Tag Archives: Pokémon

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.

Episode 082 – Pokemon Red and Blue (1998)

Episode 082 – Pokemon Red and Blue (1998)

Episode 082 – Pokemon Red and Blue (1998)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are desperately trying to catch them all! From 1998, we’re playing Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue by Game Freak and Nintendo for the Game Boy. And, the sweet baby boys are joined by special guests Ryan Gibbs and Mel Turnquist!

You can manually download this week’s deep, story-driven 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!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the theme song from the Pokemon TV show, which has a shocking amount of episodes.
  • 39:15 – We address your Comments, Concerns and Questions.
  • 51:00 – Emails! More from John Q. Tetris, and some other guys.
  • 1:03:45 – The show is going long, but we NEED to help some people, so it’s… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 1:12:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we click click click click click click click click.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, pretty much all of the Pokemon games have retained their value to a certain degree. Blue and Red go for about $19 for the cart only, and $60 to $85 for the game, box and manual.

– There have been 122 releases of Pokemon, which is disgusting and impressive at the same time. Polygon has a timeline here.

– Ryan’s site is The Young Folks, which you can find here.

Vidya Game News – October 28, 2016

The PS2.– Kyle Orland has a good interview with Sid Meier, of Civilization fame, for Ars Technica. You can read it here! And check out our Civilization show here.

– Speaking of Orland, he had a cool link in his weekly newsletter to an older piece about how insider leaks happen. (If you’re not subscribing to Orland’s weekly newsletter yet, you should! That is, if you love vidya games.)

– On Engadget and other sites: A prototype for a SNES version of Rayman has been found.

– In honor of Halloween, Justin Carreiro of The Young Folks has a look at Maniac Mansion. You can listen to our show on it here! Also, Ryan Gibbs of The Young Folks once talked SimCity with us here.

Pokemon Sun and Moon, which release Nov. 18 for the 3DS, are Nintendo’s biggest pre-ordered games of all-time, per a release by the company published on Polygon.

– Nathan Grayson of Kotaku summarizes some of the issues hitting up mod support for Sega games on Steam here.

– The USgamer team ranks all 30 games in the NES Classic here! Games we’ve covered on YPB: Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Punch-Out, Tecmo Bowl, Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2.

– On Polygon and other sites this week… The official Sega employee song from the 1990s.

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

– The PlayStation 2 came out on October 26, 2000. It was pretty popular.

– In 2002, a little game called Grand Theft Auto: Vice City came out. It was pretty, pretty, pretty popular. Almost exactly two years later, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas came out, and it was also pretty, pretty, pretty popular.

– Another lil game, Fallout 3, came out on October 28, 2008. Again, it was pretty 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 13, 2016

socks-the-cat-01– Biggest news EVER possibly: The Socks the Cat game for the SNES is probably going to get a release, once it hits its Kickstarter goal! Yay! Read more here. Second Dimension and Tom Curtin, a gaming historian and collector, managed to secure the rights.

– On Kotaku, they have a news item on an NES replica that’s in the shape of a Zelda chest. And, oh, by the way, it has a wireless, floating Tri-force. Read more here!

– Stuff has a cool feature on the history of Nintendo handhelds, including the Game and Watch.

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

Mortal Kombat 3 was released for the Genesis and Super Nintendo today in 1995, after its release in arcades on April 15. Its story is completely insane, but hey, it has more buckets of blood, like the previous games in the series.

Pokemon Gold and Silver came out on October 15, 2000. They sold a billion copies.

WWF Raw was released for the PC on October 14, 2002. Because it was the last WWF game on the PC until 2015, it was a popular when it came to mods, even though Anchor’s effort received middling reviews when it came out.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne was released October 12, 2004. It was the first game of that series released in the U.S. by Atlus, and it immediately became a cult classic, bought by about 20 people who all happened to be game critics.

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 – September 29, 2016

nintendo-64-system-shot

Happy birthday, Nintendo 64!

