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  1. Episode 229 - Saturnian Exclusives
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  2. Episode 228 - Gotta Fool 'em All
    Wednesday, April 09, 2014
  3. Episode 227 - One Word Title
    Wednesday, April 02, 2014
  4. The Retro League - 4/1/14 - Give it a chance
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014
  5. Interviews - Midwest Gaming Classic 2014
    Saturday, March 29, 2014
  6. Episode 226 - Combat Avoider: Guns and Diapers
    Tuesday, March 25, 2014
  7. Episode 225 - Game Gear Gaiden
    Monday, March 17, 2014
  8. Episode 224 - Super Foreign Exclusives
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  9. Episode 223 - THE 68000 HEART ON FIRE! (fixed)
    Wednesday, March 05, 2014
  10. Episode 222 - Where in the World is the PC Engine CD?
    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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The Retro League

Episode 229 - Saturnian Exclusives

This week on the Retro League we've got news and fun from the Midwest Gaming Classic. We're also checking out some foreign Saturn games and checking out some more GBA virtual re-releases. We're escaping old operating systems and broadcasting from some old Sega systems, but our listeners are bringing the pain in this episode!

This Week in Gaming History
April 18, 1994 - Super Metroid released in North America

Hot Topics
Just won this auction on eBay
Conan O'Brien plays video games
What if Atari had made Action Figures?

Virtually Retro
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U Virtual Console)
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mach Rider (3DS Virtual Console)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 Classic)
Escape from XP (JavaScript)

Legendary pinball, video game artist Python Anghelo passes away
Video games cause aggressive behaviour because of difficulty, not violence
The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't Want You To Know About

Random Links
Extra Credits: Narrative Mechanics
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - WRYYYYYY
The Retro League on Sega CD

Games of The Week
Zork I: The Underground Empire (Sega Saturn)
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Sega Saturn)

Freeloader Game of the Month
Ninja Torappu

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 01:49:56

Episode 228 - Gotta Fool 'em All

Another April Fools day has passed and gamers were tricked into climbing mountaintops to find mythical pocket monsters. This week on The Retro League we recap all the retro gaming related pranks of the past week and continue our foreign exclusives series with a look at some Japanese Virtual Boy games. We also check out an early Nintendo toy, celebrate the birthday of Windows, and check out the latest developments on the Atari landfill dig.

This Week in Gaming History
April 6, 1992 - Windows 3.1 released

Hot Topics
Third Party Support - Atari 7800 vs Sega Master System (US)
Never Knew a 286 could make such a good gaming pc
GTA Vice City Stories: The Ultimate 80s Soundtrack Edition

Virtually Retro
Advance Wars (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U Virtual Console)
Metroid Fusion (Wii U Virtual Console)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army (PS2 Classic)

Story Bundle - Video Game Bundle 3
This Legend of Zelda NES Demake Allows You to Experience Link's Most Basic Quest Yet
Alamogordo Atari dig clears hurdle

Random Links
Nintendo My Car Race

Retro Gaming April Fools Pranks
Google Maps Pokemon Challenge acquired by GameStop
Hyperkin RetroN arcade

Games of The Week
SD Gundam Dimension War (Virtual Boy)
Insumausu no Yakata (Virtual Boy)

Freeloader Game of the Month
Ninja Torappu

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 01:47:05

Episode 227 - One Word Title

This week we're looking at some 3DO games that didn't get a US release like Montana Jones and Fatty Bear's Fun Pack. In addition to games getting stolen and genres we don't normally like we've got the usual virtually retro and Cracked humor. Can you contain your excitement for the prospect of driving a truck through some dirt?

This Week in Gaming History
March 30, 1996 Resident Evil - PlayStation version released. (United States)

Hot Topics
JRPG endgames
Games ahead of their time
Unliked genres but games you made exceptions for

Virtually Retro
Dr. Mario (Wii U Virtual Console)
Clu Clu Land (3DS Virtual Console)
Quest of Dungeons (iOS)
Shin Megami Tensei (iOS)
TNN Motorsports Hardcore TR (PSone Classic)

Armiga Plans to Bring the Amiga to a New Generation of Gamers
Danish man smashes longstanding Gyruss world record
The RPG Consoler - Ultima: Quest of the Avatar for NES
Anti video game politician arrested for arms trafficking and corruption
SMS Power! 17th Anniversary Competition entries
5 Disturbing Details You Didn't Notice in Famous Video Games
29 Baffling Rules of Life in Video Game Universes

Games of The Week
J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues (3DO)
Yu Yu Hakusho (3DO)

Freeloader Game of the Month
Ken’s Labyrinth (DOS)

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 01:24:31

The Retro League - 4/1/14 - Give it a chance

On this edition of The Retro League we're dropping our biases and trying out a couple game series we've never played before. In news this week there's a Nintendo franchise is getting a gritty reboot and some long anticipated releases are hitting the virtual consoles.

