163 episodes - last episode 20 May 2022
Video game music podcast and retro gaming that spans across multiple platforms in an attempt to bring game audio, history, awareness and some of the gaming culture to people that share a similar passion. So sit back and enjoy the melodies. Visit us online at pixelatedaudio.com
Video game music podcast and retro gaming that spans across multiple platforms in an attempt to bring game audio, history, awareness and some of the gaming culture to people that share a similar passion. So sit back and enjoy the melodies. Visit us online at pixelatedaudio.com
Tue, 20 Sep 2022
The hotly anticipated Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge is here for your listening pleasure! The game saw several releases between 1992-1994 on the SNES, Genesis, Game Boy and Game Gear. It was developed by UK games company Software Creation...
Thu, 01 Sep 2022
Another year another MAGWest, we're back in person this year exploring the depths of what makes 'water music' with a legend of VGM analysis, 8-bit Music Theory! We put him through the paces as we goof off in our usual Pixelated Audio style.
Wed, 03 Aug 2022
Trying out a new format today with MIDI Spotlight starting on a PC98 title called Mime, published and developed by Studio Twinkle and composed by Hiroaki Sano. For a while now, VGMRips stalwart ValleyBell has graciously streamed music to our Discord ch...
Sat, 02 Jul 2022
Pixelated Audio joins the many podcasts participating in the Masters of VGM (@MastersofVGM) event organized by bedroth, host of Very Good Music and BGMania. Masters of VGM is a month long event of participating podcasts and their own take on who they t...
Fri, 20 May 2022
We're joined today by another amazing and prolific guest; composer Jeff van Dyck. Instead of focusing on a specific game we take a tour through Jeff's entire career from Skitchin' all the way to recent games like Unpacking.
Tue, 03 May 2022
We had a great time at VGMTogether presenting our talk on game audio logging and the dedicated communities around the world that have spent years archiving music as accurately as possible. It's a commonly overlooked topic that nevertheless supports a l...
Thu, 14 Apr 2022
Today we're joined be returning guest Jesse Bishop aka Street Cleaner to talk about Roadkill! It's an Amiga and Amiga CD-32 top down combat racing game released around early 1995, developed by Vision Software and published by Acid Software,
Thu, 24 Mar 2022
The 8-Bit Big Band is a 30-65 member Jazz/Pops orchestra (led by Charlie Rosen) that formed to celebrate and realize some of the best musical themes written from various video games. The members of the 8-Bit Big Band come from all around the world,
Thu, 17 Feb 2022
Six more tracks that we love but didn't quite fit anywhere else. As always we hope you enjoy! - Track List: 0:00:00 Dunk Shot (Arcade) - Toast! by unknown composer 0:07:18 Syd Mead's Terraforming (TG-CD) - Stage 1 by Katsuhiro Hayashi
Wed, 22 Dec 2021
We've got a great show today with Dan Hess, the composer behind Pilotwings 64! It was released as a launch title for the N64 in 1996 by Paradigm Simulation and is the second in the series (Pilotwings, Pilotwings 64, Pilotwings Resort).
Sat, 04 Dec 2021
In this installment of Pixelated Audio, we're talking about Crisis Wing, a retro-styled 90s shmup that draws inspiration from many classic shooters. We're joined by Finnish one-man indie games developer and composer, Pauli,
Mon, 15 Nov 2021
We're back to livestream for virtual MAGWest 2021, this time with composer and returning friend of the show, Chase Bethea! We talk with Chase about his music from games both released and upcoming, his process,
Tue, 02 Nov 2021
Today we're talking about an old school dungeon crawler RPG called Advanced Fantasian. The game was released by Xtalsoft in 1988 for the PC-88 and Sharp X1 in 1989. Xtalsoft was a small RPG-focused developer that eventually merged with T&E Soft,
Fri, 17 Sep 2021
We're back with an episode covering Greatest Driver, a 2D Formula 1 racer for the MSX2 released in 1988. The game was produced by T&E Soft, a developer and publisher primarily known for golf games in the 90s,
Tue, 27 Jul 2021
Today's source of great music is the Pac-Man Championship Edition series. This is an audio companion to HG101's Top47k Games: Episode 420 where we were invited to review Pac-Man CE DX+ with Xerxes and Bobinator! -
Wed, 14 Jul 2021
We're taking you out to the ball game in this short and fun episode covering music from 3 Sega System 16 baseball games: Major League, Super League and Excite League. It's late 80s baseball from Japanese arcades, so it's 2D sprites,
Sat, 03 Jul 2021
F-1 Super Battle is a racing game from 1994 for Jaleco's Mega System 32 arcade board. It's notable features are that it still features sprite graphics fairly late for an arcade game, and the upright arcade cabinet is a somewhat unusual egg shape.
Fri, 04 Jun 2021
Street Cleaner: The Video Game released for PC and Switch in 2021 is a classic 2D side-scroller inspired by NES action games like Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania and Sunsoft's Batman. It was developed by Creaky Lantern Games,
Fri, 14 May 2021
Today's special guest is Tom Salta, a hugely talented and accomplished artist and producer. He's worked in film, TV, ads and games for over 30 years and has produced with legends like Bobby Brown, Cher and Peter Gabriel.
