2019-2020 Episodes


Ep. 296 - Sega Genesis vs Super Nintendo
Release Date: 11/22/20 Runtime: 36:42
Games Shown:

Genesis - Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Strider, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Contra Hard Corps, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Uncharted Waters New Horizons, Phantasy Star 2, Phantasy Star 3, Phantasy Star 4, Sword of Vermilion, Crusader of Centy, Beyond Oasis, Master of Monsters, Warsong, Shining Force 2, Shining in the Darkness, John Madden Football, NBA Action, Pat Riley Basketball, Tommy Lasorda Baseball, Mystic Defender, Mario Lemieux Hockey, Virtua Racing, Alisia Dragoon, Thunder Force 2, Thunder Force 3, Thunder Force 4, MUSHA, Wonder Boy in Monster World, Splatterhouse 2, Splatterhouse 3, Gunstar Heroes, Alien Soldier, Castlevania Bloodlines, Rocket Knight Adventures, The Revenge of Shinobi, Shadow Dancer, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, Quackshot, Castle of Illusion, World of Illusion, Panorama Cotton, Ghostbusters, Shinobi III, The Adventures of Batman & Robin

SNES - Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars, Yoshi's Island, Run Saber, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2, Contra 3, Super Castlevania IV, Killer Instinct, Super Mario RPG, The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past, Earthbound, Final Fantasy III, Chrono Trigger, NHL '94, Kirby's Dream Course, HAL's Hole in One Golf, Super Punch-Out!!, Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball, Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, Starfox, Stunt Race FX, Pilotwings, ActRaiser, Demon's Crest, Final Fight, Final Fight Guy, Final Fight 2, Final Fight 3, King of Dragons, Legend, Magic Sword, Knights of the Round

Notes:

*I've been wanting to do this episode for quite some time. For this episode it felt like Dave needed to be in it. It wouldn't have been right without him, especially with these two consoles. It took a while to make this one since of course Dave's schedule only has so many possible openings and he had to record a lot of his own games and write his stuff. Not to mention finding a day to come down to shoot. Overall it was absolutely worth it, though!

*The idea for the ending skit was almost 100% Dave's, including how it ended up being edited.


Ep. 295 - Sega Ages 2500 for PlayStation 2 - Part 2
Release Date: 11/15/20 Runtime: 31:12
Games Shown:

PlayStation 2 - Fighting Vipers, Space Harrier Complete Collection, SDI & Quartet: Sega System 16 Collection, Advanced Daisenryaku: Deustch Dengeki Sakusen, Sega Memorial Selection, Last Bronx, Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box, Dynamite Deka, Panzer Dragoon, Tetris Collection, Monster World Complete Collection, Galaxy Force II Special Extended Edition, Cyber Troopers Virtual On, Phantasy Star Complete Collection, Fantasy Zone Complete Collection

Notes:

*This and part 1 are the only episodes where the skits won't be uploaded as standalone videos to the Game Sack Skits channel, since they aren't really videos unto themselves but more like addendums to the actual episodes. Both ending "skits" were shot on different days.


Ep. 294 - Sega Ages 2500 for PlayStation 2 - Part 1
Release Date: 11/08/20 Runtime: 30:01
Games Shown:

PlayStation 2 - Phantasy Star Generation 1, Monaco GP, Fantasy Zone, Space Harrier, Golden Axe, Ichini no Tant-R + Bonanza Bros, Columns, Virtua Racing Flat Out, Gain Ground, After Burner II, Hokuto no Ken, Puyo Puyo Tsuu Perfect Set, Out Run, Alien Syndrom, Sega Classics Collection, Decathlete Collection, Virtua Fighter 2, Phantasy Star Generation 2, Dragon Force

Notes:

*This is the first time an episode has been divided into two parts since the Renovation episode in February of 2016, right before we went on hiatus for a little bit."

*Originally intended to be a single episode.


