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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.

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Episode 88 : Zelda II The Adventure of Link (NES)

Maybe our most divisive episode yet, we dive into the sequel to one of the undisputed NES classic games (the Legend of Zelda) as we cover the side-scrolling follow-up Zelda II : The Adventure of Link.   Many people swear this game is the worst in the series, while many others love the fact that it's so different while still maintaining many staples of the Zelda series.  Even just the three of us have different opinions on what did and didn't work on Link's sophomore adventure. If you are one of those that love this, or someone that hated it, we try to back up our opinions here carefully, but we are sure to step on some toes with this one. As always, we cover a few listener questions, and take a criticism of our slights on the unique Sega Genesis sound. Want to get right to the adventure (of Link)?  Start at the 11:00 mark. __________________________ 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.

1hr 31mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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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! __________________________ 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.

1hr 46mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 108 : Parasite Eve (PlayStation)

It's the end of another year, and to end 2019, we found a game that starts on Christmas Eve and takes you the rest of the way through the year!  Sure, other than that, there's no real connection to Christmas (or really any holiday), but this gave us an excuse to play through the first game in the Parasite Eve series and decide if it holds up! We also read some listener Christmas memories, and then go over our favorite games and biggest disappointments of 2019!  Want to skip right to Parasite Eve?  You might(ocondria) want to start at the 12:45 mark! __________________________ 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.

1hr 34mins

24 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 78 : Castlevania Symphony of the Night

It's the first Halloween episode of 2018, and we've decided to take a closer look at Symphony of the Night before the new HD re-release comes out at the end of the month with Castlevania : Requiem.  Does this game still have fangs, or is it a miserable pile (of secrets)?  We also covered the 16-bit Castlevanias previously, in Episode 35, way back in Halloween 2016. We also answer a listener question about bootlegs, and Billy has a terrifying memory that resurfaces... __________________________ 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.

1hr 19mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 95 : Earthbound (SNES)

We try to cover a full-length 16-bit RPG as we take a look at Earthbound!  A sequel to Mother, a game not released in the US, when Mother 2 arrived in the states with a new name change and a questionable advertising strategy, it did not get received well... however, it has developed a dedicated cult following over the years, and so we took our time and played this fully to determine if this cult hit is deserving of its reputation as an underappreciated hit. We also answer some listener questions on Burgertime, the upcoming TG-16 mini console, and... Enya? Want to skip to Ness and his friends?  Start at the 8:15 mark! __________________________ If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs, 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.

1hr 37mins

21 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 84 : Battletoads (NES)

Our first episode of 2019 takes us back to the NES to look at a very beloved game, Battletoads, which is known not only for being a game everyone loves, but also one of the hardest games on the NES.   Does this still hold up today, and is it as hard as we all remember?  Can we even get past those damn speeder bikes?  Listen to find out! We also answer a listener question from "Josh" to discuss some poor 2nd and 3rd choices we made at the store as kids, because going home with any game has to be better than going home with none... right? Want to skip right to Battletoads?  Start at 9:30! __________________________ 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.

1hr 31mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 12 : The Splatterhouse Series (Turbografx 16 and Genesis)

It's the second part of our Halloween extravaganza, and this week we look at not one... but THREE classic video games.  First up, we revisit the Turbografx-16 and the original Splatterhouse, in which Rick and Jennifer make the mistake of getting out of the rain at an abandoned mansion.  Then we switch to the Sega Genesis for Splatterhouse 2, where Rick returns to save Jennifer (again) with the help of the demon mask.  Finally, we dig up the bones of Splatterhouse 3, in which the series tries to do some new things, and the results are less than stellar.Our listener question for this week is two-fold : What game gave you your first real jump-scare?  What game has scared you the most ever?  Shockingly, Billy and Jeremy P didn't say General Chaos.For more Halloween gaming excitement, don't forget to check out Retrovania.net for the rest of the month!

1hr 16mins

28 Oct 2015

Rank #7

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Episode 96 : Rygar (NES)

This time we take a look at Tecmo's Rygar for the NES!  Based loosely on the 1986 arcade game of the same name, on the NES they completely redesigned the tale of The Legendary Warrior from a side-scrolling action arcade game into an early "Metroidvania", that existed before the 'vania part of that portmanteau was even a thing.  Did they succeed, or was this another case of a solid idea that just wasn't developed enough? We also discuss our thoughts on Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the Wii U Mario Maker, which we covered in full WAY back in Episode 10. Want to skip to Rygar?  Grab your Diskarmor and head to the 9:15 mark! __________________________ If you would like additional bonus episodes of Retrovaniacs, 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.

