Category Archives: Saturn

Episode 127 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)

Episode 127 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)

Episode 127 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are stabbing our way to Dracula for once! From 1997, we’re playing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by Konami for the Playstation and Saturn.

You can manually download this week’s SPOOKTOBER 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.

And now, there is a Discord channel for all the sweet baby boy and girl fans of YPB! Check it out here, and rub elbows with your favorite co-hosts.

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? Want to have your voicemail played? Send all mails and audio files to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the “awesome” voice acting from the game’s opening sequence! It’s also viewable on YouTube here.
  • 42:00 – Todd Brisket has a reason why this is… The Most Best Game of All-Time.
  • 44:00 – Emails! What’s your favorite NBC courtroom drama, and why isn’t it Night Court?
  • 53:00 – We help out another person, in… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 58:00 – Snifferoo! Spooktober continues next week, with a truly frightening game!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Symphony of the Night retains its value very well. It’s around $29 to $54 for the game on Playstation, depending on what condition you want the game in. The Saturn version was only released in Japan, and as a result, it tends to be a much pricier import.

– The Kickstarter mentioned on the show, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, can be found here.

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 086 – Die Hard Arcade (1996)

Episode 086 – Die Hard Arcade (1996)

Episode 086 – Die Hard Arcade (1996)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are walking across broken glass to save the president’s daughter! From 1996, we’re playing Die Hard Arcade for the Arcade and Saturn by Sega!

You can manually download this week’s 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.

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.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Die Hard Arcade is a hella rare game for the Saturn. It’s $46 for just the game, and $66 for the box and manual. So if you see it, scoop it up!

– The Die Hard Christmas trailer we used for the Snifferoo last week can be found here.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features thespians Chris Farley and Jeff Daniels talking about Die Hard.
  • 33:00 – Emails! Ole Scooty has lots of asks this week.
  • 43:00 – We once again help a lot of people, as it’s a holiday edition of… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 53:30 – Snifferoo. We get back to some hardcore gamin’ next week, with absolutely nooooo product placement.

 

Episode 084 – Space Jam (1996)

Episode 084 – Space Jam (1996)

Episode 084 – Space Jam (1996)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are the looniest tunes in the bunch! From 1996, we’re playing Space Jam by Sculptured Software, and published by Acclaim, for the Playstation, Saturn and PC.

You can manually download this week’s dunktastic 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.

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 features a funny little snifferoo from Space Jam the movie.
  • 32:30 – It’s the return of a favorite segment! While we didn’t like Space Jam, for others, it was… The Most Best Game of All-Time.
  • 36:45 – This week, the boys actually get some Comments, Concerns and Questions.
  • 39:45 – Emails! We learn about Teebs, but unfortunately, you can’t save scrum through life.
  • 55:30 – We can’t help but help, in Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 1:00:45 – We’re playing another documentary game next week! This one is about space battles a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Space Jam is really cheap, in the $7 to $13 range, depending on whether you want a case and manual as well. This is almost certainly because it sucks. In contrast, Looney Tunes B-Ball is the better game, despite being for the SNES, and costs $26 to $70.

– The Ringer’s Shea Serrano has an oral history on Space Jam here. By the way, it’s satire and completely made up.

– From Rolling Stone, the Space Jam website was one of the first for a movie on the Interwebs, and it’s STILL around. Read their piece here, and check out the website here.

– The 30 for 30 on the Space Jam game is incredible.

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.

Vidya Game News – November 3, 2016

daytona-usa-saturn-01– Daaayyyyyyttttoonnnnaaaa! From Polygon and other sites, Sega has confirmed that a new entry in the Daytona USA series will be coming out. Read more here.

– Apparently, the creator of Balloon Fight first brought up the NES Classic Edition idea about 10 years ago! You can read a translated interview with Yoshio Sakamoto here, via Nintendo Everything.

– The director of Deadpool (Tim Miller) is stepping away from that series, and his next project will be Sonic the Hedgehog, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

– Supermodel Gisele Bundchen dressed up as Luigi for Halloween, because her SBB was dressed as Mario. Popsugar has the story here, based on her ‘stagrams. (And hey, listen to our shows on Mario 1 and Mario 2 here and here!)

– And speaking of the Brady household… From Steve’s home state paper The Providence Journal, what game did Tom Brady like to play with his roommate? Well, Tecmo Bowl, of course! Read more here. And listen to our Tecmo Bowl show here.

– Via Gamespot, Crash Bandicoot now talks! … in the Netflix TV show Skylanders Academy. Check out our Crash Bandicoot episode here!

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

Fire Emblem came out for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. While it was the first (official) English localization for the series by Nintendo, it was the seventh main game of the series. Rumor goes that Nintendo finally decided to give it the ole translation try because of the popularity of Marth in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Ratchet & Clank came out Nov. 4, 2002 for the PS2. Insomniac’s effort was well-reviewed, and spawned a series.

Valkyria Chronicles, a solid turn-based, tactical RPG, came out on Nov. 4, 2008 for the PS3. Surprisingly, it was by Sega! A remastered version came out on May 17, 2016 for the PS4, to rave reviews.

– The first Dragon Age game from Bioware came out for the PS3, 360 and PC on this day in 2009.

