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Episode 264 – Winter Brawl

Episode 263 – Farewell to a legend

Episode 262 – We Tried To Like It

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This week we wonder about disparities between how rare a game is, how expensive it is and how much fun it is. We put forth a valiant effort to find good things to say about a 16-bit run-and-gun series, but ultimately we can’t bring ourselves to like Sega’s most famous environment-saving orbot. We’re forging helical swords and finding out where baby Saturn controllers come from in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History
November 30, 1999 – Unreal Tournament released for Windows.

Hot Topics
Common but elusive…
How about a little demonstration
Kid me vs. Adult me – Skillz
2014 Award Nominees

Virtually Retro
Mario Pinball Land (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mighty Final Fight (Wii U Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console)
Dragon Quest IV (iOS, Android)
Boxing (PSOne Classic)

News
Humble Sega Bundle with Dreamcast Collection and NIGHTs Into Dreams
Amstrad CPC Game Creation Contest Results
Kickstarter – hdmyboy

Random Links
Official MST3K Youtube Channel
MAN AT ARMS REFORGED – Link’s Fierce Deity Sword (from Majora’s Mask)
Electronics Boutique 1999 Christmas Catalog

Games of The Week
Vectorman (Genesis)
Vectorman 2 (Genesis)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Evoland Classic

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Episode 261 – Retro Land Country

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This week we’re giving thanks for classic adventure games and arcade games that weren’t that popular. We’re swearing off games that we already beat and wrapping our head around some hurtful puzzles. We’re passing through the history of adventure games and remembering one of the most well-known games of the 16-bit era on this episode of The Retro League.

 

  • This Week in Gaming History

 

November 22, 1994 SEGA releases the Sega Saturn home console in Japan

November 23, 1991 Final Fantasy II released for SNES (US)

 

  • Hot Topics

You have to survive a night in a haunted house, which videogame character would you take with you?

Underrated Arcade

Games You Beat That You’ll Never Play Again

 

  • Virtually Retro

Kickboxing (PSOne Classic)

DK: King of Swing (Wii U Virtual Console)

Wolfenstein 3D Classic Returns to the App Store with iOS 8 and Widescreen Support

Crossy Road has invented the ‘endless Frogger,’ and it’s brilliant

 

  • News

Kickstarter – Thimbleweed Park

The Story Behind Colts LT Anthony Castonzo’s TD Dance

The man who made Tetris

Kickstarter – 2015 Video Game Summit

 

  • 2014 Black Friday Deals for Retro Gamers

Atari Flashback 5, Genesis Classic Game Console, Intellivision Flashback, Colecovision Flashback – $29.99 at Meijer

Atari Flashback 5, Genesis Classic Game Console, Genesis Portable, and Intellivision Flashback – $34.99 at Walgreens

Atari Flashback 5, Genesis Classic Game Console, Genesis Portable, and Intellivision Flashback – $28 at Dollar General

 

  • Random Links

5 Video Game Puzzles Clearly Designed by Hateful People

Super Smash Bros. (Part 1) – Gaming Historian

 

  • Games of The Week

Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo)

Evoland Classic

 

  • Freeloader Games of the Month

Evoland Classic

Bonus Freeloader Game-of-the-Week: Adventures in NoLand

 

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Episode 260 – What Could Have Been

This week on The Retro League we speculate on how failed systems could have been successful. We also turn up the dial to 60 frames per second to talk about an unreleased MTV game for Genesis, a new Atari 8-bit computer game, Quake speedruns, and Black Friday retrogaming deals.

This Week in Gaming History
November 16, 1952 Shigeru Miyamoto’s birthday

Hot Topics
Dollar General Deals for Thanksgiving
Testing the real SNES vs. OpenEmu vs. SNES9X
What’s The Worst Game You Ever Played?

Virtually Retro
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (Wii U Virtual Console)
Pokemon Trading Card Game (3DS Virtual Console)

News
Castlevania fan whips up his own amazing custom board game
Kickstarter – Lo-Fi SES: Hackable 8-bit chiptunes instrument
Dungeon Hunt, a new game for the Atari 8 Bit, available for pre-order
Source code for unreleased Genesis game “The Head” released
Cinemaware announces re-launch of Rocket Ranger Reloaded Kickstarter Campaign
The Atari Jaguar That Should Have Been
The Sega Dreamcast Was Weird, Fun, and Gone Too Soon

2014 Black Friday Deals for Retro Gamers
Atari Flashback 5, Genesis Classic Game Console, Intellivision Flashback, Colecovision Flashback – $29.99 at Meijer
Atari Flashback 5, Genesis Classic Game Console, Genesis Portable, and Intellivision Flashback – $34.99 at Walgreens
Atari Flashback 5, Genesis Classic Game Console, Genesis Portable, and Intellivision Flashback – $28 at Dollar General

Random Links
Uncivil War: Quake Speed Run Finale!

Games of The Week
River Raid (Atari 2600)
Wipeout 64 (N64)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Evoland Classic

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Episode 259 – Don’t forget to have fun

Episode 258 – Lethal Dose

This week on The Retro League we answer the tough questions – How was the company that produced Amagon able to purchase Sega? Why are so many video game characters firing guns wildly into the air? Who would win in a fight between Mike Tyson and Mike Tyson? How can you improve the picture of your retro consoles on modern TVS? And just how much sugar does it take to kill a person?

This Week in Gaming History
November 1, 1975 – Sammy Corporation is founded

Hot Topics
Tyson vs. Tyson in in Punch-Out!!
How did I miss this
Sega’s old free game promotion

Virtually Retro
Demon’s Crest (Wii U Virtual Console)
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (Wii U Virtual Console)
Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console)
Woah Dave (iOS)

News
Kickstarter – Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Component Cables
LucasArts games now available on GOG.com

Random Links
5 Bizarre Trends in Old Video Game Cover Art

Games of The Week
WCW/nWo Thunder (PlayStation)
Air Fortress (NES)

Freeloader Games of the Month
http://evoland.shirogames.com/classic

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

News
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
Elite

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Episode 256 – The Innovation of Offline Multiplayer

Episode 255 – Maximum Byte