Wed, 28 Apr 2021
Today we have Nick Marinelli joining us, former head of MAGFest and longtime VGM aficionado. The focus of the show is on the development and history of the VGM community, from its awkward adolescence to the large and growing movement that it is today,
Mon, 12 Apr 2021
On today's episode we're joined by Rob aka Xerxes of Hardcore Gaming 101's "Top 47k Games" podcast. We talk about his background, how the podcast is made, the excellent resource Hardcore Gaming 101, along with our usual jovial banter.
Tue, 23 Mar 2021
Heart Heat Girls is a lightly adult-oriented Japanese adventure game released for the PC-98 in December of 1993 by the company Panda House under their Cat's Pro label. Heart Heat Girls or H.H.G. is set in a futuristic world where humans and androids ar...
Thu, 25 Feb 2021
It's been a while since our last expansion pack, and the first of 2021. It's a relaxed show with a selection of 6 deep cuts but the music is great as always. Correction: The name of the writer was actually Miyazawa Kenji not Ihatovo. -
Wed, 03 Feb 2021
Today we're joined by guitarist Josh of the VGM band The Runaway Four. Together we talk about his band and their music, as well as Bonus Stage, a very important project that came into being last year in April right in the midst of lockdowns.
Wed, 20 Jan 2021
In June of 2012, Cipher Prime Studios released Splice, a puzzle game about organizing cells into increasingly complex patterns. It's a game that requires concentration and it's also a bit about tampering with nature.
Tue, 05 Jan 2021
On the surface, Xixit is a pretty straightforward Columns clone. Go a little bit deeper and you find a columns clone with impressive coding, visual effects and music. Xixit was released for DOS in 1995 by Optik Software,
Thu, 24 Dec 2020
30 years later the film Home Alone remains a holiday classic. The games, not so much. The success of the first two films spawned a spate of 13 cheap cash-in games from 1991 to 1993 across just about every mainstream game system.
Tue, 15 Dec 2020
In the last installment we talked about Treasure Conflix, and today we're talking about the platform itself, the Nintendo Satellaview. The Satellaview was created as a partnership between the broadcasting company St.GIGA and Nintendo's R&D2 Division,
Mon, 07 Dec 2020
In early 1996, Squaresoft released Treasure Conflix and three other exclusive titles for the Satellaview Broadcast Satellite system, an add-on for the Super Famicom. The soundtrack was written by longtime composer Junya Nakano.
Mon, 30 Nov 2020
The most interesting thing about Aworg: Hero in the Sky is that it was released on Sega Meganet, an early online service and precursor to the Sega Channel. Released in 1991 by Sega, Aworg is a short and fairly unremarkable action game where you travers...
Mon, 23 Nov 2020
- Nothing beats Go on the go, and that's exactly what you get with 1500DS Spirits Volume 10: Igo! Game developer and cosmetics company Tasuke put out a number of these budget titles for the DS and DSiWare around 2007-2008,
Sat, 17 Oct 2020
In the late 90s, programmable robot toys were becoming popular and WonderBorg was no exception. Released by Bandai in 2000 for the WonderSwan and later for the PC, WonderBorg was a kit that included a programmable beetle robot and a application called ...
Thu, 17 Sep 2020
In 1995, the movie Waterworld was released and the real world was changed forever. As we pass the 25th anniversary, we attempt to rehabilitate the reputation of a perfectly competent mid 90s action film and then "dive" into the music of the many licens...
Mon, 24 Aug 2020
Aqua Kitty is an indie game success story. Developed by Tikipod and initially released in 2012 as a Playstation Mobile game, it saw continued releases with new features and improvements up to its most recent release on Switch in 2018,
Mon, 10 Aug 2020
In 1996, Sony opened the floodgates to indie console game development on the Playstation 1 through their Net Yaroze platform. Over the next several years, short games and demos of all kinds were created and distributed with game magazines on demo discs...
Thu, 23 Jul 2020
We're joined once again by Swedish audio production team Sinephony, this time listening to the mellow jams from the 2017 game Airport CEO. The game is a tycoon and management sim from Swedish game developer Apoapsis Studios where you act as CEO of your...
Thu, 16 Jul 2020
Today we're joined by Swedish audio production studio Sinephony to talk about the 2019 indie game 198X from Swedish game developer Hi-Bit Studios. The game is a love letter to gaming in the 80s where you play through 5 different games (beat-em-up,
Fri, 03 Jul 2020
Pixelated Audio is 6 years old! A lot has changed over that time, but the one constant is our love for game music of all kinds. Our theme today is a bit silly; games that are the 6th in a series (or at least have the number 6 in the title).
Tue, 16 Jun 2020
KGB or Conspiracy is a 1992 game developed by Cryo Interactive Entertainment and published by Virgin Games for DOS and Amiga. KGB is a 1st person point and click adventure where you play as Maksim Rukov, an agent transferred to Department P and ordered...