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 076 – The Horde (1994)

Episode 076 – The Horde (1994)

Episode 076 – The Horde (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are cleansing the land of demons with horrible, hammy acting! From 1994, we’re playing The Horde by Toys for Bob for the 3DO.

You can manually download this week’s cow-filled 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.

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 has the introduction of the game’s hammiest character, Chronus Malor. (Note: Steve refuses to look up how to spell that correctly.)
  • 41:00 – It’s the return of a popular segment! The Most Best Game of All Time!
  • 50:00 – Emails! Why IS someone so handsome?
  • 1:05:00 – A quickie Ask The Sweet Boys tonight, because we need to get some sweet rest.
  • 1:09:30 – Snifferoo! Next week, it’s yet another Mario game!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, The Horde goes for $19.99 for the 3DO, game only, and $25.25 if you want the box and manual. It’s a bit cheaper for the Saturn, as only $10.97 for the disc.

The Horde has so, so, so many “good” cut scenes. This YouTube collection from the Saturn version is wonderful, and Huell says to definitely check out minute 11, with Hordling theater!

– TV Tropes has a good page on The Horde here.

Vidya Game News – September 2, 2016

Command and Conquer - PC - Box Art– IGN’s Alex Osborn has a great interview with Peter Moore, talking about why Sega failed as a hardware company. Understandably, the Saturn was seen as a turning point.

– From Mattel, via Polygon, Hot Wheels versions of Nintendo characters are coming soon! They actually look pretty nifty, so, congrats Nintendo. Thank you for successfully taking more of my money.

Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is available on Netflix as of Sept. 1. You can listen to our episode on the horrible vidya game here!

– Chris Schilling of VICE writes about how the Nintendo DS was his deepest love, when it came to vidya game systems.

– From noted video game journalism outlet InStyle, Christina Aguilera’s daughter had a Mario-themed party for her second birthday.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Command and Conquer, the first title of that popular series, came out on Aug. 31, 1995. The PC game from Westwood Studios became a staple of online RTS duels for years and years. It sold more than three million copies, and the series has sold more than 30 million units.

– An awesome character known as Crash Bandicoot had his initial release for the Playstation on Aug. 31, 1996. More on him Monday though.

– On the other end of the PSX spectrum… Released on Aug. 31, 1996, Beyond the Beyond terrorized Steve as a teen. He loved turn-based RPGs, but one of the main “features” of the game by Camelot Software was lugging around a cursed character for several hours. Fun, fun, fun.

Guitar Hero 5 from Neversoft came out in 2009. It was the second-to-last hurrah for the series, as it was already starting to slowdown before Warriors of Rock came out in 2010.

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 – July 14, 2016

A sweet baby boy NES!

A sweet baby boy NES!

– Pretty much everyone shared this article with Steve on a mini-NES loaded with 30 games. My mini-review: Eh. It’s kind of steep at $59.99, and there’s no indication whether you can load more games on to it. (Note: Nintendo later told Kotaku that no, you can’t.) The HDMI hook-ups are nice, though. However, it feels like a missed opportunity for the Big N. By offering a viable alternative to emulators – like a device that allowed for game downloads, using your old carts and third-party support – they could have taken a nice chunk away from that market.

– A fox takes a Playstation controller from a house and drops it in a garden. Video!

– From Kotaku’s Patrick Klepek, and some other sites, the Saturn’s copy protection has finally been cracked.

– Tech Radar has an interesting list of the most disappointing games of the past 10 years.

– Because Nintendo needs more of your monies, there is now Mario-themed Hot Wheels cars. Read about them on Gaming With Swag.

– Ron Gilbert, the creator Maniac Mansion, talks to Deveop’s James Batchelor about his new game, Thimbleweed Park.

– Anna Pulley, the author of The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (With Cats!), loves Duck Tales.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

WWF War Zone came out for the Playstation in 1998. Developed by Iguana West and published by Acclaim, it got pretty decent reviews, but tends to be overshadowed by other, better games.

– This was a popular time of year for NCAA Football games to come out, as 2005, 2009 and 2011 editions came out between July 13 and July 15. Unfortunately, the series is now defunct, as EA Sports couldn’t come to an agreement with some NCAA members.

Tales of Symphonia came out for the Gamecube on July 13, 2004. It was later ported to the PS2, and then an expanded version came out for the PS3. Namco is now up to seemingly 700 different Tales games, by the way.

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 – May 12, 2016

Super Maro RPG - Box Art - SNES– A copy of Stadium Events that a guy got at a yard sale for $2 just turned into a $7,500 sale for him. This site has the story. (Warning! Autoplaying video.)

– Someone has hacked an NES with a custom modem to read Twitter. Read about it on Motherboard!

– From Reddit, and copied to a bunch of other sites, a user has developed a Virtual Boy emulator for Google Cardboard.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Super Mario RPG, a collaboration between Square and Nintendo, came out May 13, 1996. It turns 20 on Friday! Holy hell!

– The Saturn was released on May 11, 1995. With its release came console versions of Clockwork Knight, Daytona USA, Panzer Dragoon and Virtua Fighter. For a good, long retrospective, check out this piece by Jeremy Parish on US Gamer.

– Six years ago on May 11, 3D Dot Game Heroes by Silicon Studio came out for the PS3. If you’re a fan of Zelda-like games, it’s pretty good, and available in plenty of bargain bins!

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.