Episode 296 – The Return of Terrible Video Game Movies

Archive: Episode 46 – The Death of Physical Media? (Remastered)

Episode 295 – Nerf the sniper rifle?

Episode 294 – The Heart of a Gamer

Episode 293 – Super Scramble

This week on The Retro League we are of course talking about the alleged PlayStation prototype found in some dude’s attic. We debate whether it’s real and, if so, would it have been any better than other early 90s CD systems? We also discuss the latest Ocarina of Time re-release, books about NES collecting, the latest development in Mario AI, a free rogue-like game, and pool hustling.

This Week in Gaming History
July 6, 1990 – Super Star Soldier released for the PC-Engine

Hot Topics
What NES game would you most like to blow up on the 4th?
Possible original Playstation prototype located?
What feature do you most want to see in upcoming Shenmue games?

Virtually Retro
Arcade Archives: Scramble (PS4)
Star Fox Command (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (Wii U Virtual Console)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild
Kickstarter – The Complete NES – Collector’s Book, Physical NES RPG & Art
Inside the $499 NES
AI learns how to build Super Mario levels
Retro City Rampage coming to DOS
ZeldaDungeon charity marathon July 13th-17th
The Smart Boy Is Real, Will Let You Play Original Game Boy Carts On Your Smartphone

Random Links
Join the Nintendo Fun Club today
Electronics Boutique August 1993 catalog

Games of The Week
Desktop Dungeons (Browser)
Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend (Sega Genesis)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment

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Episode 292 – Time Travel is Hard

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This week the Retro League is joined once again by Chewie of The Mana Pool to discuss movies that are turning 20 this year. We also remember the music of those movies and our listeners predict which video game movie will feature The Rock next.

This Week in Movie History
July 1, 1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

Hot Topics
Sonic the Hedgehog in Real Life
Games you play solely because of nostalgia?
Games you have never seen a bad port of?

Virtually Retro
Arcade Archives – Raiders 5 (PS4)
Suikoden 3 (PS2 Classic)
Dragon Quest VI (Android, iOS)

News
StoryBundle: The Summer Video Game Bundle
The Rock to start in film adaptation of Rampage
Long Live Doom

Random Links
‘Her Story’ Review – Turns Out FMV Games Just Needed Good Acting and Writing

Movies of The Week
Mortal Kombat
Mallrats
12 Monkeys

Freeloader Games of the Month
Grimstorm

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Episode 291 – Sequel Overload

We kick off this episode of The Retro League with an informal round of “how much is GameStop charging for this loose cartridge?” – the results will probably not surprise you. We also feature an interview with the organizer of the Classic Game Fest in Austin, TX. After those we leap into our usual segments which this week cover Shenmue 3, Doom II, Final Fantasy VII, Bard’s Tale IV, and Super Mario Bros 2. We even talk about a few games that aren’t sequels too.

This Week in Gaming History
June 23, 1991 – The original Sonic the Hedgehog released for Sega Genesis

Virtually Retro
Life of Pixel (Wii U eShop)
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U Virtual Console)
‘Space Galaga’ is Another ‘Galaga’ Crossover, This Time with Anime Series ‘Space Dandy’

News
Shenmue 3 Kickstarter funded in under 12 hours
Unmoved By Doom II, This Guy Made His Own Hellish MegaWAD
Final Fantasy VII Remake Coming to PlayStation 4
Kickstarter and the rebirth of the arcade racer
Kickstarter – Bard’s Tale IV
Super Mario Bros 3. World Map Made Entirely out of Yarn
AI learns how to play Super Mario World better than you ever will

Random Links
1980s computer controls GRPS heat and AC
1985 – The year Hollywood discovered nerds are cool

Games of The Week
Bomb Squad (Intellivision)
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (Famicom)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Grimstorm

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Episode 290 – We’re not covering E3

This week on The Retro League we are going out of our way to not cover E3 (and almost succeeding). Instead we’re talking about the days when rare NES games were cheap, Atari commercials in movie theaters, Contra on the small screen, trackball golf, and the varied reasons why our listeners own duplicate systems.

This Week in Gaming History
June 18, 1997 – Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is first released in arcades

Hot Topics
Trading games
I was wrong
Rare games for cheap… theoretically

Virtually Retro
Arcade Archives Gradius (PS4)
Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (Wii U Virtual Console)
EarthBound Beginnings (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
Hardware mod: Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System all in one
How Dig Dug Became A Movie Theater Star In 1982
Capcom Announces Mega Man Legacy Collection

Games of The Week
U.S. Classic (Arcade)
Operation C (Game Boy)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Grimstorm

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Episode 289 – Non-Retro Games are Boring

Episode 288 – Super Death Blow

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This week we’ve got more Mega Man than we know what to do with, but we may have also been mistaken about how the name Final Fantasy came about. If you ever wanted to play Game Boy in a car, but completely avoid using Nintendo hardware then we have the device for you. We’re also shooting lasers out of a PC Engine and activating our ultimate dark hyper lethal inferno combo power mode in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History
June 4, 1964 – Birthdate of Jordan Mechner, creator of Karateka and Prince of Persia

Hot Topics
Star Trek Games
All Gawk No Action
Kickstarter for Shape of the World!

Virtually Retro
Arcade Archives Crazy Climber (PS4)
Arcade Archives Ninja-Kid (PS4)
Mega Man 8 (PSone Classic)
Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun & Blue Moon (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mega Man Zero 3 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Rival Turf! (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
Classic Game Fest July 25–26, 2015 in Austin, Texas
Dark Half Is A Twisted SNES JRPG From The Makers Of Wonder Boy, And It Now Has An English Translation
Final Fantasy Wasn’t Named For The Reason You Think
Official Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Website Provides Plenty of History, Footage and Lovely Pixel Art
Meet Dona Bailey, the Unsung Programmer Behind Centipede

Random Links
Visteon added Gameboy Advance support to their in-car DVD entertainment system
Neo Geo: remembering the high cost of arcade perfection

Games of The Week
Star Parodier (PC Engine CD)
Ninja Master’s (Neo Geo)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Grimstorm

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