Thu, 28 May 2020
Today we're covering Psycho World, released for the MSX in 1988 and localized as Psychic World for the Sega Master System and Game Gear in 1991. The original MSX release was developed and published by Hertz,
Mon, 06 Apr 2020
We once again return to the earliest days of game sound and music and trace the evolution from 1977 through 1984 in this historically focused episode. We go from the arcade boom, to early home consoles and computers, to the video game crash,
Mon, 02 Mar 2020
What does it feel like to soar through the skies in a hot air balloon? Kaze no Notam on the Sony Playstation attempts to answer that question. Released September 1997 by the mid-sized Japanese developer Artdink,
Thu, 13 Feb 2020
Harald Hårdtand: Kampen om de rene tænder (or Harold Hardtooth in The Fight for Clean Teeth) or simply "Colgate" for short, is an advergame platformer released in 1992 for the C64, Amiga and DOS. The game was developed by SilverRock Productions,
Wed, 29 Jan 2020
Alex the Allegator 4 (aka Alex 4) is a freeware platformer released for PC, Mac, Linux and BeOS in 2003 by Free Lunch Design. Free Lunch Design was a small indie developer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, best known for their game Icy Tower.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020
Pixelated Audio reflects back on 2019 and welcomes in a new decade with a selection of tracks from a variety of systems. Here's to a lots more great game music! - Track List: 0:00:00 God of the Four Winds - The Legend of Xanadu (PCE-CD) - Fal...
Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Panzer Dragoon Saga or Azel has been on the Pixelated Audio radar for some time and we couldn't be happier that it's finally here. The stars aligned and with the help of Alex Aniel of Brave Wave Productions,
Fri, 18 Oct 2019
MAGWest 2019 came and went in San Jose, California and what a ride it was! We cap off another jam-packed weekend with a panel featuring a very special guest; chibi-tech! - Chibi-tech is a world-renowned chiptune artist that is originally from the Bay ...
Tue, 01 Oct 2019
Pixelated Audio is excited to bring Megan McDuffee into the studio to chat with us about her work for the recently released River City Girls! - River City Girls is a classic action beat-em-up with light RPG elements,
Wed, 04 Sep 2019
EVE burst error is an adult-oriented visual novel originally released for the PC-98 in 1995 by C's Ware with additional ports to Saturn and Windows. - In EVE you follow the interconnected stories of Marina and Kojiroh as they avoid death and danger at...
Tue, 06 Aug 2019
What could be better than more sports games? Celebrity tie-in sports games! - We dug deep in the archives (and the bargain bins) and found some wonderful and obscure games with celebrity athletes representing sports from snooker to soccer (or football...
Tue, 09 Jul 2019
Basted (バステッド) is a Japanese exclusive PC-Engine CD game released in 1994 developed and published by NEC Avenue. - The game is a very lightweight action RPG. Over the course of its rather short 3 hour playtime,
Fri, 21 Jun 2019
Inspired by our talk at the Library of Congress, we have a shorter show covering the music of Gyruss over about 25 years of releases. - Gyruss was originally developed by Konami in 1983 with ports developed and published by many companies over its his...
Fri, 07 Jun 2019
Today we're joined by long time listener and friend to the show Norm as we cover the classic soundtrack of Quartet. - Originally developed and published by Sega in 1986, Quartet is a futuristic 4-player arcade platformer with elements borrowed from Ga...
Tue, 21 May 2019
After a long break we're back with another Music Disk volume for more FM synth. - This episode's music comes from a disk titled Imagical Musion Depot Vol. 3 by the group Active Gamers, led by NT-3 for the PC-8801.
Thu, 09 May 2019
After the Library of Congress we're kicking off a new short episode format and making a return to the wellspring of great VGM with another sports title. This time we're listening to the music of tennis game Rackets & Rivals released on the NES in 1993 ...
Wed, 01 May 2019
We're back from the Library of Congress and what a rare honor it was to be included in their inaugural weekend long event celebrating the music of games. Our talk, which you'll hear today, covered the early history of video game audio with a few detour...
Fri, 12 Apr 2019
We're back from our break with a new episode, and this time we have an expansion pack with the many supportive friends and family members that joined us in Washington DC. On the show we have Bryan, Gene and his wife representing Pixelated Audio,
Thu, 07 Mar 2019
Gabriel Knight was developed and published by Sierra On-Line on December 17, 1993 for DOS/Windows/Macintosh. Join Gabriel, a bookstore owner, would-be author, and a man with a love for the ladies as he follows the "Voodoo Murders".
Thu, 21 Feb 2019
Japan Pro Golf Tour 64 is a golf simulator developed and released by SETA and Media Factory in May of 2000 for the failed Japanese only N64 add on, the 64DD. Featuring Japanese pro golfers and official golf courses,
Thu, 07 Feb 2019
Dangerous Seed is a vertical shooter released by Namco in arcades in 1989 and adapted by TOSE in 1990 for the Mega Drive, both released only in Japan. While not a groundbreaking shooter, it does feature an inventive tri-ship mechanic,
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
GRIS was developed by Nomada Studio and published by the hitmaker Devolver Digital in December of 2018 for Nintendo Switch/Mac/Windows. Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life.
