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

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For the first time in the history of Remember The Game?, I'm doing an apology episode.
 
I've always been  anti-Mario 64. I didn't like it when it came out and I've been quite vocal about it. But I recently played through it for the first time since the 90's, thanks to Mario 3D All-Stars. And I was wrong. It's fantastic. 
 
It's not perfect. The camera can be a jerk and the flying is hilariously bad. But a healthy serving of nostalgia combined with the lack of the Nintendo 64 controller has turned me around on Super Mario 64. I'm solo this week, and I want to apologize. 
 
And before that, it's the fabled 'Remember The Game?' intro! We talk about renting video games back in the day, games we continue to play even though they suck, and the NES's 35th birthday!
 
We also have another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This week it's the 'Happy Birthday NES' edition, starring Contra, Bat-Man, and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
 
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It took 119 episodes, and a patreon poll victory, but we're finally talking SEGA Dreamcast on Remember The Game? And what better place to start than with the game that started it all - Sonic Adventure.
 
There's certainly a lot to criticize here. The camera. The glitches and bugs. Horrible voice acting. A certain cat (FUCKKKKKKKK!!!) And we do indeed criticize all of that. But we also talk about how fun this game is when this stuff gets out of the way, and how this game really was a great debut title for the Dreamcast. My guest this week is my pal and Sega lover Chris Heber, and we spent an hour talking about the good and bad aspects of Sonic's 3D debut.
 
And before Chris and I complain about that jungle and that fucking cat, it's the fabled 'Remember The Game?' intro! We talk about the possibility of a new Nintendo 64 console, the rumours surrounding the Dreamcast mini, kickstarting video games, and more! 
 
We also have another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This week it's the 'First Person Shooter' edition, starring Half-Life 2, Perfect Dark, and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 7:50  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
7:51 - 21:40 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
21:41 - 30:19 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania: SOTN.
 
30:20 - 33:24 SEGA Dreamcast Mini Rumours
 
33:25 - 35:14 What have I been playing?
 
35:15 - 37:18 Listener's Sonic Adventures Memories
 
37:19 + Sonic Adventure Talk!
 
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Remember when Nintendo and Rare were the gaming tag team champions? Banjo-Kazooie, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Conker's Bad Fur Day...Good times. And in the case of Conker, hilarious times. 
 
This game has some warts. The gameplay isn't great, the camera sucks, the controls aren't very good. But the sheer hilarity Bad Fur Day brings to the table neutralizes most of that. I would put this game right up alongside the two South Park RPGs as the funniest damned games I've ever played in my life.
 
FORMER 'Remember The Game?' Hall of Famer Mark McCue agrees with me. We spent a good hour getting angry at this game, and then laughing about the same stuff that pissed us off. If you like Conker's Bad Fur Day, you'll love this episode.
 
And before Mark and I talk about fighting giant piles of poo and watching pitchforks try to kill themselves, it's the fabled 'Remember The Game?' intro! We talk about the movie Grandma's Boy (ugh), the possibility of another Playstation Vita, have a great discussion about Playstation's refusal to adopt a Gamepass style subscription service, and more! 
 
We also have another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This week it's 'Konami/Playstation One games that haven't already been remade' edition, starring Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 8:25  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
8:26 - 24:45 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
24:46 - 34:22 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania: SOTN.
 
34:23 - 35:46 NHL 94 Rewind is kinda neat
 
35:47 - 37:55 What have I been playing?
 
37:56 - 40:35 Listener's Conker's Bad Fur Day Memories
 
40:36+ Conker Talk!
 
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Another wrestling game? Damned right it's another wrestling game. I love wrestling almost as much as I love video games. And for my money, Tecmo World Wrestling is as good as it gets before the Nintendo 64. 
 
It isn't perfect. No big name wrestlers, no tag team matches or variants at all. But damned if this game isn't just straight up fun. Plus the commentary is better than most CURRENT wrestling games!
 
My friend and returning guest Brad agrees with me. We had a hell of a time talking Tecmo World Wrestling, and if we don't convince you this game is worth your time by the end of the podcast, I don't know what it'll take. This shit is still real to us, dammit!
 
And before Brad and I talk about headlocks and bodyslams, it's the fabled 'Remember The Game?' intro! We chat about some new stuff I'm rolling out for the podcast, we talk about the Among Us phenomenon, whether or not esports will catch on in North America, and more! 
 
