Ultra 64
Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth / Asteroids Hyper 64

Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth / Asteroids Hyper 64

March 28, 2020

We're hitting the thrusters and blasting into hyperspace this week, as we take on one of the rarest genres on the N64, 2-D shoot-em-ups! We play the arcade space shooters STAR SOLDIER: VANISHING EARTH and ASTEROIDS HYPER 64, and look into the history of the "shmup," the impact of ASTEROIDS, and debate the appeal of the infamous "bullet hell" 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: Jet Force Gemini 

Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (with Elliot Jay O’Neill and BT Calloway)

Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (with Elliot Jay O’Neill and BT Calloway)

March 21, 2020

It's the most wonderful time of the year: Morphin' Time! This week, we're digging in to the world of POWER RANGERS, and we're joined by two new friends from Australia to help us tell our Zords from our Putties! Elliot Jay O'Neill and BT Calloway (from THE SIMPSONS INDEX and THRONE OF GAMES podcasts) join us to look back on the legitimate phenomenon that was POWER RANGERS, and play one of the more infamous games on the system, POWER RANGERS LIGHTSPEED RESCUE. Does it live down to it's reputation or are there some coins of power to be found? 

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: Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth / Asteroids Hyper 64 

BONUS: Animal Crossing (with Mikayla Nicholson)

BONUS: Animal Crossing (with Mikayla Nicholson)

March 18, 2020

Let's be honest: the world kinda sucks right now. We need the happy-go-lucky world of ANIMAL CROSSING now more than ever, so we're making our Patreon-exclusive bonus episode available for FREE to help you ride out those quarantine blues. 

ANIMAL CROSSING scholar Mikayla Nicholson joins us as we explore the sleeper hit series that was meant to originate on the N64! We play the Japanese ANIMAL FOREST and the Gamecube ANIMAL CROSSING to see how much (or how little) has changed, and Mikayla opens up the time capsule that is her 20 year old memory card...

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

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A Bug’s Life (with Mikayla Nicholson)

A Bug’s Life (with Mikayla Nicholson)

March 14, 2020

Fans of adorable creepy-crawlies rejoice, because this week we're playing A BUG'S LIFE, the colorful platformer based on Disney Pixar's second-ever film! Mikayla Nicholson joins us as we revisit the original film to see where it ranks among Pixar's canon, discuss the great BUG'S LIFE/ANTZ feud of 1998, and see how the game holds up compared to other Disney platformers! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project 

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Next week's episode: Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue 

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (with Josiah Coolidge and Dan Reese)

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (with Josiah Coolidge and Dan Reese)

March 7, 2020

We're closing the books on STAR WARS on the N64 this week, as we play STAR WARS: ROGUE SQUADRON, one of the system's most acclaimed! STAR WARS superfans Josiah Coolidge and Dan Reese join us as catch up on the world of STAR WARS, discuss the strange and sad history of Factor 5, and see if we can crash into a stormtrooper on the ground with an X-Wing (spoiler: you totally can). 

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: A Bug's Life 

BONUS: Underhero (with Andy Bowman)

BONUS: Underhero (with Andy Bowman)

March 4, 2020

Never heard of UNDERHERO? Neither had we! Luckily, we were given the chance to talk about it, thanks to our Patreon supporter Andy Bowman, who, as a Superstar-tier Patron, gets to join us on the show to talk about any non-Nintendo 64 game! Andy joins us to talk about this under-the-radar indie title, a charming, funny RPG that draws heavily from PAPER MARIO! It's a fun conversation and a cool game, so thanks to Andy for bringing it to our attention! 

If you want to join us to talk about a game of your choice, check out the Superstar tier over at Patreon.com/ultra64pod!

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated Logo by Barry Shaw 

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Mike Piazza’s Strike Zone / Triple Play 2000 / Bottom of the 9th (with Dan Reese)

Mike Piazza’s Strike Zone / Triple Play 2000 / Bottom of the 9th (with Dan Reese)

February 29, 2020

Whether you're a baseball fan or a baseball hater, rejoice! Because this week we're talkin' baseball for the very last time! Dan Reese joins us to dig in to GT's MIKE PIAZZA'S STRIKE ZONE, EA's TRIPLE PLAY 2000, and Konami's BOTTOM OF THE 9TH! Plus, the great home run record chase of 1998, and an amazing letter from a listener in the heart of the coronavirus outbreak! 

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: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 

 

BONUS: Super Smash Bros. Melee (with Jordan Collins)

BONUS: Super Smash Bros. Melee (with Jordan Collins)

February 26, 2020

Surprise! We're taking a slight detour off of the Nintendo 64 to talk about an all-time classic for the Gamecube, SUPER SMASH BROS MELEE! This episode is brought to you by our guest Jordan Collins, who subscribed as a Superstar-tier Patron over on Patreon! Jordan joins us to talk about the thriving competitive scene, the series' evolution into an interactive Nintendo museum, and if this is the best SMASH game of all time. 

If you want to join us to talk about a non-Nintendo 64 game for an episode just like this, there are two Superstar slots available! Check out patreon.com/ultra64pod. 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

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Super Smash Bros. (with Keith Granger and Jordan Smith)

Super Smash Bros. (with Keith Granger and Jordan Smith)

February 22, 2020

Falcon PUNCH! This week we're talking about the granddaddy of them all, the Nintendo fighting game that would launch one of the major franchises in gaming, SUPER SMASH BROS! Keith Granger and Jordan Smith join us to get into the hot and heavy four-player action as we discuss the origins of the classic casual fighter, the overpowered awesomeness of Kirby, and our dream SMASH line-ups. 

ALSO! As an extra bonus, we'll be releasing a special episode later this week all about SUPER SMASH BROS MELEE, courtesy of our Superstar-tier patron Jordan Collins! It's twice the SMASH, so watch for that in your feed in a few days! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli 

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

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Next week's episode: Mike Piazza's Strike Zone/ Triple Play 2000 / Bottom of the Ninth 

 

V-Rallly Edition ‘99 / Roadsters / Rally Challenge 2000

V-Rallly Edition ‘99 / Roadsters / Rally Challenge 2000

February 15, 2020

It's everyone's favorite, a trio of random racing games! We played V-RALLY EDITION 99, ROADSTERS, and RALLY CHALLENGE 2000, three largely unremarkable racing games that nonetheless gave us an opportunity to learn about the insane sport that is rally racing! Plus, we got some amazing discussion questions from listeners to help us fill the time! And next week, we'll be playing one of the N64's biggest titles, SUPER SMASH BROS!

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: Super Smash Bros.