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 PODCAST – Episode 20: March 1981

In episode number 20 of Video Wizards, we travel back the furthest yet: all the way to March 1981. With baby Ben keeping his parents awake all night with his lung and vocal chord exercises and Michiel celebrating his 5th birthday, the arcade game scene is typified by innovation and the establishing of brand new genres, with seminal releases like Scramble by Konami and Defender by Williams. Bally Midway are less interested in innovation, however, as they dare to release the plagiarism heavy Gorf, as developed by Dave Nutting Associates. And in the meantime, Namco introduce Rally-X, a vehicle based variation on their very own Pac-Man.

Home gaming is still ruled by the likes of the Atari f***ing 2600, but we also witness the release of Sir Clive’s ZX80 home computer, the imaginatively titled ZX81. Trash from the Classifieds morphs to The Classifieds Report, for a more dynamic dive into the sales ad pages of computer and video games magazines, Hip Hop music sees some truly foundational releases and in the world of guitars, the UK spearheads a new wave of domestic metal music production. Those looking to hit up the movie theaters are advised to stay home, however, as Sam Neil’s antichrist and Gary Coleman himself tag team terrorise the silver screen in this time period.

So you see, despite the early goings, there is no shortage of video games and popular culture to discover and discuss in March 1981. Enjoy 5 more hours of Video Wizards audio goodness!

Scramble

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Rally-X

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Defender

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Gorf

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The top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 20, L-R: Scramble, Rally-X, Defender, Gorf

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
  • Main Theme – by Toshio Kai for Rally-X, 1981
  • Fantastic Voyage – by Lakeside, 1981
  • Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) – by The Gap Band, 1980
  • Don’t Stop The Music – by Yarbrough & Peoples, 1980
  • Rapture – by Blondie, 1981
  • Put the Boogie in Your Body – by The Treacherous Three, 1981
  • Jazzy Sensation – by Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5, 1981
  • The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel – by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, 1981
  • Wrathchild – by Iron Maiden, 1981
  • Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – by Def Leppard, 1981
  • In League with Satan – by Venom, 1981
  • Once in a Lifetime – by Talking Heads, 1981
  • Planet Earth – by Duran Duran, 1981
  • Kids in America – by Kim Wilde, 1981
  • In the Air Tonight – by Phil Collins, 1981
  • Embarassment – by Madness, 1980
  • Vienna – by Ultravox, 1981
  • Theme of Robin’s Nest – by Brian Bennett, 1981

Episode edited by: Juli Reed

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Patreon Announcement Minicast

In this special Video Wizards minicast, Ben and Michiel briefly look back at 2 years of the podcast and announce a new era, as we introduce our Patreon page. Learn more about the why, the how and the extras you get when you support us!

Enjoy this shorter conversation and check out our page at patreon.com/videowizards!

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.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 19: Winter 1990 / 1991

In the 19th episode of Video Wizards, we again travel back to 3 months in one single episode: December 1990 and January and February in 1991. And we find ourselves in a tumultuous time, with a lot of political twists and turns on the world stage and the arcade industry being on the brink of changing forever, with the impending release of Street Fighter III, in March.

As if they sense the big shift coming, Japanese STG (or shoot ’em up) developers push out a slew of releases: Taito releases the crazy passion project Gun Frontier and Technosoft bring their Mega Drive hit Thunder Force III to the arcades in the guise of Thunder Force AC, all following the likes of U.N. Squadron follow-up Carrier Air Wing by Capcom and Raiden by Seibu Kaihatsu.

But there is more than just shooting games in the arcades in this winter as we also get 8 player linked up sit down cab racing with Namco’s Final Lap 2, monster brawling action with Mutant Fighter by Data East, ecological activist fire fights and fisticuffs mayhem with Taito’s Growl and an oddball trackball affair called Rampart by our old friends at Atari… that actually kind of works!

Gaming in European homes, meanwhile, is undergoing a transition as well, as consoles such as the Master System, Mega Drive and even NES are gaining more of a foothold over the home computers, which are of course still very much around, making for a varied palette indeed.

In the world of music we see that the cold winter months off 1990/1991 are getting heated up by sexually explicit material from the likes of H.W.A., Madonna and Candyman and there is your usual quality selection of Hip Hop and Metal to go over as well. And in cinemas we can enjoy yet another varied palette in the form of Kindergarten Cop, Lionheart and Silence of the Lambs… with a nice glass of Chianti, of course!

We say this every time, but get comfortable and savour yet another record breaking Video Wizards episode, in terms of length, density and variety!

