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SPB Episode 72: Retro Gaming on Nintendo Switch

Over the last two years, the Nintendo Switch has slowly become the go-to source for retro gaming on modern console hardware. Gone are the days of waiting patiently for Virtual Console updates that rarely came. In it’s place is a steady stream of arcade gems, an on-demand NES library, and plenty of retro gaming anthologies and compilations. That’s right, we’re leaving the comfy confines of our decades old legacy hardware to play some vintage games on modern technology!…

SPB Episode 71: 2018 Year End Special

While 2018 wasn’t our most active year, we still have plenty of gaming memories to look back on. Sometimes it was a newly discovered game, and other times we were falling in love with old favorites all over again. For Tim, it was a questionable 80’s movie tie-in, while Andy finally understood why a classic Nintendo franchise is so universally beloved. Come along and join us for our fifth annual end of the year special! Top Ten Results:DNQ: Porky’s (Atari 2600)DNQ: Moonstone (Amiga)10. Greatest Nine 98 (Saturn)9. Energy Breaker (SNES)8. Computer War (TI-99/4A)7. Cybernator (SNES)6. Knight’s Lore (Amstrad CPC)5. Dragon Breed (Arcade)4. Captain Commando (Arcade)3. Alien Brigade (Atari 7800)2. Full Throttle (PC)1. Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)…

SPB Episode 70: Top 70 Video Game Cover Art

In gaming’s early days, sometimes the only information you could find on a game was it’s packaging. The internet wasn’t in our pockets with highly analytical reviews just a few button presses away. No, we’d often take a blind leap of faith and hope that our hard-earned cash was going to good use with the latest purchases. Click here to view the gallery of cover art for this countdown.…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Mars, The Detroit of Space”

We’re bidding farewell to Retrovolve by getting angry at Nintendo (again), mocking Square Enix, and counting down the best ten DOS platformers. Find out why I’m promoting underage tobacco use and so much more in this final episode of The Tim and Andy Show! Thanks to all that have supported the show! We hope to see you at our new home. Stay classic! Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Intro – 0:00 News – 7:54 The Import Report – 1:36:01 Stella Obscura – 1:39:29 Top Ten DOS Platformers – 1:52:05 Top Ten results and farewell – 3:15:55 Links: Skrillex working on soundtrack for new Tron game Why don’t kids love Sonic?…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Didgeridoo of Time”

Tim and I count down our favorite video game soundtracks ever made. There’s also plenty of news to talk about, including Netflix’s Zelda series and a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. We also have a handful of debuting segments to further increase your knowledge of all things retro gaming. Or maybe we just blabber on a little longer than usual. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Intro – 0:00 News – 8:20 Stella Obscura – 55:27 The Import Report – 1:04:52 The Pawn Shop – 1:07:29 Top Ten Video Game Soundtracks – 1:19:40 Top Ten Results and farewell – 3:03:10 Links: Netflix producing The Legend of Zelda series RadioShack is going out of business How Sega built the Genesis Richard Garriott’s new game approaches release RBI Baseball returns for 2015 Gran Turismo Academy drivers win real race Street Fighter II ported to Virtual Boy New Asteroids game Quake running on an oscilliscope Spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie The Lost Vikings in Heroes of the Storm Ultima IV free on GOG.com…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Super Duck”

We learn to cope with our own irrelevance and commemorate an insignificant milestone in the tenth episode of The Tim and Andy Show.  To celebrate, we reveal our sweet-ass new theme song and count down the top ten consoles of all time.  Thanks for listening, mom. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: Joystiq is closing A pixel art tribute to The Simpsons The story of Grim Fandango Remastered Sega planning massive cuts Nintendo’s bullshit affiliate program Final Club Nintendo rewards 8 awesome console mods ZX Spectrum re-release Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Listen to this and other episodes on Stitcher Like us on Facebook…

Salt is Porn For People Who Loved Sailing in Wind Waker

After years of seeing awesome indie title after awesome indie title pass me by, I finally decided to purchase a somewhat gaming worthy computer after a nearly two decade hiatus. I spent about three hours on the Steam store looking for my first game to purchase; the result was Salt, an “early access” title from Lavaboots Studios. To me, the best part of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was sailing around aimlessly, discovering new places and enjoying the beautiful oceanic scenery. Thanks to the game’s seemingly infinite amount of seafaring and distinctly familiar color palette, Salt allowed me to relive those joys a hundred-fold. Throw in a Minecraft-esque crafting system and you’ve got one of the most addictive and endlessly enjoyable titles in recent memory.…

Every Super Podcast Bros. Countdown and List Ever!

