2017-2018 Episodes

Ep. 236 - These TV & Movie Games SUCK!!
Release Date: 12/23/18 Runtime: 28:25
Games Shown:

NES - Total Recall, Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jaws, Gilligan's Island
Master System - Alf
Genesis - VR Troopers
SNES - Dennis the Menace, Bram Stoker's Dracula
Sega CD - Bram Stoker's Dracula
Saturn - Congo The Movie: The Lost City of Zinj
DS - Cory in the House


Joe has been wanting to cover Alf and finally the time has come.

A similar joke is used in the ending skit about "playing with myself" that was used in recent Cinemassacre videos where Macaulay Culkin plays as himself in various videogames. It should be noted that this episode was recorded nearly two months before the release of Cinemassacre's videos, so it's just a coincidence.

Ep. 235 - TV & Movie Games that are Actually GOOD!
Release Date: 12/9/08 Runtime: 25:41
Games Shown:

NES - New Ghostbusters 2
SNES - Goof Troop
PlayStation - Blazing Dragons
PlayStation 2 - The Warriors
PlayStation 4 - Transformers: Devastation, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, South Park: The Stick of Truth


It was kind of difficult to choose games for this episode since we had already covered many of the good ones in the earlier movie episode mentioned at the beginning.

Ep. 234 - The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
Release Date: 11/25/18 Runtime: 48:15
Games Shown:

Genesis - Altered Beast, Dynamite Duke, Quackshot starring Donald Duck, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Strider, The Revenge of Shinobi, Shadow Dancer, Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master, Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage 3, Rocket Knight Adventures, Contra Hard Corps, Castlevania Bloodlines, Gunstar Heroes, Alien Soldier, Out Run, Hard Drivin', Virtua Racing, Road Rash, Road Rash 2, Road Rash 3, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Spinball, Pulseman, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: Tides of Time, Ecco Jr, M.U.S.H.A., Thunder Force 2, Thunder Force 3, Thunder Force 4, Fire Shark, Gain Ground, Ristar, Shining Force, Shining Force 2, Phantasy Star 2, Phantasy Star 3, Phantasy Star 4, Splatterhouse 2, Splatterhouse 3, Toejam & Earl, Toejam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron, Wonder Boy in Monster World, Alisia Dragoon, Greendog, Landstalker, Light Crusader, Ghostbusters, Gauntlet 4


Longest episode yet!

Took about 3 times as long as a normal episode to produce. Was worked on simultaneously with episodes that preceded and followed it.

Some shots of the Genesis are not real. They are CGI modeled and animated by Yoshi Vu. The model and textures are based on Joe’s original model 1 Genesis that he got in 1989. The insides of the Genesis showing the motherboard are also 100% CGI, also modeled and textured based on Joe’s Genesis. The modeling began a year before the episode was finished. Some of the narration in the overview is over 8 months old just so timing on the animation could be done in the meantime.

The slide across the table with the Genesis and games at 2:36 is a combination of 23 individual passes with the camera so that the games could fade in separately.

The stop motion animation at 2:19 runs at 30 frames per second which is more than the 24 frames per second camera footage of your average movie.

The stop motion animation of the end skit runs at 15 frames per second.

Video of the Sega of America meeting provided by Chris Tang.

Ep. 233 - SuperHero Games
Release Date: 11/11/18 Runtime: 28:11
Games Shown:

Genesis - X-Men, X-Men 2, Wolverine: Adamantium Rage, Phantom 2040
SNES - Jim Lee's Wild C.A.T.S., Wolverine: Adamantium Rage, Phantom 2040
GameBoy Advance - Daredevil
PlayStation 2 - The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Xbox - The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
PlayStation 3 - Batman: Arkham City
PlayStation 4 - Marvel Spider-Man


Spider-Man (SMS) and Batman Arkham Knight (PS4) appear briefly.

We've been wanting to make fun of that stupid Batman Arkham City box for a while now and the ending skit gave us the perfect opportunity.

Ep. 232 - Scary Games!
Release Date: 10/28/18 Runtime: 26:40
Games Shown:

NES - Haunted Halloween'85
PlayStation - Swagman
PlayStation 2 - Fatal Frame
PlayStation 3 - Dead Space
PlayStation 4 - Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Until Dawn, Slain


Boo! Released just in time for Halloween, we expect millions of views.

Nothing really speacial about this episode other than it was hard to find games worth covering. We never really think of games as "scary".

Ep. 231 - Star Trek Videogames
Release Date: 10/14/18 Runtime: 39:41
Games Shown:

NES - Star Trek 25th Anniversary
GameBoy - Star Trek 25th Anniversary
Genesis - Deep Space Nine: Crossroads of Time, Star Trek The Next Generation: Echoes From the Past
Game Gear - Star Trek The Next Generation: Advanced Holodeck Tutorial
SNES - Deep Space Nine: Crossroads of Time, Star Trek The Next Generation: Future's Past
PC - Star Trek Votager: Elite Force, Star Trek The Game Show featuring Q
Mac - Star Trek Elite Force 2
PS2 - Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, Star Trek Encounters, Star Trek Conquest
PSP - Star Trek Tactical Assault
Xbox 360 - Star Trek Legacy, Star Trek The Video Game
PSVR - Star Trek Bridge Crew


Guest starring Manu Intiraymi who played Icheb on seasons 6 and 7 of Star Trek Voyager. Scenes with Manu were shot in California.