Thunder Force AC

Gun Frontier

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Final Lap 2

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Mutant Fighter / Death Brade

Rampart

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Growl

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The top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 19, L-R-T-B: Thunder Force AC, Gun Frontier, Final Lap 2, Mutant Fighter/Death Brade, Rampart, Growl

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
  • Mission 3 – by Manami Matsumae for Carrier Airwing, 1990
  • Back to the Fire – by Toshiharu Yamanishi & Tomomi Ōtani for Thunder Force AC, 1990
  • Desert Mountain Storm – by Yasuhisa Watanabe & Hisayoshi Ogura for Gun Frontier, 1990
  • Paean of Body – by Hiroaki Yoshida & Akira Takemoto for Mutant Fighter, 1991
  • Select – by Brad Fuller & Don Diekneite for Rampart, 1991
  • RuNArk – by Yasuhisa Watanabe & Zuntata for Growl, 1991
  • World Tree 1 – by Jun Chikuma for Faxanadu, 1987
  • Justify My Love (Hip Hop Mix) (Instrumental) – by Andre Betts, 1990
  • Eat This – by H.W.A., 1990
  • Freaky Daze – by H.W.A., 1990
  • Funk Me – by H.W.A., 1990
  • 1-900-BITCHES – by H.W.A., 1990
  • All For One – by Brand Nubian, 1990
  • Hardcore – by EPMD (featuring Redman), 1990
  • Brothers on my Jock – by EPMD (featuring Redman), 1990
  • Step in the Arena – by Gang Starr, 1991
  • Come Do Me – by The Genius, 1990
  • You Could Be Mine – by Guns N’ Roses, 1991
  • Man in the Box – by Alice In Chains, 1991
  • These Are the Days of Our Lives – by Queen, 1991
  • Unbelievable – by EMF, 1990
  • Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter – by Iron Maiden, 1990
  • Crazy for You – by Madonna, 1985
  • Justify My Love – by Madonna, 1990
  • Knockin’ Boots – by Candyman, 1990
  • Can I Kick It? – by A Tribe Called Quest, 1990
  • Yo Home to Bel-Air – by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air televised series, 1990

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 18: Autumn 1986

In the 18th episode of Video Wizards, we again travel back to 3 months in one single episode: September, October and November, all in the year 1986. And do things get more 1980s than this one? Perhaps not when arcade games like Out Run and movies like Top Gun see a release in this time period.

It’s a true golden era of mid eighties arcade gaming, with staples Bubble Bobble, Rampage and Arkanoid being wheeled onto floors everywhere. Meanwhile, we also see more hidden gems like Xain’d Sleena by Technōs and Legendary Wings by Capcom appear.

Gaming at home in Europe is dominated by the micros, such as the ZX Spectrum, Commodore C64 and the MSX, but Sega’s Master System and Nintendo’s NES are also quietly launched in this moment in time!

And what about music in the autumn of 1986? Well, it’s as varied as ever, with a lot of 80s R&B, metal, rap and rock crossovers and the usual dose of synth based pop blasting out of speakers around the world. In movie theaters meanwhile, it’s not just Top Gun, but also the very creepy Poltergeist 2 and indisputable sci-fi-horror-action mashup classic Aliens that find their way to the silver screen.

This lenghtiest Video Wizards episode yet of course also contains all the Local Dutch News, Trash from the Classifieds and Video Wizards Quiz shenanigans you’ve come to expect from us.

Get very, very comfortable as you follow Ben and Michiel all the way back to the golden autumn of 1986!

Out Run

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Xain'd Sleena

Bubble Bobble

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Rampage

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Arkanoid

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Legendary Wings

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The top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 18, L-R-T-B: Out Run, Xain’d Sleena, Bubble Bobble, Rampage, Arkanoid, Legendary Wings

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
  • Magical Sound Shower – by Hiroshi Kawaguchi for Out Run, 1986
  • Lagto Soa – by ??? for Xain’d Sleena, 1986
  • Main Theme – by Tadashi Kimijima for Bubble Bobble, 1986
  • All Clear (Ending Theme) – by Hisayoshi Ogura for Arkanoid, 1986
  • Area 1 – by Tamayo Kawamoto for Legendary Wings, 1986
  • Main Theme – by Mark Cooksey for Ghosts’n Goblins (Commodore C64 version), 1986
  • The Rain – by Oran “Juice” Jones, 1986
  • Hollywood Boulevard – by L.A. Dream Team, 1986
  • No Sleep Till Brooklyn – by Beastie Boys, 1986
  • Open the Gate – by Vortex, 1986
  • Stranger in a Strange Land – by Iron Maiden, 1986
  • Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On but the Rent – by Gwen Guthrie, 1986
  • Walk This Way – by Run D.M.C. (featuring Aerosmith), 1986
  • We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off – by Jermaine Stewart, 1986
  • When I Think of You – by Janet Jackson, 1986
  • What’s the Colour of Money? – by Hollywood Beyond, 1986
  • Love Can’t Turn Around – by Farley “Jackmaster” Funk & Jesse Saunders (featuring Darryl Pandy), 1986
  • Theme for The Equalizer, by Stuart Copeland, 1985

