Episode 161 – Excitebike (1985)
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are revving up our engines, dodging obstacles, and creating impossible tracks we’ll never play our way through! From 1985, we’re playing Excitebike by Nintendo for the NES. (Or as they say in the UK, the NEZ!)
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- 0:00 – Intro, which features the jaunty title theme from the game!
- 27:00 – Emails! Which movie would YOU like to see a first-person shooter version of?
- 33:00 – We can’t end the show without helping some people! It’s… Ask the Sweet Boys.
- 39:15 – Snifferoo, which features the jaunty title theme from next week’s game!
– According to Price Charting, Excitebike is very affordable. The loose cart is only $6, and it is available as a digital game for pretty much all of the Nintendo systems. Oddly, the box and manual up the price to $31. They are probably in shorter supply now because nobody took care of them back in the day.
Episode 012 – R.C. Pro Am 1 and 2 (1987 and 1992)
This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re vrooming past wet spots and through oil slicks, as we avoid bombs dropped by planes! R.C. Pro Am 1 from 1987 is the main topic of conversation, along with Nintendo Power’s NES game of 1993 – which was actually released in December 1992 – R.C. Pro Am 2! Also this week, we have ole friend and big fan Pippenz as a guest, and a very special guest toward the end of the sow.
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- 0:00 – The intro, which features the main title theme.
- 32:45 – The YPB boys are joined by a very special guest!
- 38:15 – Emails. More dark thoughts from Butterscoot, Scooterbutt and Kristina Ricci.
- 53:30 – Snifferoo.
– As mentioned on the show, R.C. Pro Am is one of 30 games featured on Rare Replay, which is scheduled to release on Aug. 4 for the Xbox One. Other highlights are the Banjo games, Perfect Dark and the Battletoads games. It’s going for $29.99 to preorder on Amazon.
– A perfect play of the 24 base tracks in R.C. Pro Am can be seen on YouTube here. It’s utterly ridiculous.
– When it comes to the sequel, it was covered by the Angry Video Game Nerd in James and Mike Mondays a little while ago. It doesn’t look like anyone has cared enough to upload a proper speedrun to YouTube, but there is a longplay here.
– NES Guide, a good resource for that system, has a list of racing games for the system. This forum post at Atari Age is also useful, since it lumps them into single and multiplayer games. As mentioned on the pod, Excitebike was the first to come out, in October 1985, followed by Mach Rider in August 1986, which was more of a mixture of shooting and arcade racer. Square’s Rad Racer came out in October 1987, which was then followed by R.C. Pro Am in February 1988.
– There is a Genesis version of R.C. Pro Am, and it’s essentially an enhancement of the original. Records are saved and what not, which helps too, I’m sure. However, it came out in 1992, when the racing scene was crowded with other, better games.
– On Amazon, the first game is around $10, but the second goes for a premium – between $65 and $100. eBay is a bit more reasonable on the first, with $3 to $10 for just the cart, and $18 to $25 if you want the box and manual. The second game still goes for $35 to $100, for just the cart, and the only box and manual and cart combo is $213.74. The Genesis version is $5 to $10, even with the box and manual.