Retronauts

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The original classic gaming podcasts continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. Join hosts Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey each week as they team up with a host of expert guests to chronicle the creations that have paved the way for today's hits. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines to modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four decades of vintage gaming greatness!

Episode Date
Retronauts Episode 156: Ultima feat. Richard Garriott
01:49:01
It's a double dose of Ultima! First, Jeremy and Bob chat with Jason Wilson and Rowan Kaiser from Gamesbeat to explore the RPG series' legacy, then Richard Garriott (Lord British himself) shares anecdotes about the origins and evolution of the games.
Jun 18, 2018
Retronauts Micro 89: The History of Video Game Ads Part II
01:00:00
We're back with our follow-up to Retronauts Micro 87, which dives even deeper into the history of video game advertising. This time around, we leap from the "Have you played Atari today?" era of TV spots to the brilliant-but-now-amusing way Nintendo carefully worked around Americans' anxiety about video games with their focus on R.O.B. And, unfortunately, this era also sees basically everyone but boys being phased out of the marketing--a decision that had some pretty big effects we're still feeling today. On this episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Matthew Jay, and Henry Gilbert as the crew once again laughs at and learns from the history of video game ads. (Sadly, no George Plimpton this time.)
Jun 15, 2018
Retronauts Episode 155: Nintendo GameCube
01:55:00
Nintendo followed up the modest success of the N64 with the GameCube: A small, sleek little system devoted solely to playing games. But in an era where the PlayStation 2's exclusives, backwards compatibility, and DVD playback features obliterated the competition, Nintendo found their nice little piece of hardware unable to gain any true traction. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Kat Bailey, Jeremy Parish and Dave Rudden as the crew explores the console best known as "half of a Wii but without the duct tape:" the Nintendo GameCube.
Jun 11, 2018
Retronauts Episode 154: SEGA special - Phantasy Star Interview - After Burner II - Space Harrier - Streets of Rage 3
01:31:49
All SEGA, all the time! First, a chat with Phantasy Star designers Rieko Kodama and Toru Yoshida. Then, an in-depth look at DataDiscs' releases of the classic OSTs for After Burner II, Space Harrier, and Streets of Rage 3. Special thanks to Alex Aniel!
Jun 04, 2018
Retronauts Micro 88: Lumines (feat. Tetsuya Mizuguchi)
00:37:57
Jeremy follows up on last year's interview with Enhance Games boss and all-around video game design savant Tetsuya Mizuguchi, this time exploring the origins of musical PSP puzzle masterpiece Lumines. Just in time for the new remaster!
Jun 01, 2018
Retronauts Episode 153: Suikoden I & II
01:49:41
Jeremy and Bob discuss the greatness of Konami's first two Suikoden RPGs, yet fail to acquire all 108 Stars of Destiny (all we recruited were Shane Bettenhausen and Shivam Bhatt). Plus: Remembering Retronauts contributor Andrew Fitch.
May 28, 2018
Retronauts Episode 152: Star Wars
01:41:54
Play this show before you go-go In case you're planning on seeing "Solo" Jeremy, Ben, and Chris talk about the original Star Wars and the games based on it. Just the original Star Wars. None of these newfangled prequels or sequels!
May 20, 2018
Retronauts Micro 87: The History of Video Game Ads Part I
00:53:00
Whether you like it or not, advertising is everywhere, and it's always been everywhere--which is why the jingle for some now-nonexistent product has likely obliterated some important memory in your brain. And video games, being a product that's sold for money, have never been a stranger to advertising. On this first part of a two-part series, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Matthew Jay, and Henry Gilbert as the crew explores the earliest days of video game ads, as well as the many baffling celebrity endorsements of the time. Mr. Intellivision would approve!
May 18, 2018
Retronauts Episode 151: Sonic Adventure 2
01:30:00

When Sega made their first true leap into polygonal gaming with the incredibly rushed Sonic Adventure, they delivered a fascinating and ambitious mess. Thankfully, the inevitable sequel saw Sonic Team working with more time, resources, and expertise, making it a much more polished game... but one that still has its share of problems. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Michal (@Miexriir on Twitter) as the crew digs into Sonic's sophomore stab into the world of 3D gaming.

May 14, 2018
Retronauts Episode 150: Atari: The 7800 and the raw deal
02:04:53
A two-parter from Midwest Gaming Classic 2018. First, Kevin Bunch and Brian Clark talk the history of Atari 7800 with Jeremy. Then, as a backup, Marty Goldberg (and Bob!) join Jeremy and Kevin to explain how the Atari Crash wasn't totally Atari's fault.
May 07, 2018
Retronauts Micro 86: Night Trap
00:58:00
Recorded live at Super Famicon in Greensboro NC! Jeremy Parish and Chris Sims chat with Josh Fairhurst from Limited Run Games about the mad adventure of bringing schlock-horror FMV classic Night Trap to modern consoles.
May 04, 2018
Retronauts Episode 149: Tetris
01:32:56
Steve Lin and Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation join Jeremy and Bob to comb through the convoluted story of one of the most popular and addictive video games of all time: Tetris!
Apr 30, 2018
Retronauts Episode 148: Namco's Arcade History
01:59:04
Jeremy, Chris, and Benj take a comprehensive journey through the catalog of an arcade legend: Namco. From their humble beginnings through mega-hits like Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and Galaga, it's wall-to-wall coin-op classics up in this episode. This is the first of a series of Namco retrospectives and covers the years 1978-1982!
Apr 23, 2018
Retronauts Micro 85: 3D Sonic Mailbag
00:45:00
Thanks to the magic of planning, I (Bob) have scheduled three episodes in a row about 3D Sonic games. Earlier this week, we talked about Sonic Adventure, and next month we'll talk about Sonic Adventure 2. And as for this episode? Well, if you're one of those weirdos who reads the title last, allow me to inform you that this Micro is fully dedicated to YOUR thoughts about the 3D Sonic games. So sit back and relax as Henry Gilbert and myself read and respond to listener questions about Sonic's post-2D era. And look forward to a Sonic Adventure 2 episode in May. Or dread it. It's totally your call!
Apr 20, 2018
Retronauts Episode 147: Sonic Adventure
01:32:00
Sonic the Hedgehog essentially sat out the 32-bit generation, which dealt a serious blow to Sega's financial situation. But by the time the company was ready to launch their new hardware, Sega finally delivered what a generation of gamers had been screaming about for years: a TRUE 3D Sonic game. On this week's episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Caty McCarthy as the crew digs into Sonic's first 3D outing and decides if it's a stellar success or an ambitious failure.
Apr 16, 2018
Retronauts Episode 146: The Metroid sisterhood - Scurge Hive and Iconoclasts
01:52:03
Nintendo never created a follow-up to 2002's Metroid Fusion, but this week Jeremy interviews the developers who did: Dan Kratt and Graham Scott, who put together DS/GBA cult classic Scurge Hive, and Joakim Sandberg, creator of Iconoclasts.
Apr 09, 2018
Retronauts Micro 84: The trials of vintage computing
00:40:28
Benj Edwards has long dreamed of curating a museum of vintage PC history, and he's amassed hundreds of classic computers to make it happen. We talk about the unique challenges of preserving so many aging machines… especially finding room for them all.
Apr 06, 2018
Retronauts Episode 145: Super Mario Odyssey's classic roots
01:45:57
Jeremy and Bob convene with Chris Kohler and Henry Gilbert to take another look at the ways a recent hit release draws on the heritage of a long-running game franchise. It's Super Mario Odyssey, and it celebrates 35+ years of Mario (and Donkey Kong!).
Apr 02, 2018
Retronauts Episode 144: Broderbund
02:00:42
By request of patron Jeff Vlasek, we circle back around to go deep on Brøderbund, a company whose catalog we've touched on numerous times over the past year under the aegis of other subjects. This episode, though, it's all Brøderbund, all the time!
Mar 26, 2018
Retronauts Micro 83: Metal Gear Mailbag
00:56:00
With Metal Gear Survive flopping and Hideo Kojima absent from Konami, the future of Metal Gear is fuzzy—or completely nonexistent. But, thankfully, Retronauts is a past-based operation, and there's plenty of Metal Gear behind us to look back on and discuss. On this episode, join Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert as the two-man crew tackles your most burning questions about Metal Gear.
Mar 23, 2018
Retronauts Episode 143: Doom
01:40:00
Doom is back in the public consciousness thanks to the stellar 2016 reboot, but when was the last time you thought back to the 1993 original that changed the face of PC gaming? From the fascinating behind-the-scenes development stories of plucky computer geniuses/Diet Coke addicts, to the sheer impact it had on the gaming landscape, there's enough going on with Doom to fill an entire podcast series—yet we tried to fit everything into a single episode. On this installment of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Jeff Green and Gary Butterfield as the crew rips and tears their way through a discussion of a game that truly launched a genre.
Mar 19, 2018
Retronauts Episode 142: The Mummy Demastered & Mega Cat Studios
01:45:42
Jeremy visits WayForward's offices to speak to Austin Ivansmith and Tomm Hulett making a modern-day licensed "16-bit" platformer with The Mummy Demastered, then chats with Mega Cat's Zack Manko about his studio's modern-day home-brewed NES games.
Mar 12, 2018
Retronauts Micro 82: The Goonies
01:02:58
Continuing our exploration of media properties that inspired classic games (and, also, the games they inspired), Jeremy, Ben, and Chris climb down the Fratelli's fireplace to hunt for the ancient treasure known as The Goonies.
Mar 09, 2018
Retronauts Episode 141: Preserving future classics with Limited Run Games
01:50:46
Jeremy speaks to Josh Fairhurst and Douglas Bogart about the Limited Run Games mission of preserving classics (and future classics) through the safety of physical media.
Mar 05, 2018
Retronauts Episode 140: Final Fantasy VI
01:50:32
Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey convene with Kotaku's Chris Kohler and USgamer boss Kat Bailey once again to discuss in detail the next chapter of Squaresoft's biggest RPG series: The fan-favorite, operatic, apocalyptic RPG masterpiece Final Fantasy VI.
Feb 26, 2018
Retronauts Micro 81: Virtual Bart
00:40:00
For the fourth time, the Talking Simpsons crew takes over Retronauts to explore the long legacy of Simpsons games. This week, they shine the spotlight on Virtual Bart, which applied the then-burgeoning hype over virtual reality to The Simpsons with mixed results (at best). On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as they ask the tough questions like "Why is Bart a pig for some reason?" and "Why is Bart a baby for some reason?" Note: none of these questions actually have answers.
Feb 23, 2018
Retronauts Episode 139: Television Games
01:53:00
Over the years, we've covered plenty of games based on animated TV shows, from The Simpsons to Tiny Toon Adventures to Animaniacs. But this week's episode of Retronauts focuses on a much rarer specimen: video games based on live-action TV shows. And, given that live-action shows are usually constrained by some sort of mundane reality, they don't always make for the best adaptations. But they're still fun to talk about! On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as the crew explores this particularly misguided brand of classic game.
Feb 19, 2018
Retronauts Episode 138: Ship to Shore's Konami jams & NES Maker
01:51:22
Jeremy speaks to Aaron Hamel about Ship to Shore's efforts to bring classic video game soundtracks like Lagrange Point, Darius, and Bayou Billy to the U.S. Then, Joe Granato shares the inside track on his successful Kickstarter project, the do-it-yourself 8-bit game creation kit NES Maker.
