Episode 146 – Trevvy B Shall Be Honored

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In this episode we discuss the first season of the Netflix Castlevania series (SPOILERS!) and the game that it is based on, Castlevania III on the NES.

Music:

Teen Idols – Midnight Picture Show

My Chemical Romance – Vampires Will Never Hurt You

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Drac heard you were talking smack

After watching the Castlevania Netflix series, I’ve been eager to revisit various games in the series. Two games on the top of my list were Super Castlevania IV and Circle of the Moon, both of which released at or near the launch of their respective consoles. Super CV IV and and CotM were well-received when they released, but don’t seem to get as much love these days.

In recent months I’ve heard Super CV IV referred to as “a tech demo” and “evolutionary dead-end.” Not the cruelest criticism I’ve heard of a game, but probably not the legacy its creators were hoping for. Time has been less kind to CotM, which has been characterized as “ugly,” “broken,” “too dark,” “uninspired,” and one of the most loaded phrases in gaming, “a launch title.” One-time series steward Koji Igarashi even went so far as to have the game erased from the Castlevania canon.

I have a fondness for both of these games, but I still approached revisiting them on the Wii U Virtual Console with an open mind. Check out the videos below to see my experiences with the games here in 2017.

Episode 145 – Super NES Classic Edition

 

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In this episode we somehow spend like two hours discussing the SNES Classic and the games included in all regions.

News:

Super NES Classic Edition Announced, Includes Unreleased Star Fox 2

Nintendo Unveils the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom for Japan

Nintendo Promises ‘Significantly More Units of Super NES Classic Edition’, But Only in 2017

Star Fox 2 Release Has Nothing To Do With Super FX Patent Expiring, Says Argonaut Founder

Video breakdown of all 21 NA / PAL games by Chris Scullion over at Tired Old Hack

Music:

Saves the Day – Banned From The Back Porch

Angels & Airwaves – Behold A Pale Horse

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Episode 144 – The D-pad is Dead, Long Live the D-pad

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News:

Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido Announced For 3DS

E3 2017: NINTENDO ON SWITCH VIRTUAL CONSOLE: ‘WE RECOGNIZE THERE’S AN APPETITE’

Xbox head – Nintendo relationship is “incredibly strong”, “would love” to bring Achievements to Minecraft on Switch

Nintendo pegs Metroid Prime 4, Pokemon Switch for 2018 (UPDATE)

Games:

Cave Story+, DuckTales 2, Mighty Gunvolt Burst, ARMS, Ultra Street Fighter II

Music:

Oreskaband – Pantime

Strung Out – Matchbook