29 May 2013

Episode 135: Flying and Shooting 3

Flying scrolling shoot 'em up games is the focus of Episode 135.  Jams.  Straight up jams.  Twinbee 3.  Can't beat it.  The best.  This whole episode is jammed out though.  Full track listing below.

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

Magical Chase - Hitoshi Sakimoto - Rampish Chase (Stage 1: Wall Town) - Quest/NEC - TurboGrafx-16 - 1993

Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar - Toshiharu Yamanishi - Don't Go Off (Course Select) - Technosoft - Genesis - 1992

Kingyo Chuuihou! Tobidase! Game Gakuen - Yasuyuki Suzuki - Shoot 'em Up - Jaleco - Super Famicom - 1994

Vortex - Justin Scharvona - Training - Argonaut Games/Electro Brain - SNES - 1994

Phalanx - S. Yamaguchi - Under Water - Kemco - SNES - 1992

Gaiares - Shinobu Ogawa - Mission 2 - Telenet Japan - Genesis - 1990

GG Aleste II: Lance Bird - Imami Pon, BA.M - Weapon Select - Compile/Sega - Game Gear (Japan) - 1993

Thunder Blade - Koichi Namiki (Pretty K.N) - Thunder Blade (BGM1) - Sega - arcade - 1987

TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Dai Maou - Atsushi Fujio (Sukenomiya), Hidehiro Funauchi (FK-King), Katsuhiko Suzuki (Flamingo)), Jun Funahashi (Dog-Man) - Evening Glow of T3 (Ending) - Konami - Famicom - 1989

Fire Shark - Masahiro Yuge - Vice in Tokyo - Toaplan/DreamWorks - Genesis - 1990

Galaxy Force II - Katsuhiro Hayashi - Beyond The Galaxy (Scene A) - Sega - arcade - 1988

Air Diver - Y.W, Ondai Yuri - Australia - Seismic/Copya Systems - Genesis - 1990

Detana!! TwinBee - Hidenori Maezawa, Michiru Yamane, Masae Nakashima, Kiyoshi Murai (arr.), Mikio Saito (Metal Yuhki) (arr.) - Crossing the Sea of Clouds (Stage 2) - Konami - PC Engine - 1992

D-Force - unknown - Desert - Asmik/ISCO - SNES - 1991

Gyruss - Atsushi Fujio, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko - Stage 2 - Konami/Ultra Games - NES - 1989


  1. holy crap, that GG Aleste soundtrack..oh man!! what else have the composers worked on??

  2. Hey guys check my album please http://kynsum.bandcamp.com/

  3. Evening Glow of T3 has to be an overwhelming favorite for track of the year. It has an amazing concentration of musical ideas and expression in only 1:41 running time. There is an emotional depth that is hard to explain, but very real. Thank you Brent and Rob F for finding this one. Certainly, this is one of the great all time ending themes. I have listened to this one on repeat for literal hours. It is truly jam.

  4. Fun Trivia Fact:

    The "Flying and Shooting" genre is actually officially called "Shoot 'em up" by the "hardcore" gaming audience that play them almost exclusively. The casual term for the game genre in that audience is "shmup". It's generally known that they're best played with a joystick and buttons vs. a gamepad.

    The evolution of the genre is called "Bullet Hell" which are the advanced Shmups that are ramped up in difficulty and are generally about avoiding the enemies bullets rather than shooting, though they were not really popularized until the post-16 bit years.


  5. Twin Bee 3 was a pretty easy vote for me, but I REALLY like Vortex. The arpeggio splashes sound amazing in stereo (the tune ain't so bad either).

  6. Kenny is humming Street Fighter. Or Jimmy's Neutron Grill.

  7. I think GG Aleste II was released in North America as Power Strike II, as described on these sites: http://www.mobygames.com/game/game-gear/powerstrike-ii and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Strike_%28series%29#Power_Strike_II_.28Game_Gear.29

    1. Power Strike II came out in Europe only. There wasn't a version of GG Aleste II that came out in North America.

  8. I was listening to the Thunder Blade track on YouTube when I found the channel of "SlapSamurai753x." Almost exactly 10 years ago from my posting this, he uploaded a video of himself playing the bass part from that track. It's worth a listen. (He starts at the second go round of the fake loop, so he doesn't repeat himself before the slap part begins. Also, he plays some other parts that aren't in the track played on this episode.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4W4uZEJMcs