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Episode 403 - Parents Retro Video Game Resource

This week we recall a time when a group of concerned citizens tried to stop kids from listening to heavy metal and other "filthy" music. Our quarter-century tournament has had an epic battle and now one of the most successful and memorable games of 1992 has been knocked out of the running for good. We look back on the creator of Ultima and look forward to a game that vaguely resembles Ultima which might get made by a guy in the next 5 years or so, but probably won't. We've also got a...

Duration: 01:29:07

Episode 402 - One-Winged Cardassian

This week we look back on one of the most iconic game consoles of the 70's and 80's and we've run into our closest tie yet in deciding the greatest arcade game from 25 years ago. We compare FF7 and DS9 to ancient universal stories but we are saddened by the destruction of some classic arcade games. 1992 saw the release of a decent portable Sonic game and a classic run-and-gun SNES game and we'll be talking about both in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming...

Duration: 01:22:02

Episode 401 - Thunderpower: 1992

This week we're being punk'ed by a dungeon fairy, but we know this one weird trick that cure potion makers don't want you to know. We don't understand the newer Metal Gear games, but we've heard they are pretty weird. We're excited to play beach frisbee on Neo Geo, but are not interested in an actual beach vacation. Was 1992 the year of the Ninja Turtle? Only you can decide! This Week in Gaming History September 3, 1998 - Metal Gear Solid released for PS1 in Japan Hot Topics Atari...

Duration: 01:46:10

Episode 400-2 - Ask us anything (within reason)

This week we're thrilled to be joined by two of the original podcast hosts for another round of "ask us anything (within reason)". We discuss the early days of the show, our game collection, how the retrogaming scene has changed over the years and much more.

Duration: 01:26:44

Episode 400 - Control Configuration

This week our Mega Man books are watered-down with bad action movie one-liners. After we critique a low-budget Doctor Who TV special we find out the the Atari name-holders have given in to copyright trolling, completing their journey to the dark side. We separately picked out two JRPG sequels that combine fantasy with sci-fi and span multiple worlds. This Week in Gaming History Aug 23, 1993 - Nintendo and Silicon Graphics announce: "Project Reality" Hot Topics Master System...

Duration: 01:50:46

Episode 399 - 10 PRINT "BOOGER"

This week on the Retro League celebrates a classic NES action adventure title as well as some completely new NES games. Night Trap has been re-released, but not on a Nintendo console. Nintendo is making up for this by giving a Mario Kart tournament the same name as a classic game tournament from the NES days. There's a new N64 controller in the works and we're speaking out against bootleg arcade games in this episode of the podcast! This Week in Gaming History August 15, 1987 - Metroid...

Duration: 01:17:42

Episode 398 - Phoned In

This week we pretend to be Agent 007 and get spooked by supernatural books. Our retro junk box has almost finished it's tour but another long-term project is about to start and you can participate on our forums. Unlike some companies, Hyperkin is actually preparing to release a new product that will let you play SNES games conveniently. We're celebrating the birthday of the Neo Geo Pocket Color and uncovering mines in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History August...

Duration: 01:26:52

Episode 397 - A Charming, Colorful World of Nightmares

This week we remember some of the ubiquitous order-by-phone commercials from the 80's & 90's. We've seen the highest price ever asked for a Super Mario Bros. cart, and found out that Tecmo has the same birthday as the Game Boy. People are intentionally making their websites look like they came from the dawn of the Internet and we aren't hopeful about a TV show based on Galaga. We've got a great portable Zelda game and a neo-retro RPG infused with profound sadness and despair in this...

Duration: 01:35:31

Bonus Round: Mortal Kombat

Due to a scheduling conflict we will not be running a regular episode this week - so instead please enjoy this bonus episode where we discuss the original Mortal Kombat games.

Duration: 01:15:53

Episode 396 - Too Different or Too Similar

How many obscure systems was Final Fantasy 4 ported to? When is collision detection unneeded in Sega games? Why should anyone buy an Ataribox? Some of these questions will be answered in this podcast, but many mysteries will remain. We've got breaking news, game-related odors and atari-branded products that we actually would like to buy. There's speedrunning for a good cause and the new Castlevania tv series reviewed in this week's show. This Week in Gaming History July 19, 1991 - Final...

