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We Answer Your Burning Questions on Retronauts Episode 20

Hey everyone — it’s your buddy Bob here with a minor disclaimer. Our audio equipment goofed up during the recording of this episode, and without the common decency to show any symptoms of its goofery.

This week in Retronauts, we go (Captain) Commando

We’ve had a string of NES-themed episodes based on backer requests lately, but this will be the last of them (at least for a while): A look into the NES years of Capcom.

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I have more to say about this topic (courtesy of a separate backer request), so I won’t belabor the details now. But basically, Capcom started out as an arcade developer with an internal division dedicated to creating…

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Howard says: “Listen to Retronauts Episode 19 today!”

Nester says: “I’ll listen tomorrow.”

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Honestly, though, it doesn’t matter which of Nintendo’s Goofus ‘n Gallant duo you heed, or when you listen to Retronauts 19. The important thing is that you do. Uplift yourself.

Kickstarter backer Tyler Castro joins us this episode to discuss Nintendo Power, which is why we barely touched on such an influential magazine in our sprawling games publications…

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We Want Your Comments for our Viewer Mail Episode!

Ever since the revival of Retronauts, people have been requesting — nay, demanding — we bring back our listener mail segment.

Just a quick note this morning: Episode 19 will be a day or two late, as I’m dealing with a pretty awful cold (and possible ear infection) that knocked me flat over the weekend. Expect the episode tomorrow or Wednesday. It’ll be worth the wait!

I hope.

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Timelines on the occasion of our Kickstarter anniversary

Oh, why hello there. Did you know that we kicked off the Revive Retronauts Kickstarter campaign a year ago today, based on what Bob tells me? It certainly doesn’t seem that long ago. But that’s because I’m old, and for old people, life is an ever-accelerating freight train hurtling toward death.

Though Vol. III of Retronauts didn’t begin in earnest until July 1, we wanted to pause a moment today…

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Go Out of this World with Retronauts Pocket Episode 17

Bob here — Growing up with games, Eric Chahi’s Out of this World (or Another World for our non-American listeners) existed as this idiosyncratic, enigmatic experience that came off as more than a little intimidating for how it didn’t play by “the rules.” And more than 20 years after its release, Chahi’s extremely influential work remains just as strange and captivating as it was in 1992 — so I guess you can’t blame the guy for his perpetual efforts to make Another World available to modern audiences.

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Hey folks — Bob here, with an episode I’ve wanted to make since I started working on Retronauts back in 2011. It might be hard to believe, but the original Parappa the Rapper turns — dear god — 18 years old in 2014, so more than enough time has passed to make it just as rusty and crusty as our usual subject matter. But there’s much more to Parappa than just a single game, as you’ll see from this…

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I guess Retronauts Pocket Episode 16 is a success! This is the way!

Sorry this episode is a little late. The Rood Inverse is a real pain in the butt to recreate in Illustrator, as it turns out.

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Yes, this week we have the counterpart to last week’s Yasumi Matsuno episode, a less game-oriented and more story/mythology-focused discussion of Matusno’s…

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Hey kids, new episode. This week we talk about Yasumi Matsuno. Like, a lot — we cover everything from Conquest of the Crystal Palace to Unsung Story. And of course Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre as well. You should listen, because it’s good times all around.

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NES Remix 2 includes full Super Luigi Bros. ⊟
Blah blah blah more challenges based on Metroid/Punch-Out, et al. ANYWAY it comes with a full version of Super Luigi Bros.! Play the original Super Mario Bros. in reverse! With Luigi! And his messed-up jump somehow?
COME ON how awesome is that? It’s out April 30 on Wii U and I’m not lying when I say it has system selling potential.
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tinycartridge:

NES Remix 2 includes full Super Luigi Bros. ⊟

Blah blah blah more challenges based on Metroid/Punch-Out, et al. ANYWAY it comes with a full version of Super Luigi Bros.! Play the original Super Mario Bros. in reverse! With Luigi! And his messed-up jump somehow?

COME ON how awesome is that? It’s out April 30 on Wii U and I’m not lying when I say it has system selling potential.

SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!

jrronimo:

Aires and I celebrated the arrival of my new @retronauts shirt with some Neo Geo Pocket Color. :)

These are arriving in people’s mailboxes! Now we have to finish up all the other backer rewards.

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A really useful trick applied by Dragon Quest III was the use of both sprite-based graphics and tile-based graphics for its enemies. The game features some of the most incredibly animated enemies in a Game Boy Colour game, but also allowed for a variety of enemies to be on-screen at once. How…

Retronauts Pocket Episode 14: Baldur’s Gate

Finally, the unthinkable has happened: Retronauts is covering PC games! Of course, I kid—we’ve…

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Hey folks, we ran into some real-life/technical problems over the weekend, so today’s episode of Retronauts Pocket will go live either tonight or Tuesday morning (Pacific Standard Time, of course). If you still crave content, feast your eyes on the video…

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