No games reviewed, just displayed on the TV for illustrative purposes.
*Thanks to Nick McCracken for being on the show and modding the TV for RGB!
*I did not expect to shoot this episode on this day. Nick and I had been talking about doing it and suddenly he was in town. I asked him to come over and we started shooting with next to no preparation.
NES - Castlevania, Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest, Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse, Akumajou Special Boku Dracula Kun (Kid Dracula)
MSX 2 - Vampire Killer
Game Boy - Castlevania The Adventure, Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge, Kid Dracula, Castlevania Legends
*Konami GB Collections make a couple appearances here showing how they look when run on the Game Boy Color... the European versions anyway.
*The shots of the green Game Boy LCD screen are all actually footage recorded with the Super Game Boy on the SNES in black and white and then run through the Game Sack Retro Video filter in editing.
PC Engine - Metal Stoker, Shubibinman 3
SNES - Cyborg 009, Shubibinman Zero
Mega CD - Cyborg 009
PlayStation 2 - Chain Dive, The Transformers
Xbox - Rent-A-Hero No. 1
*Shubibinman (PC Engine), Shockman (TurboGrafx-16), Rent-A-Hero No. 1 (Dreamcast), Rent-A-Hero (Mega Drive), and Transformers Armada (PS2) all make brief appearances.
*No game reviews, instead lots of different games are shown as examples of cheating.
*This was an interesting episode to make. I had recorded and edited all of my voiceover before I recorded even a second of gameplay. It's usually the other way around.
*Thanks to AlphaOmegaSin for shooting some strategy guide footage for me. Thanks to Billy Chaser for letting me shoot his Nintendo Power (same one featured in the NES episode) and thanks to Dave for recording some gameplay.
NES - Arkista's Ring, Kick Master
Genesis - Tinhead
Nintendo 64 - Battletanx
Dreamcast - Bomberman Online, Alien Front Online
*My mom passed away during the making of this episode.
*Features micro reviews of other games that weren't released outside of North America like Beetlejuice (NES), Dirty Harry (NES) and Frantic Flea (SNES)
Arcade - Shinobi, The Astyanax, Premier Soccer, Party Time: Gonta the Diver 2, Rastan, Gun Force 2, Metal Slug 5, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Choplifter, Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, X-Men vs Street Fighter
*This episode was really fun to make, but I'll be damned if I can think of any interesting trivia about it.
PlayStation - Pac-Man World, Jersey Devil
Dreamcast - Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles
PlayStation 2 - Legend of Kay, Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy
Gamecube - Pac-Man World 2, Pac-Man World 3
*After the chaos that was NES episode, I decided to take it easy with this one but still managed to squeeze in 7 games instead of the usual 6.
*Pete Sampras Tennis is also featured because it is the most challenging tennis game you'll ever experience. Pete said that himself. You can trust Pete.
NES - Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II The Adventure of Link, Metroid, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Castlevania, Castlevania 2, Castlevania 3, Mega Man 1-6, Contra, Super C, Contra Force, Tetris, Karnov, Rush 'n Attack, The Legend of Kage, Demon Sword, Zombie Nation, Rad Racer, Rad Racer 2, Kid Niki Radical Ninja, Kaiketsu Yancha Maru 2, Kaiketsu Yancha Maru 3, Gauntlet, Vice Project Doom, Blaster Master, Crystalis, StarTropics, StarTropics 2: Zoda's Revenge
*A lot happened in my life during the production of this episode. I went down to Texas to help with the Game Chasers' Movie, I caught the first cold I've had in about 3 years, I bought a new car, and, sadly, my family and I had to put my mom into a nursing home. Due to all of this combined with the usual extra workload required for an episode like this, the NES episode took about 5 weeks to make. This is why I make episodes so far in advance and I have a buffer of completed ones ready to go, so I don't get behind. Now I'm only about 2 and a half episodes ahead instead of the usual four. But at least I'm ahead.
NES - Kabuki Quantum Fighter, Shatterhand
Master System - The Ninja
Genesis - Mystical Fighter, Marvel Land
SNES - Super Adventure Island II
PlayStation - Silent Bomber
PlayStation 3 - Hard Corps Uprising, El Shaddai Ascension of the Metatron
*Yes, I purchased Tube Slider for the Gamecube to include in this episode, but it definitely wasn't qualified to be in here as such, but it made great fodder for the end skit.
PlayStation 4 - Shenmue 3
*The Dreamcast versions of Shenmue 1 and 2 appear briefly.
*The end skit might be lost on those who have not played Shenmue 3 or didn't pay much attention to the review. Oh well. It's toilet humor so it's fine!
