Archive for 'Episodes'

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 […]

Interview – 2016 Midwest Gaming Classic

The annual Midwest Gaming Gaming Classic is just a couple weeks away and we’re talking to the organizers about what will be at the show this year. For more info about the event or to pre-order tickets please visit MidwestGamingClassic.com Download this episode

Bonus Round – Polygonal Fighting Games with Chewie

Chewie from TheManaPool makes a special appearance to celebrate some great 3-d fighting games, but we only discover that we are huge nerds. Which is fine, since any joke we could have made Penny Arcade did already years ago. How far did young JungleRatRob go to make Nintendo-senpai notice him? Embarrassingly far. Chewie played Virtua […]

Bonus Round: Monday Night War

We’re running late with episode 324 so here’s something from our unreleased archives going back to our first year. Links Video Games of the Monday Night War   Download this episode

Episode 315 – The Satisfaction of Donationg

We hope you want to hear about the Virtual Boy, Star Wars, and fighting games because that’s what we’re talking about in this episode. We also have a new SNES game produced on cart, 8-player Super Mario Bros projected around a room, your favorite dungeon crawlers, and games you would buy if we were stupidly […]

Episode 308 – Captain Ultra Tricycle and his Amazing Logo-covered Dreamcoat

This week on the Retro League we decide whether to spend $600 on a new analog NES or put that money towards a new kitchen appliance. We’re tying to spend less time talking about games we never played, and instead spending more time on eBay auctions that we would never buy. We’ve got monochrome pinball […]

Episode 307 – The “I Haven’t Played It” Episode

Do you like collecting AOL discs? Can you remember what games David Crane made other than Pitfall? Did everyone you went to high school with have the same name? If you said yes then this is the podcast for you! We take a break from investigating possible voter fraud to compare the budgets and styles […]

Episode 306 – Robots and Bars

This week on the Retro League we compare Atari to Sega and wonder is it better to burn out or fade away? We’re at the final round of our 25-year anniversary tournament and we’re imagining what seperate video games might secretly take place in the same universe. If you enjoy constructing machine guns and hanging […]

Episode 305 – Generic Negativity

This week we let the hate flow through us only to turn back to the light side of the force later. We cover some classic re-releases and a big hubbub regarding an upcoming game system. We also go over some of our listener’s favorite generic game names. This Week in Gaming History September 30, 1997 […]

Episode 304 – Magician & Dale: Rescue Lords

This week we discuss some of the pros and cons of the upcoming Retro VGS console and there are a few games we haven’t really played but still try to talk about. We find some great re-releases and one of the most generic video game titles we’ve ever heard. If you like multiplayer NES games […]

Bonus Round – Asked and Answered

For episode 300 we asked listeners to send us questions about the podcast or ourselves that they want answered. The response was huge so we decided to record our Q&A session as a separate bonus episode. In it we talk about our favorite moments of podcasting, our predictions for the future of gaming, our greatest […]

Episode 286 – Extreme Monkeys

This week we’re letting friends borrow our games and remebering the most obscure game mascots. We explore one of the most famous game stores on Earth and pick some of our favorite old DOS games. We’ve got wise-cracking pirates and super-fast cyberbikes in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History May […]

Episode 285 – You will be the one escaping

This week we’re battling evil as classic heroes and digging up some of the oldest youtube videos. We are once again skeptical of claims that sound too good to be true, but we’re never surprised by how expensive computers used to be. Classic series are going crowd-funded and SimCity meets up with giant robots in […]

Episode 284 – What’s inside the box?

This week on The Retro League we see what the kid from the Nintendo 64 Christmas morning video is up to now. Speaking of the Nintendo 64, we also re-open the debate as to whether it has the worst RPG library of any system (excluding those with no RPGs). In games of the week we […]

Episode 283 – Should we be calling these “levels”?

On this week’s episode, or perhaps level, of The Retro League we look back at the death of Commodore. The iconic brand entered bankruptcy 21 years ago and we reflect on its success and demise. We also debate which 16-bit system had the best audio, discuss the gaming scene in Swedish prisons, rare NES games, […]

Episode 282 – The Graphics We Remember, Not The Ones We Really Had

This week we look back at the fall of arcades and we discover the worst place to put your kids on a road trip. We’ve got child-friendly shooting games and a futuristic racer for all ages. Gamestop is going retro and there’s plenty of aspects of real life that we don’t want in our video […]

Episode 269 – Randomly Generated

This week on The Retro League we talk about a few games with randomly generated content; including an interview with a developer looking to raise a few bucks to build an RPG with around 6.204484017×10²³ possible story lines. We also discuss the growing genre of game-by-game podcasts and wonder if we’d live long enough to […]