Thanks to Yoshi Vu for the VFX and also loaning a bunch of the Star Trek games!

Thanks to Briamaxian for composing the cool "Sack Trek" theme and Audrey Dawn for providing the spacey vocals!

The model 1 Genesis in the intro is not real. It's 100% CGI. The Greendog box, however, is real and 100% stop motion animation.

Be sure to watch the outtakes at the end of the episode!

Ep. 230 - Games That Can't Decide What They Wanna Be
Release Date: 9/30/18 Runtime: 28:04
Games Shown:

NES - The Guardian Legend, The Adventures of Bayou Billy, Blaster Master
Genesis - Toy Story, Back to the Future III, CrossFire, Thunder Force 2
TurboGrafx-16 - Final Lap Twin, World Court Tennis
GameBoy Advance - Sigma Star
Switch - Blaster Master Zero


Dave and a mutal friend all had to take turns playing Bayou Billy for hours in order to get far enough to have enough different scenes to show. The game is tough!

Ep. 229 - Franchise Killers 3
Release Date: 9/16/18 Runtime: 34:14
Games Shown:

Master System - Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars, Alex Kidd High Tech World, Alex Kidd BMX Trial, Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
Genesis - Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage 3, Rocket Knight Adventures, Sparkster, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Neo-Geo - Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Samurai Shodown 4, Samurai Shodown 5 Special
SNES - Sparkster
Saturn - Fighting Force, Samurai Spirits RPG
PlayStation - Fighting Force, Bloody Roar, Bloody Roar 2
Nintendo 64 - Fighting Force, Turok Dinosaur Hunter
Dreamcast - Fighting Force 2
Neo Geo Pocket Color - Samurai Shodown 2
PlayStation 2 - Bloody Roar 3, Bloody Roar 4, Samurai Shodown Anthology, Samurai Shodown Warrior's Rage
Xbox - Turok Evolution, Bloody Roar Extreme
Xbox 360 - Samurai Shodown Sen
PlayStation 3 - Turok, Rocket Knight


OF COURSE new games were announced for both the Streets of Rage and Samurai Shodown series after production of this episode was fnished. Joe had to quickly insert some dialog acknowledging this. As a result this may be the final Franchise Killers episode. "Resurrected Franchises" might become a new thing instead.

We stood by the game shelves in the studio room instead of the main game room for the ending skit for no reason whatsoever.

Ep. 228 - Modern Accessories for Retro Gaming vol 2
Release Date: 9/2/18 Runtime: 25:33
Games Shown:

Tons of different games for PC Engine/TurboGrafx HuCard and CD, Genesis, Super Nintendo and Gamecube. No actual reviews.


Thanks to David Francis for sending in his Sega Genesis Flashback from At Games. He hated it more than we do!

Thanks to Terra Onion for listening to our concerns when we dicovered the audio distortion issue. They implemented a fix after we pointed it out, so we held off reviewing the unit until it was updated with the fix.

Ep. 227 - Capcom vs Konami
Release Date: 8/19/18 Runtime: 28:03
Games Shown:

Tons of different games from both Capcom and Konami for various systems from early arcade up to modern consoles. No actual reviews per se.


Dave wasn't so sure Capcom should win.

Special transition effects by Yoshi Vu.

Arcade footage shot on location at Galloping Ghost arcade in Brookfield, Illinois.

Ep. 226 - The WORST Voice Acting in Videogames!
Release Date: 8/5/18 Runtime: 30:17
Games Shown:

TurboGrafx-CD - Valis 2, Valis 3, Last Alert, Final Zone 2, Ys III: Wanderers From Ys, JB Harold Murder Club
Sega CD - Final Fight CD
PlayStation - Time Crisis, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Mega Man 8, Resident Evil
Dreamcast - The House of the Dead 2
PlayStation 2 - Chaos Wars, Vampire Night, Michigan: Report From Hell, Dynasty Warriors 3
Gamecube - Resident Evil
Wii - Ghost Squad


This one was made under the premise of "Let the games do all the talking" so we tried to keep our voiceovers to a minimum.

The going bald joke was the easiest way to incorporate the "OHH MY GAAAAAHHHHWWD" line from Michigan Report From Hell into the endng skit. Still, Joe has plenty of bald spots in reality.

Ep. 225 - Obscure 3D Platformers
Release Date: 7/22/18 Runtime: 24:52
Games Shown:

Dreamcast - Toy Story 2, 102 Dalmatians
PlayStation 2 - Tak and the Power of Juju, i-Ninja, Vexx
PlayStation 3 - Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Xbox One - Super Lucky's Tale


Actually produced after Episodes 226 and 227, but pushed up on the release schedule.

Ep. 224 - Our Videogame Backlog 3
Release Date: 7/8/18 Runtime: 24:18
Games Shown:

NES - Monsters in My Pocket
PlayStation - Ace Combat 2
GameBoy Advance - Medal of Honor: Infiltrator
Xbox 360 - Nier
PlayStation 3 - Catherine
PS Vita - Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax


The skeletons in the ending sequence were purchased just for this end skit and did not arrive until a week after it was shot. They will also serve as Halloween decorations at Dave's house during that time.

