11 April 2012

Episode 76: Sports 2

Get your cleats on for another Sports episode as Brent and Rob revisit the topic and pitch some awesome, raunchy, and "uplifting" tracks from the 8-bit and 16-bit era.  You're definitely gonna hit an ace with this one!  Also, if you missed it the first time, check out Episode 14 for more great sports video game tunes!  NOTE: Rob's shirt says "LIFE OF AGONY," in case anyone thinks his shirt is saying something else.  It was just a weird angle when the picture was taken.  Full track listing below.

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

John Madden Football - Rob Hubbard - Unknown Track 2 - Electronic Arts - Genesis - 1990

Super Spike V'Ball - Kazunaka Yamane - Title Screen - Technos - NES - 1990

Toukon Club - Iku Mizutani - Iron Lips' Theme - Natsume/Jaleco - Famicom - 1992

Super Soccer - Hiroya Niwayama, Hironori Tanaka, Masamichi Yamazaki, Tetsuji Ohtani - Argentina - Human Entertainment - SNES - 1992

Tommy Lasorda Baseball - ROGE - On Base (BGM 3A) - Sega - Genesis - 1989

Pebble Beach Golf Links - Shigekazu Kamaki - Hole Overview - T&E Soft/Sega - Genesis - 1993

From TV animation: Slam Dunk: Kyougou Makkou Taiketsu! - Yoko Wada - Ending - Sims/Bandai - Mega Drive - 1995

Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf - Tokuhiko Uwabo - Score - Sega - Genesis - 1989

Saturday Night Slam Masters - Masaki Izutani, Toshio Kajino, Syun Nishigaki, Nobuhiro Ohuchi, Kiyo - Theme of Grater - Capcom - Genesis - 1994

Konami Hyper Soccer - unknown - Ending - Konami - NES (Europe) - 1992

Konami Hyper Soccer - unknown - Final Score - Konami - NES (Europe) - 1992

Super Volleyball - Naoki Itamura (?) - Match BGM - Micronics/Video System - Genesis - 1991

Tecmo Bowl - Keiji Yamagishi (K.Y. Jet) - End Credits - Tecmo - NES - 1989

Rackets & Rivals - unknown - Next Opponent - Palcom - NES (Europe) - 1993

ATP Tour Championship Tennis - Hikoshi Hashimoto - Congratulations! - Sims/Sega - Genesis - 1994


  1. Sports games really do have great soundtracks. This was a great episode. You guys played my two favorite Hyper Soccer tracks also. Awesome.

  2. How do you find names for tracks? For example, I was able to find the NSF for Konami Hyper Soccer, but it doesn't have any of the song names.

    1. Sometimes when I can't find track names, I just name the tracks based on what is happening in the game when the music plays. For games with no official soundtrack release, there are no official track names, so for Hyper Soccer, the music we heard plays during the ending of the game, so I called it "Ending," and the other track plays during the final score sequence, so I called it "Final Score." There's a more detail answer to this question in the comments section of Episode 71.

  3. That Rackets & Rivals track really reminds me of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the 1989 NES one) as well as Bayou Billy like you mentioned. I think it's cool that all three of these games are so easily identifiable as Konami games even though the composers are different.

    1. Well, the truth is, they could all be the same composer. Rackets and Rivals is unknown, and there's never been any concrete confirmation that Kozo Nakamura did TMNT, so that's kind of an unknown as well. That means, it's possible that one of the four composers who worked on Bayou Billy did those other games as well.

    2. Well that explanation makes more sense to me since the music from those games just sounds SO similar. Do you know why so many sites list Keizo/Kozo Nakamura as the composer for TMNT?

    3. Well as it turns out, and I only discovered this a month ago or so, Keizo Nakamura and Kozo Nakamura are two different people. But only Kozo was working at Konami during the time TMNT was made, so if it was K. Nakamura, it was Kozo. For some reason, around 2004 or 2005, it started to spread around the internet that "K. Nakamura" was the composer for TMNT. I don't know where that information got started, and if it has any roots in something more concrete than speculation. But anyway, the reason a lot of websites have Kozo Nakamura is just because the rumor has been around for a while that people, even myself, take it for granted that he was the composer. And some sites list Keizo, thinking it's the same person. But a little while ago, I looked into it, and there is no true confirmation to be found anywhere that K. Nakamura was the composer.