A Night at the Arcade

It's been a while. Things have been so hectic for me lately, but not without some rewards. I just made the Dean's List! Anyway, this was a team effort so I took heed to some advice from guest contributor DJ Mike. He had his stuff together way before I did, but I finally got around to doing my part. Mike compiled disc 1 and dubbed it "A Night at the Arcade" (aka THE BAD FOR BLIZZNESS MIXES!) Have you ever been at the arcade and worked up such a sweat you had to step outside for a few minutes? It just wouldn't feel right if I wasn't hot and itchy. I win a few rounds and have to take my hat off!

About 10 years ago I did a web comic. I made this collage to start off the 3rd season. I used a ridiculous number of Mugen kits, but I had so much fun working on it. It got to be too much work after a while.

Part 1
Part 2

Mirror 1
Mirror 2

Player 1: DJ Mike

First of all, mucho thanks to Hrangue for allowing me to help put this project together. What began as a nominal idea has turned into something truly exceptional. After many long hours of work, scrutinizing every facet of audio, and making a few changes along the way, it has arrived: A Night at the Arcade, for your listening pleasure. When I first set about putting my mix together, I had no preconceived notion as to what it should or shouldn't be, except that it would be to my liking musically and include Ken's Theme from Street Fighter Alpha. You'll hear a lot of jazz/funk arrangements, some exceptional orchestra pieces with arresting melodies and even a few moody offerings as well.

This is just a small sample of what these composers (and many others) have to offer. There's so much great music out there, it's mind-boggling.

