Console Crusade

Console Crusade
EJ Olson and Nick Durheim discuss the latest in video game news, whatever tickles our retro fancies, and generally devolve into goofs and gaffs.
49: Destined for SNES Magic
Jan 16 • 56 min
This week on another thrilling edition of the Console Crusade podcast: Hot Insight on the Bungie / Activision divorce and the fate of Destiny, Randy Pitchford and his magical tastes, the potential list of SNES games being added to Nintendo’s Online…
48: Brand New Year, Same Old Boys
Jan 9 • 82 min
Nick and EJ reconvene to ring in the New Year and talk about all their Christmas Ketchup. We’ve played some Xenoblade here, a couple Spider-Man DLCs there, and a litany of classic style games. Does EJ remember how to play Civilization? Will Nick…
47: Meandering 2019 Update
Jan 2 • 13 min
EJ is flying solo on this quick one off podcast, but has podcast updates for you all! He also spends ten minutes rambling about nothing. Nick will mercifully return next week!
46: Game Award Wrap Up
Dec 19, 2018 • 76 min
Our episode titles have grown increasingly mundane, but the takes are as hot as ever. Nick and EJ talk this years Video Game Awards!
45: Shiny Pokemon, Nintendo Creator Program, Smash Bros HYPE
Dec 5, 2018 • 52 min
Shiny Pokemon in Let’s Go, Valve revenue sharing, PS Classic, Game Award leaks, Smash Bros hype and Nintendo ending their Creator’s Program.
44: Hot Game Award P R E D I C T I O N S
Nov 28, 2018 • 82 min
GOTY discourse, Game Award nonsense. Nick and EJ wax over who they think will take home this years spiciest Geoff Keighley award.
43: Pokey-Man Fever
Nov 21, 2018 • 83 min
Pokemon, Spyro, Sony, E3, and more! (These descriptions sure are getting lazy. huh?)
42: Can You FEEEEEL It Mister Krabs??
Nov 14, 2018 • 93 min
Nick and EJ talk Detective Pikachu, Stan Lee, Prima Games, Diablo, Nintendo Switch and NPD lists!
41: Super Smashed Druthers
Nov 7, 2018 • 61 min
You heard EJ vent with Leif on Saturday’s extrasode, but now it’s time for Nick to clock in and punch out some false suppositions. But also some of this stuff is still pretty uncertain and opinions are weird, man. 4 weeks left until Super Smash Bros…
40: You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (ft. Leif Tjaden)
Nov 4, 2018 • 65 min
A belated reaction to the Nintendo Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct. EJ and guest from the group chat Leif Tjaden revel in their disappointment!
Ep 39: How The Grinch Stole Switchmas
Oct 31, 2018 • 80 min
Rumors, leaks, speculation—-the Grinch has it all this week. The boys talks Super Smash Bros Ultimate and the reported roster leak, Spider-Man DLC impressions, and the ill-fated Playstation Classic. (Sorry, no Red Dead Redemption, partner.)
38: The Episode of the Title: The Casual Crusade Podcast
Oct 24, 2018 • 73 min
It’s been a slow news week, but the boys chat Dark Souls, Golden Sun, Mario Party and Spider-Man. Video games, go!
Ep 37: Male Pattern Baldcast - Microsoft’s Comeback, Rockstar’s Controversy, Ubisoft Drama
Oct 17, 2018 • 61 min
Through the trials and tribulations of an internet connection gone rogue, Nick and EJ somehow manage to chat a bit on Golden Sun, go into the latest Microsoft rumors to purchase Obsidian Entertainment, Microsoft and Google both announced game streaming…
Ep 36: Group Chat Disaster: Spiderman, Zelda, Nintendo Switch
Oct 10, 2018 • 109 min
The boys chat with some Very Special Guests, Leif and Drew, and finally ramble about Spider-Man for PS4, assemble the Zelda defense force, debate what games are really about, then muse a bit about the potential for a Switch revision. We will never…
35: What Is A JRPG?? Plus God of War, and Games We Want to Return
Oct 3, 2018 • 99 min
It’s a slow week, so the boys chat about EJ’s impressions on God of War, Nick tries to define a JRPG and whether Paper Mario fits in that mold, and then to kill some time and tickle our collective nostalgia noodles, we run down some series we’d like to…
34: Telltale Shutdown, Nintendo Online Impressions, and Playstation Classic
Sep 26, 2018 • 67 min
Telltale shuts their doors, Nintendo Online (sort of) works, and EJ and Nick break down the potential Playstation Classic lineup.
