One Stage at a Time

One Stage at a Time

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We journey through classic video games one stage at a time! We’re skipping no level, taking no warp zones, nor blowing any magic flutes on our quest to discover what truly makes a great game by examining each and every area all the way through! We talk gameplay, graphics, music, history, and more! Come along with us, gamers and non-gamers alike!


DOOM, Columbine, & Censorship - DOOM 7: Central Processing
Aug 5 • 40 min
We discuss Central Processing from DOOM (1993) and its BASIC music! Is this dull soundtrack what’s in DOOMGuy’s iPod? Yes, iPod. The level is mazes within mazes and has a truly astounding amount of enemies! Also in this episode: Aaron passes the cognitive…
A Bad Port of DOOM is Better Than No Port of DOOM - DOOM 6: Phobos Lab
Jul 29 • 43 min
Andy, Sam, and Aaron (or is it Scorpion?) take on Phobos Lab, the fifth level in DOOM (1993)! In this episode: A bunch of stupid horseshit! A discussion of the naming of the levels! Finding secrets and new power ups! John Romero’s next game! Dr. Grant is…
The Lara-Su Chronicles Traumatizes Us - Sonic GG 14
Jul 26 • 39 min
Seriously. Do NOT search for the Lara-Su Chronicles. We are joined by Ed Tirado and Jared Vandergriff as we take on Scrap Brain Zone, Act II, in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! It’s an interesting stage, but maybe not good? Also, we discuss…
Dead Doomguys Everywhere - DOOM 5: Command Control
Jul 22 • 52 min
Your comrades bodies litter the floor and you’re tearing through hordes of imps and demons! Joined by Sam Ingersoll once again, we take on E1:M4, Command Control, in DOOM (1993)! We discuss this interesting level and the man who designed it, Tom Hall, a…
Scrap Brain Zone Sucks Compared to the Genesis Version - Sonic GG 13
Jul 19 • 32 min
Ed returns to take on Scrap Brains Zone: Act 1 in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! In this episode, Aaron gets cancelled! Like, immediately. We discuss the odd name that is Scrap Brain. Aaron forgets what system we’re playing on! We compare the…
Wave After Wave of Enemies - DOOM 4: Military Base
Jul 15 • 38 min
Make them feel the bite of your sword! Joined by special guest Sam Ingersoll, we take on Military Base, E1M9, the first secret level in DOOM (1993)! We talk level design, challenges, pentagrams, and platforming in the game! We speculate on demonic…
Sonic Can’t Kill Eggman - Sonic GG 12
Jul 12 • 39 min
Clashing with Robotnik at the end of Labyrinth Zone! Yes, we’re playing Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear, Labyrinth Zone, Act III! We discuss the epic(?) battle and the differences between this version and the Master System version! We also…
Doomguy Gibs Hordes of Enemies - DOOM 3: Toxin Refinery
Jul 8 • 34 min
What fuels Doomguy’s rage? Is he mad because motherfuckers keep shooting him? Or about all the statues being torn down? We obliterate the Toxin refinery, from DOOM (1993)! We encounter new and dangerous enemies, new exciting weapons, and Aaron finds none…
Chaos Emeralds are Dragonballs - Sonic GG 11
Jul 5 • 43 min
Still Lost in Labyrinth Zone! The boys discuss Labyrinth Zone, Act 2, in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! The level is harrowing but oh so very slow! But really, what is the point of it? Is it for 16-bit Sonic fans? If so, why make an inferior…
The Iconic Chainsaw Appears! - DOOM 2: Nuclear Reactor
Jul 1 • 49 min
DOOM continues as we attack the Nuclear Plant! We wade into this sea of enemies and find NEW WEAPONS, including the iconic DOOM Chain Saw! Also, this level is full of so many secrets and Aaron found none of them! They discuss his embarrassing failure.…
Sonic Almost Dated Madonna - Sonic GG 10: Labyrinth Zone Act 1
Jun 28 • 37 min
Sonic’s origins with Ed Tirado! Who created him, why, and he almost had a girlfriend named Madonna?! We also talk about Labyrinth Zone, Act 1 from Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! How did the conversion from the Genesis counterpart work? Is it…