We needed an episode that was quick to make, as the previous episode was behind schedule due to Joe's trip to Chicago and the next two are more involved than a typical episode. This subject fit the bill perfectly.

Ep. 223 - Celebrity Endorsed Games
Release Date: 6/24/18 Runtime: 28:42
Games Shown:

Arcade - Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
NES - Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu
Master System - Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
TurboGrafx-16 - Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu
Genesis - Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
SNES - Shaq-Fu, Michael Jordan Chaos in the Windy City
Sega CD - Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors
Saturn - Revolution X featuring Aerosmith
PlayStation - Jackie Chan Stuntmaster
GameBoy Advance - Kiss Pinball
Dreamcast - Kiss Psycho Circus
PlayStation 3 - Fast Draw Showdown with Wes Flowers
Xbox One - Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn


Thanks to Coury and Try from My Life in Gaming for appearing in the ending skit. This was shot in Kentucky at Coury's place during production of this episode. In fact it was Try who suggested we include Fast Draw Showdown as he had played the Wii version.

First episode to feature the new outro theme by Brimaxian. This theme was actually produced a month after the majority of this episode was made, but since there was another last minute update already being made, it was included here as well.

Originally Dave only talked about the 16-bit version of Shaq-Fu. He mentioned that a new one was being crowdfunded. A few weeks after this episode wrapped, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn was released. The game was quickly purchased and new lines were written. Dave recorded his new lines during production of episode 226.

Ep. 222 - Piss Poor Ports 3
Release Date: 6/10/18 Runtime: 27:49
Games Shown:

Arcade - Strider, Pit Fighter, Golden Axe, Turbo Out Run, Mortal Kombat
Master System - Strider, Golden Axe
PC Engine Arcade CD - Strider
Genesis - Pit Fighter, Turbo Out Run
GameBoy - Mortal Kombat
SNES - Pit Fighter
Saturn - X-Men vs Street Fighter
PlayStation - X-Men vs Street Fighter
GameBoy Advance - Golden Axe


Supposedly the liquid inside the Ys Origin bottle is cranberry juice or some other kind of juice. It smelled and tasted pretty sweet.

Ep. 221 - Games with MASSIVE Replayability
Release Date: 5/27/18 Runtime: 25:04
Games Shown:

NES - Gun.Smoke
Master System - Ghost House, Castle of Illusion
TurboGrafx-16 - The Legendary Axe, The Legendary Axe 2, R-Type 1, R-Type 2
Genesis - Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Golden Axe, Shadow Dancer
SNES - Super Mario Kart
GameBoy Color - Wendy Every Witch Way


This episode has a lot of music created specifically for it. The Wendy Every Witch Way "World 2" music was arranged by Arcade Haze. Super Mario Kart "Rainbow Raod", Ghouls 'n Ghosts "Level 5", Ghost House "Main Theme", Gun.Smoke "Hicksville", and Castle of Illusion "Level 1-1" were all arranged by Joe.

Ep. 220 - Our Gaming Memories
Release Date: 5/13/18 Runtime: 26:49
Games Shown:

NES - Jackal, Dr. Mario
Master System - Black Belt
TurboGrafx-CD - Lords of Thunder
Genesis - Sword of Vermilion, Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf, Gaiares
SNES - Street Fighter II' Turbo, Super Mario AllStars
Wii U - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Both Joe and Dave really enjoyed making this episode.

First episode featuring the new Game Sack transition effect.

Ep. 219 - The Best and the Worst!
Release Date: 4/29/18 Runtime: 29:02
Games Shown:

Master System - The Cyber Shinobi
Genesis - The Revenge of Shinobi, Shadow Dancer
Super Famicom - Ys V: Kefin, Lost Kingdon of Sand
Saturn - Saturn Bomberman
PlayStation 2 - Crash: Mind Over Mutant
Gamecube - Animal Crossing
Xbox 360 - Bomberman Act : Zero
PlayStation 3 - Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic '06)
Wii U - Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival
PlayStation 4- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
Switch - Sonic Mania


Lots of other games appear briefly, like Crash Bandicoot and Crash Bandicoot 3 (original PlayStation), Sonic 2 (Genesis), Sonic Boom (Wii U), Shinobi 3 (Genesis), Shadow Dancer (Master System), Bomberman 94 (PC Engine), and Super Bomberman 2 (SNES)

The ending skit originally ended with Joe just sitting there playing with Sonic. But after realizing that it was missing something, Joe went back and animated the Sonic doll and made him say "Pleeease kiillll meee!!!" which increased both the quality and enjoyment of the skit by about 2%.

Ep. 218 - Short but Fun Games
Release Date: 4/15/18 Runtime: 25:26
Games Shown:

PlayStation 3 - Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
PlayStation 4 - Rez Infinite, Abzu, Firewatch, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Call of Duty: WW2


This is the first time a VR game has been covered on Game Sack.

Greendog briefly appears in the beginning, as do the NES versions of Gyruss and QBert which were recorded for an an episode about Ultra Games that was planned, but canceled.