This Day in Gaming History
April 1, 1998 - Duke Nukem Forever released on Sony PlayStation

Hot Topics
Kickstarter - Cheetamen Zero
Gritty reboot of Ice Climbers
Name that game via Pig Latin

Virtually Retro
Shenmue I & II (Wii U Virtual Console)
Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mega Man Legends 3 (3DS eShop)
King of Fighters '93 (PSN)

Atari Jaguar X revealed
Miyamoto to leave Nintendo and pursue a career conducting an orchestra
Final Fantasy VII creator reveals secret to saving Aeris

Games of the Week
Pokemon Project Studio: Red
WCW Backstage Assault

Random Links
5 household pets who are better at video games than you

Download | Duration: 00:56:41

Interviews - Midwest Gaming Classic 2014

The 2014 Midwest Gaming Classic will be the biggest one yet with tons of additional vendor and arcade space. In this interview we're speaking with two of the organizers about what you'll find at this year's show and memories of amazing experiences at shows past.

Midwest Gaming Classic home page

Download | Duration: 00:29:39

Episode 226 - Combat Avoider: Guns and Diapers

This week on the Retro League we watch corporations battle to buy and sell games for the most profit. We've got modern systems that are failing and old systems with shovel-ware. In addition to exploring some Mega CD games that we didn't get here in the US we've also got a day in the life of an Asteroid and lots of different takes on Streets of Rage. What did Andre the Giant have in common with Bruce Lee? You'll have to listen in to find out!

This Week in Gaming History
March 25, 1961 Reginald "Reggie" Fils-Aime's birthday

Hot Topics
A Kickstarter gone bad (AKA Super Retro Squad)
What modern game would you like to see adapted into 16-bit?
The Game Tracker

Virtually Retro
Volleyball (Wii U Virtual Console)
Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita)
Final Fantasy IV (Amazon app store/kindle)

Environmental concerns halt E.T. cartridge dig
Planet Virtual Boy Coding Competition Results to add Linux support
Square Enix Reproduces Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style
Watch out, GameStop: Walmart gets into used-games business
RiffTrax riffs Super Mario Bros. the movie

Games of The Week
Cosmic Fantasy Stories (Mega CD)
Heavy Nova (Mega CD)

Freeloader Game of the Month
Ken’s Labyrinth (DOS)

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 01:49:55

Episode 225 - Game Gear Gaiden

This week's show is about Game Gear games that weren't released in the US, the awesome '80s, side-stories, arguably the worst Mario game, game compilations, video game-related toys, games we'd like to see hacked to be easier, and the Babel fish.

This Day in Gaming History
Mar 17, 1994: Streets of Rage 3 - Genesis version released. (United States)
March 15, 1985: – First Registered Domain

Hot Topics
Street Fighter red tape series
The most modern game you play with the greatest retro feel
Over the top sports games

Virtually Retro
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels (Wii U Virtual Console)
Galaga (3DS Virtual Console)
The Hero Business (Flash)

Test your wits against the BBC's updated edition of the maddeningly challenging Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game
17 Examples of Totally Rad 1980s Box Art
Upcoming Super Fighter Team Releases

Games of the Week
Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei - Jashin no Kuni he (Game Gear)
Phantasy Star Adventure (Game Gear)

Email Links
Super Mario-themed toys jumping into McDonald's Happy Meals in the UK

Random Links
Kevin Bacon Explains the '80s to Millennials

Freeloader Game of the Month
Ken’s Labyrinth (DOS)

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 01:33:47

Episode 224 - Super Foreign Exclusives

This week founding member of the Retro League Nick joins Rob and Hugues to talk about some Super Famicom games released outside the US. We show off the premiere issue of Retro Gaming Magazine and guess some eBay prices. A mass of random people managed to beat a game together over the internet and we're seeing more counterfeit carts for sale. If you don't want to get stabbed with a Master Sword then you better listen to this episode!

