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VGMpire

A video game music podcast exploring 8-bit and beyond

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VGMpire 150 – Chrono Conclusion

Before we bow out for an indefinite hiatus, journey from 65 million BC to parallel dimensions in this Lavos-sized 150th episode. To far away times SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Presentiment / Chrono Trigger0:25:48 – Guardia Millennial Fair (CT)0:29:02 – Memories of Green (CT)0:32:54 – Wind Scene (CT)0:36:16 – Secret of the Forest (CT)0:48:58 – Battle [...]

15 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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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, [...]

30 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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VGMpire 147 – Mortal Kombat Kolloquy

It’s Kombat Time! Let’s look back on the first four games in this klassic fighting game franchise, from the gruesome arcade original to the polygonal MK4. Download Now SHOW NOTES0:00:00 – In The Beginning (MK1)0:22:44 – Hall (MK1)0:24:23 – Courtyard (MK1)0:27:10 – Warrior’s Shrine (MK1)0:30:19 – The Pit (MK1)0:46:00 – Prologue: The Battlefield (MKII)0:47:29 – [...]

8 May 2019

Rank #3

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VGMpire Episode 41 – Hyrule Hits Vol 1

The very best Legend of Zelda tracks, from the original classic through Ocarina of Time. Hey, Listen! SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Title Screen (Legend of Zelda) 0:10:29 – Overworld (Legend of Zelda) 0:11:46 – Labyrinth (Legend of Zelda) 0:24:14 – Title Screen (Zelda II) 0:25:28 – Overworld (Zelda II) 0:26:58 – Palace Theme (Zelda II) [...]

20 Feb 2013

Rank #4

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VGMpire 117 – Sonic CD with Spencer Nilsen

One great game, two great soundtracks. Composer Spencer Nilsen joins us to talk through both US and Japanese Sonic CD tunes, with emphasis on the “present day” tracks that anchor Sonic’s time-traveling adventure. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Sonic Boom (Short Version) 0:12:39 – Palmtree Panic (US) 0:14:28 – Palmtree Panic (JP) 0:20:33 – [...]

25 May 2016

Rank #5

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VGMpire Episode 42 – Mario RPG Music Hour

More like 90 minutes of Mario RPG goodness, from the SNES original to Sticker Star. Download here SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Title Screen (Sticker Star) 0:08:43 – Booster Tower (Mario RPG) 0:10:12 – The Road is Full of Dangers (Mario RPG) 0:11:47 – Forest Maze (Mario RPG) 0:18:00 – Battle (Mario RPG) 0:19:06 – Happy [...]

6 Mar 2013

Rank #6

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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 [...]

9 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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VGMpire Episode 54 – FF Overworlds

Rocktober 2013 is here – a full month dedicated to Final Fantasy, starting with a thorough look at the soothing sounds of the overworld. Download now 0:00:00 – Prelude (FFI) 0:13:35 – Main Theme (FFI) 0:14:10 – Main Theme (FFII) 0:16:57 – Eternal Wind (FFIII) 0:29:40 – Main Theme (FFIV) 0:32:20 – Land of Dwarves [...]

2 Oct 2013

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VGMpire Episode 30 – CastleMania Vol 1

Our four part series detailing the many stellar songs of Castlevania begins with this look at the NES and Game Boy titles. Get crackin and download now

3 Oct 2012

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VGMpire Episode 31 – CastleMania Vol 2

Onward to the 90s with Castlevania IV, Bloodlines, Dracula X and Symphony of the Night. An impossibly good episode awaits

10 Oct 2012

Rank #10

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VGMpire Episode 55 – FF Battle Jams

Fifteen rockin battle themes from eleven different Final Fantasy games. Buckle up! Download Now 0:00:00 – Prelude (FFIV) 0:12:23 – Battle 1 (FFI Origins) 0:13:59 – Battle 1 (FFII) 0:15:26 – Boss Battle (FFIII) 0:22:51 – Battle 1 (FFIV) 0:24:37 – Boss Battle (FFIV) 0:26:55 – Battle Against Gilgamesh (FFV) 0:29:21 – Dancing Mad (FFVI) [...]

