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Banjo-Tooie (with Rosie Crow and Tyler Detrick)

Banjo-Tooie (with Rosie Crow and Tyler Detrick)

August 8, 2020

With BANJO-TOOIE, Rare may have finally out-Rared themselves. The sequel to BANJO-KAZOOIE takes everything from that game and cranks it to 11; we're talking massive levels, hundreds of characters, first-person bird shooting, statue soccer, turning into an armored truck, and all the unfortunate caricatures you can handle. Luckily, Rosie Crow and Tyler Detrick are on hand to help us sort through the almost overwhelming amount of content packed into this single cart. 

Also, don't forget to check out Steve's new podcast, ROGER'S LIST, now available on Apple Podcasts! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Chopper Attack / Knife Edge: Nose Gunner / Nuclear Strike 64 

 

Pokemon Stadium / Pokemon Stadium 2 (with TL Foster)

Pokemon Stadium / Pokemon Stadium 2 (with TL Foster)

August 1, 2020

Prepare for battle! This week, we're saying goodbye to the powerhouse POKEMON franchise on the N64 with two of the series' biggest hits: POKEMON STADIUM and POKEMON STADIUM 2! TL Foster (@TravisLFoster) is back to help us check out these truly unique games, which essentially act as Olympic training grounds for your Game Boy playground battles. We discuss the surprising intricacy of the Pokemon battle system, break down our favorite Kids Club minigames, and look at the history of one of Nintendo's strangest and coolest peripheral, the Transfer Pak.

Also, check out TL's show "Live From The Poolhouse," wherever you get your podcasts!

 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

 

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Next week's episode: Banjo-Tooie 

Command and Conquer

Command and Conquer

July 25, 2020

This week, we're deploying COMMAND AND CONQUER into perhaps hostile territory, as the RTS classic attempts to take ground on the Nintendo 64. We look back at the history of the once-prolific series, including a deep dive into the dearly departed Westwood Studios, and see if C&C can break the console RTS curse. Also, we're both very tired and overhot this episode, so it gets a little slappy. 

 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com)

 

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Next week's episode: Pokemon Stadium / Pokemon Stadium 2 

S.C.A.R.S. / Road Rash 64 / Carmageddon 64

S.C.A.R.S. / Road Rash 64 / Carmageddon 64

July 18, 2020

Get ready to treat your road rage with a trio of aggressive combat racers! S.C.A.R.S. imagines a horrible future where cars are animals and animals are cars; ROAD RASH 64 has teams of angry bikers wailing on themselves with chains; and CARMAGEDDON 64 takes Roger Corman's DEATH RACE and runs with it, envisioning a future hellscape where zombies rule the world. Join us as we examine the bugnuts origins of animal-based racing, look at the origins of EA's first big series, and... have we found the worst game on the Nintendo 64?!

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Command and Conquer 

Rocket: Robot on Wheels

Rocket: Robot on Wheels

July 11, 2020

Fire up your tractor beam and climb into your hot dog car, because this week we're playing the adorable and under-played ROCKET: ROBOT ON WHEELS! This clever little platformer casts you as a helpful robot who tries to save an intergalactic theme park through innovative physics-based puzzles. We dig into the history of it's developer, Sucker Punch, and explore the many surprising ways to play! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: S.C.A.R.S. / Road Rash 64 / Carmageddon 64 

Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside / Fox Sports College Hoops ‘99 / NBA Courtside 2 with Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside / Fox Sports College Hoops ‘99 / NBA Courtside 2 with Kobe Bryant

July 4, 2020

This week we're playing the very last of our basketball games on the N64! We're looking at Nintendo's blockbuster NBA COURTSIDE series, and Fox's much less accomplished COLLEGE HOOPS 99! We dig into the history of Nintendo's partnership with L.A. Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, look into the complicated history of college sports games, and enjoy some fantastic letters from all over the world! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Rocket: Robot on Wheels 

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (with Corinne Kempen)

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (with Corinne Kempen)

June 27, 2020

Slap that little pink bow on your head, because this week we're paying tribute to the first lady of video games, Ms. Pac-Man, with her 2000 puzzle platformer MAZE MADNESS! Corinne Kempen joins us to dig in to the pellet-munching action as Ms. Pac-Man explores ancient Egypt, haunted houses, and ice caves in this charming adventure. Join us as we learn about the history of the gaming icon, enjoy some surprisingly great multiplayer, and beat our arsenal of Pac-puns into the ground! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside / NBA Courtside 2 featuring Kobe Bryant / Fox Sports College Hoops '99

Automobili Lamborghini / California Speed / World Driver Championship

Automobili Lamborghini / California Speed / World Driver Championship

June 20, 2020

It's time for another selection of racing games, the N64 genre that keeps on giving! This week we're playing Titus' AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI, and two from Midway, CALIFORNIA SPEED and WORLD DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP! These games are a nice mix of wild and wacky and straight-down-the-line sim, and one of them might just be the best-looking game on the entire system! Plus, we answer questions from listeners!

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness

Paper Mario (with Maddie Copp)

Paper Mario (with Maddie Copp)

June 13, 2020

The amazing Maddie Copp (@othatsraspberry) joins us this week to look back at the Nintendo 64's biggest and best RPG! The red plumber's last N64 adventure sees him dropping a dimension but gaining a whole universe of fun, with great new characters and a long, adorable quest! Plus, we dig into the history of Mario RPGs, discuss how Bowser is the secret MVP, and try to rein in our burgeoning obsession with Li'l Oinks! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Automobili Lamborghini / California Speed / World Driver Championship 

 

Micro Machines 64 Turbo / Hot Wheels Turbo Racing / Razor Freestyle Scooter

Micro Machines 64 Turbo / Hot Wheels Turbo Racing / Razor Freestyle Scooter

June 6, 2020

Crack open your old toy chest, because this week we're playing three games based on popular kids toys! We played pint-sized party game MICRO MACHINES 64 TURBO, stunt racer HOT WHEELS TURBO RACING, and TONY HAWK-wannabe RAZOR FREESTYLE SCOOTER! Plus: we're finally allowed in the same room again!

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Paper Mario