Episode 070 – Earthworm Jim (1994)

Episode 070 – Earthworm Jim (1994)

Episode 070 – Earthworm Jim (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are whipping our way past rabid dogs to save Princess Whatsername! From 1994, we’re playing Earthworm Jim by Shiny for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features one of the weird commercials that aired on TV for Earthworm Jim. You can watch the whole thing here.
  • 38:30 – Emails! A special friend writes in, and a listener has an Ask about Japanese arcades.
  • 49:30 – It’s the new favorite segment that’s sweeping the land! Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 58:00 – Snifferoo. It is a platforming video game that we will be playing that involves playing a platforming video game.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Earthworm Jim has retained its value pretty well. The loose cart still goes for $15 to $25, depending on the platform, with double the price for the box and manual included.

– As mentioned by Pat on the show, here is Pacman with single-celled organisms!

Vidya Game News – August 26, 2016

Super Mario Sunshine - GC - Box Art– Celebrating its birthday this week? The Super Nintendo! Aaron Couch from The Hollywood Reporter has a good piece here, which features some good stuff from Blake J. Harris, the author of Console Wars. Over at SB Nation, Marc Normandin and others write about their four favorite sports games for the system.

– Cool graphics from Video Game Densetsu, as they collected some old Sega pixel-making.

– The new Toejam & Earl game, Back in the Groove has picked up an appropriate publisher: Adult Swim! Read more from Michael McWhertor on Polygon. Our episode on the game is here!

– Boing Boing and a bunch of other sites had a link to a hamster finishing a Super Mario Bros. level.

– From a couple different sites, an Epic Donald game was considered at various points.

Obduction, a spiritual successor to Myst, has gotten a good review from PC World and from Polygon. And hey, check out our episode on Myst here!

– Nintendo has acquired JESNET, a console distribution company in Japan, for $46.5 million. It’s seen as a sign of the big N ramping up console production for the NX.

– On Cinemassacre this week! Mike and Bootsy play Where’s Waldo, a notoriously crappy game. And, Mike and James have a showdown, the U-Force vs. the Power Glove.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Today was a good day for games. First, Ecco: The Tides of Time came out for the Genesis. It was the sequel to the first game, and the hottest dolphin game of 1994.

– A little game called Goldeneye came out in 1997! We covered that awesome, FPS from Rare on a past episode here.

Super Mario Sunshine came out for the Gamecube on Aug. 26, 2002. It’s 14 years old! God, it feels like it came out yesterday.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

 

Episode 069 – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure (1991)

Episode 069 – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure (1991)

Episode 069 – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure (1991)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are righteous dudes dealing with a totally bogus game! From 1991, we’re playing Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure by LJN (shudder) for the NES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features one of the nifty commercials for the movie, which is seriously much, much better than the game.
  • 41:30 – Emails! We learn more about Ole Scooty, and there is a check-in from everyone’s favorite Pokemon lover.
  • 56:00 – It’s the hottest new feature on this show! Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 1:03:00 – Snifferoo. Thank god, we’re playing a GOOD game next week… For reals.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, the various Bill & Ted games are cheaply priced. The cart costs about $9, and the box and manual go for $22.99. However, it’s a horrible game, so do something more effective with your cash, like burning it with fire.

– According to Entertainment Weekly and other sites, Bill & Ted 3 is still on-track to be made.

Vidya Game News – August 19, 2016

Dune - Genesis - Box Art– Stoughton Farm in New York has an awesome Mario theme now!

– From Charlie Hall at Polygon, Frank Cifaldi might have found the first bit of programming that former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata did. Read more about it here.

– ESPN does a mashup of Michael Phelps and Duck Tales here. (And check out our episode!)

– Via Nerdist, someone has re-created the first level of Super Mario Bros. in Microsoft Excel. Check it out in action here.

– GameReactor and a bunch of other sites have confirmed that Sega has renewed the Virtua Fighter trademark.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Some sites source today as the day that Dune II came out for the Genesis. Developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive originally for December 1992 for the PC, it has an odd historical footnote of being the first RTS game, despite being a licensed game. It’s a bit clunky to play now, but still fun.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 068 – Pilotwings (1991)

Episode 068 – Pilotwings (1991)

Episode 068 – Pilotwings (1991)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are hang-gliding and parachuting and rocketbelting! From 1991, we’re playing Pilotwings by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the game’s main theme and the flight club “lobby” music.
  • 39:00 – Emails! Has anyone ever told Huell he’s like a regular Vic Romano?
  • 52:30 – We help some more people this week, with Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 1:02:00 – Snifferoo. “Okay, wait. If you guys are really us, what number are we thinking of?” “69, dudes!” “Whoa!”

SHOW NOTES

– Check out Dale’s website here!

– According to Price Charting, Pilotwings is actually reasonably priced, at $7 for a loose cart and $22 for the box and manual as well. The N64 version is even cheaper, with the range set at $7.50 to $14.75, and the 3DS version is even cheaper than that, at $4.50 to $8.

– The Pilotwings manual, complete with printable flight log, is available here.

Vidya Game News – August 12, 2016

F-Zero - Box Art - 01Today’s roundup is a day late because Steve has a case of OLYMPIC FEVER. It’s unclear if he contracted it from the waters of Rio, or some other way. Without further ado though, the links!

– Anddddd it’s gone. Nintendo Power has been removed from the Internet Archive, per Polygon.