Feb 12, 2018
Retronauts Episode 137: How Symphony of the Night (almost) killed Metroidvania
01:44:07
Jeremy, Benj, and Chris explore the mid-’90s doldrums of the metroidvania genre, with a lengthy sidebar on the era's lone high point amidst industry-wide disinterest: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Feb 05, 2018
Retronauts Micro 80: Jim Henson's Labyrinth
01:08:10
Jeremy, Chris, and Benj have only 13 hours in which to discuss 1986's Jim Henson/George Lucas/David Bowie Muppet-style cult classic movie musical Labyrinth… oh, and also, the games based on it.
Feb 02, 2018
Retronauts Episode 136: Shantae (in her creator's words)
01:37:46
As part of our ongoing developer interview series, Shantae creator Matt Bozon recounts the history and challenges involved in designing indie darling Shantae. From the game's Super NES prototype to the recent Half-Genie Hero add-on Friends to the End, that's almost three decades of exploratory belly-dancing!
Jan 29, 2018
Retronauts Episode 135: Spider-Man Games
01:43:00
Spider-Man has been starring in video games for 35 years, but outside of a few rare instances, his digital adventures didn't receive much praise before Neversoft brought him into the world of polygons. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Gary Butterfield, and Spider-Man superfan Henry Gilbert as the crew pores over the many, many Spidey games released from 1982 to 2000. Anybody call for a web-slinger?
Jan 22, 2018
Retronauts Micro 79: Animaniacs Games
01:08:00
Hulu just announced a two-season reboot of the classic '90s 'toon Animaniacs, so there's never been a better time to look back at the many games starring the Warner Brothers and their Warner sister, Dot. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as the crew looks back on this wildly popular, smart, and expensive TV series and the many games that tried their best to dive as deep into pop culture references as the source material did.
Jan 19, 2018
Retronauts Episode 134: Mega Man X
01:52:07
USgamer's Kat Bailey and Capcom's Brett Elston join Bob and Jeremy to take a deep dive into what might be the single finest entry in the entire Mega Man series: Mega Man X for Super NES. A nonlinear podcast adventure!
Jan 15, 2018
Retronauts Episode 133: Steamworld & Chip Tanaka's "Django"
01:20:27
Jeremy takes to Skype this week for conversations with the men behind two of last year's best retro-inspired projects: Brjann Sigurgeirsson of Image & Form (Steamworld Dig 2), and legendary Metroid/EarthBound composer Hirokazu "Chip" Tanaka (Django).
Jan 08, 2018
Retronauts Micro 78: Square's PS1 fighting games
00:58:54
Ah, yes, Squaresoft… the company that only made RPGs. Right? Well. During the PlayStation era, the company's output was all over the place — and that includes the FIVE fighting games it published. All good, all unique! Just in time for their newest fighter, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Jeremy Parish & Ben Elgin look back at them all.
Jan 05, 2018
Retronauts Episode 132: New Year's revue: 1978 - 1988 - 1998 - 2008
01:54:49
We dust off an ancient Retronauts tradition, kicking off a new year by looking 10, 20, 30, and even 40 years into the past to explore the evolution of video games through landmark events and releases of bygone decades. Jeff Green and Ray Barnholt join us!
Jan 01, 2018
Retronauts Episode 131: SEGA's arcade history: Into the ’90s
02:00:15
Jeremy Parish, Ben Elgin, and Benj Edwards convene to discuss SEGA's arcade legacy one last time. But they fail! SEGA created so many groundbreaking classics in the ’90s that this episode only covers about half of them! Oh no!
Dec 25, 2017
Retronauts Holiday Extravaganza 2017: Donkey Kong Country's "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights"
01:08:32
As another year winds down, it's time to return once again to the Retronauts holiday cabin in Parts Unknown. And for 2017's celebration, we've dug up one of the few remaining video game cartoon Christmas specials left for our annual festive discussion: Donkey Kong Country's "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights." So, boil up a boozy batch of bog nog, cozy up by the fire, and listen in as Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, Chris Antista, and Matthew Jay explore the winter solstice customs of hideous CGI apes.
Dec 22, 2017
Retronauts Episode 130: The Legend of Zelda - The Wind Waker
01:46:41
In a generation where games strove to be gritty, photorealistic, and more "mature," The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker dared to be boldly cartoony, and suffered greatly at the hands of console warriors. Yet, close to 15 years later—and with the help of an HD remake—Link's seafaring GameCube adventure is remembered quite fondly. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, and Matthew Jay as the crew explores just how this GameCube game went from reviled to treasured. Special thanks to backer Jenny Nielsen for funding the production of this episode!
Dec 18, 2017
Retronauts Micro 76: The Wizard feat. Luke Edwards
01:04:27
Live from Super FamiCon, Jeremy Parish and Chris Sims talk about Nintendo's finest cinematic achievement, The Wizard, with the actor who played the film's title character: Luke Edwards.
Dec 15, 2017
Retronauts Episode 129: Inside Axiom Verge
01:36:08
Jeremy chats with Axiom Verge creator Tom Happ and conspirator Dan Adelman to learn more about the origins and inspirations behind one of the greatest retro-inspired games of the past decade.
Dec 11, 2017
Retronauts Episode 128: The Collectors' Bubble
01:44:45
High-grade game collectors Chris Kohler and Steve Lin drop by to discuss the wild ride that is the rapid inflation of classic games in the collector's aftermarket. Pine for the days when a Super Mario cartridge cost 25¢ instead of $25!
Dec 05, 2017
Retronauts Micro 75: Behind the Scenes of Metal Gear (Live from PRGE 2017)
00:37:17
We've given you our semi-expert opinions on Metal Gear plenty of times over the years, so it's about time for all of you Retronauts listeners to hear some EXPERT ones. And who better to offer them than people who worked on the actual games? On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey and Jeremy Parish as they grill Camouflaj's Ryan Payton and James Howell about their work on Hideo Kojima's legendary series. Thanks again to everyone who made it out to PRGE! (We'll see you again next year.)
Dec 01, 2017
Retronauts Episode 127: Listener Mail 2017
01:07:44
Often, our episodes are packed so full of stunning facts and dangerous takes that we rarely have time to give you, the listener, a voice. Hence, our annual listener mail episode: your yearly chance to write in and ask us our semi-expert opinions. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Dave Rudden and Chris Antista as the crew runs down the best Virtual Console releases of 2017, and answers your burningest questions.
Nov 28, 2017
Retronauts Episode 126: HyperCard and Myst
01:59:11
Jeremy Parish and Ben Elgin take a deep dive into the history and concept behind Apple's HyperCard technology and how it became a surprising platform for game development -including the best-selling PC game of the 20th century, Cyan's Myst.
Nov 20, 2017
Retronauts Micro 74: Metroid II & Samus Returns
01:13:48
Words no longer have any meaning as Jeremy, Benj, and Chris record a so-called Micro episode that last more than an hour. But then, there's a lot to say about Metroid II and its remake, Samus Returns.
Nov 17, 2017
Retronauts Episode 125: Final Fantasy Legend aka SaGa
01:37:19
By patron request, we continue our Final Fantasy deep dive series by looking at a trilogy of RPGs that aren't part of the series? The Final Fantasy Legend spun off from Final Fantasy II, but they became their own thing almost immediately.
Nov 13, 2017
Retronauts Episode 124: Metroidvania Beyond the NES
01:42:28
Chris Sims and Benj Edwards join Jeremy once again to survey the history of exploratory platformers. This time, it's Master System and Super NES games. (Or would be, if the discussion hadn't been sidetracked by Chris' freshman journey into Super Metroid.)
Nov 06, 2017
Retronauts Micro 73: Monster Party
00:42:43
It might not have been a smash-hit back when it released in 1989, but Monster Party went on to be remembered by NES kids as one of the more memorableif inexplicable8-bit games. Though the (unreleased) Japanese version set out to be a much more direct parody of horror hits, the extant experience skirts close enough to breaking copyright law to make the whole thing worthwhile. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join host Bob Mackey and guest Henry Gilbert as the two dig into one of the spookiest games in the NES library.
Nov 03, 2017
Retronauts Episode 123: Breath of the Wild's Zelda heritage
01:35:03
It's not an old game, but it has an old soul. Jeremy and Bob chat with Henry Gilbert and (former) IGN editor Jose Otero about the latest Legend of Zelda (Breath of the Wild) and how it connects the series' present to its past.
Oct 30, 2017
Retronauts Episode 122: Maniac Mansion
01:27:14
30 years ago, Lucasfilm Games gave us Maniac Mansion: an unassuming little adventure created by people who never dabbled in the genre before. But this lack of conventional wisdom caused Maniac Mansion to be an adventure game unlike anything else in existenceand one that would shape the future of Lucas' game division for years to come. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Mikel Reparaz, and Phil Kollar as the crew ponders the joys of Ron Gilbert's B&E simulator.
Oct 23, 2017
Retronauts Micro 72: Super Mario Sunshine mailbag
00:42:16
Yeah, it's another Mario mailbag as our Sunshine episode received way too many listener letters to be contained in the main episode. Sam, Henry, Bob, and Jeremy offer equal time to some very different Sunshine opinions than our own
Oct 20, 2017
Retronauts Episode 121: King of Fighters/Lost Game Experiences
02:01:59
Two Micro episodes combine powers to become a full episode! First, Kurt and Rob of Hardcore Gaming 101 join to discuss King of Fighters. Then, Ben and Benj follow up with a home gaming-focused counterpart to our recent arcade memories episode.
Oct 16, 2017
Retronauts Episode 120: Super Mario Sunshine
01:29:04
Taking a break from our string of glowing Mario retrospectives, we have a not-so-glowing look at vintage Mario. Yeah, 2002 is vintage now. Henry Gilbert and Sam Claiborn join us to discuss what's great about Super Mario Sunshine... but mostly what's not.
Oct 09, 2017
Retronauts Micro 71: Iwata, The Switch, and NES Golf
00:28:31
Thanks to some industrious hackers, we've recently learned that a digital version of Golf for the NES has been secretly implanted into the firmware of every Nintendo Switch as a tribute to Satoru Iwata. But how was it discovered, how can you play it, and why did Nintendo choose Golf of all games? On this disturbingly relevant episode of Retronauts Micro, host Bob Mackey and guest Henry Gilbert answer all these questions and more.
Oct 06, 2017
Retronauts Episode 118: SEGA's arcade history, 1988-1990
01:57:30
It's another dive into the classic arcade works of SEGA as Ben, Benj, and Jeremy visit the years 1988, 89, and 90 and all kinds of great and interesting games like Altered Beast, Gain Ground, Galaxy Force, and more!
Oct 02, 2017
Retronauts Episode 119: Yoshi's Island
01:36:03
Yoshi's Island hasn't been re-released in its original, unadulterated form since its 1995 debut, but the upcoming launch of the SNES Classic promises to make this platforming legend slightly more available (while supplies last). And to mark the recirculation of Nintendo's last hurrah for the Super Nintendo, we sat down for an episode-length discussion all about Yoshi's gorgeous, inventive, and somewhat polarizing adventure. On this installment of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Henry Gilbert, and Gary Butterfield as the crew gushes about this 16-bit gem nearly lost to time.
Sep 25, 2017
Retronauts Micro 70: The Apple II Breaks Out
00:46:49
Jeremy speaks to game and computer historian David Craddock about his new book of Apple II game developer interviews, "Break Out," including David's most interesting experiences meeting the people who created video game history.
