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Nerds Without Pants Episode 255: Fightin' Fools

Beyond the common nomenclature...

Welcome to a victorious edition of Nerds Without Pants! JD returns after many, MANY years away to hit the streets for the launch of Street Fighter 6. But before that we brainstorm some video game sequels and spinoffs. Enjoy!

00:00 – 10:57 Spelling bee

11:09 – 1:32:17 STAGE SELECT: Dreaming up sequels and spinoffs

1:32:26 – 3:23:41 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Catching up with JD, the trials and tribulations of video game QA, STREET FIGHTER 6

3:24:18 – 3:37:31 VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: NASCAR Heat vs Winter Heat

3:37:40 – 3:49:40 Outro and outtakes



STAGE SELECT: What are some gaming phrases or thoughts that always pop into your head?

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Monster Rancher vs Pokemon Yellow


Check out JD on Power Rangers Academia!


Twitter: @NWPcast


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






Cary Woodham

06/11/2023 at 08:43 AM

I'm not sure I quite understand what you mean about "gaming phrases."  Are you talking about gaming terms or quotes in games?  I try to avoid using too many gaming terms unless I'm around a bunch of other hardcore gamers.  My audience for my reviews isn't always gamers in the know, so if I do use a term I don't think they'd know, I try to explain it.  A good example is the term "Metroidvania."  I don't really like that word, but it's so easy to use when describing those types of games.  So if I use it in a review, I try to describe what that means, too.  

As far as gaming quotes go, my brother Jeff and I still quote lines from Mega Man 8 to this day.  We love the bad voice acting in that one.  There's a Ratchet and Clank game where you control Captain Qwark in 2-D platform levels and one time you ride a zip line and he says, "Wheeee!"  For some reason that tickled us as well so we quote that every now and then.

When my brother Jeff was a little kid, he loved to play the arcade classic game Circus Charlie.  One of the things you do in that game is ride a horse, but it's such a badly drawn and animated horse it looks like a cross between a pinata and My Little Pony.  You can also control the speed of the horse so one time when Jeff was making the horse go fast, I said it was a "Turbo Horse" and for some reason that cracked five year old Jeff up so much he was laughing on the floor.  So to this day, every horse you can name in a video game is called Turbo Horse by us.  Yes, even in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Link's horse is named Turbo Horse.

Since you all are enjoying Street Fighter 6, I thought I'd share my two cents.  I probably won't get the game anytime soon because I'm awful at fighting games.  If the price ever goes down maybe I'll get it.  My favorite SF character, Cammy, I'm not a big fan of her new outfit.  I think they just gave her a new outfit so they can sell her old one as DLC and make lots of money.  But I don't really care since I won't be getting the game.  Cammy could be wearing her PJs for all I care.  I think my favorite new character is Marisa.  Not sure why.  I like her red hair and she looks like she just ate a can of spinach.


06/14/2023 at 03:47 AM

Stage Select:

This is an odd one, but when I see a challenge ahead, especially a challenge that resulted from entirely avoidable circumstances, I can hear the voice of Yuri (in Troy Baker's voice) from Tales of Vesperia saying, "Ah, man. All right, all right..." And by that same token, I can hear one of his victory quotes, "Resound! O cry of victory!" Really, though, Tales games in general have these fun little sound bites that play before, during, and after battles. 

Reyn from Xenoblade Chronicles is a found of meme-worthy sayings. "Now it's Reyn Time! Yeah, I'm turning up the heat! You can't have.a rainbow without Reyn, baby!" This last line is even cringe-worthy in universe.

Xenogears had a soundbite from Citan that plays in my head when I get trounced in Mario Kart and Smash: "Uh... welll...  nice move, that... last one."

When something has gone wrong, I'll sometimes say, "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?" especially if I know the person is a gamer.

Cage Match:

The match ultimately ended up being a non-starter because Monster Rancher couldn't find any CDs at Best Buy. Monster Rancher then tried Walmart, which does sell CDs since they're now outdated technology, only to find that the local Walmart had shut down after forcing every other business to close. Pokemon Yellow, meanwhile, got a boost from Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. but that didn't really matter since Monster Rancher couldn't fight. So Pokemon Yellow wins by default. Resound, O cry of victory!


06/16/2023 at 11:17 AM

I'm not sure if I had the habit first or I picked it up because I played so much Mega Man Battle Network but I can't do the occassionally fist pump without thinking of when Mega Man or Lan do one when picking up an item: .  There's over 6 games worth of that damn fist pump and it's even done in Star Force so you see it *a lot* if you play through those series.  I'm sure there's others as I'm always spouting some nonsense referencial garbage (Henshin A Go Go Baby!) but that's the one that pops up for me right now.  One of the weirdest now that I think about it that just randomly pops up occassionally is "*wolf whistle* I like that!" from the very, very bizarre first cinamatic No More Heroes trailer back when it was called Project Heroes.  Every word of that trailer is voiced, in English, as if an alien race had to invent language from whole cloth.  That's right, not even from the game, from the weird teaser trailer that came years before I probably saw on IGN or something: .  Brains are stupid.

Remember that monster you created when you put your Matchbox 20 CD in the PSX?  Well, it's still waiting for you.  And boy is it pissed.  Monster Rancher wins!

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