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Retro Game Night: Adventures of Lolo and Joe & Mac

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This week’s retro game night had two requested classics:

First up is the puzzle platformer from Kirby developer HAL Laboratories (also where Nintendo CEO Iwata got his start) entitled Adventures of Lolo.  This title predates Kirby’s Adventure by a few years, but the basic concept of his design are very apparent (Lolo and girlfriend Lala are also enemies in a Kirby title).  Requested way back when in our forums by IzzleMoxle, here’s an NES classic:

Immediately following is our second title, the action platformer Joe & Mac (sometimes with the subtitle Caveman Ninjas) on the SNES.  As a near launch title, this is one of many arcade ports that showed off Nintendo’s 16-bit console’s big impressive sprites while somewhat showing off its impressive Sony sound chip.  I remember dumping hours into what is a moderately difficult, but wonderfully addictive game:

If you would like to see a classic game played for retro game night or beaten for our occasional retro game challenges, just hit me up in the contact section.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

Podcast: Gaming History X – Xboned: Microsoft Market Perception

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This week we are trying something new.  Fred is flying solo (just this week) and he’s talking about Microsoft’s poor messaging of the Xbox One, the way it should have been handled, and in true GH101 fashion the myriad of consoles that have failed in the past.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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Retro Game Night: Expendable and Street Fighter The Movie: The Game

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This week’s double dose comes from our 9/9/99 podcast and Twitter user @UselessBug.  During that podcast I purchased a Dreamcast launch game, Expendable, that looked like a 3D violent Smash TV, check out the video to see if that’s what it actually is.

And the second game came from one of our readers/listeners that requested Street Fighter The Movie: The Game based on the glorious movie of, well, another game.  He challenged me to complete it, but he failed to mention a large catch in the game’s design.  Can I do it?

Written by Fred Rojas

June 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

Podcast: Street Fighter x Tekken

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This week Fred is joined by special guest Obi (@ObiWanJabronE) to discuss two of the most beloved fighters of the 90s.  Street Fighter II was a title that most consider to be the definitive 2D fighter of all time and Tekken is widely regarded as one of the best 3D fighters.  We cover the history 0f both titles, initial impressions, and why Street Fighter II was so damn popular in the UK.

Opening Song – Rising Dragon (Ryu’s Theme) from Street Fighter EX Plus

Closing Song – Jin Kazama’s Theme from Tekken 3


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara

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Originally hitting arcades back in 1993, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom was quite the oddity.  It prominently featured gameplay similar to that of its other brawler brethren, specifically the combat system of Final Fight mixed with the license quality of titles like The Simpsons, but also with the added benefit of being part of the complex D&D story.  Not only was the game addictive but mild RPG elements, power-ups, and branching paths that had you etching a unique campaign were almost unheard of in arcades.  Unfortunately this gameplay style and a long branching campaign required two important things: time and money.  It probably costs somewhere between $5-$10 in quarters to conquer the first game, and probably twice that to take on the sequel Shadow Over Mystara and at least an hour of your time.  As it stood, I never completed this game as a child, either due to lack of time or money, and I always wondered how fun it would be to have this title at home.  Well finally Capcom has decided to bring this classic arcade duo in digital format and finally give free rein to a pair of arcade games that are among my favorite of all time.

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Written by Fred Rojas

June 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: Beetle Adventure Racing and Sweet Home

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Starting yesterday I am now doing a weekly show where I play retro titles that either I’ve always wanted to play, my readers request, or anything I just think is cool.  It records every Friday night, gets uploaded to the YouTube channel late, and then I create a subsequent post here on Saturday.  For the first week I decided to try a game I originally was recommended on a recent Video Game Outsiders appearance: Beetle Adventure Racing on the N64.

The next comes from one of our Japanese readers/listeners Fenian (@F3nian), Sweet Home.  This was released only in Japan on the Famicom (NES) by Capcom and features RPG and puzzle elements as five people try to survive and escape a haunted mansion.  Although based off of a Japanese horror film of the same name, many say this was the precursor to Resident Evil, complete with the opening door cinematic.  It was only released in Japanese, but thanks to a fan translation and flash cart I present to you the game in all its English glory running on an actual NES.

Hope you enjoyed these episodes.  Tune in next week where I will be featuring initial gameplay of Expendable on the Dreamcast and an attempt to complete the fighter Street Fighter The Movie: The Game on the Sega Saturn!

Written by Fred Rojas

June 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: E3 Revisited

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This week Fred (@spydersvenom) is joined by Rob “Trees” (@TreesLounge00) and special guest Chip Cella (@CaptinChaos) of the B-Team to discuss the summer gaming event that wraps Christmas and Birthday all into one package: E3.  We discuss the convention’s roots, establishment, and of course the wild and crazy happenings that accompanied each glorious year from 1995-1999.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Adventures of Link

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This week Fred is joined by Eli (@sodoom) and we are talking about the Legend of Zelda series.  We delve into all of Link’s adventures across various platforms and the gaming significance of each.

Opening Song – Legend of Zelda Theme (NES)

Closing Song – Ocarina of Time Theme (N64)


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 1, 2013 at 11:14 am