Sep 22, 2017
Retronauts Episode 117: Zork
01:41:33
Former Computer Gaming World boss Jeff Green joins Jeremy and Bob to explore the world of the Great Underground Empire, consider Zork's influence on gaming, and do their best not to be eaten by a Grue.
Sep 18, 2017
Retronauts Episode 116: Arcade memories feat. the Retronauts community
01:59:45
Jeremy, Ben, and Benj reminisce about the experience of living through the golden age of arcades, with many additional memories coming in the form of an hour-long listener mailbag segment.
Sep 11, 2017
Retronauts Micro 69: Mario Series Listener Mail
01:09:57
With the recent release of Mario + Raving Rabbids, and with Super Mario Odyssey's launch lurking just a few months away, we're currently undergoing a sort of Mario Madnessmuch like the same outbreak that attacked several million children back in '88. To celebrate this resurgence in all things Mario, join Retronauts' own Bob Mackey and special guest/Mushroom Kingdom expert Henry Gilbert as the two field questions and comments from Retronauts listeners about games involving Nintendo's mustachioed mascot. Let's-a go!
Sep 08, 2017
Retronauts Episode 115: Food Mascot Games
01:52:42
Not long ago, corporations employed colorful cartoon characters to lure hungry and impressionable children into their dens of corn-based products. And, since this time period happened to overlap with the rise of video games, several food mascots ended up starring in their very own interactive experiences. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as the crew chases the chuck wagon, avoids various Noids, and asks if Chester Cheetah really IS too cool to fool.
Sep 04, 2017
Retronauts Episode 114: Gradius
01:59:54
Kurt Kalata and Rob Russo join us from Hardcore Gaming 101 to delve into the history of Konami's legendary Gradius series. From its prequel (Scramble) to its most recent spinoff (Otomedius), we blast our way through the span of the entire series!
Aug 28, 2017
Retronauts Micro 68: Dragon Slayer
00:57:58
Fresh from Long Island Retro Gaming Expo, Jeremy and Bob yield the floor to Kurt Kalata and Rob Russo from Hardcore Gaming 101 to explain the history of Falcom's Dragon Slayer series. Just in time for the PS4 debut of the latest spinoff, Tokyo Xanadu!
Aug 25, 2017
Retronauts Episode 113: Final Fantasy Adventure & Secret of Mana
01:53:13
Jeremy, Bob, and Chris hunker down to discuss the entirety of Square Enix's Mana series but only make it through the first two games: Final Fantasy Adventure for Game Boy and Secret of Mana for SNES. (Whoops, we accidentally went extremely in-depth.)
Aug 21, 2017
Retronauts Episode 112: Tetsuya Mizuguchi on Rez and SC5 - Metal Gear's 30th - Fire Pro
02:07:53
Jeremy speaks with legendary developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi on his start in games, the genesis of Space Channel 5 and Rez, and face-mounted Game Gears. Later, Kishi and Kim Justice join to discuss Metal Gear's anniversary and Fire Pro World, respectively.
Aug 14, 2017
Retronauts Micro 67: Little Nemo, the Dream Master
00:47:22
We NES kids know Little Nemo best from his classic Capcom platformer, but what about the character's role in a revolutionary newspaper comic from the early 20th century? And what of Little Nemo's extraordinarily expensive and fairly obscure box office flop that spawned two different video games? On this episode of Retronauts Micro join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Mikel Reparaz as the gang traces the history of Winsor McCay's sleepy hero across three different forms of media.
Aug 11, 2017
Retronauts Episode 111: Metroidvania II - The NES years
01:53:15
Following up on the first Metroidvania episode from a few months back, we collect the jump boots and circle back around to take a look at the next stage of the genre's evolution: The NES era.
Aug 07, 2017
Retronauts Episode 110: Super Mario Bros. 3
01:43:09
Ah, Super Mario Bros. 3. What more can be said about Nintendo R&D4's grand finale for the 8-bit era? Well, we managed to fill 90 minutes discussing this timeless game, so the answer is "a whole lot." On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Henry Gilbert as the crew takes a closer look at one of Nintendo's greatest creations, and find it's still worth beaming about.
Jul 31, 2017
Retronauts Micro 66: Batman's portable adventures
01:03:43
Chris Sims and Benj Edwards help Jeremy field a patron request to explore the Game Gear version of Batman... along with a bunch of other handheld titles we gave short shrift in our recent classic Batman games survey.
Jul 28, 2017
Retronauts Episode 109: The Dig Dug-Mr. Driller Multiverse
01:53:06
Ray Barnholt and Henry Gilbert join Bob and Jeremy to discuss gaming's original expanded universe: Namco's Dig Dug, which turns out to be a part of the same lineage (literally) as Mr. Driller and Baraduke.
Jul 24, 2017
Retronauts Episode 108: Marathon, Super NES Classic, Final Fantasy VIII
02:07:58
Jeremy, Ben, and Benj talk about Bungie FPS classic Marathon in a Micro-sized conversation that balloons out of control into a full-length episode. Then, Retronauts bloggers Kishi and Kim Justice drop in to discuss the Super NES Classic Edition & Final Fantasy VIII (in that order).
Jul 17, 2017
Retronauts Micro 65: Farewell, Genyo Takeda
00:40:56
Chris Kohler and Jose Otero join Jeremy and Bob to mark the impending retirement of Nintendo veteran Genyo Takeda, one of the most tenured game creators still working. From EVR Racer to StarTropics to MMC tech, a freeform discussion of a gaming legacy.
Jul 14, 2017
Retronauts Episode 107: SEGA's arcade history, vol. 2
01:55:14
Jeremy, Ben, and Benj convene again to continue their discussion of SEGA's chronology of arcade classics. This time, we take aim at the years 1986 & 87, with greats like Out Run, After Burner, Quartet, Alien Syndrome, and more!
Jul 10, 2017
Retronauts Episode 106: Final Fantasy V
01:53:42
Our 30th anniversary deep-dive series continues with the fifth entry in the Final Fantasy franchise, the 16-bit cult obsession Final Fantasy V. Bob and Jeremy are joined by pop culture pundit Shivam Bhatt and Chris Kohler, who wrote the book on the game.
Jul 03, 2017
Retronauts Micro 64: Kabuki Quantum Fighter
00:37:46
Jeremy, Benj, and Chris convene again to discuss that all-time classic... no, wait. To discuss weirdo niche NES action game Kabuki Quantum Fighter. Aimless digressions, collective confusion, and unflattering Batman comparisons abound!
Jun 30, 2017
Retronauts Episode 105: Cancelled games
01:45:34
Not all games are lucky enough to see a release. Some stew for years in development, only to be cancelled and shoved into storage or, in most cases, discarded entirely. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Dave Rudden, and Chris Antista as the crew examines the most notable games that nearly crossed the finish line.
Jun 27, 2017
Retronauts Episode 104: Metroidvania origins, vol. 1
01:52:48
Benj Edwards and Chris Sims join Jeremy for what was intended to be a quick overview of 8-bit games that helped define non-linear platforming but ultimately gets bogged down in exploring side paths as in any metroidvania worth its salt, really.
Jun 19, 2017
Retronauts Micro 63: The Simpsons Arcade
00:58:04
On this very special episode synergistically (but not cynically) engineered to help launch the brand-new Talking Simpsons Patreon campaign, we take a look at what many people consider the best Simpsons game in the 25 years we've had them: Konami's arcade masterpiece. With its gorgeous graphics, fun Easter eggs, and surprising faithfulness to the source material, this colorful brawler wowed us back in the day, and continues to wow us in the present. Join host Bob Mackey and guests Henry Gilbert and Chris Antista as the crew try to pin down what makes The Simpsons Arcade so amazing.
Jun 16, 2017
Retronauts Episode 103: A game music primer, plus Darius and Gunstar Heroes
01:40:07
Game music expert James Eldred shares some helpful advice on finding and building a collection of classic soundtracks. Plus: In-depth with Ship To Shore's Darius and the DataDiscs Gunstar Heroes set.
Jun 12, 2017
Retronauts Episode 102: The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening
01:39:57
Jeremy and Bob wax rhapsodic with Henry Gilbert and Kat Bailey as they harmonize to sing the praises of the first portable Zelda: The iconoclastic and frequently surreal Link's Awakening.
Jun 05, 2017
Retronauts Micro 62: The TI-99 4A revisited
00:52:25
We circle back to the original Retronauts Micro topic to do it proper justice. Ben, Benj, and Jeremy tackle the TI-99/4A: Its history, its games, and... well, that's about it.
Jun 02, 2017
Retronauts Episode 101: Mario Kart
01:48:28
Racing series come and go, but, over the last 25 years, Mario Kart has remained the most popular and relevant one out there. But what keeps this wildly unrealistic take on competitive driving so many laps ahead of its contemporaries? Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Henry Gilbert as the crew explores the ups, downs, and various rainbow roads of Nintendo's long-running racer.
May 30, 2017
Retronauts Episode 100: The advent of CD-ROM gaming
01:29:22
For our 100th full episode since our crowdfunded relaunch, we complete a long-overdue Kickstarter obligation by inviting backer Daniel Hawks to join us in a discussion of the early days and notable landmarks of CD-ROM gaming.
May 22, 2017
Retronauts Micro 61: Splatterhouse at MGC
00:51:23
Live from a very noisy Milwaukee stage, Jeremy and Bob are joined by Splatterhouse experts and world record holders Caitlin Oliver and Kevin Bunch to contemplate the complete history of Namco's gross-out brawler franchise.
May 19, 2017
Retronauts Episode 99: Snatcher LP, Final Fantasy Brass de Bravo, and more
01:23:24
The latest Retronauts Radio features an extended look at the new soundtrack release of Hideo Kojima's legendary SEGA CD adventure Snatcher, the latest Brass de Bravo Final Fantasy album, Taito on TG16, and more!
May 15, 2017
Retronauts Episode 98: Mac Gaming in the 80s
01:51:26
Retronauts East's journey through the history of Apple-based gaming continues with an in-depth look at the unique world of monochrome Mac gaming. Ben Elgin, Benj Edwards, and Jeremy Parish discuss the miracle of the mouse and the hotness of HyperCard.
May 08, 2017
Retronauts Micro 60: The Simpsons - Bart's Nightmare
00:51:10
The Simpsons might have gotten off on the wrong foot with 8-bit consoles, but Our Favorite Family's 16-bit debut was... kinda better? On our latest Talking Simpsons crossover episode, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as the crew gives Bart's Nightmare the Retronauts treatment.
May 06, 2017
Retronauts Episode 97: BRO-totypes
01:40:08
Steve Lin joins Jeremy and Bob to discuss that most primal of video game forces: Manly video games about manly men. We explore the pop social forces behind the rise of rugged 8-bit heroes, and how those beefy classics shaped modern game sensibilities.
May 01, 2017
Retronauts Episode 96: Ghostbusters
01:30:45
'80s kids couldn't help but grow up with a Ghostbusters fixation, even if the games based on this popular property were often as fun as drowning in a river of slime. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, and Mikel Reparaz as the crew digs into every Ghostbusters game to see how well each one captures that essential ghostbusting spirit. And if you think all of these games are good, we're not ready to believe you!
Apr 24, 2017
Retronauts Micro 59: Atari's SwordQuest
00:50:27
Jeremy and Benj discuss the history of Atari's fascinating, extravagant, and incomplete SwordQuest series with (literally!) one of the authors of the game's new comeback: Comics scribe Chris Sims.
