30 May 2012

Episode 83: Product Placement

Product Placement is the topic of Episode 83.  Brent and Rob look at music from either games that contain product placement or branded games, that is, games based on products.  McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Snickers, Cheetos, Pizza Hut, Panasonic, Ajinomoto, Chupa Chups, Raisins -all these brands and products are represented in this episode, but don't actually really have any bearing on the music.  Check it out, have a listen to the music, and hopefully you'll end up "lovin' it."  Full track listing below.

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game - Mutsuhiko Izumi, Miki Higashino, Y. Manno (arr.), Kozo Nakamura (arr.) - Technodrome (Scene 7) - Konami/Ultra Games - NES - 1991

Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool - unknown - To the Exit! - Kaneko - Genesis - 1992

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure - Katsuhiko Suzuki - Stage 4: Magical Moon (Part 1) - Treasure/Sega - Genesis - 1993

Yo! Noid - unknown - Stage 11 - Capcom - NES - 1990

Biker Mice From Mars - Hideto Inoue (Keroppi Inoue), Nobuyuki Akena - Shop - Konami - SNES (Europe) - 1995

FIFA Soccer 95 - Jeff van Dyck - Menu 1 - Electronic Arts - Genesis - 1994

M.C. Kids - Charles Deenen - Level Music 2 - Virgin Interactive - NES - 1992

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure - Katsuhiko Suzuki - See You! - Treasure/Sega - Genesis - 1993

Motoko-chan no Wonder Kitchen - unknown - Grand Finale (part 1) - Nintendo - Super Famicom - 1993

Global Gladiators - Tommy Tallarico - Dance Tune - Virgin Games - Genesis - 1992

Yo! Noid - unknown - Stage 5 - Capcom - NES - 1990

Zool: Ninja of the 'Nth' Dimension - Patrick Phelan - Title Theme - GameTek - Genesis - 1993

Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool - unknown - Bird Houses - Kaneko - SNES - 1992

Biker Mice From Mars - Hideto Inoue (Keroppi Inoue), Nobuyuki Akena - Staff Roll - Konami - SNES (Europe) - 1995

The California Raisins: The Grape Escape - Scott Etherton - Maize Maze - Interactive Designs/Capcom - NES - 1991 (unreleased)


  1. Wondered if anybody else noticed that Motoko-chan no Wonder Kitchen track really sounded similar to the ending credits music to MST3k.

    1. I hear what you're saying. That synthesized trombone(?) has the exact same tone as the one from the MST3K track.

  2. The remembering of the Coca Cola game in the Capcom episode reminded me of a real missed opportunity in this episode: the Cool Spot game, where the main character is the "cool spot" character from 7up commercials.

    Cool Spot was a great game to boot!

    Also, I don't know if it counts but Bubsy was a Sega Genesis game that had an add for a Thanksgiving special cartoon of the Bubsy character they were trying to make into a series. I don't know if the TV show idea or the game came first. Also a good game.

    1. We didn't forget Cool Spot, we just didn't play anything from it. Same with Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City.

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  3. That Wonder Kitchen track reminds me of some music from EarthBound. I wonder if it may have been composed by either Keiichi Suzuki or Hirokazu Tanakak, the two composers on EarthBound.

  4. Would it be possible to post timestamps in the episode for each track? Makes it easier to find a specific track while it's playing. Thanks!