Episode 411 – Laser Lords of Metal

This week Ferg of the Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast joins us to discuss the various Atari Flashback systems you might pick up next week if you wade into the mosh pits and play a game of Sir, You Are Being Trampled. We decide that Kaboom! is a game for the young, and rate […]

Episode 410 – PS1 Greatest Hits

This week starts off with an impromptu guessing game of the PS1’s best-selling games. We find more reasons to mention Final Fantasy 7, and scour eBay for some of the lamest Crash Bandicoot merchandise. We talk about a couple of neo-retro games for smartphones & tablets and a comic book featuring Mario fighting his famous […]

Episode 409 – The Only Winning Move is Not to Spam

This week we celebrate a classic N64 wrestling game and despair at how cheap the new Street Fighter AI is. Speedrunners are blasting through classic RPG’s on twitch and we’ve got more tips for an obscure Neo Geo Pocket Color game from last week. There was a good joke about a Sega Saturn equivalent to […]

Episode 408 – Combo Talk

Everybody’s a console maker these days. This week we’re continuing to weigh the good and bad of the Sega Genesis Flashback HD and we count the number of Frogger games. We picked one game of the week that’s very hard and one game of the week that’s pretty easy. We’re saying goodbye to youtubers and […]

Episode 407 – New Retro Consoles of Questionable Quality

If Super Mario World is round, where is the curve? What collections have the arcade version of Karate Champ? Is it okay to print out your own Magic: the Gathering cards? What spooky games are so silly that you can’t keep a straight face? These are questions raised in this week’s episode of the Retro […]

Episode 406 – Confused About Wario’s Woodlands

This week our listeners have picked a champion out of the games that were released a quarter-century ago, and we’re buying PC games from a creepy estate sale. If you’re interested in making RPG’s on a PC you’re in luck, but more lucky if you use Windows. We wonder which sports qualify as extreme sports […]

Episode 405 – Atari Box Hype

  This week we find out that the original Virtual Console’s days are numbered. We recall some of the worst movies from MST3k and some of the best music on the SNES. The Atari name-holder has released some info about its new console and we discuss if it will be worth the price. This will […]

1992 Tournament Finals

We started with 64 games and are down to the final two – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past vs Wolfenstein 3D. For the first time we’re also having a 3rd place consolation match between the other two semi-finalists. Voting will be open until October 8th. The winner will be announced on […]

Episode 404 – Trader Joe Montana’s Super-Cute SeediVania 64 Online

Would you rather buy Final Fantasy Nine or Final Fantasy wine? Well, this week you can have both! We can’t draw, but we know the difference between decent art and bad art. There’s a crowdfunding project for a CD-based emulator box and the Super Mario 64 Online project has been stomped like a Goomba under […]

1992 Tournament Semifinals

We’re down to the final four games in our 1992 tournament. Voting is open between now and September 30th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18u40sdKru-FfzZkGHOxe-9jX8PX6lsYOMLigzi1my-E/edit?usp=sharing Check back on October 1st to vote in the finals.

Episode 403 – Parents Retro Video Game Resource

This week we recall a time when a group of concerned citizens tried to stop kids from listening to heavy metal and other “filthy” music. Our quarter-century tournament has had an epic battle and now one of the most successful and memorable games of 1992 has been knocked out of the running for good. We […]

1992 Tournament – Quarterfinals

We’re down to the final eight games in our 1992 tournament. Voting is open between now and September 23rd. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18u40sdKru-FfzZkGHOxe-9jX8PX6lsYOMLigzi1my-E/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 24th to vote in the semifinals.

Episode 402 – One-Winged Cardassian

This week we look back on one of the most iconic game consoles of the 70’s and 80’s and we’ve run into our closest tie yet in deciding the greatest arcade game from 25 years ago. We compare FF7 and DS9 to ancient universal stories but we are saddened by the destruction of some classic […]

1992 Tournament – Bracket Championships

It’s time to pick the champion of each bracket. Your vote will help decide what the best game on each system in 1992 was. Voting is open between now and September 16th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18u40sdKru-FfzZkGHOxe-9jX8PX6lsYOMLigzi1my-E/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 17th to vote in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Episode 401 – Thunderpower: 1992

  This week we’re being punk’ed by a dungeon fairy, but we know this one weird trick that cure potion makers don’t want you to know. We don’t understand the newer Metal Gear games, but we’ve heard they are pretty weird. We’re excited to play beach frisbee on Neo Geo, but are not interested in […]

1992 Tournament Round 2

Welcome to the second round of our 1992 25th anniversary tournament! We’re down to 32 contenders for the title of “best game of 1992”. Voting is open between now and September 9th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18u40sdKru-FfzZkGHOxe-9jX8PX6lsYOMLigzi1my-E/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 10th to vote in the bracket championship round of the tournament.

