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Episode 88: Stop Bolding and Stroll Unfinished Business Away

by Karl Castaneda and Michael Cole - February 15, 2011, 10:18 pm PST
Total comments: 6

Karl Castaneda returns with gusto to talk about the past...and the future.

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Did you like the third and fourth games? Let your fellow listeners know in TalkBack! Think you've got a better choice? Then send it my way and your request might be on the next episode of Radio Trivia: Podcast Edition!  Heck, throw in a question and specific songs if you want.  Just remember, it has to be a game found on a Nintendo system in North America (unless we say otherwise)!

This episode was edited by Michael "TYP" Cole. Intro music is copyright Jason Ricci & New Blood. All game music is copyright their respective owners.


Games featured in this episode:

Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)
F-Zero (SNES)
Strider (NES)
Victory Run (TG-16)

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Thanks for closing with that song... I actually created a MIDI version of that song over 10 years ago because I liked it so much. As for the game, it is a very rudimentary racing game, kinda like F-1 Race, but a lot more complicated. You had to shift gears manually, so that's another way it's like the old arcade racers. Also, parts on your car would break down if you used them too much (like skidding on tires, braking a lot, shifting a lot, revving too much), and after every race, you had a chance to repair certain items... but if certain parts broke, you were pretty much screwed. I don't think I ever made it past the third stage.

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)February 16, 2011

2/5 this time.

I will never forget the soundtrack of Game 3. As a child, I was not a proficient player at the game, but I'm convinced that a lot of that is because my young mind was blown by how good it looked and sounded.

Chad SexingtonFebruary 16, 2011

I don't think game 4 was as bad as Kid Icarus. =P

I think everyone is a little more familiar with Strider as they think they are.  The main character (Strider Hiryu) was in both Marvel vs. Capcom 1 & 2.  (I don't think he's in 3.)  Why is it awesome?  Huge swords, cut scenes, space stations, ninjas, pyramids, trains, upgrades, betrayal, and back stabbing, all told in an manga style story.  What's there not to like?  Keep in mind that I played this when I was really little and I had no idea what manga was at the time. 

This was also the first time I can remember encountering a "boss fight" with a mind controlled friend where you take him down, all for a story point.  I think these types of playable cut scenes continued on to future Capcom titles like the later Mega Man games.  A lot of things introduced in the game were a first for me and were ground breaking, specially for a non-RPG game. 

And unlike Kid Icarus, I've actually beat this game multiple times.  To this day I still remember the password for the final stage in the game: DMCC BGCP CPOD.  This and Bionic Commando were probably the most influential non-Nintendo games for me in the early days of the NES.

I don't know if you ever answered the hint question.  Were you talking about "the next story" or "coming next scene!" ?  That might have been a carry over from the manga source material.  But I've never read the manga.

Sorry, yes, Chad has the correct answer for the hint question for Game 4. I got so wrapped up in the Engrish that I never got to that example on my list.

Awesome show! I only got 1 and 3 but was close on 4 (new the developer, and what series it WASN'T).

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