Episode 127: Turtles in Time / D&D: Shadow Over Mystara

Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross rumble through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time and Dungeons and Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara.

Brawlers have a reputation for being simplistic and exploitative. They're a game design born of economic opportunity, engineered to accumulate quarters with frequency. But divorced from that, there are examples of brawlers with surprising depth and ingenuity. Turtles and Mystara are both great examples of the form, chosen by our community of Patreon backers.

Episode 103: Demon's Crest

Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross blaze through Demon's Crest.

The Summer of SNES continues with Demon's Crest, a neglected entry in a neglected series. It takes non-standard platforming mechanics, and spreads them across a non-linear story rich with bosses and evocative gothic imagery. Be sure to grab this one on Virtual Console.


Episode 100: Super Metroid

Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross gush about Super Metroid in this centennial episode of Watch Out for Fireballs!

"Break Glass in Case of Emergency". There's a whole category of game that Gary and I avoid playing for the show. They're in the upper echelon. They're top tier. If we brought them out regularly, everything else would feel like a chore.

But sometimes it's a special occasion, and you have to bring out the fine china. And Super Metroid is some fine, fine China. On one hand, it's an expansion and elaboration on the stuff that made Metroid 1 and 2 unique. On the other, it's a foundational text that cemented a whole new genre in place. Listen, as we break the glass and talk about one of the best games of all time.

But first, get hyped by watching this trailer, created for us by Allison Baker:

Episode 38: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Episode 36: Shadowrun (SNES)

Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross learn the true name of Shadowrun (SNES).

You're Jake Armitage, but you don't know that. You wake up dead in a city crawling with people who want you to be even deader. You point and click and shoot your way to answers about who you are, and who killed you. This is a weird, weird game, but we kind of liked it.

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