VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 15: April 1992

In this episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we’re traveling back to April 1992 to an arcade landscape that differs wildly from the one we left in the last episode. In the wake of 1991’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, we find the scene reinvigorated, with big budget games and showy machines occupying the floors and the 6-player, double screen behemoth cabinet of Konami’s X-men taking center stage. Meanwhile, the first named revision of Capcom’s Street Fighter II keeps rivalries and competitions heated and Konami introduce another licensed machine with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. More niche video game experiences come in ADK’s bizarre hilarious Ninja Commando and the prickly-yet-explosive Bubble Bobble-like Saboten Bombers by NMK.

In the home, all eyes are on that 16-bit powerhouse called the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which sees its launch in the UK this month. In other geographically pinpointed goings on, John Woo releases his action fest master piece Hard Boiled to Hong Kong movie theaters and across the Atlantic Ocean, the music genre of Hip-Hop is deeply impacted by the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

All that and your monthly dose of Local Dutch News, Trash from the Classifieds and Video Wizards Quizzing is here for you, with more than 5 hours of audio goodness to indulge in.

Street Fighter II: Champion Edition

Saboten Bombers

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G.I. Joe

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Ninja Commando

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 15, L-R: Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Saboten Bombers, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Ninja Commando

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
  • All That X-men – by Seiichi Fukami for X-men, 1992
  • Boss – by Seiichi Fukami for X-men, 1992
  • U.S.A. (Balrog’s Theme) – by Yoko Shimomura for Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, 1991
  • Title Theme – by ??? for Saboten Bombers, 1992
  • Player Select – by Tsutomu Ogura & Kenichiro Fukui for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, 1992
  • Japan (Civil War Era) – by ??? for Ninja Commando, 1992
  • Red & Yellow – by Zuntata for Metal Black, 1991
  • Title Theme – by Koji Kondo for Super Mario World, 1990
  • Mic Checka – by DAS EFX, 1992
  • Cop Killer – by Body Count, 1992
  • In my Neighborhood – by Spice 1, 1992
  • That Sickness – by X-Raided (featuring Brotha Lynch Hung, Big-O, Kaos, CYCO), 1992
  • They Want EFX – by DAS EFX, 1992
  • Deep Cover – by Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg), 1984
  • La Schmoove – by Fu-Schnickens, 1992
  • Duck Down – by BDP, 1992
  • T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You) – by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, 1992
  • Come As You Are – by Nirvana, 1992
  • Monster – by L7, 1992
  • The Dark War Has Begun – by Bestial Summoning, 1992
  • Be Quick or Be Dead – by Iron Maiden, 1992
  • I Love Your Smile – by Shanice, 1991
  • Under the Bridge – by Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1992
  • We Got a Love Thang – by CeCe Peniston, 1992
  • O.P.P. – by Naughty by Nature, 1991
  • Red Car Boogie – by Joo Rita for the motion picture Hard Boiled, 1992
  • Heartbeat – by Nick Berry, 1992

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 14: March 1984

In this episode, the Video Wizards find themselves in March 1984, where they are confronted with the wreckage left by Atari on the North American video game market and its effect on releases in European arcades. It’s nothing but obscure coin-ops this month as SNK quietly introduce the now little known sequel to Vanguard, Coreland and SEGA put out the bizarre and misleadingly named SWAT, Data East try their hands at a vertical shoot ’em up that’s been lost to time… and then there is Dynamic Ski by the far from prolific Taiyo System. To Ben and Michiel’s surprise there is actually a lot to enjoy there! Plus they also dig out some hits released in the months prior to March, such as Pole Position II, Punch-Out!! and Tapper.

While it’s quiet on the home gaming front, there is never a shortage of Trash from the Classifieds to dive into. And where the gaming industry struggles, there is a lot going on in the world of music, with Run-DMC showing fellow Hip-Hop artists how to make an album and give shape to the music in its recorded form, and a torrent of Local Dutch Metal being released by Roadrunner Records. And what exactly is the story behind that familiar voice on the chorus of Rockwell’s paranoid R&B hit Somebody’s Watching Me?

