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Episode 441 - A Coin To Enter

This week we are joined by a couple of special guests from Mega Visions magazine. They're working to create a Sega-focused magazine that's worth keeping, and they had some hands-on experience with some upcoming retro game consoles. There might be a toaster that will burn the image of a famous console mascot into your bread and our listeners left their consoles on for a long time in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History June 17, 1965 - Toshihiro Nagoshi, Chief...


Episode 440 - So Cool That It Must Be A Joke

This week we had an epic quest to search a dead mall in the hopes of finding an arcade or used game store. We wish the Game Boy Advance a happy birthday, while other people on the internet are ready to call the Atari VCS project a scam. We've found in-depth histories of both John Madden Football and Dungeons & Dragons on the same week that Shaq-Fu has returned. We've got retro surprise boxes and career info on the makers of Rocky Rodent in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in...


Episode 439 - VCS = Very Cautious So far

This week some honor roll grunge kids are trying to sell us the 32X. We find good things to say about two 90's movies that starred Angelina Jolie. Street Fighter 1 almost made it to the NES and someone beat Super Mario Bros with one hand behind their back. We're accidentally sinking our own island and we're keeping the spirit of Castlevania alive in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History June 4th, 1975 - Tomb Raider actress Angelina Jolie born Virtually...


Episode 438 - Bombstained: Curse of the New Art Style

What does the upcoming Thundercats reboot have in common with Space Ghost or the Ninja Turtles? What was the hype like for the Sega CD before launch? What might be the best racing game on the Jaguar? Which genres of music are most likely to sample other music in new songs? We've got new Castlevania and the most comprehensive Street Fighter collection to date in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History May 28, 1992 - Sega ups ante in video game battle with new...


Episode 437 - Stationary Sonic and the Return of Pogs

This week we wonder how many 'Johny Turbo's there are, but we know exactly what percentage of people who will get the upcoming FF7 HD remake have played the original. We're video game hipsters because we haven't played the most popular games on a lot of retro systems, and classic Mega Man is coming to Nintendo's latest system. We don't understand the popularity of Pogs or how you would put them in an augmented reality cell phone game in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in...


Episode 436 - Let's Podcasting

This week we're not insulting Prince Harry, and we warn against eating 13-year old honey mustard. Computers are randomly making Mario and Doom levels while we enjoy our relaxing RPG town music playlists. If the return of the mythical NES Classic Mini wasn't good enough for you Japan is getting an anime-themed one and we're also getting a tiny, strangely-colored Neo Geo that doesn't come with a power cord. We're putting on our wizard hats and swimming away from bigger fish in this episode...


Episode 435 - Winning Steaks

This week on The Retro League we tackle the hard questions like - does the world work like a Pac-Man maze or are some people just trolling for profit? Is Tomb Raider an all-time great game or overrated? Is this rumored Neo Geo Mini a good idea? And does a game designed for 6 year-olds hold up today? Listen to find out the answers to these questions and more. This Week in Gaming History May 10, 1984 - King’s Quest released Virtually Retro PS2 classics added to PlayStation Now Embrace A...


The Mana Pool 500 episodes tribute

Recently our friends over at The Mana Pool podcast reached their 500th episode and to celebrate, I made this musical tribute to them. It features several songs and clips from the last 5 or so years of their podcast. The hosts of the Mana Pool are always fun to listen to and their silly antics have inspired me to make montages before, when they reached their early milestone episodes. Episode 50 tribute: Episode...


Episode 433 - Short-Lived Live Services

This week we wonder who was the music composer for the worst fighting games we've ever played. We enjoy some Final Fantasy music that's been crossed over to different consoles and we compare modern live services to DIVX discs. We've got Neo Geo fighting games and a collection of NES classics in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History April 23, 1953 - Composer Richard Joseph born Virtually Retro Dynamite Headdy (iOS, Android) Retro Highway (iOS, Android) REAL...


Episode 432 - Tear It All Down

A lot of fun was had at the Midwest Gaming Classic convention this week, but Billy Mitchell is facing some serious heat. The Rampage movie is out and we've got reviews of the film and of a couple versions of the game. We are pleasantly surprised to find out about the HD remake of a classic Dreamcast title and we remember children's educational cassette tapes in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History April 18, 1986 - IBM became the first computer manufacturer to use...