– GamesIndustry.biz has an awesome, long interview with Rand Miller of Cyan Worlds on Myst, Obduction and releasing a game without a strong publisher. You can read it here, and listen to our show on Myst here!

– Brian Shea at Game Informer has a good piece on how Sega and Nintendo finally made peace over the years, and how Sonic appeared on a Nintendo platform. You can read it here.

– The spiritual successor to River City Ransom, River City: Toyko Rumble, has scooped up a good review from GameSpot. Listen to our show on the original game here.

– The early reviews on Sonic Mania are good so far.

– From The Daily Dot and other sites, the Warcraft movie now has an Honest Trailer out for it. Listen to our review of the game series here!

– PCMag.com has a slideshow on seven Mario games that never made it to the U.S.

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

– The Nintendo 64 came out for everyone today in 1996. It was kind of a big deal. Past N64 games we’ve covered: Quest 64, Superman 64, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye and Star Fox 64.

– By the way, it seems weird, but Pokemon Red and Blue came out in Sept. 28, 1998 – two years AFTER the Nintendo 64 was released.

– A little game called Fallout came out for the PC on Sept. 30, 1997. Amazing, a sequel came out only a year later. Both games had more in common with the X-Com series than the action-RPG Fallout has become, but they were very well-reviewed.

Tales of Destiny, the second game in that popular series, came out on Sept. 30, 1998 for the PlayStation. In this game from Namco and Wolf Team, you play as Stahn and kill things with a big sword. It’s a weird kind of RPG-action game, but well-reviewed and well-received.

Crash Team Racing, a completely and utterly original kart racing game, came out on Sept. 30, 1999. For more on Crash Bandicoot, check out our episode from a few weeks ago. And if you’d prefer our thoughts on some other racing game, try this episode.

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.

You can manually download this week’s quirky 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 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.

Vidya Game News – July 28, 2016

Mario Golf - Toadstool Tour - GCN - Box Art– Nintendo is mining its past heavily for the Christmas season, as in addition to the NES Classic Edition, they also plan to come out with the Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics retrospective book on 17 games. Read more on the Prima Games site here.

– Hey, Sega also licensed their systems for new productions years ago! Except, according to Polygon, they kind of suck.

– From Geek, the Retroist has a fun feature on misleading Atari 2600 box art.

– Surprisingly, the new Ghostbusters game is just as bad as the old one, according to Brett Makedonski of Destructoid.

– On IGN and a bunch of other sites, a wireless receiver is now available to use PS4 and other current gen controllers on the SNES.

– Jason Schreier of Kotaku has a good retrospective on Final Fantasy III for the NES.

– Surprisingly, Honest Game Trailers tackles the awful Superman 64 this week.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour came out in 2003 for the Gamecube. It was the second game in the Mario Golf series and well-received during its release.

Pokemon Crystal came out on July 29, 2001 for the Game Boy Color. Seemingly, Nintendo is the only company releasing good games in the dog days of summer…

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 064 – Quest 64 (1998)

Episode 064 – Quest 64 (1998)

Episode 064 – Quest 64 (1998)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are playing as the legendary, all-powerful and awe-inspiring magician… Brian. From 1998, we’re playing Quest 64 by Imagineer, and published by THQ, for the Nintendo 64.

You can manually download this week’s boringly generic 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 is the title theme for Quest 64, although it sounds more like The Nightly News with Peter Jennings.
  • 43:00 – During the emails, we get a new segment: Ask the Sweet Boys! And, the rest of the emails! Guess what, we’re playing Pokemon Go like the rest of the world!
  • 58:45 – Snifferoo. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the opposite of next week’s game series was taking place.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Quest 64 is pretty cheap now. Loose carts go for $8.72, and the manual and box ups the price to $29.49. The only thing cheaper on the system are a slew of sports games.

Quest 64 is “new” enough that a review of it from 1998 still exists on Gamespot.

– TV Tropes writers had quite a bit of fun dissecting Quest 64.