Perhaps you’re too lazy to listen to the show, or maybe you just have better things to do with your time. Nevertheless, we’ve compiled every “top ten” list from each episode of Super Podcast Bros. so far! Take a quick look at our selections and then click the links to listen to hear the explanations for our picks. You can also find every episode of the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Stay classic! Episode 0: Top Ten NES Games CountdownTop Ten NES Games10. Werewolf: The Last Warrior9. Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom8. Monster In My Pocket7. Star Trek: 25th Anniversary6. Vice: Project Doom5. Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger4. Kickle Cubicle3. Tecmo Super Bowl2. Maniac Mansion1. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!…

The Tim and Andy Show: “The New Adventures”

In our longest and perhaps strangest episode yet, Tim and I discuss some recent news in retro gaming and count down what we consider to be the most disappointing sequels in gaming history. Stick around for a bonus segment where we go head-to-head in a game of Nintendo-centric gaming trivia. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: Mutant Football League isn’t dead Steven Soderbergh’s edit of 2001: A Space Odyssey What Bully would look like on modern consoles Power Glove hacked into animation tool Sierra’s Shiftlings Nintendo announces Wii releases for Virtual Console Club Nintendo shuts down Bud Light Pac-Man Super Bowl ad trailer Gizmodo article on the abandonware community Tom Morello & Serj Tankian “Crazy Train” cover The Great Retro Quiz Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes!…

The Tim and Andy Show: 2014 Year End Special

We’re looking back at 2014’s best games and handing out awards (or not) to the year’s most acclaimed titles. That isn’t to say that we’re forgetting about the wonderful years gone by; we also give our picks for the best games of 1984, 1994, 2004. To end our celebration of the new year, Tim and I count down the top ten retro games we discovered during 2014. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: DOS Nostalgia Podcast Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Listen to this and other episodes on Stitcher.…

Centipede: Infestation Is Exactly the Game I’ve Been Longing For

2014 was a bad year for gaming. Rather than rant about it for a half an hour, I will simply say that 2014 was the year developers appeared to stop caring. Broken games shipped almost weekly, gamers were nickle-and-dimed for underwhelming DLC, and games seemed to focus more-and-more on grandiose cinematic sequences than actual gameplay. It felt like the year that fun died. Still, I just can’t break the habit of strolling down the gaming aisle every time I go grocery shopping. 2014 was the year I left with just food more times than not. My bank account was pleased, but my persistent desire to game was not. My last re-supplying trip was different, however, and I began 2015 with one of my best gaming purchases in recent memory.…

Tecmo Super Bowl Playoffs ’15: Wild Card Weekend (Day 1)

The NFL kicks off their annual postseason playoffs today, but we all know that football is so much better in 8-bits. That’s why we’re simulating this year’s games in what Tim and I determined to be the greatest title ever produced for the NES. For this simulation, we will be using the modified version of the game developed by TecmoBowl.org that features updated rosters and modern offensive and defensive schemes. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) at Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) Cam Newton and the Panthers jump out to a quick lead;  making their way down field and capping off the drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jericho Cotchery. 7-0 Panthers. The Arizona Cardinals appeared to be on their way to a quick tying score after a huge 50-yard kickoff return by Ted Ginn and a Kerwynn Williams dash to Pittsburgh 10-yard line, but quarterback Ryan Lindley threw an interception in the end zone as the first quarter comes to a close.…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Straight to the Metal”

Christmas cheer did little to diminish Andy’s hatred for modern consoles. As a result, the guys are counting down their top ten favorite games for a system that wasn’t paralyzed by hackers: the Atari 2600. Amphibious blasphemy, masturbatory misspellings, joystick-waggling porn stars, and much more in this episode of The Tim and Andy Show. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: Once Upon Atari Ariel Rebel reps Atari – Official Website (NSFW) Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes!…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Elf Bowling”

