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.

January 30th, 2018    

Episode 61 : Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! (NES)

Stick and Move! Stick and Move! It's about time we take a look at another sports-ish title, and so we've gotten into the ring with a legend -- Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! for the NES.  We talk about all the games in the Punch Out series a little, but we go the full three rounds with the NES classic. 

Next week: We're visiting the Golden Crumbs Casino to meet our destiny...

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January 15th, 2018    

Episode 60 : Super Star Wars (SNES)

Our short unintended hiatus is over, and the first episode of 2018 is here!  This time, we take a look at Super Star Wars, and it's sequels Super Empire Strikes Back and Super Return of the Jedi!  This topic was supposed to hit right around the release of The Last Jedi, but, well, it didn't.  But, that gave us more time to play three separate games to discuss.

Want to skip right to the game?  Start listening at 10:11!

New theme music for 2018 - "8-Bitter" by Subtastics

If you have a question about retrogaming for Retrovaniacs, please send us a question on Twitter @retrovaniadotnet, on Facebook, or by emailing retrovaniadotnet at gmail.com!

Next episode, get ready to get in the ring...

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November 28th, 2017    

Episode 59 : Bubsy (SNES / Genesis)

"What could PAWSsibly go wrong?"  Bubsy asks you that question at the start of his first game, and we take some time to really take a deep look at not only Bubsy, but the sequels to determine the answer to that question.

We also answer a listener question, about admitting when you may have been wrong about not liking a game.

Next episode we celebrate the release of The Last Jedi with a look at a much younger Luke and his passage off Tatooine with the classic SNES trilogy of Star Wars games.

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November 15th, 2017    

Episode 58 : Alien 3 (SNES)

We're taking on another listener request, from George (@captaingodbody on Twitter), who asked us to cover "any classic Alien game".  So, we chose the Super Nintendo game based on the third best movie in the Alien franchise, Alien 3.

We also take a few minutes to talk with George on his thoughts on the game, and compare it a little to the Genesis version of this game, which was the first game made based on the film -- this came out a year later.

Next week... oh boy, it's Bubsy time.

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October 31st, 2017    

Episode 57 : Resident Evil (PlayStation)

For Halloween 2017, we've decided to look back at one of the defining games in survival horror, the original Resident Evil for PlayStation!  We look back, from an era where some of the shortcomings of this game are undeniable-- but does it still hold up now?  Does this game actually work better with it's original limitations, or is this another case of a game that time has not treated too kindly?

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October 17th, 2017    

Episode 56: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (NES)

Halloween 2017 starts off with a SPLAT as we look at the video game based on the cartoon based on the sequel to the 1978 "classic", Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

 

Want to skip the intro where we bare our souls to you (or more accurately just say what we've been playing lately)?  Skip to 9:26.

 

Also discussed, some retro and not-so-retro selections for your Halloween gaming month!

 

Next week, we return to one of the masters of Survival Horror, as we look at Resident Evil.

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October 5th, 2017    

Episode 55 : Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (Genesis)

Everybody knows Michael Jackson's hits, but have you played Michael Jackson's video game?  We certainly did, and this week we're looking at Michael Jackson's Moonwalker for the Sega Genesis.  Based on the movie of the same name, we're going to help MJ save children from the evil Mr. Big, and probably pull of some incredible dance moves on the way-- but is this a case of "Can't Stop Til You Get Enough", or is it just plain "Bad"?   Listen to this one, and find out if we liked this one, and if any of us "Beat It".

I'm not sorry for those puns.

We also discuss the SNES Classic, and our attempts to get one, and there's some more news on the Atari Box, and it's not really good news.

Next episode : Halloween month starts, and we're going to take on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes for the NES.

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September 22nd, 2017    

Episode 54 : Mega Man Legends (PlayStation)

Mega Man made that 32 bit jump many classic games made, the leap into 3d.   Would this be a Super Mario 64-esque success, or a Bubsy 3D abomination?   Or would it be something wholly different...

We also take a listener question about classic games we are afraid to play now because they won't meet our expectations.

Next episode : We all learn how to Moonwalk.

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September 5th, 2017    

Episode 53 : Super Black Bass (SNES)

Labor day and summer vacations are over, and the Retrovaniacs are here to ease you out of vacation with a relaxing review of Super Black Bass for the Super Nintendo.  Calmly float around in a lake, catching fish and winning tournaments in a pure state of relaxation -- or if you are Jeremy P, this could be the most frustrating game you've played for this podcast. 

Also, we take a look at a recent retro-styled release, Sonic Mania!  Is this finally the 2d Sonic Game we've been waiting for, or does it miss the mark much like every other Sonic game since the 16-bit era?

Next week we look at a classic icon's odd strays into the third dimension...

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Want to skip right to the fishing?  Start at 10:40!

Tired of fishing and want to hear what we think of Sonic Mania?  Skip ahead to 48:01!

If you want to sneak by the sleeping Ogre Lord, turn to 152.

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August 14th, 2017    

Episode 52: Flashback (Genesis/SNES/3DO/etc)

This week we again did not review a fishing game, but instead take on a multi-platform sci-fi action adventure game, Flashback.  The follow up game to Another World, Flashback merged PC adventure puzzle games and 2d action platformers, and wrapped it in a neat story that's part Total Recall, part They Live, part The Running Man-- really how could that go wrong?

Also discussed this week, the newest AtGames Sega Flashback unit.  Will this be as nice as more recent official retro system releases?

Next episode : Ok I mean it we're really doing Super Black Bass.

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