Episode 286

Episode 285 – You will be the one escaping

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This week we’re battling evil as classic heroes and digging up some of the oldest youtube videos. We are once again skeptical of claims that sound too good to be true, but we’re never surprised by how expensive computers used to be. Classic series are going crowd-funded and SimCity meets up with giant robots in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History
May 8, 1965 – Keiji Inafune’s birthday

Hot Topics
10 Valuable NES Games Ordinary Gamers Might ACTUALLY Actually Own
Very First Gaming Content on YouTube
This never gets old
What are your favourite or memorable Cassette game covers?

Virtually Retro
Grim Fandango Remastered (iOS)
Arcade Archives City Connection (PS4)
High Strangeness (Wii U)
Mega Man & Bass (Wii U Virtual Console)
Metal Marines (Wii U Virtual Console)
Three Star Trek games appear on GOG

News
Teaser Site For Koji Igarashi’s Castlevania Successor Lets You Have Your Say
Debugging Nintendo games
GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform
This game wants you to break it
Leaked Pricing Sheets Show Trade-In And Resale Values For Upcoming Retro GameStop Offerings
Lander 2 – Lunar Lander inspired release for the SMS

Random Links
2015 Midwest Gaming Classic Recap
I’ll never love a console like I loved the Mega CD
New Scientific Study Shows That Playing Action Video Games Is Good For You
5 Plot Holes That Shatter Your Image Of Famous Games

Games of The Week
Wizards & Warriors (NES)
Captain America and the Avengers (Arcade)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Ultima VIII

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Episode 284 – What’s inside the box?

This week on The Retro League we see what the kid from the Nintendo 64 Christmas morning video is up to now. Speaking of the Nintendo 64, we also re-open the debate as to whether it has the worst RPG library of any system (excluding those with no RPGs). In games of the week we look at some very early sports titles. All this, plus a look at your craziest gaming setups, are on this episode. 

This Week in Gaming History
May 5, 1959 – Peter Molyneux’s birthday

Hot Topics
Bought my first Genesis this week
Solaris on the brain

Virtually Retro
Paper Mario (Wii U Virtual Console)
Ys Chronicles I (iOS, Android)
Galaga: Tekken (iOS, Android)

News
2014 XYZZY winners
The Nintendo 64 Kid Is Taking Unboxing To The Next Level For Taco Bell
Unreleased Tom & Jerry game for the SNES
How to embed playable MS-DOS games in your tweets
Report: Ouya for sale

Random Links
Where Online Services Go When They Die

Games of The Week
Coleco Head-to-Head Baseball (Handheld)
Olympic Decathlon (Apple II)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Police Quest

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Episode 283 – Should we be calling these “levels”?

On this week’s episode, or perhaps level, of The Retro League we look back at the death of Commodore. The iconic brand entered bankruptcy 21 years ago and we reflect on its success and demise. We also debate which 16-bit system had the best audio, discuss the gaming scene in Swedish prisons, rare NES games, and the influence of politics on sim games.

This Week in Gaming History
April 29, 1994 – Commodore International Limited declared bankruptcy

Hot Topics
What Sounds Better? The Genesis or the SNES?
Tips and tricks you’ve learned
Do you guys like finding games in wild with original price tags?

Virtually Retro
7th Guest: Remastered (Android)
Mario Kart DS (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
Pirate Bay Cofounder Fredrik Nejj Not Allowed to Play NES While In Jail
Honoring the rich, bizarre universe of Doom’s user-created content
Gaming Gold: The 10 Most Valuable NES Games Ordinary Gamers Might Actually Own
Microsoft is bringing back Solitaire for Windows 10
GoFundMe for developer of early Infocom games and Bubsy

Random Links
The Hidden Politics of Video Games

Games of The Week
Grandia II (Dreamcast)
Ultrabots (MS-DOS)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Police Quest

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Episode 282 – The Graphics We Remember, Not The Ones We Really Had

Episode 281 – Aging well

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This week on The Retro League we discuss what it means to say a game has “aged well”. Tons of games looked amazing when they launched but are they fun decades later? Also up for debate is whether early DS games are officially “retro” now, our answer is a solid “maybe”. We also discuss our dislike for auto-combos, 32X CD games only released in Brazil, an unreleased arcade fighter, a Colecovision platformer, and more.

