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Episode 60: Looney Melodies

by Michael Cole - October 23, 2009, 7:05 pm PDT
Total comments: 14

James co-hosts this enjoyable sampling of songs.

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This podcast was edited by Michael Cole.

Music for this episode of Radio Trivia: Podcast Edition is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can purchase their newest album, Done with the Devil, directly from the record label, Amazon.com, or iTunes, or call your local record store and ask for it!

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yoshi1001October 26, 2009

1.The developers certainly did a good job with the music on this one-I honestly thought this could be a GameCube game.

Sorry guys, I forgot to post the list of games for this episode:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS)
Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warship (NES)
Soul Blazer (SNES)
Little King's Story (Wii)
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (SNES)

Listening again, I was awful. I did nail a dev, so that's something.

noname2200October 28, 2009

That is an awesome, awesome list. Dowloading as soon as I get home!

I feel I didn't do a good enough job editing this one. I did trim out a bit, but listening to it again yesterday, I felt I repeated myself too much :/ Still, it's a good line-up of games.

noname2200October 29, 2009

Don't be so hard on yourself. It's not your finest work, sure, but it's still quality.

noname2200November 02, 2009

Oh, and I keep meaning to write this in response to your request for Ys III info:

III is the bastard child for a reason. While I still like it, I think that's mostly because of its awesome soundtrack, and because it's my first Ys game. Comparisons with Zelda II are warranted: the game is hard as hell, and for much of the same reasons, i.e. strong enemies and very limited attack range. You only ever get the sword though, and the one ring that could be useful on the masochistic boss fights (the time ring) doesn't do jack against bosses. And the bosses tend to be something else. Going from full health to death in roughly a second is not uncommon. Strangely, the early game tends to be the hardest, so if you can ride that part out you should be okay for the rest of the game.

The levels are not linear; there's a fair amount of branching in all but the final level. Indeed, you have to revisit a portion of the first level later in the game, after you unlock a portion that you couldn't get far into before. That said, the exploration is pretty limited. The branches tend to be fairly short (although there's invariably loot at the end), and the ones that are lengthier stop you a short ways in until you do something to unlock the later portion.

What I suggest is skipping Ys III and ordering the remake (Oath in Felghana) from Falcom or eBay, and then applying the translation patch. Falcom's actually the better choice. They love their overseas fans, and they often give us extra goodies for ordering directly from them. I'm talking full official OSTs and bits of official artwork here, which for this series is a nice bonus indeed!

At the very least, make sure you find a way to listen to Felghana's soundtrack. It's possibly my favorite video game soundtrack ever.

Oh, and play Little King's Story! :-P

Wonderful list of games.

Soul Blazer is usually considered the precursor to Illusion of Gaia, while Terranigma is the final game in this loose quasi-trilogy.

SundoulosNovember 05, 2009

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Listening again, I was awful. I did nail a dev, so that's something.

You did pick an awesome game to showcase, though.

Guys, keep up the good work!  This is absolutely one of my favorite podcasts, even though it's the "3rd pillar" podcast of NWR (just kidding, TYP.) 

Jeremy Parrish recently wrote an interesting blog entry about the music of game 1.   It focuses on the differences in sounds between the battle themes featuring the bros. vs. the ones featuring Bowser.

I remember renting the SNES YsIII ever so long ago; I remember very little of it, but I agree with noname's assessment of its difficulty.

I remember there being some kind of auto-grinding trick you can set up in Ys III that lets you build up crazy experience and gold in the first dungeon. My friend and I used that when we rented it, and proceeded to enjoy the rest of the game (which was quite easy).

For those wondering, the next episode is on its way but will be a little late.

vuduNovember 07, 2009

I spoilered out all your nasty spoils!

Also, hurray for putting one of the game titles as the album title.

vudu's the Phantom Blot.

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Also, hurray for putting one of the game titles as the album title.

What? Ugh, that's an Audacity artifiact. It likes to "help" me sometimes.

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