Tag Archives: Taito

Episode 031 – Bubble Bobble (1988)

Episode 031 – Bubble Bobble (1988)

Episode 031 – Bubble Bobble (1988)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are playing as dinosaurs as we entrap enemies and solve puzzles with bubbles! From 1988, we are playing Taito’s Bubble Bobble for the NES and Arcade. WARNING: This week’s show does not have the swears censored out!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is a cool rock cover of the Bubble Bobble theme song. You can find it here on YouTube.
  • 45:00 – The Bubble Bobble Theater Players.
  • 49:00 – Emails. The boys talk about snow levels, and about whether emails are real… Multiple times.
  • 1:06:00 – Snifferoo. We expand into a new era of gaming next week, although we do so with stealth and tactical precision.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, and mentioned on the show, the original Bubble Bobble goes for about $18 for just the cart, but shoots up to the $300 range if you want a copy in pristine condition, with box and manual. It’s available on the various Wii shops for around $5. The second game, which came out in 1993, is even worse, costing $290 for just the cart and $5,299 for a new copy.

– The oddly named Rainbow Islands is cheaper on Price Charting, ranging from $27 to $102. Although we were not really familiar with it on the show, critics ate it up, with most giving it 90-plus percent.

Taito made its hay in the 1970s with a ton of arcade games, and its list of games is massive. It was purchased by Square Enix in 2005 though, and since then, things have of course gotten weird.

Episode 015 – Little Samson (1992)

Episode 015 - Little Samson (1992)

Episode 015 – Little Samson (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re defeating evil wizards as a dragon, a golem and a mouse in one of the most valuable NES games out there. From 1992 and near the end of the NES lifespan, we’re playing Little Samson, with special guest DJ!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – The intro, which is the end boss theme for Little Samson.
  • 38:15 – Emails. Cul-de-sacs and wrestling video game talk.
  • 52:00 – Snifferoo.

SHOW NOTES

– During the show, DJ mentions a video that gets into the history of Little Samson. It’s by a neat YouTube creator, the Gaming Historian, and it can be viewed here.

– Want to collect every NES game? Titles like Little Samson make it tough. John Blanco at Jinja Bobot has a good list of the toughest finds, which includes Little Samson, Panic Restaurant, and the Nintendo World Championship carts.

– The video game value site that Steve mentions, Price Charting, can be found here. It’s a pretty nifty resource for buying and selling games. As publicity on Little Samson’s rareness has increased, so has its value, from the $90 range in 2008 to around $150 in 2011, $500 in 2013 and $700 to $800 in 2015. If you want the manual and box, you can add a surcharge ranging from 15 percent to 50 percent. To see Little Samson’s entry on the site, click here.

– For a gameplay video on Little Samson, click here. The best speed run of the game is in about 10 minutes.