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Episode 251 – Sweet Revenge

This week on the The Retro League we recap the 2014 Classic Gaming Expo – Intellivision, E.T., the history of EA Sports, and something called Rumble Fish are all on the agenda. In our news segment we’re looking at Mortal Kombat II, new Apple ][ games, and a Pac Man themed restaurant. We also discuss game genres that our listeners could do without and more.

This Week in Gaming History
Sept. 15th 1994 - Sparkster (SNES) was released

Hot Topics
203 Night Trap CDs found traded in
What's the Worst Game of 1989?
living Retro

Virtually Retro
Adventure Island (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mega Man X5 (PSOne Classic)
Dragon Quest I (iOS, Android)

News
‘Mortal Kombat II’ 20 Years Later: An Undeniable Character Ranking
Red Bull Launches Videogame Music Documentary Series
New Apple ][ and C64 RPG in development - Lawless Legends
Namco announces Pac Man themed restaurant - Level 257

Random Links
Once Upon Atari
Atari: Game Over trailer

Games of The Week
Golden Axe
Yar’s Revenge

Freeloader Games of the Month
D-Pad Hero 2 (NES)

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1989 Tournament – Round 3 Open for Voting

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Round 3 of our 1989 silver anniversary tournament is open. Cast your votes now: http://theretroleague.com/1989-tournament-round-3/

Voting ends on September 20th.

Episode 250 – Cinematic Cutscenes

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This week we celebrate our 250th episode by having trouble remembering the names of things. We also let the listeners ask us some questions, both retro game related and more general. We look at the strange box art for some video-game-based board games and speculate about what will be retro to future generations. The 25-year tournament is heating up so don’t miss a single week!

This Week in Gaming History
September 9, 1994 – Mortal Kombat II was released on the 16-bit home consoles.

Hot Topics
Input latency on re-releases of classics.
How many Handheld games can we beat?

Virtually Retro
Nobunaga’s Ambition (Wii U Virtual Console)
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (3DS Virtual Console)

News
Screen to table: 9 board game adaptations of vintage video games
Spot Goes to Hollywood for 32X prototype found
Time to Get Out the Old…VHS Games???
Cinemaware – Some of the greatest classics coming to GOG.COM
Robbie Lakeman Sets A New Donkey Kong World Record To Dethrone Hank Chien

Random Links
Uncivil War – Sonic the Hedgehog Robot Pacifist Challenge
Zero Punctuation – Daikatana (explicit)

Games of The Week
Faxanadu (NES)
Ninja Gaiden (NES)

Freeloader Games of the Month
D-Pad Hero 2 (NES)

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1989 Tournament – Round 2 Open for Voting

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Round 2 of our 1989 silver anniversary tournament is open. Cast your votes now: http://theretroleague.com/1989-tournament-round-2/

Voting ends on September 13th.

Interview – The No Swear Gamer

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Rob and The No Swear Gamer got together to discuss youtube reviews and the line between interviewer and interviewie became blurred as they are both fans of each other’s work. In addition to an impromptu game-of-the-week they also discuss failing to prevent people from playing bad games, upgrading to HDTV’s and the violent games kids are playing nowadays.

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Episode 249 – Don’t know much about currency

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This week on The Retro League we kick-off our 1989 tournament. 64 games enter, only 1 leaves victorious, you get to help pick which is the winner.  We also find ourselves shocked at the price of Mega Man games on eBay, look at a couple new Kickstarters, talk about PC game packaging, display our complete ignorance about foreign currency, and more.

This Week in Gaming History
August 29, 1989 – NEC’s PC-Engine released in North America as the TurboGrafx-16.

Hot Topics
Console wars: 1982 edition
game of the week
pc game loot

Virtually Retro
Mega Man X3 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mega Man X4 (PSOne Classic)
Card Games (PSOne Classic)

News
Game hack – Double Dragon for Atari 2600 fixed somewhat
Kickstarter – Outpost 13
Kickstarter – Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection

Random Links
DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet
Cash-In Culture

Games of The Week
Spellcaster (Sega Master System)
RoadBlasters (NES)

Freeloader Games of the Month
D-Pad Hero 2 (NES)

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1989 Tournament – Round 1 Open for Voting

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Round 1 of our 1989 silver anniversary tournament is open. Cast your votes now: http://theretroleague.com/1989-tournament-round-1/

Voting ends on September 6th.

Episode 248 – The Death of Shadow

1989 Tournament Brackets

1989 saw the beginning of the 16-bit war as the Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-16 invaded the US in late summer. We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of these system launches, and our 5th year of broadcasting, by holding a tournament to pick the best game of 1989.

The tournament starts on August 31st – visit TheRetroLeague.com to cast your votes.

Download a wallpaper with the round 1 brackets:

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Thanks to Rafael for creating this wallpaper!

Episode 247 – Retro Power Fun Club