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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.

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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.

Episode 087 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)

Episode 087 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)

Episode 087 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are embracing the best aspects of turtle power! From 1989, we’re playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Konami (Ultra) for the NES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the hypnotic 15-second loop from the first stage.
  • 39:50 – Emails!
  • 53:30 – It’s time to… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 1:01:00 – A snifferoo, as well as an outtake!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, TMNT is pretty affordable by itself, just $7 for the loose cart. It’s $29 for the box and manual as well.

– Wikipedia has a good entry on the Konami vs. Ultra distinctions.

– Hardcore Gaming explains why TMNT is so “weird” versus other Turtles media.

Vidya Game News – December 8, 2016

mario-paint-tmnt– Huge news for Todd Brisket, as the new DuckTales is on the schedule for a Summer 2017 release! Read more at Entertainment Weekly, and listen to our show on the vidya game here!

– Cinemassacre (the site of the Angry Video Game Nerd) had a viral video this week, as Mike Matei recreated the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme in Mario Paint. Check out the cool video here!

– Russ Frushtick and Justin McElroy of Polygon have a cool video on the tangled history and development of Super Mario Bros. 2. We also covered SMB2 on a past show, by the way.

– On Polygon and other sites, Crash Bandicoot is coming back in remastered form, for the PS4! Check out our past show on ole Crash here.

– Unfortunately, Konami has sent a cease-and-desist to Dejawolfs, which was developing a remake of Castlevania in the Unreal engine. You can read the story on Siliconera here. And reminder! We covered Castlevania on a past show.

– From Variety, Sega has optioned a bunch of its titles for film and television adaptations, starting with Altered Beast and Streets of Rage. And speaking of Sega selling off its merchandising rights, it has also partnered with Build-A-Bear.

Nintendo Everything has a translation of a Japanese book about The Legend of Zelda series, which reveals that a sequel to Wind Waker was canned for Twilight Princess.

– Geeks of Doom has a positive review of Art of Atari, a cool book full of Atari art.

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

– On December 9, 1997, Quake II came out for the PC. It was the online standard for a couple years of deathmatching, until Unreal Tournament and eventually Half-Life came out.

Persona 4 came out for the PS2 on December 9, 2008. It’s a hella good RPG by Atlus, and the fifth installment is due out on April 4, if it’s not delayed again.

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 – December 1, 2016

quake-iii-arena-01– The new Pokemans games have sold 3.7 million copies in two weeks, making them the fastest sellers ever for Nintendo, according to press releases given to Polygon and other sites. You can listen to our Pokemans show here!

– In other Big N news: Although they announced a Japanese partnership with Universal for theme parks last year, the effort has spread to the U.S. now too, per Den of Geek and other sites.

– In other, other Big N news… The NES Classic Edition is still impossible to find, but ThinkGeek is doing a sweepstakes for some. They might also have some for sale this week. Huzzah!

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

– November 30 is a popular day for PC releases. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness came out in 1995, Diablo came out in 1996, and Baldur’s Gate and Starcraft: Brood War came out in 1998. You can listen to our shows on Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo here, here and here.

– November 30, 1999 was also popular for RPGs. Koudelka and Vandal Hearts II both came out on that day. They’re both considered cult classics, and Koudelka continued on via the Shadow Hearts series, which is for the PS2 and awesome.

Quake III Arena came out on Dec. 2, 1999. While it wasn’t horrible, it was a bit of a misstep by id Software, as Unreal Tournament was generally more popular.

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 – October 20, 2016

shinobi-genesis-box-art– Today has a crap-ton of current video game news. Nintendo says they’re releasing information on their new console, the NX, for realies this time at 10 a.m. EST. Likewise, Rockstar is releasing a trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 at 11 a.m. EST. What a time to be alive! (UPDATE: The RDR2 link has been updated with the trailer, which looks awesome, and the NX is now called the Switch, and most of the trailer is about friggin’ controllers.)

– From ESPN property FiveThirtyEight, the world record speedrun for Super Mario Bros. continues to go down. And hey, check out our first ever episode, which was on that game!

– Wired.com has translated a really good interview with Miyamoto done by a Japanese publication. Read it here!

– Did you ever wonder to yourself: “Hey, what if the Swedish Chef loved vidya games? And then he hacked passwords for them?” Well, you’re in luck! Bisqwit has a cool video on passwords for River City Ransom on YouTube here. Listen to our past show on that game here!

The Chicago Tribune has a review of “Merge,” which is a play about the early years of Atari.

– The Verge, via a Nintendo social media account, post a treasure trove of old systems they found in a warehouse.

– Paste’s Jason D’Aprile has a good, long interview with Rand Miller of Myst fame. Check out our Myst episode with Jovial Jackee here!