Apr 21, 2017
Retronauts Episode 95: The 8-bit adventures of Batman
01:47:08
Renowned Batmanologist and comics scribe Chris Sims joins Jeremy Parish and Benj Edwards to explore the lore of early Batman games and how they fit into the evolution of the character's franchise.
Apr 18, 2017
Retronauts Episode 94: The music of Castlevania III, Shovel Knight, Galaxy Force II, and Contra III | Retronauts Radio
01:48:32
Boss Key Studios audio expert Jack Menhorn joins Jeremy for an in-depth discussion of the latest new releases of retro- and retro-style game soundtracks: Mondo's Contra III and Castlevania III, Brave Wave's Shovel Knight, and DataDiscs' Galaxy Force II!
Apr 10, 2017
Retronauts Micro 58: The Zelda Treasure Jingle Quiz
00:28:09
Since weve all got Breath of the Wild on the brain, why not celebrate The Legend of Zeldas most unsung musical moments? On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, Henry Gilbert, and Brett Elston as the crew assembles to put their knowledge of Zeldas famous doo doo doo DOOOO ditty to the test. You know the one were talking about.
Apr 08, 2017
Retronauts Episode 93: Castlevania's portable legacy
01:48:28
Castlevania superfan Shane Bettenhausen joins Bob and Jeremy to discuss the next set of vampire-slaying classics to go under the retrospective lens: The series' six "Igavania" entries for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.
Apr 03, 2017
Retronauts Episode 92: Celebrity games
01:46:18
Though video games were considered the domain of nerds until fairly recently, this stigma certainly didn't stop celebrities from attaching their names to all manner of misguided interactive experiences. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as the crew takes a tour of the many celebrity-based that baffled them over the past three decades. If you've been waiting decades for someone--anyone--to talk about Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball, this is the podcast for you.
Mar 27, 2017
Retronauts Micro 57: Blaster Master & Blaster Master Zero
00:31:46
It's a different application for the Retronauts Micro format this week as Jeremy uses the show to present a review of the newly released Blaster Master Zero alongside a series retrospective.
Mar 24, 2017
Retronauts Episode 91: Retronauts East - SEGA's golden arcade era, pt. 1
02:03:59
Ben Elgin and Benj Edwards reconvene with Jeremy to explore the first half of SEGA's arcade output. Like the games we're discussing, the episode starts off a bit shaky, but everything is awesome by 1985. Pengo! Zaxxon! Space Harrier! Hang On! And more!
Mar 20, 2017
Retronauts Episode 90: Retronauts Radio 3 - Zelda 30th Anniversary Symphony & Nintendo incidental music
01:25:23
Bob joins in for a slightly different episode of Retronauts Radio! We discuss the recent CD release of the 30th anniversary Zelda concert series and look at the history of incredible incidental music in Nintendo's non-game apps.
Mar 13, 2017
Retronauts Micro 56: An audio-sampling sampler
00:25:31
Retronauts Micro returns on a biweekly schedule! Jeremy kicks things off with a follow-up to last year's look at FM synthesis in games by exploring a flip side: A brief (and at all comprehensive) history of audio sampling vis-a-vis video games.
Mar 10, 2017
Retronauts Episode 89: Final Fantasy IV, redux
01:57:20
We continue our Final Fantasy deep-dive series by doing like Square did back in the day and jumping ahead from FFI to FFIV. Chris Kohler and Kat Bailey join to share their thoughts on this most influential of 16-bit role-playing games.
Mar 06, 2017
Retronauts Episode 88: Yoshi Games
01:38:29
Following his debut in 1990's Super Mario World, Yoshi quickly evolved from a glorified power-up to a star that could carry games with his name alone. And in the character's nearly 30 years of existence, Yoshi-based experiences have taken many forms--including one that stands as possibly the greatest platformer of all time. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Henry Gilbert as the crew tries to pin down Yoshi's appeal and whether or not we should worry that he suddenly grew opposable thumbs. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Feb 27, 2017
Retronauts Episode 87: A history of the Apple II
01:26:12
It's the debut of Retronauts East as East Coast gaming experts Benj Edwards and Ben Elgin join Jeremy to discuss the Apple II computer platform: Its origins, its games, and its legacy. Be sure to visit our site, which includes a complete listing of this episode's musical selections and where to find them, at Retronauts.com. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way to help support this weekly show, please head on over to our Patreon page!
Feb 20, 2017
Retronauts Episode 86: The music of Castlevania II, Final Fantasy Tactics, Etrian Odyssey & more
01:08:07
Our second Retronauts Radio looks at notable retro-themed game music releases for February: Castlevania II, a Final Fantasy Tactics tribute, Revenge of Shinobi, Etrian Odyssey remixes, and a ton of SEGA jams! Art by Jon Stachewicz. Be sure to visit our site, which includes a complete listing of this episode's musical selections and where to find them, at Retronauts.com. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way to help support this weekly show, please head on over to our Patreon page!
Feb 13, 2017
Retronauts Episode 85: Activision, the original third party
01:41:35
Steve Lin and Jaz Rignall join Jeremy and Bob again to look back at one of the most important game creators of all time: Activision, the company that established the concept of third parties.
Feb 06, 2017
Retronauts Episode 84: Wii
01:31:54
It's hard to believe, but the Wii celebrated its tenth birthday last year, putting it within our extremely loose definition of "retro." And thankfully, it's a topic worthy of the Retronauts treatment. Not only does the Wii amount to Nintendo's biggest success, it's also unlikely any subsequent system will ever sell more than this underpowered little box that made our motion-control dreams come true... when we still had them. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Brett Elston, and Mikel Reparaz as the crew looks back on a not-too-distant past full of Wiis and waggle. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jan 30, 2017
Retronauts Micro 055: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
00:46:39
When The Simpsons took off like a rocket in its first few years, it was only a matter of time before someone scooped up the video game rights. And that "someone" in this case turned out to be Acclaim, those notable purveyors of trash who introduced the concept of "buyer's remorse" to generations of gamers. On this special Talking Simpsons crossover episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as the crew thoroughly explores Bart vs. the Space Mutants, the strangely ambitious but all-around bad production that taught us all to be forever suspicious of Simpsons games. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jan 23, 2017
Retronauts Episode 83: The Music of Panzer Dragoon, Final Fantasy, Dracula X and more
01:08:16
It's an all-music episode of Retronauts as Jeremy looks at recent classic game soundtrack releases of note. Includes looks at Panzer Dragoon, symphonic Final Fantasy, Castlevania: Dracula X, Metroid, and more! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, now updated daily! This show is an entirely independent and a self-sustaining concern for 2017. Please help support our livelihoods through Patreon!
Jan 16, 2017
Retronauts Micro 054: Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move
00:14:40
Having survived the Bubble Bobble episode, Jeremy mops up the franchise with a look at its most popular (or at least most imitated) branch: The iconic color-match puzzler Bust-A-Move... more sensibly known as "Puzzle Bobble." Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, now updated daily! This show is an entirely independent and a self-sustaining concern for 2017. Please help support our livelihoods through Patreon!
Jan 09, 2017
Retronauts Episode 82: Bubble Bobble and Family
01:36:29
The original Power Trio — Bob, Ray, and Jeremy — follow up their recent look at Wonder Boy to take on the next needlessly convoluted franchise: Taito's Bubble Bobble (et al.). Confusion guaranteed for all! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, now updated daily! This show is an entirely independent and a self-sustaining concern for 2017. Please help support our livelihoods through Patreon!
Jan 02, 2017
Retronauts Holiday Extravaganza 2016: Christmas Comes to Pac-Land
01:10:34
After yet another year of podcasting, it's time to tie a bow on 2016 with an annual trip to the Retronauts Holiday cabin in Parts Unknown. And this time around, we set our sights on Christmas Comes to Pac-Land, a TV special that gently lulled a generation of chomp-obsessed children to sleep when it premiered way back in 1982. On this very special episode, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Chris Antista as the crew examines this televised lump of Christmas coal in much greater detail than any of its creators ever did. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Dec 23, 2016
Retronauts Episode 81: Sonic the Hedgehog
01:43:46
Ah, Sonic the Hedgehog: a designed-by-committee character born out of pure cynicism that nonetheless won over a generation and continues to be extremely popular today. Despite the brand's notoriety throughout the 21st century, Sonic earned his place in gaming history with the three-and-a-half Genesis releases that made him a household name. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Tim Turi as the crew explores Sonic's origins and the brief period where he shone the brightest. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Dec 19, 2016
Retronauts Micro 053: Donkey Kong's Day in Court
00:14:43
Enjoy this delightful yarn about the legal wrangling over the matter of Donkey Kong's true parents. Is Shigeru Miyamoto really his dad? And who has custody over this simian tyke, anyway? Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Dec 12, 2016
Retronauts Micro 052: For the Love of FM Synthesis
00:16:09
Let's get technical! With this, the first of a series of Micro episodes focused on specific technologies and how they shape the games we love. We begin here with a podcast-appropriate aural treat: The iconic sound of FM synthesis. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Dec 05, 2016
Retronauts Episode 80: Famicom Boom-era Developers
01:59:16
TOSE! Towa Chiki! VAP! Meldac! SunSoft! Atelier Double! These are but a few of the studios we (that is, Jeremy, Dr. Sparkle, and Frank Cifaldi) explore in this look at weird, often terrible games made by vanished Japanese developers in the '80s. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Nov 28, 2016
Retronauts Episode 79: 10 Shitty Years of Virtual Console
01:38:16
Chris Kohler joins Jeremy and Bob to revisit a topic from the earliest days of Retronauts: Virtual Console. Boy, what a difference 10 years makes! Remember when we were optimistic about that? Also includes some NES Classic Edition spitballing or whatever. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Nov 21, 2016
Retronauts Micro 051: Talkin' Pods with Watch Out for Fireballs
00:36:17
As part of our post-10th birthday victory lap, friends Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross of Watch Out for Fireballs! (and several other shows) join Bob for a laid-back discussion about the podcasting game, the true meaning of "retro," and why you should get your butt to Portland next October. Thanks for listening, and we swear we'll actually be talking about video games next week! (And, presumably, for several hundred weeks to come.) Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Nov 14, 2016
Retronauts Episode 78: Retronauts' 10th Anniversary Live from PRGE 2016
00:47:02
It's hard to believe, but the podcast devoted to discussing old games is now old itself! On this special live episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Chris Kohler, and special guest Scott Sharkey as the crew discusses a decade spent stuck in the past. (Special thanks to twitter user @RPeavyhouse for the cover photo!) Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Nov 07, 2016
Retronauts Micro 050: Fester's Quest
00:38:06
If you lived through the NES era, the words "Fester's Quest" likely make you break into a cold sweat. (Sorry about that.) A few years before Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd danced the Mamushka, kids of the '80s mostly knew The Addams Family via Sunsoft's 8-bit hit and its absolutely unforgiving difficulty. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, and Henry Gilbert as the crew works through their shared trauma, and uncovers the fascinating history of this odd little game. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Oct 31, 2016
Retronauts Episode 77: The History of Video Game Censorship
01:39:08
Like every type of media still in its early years, gaming is viewed (by some) as a world-destroying force bent on stealing our time and warping our innocent minds. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Henry Gilbert and Mikel Reparaz as the crew traces how our anxieties over this new form of entertainment have caused society to push back and demand sometimes-hilarious changes. It's bowdleriffic! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Oct 25, 2016
Retronauts Reminder: Come See Us in Portland this Weekend!
