Retrovaniacs

Three guys get together every couple weeks and discuss a “classic” game from the 32-bit era of consoles back to the dawn of the hobby. Tie-in podcast to Retrovania.net.

June 13th, 2017    

Episode 49: Uninvited (NES)

This week, the Retrovaniacs take a (spoiler filled) look at an NES port of a Macventure title, Uninvited!  Was anyone able to complete this graphic point-and-click adventure without looking up some hints?  Did any of us finish this game at all?   Listen to find out!  Spoilers abound here though, so if you somehow are in the middle of this game and don't want to figure out what the tomato monster is -- probably stop at around the 30 minute mark!

*** AGAIN PLEASE NOTE, LOTS OF SPOILERS HERE! ***

Afterwards, the Jeremys talk way too much about Persona 5, but that won't happen until 53:30, so you should stop there if you don't want some very minor early game spoilers.

Want to skip the pre-game updates, start up the show at 5:40!

Next up it's episode 50, and that means we take on a classic series starting one of our favorite invertibrates!

 

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May 30th, 2017    

Episode 48 : Wonder Boy III : The Dragon’s Trap (Master System)

This episode we take a look not only at the Sega Master System game Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, but also discuss the recent remake for modern consoles.  How does the remake hold up, but more importantly, is this the sort of game that needed a remake at all?

We also answer a listener question, about if we have considered comparing all ports of a specific game or games, and we somehow talk about the Virtual Boy instead.

Want to skip right to the game?  Try starting at 9:43!

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May 6th, 2017    

Episode 47 : Vectorman (Genesis)

The three of us take a look at a 1995 Sega Genesis game we had never played before, Vectorman!  Included on several collections of Genesis games, most notably the Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, Vectorman seemed to be Sega's answer to Donkey Kong Country-- but how does it hold up in 2017?

Want to skip right to Vectorman?  Start listening at 12:14!

Next episode we hit another time-relevant favorite of Jeremy P's with Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap for the Sega Master System.

 

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April 25th, 2017    

Episode 46 : Disney Afternoon Classics (NES)

Something different this time, a modern retro compilation episode!  Billy returns to discuss one of the best compilations of classic NES titles -- the Disney Afternoon Collection!   We cover all 5 titles, Ducktales and Ducktales 2, Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers 1 & 2, Talespin, and Darkwing Duck.   Have these titles aged well?  Does this collection provide enough to make it worth grabbing?  (Spoilers: the answer to both is a resounding yes!)

Also, as Billy is here, Jeremy and Billy discuss their new Switches and what they think of them, and we all mourn the end of the NES Classic.

Next episode : Back to basics, one classic console game discussed -- Vectorman for the Genesis

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April 7th, 2017    

Episode 45 : Skyblazer (SNES)

Jeremy P and Jeremy take on a SNES game that both of us thought was another game when we heard it.  Skyblazer for the SNES is actually NOT Soulblazer, and is instead an amalgamation of many SNES action adventure games we had played previously.

Does this make this game notably amazing like chocolate and peanut butter, or not as great like pickles and caramel. I don't know what that means, but clearly I need to eat.

Billy should return next week, when we celebrate the release of the Disney Afternoon Classics collection, as we play ALL 6 games in their original NES format.

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March 20th, 2017    

Episode 44 : Military Madness (TurboGrafx-16)

Billy is MIA still, but the show must go on -- and so the Jeremys cover a strategy classic for the TurboGrafx, Military Madness.

Also -- Jeremy P talks a little Zelda and the Switch release, and both of us gush over the recently announced "Disney Afternoon Classics" collection hitting in less than a month, which is probably the best gaming announcement of 2017. 

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February 28th, 2017    

Episode 43 : Double Dragon 1 - 4 (NES and PS4/PC)

This week Billy couldn't join us, so we have guest host Dave Boyce of Broken Glasses Gaming, the Clouded Judgement Podcast, and Preternia.com here to help us cover a classic series with a modern sequel -- Double Dragon!

We walk through our thoughts on the first 3 games on the NES, and then dive into the new sequel Double Dragon 4 for the PS4 and PC, a brand new game that looks exactly like it's 8 bit brethren.

Thanks again Dave!

 

Next time : Billy returns to help us take on another attempt by Jeremy P to force the Turbografx-16 on everyone, with Military Madness.

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February 21st, 2017    

300 YouTube Subscriber Thank You!

No new show this week, due to some scheduling conflicts (and that we're talking about 4+ games for our next show), we've had to push off the Double Dragon show to next Tuesday.  However, we did want to take time to personally thank everyone for listening as we hit our 300 subscriber mark on YouTube!

 

See you in a week for Double Dragon 1-4, and thank you for listening and watching over the last two years!

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February 8th, 2017    

Episode 42 : Sonic Spinball (Genesis)

Join the Retrovaniacs this week as we visit the world of video pinball the first time, with Sonic Spinball for the Sega Genesis. 

 

Also discussed is a listener question about what started us all in gaming, which isn't as depressing an answer as you'd believe.

 

Next week : It's the return of Bimmy and Jimmy-- in 2017?

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January 24th, 2017    

Episode 41 : Metal Slug (NeoGeo)

We take our first look at the NeoGeo system, with a series of games that will definitely challenge your run-and-gun shooter skillls, Metal Slug 1-6 (via the Metal Slug Anthology).  Before we dig into what Billy has aptly described as "cartoon Contra", we reflect on the NeoGeo itself, and why none of us have ever owned one.

We also answer a listener question : What same-room multiplayer games would cause the most confrontation, and what were you good at?

Check out our Twitter feed, @retrovaniacs, where we'll put some links to videos of Jeremy P playing Metal Slug!

Next week, we try out some pinball.  Or spinball.  Or something.

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