Ep. 293 - The Best and the Worst 3
Release Date: 10/25/20 Runtime: 29:55
Games Shown:

Arcade - Soul Edge
Master System - Virtua Fighter Animation
Genesis - Virtua Fighter 2
Saturn - Virtua Fighter Kids
PlayStation - Soul Blade
PlayStation 2 - Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2, Need for Speed Pro Street, Soul Calibur 2
Xbox - Soul Calibur 2, Burnout 3 Takedown, Burnout Revenge
Gamecube - Soul Calibur 2, Burnout
Nintendo DS - Need for Speed Most Wanted, Burnout Legends
Xbox 360 - Virtua Fighter 5 Final Shodown, Burnout Revenge
PlayStation 3 - Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Burnout Paradise, Burnout Crash
Wii - Soul Calibur Legends
PlayStation 4 - Soul Calibur 6, Burnout Paradise Remastered

Notes:

*The end skit is so incredibly stupid that it makes me happy."


Ep. 292 - The NeoSD Pro - Neo Geo Flash Cart
Release Date: 10/18/20 Runtime: 15:12
Games Shown:

Lots of Neo Geo and Neo Geo CD games shown for demonstrative purposes.

Notes:

*I originally didn't plan on making this episode and then I thought... "Hmmm, why wouldn't I make one?"


Ep. 291 - Left in North America 3
Release Date: 10/11/20 Runtime: 24:42
Games Shown:

Genesis - Cal. 50, A Dinosaur's Tale
PlayStation - Cool Boarders 2001, Jet Moto 3
PlayStation 2 - Cool Boarders 2001
Game Boy Advance - Blender Bros
Xbox - Xyanide, Aquaman Battle for Atlantis

Notes:

*I tried so hard to find something to like in Cool Boarders 2001. I felt that I MUST be missing something, or doing something wrong. I spent a few different capture sessions with both versions. The bottom line is that the game just sucks.


Ep. 290 - Sega Ages for the Sega Saturn
Release Date: 9/27/20 Runtime: 34:50
Games Shown:

Saturn - Syukudai ga Tant-R, Space Harrier, Out Run, After Burner II, Rouka ni Ichidant-R, Fantasy Zone, Memorial Selection Vol 1, Columns Arcade Collection, Memorial Selection Vol 2, Power Drift, Phantasy Star Collection, Galaxy Force II, I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no Oshiro Daibouken / I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou

Notes:

*The Virtual Boy that is "broken" during the end skit is actually the shell of the consolized Virtual Boy that was used for all of the gameplay in the Virtual Boy episode.


Ep. 289 - Super Mario 3D All-Stars Review
Release Date: 9/19/20 Runtime: 18:32
Games Shown:

Switch - Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Nintendo 64 - Super Mario 64 Gamecube - Super Mario Sunshine Wii - Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Notes:

*Made in roughly 4 days despite coming out the day after the game was released. A lot of the stuff was done before the release, such as the segments covering the original games, as well as the end skit. Dave was able to supply me with a physical copy a day early so that helped, too!

*Released on a Saturday instead of a more typical Sunday release as the episode was complete. With current releases, you need to strike while the iron is hot if you want to gain any momentum. Even a day will help.


Ep. 288 - The Nintendo Virtual Boy
Release Date: 9/13/20 Runtime: 40:52
Games Shown:

Virtual Boy - Mario's Tennis, Red Alarm, Golf, Mario Clash, Galactic Pinball, 3D Tetris, V-Tetris, Jack Bros, Virtual League Baseball, SD Gundam Dimension War, Space Invaders Virtual Collection, Teleroboxer, Virtual Fishing, Vertical Force, Panic Bomber, Nester's Funky Bowling, Virtual Bowling, Waterworld, Virtual Lab, Innsmouth no Yakata, Space Squash, Virtual Boy Wario Land, Faceball, Bound High!, Snatcher, Mario Combat, Mario Kart Virtual Cup, VB Racing, Hyper Fighting (Street Fighter 2)

Notes:

*Made simultaneously with the Vita episode after the PSP episode wrapped up.

*The end skit is a sequel to the one that appeared on the MODE episode, but this one was actually conceived and shot first.