1hr 2mins

4 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 67 : Road Rash (Genesis)

This time we take a look at the original Road Rash for the Sega Genesis.  Road Rash is another series that spawned a series of sequels and then just sort of faded away.  We have our thoughts on why that may have happened. Do you want to skip over Jeremy P talk about Persona 4 Golden (again)?  Then skip right to 8:50! __________ 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. Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band

50mins

2 May 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 35 : 16-Bit Castlevanias (Halloween 2016)

We may be short one Billy Holiday this week, but don't be scared -- he will be back next episode!  This week, however, the Jeremys take you on a journey spanning 4 years and 3 consoles to discuss Super Castlevania 4 (SNES), Castlevania Bloodlines (Genesis), Dracula X (SNES), and the japanese only Castlevania : Rondo of Blood (PC Engine CD)! Next week, we return to our usual format and take on Kid Icarus for the NES!Happy Halloween!

1hr 14mins

28 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 51: Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation)

THIS ISN'T SUPER BLACK BASS!?  No, as Billy was unavailable this week, the Jeremy's instead delayed that episode and instead took this chance to talk about where Final Fantasy VIII went wrong.  We apologize in advance for a very negative episode about FFVIII, but we do go into detail about what specifically we don't like, and it's not just that the characters are hateable and the story is awful. *** This episode is filled with spoilers, so if you haven't played FFVIII and really want to (we are sorry), then please skip this one. *** Jeremy P has tried playing through this game many, many times, and most recently spent several weeks of 2017 getting to the very end of it before life forced him to throw in the towel.  Will he play it again?  What exactly doesn't he like about this game? We also talk about the Atari Box, or wonder what exactly it is. Next game -- Who knows?

1hr 11mins

29 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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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...

1hr 8mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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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.

1hr 4mins

22 Sep 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 81 : Metal Gear Solid (Playstation)

Since the Playstation Classic is coming out next week, and we already looked at several other games that are going to be on the mini-system, we decided to take on the first of the modern era Metal Gear games, Metal Gear Solid!  Does this game deserve to be on the classic, or is this another game that might be better left in our collective memories? We take a listener question on video game music, and bands that play instrumental covers of that same music, and we push the finest comment form on the internet, once again. Want to skip what we have been playing? Then crawl by those security cameras to 12:15! __________________________ 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.

1hr 3mins

1 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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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?

1hr 21mins

31 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 69 : The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening (GameBoy)

It's a pocket-sized episode of Retrovaniacs, this time looking at the first handheld Zelda game -- Link's Awakening (and the color re-release that came out a few years later)!  Does this game hold up to the best the series has to offer, or will this wallow with the later DS entries in the area of "this was a better idea than reality"?  We also discuss the new Atari VCS Indiegogo success (?) and Jeremy P gets way too excited about the Intellvision Entertainment announcement. Want to skip straight to Link?  Start at the 11:00 mark. __________________________ 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. Intro song is "8-Bitter" by Subtastics, and is used with permission, mainly because Jeremy P is in that band

1hr 6mins

31 May 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 93 : Grim Fandango (PC)

Our first PC title (although it's been re-released on pretty much everything), we take a look at Grim Fandango, a later graphic adventure game from the folks who brought us Monkey Island and Full Throttle.  Is this as notoriously obtuse as some of the earlier games in the genre, or is this more of a case of technology and experience allowing some improvements to an old PC staple? Also discussed, possible guest hosts, some listener recommendations, and pre-NES / Master System era games, and if we would cover any. Want to skip right to Manny?   Start at the 8:00 mark! __________________________ 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.

1hr 10mins

22 May 2019

Rank #17

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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! __________________________ 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.

1hr 5mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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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.

1hr 6mins

28 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 31 : Super Mario RPG (SNES)

Join the Retrovaniacs as we take on our first RPG - Super Mario RPG: Secret of the Seven Stars!   An interesting effort by Square and Nintendo from 1996, but does it hold up today?  Does anyone fondly remember Mallow?  Why isn't Geno more popular?  This and many other questions will arise as we take on the longest game we've looked at to date!Also discussed, game controllers we loved or always wanted!Next episode will be Robocop vs The Terminator for the Sega Genesis!

1hr 33mins

17 Aug 2016

Rank #20