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 100 – The SPAWNCAST

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Games: Spawn (GBC), Spawn (SNES), Spawn: Armageddon (GCN)

Music:

Filter & The Crystal Method – (Can’t You) Trip Like I Do

Atari Teenage Riot & Slayer – No Remorse (I Wanna Die)

Marilyn Manson & The Sneaker Pimps – Long Hard Road Out of Hell

All music from Spawn: The Album

Episode 92.5 – Rare Replay

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Ian (@atari_barbie) from @qoopaklub joins me to talk about Rare Replay!

Music:

Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate and Dave Clynick – dataDyne Central Investigation (Perfect Dark)

Dave Wise, Eveline Novakovic, Robin Beanland – Gang-Plank Galleon (Donkey Kong Country)

David Wise – Tree Trunk (Wizards & Warriors)

Robin Beanland – Rare Replay Opening Number

Grant Kirkhope – Treasure Trove Cove (Banjo-Kazooie)

David Wise – Vulture (Battletoads Arcade)

David Wise – Stickerbrush Symphony (Donkey Kong Country 2)

Final Fight

This content originally appeared in issue #3 of the Nintendo Fun Factor zine. The issue is available as a free download here; check it out!

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This week, Capcom released the Final Fight trilogy on the Wii U Virtual Console and it’s as good of a time as any to celebrate this seminal brawler series. So smash a barrel, grab the snack within, and hit start on the second player controller (if applicable), to join us as we smash our way through the Final Fight releases on Nintendo platforms!

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D & D & U

This content originally appeared in issue #2 of the Nintendo Fun Factor zine. The issue is available as a free download here; check it out!

Without Dungeons & Dragons, video RPGs today would be completely different, if they existed at all. Had Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson not published that three-volume set of manuals in 1974, there would be no Wizardry, no Ultima, no Dragon Quest, no Final Fantasy, and no Chrono Trigger. Can you imagine living in a world with no Chrono Trigger? I don’t even want to think about it.

Of course, there were, and continue to be, plenty of207 games based on the D&D source material, created for those who are too lame to even have friends who play tabletop D&D (such as myself). While the vast majority of D&D games were developed for PCs, some were ported to Nintendo consoles and handhelds, with even a few original games appearing along the way. So grab your homemade Legend of Zelda campaign setting handbook and venture forth into this look at the past (and potential future) of Dungeons & Dragons on Nintendo platforms! Continue reading

Episode 43 – End of the Summer Carnival ’13

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News: Nintendo Direct 08/07/2013

Games: EarthBound, QuackShot, Pikmin 3, Shantae, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Music:

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

Summer Carnival 92 Recca – Recca

Fifteen – End of the Summer