Ep. 287 - The Sony PlayStation Vita
Release Date: 8/30/20 Runtime: 40:27
Games Shown:

Vita - Gravity Rush, Killzone Mercenary, Ridge Racer, Air Race Speed, Tales of Hearts R, Dead or Alive 5+, Hot Shots Golf World Invitational, Wipeout 2048, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme vs Force, TxK, Ys Memories of Celceta, Ys 8 Lacrimosa of Dana, Ys Origin, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Tearaway, Lost Dimension, Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa Ultra Despair Girls, Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz, Soul Sacrifice

Notes:

*I started working on this while I was doing the PSP episode, just out of sheer convenience of having everything opened up and ready to go on my PSTV.

*The most modern platform yet given its own focused episode on Game Sack.


Ep. 286 - Funny, Interesting, and BAD Controllers
Release Date: 8/16/20 Runtime: 36:33
Games Shown:

Many different games are shown being played with the various controllers.

Notes:

*This was an interesting one to figure out how to shoot. I had to shoot all of the controllers playing the game first and I recorded the gameplay while a camera was recording my hands playing the game shown. Then they had to be synced together which was lots of fun.

*This is the most camera footage in any episode thus far. Over 2 hours and 45 minutes of camera footage was shot. All of this combined with the gameplay footage and other assets clocked in at just over 3 Terabytes of data!


Ep. 285 - The MODE from Terraonion
Release Date: 8/9/20 Runtime: 15:03
Games Shown:

Many different games shown to demonstrate the functionality of the MODE.

Notes:

*Shot in the same basement "workshop" as the Modding a Consumer CRT for RGB episode.


Ep. 284 - The Sony PSP
Release Date: 8/2/20 Runtime: 38:58
Games Shown:

PSP - Hot Shots Golf Open Tee, Jeanne D'arc, Prinny Can I Really Be the Hero?, Prinny 2 Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!, Hexyz Force, God of War Chains of Olympus, God of War Ghost of Sparta, Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer 2, Burnout Legends, Burnout Dominator, WipEout Pure, WipEout Pulse, OutRun 2006 Coast 2 Coast, Gran Turismo, Killzone Liberation, Mega Man Powered Up, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, Half-Minute Hero, Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII, Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys The Oath in Felghana, Ys The Ark of Napishtim, Ys Seven, Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories, Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins, Hammerin' Hero

Notes:

*Once I was able to successfully hack my PSTV which originally had been updated too far to be hacked, I jumped at the chance to make this episode. I really enjoyed playing all of these games.

*I don't know why I did that particular pose at the end of the ending skit, but it cracks me up.


Ep. 283 - The BONK Series
Release Date: 7/19/20 Runtime: 33:11
Games Shown:

NES - Bonk's Adventure
TurboGrafx-16 - Bonk's Adventure, Bonk's Revenge, Bonk III: Bonk's Big Adventure, Air Zonk
TuboGrafx Super CD/Turbo Duo Bonk III: Bonk's Big Adventure, Super Air Zonk
Amiga - BC Kid
Game Boy - Bonk's Adventure, Bonk's Revenge, GB Genjin Land Viva! Chikkun Kingdom, Genjin Collection Arcade - Bonk's Adventure: Arcade Version
SNES - Super Bonk, Super Genjin 2
Gamecube - Hudson Collection Vol 3
Mobile - Bonk's Return
Xbox 360 - Bonk Brink of Extinction
PlayStation 3 - Bonk Brink of Extinction

Notes:

*Notice the Bonk shirt keeps changing back and forth. I had two different Bonk shirts and felt both should be in the episode. This meant I had to record the talking head segments in two separate sessions.

*Thanks to Hard4Games for providing lots of direct feed footage for Bonk Brink of Extinction!

*I've been wanting to make this episode for at least 8 years... for some reason.


Ep. 282 - Crowdfunded Games
Release Date: 7/5/20 Runtime: 31:26
Games Shown:

Switch - Battle Princess Madelyn, Battle Princess Madelyn Royal Edition, Yooka-Laylee, Freedom Planet, Road Redemption, Timespinner, Paprium (kind of)

Notes:

*Only Nintendo Switch games were captured for this episode, because the Nintendo Switch is the best thing to ever happen to mankind.

