Episode 365 – Exemplars of Retrogaming

This week we’re frustrated with Nintendo, eBay and the NES mini’s controller cords. We marvel at how colorful Atari Jaguar games were, and get back to BASICs. What does copyright law have to do with creating Legend of Zelda’s intro theme? Tune in to find out! This Week in Gaming History November 27, 1957 – […]

Episode 364 – Finally Upgrading From Dial-Up

This week we remember what a successful failure the 32X was, and we look forward to escaping from a Zelda-themed room. Because the Nintendo Wii console turned 10 years old in the last week, we chose to make an exception to our retro-rules and take this episode to talk about the history of Wii and […]

Episode 363 – Bootprints and Supply Shortages

You might have already heard about the trouble some people are running into trying to buy an NES classic edition, but have you seen which Sonic spin-off game is for sale at Half Price Books? There are two simultaneous crowdfunding projects for new Sega Genesis/Mega Drive games and someone has made a new isometric adventure […]

Episode 362 – Samurai Darts

This week Chris & Marcin join us to talk about Mega Visions, the new crowd-funded magazine about SEGA. We also talk about virtual party hats that are worth $1000’s, a possible new Daytona USA arcade game, a 90’s martial arts movie, and how Microsoft struck it big at IBM’s expense.  This Week in Gaming History […]

Episode 361 – We Call it the Tank Hole

Some people wonder if video games are art. If you melted a game console then would it be art? This week we have snacks based on bad video games and military software based on classic games. What do Sonic, Duke Nukem and Poochy the dog have in common? Find out in this episode of the […]

Episode 360 – Space Ghost

This week we’re using the methods of scientific collaboration to beat Super Mario Bros faster. The 90’s was a great decade for games, but had so much variety that it can’t be summed up by any one cliche. What happens if you search eBay for Nintendo Switch? You get ripped off most likely. This Week […]

Episode 359 – The First In-Game Sighting of the Mystical Mr. Dog

This week we dive into teenage escapism and find that the 1966 Batman TV series is making a comeback. We ponder the future of shopping malls and note the parallel declines of malls and arcades. We’ve got more scumbag eBay sellers to poke fun at and we’re morphing into magic dogs to fight samurai ghost-zombie-skeletons […]

Episode 358 – This Fantasy Won’t Reach a Finale Anytime Soon

This week our hearts and our wallets belong to retrogaming. We wonder which socks are appropriate work attire and we don’t know how someone could reach maximum playtime but still not power-up to max level. We talk about a couple of our favorite games and some of our favorite ’90s pump-up jams in this episode […]

Episode 357 – Built To Last

This week we near the end of our 1991 tournament and two giants of the 16-bit era are going head-to-head. An unreleased 16-bit comic-book game is finally available and a game developer who helped make Dark Souls made a cartoonish TG-16 game. We didn’t think it was possible to make talking teddy bears more disturbing, […]

1991 Tournament Finals

Our 1991 tournament started with 64 classic games and we’ve made our way to the final two. Deep down we all knew it would come down to these. Street Fighter II launched the 1:1 fighting arcade craze while Super Mario World launched Nintendo’s 16-bit console. Your vote will help determine which of these will be […]

Episode 356 – Last Podcast On the Planet

This week we can’t decide is it news or virtually retro. While we enjoy the movie Wargames it doesn’t leave us feeling great about our age. Our 25-year tournament is down to 4 picks, but it won’t be long before only 2 are left. We are finally able to break down betting on virtual weapon […]

1991 Tournament – Semifinals

It’s time for the semifinal round of our 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and October 1st. The full tournament brackets are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on October 2nd to vote in the final round of the tournament. Cast your vote

Episode 355 – Lucky Gamers

This week we compare Konami to the rulers of ancient Egypt and finally recognize that the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series existed outside of the Game Boy Color. We discuss some interesting games with interesting stories that happen to have caught our interest, and the possibility of Sega re-releasing some Technosoft classics. If you don’t […]

1991 Tournament – Quarterfinals

It’s time for the bracket championship round of our 1991 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 24th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 25th to vote in the semifinal round of the tournament. Cast your vote

