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


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!
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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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We finally delivered the Resident Evil 2 episode. Are you happy now?
Leon, Claire, zombies, Mr. X. It's all here. You all know damned well what this game is, which is why you've been asking for this episode for so long. My buddy Tyler and I had a nice long chat about the going ons inside the RCPD, and I hope you enjoy it.
But first! 
It's a new era here it Remember The Game? Industries. Our gaming news show debuts this Friday, and that means the intro to this show isn't about gaming news anymore, it's about retro games!
I debut a few new segments this week, and share quite a few listener thoughts and comments as well. Feel free to skip around if you want to, here's the show breakdown:
2:35 - 10:03: Breaking down our new weekly podcast schedule, project level up progress, and SHOUT-OUTS!!
10:04 - 22:43: 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
22:43 - 26:48: 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - The NES Super Mario Bros Trilogy
26:49 - 28:45: Retro Gaming News
28:46 - 29:50: What have I been playing?
29:51 - 33:10: Listener's Resident Evil 2 Memories
33:11+: Resident Evil 2
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I don't think there's a game I love more that gets less damned love from people than Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (I had to read that a couple times to make sure it made sense)
The two drivers in one kart mechanic was a great idea that added a fantastic layer of depth and strategy to the Mario Kart series, and frankly I think it should be an option in all Mario Kart games moving forward. Add in some of my all-time favourite tracks and that game changing controller, and you have yourself a damned gem of a game. 
Ironically, I'm solo this week to talk about a game that revolves around teams of two. But I had a great time talking to myself about Mario Kart: Double Dash's greatness, and I hope you enjoy it too.
If that's all you're here for, skip to 30:55. It's a longer intro than normal, but I really hope you listen to the first 7 or 8 minutes before you skip. Or at least swing by RememberTheGamePodcast.com and read the blog I've posted. I'm making some massive changes to our product over the next couple weeks, and I'd love a chance to explain them to you. 
And you should listen to the whole thing anyway! Because before we get into Mario Kart...
...Halo Infinite has been delayed. What is Microsoft gonna launch the Series X with now??
...Spider-Man is exclusive to the Playstation build of Avengers, and people are pissed. Are exclusives bad for gaming?
...When the hell are we getting GTA VI???
And more!
Thanks for listening, and thanks for the support. You guys rock. 
Enjoy your podcast!
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Before there was SEGA vs Nintendo, Playstation vs Xbox, or Mortal Kombat vs Street Fighter, there was Ice Hockey vs Blades of Steel

We covered Ice Hockey wayyyy back on episode 49, and now we're finally looking at the other side of the frozen coin. Blades of Steel was my personal preference between the two, and I have a great time explaining why with my childhood chum Dan on the show this week. 

It's The Pass! Hit The Pass! With The Pass! Whatever they say, it helped make this game iconic, and it's about damned time Blades got it's moment in the Remember The Game? sun. 
If that's all you're here for, skip to 23:48.
Or be a good teammate and listen to the whole thing! Because before we get into Blades of Steel I share my thoughts on...
- The new Battletoads game!!
- Luigi was supposed to be in Mario 64!?!?
- What games do you want to play again, but know you'll never have the time?
And more!
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Final Fantasy is one of the most iconic franchises in gaming. And unlike other hall of fame series like Zelda, Mario, Halo, and Sonic, I've never played the game that launched the franchise. Until this month, when Final Fantasy won our Patreon poll and was thrown into my backlog. 


And all of you, every person that reached out, said "Don't play the NES version. Play a remake!" and I thought you were all wimps. Turns out, you knew what you were talking about. 


I finished the original Final Fantasy on my NES Classic. It took forever, but I did it. And while it was fun, I'm NEVER firing up the NES version of this game again. Why is it so bad? My buddy Miklos and I will tell you on this week's episode of the show.


Skip to 28:20 if that's all you're after. 


Or listen to the whole thing, dammit. Because we have a lot to discuss this week, including:


- Microsoft showed us games last week. And the internet hated them.


- Which is stupid. So after I talk Microsoft I rant about losers on the internet. 


- Why do retro game collectors collect retro games? To play them? As an investment? Let's talk about it.


And more!

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Before Gamespot, IGN, and YouTube, we had Video & Arcade Top 10


It aired in Canada on YTV from 1991 - 2006, and kids watched it religiously. It featured kids playing the newest video games, along with other gaming, music and movie news. I vividly remember seeing Super Mario RPG for the first time on this show and losing my mind! Kids across Canada loved everything about V&A Top 10, including it's longtime host, Nicholas Picholas.


14 years after the show's run ended, Nicholas still gets for his work on Video & Arcade Top 10. I reached out to him on Twitter to see if he would be willing to come on the podcast and talk about his time on the show, and he was quick to accept the invitation. He couldn't have been a nicer guy, and it was a real dream come true for 10 year old me to get to talk with the guy I spent so many hours looking up to as a kid. 


We get into the production of the show and what it was like during tapings. Nicholas also explains the origins of the iconic "It's Letter time, it's letter tiiiiimmeee" jingle, where his nickname came from, and more!


I hope you all enjoy this special edition of 'Remember The Game?' as much as I did!


You can find Nicholas Picholas on Twitter and Instagram @nickinbuffalo. Throw him a follow!

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