NES - Mitsume go Tooru
SMS - Sagaia, Road Rash, Aladdin
Game Boy - Contra: The Alien Wars
Game Boy Color - Toki Tori
Game Boy Advance - Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride, V-Rally 3, Stuntman, Smashing Drive, Duke Nukem Advance
Saturn - Sonic R, Powerslave, Duke Nukem 3D, Quake
PlayStation - Driver 2
*Sagaia (Genesis), Hang-On, World Grand Prix, Out Run (all for Master System), Road Rash (Genesis), Road Rash (Game Gear), Doom, Doom 2, Ice Nine, James Bond Nightfire (all for Game Boy Advance) make brief appearances.
*The return of Craig Stadler!
Game Boy Advance - Mario Kart Super Circuit, Ninja Five-O, Sonic Advance, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, Advance Guardian Heroes, Gunstar Super Heroes, Astro Boy The Omega Factor, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Metroid Fusion, Metroid Zero Mission, Super Monkey Ball Jr, Golden Sun, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Advance Wars, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Wario Ware Inc, Warioland 4, Metal Slug Advance, Car Battler Joe, Iridion II
*I decided to do this episode while I had the GBA Consolizer on load for review for Modern Accessories for Retro Gaming vol 4. This episode was completed before that one was released. I was glad to get this done before I had to send it back.
*New lighting setup for the on-camera segments.
Genesis - Street Fighter 2 Special Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter 2, Double Dragon, Super Off Road, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Bible Adventures, Chakan The Forever Man, Marble Madness, Barney's Hide and Seek, Ultimate Qix, Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, Turbo OutRun, X-Men, Osomatsu-Kun
*Brief appearances are made by the following games: Thunder Force IV, Streets of Rage 2, Vapor Trail, Batman, Batman Revenge of the Joker, Comix Zone, Marbel Madness (JP version), Ballz 3D, Dark Castle, Double Dragon 3, Justice Force Task League, Might & Magic III, Technoclash, Time Killers, Zero Tolerance (all Genesis), Batman (NES), Super Off Road, Street Fighter 2 Turbo (SNES)
*Such a stupid episode but so fun to make.
mClassic HDMI upscaler, GBA Consolizer, Level Hike HDMI cables for Neo Geo TurboGrafx-16 and PSP, RetroTINK 2x, Terraonion Mega SD
*I had fun trying out the mClassic on everything and just being silly with all of the smoothing options with the RetroTINK 2x.
*Notice that the final scene of the end skit is actually NOT a freeze frame.
PlayStation - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Saturn - Akumajo Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight
Game Boy Advance - Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
DS - Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
*I wanted the ending to be short since the episode itself was pretty long but really didn't have any good ideas. So I slapped together a stop-motion animation which was similar to the first all-Castlevania episode and called it a day. Not my favorite ending skit.
NES - Dr. Mario, Batman
Genesis - The Revenge of Shinobi, Shinobi III, Aladdin, Castlevania Bloodlines, Street Fighter 2 Special Champion Edition
SNES - The Lion King
*First use of the Game Sack Hyper Real Dare-to-Compare Comparison Screen as far as production order goes (this episode was made before the Genesis Mini episode).
*Who stole Panzer Dragoon Saga?
Dreamcast - Jet Grind Radio, Under Defeat
PlayStation 2 - Zone of the Enders, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
Gamecube- Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil
Wii - The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
PlayStation 3 - Jet Set Radio, Under Defeat HD Deluxe Edition, Zone of the Enders HD Collection
Wii U - The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD
PlayStation 4 - Resident Evil: Origins Collection
*The Lasercube was provided by Wicked Lasers. I think they wanted me to review it. Oh well using it in the end skit was way more fun to do. Just please be careful around one of these things.
NES - Haunted Halloween '86
TurboDuo - FX Unit Yuki
Genesis - Tanglewood, FX Unit Yuki
Dreamcast - 4x4 Jam, Alice's Mom's Rescue, Dux version 1.5, Redux, Last Hope, Fast Striker, Gunlord, Neo XYX, FX Unit Yuki, Ghost Blade
Switch - Gunlord X
*Dave returns to review Haunted Halloween '86 and Ghost Blade.
*Dave almost hit Joe's drone for real during one of the takes.
All 42 games that are on the console are shown briefly.
*Made simultaneously with the upcoming episode about 2D Castlevania Metroidvania style games which will be released near the end of September.
*First episode featuring the Game Sack Hyper Real Dare-to-Compare Comparison Screen.
*Released on the 30th Anniversary of the Sega Genesis launch in North America.
