VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 16: May 1987

The hits keep on coming as the Video Wizards travel back to the heydays of ninja related crimes in May 1987 and discuss monumental arcade games like Double Dragon, Taito’s Rastan Saga and Super Hang-On. But there is also Konami’s Combat School, which failed to prepare Ben and Michiel for its final level in the White House, and the rather anticlimactic The Real Ghostbusters by Data East to delve into, as well as talk of Karnov, Contra and Bionic Commando.

European home gaming in May 1987 is all about the micros as remarkable games like The Sentinel, Saboteur 2 and Ranarama see a release, whereas Nintendo’s 8-bit hitter is still a would-be import gamer’s dream. In the world of music Guns’N Roses are about to change Metal forever and in the world of cinema Axel Foley makes his return for more sun drenched action and comedy in Beverly Hills, while Michael Dudikoff and Steve James bring it all the way back with the silly shinobi stylings of American Ninja 2.

Brace yourself for more than 5 hours of new Video Wizards podcast content and listen out for the announcement at the end to get the lowdown on what’s next for the show!

Rastan Saga

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Super Hang-On

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Combat School

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The Real Ghostbusters
Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 16, L-R: Rastan Saga, Super Hang-On, Combat School, The Real Ghostbusters

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
  • Opening – by Kazunaka Yamane for Double Dragon, 1987
  • Mission 2: Industrial Area Riot – by Kazunaka Yamane for Double Dragon, 1987
  • Overworld Theme – by Naoto Yagishita & Masahiko Takaki for Rastan Saga, 1987
  • Outride a Crisis – by Katsuhiro Hayashi & Kouichi Namiki for Super Hang-On, 1987
  • Main Theme – by ??? & Ray Parker Jr. for The Real Ghostbusters, 1987
  • Demo Theme – by Shinichi Sakamoto for Psychic 5, 1987
  • Main Theme – by Rob Hubbard for Shockway Rider, 1987
  • Sign O’ The Times – by Prince, 1987
  • Don’t Disturb This Groove – by The System, 1987
  • Head to Toe – by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, 1987
  • Nightmares – by Dana Dane, 1987
  • Girls, Girls, Girls – by Mötley Crüe, 1987
  • Twilight of the Gods – by Helloween, 1987
  • Deadly Peril – by Defender, 1987
  • Big Love – by Fleetwood Mac, 1987
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – by Starship, 1987
  • If You Let Me Stay – by Terence Trent D’Arby, 1987
  • Crockett’s Theme – by Jan Hammer, 1987
  • Lean on Me – by Club Nouveau, 1987
  • Respectable – by Mel & Kim, 1987
  • Right on Track – by The Breakfast Club, 1987
  • Kleine Jodeljongen – by Manke Nelis, 1987
  • The DJ Kat Show Theme Song – by ??? for The DJ Kat Show, 1986

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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