19: Race to Your Death! Or Don't!

Think about what a racing video game sounds like and you'll come up with an answer pretty quickly. But what about VGM tracks that kinda-sorta-maybe sound like they're from racing games when they're not? What if you heard a piece of video game music out of context and had someone suggest it was from a racing game? Could you picture what kind of track you'd be racing around? I think so, and this episode thinks so.

Track listing:

0:06: Crazy Motorcycle Chase / Final Fantasy VII / Nobuo Uematsu
5:17: Sting Chameleon / Mega Man X / Setsuo Yamamoto
7:07: Speed of Sound / Knuckles’ Chaotix / Junko Shiratsu and Mariko Nanba
9:50: Inner Station / Metal Slug / Takushi Hiyamuta (a.k.a. HIYA) and JIM
14:08: Cross-Examination (Questioning ~ Allegro 2001) / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS) / Composed by Masakazu Sugimori and arranged by Akemi Kimura
16:55: Look Out Below (Jane’s Theme) / Fighting Vipers / David Leytze
19:20: Reach for the Top / Windjammers / Tomoyoshi Sato and Seiichi Hamada
21:19: Turbo Tunnel / Battletoads in Battlemaniacs / David Wise
23:23: Reach for the Front / Lunar: Silver Star Story / Noriyuki Iwadare
26:16: Busy Flare ~ Planet Scorch / Ristar / Tomoko Sasaki
29:09: Nitro Rider / Mega Man 10 / Manami Matsumae
31:22: Like a Wind / Revenge of Shinobi / Yuzo Koshiro
33:16: Chi! Chi! Chi! Chi! (Hon Fu’s Theme) / Fatal Fury 3 / Masahiko Hataya (a.k.a. Papaya)
35:55: Mission 2: Lumber Storehouse / Double Dragon II: The Revenge (arcade) / Kazunaka Yamane
38:10: Cammy’s Theme / X-Men vs. Street Fighter / Yuki Iwai and Yuko Kadota
41:27: Sea of Flames (Hellfire) / Kyūyaku Megami Tensei / Tsukasa Masuko
43:54: Pressing Pursuit ~ Cornered / Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney / Hideki Okugawa
46:24: The Inveterate Skirt Chaser’s Usual Tune / Far East of Eden: Kabuki Klash / Masaaki Nishizawa, Eisaku Nambu and Kennsouke Suemura
48:12: Wheel Gator / Mega Man X2 / Yuki Iwai
51:01: Toad Rankings / Super Mario Kart / Soyo Oka
52:14: Peach Rankings / Super Mario Kart / Soyo Oka
53:36: Something Wonderful / Contra Hard Corps / Hiroshi Kobayashi, Akiropito, Kenji Miyaoka, Michiru Yamane, Akira Yamaoka and Hirofumi Taniguchi

 
 
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Drew Mackie