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The Minish Cap Game Club

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Fred and Jam close out the ongoing series GH101 (but leave room for one-offs) with a requested favorite from some of our listeners: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.  Released on Gameboy Advance in the mid 2000s, it’s an interesting blend of mechanics from both the Zelda series and a sprinkle of Mario as well.  It was also developed by Flagship and Capcom in conjunction with Nintendo.

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Written by Fred Rojas

August 29, 2019 at 11:00 am

Extra Credit: One Big Old Ramble

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Jam’s flying solo in a new extra credit episode!

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0:00 Intro
(Music: Rayman Legends Theme)
Life talk and the universe

4:36
Car Booting
Jams epic quest to find a table and chair for a gaming PC

24:51
Doom on Switch with a catch

28:31
Fire Emblem: Three Houses – very brief thoughts

29:43
Playstation Classic Talk – General thoughts

45:57
What Been Playin
Zelda Minish Cap (brief)
Final Fantasy V on a Hot Pink GBA and 4th time lucky

57:27
Close Out
(Music: Metal Gear Solid: The Best is yet to come 8 Bit)

Written by Fred Rojas

August 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

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GHX Episode 50: All Good Things

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It’s episode 50, which means good memories, dramatic announcements, talk about life, and of course video games.


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Written by Fred Rojas

July 24, 2019 at 11:00 am

Podcast: A Night At The Movies

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This week Fred and Jam are joined by special guest Me10dy to discuss 4 movies we deemed essential watching in the combination of film and video games.  Those movies are: Resident Evil, Doom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.  In this ep you’ll learn fun facts, hear much discussion, and some great tunes.

Songs (in order of appearance):

  • My Plague – Slipknot (off Resident Evil soundtrack)
  • Don’t You Know Who You Are? – Nine Inch Nails (off Doom soundtrack)
  • We Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb (off Scott Pilgrim soundtrack)
  • You’re The Best (Around) – Joe Esposito (off King of Kong soundtrack)

Closing Song: Black Sheep – Metric (off Scott Pilgrim soundtrack)


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Written by Fred Rojas

July 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

GHX Episode 49: Basement Dweller

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This week Trees calls in from a New Hammy basement to discuss teenagers online habits, survival games, Fred’s final opinion of Red Dead Redemption 2, and oh so much more.

Closing Song: Halo Stupid Heads by John Jacobsen (Video Game Outsiders)


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Written by Fred Rojas

July 3, 2019 at 11:00 am

Brutality: The History of Mortal Kombat 4 and Other Media

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Oops!  Last ep was posted stating that we talked about Mortal Kombat 4 and we didn’t get to it.  This time around it’s a shorter show, but Fred and Jam pack in the fourth and final arcade iteration along with MK’s transition into many other media including movies, television, and even music.  There are a bunch of audio clips so we’re going to give credit where credit’s due in order of appearance:

  • Goodbye (Demo Version) – Gravity Kills
  • Burn – Sister Machine Gun
  • Juke Joint Jezebel (Metropolis Mix) – KMFDM
  • Lover – Lords of Acid
  • Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) – The Immortals
  • Utah Saints Take On The Theme From Mortal Kombat – Utah Saints
  • Halcyon and On and On – Orbital
  • Fire – Scooter
  • Meglomaniac – KMFDM
  • Encounter the Ultimate (Theme From Mortal Kombat Annihilation) – The Immortals

Written by Fred Rojas

June 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Retro RGB Fully Reviewed the Mega SD (Flash Cart with Sega CD ISO Support) – All Your Questions Answered

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When you deal with the retro community there can be an overbearing attention to detail that is discouraging to many.  From time to time a product comes out that just works because the creators took the time to do it right and it appears Terra Onion, the makers behind the Mega SD, have done just that.  Previously the company made the Super SSD3, a flash cart with CD game support and RGB output for the PC-Engine and Turbografx-16, and now they’re back again with one of the most requested flash cart features of all time: Sega CD game support.  This device can plug into any Sega Genesis (Gen) or Mega Drive (MD) and play Gen/MD, Master System (SMS), and Sega CD (SCD) titles right out of the box.  If you have a 32X you can also play those titles with this flash cart, assuming it’s attached (but you’ll have to remove the 32X when you want to play SCD or SMS titles).  The only downfall is a separate adapter will be required if you want to play the 6 32X CD titles, all of which have Sega CD versions as well (so you aren’t losing any library without it).

A product like this, like all flash cart solutions, comes with a price tag and the approx. $260 (€230) plus shipping may be discouraging for some.  The excellent video from Bob at Retro RGB should assist with informing you on whether or not this is right for you.  He goes into the problems with SCD actual hardware, the quality of the Mega SD in practice, the robust feature set, and why you may or may not want this item.  It’s only touched on, but Bob makes a point to mention that voltage is correct so none of the fears of damaging flash carts trying to do too much and that sound playback was tested and approved by FireBrandX.  He is one of the leading authorities on audio playback in the retro scene and he designed the audio fix chip that I put  in my SSD3 to correct issues with that product.  Rest assured his approval means you’re safe from a quality and playback perspective.  Anyway, Bob has done a great job and it’s an interesting watch regardless.  Enjoy!

Written by Fred Rojas

June 21, 2019 at 11:00 am

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GHX Episode 48: E3 Hangover

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E3 has come and gone but that doesn’t stop Fred and Trees from discussing a ton of games discussed during last week.  Then the conversation migrates to b-tier titles like The Force Unleashed and Metal Gear Survive before going off about a new Sega CD compatible flash cart.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

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Mercy: The History of MK3, UMK3, MK Trilogy, and Spin-Offs

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Fred and Jam delve back into the history of Mortal Kombat with Mortal Kombat 3 and its many iterations including Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (UMK3) and Mortal Kombat Trilogy on consoles. Finally they reluctantly delve into the awful spin-offs of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat: Special Forces.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

E3 2019: Nintendo Direct Impressions

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Click on image to view the Nintendo Direct.

As E3 formally opens, Fred, Andy (42 Level One), and Jam get together to discuss a polarizing Nintendo Direct.


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Click here to view all the announcements as a bullet list. 

Written by Fred Rojas

June 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm

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