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Super Mario World! The Vacation Gone Right

Super Mario World! The Vacation Gone Right

May 13, 2021

Arnaldo, Kelly, Geoff and Anthony are extremely excited today to talk about arguably the greatest platforming video game ever made, Super Mario World! After catching up, the crew talks about the team responsible for Super Mario World and their own varied experiences with the game (10:50). The story, game mechanics and all the cool suits are up next (48:00). The show is rounded out with a discussion about the game's critical reception, legacy, and where we all think it ranks in the pantheon of Mario games (1:25:30). Spoiler Alert: it's ahead of Mario Is Missing.

 

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Super Mario World - Fortress Theme

Super Mario World - Underwater Theme

Why Didn’t The PlayStation Vita Succeed?

Why Didn’t The PlayStation Vita Succeed?

April 29, 2021

Kelly, Arnaldo, Anthony, and Paul, are alone on Vita Island today talking about the underrated portable game system that almost could, the PlayStation Vita! After Arnie shares his story of getting Johnny Yong Bosch to sign a game he wasn't in, we start talking about the pre-Vita hype (17:00) and then the launch itself (36:00). Our anger at Sony rears its righteous head as we talk about the various reasons the Vita flopped (1:05:50) but we end the show on a fun note as we talk about our favourite video games on the Vita (1:36:00) and the legacy it left behind (1:57:00).

 

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Music:

Gravity Rush - Resistance And Extermination

Tales Of Hearts R - Battle Theme #5

Persona 4 Golden - Never More - Welcome Home

What Have We Been Playing? Persona 5 Strikers, Jurrasic World Evolution, A Short Hike, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Persona 5 Strikers, Jurrasic World Evolution, A Short Hike, and more!

April 15, 2021

Arnaldo, Kelly, and Geoff are on deck today to talk about what video games they've been playing lately! At first, after catching up with some general video game and pandemic chat, Geoff gets the ball rolling with Jak and Daxter (14:50) followed by grooming raptors for killing guests in Jurassic World Evolution (22:40). Kelly chooses from among the obscene amount of games she's finished so far this year and comes up with Persona 5 Strikers (33:25), Octopath Traveler (45:45) and AI: The Somnium Files (58:30). Arnie brings the show home on an indie binge with Donut County (1:11:15), A Short Hike (1:17:30) and Leena's Inception (1:21:10).

 

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Persona 5: Strikers - Scramble The Phantom Strikers

Donut County - Garbage Day

Rare: The Episode Where We Actually Praise The N64!

Rare: The Episode Where We Actually Praise The N64!

April 1, 2021

The Ultra Combo of Arnaldo, Kelly, Paul, and Geoff are diving into British video gaming royalty with a retrospective on Rare! After catching up with the madness of 8 player Killer Queen Black on the Switch and the relentless harassment of Duolinguo (5:30), we start the topic of the day with a look at Rare's early history in video game development (15:30) and their dive into the venerable Nintendo Entertainment System (34:00) followed by the SNES (44:40). The legendary Rare N64 catalogue is up next (1:10:00) and the show is wrapped up with a discussion about the Microsoft purchase and the legacy left by Rare that IGN got so very, very wrong (2:02:00).

 

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Music:

Battletoads - Title Theme

Killer Instinct (Arcade) - Intro

Conker's Bad Fur Day - Poo

Did It Ever Get Better Than Chrono Trigger?

Did It Ever Get Better Than Chrono Trigger?

March 18, 2021

Today Arnaldo and Paul welcome previous guest and new member of the RFG rotation, Kelly (sierranight) to talk about what is commonly considered one of the best video games of all time, Chrono Trigger! After a brief interlude into the world of phallic Personas, the crew starts off talking about their first experiences with Chrono Trigger, including how unimpressed Paul was (14:45). For a glimpse into Arnaldo's terrible taste in game mechanics, look no further than (36:20) and his disdain for the ATB system. Debates are had over favourite characters (1:11:50) and the show is wrapped up with a chat about our favourite endings and the legacy Chrono Trigger left behind (1:50:40).

