VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 21: April 1995

In episode 21 of Video Wizards, we return to the mid nineties, in that period before Sony’s PlayStation was released to change the gaming landscape forever. In the arcades of April 1995, there is a lot of fighting and a lot of flying going on, as Midway drops the much anticipated third instalment in the dominating “kultural” force that is the Mortal Kombat series, Capcom once again combines martial arts and monsters in the Darkstalkers sequel Night Warriors, Namco takes to the skies with spectacle cab Air Combat 22 and Jaleco and NMK team up for a very late shoot ’em up sequel in the form of P-47 Aces.

At home we see SNES and Mega Drive owners especially still being well catered to with a slew of releases of varying quality, among which some reluctant support for the more or less maligned SEGA add-on known as the 32X, as the PlayStation approaches and Spain finally gets to savour the delights of Atari’s Jaguar system. Recovering from a strong early start that year, Hip Hop album releases are a bit thin on the ground, save for Mobb Deep’s seminal The Infamous. And in the world of guitar music, there are some major machinations taking place behind the scenes. Moviegoers, meanwhile, get to enjoy the comedic exploits of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys and Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in Friday.

The result of all this is yet another meaty show brought to you by Video Wizards. Here’s to learning something new and sharing a laugh, a cry and a pensive moment or two in almost 6 more hours of prime nostalgic podcasting.

The top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 20, L-R: Mortal Kombat 3, Air Combat 22, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge, P-47 Aces

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.

Baller of the Month Jingle composed by Yuli Anna and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2022 Yuli Anna, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Ride the Tiger (Akira’s Theme) – by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Takayuki Nakamura & Akiko Hashimoto for Virtua Fighter 2, 1994
  • Prologue – by Dan Forden for Mortal Kombat 3, 1995
  • The Soul Chamber – by Dan Forden for Mortal Kombat 3, 1995
  • If the Sky is Burnin’ Out – by Keiichi Okabe for Air Combat 22, 1995
  • Demitri Stage (Romania) – by Hideki Okugawa for Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge, 1995
  • Stage 4 – by Manabu Namiki for P-47 Aces, 1995
  • Runner/AD2025 – by Norio Hanzawa for Alien Soldier, 1995
  • Shook Ones (Part II) – by Mobb Deep, 1995
  • Wontime – by Smif-N-Wessun (featuring Rockness Monsta), 1995
  • Distortion to Static – by The Roots, 1994
  • Return of da Baby Killa – by Brotha Lynch Hung (featuring Sicx), 1995
  • DAAAM! – by Tha Alkaholiks (featuring Les July), 1994
  • Put it On – by Big L, 1994
  • Goin’ Down – by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, 1995
  • Eye for a Eye (Your Beef is Mines) – by Mobb Deep (featuring Nas & Raekwon), 1995
  • Super-Charger Heaven – by White Zombie, 1995
  • Nothing Else Matters (Live in London, 1995) – by Metallica, 1992
  • Urban Discipline (Live at Dynamo Eindhoven, 1995) – by Biohazard, 1992
  • Sour Times – by Portishead, 1994
  • Some Might Say – by Oasis, 1995
  • Purple Medley – by Prince, 1995
  • The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall into My Mind) – by Kenny Dope presents… The Bucketheads, 1995
  • Self Esteem – by The Offspring, 1994
  • Keep Their Heads Ringin’ (Instrumental) – by Dr. Dre, 1995
  • Songs of Love (Theme for Father Ted) – by The Divine Comedy, 1995

Episode edited by: Michiel Kroder

And finally: our special thanks to テクノワールド奥州.

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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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