VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 6: July 1985

In the 6th episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we travel all the way back to July in the year 1985. In this month, Yu Suzuki and SEGA go “full body” and unleash the Super Scaler revolution on arcade goers with the legendary superbike racer Hang-On. Namco show their quirkier side with the autorunner inspiring Metro-Cross and the cutesy-yet-slightly-disturbing alien shooter Baraduke, while Konami are all about stabbing Soviet saps in Green Beret. And then there is Atari’s Peter Pack Rat.

As Queen and Freddy Mercury rock Live Aid in Wembley, Madonna and a host of 1980s R&B artists get party people into the groove. Marty McFly aims to travel through time in a direction opposite to ours in what might be the quintessential 1980s Hollywood flick, while Roger Moore delivers his final role as James Stock, er, James Bond. Join us on this wild ride through the mid-point of the mid-eighties!

Baraduke

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Metro-Cross

Peter Pack-Rat

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Green Beret

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 6, L-R: Baraduke, Metro-Cross, Peter Pack Rat, Green Beret

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ser Flash for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Ser Flash, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Title – by ??? for Hang-On, 1985
  • Main Theme – by ??? for Hang-On, 1985
  • Name Resist – by ??? for Baraduke, 1985
  • BGM – by Nobuyuki Onogi for Metro-Cross, 1985
  • Stage 1 Medley – by Brad Fuller for Peter Pack Rat, 1985
  • Death/Game Over – by ??? for Green Beret, 1985
  • BGM 1 – by Tamayo Kawamoto for Commando, 1985
  • Title – by ??? for Doki Doki Penguin Land, 1985
  • Human Beat Box (Part II) – by Fat Boys, 1985
  • Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating) – by Loose Ends, 1985
  • P.S.K. What Does It Mean? – by Schoolly D, 1985
  • Ready to Strike – by King Kobra, 1985
  • Mechanix – by Megadeth, 1985
  • Into the Groove – by Madonna, 1985
  • In My House – Mary Jane Girls, 1984
  • All Fall Down – by Five Star, 1985
  • Josephine – by Chris Rea, 1985
  • A View to a Kill – by Duran Duran, 1985
  • Toppop Tune – by Tonny Eyk, 1970

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 5: June 1993

In this fifth episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we travel back to June 1993, where Midway releases the final revision of the digitised live actor driven fighting fantasy Mortal Kombat II. There is summertime amusement aplenty as well, with the thrill ride-like cabs of Lucky & Wild and Alien 3: The Gun, by Namco and SEGA respectively. And Technos and Data East were bringing some new and exciting twists to the beat ’em up genre.

Meanwhile, the Unabomber is still on the loose and Hulk Hogan gets defeated by a James Bond gadget-like photo camera. Also, Jurassic Park’s roaringly successful release is the mark of a new era in blockbuster cinema, Star Fox (or Starwing) pushes polygons on PAL SNESes and Hip-Hop music by credible artists invades mainstream-inclined homes everywhere. And will Michiel’s winning streak in the Video Wizards Quiz finally be broken?

Alien 3: The Gun

Shadow Force

Lucky & Wild

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Night Slashers

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 5, L-R: Alien 3: The Gun, Shadow Force, Lucky & Wild, Night Slashers

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ser Flash for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Ser Flash, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Story Intro – by Dan Forden for Mortal Kombat II, 1993
  • The Living Forest – by Dan Forden for Mortal Kombat II, 1993
  • BGM 2 – by ??? for Alien 3: The Gun, 1993
  • Secret Forest – by Kazunaka Yamane for Shadow Force, 1993
  • Stage 1 & 4 – by Etsuo Ishii for Lucky & Wild, 1993
  • BGM 3 – by Tatsuya Kiuchi & Tomoyoshi Sato for Night Slashers, 1993
  • Town Stage – by Masaki Izutani & Kouji Murata for Sengoku Ace, 1993
  • Corneria – by Hajime Hirasawa for Star Fox, 1993
  • Chief Rocka – by Lords of the Underground, 1993
  • Deeper (Instrumental) – by Def Jef for Bo$$, 1993
  • Dre Day – by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1993
  • I Get Around – by 2pac, 1993
  • The Unforgiven (Live in Milton Keynes ’93) – by Metallica, 1993
  • Tease Me – by Chaka Demus & Pliers, 1993
  • From Despair to Where – Manic Street Preachers, 1993
  • That’s The Way Love Goes – by Janet Jackson, 1993
  • Where the Hell Have I – by Alice in Chains, 1993
  • Fawlty Towers Theme – by Dennis Wilson, 1975