00:01:10
Hey folks, we'll be in Portland this coming weekend for the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and a special afterparty at QuarterWorld! Here's all the info you need: Our panel: We'll be celebrating Retronauts' 10th anniversary with a PRGE panel on Sunday, October 23 at 3:00pm in Auditorium B. (Click here for the full schedule.) The afterparty: Join us after the panel from 8:00pm - 10:00pm for a party at the great arcade QuarterWorld, located at 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. To attend, you MUST RSVP at our Eventbrite page, which you can access by clicking here. Please bring either a printout of your ticket, or a digital copy of the RSVP confirmation e-mail via your smartphone. Access to our party is free, but you'll still need to pay QuarterWorld's cover charge, which should be $3.00. If you can't access links via your MP3 player or program, the link to the Eventbrite page can be found pinned to the top of both our Twitter and Facebook pages. Hope to see you there!
Oct 19, 2016
Retronauts Micro 049: Elevator Action II
00:12:53
Jeremy muses over one of the greatest arcade games of all time: Taito's oddly out-of-time cooperative shooter, Elevator Action II (Elevator Action Returns if you're nasty). Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Oct 17, 2016
Retronauts Episode 76: Preserving Game Ephemera
01:25:36
Game preservation advocates Frank Cifaldi, Mike Mika, and Steve Lin of The Video Game History Foundation discuss the challenges and obsessions that drive the search for and archiving of the information and materials surrounding the classics. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Oct 10, 2016
Retronauts Micro 048: 8-Bit Superhero Sampler - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman
00:51:36
After a month, the Retronauts Micro 8-Bit Superhero Sampler continues with a discussion of two NES games that aren't quite as abominable as the ones featured in our last installment: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman. On this extra-extra-long episode, join Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, Henry Gilbert, and special guest Chris Baker as the crew extolls the virtues of underwater bomb disposal, and explains why Batman's purple-hued makeover makes sense (which surprisingly has nothing to do with Prince). Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Oct 03, 2016
Retronauts Episode 75: Punch-Out!!
01:31:26
While the majority of us nostalgia-heads remember Punch-Out!! most from its brief association with Mike Tyson, this humble little series has an interesting history outside of its noteworthiness as an all-time NES classic. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Chris Antista, and Dave Rudden as the crew explores the entire Punch-Out!! series, from its roots as a wannabe Laserdisc game to its current status as a means of beating up whimsical ethnic stereotypes. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Sep 26, 2016
Retronauts Micro 047: Dragon Quest VII and the Slow Burn
00:14:21
Jeremy looks at how this classic RPG's 3DS remake compares to the unhappy reputation of the original version. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Sep 19, 2016
Retronauts Episode 74: Nintendo 64
01:39:54
Jared Petty joins Bob and Jeremy to contemplate the good and the bad of Nintendo's third home console, which launched 20 years ago this month. (Apologies for the audio defects in this episode — they didn't become apparent until we had finished recording.) Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Sep 12, 2016
Retronauts Micro 046: 8-Bit Superhero Sampler - Superman and The Uncanny X-Men
00:28:28
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... some guy riding the subway! On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, Henry Gilbert, and special guest Chris Baker as the crew dissects two of the earliest (and worst) superhero games the NES has to offer: Superman and The Uncanny X-Men. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Sep 05, 2016
Retronauts Episode 73: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
01:33:14
Five years after making his hosting debut in Retronauts Live episode 17, Bob returns to the topic of the Super Nintendo to find out if there's anything new to say. Thankfully, a half-decade later, we're all a little older, and a little wiser--but mostly a little older. On this celebration of the SNES' 25th birthday, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Capcom's Tim Turi tag along to sing the praises of Nintendo's wonderful 16-bit console. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Aug 29, 2016
Retronauts Micro 045: Tennis and Tetris for Game Boy
00:34:34
Bryan Ochalla joins in again for another in-depth dissection of the Game Boy library. This time we look at Nintendo's Tennis and the system's 800-lb. gorilla. Not, not Donkey Kong (DK's an ape, not a gorilla!) — I mean Tetris. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page
Aug 22, 2016
Retronauts Episode 72: Wonder Boy Vs. Adventure Island
01:40:15
Ray Barnholt joins Jeremy and Bob in an attempt to make sense of the bizarre lineage of SEGA's Wonder Boy, Hudson's Adventure Island, and the pronunciation of "Westone." It's 100 minutes of confusion! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Aug 15, 2016
Retronauts Micro 044: Classic Game SFX Quizdown
00:24:12
On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, and Henry Gilbert as your podcasting pals cast off the shackles of edutainment and bring you a mostly frivolous test of their classic game audio knowledge. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Aug 08, 2016
Retronauts Episode 71: SimCity
01:16:53
In an era of high scores and game overs, Bay Area developer Will Wright's fascination with urban planning led to an experience completely unique to our medium: a video game with no win state. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Mikel Reparaz, and Kat Bailey as the crew traces the history of SimCity from its brilliant roots to its unfortunate decline, and ponder just how much product Will Wright's cartoon avatar needs to keep his green afro so bouncy and manageable. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Aug 01, 2016
Retronauts Micro 043: The Famicom Rainbow
00:16:41
Caitlin Oliver chats with Jeremy about gaming's most aesthetically pleasing collecting habit: Acquiring the full spectrum of Nintendo's multi-colored Japanese 8-bit cartridges. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jul 25, 2016
Retronauts Episode 70: Final Fantasy I
01:13:46
Chris Kohler and Sam Claiborne join up for another single-game exploratory session, this time centered around the original Final Fantasy. More like Final FantasTIC, right??? Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jul 18, 2016
Retronauts Micro 042: Shop Theme Mixtape
00:11:51
On this episode of Retronauts Micro, we return once again to the mixtape format for a small sampling of the catchiest shop themes in classic video games. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page! 2:50 - Pub Polka from Dragon Quest IX 4:18 - Shop Theme from NES Beetlejuice 5:00 - Master Librarian from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 6:41 - Shop Theme from River City Ransom 7:56 - Humoresque of a Little Dog from Mother 8:55 - Tadashi Pharmacy Song from Revelations: Persona
Jul 11, 2016
Retronauts Episode 69: EarthBound
01:33:14
The SNES RPG EarthBound might be considered a true cult classic, but its rise from critical flop to beloved masterpiece didn't happen overnight. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Michael Grimm, and Andrew Goldfarb as the crew tries to pin down what makes this Japanese take on Boomer-friendly Americana so special. OK desu ka? Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jul 04, 2016
Retronauts Micro 041: A Failed Game Boy Pilot
01:06:58
It's not really a Micro episode, but that's OK — it's not really Retronauts, either. Jeremy digs up a pilot episode for a Game Boy-centered podcast (costarring Game Boy superfan Bryan Ochalla) that ultimately never saw the light of day. In this standalone episode, we discuss the system's launch and day-one releases: Baseball, Alleyway, Yakuman, and of course Super Mario Land. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jun 27, 2016
Retronauts Episode 68: Pac-Man
01:37:09
Steven Lin and Jaz Rignall join up to talk about Namco's all-time classic Pac-Man, as well as its spinoffs, sequels, and merchandizing. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jun 20, 2016
Retronauts Micro 040: GamePro TV
00:35:42
Despite the fact that video games have been a household mainstay since the '80s, they've been mostly absent from TV programming until fairly recently. But before G4 emerged in 2002, there was GamePro TV: A short-lived, syndicated show from 1991 that existed as an extremely literal interpretation of the popular magazine. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Dave Rudden, Chris Antista, and Henry Gilbert as the crew explores this relic of the '90s and tries desperately to write down J.D. Roth's codes in time. It'll be totally tubular, bud! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jun 13, 2016
Retronauts Episode 67: Listener Mail 2016
01:45:13
Due to our erratic Retronauts recording schedule--a whole bunch of podcasts every three to four months--it's a lot harder than it used to be to respond to our fans in a timely manner. That's why, once per year, we sit down and pore over a selection of the best listener letters for the sake of a freewheeling, 90-minute discussion. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Mikel Reparaz, and Chris Kohler as the crew tackles important issues, like the state of gaming preservation and their respective waifus. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jun 06, 2016
Retronauts Micro #039: Klonoa
00:12:33
Jeremy reminisces on the appeal of Namco's Klonoa, a PlayStation game whose existence defied the odds. Simple yet memorable, its ethereal atmosphere make it a timeless 32-bit creation. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more podcasts or whatever. And if you'd like to support the show, that can be arranged through our Patreon page.
May 30, 2016
Retronauts Episode 66: Zelda on NES
01:41:55
Chris Kohler and Sam Claiborn join Jeremy and Bob to dive deep into a part of the Zelda series Retronauts has rarely touched on: The NES duo of The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more podcasts or whatever. And if you'd like to support the show, that can be arranged through our Patreon page.
May 23, 2016
Retronauts Micro 038: Nick Arcade with Special Guests Laser Time
00:36:03
These days, we have YouTube, Twitch, and a variety of platforms to bring us endless footage of just about every game ever made, but kids who grew up in the '90s weren't so lucky. Despite our prehistoric existence, though, we at least had the short-lived game show, Nick Arcade, which gave a nation of cable TV viewers nothing but pure gaming action for roughly 23% of its running time. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, enter the VIDEO ZONE as Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, Dave Rudden, and Henry Gilbert explore the best kids' entertainment Florida is capable of. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
May 16, 2016
Retronauts Episode 65: Resident Evil
01:29:17
Sorry to make you feel old, but Resident Evil turns 20 this year. And since we games journalists can't help but be obsessed with anniversaries that end in a 0 or a 5, it's only natural that we record a Retronauts retrospective on this rich subject. On this episode, listen in as Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and guest Dave Rudden explore the first three Resident Evil games and their surprisingly convoluted histories. (And we at least make an effort to keep the regurgitation of tired memes to a minimum.) Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
May 09, 2016
Retronauts Micro 037: Little Samson
00:11:05
A look back at, to our knowledge, the final legacy ofMegaMancreator Akira Kitamura: The overlooked andoverpricedNESplatformer Little Samson. Be sure to visit our blog atRetronauts.com, and checkout our partner site, USgamer,for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks ourway, head on over to our Patreon page!
May 02, 2016
Retronauts Episode 64: Dracula X
01:42:39
Dan Adelman joins Jeremy and Bob to discuss one of the true treasures of the '90s: The Castlevania series' transformative duology, Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. Enough talk, have at you! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Apr 25, 2016
Retronauts: Live At Midwestern Gaming Classic 2016
01:34:18
Jeremy and Bob hit the mean streets of Milwaukee to talk about the SEGA Master System on the eve of its 30th anniversary. Featuring special SEGA expert guests Greg Sewart and Dylan Cornelius. Special thanks to 249 Studios for the live recording! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Apr 18, 2016
Retronauts Micro 036: 16-Bit RPG Town Mixtape
00:16:54
On this calm and soothing episode of Retronauts Micro, join host Bob Mackey for a sampling of the best 16-bit RPG town themes in all creation. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Apr 11, 2016
Retronauts Episode 63: Pokemon
01:43:53
Nothing may feel more like those simpler times of the late '90s than Pokemon, but Nintendo's monster-collecting phenomenon managed to stick in there for two whole decades by staying true to its roots. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Henry Gilbert and Kat Bailey as the crew explores the last twenty years of Game Freak's zillion-dollar franchise. (Disclaimer: Please listen to this podcast in a well-lit room for your own safety.) Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Apr 04, 2016
Retronauts Micro Episode 035: Metal Storm
00:13:02
IGN's Sam Claiborn stops by to discuss the merits, explosions, and alarming aftermarket price of Irem's NES classic, Metal Storm. Be sure to visit our blog at http://www.retronauts.com">Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, http://www.usgamer.net">USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our https://www.patreon.com/retronauts">Patreon page!
