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Nerds Without Pants Episode 263: The Elden Ring Was the Friends We Made Along the Way


Welcome to the next Headlines edition of Nerds Without Pants! Julian and Justin are both in holding patterns waiting on bigger games, so this episode has us checking out some different stuff in the meantime, as well as some eclectic news stories that we hope you’ll enjoy. All that, and your emails!

00:00 – 20:57 Parental words of wisdom?

21:29 – 1:32:51 CONSUMPTION JUNCTION: Justin’s new rig, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Double Dragon Gaiden, Final Fantasy IV, Sea of Stars, returning to The Lands Between

1:33:06 – 3:14:43 HEADLINES

3:15:09 – 3:56:57 EMAIL BANANA BOAT and outro

Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail announced at the 2023 Fan Fest:

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes delayed to 2024:

Sunsoft returns, plans to revisit older titles:

Indie dev says that Baldur’s Gate 3 should not be the new bar for quality, sparks debate:


STAGE SELECT: Tell us what makes a side quest worth doing in your opinion!

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Castlevania vs Mickey Mania


Twitter: @NWPcast


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




Super Step Contributing Writer

08/10/2023 at 12:15 AM

Just gonna repost my Stage Select and Video Game Cage Match here:

STAGE SELECT: Being in a Rya Ga Gotoku studios game; still incredibly hit or miss but damn, they know how to make them when they do it right. I'll say compelling storylines and world-building are most important and I'd include teaching me a mechanic or showing me a place on a map I wouldn't have thought about as part of world-building. Ultimately though, the MAIN thing that will make me actually want to complete a substory is that it tells a compelling ... substory. 

VIDEO GAME CAGE MATCH: Castlevania but I wonder how I'd feel if I'd played Mickey Mania more recently. I remember the towards-the-screen segment blowing my young mind when I rented it for SNES and in general the art design and graphics in that game were simply amazing and I think still hold up. 

But I haven't PLAYED Mickey Mania recently and Castlevania NES is still fun to play and began a series I've had tons of enjoyment with. While I think the farthest I've ever made it in the original Castlevania game is probably stage 3 or 4, I've enjoyed replaying those levels via emulation (we never really rented this one for NES, so I remember Double Dribble and Anticipation being more played in the house) for several years now and have played tons of Castlevania games since. Gotta go with the classic.

Super Step Contributing Writer

08/10/2023 at 12:19 AM

Also, Julian, I uh ... definitely did not mean to send that message about being down for a pinball meetup to all of Pixlbit but at least nothing embarassing is IN the message. 

Anyway, yeah I'm down to drive to you or whatever, no worries. lol 


08/10/2023 at 12:21 AM

Ah, dang. I'd kind of have enjoyed a pinball meetup, LOL. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

08/10/2023 at 12:30 AM

I definitely have not used Pixlbit's messaging system in a good long while. lol

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