Category Archives: Nintendo 64

Episode 123 – NFL Blitz (1997)

Episode 123 – NFL Blitz (1997)

Episode 123 – NFL Blitz (1997)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are beating the hellllll out of opponents, as we play NFL Blitz by Midway for the Arcade and Nintendo 64! It’s like a less violent version of the current footyball game.

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SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, all of the NFL Blitz games are pretty affordable. You can get most of them for less than $10. The new-ish re-release from 2012 is available for $15 on the Playstation and Xbox networks.

NFL Blitz‘s announcer is absolutely incredible. You can listen to a full sound clip compilation here, and it’s worth it, even if its 30-plus minutes. Said announcer is Tim Kitzrow, and as mentioned on the show, Vice Sports had a good article with him about how he only got a couple hundred bucks for his original work.

– Vice Sports also has a neat article about how the hell the game got made with the approval of the NFL.

– No timestamps this week, because hey, it’s a holiday! But there is a special Blooperoonie at the end…

Episode 099 – Blast Corps (1997)

Episode 099 – Blast Corps (1997)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are using bulldozers, dump trucks and robots to destroy everything in our path! From 1997, we’re playing Blast Corps by Rare for the Nintendo 64.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the excellent title theme from the game.
  • 1:45 – Today’s sponsor, along with a shoutout!
  • 21:00 – We get soooo many letters! It’s the email portion, of the show!
  • 30:00 – It’s the return of a popular segment! The ToddBitSkit!
  • 32:30 – We help someone out, with… Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 38:45 – Our next show is #100, and we have the funkiest fresh commercial from that game!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Blast Corps is still quite affordable! The loose N64 cart is only $8, and you can get the box and manual thrown in for $29.

Blast Corps is one of the games included on the excellent Rare Replay for the Xbox One, along with past show subjects R.C. Pro-Am. You can listen to our previous show on that here!

Episode 096 – Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Episode 096 – Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Episode 096 – Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are hunting down creatures with our explosive bow and arrow! From 1997, we’re playing Turok: Dinosaur Hunter by Iguana Entertainment and published by Acclaim for the Nintendo 64. We’re joined by friend of the show Dale!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the title theme from Turok.
  • 39:30 – We find out who thought this game was the… Most Best Game of All-Time.
  • 43:15 – Comments, concerns and questions, from two listeners this week!
  • 48:30 – Emails! How are the kids?
  • 1:03:30 – We can’t let an opportunity go by without helpin’ some people. It’s… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 1:09:30 – Snifferoo. We’re playing a game based on a movie that totally didn’t steal everything from The Hobbit.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, most of the Turok games are quite affordable! Except for a rare variant of Rage Wars, everything is between $5 and $20 for Turok.

– Dale has a website! Check out Dale Is Great here!

Vidya Game News – February 17, 2017

primal-rage-arcade-poster-01– Those wonderful people on Reddit have managed to get Primal Rage 2 working on MAME. Read more here!

Polygon and other sites are reporting that the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane trilogy will hit stores on June 30. You can listen to our Crash Bandicoot show here!

– On Twitter, via US Gamer, some lucky journalists back in the day got promotional t-shirts for Project Reality, the early name for the N64. And, they’re gloooorrrrrious.

Unholy Night, a new SNES fighting game by the makers of Samurai Showdown and King of Fighters, is looking for Kickstarter backers for a physical release. You can find more info here.

– Achievement Oriented, the video game podcast on Bill Simmons’ Ringer network, had an interesting episode on the future of sports video games – and how bad NBA Live has been lately – and how damn successful Grand Theft Auto 5 has been. You can listen to it here!

– Den of Geek has a good story on the weird approval process for the bad… well, worse versions of Moonwalker. You can listen to our show on the “good” Genesis one here!

– EXCELLENT! Keanu Reeves confirmed that work is continuing on Bill and Ted 3. Hopefully it doesn’t spawn another horrible vidya game though, as we discussed on a previous show.

As always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Vidya Game News – February 9, 2017

castlevania-3-box-art-01– Netflix has confirmed that an animated Castlevania show will be hitting their service in 2017! You can read about it on GameSpot, and a bunch of other sites. Its creator has called it “R-rated as fuck,” and based on Castlevania 3. You can listen to our ‘vania 1 show here.

– Enshrined in Stuff’s Hall of Fame now: The Sega Mega Drive. Read more here!