Sat, 22 Dec 2018
Seasons greetings! We've got a new Expansion Pack with music, both new and old, fitting of the holiday season. With bright synths, bells and occasionally familiar melodies join us as we get ready to ring in the new year. - Track List: -
Wed, 12 Dec 2018
Illusion City is a cyberpunk JRPG from Microcabin, originally released for the MSX Turbo R in 1991, only in Japan. It was later ported to a number of other systems including the PC98, X68000 and Mega CD over the next few years.
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Micro Maniacs is an isometric racing game (based on the Micro Machines franchise) for the Game Boy Color, released only in the UK and Australia in 2001. This offshoot originally began on the PlayStation, by Codemasters,
Mon, 01 Oct 2018
Developed by Tendershoot and A Jolly Corpse and published by Devolver Digital in 2015, Dropsy: A Point and Click Hugventure is the story of one clown's journey to make the world a better place. Take a mellow journey through various locales with your an...
Wed, 19 Sep 2018
Another year, another MAGWest, the West Coast Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest) in Santa Clara, California (August 10-12, 2018). MAGWest brings it - with the bands, games and an awesome community of VGM fans! -
Thu, 30 Aug 2018
We begin a new chapter of Pixelated Audio with our first solo show, and our first full-length tribute episode, this time honoring Manabu Saito. Saito was a prolific composer for System Sacom from 1987 to 1991,
Thu, 26 Jul 2018
The original Crash Bandicoot games were developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Crash answers the question of "What would Donkey Kong Country be like in 3D?" - The first Crash title debuted in September of 1996 on the So...
Mon, 04 Jun 2018
The Adventures of Little Ralph, developed by NEW Corporation is a 2D platformer released only in Japan for the Sony Playstation on June of 1999. Like Ralph, there's a big game in this unassuming package. With its tight controls,
Fri, 04 May 2018
Neural Gear, developed by Fill in Cafe and published by Cross Media Soft, is a 3rd person rail shooter (riding in the light of Space Harrier) released strictly for the Sharp X68000 on November of 1990. While the game doesn't win any awards in the visua...
Mon, 02 Apr 2018
SNK produced some of the best titles to grace the arcades but also covered the spectrum in genre and variety. Only twice in the company's history did they attempt to produce a wrestling game and Big Bang Pro Wrestling released in 2000 for the Neo Geo P...
Thu, 01 Mar 2018
After a short break, we're back! Starting off 2018 with a new episode featuring the music of Tetris DS on the Nintendo DS. In 2006, Nintendo did classic puzzle enthusiasts a solid by not only chalking the game full their 8bit all-stars,
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
WonderBoy III: The Dragon’s Trap is a special game for a lot of people in a lot of ways. Today we will explore all the different paths to find its hidden gameplay and musical treasures. Much like the game, with its colorful cast of playable characters,...
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Today's Expansion Pack tends to lean heavy on the Sharp X68000 (not planned) but that's not a bad thing. Some amazing tracks selected from the Pixelated Audio team for your listening pleasure. Be sure to let us know your thoughts about the music as wel...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Pixelated Audio Music Disk Vol. 3 features the 7th and final music disk from GC-clusterz. Released in December of 1991, this compilation includes both arrangements of video game music AND original tunes made for the PC-8801 series of computers by NEC.
Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Cuphead is the first game by the indie studio called StudioMDHR based in Canada, which was created by brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. - In development since 2010, Cuphead graced the gaming world only last month but is the first of its kind. Now,
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
It's Halloween season and we're bringing out a soundtrack to one of the most terrifying adorable ghosts around (even makes your ghost emoji look scary). Yuurei-kun (aka Mr. Ghost) is a side-scrolling action game released for the MSX2 and higher compati...
Mon, 02 Oct 2017
In this installment we're exploring the soundtrack of an overlooked SNES Action-RPG released in 1994, titled: Brain Lord. It was developed by Produce! in conjunction with a sound group called Opus, and published by Enix for the Super Nintendo (or Super...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Riding on the heels of our last episode (MAGWest Panel), Gene co-hosts with us once again for a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive themed Expansion Pack. We've got a lot of great music and hopefully some new stuff that you might have missed! - Track List:
Fri, 01 Sep 2017
MAGWest was the first West Coast MAGFest event in Santa Clara, California (August 25th-27th) and we were stoked to be invited to do a panel this year. The topic we landed on was the sound system of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and how the two sound chip...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017
Heading back to the YM2608 for a look (and listen) at a game called Starfire for the PC-9801. A system exclusive, 1st person action RPG, released on October 14th of 1994; developed and published by a small company called StarCraft Inc.
Tue, 01 Aug 2017
The third Natsume NES/Famicom spotlight on the show features music from another strong composer. Dragon Fighter is a side scrolling action platformer, released for the Famicom in Japan in 1990, developed by Natsume and published by Towa Chiki.
