Blog link: http://videogamegrooves.com/2022/03/16/episode-93-king-of-fighters-98-sayonara-wild-hearts

We are back, and this time our social relations link is tight and powerful. Jeremy and Anthony finally tackle the labyrinthine world of SNK fighting games, and we dig allllll the way in with King of Fighters ’98 by Brave Wave. We learn what it means to fight in the Dream Match, how KOF invented the “city pop” vibe, and what would Jeremy do to the shrimp cocktail bar at the party on the album cover. We move it along to a more electro-pop vibe with Sayonara Wild Hearts from iam8bit. This tarot-themed relationship recovery magical girl simulator is full of some bops, and we may bend the rules just a bit to give you a full taste of it, as we talk about the best ways to consume such a thing.

We cover the newest releases and preorders that are available to wreak havoc on your bank account, although this time the slate is merciful. We then observe recent moves in the game publisher space by Square Enix to give the people what they (musically) want, and discuss what that might mean for game music broadly, vinyl releases, and what other publishers may be watching.

Outro: “ESAKA?” – King of Fighters ’98, by Hideki “sha-V” Asanaka*

Twitter – @vg_grooves@jeremy_lamont, @ajohnagnello

Links:

Viewtiful Joe 2 (Ship To Shore PhonoCo.)
   https://shiptoshoremedia.com/products/viewtiful-joe-2
Risk Of Rain 2: Survivors Of The Void (Black Screen Records)
   https://blackscreenrecords.com/collections/all-releases/products/risk-of-rain-2-survivors-of-the-void
Stardew Valley 1.4 & 1.5  (Fangamer)
   https://www.fangamer.com/collections/stardew-valley/products/stardew-valley-1-4-1-5-vinyl-soundtrack
Zeldawave II (Midwest Collective)
   https://marblepawns.bandcamp.com/album/mm
Genesis Noir (iam8bit)
   https://www.iam8bit.com/products/genesis-noir-2xlp-vinyl-soundtrack
A Plague Tale: Requiem (Focus Home Entertainment)
   https://store.focus-entmt.com/us/product/720474/a-plague-tale-requiem-collector-s-edition
Elden Ring (Bandai Namco US) (Bandai Namco UK) (Bandai Namco EU)
US: https://store.bandainamcoent.com/elden-ring-the-vinyl-collection/
UK: https://store.bandainamcoent.eu/uk/product/719395/elden-ring-the-vinyl-collection-limited-edition
EU: https://store.bandainamcoent.eu/eu/product/719394/elden-ring-the-vinyl-collection-limited-edition
Diablo II: Resurrected (iam8bit)
Collector’s Edition: https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/diablo/products/diablo-3xlp-boxset
Standard Edition: https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/diablo/products/diablo-2xlp-vinyl-soundtrack
Doshin, The Giant (Silent River Runs Deep) (Ship to Sore PhonoCo) (Black Screen Records)
   https://diskunion.net/portal/ct/detail/1008448990 (proxy required)
   https://shiptoshoremedia.com/collections/featured/products/doshin-the-giant
   https://blackscreenrecords.com/products/doshin-the-giant
Skeler Boy Kickstarter (ManiacBoyStudio)
   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/skelerboy/skeler-boy-part-ii-for-game-boy-cartridge-and-pc/description
King’s Quest V – Songs Of Serenia (arrangement) (Two Guys Records)
   https://qrates.com/projects/25365-king-s-quest-v-songs-of-serenia



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