This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re racing as Mario, Wario, Toad, Yoshi and Donkey Kong! From 1997, we’re playing Mario Kart 64, and also talking quite a bit about Super Mario Kart for the SNES, with special guest Fatts!
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- 0:00 – Intro, which is from Rainbow Road, and a favorite of Huell. Also, intro for special guest Fatts!
- 30:00 – Fatts has to exit, so we focus on the history of Mare-E-O Kart.
- 42:30 – A new feature! Huell’s Track Tracks ranking!
- 47:45 – Emails! No intro music, because reasons.
- 1:08:15 – Next week, we’re playing a dignified, civilized Game Boy game.
– According to Price Charting, Mario Kart games are pretty valuable because people pretty much never sell them. Mario Kart 64 goes for $44 cart only, with the price swelling to $224.99 for the cart, box and manual in new condition. The range for Super Mario Kart is $29.99 to $182.51.
Man, July is almost over! Where does the time go? Quicker than the final quarter in a game of NBA Jam! Anyway, here is this week’s news post:
– Dave Voyles is a sturdier man than most, since he’s taken on the technical challenge of turning the infamous Night Trap into a playable online game. For more information, check out his post on Gamasutra.
– There is an awesome new documentary project on Kickstarter, called Insert Coin: Inside Midway’s 90s Revolution. If the project hits its goal of $75,000, it plans to cover all the games of the era: Smash TV, NARC, WrestleMania, and of course, NBA Jam and Mortal Kombat.
– On past episodes, Steve has mentioned how much he liked the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris, which really covers the rise and fall of Sega. The Mary Sue’s Dan Van Winkle has an interview with Harris here. (And hey, if you want to buy the book, don’t forget about our Amazon link!)
– From Chris Arrant of Newsarama, details on the deal between Atari and Dynamite to publish items on the gaming company’s deep back inventory of items.
– The latest effort from Honest Trailers? The Super Mario Bros. movie!
– A United Kingdom company is now offering retro game mural wallpaper.
– Via Riley Little of Game Rant, a dad has turned his child’s nursery into one with a Mario Kart 8 theme.
– Business Insider has an unwrapping of the new $500 Nintendo Entertainment System. (Warning: Video will autoplay!)
– David Nield of Motoring Research has a list of the best retro tech of the 1990s, which includes the Super Nintendo and the Game Boy Color, amongst other devices like beepers, point and shoot cameras, and Nokia phones.
ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
– In 2001, Max Payne came out for the PC. According to Wikipedia, the three games in the series have now sold more than 7.5 million copies. It was known for introducing Matrix-style “bullet time” to games.
– And since it’s July, almost nothing else came out. Womp womp womp.