Qe also have another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This week it's the weird mutant animal edition, starring Ninja Turtles, toads that battle and a fox that flies a spaceship.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 8:32  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
8:33 - 18:53 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
18:54 - 28:18 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - TMNT, Battletoads, and Star Fox.
 
28:19 - 29:39 What have I been playing?
 
29:40 - 30:50 Listener's Tecmo World Wrestling Memories
 
30:51+ Tecmo World Wrestling Talk!
 
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GTA: San Andreas HAS to be one of the biggest retro games we've never covered on the show. Fortunately for you, dear listener, it won our Patreon poll. And with that nail biting victory, it locked down a spot in our podcast rotation. 
 
I had never played this game prior to it winning our poll. And damned if I didn't sit down and power through this entire campaign. I still have a mountain of side missions and collectables and stuff to go back to, but I beat the game. I'm not the world's biggest GTA fan, and this is actually the first GTA game I've ever played through to the end. Is it good enough to convert me into a Grand Thefting Autoite? You'll have to listen to find out. 
 
My buddy Andre is a big GTA fan, he played this game religiously when it came out, and we break down the good, the bad, and the RC plane flying mission of GTA: San Andreas over an hour or so.
 
And BEFORE we get into CJ and friends, it's the fabled Remember The Game? intro! I share some quick thoughts on the Microsoft/Bethesda acquisition, look into what was waiting at the end of the Hero Quest countdown clock we mentioned last week, talk a little Nintendo LEGO and more!
 
Plus, we also have another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This edition features the three worst games we've covered on the podcast so far.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 8:20  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
8:21 - 17:27 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
17:28 - 27:22 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Ecco The Dolphin, Virtual Bart, Mario Is Missing
 
27:23 - 29:05 The board game Hero Quest is back!?
 
29:06 - 30:48 What have I been playing?
 
30:49 - 34:14 Listener's GTA: San Andreas Memories
 
34:15+ GTA: San Andreas talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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We talked about Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars wayyyyy back on episode 9 of the podcast. And 106 episodes later, we're doing it again. Because this game is so good it deserves two podcasts. 
 
That, and we're re-visiting some of the mega-hit games we covered in the early days of the podcast because our show is better now than it was back then and I hate that some of the best games ever didn't get the profanity laced, pumped full of passion podcasts we churn out now. So this week's episode is an hour of gushing over Mario, Bowser, GENO, and I guess a little Mallow, even though he sucks. 
 
I've probably finished this game a dozen times. My guest Tyler hasn't actually beaten it yet, but he's gotten far enough to know it's something special. Rest assured, we're gonna make sure you feel the same way by the time we're done, too. 
 
And first, the fabled Remember The Game? intro! We talk about third party Switch docks, I rant about how stupid "fanboys" are (again), and the board game Hero Quest is back?????
 
Plus, we also have another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One' and more!

Also, this week's episode is sponsored by our friends at the 'Press Start 2 Join' Podcast! Look for them wherever you get podcasts, or at ps2jshow.com!

And toss 'em a follow! Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook @ps2jshow

If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 8:05  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
8:06 - 16:05 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
16:06 - 24:50 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
 
24:55 - 26:32 What have I been playing?
 
26:33 - 28:27 Listener's Super Mario RPG Memories
 
28:27+ Super Mario RPG talk!
 
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Sure, maybe we're trying to ride the Mario 35th Anniversary Direct's momentum and use their hashtags to get attention. And sure, maybe we talk a lot of Mario on this show as it is. But hey, it's Mario. He can do whatever he wants around here.
 
This week, we're talking about the weirdo of the Mario family, Super Mario Sunshine on the ill-fated Nintendo Gamecube (and the Nintendo Switch next week!) This was the only Mario game I hadn't finished, and based on the feedback we're received, the same applies to a lot of you. Should you finish it? Yeah, but....(listen to the show and see the but is!)
 
My old buddy Bradley McCue is my guest this week, and while perhaps a little alcohol was consumed, we had some laughs and broke down the good and bad of Super Mario Sunshine.
 
And first, the fabled Remember The Game? intro! Which includes some Mario 3D All-Stars talk, are all the remakes and remasters coming out these days making the original games obsolete?  We also have another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One' and more!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 5:40  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
5:41 - 17:15 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
17:31 - 27:53 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Final Fantasy II/IV, Final Fantasy III/VI, Final Fantasy IX
 
27:54 - 30:57 What have I been playing?
 