Retropad 32, Submodule GB01, DC HDMI, EON GCHD MK II, CARBY Gamecube HDMI, EON Super 64
*This likely has the most amount of camera shots in a single episode. The Retropad 32 especially required a bunch of camera shots and none of it was staged/faked.
*The Super 64 HDMI thingy for the N64 was a very last minute addition as it arrived after the episode was completed.
*The ending skit originally ended with the "No signal" screen, but I felt it needed more, so I added the antenna adjustment.
Arcade - Soul Calibur, Punch-Out!!, Super Punch-Out!! Tekken Tag Tournament, Contra, Super Contra, Super Hang-On, Super Monaco GP, Double Dragon II, Ninja Gaiden, Shadow Dancer, Bionic Commando, Gun.Smoke, Rygar
NES - Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Contra, Super C, Double Dragon II, Ninja Gaiden, Bionic Commando, Gun.Smoke, Rygar
PC Engine - Double Dragon II
Genesis - Super Hang-On, Super Monaco GP, Shadow Dancer
Dreamcast - Soul Calibur
PlayStation 2 - Tekken Tag Tournament
Xbox 360 - Soul Calibur
PlayStation 3 - Tekken Hybrid
*Arcade footage recorded via MAME.
Genesis - It Came From the Desert, Zombie High, Swamp Thing
SNES - Tom vs Jerry: The Chase is On, Atmosfear, Batman, Batman Revenge of the Joker, Power Slide
GameBoy Color - Gekido
32X- Pinocchio, X-Men, Clayfighter 2
Saturn - Armed, Atomic Runner Chelnov
GameBoy Advance - Battletoads
*Pinocchio (Genesis), Bimini Run (Genesis), and Atomic Runner all appear briefly. Atomic Runner gets a bit more attention than the others.
PlayStation 4 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Switch - Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
*This is the first episode to focus on a single game, even though technically there are two games in this episode. It's an experiment to see if the audience likes it, as it was fun to do.
Genesis - Slaughter Sport
SNES - Rise of the Robots
3DO- Rise of the Robots
Saturn - Crimewave, Rise 2: Resurrection, Pinball Graffiti
Nintendo 64 - Superman
PlayStation 3 - Ride to Hell: Retribution
*Superman for the N64 was borrowed from (and promptly returned to) Dave for this episode.
*The ending skit was shot entirely at 240 frames per second.
Saturn - Willy Wombat
PlayStation- LSD: Dream Emulator, Fantastic Pinball Kyuutenkai
Dreamcast - Segagaga
Nintendo DS - Soma Bringer
PSP - Ys vs Sora no Kiseki Alternative Saga
*Originally there was no ending skit attached. But seeing how much people liked the ending skits for the two previous episodes, I decided that I should make one for each epeisode. I made this one after I made the ending skit for episode 252.
Arcade - Haunted Castle
PC Engine Super CD- Akumajo Dracula X Chi no Rondo aka Castlevania Rondo of Blood
Genesis - Castlevania Bloodlines
SNES - Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania Dracula X
Sharp X68000 - Akumajou Dracula
*First episode shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH5S camera.
*The first in a series of close looks at the Castlevania series.
Lots of different games shown for different arcade, console, and computer platforms running on the MiSTer. The only game that ran on a real console was a few seconds of Dragon's Curse for the TurboGrafx-16 for illustrative purposes.
*First official episode with Joe solo after Dave's departure.
*This episode was midway through production when it was put on hold to make episode 243 "The Analogue Mega SG" and then resumed and finshed once that episode was complete.
*The ending skit and camera sequences were shot on the same night as my cameo in the "Aladdin Deck Enhancer" episode of the Angry Video Game Nerd. You can tell by the shirt.
PlayStation 4- Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Wild Guns Reloaded
Switch - Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, Owlboy, Guacamelee! 2, Golf Story
Xbox One - Cuphead
*Dave's final episode of Game Sack. But keep looking, he'll pop up again!
*Dave chose the topic for this episode.
Lynx - California Games, Batman Returns, Blue Lightning, Gauntlet: The Third Encounter, Chip's Challenge, Xenophobe, Electrocop, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden III, The Gates of Zendocon, Double Dragon, Gordo 106, Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf, RoadBlasters, Rygar, Pac-Land, Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop, S.T.U.N. Runner, Checkered Flag, Hydra, Klax, Todd's Adventures in Slime World, Warbirds, Scrapyard Dog
*Dave announces that he will leave Game Sack after one more Playing with Sacks episode and one more Game Sack episode to spend more time with his family.
*TechnoCop (Genesis) appears super briefly in the Dirty Larry segment.
*All games recorded via emulator. Except TechnoCop.