Sun, 16 Jul 2017
We're taking a break... Don't worry, just this week. :) In this episode, we got together for a bit to listen to how we started (episode 1) that was released just over 3 years ago now. We talk a little about the show, how we've changed,
Sat, 01 Jul 2017
In this installment of Pixelated Audio, we're heading back to the Game Boy featuring a soundtrack from a Japanese-only title called Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade, developed by Sun L and published by Yutaka in 1992.
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
BlaZeon is a horizontal shooter, developed by A.I Co and published by Atlus in 1992 for the arcade. Originally a Japanese only release, Atlus ported the game to the SNES for Japan AND the US shortly after (in the same year,
Thu, 01 Jun 2017
Originally, Lunar: The Silver Star was published by Game Arts for the Sega CD (Mega CD) in Japan in 1992, and the US in 1993 by Working Designs -developed Game Arts, Studio Alex. - In 1996, Game Arts completely reworked,
Mon, 15 May 2017
The 90s were a particularly strong era for game audio on all fronts. The console market was thriving by creating a simpler way to play a game on the cheap, but the PC gaming scene continued to deliver unique experiences with many different hardware con...
Mon, 01 May 2017
We are back with another Music Disk volume to satisfy the craving for more FM synth! - Today we're featuring some select tunes from a disk title "Firecracker Music Collection vol.A: Comiket 42 Special" composed, arranged,
Sat, 15 Apr 2017
Arumana no Kiseki (The Miracle of Arumana) is a sidescrolling action game released by Konami in 1987 for the Famicom Disk System. The game bleeds Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Seriously. Gameplay has similar bits and pieces from Castlevania an...
Sat, 01 Apr 2017
Mitsume ga Tooru might not have made a western appearance, but what's not to love? The gameplay is simple, accessible, and challenging - but not in a frustrating 'rage-quit' way, we loved it. Honestly, the soundtrack is awesome and going to be a lot of...
Wed, 15 Mar 2017
In this episode we have a healthy dose of video game music from a variety of different games, systems and composers. Join in as we discuss the music and explore the games in Expansion Pack XVII. - Track List:
Wed, 01 Mar 2017
Toaplan was one of the most well-loved developers in the shooter genre with a number of releases including Tiger-Heli, Twin Cobra, Hellfire, Truxton, and Zero Wing. In 1990, they released a different style of shooter called Out Zone which and is one of...
Wed, 15 Feb 2017
Back with another selection of semi-random VGM tracks from a number of different systems. We've been a bit overdue for an Expansion Pack so listen in, join the fun, brush that 3D horse hair, and let us know what you think of the tunes. -
Wed, 01 Feb 2017
Want a game that's obscure but still has it all? Alisia Dragoon on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive is exactly the game you're looking for. Fun game play, top-notch artwork, and some of the best music the system has to offer.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017
When it comes to the Sega Dreamcast there certainly is no shortage of odd titles. Bangai-O fits the bill. From the moment you start playing, it shatters your expectations into tiny pieces and when you're done it reassemble them into an unforgettable ex...
Mon, 02 Jan 2017
With the new year we'd like to introduce you to one of the two new show styles that we will be added into the mix. "Pixelated Audio Music Disk Volumes" are a mixture of game music arrangements and original tunes created by the doujin (同人) groups of the...
Thu, 22 Dec 2016
It's no surprise that there aren't many Christmas specific games out on the store shelves. And after looking around we found a few Christmas games and some demo/expansions but nothing we were excited to share.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016
Today we bring you the tunes from a lesser-known Commodore 64 title called Quadrant composed by Thomas Detert. While the game might not be all that amazing, it has an awesome soundtrack that will definitely get you moving.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016
One of our favorite golf games ever made. Before they were part of SNK, Nazca proved to the industry that they could hang with the best of em. Neo Turf Masters, being one of their first, showcased arcade golf at its finest which drove the game to becom...
Tue, 22 Nov 2016
Join us as we celebrate 5 years of VGMRips with many of the people responsible, not only for its maintenance and up keep but its creation. We've asked our friends to share a song that has significance to them and to tell us about it in their own words....
Tue, 15 Nov 2016
This week we’re bringing you a special episode from our Extra-Life 2016 charity event (24 hour gaming marathon) that took place on Nov. 5th. We asked the other team members to pick a track from any game that was special to them and tell us why.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016
Some games are just flat-out terrible and destined to never to see overflowing love from the gaming world (but that’s okay). This describes Hole Chaser for the PC-8801 perfectly. If you were to pass over this game because of its graphics or because of ...
Sat, 15 Oct 2016
In the 90’s saying Nintendo consoles sucked would get you some new bruises on the at recess. Within 10 years they wrapped up the NES, blew our minds with the Super NES, and followed that with Nintendo 64. You could be thinking to yourself,
Sat, 01 Oct 2016
In this episode we (once again) have composer Naoki Kodaka in all his Sunsoft glory with Journey to Silius (aka [rʌf] World) for the NES/Famicom. This game has all the signs of what makes an NES title remembered as "classic." And it's dark visuals,
Thu, 15 Sep 2016
Retro gaming and game audio tends to get associated with US, Japan, and Europe because of the shear volume of games and media. So, we thought to ourselves, why not look at some other countries take on game music.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016
Namco was known for their extravagant arcade systems and over-the-top designs, however, they also had one of the most impressive sound chips in the early 90s. The 32-voice C352 and it's driver "Quattro" were both innovative and polished but more import...