Mar 28, 2016
Retronauts Episode 62: High Fidelity Classic Gaming
02:02:08
What's the best way to play old games in these modern times? Jeremy Parish, Frank Cifaldi, and Christian Nutt plummet down the CRT-hunting, 240p-upscaling, console-recapping, and RGB-modding rabbit hole.
Mar 21, 2016
Retronauts Micro 034: Deception
00:09:06
This week on Retronauts Micro, join Bob as he takes a trip to the dark world of Tecmo's trap-setting Home Alone simulator, Deception. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Mar 14, 2016
Retronauts Episode 61: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
01:36:45
What is there left to say about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? A heck of a lot, actually. Back in the days of awkward polygonal gaming, Nintendo borrowed a bit of A Link to the Past's magic and successfully brought their fantasy series to the next era of gaming. But has this bold experiment aged well over the last 18 years? On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Henry Gilbert as the crew dives into one the earliest classics of 3D gaming. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Mar 07, 2016
Retronauts Micro #033: Ninja Five-O
00:11:02
Jeremy dives into Game Boy Advance classic (and overpriced rarity) Ninja Five-O, a game that probably should never have existed. But isn't it nice that it does?
Feb 29, 2016
Retronauts Episode 60: The Music of Nobuo Uematsu
02:11:02
Jeremy and Bob spend a couple of hours musing about music with Chris Kohler and Kat Bailey. Specifically, the music of Nobuo Uematsu. Stay a while and listen! No, wait, wrong RPG series.
Feb 22, 2016
Retronauts Micro 032: Our Gaming Bucket Lists
00:15:26
Bad news, everyone: We're all gonna die! (Eventually.) And to ensure our death beds are free of regret, we recorded a new Retronauts Micro about the game-related goals we still need to achieve before kicking the bucket. On this episode, join host Bob Mackey and guests Dave Rudden, Ray Barnholt, and Henry Gilbert as the crew tries to keep things light with a very dark topic. Note: We can't be held responsible if you trip over all of the names dropped throughout. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Feb 15, 2016
Retronauts Episode 59: PSP
01:32:56
Long ago, the best game a phone could pull off was the immortal "Snake," so we had no choice but to turn to dedicated portables for anything more complicated than that. In an era before most people Crushed Candy on their mass-transit commutes, Sony's PSP absolutely thrived, and gave its users an impressive piece of tech that did more than just play games. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Mikel Reparaz, and Ray Barnholt to find out why all we really want for Christmas is a PSP. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Feb 08, 2016
Retronauts Micro 031: Otocky
00:11:20
We've mentioned Otocky in passing, but now we delve into greater depth about this little-known but marvelously inventive music-based shoot-em-up by Electroplankton creator Toshio Iwai.
Feb 01, 2016
Retronauts Episode 58: HAL Laboratory
01:26:02
Jeremy, Bob, Henry Gilbert, and Christian Nutt convene to look back at the history of HAL Laboratories in tribute to the late Satoru Iwata.
Jan 25, 2016
Retronauts Micro 030: Our Favorite Years of Gaming
00:13:11
On this episode of Retronauts Micro, Bob takes a break from the solo format to talk with Ray Barnholt and Laser Time's Dave Rudden and Henry Gilbert about their personal favorite years of gaming. Let us know yours in the appropriate Internet Feedback Zone! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jan 18, 2016
Retronauts Episode 57: Half-Life 2
01:21:58
It's time to face facts: Half-Life 2 is officially old—and to make things even more tragic, we still don't have a Half-Life 3. But even if Valve's acclaimed FPS series leaves us hanging forever, their 2004 sequel remains one of the most influential games of all time. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and guest Kevin VanOrd for a look into why Gordon Freeman's return turned so many heads. And if you'd like to fully recreate the Half-Life 2 experience, you can always run around smashing things with a crowbar while you wait for us to finish talking. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jan 11, 2016
Retronauts Micro #029: Parasite Eve
00:15:13
End the holidays in the deserted streets of New York, fighting mutant rats and super-powered flying babies. Just like in the old days!
Jan 04, 2016
Retronauts Special: State of the Podcast, 2016
00:13:07
Our first Patreon-funded year has come to a close, and we'd like to thank everyone who made the past 57-or-so episodes possible. And since Retronauts will be continuing into 2016 for its tenth glorious year on this planet, we'd like to fill you in on some behind-the-scenes info about the future of our little podcast. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jan 01, 2016
Retronauts Vol. IV, Episode 56: Metroid
01:40:43
Jeremy, Bob, and IGN's Jose Otero revisit a subject dear to their hearts: Nintendo's Metroid series. It's the only Metroid podcast in 2015 that does't complain about Federation Force! (Because it was recorded before E3.)
Dec 28, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 55: Holiday 2015 Extravaganza
01:12:09
It's the Yuletide season once again, and if you're a Retronauts fan, you know what that means: Braving the elements for an annual trip to our Holiday Cabin in Parts Unknown. And while the inclement weather, prowling wolves, and sensitive sentry guns make each journey a perilous one, I think we can all agree putting your life on the line is more than worth it for a little more than an hour of quality podcast entertainment. On this year's Holiday Extravaganza, join host Bob Mackey as he welcomes guests Dave Rudden, Ray Barnholt, and Henry Gilbert for a rousing and festive chat about the execrable 1996 holiday special, "Sonic Christmas Blast." Oh yeah, and be sure to have a Merry Whatever It Is You Do This Time of Year! "Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Dec 21, 2015
Retronauts Micro 028: Legends of Localization Interview with Clyde and Heidi Mandelin
00:19:04
On this special interview episode of Retronauts Micro, Bob talks to Clyde and Heidi Mandelin, masterminds of the Legends of Localization project, and authors of a new book that tracks the many changes The Legend of Zelda underwent in the transition between Japanese and English. If you've ever wanted to know what the hell those old men were talking about in the original game, here's your chance! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Dec 14, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 54: Super Mario 64
01:28:54
Almost 20 years ago, Nintendo showed the world how 3D games should be done with the phenomenal Super Mario 64. But in the passing decades, have the charms of this Nintendo 64 launch game faded out of existence? Leave it to the Retronauts to investigate! On this episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Polygon's Danielle Riendeau, and the Laser Time Podcast Network's Henry Gilbert for a thorough discussion of this early 3D classic. (Note: No pickles were wolfed during the recording of this episode.) Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Dec 07, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode #027: Q*Bert
00:08:24
Journey back in time to 1982 and the sassiest mascot character ever to cuss up an arcade: Q*Bert. And if this episode seems a bit brief, well, be sure to check out the video version on retronauts.com or usgamer.net!
Nov 30, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 53: Williams' Arcade Classics
01:33:44
Jaz Rignall joins Bob and Jeremy to look back at Williams, who became an arcade legend with a small but fantastic collection of coin-ops. The innovation of Defender! The brilliance of Robotron! How Sinistar was arguably the arcade's first RTS! And more!
Nov 23, 2015
Retronauts Micro 026: Clock Tower
00:10:51
Though it wouldn't have the same longevity as its contemporaries, Human Entertainment's Clock Tower stands as one of the first console games to truly embrace horror. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, listen in as Bob explores the strange-but-compelling series that meshed point-and-click adventure mechanics with the added threat of a guy who wants to impale you with garden shears. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Nov 16, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 52: Devil May Cry
01:29:31
Devil May Cry has been a fact of life for the past 15 years, and though the series isn't as prolific as it once was, Hideki Kamiya's bold creation has had an immeasurable impact on game design. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and guests Greg Moore (of Capcom) and Jose Otero (of IGN) for a frank and thorough discussion of stylish action. In the words of beloved poet and action game star Dante, "Let's rock." Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Nov 09, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 25: Prince of Persia
00:18:43
Jeremy takes a trip back to ancient Persia to recount the story of the boy who would be its prince, assuming he can get past all the skeletons and spike pits and stuff.
Nov 02, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 51: The NES Launch
01:34:27
Live at Portland Retro Gaming Expo, Jeremy speaks one-on-one with podcast friends Frank Cifaldi, Gary Butterfield, Steve Lin, and of course our own Bob Mackey about the weekend's big commemorative event: The NES's 30th anniversary.
Oct 26, 2015
Retronauts Micro 024: Spooky Save Room Mixtape
00:11:52
It's the Halloween season, which means it's officially time for Spooky Stuff. And what better way to honor this annual celebration of all things scary than a sampling of the most eerie and foreboding music to exist in a video game? On this special episode of Retronauts Micro, crank up the volume, lock yourself in a musty basement, and let Bob take you on an audio tour of Resident Evil's iconic save rooms. Hope you brought some ink ribbons... Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Oct 19, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 50: Ico/Shadow of the Colossus
01:44:27
Ten years ago, director Fumito Ueda released his second game, the phenomenal Shadow of the Colossus--little did we know, it'd be another decade before we saw his next project come into being. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and guests Nick Suttner and Mikel Reparaz as the crew examines the games of a visionary whose genius was confined to a single console. Also, it's our fiftieth full-length episode! So hooray for that. Be sure to visit our blog at http://www.retronauts.com">Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, http://www.usgamer.net">USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our https://www.patreon.com/retronauts">Patreon page!
Oct 12, 2015
Retronauts Micro 023: Ace Attorney
00:12:06
10 years ago, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney landed on the DS as an oddity, and unexpectedly created a legacy that continues to this day. But there's a whole lot more going on in this historically important series, even if its essential concept may at first seem somewhat limited. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join host Bob Mackey for a brief tour of what makes Capcom's adventure game series so special. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Oct 05, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 49: Dragon Quest
01:40:40
In Japan, RPGs are synonymous with Dragon Quest. But in the States, this series amounted to an also-ran, outclassed by the likes of Final Fantasy and other popular brands. Even if this extremely traditional RPG experience has one foot in the past, it's still generated hundreds of hours of memorable moments. On the cusp of Dragon Quest Heroes' US release, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Henry Gilbert as the Retronauts crew looks back on a Japanese institution that never quite got a fair shake in America. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Sep 29, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 22: In Tokyo
00:18:55
In Japan for Tokyo Game Show, Jeremy grills American game enthusiasts (and one celebrity guest!) to learn their favorite thing about Tokyo's retro game scene.
Sep 21, 2015
Retronauts Season IV Episode 48: Super Mario Bros.
01:44:25
Wired's Chris Kohler and IGN's Jose Otero join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. There's also some Super Mario Maker discussion. Have a listen and get learned!
Sep 12, 2015
Retronauts Micro 021: Rolling Thunder
00:17:36
Jeremy looks back on Namco's clasic arcade action game Rolling Thunder, the quintessential old-school take on "spy action" before Metal Gear redefined the genre to mean "stealth."
Sep 07, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 47: The Final Word on Metal Gear
01:57:36
As an era ends with the release of Metal Gear Solid V, Shane Bettenhausen and Jose Otero join us to wax rhapsodic about the unique history on gaming's longest-running saga. No haters or Hayters allowed!As an era ends with the release of Metal Gear Solid V, Shane Bettenhausen and Jose Otero join us to wax rhapsodic about the unique history on gaming's longest-running saga. No haters or Hayters allowed!
