 22, 2013 – NINTENDO – WiiU

*Magic Johnson’s Fast Break – Tim Follin – “Title Theme” – 1988 – Arcadia Systems/TradeWest – NES

*Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Harry Gregson-williams & Nobuko Toda – “Metal Gear Saga” – June 12, 2008 – KONAMI – PS3

*Sonic 3D Blast – Richard Jacques – “Panic Puppet Zone (Act 1)” – November 1, 1996 – SonicTeam/SEGA – Sega Saturn

*Donkey Kong 64 – Grant Kirkhope – “The Monkey Rap (Intro)” – November 24, 1999 – RARE/NINTENDO – N64

*Far Cry 3 : Blood Dragon – Power Glove – “Resurrection” – May 1, 2013 – Ubisoft – Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC

*Angry Video Game Nerd Adventure – “Assholevania” – 2013 – FreakZone Games – PC

*Pokemon Silver / Gold / Crystal – Go Ichinose & Junichi Masuda – “Radio ~ Lucky Channel / Game Corner” – October 15, 2000 – Game Freak/NINTENDO – Game Boy Color

Retro VGM Revival Hour – SEGA DREAMCAST

DREAMCAST

16 years ago, the Sega Dreamcast made its debut in Japan (the US release date was famously 9/9/99). This machine left a lasting mark on the world of video games and our hearts. From second screen gameplay to online multiplayer to DLC, the Dreamcast was well ahead of its time. Let’s take this opportunity to examine what made the Dreamcast special, and pay respects to one of the most innovative and amazing systems to ever grace our homes. A system that was ahead of its time and that 16 years later, can now look back on its legacy, and see that it’s the foundation that everything since has been built upon.
This STAGE focuses on the many popular games that came from this amazing system and the amazing music that left a significant imprint on our hearts and minds. This is the Sega DREAMCAST.

 

Track List
Game – Composer – Title – Year – Company

*Sonic Adventure – Kenichi Tokoi, Fumie Kumatani, Masaru Setsumaru & Jun Senoue – “Pleasure Castle” – September 9, 1999 – Sonic Team/SEGA

*Marvel VS. Capcom – Yuko Takehara & Masato
Kouda – “Onslaught’s Theme” – September 30, 1999 – CAPCOM

* Mr.Driller – Masaru Shiina – “Taurus” – June 25, 2000 – NAMCO

*Marvel VS. Capcom 2 – Mitsuhiko Takano & Tetsuya Shibata – “Carnival Stage” – June 29, 2000 – CAPCOM

*Street Fighter 3: Third Strike – Hideki Okugawa – “Jazzy NYC 99′ (Alex & Ken’s theme)” – October 4, 200 – CAPCOM

*Street Fighter Alpha/Zero 3 – Takayuki Iwai, Yuki Iwai, Isao Abe, Hideki Okugawa & Tetsuya Shibata – “No More Swingin’ (Theme of Guy)” – May 31, 2000 – CAPCOM

*Project Justice (Rival Schools 2) – Yuki Iwai, Etsuko Yoneda & Setsuo Yamamoto – “Seijyun Girls’ High School Courtyard” – May 16, 2001 – CAPCOM

*Power Stone – Tetsuya Shibata – “Dullstown Stage” – September 9, 1999 – CAPCOM

*Shenmue – Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Yuko Koshiro, Takeshi Yanagawa, Osamu Murata & Ryuji Iuchi – “Tears of Separation” – November 7, 2000 – Sega AM2/SEGA

*Soul Calibur – Junichi Nakatsuru, Yoshihito Yano, Akitaka Tohyama, Takanori Otsuka & Hideki Tobeta – “In The Name Of Father” – September 9, 1999 – Project Soul/NAMCO

*Dead or Alive 2 – Makoto Hosoi & Shigekiyo Okuda – “Blazed Up Melpomene (Theme of Helena)” -February 29, 2000 – Team Ninja/TECMO

*Mars Matrix – Yasushi Kaminishi – “Red Sky” –
April 30, 2001 – Takumi Corporation/CAPCOM

*Ikaruga – Hiroshi Luchi – “Trial (Chapter 2)” –
September 5, 2002 (japan only) – Treasure/ESP Software

*Tech Romancer – Yuki Iwai – “City Zone A ” – March 31, 2000 – CAPCOM

*King of Fighters Evolution – Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan – “The Way Of Rebirth” – May 10, 2001 – SNK

*Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves – Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan – “Spread The Wings” –
November 23, 2001 – SNK

*Blue Stinger – Toshihiko Sahashi – “Below Zero” –
September 9, 1999 – Climax Graphics/Sctivision

*Resident Evil: Code Veronica – Takeshi Miura, Hijiri Anze & Sanae Kasahara – “Tyrant 3 Version B” –
February 29, 2000 – Nestech/CAPCOM

*Space Channel 5 – Naofumi Hataya & Kenichi Tokoi – “Mexican Flyer” – June 4, 2000 – United Game Artists/SEGA

*Jet Grind Radio – Hideki Naganuma – “Magical Girl” – October 30, 2000 – Smilebit/SEGA

Retro VGM Revival Show – Launch Games

The launch of a console is something behold. Having that feeling of joy as you tear open a fresh new box and inside it an entertainment system that would completely change how you would spend your weekend. Being introduced to new exciting worlds and characters that would just be with you with just a simple push of a button. This is why that this Inaugural episode of the Retro VGM Revival Youtube Show, I thought it would be a great idea share my top 10 (in no particular order) video game Music tracks from Launch title games.

========= GAME – COMPOSER – TITLE – COMPANY ===========

NES
Donkey Kong – Yukio Kaneoka – Title BGM – Nintendo
Super Mario Bros. – Koji Kondo – Overworld Theme – Nintendo

GENESIS
Altered Beast – Tohru Nakabayashi – level theme 1 – Sega
Golden Axe – Tohru Nakabayashi, Y. “Dolphin” Takada – wilderness – Sega

SNES
Super Mario World – Koji Kondo – Overworld Theme – Nintendo
F-Zero – Yumiko Kanki , Naoto Ishida – mute city – Nintendo

GAME BOY
Super Mario Land – Hirokazu Tanaka – Ending (Rocket Ship Ride) – Nintendo

NEO GEO POCKET COLOR
King of Fighters R-2 – Unknown – Esaka (BGM 18) – SNK

SEGA DREAMCAST
Sonic Adventure – Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi, Fumie Kumatani, Masaru Setsumaru – Welcome To Station Square – Sega

SEGA SATURN
Panzer Dragoon – Yoshitaka Azuma – Flight – Sega