9 Oct 2013

Rank #11

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VGMpire episode 05 – A Salute to Samus

An hour-long tribute to the creepy, claustrophobic and downright awesome music of the Metroid series, which is 25 years old this year. Download episode five and instantly feel better about your day Show notes: 0:00:00 – Menu Select (Metroid Prime) 0:06:41 – Title Screen (Metroid) 0:08:16 – Kraid’s Hideout (Metroid) 0:09:53 – Norfair (Metroid) 0:11:12 [...]

23 Nov 2011

Rank #12

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VGMpire 101 – Rockmantober Part I

ROCKTOBER 2015 kicks off with a deep dive into the first three Mega Man games. Download Now 0:00:00 – Opening and Title (MM2) 0:13:01 – Cut Man (MM1) 0:14:31 – Elec Man (MM1) 0:16:01 – Bomb Man (MM1) 0:22:42 – Fire Man (MM1) 0:23:47 – Wily 1 (MM1) 0:30:22 – Bubble Man (MM2) 0:31:40 – [...]

7 Oct 2015

Rank #13

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VGMpire episode 07 – Mario Kart Memories

From Koopa Beach to Rainbow Road we examine the music behind the first big Mario spinoff Download it by clicking somewhere around here Show notes 0:00:00 – Battle Mode (Super Mario Kart) 0:09:54 – Koopa Beach (Super Mario Kart) 0:11:22 – Donut Plains (Super Mario Kart) 0:17:10 – Mario Circuit (Super Mario Kart) 0:18:27 – [...]

7 Dec 2011

Rank #14

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VGMpire episode 03 – GoldenEye 007 and Banjo Kazooie

This week we examine two well-known Nintendo 64 soundtracks from Rare. Episode 3 right here

9 Nov 2011

Rank #15

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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 – [...]

23 Mar 2016

Rank #16

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VGMpire 119 – Monster Hunter Mania

Celebrating over 10 years of incredible orchestral tunes, from the original PS2 title through the latest MH Generations. With guest Yuri Araujo! Download Now 0:00:00 – Main Theme (MH) 0:10:07 – Forest and Hills / Rathalos (MH) 0:11:46 – Yian Garuga (MH) 0:23:30 – Desert (MH Dos / Freedom 2 / Freedom Unite) 0:25:03 – [...]

13 Jul 2016

Rank #17

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VGMpire 79 – Pokemonth DS

Get ready for a 90 minute dosage of Super Effective tunes from the DS days, featuring Diamond, Pearl, Black, White and HeartGold SoulSilver. Download now 0:00:00 – Opening Movie (DPP) 0:21:34 – Battle vs Trainer (DPP) 0:23:15 – Battle vs Team Galactic (DPP) 0:24:31 – Battle vs Diagla Palkia (DPP) 0:35:55 – Oreburgh Mine (DPP) [...]

16 Oct 2014

Rank #18

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VGMpire Episode 45 – Beats of Rage

Celebrating three Genesis soundtracks that are streets ahead. Download now 0:00:00 – Player Select (Streets of Rage) 0:08:59 – Fighting in the Street (Streets of Rage) 0:11:36 – Moon Beach (Streets of Rage) 0:14:23 – Stealthy Steps (Streets of Rage) 0:23:42 – Attack of the Barbarian (Streets of Rage) 0:26:35 – You Became the Bad [...]

17 Apr 2013

Rank #19

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VGMpire 130 – Kirby Classics

Before he was made of yarn or a stylus-guided sphere, Kirby ruled the original Game Boy and starred in several console classics. This week we examine Kirby’s pre-2000 era, which includes bubbly tunes from Adventure, Super Star and all three Dream Land titles. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Green Greens (Dream Land) 0:09:35 – [...]

25 Jan 2017

Rank #20