There is only a week left until Christmas, so Tim and Andy discuss a few Christmas-themed games and wax nostalgic about the best gaming gifts they’ve received throughout the years. Gaming gifts can be fantastic for the game lover in your life. There are so many ways nowadays that you can get custom equipment made especially for them and their gaming needs, for instance, you can get a Custom gaming mouse pad if they are someone who exclusively plays video games on the computer or a custom controller for the PSP/X-box player. The choices are endless and varied, get them something they’ll really appreciate and love. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes!…

The Tim and Andy Show: “A Bag of Tacos and Tony Danza”

In the fifth episode of their show, Tim Evans and Andy Reierson discuss the retro games that ruined their lives by sucking away all of their free time. That doesn’t mean there isn’t also time for Star Wars trailers, Tony Danza, flatulent Frogger parodies, and a bonus top ten countdown of 10-year-old Andy’s favorite NBA players. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Links: Star Wars Episode VII (George Lucas Special Edition) Trailer PSone 20th Annviersary PS4…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Here Comes The Doomwad”

Tim and Andy are back and they’re discussing their top ten “game changers”; games that forever changed the industry and set a new standard for all others that followed. Take a listen to find out which titles they picked and hear all the awful jokes that came with them. Stay classic! Click here to listen to the podcast or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” You can also find The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Links: ArcadeExpo – Pinball World Record Bill Gates in Doom ZDoom Black Hole pinball by Gottlieb Bubsy 3D Andy’s dad plays DDR…

GameFan’s College Football USA ’96 Review Might Be the Worst Thing Ever Written

In an age when anyone can get online and write whatever nonsense about games they desire, I thought I’d already seen the worst video game analysis so-called “journalists” could produce. As it turns out, the worst video game review might have been written well before the Internet killed gaming magazines forever. It almost seemed like there were more of these magazines than actual games in the 1990s. Right before web-based gaming news giants changed the landscape of the industry, nearly every periodical publisher in America had some sort of game-related piece of literature on newsstands. Some of them were extremely memorable, and have become just as cherished as the games they covered. Others? Not as much. GameFan was one of the least remarkable of the bunch, and if this review of the equally forgettable College Football USA ’96 is any indication, it’s easy to see why. Let’s ignore the numerous misspellings and run-on sentences for now and focus on the fact this review clearly has nothing to do with College Football ’96.…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Pantsriarchy”

Live from the Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis, it’s the third episode of The Tim and Andy Show! They’re joined by Alcoholic Luigi (of GeekParty fame) with the intention of debating the great console war of the late 90’s: Nintendo 64 versus Sony PlayStation. They end up discussing everything but. Ty Cooper (Alcoholic Luigi) VS. El Baño…

A Bunch of Morons Swam in Mashed Potatoes to Win a Dying Console

In an all-too-Flint-Tropics-like promotion of a floundering product, a few sad souls waded in processed vegetable mush to win a pile of Sega Dreamcast gear. It should be noted that the system had been discontinued and put on clearance for $50 around the same time period. According to the final issue of Official Dreamcast Magazine, published in March 2001, the console manufacturer hosted an event dubbed “Sega Spud Drive 2K”  in Hollywood which allegedly “shatter[ed] the line between product promotion and performance art.” Either the staff of the magazine were completely delusional or painfully aware of their fates and decided to make a mockery of the whole thing. The competition involved searching for the letters of “SEGA,” which were scattered about in the giant vat of creamed tubers.…

The Tim and Andy Show Is Now Available on iTunes!

