Time to hit those bumpers, ARGonauts! We're diving into our long awaited pinball episode this week with Zen Studios VP of publishing Mel Kirk. Not only do we share our own favorite tables, but also yours with listener responses! We also get into what Zen Studios is doing to make virtual pinball work, as well as some hints on what to expect in the future.
After all the pinball talk, we also have some interviews for your listening pleasure. Join David at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo speaking with Guinness world record holder Michael Thomasson, video game box artist Marc Ericksen (including a candid story on the Mega Man 2 cover), and others! We then join Robert as he has a chat with some of the people working on Star Wars Battlefront II, including one of the cowriters.
There were so many news items to get to this week that we split it up! We first get into Amazon selling an exclusive SNES edition of the Nintendo 3DS, the Analogue Super Nt having an "exclusive game" of their own to compete with the SNES Classic, and 13 OG Xbox games that got the enhanced treatment for Xbox One. Later in the episode, we discuss the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returning to arcades, an adapter that allows GameCube controllers to work on the Nintendo Switch, and Samba de Amigo's director making clear his desire to return to the music franchise.
The Stage of History welcomes some portable pinball titles in Sonic Spinball and Kirby's Pinball Land, then Robert welcomes a couple more (Space Cadet and Devil's Crush) in Obscura. Then, of course, we have our game giveaways. Grab 'em while they're still hot!
Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Edition is an Amazon exclusive
Unreleased Super NES game to come packed with every Analogue Super Nt
FIRST 13 ORIGINAL XBOX GAMES ANNOUNCED FOR XBOX ONE COMPATIBILITY
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Returning To The Arcade For The First Time In Over Two Decades
GameCube Controller Adapter Works on Nintendo Switch After Update
Sonic Team Designer Wants Samba De Amigo On Nintendo Switch
Being Halloween time it's only proper we get our spook on with the franchise that started the survival horror genre - Resident Evil! David and Robert take a look through Capcom's scary good franchise which includes games, movies, and even a restaurant. Where's our Nemesis Burger?
Before we get to the frights, we have a horde of news that would make a gang of zombies blush! First is the news that Dead Space developer Visceral Games is shut down after working on their Star Wars title for 4 years. That's followed by what could possibly be an SNES Classic killer, tiny arcades done right, a point and click adventure collection worth owning, Star Ocean making the splash to PC, and finally the return of egg-shaped babysitting with Tamagotchi celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The Stage of History sets the tone with jurassic jump scares in Dino Crisis, as well as Leon Kennedy's epic return in Resident Evil 4. Robert then redirects us down to the pits of hell in Obscura with a look at Dante's Inferno. Stay tuned for an idea how a pinball RPG works as David interviews the developer of Pinball Invaders. Finally there's our game giveaways, so snatch them up before Wesker does!
Electronic Arts Shuts Down Visceral Games, Star Wars Game Moving To New Studio
Analogue's Super Nt retro console wants to be the perfect SNES
Mini Atari Centipede Arcade Game Slithers Its Way To Kickstarter
Get your retro Halloween gaming fix with 8-Bit Adventure Anthology
Star Ocean is coming to PC for the first time on November 28
REJOICE, ’90S KIDS! THE TAMAGOTCHI IS COMING BACK!
Pinball Invaders: Space Warfare
If you grew up with LucasArts and Sierra games, then you're in for a treat! Nathan Ortega, formerly with Telltale and now an indie game dev, joins us to chat about the point and click adventure genre. We then go into some details on his recently announced adventure title Slipstream Scalawags.
This week's episode kicks off with a slew of news starting with the latest word on a Sonic the Hedgehog movie with Deadpool director Tim Miller on board. We then chat about the announcement of Capcom lending their titles to the Super Retro-Cade, Nintendo supposedly coming out with a Game Boy Classic Edition, and official confirmation that Mario punches Yoshi in Super Mario World. No wonder they fight in Smash Bros!
The Stage of History gets our point and click juices flowing with the highly loved and influential King's Quest, and also the all FMV Sierra hit The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery. There's also game codes we give away that you'll want to get your hands on, plus the shortest game of Random Select ever! David really needs to make this harder.... Perhaps YOU can offer us suggestions.
Paramount Acquires The Movie Rights For 'Sonic The Hedgehog'
Super Retro-Cade Launches This Year, Packs Capcom And Data East Classics
Nintendo Could Be Working On A Game Boy Classic Edition
Confirmed: Mario Was Originally Punching Yoshi
In what is undoubtedly our longest distance call yet, Japanese indie game developer Alvin Phu joins us to chat about the indie, or "dojin soft", gaming scene, and how different it is from indie game development in the West. We also get into the documentary he was a part of that dives right into this very topic - Branching Paths.
This week's news kicks off our show with the reveal of a miniature Commodore 64 in the works. Retro gaming has truly never been more accessible! We also chat about the release of a spiritual successor to Genesis classic Road Rash, and the insanely low budget behind Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.
The Stage of History has the best of both old and new with NES adventure title The Goonies II, the title that set the in motion the ESRB Mortal Kombat (happy 25th anniversary!), as well as the very first Japanese indie game to be sold on Steam Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale. Robert then gives a history lesson on how BMX XXX was a game company's final nail in the coffin in Obscura. Make sure to jump on top of our game code giveaways, and then stick around for a monstrous game of Random Select. Was Robert's choice fair, or foul?