Remember The Game? Retro Gaming Podcast

Remember The Game? Retro Gaming Podcast

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Comedian Adam Blank and his guests reminisce about their favourite retro video games


#72 - Mario Kart 64
Nov 13 • 48 min
**Game talk starts at 13:50** I can’t believe it took us 72 episodes of the show to cover Mario Kart 64. I mean, it’s Mario Kart freaking 64! If you’re listening to this show, you’ve played this game. I’m a Nintendo fanboy through and through, but the…
#71 - Ninja Gaiden
Nov 6 • 46 min
** Game talk starts around 14:44** The original NES controller was a brick. It was practically indestructible. Need proof? Ask anyone that played Ninja Gaiden back in the day. This game was designed to make you want to throw your controller against the…
#70 - Ghostbusters
Oct 30 • 64 min
**Game Talk starts at 16:05** Oh Ghostbusters… I love this damned franchise. Ghostbusters and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were my life as a kid. I had the action figures, movies, cartoons, clothes, books, toys, halloween costumes, and of course,…
#69 - Twisted Metal (1-4)
Oct 23 • 45 min
**Game Talk starts at 14:10** Over the last 69 (nice) episodes of this podcast, we’ve stumbled across a couple forgotten franchises, and it’s really made me sad that they seem like they’re just destined to wallow in the obscurity that is video game…
#68 - Sim City
Oct 16 • 49 min
**Game talk starts at 12:40** I can’t believe how many people played this game back in the day. It’s awesome, but it’s also kinda nerdy, even by video game standards. It’s slow, quiet, there’s no bad guys (except the ridiculous crime rate that will…
#67 - Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Oct 9 • 71 min
**Game Talk starts at approx. 17:20** We all know that Nintendo has this weird hobby of taking their phenomenal catalog of older games and making it as hard as humanly possible to play them. That’s precisely what they’ve done with Paper Mario: The…
#66 - Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Oct 2 • 51 min
**Game talk starts at 14:05** Whenever I talk a Genesis game on the show, I feel like I’m doing my part to help re-build the bridge that Nintendo and Sega kids burned down in the 90’s. And honestly, I’m really enjoying most of these Sega games. It’s like…
#65 - Sega Genesis Mini Review
Sep 25 • 54 min
**Review starts at 14:05** If you didn’t grow up playing the Sega Genesis, is the new mini adaption of it worth your money? That’s the question I set out to answer on this week’s podcast. Not only did I not own a Sega Genesis, I hardly knew anyone that…
#64 - Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sep 18 • 42 min
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#63 - Virtual Bart
Sep 11 • 44 min
**Game talk starts around 13:45** When I launched this podcast, my idea was for my guests and I to reminisce about the games we played as kids. Both good games, and bad. It’s taken 63 episodes, but we’re dipping into the really bad end of the pool. Worse…
#62 - Resident Evil 4
Sep 4 • 60 min
**Game Talk starts at 10:25** Now, I don’t throw around the word “masterpiece” very often. But this game? This game is a masterpiece. It’s freaking Resident Evil 4. Practically a lock to show up on any respectable ‘greatest games of all-time’ list.…
#61 - Pokemon Snap
Aug 28 • 49 min
**Game talk starts at 13:00** The fact that we haven’t seen a Pokemon Snap re-release, remake, or sequel on smartphones, the Wii U, or the Switch is almost mind-boggling. And then you remember it’s Nintendo… We all played this, right?? I remember this…
#60 - Video Game Collecting
Aug 21 • 56 min
“My name is Adam Blank, and I’m a recovering retro game collector.” I love looking at video game collections. I used to love collecting them myself, too. But it can be an expensive hobby. It takes up a lot of space (particularly if you do it like I did…
#59 - Street Fighter II
Aug 14 • 57 min
We’re finally making our way into the arcades. Admittedly, I didn’t really live near one growing up, so my experience with stand up cabinets is pretty minimal. And while I don’t have a ton of playtime under my belt, I know damned well what a big deal…