Ep. 217 - Spin-Offs!
Release Date: 4/1/18 Runtime: 28:24
Games Shown:

MSX - Metal Gear
Genesis - Eternal Champions, X-perts
Sega CD- Eternal Champions
PlayStation - Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider
Dreamcast- House of the Dead 2, Zombie Revenge, Typing of the Dead, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2
PlayStation 2 - Metal Gear Solid 2
Xbox - Ninja Gaiden, Shadow the Hedgehog
GameBoy Advance - Pinball of the Dead
PSP - Persona
Xbox 360 - Ninja Gaiden 2, Ninja Gaiden 3
PlayStation 3 - Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Persona 4 Arena, Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Tomb Raider
Vita- Persona 4 Golden
Xbox One- Rise of the Tomb Raider
PlayStation 4 - Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris


Joe wrote the song used in the ending skit (among many others) and actually burned it to a CD to surprise Dave with its wackiness. This is the very same CD that Dave found years and years later and hands to Joe on camera in the skit.

In the original cut of the ending skit, Joe listened to the entire song until it's conclusion and the skit just ended with a disgusted look on his face. It got boring pretty fast. After a few days of thinking about what he could do to save it, he shot a new sequence depecting his missing Snatcher.

Ep. 216 - The MSX
Release Date: 3/18/18 Runtime: 40:22
Games Shown:

MSX - Sky Jaguar, Front Line, Contra, Penguin Adventure, Black Onyx II, Fantasy Zone, Rastan Saga, Golvellius (cart), Golvellius (disk), Ikari, Ys, Ys II, Ys III, Aleste, Aleste 2, Aleste Gaiden, Scion, Super Laydock, Exerion, Vampire Killer (Castlevania), Space Manbow, Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, SD Snatcher


Thanks to Mark Bussler and Ahmed from New Jersey for the MSX console. Thanks to Manuel Pazos for his patience helping me work the MSX Flash cart (and also for helping design the thing). Thanks to Michael Clinger for the alpha transitions. Thanks to @pixelvaultgames (IG) for Front Line, Black Onyx II and Sky Jaguar. Thanks to Mark Bussler for Super Laydock, Exerion, and Scion. Thanks to Byron McDanold for troubleshooting and repairing the MSX hardware. Thanks to George Strickland for some sweet Contra music.

Though this isn't the first episode to be edited in Final Cut Pro X, it is the first one to be edited after Joe abandoned Final Cut Pro 7 for good. It's also the first to be uploaded in a MOV container file instead of MP4 as it was compressed by Compressor vs MPEG Streamclip.

Ep. 215 - Play as the Villain!
Release Date: 3/4/18 Runtime: 25:38
Games Shown:

GameBoy - Warioland: Super Mario Land 3
Dreamcast - Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
PSP - What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord 2, Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
PlayStation 3 - Destroy All Humans!, Overlord: Raising Hell, Darksiders
Vita - Army Corps of Hell


The PSP game footage was recorded by taking the PSP's 480p output into an OSSC and line doubling it there. Sadly the PSP's video is in a window that still makes the gameplay very small, but it's still cleaner than previous attenpts at recording PSP video.

Dave's Dreamcast footage is still upscaled solely by the Framemeister as he does not have an OSSC, but it still looks pretty good.

Ep. 214 - New Game Pickups for early 2018
Release Date: 2/18/18 Runtime: 27:02
Games Shown:

NES - Power Blade, Rockin' Kats
Genesis - Zany Golf
PlayStation - Floating Runner, Wild Arms
PlayStation 2 - GhostBusters: The Video Game
Dreamcast - 18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker
PlayStation 3 - Binary Domain
Wii U - Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition


Joe wanted to scan yearbook pics of Dave and the girlfriend he mentions in his Zany Golf story, but Dave felt that might backfire so it was ommitted.

Ep. 213 - Unreleased Games 2
Release Date: 2/4/18 Runtime: 27:23
Games Shown:

NES - Titan Warriors
Genesis - Jesse "The Body" Ventura Wrestling Superstars
Super Nintendo - Super Shadow of the Beast, Pinkie
GameBoy Color - Resident Evil
Saturn - Return Fire
Nintendo 64 - Mini Racers
Dreamcast - Propeller Arena, Hellgate, Geist Force


Thanks to AlphaOmegaSin for helping out with 2-player footage, knowing Resident Evil so well, and helping search for good games to cover.

Ep. 212 - Games that DESPERATELY NEED HD Remasters
Release Date: 1/21/18 Runtime: 25:35
Games Shown:

Saturn - Grandia
PlayStation - Jumping Flash!, Jumping Flash 2, Robbit Mon Dieu
Nintendo 64- Wave Race 64
Dreamcast - Shenmue, Shenmue 2, Grandia 2, Skies of Acradia
PlayStation 2 - Grandia 3, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Shinobi, Nightshade
GameCube - Wave Race Blue Storm
Wii - Metroid Prime Trilogy


Special thanks to Yoshi Vu for the conceptual Wave Race HD visuals in the Wave Race segment!

Footage from Pocket Muu Muu (PlayStation) was added into the Jumping Flash segment two weeks after the rest of the episode was made when Joe found it at a local game store and picked it up for Dave.

