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Tonic Trouble

Tonic Trouble

January 16, 2021

This is it! We've finally done it: the VERY LAST GAME in the Nintendo 64 catalog! It's all been leading to this: TONIC TROUBLE, a forgotten platformer from the creator of RAYMAN! You play as a hapless space janitor who spills a magical tonic onto Earth, making all the world's vegetables come to life, so naturally we have to discuss the moral and ethical ramifications of that. 

The catalog may be over, but we're not done with the N64 just yet! Tune in next week for an extra-EXTRA-long episode where we look back at the entire show and unveil the definitive ranking of all N64 games! 

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: Goodbye, Nintendo 64...

Perfect Dark (with Scott Burger and Bennett Williamson)

Perfect Dark (with Scott Burger and Bennett Williamson)

January 9, 2021

It's our penultimate game for the Nintendo 64, and we saved a biggie. PERFECT DARK is Rare's high-profile follow-up to GOLDENEYE, and it's one of the most ambitious, technically accomplished, and replayable games on the entire system! Bennett Williamson and Scott Burger are back to help us discuss all the alien conspiracies, counter-operatives, and hidden slices of cheese Joanna Dark's adventure has to offer! 

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: THE LAST NINTENDO 64 GAME!!

San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing / Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA /San Francisco Rush: 2049

San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing / Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA /San Francisco Rush: 2049

January 2, 2021

We're finally, FINALLY finished with racing games on the Nintendo 64! And we're ending on a high note with Midway's RUSH trilogy! These goofy arcade racers are all about big air and big crashes, but does it deserve to step out of CRUIS'N's shadow and fly on their own futuristic car wings? 

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: Perfect Dark 

 

Beyond 64: Dwarf Fortress (with Scott Burger and Dan Reese)

Beyond 64: Dwarf Fortress (with Scott Burger and Dan Reese)

December 31, 2020

We're digging deeper than ever before with this special, Patreon-funded episode! Superstar-tier Patron Scott Burger joins us to discuss DWARF FORTRESS, the esoteric underground hit that's often cited as a direct influence on MINECRAFT! Fellow DF enthusiast Dan Reese is on hand, as well, and we need all the backup we can get: this game is famous for it's high difficulty, prohibitive complexity, and often confusing visual style that uses ASCII symbols instead of graphics. It's our greatest challenge yet! 

Be sure to check out the Superstar tier over at Patreon.com/ultra64pod if YOU want to join us to talk about any game of your choice! 

Mission: Impossible (with Andy Bowman)

Mission: Impossible (with Andy Bowman)

December 26, 2020

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: check out our latest episode on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, the third-person stealth action game based on the smash-hit 1996 movie! This week we're joined by Andy Bowman from the Monkey Off My Backlog podcast, who has been attempting to set the speed run world record on this game! We'll hear all about Andy's speed running methods, plus a history of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise and the troubled production history behind this potentially-cool game! 

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: San Francisco Rush / Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA / San Francisco Rush 2049

South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack (with Rosie Crow, Dan Reese, and Nicole Vettese)

South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack (with Rosie Crow, Dan Reese, and Nicole Vettese)

December 19, 2020

Hello there, children! We're reassembling the MARIO PARTY crew for one last party, as we dig in to the trivia/party game hybrid SOUTH PARK: CHEF'S LUV SHACK! Dan Reese, Rosie Crow, and Nicole Vettese help us answer a barrage of vaguely scatological trivia questions and play SOUTH PARK riffs on classic arcade games. Plus, we look into the history of Chef/Isaac Hayes, and answer the burning question: birthright or buttwipe? 

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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Twitter: @ultra64podcast 

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Next week's episode: Mission: Impossible 

NHL ‘99 / NHL Blades of Steel ‘99

NHL ‘99 / NHL Blades of Steel ‘99

December 12, 2020

It's a momentous day here on Ultra 64: after three years, we're finally finished with sports games on the Nintendo 64! This week, we play our last two ice hockey games, EA's NHL '99 and Konami's NHL BLADES OF STEEL '99! We look back on the hockey highlights of 1999, say goodbye to the digitized representation of the Great One, and have another suite of awesome listener letters! 

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: South Park: Chef's Luv Shack 

Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage

Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage

December 5, 2020

We're saying goodbye to the Nintendo64's few RPGs, and we're sending it off in style. AIDYN CHRONICLES: THE FIRST MAGE is an epic fantasy that came out late in the N64's lifecycle, with a huge world and an eclectic cast of characters. Can this one rise to PAPER MARIO / OGRE BATTLE status or is this just another wannabe QUEST 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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Twitter: @ultra64podcast 

Email: ultra64podcast@gmail.com 

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Next week's episode: NHL '99 / NHL Blades of Steel '99

BONUS: The Binding of Isaac (with Elliot Jay O’Neill and BT Calloway)

BONUS: The Binding of Isaac (with Elliot Jay O’Neill and BT Calloway)

December 2, 2020

We have a special bonus episode this week, courtesy of our Superstar-tier Patreon supporters Elliot Jay O'Neill and BT Calloway! The guys join us this time to discuss the fascinating cult smash THE BINDING OF ISAAC, which mixes Biblical mythology with scatological humor to create one of the oddest games you'll ever get addicted to! 

If you want to join us to talk about a game of your choice, sign up for the Superstar tier over at Patreon.com/ultra64pod! Slots are available! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

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Twitter: @ultra64podcast 

Email: ultra64podcast@gmail.com 

Instagram: @ultra64podcast 

Patreon: patreon.com/ultra64pod 

Re-Volt / Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M.

Re-Volt / Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M.

November 28, 2020

This week, we're inadvertently celebrating the works of Acclaim Studios London as we're following up on last week's busted cart and moving forward into the... future? We played RE-VOLT, an R/C car racing gaming that surprisingly still has a vibrant fan community, and ARMORINES: PROJECT S.W.A.R.M, a first-person shooter based on one of the most obscure comic book properties ever. Plus, twists! Turns! Thrills! Cliffhangers! 

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) 

ultra64podcast.com 

Twitter: @ultra64podcast 

Email: ultra64podcast@gmail.com 

Instagram: @ultra64podcast 

Patreon: Patreon.com/ultra64pod 

Next week's episode: Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage 

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