Episode 400-2 – Ask us anything (within reason)

This week we’re thrilled to be joined by two of the original podcast hosts for another round of “ask us anything (within reason)”. We discuss the early days of the show, our game collection, how the retrogaming scene has changed over the years and much more. Download this episode

1992 Tournament Round 1

Welcome to the first round of our 1992 25th anniversary tournament! We have 64 contenders for the title of “best game of 1992” as chosen by our forum members. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 2nd. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18u40sdKru-FfzZkGHOxe-9jX8PX6lsYOMLigzi1my-E/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 3rd to vote in […]

Episode 400 – Control Configuration

This week our Mega Man books are watered-down with bad action movie one-liners. After we critique a low-budget Doctor Who TV special we find out the the Atari name-holders have given in to copyright trolling, completing their journey to the dark side. We separately picked out two JRPG sequels that combine fantasy with sci-fi and […]

Episode 399 – 10 PRINT “BOOGER”

This week on the Retro League celebrates a classic NES action adventure title as well as some completely new NES games. Night Trap has been re-released, but not on a Nintendo console. Nintendo is making up for this by giving a Mario Kart tournament the same name as a classic game tournament from the NES […]

Episode 398 – Phoned In

This week we pretend to be Agent 007 and get spooked by supernatural books. Our retro junk box has almost finished it’s tour but another long-term project is about to start and you can participate on our forums. Unlike some companies, Hyperkin is actually preparing to release a new product that will let you play […]

Episode 397 – A Charming, Colorful World of Nightmares

This week we remember some of the ubiquitous order-by-phone commercials from the 80’s & 90’s. We’ve seen the highest price ever asked for a Super Mario Bros. cart, and found out that Tecmo has the same birthday as the Game Boy. People are intentionally making their websites look like they came from the dawn of […]

Bonus Round: Mortal Kombat

Due to a scheduling conflict we will not be running a regular episode this week – so instead please enjoy this bonus episode where we discuss the original Mortal Kombat games.   Download this episode

Episode 396 – Too Different or Too Similar

How many obscure systems was Final Fantasy 4 ported to? When is collision detection unneeded in Sega games? Why should anyone buy an Ataribox? Some of these questions will be answered in this podcast, but many mysteries will remain. We’ve got breaking news, game-related odors and atari-branded products that we actually would like to buy. […]

Episode 395 – Maybe Not the Worst Version, But Close

This week The Retro League fights for the user. We might not be autograph worthy, but we are delving pretty deeply back into the plausibility of a Dragster high score. We watched a human go head to head with a computer in Super Mario Bros, and we have two inferior ports of classic 90’s shooter […]

Episode 394 – Analog Recorded For Authentic Sound

This week we celebrate the birthday of Lord British by talking a bit about the Elder Scrolls games. We’ve seen some of the dirtiest NES carts cleaned and repaired and we question the value of empty boxes. We’ve got more tips for Sega Genesis sprite programming and a Blockbuster video store that managed to stay […]

Episode 393 – Not Getting Our Hopes Up

This week we are forced to re-live one of the biggest disappointments of the last year, but Nintendo’s announcement is far from the only retro console designed for modern TV’s which we talk about this week. To distract us we’ve got an impressive new Colecovision game and a new album of Sonic remixes. Someone calculated […]

Episode 392 – Sneaker Authentication

This week we debate whether it’s 1983 all over again with a flood of new retrogaming consoles being announced. One of them is a mysterious bit of hardware by Atari the holdings company that owns the rights to the Atari trademarks. Is this the return of an icon or a future vaporware joke? This Week […]

Episode 391 – Professional Boat-sinker

  This week we set aside our normal format and talk with Chewie from The Mana Pool about life in the year 1997 and especially the movies if that year. We discuss who was the best actor to play James Bond, what percentage of the Titanic’s lengthy runtime was actually devoted to the disaster and […]

Episode 390 – 100% Gold Quality

The 2017 Retro Junk Box has begun and this week’s show has more discussion of action figures than usual. We picked two games of the week that the other person hadn’t played and we try to remember which controllers were made by Mad Catz. Everyone is wondering if replacing a label de-values a game and […]