Duration: 01:26:51

Episode 395 - Maybe Not the Worst Version, But Close

This week The Retro League fights for the user. We might not be autograph worthy, but we are delving pretty deeply back into the plausibility of a Dragster high score. We watched a human go head to head with a computer in Super Mario Bros, and we have two inferior ports of classic 90's shooter games. If you want to take pictures of the moon you can use your Game Boy Advance but remember that it's not just a handheld game system, it's a total life brand. This Week in Gaming History July...

Duration: 01:35:56

Episode 394 - Analog Recorded For Authentic Sound

This week we celebrate the birthday of Lord British by talking a bit about the Elder Scrolls games. We've seen some of the dirtiest NES carts cleaned and repaired and we question the value of empty boxes. We've got more tips for Sega Genesis sprite programming and a Blockbuster video store that managed to stay in business until 2017 in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History July 4, 1961 - Birthdate of Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima series Hot...

Duration: 01:20:33

Episode 393 - Not Getting Our Hopes Up

This week we are forced to re-live one of the biggest disappointments of the last year, but Nintendo's announcement is far from the only retro console designed for modern TV's which we talk about this week. To distract us we've got an impressive new Colecovision game and a new album of Sonic remixes. Someone calculated the best way to win an old BASIC game and someone else is investigating one of the world's longest-held high scores. We've got a NEO GEO art book and a couple of the usual...

Duration: 01:39:27

Episode 392 - Sneaker Authentication

This week we debate whether it's 1983 all over again with a flood of new retrogaming consoles being announced. One of them is a mysterious bit of hardware by Atari the holdings company that owns the rights to the Atari trademarks. Is this the return of an icon or a future vaporware joke? This Week in Gaming History July 21, 1989 - Ys III: Wanderers from Ys is first released for NEC PC-8801 and PC-9801 Hot Topics Keith Robinson of Intellivision Fame Has Passed Away Program gets highest...

Duration: 01:33:24

Episode 391 - Professional Boat-sinker

This week we set aside our normal format and talk with Chewie from The Mana Pool about life in the year 1997 and especially the movies if that year. We discuss who was the best actor to play James Bond, what percentage of the Titanic's lengthy runtime was actually devoted to the disaster and how many movie soundtracks had Orbital back in the 90's. We also wonder if Kevin Costner was a child when he starred in The Postman and if Con Air was a stealth parody. We find lots of conflicts...

Duration: 02:15:37

Episode 390 - 100% Gold Quality

The 2017 Retro Junk Box has begun and this week's show has more discussion of action figures than usual. We picked two games of the week that the other person hadn't played and we try to remember which controllers were made by Mad Catz. Everyone is wondering if replacing a label de-values a game and we're still trying to figure out how many times Star Wars was re-released and which versions where unchanged from the original theatrical release. This Week in Gaming History June 5, 1995 -...

Duration: 01:29:09

Episode 389 - The Often Overlooked 486DX4

This week we react to the first trailer released for the upcoming Castlevania television show and compare our programming skills against multiple Sega Genesis emulators. We try to guess how many hit 80's movies are left that don't have a reboot, sequel, or remake. Without planning it our games of the week are two science fiction games with noteworthy difficulty spikes. This Week in Gaming History May 30, 1979 - Capcom was founded Hot Topics New Pac-Man merchandise? Uniqlo Nintendo...

Duration: 01:20:02

Episode 388 - No One Sings Like You Anymore

After noting the creation of the Phantasy Star series we must sadly note the passing of a great musician. We continue the usual show with an odd set of virtual re-releases and a strange theory about Dr Mario. We uncover some bad ideas for the "best game in the world" and our listeners have picked their favorite systems to play fighting games on in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History May 23, 1963 - Birthday of Rieko Kodama, creator of Phantasy Star Hot...

Duration: 01:28:48

Episode 387 - Anti-Missile Pants

Garage sale season is upon us and we are announcing an upcoming project to pass extra games & retro junk to each other all around the country. We look into why the death of Sears & K-mart is taking so long and discuss some of the nuances of boardgame adaptations. We're talking about a brawler that everyone has probably heard of and one of the Dreamcast's great Neo Geo ports in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History May 15, 1991 - Starflight released for Sega...

Duration: 01:19:49

Episode 386 - Computer Games: Evolved

This week we are joined again by The NoSwearGamer to talk about some classic MS-DOS computer games and the misleading title of a 2017 video game hall of fame inductee. You can help crowdfund a new ZX Spectrum machine and a new NES game with dragons. We venture into dust-filled desktops and the ancient plans Namco had for the Sega Saturn in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History May 10, 1995 - Namco announces plans to develop for the Sega Saturn (also the week of...

Duration: 01:45:46

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