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Nerds Without Pants Episode 224: Maximum Feet

Japanese military high school, or Japanese murder high school. Choose!

Welcome to the return of Stage Select on Nerds Without Pants! After the dust has settled on the Video Game Cage Match Championship Tournament it’s time to get back to the old show format with a new focus on our lovely listeners. To that end we are joined by long time listener, first time guest Xavier Kreiger to talk about all sorts of dumb stuff. Let’s go!

00:00 – 05:24 Inventions

05:40 – 3:07:42 STAGE SELECT: Listener AMA

3:07:54 – 4:36:34 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Trails of Cold Steel, Kirby and the Forgotten World, Something is Killing the Children, Danganronpa 2, AI: The Somnium Files, Eiyuden Chronicles: Rising, Citizen Sleeper

4:37:14 – 4:50:48 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Quest 64 (challenger) Chrono Cross (champion)

4:50:57 – 4:57:53 Outro and outtakes



STAGE SELECT: Tell us a piece of video game music that ROCKS (bonus if you can headbang to it). Note: You can submit more than one song, but we’ll only be playing the first one.

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Okage: Shadow King vs Unlimited SaGa


Twitter: @NWPcast


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





05/26/2022 at 01:16 AM

Stage Select:


Been playing Shin Megami Tensei V lately, so my pick is the battle theme, which is kind of a headbanger.


Cage Match:

Okage wins this nominally. Neither of these games was honestly anything to write home about, but Okage was a serviceable enough 3-D adventure. I wanted Unlimited SaGa to be better because I enjoyed SaGa Frontier. But nope. 

Incidentally, I have more games to suggest for Cage Match: any combination of Quest 64, Plumbers Dont't Wear Ties, Lester The Unlikely, and Life of Black Tiger. Exploring the crapulent underbelly of the gaming world never gets old. 

Alternatively, you could pit some good games against each other. Say, Ys vs Alundra, Dark Cloud, or Trials of Mana. Tokyo Xanadu vs Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Pokémon Sword/Shield vs. SMT V. 

Cary Woodham

05/28/2022 at 07:55 AM

I'm not really a headbanging expert, but here's a song from Arkanoid DS that I think fits the bill.  It's called "Dash."  The music in Arkanoid DS doesn't have any right to be as good as it is, especially for a BreakOut clone.

As far as the cage match goes, I never played Unlimited SaGa so Okage wins for me by default.  I got that game on sale back in the day, but lost interest in it after a while.  It did have a neat Nightmare Before Christmas style if I remember correctly.


06/03/2022 at 09:39 AM

Update: I ended up placing first this season in that relaxing game I mentioned I was competing in, Lonely Mountains: Downhill:

I think I chose more "shreddin'" songs than "rockin'" songs but here's my picks.  First up is Departure from Mega Man Zero 2, a great song in a series with great songs.

Also, I know it's been covered before but, damn, No More Heroes 2 - Philistine just goes way harder than it has any right to:

Finally, Castlevania obviously has amazing music.  But I wanted to highlight one of the lesser appreciated game's original song, Divine Bloodline from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood:

"The Great Evil King" Stanley Hihat Trinidad XVI can break the Pig Latin curse with barely (really hardly any!) side effects!  Who knows what other powers he commands!  Okage: Shadow King wins.


06/03/2022 at 03:48 PM

Stage Select:

Capcom loves to bring out Okami again and again and while that is certainly a great game, I wish they would show some love to Clover Studio's greatest series, Viewtiful Joe! The final boss music from Viewtiful Joe 2 is excellent.

Cage Match:

Okage wins for being a game I would consider playing, unlike anything that has SaGa in the title.

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