– Band of Savers has a very important article posted: “10 Things Duck Tales Taught Me About Money.” And, check out our old episode on the vidya game!

– Nintendo Everything has a translation of an interview a Nintendo official did about the NES Classic Edition. Apparently, the save states are going to be more integrated and extensive than originally thought, and there will be several new visual modes for the games.

– Fun times, as Entertainment.ie has a screenshot quiz on SNES games.

– From Mike Diver at VICE, a Top Ten list of Sonic games.

– The AV Club has an insanely long roundtable on the camera in Super Mario 64.

– Unsurprisingly, a fan remake of Metroid 2 was quickly taken down, according to Twinfinite.

– Kotaku has a look inside Smash Hell, the server where Nintendo banishes spammers and others.

Shack’s Arcade Corner on Amazon looks at Black Tiger, a past YPB game! [WARNING – The first is a video link!]

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Hint for next week’s show: August 13 marked the 25-year anniversary for a slew of SNES launch games, namely, F-Zero, Pilotwings and Super Mario World. And hey, the SNES itself came out! Good times, good times.

System Shock 2, one of the biggest cult classics ever on the PC, came out on August 11, 1999. It was designed by Ken Levine, and developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios, but a sequel has been caught in rights snafus for years.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 067 – Izzy’s Quest for the Olympic Rings (1995)

Episode 067 – Izzy’s Quest for the Olympic Rings (1995)

Episode 067 – Izzy’s Quest for the Olympic Rings (1995)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are playing an awful licensed game with an Olympic mascot! From 1995, we’re playing Izzy’s Quest for the Olympic Rings by Alexandria and published by U.S. Gold (a British company) for the SNES and Genesis.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the title theme from the game.
  • 34:00 – Emails! We hear from some lovebirds this week.
  • 52:30 – A sweet boy tries to stop us, but we persist onward with Ask The Sweet Boys!
  • 1:01:30 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re playing one of the classic launch games – literally! – for the SNES!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Izzy’s Quest tends to be pretty cheap for the SNES and Genesis, with the loose cart going for $4.50 to $6.

Vidya Game News – August 4, 2016

Nintendo Power - Issue 50 - Link's Awakening– Holy hell, get at this treasure trove before Nintendo takes it down! Thirteen years of Nintendo Power have been put on the Internet Archive. The covers alone are awesome. Read them alllll here. (Note: Some sites say that Nintendo has authorized the posting, so mayyybeeee they’ll stay up longer than a hot minute.)

– Matt Grosinger of Nerdist has a ranking of all the songs in Mario Kart 64, from worst to best.

– The 54-acre former home of Atari in Beverly is now looking for tenants, per Banker and Tradesman.

– Hardcore Gamer is doing a week-long retrospective on the Metroid series, with the topic of this article being Metroid Prime’s incredible music.

– To the surprise of almost no one, the developer of the new Ghostbusters video game that didn’t tie into the old series OR the new one didn’t have a successful release. Fireforge has filed for bankruptcy, claiming $12 million in debt, only three days after launching the game. Read more on Kotaku.

– Chris Reed at Entertainment Cheat Sheet has a pretty neat list of 10 games millennials have forgotten about.

– Polygon’s Michael McWhertor has eight minutes of Sonic Mania gameplay posted, and shockingly, it doesn’t look bad! Check it out here.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Doom 3, the first attempted reboot of the series by id Software, came out on Aug. 3, 2004. While it wasn’t really followed-up by id, the more story-based game got good reviews, and it was pretty fun!

– Konami’s Silent Hill 3, a direct sequel to the first game in the series, came out for the PS2 on Aug. 5, 2003.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 066 – The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (1992)

Episode 066 – The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (1992)

Episode 066 – The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are smacking things with our pipes and yo-yos! From 1992, we’re playing The Legend of the Mystical Ninja by Konami for the SNES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the title theme from the game.
  • 40:20 – Emails! It’s all about Pokemon love.
  • 46:45 – It’s the feature sweeping the nation! Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 58:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we are experiencing the glory of the Olympics! In 16-bit form.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja is still somewhat pricey. The loose cart is $28.34, and the box and manual ups the price to $84.98. However, it’s available for purchase via the Wii and Wii U virtual consoles.

Vidya Game News – July 28, 2016

Mario Golf - Toadstool Tour - GCN - Box Art– Nintendo is mining its past heavily for the Christmas season, as in addition to the NES Classic Edition, they also plan to come out with the Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics retrospective book on 17 games. Read more on the Prima Games site here.

– Hey, Sega also licensed their systems for new productions years ago! Except, according to Polygon, they kind of suck.

– From Geek, the Retroist has a fun feature on misleading Atari 2600 box art.

– Surprisingly, the new Ghostbusters game is just as bad as the old one, according to Brett Makedonski of Destructoid.

– On IGN and a bunch of other sites, a wireless receiver is now available to use PS4 and other current gen controllers on the SNES.

– Jason Schreier of Kotaku has a good retrospective on Final Fantasy III for the NES.

– Surprisingly, Honest Game Trailers tackles the awful Superman 64 this week.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour came out in 2003 for the Gamecube. It was the second game in the Mario Golf series and well-received during its release.

Pokemon Crystal came out on July 29, 2001 for the Game Boy Color. Seemingly, Nintendo is the only company releasing good games in the dog days of summer…

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

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