Something Fraggin’ Evil - We Start DOOM (1993)! - DOOM 1: Hangar
Jun 24 • 46 min
Your buddies are dead. You have only a pistol. They know you’re here. We start the original 1993 classic DOOM! Joined by special guest Sam Ingersoll, we talk the gameplay, the action, the aesthetic, and we take a trip to the GORE corner! We also discuss…
Winnie the Pooh Roboticizes the Hundred Acre Wood - Sonic GG 9
Jun 21 • 53 min
Ed joins us to battle Dr. Robotnik as we finish the Jungle Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! Is this battle epic or sadly mundane? How does it stack up against previous Also, we discuss the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon,…
We FINISHED the Game! - Donkey Kong Country Retrospective
Jun 17 • 77 min
Reflecting on Donkey Kong Country, as a whole. Where does Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo stand amongst classic video games? Is it seminal in some way? Where are the Donkey Kong Country clones? What are our favorite and least favorite levels,…
Sonic Underground is a Doozy - Sonic GG 8
Jun 14 • 48 min
Talking the Sonic Underground TV Show! Joined by Ed Tirado & Jared Vandergriff once again, the boys discuss Jungle Zone, Act 2, for the Sega Game Gear and Sonic Underground! Also: -Ed & Jared teach us about Phantasy Star Online and we meet Optimus Barbie!…
King K. Rool is Out For BLOOD! - DKC 40: Gang-Plank Galleon
Jun 10 • 38 min
On a VERY SPECIAL EPISODE of One Stage at a Time, we discuss the final boss of the game, King K. Rool! What is his motivation? Does he want all the bananas? Does he hate the Kongs? Is it siege warfare? Is he the only REAL boss in the game? The boys enjoy…
Sega Owes Use Money for the Game Gear Micro - Sonic GG 7
Jun 7 • 39 min
Ed and Jared join us to continue our journey through Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear as we play through Jungle Zone, Act 1! In this episode: -Aaron gets his dreams shattered! -Ed’s Sonic DeviantArt takes center stage! -Aaron fails to create…
Death Wish – DKC 39: Necky’s Revenge
Jun 3 • 41 min
Joined by Mike Votaw, DDR extraordinaire, the boys take on Master Necky Senior in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about his vengeful motivations and heat-seeking coconuts and if he’s motivated by pure vengeance! And don’t sleep on…
Where is the Sonic and Mega Man Game?! - Sonic GG 6
May 31 • 41 min
Ed and Jared join us to talk about Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! We are playing Bridge Zone, Act 3, the Robotnik battle! Also in this episode: What was Sonic’s motivation when he mercilessly attacked Robotnik on his nice day out? Should Sonic…
Mirror House Cornflakes and 80 Trillion Triangles - DKC 38: Platform Peril
May 27 • 39 min
Kate and Mike join us for the very last platforming level of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo, appropriately named “Platform Peril!” In this episode: -All the ins and outs of Platform Peril -the Nintendo hardware leak and the implications for…
Interesting Games are Sometimes Better than Good Games - Sonic GG 5
May 24 • 39 min
Joined by Ed and Jared, this episode we talk about Bridge Zone Act 2, one of the few auto-scrolling levels in all of Sonic the Hedgehog! We also discuss the origins of Sega, how Tails once had agency, other scrolling Sonic levels, the differences between…
Kate Completes Stardew Valley & Andy Plays Mind Games - DKC 37: Loopy Lights
May 20 • 50 min
We’re in the thick of it now, folks! Joined by Mike & Kate Votaw, the One Stage at a Time Podcast takes on Loopy Lights, one of the final levels in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! In this episode, they talk about Kate’s journey through Stardew…
Ed’s Sonic Lore Book is Sexy - Sonic GG 4
May 17 • 34 min
