Category Archives: Game Boy

Episode 119 – The Incredible Crash Dummies (1993)

Episode 119 – The Incredible Crash Dummies (1993)

Episode 119 – The Incredible Crash Dummies (1993)

This week in Your Parents Basement, don’t be a dummy – Buckle up! From 1993, we’re playing various versions of The Incredible Crash Dummies by Gray Matter Inc. and published by (ugh) LJN for the Game Boy, Gear Gear, Sega Master System, SNES, NES and Sega Genesis.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features a Blooperoonie and one of the dummies’ better PSAs.
  • 27:00 – Huell has some reasons why the Game Boy version is… The Most Worst Game of All-Time.
  • 32:00 – Todd has some reasons why the SNES version is… The Most Best Game of All-Time.
  • 37:00 – Voicemails! Another former president calls in.
  • 42:45 – Emails!
  • 51:00 – As always, we help some people with Todd’s help, in Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 56:00 – Snifferoo. We’re playing a controversial Sega CD game, because it’s being re-released!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, all versions of The Incredible Crash Dummies can be purchased for $3 to $16. The box and manual for the NES and SNES versions push the price up to $22 and $49, but really, these games aren’t especially worth any price you’d pay for them.

– While we mentioned LJN, the game’s publisher, on the show, we didn’t talk about the developing company, Gray Matter Inc. According to Moby Games, they were Canada’s biggest game developer at one time, and they do have some OK games on their dossier, like WWF King of the Ring and NHL All-Star Hockey. But, they also did Wayne’s World, another notoriously awful game.

Episode 082 – Pokemon Red and Blue (1998)

Episode 082 – Pokemon Red and Blue (1998)

Episode 082 – Pokemon Red and Blue (1998)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are desperately trying to catch them all! From 1998, we’re playing Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue by Game Freak and Nintendo for the Game Boy. And, the sweet baby boys are joined by special guests Ryan Gibbs and Mel Turnquist!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the theme song from the Pokemon TV show, which has a shocking amount of episodes.
  • 39:15 – We address your Comments, Concerns and Questions.
  • 51:00 – Emails! More from John Q. Tetris, and some other guys.
  • 1:03:45 – The show is going long, but we NEED to help some people, so it’s… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 1:12:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we click click click click click click click click.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, pretty much all of the Pokemon games have retained their value to a certain degree. Blue and Red go for about $19 for the cart only, and $60 to $85 for the game, box and manual.

– There have been 122 releases of Pokemon, which is disgusting and impressive at the same time. Polygon has a timeline here.

– Ryan’s site is The Young Folks, which you can find here.

Vidya Game News – November 10, 2016

skyrim-pc-box-art– Unsurprisingly, Gandhi remains an asshole in Civilization 6, per Kotaku. Check out our show on the original Civilization here!

– On Kill Screen, Emma Kidwell has a nice essay about how video games helped with language when she spent her summers in Japan.

– The NES Classic Edition comes out Friday in the U.S., and some reviews are coming in for it. Kotaku also notes that the old Nintendo call-in lines will be active, too.

– Also, as you may have heard, new Genesis consoles are being made… in Brazil. Polygon’s Charlie Hall notes that the system won’t have HDMI support or ship internationally, but it does come with 20+ games preloaded. Sega in Brazil is like Spinal Tap in Japan, or David Hasselhoff in Germany.

– Kyle Orland of Ars Technica writes about four “found” Kirby games for the SNES, and the difficulty of preserving old digital games, here. You can find our Kirby show here.

– From Matthew Figueira and other sites, Blizzard won’t be doing remakes of Warcraft 1 or Warcraft 2 anytime soon. Also, no news on a potential Warcraft 4 either. But hey, listen to our show on the old series!

Obduction, the new game from Myst creator Rand Miller, will be released for the PS4 and VR in 2017. Read about that and more in Miller’s interview with Dean Takahashi of Venture Beat. And listen to our Myst show here!

– From Kotaku: What should you feed your pregnant characters in The Sims?

ON THIS DAY (OR CLOSE TO IT!) IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Golden Sun, a popular RPG series by Camelot and Nintendo, first hit U.S. shores on Nov. 11, 2001. It’s 15 now! Almost old enough to drive.

– It was only a year ago, but the sweet baby boys can scarcely remember what our lives were like before the release of Fallout 4 on this day in 2015. We have a lot more time… Stupid, pointless time without Fallout 4. Bethesda’s masterpiece has had several DLC expansions and mod support added, and people are already clamoring for the fifth installment, or a side game, or anything else because Fallout is LIFE.

– Also, Skyrim came out on Nov. 11, 2011. It’s now five years old! A regular sweet kindergarten baby boy. Bethesda sure loves to spoil us in November.

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.

Vidya Game News – September 29, 2016

nintendo-64-system-shot

Happy birthday, Nintendo 64!

– GamesIndustry.biz has an awesome, long interview with Rand Miller of Cyan Worlds on Myst, Obduction and releasing a game without a strong publisher. You can read it here, and listen to our show on Myst here!

