By request, we explore the Chrongaming mini-craze

So, I feel that it’s really important to preface this post with the disclaimer that this episode is a Kickstarter backer request (one of the last in the slushpile). I mention this because otherwise this episode will seem almost offensive self-indulgent and navel-gazing. While many Kickstarter backers requested we tackle one of a variety of episode topics, Sean Clements had but one demands: Talk about chrongaming.

Chrongaming, of course, would be the practice of exploring a console’s entire library in chronological order; the best-known venture out there is Dr. Sparkle‘s Chrontendo, which catalogs the history of Nintendo’s NES/Famicom in exhaustive detail. So of course we asked the good doctor to join us again, following on from his appearance in our very first Kickstarted episode. (Although as we learn here, Dr. Sparkle calls it “chronogaming,” not “chrongaming.” Live and learn, Sean!) Less famous, but rather closer to home, is my very own Game Boy World project, which aims to do the same thing as Chrontendo, except for the Game Boy platform, which is much less popular as a retrogaming topic than the NES. Even Dr. Sparkle wanted nothing to do with it!

So, needless to say, it’s the two of us and Bob jabbering about our own work for 80 minutes. Or airing out our sick personal obsessions, if you prefer. My apologies to all, but the people demanded it. Or at least one person. The tyranny of crowdfunding, eh?

Can a podcast be self-indulgent if the topic was provided by someone else? The famous Dr. Sparkle joins us to fulfill Sean Clements’ Kickstarter topic request: Chrongaming. Join us as we psychoanalyze our own obsessive-compulsive behavior!

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Music in the episode comes from NES “brototype” game Shatterhand, which I’ve never really played… but damn does that soundtrack rock.

This week, it’s a two-hour lovefest for Mega Man

Hi! Big episode this week, in more ways than one.

One way: It’s a very lengthy episode, clocking in at nearly two dense hours of commentary and nostalgia. And it only covers nine games total, really — Mega Man 1 through 6 and the three Mega Man Legends titles. That’s like, 1/10 of the all the Mega Man games ever made.

Second way: We have a bunch of info on the newly announced Mega Man Legacy Collection, which is relevant to this topic. Capcom Unity‘s Brett Elston and Greg Moore join us not only to talk about Mega Man games, but also to detail the upcoming anthology, which is being produced by the former Digital Eclipse guys at Other Ocean. Former Retronauts contributor (and occasional cohost! Check out the Tengen episode!) Frank Cifaldi has a huge role in the anthology, and that alone means it’s likely to sit among the best, most accurate, and most loving compilation of classic games we’ve ever seen in the U.S.

You can read more about it all at USgamer. Or Capcom Unity. Or hey, just listen here.

Description for this episode:

Jeremy and Bob are joined by Capcom’s Brett Elston and Greg Moore to revisit a topic near to everyone’s heart: the Mega Man legacy. (And also the Mega Man Legacy Collection, due later this year.)

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Man. If only revisiting old Retronauts topics always resulted in announcements like this.

Submit Your Comment for Our Annual Viewer Mail Episode!


Ever since Retronauts left its old format with 2013’s Kickstarted season, we rarely get a chance to field letters from fans–a feature I loved having on my older shows. So, just like last year, we’re going to condense all of our fan feedback into a single episode, where we’ll respond to your questions and comments throughout. So if you have something you want to ask/tell us, please post it in the comments section below–and know that Ray Barnholt will be there for this recording. Just a few brief points before you craft your submission:

  • Please have your comment posted by the end of Thursday, May 21! (Comments on these posts eventually turn off automatically, but I’ll be collecting responses on the morning of the 22nd.)
  • Please be concise! Your comment/question will have better odds of being read if you get to the point.

Thanks in advance for your contributions. And, just so you know, Retronauts should have a P.O. Box soon, as we did in olden times–I’ll be sure to let everyone know when it’s up and running.

Episode 39: Slow life games


Hi there! We have a new episode online! Also, I injured my hand a few days ago and it’s swollen and full of pus and typing hurts a lot!! So I’m going to just put this online and let God sort out the details. Special thanks to Ray Barnholt and Gary Butterfield of Watch Out For Fireballs!

Description for this episode:

At the behest of Kickstarter backer Chase (yes, we’re still fulfilling Kickstarter episodes), Jeremy, Bob, Ray, and Gary Butterfield assemble to talk about “slow life games.” You know, the ones about nothing. The Seinfelds of games.

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Enjoy, and my apologies to Patreon supporters: My hand injury has delayed this week’s advance Micro episode. I’ll get it up for you as quickly as I can, but, ouch.