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Episode 257 – Friday of Sorrow

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It’s that time of year for some spooky games. In addition to a Castlevania game that might be retro and a NES horror game that might not be that bad we’ve also got an interview with Retro Magazine. Creating games might be harder than you’d think, but the President might be a bad enough dude to rescue himself in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History
Oct 26, 2000 – Sony releases the Playstation 2, the best-selling video game console of all time.

Hot Topics
Top 100 Greatest N64 Songs
90s Concerts

Virtually Retro
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Wii U Virtual Console)
Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary (iOS, Android)
3D Realms Anthology (PC)

Kickstarter – RETRO Video Game Magazine Year Two
Point and Click Jam
Kickstarter – DIY Portable N64
The joy of text – the fall and rise of interactive fiction
The making of Revenge of Shinobi

Random Links
Documentary on the locations from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Games of The Week
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
Friday the 13th (NES)

Freeloader Games of the Month

Watch the live recording on YouTube

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Episode 256 – The Innovation of Offline Multiplayer

Archives – 2011 Spring Semester

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We’re happy to announce our third episode archive release – 2011 Spring Semester.

The first four months of 2011 were a transitional period for The Retro League podcast. After a pair of our founding hosts moved on we added several guest hosts who offered new perspectives on video games of the past. In this album we have featured episodes about the Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo 20th anniversary, and the Zelda series.

This series contains 15 episodes and runs just over 24 hours.

This album is available DRM-free on – by supporting our archive releases you will enable us to continue re-releasing more episodes.

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Episode 255 – Maximum Byte

5th Anniversary Wallpaper

Huge thanks to listener Rafael for creating these wallpapers, including one with the full results of our 1989 tournament:

Game Madness 2014 Final MegaMan Champ




Episode 254 – The one where we talk about Pier Solar again

This week on The Retro League we speculate on why Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seemingly as popular as Tetris with our audience. Is it pure nostalgia or is there a real argument for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being the better game? In Virtually Retro we look at the re-release of Dracula X and more than a dozen arcade games. We also talk about a Kickstarter for a retro styled RPG, lego Doom, a movie nobody asked for, and yes Pier Solar again.

This Week in Gaming History
Oct 3, 1989, Brøderbund releases the first Prince of Persia game

Hot Topics
Your retro game gravestone?
Fans Create 2D The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Wonder Boy creator filing for bankruptcy

Virtually Retro
Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U Virtual Console)
The Incredibles (PS2 Classic)
Namco Museum Vol. 1-5 (PSone Classics)
Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Steam, Ouya, PS3 & PS4)

Kickstarter – Legena: Union Tides for PC, Android and OUYA
This Lego Doom build will haunt your nightmares
Ms Pac-Man joins the fight against breast cancer
Yum! A video game controller you can eat
A Tetris movie is happening

Random Links
E.T. Atari 2600 – Howard Scott Warshaw speaks
29 Video Game Mashups Too Awesome to Exist

Games of The Week
Star Wars Racer Arcade
Chasm: the Rift

Freeloader Games of the Month

Watch the live recording on YouTube

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Classic Gaming Expo 2014 Gallery

1989 Tournament – Finals Open for Voting

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We’re down to the final two – Mega Man 2 vs Tetris. Which of these is the best game of 1989? Cast your votes now:

Voting ends on October 11th.

Episode 253 – Plear Clastic

1989 Tournament – Round 5 (Final Four) open for voting


It’s down to the final four in our 1989 silver anniversary tournament. Cast your votes now:

Voting ends on October 4th.