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Episode from the podcastRETRO VGM REVIVAL HOUR

STAGE 72: Mascot Games

Released Wednesday, 18th August 2021
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Ever since Super Mario Bros. hit the NES in 1985, Nintendo’s red cap wearing mustachioed hero has reigned supreme as a prominent face for his company Nintendo and video games as a whole.

With the introduction of Mario and its success came a new sub-genre of video games, dubbed the “mascot platformer” in which a colorful character would hop, run and swim his way through vast and colorful worlds filled with Unique characters and challenges that await the player upon popping in a cartridge.

Although the success rate of this video game genre can be hit or miss, we can never dismiss their involvement throughout our gaming experiences growing up and more importantly the Music that these games provided us within each new world we encountered.

So this is why THIS STAGE of the Retro VGM revival Hour we are covering some of the best Music from various unknown, forgotten or in certain cases HATED mascot Video games.

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1.) Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind – Matthew Berardo – “War of the Woolies, Woolering Heights & Hill Stream Blues“

2.) James Pond: Underwater Agent – Richard Joseph – “License to Bubble, Dangerous Cave & Title Screen (alternate)“

3.) Blinx: The Time Sweeper – Mariko Nanba, Keiichi Sugiyama & Naofumi Hataya – “Boss battle, Tom-tom attack & Final boss (momentopolis)”

4.) Glover – Rob Lord, Paul Weir & Mark Bandola – “Title Theme, Boss Battle (Guardians of Atlantis) & Boss Battle (Frankenstein’s Monster)”

5.) Rocky Rodent – Rikei Hirashima – “Highway Runnery, All This Climbing For an Egg! & Something Quirky“

6.) Awesome Possum… Kicks Dr. Machino’s Butt – Earl Vickers, Doug Brandon & Nu Romantic – “Dr Machino’s Domain & Boss battle“

7.) Aero the Acro-Bat – Rick Fox – “Circus (Act 2), Circus/Funpark Boss & Museum Boss“ – August 1, 1993 – Iguana/Sunsoft

8.) The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy (Fantastic Dizzy) – Matt Gray – “The Forest 2, Zak’s Castle & Mine Cart Ride“

9.) Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure – Matt Furniss – “Title Theme & Sewer City“

10.) Alex Kidd in Miracle World – Tokuhiko Uwabo – “Main Theme, Swimming & Scopaco Cycle (Unused)“

11.) Croc: Legend of the Gobbos – Karin Griffin, Martin Gwynn Jones & Justin Scharvona – “Snow Island, Underground Overground (Area 1) & Chumly’s Snow Den (Area 2)“

12.) Ristar – Tomoko Sasaki – “Shooting Ristar, Du-Di-Da!! & Greedy Game (Theme of Kaiser)“

13.) Bonk’s Adventure – Tsukasa Masuko – “Round 5, Boss 1 & Boss 2“

14.) Jersey Devil – Gilles Léveillé – “Root Canal, Chemical Wasteland Boss & Opening (PAL ver.)“

15.) Zero The Kamikaze Squirrel – Rick Fox – “Title/Map Screen, Beach & Factory (Stage 1)“

16.) Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension – Patrick Phelan & Neil Biggin – “Candy Land, Tool Land & Boss Theme “

17.) Wild Woody – Ron Thal – “Minotaur Maze, Bonus Round & The Pit“

18.) Ty the Tasmanian Tiger – George Stamatiadis – “Bull’s Pen, Beyond the Black Stump & The Gauntlet“

19.) Punky Skunk – Harumi Fujita & Yasuaki Fujita – “Boss Theme, 8th Stage Theme & Final Boss Theme“

20.) Titus the Fox: To Marrakech and Back – Christophe Fevre – “Title Theme, Desert Experience & On the Foxy Trail“

21.) Rocket Knight Adventures – Konami Kukeiha Club (Masanori Oouchi, Aki Hata, Michiru Yamane, Masanori Adachi & Hiroshi Kobayashi)

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