– From Tristan Jurkovich at GameSpew, a good read on the “bizarre localization” of a fun adventure / platform action game, Power Blade.

– Sweet sassy molassy! Source codes for NBA Jam Extreme and Turok: The Dinosaur Hunter were found on some auctioned computers, according to this Kotaku article, which is based on the fine work of the folks at YouTube channel Silicon Classics.

– On Ars Technica, World of Warcraft gold can now be used on other Blizzard titles like Overwatch and Hearthstone. Also, by the way, we’ve covered a bunch of their games – the original Warcraft series, Starcraft and Diablo.

– A slew of Star Wars games are available in this week’s Humble Bundle, including Knights of the Old Republic and Shadows of the Empire. Check it out here! We haven’t covered those excellent games, but we have played and reviewed Rogue Squadron 3D (included in the bundle!) and Super Star Wars (not including, but you don’t wanna murder jawas anyway).

As always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Vidya Game News – January 19, 2017

die-hard-movie-poster-01– Inexplicably, the director of Die Hard is back with his first project since 1990, and it’s… a trailer for Ghost Recon: Wildlands? Well, there is a long and tangled story behind that, but you can check out the (awesome) trailer here. Also, listen to our Die Hard Arcade show here!

– BOOOOM Shaka Laka! Some fans have updated the old NBA Jam: Tournament Edition ROM for the Super Nintendo. Now included are 2017 rosters, all the league’s new teams since 1993, and new secret characters. (Long live Harambe!) Download it here, before they get a cease and desist here. (And, listen to our NBA Jam episode here!)

– Speaking of NBA Jam-like properties… Honest Trailers and Screen Junkies has a takedown of Space Jam, which leads to an AV Club article. And hey, the game is bad too!

– Mark Wilson of Stuff has a good summary of the 3DO, along with a couple short reviews of decent games for the system.

– Kyle Orland has a piece on Ars Technica about how the illusion was created that Super Mario 64 and Portal were “run” on a Super Nintendo system.

– Via Game Informer, and popular on Facebook, there was once a Darth Maul game planned. And, it looked kind of bad ass! Like, a much darker take on the usual Star Wars stuff. And speaking of s’wars, check out our episodes on the SNES game and Rogue Squadron.

– On pretty much every news site, more information about the Nintendo Switch has come out. The good: Price tag under $300, a Zelda game out on release day! The bad: shortages are already being reported, all of the extra devices are overpriced, and Nintendo still has issues with online.

– Via the AV Club, Nintendo had some big band (as in jazz) performances at their Switch presentations. Listen to them here.

– From the Huffington Post, a new kitchen device can turn your radishes into Super Mario Bros. mushroom-shapes. Unfortunately, the Ravanello Radish Shaper still keeps them as radishes. Disgusting. Listen to our Super Mario Bros. episode here!

As always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 085 – Rogue Squadron (1998)

Episode 085 – Rogue Squadron (1998)

Episode 085 – Rogue Squadron (1998)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are zipping through the galaxy a long, long time ago, blasting down ships! From 1998, we’re playing Rogue Squadron by Factor 5 and LucasArts for the Nintendo 64 and PC.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which has the John Williams-esque opening theme from Rogue Squadron.
  • 28:15 – We move right along and then past Comments, Concerns and Questions!
  • 29:15 – Emails! Why don’t we like them Sega games? And it’s Jimmy Blizzards!
  • 48:30 – It’s everyone’s favorite segment, even more than the actual show most times! It’s time to… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 53:30 – Snifferoo. Ho ho ho! We cover one of the best Christmas games ever! (NOTE: Strong language!)

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Rogue Squadron is pretty affordable. It’s about $7 for the loose cart, or $14 if you want the box and manual as well. It hasn’t been re-released in another format, so that N64 cart is your best bet if you can’t find the PC version nowadays.

– By the way, a little movie called Rogue One is coming out soon. That’s kind of why we played this one.

Vidya Game News – November 17, 2016

wwf-no-mercy-n64-01– Polygon has released their massive video game gift guide, which is neat to read just to catch up on all of the cool stuff you didn’t even know existed.

– The new Daytona USA game, confusingly called Daytona 3 Championship USA, has some trailers out now.

– To hype the (incredibly hard to get) NES Classic, Nintendo has interviews with the developers of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 here. And hey, check out our episodes for the first and second games of that series!

– In a fun feature, Polygon’s Owen S. Good tallies up how much it would cost to just buy an NES and all of the games on the NES Classic, instead of paying the prices online for it.

