14 December 2011

Episode 59: Square Squared

For Episode 59, Brent and Rob revisit the focus of Episode 5, Square (and Squaresoft), the legendary company specializing in role-playing games such as Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger.  Basically, it's Square part 2, or Square 2, which makes it look like it could be called Square Squared, thus the title of the episode.  This time, Brent and Rob delve into lesser known Square titles, mostly stuff that was only released in Japan, and in turn, discover some wonderful gems.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Live A Live - Yoko Shimomura - Captain Square - Square - Super Famicom - 1994

Thexder - Hibiki Godai - Main Stage Theme - Game Arts/Square - Famicom - 1985

Treasure Hunter G - Hitoshi Sakimoto - Emperor of Balladry - Sting/Square - Super Famicom - 1996

Treasure Hunter G - Mitsuhito Tanaka (John Pee) - The World's Cavern 1 - Sting/Square - Super Famicom - 1996

Seiken Densetsu 3 - Hiroki Kikuta - Harvest November - Square - Super Famicom - 1995

Romancing SaGa 3 - Kenji Ito - Magical Tank Battle - Square - Super Famicom - 1995

Rudra no Hihou - Ryuji Sasai - Sword of the Valiant - Square - Super Famicom - 1996

King's Knight - Nobuo Uematsu - Final Stage - Square - NES - 1989

Secret of Mana - Hiroki Kikuta - Tell a Strange Tale - Square - SNES - 1993

JJ - Nobuo Uematsu - Invincibility - Square - Famicom - 1987

Romancing SaGa 3 - Kenji Ito - Gen's Castle Battle - Square - Super Famicom - 1995

Romancing SaGa - Kenji Ito - Theme of Aisha - Square - Super Famicom - 1992

Hanjuku Hero: Aah, Sekai yo Hanjuku Nare...!! - Koichi Sugiyama - Faraway Hometown of the Egg - Square - Super Famicom - 1992

Front Mission: Gun Hazard - Nobuo Uematsu - Richard Millman - Square - Super Famicom - 1996

The Final Fantasy Legend - Nobuo Uematsu - Furious Battle - Square - Game Boy - 1990


  1. densetsu = legend

    I think Rob tends to hear similarities to street fighter 2 every time there are sort of uptempo bell sounds, used in an arpeggio...

    Romancing Saga is a totally separate line of rpgs, and Saga for GB was re-named "final fantasy" b/c at that point there were no saga games released in the US (as Brent hypothesized, for "sales reasons")

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  3. Sorry, for the above. Too many typos. Just wanted to say I agree that Secret of Mana is a fantastic soundtrack. I think the Square episodes are my favorite since I was a Square fan boy playing games when I was younger. I look forward to this podcast every week! Thank you!

  4. That Rudra no Hihou track sounds a lot like Breath of Fire. I wonder if Ryuji Sasai knows Mari Yamaguchi.

  5. After hearing Emperor of Balladry, I had to go and play Treasure Hunter G, and hear it in proper context. I just finished it 10 minutes ago, and that song, is definitely the highlight of the entire game. Neat battle system though

  6. That last one from Front Mission: Gun Hazard is clearly an early version of Under the Rotting Pizza from FF7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezxwm4Y0iZ8