– Brian Shea at Game Informer has a good piece on how Sega and Nintendo finally made peace over the years, and how Sonic appeared on a Nintendo platform. You can read it here.

– The spiritual successor to River City Ransom, River City: Toyko Rumble, has scooped up a good review from GameSpot. Listen to our show on the original game here.

– The early reviews on Sonic Mania are good so far.

– From The Daily Dot and other sites, the Warcraft movie now has an Honest Trailer out for it. Listen to our review of the game series here!

– PCMag.com has a slideshow on seven Mario games that never made it to the U.S.

ON THIS DAY (OR CLOSE TO IT!) IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– The Nintendo 64 came out for everyone today in 1996. It was kind of a big deal. Past N64 games we’ve covered: Quest 64, Superman 64, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye and Star Fox 64.

– By the way, it seems weird, but Pokemon Red and Blue came out in Sept. 28, 1998 – two years AFTER the Nintendo 64 was released.

– A little game called Fallout came out for the PC on Sept. 30, 1997. Amazing, a sequel came out only a year later. Both games had more in common with the X-Com series than the action-RPG Fallout has become, but they were very well-reviewed.

Tales of Destiny, the second game in that popular series, came out on Sept. 30, 1998 for the PlayStation. In this game from Namco and Wolf Team, you play as Stahn and kill things with a big sword. It’s a weird kind of RPG-action game, but well-reviewed and well-received.

Crash Team Racing, a completely and utterly original kart racing game, came out on Sept. 30, 1999. For more on Crash Bandicoot, check out our episode from a few weeks ago. And if you’d prefer our thoughts on some other racing game, try this episode.

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.

 

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.

Vidya Game News – February 25, 2016

ET - Game Poster– The BBC has an awesome story and interview with Howard Scott Warshaw, and the headline says it all: “The man who made ‘the worst video game in history.’” And by that, of course they mean E.T. for the Atari 2600. You can read the story here. It gets into some of the troubled development, and also that Atari paid $21 million (!!!) for the rights to the game. (And the awesome image on today’s post comes from that story. They definitely don’t make game ads like they used to.)

– Reddit user dolopodog has posted a list of the banned words for the 3DS.

– This week, the IGN show Nintendo Voice Chat covers the 10 awesome games that never left Japan.

– The co-creator of the Atari Lynx and a programmer for the Amiga, Dave Needle, has passed away, according to a Facebook post.

– From a translation of a YouTube video, Geno of Super Mario RPG was considered as a DLC for Smash Brothers.

– Nathan Birch of Uproxx has a good beginner’s guide on retro gaming and collecting. Of note is that it’s focused on the systems that are the best to collect and play, not necessarily the ones that hold their value the best.

– TechTimes has a link and write-up to one of the old commercials for The Legend of Zelda. It features rapping. It’s ridiculous…ly awesome.

– From JackTech on YouTube, it’s an autopsy of a Game Boy! Also on YouTube, a SNES Counter Console, via Nintendo Enthusiast and Rerez. It was used to test broken systems.

– The Mega Man Legacy Collection came out this week for the 3DS, so there are some reviews of it floating around the Internet, like on Kotaku. There are frame rate issues, just like the original games! Huzzah!

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Pretty much nothing of significance came out today. Sorry! Tekken 5 came out on Feb. 24, 2005 for the Playstation 2, so that’s about the best I can do.

SHAMELESS PLUGGING

Steve is selling a bunch of video game stuff on eBay; mostly older, cheaper stuff for PS2, XBox, and the 360. Check it out here!

 

Episode 042 – Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)

Episode 042 – Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)

Episode 042 – Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re doing our best to get the dragon hat, so we can use our flames on bricks and blocks! From 1994, we’re playing Nintendo’s Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the main theme from the game.
  • 37:15 – Emails! The gang talks many important topics.
  • 52:00 – Snifferoo. The trailer from a truly horrible vidya game movie.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Wario Land is fairly affordable, with a price of $8.25 for just the card, to $25.49 for the box and manual, to $36 for a “new” condition game. Pretty much all of the games of the series, and the spin-off games, range between $5 to $20 – so many are mass produced that they aren’t really valuable, but because the games are mostly good, there is always decent demand and no cratering in price.

– On the show, we mentioned that Wario World 2 was rumored to be coming out in 2017. However, since we recorded, that info has been taken off The Internets.

 

Episode 034 – Home Alone (1991)

Episode 034 – Home Alone (1991)

Episode 034 – Home Alone (1991)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are playing a horrible adaptation of a classic 1990s movie experience! From 1991, it’s Home Alone by Bethesda Softworks(!), which surprisingly is truly awful.