Musical strengths continue into cinema as the lads discuss the pioneering mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, before being slightly shocked by the original Police Academy and its contents. You’ll find all this and much more in one of the most interesting Video Wizards episodes up until now. Get involved with the choppiest and sockiest podcast around!

SWAT

Hunchback Olympics

Zaviga

Dynamic Ski
Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 14, L-R: SWAT, Hunchback Olympics/Herbie at the Olympics, Zaviga, Dynamic Ski

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
  • Main Theme – by ??? for SWAT, 1984
  • Rock Box – by Run-DMC, 1984
  • Encore – by Cheryl Lynn, 1984
  • Somebody’s Watching Me – by Rockwell, 1984
  • Jam On It – by Newcleus, 1984
  • It’s Yours – by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, 1984
  • Round and Round – by Ratt, 1984
  • Far Beyond the Sun – by Yngwie Malmsteen, 1984
  • Mercenary – by Vortex, 1984
  • 99 Red Balloons – by Nena, 1984
  • What Difference Does It Make? – by The Smiths, 1984
  • Radio Ga Ga – by Queen, 1984
  • Jump – by Van Halen, 1983
  • Hello – by Lionel Richie, 1984
  • Love is a Battlefield – by Pat Benatar, 1983
  • Yah Mo B There – by James Ingram (featuring Michael McDonald), 1983
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun – by Cyndi Lauper, 1983
  • When the Lady Smiles – by Golden Earring, 1984

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 13: February 1982

In this episode, the Video Wizards travel back further in time than they ever have, all the way to February 1982. In this month, SEGA make a splash with the visually striking axonometric space shooter Zaxxon while Atari revisits Asteroids in a tethered fashion for Space Duel. Gaming’s first diva appears in the form of a yellow orb with a red bow and a beauty mark and chef Peter Pepper has ingredients coming after him in Burger Time by Data East. And then there is the pioneering, but rather mad Jump Bug by the fledgling Alpha Denshi.

Much like Video Wizard Ben in 1982, both gaming at home and the Hip-Hop genre of music in its recorded form are still in their relative infancy, with gaming consoles not being a widely adopted commodity in Europe yet and the home computer boom just barely waiting around the corner in the former’s case and record labels adopting a wait-and-see kind of attitude in the latter’s case. But the music charts bring the goods this time, with a lot of diversity and musicianship on full display. And movie theaters are blessed by the well performing cult flicks Swamp Thing and Death Wish 2.

All this, some shocking memories of gruesome accidents and much, much more is what you’ll find in this new episode of the Video Wizards podcast!

Burger Time

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Ms. Pac-Man

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Space Duel

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Jump Bug

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 13, L-R: Burger Time, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Duel, Jump Bug

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
  • Main Theme – by ??? for Burger Time, 1982
  • Act 1: They Meet – by Chris Rode for Ms. Pac-Man, 1982
  • Level 2 Mid-Point – by ??? for Jump Bug, 1981
  • That Girl – by Stevie Wonder, 1981
  • Call Me – by Skyy, 1981
  • Simon Says – by The Sequence, 1982
  • Run to the Hills – by Iron Maiden, 1982
  • Screaming for Vengeance – by Judas Priest, 1982
  • Town Called Malice – by The Jam, 1982
  • The Model – by Kraftwerk, 1978
  • Golden Brown – by The Stranglers, 1981
  • Senses Working Overtime – by XTC, 1982
  • Poison Arrow – by ABC, 1982
  • Cambodia – by Kim Wilde, 1981
  • I Won’t Let You Down – by Ph.D., 1981
  • Don’t You Want Me – by The Human League, 1981
  • Spirits in the Material World – by The Police, 1981
  • I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – by Hall & Oates, 1981
  • Theme for The Equalizer, by Stuart Copeland, 1985
  • Intro (AVRO’s Kinderbios), by Clous van Mechelen (featuring Jody Pijper), 1981