Wave Race (GameBoy) appears briefly in the Wave Race 64 segment.

First episode to use the OSSC line doubler/tripler/quadrupler thingy. It was used for Shenmue 1 and 2, Grandia 2, Skies of Arcadia, and Wave Race Blue Storm (all 480p games which the Framemeister doesn't handle as well on its own).

Ep. 211 - Cool Compilations & Awesome Anthologies
Release Date: 1/7/18 Runtime: 31:26
Games Shown:

Saturn - Capcom Generation Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
PlayStation - Midway presents Arcade's Greatest Hits The Atari Collection 2, Namco Mueseum Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Atari Anniversary Edition Redux, Arcade Party Pak
Dreamcast - Sega Smash Pack Volume 1


First episode with new intro consisting entirely of stop motion animation (other than the logo) and also the first episode of 2018.

Ep. 210 - Left in Japan 10
Release Date: 12/24/17 Runtime: 24:10
Games Shown:

Super Famicom - Super Ninja Kun, Wrecking Crew '98, Go Go Ackman, Go Go Ackman 2, Go Go Ackman 3
Saturn - Vatlva, Linkle Liver Story
PlayStation 2 - Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the North Star


Ninja Kid (NES) appears briefly in the Super Ninja Kun segment. Black Belt (Master System) and Last Battle (Genesis) appear briefly during the Hokuto no Ken segment.

Ep. 209 - Our Recent Convention Pick-Ups PLAYED and REVIEWED!
Release Date: 12/10/17 Runtime: 27:12
Games Shown:

NES - Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
Saturn - Super Tempo, Last Bronx, The Horde, Pocket Fighter, Road Rash
PlayStation - Wing Commander III, Silverload, Gran Turismo 2
Dreamcast - Bleemcast: Gran Turismo 2
PlayStation 3 - Need for Speed: The Run


Joe's scenes during the ending skit were largely reshot after editing to make them more visually interesting and lower-key as the original performance was more gung-ho and hyper. You can still see some of this in any scenes where both guys are on the screen at the same time.

Ep. 208 - Left in the Arcade 5
Release Date: 11/26/17 Runtime: 27:43
Games Shown:

Arcade - Martial Masters, Crime Fighters, Battle Circuit, Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II, ESP R.A.D.E., Shadow Force, Guardians, Joe & Mac Returns, Pirates, Gundhara


All games played using MAME.

Ep. 207 - Games that Push Hardware Limits 4
Release Date: 11/12/17 Runtime: 27:39
Games Shown:

NES - Bible Buffet, Skate of Die 2, Elite, Tetrastar, Moon Crystal
TurboGrafx-CD/PC Engine CD/Duo - Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
Genesis - Panorama Cotton
GameBoy - Days of Thunder
GameBoy Color - Street Fighter Alpha
Super Nintendo - Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius
Sega CD - Soul Star
32X - Darxide, Metal Head
GameBoy Advance - Driver 3
PlayStation 3 - The Last of Us, Okami HD


Dave was not expecting Joe to edit the Parodius segment the way he did but really ernjoyed it anyway.

Metal Jesus Discos makes a quick appearance with a new haircut, summoned by the phrase "Hidden Gems".

Ep. 206 - Vehicular Combat
Release Date: 10/29/17 Runtime: 27:30
Games Shown:

Genesis - Car Combat, Rock 'n Roll Racing
SNES - Rock 'n Roll Racing
PlayStation - Twisted Metal, Twisted Metal 3, Twisted Metal: Small Brawl, Vigilante 8, Vigilante 8: Second Offense, Wipeout
Dreamcast - Vigilante 8: Second Offense
PlayStation 3 - Full Auto 2: Battlelines, Twisted Metal
GameBoy Advance - Karnaaj Rally
PlayStation 4 - Wipeout: Omega Collection


Vigilante (TurboGrafx-16) appears briefly in the Vigilante 8 segment.

The ending sketch features the wonderfully horrid R.P.M. Racing for the SNES. It was shot at both Dave and Joe's house and took about 2 hours total to shoot. All the shots at Joe's house were done first, then the drone scenes, and then the scenes inside Dave's house.

Ep. 205 - Franchise Killers 2
Release Date: 10/15/17 Runtime: 32:14
Games Shown:

NES - Castlevania
Genesis - Earthworm Jim, Castlevania Bloodlines
GameBoy - Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge
SNES - The Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse, Magical Quest 2 starring Mickey and Minnie/The Great Circus Mystery, Magical Quest 3
Saturn - Earthworm Jim 2
Nintendo 64 - Earthworm Jim 3D, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Castlevania
GameBoy Color - Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy
GameBoy Advance - Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
PlayStation - Silent Hill, Dino Crisis, Dino Crisis 2
PlayStation 2 - Silent Hill 2, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, Dino Stalker
Xbox - Dino Crisis 3
Wii - Castlevania the Adventure Rebirth
Xbox 360 - Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
PlayStation 3 - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
PlayStation Vita - Silent Hill: Book of Memories
PlayStation 4 - P.T.


This was shot the weekend after the 2017 eclipse in North America, and that is why the ending skit is "eclipse-themed".

