Episode 313 – It’s Cool to Be Smart

Do you want the podcast that nerds and babies listen to or do you want a podcast for cool kids that will just blast data into your MP3 player? Which is more British, the Queen of England drinking tea or the Fairchild Channel F? What does the money be used? Can we avoid having an […]

Episode 312 – WormSiege

In this week’s very musical episode we remember the movie with the worst dinosaur puppets of 1997. We will provide a little common sense advice for what not to do on Black Friday. We also wonder how much an R-Zone usually sells for. We’ve got Illinoisan game designers, HERCulean war machines, crop-eating bugs, and we’ve […]

Episode 311 – Two Wrongs Make A ‘Meh’

This week we take a deep dive into the twists and turns that lead to the success of one of the greatest frozen custard fast food chains in the US. We also get understandably confused about Tomba and Tobal. We’ve got cute-em-ups, medival fantasy FPS’s and lots of bootlegging in this episode of the Retro […]

Episode 310 – Bad Ideas All Around

Is there a word other than ‘fun’ that describes horror games? Can you emulate popcorn? Would GoldenEye007 have been better if no one died? What is the worst home version of Mortal Kombat? How young was Neil Voss when he first made music for the C64? The answers to some of these questions can be […]

Episode 309 – Isn’t Dragon’s Lair Already a Movie?

This week on the Retro League we are going back to the origins of Nintendo and of video games in general. We can’t figure out what use spinning tire rims are but we know that video games & consoles weren’t necessarily more expensive back in the day. We suspect that a Sega bass fishing game […]

Episode 308 – Captain Ultra Tricycle and his Amazing Logo-covered Dreamcoat

This week on the Retro League we decide whether to spend $600 on a new analog NES or put that money towards a new kitchen appliance. We’re tying to spend less time talking about games we never played, and instead spending more time on eBay auctions that we would never buy. We’ve got monochrome pinball […]

Episode 307 – The “I Haven’t Played It” Episode

Do you like collecting AOL discs? Can you remember what games David Crane made other than Pitfall? Did everyone you went to high school with have the same name? If you said yes then this is the podcast for you! We take a break from investigating possible voter fraud to compare the budgets and styles […]

Episode 306 – Robots and Bars

This week on the Retro League we compare Atari to Sega and wonder is it better to burn out or fade away? We’re at the final round of our 25-year anniversary tournament and we’re imagining what seperate video games might secretly take place in the same universe. If you enjoy constructing machine guns and hanging […]

1990 Tournament – Final Round is Live

We’re down to the final two games – which of these will be crowned the best game of 1990?   Vote at: http://theretroleague.com/1990-tournament-final-round/

1990 Tournament – Round 5 (Final Four) Results

Congratulations to the finalists in our 1990 tournament. We started with 64 and we’re now down to the final two: Super Mario Bros 3 (NES) vs Smash TV (Arcade) Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)    71.57% Smash TV (Arcade)    28.43%             The Secret of Monkey Island (DOS) vs Ys Book I&II […]

Episode 305 – Generic Negativity

This week we let the hate flow through us only to turn back to the light side of the force later. We cover some classic re-releases and a big hubbub regarding an upcoming game system. We also go over some of our listener’s favorite generic game names. This Week in Gaming History September 30, 1997 […]

1990 Tournament – Round 5 (Final Four) is Live

Cast your vote at: http://theretroleague.com/1990-tournament-round-5-final-four/

1990 Tournament Round 4 Results

Here are the winners from round 4, voting for the final four round will open on September 28th. Super Mario Bros 3 (NES) vs Gargoyle’s Quest (Game Boy) Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)    85.33% Gargoyle’s Quest (Game Boy)    14.67% Smash TV (Arcade) vs Castle of Illusion (Sega Master System) Smash TV (Arcade)    57.33% Castle of […]

Episode 304 – Magician & Dale: Rescue Lords

This week we discuss some of the pros and cons of the upcoming Retro VGS console and there are a few games we haven’t really played but still try to talk about. We find some great re-releases and one of the most generic video game titles we’ve ever heard. If you like multiplayer NES games […]

1990 Tournament – Round 4 (Elite Eight) is Live

Cast your vote at: http://theretroleague.com/1990-tournament-round-4-elite-eight/