30:58 - 33:25 Listener's Super Mario Sunshine Memories
 
33:26+ Super Mario Sunshine talk!
 
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People write Kirby off these days, and it's a damned shame. His modern games might be too easy and kinda lame, but back in the day he was a beast. And for my money, he was never more beastly than he was in Kirby Superstar
 
This title was 8 games in 1 (9 in 1 if you want to get technical), and while a couple of the modes were a little lazy, there's a ton of quality meat on the bone here. A clever second player mechanic, absolutely gorgeous graphics, a banging soundtrack and a smorgasbord of cool powers makes this a title that really is worth playing, even today.
 
Former Hall of Fame Mark McCue makes his triumphant return to the podcast this week, and we're explain why all you Kirby haters should stop hatin' and start playing Kirby Superstar!
 
And before we inhale enemies and poop their souls into adorable sidekicks, there's the fabled Remember The Game? intro! Which includes trying to help a community member find their first RPG, the release of a  new Commodore 64 (?), another fantastic edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One', and more!
 
Also, an insanely sincere thank-you to the 'Press Start 2 Join' podcast for sponsoring this episode of the show! It's a really great technology and gaming podcast that I listen to myself, and I can't recommend it enough. 
 
Find them wherever you get podcasts, or hit up ps2jshow.com. You can find them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ps2jshow as well!! Show them some love!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 6:00  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
6:01 - 17:30 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
17:31 - 26:28 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Sonic 2, Shinobi 3, Phantasy Star IV
 
26:29 - 28:07 The Commodore 64 is back?!
 
28:08 - 30:25 What have I been playing?
 
30:26 - 31:40 Listeners Kirby Superstar Memories
 
31:41+ Kirby Superstar talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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There isn't a franchise in gaming that I'm more nervous to talk about the show than Pokemon. The fanbase is rabidly loyal and knowledgeable, and I just know I'm gonna say something stupid. 
 
That said, let's talk Pokemon! Pokemon Emerald, specifically. This bad boy won our Patreon poll last month, I know how many of you love this franchise, and I was pretty excited to play a Pokemon game I haven't played before. I have to say, this is a pretty divisive title online, and after playing it, I understand why. There was some stuff I loved, and some stuff I fucking hated. 
 
I went out and got my buddy Miklos for this episode, a certified Pokemon junkie, and he picks up the slack this time around. He doesn't dislike the extras nearly as much as I do, and it actually made for a pretty tolerable podcast. 
 
And before we get into monsters of pockets, we talk about a bunch of stuff, including what I've been playing, are modern retro consoles "cheating"?, and which Nintendo characters would I use for a beat 'em up game? 
 
If you want to skip to something, here's where to go:
 
2:22 - 9:30: What's happening behind the scenes at 'Remember The Game?'
 
9:30 - 24:29: 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
24:30 - 33:55 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007, Ocarina of Time
 
33:56 - 36:05: What have I been playing?
 
36:05 - 37:56: Listeners Pokemon Emerald Memories
 
37:57+: Pokemon Emerald 
 
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August 24, 2020

Game Patch 1.0

This isn't your kids' gaming news show! Welcome to the debut episode of Game Patch!

NOTE: This is the only week Game Patch will be on the standard Remember The Game? feed. It'll be on all podcast services in the coming days. Make sure to subscribe!

 

Game Patch is a gaming news show hosted by stand-up comedian Adam Blank. There's a ton of gaming news shows out there, and while we enjoy a lot of them, we find most of them kind of...boring. Our intention with this show is to bring you the biggest news in the world of Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo, but in a fun, laid back fashion.

 

In addition to the news stories you need to know, we'll tell you about any big new releases dropping on each platform, and spotlight our picks for the games that are on sale this week.

 

The theme music was generously provided by 'Vertical Noise', a band from the U.K. The track is 'A Certain Host of a Certain Talk Show', and you can find it and all their music on iTunes & Spotify and stuff. If you like it, toss them a download.

 

Your time stamps are as follows:

 

Playstation start at 5:25

Xbox starts at 23:33

Nintendo starts at 41:40

 

Enjoy the podcast, and welcome to Game Patch! And if you like what we're doing here, look into our popular retro gaming podcast 'Remember The Game?'!

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