Episode 431 - Student Lounge Arcade

This week the government is selling some beat up arcade games and we're prank calling tech support. We wonder if the fans of Chrono Trigger care more about it than SquareEnix does. We celebrate the founding of Dragon Quest's developers and we've got a pair of classic arcade shooters in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History April 9, 1984 - Spike Chunsoft was founded Virtually Retro 'Retro Highway' is Like Your Favorite '80s Motorcycle Racer Cranked Up to...


Episode 430 - Lost Mail Auctions

This week we find out where lost mail goes and we look back on the last 16-bit Final Fantasy. There's a little bit of news about the AtariBox but a friend of the show helps us not get too exited or angry about it. We've got some bad translations, some wrestling, and a mobile port of a classic board game in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History April 2, 1994 Final Fantasy VI released for Super Famicom in Japan Virtually Retro Sengoku 3 (Switch) The King of...


Announcing the Super Video Arcade

We are joining the lucrative world of console crowdfunding with our reboot of the Super Video Arcade! Download this episode to hear all the details about what the system can play, what hardware will be under the hood, and of course which color variants will be available. Here are some more previews of the Super Video Arcade:


Episode 429 - Delicious Yoshi Bears: Nintendo Approved!

This week we decide which Quintet SNES game we want to play next and discuss the canon of a hypothetical Street Fighter 2 RPG. While we try to avoid gossip and controversial topics, we do have to relay some reports of bad behavior regarding an individual we've interviewed before. We've also got some shady projects to try to buy out Toys 'R' Us, but we try to lighten things up with some board games and Tiger LCD handhelds in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming...


Episode 428 - I Don't Wanna Grow Up

This week light defines form and shapes our understanding of space. We also hit the road while trying to avoid cholera, starvation or drowning in a river. Our listeners have shared so many memories of Toys 'R' Us that we had to make a special segment of it, and people are making some outrageous demands for the characters to be in the next Smash Bros game. We're repairing N64 memory cards and trying to learn the difference between aisles and isles in this episode of the Retro League. This...


Episode 427 - Fighting With Bad Controllers

This week we're taking a deep dive into the Real Bout Fatal Fury games and looking forward to playing Oregon Trail on a handheld stand-alone game. Toys R Us is about to close its doors for the final time, and someone wants to solve the problem that is a lack of IMDB-type sites for video games. We've got HD FPS's and updates to Mario's job status in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History March 13 1998 - Hasbro Interactive acquires Atari (and all Atari's intellectual...


Episode 426 - Chrono Trouble

This week we're moving out of our parent's house at age 17 to play some N64 shooters. SquareEnix has disappointed fans again with another port of a SNES RPG, and someone found a way to make Q*Bert freak out. We wish the PS2 a happy birthday, and warn against contacting ET's. We've got burning hot Pac Man lamps and new controllers for old systems in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History March 4, 2000 - Sony first releases the PlayStation 2, one of the...


Episode 425 - Pokémacarena

This week we are pretty much ready to call the GameCube a retro system, and we're looking forward to some live movie heckling. There's a couple legal struggles regarding retro games, and some game soundtracks getting official releases. We've got Simpsons memes and snowboarding in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History Pocket Monsters Midori & Akai (known in the west as Pokemon Red & Green) are first released for the Game Boy Virtually Retro The Legends of Owlia...


Episode 424 - Hardcore Game Art Collector

This week Nintendo is trying to use old games to entice us to buy their newest systems. We won't be tempted because we're following the twisted road of Tetris publishing rights. Sega has the answer for your power adapter needs, while the Atari name-owners continue their desperate grab for cash. We may be seeing the end of physical media for music, but we do have a new Sonic the Hedgehog boardgame in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History February 21, 1986 -...


Emergency Episode: GamePro August 1995

If you see this post then we had another scheduling mishap and had to release a backup episode. In this one we review the August 1995 issue of GamePro magazine which is loaded with news from the first ever E3. Read along at: