Archive for 'Episodes'

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Episode 389 – The Often Overlooked 486DX4

This week we react to the first trailer released for the upcoming Castlevania television show and compare our programming skills against multiple Sega Genesis emulators. We try to guess how many hit 80’s movies are left that don’t have a reboot, sequel, or remake. Without planning it our games of the week are two science […]

Episode 388 – No One Sings Like You Anymore

After noting the creation of the Phantasy Star series we must sadly note the passing of a great musician. We continue the usual show with an odd set of virtual re-releases and a strange theory about Dr Mario. We uncover some bad ideas for the “best game in the world” and our listeners have picked […]

Episode 387 – Anti-Missile Pants

Garage sale season is upon us and we are announcing an upcoming project to pass extra games & retro junk to each other all around the country. We look into why the death of Sears & K-mart is taking so long and discuss some of the nuances of boardgame adaptations. We’re talking about a brawler […]

Episode 386 – Computer Games: Evolved

This week we are joined again by The NoSwearGamer to talk about some classic MS-DOS computer games and the misleading title of a 2017 video game hall of fame inductee. You can help crowdfund a new ZX Spectrum machine and a new NES game with dragons. We venture into dust-filled desktops and the ancient plans Namco […]

Episode 385 – Realtime Spreadsheet Management

In this week’s podcast we explore one of the greatest, most iconic, and most successful video games ever made. We’re talking of course about Night Trap, but later in the show we share our memories and opinions of a Super Mario game. We find similarities between InfoWars and Sega CD games and we wonder if […]

Episode 384 – Now in 3J Resolution

This week’s rumors of a hypothetical SNES Classic Edition do nothing to repair our opinion of Nintendo. Starcraft is now free and a couple of SNES beat’em ups need your help to get an official US release. We’ve got gamer vitamins and our listeners have picked which types of games are incomprehensible to them in […]

Episode 383 – Toasters & Chainsaws

As you may have heard in the last week Nintendo chose to discontinue their NES Classic Edition product for unimaginable reasons and we’re here to add our cynicism and grumpiness to the rampant speculation. We’ve also got a pretty crazy selection of virtual re-releases, like Disney NES games, Planescape: Torment, more NEO GEO fighters, and […]

Episode 382 – Megumi Diamonds

Disclaimer: Rob’s audio was a bit garbled in the recording of this episode. The podcast is generally intact, but we apologize in advance for this drop in quality. We start with the humble beginnings of a major computer manufacturer and remember Super Soakers from the 90’s. We coincidentally both picked paddle/dial-controlled games from the 80’s […]

Episode 381 – Arcade Graveyard

This week we remember an early portable computer and cringe at some dead arcade machines. There’s a new adventure game from the makers of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. We wonder when coins will be phased out and our listeners are picking what plug & play all-in-one system they want to see next in this […]

忍者のサイドストーリー ドラゴンクランの裏切り64

This week we devote an entire episode to a game that never saw the light of day, until now! We are proud to present a prototype for an unreleased N64 game and we’re going to describe the gameplay, story, and glitches that we have uncovered. It has been quite a journey for us to find this game […]