#58 - WCW/nWo Revenge
Aug 7 • 59 min
Remember when World Championship Wrestling was the hottest thing on the planet? In the late ’90s, WCW was giving the WWF the fight of their lives. The nWo(s), Goldberg, Sting, DDP, Raven, Bret Hart, Ric Flair; that wrestling company from down south had…
#57 - The Simpsons Hit & Run
Jul 31 • 38 min
Yep, it’s another Simpsons game. At least this is the good one! The Simpsons: Hit & Run is pretty universally considered the best video game adaption of The Simpsons. Sure, you could make an argument for The Simpsons Game that came out on the PS3 and Xbox…
#56 - Final Fantasy II (IV)
Jul 24 • 52 min
**The sound may be a little off on this week’s podcast. I suggest using headphones if you can. Sorry about that!** I know, I know. It’s Final Fantasy IV. The box says II, and the people that know, know. But the people that don’t will be like “what the…
#55 - Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Jul 17 • 51 min
Look at me, being all topical and professional and stuff. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3 comes out this Friday, so I thought it would be a perfect time to dedicate an episode to one of my favourite games of the last couple generations; the original Marvel:…
#54 - NHL ‘94
Jul 10 • 51 min
As much as it pains the loyal, completely biased Nintendo fanboy in me to admit, Sega had better sports games than Nintendo. Case in point? NHL ‘94. That isn’t to say the SNES version is unplayable, but anyone that has tried both would be lying if they…
#53 - Maximum Carnage
Jul 3 • 50 min
Spider-Man is awesome. Venom is even more awesome. Carnage isn’t quite as awesome as either of them, but he’s still pretty awesome. So what happens when you take all that awesome and squeeze it into a video game? You get a freaking awesome video game.…
#52 - Super Mario Bros. 2
Jun 26 • 54 min
Super Mario Bros 2 is the oddball of the NES Mario Bros games. Along with Super Mario Sunshine, it’s the oddball of the entire Super Mario series. But you know what? I like oddballs.* *I rewrote that about ten times, and that was the least creepy sounding…
#51 - Shining Force
Jun 19 • 57 min
One of my favourite things about doing this podcast is that I’m discovering new retro games all these years later. Particularly when it comes to Sega. You’re going to see more Genesis love in year 2 of this show, and it starts with today’s game; Shining…
#50 - Super Mario 64
Jun 12 • 60 min
I can’t believe we’ve made fifty episodes of this train wreck of a podcast! And speaking of train wrecks, today we’re talking Super Mario 64! (Just kidding!) Kind of. I won’t lie to you, loyal reader/listener/fellow nerd. The core Mario series is my…
#49 - Ice Hockey
Jun 5 • 44 min
In a world where sports video games have become deep, complex, virtual simulations of their real-life counterparts, Ice Hockey still stands out. It’s the epitome of the saying “Less is More”. Sure, if you’re looking for a hockey game where you can develop…
#48 - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
May 29 • 45 min
They might seem silly now (they’re not silly at all, by the way) but in the mid 90’s, the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were in control of every kid on the planet. Who didn’t love the “teenagers with attitude”?? TV show(s), movies, actions figures, comic…
#47 - The Simpsons: Bart’s Nightmare
May 22 • 47 min
Everyone knows that most video games based on The Simpsons, sucked. But, everyone played video games based on The Simpsons. I know I did. I think I’ve played every Simpsons video game ever made, except for The Simpsons Skateboarding and The Simpsons…
#46 - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
May 15 • 47 min
There may not be another game in my “illustrious” gaming career that I have fonder memories of after a single play-through than The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. I played through it one time, on my GameCube back in the day, and never turned it on…
#45 - A Boy and His Blob
May 8 • 41 min
The whole concept behind this podcast was to talk about the games we played as kids and to stir up those feelings of nostalgia, and that’s exactly what A Boy and His Blob does for me. My brother and I played the hell out of this game as kids. We never…