We start Bridge Zone! Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear deviates from the Genesis version already in the second zone! Joined by Ed Tirado, they discuss the merits of Tails and how he has been disrespected by the Sonic games. They find another…
Good Riddance, Expresso the Ostrich - DKC 36: Misty Mine
May 13 • 33 min
Get out of here, bird! First time guest Ed Tirado joins the boys as they dig deep in Misty Mine from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about Half Life: Alyx, Demon’s Crest, Dark Souls 3, and, of course, Misty Mine! What did they like…
A Sonic-ian Film : Sonic the Hedgehog GG 3
May 9 • 35 min
Things get dark, real dark, as the boys encounter Dr. Robotnik himself for the first time! Can Andy, Aaron, and special guest Jared defeat the good doctor or can they easily defeat him? Is the entire blood feud between between man and hedgehog Sonic’s…
The Horrifying Mutants of Kongo Island: DKC 35 - Manic Mincers
May 6 • 32 min
Joined by Jared Vandergriff once again, the boys take on Manic Mincers, the 35th stage in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about how there are no innocents on Kongo Island (except maybe Manky), what strange mutations have occured on…
The Secret Origins of Dr. Robotnik - Sonic GG 2
May 4 • 36 min
Joined by Jared once again, Aaron & Andy discuss Green Hill Zone Act 2 for the Sega Game Gear! This level is a pretty big departure from the first act and the boys talk about how that sets it apart from its Genesis counterparts. They also discuss…
The Most Boring World Yet? - DKC 34: Tanked Up Trouble
Apr 29 • 29 min
The boys start a brand new (and FINAL) world, the Chimp Caverns! Joined by Jared once again, they play through Tanked Up Trouble in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They discuss the most difficult platforming that they’ve encountered yet,…
BE SONIC, BE ATOMIC! - Sonic the Hedgehog 1: Green Hill Zone
Apr 26 • 34 min
The boys start a brand new adventure! They’re racing into the handheld realm by playing Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! Joined by Jared once more, they talk about everyone’s favorite blue blur and his 8-bit adventure! They discuss differences…
All Jared Does Is Insult Us - Donkey Kong Country 33: Boss Dumb Drum
Apr 22 • 33 min
Aaron, Andy, and Jared face off with Boss Dumb Drum at the top of Kremcroc Industries, Inc. What has driven this poor steel drum to suicidally attack the Kongs? And is this low-effort boss fight surprisingly pretty good? Then in Supplementary Materials,…
Getting Blacked Out - DKC 32: Blackout Basement
Apr 15 • 38 min
The boys descend into Blackout Basement, the 32nd level of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System! They talk about: what games they’ve been playing during the quarantine their thoughts on Blackout Basement the troubles surrounding…
The Kongs are Brain-Damaged (And so are We) - Donkey Kong Country 31: Mine Cart Madness
Apr 8 • 46 min
The quarantine continues and we are crawling up the walls! Aaron and Andy discuss Mine Cart Madness, from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about what works in the level, secrets, and other challenging levels from other games! They…
A Grisly End to a Sad Life - Donkey Kong Country 30: Poison Pond
Apr 1 • 31 min
Aaron and Andy once again record remotely to discuss Poison Pond, an underwater level from KremKroc Industries, Inc. in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System! They talk about the bane of gamers that is underwater levels, the…
Battletoads For Smash: Donkey Kong Country 29 - Elevator Antics
Mar 25 • 37 min
The boys offer up a report from the quarantine zone. Elevator Antics, Stage 3 of Kremcroc Industries, Inc., is a treacherous trek through the Kongo caves. David Wise has us covered with a chill, ambient Cavedweller Concert. Three bonus stages await those…
Throwing Poo & Exploring Childhood Trauma - DKC 28: Trick Track Trek
Mar 18 • 42 min