Aug 31, 2015
Retronauts Micro 020: The Sounds of SNES SimCity
00:21:22
Soyo Oka might not be the most well-known Nintendo composer, but in her time with the company, she crafted some amazing soundtracks that helped define the distinct qualities of the SNES' sound chip. And while the music of Pilotwings and Super Mario Kart is nothing to sneeze it, her greatest work for Nintendo can be found in SimCity, the 1991 Super Nintendo port of Maxis' PC classic. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join your host Bob Mackey for a guided tour of this amazing soundtrack, along with a few other surprises. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Aug 24, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 46: The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
01:25:31
Sing it with us, now: Link! He come to town! Come to save, the Princess Zelda! We're all familiar with the mythic exploits of Nintendo's elfin hero, but this latest episode of Retronauts dives deep into one of his greatest adventures of all time. Sure, A Link to the Past is a beloved classic, but on this episode of Retronauts, we partake on a journey to truly discover WHY. Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and special guests Henry Gilbert and Brett Elston for a thorough exploration of what makes this particular Legend of Zelda so undeniably great. And if you're out there, Chris Houlihan, your mark on Hyrule won't soon be forgotten. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Aug 17, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 019: Super Castlevania IV
00:13:35
Last year we looked at the Castlevania NES trilogy; now we explore its weird but wonderful follow-up, Super Castlevania IV for Super NES.
Aug 10, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 45: The Monkey Island Series with Special Guest Ron Gilbert
01:01:59
25 years ago, the landscape of adventure games changed forever with The Secret of Monkey Island. This LucasArts classic essentially changed the rules for a once-formidable genre; instead of punishing experimentation, Monkey Island presents a death-free world where players can't paint themselves into game-ending corners—definitely not the norm for adventure games of its era. On this special episode of Retronauts, listen in as Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert talks about his history with adventure games, and his current role on the upcoming Thimbleweed Park. And if you don't care about that, maybe we could interest you in these fine leather jackets? Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Aug 03, 2015
Retronauts Micro 018: Echo Night
00:11:33
From Software might have set the world on fire in recent years with the game-changing Souls RPG series, but they've had a long history of innovation—even if their technology wasn't always up to snuff. And one of their more interesting creations of the PlayStation era came in the form of Echo Night, a first-person adventure game that bears a striking resemblance to the recent wave of "walking simulators" taking the indie world by storm. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob as he breaks down what makes this game so special—and why you should give it a try the next time you're browsing PSN. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jul 27, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 017: Treasure
00:12:38
Jeremy takes a look at one of gaming's great studios, whose work seems to have been largely forgotten in this day and age. Will Treasure rise again, or will their two-decade collection of brilliance stand as their legacy?
Jul 22, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 44: PlayStation's 20 and a Moment of Silence
01:38:02
Retronauts vet and Sony enthusiast/employee Shane Bettenhausen joins us to discuss the 20th anniversary of the PS1 launch in America. (This episode is running before its intended September time slot due to the tragic news that breaks midway through.)
Jul 14, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV episode 43: Chrongaming
01:23:29
Can a podcast be self-indulgent if the topic was provided by someone else? The famous Dr. Sparkle joins us to fulfill Sean Clements' Kickstarter topic request: Chrongaming. Join us as we psychoanalyze our own obsessive-compulsive behavior!
Jul 06, 2015
Retronauts Micro 016: EarthBound Beginnings/Mother
00:14:27
It's been a wild couple of weeks for The Unlikeliest Things Ever: A single conference at E3 brought us the return of The Last Guardian, news of the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake, and Shenmue's glorious rise from the ashes. But just a few days before this madness, Nintendo had its own bomb to drop: The eShop launch of the 1989 RPG Mother, which the company originally planned to release stateside in 1991. So what's the deal with this NES installment of a series most of us know as EarthBound? Listen in for the next 15 minutes, and Bob will tell you why you should care... and come prepared. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jun 29, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 42: Listener Mail 2015
01:39:52
This week on Retronauts, we're resurrecting two features from our older seasons that normally don't fit into the show's refurbished format: going over the best retro rereleases, and responding to your comments and questions. Those carefree days of 2013 and earlier are back, baby! (If only for 90 minutes.) On this installment, Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Chris Antista as the crew plays catch-up with our digital marketplaces and handles the burning questions of listeners without any protective gear. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jun 22, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 15: A Tengen Tale
00:14:45
Jeremy looks back at the dark counterpart to Konami spinoff Ultra Games: Atari spinoff Tengen, who didn't so much bend the rules of NES publishing as shatter them into a million tiny pieces.
Jun 14, 2015
Retronauts Episode 41: The Mega Man Legacy
01:52:01
Jeremy and Bob are joined by Capcom's Brett Elston and Greg Moore to revisit a topic near to everyone's heart: the Mega Man legacy. (And also the Mega Man Legacy Collection, due later this year.)
Jun 08, 2015
Retronauts Micro 014: Konami 8-Bit B-Sides Mixtape
00:15:53
Without a doubt, the music of Konami's NES catalog has a stellar reputation--if their stable of composers had only crafted the 8-bit Castlevania soundtracks, they'd still go down in history as some of the greatest video game maestros of all time. But did you know Konami applied the same amount of musical genius to all of their 8-bit games, regardless of their disposability? On this week's Retronauts Micro, take a listen some some of Konami's 8-bit tunes you might have overlooked--unless you're a roller derby enthusiast, I guess. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Jun 01, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 40: Why We Love Japanese Games
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By this point, it shouldn't be a big surprise that we Retronauts are big fans of Japanese games. Each of us developed our love for the medium in a decade when Japan dominated the gaming landscape, after all--even if it took us a while to realize our favorite games came from outside the US of A. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and guest Henry Gilbert as the crew traces their love of Japanese games, and tries to figure out what makes interactive entertainment from The Land of the Rising Sun so unique. Ganbare, listeners! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
May 26, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 13: Ultra Games
00:08:51
Only '90s kids will understand the appeal of games published by a great studio under a different name! In the NES days, Ultra Games brought us tons of quality Konami creations, because Konami couldn't. Jeremy contemplates the whys and wherefores of Ultra.
May 18, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 39: Slow Life Games
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At the behest of Kickstarter backer Chase (yes, we're still fulfilling Kickstarter episodes), Jeremy, Bob, Ray, and Gary Butterfield assemble to talk about "slow life games." You know, the ones about nothing. The Seinfelds of games.
May 11, 2015
Retronauts Micro 012: Interstate '76
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Back in the '90s, '70s nostalgia reigned supreme. And few games took advantage of our rekindled love for all things groovy like Activision's Interstate '76. This car combat simulator didn't simply act as a superficial sendup of "The Me Decade," though; Activision's surprisingly complex creation used a '70s backdrop to add a heavy dose of atmosphere and colorful characters that wouldn't be there otherwise. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob for a brief examination of why Interstate '76 is really something special--even if it's not the easiest thing to get up and running these days. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
May 04, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 38: Bonk
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For whatever reason, the late '80s to early '90s absolutely overflowed with games about cavemen and dinosaurs. And while we're still struggling to explain this trend, without "Cave-mania," we wouldn't have Bonk: The TurboGrafx-16's answer to Mario. For roughly five years, NEC's big-headed caveman tried to carve a niche for himself within the crowded mascot platformer market, though the harsh competition of the 16-bit Console Wars made success a near impossibility for this strange little series. On this week's Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and guest Mikel Reparaz as the crew peers into the past of prehistoric gaming. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Apr 27, 2015
Retronauts Micro 011: Virtual Boy
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Following our look at Game Boy's competitors in the late '90s, Jeremy explores the system's would-be successor: Nintendo's disastrous Virtual Boy. Aw, but it wasn't all bad.
Apr 20, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV, Episode 37: Neo Geo Pocket & WonderSwan
01:26:48
Old-timers Shane Bettenhausen and Christian Nutt join Jeremy and Bob to hash out the history and relative failures of the last great Game Boy challengers of the '90s: Neo Geo Pocket and WonderSwan.
Apr 13, 2015
Retronauts Micro 010: Parodius
00:10:21
Remember Konami? They might not put out many games these days, but back in the '90s they were an absolute powerhouse, with their work dipping into just about every genre known to humankind. In fact, they were so prolific, a parody of one of their famous shoot-em-ups even made for a viable franchise! On this week's edition of Retronauts Micro, learn all about Parodius, the classic Konami shooter series that made us believe penguins could fly. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Apr 06, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 36: Super Mario World
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Super Mario World celebrates its 25th birthday this year, making all of us indescribably old. More importantly, though, this anniversary is the perfect time to discuss the finer points of this legendary Nintendo-developed platformer--one we may take for granted, seeing as most of us got it for free. On this episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and guest Gary Butterfield as the crew dedicates an entire episode to Mario's first 16-bit adventure. Chocolate secrets will be revealed! Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Mar 30, 2015
Retronauts Micro 009: Wizards & Warriors
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After last week's in-depth blowout on Rare, Jeremy pauses to look briefly at one of the company's most significant yet underappreciated creations: 1987's Wizards & Warriors for NES.
Mar 25, 2015
Retronauts Episode Vol. IV Episode 35: Rare
01:30:44
UK ex-pat Jaz Rignall joins Bob and Jeremy to discuss England's crown jewel: Rare. From their early era as Ultimate Play the Game to their N64 glory days, we cover the full history of this enigmatic developer. By request of Kickstarter backer Michael Lee!
Mar 16, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 8: Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures
00:11:01
Who had this idea for a video game? Where are they now? Did this strange experiment start as a project for the promising SNES-CD? And who, exactly, from Namco's US branch thought this bizarre creation should be Pac-Man's first official sequel? Join Bob Mackey on this solo Retronauts Micro as he tries to discover the answers to the many mysteries behind Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Mar 10, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 34: Tiny Toon Adventures Games
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They're tiny, they're toony, they're all a little looney, and, coming from a show with only 100 episodes, they're sure in a hell of a lot of games. (Hey, we're no lyricists.) Tiny Toon Adventures celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, making this an opportune time to celebrate Steven Spielberg's resurrection of the classic Looney Tunes brand for a new generation. On this episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Chris Antista, and Henry Gilbert as they explore the many games inspired by one of the most important shows in the '90s television animation Renaissance. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Mar 02, 2015
Retronauts Micro 007: The Ups and Downs of Xenogears
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Jeremy explores his uncomfortable mixture of admiration for and frustration with Squaresoft's almost-classic RPG for PlayStation, Xenogears. It's a complicated episode for a complicated game. [This essay originally appeared in GameSpite Journal 11.]
Feb 23, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 33: What's the Deal with Relevance?
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Last time we talked about games that jumped the shark; here's the flip side of the conversation. IGN's Jose Otero joins us to discuss classic series that faded away not because of bad sequels but simply because time passed them by.
Feb 16, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 6: Retro Games We Want to Like
00:17:27
Have you ever wanted to like a classic game, but something about it just didn't jive with you? Well, the Retronauts are no different. On this bite-sized episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Shane Bettenhausen, and Christian Nutt as the gang discusses those retro games they wish they could love. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Feb 09, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 32: When Games Jump the Shark
01:41:53
Sometimes, good games can go bad. And when they do, they usually go REALLY bad. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, and Mikel Reparaz as the crew tries to pinpoint when certain series went off the rails and into oblivion--and if any of them ever recovered. If you disagree with the opinions within, just remember: That's perfectly okay! We won't begin etching edicts in stone until our Patreon hits at least six figures. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff. And if you'd like to send a few bucks our way, head on over to our Patreon page!
