Episode 246: Uforia The Saga

What is a saga? A trilogy of trilogies? A battle against a fierce villain that takes at least 50 episodes? A long story of heroic achievement, especially a medieval prose narrative in Old Norse or Old Icelandic? Or just falling into a hole with your friends and trying to get out? Listen to this week’s episode and find out!

Episode 234: Yoshi's Island

Oh no!  Baby Mario has fallen from his stork, and can't get up!  It's up to a team of egg throwing dinosaurs to escort this fresh human right out of his own egg back home!  But the evil forces of Magikoopa and Baby Bowser stand in their way.  Not to mention a raven on the moon!  Can our dinosaur friends get Mario home safely?  Or will Luigi have to become the hero we deserve?  Listen and find out!

Episode 231: Ninja Gaiden II

Like so many action heroes in the 90s, Ryu finds himself with another acute case of kidnapped girlfriend. Because of secret ninja things, he can't just call the cops, so he sets out to rescue her himself. Also, there's something about an enchanted sword? I dunno? Follow our shozoku-clad friend as he explores Dracula's- I mean the city. That the evil warlord is in. With legally distinct subweapon mechanics!

Episode 227: Castlevania Circle of the Moon

Nothing says "dark age fun times" like resurrecting the legendary Lord of Darkness and draining the life from an old man! Plus, the guest of honor is sure to enjoy the pre-meal entertainment: two teens aimlessly wandering the remains of his old castle. One of them seems to be particularly plucky. Follow Nathan "Definitely-Not-A-Belmont" Graves through traps and travails with us as we dive into the first mobile Castlevania!

Episode 222: Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3

Sometimes, the world just needs an exterminator. Definitely, the world needs fewer wasps, and no moving slime ropes. Explore the epic saga of the Donkeys Kong with us, and experience the travails imposed upon the majestic apes by various handymen. Unfortunately, no one involved is competent. Unless exterminating is not Stanley's day job?

Episode 214: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle


Nobody knows the ins and outs of enchantment quite like Alex Kidd.  I believe this to be the case, anyway, since he's obviously cursed.  Join us as the haphazard hero fumbles through what will hopefully be the last installment of his series that we look at.  Venture forth into the land of inexplicably animated car-monsters and bizarrely lackluster level design; together we'll tackle the real question in the Alex Kidd universe: why did so many of these get made?

Episode 208: Aero the Acro-bat


There are certainly worse tales to be based on a circus environment.  This game has no tragic backstories to speak of, but there are some evil clowns.  The more we've talked about this game, the more tenuous connections we've made to Batman.  At any rate, follow a competent circus performer as he performs... in the circus.  I suppose there's also the part where he fights off hordes of evil clowns while an audience watches, but, really, that's just the price of admission.

Episode 205: Alex Kidd in Shinobi World

During intense chakra training, Fi sensed a disturbance in the ninja world.  Seeing no other choice, she chose a hero from another world and bestowed upon him sweet ninja powers.  Also, she may or may not have orchestrated the abduction of that hero's girlfriend so he'd have incentive to deal with Ninja World's big bad.  That's the plot of this game, +/- 5%.  Join our not-Goku on a journey to the land of sweet ninjas, presumably laying somewhere to the west.

Hiden no justu: Daunrodo no Yari!

Show Notes

(01:30) DDM, the best monster-summoning themed game.

(02:45) Zach (and others) have been playing Xenoverse 2.

(09:00) The best border patrol is more guns.

(12:00) Geremy becomes the 400th person to recommend Kill la Kill to Tyler.

(23:00) You can watch sassy Frieza here.  We proceed to get distracted by Ultra Instinct for a while.

(30:00) Mo' ninjas.

(46:45) Alex Kidd in ranking land!

Next time on Last Time, Super Return of the Jedi!

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Episode 202: Castlevania Dracula X

The last game of our remake-themed month, this one's... special.  Once again, Ryu Anime Belmont dons his dramatic gloves and whip and sets out to save the inexplicably ninja Maria, who refuses to help him this time.  This is, really, a wholly different game than Rondo of Blood, but does it hold up on its own?

Whip right to that download.

Show Notes

(03:00) BIRDEMIC.

(04:00) With feathers.

(10:00) I'll be the one to say it... this looks like it belongs in G Gundam.  Unrelated: I want a Let's Play of Zach doing Cuphead.

(17:00) Zach's also been delving into Papers Please, as recommended by Yahtzee.

(21:00) Some preliminary thoughts on Dead by Daylight.

(26:00) Talking a bit about our experience with SkyFactory.

(31:00) Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor.  It's a weird... life/chore simulator?  Highly recommended for an odd experience if it's on sale.

(38:30) We talked about a lot of interesting games on this episode, but if I can only recommend one, it has to be Clandestine.

(47:00) Finally getting around to Dracula X.

(59:45) Rankings of Blood... X!

Next time on Last Time, Kirby's Dream Course!