PT was added at the last minute when Joe remembered that he had the demo installed on his PS4.

Ep. 204 - The Sega Game Gear
Release Date: 10/1/17 Runtime: 43:22
Games Shown:

Game Gear - Ristar, Sonic Drift, Sonic Drift 2, Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe, Defenders of Oasis, Phantasy Star Gaiden, Sylvan Tale, Deep Duck Trouble, The Lucky Dime Caper, Land of Illusion, Legend of Illusion, Greendog, Alien Syndrome, Gunstar Heroes, Coca-Cola Kid, Fantasy Zone Gear, Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, GG Aleste, Power Strike 2, GG Doraemon, Shinobi, Shinobi 2, Panzer Dragoon Mini, Road Rash, Space Harrier, G-LOC Air Battle, Mega Man, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco 2: Tides of Time, Devilish, Ninja Gaiden, Batman Returns, Tempo Jr.


Thanks to Shentok for loaning us the RGB-modified Game Gear.

Road Rash (Genesis) and Batman Returns (Genesis) both appear briefly in their respective segments.

Ep. 203 - Modern Accessories for Retro Gaming
Release Date: 9/17/17 Runtime: 25:48
Accessories Shown:

Everdrives, 8-BitDo wireless bluetooth controllers, TORO Dreamcast VGA Box, db Electronics Power Base Mini FM, db Electronics Grafx Booster, Gamerz Tek 8-Bi HD NES clone console, Gamerz Tek MiniGen Genesis clone console, and the Nico Superfami NES and SNES clone console.


The firmware for the Canon C100 Mark 2 was updated just prior to this episode. As such all settings in the camera were lost. Joe restored them all with one exception… the volume level from the external mic which was still way too high. As a result there was a lot of clipping and distortion in the on-camera audio that didn't get caught until after recording was completed for the day. Joe was able to repair them to be servicable, but it still doesn't sound as good as it normally does. So if you're wondering why the on-camera parts sound "odd" in this episode, that's why.

Ep. 202 - The TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine - part 2
Release Date: 9/3/17 Runtime: 42:09
Games Shown:

TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine - Tiger Road, Samurai Ghost, Bonk's Adventure, Bonk's Revenge, Bonk 3, Gomola Speed, Liquid Kids, Son Son II, Bloody Wolf, Valkyrie no Densetsu, Super Star Soldier, Final Soldier, Soldier Blade, Ordyne, Galaga '90, Hana Taka Dana!?, New Adventure Island, Falcon, Gunboat, Marchen Maze, Final Lap Twin
CD/Super CD/Duo - Bonk 3 CD, Last Alert, Shadow of the Beast, John Madden Duo CD Football, Godzilla, Pop 'n Magic, Cotton, Faussete Amour
SuperGrafx - 1941 Counter Attack, Aldynes, Granzort, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Battle Ace, Darius Plus


This is a follow-up to episode 13 which was released over 6 years before this episode.

Ep. 201 - Videogame Magazines 2
Release Date: 8/20/17 Runtime: 25:28
Games Shown:

None. This episode focuses on magazines!


First use of drone footage in an episode. Used during the GamePro segment and also the opening of the end skit.

The only brief gameplay shown was Xardion for the SNES recorded by Dave just for this episode and X for the GameBoy, shown playing in an older Game Sack video running on Youtube.

Ep. 200 - The 'Tude Era
Release Date: 8/6/17 Runtime: 32:07
Games Shown:

Genesis - Sonic the Hedgehog, Bubsy, Bubsy II, Socket, Chester Cheetah Too Cool to Fool, Chester Cheetah Wild Wild Quest, Earthworm Jim, Kid Chameleon, Awesome Possum, Greendog The Beached Surfer Dude, Toejam & Earl, Dinosaurs for Hire, Boogerman
SNES - Radical Rex, Zombies Ate my Neighbors, Rocky Rodent, Mo Hawk & Jeadphone Jack
Sega CD - Wild Woody
32X - Primal Rage
Saturn- Bug!, Gex
PlayStation - Bubsy 3D, Blasto, Crash Bandicoot
Nintendo 64 - Gex 2, Gex 3
PlayStation 2- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Xbox - Conker Live & Reloaded
PlayStation 4 - Duke Nukem


The end skit turned into the entire episode. Basically the on-camera parts were recorded as any other normal episode usually is and the end skit was Tude Sack. Joe liked how Tude Sack turned out so much that a week later he and Dave reshot the on-camera segments so that the entire show would be Tude Sack. The original ending can still be seen: the very first segment "Welcome to Tude Sack" and the ending "I like that... I like that"... those parts were originally just the ending.

Made before episode 199. During production it was decided to delay this one as it would make for a more "special" episode for #200 than HD Remasters could ever hope to.

Ep. 199 - HD Remasters 2
Release Date: 7/23/17 Runtime: 26:47
Games Shown:

Saturn - Super Street Fighter 2 X
PlayStation 2 - Beyond Good & Evil
Xbox - Halo, Halo 2
GameCube - The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker
Xbox 360 - Dead Rising
PlayStation 3 - Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, God of War 3, Beyond Good & Evil HD, Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3
Wii U - The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD
PlayStation 4 - Dead Rising, God of War 3 Remastered, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Xbox One - Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Both Dave and Joe purchased multiple games for the purpose of reviewing them in this episode. Both also picked up at least one game the other reviewed.