#44 - Super Metroid
May 1 • 46 min
Super Metroid turned 25 a couple weeks ago! A better podcast host would have caught that and ran with it, but what can you do? I don’t think it cared that we missed it. One of the greatest games - not only on the Super Nintendo, but of all-time - Super…
#43 - Halo: Combat Evolved
Apr 24 • 53 min
The NES had Super Mario Bros. The Genesis had Sonic The Hedgehog. And Microsoft’s Xbox? It had Halo. And Halo is awesome. I was skeptical of the Xbox. I remember reading a great article in a gaming magazine (remember those?) about how there just wasn’t…
#42 - Donkey Kong Country
Apr 17 • 44 min
I say it almost every episode, but I’m really excited to talk about this week’s game. Donkey Kong Country is easily on ”10 favourite games of all-time” list. It’s a masterpiece. Donkey Kong Country is just one of those games that everybody has played.…
#41 - Spider-Man
Apr 10 • 42 min
Spider-Man is my favourite superhero. Even if you ignore all of the “he’s a normal guy trying to do the right thing/with great power comes great responsibility” stuff and just focus on superpowers, the guy is sick. Climbing walls, super strength, agility,…
#40 - WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain
Apr 3 • 47 min
It’s WrestleMania week! This is like the Stanley Cup Finals/World Series/Super Bowl for wrestling fans, so I figured it was the right time to jump back into the world of wrasslin’ video games. We’ve already covered the iconic WWF: No Mercy, and it’s…
#39 - The Legend of Zelda
Mar 27 • 48 min
What can I possibly say about The Legend of Zelda that hasn’t already been said? It’s one of the most influential and iconic games of all-time. It launched one of the greatest franchises in the history of the industry. It’s an absolutely masterpiece that…
#38 - StarTropics
Mar 20 • 43 min
StarTropics is the little game that almost could. Developed by Nintendo of America and released exclusively in North America and Europe (most NES games made their way to North America after being released in Japan), this game gets an awful lot right. And…
#37 - Paper Mario
Mar 13 • 46 min
In early 2001, the Nintendo 64 was running out of gas. The Playstation was in full swing, and Nintendo was looking vulnerable for the first time. Their new console, the Gamecube, was only months away. The 64 was about to be left behind. But before that…
#36 - Resident Evil
Mar 6 • 37 min
When you think of platformers, Super Mario Bros jumps to mind as the most influential to the genre. First Person Shooters, that nod might go to Wolfenstein or Doom. And when you get into the world of horror video games, the undisputed king is the…
#35 - Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!
Feb 27 • 51 min
For my money, there may not be a game in the NES library (at least, not without “Mario” in the title) that has aged better than the masterpiece that is Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! Punch Out!! was one of the first sports video games to really nail it. The…
#34 - WWF Attitude
Feb 20 • 46 min
Pro wrestling is probably the only thing on the planet on par with retro video games when it comes to making me feel nostalgic. Being a teenager during the Monday Night Wars and the Attitude Era was something special. If you liked wrestling in those days…
#33 - Earthworm Jim
Feb 13 • 49 min
In an era filled with weird animal heroes like the Battletoads, Samurai Pizza Cats, Bucky O’Hare and Biker Mice from Mars, Earthworm Jim still managed to stand out. His video games are hilarious, and the original game launched a franchise that went on to…
#32 - Fortnite
Feb 8 • 49 min
Welcome to a special Friday edition of Remember The Game! For this episode, we’re jumping forward in time. Instead of looking at a game that took over our lives in the 80’s or 90’s, we’re talking about a game that is taking over our lives right now. Today…
#31 - RollerCoaster Tycoon
Feb 6 • 41 min
This episode is for all you “PC Master Race” nerds. Outside of Oregon Trail and some shareware games, there’s really only one PC game I played growing up, and holy hell did I play a lot of it. I loved building roller coasters, charging people $5 to use…
