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 9th, 2021    

Episode 140 : Steel Empire (Genesis)

We revisit the shoot-em-up genre with a patron-requested episode all about Steel Empires for the Sega Genesis!  Is this just another bullet-hell shmup for die-hards, or is this a shoot-em-up that has a little more to offer for everyone? We let you know our thoughts.

Also discussed, Jeremy P gets into his most recent attempt at playing Metal Gear Solid 4, we talk about chicken sandwiches, difficulty settings in video games, and (of course), a Sax-o-beat.

Want to get right to the game? Then jump in your zeppelin and fly to the 13:15 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

May 20th, 2021    

Episode 139 : Crystalis (NES)

As requested by "Joe" on our Patreon, we're talking about SNK's action RPG, Crystalis, for the NES! This game combines RPG elements with a very Zelda-like gameplay, but does it work? And how well does it play now? We share our thoughts.

Also discussed, games within games, games that just don't work for us, and Jeremy P finally doesn't really talk about Monster Hunter Rise- at least not too much.

Want to get right to 2097? Then jump out of cryostasis at the 9:00 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

 

May 5th, 2021    

Episode 138: Seaman (Dreamcast)

This time we're taking a look at the virtual pet experience, Seaman for the Sega Dreamcast.  One of the few games that used the Dreamcast microphone, you would raise Seaman from an egg, teach him some words, and then he'd ask you about your poor life decisions.  Seaman is definitely a unique game, and we're here to talk about what exactly you do in it.

Want to jump right to the game?  Start at the 10:50 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

 

April 13th, 2021    

Episode 137 :Four Atari 2600 Games!

We say we cover games from the start of home consoles on, but we haven't really done anything pre-NES... until now!  We're taking a look at 4 games from the Atari VCS library to talk about why these games may or may not be worth trying-- and in some cases we finally figure out what they were trying to do for the first time since playing them as kids.

We also take a bunch of listener questions about emotional video game memories, Kart racers we wish were made, the upcoming Vita/PS3 shop removal, and... Dragula.

Want to grab your one-button joystick and get right to the games?  Start at the 9:40 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

March 24th, 2021    

Episode 136 : Rock n Roll Racing (SNES)

Since it's been requested several times over the years, because we haven't done many racing games, and because it's featured in the recent Blizzard Arcade Collection-- we're strapping into our space age race cars and taking a look at the SNES version of Rock N' Roll Racing!  (Please note : No music from this game is featured in this episode due to copyright concerns... but we tried to be creative)

We also answer some listener mail about our last episode, what consoles we wish we had so that we could properly do shows on their libraries, and... what cartridge we would eat?

Want to get off to the races?  Start at the 9:10 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

 

March 9th, 2021    

Episode 135 : Jet Grind Radio / Jet Set Radio (Dreamcast)

Grab your favorite pair of rollerblades and a bag of spray paint-- because we're talking about Jet Grind Radio (Jet Set Radio everywhere else but the North American Dreamcast release)! It's a game about gangs who fight via graffiti while skating around the city, and avoiding some aggressive law enforcement. There's not a whole lot out there like this- is that a bad sign?

Also discussed: possible corporate mascot games, Showbiz Pizza, NES Arcade ports, and we still managed to get some fast food talk in here.

Want to skip right to the game?  Start at the 11:45 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

February 28th, 2021    

Episode 134 :Blood Omen Legacy of Kain (Playstation)

As February nears an end, we have another Patron recommendation - Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain for the Playstation! The first game in a series that seems to have been put on the backburner, this game introduced us to the world of Nosgoth, and the origin of the vampire Kain.  How does this 2d action adventure game hold up today?  Listen for our thoughts.

Also discussed, the new iteration of Ghosts 'N Goblins, Triangle Strategy (or whatever it's called) and a few items mentioned on the most recent Nintendo Direct.  And of course, more listener mail.

Want to skip right to the VAE VICTIS?!  Jump to the 8 minute mark.

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

February 11th, 2021    

Episode 133 : Battle of Olympus (NES)

February is full of picks sent to us by our Patrons -- all picks have come from The List which is exclusive to our Patreon page, and the one we're kicking off with was requested by "2600", and we are strapping on our favorite sandals and taking a look at Battle of Olympus for the NES!

Also discussed, some of the recent Apple Arcade offerings, first stage soundtracks, and the embarrassment of public flatulence, along with some other listener questions.

Want to get right to the game?  Start at the 11:30 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

January 26th, 2021    

Episode 132 : Lemmings (SNES)

We don't cover computer games on Retrovaniacs, however we do cover computer ports.  So, we used the SNES port of Lemmings to discuss the series as a whole, and focus on why this game may or may not work on a console.

Also discussed- the shortest what we've been playing in about 5 years, cartoons and toys we liked as kids, Metroidvania suggestions, and a question about Great Tiger?

Want to skip right to commanding your lemmings to walk into lava?  Start at the 5:45 mark!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

January 12th, 2021    

Episode 131 : Spyro (Playstation)

For our first show of 2021, we take a look at the first game in the Spyro series. This colorful Playstation platformer looks a lot like it's made for kids, but is there enough here to keep anyone's interest?

We also kick of the new year answering some questions about our hopes and dreams for 2021, licensed games, and creating a game based on our own lives.

Want to get right to saving dragons and collecting gems?  Start at 16:20!

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If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs or to request a game we must cover, our Patreon is located here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

If you enjoy this podcast, why not write a review wherever you download it from? It's easy, and helps people find us by accident. Find everything Retrovaniacs at http://www.retrovania.net

Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band.

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