One of our favorite golf games ever made. Before they were part of SNK, Nazca proved to the industry that they could hang with the best of em. Neo Turf Masters, being one of their first, showcased arcade golf at its finest which drove the game to becoming one of our favorite sports titles ever made. It has great gameplay and clean graphics but the soundtrack is the star with its upbeat, jazzy-fusion and soaring solos composed by Takushi Hiyamuta.
Turf Masters was also ported to the Neo Geo Pocket Color and it’s a faithful (albeit scaled back) conversion that simulates the gameplay of the arcade version quite well. Even the soundtrack made the jump and is a lot of fun to listen to. Join us this week as we listen to the soundtrack from both versions as well as chat with Takushi “HIYA!” Hiyamuta about his composition!
0:00:12 Neo Turf Masters Title (ARC)
0:08:19 BADEN National Golf Course – Germany (NGPC)
0:10:33 BADEN National Golf Course – Germany (ARC)
0:24:16 Fujiyama Oriental Golf Club – Japan (NGPC)
0:27:39 Fujiyama Oriental Golf Club – Japan (ARC)
0:37:46 Blue Lagoon Golf Course – Australia (ARC)
1:01:39 Grand Canyon Golf Course – U.S.A. (ARC)
1:17:00 Grand Canyon Golf Course – U.S.A. (NGPC)
Neo Turf Masters (Arc) composed by Takushi “HIYA!” Hiyamuta
Neo Turf Masters (NGPC) arranged by M. Hataya (not Masahiko Hataya)
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This episode was very enjoyable, HIYA sounds very friendly, I like it when he chuckles.
he seems like he’s just a happy guy. was very nice :) and we’re glad you enjoyed the show! thank you
Fantastic episode all-around! I was surprised that the Neo Geo CD soundtrack wasn’t brought up at any point, it features an interesting arrangement to the MVS/AES original. :)
thanks Gyrian! and good point about the ngcd version. we had planned on including it actually but decided to focus on the MVS and the 2610 implementation. the ngpc was kind of a last minute decision too! looking back i kinda wish we included it because it does have some cool arrangements. the bass is a lot more open but that FM bass is just too snazzy ;) anyways, we’re very happy you enjoyed the show!
I agree, it’s no contest for the FM original.
Was curious whether the CD version had been Hiya!’s work too, and if so what he made of it looking back. Might have been an interesting follow up to the questions you guys framed around how he felt about the limitations of the Neo-Geo sound capabilities. What a great guest, his appearance here added so much! :D
Another good point! I’ll ask him about that actually. :)
I believe Steve was the original Metal Slug and MS2 announcer too before he was replaced with “rawkit lanwchair” guy in Metal Slug X. Of all the Metal Slug announcers I like him the best.
Awesome bit of trivia, thanks for that! It’s funny how little changes like that to a series are noticed and fans have an opinion on it :P
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