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Episode 462 – The Modern Incarnation of Action 52

Black Friday is quickly approaching, so we went looking for deals on retro gaming gifts. What we found has left us bitter, disappointed, and cynical. We are almost as bored with these inflated prices as John Madden was with the last Sega Genesis game to bear his name. We’ve been feeling frustrated while trying to […]

Episode 461 – MechWario

This week we’re being bombarded by online ads and we watched a 1990’s movie that blends horror, action, romance, and revenge. We’re surprised by bad translations but not surprised by the sales figures for the NES & SNES classic minis. Pottery Barn has PlayStation Furniture and Vanilla Ice almost had a Game Boy game. Good […]

Episode 460 – Signage

The Mega Drive has turned 30 years old, and we now know which games will be on the PS1 Classic console. Is the world ready for a mash-up of all Data East games? The Grandson of a former Toys’R’Us manager has an incredible story to tell about the placement of signs that have Nintendo and […]

Episode 459 – New Consoles, Seattle Grunge, and the Undead

Among the growing mountain of new consoles being announced are a couple new ones that promise no DRM and no in-app purchases. One has the Intellivision brand behind it and the other is from a random dude who claims to have done countless hours of research. We’re stealing the Addams Family’s money and getting heartburn medicine […]

Episode 458 – The Iconic Rendition of Frankenstein’s Monster

This week we remember a famous Sega CD game and are introduced to a little-known Neo Geo platform-puzzler. Rare is selling Banjo Kazooie plushies and someone uncovered a terrible PS2 game based on An American Tale. We’ve got more Halloween games and more Shenmue talk in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in […]

Episode 457 – Paranormal Catfishing with Mega Man

This week we remember Geocities and the GBA e-Reader, and are puzzled by the idea of a live-action Mega Man movie. There’s a project setting out to make a new Colecovision-compatible console, and we try to understand the Japanese perspective on Shaquille O’Neal. We’ve got classic Atari spooks and a monster mash-up that’s made from […]

Episode 456 – Drowning in a Sea of Classic Minis

This week AtGames is preparing to dump a large number of plug & play systems onto store shelves for the holiday rush, but the recent NEO GEO mini console has some puzzling button placement. The split between ‘hardcore gamers’ and ‘casuals’ goes back much further than some of us thought, and we try yet again […]

Episode 455 – The 100 Dollar Question

This week we find out what griefing is and we try to muster up any excitement for the upcoming PS1 Classic console. The team behind the Polymega has more evidence to present in response to the skepticism and there’s a couple of new ports headed to the Atari Jaguar. We’ve got 90’s-style ‘tude and 80’s-style […]

Episode 454 – The Creepy Doll Room

This week we find out from our listeners that a dog was actually the mastermind behind all the creepy events in Silent Hill. We don’t remember much of the Saturday Supercade, but we do remember the Pac Man cartoon from the same era. MegaCat Studios has a new game you can kickstart to get a […]

Episode 453 – Where’s the Holodeck?

This week we’re between software piracy and software preservation. We find out in real time how someone could play US Super Nintendo games on a Japanese console. We waited so long to see Gohan go Super Saiyan that now we can’t help but be disappointed. We’re talking about Mortal Kombat’s role in the console wars […]

Episode 452 – The Butter Cow

This week we coincidentally picked two games of the week that have neat ideas but are a little too hard for us to enjoy. We find out how much Wacom tablets are worth and what games were designed for use with the N64 mouse. Nintendo is continuing to crush people’s creativity with legal action but […]

Episode 451 – High Fantasy and Crypto-Football

This week some single player NES games have been upgraded to multi-player, but if you played as Oddjob in GoldenEye 007 then the developer of the game would disapprove. Classic game music has been retooled to put you to sleep and we’re putting buzzwords next to fantasy sports. We’ve got fantasy films from the 80’s, […]

Episode 450 – Tom Clancy’s Sugary Water

This week we remember one of the earliest tactical FPS games as well as one of the most successful 32-bit platformers. You can use your SNES Classic Mini to play actual SNES carts, and if you loved Smash TV then we might have a game you’d like, but we can’t be sure of that since […]

Episode 449 – Cast Out of Paradise

This week we found out Jim Carrey will be in the upcoming live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film and all the questions we have about that leave us confused and befuddled. We wish a Happy Birthday to Chrono Trigger while someone launched Earthbound into space. Nintendo’s crusade against software piracy has hit one of the big […]

Episode 448 – Build Your Own Video Rental Store

This week we have joke news articles about GameStop and lazy creators, but real news about the NES outselling modern systems. High-tech cars are getting a software update that will include Atari games and EA is stomping out a SimCity fan game. We’ve got Harry Potter fan theories and a sub-par PS1 game in this […]