Joined once again by the wonderful Kate Votaw, the boys play through Trick Track Trek in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! Also, which Star Trek movies failed to be up to standards? Did Conker’s Bad Fur Day successful straddle the adult/juvenile…
Ekongomics & Kremling Labor Movements - DKC 27: Oil Drum Alley
Mar 11 • 35 min
Joined once again by superstar Kate Votaw, the One Stage pod discusses Oil Drum Alley from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! A remarkably difficult level, it also holds some surprising secrets and secrets in secrets! They also continue to…
Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Review! & DKC 26: Really Gnawty Rampage
Mar 4 • 67 min
Joined by first-time guest Kate Votaw, the boys talk about the most important cultural touchstone of our time, the movie Sonic The Hedgehog! What things we enjoyed, what nerdy easter eggs we noticed, what opportunities were missed, and what we didn’t like…
Salute To Winky - Donkey Kong Country 25: Rope Bridge Rumble
Feb 26 • 31 min
Joined once again by special guest Mike Votaw, the One Stage Boys discuss Rope Bridge Rumble from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about the final appearance of Winky the Frog and whether he is a good horse or a great horse, movies…
Funky Kong is Trafficking Squawks! - Donkey Kong Country 24: Torchlight Trouble
Feb 19 • 41 min
Aaron, Andy, and special guest Mike venture into the deep dark caverns of Torchlight Trouble! They discuss the final animal friend, Squawks the Parrot! Mike finally learns how to run, what the title of “Kong” actually means, maps in video games, the…
We Want to Like Ecco the Dolphin - Donkey Kong Country 23: Croctopus Chase
Feb 12 • 32 min
Special guest Mike Votaw joins Aaron and Andy as they discuss Croctopus Chase from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about water levels and the notoriously difficult & strange Ecco the Dolphin, strange things in video games that create…
Manky Kong Is An Agent Of Chaos - Donkey Kong Country 22: Ice Age Alley
Feb 5 • 36 min
The boys recruit special guest Mike as they continue their treacherous trek through Gorilla Glacier in Ice Age Alley! Today we’re battling a double whammy of bad controls: ice physics and Expresso the Ostrich. Our old friend Manky Kong makes a return…
Wario IS Venom - Donkey Kong Country 21: Slip Slide Ride
Jan 29 • 37 min
Today we’re getting demolished by ice physics in Slip-Slide Ride! The boys, joined by good friend Jack, have a tough road to hoe on this one. At least we’ve got another absolute banger of a background track! Later, the gang goes to the History Department…
Jack Hates Ice Physics & Aaron is Naturally Attracted to Secrets - DKC 20: Snow Barrel Blast
Jan 22 • 32 min
We’ve got ice physics and blast barrels as the gang makes its first foray into Gorilla Glacier. Snowbarrel Blast may just be the hardest stage so far, but at least it’s got a banger of a BGM. Do we have what it takes to climb the mountain, or are we gonna…
DKC 19: Punching Queen B in Her Googly Eyes (Bumble B Rumble)
Jan 15 • 28 min
Featuring special guest Jack, this episodes showcases Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong taking on a new, more difficult breed of boss, Queen B! The boys talk about their favorite and most memorable boss fights, melittology (the study of bees, a branch of…
DKC 18: Cranky Kong Is A Murderer! (Clam City)
Jan 8 • 33 min
We’re going underwater again in Clam City, the fourth stage of Vine Valley! Jack joins us again for this tricky dive into the waters of DK Isle. Where’s Engarde when you need him? Then in the Lore Corner, we examine Cranky’s in-game quotations to see what…
DKC 17: The Kongfather(Orang-Utan Gang)
Jan 1 • 30 min
Today on the program we’re enlisting Expresso the Ostrich’s help to uncover an unprecedented number of bonus stages in Orang-Utan Gang! There’s also an extended riff about the Godfather, featuring Cranky as Vito and Lanky as Fredo. Then in the Lore…
DKC 16: Winnie The Pooh Can Get Right Outta Here (Temple Tempest)
Dec 25, 2019 • 24 min