This Week in Gaming History
April 15, 1995 – Mortal Kombat 3 is first released in the Arcade

Hot Topics
Lifespan of the Super Nintendo
Your Favorite Pack-In Game

Virtually Retro
WarioWare: Touched! (Wii U Virtual Console)
Yoshi Touch & Go (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
The Best Alternate Reality Super Nintendo Classics We Never Got To Play
Tentative Price Points for RETRO VGS Released and First Gameplay of the First Game Shown
Roland Radio – Top quality streaming Amstrad CPC music
Behind the Design: Surgical Strike 32XCD
How Many Men Does It Take to Make a Barbie Video Game?

Games of The Week
Primal Rage 2 (Arcade)
Jumpman Jr. (Colecovision)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Police Quest

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Episode 280 – The Aging Racehorse that is Nintendo

The Game-By-Game Podcast

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Welcome to the first installment of our new format: a weekly look at one video game at a time. We’re skipping news and virtual re-releases in favor of an in-depth review of an oft-overlooked classic. We’re sure you’ll find this episode informative!

 


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Episode 279 – Y’all Ready For This?

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This week we can’t remember if the creator of Space Invaders was born in the 90’s or the 40’s. We speculate about going back to relive history or personal memories and we lament about the greed pervading video games. You can either spike the V-ball or get ready to do the Tribal Dance in the Twilight Zone because this week the Retro League has No Limits.

This Week in Gaming History
March 31, 1944 – Birthday of Tomohiro Nishikado, the creator of Space Invaders

Hot Topics
What year would you like to go back to and relive?
Rarest game you found in the wild?
FINALLY bought a Gameboy!

Virtually Retro
Arcade Archives Mat Mania Exciting Hour (PS4)
Armored Core (PSOne Classic)
Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore (PS2 Classic)
Underground Chef Castle (Java)
Lakeview Cabin Collection (PC, Mac)
Namco Museum (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
Retro Game Internals: Punch-Out Passwords
The Lost Boys Finally See Game Release on Nintendo Entertainment System
Boulder Dash Officially Released For Intellivision 30 Years Later

Random Links
Review a Great Game Day
7 Ways Modern Games Have Turned Into Scams

Games of The Week
Volleyball (NES)
Biometal (SNES)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Momodora 1 & 2

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Episode 278 – Zombie Atari

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This week we hope that talking about Pac-Man games doesn’t cause Atari to file a frivolous lawsuit against us. Our dislike of Adam Sandler causes a tangent about movies but we come back to video games that we don’t know anything about other than the name of the main character. The future looks dark for playing or even emulating some retro games in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History
March 21, 1959 – Nobuo Uematsu’s birthday

Hot Topics
Real Sports Baseball
Pixels Trailer
Games You Own For Systems You Don’t

Virtually Retro
KLONOA 2: Dream Champ Tournament (Wii U Virtual Console)
Echo Night (PSone Classic)

News
Atari blocks Jeff Minter from releasing new versions of TxK
Arcade in Swedish airport raises money for Red Cross
Kickstarter – Pythetron : A 2.5d Shoot’em Up for PC, Mac and Linux
How Sonic the Hedgehog Helped Me Beat Cancer
The Ketamine Secrets of ‘Ecco the Dolphin’
Doom ported to Vic-20
Translucent Jaguar Console Pre-Orders

Random Links
Why There Is No Future For Old Games

Games of The Week
Ms. Pac-Man (Atari 2600)
Pac-Man Arrangement (Arcade)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Momodora 1 & 2

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