Vidya Game News – November 19, 2015

Gauntlet Atari 2600 - Box Art - 01“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” ­– The Legend of Zelda.

– A cool project by a programmer dude is detailed on AtariAge, as he modified Dark Chambers into a version of Gauntlet that works on the Atarti 2600! Read about his work here.

– Confirming earlier trademark and copyright work, this week Sega confirmed that they are making a new Valkyria Chronicles for the Playstation 4, and remastering the old games as well. Sega Nerds had a translation of the Famitsu article. The third game never made it to the U.S., so it’s unclear if the new game or the remastered games will either.

– Two big Nintendo items this week. There will be a female Link, Linkle, in 3DS game Hyrule Warriors, per Twitter. Also, per almost every site on the Internet, the original Pokémon games will be getting re-releases.

– Neat advertising stuff, as Gamezone has an article by Samantha Bishop on the cool, old Kay Bee Toys flyers that got posted on Flickr. And from Tech2, they have the six worst gaming ads of all-time.

– Robyn Miller, the composer of Myst, has signed on to provide the music for Obduction. It’s a new graphical adventure that is clearly influenced by Myst.

– Cool Kickstarter project: an illustrated history of game controllers from 1972 to 1989. Check out the project from Player One Books here.

– Very important business from The Chicago Sun-Times, as Chicago Bulls player Tony Snell claims to have loved playing as Michael Jordan in NBA Jam. Say what? Everyone knows Jordan wasn’t in the game! He is probably confusing it with NBA Live 2000, which was the first basketball game in ages to actually have Jordan.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– In 2000, Banjo-Tooie came out. The sequel to Banjo-Kazooie, it was also well-reviewed. The platformer was the second-to-last game that Rare did for Nintendo, before becoming a developer for Microsoft.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was released for the PC in 2003, a few months after its initial release on the Xbox. It was an excellent RPG developed by BioWare.

– Not quittteee this day, but on Nov. 18, 1998, the Game Boy Color came out. It’s a popular day for Nintendo releases, because the Wii came out on this day in 2006.

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 025 – Bases Loaded (1988)

Episode 025 – Bases Loaded (1988)

Episode 025 – Bases Loaded (1988)

This week, we morph into Your Parents Baseball, as we’re slingin’ pitches toward the plate and trying to strike out Paste, Norkus and Star! From 1988, we’re playing Bases Loaded, one of the two best early baseball games for the NES, along with R.B.I. Baseball, which we touch upon briefly. (And Base Wars.)

You can manually download this week’s ballistic 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 is a combination of the home run and bullpen music from Bases Loaded.
  • 1:10 – A public service announcement, thanking our many YPB contributors.
  • 47:30 – Emails. The guys talk Pokémon, vidya game weapons, and shows about vidya games.
  • 1:11:00 – Snifferoo. We’re playing a spooookkkyyy game for next week.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, most of the prices for the Bases Loaded series are pretty reasonable. The loose carts go for $2 to $8, whether we’re talking NES, SNES, PSX or Game Boy. The price of box and manual shoots it up to the $25 to $100 range, like most older games. The exception is Bases Loaded 4 for the NES though, which is $25 for a loose cart, since it came out late in that system’s lifespan (1993).

Video Power was a somewhat deranged, public access (seemingly) version of Nickelodeon’s Arcade. You can see an example of it on YouTube here. And yes, the host was that insane and creepy all the time. However, it had a cool end-game feature of getting to run through a mall, snatching games. Arcade was more normal and kid-friendly, and it can be seen here.

– As usual, Wikipedia is a perfectly fine source for the Bases Loaded series, and what Jaleco is up to now.

Base Wars isn’t nearly as cool as Steve made it seem on the show, since the actual baseball of the game is kind of bad. But here is a YouTube video showing some of the different player types and gameplay aspects. One thing Steve forgot to mention on the show – You can throw at players with low HP, and they will explode into pieces at the plate.