Episode 354 – Pac-Trivia and an Evil Mastermind Named Clancy

This week’s podcast is in “excellent condition” even though it needs a good tuning. We look back on how information circulated in arcades and look ahead to possibly playing games together in libraries. After another week more great games are being knocked out of our 25-year tournament, and headphone history repeats itself in this episode […]

Interview: Tecmo Bowl vs RBI Baseball

We’re kicking-off the football season by talking about Tecmo Bowl and the fans who keep it alive through web sites & tournaments. Link: Tecmo Bowl vs RBI Baseball Download this episode

1991 Tournament – Round 3 – Bracket Championships

It’s time for the bracket championship round of our 1991 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 18th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 19th to vote in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Episode 353 – Bonked Earth

This week our 1991 tournament is in full swing and everyone is placing their bets. We discuss some shady dealings using video games & fast food as a cover, and we wonder about an eBay listing that seems to be missing its video games. We’re going out to eat in order to play arcade games, […]

1991 Tournament – Round 2

It’s time for the second round of our 1991 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 11th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 12th to vote in the bracket championship round of the tournament.

Episode 352 (take 2) – This Time With Less Topics and More Street Fighter

This week we overcome some major technical problems to put out some kind of podcast. We don’t spend much time on the normal topics, but we talk a lot more about old Star Wars toys and the exact date which the Lion King Sega Genesis bundle hit the store shelves. We kick off our 1991 […]

1991 Tournament – Round 1

Welcome to the first round of our 1991 25th anniversary tournament! We have 64 contenders for the title of “best game of 1991” as chosen by our forum members. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 4th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 5th to vote in […]

1991 Tournament Brackets & Schedule

It’s almost time for our annual 25th anniversary tournament. This time we’ll be celebrating 1991, the year the Super Nintendo launched in the US and the 16-bit war as we knew it began. You can download a copy of the brackets here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing You can even fill it out and send it in to us. […]

Episode 351 – Manipulating Memory and Time

This week we ponder if belief can re-shape reality when it comes to game release dates. We found a crowdfunded project that was canceled due to common sense. We discuss the relative value of Sega Genesis sports games and we want to write our own life stories through old video games in this episode of […]

Episode 350 – No Way To Win

This week we’re finding it really hard to look on the bright side of life. There’s a lot that could bring us down, but the news isn’t all bad. Mega Man’s first 16-bit adventure is on the Virtual Console, GoldenEye 007’s multi-player mode has been re-created in HD, and Sesame Street characters are using martial […]

Episode 349 – Nintendo Protects Its Property

This week we review the success of the PlayStation to celebrate the birthday of its creator. We don’t have free access to old Nintendo Power magazines but we will be able to buy the Super Mario comics that were once featured within. When we aren’t flying over future race tracks to Euro-dance music, we’re stopping the […]

Episode 348 – Military Trackballs

This week MTV is preparing to come back from the dead and we wish the TRS-80 a happy birthday! We also get glitched before jumping from box art to card games based on edutainment. We’re going bowling in the arcade and after that we might swing by Quark’s bar to have a synthale with Chief […]

Episode 347 – Arcade Chemistry

This week we’re celebrating the anniversaries of Sonic and Star Trek with a couple of games that could have been better, but aren’t completely horrible. Fallout is getting back to its roots and our listeners broke records, literally. If you are looking for a whole bunch of scratched discs or want some Sailor Moon in […]

The Retro League takes over We Talk Games this week

This week we’re running the We Talk Games podcast and talking about a little arcade game called Knuckle Heads. Episode Download

The Retro League is now available on iHeartRadio

Our podcast can now be streamed on iHeartRadio. The iHeartRadio app is available for dozens of devices and is apparently included in several new cars as well. This gives our listeners one more way to hear the podcast wherever they are. Follow this link to subscribe to The Retro League on iHeartRadio or use the […]

Episode 346 – Hardware Mods, Add-ons, and Direct-to-TV gaming

This week we need a map to find an arcade and Ben Heck is mapping out the SNES-CD prototype. We talk a bit about a very minor news story from Nintendo that you might not have hear about yet and someone is making music via floppy drives. This Week in Gaming History July 17, 1899 – […]