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 […]

Episode 336 – All Aboard The Fun Ship

This week we’re talking about some classic 80’s arcade titles and how to play it cool when in an arcade. We plunder a ghost ship for arcade games and pick out a pair of new Nintendo shoes. If you’ve seen one too many Youtube reviews of retro games then Game Sack has a completely new […]

Episode 335 – Mediocre Contra and the Demons of Death

This week we’re judging incomplete works and the worst Superman game to date. We weigh our options of buying a Starbucks coffee versus cheap games. There’s a good controller idea and a bad one, and if you are sick of listening to terrible announcer voices then this is the podcast for you! This Week in Gaming History May 02, […]

Episode 334 – The Sports Show

From bowling trading cards to Mario speed-running we’ve got tons of competitive athletic activities this week. We debate innovation versus re-releasing old games and decide that wall-jumping is hard. A Japanese developer is making a tribute to PS1 & Saturn horror games and we have some concerns about a tribute to the Commodore 64 in this episode of […]

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Bonus Round – Top 5 First Person Shooters

Break out your 3dfx Voodoo card because this week we count down our favorite FPS games. From MS-DOS to N64, the bullets are flying and the zombies are dying. Power Glove vs U-Force (NES) James & Mike Mondays List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of the 1980s Wolfenstein 3D HTML5 Continue? Forsaken (N64) CGRundertow 007: THE […]

Episode 333 – Good Things Come in Threes

Could you use more energy for your binge gaming sessions? Would you pay $5,000 for a Nintendo? Did you have a good time at the Midwest Gaming Classic? If you’ve ever wondered what Rob or Hugues favorite #3 sequels are then this is the episode for you. This Week in Gaming History April 13, 1971 […]

Episode 332 – Car Battlers and the Revolutionary Octo-Station

This week we’re going back to the arcades to remember Bill Clinton’s cat. We discuss the value of NES emulators and hear about why new games are just better than old ones. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a game is there’s a new youtube series that could help out. This Week in Gaming History April […]

A New Day

In this episode we announce an exciting new partnership that will keep our show going strong for years. We also talk about our favorite video game stores, NES gaming bundles, Pogs, and discovering new games. This Week in Gaming History April 2005 – GameStop buys rival Electronics Boutique Retro Classics Nintendo Essentials Bundle Mario Kart […]

Episode 331 – Midlife Upgrade

We’re wrapping-up our 1:1 fighters series with the Sega Dreamcast, along the way we forget what was a launch title or last release for the system. We also discuss car battlers, SNES games on the 3DS, a grungy Nintendo, dial-up modems, games you’ll still be playing in 20 years, and more. This Week in Gaming […]

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

Episode 330 – Down in the Pits

This week we go beyond feeling old and actually use video games to help with the problems of growing old. The NoSwearGamer returns to help us talk about some fighting games on portable systems. We marvel at how a 16-bit RPG was overshadowed by an 8-bit one that came out later, and we recall the […]

Episode 329 – The Tragic Tale of the Thrift Store

Chewie of The Mana Pool joins us this week to battle some ogres tactically and to keep Final Fantasy’s records. We compare the free to play model to arcade games and also plan our trips to theme parks around drinking beer. We realize that the frame rate in Legend of Zelda may have been the […]

Episode 328 – Shirtless dudes and grandmas

This week our 1:1 fighters series moves on to the original PlayStation, we’re covering both the fancy new 3D and old-school 2D style ones. We also discuss the final hours of the Coleco Chameleon, Super Nintendo games on the 3DS Virtual Console, hunks of driftwood painted to look like a Genesis, and more.   This […]

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 […]

Episode 327 – Piracy, Pokemon, and a Planet’s Namesake

This week on the Retro League we’re joined by Chris aka Nekobun from We Talk Games! Together we advise people not to get involved with projects that they have nothing meaningful to contribute to. We tackle the grey areas of software piracy and the dangers of drinking beer while playing rare arcade games. We scratch […]

Episode 326 – The Kings of Fighters

This week Dustin (aka Vognasty) from the ClassicL337 podcast joins us to talk about 1-on-1 fighting games for the Neo Geo. As luck would have it we managed to avoid spending the whole show talking about the King of Fighters series. We did remember to hit reset while turning the power off on our save […]

Episode 325 – Unlimited Controllers

This week on the Retro League we wonder what’s inside an average arcade cabinet and we have found a bunch of video game fatalities that aren’t anatomically correct. Someone is making a movie based on Sonic the Hedgehog. Maybe they should start with The Hero’s Journey/Monomyth because lots of games start with that. Who wants […]

Episode 324 – It’s either me or Doom

Our tour of 1:1 fighters continues onward to the Super Nintendo and we are joined by industry veteran Alan Noon who explains a few intricacies of fighting game mechanics. In news we look at the history of Oregon Trail and allegations that GameStop is selling fake retro games. We also discuss how video games can […]

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 323 – Imported Violence

Set your drink down on your gaming table and grab an imported 6-button controller because we’re talking about PC Engine CD fighting games. We also discuss the latest revelation about Michael Jackson’s involvement in Sonic 3 (which we already knew about), the 1000th Atari collection release, D&D on Steam, and bootleg Pokemon games on eBay. […]

Episode 322 – Activated

In this week’s podcast we wonder how long until we start seeing holographic remakes of classic video games. We dive headfirst into some of the most memorable head-to-head rivalries of the 90’s and we wonder whether or not Time Killers was bad. We know the activator was, and it’s never a great idea to copy a […]

Episode 321 – Touring the Content

We were having so much trouble finding things to say about 8-bit fighting games that we called in a couple special guests to help. Critical Failure and the No Swear Gamer join us to discuss topics like the value of physical media versus digital downloads, tutorials and hand-holding in game design, what Rare was doing […]