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 12: January 1997

In this episode of Video Wizards, we travel to January 1997 to witness the sad slow demise of the arcades in Western Europe, with cabinets getting replaced by slot machines in all but the last remaining dedicated gaming halls. But in these bright and colourful sanctuaries, there’s still a lot of video game fun to be had, with head to head combat and driving being the running themes. Capcom and Arika’s first 3D entry in their leading fighting franchise, Street Fighter EX, is presented to the masses, while the Osaka giants also get a bit experimental with their first CPSIII game: Red Earth. This is set off by Sunsoft’s oddball parody fighting game Waku Waku 7 and the crowd pleasing, jaw dropping spectacle cab of Model 3 powerhouse SCUD Race. And then there is Cruis’n World by Midway.

With home gaming becoming the more emphasised side of our hobby, Sony’s PlayStation is going especially strong, with Cool Boarders, Destruction Derby 2 and the Japanese release of the seismic Final Fantasy 7, while Europe is gearing up for the release of the Nintendo 64. In the world of Metal, acts like Marilyn Manson and Limp Bizkit carve new paths, where Hip-Hop artists find themselves at a crossroads. And the beginning of the year in cinema is lit up with the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – Special Edition. You want more? How about titanic local Dutch skating tours? A new instalment of the Video Wizards Quiz? The Dan Clark Baller of the Month Award?

This near 6 hour throwback audio experience contains way too much content to detail here, so get very comfortable indeed and enjoy the first Video Wizards podcast episode of the new year!

Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 12, L-R: SCUD Race, Red Earth, Waku Waku 7, Cruis’n World

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
  • Straight Outta Compton – by N.W.A, 1988
  • Character Select – by Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Sasou & Takayuki Aihara for Street Fighter EX, 1996
  • Strange Sunset (Guile’s Theme) – by Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Sasou & Takayuki Aihara for Street Fighter EX, 1996
  • Groovin’ Daylight – by Hideaki Miyamoto, Kaoru Ohori & Fumio Ito for SCUD Race, 1996
  • Advent of the Supreme Ruler – by Takayuki Iwai for Red Earth, 1996
  • The Sun Also Sets (Dandy J’s Theme) – by Masato Araikawa for Waku Waku 7, 1996
  • Title Theme – by Vincent Pontarelli for Cruis’n World, 1996
  • Rowdy (Opening Theme) – by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Fumio Ito & Hidenori Shoji for Virtua Fighter 3, 1996
  • Break Out (SEGA Saturn Arrangement) – by Hideaki Miyamoto for Virtua Cop 2, 1996
  • Krystal Karrington – by Camp Lo, 1997
  • Beyond Real – by Jigmastas, 1996
  • Tried by 12 – by East Flatbush Projects, 1996
  • Third Degree – by Dilated Peoples (featuring Defari), 1997
  • High Drama – by Mike Zoot (featuring Mos Def), 1997
  • Universal Magnetic – by Mos Def, 1997
  • Dead Bent – by MF DOOM, 1997
  • Tragedy – by The RZA, 1997
  • Faith – by Limp Bizkit, 1997
  • The Beautiful People (Live at Bizarre Festival 1997) – by Marilyn Manson, 1997
  • Cosmic Girl – by Jamiroquai, 1996
  • In Your Car – by Kenickie, 1996
  • Your Woman – by White Town, 1997
  • Hakke & Zage – by Gabber Piet, 1996
  • No Diggity – by Blackstreet (featuring Dr. Dre & Queen Pen), 1996
  • Paparazzi, by Xzibit, 1996

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

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 11: December 1989

In this final Video Wizards Podcast episode of 2020, we travel back 31 years, to the month of December 1989. With the last holiday season of the 1980s upon us, we are visited by Santa Haggar, backed up by Cody and Guy, for Capcom’s genre redefining Final Fight. Konami, meanwhile, set out their own brawling path with their first arcade beat ’em up carrying an animated series license, while simultaneously unleashing the terrors of Gradius III on unsuspecting arcade goers and Mitchell and SNK keep things varied with Pang and Beast Busters respectively.