Retrovolve’s premier only podcast, The Tim and Andy Show, is now available on-the-go for iOS devices via iTunes! Find them in the iTunes Store or simply hit the link to get your weekly fix of retro-centric podcasting goodness. Click the ‘subscribe’ button to get the show automatically downloaded to your device every week (like that U2 album, only not awful) and make sure to leave any comments or questions you have for us below. You can also find every episode of the show over on our YouTube channel. Happy listening and as always, stay classic!…

The PlayStation’s Virtual Reality Headset That Nearly Was

It would seem that the development of Project Morpheus doesn’t actually mark the first time that a virtual reality headset technology flirted with a PlayStation console. It was reported in the May, 1996, issue of GamePro magazine that Virtual I/O’s i-Glasses, which was previously released as an expensive PC peripheral, was being re-designed for use with the original Sony PlayStation. Nowadays you can get some of the best headsets for gaming for a relatively decent price. However, with the Virtual I/O it would seem that the price of the headset was one of the biggest factors. With a retail price of $800 for the PC headset (over 2.5 times the cost of a PlayStation at the time), it was financially impractical for the console’s user base and therefore was likely never more than a prototype.…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Naked Men and Wolves”

This week, Tim and Andy recount their experience with the bizarre shoot-em-up Cho Aniki and count down their top ten wolf-inspired games in honor of Werewolf: The Last Warrior. They’re also battling their (lack of) wits in a game of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? for the Sony PlayStation…

Small Town Auctions Landfill Waste on eBay; Gamers Everywhere Rejoice

If you feel like taking metaphorical piss on Jack Tramiel’s grave, feel free to head over to eBay and bid on some of the abandoned cartridges that were excavated from an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill earlier this year. It’s sort of ironic that Atari couldn’t even give these things away in the 80’s; they literally had to bury them in the desert to get them out of the warehouse. Thirty years later, someone digs them and bidding wars break out. Retro game collectors are a funny bunch. That said, I will admit that for a brief second I considered throwing down a bid for one. The town’s historical society will be auctioning off close to a thousand cartridges in the coming months, so you have some time think about whether or not you actually want to purchase these crumpled sacks of garbage priceless gaming artifacts.…

Tim and Andy Play Cho Aniki for the PlayStation

Tim and Andy sit down and play what is assuredly the weirdest game ever made: Cho Aniki for the Sony PlayStation. It’s like Gradius with banana hammocks and codpieces. Viewers should be advised that this video contains copious amounts of vulgar language and dick jokes. So many dick jokes.…

The Internet Erupts in Unbridled Joy as Majora’s Mask Is Officially Announced for the 3DS

It’s always fun to see years of rumor and speculation culminate with what everyone wanted all along. That’s precisely what occurred tonight when Nintendo announced a remastered release of their classic Nintendo 64 title, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, for the Nintendo 3DS. This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, given the 2011 release of the game’s precursor, Ocarina of Time, for the very same system. Series producer Eiji Aonuma hasn’t exactly been dismissive of the rumors surrounding a potential remastering of Majora’s Mask, either. As I wrote earlier this week, there are few games more important to me than Ocarina of Time. I felt that the 3DS version of the game was just as good, if not even better than the original.…

The Best Arcade Ever Now Exists in Your Web Browser

Just imagine all the quarters this would have saved you had this been released twenty years ago. Better late than never, The Internet Archive has launched The Internet Arcade; a project that aims to give the public access to hundreds of classic arcade titles, many of which have never seen commercial releases beyond their original cabinets. I haven’t been able spend a ton of time on the site, but it seems to work splendidly. The few rounds of Amidar and Rally X I had the chance to play were just as enjoyable as any I had played on some console compilation or MAME cabinet. It even supports some gamepads and joysticks, which is phenomenally cool. So go ahead and treat yourself to a few rounds of Mappy in between the seemingly endless hours of office drudgery.…

Ocarina of Time: How My Journey Through Hyrule Made Me A Better Person

I am fully aware that you have been beaten over the head with Ocarina of Time love for the past fifteen years. There is even a bit of apprehension on my part for venturing down a path so often traveled. As strong as my desire to offer forth unique reading material is, it needs to take a backseat in this instance. Sometimes, I must simply recognize something for truly remarkable and not worry about how recycled the take may be. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 changed my life. I would usually chuckle at anyone suggesting that a video game had such a profound effect on their existence, but I have no choice but to concede that a plastic cartridge greatly assisted in my growth as a human being. I can still visualize my first experience with the game with the utmost clarity.…
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