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The King Of Games 2000! Honourable Mentions

The King Of Games 2000! Honourable Mentions

April 17, 2022

Today's episode could alternatively be called, Honourable Mentions or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Hate Vagrant Story.

What else didn't make the cut for the King of Games 2000? Paul, Kelly, and Chris and Shane from Retro Hangover have all the answers! Listen and find out!

 

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The Best And Worst Of Licensed Games! ft. Sean Seanson

The Best And Worst Of Licensed Games! ft. Sean Seanson

April 14, 2022

Today, Kelly, Mike, and Arnaldo are joined by special guest and obscure PlayStation game connoisseur, Sean Seanson! First we open up the show talking about Sean's YouTube channel, its growth and the ups and downs of creating a niche channel before moving on to our favourite licensed games, starting with Danger Girl for the PS1 (25:00) followed by The Lion King (SNES), The Simpsons Hit & Run, and Xena: Warrior Princess (PS1). But unfortunately (or fortunately!) we have some less stellar licensed games to balance things out with Batman Forever (SNES), Ren & Stimpy: Space Cadets (Game Boy), Way Of The Dogg (X360) and last but certainly not least, Sabrina The Teenage Witch: A Twitch In Time (PS1).

 

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Way Of The Dogg - Trailer

The King Of Games 2000! Crazy Taxi vs. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

The King Of Games 2000! Crazy Taxi vs. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

April 3, 2022

It's time for the semifinals in our tournament to determine the greatest video game of the year 2000! For such an important episode we've got Kelly, Anthony, Paul, and special guests Chris Coplien of the Retro Hangover podcast and sometimes nintendhost, LPTyger! Crazy Taxi has been something of a Cinderella story so far, but will it find its glass Vans in time to take down Tony Hawk? Listen to find out!

 

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (GBC) - Skate's Theme

The ULTIMATE Guide To Tower Defense Games!

The ULTIMATE Guide To Tower Defense Games!

March 31, 2022

Today it's Mike, Kelly and Paul talking about the most disrespected genre in video games, Tower Defense! The crew starts out talking about recent video game and anime purchases because we're a bunch of nerds and we can't help ourselves (3:30) before moving on to how Tower Defense games even got started and evolved to the well oiled machine we see today (18:20). Next let's talk about straight Tower Defense games with no frills like Bloons, Kingdom Rush, and more (38:30). Following that we've got the hybrids where TD is combined with other genres like Castlestorm and Mindustry and more (1:11:30). And we wrap things up with what is probably the most popular TD subgenre, the TD/3rd person hybrid, featuring games like Orcs Must Die! and Dungeon Defenders (1:46:30).

 

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Plants vs. Zombies - Day Stage

Dungeon Of The Endless - Wrecking Bad

Orcs Must Die! - Battle Theme 1

The King Of Games 2000! Skies of Arcadia vs. Marvel vs Capcom 2

The King Of Games 2000! Skies of Arcadia vs. Marvel vs Capcom 2

March 20, 2022

Another quarterfinals matchup today with Arnaldo, Paul, and special guest Chris Coplien of the Retro Hangover podcast determining whether Dreamcast darlings Skies of Arcadia or Marvel vs. Capcom 2 move on to the semifinals! Will the sky pirates be able to battle their way through or will they get taken for a ride? Listen to find out!

 

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - Character Select

Skies of Arcadia - Air Pirate Secret Base

What Have We Been Playing? Last Cloudia, Dicey Dungeons, Xenoblade Chronicles, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Last Cloudia, Dicey Dungeons, Xenoblade Chronicles, and more!

March 17, 2022

Today Kelly, Mike, Arnaldo, and Paul are talking about what games we've been playing lately! Paul starts things off with Psyvariar Delta (8:00) and Dicey Dungeons (26:15). Arnie needs an entire segment to go over Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (44:30) followed by Mike with our second shmup of the day, Image Striker (1:16:30) and then our third one, the Mega Drive / Genesis classic, Forgotten Worlds (1:26:40). Then Kelly rescues the show with Soul Blazer (1:42:00) and Last Cloudia (1:59:50)

 

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Dicey Dungeons - Fighting Chance

Xenoblade Chronicles - Engage The Enemy

Soul Blazer - Intro

The King Of Games 2000! Final Fantasy IX vs. Crazy Taxi

The King Of Games 2000! Final Fantasy IX vs. Crazy Taxi

March 6, 2022

We're now into the quarterfinals of The King of Games 2000, and Arnaldo, Kelly, and special guest Shane Koski of the Retro Hangover podcast are here to see which of Final Fantasy IX or Crazy Taxi will make it through to the semifinals! Will one of Sega's reckless taxi drivers manage to run over Square's strangely proportioned fantasy heroes? Listen to find out!

 

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Final Fantasy IX - The Place I'll Return To Some Day

Why Vanillaware Is Deeper Than Just Two Dimensions

Why Vanillaware Is Deeper Than Just Two Dimensions

March 3, 2022

Today Arnaldo, Kelly, and Paul are talking about one of our favourite 2D game developers, Vanillaware! The crew starts off talking about George Kamitani and the origins of the developer (5:00) and their first game, Princess Crown (12:50). Yes, we absolutely discuss the origin of the name 'Vanillaware' (22:30) followed by the first two games under the Vanillaware moniker, Odin Sphere and Grim Grimoire (25:00). Another two simultaneously developed games are up with Kumatanchi on the Nintendo DS, and Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii and PS Vita (48:00). We wrap things up with another Japan only release in Grand Knights History on the PSP followed by fantasy beatemup tour de force, Dragon's Crown and insane visual novel / RTS, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. (1:07:30)

 

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Princess Crown - Lonely Village

Odin Sphere - Town Of The Mysterious Pooka

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - VALINE

The King Of Games 2000! Skies of Arcadia vs. Grandia II

The King Of Games 2000! Skies of Arcadia vs. Grandia II

February 20, 2022

On today's episode of the King of Games 2000 we've got Geoff, Kelly, and special guest Chris Coplien of the Retro Hangover podcast breaking down whether it's Grandia II or Skies of Arcadia moving on to the next round of our tournament to crown the greatest game of the year 2000. Somehow, by sheer luck, all four Dreamcast games in this tourney got matched up with each other in round one, and somehow the system's two most notable RPGs are in the same matchup together. Glass half empty - at least one gets eliminated. Glass half full - at least one goes ahead! But which? Listen and find out!

 

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Grandia II - Fight!! ver.1

The Paper Mario Series and How It Embraces Originality

The Paper Mario Series and How It Embraces Originality

February 17, 2022

Today Arnaldo and Paul conclude a trilogy four years in the making with their final (or is it?....) look at Intelligent Systems, this time through their sometimes beloved Paper Mario series! The show starts off with the first proof of concept for the Mario RPG, uh.. Super Mario RPG! (6:00) The N64's RPG magnum opus Paper Mario is next (27:00) followed by a detailed look at our favourite Paper Mario video game, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (42:30). The road diverges a bit from the RPG formula with Super Paper Mario on the Wii (1:26:00) and the wheels start falling off with Paper Mario: Sticker Star on the 3DS (1:42:30) but Paper Mario Colour Splash and Origami king try valiantly to get back things back on track (1:51:00).

 

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Paper Mario - Battle Theme

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door - Rogueport

Paper Mario: The Origami King - Main Theme

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