At home, European NES owners might just receive the first Mega Man in their stockings, as Master System owning kids are hopeful to receive a copy of Psycho Fox. And while Hip Hop’s golden era is winding down to the sounds of Biz Markie, the Geto Boys’ Willie D and 3rd Bass, the UK and Dutch charts are bombarded with tacky Christmas pop songs, blaring out the speakers of Chris Rea’s car radio. In cinemas, the police brutality of Tango & Cash shares the spotlight with the holiday brutality of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and in global politics, Bush senior and Gorbachev keep things extra festive by jointly announcing the end of the Cold War.

We hope you enjoy this mammoth podcast about the past and wish you a happy future in 2021!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Gradius III

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Pang

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Beast Busters

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 11, L-R: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gradius III, Pang/Buster Bros., Beast Busters

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 Yoshihiro Sakaguchi, Michiru Yamane & Yoko Shimomura for Final Fight, 1989
  • Slum – by Yoshihiro Sakaguchi, Michiru Yamane & Yoko Shimomura for Final Fight, 1989
  • Title Theme – by Sebastian Evans for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1989
  • Sand Storm – by Junichiro Kaneda, Seiichi Fukami, Miki Higashino, Kozo Nakamura & Mutsuhiko Izumi for Gradius III, 1989
  • Mt. Fuji – by Tamayo Kawamoto for Pang, 1989
  • Oh My Buddha! – by Toshikazu Tanaka & Masahiko Hataya for Beast Busters, 1989
  • Crossroads – by Takashi Tateishi for Willow, 1989
  • Elec Man – by Manami Matsumae & Yoshihiro Sakaguchi, 1989
  • Just a Friend – by Biz Markie, 1989
  • I Need Some Pussy – by Willie D, 1989
  • Bald Headed Hoes – by Willie D, 1989
  • Fuck the KKK – by Willie D, 1989
  • Oval Office – by 3rd Bass, 1989
  • Power Metal – by Pantera, 1988
  • Cowboys from Hell – by Pantera, 1990
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas? – by Band Aid II, 1989
  • Driving Home for Christmas (Instrumental) – by Chris Rea, 1989
  • The Message is Love – by Arthur Baker and the Backbeat Disciples (featuring Al Green), 1989
  • Christmas Vacation – by Mavis Staples for the motion picture National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989
  • Doctor Who Opening Theme – by Dominick Glynn, 1986

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 10: November 1992

In the 10th numbered episode of the Video Wizards Podcast, the stage for November 1992 is set by U.S. president George H.W. Bush smoothly transfering power to the political face of the ’90s, Bill Clinton, as SEGA brings about a revolution with their introduction of Virtua Racer to the arcade market. Toaplan enlist “mangaka” Joker JUN to make an impression with their unapologetic vertically scrolling shooter Dogyuun, whereas Irem spin off from their premiere horizontally scrolling shoot ’em up series with R-Type Leo and Konami license another odd anthropomorphic-centric cartoon property, for the Sunset Riders-like C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa. But what exactly are Increbible Technologies playing at with the completely horrifically botched attempt at a fighting game called Time Killers? Meanwhile, movie goers are spoilt for choice for the upcoming holiday season, with blockbusters like Home Alone 2, Disney’s Aladdin and Bram Stoker’s Dracula hitting the theaters.

In the European home gaming market, Nintendo’s SNES is gaining momentum with a slew of instantly classic titles in the face of SEGA releasing the mighty sequel to their smash hit Sonic the Hedgehog on Sonic 2sday. And you might not think of 1992 as being an especially prolific year for Hip-Hop, until you realise that Dr. Dre made clear that it was Nuthin’ But A G Thang, Redman dropped his explosive solo album and Rage Agains the Machine crossed over to fans of the genre, straight from the world of Metal, all around this moment in time. Here’s more than 4 and a half hours of fresh new Video Wizards content for you, filled with a plethora of more fun topics too varied to detail here. Would we lie to you?

