Archive for 'Episodes'

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Episode 345(Fixed) – Pokemon Breaker

This week’s show features an interactive TV Game Show, a Sega console autographed by a rock legend, a classic 2d shmup, a lot of virtual re-releases, and a price check on some great PS1 action games. If 3,000 worthless Pokemon items on eBay isn’t enough for you then maybe some 1980’s NES action figures will […]

Episode 344 – Get Hyped

If you are ready for a deep look into Val Kilmer’s career then this is the podcast for you! If not we also discuss Brent Spiner, Edward Norton, the Coen Brothers, and Wes Anderson. In keeping with tradition we drag along Chewie from the Mana Pool and we find plenty of occasions to ramble about […]

Episode 343 – Gaming in Pasta

This week many people were disappointed by one of the most anticipated crowdfunded games, but someone is ready to take the blame. We go back before the invention of smart phones with touch screens to find a game that could be played with a land line phone. For Sonic’s birthday we look at some of […]

Episode 342 – Welcome Back To The Next Level

This week we’re skipping to the final boss but even he doesn’t know how to sell 100 movie-based games in one auction. If you’ve ever wondered how someone could mess up the controls for a Final Fantasy game we might have an idea. There’s sealed Jaguar games, new Sega Magazines, and Happy Meal boxes in […]

Episode 341 – Bobba’s Busted Cartridges

Ever wonder how many times we have talked about Pac-Man on this show? We did so we actually look it up in this episode. There’s going to be an Atari 2600 version of a comedy-horror movie and an AI is learning to play a classic platforming action game. We’ve got some nice new video cables […]

Episode 340 – Knock-offs and Costumes

This week we wound up talking a lot about games that copy other games while we tried to trace the lineage of tile-matching and falling-block puzzle games. Someone made a mechanical version of Pong that looks pretty sweet. We’ve got a ton of shareware CD’s and the backstories to characters who went unnoticed in this […]

Episode 339 – Nuclear Floppies and Youtube Justice

Are bad games worth having an intellectual debate over? They aren’t worth having an immature argument over. Part of growing up seems to be accepting your own childhood. We are checking out 40 DVD’s from the library and remembering the first games we got when we moved out on our own in this episode of […]

Episode 338 – Simply Chuffed

This week on The Retro League we are either very happy or very angry to be talking about Genesis mod(e)s on Steam, mystery NES games, Katarmari Damacy as a text adventure, Dreamcast USB adapters, Perfect Dark, and a couple low-tech sports titles. This Week in Gaming History May 22, 2000 – Rare releases Perfect Dark, […]

Episode 337 – You’ve Gone Back Too Far

  Although virtual re-releases were missing this week we made up for it with extra news. We feel we can finally put to rest the competition for the Donkey Kong high score. We find out which games have communities around them that are completely obsessed and we find games with soundtracks that we want more […]