VGMpire

VGMpire

Canada

An ongoing tribute to the auditory glory that is videogame music

Episodes

VGMpire 115 – Deus Ex Discourse  

Composer Alexander Brandon joins us to talk about the 2000 sneak-em-up Deus Ex and its sequel, Invisible War. Cyberpunk spy tunes await! Download SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Title (Deus Ex) 0:20:39 – UNATCO (Deus Ex) 0:22:46 – NYC Streets (Deus Ex) 0:25:02 – NYC Bar 2 (Deus Ex) 0:37:12 – Enemy Within (Deus Ex) 0:39:00 [...]

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VGMini 07 – Return of the Joker GB  

Even after a whole episode of Batman tunes, we had to devote a VGMini to this Game Boy title that sports tunes from Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae. Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – The Sewers 09:04 – Boss Battle 10:00 – The Train 15:33 – Limestone Cavern 17:02 – Vs Joker 23:08 – Ending

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VGMpire 114 – Batman Beats  

  Top composers from across Japan graced the Caped Crusader’s NES, SNES, Genesis and even Game Boy titles, cementing a VGM legacy that no other hero can touch. Listen along as we play amazing jams from 1990 and beyond. Download now 00:00 – Stage 1 (Batman NES) 07:07 – Stage 3 (Batman NES) 08:17 – [...]

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VGMini 06 – Superman Genesis  

We don’t wanna make promises we can’t keep, but this early 90s Superman game has an unexpectedly great OST that channels Streets of Rage and Out Run. A fine example of the console put to good use – a must listen! Download 00:00 – Title Screen 08:12 – Round 1 11:39 – Boss BGM 1 13:32 [...]

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VGMpire 113 – Hyrule Hits Vol 3  

We complete our Zelda audio triforce by discussing Skyward Sword, Spirit Tracks and Link Between Worlds, plus touch on the newly released Twilight Princess HD. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Hyrule Field (Twilight Princess) 0:20:51 – Exploring the Sky (Skyward Sword) 0:24:10 – Lanaryu Desert (Skyward Sword) 0:27:58 – Ancient Automaton Koloktos Allegro (Skyward [...]

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VGMini 05 – Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu  

Jackie Chan took the US by storm with 1996’s Rumble in the Bronx, but NES and TurboGrafx players likely already knew him as the star of this cute, delightful platformer. More importantly, both versions of the soundtrack are immensely enjoyable and way better than most celebrity games have any right to be. Download now SHOW [...]

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VGMpire 112 – Warcraft before WoW  

Ten years before it became an MMO sensation, Warcraft was one of the most revered strategy series on the market. Part of its appeal was its thunderous yet listenable war tunes that mixed orchestral grandeur with videogamey toe-tapping goodness. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Orc Theme 2 (Tides of Darkness) 0:13:46 – Angelfire (Orcs [...]

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VGMini 04 – Lagoon  

This early Super NES RPG didn’t stand the test of time, but its soundtrack sure did! Listen along as we rattle off some of the game’s incredible Ys-like tunes. Download now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Premonition (Lagoon) 07:34 – Master of Water (Lagoon) 09:26 – Prince of Darkness (Lagoon) 14:05 – Armed and Ready (Lagoon) 20:04 – Tales [...]

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VGMpire 111 – The Lost Vikings  

When you think about vikings, you don’t usually picture early 90s dance music. But composer Charles Deenan sure did, and used a mix of keyboards, guitars and beats to craft one of my favorite SNES soundtracks. Download Now Show Notes: 00:00 – Title Screen (Lost Vikings) 12:56 – Space Area (Lost Vikings) 14:55 – Egyptian [...]

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VGMini 03 – Splatoon Tunes  

One of 2015’s best soundtracks gets its own episode! We discuss not only the game’s relentlessly upbeat tunes, but also its unique Nickelodeon meets Jet Grind Radio universe. Download now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Splattack 08:40 – Ink or Sink 11:15 – Seaskape 14:10 – Metalopod 24:06 – Friend List 26:11 – Hooked 28:37 – Eight-Legged [...]

