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**** it! We're doing it LIVE, Valdis Story: Abyssal City!

Twitch chat only, unfortunately. Click through for it.

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Review Rewind

The Weakest Link

The Legend of Zelda set the bar for the action-adventure genre with its perfect mix of action and the thrill of finding the next dungeon or quest-critical item. It was gaming as golden as the cartridge itself.  Then came the sequel.  Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was originally released for the Family Computer Disk System (FDS) in Japan on January 14, 1987.  The game was then converted into a standard cartridge for its release on the NES in North America on December 1, 1988.  Though it still had the familiar trappings of exploration, fantasy, and adventure, it also came with some drastic changes that weren't well-received by all--myself included.

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Super Mario Bros. Review Rewind

The Italian Stallion.....and Luigi.

It’s no secret that some of the best ideas started in Japan. This was certainly true of Nintendo back in the early 80’s.  One of their creations was a simple arcade game, Mario Bros., featuring sibling plumbers Mario and Luigi on a quest to rid the screen of pests in the sewer pipes. Due to its success, Nintendo decided to create a bigger adventure based on the two characters for their new cartridge-based home console. Thus, Super Mario Brothers was born on September 13, 1985 in Japan and 1986 in the US, making Mario a household name along with the company that created him.

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 71: B Sides

This podcast is so bad, it's good!

Welcome to a fun-filled episode of Nerds Without Pants! We are joined once again by Friend Of The Show John Gholson to talk all about B movies and B games. What exactly do those entail? I'm glad you asked. Fortunately, we have John's incredible knowledge of film to lead the way. We skip the Consumption Junction portion of the show and instead split it into a section on movies and a section on video games. Enjoy!

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Splatoon Hands On Preview

Global Testfire

Splatoon has been on my radar since its reveal. It’s a brand new IP from Nintendo – a vibrant, 3rd person competitive online shooter that emphasizes things other than getting kills, like turf control. Oh, and rather than shoot bullets or lasers, you shoot paint. And you can turn into a squid to swim around the battlefield.

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Final Fantasy XV Hands On Preview

Wait...this thing is real??

It’s good to be able to admit when you’re wrong. I had zero expectations for Final Fantasy XV (I prefer to call it “The Artist Formerly Known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII”) to be anything I would be interested in. Heck, I didn’t even believe it was a game that had ever existed in playable form. I would chalk that up to the seven year development cycle and the fact that even by last year I had never heard of anyone ever seeing a live gameplay demo. Well, here I stand, saying that I was wrong. Final Fantasy XV is not vaporware, and it’s not half bad, either!

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 70: Eternal Nerds

Old games, new games, comics, and Joker tattoos.

Welcome back! Angelo is on vacation this week, so Patrick and Julian take some time to catch up on some Consumption Junction and a bunch of comic book talk.

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Tour de 64: ECW Hardcore Revolution

Hardkorrrrrrrrrr

With a myriad of wrestling games available on the Nintendo 64, even the now-defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling got their own game. Released in the year 2000 however, there was no shortage of competition. Does Acclaim's wrestling game stack up to the series from AKI/THQ?

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 69: Subcon

What is "real"? How do you define "real"?

Hello, friends! Grab some warm milk, position your sleep mask, and allow the Nerds Without Pants to escort you into the world of dreams. Video game dreams, that is! After a lengthy Consumption Junction section, the Pantsless Ones talk all about the use of dreams in gaming. We may deviate from the plan a couple of times, as is our way.

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 68: Foolish Nerds

This episode is full of LIES.

Welcome to a special April Fool’s edition of Nerds Without Pants! Sure, it’s not April 1 anymore, but we recorded this on April 1, so it counts. No, really.

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