03 August 2011

Episode 40: Free Play 4

Brent and Rob celebrate Episode 40 with more great tunes and another installment of Mame That Chune!  Full track listing below.

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

Power Blade 2 - Kinuyo Yamashita - Stage 4 - Taito - NES - 1992

Super Nazo Puyo 2: Ruru no Tetsuwan Hanjyou ki - Tsuyoshi Matsushima, Akiyoshi Nagao (Einosuke Nagao), Superkenta, BA.M - Overworld - Compile - Super Famicom - 1996

Madou Monogatari I - Tsuyoshi Matsushima, Polygon Junkie - Opening (Part 2 - Dark Noble's Theme) - Compile - Mega Drive - 1996

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - Miki Higashino - Continue - Konami - Genesis - 1993

Captain America and the Avengers - Tomoyoshi Sato, Tatsuya Kiuchi, Shogo Sakai, Hitoshi Sakimoto - Almost Victorious - Data East - Genesis - 1992

World Boxing - Koichi Yamanishi - Title (?) - TSS - Famicom - 1990

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition - Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi - Airport - Natsume/Bandai - SNES - 1995

Pocky & Rocky - Hiroyuki Iwatsuki - Haunted House - Natsume - SNES - 1993

Crüe Ball - Brian Schmidt - Feeding Frenzy (Volume Level 9) - Electronic Arts - Genesis - 1992

Quartet - Katsuhiro Hayashi - Sky (Stage 5) - Sega - arcade - 1986

To The Earth - unknown - Main BGM - Nintendo - NES - 1989

Battle Grand Prix - Yusuke Takahama - Race Theme 6 - Hudson Soft - SNES - 1993

Lotus II: R.E.C.S. - Patrick Phelan - Miami Ice - Electronic Arts/Gremlin Graphics - Mega Drive (Europe) - 1993

Stinger - Kiyohiro Sada (Charley Sada), Shinya Sakamoto (Rusher Shinya), Satoe Terashima (Brilliant Satoe), Kinuyo Yamashita (Yamako), Giant Ken - Final Stage Normal - Konami - NES - 1987

After Burner II - Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Noriyuki Iwadare (arr.) - After Burner - Sega - Genesis - 1990

Nightshade - Marshall Parker - Metro City Sewers - Beam Software/Ultra Games - NES - 1992

Madou Monogatari I - Tsuyoshi Matsushima, Polygon Junkie - Main BGM 1 (Floors 1-10) - Compile - Mega Drive - 1996

Legendary Wings - Tamayo Kawamoto, Manami Matsumae (arr.), Yoshihiro Sakaguchi (arr.) - Area 1 - Capcom - NES - 1988

Super Tennis - Yoshiki Nishimura - Ending - Tokyo Shoseki/Nintendo - SNES - 1991


  1. Brent, dunno if you saw the movie or read up on Captain America, but they wanted a "weak" guy to be the super-soldier, because he knows the true value of strength better than anyone.

  2. I laughed so hard at the Sad Elephant reprise. Rob's initial description of that song had been funny enough; having it resurrected again was hysterical. Thanks guys.

    Also, the Ninja Turtles are definitely superheroes.

  3. The Ninja Turtles are a tricky thing to classify. Compared to a normal human being, they are not "Super heroes" in terms of, they don't have some sort of extra ordinary power like say spiderman's spidey sense or superman's x-ray vision. They were always depicted as having comparable strength to a human, and being ninja trained.

    But what is a super hero? I feel like Batman actually isn't a superhero either, technically, because he to has no super powers. But he gets a pass, and is called one most of the time just because he has similar qualities to a lot of other super heroes (wears a cape, has a secret identity, etc).

    Further confusing this is, if you think of the Ninja Turtles in comparison to other turtles, they are totally super heroes. They got mutated by ooze and got all these powers and capabilities that no turtle has. They can walk around on two legs, talk, they have the intelligence of a human being. They have crazy super powers, in comparison to a turtle. So to turtles, they are super heroes basically, but to humans they seem sort of underpowered as their transformation just took them from being an inferior animal to us, and made them like us basically. So it's kind of a matter of perspective. It's like, Superman isn't a super hero to other kryptonians or whatever, just to us because we are weaker than him.

    1. I suppose since the Ninja Turtles mainly live and interact in the human world (as opposed to living amongst regular turtles, saving turtles' lives, etc.), they are not super heroes. Also, the Turtles do not have secret identities (like Batman, or other super heroes), so again, I would say they are not super heroes.

    2. YES. More TMNT talk! I can't resist.

      I like the concept that the Turtles are superheroes in comparison to regular turtles, and I agree with that. But they still qualify by my own subjective human criteria, which is: 1) they save The City on a grand scale, and 2) they become infamous in-universe for it (even if their strict identities are not known). In other words, I've always linked "superheroism" with big-stakes battles, the adoration (or hatred) of roaring city crowds, and a flurry of media reporting that is obsessed with ascertaining true identities, debating whether superheroes are helpful or dangerous, and so on.

      Because my own definition doesn't require a "transformation," I consider Batman a superhero. The Ghostbusters would also count. And since I put so much emphasis on city-saving, in my book Superman would count even among fellow kryptonians.

      On a semi-unrelated note, though, I just want to mention that one of the things that appeals to me most about the Turtles is that they fight by the relatively normal means of martial arts. When the TMNT and Shredder throw down, it's just skill vs. skill, and there's something amazing about that. You can appreciate it so much more than traditional superpowers because you can actually conceptualize the difficulty and elegance of what they're doing. It's technically achievable by normal human beings, but still only by the best of the best, so it's impressive on a very real level.

      This is just my subjective opinion, though! I totally get the school of thought that requires a mutation and/or superhuman abilities.

  4. I just accidentaly stumbled across this episode again and after listening to it for the fourth time I want to further the confusion about the state of superheroeness of the Turtles:
    In Germany, they were called "Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles" (due to some stupid idea that the word "ninja" sounds too aggressive or something to that degree).

    So this might bring some more light (or not) into this debate.

  5. Come on Brent, that Batman chune was so obvious! That song is instantly recognizable! The first clip he played of the one note was not a good pick, but the second clip he played of the two low notes instantly made it clear what song it was. I think you're just bad at this game Brent, haha.