Episode 447 – The Greatest List of All Time

This week you could buy a brand new arcade machine and there’s an edutainment parody game awaiting crowdfunding. We question Wikipedia’s list of greatest games, and remember college bowling alley arcades. We find more emulator boxes trying to grab your money and Russian eBay scammers in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in […]

Episode 446 – Chasing the Popular Trends

This week we’re making our controllers wireless and researching a Super Famicom game with a generic title. We wonder if kids these days are so impressionable that they would rush out and buy luxury cars just because they saw one in Mario Kart. We remember Suncoast stores and the Rock is looking back on his […]

Episode 445 – Ban All Coin-Operated Amusement Devices

This week we have evidence that the mythical NES Classic Mini is actually a real product that consumers could buy and not just a scam perpetrated by eBay resellers. We might have to expose our stomachs to cheap burgers in order to get some Mario toys but we were completely perplexed for several minutes by […]

Episode 444 – Gamer Motivations

This week we’ve found the wordiest video game listing on Craigslist and we watched the history of the Betamax camcorder. Sixteen years ago Nintendo had people carry televisions and video game consoles around for an entire weekend in the summer heat and we took a personality test to find out why we play games. Our […]

Episode 443 – Accidentally Religious

This week we are having trouble understanding any non-American sports and maybe some American sports too. We’ve found one of the best pinball arcades that happens to be in a laundromat, but the Atari name-holders have dropped to a new low. Our listeners have picked their favorite movies from 1998 and one of our games-of-the-week […]

Episode 442 – Ben Affleck’s New Teeth

This week the hosts of the Retro League don’t wanna close their eyes or fall asleep because we’re looking back at the movies that came out 20 years ago. We’re joined by Chewie and our old pal Nick to talk about what we were doing in the long-gone year of 1998, as well as some […]

Episode 441 – A Coin To Enter

This week we are joined by a couple of special guests from Mega Visions magazine. They’re working to create a Sega-focused magazine that’s worth keeping, and they had some hands-on experience with some upcoming retro game consoles. There might be a toaster that will burn the image of a famous console mascot into your bread […]

Episode 440 – So Cool That It Must Be A Joke

This week we had an epic quest to search a dead mall in the hopes of finding an arcade or used game store. We wish the Game Boy Advance a happy birthday, while other people on the internet are ready to call the Atari VCS project a scam. We’ve found in-depth histories of both John […]

Episode 439 – VCS = Very Cautious So far

This week some honor roll grunge kids are trying to sell us the 32X. We find good things to say about two 90’s movies that starred Angelina Jolie. Street Fighter 1 almost made it to the NES and someone beat Super Mario Bros with one hand behind their back. We’re accidentally sinking our own island […]

Episode 438 – Bombstained: Curse of the New Art Style

What does the upcoming Thundercats reboot have in common with Space Ghost or the Ninja Turtles? What was the hype like for the Sega CD before launch? What might be the best racing game on the Jaguar? Which genres of music are most likely to sample other music in new songs? We’ve got new Castlevania […]

Episode 437 – Stationary Sonic and the Return of Pogs

This week we wonder how many ‘Johny Turbo’s there are, but we know exactly what percentage of people who will get the upcoming FF7 HD remake have played the original. We’re video game hipsters because we haven’t played the most popular games on a lot of retro systems, and classic Mega Man is coming to […]

Episode 436 – Let’s Podcasting

This week we’re not insulting Prince Harry, and we warn against eating 13-year old honey mustard. Computers are randomly making Mario and Doom levels while we enjoy our relaxing RPG town music playlists. If the return of the mythical NES Classic Mini wasn’t good enough for you Japan is getting an anime-themed one and we’re […]

Episode 435 – Winning Steaks

This week on The Retro League we tackle the hard questions like –  does the world work like a Pac-Man maze or are some people just trolling for profit? Is Tomb Raider an all-time great game or overrated? Is this rumored Neo Geo Mini a good idea? And does a game designed for 6 year-olds […]

Episode 434 – The Violent End of a Sega Power Strip

This week we’re having trouble pronouncing Japanese names and/or translating Japanese into English. We celebrate Panzer Dragoon Saga’s 20th anniversary by seeing how overpriced it has become on eBay, and we wonder who bought a Game Gear game at retail this year? We’ve got the cutest game to feature blasting dudes with a shotgun in […]

The Mana Pool 500 episodes tribute

Recently our friends over at The Mana Pool podcast reached their 500th episode and to celebrate, I made this musical tribute to them. It features several songs and clips from the last 5 or so years of their podcast. The hosts of the Mana Pool are always fun to listen to and their silly antics […]