01 August 2012

Episode 92: Punching and Kicking 2

The Double Dragon Boyz return to the topic of Beat 'Em Up Games (which includes Hack and Slash Games). They discuss what it means to be a beat 'em up game, Brent shares his going to bed process, and they both discover the true pronunciation of Jaleco.  Full track listing below.

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

Werewolf: The Last Warrior - Shogo Sakai, Takafumi Miura, Yusuke Takahama - Ending Theme - Data East - NES - 1990

Sonic Blast Man II - K. Watanabe, Naoto Yagishita - City - Taito - SNES - 1994

Final Fight 2 - Mari Yamaguchi, Yasuaki Fujita, Yuki Iwai, Setsuo Yamamoto, Yuko Takehara - Creeping Wheeping - Capcom - SNES - 1993

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project - Kozo Nakamura, Yuichi Sakakura, Tomoya Tomita - Scene 4 - Konami - NES - 1992

Kabuki Quantum Fighter - Masaki Hashimoto, Takahiro Wakuta - Round 2 - Human Entertainment/HAL Laboratory - NES - 1991

Knights of the Round - Isao Abe - Battle at the Castle Fort - Capcom - SNES - 1994

Streets of Rage 2 - Yuzo Koshiro - Dreamer - Sega - Genesis - 1992

Streets of Rage 3 - Motohiro Kawashima - The Poets I - Sega - Genesis - 1994

River City Ransom - Kazuo Sawa - Unused 1 - Technos Japan - NES - 1990

Golden Axe III - Naofumi Hataya, Tatsuyuki Maeda (Ryunosuke), Haruyo Oguro (Lotty), Tomonori Sawada - The Vast Field (Stage 1) - Sega - Mega Drive - 1993

Golden Axe III - Naofumi Hataya, Tatsuyuki Maeda (Ryunosuke), Haruyo Oguro (Lotty), Tomonori Sawada - Cursed City (Stage 6B) - Sega - Mega Drive - 1993

The Combatribes - Kazunaka Yamane - Martha's Truth - Technos - SNES - 1993

Brawl Brothers - Atsutoshi Isemura, Hajime Uchida - Street Beat - Jaleco - SNES - 1993

Splatterhouse 3 - Eiko Kaneda (Milky Eiko) - Staff Roll - Namco/Now Production - Genesis - 1993

Rollergames - Norio Hanzawa, Katsuhiko Suzuki, Atsushi Fujio, Shigemasa Matsuo - Ending - Konami/Ultra Games - NES - 1990


  1. Glad the games came in one piece. I will try my very best to get you something off your list of games Brent

  2. Is that a Tom Rhodes album in front of the TV? One of my absolute favorite comics.

  3. Kenny - that is a Tom Rhodes album. In addition to LMH, I also edit the Tom Rhodes podcast. Really good stuff!


  4. Hey! Awesome. I listen to that podcast too. I saw Tom Rhodes at the Improve about a month before I left Los Angeles to move to the UK. Great show.

    Good episode too. Really dug that Streets of Rage 2 track, really acid house.

  5. Does anyone read these comments 5 months later? The tempo, dance feel and ESPECIALLY the bassline from the Streets of Rage 3 track is straight out of "Soon" by My Bloody Valentine -- and 3 years later...

    1. Yes, the Legacy Music Hour does read them! (And so do some other listeners who are catching up.)

    2. Spencer, I just read this b/c I just posted THE SAME THING on the newest episode. I had the exact same thought. all those Streets of Rage tracks--or at least "The Poets I" "The Poets II" and "Moon"too a little sound like MBV to me. Great minds...

  6. If Kabuki is a beat 'em up then so are Batman: The Game, Ninja Gaiden, and the original TMNT. No sir. These are action platformers, not beat 'em ups. As for Bad Dudes, it's a beat 'em up. You're not ascending vertical levels or navigating tricky jumps, it's just a side-scrolling game with hoards of enemies that occasionally asks you to make a simple jump. Kabuki is FAR more platform-heavy than Bad Dudes is. Bad Dudes is just a beat 'em up with mild platforming elements, but platforming is not a huge part of its gameplay like it is in Kabuki. Beat 'em ups are always very simple, flatly sidescrolling games with hoards of enemies you have to fight through and that's really all the gameplay consists of.

    Also, I'm just gonna say this because TMNT III is insanely underrated: TMNT III: The Manhattan Project is a better game than TMNT IV: Turtles in Time. IV gets all the love just because it has more advanced graphics, but III is way better imo.