31 July 2013

Episode 144: Battle Music

Battle Music is the focus of Episode 144, that is, music that occurs when there is a confrontation or fight in a game, and that music is notedly different from the regular level or area music.  Also, boss or mini-boss music is not allowed.  While there are some non-role-playing games out there that have battle or fight music (Metal Gear, Clock Tower, Base Wars, for example), all the tracks on this episode are from RPGs.  As you would imagine, the music in this episode is generally very up beat and tense and energetic, and yet, because of the late hour the episode was recorded, Rob falls asleep for half of it.  In a sense, Rob battles with sleep deprivation, so perhaps the music was appropriate after all.  Yeah!  Full track listing below.

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

Sword of Vermilion - Hiroshi Kawaguchi - Battle - Sega - Genesis - 1989

Pokémon Red Version - Junichi Masuda - Battle (VS Trainer) - Game Freak/Nintendo - Game Boy - 1998

Shining in the Darkness - Masahiko Yoshimura - Battle Theme - Climax Entertainment - Genesis - 1991

Hourai Gakuen no Bouken! The Adventure of Hourai High School: Tenkousei Scramble - Hitoshi Sakimoto - Battle - J-Wing/Dynamite - Super Famicom - 1996

Final Fantasy III - Nobuo Uematsu - Battle Theme - Square - SNES - 1994

Dragon Warrior IV - Koichi Sugiyama - Battle for the Glory - Enix/Chunsoft - NES - 1992

Shining Force - Masahiko Yoshimura - Hikari yo! Teki wo Ute! [Battle Scene (Standard Battle)] - Camelot Software Planning - Genesis - 1992

SD Sengokuden 3: Chijou Saikyou Hen - Kenichi Kamio - Battle - Bandai - Game Boy (Japan) - 1992

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest - Ryuji Sasai - Battle 1 - Square - SNES - 1992

Metal Max - Satoshi Kadokura - Battle - Data East/Crea-Tech - Famicom - 1991

Final Fantasy II - Nobuo Uematsu - Battle - Square - SNES - 1991

Inindo: Way of the Ninja - Fiori Wakakuwa - Battle at Aduchi Castle - Koei - SNES - 1993

Shining Force II - Motoaki Takenouchi - Promoted Attack - Camelot Software Planning - Genesis - 1994

Heracles no Eikou IV: Kamigami-kara no Okurimono - Shogo Sakai - Battle with Monsters - Data East - Super Famicom - 1994

Romancing SaGa - Kenji Ito - The Conflict - Square - Super Famicom - 1992


  1. First of all, Happy birthday to Rob!

    Speaking of friendly arpeggio Japanese composers, Yoshiyuki Hagiwara also used them, for example in Batman: the animated series and.

    The Battle (VS Trainer) tune sounds a lot like Final Fantasy II on the Game Boy.

    WOW! Metal Max sounds amazing, and I didn't know about it!

    Loved the rest of tunes as well. Cheers!

  2. http://retrogamingexpo.com/

    You guys should really try to make it up to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo in October.

  3. Also: Metal Max sounds to me like a Battletoads song. Turbo Tunnels, specifically.

  4. Happy Birthday Rob! Here's to a new year and a fresh start

    Hilarious episode, guys. Top notch music as well.
    Also, Earthbound has some great battle music. Very unique and sometimes funky. I highly recommend it

  5. Ahh! Such a good Episode! And you guys played two of the songs that my band covers! http://kirbysdreamband.bandcamp.com/

    (Pokemon & Final Fantasy IV)

  6. <3 FF2 Fight 1 - it just sounds like such an off in a distant world kinda battle. Brings me back...