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 4: May 1994

In the fourth episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we find ourselves in May 1994, where Capcom made a powerful statement in that they were still not done with making “belt scrolling” beat ’em ups, with both Alien vs. Predator and Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom making their mark. In this time period, their fellow Osakan rivals SNK were showing their quirkier side with the goofy Top Hunter, while also – antagonistically – publishing Data East’s Karnov’s Revenge, the follow up to a fighter that Capcom fought a court case over, both on their Neo-Geo platform. And SEGA’s Daytona USA had made a rolling start in becoming one of their most popular and enduring arcade games of all time.

We also are confronted with the deaths of F1 phenomenon Ayrton Senna and actor Brandon Lee, as the latter’s movie The Crow sees a theatrical release. And after the death of Kurt Cobain, bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and the Stone Temple Pilots keep Grunge quaking. Do you possess the Mental Stamina to listen to almost 5 more hours of Video Wizards podcasting goodness?

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy

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Daytona USA

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Karnov's Revenge

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Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 4, L-R: Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy, Daytona USA, Karnov’s Revenge, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ser Flash for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Ser Flash, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Opening – by Hideki Okugawa for Alien vs. Predator, 1994
  • Round 3 – by Hideki Okugawa for Alien vs. Predator, 1994
  • Wood Planet (Theme 1) – by Yoko Osaka, Yoshihiko Kitamura, Shiba Pooh, Akihiro Uchida, Masahiko Hataya & Toshio Shimizu for Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy, 1994
  • Sky High – by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi for Daytona USA, 1994
  • Karnov’s Theme – by Seiichi Hamada, Tomoyoshi Sato, Mihoko Ando, Masaaki Iwasaki & Shōgo Sakai for Karnov’s Revenge, 1994
  • BGM 3 – by Isao Abe, Takayuki Iwai & Hideki Okugawa for Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom, 1994
  • Shooot! – by Seiichi Hamada, Tomoyoshi Sato & Masaaki Iwasaki for Windjammers, 1994
  • Prelude to Glory – by Yasumasa Yamada, Yoshihiko Kitamura, Mariko & Yasuhiro Naka for Art of Fighting 2, 1994
  • Mental Stamina – by Jeru the Damaja featuring Afu-Ra, 1994
  • NY State of Mind – by Nas, 1994
  • Black Hole Sun – by Soundgarden, 1994
  • Big Empty – by Stone Temple Pilots, 1994
  • Under the Bridge – by Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1994
  • Love is All Around – by Wet Wet Wet, 1994
  • Sweet Lullaby – by Deep Forest, 1992
  • Theme of Wipeout with Paul Daniels – by David Arch, 1994

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 3: April 1986

In the third episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we’re traveling a bit further back again, to April 1986, and enter the Fantasy Zone for some unique shoot ’em up stylings by SEGA. Japanese developers continue making their mark as we also look at a string of Capcom hitters like Trojan, Gun.Smoke and Section Z and Konami’s oddly similar looking Double Dribble and Jail Break. And SEGA doesn’t just leave it at releasing a cute shooter, but also publishes the delightful and ubiquitous Wonder Boy.

