VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 9: October 1988

Episode number 9 of the Video Wizards Podcast sees us travel back to October 1988, where things are about to get all sorts of horrifying! In the arcades, werewolves are fighting zombies, vile monsters and a dark sorcerer in SEGA’s legendarily oddball autoscrolling beat ’em up Altered Beast. Also, Ryu Hayabusa ends up in his buzzsaw filled personal hell when the player runs out of lives in Ninja Gaiden/Shadow Warriors and the maniacal blue and red clad mercenaries of Cabal find themselves facing the horrors of war once again. Meanwhile, cinema goers are exposed to the now cult creepfest of Pumpkinhead and the most terrifying movie Stanley Kubrick has ever seen: local Dutch film production The Vanishing.

Apart from that, we cover the usual broad variety of topics related to the time, extending to the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Western version of Super Mario Bros. 2, the cute-but-deranged antics of Tiki the Kiwi in The New Zealand Story, the Ultramagnetic MCs’ debut album and other boundary pushing going on in the world of Hip-Hop, Milli friggin’ Vanilli, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (the movie, this time around), nunchuks, a pitbull terrier called Dutch, flip glasses and taco nazis. It’s business as usual then, in the month of October and there’s absolutely no further spookiness going on, we promise!

Scramble Spirits

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Ninja Gaiden

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The New Zealand Story

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 9, L-R: Scramble Spirits, Ninja Gaiden, Cabal, The New Zealand Story

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ed 「イートレム」 Tremblay for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Mudprints Music, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Rise from your Grave – by Toru Nakabayashi for Altered Beast, 1988
  • Haum Germer – by Toru Nakabayashi for Altered Beast, 1988
  • BGM 1 – by Toru Nakabayashi & Yasuhiro Kawakami for Scramble Spirits, 1988
  • BGM 2 – by Mikio Saitou, Ichiro Nakagawa, Ryuichi Nitta & Tamotsu Ebisawa for Ninja Gaiden, 1988
  • Level Theme – by ??? for Cabal, 1988
  • Main Theme – by Hisayoshi Ogura, Yasuko Yamada & Yasuhisa Watanabe for The New Zealand Story, 1988
  • Mid Boss A Outside – by Tamayo Kawamoto & Yoshihiro Sakaguchi for Forgotten Worlds, 1988
  • Title – by Jeroen Tel for Cybernoid 2, 1988
  • Break North – by Ultramagnetic MCs, 1988
  • The Symphony – by Marley Marl, 1988
  • Roses are Red – by Mac Band, 1988
  • Everything I Miss At Home – by Cherrelle, 1988
  • Flower – by Soundgarden, 1988
  • Daydream Nation album medley – by Prolefeed101, original recordings by Sonic Youth, 1988
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me – by Def Leppard, 1988
  • Girl You Know It’s True – by Milli Vanilli, 1988
  • Wonderful Tonight – by Eric Clapton, 1988
  • Theme from Spoorloos – by Henny Vrienten for the motion picture Spoorloos, 1988
  • This Morning Theme – by David Pringle, 1988

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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Video Wizards is a podcast about the arcade games of the 1980’s and 1990’s and their cultural context, by Ben Cartlidge and Michiel Kroder.

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