Arcade - Virtua Racing
NES - Mickey's Safari in Letterland, Attack Animal Gakuen
Master System - OutRun, OutRun Europa, Space Harrier 3-D
Genesis - Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, Fantasia
GameBoy - Race Drivin'
Lynx - Hard Drivin'
Saturn - OutRun, Space Harrier, Night Striker S
PlayStation 2 - Virtua Racing Flatout, Sega Rally Championship, Galaxy Force
Xbox - OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
Xbox 360 - OutRun Online Arcade
PlayStation 3 - Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Theives
PSP - Uncharted: Golden Abyss
PlayStation 4 - Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Shovel Knight: Sword of Hope, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows
PC - Strike Blazinger
*Strike Blazinger was added at the last minute. Joe had been trying to get direct-feed footage of the game for over a month because he knew it was awesome, but Hitsparks Games was tying up other legal ends and so the footage had to be delayed.
*Finally we're back to reviewing games!
No game reviews, instead many Genesis, Sega CD, and Master System games are shown to demonstrate the quality and functionality of the Mega Sg which is an FPGA-based Sega Genesis clone.
*This episode was put together in about 4 days start to finish. The Mega Sg firmware was constantly being updated during the making of this video and it was difficult to keep the video up to date with the changes. This is the fist Game Sack episode to premiere with a product launch so it was an interesting challenge that Joe wanted to try.
*Dave does not appear in this episode.
*Released on a Monday morning at 9am Denver time instead of the usual Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight Denver time due to the embargo.
*4th episode in a row without formal game reviews.
No game reviews, instead lots of games are shown as examples of things that piss us off. The Pet Peeves listed in this episode are:
-The Unnecessarily Annoying Noise
-The Greedy Second Player
-The Radio Buddy
-Knocked Back Into Frustration
-Too Close to the Edge
-Unintentionally Friendly Damage
-Bosses Without Life Bars
-Water Drops of Death
-Only Death is Offscreen
*Radio Buddy returns!
*The Radio Buddy and Knocked Back Into Frustration segments were accidentally omitted from the credits. I didn't notice until the video was released on Youtube, of course.
*I can't think of any other trivia for this episode since we made it two months prior to me typing this.
No game reviews. Instead, gameplay is shown from The NES Classic Edition, The Super NES Classic Edition, the NeoGeo Mini, the C64 Mini, and the PlayStation Classic as they are each discussed.
*Thanks to Michael Kersch for loaning us the NeoGeo Mini and its controller.
*Thanks to Coury Carlson from My Life in Gaming for providing game footage of a hacked NES Classic Edition.
NES - Pac-Man, Mega Man 3
Master System - Gangster Town
Genesis - Golden Axe
GameBoy - Batman
SNES - Super Mario Kart
Saturn - Virtual Hydlide
PlayStation - Three Wonders
Dreamcast - Various online games
*I feel the ending skit could have been done better. The game Dave is referring to at the end of it is Barker Bill's Trick Shooting on the NES. But of course instead of Barker Bill he says Bob Barker, who was the host of The Price is Right TV show. Sadly the way we presented it relies on people knowing what Barker Bill's Trick Shooting even is, as well as The Price is Right. Oh well, it was funny in our heads.
*First episode to feature video using DCHDMI video output for the Dreamcast games.
Genesis - Vectorman, Vectorman 2
SNES - Doom Troopers, Killer Instinct
Neo-Geo - Viewpoint
Saturn - Johnny Bazookatone, Baku Baku Animal
PlayStation - Skeleton Warriors, Sol Divide, Viewpoint
Nintendo 64 - Killer Instinct Gold
*Dave introduces the episode for the first time in years.
*Joe and Dave debated on including Vectorman or not, even though it does use some pre-rendered graphics.
*Donkey Kong Country (SNES) makes a brief appearance, as does Burning Force (Genesis), Killer Instinct )Arcade), and X-Perts (Genesis).
Saturn - Hang-On GP, Manx TT
PlayStation - Crime Killers
PlayStation 3 - Time Crisis Razing Storm, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Wii - Deadly Creatures, Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templar The Director's Cut
Wii U - Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams Director's Cut
*Two games are "Director's cuts" which is a really odd thing for a video game. I guess they want to be movies, even though the videgame market is much bigger than the movie market.
Genesis - Phantasy Star 3
SNES - Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
Wii - Wii Music
PlayStation 3 - Bionic Commando
PlayStation 4 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, Resident Evil 6
*Plenty of other games appeared to give a general flavor what what the given series is about. Mystic Defender (Genesis) also appears.
*Phantasy Star 3 game footage supplied by Coury Carlson of My Life in Gaming.