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 17: Summer 1996

In this episode of Video Wizards, we ambitiously travel back to 3 months in one single episode: June, July and August, all in the year 1996. In this Olympic summer, arcade floors are dominated by 3D fighting games like Last Bronx, Star Gladiator and errr… Fighters’ Impact by Taito. SNK, meanwhile, represent two dimensions with the fantastic The King of Fighters ’96 and SEGA take the beat ’em up genre into 3D for Die Hard Arcade. And then there is Konami, riding the current events wave with the happy button mashy athletics mini game fest Hyper Athlete, which nicely derives from their lineage of Track & Field games.

While the Nintendo 64 and its killer app Super Mario 64 see a release in Japan, SEGA is already fighting a losing battle against Sony’s PlayStation monster, over here in Europe. This while the seismic Quake finds its way to those that play games on their personal computers.

With some exceptionally trashy chart music assaulting our ears, we find refuge in the import record shops, where one great Hip Hop album after another can be lifted from the crates. Heltah Skeltah and Jay-Z make their debut and OutKast release their confident and unapologetically eclectic sophomore joint. Meanwhile, 2pac drops the extra inflammatory diss record Hit ‘Em Up, which unfortunately does not help to lead him off his destructive path.

And then there are 2 major summer block busting movies we’re looking at, namely Independence Day and The Rock, as well as the more slow burning, but more enduring Matilda and The Cable Guy. Plus there is all the Local Dutch News, Trash from the Classifieds and Video Wizards Quiz material you’re used to from us.

Follow Ben and Michiel on this enormous marathon of a Video Wizards podcast episode and warm yourself in the sunrays of the 1996 summer!

Star Gladiator

Hyper Athlete

Last Bronx

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The King of Fighters '96

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Dynamite Deka

Fighters Impact
The top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 17, L-R-T-B: Star Gladiator, Hyper Athlete, Last Bronx, The King of Fighters ’96, Dynamite Deka/Die Hard Arcade, Fighters’ Impact

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
  • Federal Headquarters (Elevator) – by Isao Abe, Yūko Takehara & Michio Sakurai (XTC) for Star Gladiator, 1996
  • Score Board – by Kosuke Soeda for Hyper Athlete, 1996
  • Lust Subway (Yoko’s Stage) – by Tomoyuki Kawamura for Last Bronx, 1996
  • Arashi no Saxophone 2 – by Hideki Asanaka, Kazuhiro Nishida, Masahiko Hataya, Toshio Shimizu, Yasumasa Yamada, Yasuo Yamate, Brother-Hige, Akihiro Uchida & Miwa for The King of Fighters ’96, 1996
  • Track 3 – by Howard Drossin for Dynamite Deka, 1996
  • Be Cool (Sanson’s Stage) – by Yasuhisa Watanabe for Fighters’ Impact, 1996
  • Street (TJ Combo’s Theme) – by Robin Beanland for Killer Instinct 2, 1996
  • Main Theme – by Kōji Kondō for Super Mario 64, 1996
  • Drop a Gem on ‘Em – by Mobb Deep, 1996
  • Music Makes Me High – by Lost Boyz, 1996
  • 8 Steps to Perfection – by Company Flow, 1996
  • My Kinda N***a – by Heather B (featuring M.O.P.), 1996
  • Undastand – by Heltah Skeltah, 1996
  • Dead Presidents – by Jay-Z, 1996
  • Stakes is High – by De La Soul, 1996
  • Get a Hold – by A Tribe Called Quest, 1996
  • Ridin’ Dirty – by UGK, 1996
  • Elevators (Me & You) – by OutKast, 1996
  • Hit ‘Em Up – by 2Pac (featuring Outlawz), 1996
  • Mama Said – by Metallica, 1996
  • Nancy Boy – by Placebo, 1996
  • Call It in the Air – by Jimmy Eat World, 1996
  • Got me Wrong (Unplugged) – by Alice in Chains, 1996
  • 3 Lions – by Skinner, Baddiel & Lightning Seeds, 1996
  • Born Slippy – by Underworld, 1996
  • Trash – by Suede, 1996
  • Fu-Gee-La – by The Fugees, 1996
  • Fastlove – by George Michael, 1996
  • Twisted – by Keith Sweat (featuring Kut Klose), 1996
  • Return of the Mack – by Mark Morrison, 1996

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

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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 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

By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21709338

Ms. Pac-Man

By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64460943

Space Duel

By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35592843

Jump Bug

By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20610710
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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