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 119 – These Vampires

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News:

Friday the 13th The NES Game The Movie IndieGoGo

Zelda: Breath of the Wild to miss Nintendo Switch launch

Real Life ‘Zelda’ Event Coming to North U.S. Cities

Eurogamer Sources: Nintendo Switch to get (exclusive) Pokémon Sun and Moon version

Games:

NES Classic, Famicom Mini, Castlevania

Books:

Playing with Power Nintendo NES Classics

Music:

Masked Intruder – Stars

The Mountain Goats – Damn These Vampires

BONUS LINKS!
Friday The 13th NES-related podcasts we’ve done:

NFC (John and Ryan)

Qoopa Klub (John and Jeremy)

NES Classic Manuals

Famicom Mini manuals

Episode 72 – Canada is Weird

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News:

Sega 3D Classics retail collection coming to 3DS in Japan

Final Fantasy I coming to 3DS with 3D support

Castlevania Dracula X and Circle of the Moon coming to Wii U Virtual Console in October

Our Halloween game for 2014 is Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest!

Arcade Impossible makes his DK cabinet playable through Twitch!

Games:

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Hyrule Warriors, Mighty Gunvolt, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Castlevania Circle of the Moon – Awake

Goldfinger – Miles Away

Nintendo Fun Club Podcast’s Halloween 2014 Game is Castlevania II!

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Last Halloween we talked (for over two-and-a-half hours!) about the Resident Evil series. This year, we’re going to scale it back a bit and just talk about one game- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. But there’s a lot to say about it! Not just a “weird NES sequel,” Castlevania II is controversial, atmospheric, obtuse, ambitious, and influential- definitely a game deserving of its own episode.

As always, we’d love your thoughts about the game to read and discuss on the show!

You can email us at Nintendofunclubpodcast@gmail.com, post in the comments below, or Tweet at me (@brawndwarf)!

We’re recording the episode a week before Halloween, so please have your thoughts in by October 24th, 8 PM CST!

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Episode 59 – Hockey Hair of the Kong

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News:

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia coming to Wii U

Nintendo switching off Wifi for Wii and DS

Games: Bravely Default, Inazuma Eleven, Weapon Shop de Omasse, Ice Hockey, Castlevania, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Ice Hockey – Title Theme

Propagandhi – Dear Coach’s Corner