It’s the 50th episode milestone celebration! To kick off the festivities for the occasion, Ed brings his friend and VGM scene veteran UtopiaNemo to the embassy to hang out and read some old video game magazines. The music they share on the show comes directly from pages of those classic mags, and the guys chat about some of their memories with GamePro, EGM, Diehard Gamefan, and more! To top it off, this episode’s incredible magazine-inspired artwork was created by VGMbassador Kung-Fu Carlito and his pal UltimateWarren!
In the tracklist, we’ve included links to digital versions of all the reference materials we discuss, so you can peruse the magazines yourself as we talk about them on the show.
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1 – “Chinatown” from Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis, 1989) Composed by Yuzo Koshiro
From EGM Issue 5, AKA The 1990 VG Buyer’s Guide
2 – “Jawa Sandcrawler” from Super Star Wars (SNES, 1992) Composed by John Williams, arranged by Paul Webb
From GamePro Issue 47, June 1993
3 – “Lurau Woods” from GD Leen (SFC, 1991) Composed by Psychosonic, You Ohyama, Toshimichi Isoe, Masakazu Anai, and Hitoshi Sakimoto, and Arranged by Hitoshi Sakimoto, Tenpei Sato, and Naoto Niida
From EGM Issue 16, November 1990
4 – “Ending Theme” from Battlecorps (Sega CD, 1994) Composed by Martin Iveson, live guitar performed by Anthony Wheeldon
From GamePro Issue 56, March 1994
5- “Wren Transforms” from Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (Genesis, 1991) Composed by Izuho Takeuchi
From Mega Play Issue 1, Nov-Dec, 1990
6 – “Stage Theme 1” from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB, 1994) Composed by Kozue Ishikawa and Ryōji Yoshitomi
From GamePro Issue 58, May 1994
7 – “Big Battleship (Stage 08)” from Silpheed (Sega CD, 1993) Composed by Ari Kamijo, Kenichi Kunishima, Tomoyuki Shimada, Kazuya Takahashi, Akio Matsuda, Fumihito Kasatani, Mariko Satō, Youko Sonoda, Mamoru Ishimoda, and Takahiro Nishi
From Diehard Gamefan vol. 1, Issue 10, September 1993
8 – “In Yer Face!” from Kyle Petty’s No Fear Racing (SNES, 1995) Composed by Aubrey Hodges
From GamePro Issue 71, June 1995
9 – “Mountain Replay” from Sega Rally Championship (Saturn, 1995) Composed by Naofumi Hataya and Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
From Next Generation Magazine
10 – “The Street” from Mortal Kombat 3 (Arcade, 1995) Composed by Dan Forden
From GamePro Issue 73, August 1995