Today on the program we visit Temple Tempest and meet Expresso the Ostrich, a brand new animal friend. Can our new horse help us survive another forbidden temple? And can Aaron take a gorilla in a fight? Let’s find out today! Then, in Collector’s Corner,…
DKC 15: The Kongs are an Invasive Species (Forest Frenzy)
Dec 18, 2019 • 22 min
Andy and Aaron discuss Forest Frenzy, the 15th level in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System! How do Donkey and Diddy fit into the ecosystem of DK Island? Is the country really Donkey Kong’s if he’s objectively the worse of the…
DKC 14: The Golden Age of Print Media (Tree Top Town)
Dec 11, 2019 • 21 min
The gang invades a quaint tree-top village. Blast barrels, buzzy boys, and bottomless pits give us a hard time. We groove to another swell track by Eveline Novakovic (Fischer). And in a new segment, Supplementary Materials, we take a look at the glorious…
DKC 13: David Attenborough (Vulture Culture)
Dec 4, 2019 • 25 min
Chimp Caverns is behind us, Vine Valley lies ahead. We’re getting a rude welcome to the forest in Vulture Culture. But how can forest and jungle exist on one island? We need David Attenborough to sort out this biome-blunder. Then in History, we look back…
DKC 12: Body Horror (Master Necky)
Nov 27, 2019 • 21 min
It’s boss time on the pod, friends. Meet Master Necky, a baffling monstrosity cloaked in mystery. Is this turning into a body horror game? Then later, some History on Knight Lore, a proto-Rare classic. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
DKC 11: They’re Stinkin’ Lizards and They Had it Comin’ (Millstone Mayhem)
Nov 20, 2019 • 21 min
We get anthropological in an mysterious ancient temple. Aaron brandishes a weapon in the studio. Krusha laughs at Diddy Kong’s puny physique. We compare the cast of DKC to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. And the stinkin’ lizards get what they…
DKC 10: If You’re Donkey, You’re Dead (Stop And Go Station)
Nov 13, 2019 • 21 min
The gang dodges Rockcrocs in Stop and Go Station. Also, we explore the secret history of Mario’s crimes in Donkey Kong Jr. Will we ever see Cranky’s son again?? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
DKC 9: Pedantry Corner (Bouncy Bonanza)
Nov 6, 2019 • 22 min
It’s cave time again, folks. In the third stage of World 3, we’re bouncing on tires, and bouncing on Winky. That’s double bouncing. Also in this episode: we feast our eyes upon the 100%-canon Donkey Kong Country cartoon show. —- This episode is sponsored…
DKC 8: Worst Thing Ever Fathomed in a Human Brain (Mine Cart Carnage)
Nov 2, 2019 • 21 min
The gang gets traumatized by the first true wall of the game, Mine Cart Carnage. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura stops by the studio. And in a new segment, we get stunned by speedrunning strats. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
DKC 7: A Sepia-Toned Flashback (Winky’s Walkway)
Oct 30, 2019 • 22 min
The Kongo Jungle is in the rearview and it’s on to Monkey Mines. Jared joins the gang to discuss the first stage of World 2, Winky’s Walkway. We meet our new animal pal, Winky the Horse (read: frog) and learn a bit about his history and the feud between…
DKC 6: A Pin-up, Barbie Kong (Very Gnawty’s Lair)
Oct 23, 2019 • 22 min
We defeat Very Gnawty at the end of World One. Much discussion of Candy Kong’s unsettling character model. Shocking revelation that Diddy is a monkey, not a chimpanzee. A galleon appears on the horizon. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
DKC 5: Getting a Really Hasselhoff Vibe (Barrel Cannon Canyon)
Oct 16, 2019 • 17 min
Today on the pod, the gang meets Funky Kong, a chill surfer dude and licensed pilot. After that we blast through Barrel Canon Canyon, the final and most difficult stage of Kongo Jungle! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
DKC 4: A Lot of Pelvic Thrusting (Coral Capers)
Oct 12, 2019 • 21 min
