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Nerds Without Pants Episode 177: Spin Me Right Off

I don't even know anymore.

The world is on fire and it’s getting harder to carry on, but Nerds Without Pants is here to hopefully inject a little levity into your day. It’s not much, but it’s all we can do.

00:00-06:38 Introduction

6:53-1:33:41 STAGE SELECT: Let’s make some fun video game spinoffs!

1:33:47-2:33:27 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Ganbare Super Strikers, Super Mega Baseball 3, If Found, You and Me and Her: A Love Story, Final Fantasy IX, Saints Row The Third: Remastered

2:34:03-2:50:41 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Journey to Silius vs Crystalis

2:50:42-3:00:26 Outro


STAGE SELECT: What are your favorite video game religions? Or cults. Cults work, too.

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Super Mario Bros. 3 vs Super Mario World in a battle for plumbing supremacy!


Our theme song “Relax” and interstitial tracks “To the Maxx” and “Moody Grooves” are written and performed by Megan McDuffee.




06/04/2020 at 03:22 AM

Just wanted to say, Julian, that I enjoyed the Stage Select last month, especially since my game idea was something I've wanted for years.

I also listened to your outro, which must have been very hard to record given everything going on. There's a need to take an emotional break from the world once in awhile, both for your listeners and for you guys. Keep on keeping on, and thanks for hanging in there.

Stage Select:

During the 5th generation, possibly as a response to the popularity of Evangelion, Japanese RPG makers really liked the Corrupt Church plots. Xenogears and FF Tactics come to mind, but my personal favorite of these was Althena's Chosen from Lunar 2. "Althena" was transformed from a benevolent mother goddess into an angry Old Testament deity whose priesthood behaves like the Spanish Inquisition and who can rain fire from the heavens when she's really angry. Her resurrected "Dragonmaster" nearly destroyed the world a thousand years in the past. They're actually prepping the world for the return of the devil. There's even a bit of American evangelical prosperity gospel thrown in for good measure, though I don't know if that was in the Japanese original or if it came from Working Designs during the localization.

Cage Match:

Two great games, but I give the nod to SMB3. At the time, it was  one of the most highly polished video games ever made, and probably represented the absolute limit of what the NES could do. The levels are a little more bite-sized than the ones in SMB or SMW, but they're incredibly tight in design, with very little filler. The power-ups were also better than the ones in SMW, though the ability to ride Yoshi in SMW was pretty impressive at the time. I also liked that you could stockpile power-ups and use them as you see fit. I still hate those stupid giant fish in World 3 that can eat you in one gulp even if you're fully powered up.


Super Step Contributing Writer

06/04/2020 at 05:21 AM

I had only listened to the first hour until you said something about the outro. 

Julian, I really hope you can feel better. Easier said than done right now. Love ya, buddy. 

Casey Curran Staff Writer

06/08/2020 at 02:33 PM

Stage Select: 

3. Church of the Atom (Fallout 3)- I love how no matter what you tell them, they refuse to believe the nuclear bomb they worship is dangerous. You can even blow them all up with it!

2. The Enkindlers (Mass Effect)- Its fun seeing the ancient alien religion theory taken to this extreme. Even more hilarious in Mass Effect 3 when they actually get to meet Javik. 

1. Pokémon Gods- I've been a Pokemon fan since day one so it's been fun seeing the religion get created as the series went on. Legendary Pokémon initially felt like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, then myths like how a Pokémon resurrected others or three created land, sea and air and are in eternal conflict. Then Diamond and Pearl just threw out Arceus, the god of everything and now doesn't try to be subtle about religion. My favorite part of the game's story now is seeing how the new legendary ones tie into the region's own myths and religion.

Cage Match:

Super Mario World was the first video game I ever played and still my favorite Mario. It wins.

Super Step Contributing Writer

06/08/2020 at 06:31 PM

Stage Select: ???

I guess .. Trinity? From the Tomb Raider reboots.

Whatever religion the Zelda gods are based on?

And uh ... hey, Christianity is a big Castlevania theme. 

That's all I got.

Cage Match: Super Mario World, which is 100% due to my age and experiences. I remember Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt and Super Mario World more than any other Mario games. Guess SMB3 fever skipped over my older brother. 

SMW Mario sits on SMB3 Mario and wins Rikishi-style cause his 16-bit ass is just bigger. 

Exrian Contributing Writer

06/12/2020 at 06:43 PM

Ok been so busy with my fence but I had to chime in for Stage Select 

Favorite Religion in Games: The Templar from Hellgate London

This group of holy warriors have trained for thousands of years to kill demons. They are armed with insane armor with dozens of really cool tech. This includes: helmets to view in 360 degrees, spikes in boots to anchor them, and things to enhance their physical and combat abilities.


Cage match: SMB3 of course. Fat man in raccoon costume equals Totoro. Fan man in Cape equals even lamer Superma . 

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