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.

December 12th, 2019    

Episode 107 : Pokemon Trading Card Game (Game Boy Color)

Another Patron-requested episode, courtesy of Donovan B, we're taking a look at a Pokemon game finally!  No, not Sword/Shield, or Emerald/Ruby, or Red/Blue, or any of the mainline Pokemon games -- we're diving headfirst into Pokemon Trading Card Game, a Game Boy adaptation of the card game! 

We also discuss what we've been playing, and answer some listener questions regarding the Tiger Game.Com and get some feedback on past episodes!

Want to get right to battling Active Pokemon?  Start at 10:30!

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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.

November 27th, 2019    

Episode 106 : Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

It's almost Thanksgiving, so we present a feast of bananas for the Super Nintendo, as we take a look at Donkey Kong Country!   Donkey Kong's first solo outing on the SNES still has undeniable charm, and the series as a whole continues on to this day, but does this first game still hold up today?

We also take on some more listener questions, this time covering retro remake disappointments and possible gaming fatigue.

(We apologize for some of the sound issues, Billy's setup this week didn't have the finest internet connection, but I think we salvaged it)

Want to jump right into a series of barrels?  Then shift to the 10:30 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.

 

 

November 19th, 2019    

Episode 105 : Pirates! Gold (Genesis)

Shiver me timbers!  Its time to take a look at maybe the only pirate simulator of the 16-bit era, Pirates! Gold, for the Sega Genesis!   This game was selected by one of our Super Retrovaniac DX patrons, Mason, who comes on for a few minutes to tell us why he picked this game, and his experience playing it himself.

Want to skip right to the swashbuckling fun?  Start listening at 13:55!

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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.

 

October 31st, 2019    

Episode 104 : Silent Hill (Playstation)

For the final show of #Retroween2019, we're taking a look at the OTHER big horror series that started on the Playstation -- Silent Hill! This series has as of late fallen truly silent, but for a while it was a staple series that took us into a hellish nightmare where we could never tell what was real and what wasn't.   Does the first trip to Silent Hill still hold up today?   We give you our thoughts on that.

Also discussed, Halloween candies, Halloween gaming traditions, and of course some of the spookiest sound effects ever.

Want to skip right to crashing your car in a foggy town?  Start listening at 14:20!

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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.

October 10th, 2019    

Episode 103 : Medievil (Playstation)

Retroween2019 is in full effect, as our first regular Halloween episode is here!  This time we're taking a look at Sony's Medievil, a game where you play as a skeletal knight, fighting off the armies of the undead!  Many 3d platformers from the 32-bit generation haven't held up well, but is this one the exception to that rule?

Also discussed - mean geese, apple arcade selections, and of course a batch of listener mail!

Want to skip right to the Halloween goodness?  Start at 12:30!

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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.

 

October 6th, 2019    

BONUS SHOW : Retrovaniacs Weekend Warriors - Phantasy Star (Sega Master System)

Do you like to play retro RPGs?  The RPGs of the 8, 16, and 32-bit era of games are sometimes a little tough to get into, but we're going to take them on, one at a time, week by week.  Weekend Warriors is our chance to do just that!  This first episode is covering the first few hours of Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System.   Every week we will play another 5 hours or so of the game, find a checkpoint, and then talk about that week of the game, up until we beat it.  This way, you could casually play along with us if you like!

If you like this show, additional episodes of Retrovaniacs Weekend Warriors are ONLY available to our Patreon backers, so please consider joining here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=21041333

 

September 26th, 2019    

Episode 102 : Conquest of the Crystal Palace (NES)

It's our 2nd Patron requested episode!  Patron "Burgerchamp" has selected Conquest of the Crystal Palace for the Nintendo, a game none of us had played before, and a game with a surprising developer!  This action platformer has a lot going for it -- most notably a dog you can summon -- but is it something you should hunt down to try?

Also discussed: the new Contra Rogue Corps demo, Apple Arcade, and some listener questions about console failures, bad rentals, and games that made us a little sad.

Want to skip right to Conquest of the Crystal Palace?  Start at 13:45!

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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.

September 12th, 2019    

Episode 101 : Space Channel 5 (Dreamcast)

As we mentioned last episode, starting with episode 101 we are adding another generation to the podcast : Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, and Gameboy Advance are now systems we consider to be retro, now that the Dreamcast is 20 years old!   And we chose Space Channel 5 to kick off the next 100 shows with a CHU!

Ulala is a reporter for Space Channel 5, and she's been sent to uncover the truth about a new alien menace-- by dance-off!  Will Ulala's first game save the day, or is this another music-based game that may be more fun to watch than play?  Listen to hear what we thought!

We also kick the show off with a short discussion about the most recent Nintendo Direct, and as always answer a stack of listener mail!

Want to start right (up left down chu chu chu) at Space Channel 5?  Pick it up at the 9:50 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.

August 29th, 2019    

Episode 100 : Tiger Handhelds

We made it to 100 episodes, and we aren't slowing down at all!  For our 100th episode spectacular, we've got a collection of Tiger handheld (and maybe a non-Tiger one) from the early days of handheld gaming to tell you about.  We're going to talk about 7 games total, from Double Dragon and concluding with our highly anticipated look at the MC Hammer game that Billy mentioned probably 95 episodes ago.  It's been a long road to get here, but at the end of that road -- we start to look down the next road...

We also answer a batch of listener mail covering their thoughts on Tiger handhelds, special gaming rulesets, and thankfully -- not pee.

Want to skip right to the handhelds (for some awful reason...)?   Then shift to that 12:30 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.

Outro this week is the end of Super Mario Bros 2 (US) because Tiger Handhelds sound like garbage.

August 15th, 2019    

Episode 99 : Fortified Zone (Game Boy)

Our first Patron requested game, Kyle VonKubik (aka ObeyKube of OneRadTee.com) selected Fortified Zone for the Nintendo Game Boy!  A game none of us had played or even heard about before, this 3/4 top view action shooter has a real Metal Gear feel to it.  Was this just another clone of a more popular franchise, or did this do something new and different, especially for a handheld console that had a lot of forgettable games over it's long lifespan?

We also answered some listener questions about possibly covering movies, modern gaming concerns, and... pee?

Want to skip right to the game, start at 8:10!   Want to skip to the pee question?  Maybe this isn't the podcast you want?

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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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