Today the gang goes for a swim in Coral Capers! The first underwater stage is fraught with Croctopuses, but we’ve got Enguarde the Swordfish on our side. Also in this stage, the history of Rare! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
DKC 3: Tires Everywhere (Reptile Rumble)
Oct 9, 2019 • 20 min
The gang bounces past tires, snakes, and bees in stage 1-3 of Donkey Kong Country, Reptile Rumble! And in our first Lore Corner of the season, we investigate the OG DK, Cranky Kong! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
DKC 2: He Had Luxurious Lips (Ropey Rampage)
Oct 5, 2019 • 21 min
The gang swings through Ropey Rampage in this exciting episode! Night sets on the jungle as we brave bottomless pits, swinging ropes, and a rainy foreground layer. Surely the game can’t get harder from here? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
DKC 1: Donkey Kong Bursts Forth in a Fit of Rage (Jungle Hijinx)
Oct 2, 2019 • 25 min
Welcome to Donkey Kong Country! Today the gang rolls through Jungle Hijinx and meets our heroes. Our guests Gwen and Ponyta are gonna need Rambi the Rhino’s help (and the BARRAL code) to get through this one! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
SMB 33: We’re Never Playing Mario Again (Bonus Round)
Sep 25, 2019 • 50 min
Andy and Aaron take a break and look back over their arduous journey through Super Mario Brothers. In this Bonus Round episode we talk favorite stages, least favorite stages, how us brain geniuses would improve this game, and what’s coming up next on…
SMB 32: President Kooper (8-4)
Sep 18, 2019 • 44 min
We’ve reached the end of our journey. In this episode, World 8-4, the Castle of Kooper. Andy and Aaron break down the traps and challenges of the final stage, a worthy finale to a legendary game. In the final history segment, we take a look at the legacy…
SMB 31: Storming the Battlements (8-3)
Sep 11, 2019 • 34 min
This week the boys are nearing the end of their adventure, but first they have to conquer the outer walls of Kooper’s Castle! In this, their final test before the end, Aaron and Andy go up against an army of Hammer Bros out for blood. Can they survive?…
SMB 30: Peach is Wagging the Dog (8-2)
Sep 4, 2019 • 30 min
The gang have reached the antepenultimate stage of the game! Special guest Dave returns for World 8-2, quite possibly the hardest stage in the game. As the boys battle their way through an angry horde Lakitu, Spinies, Bullet Bills, and Bougie Beetles,…
SMB 29: The Rude Jump (8-1)
Aug 28, 2019 • 38 min
The boys have reached World 8 at last, and they’re already regretting it. World 8-1 is the hardest stage so far, not to mention the longest one, and it’s full of enemies, traps, pits, and the rudest jump this side of Tall Tall Mountain! Our buddy and…
SMB 28: Kiss Me You Fool! (7-4)
Aug 21, 2019 • 36 min
The boys struggle through another castle maze as they finish up the penultimate world in Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System! Aaron has decided he hates World 7. Andy discovers the perfect sound effect for the perfect game. Special…
SMB 27: Bad Things That Are Bad (7-3)
Aug 14, 2019 • 36 min
Today the boys reach the penultimate stage of World 7, another remix, and it’s deja-ouch all over again! Computer science correspondent Mike explains the mechanics of how flying Cheep Cheeps target Mario so perfectly. Andy goes on a long tangent about…
SMB 26: I Identify as a Mario (7-2)
Aug 7, 2019 • 35 min
In this exciting episode, the gang dives underwater in World 7-2 of Super Mario Brothers! Aaron laments that this is another remix stage. Special Guest Mike barely survives an encounter with Bloopers and Cheep Cheeps. Andy gives us the history of Donkey…
SMB 25: Kids, Ask Your Grandparents (7-1)
Jul 31, 2019 • 35 min
The boys are joined once again by Mike and show their age as they discuss new subjects like Jerry Orbach, Back to the Future, and writing checks! They also touch bullet bills (again), Scatman John (again), Super Mario Land (again) and other old favorites.…