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VGMpire 110 – More Mario RPGs  

An all new assortment of upbeat, life-affirming tracks from Dream Team and Paper Jam, plus we return to the SNES original for a pair of 1996 gems. Infectious positivity you can’t resist! Download SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Ready for a New Adventure (Paper Jam) 0:07:33 – Mixed Up Scramble (Paper Jam) 0:10:29 – Let’s Fight [...]

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VGMini 02 – Omikron  

David Bowie’s reach extended even to video games, perhaps most so in this 1999 sci-fi adventure. We look at some of his tracks that debuted here, plus the BGM from composer Xavier Despas. Download SHOW NOTES 00:00 – New Angels of Promise 11:53 – Anekbah Theme 13:39 – Opening Theme 17:11 – File Select 23:11 [...]

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VGMpire 109 – Magic Armageddon Music  

Who coulda guessed an obscure shooter series would have incredible, blood pumping music? Oh, actually, guest Patrick Kulikowski knew, and brought tunes from all three Mahou Daisakusen games. Download now 0:00:00 – Saddle Horn (Kingdom Grand Prix) 0:06:52 – Sorcer Striker (Mahou Daisakusen) 0:10:00 – Rock The Accept (Mahou Daisakusen) 0:19:11 – Lead Departure (Kingdom [...]

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VGMpire AOTY 2015 – Undertale  

Our second Album of the Year award goes to Undertale, which lovingly combines the sounds of the NES and SNES with modern chiptunery. The result is a 100-track OST that can’t be missed – but be prepared for some light spoilers! Download now We all kind of agree that RPG battle music rules, right? Well, [...]

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VGMpire 108 – 2015 Year in Review  

A 90 minute look back at some of 2015’s best tracks, including songs from Ori and the Blind Forest, Bloodborne and Codename STEAM. Download now TRACK LIST 0:00:00 – Main Theme (Rocket League) 0:07:31 – Title Screen (Fast Racing Neo) 0:14:07 – RC Pro Am museum theme (Rare Replay) 0:15:09 – Cobra Triangle museum theme [...]

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VGMini Episode 01 – Kickle Cubicle  

After years of empty threats, Chris finally lands his Kickle Cubicle episode. And it just so happens to be our very first VGMini, a new sub-series that looks at games that might otherwise never get their own show. Download now TRACK LIST 00:00 – Stage Theme 06:12 – Password Theme 06:58 – Boss Battle 12:58 [...]

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VGMpire 107 – Talkin Tunes with Tommy Tallarico  

We chat with the world-famous composer about Earthworm Jim, the early days of game music and how Video Games Live came to be, all while listening to choice tunes from his second Greatest Hits album. Download now 0:00:00 – Launch (PlayStation Demo Disc) 0:16:26 – Champion (Madden NFL 96) 0:17:31 – The Chosen (Skeleton Warriors) 0:19:36 [...]

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VGMpire 106 – Ninja Warriors  

Incredible synth jams from two overlooked katana-em-ups. There may only be two games to discuss, but holy crap get ready for sincere 80s awesomeness. Download now 0:00:00 – Daddy Mulk (The Ninja Warriors 87) 0:09:37 – Are You Lady (The Ninja Warriors 87) 0:11:59 – Japanese Smile (The Ninja Warriors 87) 0:21:49 – Motherless Children (The Ninja [...]

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VGMpire 105 – Spyro Sampler  

Platformer percussion from the man behind The Police. Like literally behind, since we’re talking about drummer and composer Stewart Copeland! Download Now 0:00:00 – Opening (Spyro the Dragon) 0:09:27 – Crystal Flight (Spyro the Dragon) 0:12:43 – Blowhard (Spyro the Dragon) 0:15:56 – Wild Flight (Spyro the Dragon) 0:22:37 – Twilight Harbor (Spyro the Dragon) [...]

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VGMpire 104 – Rockmantober IV  

Rocktober 2015 concludes with incredible MM10 jams, surprising tracks from Wily Wars and a trio of tunes from Mega Man and Bass. Download Now 0:00:00 – Title (MM10) 0:07:53 – Solar Man (MM10) 0:10:35 – Strike Man (MM10) 0:12:37 – Blade Man (MM10) 0:20:25 – Nitro Man (MM10) 0:22:48 – Wily 2 (MM10) 0:25:08 – [...]

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