Feb 02, 2015
Retronauts Micro 005: Yellow Magic Orchestra
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A brief journey into the music of a band that had an incredible influence on the direction and style of game music in the '80s and '90s: Japan's New Wave-tinged synth rockers Yellow Magic Orchestra. Featuring lots of music by, yes, Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Jan 26, 2015
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 31: All Hail the DS
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What is "retro"? This week, we test the limits by talking about a 10-year-old system whose games you can still buy at retail. But in fairness, the Nintendo DS was pretty much retro from the moment of its conception. Featuring the voices of Games Radar's Henry Gilbert and USgamer's Kat Bailey.
Jan 19, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 4: Bad Purchasing Decisions
00:17:36
As adults, we may do the proper research before plunking down our hard-earned cash on a new video game, but this wasn't always the case. Years ago, our developing brains weren't quite as skilled at impulse control, leading to some particularly painful cases of buyer's remorse. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, and Mikel Reparaz as they discuss the unfortunate purchasing decisions that still haunt them to this day. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff.
Jan 12, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 3: Zillion
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This off-week, Jeremy looks back at one of the forgotten gems of a forgotten system: Zillion for Master System. While imperfect, it neatly demonstrated Sega's knack for going above an beyond the typical.
Jan 05, 2015
Retronauts Micro Episode 2: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
00:23:49
Didn't play The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask? You're not alone! With most of the world being wrapped up in PlayStation 2-mania during that memorable month of October 2000, this black sheep of the Zelda family went forgotten, only to build up a devoted following over the past 15 years. And, with a 3DS remake on the way, there's never been a better time to talk about why Majora's Mask is simply unforgettable. On this episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Laser Time's Chris Antista as they live out the end of their three-day cycles discussing one of the greatest Zeldas of all time. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff.
Dec 29, 2014
Retronauts Volume IV Episode 30: Telenet and Valis
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As a holiday treat for our listeners, we're putting out TWO full-length episodes in a row—and this one is the long-awaited Valis special. It's taken many years, but it's finally here. Sony's Shane Bettenhausen and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt join us to discuss the history of Telenet's crown jewel.
Dec 22, 2014
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 29: Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li
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The Retronauts holiday tradition continues with a fourth trip to our cabin in Parts Unknown, and, due to popular demand, this year's special marks a return to the Movie Month style of episodes we did a few years ago! Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Laser Time's Chris Antista for a long, painful look at 2009's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, a box office bomb that's mostly been forgotten (and with good reason). Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff.
Dec 15, 2014
Retronauts Micro Episode 1: The TI-99/4A
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It's our first off-week of the season, and we're going small with Retronauts Micro: Bite-sized chunklets of podcast, no more than 10 minutes in length. In this Micro episode, Jeremy flies solo and looks back at a largely forgotten computer platform: The TI-99/4A.
Dec 08, 2014
Retronauts Vol. IV Episode 28: Gaming's Greatest Flops
01:33:12
Retronauts is back for a brand-new season! And what better way to celebrate our crowdfunding success than an entire episode devoted to failure? In this season premiere, join Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, Bob Mackey, and special guest Brett Elston (of Capcom Unity) as the crew discusses some of the most spectacular flops in video game history. Be sure to visit our blog at Retronauts.com, and check out our partner site, USgamer, for more great stuff.
Dec 01, 2014
Retronauts Special: New Season Preview/Kickstarter Backer Tribute
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Want details on our next season? Well, you've come to the right place, buddy! On this special episode of Retronauts, join Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Bob Mackey for a thorough discussion of what's going to be happening with the next year of Retronauts. (Oh, and you might want to head over to http://www.patreon.com/retronauts and consider donating just a few bucks a month.) And on the second half, sit back and enjoy 50 solid minutes of us reading the names of all 1200+ Kickstarter backers. Thanks for your continued support!
Nov 03, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 27: Games of Game Center CX
00:42:16
In our season finale, we discuss four games that appeared on Game Center CX and drove its host to the brink.
Aug 18, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 27: Game Center CX
01:21:51
Why spend 90 minutes talking about a Japanese TV show? Because it's just that great. We give you the lowdown on one of the most enjoyable shows about games ever made.
Aug 11, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 26: Planescape: Torment
00:46:17
BioWare's Infinity Engine powered some of the greatest PC experiences the '90s had to offer, and one of its last games was unlike any other RPG we'd seen before -- or since, for that matter. On this episode of Retronauts Pocket, join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Jeremy Parish, and Duckfeed.tv's Gary Butterfield for a morbid conversation about Planescape: Torment, an insanely creative RPG with a morality system that went beyond good and evil. And, uh, there's also a floating skull -- if you're into that sort of thing.
Aug 05, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 26: RPG Battle Systems
01:38:13
RPG battle systems: What started as a way to simulate the rolling of dice on a Cheetos-stained card table has mutated over the past 30-plus years into something far different from its Dungeons and Dragons roots. And even though Gary Gygax had no idea what a "limit break" was back in the early '70s, this and other additions have made menu-based enemy encounters far more appealing than they used to be. Join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Jeremy Parish, and GamesRadar's Henry Gilbert as they wait patiently for their little meters to fill up before saying anything important.
Jul 28, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 25 - The Castlevania Trilogy
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Jeremy puts the wraps on his hosting duties for Retronauts Vol. III by returning to an old favorite topic (Castlevania) while Bob and Ray demonstrate patient indulgence.
Jul 21, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 25: 8-Bit Anarchy in the U.K.
01:42:05
It's taken nearly eight years, but we finally got a real live British person to join us so we can talk about the most egregious failure in Retronauts coverage: Britain's 8-bit micros. By request of Mike Wasson, Jaz Rignall lays a tarp over the gap.
Jul 14, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 24: Skyblazer
00:28:00
A pleasant chat about one of the least-known, better-playing Super NES games of the day: Sony's Skyblazer.
Jul 07, 2014
Retronauts Special #3 – Live From TooManyGames 2014
00:54:21
We present the "Life and Times of the 3DO" in this special live panel about the often-forgotten 32-bit console.
Jun 30, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 24: Intellivision
01:04:56
We continue to dip our feet in the console golden age and jump around the chronology of Mattel's "Intelligent Television."
Jun 23, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 23: Policenauts
00:44:27
Esteemed game designer Hideo Kojima has had his hands full with Metal Gear (exclusively) for the past 15 years, but once upon a time his games featured far fewer nanomachines. On this installment of Retronauts Pocket, we take a long, hard look at Policenauts, Kojima's 1994 adventure game that signaled the end of his brief flirtation with this genre. Join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, and Michael Sawyer (AKA Slowbeef) for the next 45 minutes, and learn all about the wonders of Lethal Weapon in space.
Jun 03, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 23: Speedruns
01:27:51
The art of speedrunning is barely two decades old, but in that time we've seen our share of stupefying feats from game masters that would put Captain N himself to shame. Will this burgeoning subculture be the key to keeping love for classic games alive? Thanks to a generous donation from Kickstarter backer Nich Maragos, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and guest Christian Nutt as the Retronauts explore the joys of breaking beloved games open like so many digital pinatas.
May 27, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 22 - ColecoVision
00:43:02
Chris Kohler joins us once again to revisit the ColecoVision and Coleco ADAM, 1982's most underappreciated console race contenders.
May 20, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 22: Misplaced Nostalgia
01:32:00
Our ol' pal Chris Kohler finally shows up to join us as we fart around in the studio for 90 minute in a loose interpretation of backer Jonathan Anderson's request to talk about misplaced nostalgia and nostalgia for things we never experienced.
May 12, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 21: Joe & Mac
00:50:27
We discuss the four somewhat disparate games in Data East's caveman ninja games, with Vidjagame Apocalypse's Mikel Reparaz.
May 05, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 21: Girl Games
01:27:36
We talk about another great period of '90s gaming nostalgia, only this time from a feminine perspective. It's the ups and downs of girl games in this explorative discussion with guest Rachel Weil of FEMICOM.
Apr 28, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 20: RPGs with Modern-Day Settings
00:45:04
Kickstarter backer Juan Soto brings you Retronauts Pocket episode 20, which explores the very small world of RPGs with modern-day settings. Why do we find them so captivating, and why do the majority of RPG developers rely on Tolkienesque fantasy? Listen in for answers to these questions and more with the help of Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Jeremy Parish, and Kat Bailey.
Apr 21, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 20: Listener Mail
01:44:22
Mail call! Or something like that. Retronauts might be too cool for the United States Postal Service, but that doesn't mean we can't answer your burning questions! On this listener-focused episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt and Kat Bailey as they respond to fans who submitted their online-digital-e-messages via Retronauts.com. NOTE: due to a technical fudge-up, Ray and Kat are a little quieter than they should be. Lots of time was spent getting this episode to the state it's in now, so please be kind!
Apr 14, 2014
Retronauts Pocket 19 - Capcom's NES Games
00:48:24
By our powers combined! (With the backing of Larry Froncek.) We delve into Capcom's NES years, also known as the point at which a fledgling arcade developer became a world-class console powerhouse.
Apr 07, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 19 - Nintendo Power
01:40:57
Backer Tyler Castro joins us to discuss the flip side of our game magazines episode: Nintendo Power. Why does this propaganda rag command such affection among Gen-X types? We, the brainwashed, explore the Barnum principles behind its succcess.
Apr 01, 2014
Pocket Episode 18: Nintendo Merchandise
00:39:31
Make room for a big bowl of Nintendo Cereal System as we take a quick look at the absurdity of classic Mario and friends merchandise from its kind-of-golden years.
Mar 24, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 18: Video Game Media
01:53:18
GamePro? EGM? Next Generation? Household names — if you were a household of game nerds, that is. We flip through the pages of game magazines and websites in their best and most formative years.
Mar 17, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 17: Another World/Out of this World
00:42:02
Matsuba! Regardless of how you interpret this alien expression, Eric Chahi's Out of this World (or Another World to our European friends) wowed its early-'90s audience with its enigmatic atmosphere and lack of respect for convention -- which is probably why it remains so playable today. Join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Jeremy Parish, and Watch Out for Fireballs' Gary Butterfield as the Retronauts travel to hostile, new worlds and befriend hulking (but pleasant) humanoids.
Mar 10, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 17: Parappa the Rapper Series
01:43:57
In those oh-so optimistic '90s, Parappa the Rapper taught an entire generation there's no shame in playing a game about a paper-thin puppy who raps about pooping. But when the end of the decade saw a sequel about a guitar-playing lamb, our love affair with musically adept cartoon animals was over. Join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Jeremy Parish, and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt as the Retronauts discuss the Parappa the Rapper series and get cocky, even in the face of potential rockiness.
Mar 03, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 16: Ivalice
00:46:09
By request of Jeff Tibayan, we follow up on last week's Yasumi Matsuno episode with an in-depth look at the lore and evolution of Matsuno's largest single body of work (plus some other games) to date: The Ivalice series.
Feb 26, 2014
Retronauts Vol. III Episode 16: Yasumi Matsuno
01:49:09
By request of supporter Hugh Franck, we delve into the complex (and often very earth-tone) world of Yasumi Matsuno, from the early Quest era all the way through the recent Unsung Story Kickstarter.
Feb 16, 2014
Retronauts Pocket Episode 15: Destiny of an Emperor
00:24:37
Ancient Chinese novel meets 1980s Japanese manga meets 1990 video game. We discuss the finer points of Capcom's NES role-playing game Destiny of an Emperor.
Feb 10, 2014