Joe really enjoyed making the ending skit "Game Sack - If Directed by David Lynch". He feels that many viewers won't get it but he doesn't care. Just like David Lynch!

Ep. 198 - Unfaithful Arcade Ports
Release Date: 7/9/17 Runtime: 27:32
Games Shown:

Arcade - Rygar, Robocop, Strider, Enduro Racer, Dragon's Lair, Bionic Commando
NES - Rygar, Robocop, Strider, Dragon's Lair, Bionic Comando
Sega Master System - Enduro Racer
SNES - Dragon's Lair


Joe never liked Bionic Commando until this episode. He was forced to sit down and spend time with it. Now he loves it.

Ep. 197 - 32-Bit Light Gun Games
Release Date: 6/25/17 Runtime: 45:36
Games Shown:

Saturn- Virtua Cop, Virtua Cop 2, Area 51, Maximum Force, Crypt Killer, Mighty Hits, Die Hard Trilogy, Chaos Control, Death Crimson, The House of the Dead, Mechanical Violator Hakaider, SCUD: The Disposable Assassin, Policenauts
PlayStation - Time Crisis, Time Crisis Project Titan, Area 51, Maximum Force, Guntu Western Front June 1944, Crypt Killer, Point Blank, Point Blank 2, Point Blank 3, Oh! Bakyuun/Ghoul Panic, Mighty Hits Special, Judge Dredd, The Gun Shooting, The Gun Shooting 2, Die Hard Trilogy, Die Hard Trilogy 2, Gunfighter: The Legend of Jessie James, Lethal Enforcers 1 and 2, Project: Horned Owl, Rescue Shot Bubibo, Elemental Gearbolt, Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2, Resident Evil Survivor, Extreme Ghostbusters, Moorhuhn X, Silent Hill


All light gun games for the PlayStation and the Saturn shown, regardless of region.

Rescue Mission (Master System) appears briefly during the Rescue Shot Bubibo segment.

Ep. 196 - Game Battle 2
Release Date: 6/10/17 Runtime: 34:15
Games Shown:

NES - Talespin, Commando, Guerilla War, Final Fantasy
Sega Master System - Phantasy Star
TurboGrafx-16 - Talespin
Genesis - TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist, Talespin, Gunstar Heroes, Contra Hard Corps
Saturn - Mass Destruction
PlayStation - Return Fire


The battles are: Return Fire vs Mass Destruction, TMNT: Turtles in Time vs TMNT The Hyperstone Heist, Talespin vs Talespin vs Talespin, Gunstar Heroes vs Contra Hard Corps, Commando vs Guerilla War, and Final Fantasy vs Phantasy Star

Released a day early as this episode fell on E3 week which itself started on Sunday.

Ep. 195 - Games that Cause Polarizing Opinions 2
Release Date: 5/28/17 Runtime: 31:21
Games Shown:

NES - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
32X - Knuckles Chaotix
PlayStation - Chrono Cross
Gamecube - Starfox Adventures
Xbox 360 - Deadly Premonition
PlayStation 3 - Resident Evil 5
PlayStation 4 - Call of Duty: Black Ops III


Special thanks to Yoshi Vu who worked on graphical assets for Call of Duty Black Ops III while working at Treyarch. Yoshi also did the VFX for the ending skit.

Ep. 194 - Piss Poor Ports 2
Release Date: 5/14/17 Runtime: 31:12
Games Shown:

Arcade - Shinobi, Captain America and the Avengers, Alien Syndrome, Pac Man, Double Dragon, Choplifter
Atari 2600 - Pac Man, Double Dragon
Atari 7800- Double Dragon, Choplifter
NES - Shinobi, Alien Syndrome
Sega Master System - Shinobi, Alien Syndrome
Genesis - Captain America and the Avengers, Sonic the Hedgehog
SNES - Captain America and the Avengers, Earthworm Jim
GameBoy Advance - Sonic the Hedgehog, Earthworm Jim


The arcade versions of Shinobi, Captain America, Double Dragon and Choplifter shown in this episode were all recorded from their respective arcade PCBs.

The Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 games were recorded using the Analogue NT Mini.

The end skit which features a seemingly endless package which both guys continually grab stuff out of is a remake of a skit that was first shot in the mid-90s by Joe with him just continually pulling stuff out of a package. It was then remade a week later with both Joe and Dave to add an adversarial aspect to it. We remade it once more a couple of months later to try to improve it and added a 3rd guy, with all of us battling to see who keeps the package. This is the 4th time we've visited this concept, but the first time on Game Sack.

Ep. 193 - Games with DUMB Names
Release Date: 4/30/17 Runtime: 25:28
Games Shown:

NES - Xexyz, Faxanadu, Abadox
TurboGrafx-16 - Veigues Tactical Gladiator
SNES - Hey Punk! Are You Tuff E Nuff? Master the Movies to Master Me!
Dreamcast - Super Magnetic Neo


Joe bought Tuff E Nuff just to cover in this episode. That's how dumb it is. And how dumb HE is.