 

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Chrono Trigger - A Premonition

Chrono Trigger - Chrono Trigger (Main Theme)

Chrono Trigger - Battle

Chrono Trigger - Wind Scene

Why Did These Game Franchises Fail?

Why Did These Game Franchises Fail?

March 4, 2021

Arnaldo, Paul and Geoff are joined by RFG podcaster emeritus Ozzy Garcia for a special Patron request episode discussing why various video game franchises have failed! After rightly embarrassing Ozzy for his love of the Filet O' Fish, we start off with Patron Joao's first suggestion, Final Fight, and its not very streetwise descent into mediocrity (8:50). The disappearance of the lovable, pettable fuzzies of Bloody Roar are up next (43:40) and the show is concluded by our discussion of Wave Race's vanishing act (1:19:10).

 

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Final Fight CD - Slum Above Ground

Bloody Roar 2 - Bringer Of The New Age Theme

What Have We Been Playing? Ratchet And Clank, Fire Emblem, Rocket Slime, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Ratchet And Clank, Fire Emblem, Rocket Slime, and more!

February 18, 2021

Today, Geoff, Arnaldo, and Paul talk about what video games they've been playing lately! Paul starts things off with Oxygen Not Included (8:15) and bizarre DS cult favourite, Rocket Slime (28:30). Geoff is up next with a few quick hits including Hades and Dark Souls 3 (41:00) followed by Fire Emblem: Three Houses (47:00) and Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (1:01:20). Arnie wraps things up with a bucketful of Ratchet And Clank games (1:12:40) and one of the more surprising franchise resurrections we've seen, Rygar (1:32:45). 

 

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Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime - Cutscenes

Hades - Out Of Tartarus

The Bad Video Games We Adore, Part 2: Adore Harder!

The Bad Video Games We Adore, Part 2: Adore Harder!

February 4, 2021

Today it's Paul, Arnaldo, and Geoff on deck with another choice selection of the best/worst video games ever offered! After some catching up with dogs and horrible house odors, Geoff starts us off with the classic Die Hard Trilogy for the PS1 and Saturn (13:00). Paul is up next with Die Hard Trilogy's video game spirit animal, Technocop on the Genesis (28:15) followed by Arnie with a mouthful of Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries Of Fujisawa (45:45). The parade of delightful mediocrity continues with Jurassic Park on the Sega Master System (58:30), Double Dungeons for the Turbografx-16 (1:12:15) and finally, last but not least, Xbox 360 masterpiece, Bullet Witch (1:22:35).

 

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Music:

Kotodama The 7 Mysteries Of Fujisawa - Story

Double Dungeons - Field 1

Bullet Witch - Ferocious Cheer From Voice Extras

How Team 17 Revolutionized The Indie Genre

How Team 17 Revolutionized The Indie Genre

January 21, 2021

Today Geoff and Paul are joined by special guest and artist extraordinaire, Ryan Medlock (@videogamebear on Instagram) to talk about arguably the most successful British gaming developer and publisher, Team 17! First we catch up with Ryan and get some of his favourite platforming picks before heading into the Amiga era (of course!) and the birth of Team 17 (15:00). We talk about Alien Breed and some of their other earlier efforts (31:00) before moving on to the game that launched a thousand sequels, Worms! (45:30). Then we wrap up the show talking about Team 17's brilliant pivot to indie games with hits like Overcooked and Blasphemous (1:02:00)

 

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Music:

Alien Breed - Menu

Overcooked - Restaurant

 

2020 Year In Video Games!

2020 Year In Video Games!

January 7, 2021

Today Arnaldo, Ozzy, Anthony, and Paul are here to celebrate the end of a miserable year in general, but a pretty good year for video games! The guys start the show catching up and talking about a bizarre year before getting on to the never confusing favourite non-2020 video game of 2020 including classics like Dark Souls and wish-they-were-classics like Chibi Robo (32:30). Some of our video game disappointments of 2020 are up next (54:00) followed by our picks for 2020 video game of the year! (1:25:00)

 

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Music:

Chibi Robo - So dododo

Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin - Winding Roots

Streets Of Rage 4 - Mrs. Y

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