Under the shadow of the Chernobyl disaster and the ever present 1980s threat of a nuclear apocalypse, two shape shifting alien bounty hunters use the Power of the Night to lay waste to a small rural town in the U.S.A., when on the lookout for sharp toothed extraterrestrial vermin, and Rakim, with help of Eric B, changes the face of rap music with a single song.

Slap Fight

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Wonder Boy

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Double Dribble

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Trojan

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 3, L-R: Slap Fight, Wonder Boy, Double Dribble, Trojan

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ser Flash for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Ser Flash, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Opa Opa – by Noah Toku for Fantasy Zone, 1986
  • Keep on the Beat – by Noah Toku for Fantasy Zone, 1986
  • Area 1 to 10 – by ??? for Slap Fight, 1986
  • Main Theme – by ??? for Wonder Boy, 1986
  • U.S.A. National Anthem – by ??? for Double Dribble, 1986
  • Stage 3 – by Ayako Mori for Trojan, 1986
  • Theme of Terra Cresta – by ??? for Terra Cresta, 1985
  • Section A to E – by Tamayo Kawamoto for Section Z, 1985
  • Eric B is President – by Eric B & Rakim, 1986
  • When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – by Billy Ocean, 1985
  • Why Can’t This Be Love – by Van Halen, 1986
  • (Nothing Serious) Just Buggin’ – by Whistle, 1986
  • Living Doll (Comic Relief) – by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones, 1986
  • Don’t Waste My Time – by Paul Hardcastle featuring Carol Kenyon, 1986
  • Just Say No – by The Cast of Grange Hill, 1986
  • Power of the Night – by “Johnny Steele”, 1986
  • Jossy’s Giants Theme – by Mike Amatt, 1986

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 2: March 1991

This second episode of the Video Wizards Podcast is huge! We’re traveling back to March 1991 and look at how Street Fighter II: The World Warrior changed the (arcade) gaming landscape… and we get to reminisce about colourful cartoony games like The Simpsons, Caveman Ninja and Bells & Whistles a.k.a. Detana!! TwinBee.

We also marvel at Jeff Speakman’s Kenpo skills and his laissez-faire approach to deadly combat, avoid the Ninja Turtles populated dance floor at a Vanilla Ice show and brace ourselves for the Grunge quake. And will Michiel break his impressive streak of giving the exact wrong answer during any given 50/50 toss up quiz situation?

The Simpsons

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Caveman Ninja

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King of the Monsters

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Detana!! TwinBee
Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 2, L-R: The Simpsons, Caveman Ninja, King of the Monsters, Detana!! TwinBee

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ser Flash for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Ser Flash, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Title – by Yoko Shimomura for Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, 1991
  • Player Select – by Yoko Shimomura for Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, 1991
  • Brazil (Blanka’s Theme) – by Yoko Shimomura for Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, 1991
  • Downtown Springfield (Stage 1) – by Norio Hanzawa for The Simpsons, 1991
  • BGM 2 – by Hiroaki Yoshida, Seiichi Hamada, Takafumi Miura & Yusuke Takahama for Caveman Ninja, 1991
  • Prayer of Madness (Theme of Woo) – by Toshikazu Tanaka, Kazuhiro Nishida & Ten6 Jaguars for King of the Monsters, 1991
  • Gift of the Wind – by Hidenori Maezawa, Michiru Yamane & Masae Nakashima for Detana!! TwinBee, 1991
  • Match 2 (Southside Jim) – by John Paul for Pit-Fighter, 1991
  • Paean of Body – by Hiroaki Yoshida & Akira Takemoto for Mutant Fighter, 1991
  • Sea of Sorrow – by Alice in Chains, 1991
  • Losing my Religion – by R.E.M., 1991
  • Re-Educating Rita – by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, 1991
  • A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturdays – by De La Soul, 1991
  • The One and Only – by Chesney Hawkes, 1991
  • I Wanna Sex You Up – by Color Me Badd, 1991
  • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – by C+C Music Factory, 1991
  • Falling (Instrumental) – by Angelo Badalamenti, 1990
  • Night Life in Twin Peaks – by Angelo Badalamenti, 1990
  • Theme of Fort Boyard – by Paul Koulak, 1990

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 1: February 1989

In the first offical episode of the Video Wizards Podcast, we’re traveling back to February 1989 and look at a surprisingly horror-inducing selection of arcade games like Splatterhouse, Ghouls’n Ghosts and Hard Drivin’.