The ending skit features a few nicknames we have given certain games over the years.

Ep. 192 - Digital Games that got Physical Releases 2
Release Date: 4/16/17 Runtime: 27:22
Games Shown:

PlayStation 4 - Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Lumo, Aqua Kitty, XeoDrifter
Xbox One - Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition, Ori and the Blind Forest: The Definitive Edition


Defender 2 (NES) appears briefly in the Aqua Kitty segment.

Jen had to hold up Shantae in the ending skit as Dave was already using both hands to hold the PS4 and Joe was also on the camera too far away from Dave.

Ep. 191 - Sony PlayStation VS Sega Saturn
Release Date: 4/2/17 Runtime: 36:13
Games Shown:

Sony PlayStation - Crash Bandicoot, Tomba, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, Metal Gear Solid, MediEvil, Final Fantasy VII, Suikoden, Vandal Hearts, Final Fantasy Tactics, Alundra, Gran Turismo 2, Ridge Racer Type 4, CTR - Crash Team Racing, Motor Toon Grand Prix, Twisted Metal, Guilty Gear, Tekken 3, Soul Blade, Gradius Gaiden, Einhander, The Raiden Project and more.
Saturn - Daytona USA, Sega Rally Championship, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Super Street Fighter IIX, X-Men vs Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, Fighters Megamix, Dead or Alive, Metal Slug, The Legend of Oasis, Guardian Heroes, Saturn Bomberman, Galactic Attack, Radiant Silvergun, Nights, Burning Rangers, Quake, Steep Slope Sliders, Shining the Holy Ark, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Panzer dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Dark Savior, Shining Force III, Dragon Force and more


Technically this is the second video in the Game Battle series, but not actually called Game Battle 2. That will come later.

Dave drove around Joe's neighborhood to get the in-car shots with him on the phone. Several takes were done and the one that worked best was almost right back at Joe's driveway.

Ep. 190 - Franchise Killers
Release Date: 3/19/17 Runtime: 30:57
Games Shown:

GameBoy Advance - F-Zero GP Legend, F-Zero Climax
Nintendo DS - Lunar: Dragon Song
Xbox - Final Fight Streetwise
Wii - Metroid: Other M
Xbox 360 - Golden Axe: Beast Rider
PlayStation 3 - Burnout: Crash


Lunar Dragon Song's gameplay was recorded using an emulator. All other games were recording using real hardware. GameBoy Advance stuff ran on the GameBoy Player on the Gamecube.

Lots of other games from each franchise briefly shown to illustrate how awesome they used to be.

Ep. 189 - The Analogue Nt mini
Release Date: 3/5/17 Runtime: 25:22
Games Shown:

NES - Lots of various games shown for illustrative and test purposes, but not reviewed.


This episode was made after episodes 190, 191, and 192 but released before to be timely with the release of the system.

The Exasperated Gamer returns for the end skit!

During one take of the Exasperated Gamer skit where Dave tosses the console away, Joe failed to catch it properly and it hit the floor. No damage!

Ep. 188 - Left in Japan 9
Release Date: 2/19/17 Runtime: 26:44
Games Shown:

GameBoy - Chalvo 55
Mega Drive - Star Cruiser
Super Famicom - Super Mad Champ
Saturn - Policenauts
Xbox - Metal Wolf Chaos
GameBoy Advance - Densetsu no Sarfy


It was decided to do another Left in Japan episode mainly because Joe had been playing through and recording Policenauts and wanted to cover it.

Ep. 187 - Game Battle 1
Release Date: 2/5/17 Runtime: 29:56
Games Shown:

NES - Ninja Gaiden, Rad Racer, The 3D Batles of World Runner, Super Mario Bros.
Sega Master System - Shinobi, Out Run, Space Harrier, Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Genesis - Thunder Force III, Streets of Rage
SNES - Gradius III, Final Fight


The battles are: Shinobi vs Ninja Gaiden, Out Run vs Rad Racer, Space Harrier vs World Runner, Super Mario Bros vs Alex Kidd in Mircale World, Thunder Force 3 vs Gradius 3, and Streets of Rage vs Final Fight.

Shinobi (Arcade and NES) and Ninja Gaiden (Arcade and SMS) appear quickly in the Shinobi vs Ninja Gaiden segment. Snail Maze (SMS) appears during the ending skit.

Joe really enjoyed making this one.

Ep. 186 - The RetroUSB AVS
Release Date: 1/22/17 Runtime: 17:34
Games Shown:

NES - Lots of various games shown for illustrative and test purposes, but not reviewed.


Thanks to Dave Bladegun for supplying the AVS for us to review!

This was originally gonna be a short, off-week episode that ran less than 10 minutes or so. The episode developed into something more and while still short for a normal Game Sack episode it was decided to release it as such.

Ep. 185 - Backlog 2: Electric Boogaloo
Release Date: 1/8/17 Runtime: 25:56
Games Shown:

Genesis - Outlander
PlayStation - Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle
Dreamcast - Illbleed
Wii - Counter Force, Lost in Shadow
PlayStation 3 - Alice: Madness Returns, Red Dead Redemption


Techno Cop (Genesis) appears briefly in the Outlander segment.

First eisode to feature the motorized Rhino slider.