#30 - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Jan 30 • 41 min
Does anyone else hear the chorus to I Ran (So Far Away) and instantly think of Vice City? Oh, all of you? At least it isn’t just me then…. Everyone played Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I know there had been the original top-down style GTA games, and GTA 3…
#29 - Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
Jan 23 • 38 min
Battletoads is one of those franchises that has always had a strong cult following, but nobody really knows why. They’re blatant Ninja Turtle ripoffs. The games are ridiculously difficult. The characters have some of the grossest names in gaming history…
#28 - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Jan 16 • 39 min
I vividly remember getting this game for my birthday the year it came out. And despite the fact that I had a house full of my friends over for a party, and this was a single player game, it was all I did for the rest of the day. No regrets. The first…
#27 - Sonic The Hedgehog 3 / Sonic & Knuckles
Jan 9 • 37 min
If Mario was the video game Heavyweight Champion in the 90’s, Sonic The Hedgehog was the #1 contender. I didn’t own a Sega Genesis growing up, but I played all the Sonic games. I watched the cartoon. I read the comic books. Sonic was everywhere! He was…
#26 - Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
Jan 2 • 41 min
Happy new year! I hope you had a great holiday season, and the “January Blues” aren’t hitting you too hard. And if they are, hopefully a new podcast will help snap you out of it! We’re going with a bit of a black sheep this week (there are only so many…
#25 - Chrono Trigger
Dec 26, 2018 • 48 min
Happy Boxing Day! I have a late Christmas present for all you nerds. An episode of Remember The Game about the single most requested game we’ve had since we launched the podcast earlier this year; Chrono Trigger!! My pal Tyler is a Chrono Trigger junkie,…
#24 - Sega vs Nintendo
Dec 19, 2018 • 44 min
Playstation vs Nintendo 64. PS3 vs Xbox 360. Virtual Boy vs sanity. All among the greatest rivalries in video game history. But none of them can touch the blood feud that was Nintendo vs Sega in the 90’s. This week, my buddy Miklos joins me, and we take a…
#23 - Mario Paint
Dec 12, 2018 • 30 min
Do you still have your SNES mouse??? That big, boring grey mousepad?? Is there any reason to play Mario Paint in 2018?? Of course there is; the fly swatter game! My fellow gaming nerd Mark McCue is back this week, and we took a trip down memory lane and…
#22 - Super Smash Bros. Melee
Dec 5, 2018 • 40 min
*NOTE: We recorded this episode several weeks ago. We do talk a little Smash Bros Ultimate, and address some rumours floating around at the time that turned out not to be true. Please don’t email us to tell us we’re dumb. At least, not because of that*…
#21 - Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
Nov 28, 2018 • 36 min
Is there a video game series from the late 90’s/early 2000’s that stole more hours of our lives than the Tony Hawk series?? EVERYONE played these games!The wicked soundtracks, the tight controls, the insanely addictive gameplay; this series had it all. My…
#20 - Final Fantasy IX
Nov 21, 2018 • 35 min
For my money, this isn’t just the best Final Fantasy on the original Playstation, it might be the best Final Fantasy game, period. My buddy Andre returns to the show this week, and we look back at the masterpiece that is Final Fantasy 9. I don’t know if…
#19 - Earthbound
Nov 14, 2018 • 46 min
“SAY FUZZY PICKLES!”When it was originally released, Earthbound was an absolutely criminally overlooked game on the SNES. Years later, it became one of the most expensive and sought after cartridges on the console in the eyes of collectors. These days…
#18 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nov 7, 2018 • 34 min
Find us on Twitter @memberthegame And on our new Facebook page; facebook.com/memberthegame Possibly the most beloved “bad” game of all-time, this week my friend David Rae returns to the podcast and we look back at the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…
#17 - Do We Want a Nintendo 64 Classic?
