If you lived through the NES era, the words “Fester’s Quest” likely make you break into a cold sweat. (Sorry about that.) A few years before Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd danced the Mamushka, kids of the ’80s mostly knew The Addams Family via Sunsoft’s 8-bit hit and its absolutely unforgiving difficulty. On this episode of Retronauts Micro, join Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, and Henry Gilbert as the crew works through their shared trauma, and uncovers the fascinating history of this odd little game.
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Like every type of media still in its early years, gaming is viewed (by some) as a world-destroying force bent on stealing our time and warping our innocent minds. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Henry Gilbert and Mikel Reparaz as the crew traces how our anxieties over this new form of entertainment have caused society to push back and demand sometimes-hilarious changes. It’s bowdleriffic!
Note: All music used in this episode comes from the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney OST.
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Jeremy muses over one of the greatest arcade games of all time: Taito’s oddly out-of-time cooperative shooter, Elevator Action II (Elevator Action Returns if you’re nasty).
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Game preservation advocates Frank Cifaldi, Mike Mika, and Steve Lin of The Video Game History Foundation discuss the challenges and obsessions that drive the search for and archiving of the information and materials surrounding the classics.
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After a month, the Retronauts Micro 8-Bit Superhero Sampler continues with a discussion of two NES games that aren’t quite as abominable as the ones featured in our last installment: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman. On this extra-extra-long episode, join Bob Mackey, Chris Antista, Henry Gilbert, and special guest Chris Baker as the crew extolls the virtues of underwater bomb disposal, and explains why Batman’s purple-hued makeover makes sense (which surprisingly has nothing to do with Prince).
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