22 February 2012

Episode 69: Fighting Games Round 2

Brent and Rob return to the topic of Fighting Games, this time straying from any of the Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat games, and instead, digging deeper into some lesser known titles, particularly the Japanese releases such as Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball Z.  Video game music appreciators, get ready... FIGHT! (meaning, listen and enjoy).  Full track listing below.

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

Fighting Masters - Masapi, Shioya (Hiromitsu Shioya?) - Arena 2 - Almanic/Treco - Genesis - 1992

WeaponLord - Brian Schmidt - Dragon Arena - Visual Concepts/Namco - SNES - 1995

Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyou Touitsusen - T.K.O. (Norio Hanzawa, Katsuhiko Suzuki, Satoshi Murata) - Sub-Space 2 BGM - Treasure - Mega Drive - 1994

Joy Mech Fight - Hideaki Shimizu - Outside the Tower (Blaze) - Nintendo - Famicom - 1993

Yu Yu Hakusho - Yoshinori Kawamoto, Kouji Nakagawa - Reminiscence - Namco - Super Famicom - 1993

King of the Monsters 2 - Toshio Shimizu, Toshikazu Tanaka - Grand Canyon - SNK/Takara - Genesis - 1994

Shin Kidou Senshi Gundam Wing: Endless Duel - Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi - Tower - Natsume - Super Famicom - 1996

Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyou Touitsusen - Hiro Takahashi - Unbalance na Kiss o Shite - Treasure - Mega Drive - 1994

Natsuki Crisis Battle - Yuki Sabakuma, Tomo Chan, AKP - Your Selection - TOSE - Super Famicom - 1995

Brutal: Paws of Fury - Doug Brandon - Unknown Track 1 - Imagitec Design/GameTek - Genesis - 1994

King of the Monsters 2 - Toshio Shimizu, Toshikazu Tanaka - Unknown (Sound Test 87) - SNK/Takara - Genesis - 1994

Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension - Takano, Nakajima, Tonkupon, Chatrita - Another S (Far Above the Earth) - TOSE/Bandai - Super Famicom - 1996

Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden 2 - Kenji Yamamoto - Zangia's Theme - TOSE/Bandai - Super Famicom - 1993

Street Smart - Jojoha Kitamura - Staff Roll - Treco - Genesis - 1991

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko, Hideto Inoue -  Enter the Tournament - Konami - SNES - 1993


  1. Those Yu Yu Hakusho tracks are awesome. How is the game itself? That's one of those games I'd own just for the soundtrack.

  2. Yeah, it's hard finding good fighting game tracks within the SNES and Genesis library. If only there was a way to emulate Neo Geo AES/MVS music. The Fatal Fury series (Fatal Fury 2 & Special are my personal favorites, by the way) on the AES/MVS have some great tunes. The SNES and Genesis versions of AES/MVS games never sound as good as the original source material.

  3. love the "Your Selection" track!!!

    super butouden 2 is one of my fav SNES soundtracks for sure, i imported that as a child and still have the cartridge

  4. re: some of those SNK fighters, the genesis and snes versions were always kind of mediocre; you'd find a lot better music in the actual SNK arcade roms, as Z_MET mentioned as well

    PS i have the cartridge of hyper dimension as well ;-)

  5. Another great selection of tracks.

    The Sega Mega Drive Yu Yu Haksuho game is pretty cool. Up to 4 fighters on screen at one time, battle in the foreground and background. You can be Genkai.

    The special attacks are like the ones found in the Anime series, including the rapid punching.


  6. I really enjoy playing different fighting games especially Tekken because of having different combos and unique characters and I also love its graphics.

  7. Normally I wouldn't point something like this out but I know LMH strives for accuracy. The YuYu Hakusho track Imbalanced Kiss is actually the third ending theme from the anime. It's a great song. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TL_T3ucVMzY

  8. Very cool that you guys talked about the Mike Tyson fight in Punch-Out!! here. I'm listening to this episode for the first time and literally less than a week ago I finally beat Mike Tyson myself. I'd told myself it was a feat I'd never accomplish, resigned to the idea that it was something I'd simply never be able to do, but I decided to set aside some time to really give it my best and after about a day's worth of time sunk into fighting him, losing, and rematching him over and over again (spread across two days), I finally did it. I beat him by decision with 5400 points (5000 is the cutoff or Tyson wins the decision). Some people think a TKO is a better way to win, but a TKO shows a clear imbalance of skill between two boxers and makes it more of a shutout. I think a match that goes the full three rounds with both boxers sticking it out with endurance and skill, coming to a close match, makes for a much better story, and it was more satisfying for me. I'm glad I can finally cross that accomplishment off my bucket list, though.