Mon, 15 Aug 2016
Imagine, if you will, a game that’s from an Amiga developer heavily influenced by the English rock band Sisters of Mercy. Add in some truly insane music coupled with artwork that's both sexy and demonic in the style of an 80’s heavy metal album cover (...
Mon, 01 Aug 2016
Herzog Zwei is a real-time strategy game that was developed by Tecnosoft and released for the Mega Drive in 1989 for Japan and for the Sega Genesis in 1990 for North America. With excellent music, you're in for a good time.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016
It’s safe to assume you’ve heard of Bandai, but did you know they developed a handheld console called the WonderSwan? If not, don’t worry, its obscurity comes from the fact that it was never released in North America and had the misfortune to be in dir...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016
Today marks the 2 year anniversary of Pixelated Audio and we decided to have a little fun by mixing things up a bit! It's hard to have played Sega Genesis games without hearing the amazing music of Matt Furniss.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016
In the world of retro gaming there is no shortage of shoot ’em ups. It’s hard not to fall in love with their intense gameplay, flashy sprites, and insane music. Today we return to Compile, a company that had shoot’em ups down to an art form and with Mu...
Wed, 01 Jun 2016
Compile was responsible for dozens of games in the 80's and 90's but well-loved for their amazing shooters like the Aleste series. Aleste got its roots on the Sega Master System but made a portable detour on the Game Gear for two installments: GG Alest...
Sun, 15 May 2016
Granada is a top-down tank shooter developed and published by Wolf Team in 1990 for the Sharp X68000. It also saw a port to the Sega Genesis the same year. Join in as we listen to the FM synth as well as some MIDI versions of the soundtrack composed by...
Sun, 01 May 2016
In 1991, Konami was cranking out hits for pretty much every system available. However, Sunset Riders for the arcade, refused to blend into the herd of releases. While it's fun music, bright colors and its availability in a beastly 4 player cabinet made...
Fri, 15 Apr 2016
Everyone knows that “Amiga love” flows thick in our veins; it’s just a fact. The humble home computer has had so many incredible composers write music for it's games that many of us in North America are a bit unfamiliar with.
Fri, 01 Apr 2016
Madou King Granzort was released in 1990 by Hudson Soft (developed by Mutech) for the PC Engine SuperGrafx. Sure, it's a bit on the obscure side but we fell in love with this game almost immediately for its fun gameplay, challenging platforming,
Tue, 15 Mar 2016
Back in episode 24 we covered an amazing Konami game for the Famicom Disk System titled Ai Senshi Nicol. Today we are covering another 1987 Konami game for the Famicom Disk System titled Falsion and you’re in for quite an auditory ride.
Tue, 01 Mar 2016
We're extremely proud to have made it to episode 50 and put together a great show worthy of that milestone. So, with much thought and many show ideas kicked around, we finally decided on a plus sized Expansion Pack!
Mon, 15 Feb 2016
As fans of multiple game companies and characters, there is always a question that lingers in the back of our geeky minds...What if the characters from these two game franchises met in the heat of battle? SNK and Capcom are no strangers to helping fans...
Mon, 08 Feb 2016
Sadly, with David Bowie’s recent passing, the world lost an icon. Thankfully his legacy lives on forever in his music and movies. His role as Jareth in the 1986 film “Labyrinth” captivated us and now 30 years later we call the Goblin King back with a l...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016
Grounseed is practically unheard of and that's a shame. Developed by Studio Twinkle and published by EXIT in 1996, it’s a stripped down minimalist JRPG at its core, but that’s not what’s important. Where this game stands out is that it has some of the ...
Fri, 15 Jan 2016
Released in early in 2000 on the Sega Dreamcast, ChuChu Rocket! was the definition of what multiplayer puzzle games should be. Frantic gameplay and highly addictive, this is a must have for any DC console owners (but you probably already know that).
Fri, 08 Jan 2016
The new year has come, join us as we look back at some of our favorite VGM tracks from our thirty episodes in 2015. It’s been an amazing year with some incredible music so narrowing it down wasn’t easy, but we had fun and hope you will too.
Fri, 01 Jan 2016
Here at Pixelated Audio we decided to kick off the new year right by diving into Popful Mail across the Sega CD/Mega CD, PC Engine CD, PC-88/98 and Super Famicom. This game has it all; it looks great, plays great and last but not least sounds great!
Tue, 15 Dec 2015
Power Quest on the GameBoy Color would've been an easy title to overlook because there were plenty of terrible fighting games ported to the GameBoy (i.e. Street Fighter II). So back in the 90’s you probably passed on the handheld’s fighting genre which...