SMB 24: I Wanna Talk About Banjo-Kazooie! (6-4)
Jul 24, 2019 • 29 min
Today on the program, it’s the sixth castle! Aaron gets a hammer to the face from the toughest Bowser impostor yet. Special guest Jack is shocked and appalled by the concept of Dry Bowser. Andy just wants to talk about Banjo-Kazooie. In history, we learn…
SMB 23: The Sheer Athleticism of Mario (6-3)
Jul 17, 2019 • 29 min
The boys are back for another athletic stage in World 6-3! Jack takes us on a delightful tangent about Vanilla Ice. Aaron expounds on how all these stages are starting to run together. Andy gives some history on Hiroshi Yamauchi’s daughter Yoko, the first…
SMB 22: Your Churlish Monkeyshines Will No Longer Be Tolerated (6-2)
Jul 10, 2019 • 30 min
The boys are back for another exciting episode, and this time they’re conquering World 6-2 of Super Mario Brothers! Jack Attack is back in the mix, and he’s getting redemption for 6-1. Also in this episode: the gang name this one of the best levels so…
SMB 21: Give Me Back My Childhood! (6-1)
Jul 3, 2019 • 32 min
The boys are back for another glorious world! This time we’re going to World 6-1 for another night stage. Special Guest Jack gets thrown into the deep end as the game really cranks up the difficulty. Aaron blows Jack’s mind when he reveals that Lakitu can…
SMB 20: Classic Edition (5-4)
Jun 19, 2019 • 35 min
Today it’s just the original OSAAT duo, and they’ve got a good one for you! Aaron Nieson, wild man, conquers a giant fire bar in the World 5 castle. Andy examines the early arcade career of legendary game developer Shigeru Miyamoto. And in the lore…
SMB 19: Enter Shigeru (5-3)
Jun 12, 2019 • 29 min
The boys are getting deja vu in this first (of many) remix stage! In this episode, Jacob narrowly avoids a midair collision with an angry Bullet Bill. Aaron reflects on remix levels in Sonic Mania. Andy reveals the early history of Shigeru Miyamoto,…
SMB 18: Underwater Overworld (5-2)
Jun 12, 2019 • 33 min
The boys face down their most difficult challenge yet in World 5-2! Jacob struggles with Hammer Bros and a secret (read: trap) underwater area. Aaron ruminates on the past and future of Earthworm Jim. Andy delves into the history of the Game and Watch.…
SMB 17: Bring Back Urkel! (5-1)
Jun 6, 2019 • 33 min
The boys are joined by good friend and brother to Aaron, Jacob Wilson, as they embark upon world 5-1! They talk about new challenges in the game and delve into the strange new trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie! —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
SMB 16: Glitch-Eater (4-4)
Jun 5, 2019 • 36 min
The boys are tackling World 4’s castle in this exciting episode! Aaron Nieson, Glitch-Eater, triggers a strange glitch and breaks the looping maze. Andy goes on a long tangent about the original pitfall. Special guest Jared ruminates on Nintendo’s rare…
SMB 15: Walking on Nothing (4-3)
May 29, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode: Mushroom platforms in another exciting athletic stage; Aaron encounters a mysterious floating enemy; special guest Jared objects when Andy describes Yoshi’s New Island as an “interquel”; and the history of Nintendo’s light gun technology.…
SMB 14: Double Warp Zone (4-2)
May 22, 2019 • 32 min
Jared joins us again for another trip to the underground in World 4-2! Today the boys visit not one, but two warp zones; explore the mysteries of romance with the Nintendo Love Tester; and bask in the glory of Captain N: The Game Master. Come along with…
SMB 13: Lakitu Just Wants to Throw Some Pets at Somebody, Man (4-1)
May 17, 2019 • 37 min
It’s the gang’s first harrowing encounter with Lakitu as we embark on World 4! Our good friend Jared joins us as we discuss our Nintendo beginnings, the sentience of Lakitu’s cloud, and whether or not Super Mario Land is good. intro music: “8-bit…
SMB 12: Never Trust Anyone (3-4)
May 15, 2019 • 26 min