33: Nintendo Direct (Supermarket Edition)
Sep 20, 2018 • 85 min
A belated breakdown of the delayed direct!
32: EJ’s Nintendo RAGE
Sep 13, 2018 • 54 min
EJ loses it over Nitnendo’s online service, console variants and MARIO. Nick remains as cool as a cucumber.
31: Puddlegate, Nindies, Cyberpunk, & Ugly Laughing ft. Andrew Chavez
Sep 6, 2018 • 87 min
Nintendo Indies, Spider-Man #PuddleGate, Cyberpunk, and more!
30: Microsoft, Samurai, VR, Dead Cells, and a Chat With Developer Milo Kent-Pettit
Aug 29, 2018 • 144 min
Join us as we talk games set in feudal Japan, 90’s sass mouth dragons, the Master of Chiefs, TV goggles and their annoying ponytails, and finally our impressions of Dead Cells. Later we travel back in time to talk again with indie game developer Milo…
29: WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR?? (Plus Games We’re Playing)
Aug 22, 2018 • 72 min
Join EJ and Nick as they discuss Hollow Knight, Jackbox games, get distracted by the daunting future of console gaming, then wax nostalgic about the Mega Man X Legacy Collections. Hoo ha hoh!
28: Smash Bros HYPE, Spider-Man, and the IGN Plagiarism ‘Allegations’
Aug 17, 2018 • 105 min
IGN, Sony’s Spiderman, Nintendo and the Smash Bros HYPE.
27: Pre E3 Nonsense with Andrew Chavez
Jun 6, 2018 • 129 min
EJ and Nick are joined once again by the grand gamer Andrew Chavez, and with his help, run through E3 2018 to make some soft “predictions”—-because come on, everything has been leaked or teased already.
26: Super Smash Bros Speculation ft. The Group Chat
May 2, 2018 • 97 min
The boys wax over recent(ish) Nintendo news before receiving a last minute prompt from a few fellow Nintendo stans—-top five character additions to Super Smash Bros Switch, GO!
25: Guests From The Backlog w/ Andrew Chavez
Apr 12, 2018 • 93 min
EJ’s traveling for work (still), so here’s another episode from the backlog! This week, Andrew Chavez from The Precipice Between Two Hills podcast joins EJ and Nick to talk about money, Jeff Bezos, anime and sometimes video games. Console Crusade GO
24: Guests From The Backlog w/ Brennan Dryer
Mar 29, 2018 • 80 min
Friend of the program Brennan Dryer drinks a beer and talks some shit about video games.
23: About Damn Time!
Mar 2, 2018 • 129 min
The boys wanted to get together and (finally) catch up on all of the game news from the past two months, but things didn’t quite go as planned (as usual). Console Crusade, GO!
22: Aspiring Game Developer Chats With Milio-Kent-Pettit
Jan 31, 2018 • 54 min
It’s been awhile, but EJ’s back to have a chat with aspiring game developer Milo Kent-Pettit. We’re still dealing with some technical issues, so bear with us! Special Guest: Milo Kent-Pettit.
21: Game Awards Predictions
Dec 5, 2017 • 108 min
The boys dive deep and cast their imaginary ballots for 2017’s Game Awards. Is it Nintendo’s year? Or can Sony and Microsoft make themselves a presence? Listen to Nick and EJ wax over a list of games they’ve never played!
20: Too Little, Too Late (A Mario Review)
Nov 27, 2017 • 74 min
The boys talk Nick’s new PlayStation purchase, Super Mario Odyssey, Skyrim on Switch, and then tease a Wii-Eulogy.
19: Nintendo Classic Speculation
Nov 22, 2017 • 93 min
The boys talk EA, Star Wars, flippin LOOT BOXES and of course, Nintendo. Let the classic edition speculation begin!
Nov 16, 2017 • 69 min
The La Croix Boix are back, talking Nintendo Switch, Gamestop and Amazon Retro Zone. EJ and Nick also discuss which franchises they want to come to their beloved Nintendo platform—-more games that EJ will never finish!
17: Blood Blisters and Belated Reviews
Nov 13, 2017 • 62 min
EJ is still bad at games, and Nick doesn’t let him forget it. Console Crusade, GO!
16: Thank You So Much For To Playing Our Games (Plus SNES Classic!)
Oct 12, 2017 • 65 min
The boys are busier than ever, which means game news has gone in one ear and out their rears. Instead they talk about what they’ve been playing lately, and argue over which of John Williams scores is actually best!
15: Hard Drive Hubris - Nintendo Direct, Nindies, Destiny and Hummus
Sep 22, 2017 • 94 min
The lads catch up and chat Nintendo as usual. Also, we play shooters now.