1990 Tournament Round 3 Results

Here is the final score from round 3, voting for round 4 (elite eight) will start on September 21st. NES Bracket Final: [1] Super Mario Bros 3 vs [3] Final Fantasy Super Mario Bros 3    77.63% Final Fantasy     22.37% Game Boy Bracket Final: [1] Gargoyle’s Quest vs [4] Dr. Mario Gargoyle’s Quest    55.26% Dr. […]

Episode 303 – Pointless Arguing

This week the Retro League is taking a stand against pointless video game debates. We also recall what is was like to sell the original Mortal Kombat and what it was like when there were only three Star Wars movies. We ponder whether video games are real or just imaginary, and one of us doesn’t […]

1990 Tournament Round 3 is Live

We’ve reached the bracket finals in our tournament and only 8 games will go on from here. Cast your vote at: http://theretroleague.com/1990-tournament-round-3-bracket-finals/ Voting ends September 20th.

1990 Tournament – Round 2 results

There were a couple upsets in round 2 – here are the final results: NES Bracket: [1] Super Mario Bros 3 vs [4] Castlevania 3 Super Mario Bros 3    78.31% Castlevania 3    21.69% NES Bracket: [2] Mega Man 3 vs [3] Final Fantasy Mega Man 3    48.19% Final Fantasy    51.81% Game Boy Bracket: [1] Gargoyle’s […]

Episode 302 – Bigger Sprites

This week on The Retro League we debate whether giant polygonal sprites are what US gamers want. We also discuss the 32 games that advanced in our 1990 tournament, Doom on the Amiga, potential stars of a Mega Man movie, the PlayStation launch, and more. This Week in Gaming History September 9, 1995 – The […]

1990 Tournament Round 2 is Live

Help us pick the best game of 1990 by voting in our tournament: http://theretroleague.com/1990-tournament-round-2/ Voting for round 2 ends September 13th.

1990 Tournament – Round 1 Results

Round 1 is over and here are the games advancing to round 2. Voting for round 2 will open when we record episode 302 on September 7th. NES Bracket: [1] Super Mario Bros 3 vs [8] Super C Super Mario Bros 3    87.76% Super C    12.24% NES Bracket: [2] Mega Man 3 vs [7] River […]

Episode 301 – Where no retro gaming podcast has gone before

This week on The Retro League we’re kicking off our 1990 tournament. 64 games made it in but only 1 will be crowned the best game of the year. We also look back at the first game in the Tony Hawk series, review an obscure Star Trek game, talk about a huge stack of virtually […]

1990 Tournament Round 1 is live

Help us pick the best game of 1990 by voting in our tournament: http://theretroleague.com/1990-tournament-round-1/ Voting for round 1 ends September 6th.

Bonus Round – Asked and Answered

For episode 300 we asked listeners to send us questions about the podcast or ourselves that they want answered. The response was huge so we decided to record our Q&A session as a separate bonus episode. In it we talk about our favorite moments of podcasting, our predictions for the future of gaming, our greatest […]

Episode 300 – State-Mandated Square Dancing

  This week Nick returns to share scary stories of childhood dancing while we find words that sound vaguely like Tekken. We also talk about Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy VII, assembly language programming, and whether or not FBI propaganda kept us off drugs. We’re reviewing one of the first real-time strategy games as well as […]

Episode 299 – Depressing Corporate Practices

This week the Retro League is going crowd-funded and using one of the most addictive games of all time to fight other addictions. We’ve found an underrated NES brawler and a simple portable racer. We’re doing chores to earn games while Mario is exploring the sunken city of R’lyeh on this episode of the Retro […]

Support our podcast on Patreon

For almost six years we’ve put out weekly podcasts for the low price of nothing. We don’t plan to change that. Although it’s not terribly expensive to run this podcast it’s not free either. We decided to turn to Patreon to help re-coup our expenses rather than run ads or something equally tacky. By supporting […]

Episode 298 – Your Mom’s College Dial-up Connection

This week we use really primitive internet only to find that “Pixels” is now a copyrighted word. All our favorite Rare games are available on Xbox, and we recall that not all 90’s FMV games were terrible. Delving into the 80’s arcade era we find a classic game that is very well known and one that […]

Episode 297 – The Most Expensive Free Games Ever

This week on The Retro League we’re trying not to spend all our money on free games. We lament the treatment of statues and robots, but we have to admit that some things about gaming weren’t better in the old days. This Week in Gaming History August 3, 1970 – Masahiro Sakurai’s birthday Hot Topics […]