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Through Creamed Spinach-Colored Glasses Lifelong gamers might like to reminisce about video game consoles past, but just by the numbers, system that got the most play back in the ’90s was the Game Boy. It outsold every console in its day, which means that a lot of players would have played famous video game franchises on the Game Boy before they played it on a standard system. This episode is all about those versions of famous series, and how the composers tasked with translating iconic VGM themes often worked wonders with the Game Boy’s more limited sound technology. Track listing:
0:31: Overworld / Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening / Composed by Koji Kondo, arranged by Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa
1:46: The Prince’s Adventure / The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls / Kazumi Totaka
3:06: Title Theme / Final Fantasy Legend III / Ryuji Sasai and Chihiro Fujioka
4:18: C-Type / Tetris (Game Boy) / Hirokazu Ando
5:42: Darkness / The Castlevania Adventure / Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima 7:01: Bloody Tears / Castlevania: Legends / Composed by Kenichi Matsubaba, arranged by Kaoru Okada and Youichi Iwata
10:52: Ryu’s Theme / Street Fighter II (Game Boy) / Yoko Shimomura
12:26: Guile’s Theme / Street Fighter II (Game Boy) / Yoko Shimomura
14:41: Chun-Li’s Theme / Street Fighter II (Game Boy) / Yoko Shimomura
17:19: Stage 2 (Waterfall) / Operation C / Composed by Kazuki Muraoka, arranged by Hidehiro Funauchi 19:17: Winter / Harvest Moon GB / Composed by Tsuyoshi Tanaka, arranged by Yōjirō Okino
25:18: Banquet of Nature (Nakoruru’s Theme) / Samurai Shodown (Game Boy) / Masahiko Hataya and Yasuo Yamate
28:13: Comma-Shaped Jewels (Kyoshiro’s Theme) / Samurai Shodown (Game Boy) / Masahiko Hataya and Yasuo Yamate 31:14: A Foreign Girl (Charlotte’s Theme) / Samurai Shodown (Game Boy) / Masahiko Hataya and Yasuo Yamate 34:41: Area 1 (Bionic Commando Theme) / Composed by Harumi Fujita, arranged by Kouji Murata
38:06: Dark Queen Battle / Battletoads (Game Boy) / David Wise 41:14: Napalm Man / Mega Man IV / Composed by Mari Yamaguchi, arranged by Kouji Murata 44:09: Toad Man / Mega Man IV / Composed by Minae Fujii, arranged by Kouji Murata 47:05: Dust Man / Mega Man III / Composed by Minae Fujii, arranged by Kouji Murata
50:41: Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast) / Donkey Kong Land II / Composed by David Wise, arranged by Grant Kirkhope
55:02: Duke’s Theme / Battle Arena Toshinden (Game Boy) / Yasuhiro Nakano
57:57: Ellis’s Theme / Battle Arena Toshinden (Game Boy) / Yasuhiro Nakano
60:52: Kayin’s Theme / Battle Arena Toshinden (Game Boy) / Yasuhiro Nakano
63:51: Blue Mary’s Blues / Nettou Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special / SNK Sound Team
65:19: Bermuda / DuckTales 2 / Yoshihiru Sakaguchi
66:54: Ending Theme / Kirby’s Dream Land / Masahiro Sakurai and Jun Ishikawa
68:29: Main Theme / Bubble Bobble (Game Boy) / Tadashi Kimijima VGMpire’s five-part Street Fighter series: http://www.vgmpire.com/2019/09/16/vgmpire-151-street-fighter-saga-vol-1/
The episode all about Harvest Moon’s winter themes: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/54-harvest-moon-winter-music The Samurai Shodown episode: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/samurai-shodown-vgm
The episode about the Donkey Kong Land games: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/34-big-ape-mountain Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie
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Ah Drew the only way you’d be choosing wrong is choosing anything from MM1 or MM2 on GB, those soundtracks/conversions/versions were…oof..rough.

I remember these Castlevania games, I prefer the Gameboy versions of these tracks over the NES