Dogyuun

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Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa

R-Type Leo

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Time Killers
Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 10, L-R: Dogyuun, Wild West: C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, R-Type Leo, Time Killers

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
  • Course Select – by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi for Virtua Racing, 1992
  • Time Extend 2 – by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi for Virtua Racing, 1992
  • Time Extend 3 – by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi for Virtua Racing, 1992
  • Dogyuun Magic – by Tatsuya Uemura for Dogyuun, 1992
  • Title – by Michiru Yamane for Wild West: C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, 1992
  • Red Hot Desert – by Hiroshi Kimura for R-Type Leo, 1992
  • Rancid Theme – by ??? for Time Killers, 1992
  • Choose your Fighter – by Dan Forden for Mortal Kombat, 1992
  • Chemical Plant Zone – by Masato Nakamura for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 1992
  • If I Were President (Skit) – by The Pharcyde, 1992
  • Nuthin’ But A G Thang – by Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg), 1992
  • Passing Me By – by The Pharcyde, 1992
  • Time 4 Sum Aksion – by Redman, 1992
  • Soul Flower – by The Brand New Heavies (featuring The Pharcyde), 1992
  • Killing in the Name – by Rage Against The Machine, 1992
  • Symphony of Destruction – by Megadeth, 1992
  • Little Baby Nothing – by Manic Street Preachers (featuring Traci Lords), 1992
  • Super Mario Land – by Ambassadors of Funk, 1992
  • Just Another Day (Instrumental) – by Jon Secada & Miguel Morejon, 1992
  • No Ordinary Love – by Sade, 1992
  • Love Song for a Vampire (Instrumental) – by Annie Lennox, 1992
  • Friend Like Me (Instrumental) – by Alan Menken, 1992
  • This Wheel’s on Fire – by Julie Driscoll & Adrian Edmondson, 1992

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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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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Cabal

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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 PODCAST – Episode 8: September 1995

The 8th episode of the Video Wizards Podcast is a huge one: we travel to a little bit over the middle of the mid 90s, namely the month of September in the year 1995. This is a real moment of transition, where 3D polygons start eclipsing 2D graphics in popularity, both in the arcades and in home gaming. Tekken 2 makes people take closer notice of painful looking grapples captured via different camera angles and the European launch of Sony’s PlayStation broadens the audience for video games considerably around these parts. But 2D games are still impressing arcade goers, as The King of Fighters ’95 by SNK and Guardians – perhaps the greatest scrolling beat ’em up of its decade – by the legendary Winkysoft, pull no punches and are very much alive and kicking. Meanwhile, Puzzle Bobble 2 is poppin’ like Orville Redenbacher and ex-employees of the by then defunct Toaplan find their way to Taito, Cave and Gazelle, for Gekirindan, Donpachi and Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon respectively.

With the early beginnings of internet at home as the backdrop, Oasis drop their insanely succesful sophomore album, while in the Hip-Hop world a chain of events is set in motion that would eventually result in the violent deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.. We find more grim violence in crime cinema highlights like Seven, The Usual Suspects and Clockers, whereas Showgirls is better described as a crime AGAINST cinema. How about them apples?

Puzzle Bobble 2

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Gekirindan

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The King of Fighters '95

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Guardians

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 8, L-R: Puzzle Bobble 2, Gekirindan, The King of Fighters ’95, Guardians (Denjin Makai II)