01. Noriyuki Iwadare - Main Theme (Eternal Blue)
Lunar 2

02. Motoaki Takenouchi - Open Plains
Shining Force CD

03. Isao Abe, Shun Nishigaki & Setsuo Yamamoto - Ken's Theme (Arrange)
Street Fighter Alpha

04. Hikoshi Hashimoto - Sound Test 06
Cosmic Carnage

05. Thelonious Monkeys - Yuuki wa Shimemade Tou (A Brave man is lonely)

06. Yuji Nomi, Hideo Suzuki & Naoaki Jimbo - The Escape
Lunacy (Gekkamugentan Torico)

07. Tomoko Sasaki - Merry Memory Go Round
NiGHTS ~ Journey of Dreams

08. Sound Team JDK - Tower of the Shadow of Death
Ys IV ~ The Dawn of Ys

09. Richard Jacques & Jun Senoue - Sea-side Street Galaxy
Daytona USA Championship Circuit Edition

10. Masanori Adachi & Tappi Iwase - The Hunter's Repose
Madara 2

11. Takayuki Aihara - Recollect Continent
Soul Blade

12. Tsukachan - Stages 3-2 & 5-1
Shadow Dancer ~ The Secret of Shinobi

13. Takeshi Miura, Hijiri Anze & Sanae Kasahara - A Moment of Relief
Resident Evil Code Veronica

14. Sound Team JDK, Tomohiko Kishimoto & Tamiya Terashima - Charge
The Legend of Heroes ~ Dragon Slayer II (PCE-CD)

15. Toshiko Tasaki, Masaki Kurokawa & Kenichi Tsuchiya - Memories (sad)
Persona 2 ~ Eternal Punishment

16. Yoshio Tsuru - Sanctuary
Dungeon Explorer II

17. Tokuhiko Uwabo - Secret Ways
Phantasy Star II

18. Masashi Hamauzu - Battle Theme I
Unlimited SaGa

19. Koichi Sugiyama - Mysterious Tower
Dragon Quest VIII

20. Yuzo Koshiro - Filmoa

21. Alph Lyra - Battle in Westside (Cage Match)
Final Fight CD

22. Ryo Yonemitsu, Falcom Sound Team JDK - Illusion
Ys IV Perfect Collection

23. Masanori Adachi, Sotaro Tojima - Treasury Room
Super Castlevania IV

24. Hisao Inoue, Jun Hasebe, & Shingo Murakami - Mugenkai
Valis III

25. Toshiko Tasaki, Masaki Kurokawa & Kenichi Tsuchiya - Sumaru City Map ~ Xibalba
Persona 2 ~ Innocent Sin

26. Ayako Sasou - View of Dynamism
Rolling Thunder 2

27. Kanako Kakino, Eriko Imura, Asuka Sakai, & Katsuro Tajima - Volkie's Song
Klonoa 2 ~ Lunatea's Veil

28. Yasuhisa Watanabe - Splendor (Barts' Theme)
Kaiser Knuckle

29. Koichi Sugiyama - In a Town (Night)
Dragon Quest IV

30. Kentarou Haneda - Fort City Llylgamyn
Wizardry ~ Llylgamyn Saga

31. Manabu Namiki, Kimihiro Abe, & Natsuko Naitou - At the Maddening Gate (Stage 5)
Mushihimesama Futari

32. Hiro & Am2 Sound Team - Last Wave
OutRun 2

33. Hiroshi Okubo - Staff Roll
Rage Racer

34. Alph-Lyra & Izuho Takeuchi - Game Over
Forgotten Worlds

Player 2: Hrangue

Fighting games, beat-em-ups, and RPGs have always been my thing. Fighters are stressful for me. Kids are just too good these days, I don't have the time to hone my skills and play online. Beat-em-ups are theraputic; I feel great afterward (or sleepy). And RPG's hold my attention for such a long time. I don't play them as much now. I rarely game much at all these days. What's funny about DJ Mike wanting to collab is that he's been keeping track of my various posts and I think he noticed somewhere along the line that there's quite a bit of game music on this blog already, but I just don't call it that. Anyway, I'm not going to comment on the music itself. If you've been with me this long, you know I'm consistent! I don't care if you don't even like games, it's still good music. And if you like Japanese composers, this is a no-brainer. As I typed these lists up I've come to see that the letter "Y" is as popular in Japan as the letter "Z" is in China.

01. Takayuki Hattori - Opening Chorus
Intelligent Qube

02. Hideaki Kobayashi - Mother Earth of Dishonesty Part 1
Phantasy Star Online

03. Kohei Tanaka - The Village of Inoa

04. Ryuichi Iuchi - To the Sea and the Continent Beyond

05. Masashi Hamauzu - Durcheinander
Saga Frontier 2

06. Yuko Takehara & Masato Kouda - Venom Stage
Marvel vs Capcom

07. Motoi Sakuraba - Dynamite
Star Ocean 2

08. Yoko Shimomura, Isao Abe, & Syun Nishigaki - Sagat Stage
Street Fighter Alpha

09. Koji Kondo - Sanctuary Dunegon
Zelda: A Link to the Past

10. Toshihiko Horiyama - Boss
Megaman X4

11. Yoko Shimomura - Aqua and Trees
Tobal No1

12. Yasunori Mitsuda - U.M.N. Mode

13. The Roland Corp - Secret 2
Tomb Raider

14. Yoshihito Yano - Chasing Downstream
Soul Calibur

15. Kohei Tanaka - Kline's Nightmare

16. Tetsuya Shibata - Dark Castle Area 2
Powerstone 2

17. Yasuhiro Misawa - Tension
Samurai Warriors

18. Setsuo Yamamoto - The Theme of Raizo
Rival Schools

19. Takayuki Iwai & Masato Kouda - Player Select 1
Vampire Saviour

20. Hitoshi Sakimoto - Dycedarg's Theme
Final Fantasy Tactics

21. Yasunori Mitsuda - Earth Dragon's Island
Chrono Cross

22. Nobuo Uematsu - Colliery Nalsh
Final Fantasy 6

23. Koji Kondo - Master Sword
Zelda: A Link to the Past

24. Takayuki Hattori - Ecliptic
Intelligent Qube

25. Hideki Okugawa - Starview Pagoda
Onimusha 2

26. Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan - Lament of the Three Destinies
Samurai Shodown 3

27. Kazuhiko Uehara - Art Museum
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters

28. Masashi Hamauzu - Erlkonig
Saga Frontier 2

29. Setsuo Yamamoto - Confrontation
Project Justice

30. Dan Forden - The Bank
Mortal Kombat Trilogy

31. Yasuhiro Kawakami - Disused Mine
Tobal No1

32. Midway - NBA Jam Team Select

33. Yutaka Minobe & Takayuki Maeda - Armada Battle
Skies of Arcadia

34. Susumu Hirasawa - To the Castle
Sword of the Berserk

35. Kohei Tanaka - Desert

36. Koji Kondo - Nocturne of Shadow
Zelda: Ocarina of Time

37. Michiru Yamane - Garden Forgotten by Time
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

38. Tetsuya Shibata - Chaos Area 2
Powerstone 2

39. Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, & Takayuki Aihara - Stronger
Street Fighter EX+ Alpha

I give Mike ALOT OF PROPS for EQing my tracks. He took it upon himself during The Great Blizzard of 2010 (aka Snowmaggeddon) and I'm thoroughly impressed. I need to get on HIS level! Now back to Phantasy Star Online... this track "Mother Earth of Dishonesty Part 1" is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard. No wonder I almost failed 10th grade because of PSO. I must've been addicted to the music! Also, Mike and I obviously come from 2 different eras of gaming. I've had a number of systems, but I was in my gaming prime during the Dreamcast days. Back when arcades were hot, I was a fiend for anything Neo Geo or Capcom although my last arcade obsession was Crazy Taxi. Who would've thought?