Episode #32: Kunio-kun

Technos Japan’s Kunio-kun series started in 1986 with Renegade, an arcade game that was one of the precursors to the beat’em up genre. From there the franchise developed into multiple spiritual sequels and spin-offs featuring the same cast of characters, including an entire sub-series of sports games. The typical sound of the Kunio-kun games was defined by series mainstay Kazuo Sawa and is heavily influenced by Western popular music of the 50s and 60s.

Download Episode #32: Kunio-kun (74 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “Running Around” – Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1990, X68000) by SPS
02 “Sabu Team Stage” – Super Dodge Ball (1996, Arcade) by Ida
03 “7th Match” – Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey-bu (1992, NES) by Kazuo Sawa, Michiya Hirasawa, Yoshihiro Kameoka
04 “England” – Kunio-kun no Dodge Ball da yo: Zenin Shugo (1993, SNES) by K.Sawa, C.Iizuka, R.Uehara, K.Kataoka
05 “Bad Ending” – River City Super Sports Challenge: All Stars Special (2015, Playstation 3) by Kazuo Sawa
06 “The Parking Garage” – Target: Renegade (1990, NES) by Tim Follin
07 “Title Theme” – Nekketsu Koko Dodgeball-bu: MD Soccer-hen (1992, Mega Drive) by Kojiro Mikusa
08 “Shinji’s Hideout” – Kunio Tachi no Bannka (1994, SNES) by Hitoshi Yamane
09 “Versus Match” – Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club: Soccer (1990, X68000) by Sharp
10 “Double Dragon Theme” – Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1993, PC Engine) by KID Corp.
11 “Mode Selection” – Nekketsu! Street Basket: Ganbare Dunk Heroes (1993, NES) by K.Sawa, M.Hirasawa, T.Urabe
12 “Maou Team Stage” – Super Dodge Ball (1996, Arcade) by Ida
13 “Title Screen” – Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu (1992, NES) by Kazuo Sawa, Michiya Hirasawa, Taku Urabe
14 “Aizen Team” – Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari (1993, SNES) by Cube, C.Iizuka, K.Kataoka, R.Uehara
15 “Small Boss” – Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1990, X68000) by SPS
16 “Lover to Friend” – Kunio no Oden (1994, SNES) by LUNA

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