Jay joins the gang once again as we challenge World 4’s castle in this exciting episode! Also in this episode, Andy and Aaron debate the merits of Switch graphics vs. current-gen graphics. And in the Lore Corner, the boys ponder how many children Bowser…
SMB 11: Thank You, Mr. Yokoi (3-3)
May 10, 2019 • 25 min
Today the gang tackles more bizarre, giant plant life in World 3-3! Jay joins Andy and Aaron once more to discuss glitches, infinite lives tricks, and the immortal classic Tron. Also in this episode, a discussion of the life of one of gaming’s greatest…
SMB 10: Somewhat Unspectacular (3-2)
May 8, 2019 • 26 min
This time the boys are heading to World 3-2 where they meet a gauntlet of Koopa Troopas and Goombas out for blood! We also take a look at Nintendo’s earliest ventures: hanafuda cards, taxi cab services, and even love hotels. And in the Lore Corner, the…
SMB 9: Man, You Really Did It (3-1)
May 1, 2019 • 27 min
The boys embark on the next leg of their adventure in World 3! This time our buddy Jay joins us as we meet the first Hammer Brother ever and discuss Andy’s favorite level in the game, World 3-1. Also in this episode, a summary of the life and…
SMB 8: It’s Not Bowser (2-4)
Apr 25, 2019 • 35 min
The boys are joined by Mike once more as they challenge the World 2 castle! Another Bowser impostor is on the horizon, and another punishing castle guards the way. Also in this episode: the tumultuous childhood of Hiroshi Yamauchi, third (and most…
SMB 7: The Most Stressful Level Yet (2-3)
Apr 17, 2019 • 20 min
The gang heads to World 2-3 and gets absolutely terrorized by flying Cheep Cheeps! What is the deal with these horrifying creatures, and just how are they related to Boss Bass? We also dig deeper into the Yamauchi family and uncover more of the secret…
SMB 6 - Piracy is Wrong (2-2)
Apr 12, 2019 • 26 min
The boys go for a swim in the very first water level in Mario history! Mike joins the pod again to discuss the mediocrity of water stages, the moral implications of emulation, and whether or not the Mario Brothers are star children. Will the gang survive…
SMB 5: This Game is Unrealistic and I’m Done With It (2-1)
Apr 10, 2019 • 26 min
It’s deja vu all over again as the boys return to the overworld with special guest Mike! They’re climbing beanstalks to the clouds, delving into Nintendo’s origins, and pondering the philosophical implications of this game’s cyclical nature. *Apologies…
SMB 4: Dirty River Water (1-4)
Apr 6, 2019 • 34 min
Aaron and Andy take on the first castle with special guests Cheffon Lemay & Ponyta Pokemon! The gang traverses the treacherous first castle and meets up with Bowser for the first time ever. But why did Bowser fill his castle with river water? And is this…
SMB 3: Giant Mushroom-type Platforms (1-3)
Apr 5, 2019 • 27 min
Andy and Aaron visit World 1-3, the first athletic stage! We traverse giant mushrooms suspended above a bottomless pit, and discuss the Great North American Video Game Crash of 1983. Can the boys survive? Or will they be too distracted arguing about where…
SMB 2: It’s Very Unclear (1-2)
Apr 3, 2019 • 25 min
Aaron and Andy go underground for World 1-2 of Super Mario Brothers! As the boys get deeper into the game, they meet Piranha Plants, discuss everyone’s favorite Player 2, Luigi, and become increasingly confused about the lore. Will they use the Warp Zone…
SMB 1: Quite Possibly a Perfect Level (1-1)
Apr 3, 2019 • 26 min
Andy and Aaron tackle World 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers! How did Nintendo hook a generation of kids with this single stage? And what’s Mario’s last name? The boys discuss all this and more on our inaugural episode. intro music: “8-bit Eighties” by injury…
Episode 0: No Warp Zones
Apr 2, 2019 • 6 min
Aaron and Andy explain themselves. Join us, won’t you, on a wild retrospective journey through Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System, one stage at a time. intro music: “8-bit Eighties” by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter:…