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
  • Fighter Select – by Yoshie Arakawa & Yoshie Takayanagi for Tekken 2, 1995
  • Wild Beast Priest – by Yoshie Arakawa & Yoshie Takayanagi for Tekken 2, 1995
  • Let’s Go to Pao Pao Island – by Kazuko Umino, Norihiro Furukawa & Shuichiro Nakazawa for Puzzle Bobble 2, 1995
  • Pure Spirit – by Kazuko Umino & Koji Sakurai for Gekirindan, 1995
  • Club M (Flute in the Blue Sky) – by Akihiro Uchida, Masahiko Hataya & Pearl Sibakiti for The King of Fighters ’95, 1995
  • Stage 2 – by ??? for Guardians, 1995
  • Gale Force – by Ryūichi Yabuki for DonPachi, 1995
  • Messij – by CoLD SToRAGE for WipEout, 1995
  • New York, New York (Instrumental) – by Daz Dillinger for Tha Dogg Pound, 1995
  • Danger – by Blahzay Blahzay, 1995
  • Last Dayz – by Onyx, 1995
  • Ice Cream – by Raekwon, 1995
  • More Human Than Human – by White Zombie, 1995
  • (What’s the Story) Morning Glory – by Oasis, 1995
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – by U2, 1995
  • Kiss From a Rose – by Seal, 1995
  • Shy Guy – by Diana King, 1995
  • Gluttony – by Howard Shore for the motion picture Seven, 1995
  • Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (Instrumental) – by DJ Premier for The Crooklyn Dodgers ’95, 1995
  • I’ll Be There for You – by The Rembrandts, 1995

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

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 7: August 1990

In episode number 7 of the Video Wizards Podcast we travel to August in the first year of the 90s. It’s a new decade, filled with the hope to wrestle itself from under the looming nuclear threat of the 1980s, but a war that’s far from cold is about to kick off in the Gulf and Atari Games gets gritty with the hyper violent and (for the time) hyper realistic looking underground prize fighting simulator Pit-Fighter. Also, brand new solo rapper Ice Cube defies the idealistic view of America as Hip-Hop as a whole looks for more boundaries to break, Metal music resists both lawsuits and the attack of acoustics and the power ballad groups… and somewhat disturbing pictures like Roald Dahl’s The Witches and Sam Raimi’s Darkman hit movie theaters.

But don’t despair! Michael Jackson’s megalomaniac Moonwalker arcade game aside, there is much lighter material as well. Marvel at water balloon chucking platypii in Liquid Kids, engage in shooty sci-fi fun in Out Zone and storm a massive tower in Magic Sword, next to the home gaming fun of the day. We say this every time, but this might be our best podcast yet!

Out Zone

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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

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Liquid Kids

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Magic Sword

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 7, L-R: Out Zone, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, Liquid Kids, Magic Sword

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
  • Select – by John Paul for Pit-Fighter, 1990
  • Match 3 – by John Paul for Pit-Fighter, 1990
  • To the Earth – by Tatsuya Uemura for Out Zone, 1990
  • Smooth Criminal (Moonwalker Arcade Game Version) – by Michael Jackson for Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, 1990
  • Let’s Get On! We’re Friends!! – by Kazuko Umino & Hisayoshi Ogura for Liquid Kids, 1990
  • The Road to the Tower – by Manami Matsumae for Magic Sword, 1990
  • An Aimed Town – by Shiro Imaoka, Hiroshige Tonomura, Norihiro Furukawa & Pinch Punch for The Ninja Kids, 1990
  • Mission 2: At the Heli Port – by Kazunaka Yamane for Double Dragon II: The Revenge, 1990
  • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted – by Ice Cube, 1990
  • Untouchable (Instrumental) – by Cold 187um for Above the Law, 1990
  • 911 is a Joke – by Public Enemy, 1990
  • Me and the Biz – by Masta Ace, 1990
  • Hangar 18 – by Megadeth, 1990
  • Get the Funk Out – by Extreme, 1990
  • More Than Words – by Extreme, 1990
  • King of Wishful Thinking – by Go West, 1990
  • Dirty Cash – by Adventures of Stevie V, 1990
  • Hold On (Instrumental) – by Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy for En Vogue, 1990
  • Olympic (Euro Bass Mix) / “The Word” Theme Tune – by 808 State, 1990

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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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 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
  • 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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