Oct 31, 2018 • 52 min
Remember The Game is on Twitter! @memberthegame And we have a Facebook page now! facebook.com/memberthegame We’re trying something a little different this week. Regular guest Mark McCue returns to the podcast, and instead of looking at a particular game,…
#16 - Super Mario Bros 3
Oct 24, 2018 • 40 min
Find ‘Remember The Game’ on Twitter! @memberthegame Remember The Game Facebook Page! facebook.com/memberthegame This week, my buddy Miklos returns to the podcast, and we take a look back at what is absolutely, unquestionably, one of the greatest video…
#15 - The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Oct 17, 2018 • 30 min
This week, my buddy Mark is back, and we delve back into the world of AA batteries, puke green screens, and playing video games on road trips. Of course we’re talking the Game Boy, and more specifically; The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. To this day,…
#14 - WWF No Mercy
Oct 10, 2018 • 33 min
Diggity Dog!This week, my friend Andre and I sat down and remembered the greatest wrestling video game of all time; WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64. This game comfortably fits into my list of favourite video games of all time. It was the perfect package;…
#13 - Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow
Oct 3, 2018 • 49 min
Think back to a simpler time. Before bills, jobs, car repairs. When your biggest worry was that your Mom wouldn’t have 4 more AA batteries stashed somewhere and you’d have to take them out of the TV remote to keep playing Pokemon. Good times…..This week,…
#12 - Final Fantasy VII
Sep 19, 2018 • 53 min
I’m a little concerned that nobody has heard of this week’s game, but they can’t all be classics. My friend Tyler and I spent almost an hour nerding out over of the most talked about video game of all time; Final Fantasy VII. Is it the greatest Final…
#11 - GoldenEye 007
Sep 12, 2018 • 37 min
Everyone knew that kid that insisted on playing as Oddjob, and they’re probably in jail for tax fraud or something now. This week, my friend Kevin and I sit down and talk one of the most beloved games in the Nintendo 64 library, GoldenEye 007. The single…
#10 - Mega Man X
Sep 5, 2018 • 40 min
The Mega Man franchise is one of my all-time favourites, and for my money the debut of X is the best of all of them. My old friend Tyler comes by this week, and we catch up by reminiscing about one of the best games on the SNES; Mega Man X. Enjoy!
#9 - Super Mario RPG
Aug 29, 2018 • 35 min
The fact that Geno has yet to get his own game is one of the biggest fails in the history of gaming. This week on Remember the Game, my friend Kevin comes by, and we talk about one of the many RPG masterpieces that call the SNES home; Super Mario RPG.…
#8 - Mario Party
Aug 22, 2018 • 34 min
Who doesn’t have fond memories of sitting on the couch, laughing and arguing with your friends playing Mario Party? At one point, this franchise was the pinnacle of multi-player gaming, and this week I’m joined by my nephew, Ben, as we break down the…
#7 - Final Fantasy VI
Aug 15, 2018 • 51 min
Final Fantasy VI! Or, Final Fantasy III?! Or, whatever…Call it whatever you want, this is one of the greatest RPGs ever made. My friend (and fellow geek) Miklos Blackshaw sat down with me this week, and we spent almost an hour nerding out about the game…
#6 - Super Mario Kart
Aug 8, 2018 • 36 min
I have no idea how or why someone decided to have Mario and friends spend a day go karting, but I’m so glad they did! This week, David Rae and I reminisce about the game that kicked off one of the most beloved franchises in Nintendo’s storied history;…
#5 - Mega Man 2
Aug 1, 2018 • 41 min
What do you get when you combine some of the greatest music in gaming history with some of the worst box art in gaming history? Mega Man!! My buddy David Rae came by this week, and we talked about the first original NES game in Remember the Game history,…
#4 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Jul 25, 2018 • 40 min
Hey! Listen! *?$#&$& Navi…. This week, my pal Mark and I remember the game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. We both have some critical views of this entry into the Zelda series. Often considered one of the greateat games of all time, Mark and I spend…
#3 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Jul 18, 2018 • 37 min
This week on Remember the Game, I’m joined by my good buddy and fellow comedian, Mark McCue. Mark is the biggest Zelda junkie I know, and we recorded a couple Hyrule-centric episodes back to back. First up, my vote for the greatest Legend of Zelda game…
#2 - TMNT IV: Turtles In Time
Jul 11, 2018 • 34 min
Big Apple, 3 AM! Fellow comedian Christopher Djuric joined me this week, and we looked back at the greatest beat ‘em up ever made; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time.
#1 - Super Mario World
Jul 3, 2018 • 34 min
Welcome to Remember the Game! My buddy Chris Heber joins me this week, and we kick this podcast off by talking about my favourite video game of all time; Super Mario World!