We also give an update on our home gaming situation of the day, catch the wave of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, find ourselves in the midst of Hip Hop’s golden era and are confronted with the horrors of war via Metallica. Of course, Ben pulls out another quiz for Michiel and we share some brilliant correspondence from the listeners as well!

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 1, L-R: Turbo Outrun, Dynamite Düx, Ghouls’n Ghosts, Hard Drivin’

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ser Flash for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Ser Flash, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Opening – by Katsuro Tajima & Yoshinori Kawamoto for Splatterhouse, 1988
  • Ending – by Katsuro Tajima & Yoshinori Kawamoto for Splatterhouse, 1988
  • Shake the Street – by Hiroshi Kawaguchi & Yasuhiro Takagi for Turbo Outrun, 1989
  • Downtown – by Hiroshi Kawaguchi for Dynamite Düx, 1988
  • Stage 2 (Village of Decay) – by Tamayo Kawamoto for Ghouls’n Ghosts, 1988
  • Instant Replay – by Don Diekneite for Hard Drivin’, 1989
  • Powermeter – by Motoaki Furukawa for The Final Round, 1988
  • Stage 1 – by Toshikazu Tanaka, Yoko Osaka & Kazuhiro Nishida for P.O.W.: Prisoners of War, 1988
  • Countdown to Armageddon – by Public Enemy, 1988
  • Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos – by Public Enemy, 1988
  • The Ruler’s Back – by Slick Rick, 1988
  • Eye Know – by De La Soul, 1989
  • One – by Metallica, 1989
  • Can U Dig It? – by Pop Will Eat Itself, 1989
  • Say a Little Prayer – by Bomb the Bass featuring Maureen, 1988
  • Rocket – by Def Leppard, 1987
  • EastEnders theme tune – by Simon May & Leslie Osborne, 1985

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 0: January 1987

In this pilot episode of the Video Wizards Podcast, we’re traveling back to January 1987 and look at arcade games like Alien Syndrome, Rolling Thunder, and 720º.

We also check out the European, pre-console, home computer scene, Eddie Murphy’s performance in The Golden Child and music from The Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses and Cameo… and did you know just how crucial bicycle side wheel reflectors really are?

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 0, L-R: Sky Fox, Rolling Thunder, Salamander, 720°

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ser Flash for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Ser Flash, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • Dooms Day – by Tohru Nakabayashi for Alien Syndrome, 1987
  • Killer Instinct – by Tohru Nakabayashi for Alien Syndrome, 1987
  • BGM 1 – by ??? for Exerizer / Sky Fox, 1987
  • In-Game Theme One – by Junko Ozawa for Rolling Thunder, 1986
  • Power of Anger – by Miki Higashino, Hidenori Maezawa, Shinya Sakamoto, Satoe Terashima & Atsushi Fujio for Salamander, 1986
  • Ramp – by Hal Canon & Earl Vickers for 720º, 1986
  • In-Game Music – by Tadashi Kimijima for Bubble Bobble, 1986
  • Goal 3 – by Hal Canon for Super Sprint, 1986
  • The New Style/Fight for Your Right – by The Beastie Boys, 1986
  • Welcome to the Jungle – by Guns N’ Roses, 1987
  • Cold Gettin’ Dumb – by Just-Ice, 1986
  • Candy – by Cameo, 1986
  • Suburbia – by The Pet Shop Boys, 1986
  • Shake You Down – by Gregory Abbott, 1986
  • Robin (The Hooded Man) – by Clannad, 1984
  • Thundercats Opening Theme – by Kevin Kliesch, 1985

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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