– From Motherboard and other sites, a guy is shooting for 2017 for the release of Tanglewood, a new Genesis game programmed on an authentic development kit.

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

– Mentioned prominently in last week’s show was WWF No Mercy, which was released on this day in 2000 by Asmik Ace and AKI. It’s still considered to be one of the gold standards for wrasslin’ video games.

The ole Xbox was released on Nov. 15, 2001. That old chestnut didn’t sell well in Japan, and ultimately came out behind the PS2 in America, but it established a firm beachhead in console sales for Microsoft.

– Three days after the Xbox came the Gamecube. Again, it finished behind the PS2 in the sixth generation console wars, but it had some very well-received games, like…

– The Metroid series is kind of a big deal in November. In 2002, both Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion had concurrent releases for the Gamecube and GBA. The sequel to Prime came out on Nov. 15, 2004. (And hey, check out our episode on Super Metroid here!)

– On November 16, 2004, Valve released Half-Life 2. The incredible FPS was followed by sequels, Episode One and Episode Two, and then NOTHING. The third installment will never come out because Valve clearly hates us now.

Dragon Quest VIII, the first of the series to drop the “Dragon Warrior” name for an American release, came out for the PS2 on Nov. 15, 2005. It was a solid effort, although not as long and deep as previous efforts from Enix.

– In 2006, the PlayStation 3 came out. It was a swell system, but it ceded the control of the market that the PS2 and PSX had established because of a high initial price and lack of third party support. (And by the way, the PS4 came out on Nov. 15, 2013, so Sony likes to push them consoles out in the holiday season.)

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 081 – Not Sonic the Hedgehog (WCW vs. nWo games, 1997 and 1998)

Episode 081 – Not Sonic the Hedgehog (WCW vs. nWo games, 1997 and 1998)

Episode 081 – Not Sonic the Hedgehog (WCW vs. nWo games, 1997 and 1998)

This week in Your Parents Basement, the show has been taken over by a rogue element! We are no longer covering Sonic the  Hedgehog – and trust us, we’re so disappointed by that – and instead, we’re covering WCW vs. nWo World Tour from 1997, and WCW/nWo Revenge from 1998! Both are by Asmik Ace and AKI for the Nintendo 64. We’re joined by Steve’s buddy josh

You can manually download this week’s “we’re outta time!” podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the excellent title theme from the game we thought we’d be covering. Josh crashes the proceedings a few minutes in, so we segue from Sonic to wrasslin’ talk.
  • 46:00 – Emails! John Tetris wants to know about wrestlers as well.
  • 1:05:30 – Even though Brisket is out of the picture for today’s show, we still have to help some people in… Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 1:11:00 – Snifferoo. WE’VE GOT TO CATCH THEM ALL!
  • 1:11:45 – Outtake.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, World Tour and Revenge are both cheaply priced. They go for $3.75 to $5 for the loose carts, and $13 to $18 if you want the box and manual included. In contrast, the more advanced No Mercy goes for $8 for the cart, and $27 for the box and manual.

– The awesome book that Steve mentions, Death of WCW by R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, is available on Amazon.

Episode 080 – Wave Race 64 (1996)

Episode 080 – Wave Race 64 (1996)

Episode 080 – Wave Race 64 (1996)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are surfing the waves on our Kawasaki jet skis! From 1996, we’re playing Wave Race 64 by Nintendo for the N64.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the breezy, techno title theme from the game.
  • 24:00 – The return of a popular segment… Huell’s Track Tracks! Wherein Huell ranks the best musical tracks from racing game tracks.
  • 30:00 – A new segment from Steve, and listeners! We air your Comments Concerns and Questions.
  • 38:00 – Emails! Our most private listeners writes in again.
  • 46:15 – Once again, we really help some folks out with another segment of… Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 51:15 – Snifferoo. We’re finally covering one of the most requested games, over our earlier objections.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Wave Race 64 is still really affordable, going for just $6 for the loose cart and $10.50 if you want the box and manual included. It’s also available on the Wii virtual consoles, which probably helps keep the cost low.

– As mentioned on the show, Wave Race 64 is a sequel to the original for the Game Boy. The original is pretty cheap as well, about $4 for the cart, but $31 if you want the box and manual, per Price Charting.

– Also mentioned on the show, there doesn’t seem to be any imminent plans for new games in the series. Nintendo renewed the trademark in 2012, but that’s about it.