*I did try to talk to Fonzie for the Paprium segment, but he is indeed a difficult man to get a hold of.


Ep. 281 - The Mega Everdrive Pro
Release Date: 6/28/20 Runtime: 17:25
Games Shown:

Lots of Genesis, Master System, and Sega CD games are shown to demonstrate functionality of the Mega Everdrive Pro. Oh and one 32X game.

Notes:

*I had to interrupt an episode I was shooting reviewing various controllers to make this and get it out as a bonus episode.

*The end skit has a dumb ending. Oh well.


Ep. 280 - Games that Push Hardware Limits 6
Release Date: 6/21/20 Runtime: 24:15
Games Shown:

NES - Super Spy Hunter, Sword Master
TurboGrafx-16 - Ninja Spirit
PC Engine Arcade Card CD - Ryuuko no Ken
Genesis - Richard Scarry's Busytown
Game Boy - Ninja Spirit
Neo Geo - Art of Fighting
SNES - Touge Densetsu Saisoku Battle, Super Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, Super Off Road: The Baja, Race Drivin', Speed Racer, Art of Fighting
Sega CD - Virtua Fighter, 32X,
32X - Virtua Fighter
Game Boy Advance - Motoracer Advance

Notes:

*This one was really fun to make. I got pretty nerdy describing things and why they are special for that particular console.

*I could not think of a decent idea for the end skit, so I did a "David Lynch Game Sack part 2" because it requires no thought.


Ep. 279 - The TurboGrafx-16 Mini
Release Date: 6/7/20 Runtime: 24:15
Games Shown:

All the games included on the TurboGrafx-16 Mini are briefly shown, but no full reviews.

Notes:

*Made in less than a week in an effort to be at least somewhat timely with the product's availability.

*First episode that used the Elgato 4K60 S+ as a capture device.


Ep. 278 - Left in the Arcade 6
Release Date: 5/24/20 Runtime: 25:35
Games Shown:

Arcade - A.B. Cop, Desert Assault, CarnEvil, Arabian Fight, Violent Storm, Aurail, F1 Exhaust Note, F1 Super Lap, Burning Rival

Notes:

* I've always wanted to make a skit with the X-Band and its card slot. Finally got the chance! I tried to make it exactly 30 seconds like a real commercial but I think it ended up being about a half second too long.


Ep. 277 - Claymation Games
Release Date: 5/10/20 Runtime: 29:30
Games Shown:

PC - The Neverhood Chronicles, Nux, Platypus, Platipus 2
Mac - Armikrog, The Dream Machine
SNES - ClayFighter, ClayFighter Tournament Edition, ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay, Claymates
PlayStation - Skullmonkeys
Nintendo 64 - ClayFighter 63 1/3, ClayFighter: Sculptor's Cut

Notes:

* The Neverhood Chronicles (PlayStation), ClayFighter (Genesis) make brief appearances.

*I do not appear in this episode, except in voice form.

*No video camera was used in the making of this episode. Only a still camera taking still pictures.

*The claymation production in this episode took several days to complete, with the ending skit taking two entire days alone.

*The yellow guy in the end skit is based on a claymation my friend Bill and I did over 25 years ago, complete with the same dialog and actions that happen to him.

*One of my favorite episodes.


Ep. 276 - The Evercade
Release Date: 5/3/20 Runtime: 25:51
Games Shown:

Evercade - Atari Collection 1, Atari Collection 2, Interplay Collection 1, Interplay Collection 2, Data East Collection 1, Technos Collection 1, Piko Interactive Collection 1, Namco Museum Collection 1, Namco Museum Collection 2, Mega Cat Studios Collection 1

Notes:

*Bonus episode. I hadn't planned on covering the system but I decided it might make a fun episode.

*I forced out the end skit, as that's where I usually get stuck making an episode. It's hard to come up with ideas. But I really like how this one came out. I knew it would be good when I was shooting it and laughing at how incredibly absurd it was.


