Episode 23 – Sonic the Hedgehog in the 1990s

I’m joined by Chris Machell to cover some top drawer jammers from the Sonic the Hedgehog games of the 1990s! With the enduring popularity of the original 2D Sonic titles in the world of retro gaming, it’s easy to take their soundtracks for granted, so we’ve picked out some superlative individual tracks – including classics and deeper cuts – to demonstrate the scope of what is among Sega’s most important contributions to the world of VGM!

I’m joined by Chris Machell to cover some top drawer jammers from the Sonic the Hedgehog games of the 1990s! With the enduring popularity of the original 2D Sonic titles in the world of retro gaming, it’s easy to take their soundtracks for granted, so we’ve picked out some superlative individual tracks – including classics and deeper cuts – to demonstrate the scope of what is among Sega’s most important contributions to the world of VGM!

Listen:

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Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Green Hill Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Spring Yard Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Scrap Brain Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Chemical Plant Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Emerald Hill Zone (2P)’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Final Boss’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Master System) ‘Bridge Zone’ by Yuzo Koshiro

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Master System) ‘Scrap Brain Zone’ by Yuzo Koshiro

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Master System) ‘Gimmick Mountain Zone’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Master System) ‘Invincible’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Hydrocity Zone Act 1’ by Michael Jackson and Brad Buxer

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘IceCap Zone Act 1’ by Brad Buxer

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Final Boss (Big Arms)’ by Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada, Sachio Ogawa, Masayuki Nagao, and Masanori Hikichi

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Screen’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Flying Battery Zone Act 2’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Miniboss’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Lava Reef Zone Act 1’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic the Hedgehog CD [Japanese / European OST] (1993, Sega Mega CD) ‘Tidal Tempest (Present)’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog CD [Japanese / European OST] (1993, Sega Mega CD) ‘Wacky Workbench (Bad Future)’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog CD [North American OST] (1993, Sega Mega CD) ‘Ending’ by Spencer Nilsen, David Young, and Mark Crew

 

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Episode 14 – Snow and Ice

For the last episode of 2016, here’s a bunch of wintry VGM tracks for you to enjoy. Whatever you’re up to, be it driving home for Christmas like Chris Rea or lamenting lost love by the fire like George Michael, these tunes are bound to get you ready for the holidays!

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For the last episode of 2016, here’s a bunch of wintry VGM tracks for you to enjoy. Whatever you’re up to, be it driving home for Christmas like Chris Rea or lamenting lost love by the fire like George Michael, these tunes are bound to get you ready for the holidays!

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Mario Lemieux Hockey (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Screen’ composed by David Javelosa and Alex Rudis

Donkey Kong Country (1994, Super Nintendo Entertainment System) ‘Ice Cave Chant’ composed by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic, and Robin Beanland

Home Alone (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Outside’ composed by Rolf Weber and Clifford Falls

Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Nintendo GameCube) ‘Icicle Mountain’ composed by Shogo Sakai

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Ice Cap Zone’ composed by Brad Buxer, Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grigsby III, C. Cirocco Jones (Scirocco), and Michael Jackson (uncredited)

Snow Bros. (Unreleased, Amiga) ‘Title Screen’ composed by Raphaël Gesqua and Jean Baudlot

Cool Boarders (1996, Sony Playstation) ‘Freshy’ composer unknown

 

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Episode 11 – Masaya Mega Drive Madness

We really were spoiled for scrolling shooters in the 16-bit era – I know that I had a pretty serious investment in the genre back in the day. Among the very best of them, for me, were three Mega Drive titles from Masaya: Target Earth, Gynoug, and Gley Lancer. These are vibrant, intense games with soundtracks to match! Hope you’re in the mood for some shooting and dodging…!

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We really were spoiled for scrolling shooters in the 16-bit era – I know that I had a pretty serious investment in the genre back in the day. Among the very best of them, for me, were three Mega Drive titles from Masaya: Target Earth, Gynoug, and Gley Lancer. These are vibrant, intense games with soundtracks to match! Hope you’re in the mood for some shooting and dodging…!

Listen:

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https://goo.gl/wQI3YZ

 

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Opening Theme’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Target Earth (1990, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Main Theme’ composed by Takashi Suzuki

Target Earth (1990, Sega Mega Drive) ‘In The Cave’ composed by Takashi Suzuki

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 1-1’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 3-1’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 4-2’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 6’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gley Lancer (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Story Begin’ composed by Cube, Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Isao Mizoguchi, and Noriyuki Iwadare

Gley Lancer (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Stage 1 (Asteroid Field)’ composed by Cube, Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Isao Mizoguchi, and Noriyuki Iwadare

Gley Lancer (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Story 3 & Stage 5’ composed by Cube, Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Isao Mizoguchi, and Noriyuki Iwadare

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 2-1’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

 

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