This Day in Gaming History
March 9, 1996 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was first released in Japan

Hot Topics
Whatever happened to Sound Test options in games?
Barcades - who here lives in a city that has them?
What are your (Least) Favorite Game Breakers...?
Fake Game Cartridges, Labels, Boxes

Virtually Retro
NES Open Tournament Golf (Wii U Virtual Console)
Adventure Island II (3DS Virtual Console)
Growlanser: Heritage of War (PS2 Classic)

Starcade host Geoff Edwards dies at 83
Weirdness: Love Triangle Turns Nasty Thanks To A Legend Of Zelda Master Sword
Planet Virtual Boy: Mario Combat, Deathchase and Game Boy Emulator released
Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles
Twitch Plays Pokémon
Retro Game Crunch

Games of the Week
Radical Dreamers (Super Famicom)
Hyper Iria (Super Famicom)
Ganpuru: Gunman's Proof (Super Famicom)

The Price is Wrong
UNDERCOVER COPS SNES Super famicom SFC Import Japan SNES
Lot of 4 DRAGON QUEST SET Super Famicom Nintendo Game Import Japan
Wrecking Crew '98 (SFC Super Famicom) SNES JAPAN IMPORT MINT COMPLETE, RARE!

Random Links
Fight Club - 8 Bit Cinema
Forum topic - Here are some of my SFC exclusives

Freeloader Game of the Month
Ken’s Labyrinth (DOS)

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 02:26:40

Episode 223 - THE 68000 HEART ON FIRE! (fixed)

** Reposted due to the original episode accidentally being cut short **

This week Dubstepdad joins us to discuss some Mega Drive games that were not US releases. We also chuckle with the Onion, guess some eBay prices, and hate on modern games some more.

This Day in Gaming History
March 5, 1975 - First meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club
March 2, 1983 - Compact Discs first hit US stores

Hot Topics
Interesting interview with the creators of Oregon Trail
What’s the best video game bang for your buck
New Shenmue documentary

Virtually Retro
Renegade (Wii U Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console)
Herc’s Adventures (PSone Classic)
Pac-Man Museum (PS3)
Pac-Man Museum (Xbox 360)

New book - Vintage Game Consoles
Seth Rogen is working on a movie about the '90s console wars

Games of the Week
Shi Kin Joh (Mega Drive)
Eliminate Down (Mega Drive)
Alien Soldier (Mega Drive)

Random Links
Only 90s Web Developers Remember This
First Person Mario: Endgame
The Onion: Modern Science Still Only Able To Predict One Upcoming Tetris Block

The Price is Wrong

Freeloader Game of the Month
Ken’s Labyrinth (DOS)

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 02:06:25

Episode 222 - Where in the World is the PC Engine CD?

This week the Retro League is focusing on import games for the first video game console to get a CD-Rom add-on. Players are going for low score and games are being tweaked to be less frustrating. Can video games be used to combat bad habits? Tune in to find out!

This Day in Gaming History
Feb 23, 1994 - Super Street Fighter II Turbo (Arcade), introduced Super combos, air-combos, and Akuma.

Hot Topics
Another Polybius sighting...
Gaming.. then and now.
NES games you wish you played
You're doing it wrong - how to play a game

Virtually Retro
Ice Hockey (Wii U Virtual Console)
Sky Kid (3DS Virtual Console)
Mr. Driller (PSone Classic)
Neo Contra (PS2 Classic)
Tomba! 2 (PSone Import)
The King of Chicago (iOS)

Playing Tetris stops food cravings
Unreleased: Overstorm for the Game Boy Advance Found
Classic arcade watch puts a game cabinet on your wrist
Vintage Electronics Art and a Contest
Game Hack: Ninja Gaiden Final Boss Death Fix
Super Mario Bros. Record For Lowest Score is Beaten

Games of the Week
Sorcerian (PC Engine CD)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego (PC Engine CD)

Email Links
The Verge: Kiefer Sutherland says he's involved in a new Mortal Kombat game

Random Links
The Art of Sierra Project
1994 Toys "R" Us Catalog

Freeloader Game of the Month
Chuck Yeager's Fighter Combat (NES)

Watch the live recording on YouTube

Download | Duration: 01:34:59