Tue, 01 Dec 2015
Battle Squadron: The Destruction of the Barrax Empire! and it's slightly less known older brother, Hybris, are arguably two of the best shooters on the Amiga. Right from the start, Cope Com knew how to make a challenging shooter that, in our opinion,
Sun, 15 Nov 2015
This week we're bringing you a special episode from our Extra-Life charity event (24hour gaming marathon) that took place on Nov. 7th. We asked the other team members to play something that was special to them and voice their thoughts. Good times,
Sat, 31 Oct 2015
Maybe once a decade a game comes along that is so charming and so charismatic that you can help but fall in love with every aspect of it...Lucas Arts' Grim Fandango is such a game. This game has great characters,
Thu, 22 Oct 2015
Its that time again so join us for a Halloween flavored Expansion Pack with #VGM from a variety of games across a bunch of systems. This episode fits with our previous Expansion Packs but with a creepy theme...we're talking games like Space Hulk,
Thu, 15 Oct 2015
Sega’s Sonic Team released Ristar in 1995, quite late in the Sega Genesis lifespan which left many people unaware of the game’s existence. For the fortunate few that did play this game, we were rewarded with an amazing 16-bit platformer unlike anything...
Thu, 01 Oct 2015
The 80’s and 90’s were buzzing with shurikens and katana wielding ninjas, not only for video games but all media. You had Ninja Gaiden, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 3 Ninjas, Surf Ninjas and on and on. This “ninja-mania” gave us the feeling we were pe...
Tue, 22 Sep 2015
Driving Buses and Riding Dragons. Join us for another fun Pixelated Audio Expansion Pack and hear a variety of our favorite random tracks in a more relaxed round table format. Maybe you will discover a new favorite song...it could totally happen! -
Tue, 15 Sep 2015
Even as kids -thanks to Nintendo Power- we knew certain games got released in Japan that would never breach the borders for western audiences to experience. It’s even more painful when a company like Squaresoft (Square Enix) releases a beautiful RPG th...
Tue, 01 Sep 2015
Racing games in the 90s were a very important part of gaming history and culture. Games like OutRun, Top Gear, F-Zero, and the Lotus series brought us a formula that not only defined the genre but also inspired many of us growing up. Barry Leitch,
Sat, 22 Aug 2015
It's time for another Expansion Pack and this episode guest-host Kevzter, spreads the video game music love with some awesome tracks to bring back some found memories. Tunes from N64, MSX, Sega Genesis, Arcade, and more! - On November 7th,
Sat, 15 Aug 2015
In 1999 Hal Laboratory and Pax Softnica combined to develop a unique and interesting new game for the Nintendo 64 showcase what the N64 could do with 3D environments. Hal and Pax used a very well known Nintendo franchise to help pull this idea off and ...
Sat, 01 Aug 2015
In 1995 the western world was introduced to the cyberpunk anime, Ghost in the Shell (based on a manga of the same name) and two years later a Ghost in the Shell video game developed by Exact (now know as SCE Japan Studio) made its way onto the original...
Wed, 15 Jul 2015
The MSX, while extremely popular in Asia, South America, and parts of Europe, unfortunately never gained footing on U.S. even though some of the most influential games of the 80s debuted on the home computer.
Wed, 01 Jul 2015
With a tweaked fighting system and two player co-op action, Technos Japan's Double Dragon II: The Revenge saw a port on virtually every system available between 1988 and 1993. Since it's our One Year Anniversary we thought we would cover the Arcade,
Mon, 22 Jun 2015
It's time for another Expansion Pack which means another awesome set of video game music to scope out. Richard Hubbell joins us in today's episode and brought some great chip tunes to the mix. We had a lot of fun with this show and we think you'll enjo...
Mon, 15 Jun 2015
What can be said about B.O.B.? Aside from the fact that he’s a funny teenage android packing heat and some wicked dance moves, probably not much. But it does summarize the protagonist of the 1993 SNES and Genesis/Mega Drive game by Grey Matter Inc.
Mon, 01 Jun 2015
When Konami got the rights from Marvel in early 90’s to bring the X-Men universe to arcades, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that a classic beat’em up was on the horizon. The coin-op version of X-Men had a great cast, solid gameplay,
Fri, 22 May 2015
Today we have another Expansion Pack of VGM to soothe the soul and feed your fix. Join Bryan and James for 6 hand-picked tracks from games on the NES, Sega CD, Sega 32X and Playstation 2. If any track stands out to you, let us know! -
Fri, 15 May 2015
In 1987, Konami released Ai Senshi Nicol (愛戦士ニコル) on the Famicom Disk System about a man named Nicol who would do anything to save his love from her alien captors. This Japanese-only released game hits all the dots that make gaming fun and we feel comp...
Fri, 01 May 2015
For us, pinball was the pre-digital entertainment of our parents generation but it’s history started much earlier. “Spring launcher” pinball tables were used as far back as the late 1600s/early 1700s. Naturally Pinball has evolved since then becoming m...
