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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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 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
  • 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 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 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 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
  • 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 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 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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