Episode 32: Ten Games Tunes & a Microphone

Episode 32: Ten Games Tunes & a Microphone

Episode 32


Recent pickups & Radar

  • Trav-

    • Pickups

      • Battletoads & Double Dragon (SNES)

      • Adventures of Lolo 3 (NES)

    • Radar (late January)

      • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4, XB, PC) 1/24

  • Jake-

    • Pickups

      • None (2 weeks down, 34 to go)

    • Radar

      • Nothing


Gaming Resolutions for 2017

  • Trav

    • Beat a space shmup (Darius Twin, Gradius, R-Type, etc.)

    • Beat Ocarina of Time or A Link to the Past

    • Continue to attempt games on secondary platforms

    • Play more RPGS

  • Jake

    • Beat a large scale RPG (Skyrim, Fallout 4, Witcher 3, +Dragon Age Inquisition)

    • Beat more Retro Games

    • Track Progress Better

    • Purchase no new games for 6 months (excluding 2 preordered games, and subscription services)


The fellas close out 2016 in epic proportion.  Jake predicts the episode will last 1 hour 38 minutes and was just FOUR MINUTES OFF.  Trav finally gets Demon’s Crest for SNES and can’t contain his retro boner while Jake falls face first into Stardew Valley’s cute clutches.  The fellas tag-team Metroid II for gameboy and have already started Super Metroid for SNES.  Trav knocks out some classics like Intelligent Qube and Paper Mario as well as his Couch Co-Op affair, Geist.  Jake puts Gears 4 to rest ending 2016 by beating all four major entries in the series.  The backloggers remember the games they played in 2016 and assign some superlatives.  Gaming resolutions for 2017 round out the TAWPIC OF DISCCCUSSH.

Added to BL:

  • Trav -  XMen Mutant Apocalypse (SNES)

  • Jake -Rise of the Tomb Raider             


  • Trav - Goof Troop (SNES), Xexyz (NES)

  • Jake -Dear Esther Landmark Edition, Dishonored DE

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The Long Play

Games that we are spending time with in our backlog.

  • Trav- Wolfenpuss Old Blood

  • Jake - Rise of the Tomb Raider, Stardew Valley


  • Trav - Fatal Frame (GC), Adventures of Lolo 3 (NES)

  • Jake- Valiant Hearts: The Great War


Discush (We’ll put our answers on different sheets)

Close it out

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Shovel Knight Main Theme by Jake Kaufman



Wild Arms Theme by Michiko Naruke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWgPX9yTtQg end at 1:11


Sojourner’s Truth - Virginia by Lyndon Holland


We All Become - Transistor by Darren Korb ft. Ashley Barrett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw3VoxL36Vo end at 0:46


Dark Creatures - Child of Light by Beatrice Martin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5X0v7h5kWQ end at 1:00


Track 1    Contra            Jungle Theme


Let play (0:00-0:35)

Composer:    Kazuki Muraoka (57, lives in Japan)


Muraoka is credited with other NES titles like Metal Gear and Top Gun (both Konami games).  Was active on Metal Gear titles from late 90’s (Metal Gear Solid) through 2008 (Guns of the Patriots), though not the lead composer for those games.  


Track 2    DOOM            Hellwalker


Let play (3:48-4:48)

Composer:     Mick Gordon (31, Queensland Australia)


Performed live at the Video Game Awards.

Worked on some old school Need4Speed games and other less notable games before landing a solid gig in 2013 doing on the score for Microsoft’s reboot of Killer Instinct that was followed by Wolfenstein: The New Order and Old Blood.  Also working on Prey soundtrack due out later this year.


Track 3    Metroid        Title Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-U3sVX2G3w  Original

Let play (0:00-0:35)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRIvZXR8owQ    Performed by “Metroid Metal”

Let play (0:00-1:07)

Composer: Hirokazu Tanaka (aka Chip Tanaka) 59, Kyoto Japan


Also did Donkey Kong and Balloon Fight, two classic NES titles prior to Metroid.  Afterward, worked on Kid Icarus, Super Mario Land, Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Earthbound.  Credits go on and on.  Also worked on hardware like the Gameboy Camera, NES Zapper, and Gameboy Printer.


Track 4    Castlevania        Vampire Killer


Let play (0:00-1:00)

Composer: Kinuyo Yamashita (From Japan, currently resides in New Jersey)


Had a partner for Castlevania, Satoe Terashima.  Worked at Konami and helped compose solid tracks for other games such as Power Blade and Power Blade 2 for the NES, Pocky and Rocky 2, Mega Man The Wily Wars, and Mega Man X3.. but nothing else notable in gaming since.  Does have her own YouTube channel where she occasionally plays some of her notable tracks on a grand piano.


Track 5    Final Fantasy VII    Cosmo Canyon (Valley of the Fallen Star)

https://youtu.be/p3QQDx2Qm3o?t=30s Performed by GuitarWanker90

Let play (0:30-1:37)

Composer:  Nobuo Uematsu (57, Japan)


Of the most well known and successful video game composers of all time.  Regularly referred to as the “Beethoven of video games music”.  Biggest influence was Elton John of all people.  Joined Square in 1986 and started writing music for original FF.  Other works include most FF’s, Chrono Trigger, Super Smash Bros Brawl, has no FFXV credits though.  Has also worked in Film/Anime - nothing i recognize besides FF7 Advent Children.



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