Wed, 15 Apr 2015
Bryan is in Japan so we're bringing another Expansion Pack to the masses this week. Lots of fun VGM from all over the place. So are any of these games on your "Hey, I remember that" list? Let us know in the comments,
Wed, 01 Apr 2015
Mega Man needs no introduction. Since his 1987 NES debut, the “Blue Bomber” has been loved by millions of fans worldwide. It’s undeniable that Mega Man (or Rockman as he’s known in Japan) is one of the most famous characters in all of video game histor...
Sun, 22 Mar 2015
Today we are doing another VGM Expansion Pack mixture but this time indie composer Chase Bethea joins us to bring some of his favorite tunes (as well as a few he wrote)! You might just discover a new favorite track! - Track List:
Mon, 16 Mar 2015
Back in the 90’s the Sonic the Hedgehog series was in its prime - literally running over the competition. In late 1999/early 2000, SNK capitalized on this fan favorite by licensing Sonic and his friends for the Neo Geo Pocket Color.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015
This week on Pixelated Audio, we’re playing music from an amazing little Nintendo DS game that you might have missed called Lock’s Quest. The composer, David J. Franco, joins us for a quick chat and with over 90 tracks in the game he’s done an excellen...
Sun, 15 Feb 2015
Rockage 4.0 took over our lives for the weekend so we thought it'd be fun to put out a short Expansion Pack episode (totally unrelated) while we're on break. Dino Dini, Zoids, Tim Allen, and Golden Warpships. Kind of like a VGM buffet?
Mon, 02 Feb 2015
The gaming world has been playing Civilization-style simulation games for a long time and the genre has a long history of deep/enriching games that keep the player hooked for countless hours. Sadly, Utopia: The Creation of a Nation fell short of our si...
Thu, 22 Jan 2015
Our musical mash-up is back with Expansion Pack II. Hope you’re ready to listen to some tunes ranging from the 1986 Famicom to 2014 Wii U and everything between. In case you missed last Expansion Pack episode or tuning in for the first time,
Thu, 15 Jan 2015
Kirby has evolved into one of Nintendo’s most colorful and beloved franchises, so it’s interesting to see it start out on the Game Boy’s “pea soup” color palette. Kicking off what would be a long relationship between HAL Laboratory and Nintendo,
Thu, 08 Jan 2015
Now that 2014 is a thing of the past, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the music we’ve played over the last year and select our favorites. We covered some amazing games and this is a second look at some of those tracks in case you might...
Thu, 01 Jan 2015
There’s nothing better than kicking off the new year with Castlevania and in this episode we're running through an excellent addition to the series called Castlevania: Bloodlines for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive released in 1994 by Konami.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014
We're taking a side-step from our normal format today with a new segment to supplement our normal bi-weekly show. Pixelated Audio Expansion Pack is kind of like a random mix of stuff we've either recently discovered or some music from games that may no...
Mon, 01 Dec 2014
Batman has been an incorruptible symbol for Gotham and remains unwavering in his war against crime for the last 75 years. Since his creation by Bob Kane and and Bill Finger for Detective Comics #27 in 1939,
Sat, 15 Nov 2014
Once in a while a great arcade title is overlooked by the game industry and gamers alike. A game that if you played you would love but the problem is that its no where to be found. Namco’s The Outfoxies unfortunately is such a title.
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
It was only a matter of time before the turtles made an appearance on this show but we thought it would be interesting to give some love to a less popular set of games. So pull out that frozen pizza you’ve been saving for a special occasion because Pix...
Wed, 15 Oct 2014
We’re getting into the holiday spirit with a Halloween themed grab bag. There’s been no shortage of creepy games released over the years so when putting together our list we made sure to choose ones that span the spectrum of fun and silly to mindboggli...
Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Every publisher and developer hope for a game that has all the right elements; a game that’s a hit. BlueSky Software hit that nail on the head with their 1995 release of Vectorman for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014
Throw in traditional JRPG elements, some Ancient Relic Machines and a touch of the Wild West and you’ve got yourself Wild Arms for the Sony Playstation. Join us as we go through Filgaia’s story, battles, characters and, of course,
Mon, 01 Sep 2014
This week we bring you music from a short-lived company with strong roots in the Amiga demo-scene called Zyrinx. Beginning on Sega’s 16bit hardware, they set out to push the limits of the Genesis and Mega Drive further than other developers had done.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014
We're looking at Nintendo’s Punch-Out!! series. With so many franchises unable to make the jump from the arcade to the home console and even fewer able to then stand the test of time by seeing re-releases we want to pay tribute to an amazing series tha...
Thu, 31 Jul 2014
We're back with a full grab bag of Soccer titles in celebration of 2014 FIFA World Cup. With so many soccer games being released over the years, it was a really tough choice to pick only a few and leave the others to sit on the sidelines but we have a ...
Tue, 01 Jul 2014
We launch the show off with the Golden Axe series by SEGA. Even though it wasn’t one of the highest selling games of the platform for the Genesis/Mega Drive it has been re-released in pretty much every “SEGA Classics” collection to date.