VGMpire-logo

VGMpire

Video Game Music >

An ongoing tribute to the auditory glory that is videogame music.

An ongoing tribute to the auditory glory that is videogame music.
More Information

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Description:

An ongoing tribute to the auditory glory that is videogame music.

Twitter:

@Brelston

Language:

English


Episodes

VGMpire 149 – Contra Convo Continued

8/7/2019
More
A gritty trip to the year 4444 and a gorgeous retro revival are just two of the amazing OSTs we discuss in this second Contra conversation. Download now SHOW NOTES0:00:00 – Venus (Shattered Soldier)0:17:39 – Fortress (Shattered Soldier)0:21:18 – Battle Train (Shattered Soldier)0:29:31 – Maximum Speed (Shattered Soldier)0:42:56 – Neo Contra (Neo Contra)0:46:49 – Safety [...]

Duration:05:25:41

VGMpire 148 – Contra Convo

7/17/2019
More
Grab your Spread Guns and hoof it through an audio overload of amazing Contra tunes, from its arcade origins to the 16-bit technological marvels. Download Now 0:00:00 – Jungle Battle (Contra)0:17:56 – Maze Fortress 1 (Contra)0:19:34 – Maze Fortress 3D Boss (Contra)0:21:00 – Waterfall of Bloodshed (Contra)0:22:39 – Shivery Beat (Contra)0:34:52 – Thunder Landing (Super [...]

Duration:04:37:26

VGMpire 147 – Mortal Kombat Kolloquy

5/8/2019
More
It’s Kombat Time! Let’s look back on the first four games in this klassic fighting game franchise, from the gruesome arcade original to the polygonal MK4. Download Now SHOW NOTES0:00:00 – In The Beginning (MK1)0:22:44 – Hall (MK1)0:24:23 – Courtyard (MK1)0:27:10 – Warrior’s Shrine (MK1)0:30:19 – The Pit (MK1)0:46:00 – Prologue: The Battlefield (MKII)0:47:29 – [...]

Duration:04:19:08

VGMpire 146 – 2018 Year in Review

4/17/2019
More
Over TWO HOURS of unforgettable music and moments from 2018, including jams from Monster Hunter: World, Octopath Traveler, Tetris Effect, Gris, Celeste, Deltarune and much more! Download Now 0:00:00 – Tite Mites (Astro Bot Rescue Mission) 0:13:20 – First Steps (Celeste) 0:17:00 – Scattered and Lost (Celeste) 0:22:51 – Confronting Myself (Celeste) 0:33:24 – Savage [...]

Duration:07:29:37

VGMpire AOTY 2018 – Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

12/29/2018
More
One of our favorite games of the year also happens to sport our favorite soundtrack of 2018! We sample a handful of tunes from this 8-bit homage while discussing the game’s themes, design and excellent use of new-game-plussery. Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Opening 14:23 – Moonlight Temptation 17:43 – Frigid Hell 21:15 – [...]

VGMpire 145 – Fallout Focus

11/14/2018
More
Oppressive ambiance abounds in this look at the early days of the Fallout series. Download Now 0:00:00 – “Maybe” (Fallout) 0:15:05 – Moribund World (Fallout) 0:18:11 – A Trader’s Life (Fallout) 0:22:11 – Second Chance (Fallout) 0:39:48 – Khans of the New California (Fallout) 0:43:10 – Metallic Monks (Fallout) 0:46:38 – Radiation Storm (Fallout) 0:50:32 [...]

Duration:02:01:18

VGMpire 144 – Sega Synthesis Vol 5

10/31/2018
More
Rock out to the monstrous melodies of Devilish and Alien 3 – two horror-themed Genesis titles that sport inhumanly good tunes! Download Now 00:00 – Clock Tower (Devilish) 09:41 – Graveyard (Devilish) 10:53 – Waterfalls (Devilish) 17:06 – Prairie (Devilish) 19:55 – Final Boss (Devilish) 29:50 – Main Theme (Alien 3) 32:48 – Stage 2 [...]

Duration:01:40:54

VGMpire 143 – Sega Synthesis Vol 4

10/24/2018
More
Rarely seen or heard outside Japan, Gleylancer and Star Cruiser boast some of the best space-faring tunes the Mega Drive had to offer. From ’80s-style montages to heartfelt ballads to synthy noir, both titles are a treat to behold. Download now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Story Start (Gleylancer) 0:11:56 – Asteroid Field (Gleylancer) 0:14:34 – [...]

Duration:01:07:51

VGMpire 142 – Sega Synthesis Vol 3

10/17/2018
More
Battle Lovecraftian horrors and hurl lightning from your fingertips in this adventurous episode celebrating El Viento and Alisia Dragoon! Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Opening Theme (El Viento) 0:12:50 – Main Theme (El Viento) 0:14:16 – Stage 1 NYC (El Viento) 0:15:57 – Intermission (El Viento) 0:23:53 – Stage 2 Park (El Viento) 0:26:27 [...]

