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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:


Episode 423 - Rewards and Reproach

This week we saw a number of people given honors or having it taken away, but we're trying to find the line between Hair Metal and Alternative Rock. We are cautious about getting our hopes up for a Commodore 64 plug & play system, and we might have to start rating 90's TV commercials in a scale of 1 to 5 Poochies. We've got a Game Boy port of some arcade classics and a winter sports game for the good old 2600 in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History February 2,...


Episode 422 - Rip-off Tycoon

This week the Retro League is all out of bubble gum, but we've got an investment opportunity that's very unlikely to return your money. We've got audio + data CD's that won't work in modern computers and some very good news for Sega CD collectors. The guy who claimed to get an impossible score decades ago has finally been hit with the banhammer in this episode. This Week in Gaming History Duke Nukem 3D was released January 29, 1996 Virtually Retro SyntaxBomb - Retro inspired...


Episode 421 - Back Up Your Hard Drive

This week we offer our two cents regarding the latest Star Wars film and the recent YouTube money issues. Resident Evil's first sequel just turned 20 and we're looking forward to new Genesis/Mega Drive games. We've found one of the most expensive Game Boy carts on eBay and cybernetic volleyball is back on the Neo Geo. We're reading floppy disks and keeping the toy factory running in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History January 21, 1998 - Resident Evil 2 (known in...


Episode 420 - Spontaneous Top Gun Carts

This week there's a crowd-funded project to let gamers create their own NES games and we determine which version of Galaga and Pac-Man will be put into Namco's upcoming mini arcade games. We wonder if a new 16-bit Phantasy Star game is likely to be made and try to figure out what it costs to ship DVDs from Australia. We're playing Dad games and living in a shopping mall in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History Jan 14, 1987 Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link is...


Bonus Round: Mega Cat Studios

In this bonus episode JungleRatRob takes a few minutes to talk with a developer who has been creating new games for classic systems like the NES and Genesis/Mega Drive. You can view the fruits of their labor on YouTube, buy new carts from their website, and support their upcoming projects on Kickstarter. Mega Cat Studios Log jammers - NES Little Medusa Trailer Creeping It Reel - Chiptune album for the NES, featuring Dancing Pumpkin Man Creepy Brawlers Trailer - Mega Cat...


Episode 418 - I Don't Want the IRS to Know About These Snow Tires

This week we're mixing pinball with arcade games and making kart racers out of everything. We're looking forward to next week's speedrunning convention and our listeners have picked their favorite retro gaming memories of 2017. We've got a classic superhero game for the NES and the comic book equivalent of Bitcoin from 1994 in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History December 31, 1996 - Blizzard releases Diablo to great success and critical acclaim Virtually...


Episode 417 - Ninjas Always Flip Out

This week we're stretching our childhood allowance out as much as possible, and we've got a couple of games called Ninja Gaiden that aren't as good as the Ninja Gaiden we remember. We play a round of Burger King Star Wars Piece of Paper Size Guessing while someone in our government is playing around on Wikipedia. We've got K-Mart Muzak and GameCenter CX DVD's in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History December 26, 1982 – Time Magazine's Man of the Year is for the...


Episode 416 - 2017 Wasn't All Bad

This week the No Swear Gamer joins us to look back on all the retro-gaming-related ups and downs of 2017. The mysterious Ataribox has hit a minor setback before it could even start crowd-funding, and we debate whether old CRT TV's are valuable or should be dumped in a lake. We're dealing with Twitter contrarians, Russian Nintendo pirates, and Super Mario cereal scalpers in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History December 18, 1987 - Final Fantasy released for the...


Episode 415 - Mega Men and Cyborg Ladies

This week a longstanding record in GoldenEye007 has been beaten and an eBay seller with no history wants you to watch out for fake E.T. carts. We're getting hyped for a movie adaptation of a classic Japanese comic/cartoon, and there might be some new Mega Man games to get excited about in the near future. There's a great-looking new Genesis/Megadrive game that you could help fund and a bootleg Disney game that's not too bad in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming...


Episode 414 - GameStop? More Like GameScalp! Am I Right?

This week the Retro League fails the Turing test, and if you want to spend half a million dollars on a SNES Classic Mini then eBay is ready to make you a deal. Without planning, we picked a couple of Atari 2600 games to talk about. We look back on a classic stealth game and the launch of the Sega Saturn, but we're not looking forward to visiting a GameStop for the upcoming Secret of Mana re-release. This Week in Gaming History November 30, 1998 - Thief: The Dark Project is released for...


Episode 413 - Despite All My Rage

This week we tackle rumors of an upcoming Mario Bros motion picture and we discuss some misguided ideas on how to deal with the menace of loot boxes in video games. Coleco may have new tabletop games for sale soon, or they may just be trying to program a blog. Our listeners recall angrily giving up and our games of the week feature a portable entry from one of our favorite NES action series and an indie game based on glitches and weird dreams in this episode of the Retro League. This Week...


Episode 412 - Imagic: the Gathering

This week week we remember the resonance cascade scenario that happened at the Black Mesa Research Facility despite efforts to cover it up. We are mildly confused about Karnov's Revenge and Salamander but we do know that there is lots of fun to be had for charity over at We're trying not to judge the upcoming Rampage film before we've seen it, but we haven't seen much that we like yet. This Week in Gaming History November 19, 1998 - Half-Life first released for...


Episode 411 - Laser Lords of Metal

This week Ferg of the Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast joins us to discuss the various Atari Flashback systems you might pick up next week if you wade into the mosh pits and play a game of Sir, You Are Being Trampled. We decide that Kaboom! is a game for the young, and rate how much Lords of Thunder is worth if you don't like shooter games that much. The mystery of Phalanx's box art is solved, and the answer was obvious all along. This Week in Gaming History Nov 14 - The Atari...


Episode 410 - PS1 Greatest Hits

This week starts off with an impromptu guessing game of the PS1's best-selling games. We find more reasons to mention Final Fantasy 7, and scour eBay for some of the lamest Crash Bandicoot merchandise. We talk about a couple of neo-retro games for smartphones & tablets and a comic book featuring Mario fighting his famous arch-nemesis, who no one could forget: Tatanga. We've got hatcaps and posterboxes in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History November 5, 1997 -...


Episode 409 - The Only Winning Move is Not to Spam

This week we celebrate a classic N64 wrestling game and despair at how cheap the new Street Fighter AI is. Speedrunners are blasting through classic RPG's on twitch and we've got more tips for an obscure Neo Geo Pocket Color game from last week. There was a good joke about a Sega Saturn equivalent to the SNES Classic Mini, but we quickly realize we would buy it. We've got bootleg Sonic on the SNES and fake Sega CD covers in addition to pool and 90's shopping malls in this episode of the...


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