14: 5th Generation Console Musings
Sep 8, 2017 • 101 min
It’s been another long hiatus (the boys will be releasing again consistently this autumn!) but they’re finally back with some rumblings and ramblings, choppin’ it up over their nostalgia for the N64 and PSOne. Croc is the GOAT—-stay out our mentions!…
13: Remixed and Remastered
Jul 23, 2017 • 92 min
The announcement of an impending video game remaster is almost always met with a collective sigh, but EJ and Nick ramble about even more they’d like to see. SPY-RO! SPY-RO!
12: E3 Breakdown—-Better Late Than Never!
Jun 22, 2017 • 148 min
The gaming press event of the year has blown past us, and what better way to celebrate than to talk about it way too much? We watched ‘em so you don’t have to, but this isn’t a summary - it’s a veritable dissertation on all the best (and worst) of the…
11: We’re Back! E3 Predictions and SNES Classic
Jun 11, 2017 • 129 min
EJ and Nick are back after an interminable hiatus, and after a not-so-quick catching up with some “retro” pickups we’ve acquired, we dive into E3. Sure, it seems a bit late for that, but that’s how we operate! Hear us ramble about EA, Microsoft, Bethesda,…
10: First Impressions - The Legend of Zelda and the Nintendo Switch
Mar 22, 2017 • 141 min
It’s been a few weeks since the Nintendo Switch launched, but the boys haven’t had any time to record in between all of the Zelda they’ve been playing, and all of the Zelda they’ve been playing. Come listen to EJ and Nick articulate themselves as well as…
Mar 1, 2017 • 126 min
EJ and Nick exercise their adept proclivity to dwell on the esoteric—-AKA they bullshit about memes for way too long. Maybe they talk about the Switch, maybe they wax philosophical and debate the necessity of graphical powerhouses, but they definitely…
8: Dream Marvel Games
Feb 22, 2017 • 63 min
Esteemed lord of the geeks, Andrew Chavez, swears fealty to the Console Crusade before breaking down Marvel’s most recent game announcements. He and EJ go off the rails in imagining what the ultimate Marvel video game may look like; Manifold, Swordsman,…
7: Rocket League, Whatever; Indie Games, Perfect - February Game News
Feb 17, 2017 • 117 min
If there’s one thing the boys do well, it’s not making any sense whatsoever. This week, they tackle an all digital future, the Castlevania television series, E3, South Park, Rocket League, Nintendo, AAAAAND some other stuff. Nick eats some bread. EJ eats…
6: BIG HOSS STYLE - Nintendo, Fire Emblem, Star Wars, and Retro Goodies
Feb 8, 2017 • 81 min
It’s been a few weeks, but the boys are back to muse nonsensically and talk some game news for the first week of February. EJ may sound like an 80 year old woman, but he’s got the vigor of 78 year old, we assure you. Nick sounds level headed as usual, but…
5: PS4 v. Xbone, Fire Emblem, Nintendo Discourse and Limited Run RAGE
Jan 20, 2017 • 78 min
The boys have tried to keep things civil during prior discussions, but the time for etiquette has passed. EJ grows irate over Nintendo’s continued ill-informed decision making, and has a few choice words for the guys over at Limited Run Games. Even the…
4: Developer Origin Shinfo
Jan 18, 2017 • 48 min
Video game news has slowed to a trickle in a post Nintendo press conference world: the fellas have nothing better to do, so it’s time to regurgitate some useless facts. What the hell do Cal Ripken Jr, a Trump brother and Wonder Woman have to do with each…
3: PB and Carrots - A Nintendo Switch Reaction
Jan 17, 2017 • 83 min
As a couple of fellas who just can’t WAIT for the Nintendo Switch, the boys spend an hour or so discussing how terrible it’s going to be. They may sound angry (blame the $6 wine, dextromethorphan and Nick’s questionable taste in snack food) but rest…
2: Games We Played in 2016
Jan 9, 2017 • 88 min
2016 was a big year for video games, but the boys didn’t play any of them! EJ Olson and Nick Durheim discuss their dreaded backlogs, casually discussing which titles they spent time with during the last calendar year. The Console Crusade podcast has been…
1: Nintendo Switch Rumors & Speculation
Jan 4, 2017 • 73 min
The leaks keep leaking and the sources are as unreliable as they are believable, but these good ol’ boys are full of hope and pessimism. Join EJ Olson and Nick Durheim on this debut episode of the Console Crusade podcast as they discuss the much…