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As always, if you like the show, support us by buying from Amazon! You can use this link to go to Amazon, and any purchase you make will kick a couple bucks to the show, with no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win! Want to have an email or comment read on the air? Send us a message on the ole Twitter or Facebook, or, shoot that mail to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is a collection of clips from a lil movie called Home Alone.
  • 44:00 – While we’re overly negative about Home Alone on the show, Brisket manages to find someone who enjoyed the game! It’s the Most Best Game of All-Time!
  • 48:45 – Again this week, we have Important Asks in the email portion of the show, like what would make the worst TV show or movie to base a game on?
  • 1:04:30 – Snifferoo. We’re breaking format next week for a special, gala show!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, pretty much all of the Home Alone games are cheap, ranging from $0.99 to $7.95 for the loose carts. The boxes and manuals can up the price for some of them to as high as $120, which is definitely a waste of money. The games haven’t been re-released, thank god.

– As usual, Wikipedia does a fine job of summarizing the series. Most people have seen Home Alone and Home Alone 2, which are the good films of the series. Some monsters even prefer 2 to 1! The third movie has a new character, Alex Pruitt (Alex Linz), but hits the same notes, although not as well. But…

– The fourth Home Alone movie sounds somewhat insane. It stars a new kid as Kevin McCallister, and French Stewart now plays Marv, one of the Wet / Sticky Bandits. He’s joined by his wife Vera (Missi Pyle). Kevin’s dad (another new actor) divorces his mom and moves cross-country, and only takes Kevin. Daniel Stern, noted thespian, said of this film, it was “an insult, total garbage,” and the star of Bushwhacked and Celtic Pride refused to participate in Home Alone 4.

Vidya Game News – October 15, 2015

Tetris - Box ArtThis week’s news is from Russia with FUN!

– Some guy named Steve Colebert had the Zelda orchestra on. You’ve probably heard about it already, but if not, it’s totally on Youtube.

– From Kotaku, Brian Ashcraft has a re-post of a popular old post that has a tour of Nintendo’s original headquarters in Japan.

– A hardcore Japanese gamer has kept his SNES on for 20 years because he’s worried that his save game data for obscure game Umihara Kawase might be at-risk. Preston Phro of Rocket News 24 has a good write-up here.

– If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, then you still have time to check out the annual Classic Tetris World Championship! It takes place this weekend, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, at their own yearly Portland Retro Gaming Expo. There are prizes ranging from $125 to $1,000 for top-four finishes.

– Uproxx and plenty of other sites had this item on someone mashing up Kendrick Lamar and Super Mario Bros.

– Per the official Natsume Twitter account and some other sources on the Internets, Nintendo is moving on from re-releasing older games (SNES, Game Boy, NES) on the Virtual Console. Along similar lines, hackers discovered a list of about 70 future online releases by Nintendo.

– Gamasutra’s Christian Nutt has a really good Q&A with producers who have worked with Nintendo before about the process of creating games in conjunction with the company.

– CinemaBlend has a write-up of a nifty YouTube video that re-imagines Star Wars Battlefront as a SNES game, Super Star Wars Battlefront.

– WHO’S A GOOD DOG? Atari is a good dog, and he’s available for adoption!

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver came out 15 years ago for the Game Boy Color. These were the first proper, full sequels to the original blue and red installments, and solidified Pokémon as a phenomenon.

Wild Arms 3 came out in 2002 for the Playstation 2. It’s a niche RPG series with a sort of Western feel and theme, and worth checking, especially the later games that iron out some of the kinks of the first installment.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released 13 years ago for the Playstation 2. While it received mediocre to bad reviews, this was still way better than the SNES installment that was a past YPB game.

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 024 – Kirby’s Dream Land (1992)

Episode 024 – Kirby's Dream Land (1992)

Episode 024 – Kirby’s Dream Land (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are doing our best to suck and blow, and to make immature jokes and innuendo about a cute Nintendo mascot! From 1992, we’re playing Kirby’s Dream Land, one of the best platform games for the Game Boy.

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As always, if you like the show, support us by buying from Amazon! You can use this link to go to Amazon, and any purchase you make will kick a couple bucks to the show, with no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win! Want to have an email or comment read on the air? Send us a message on the ole Twitter or Facebook, or, shoot that mail to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the main title theme from Kirby’s Dream Land. It’s a fun, jaunty little tune that will stick in your head for days. (Sorry.)
  • 41:30 – Emails. Huell gets a text message, and the guys are asked about You Don’t Know Jack.
  • 55:00 – It’s the return of the Toddbitskit!
  • 59:00 – Snifferoo. It’s time for us to embrace America’s past time as we head further into October.

SHOW NOTES

– Per Wikipedia, the Kirby series now spans more than 20 games, and its sold more than 34 million units. That figure doesn’t include his appearances in the Smash Brothers series, either. Kirby also has his own portion on the Nintendo website.

– According to Price Charting, sales for just the loose cart of Kirby’s Dream Land are pretty stable, in the $5 to $10 range. It’s also available as a downloadable title at a similar price point for all of Nintendo’s consoles. The sequel runs a few dollars more, and as usual, if you want the box and manual, that’ll be a surcharge. Most copies of the original are around $30, and up to $100 if you want it new.