– A very British dude, Daniel Ibbertson a.k.a. Slopes Game Room, has the complete history of the Shinobi series on YouTube.

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

Shining Force 2 came out for the Genesis at some point in October 1994 – the exact date is seemingly lost to time. The Shining Force series is Sega’s version of Fire Emblem, in that both tactical RPG series were ignored and not properly promoted for the longest time. And, well, Sega has kind of ignored it except for more Japanese releases.

– Konami released Metal Gear Solid for the Playstation on October 21, 1998. You can listen to the sweet baby boys and Dale talk about it here!

– Also in 1998, Xenogears came out. It tends to get a bit too much hype, but it’s still a pretty solid PSX RPG by Square. It tends to get more fame because of programming and localization issues.

Borderlands came out for the PS3 and 360 today in 2009. The first-person shooter from Gearbox Software mixed RPG elements into a first-person shooter, and it had a distinctive art and humor style. It’s sold more than 4.5 million copies.

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 075 – Sunset Riders (1991)

Episode 075 – Sunset Riders (1991)

Episode 075 – Sunset Riders (1991)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are slingin’ six guns around! From 1991, we’re playing Sunset Riders by Konami for the arcade, Sega Genesis and SNES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features some of the nifty sound effects from the game.
  • 27:00 – It’s time for another installment of Video Game Theatre! The classiest art around.
  • 32:00 – Emails! The long boat ride continues for one listener.
  • 48:00 – Ask the Sweet Boys! So much wisdom! So many asks!
  • 54:00 – Snifferoo. Next week’s game stars at least one actor from Growing Pains.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Sunset Riders goes for $74 for the SNES cart, and $31 for the Genesis cart. It hasn’t really been re-released in proper form.

– TV Tropes has a good page on Sunset Riders.

Vidya Game News – September 15, 2016

animal-crossing-gcn-box-art– Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter has a good, long interview with Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones, which you can read here. Among the revelations? The show wasn’t a spin-off of DuckTales, as instead, it took place in an alternate dimension. And by the way, check out our DuckTales episode here.

– The AV Club’s William Hughes spoke to Myst creator Rand Miller on his favorite puzzles, and how that game almost became a Disney ride. Read it here! And listen to our Myst episode here!

– In a good interview with MCV’s Alex Calvin, Sega’s European boss Jurgen Post admits that the company was pushing out too much crap during the Wii-era.

– From Polygon and other sites, Blizzard’s Chris Metzen is retiring. He was serving as the senior vice president of story and franchise development, and joined the company in the early 1990s as an illustrator and animator. He was responsible for expanding the lore of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft.

­– And speaking of Blizzard… One of its low lights, the cancelled Warcraft Adventures, has made its way to the Internet. Check out our show on the actual Warcraft series here.

– Did You Know Gaming covers Super Mario World this week, via Nerdist.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Animal Crossing came out today in 2002 in North America. It was yet another blockbuster series established by Nintendo.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance was released on Sept. 16, 2002 for the Gameboy Advance. It was fun! It mixed the classic gameplay with RPG elements.

– A Dragon Quest IV remake, Chapters of the Chosen, came out on Sept. 16, 2008. It took the gameplay of the original, but included manual control for the later chapters (yay!), but also gave everyone weird accents (boo!). New this week is a remake of Dragon Quest VII for the 3DS, which turns it into a much better, playable game, per Attack of the Geek’s Dean James.

FTL: Faster Than Light came out on Sept. 14, 2012. No, it’s not a classic game, but it’s hella good! You definitely need to play it if you like games.

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 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.

Episode 065 – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (1992)

Episode 065 – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (1992)

Episode 065 – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are going where no man has gone before! From 1992, we’re playing Star Trek: 25th Anniversary developed by Interplay and published by Ultra (Konami) for the NES. We’re joined by special guest and lover of Ghostbusters (for real), Bob Hanson!

Set your phasers to STUN and 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.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the tiny bit of the Star Trek theme that is in the game’s main theme.
  • 54:00 – Emails! Ole Scooty writes in, and someone wants to know what Steve’s favorite number is.
  • 1:03:00 – It’s our fastest growing segment! Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 1:14:00 – Snifferoo. For some reason, we’re actually playing a good game next week! One of the ultimate cult classics for the SNES.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary is reasonably priced, at $10.80 for the loose cart and $29.14 for the box, manual and cart. The Next Generation is a bit more, in the $18.95 to $40 range.

– The Angry Video Game Nerd has covered a couple Star Trek games.

– Ultra was a publishing company for Konami, setup to bypass Nintendo’s strict five-per-year limit for companies in the U.S. Read more about the company on its Wikipedia page.