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Episode 200: Well, That Was Anticlimactic [Adventure Island]

We seem to be running into a lot of these "we didn't get the license so let's just call it something else" games in our queue recently.  Journey back with us through the dimensional wormhole that was the NES/Master System war, and witness the birth of a hero.  Golf Guy, the only Guy whose super-thing is Golf, sets out on a quest to avenge his parents after they were killed by a bad slice.  He and his companion, Caddy Kid, will stop at nothing to end the golf-themed threats of The Eagle!  What do you mean that's not the plot?

Also, Episode 200!

Quick, to the Golf Download!

Show Notes

(02:30) I listened to some of Journey Into Misery.  It's definitely worth a listen.

(03:30) Explaining the road trip game often played when Tyler's driving.

(08:30) Oh, Uncharted.

(12:30) MFL fantasy teams would be so much more interesting.

(18:30) A sweet jacket in the name of the stars.

(25:40) The aptly named Team Red Shirt.

(50:00) If you've got some time to kill, the top 8 in Gundam Versus from EVO.

(52:30) Finally getting around to the game.  You might say it's Adventure (Island) Time!  Young Master Higgins and his sweet baseball cap.

(58:45) Crack an egg, get a rank.

Next time on Last Time, Mario 64 DS!

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Episode 198: The More Missiles Upgrade Gives You More Missiles [Metroid Zero Mission]

Samus is back!  To celebrate that (though mostly because of this month's theme), we're revisiting the first real Metroid remake: Zero Mission.  The team learned a bunch of things from Super Metroid and haphazardly applied them to the original game.  What results is an odd, but relatively solid, of bad map design and progression and reasonable controls.  Fun!

Ah, my powerups - again!  Better download some more lasers.

Show Notes

(08:00) The Long Dark in a nutshell.

(15:00) Battletechnomancy.

(17:30) CAWW

(18:30) Because Blizzard needed more tie-ins.

(21:15) Essentially a Pendulum Eyes Time Dragon.

(29:30) Getting into the game.

(41:30) Zero rankings.

(47:00) Gotta go fast.

Next time on Last Time, Metal Slug X!

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Episode 190: Not Enough Bombs and Too Many Jacks [Mighty Bomb Jack]

Nothing can stand up to your mighty bombs!  Wait... That's Bomberman.  Bomb Jack mostly... jumps.  And opens treasure chests.  A true hero for the ages.  Wade through exceedingly random enemies while collecting either bombs or treasure chests, depending on the current flavor, and avoid... the Torture Room.  Unless you're into that.

The first coin gets you sweet shades, and the second coin gets you a download!

Show Notes

(02:15)  The Steam value calculator Tyler mentioned, with his account as a sample.  Damn you, Star Wars bundle!  And Humble Bundles!

(05:45) Some regular ol' Gurumin.

(08:30) Zach's initial thoughts on Super Robot Wars OG: The Moondwellers.

(16:00) The first of, presumably, many ill-advised purchases. Very ill-advised.

(27:00) Geremy's thoughts on his second attempt at Persona 5.

(32:00) Persona 3 yourself.

(46:00) Gratuitous?

(48:00) Mighty Bomb Ranking!

Next time on Last Time, Fantasy Zone 2: The Tears of Opa Opa!

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Episode 185: Monster Bro [Wonder Boy in Monster Land]

There comes a time in every young, skateboarding cave-boy's life to pick up the sword and shield of his ancestors and deliver a beatdown on some monsters.  Saving princesses is already second nature to young Wonder Lad, and it's time for the lad to become a boy!  Explore a surprisingly metroidvania landscape before it was really known as a thing, and try to figure out how ceramic armor works so well against swords.

Ceramic Download!

Show Notes

(02:00) This is what blast processing was. Very technical.

(06:00) Scrooge Vs Shovel Knight

(10:00) The Assignment: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. That came out in 1987 right? Potential spoilers.

(53:00) The actual assignment, Wonder Boy in Monster Land

(1:03:30) Geremy lied; Aladdin and the King of Thieves was not theatrically released, but Robin Williams did return to play Genie.

(1:04:00) Ranking Time

Next time on Last Time,  Postal 2!

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Episode 184: Woah. I Know Kung Fu. [Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll]

Embark on an epic kung fu odyssey to avenge your master.  Juan, truly the best teacher, wrote all of his secrets down on scrolls, but never gave any to his only student, Ryuhi.  When they all get stolen, Ryuhi finds the best scroll, like no scroll ever was, and goes on a killing spree to get the other ones back.  Righteous!

Dragon download straight to the face!

Show Notes

(01:30) Legit promotional material put out for Kung Fu Panda.

(03:00) Probably the BTAS episode Geremy's talking about.

(04:15) Justice League vs. BTAS. Mr. Sims rants about how got the intro is.

(15:00) Fox fun!

(18:00) I'm not linking Galgun again.  You have Google.

(25:00) Because Fire Emblem needs more bunnies.

(34:30) Not dying is hard.

(42:00) The ZeRo match Tyler was talking about, if you can stand ZeRo's voice.

(37:45) Not our poll, but we should contribute to SCIENCE! Pick the best Starburst.

(53:00) Kung Fu Time!

(1:02:00) How does this game rank up?

Next time on Last Time, Wonder Boy in Monster Land!

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