Duration:01:40:53

VGMpire 141 – Sega Synthesis Vol 2

10/10/2018
More
A pair of anime gunslingers scream across the screen in this extra loud, extra rockin’ episode! We’re examining the upbeat energy of the Battle Mania series, which includes Trouble Shooter and its only-in-Japan sequel. Download now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Burning Heart (Battle Mania Daiginjou) 12:43 – Twilight Express (Battle Mania Daiginjou) 14:06 – Blue Sky [...]

Duration:00:56:09

VGMpire 140 – Sega Synthesis Vol 1

10/3/2018
More
We’re kicking off a whole month of episodes devoted to the joy of FM Synthesis done right. This first foray into semi-obscure tunes includes Elemental Master and Panorama Cotton, two shmups that feature humanoid heroes and unbelievably good soundtracks! Download Now 00:00 – Dance of Flame (Elemental Master) 13:24 – Like the Wind (Elemental Master) [...]

Duration:00:54:54

VGMpire 139 – Mystic Quest Memories

4/4/2018
More
Though it’s frequently called the worst Final Fantasy game of all time, or at least one of the weakest, we’re here to say THAT AIN’T SO! Not only is the game itself perfectly decent, the soundtrack is every bit as incredible as the proper numbered entries. Get ready for some heavy shreddin’ guitar! Download Now [...]

Duration:00:27:19

VGMpire 138 – Sunsoft Tech

2/28/2018
More
Rock out to three hard-hitting NES soundtracks powered by Naoki Kodaka and the talented team at Sunsoft. We’re diving into Gremlins 2, Fester’s Quest and Journey to Silius! Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Stage 1 (Gremlins 2) 08:42 – Stage 3 (Gremlins 2) 10:26 – Stage 5 (Gremlins 2) 23:24 – Overworld (Fester’s Quest) [...]

Duration:02:11:53

VGMpire 137 – 2017 Year in Review

12/20/2017
More
While familiar faces continued their usual streak of excellence, there were loads of newcomers that provided some of the year’s best VGM. This hefty episode looks at a bit of everything, from recurring brands like Zelda, Sonic, Xenoblade and Ys, to fresh experiences like Horizon, Cuphead and Prey. Light spoilers ahead! Download now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 [...]

Duration:01:55:02

VGMpire 136 – Shadowrun Sessions

7/5/2017
More
Firearms and fantasy collide in this early-90s cyberpunk RPG series. We begin with the SNES original and its Carpenter-meets-Smash-TV soundtrack, then listen to wildly different takes on the Genesis and Mega CD. Three platforms, three completely distinct games! Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Seattle 2050 (Shadowrun SNES) 0:12:54 – Morgue (SNES) 0:17:06 – Tenth Street [...]

Duration:03:22:21

VGMpire 135 – Taito Two-fer

4/12/2017
More
As the NES began its march into obscurity, Taito released two solid titles that didn’t get their due attention for several years – Little Samson and Panic Restaurant. Both have great soundtracks, but they’re also nifty little games! Download now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Title Screen (Little Samson) 07:44 – Little Samson Theme (Little Samson) [...]

Duration:01:39:21

VGMpire 134 – Donkey Kong 94

3/29/2017
More
One of the absolute greatest games of all time also sports a peppy, anxious soundtrack. Listen as we gush over this 1994 re-imagining of Nintendo’s oldest rivalry. Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Title Screen 08:47 – Big City 11:00 – Desert 17:32 – Theme 2 19:08 – Theme 5 19:54 – Theme 6 [...]

Duration:01:37:12

VGMpire 133 – Blaster Master Bonanza

3/15/2017
More
Nearly 30 years old, the Blaster Master series peaked on the NES and spent decades trying to recapture the magic. And part of that game’s success was the incredible soundtrack! Let’s listen to some classic jams and then explore the series’ Sega, PlayStation and Switch sequels. Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Area 1 (Blaster [...]

Duration:02:23:37

VGMpire 132 – Zero Escape Excellence

2/22/2017
More
We discuss the music and mind-bending madness behind 999, Virtue’s Last Reward and Zero Time Dilemma. Get ready for catchy dance tunes, light industrial clanging and trippy talks about time travel and morphic fields! Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Digital Root (999) 0:10:04 – Ternary Game (999) 0:15:15 – Extreme Extrication (999) 0:23:27 – [...]

Duration:03:25:48

VGMpire 131 – Turok Turns Twenty

2/8/2017
More
The Nintendo 64 didn’t have the third party support of the PlayStation, but Iguana’s Turok series ruled the FPS roost for the platform’s entire life cycle. The 1997 original turns 20 this month, so let’s examine the booming, epic scores of the four N64 hits. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Port of Adia (Seeds [...]

Duration:03:23:05