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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Interview – RETRO VGS

We’re talking to the mastermind behind the RETRO VGS who’s sharing details about the hardware, development team, and inspiration for the system. The soon-to-be Kickstarted console dreams of a return to the days of cartridge gaming, a cause we certainly can relate to.

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Episode 287 – Ninjas and Donkeys

Episode 286 – Extreme Monkeys

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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