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 – SPORTS

STAGE29 - SPORTSFrom NBA Jam to Tecmo Bowl, sports video games have a close connection to sports fans. These video games allow the fans to simulate their hopes and dreams on the field, ring or stadium and are very popular as a result.

And what better way to enjoy your favorite sport games than with some amazing tracks. so this is why this STAGE in the retro VGM revival hour is dedicated to some great music from some of the most amazing sports game titles.

 

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

1.) Bases Loaded II: Second Season – Sonoda – “World Champion (Ending)” – 1990 – TOSE/Jaleco – NES

2.) Greg Norman’s Golf Power – Barry Leitch – “Menu”- April 13, 1992 – Gremlin Graphics/
Virgin Games – NES

3.) World Class Leaderboard Golf – John Hancock – “Title Screen” – 1992 – Access Software/U.S. Gold – Sega Genesis

4.) Mike Tyson’s Punch Out – Kenji Yamamoto, Akito Nakatsuka & Yukio Kaneoka – “Warming up with Doc” – 1987 – NINTENDO – NES

5.) Nintendo World Cup – Kazuo Sawa – “Versus Match” – 1990 – Technos Japan/Nintendo – NES

6.) Super Spike V’Ball – Kazunaka Yamane – “Hawaii & Los Angeles” – 1990 – Technos Japan/Nintendo – NES

7.) Pro Striker Final Stage – Tomoyuki Hamada – “BGM 4 & BGM 1“ – August 4, 1995 (japan only) – NexTech/SEGA – Sega Genesis

8.) Super Dodge Ball – Kazuo Sawa – “Team All-Stars (Stage 1) & Team Shadow (Final Stage)” – June 1989 – Technos japan/CSG Imagesoft Inc – NES

9.) John Madden Football – Rob Hubbard – “Title Theme” – 1990 – Park Place Productions/Electronic Arts – Sega Genesis

10.) Tecmo Super Bowl – Keiji Yamagishi & Ryuichi Nitta
– “Opening (Part 2), Preseason (Player 2), Season Mode (Player 1) & Playoffs (Player 1) – 1991 – Tecmo – NES

11.) Super Dodgeball Brawlers – iizuka – “Russia” – May 27, 2008 – Access co. & Arc System Works/Aksys Games – Nintendo DS

12.) Olympic Winter Games – Lillehammer ’94 – John Hancock – “Biathlon & Short track” – 1993 – Tiertex Design Studios/U.S. Gold – Sega Genesis

13.) Super Real Basketball (Pat Riley Basketball) – Hikoshi Hashimoto – “2nd Half (Japanese)“ – December 31, 1990 – SEGA – Sega Genesis

14.) Blades of Steel – Shinya Sakamoto, Kazuki Muraoka, Atsushi Fuji & Kyouhei Sada – “Warm Up (skating into the Ring)”-1988 – KONAMI – NES

15.) Mario Strikers Charged – Mike Peacock, Darren Radtke, Chad York, Scott McFadyen & Davor Vulama – “Luigi’s Theme” – July 30, 2007 – Next Level Games/Nintendo – Nintendo Wii

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

Retro VGM Revival Hour – SUPER MARIO BROS.

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Hard to believe it has been 30 years since we were first told “our princess is in another castle.” For those of you not familiar with the reference, “Super Mario Bros.,” one of the most popular video games of all time, turned 30 this year.
Super mario bros. has grown to become one of the most popular video game series of all time and it’s main protagonist, Mario , is the closest thing to Mickey Mouse in the world of video games, an instantly recognizable symbol of gaming and a mascot for its company, NINTENDO.
so this STAGE of the retro VGM revival hour is dedicated to that video game icon, Super mario…
here we goooooooooo!!!
Game – Composer – Title – Year – Company – System
1.) Donkey Kong – Hirokazu Tanaka (Arranged by Yukio Kaneoka) – “Stage Start & Hammer Time” – June 1986 – Nintendo – NES
2.) Donkey Kong Jr – Hirokazu Tanaka (Arranged by Yukio Kaneoka) – “Title Screen & Stage 4” -June 1986 – Nintendo – NES
3.) Mario Bros. – Hirokazu Tanaka (Arranged by Yukio Kaneoka) – “Title Screen & Game Over” – June 1986 – Nintendo – NES
4.) Super Mario Bros. – Koji Kondo – “Overworld (Hurry!) & Underwater”- September 13, 1985 – Nintendo – NES
5.) Super Mario Bros. 2 – Koji Kondo – “Title Screen / Prologue & Overworld” – September 9, 1988 – Nintendo – NES
6.) Super Mario Bros. 3 – Koji Kondo – “Hammer Bros, Giant Land & Athletic” – February 12, 1990 – Nintendo – NES
7.) Dr. Mario – Hirokazu Tanaka – “Title Screen & Fever” – October 1990 – Nintendo – NES
8.) Super Mario Land – Hirokazu Tanaka – “Muda Kingdom & Easton Kingdom” – August 1989 – Nintendo – Game Boy
9.) Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – Kazumi Totaka – “ Athletic, Star Maze & Choose Your Pipe “ – November 2, 1992 – Nintendo – Game Boy
10.) Super Mario World – Koji Kondo – “Title Theme, Athletic & The evil king koopa(Bowser)“ – August 23, 1991 – Nintendo – SNES
11.) Super Mario RPG – Yoko Shimomura – “Happy adventure/Delightful adventure, Still the road is full of dangers & Fight against koopa(Bowser)” – May 13, 1996 – Square/Nintendo – SNES
12.) Super Mario 64 – Koji Kondo – “Slider & Dire/Dire Docks“ – September 26, 1996 – Nintendo – N64
13.) Super Mario Sunshine – Koji Kondo & Shinobu Tanaka – “Delfino plaza“ – August 26, 2002 – Nintendo – Nintendo GameCube
14.) New Super Mario Bros. – Asuka Ohta, Hajime Wakai & Koji Kondo – “Walking the plains & The mushroom waltz” – May 15, 2006 – Nintendo – Nintendo DS
15.) Super Mario Galaxy – Mahito Yokota & Koji Kondo – “ Starbit Festival, (Rosetta’s) Rosalina’s Comet Observatory 2, Floater Land & Flying Mario“ – November 12, 2007 – Nintendo – Nintendo Wii
16.) Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Mahito Yokota, Ryo Nagamatsu & Koji Kondo – “Throwback Galaxy & Hurry!” – May 23, 2010 – Nintendo – Nintendo Wii
17.) Super Mario 3D World – Mahito Yokota, Toru Minegishi, Yasuaki Iwata & Koji Kondo – “Captain Toad Goes Forth, Super Bell Hill & Shifty Boo Mansion” – November 22, 2013 – Nintendo – WiiU

Meet Zelda: Wind Waker’s REAL Hero – Salvatore!

Games tend to have heroes. Everyday folk who find a magical sword or some other McGuffin. The knight in shining armour. The plumber in white gloves. Yes, heroes are a gaming staple, and we celebrate this extraodinary folk for allowing us to indulge in every single power fantasy we could ever think of.

But what of those who don’t have the Master Sword, a plasma rifle or mushrooms? A hero doesn’t necessarily need any of these things. Sometimes, a hero can make the smallest of differences – Such as Wind Waker’s Salvatore.

In this video from my archives, I prove that there’s more to the man behind the Sinking Ships minigame…