Ep. 275 - Criminally Overlooked Games 2
Release Date: 4/26/20 Runtime: 27:04
Games Shown:

NES - Dragon Fighter, Super Spy Hunter
Genesis - Two Crude Dudes, Growl
PlayStation 2 - Sub Rebellion, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai

Notes:

*Two Crude (Arcade), Growl (Arcade), In the Hunt (PlayStation), and Spy Hunter (NES) make brief appearances

*I love the end skit in this one for some reason. It makes me laugh. The first shot I did was the very loud and long scream, which really strained my voice. I did the rest of the voiceover part the next day and if you listen closely, you can tell my voice is still a bit strained.


Ep. 274 - Unreleased Games 4
Release Date: 4/12/20 Runtime: 27:04
Games Shown:

TurboGrafx-CD / PC Engine CD - Space Fantasy Zone
Genesis - Star Wars, Dyno Blaze, Akira, Stone Protectors, Wacky Races, Dragon's Lair
SNES - Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill, Cooly Skunk

Notes:

*Space Harrier (Arcade), Greendog (Genesis), Punky Skunk (PlayStation), Stone Protectors (SNES), and Dragon's Lair (SNES) all make brief appearances.


Ep. 273 - Modding a Consumer CRT for RGB
Release Date: 3/29/20 Runtime: 21:19
Games Shown:

No games reviewed, just displayed on the TV for illustrative purposes.

Notes:

*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.


272 - The 8-Bit Castlevanias
Release Date: 03/15/20Runtime: 33:39
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 271 - Left in Japan 12
Release Date: 3/1/20 Runtime: 29:05
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 270 - Cheating in Videogames - Where is the Line Drawn?
Release Date: 2/16/20 Runtime: 21:23
Games Shown:

*No game reviews, instead lots of different games are shown as examples of cheating.

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 269 - Left In North America 2
Release Date: 2/2/20 Runtime: 24:36
Games Shown:

NES - Arkista's Ring, Kick Master
Genesis - Tinhead
Nintendo 64 - Battletanx
Dreamcast - Bomberman Online, Alien Front Online

Notes:

*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)


Ep. 268 - My Arcade PCB Collection
Release Date: 1/19/20 Runtime: 36:36
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*This episode was really fun to make, but I'll be damned if I can think of any interesting trivia about it.


Ep. 267 - More Obscure 3D Platformers
Release Date: 1/5/20 Runtime: 28:57
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 266 - The Nintendo Entertainment System
Release Date: 12/22/19 Runtime: 39:58
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 265 - Criminally Overlooked Games
Release Date: 12/8/19 Runtime: 28:26
Games Shown:

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


Notes:

*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.


Ep. 264 - Shenmue 3 - The Review
Release Date: 12/1/19 Runtime: 19:47
Games Shown:

PlayStation 4 - Shenmue 3

Notes:

*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!


Ep. 263 - Games That Push Hardware Limits 5
Release Date: 11/24/19 Runtime: 28:18
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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!


Ep. 262 - The Game Boy Advance
Release Date: 11/10/19 Runtime: 37:17
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 261 - The WORST Sounding Sega Genesis Games!
Release Date: 11/10/19 Runtime: 37:16
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 260 - Modern Accessories for Retro Gaming vol 5
Release Date: 10/13/19 Runtime: 34:56
Products Shown:

mClassic HDMI upscaler, GBA Consolizer, Level Hike HDMI cables for Neo Geo TurboGrafx-16 and PSP, RetroTINK 2x, Terraonion Mega SD

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 259 - Castlevania: The Metroidvanias
Release Date: 9/29/19 Runtime: 36:47
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 258 - Prototype vs Retail
Release Date: 9/15/19 Runtime: 27:02
Games Shown:

NES - Dr. Mario, Batman
Genesis - The Revenge of Shinobi, Shinobi III, Aladdin, Castlevania Bloodlines, Street Fighter 2 Special Champion Edition
SNES - The Lion King

Notes:

*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?


Ep. 257 - HD Remasters 3
Release Date: 9/1/19 Runtime: 29:21
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 256 - New Games on Old Consoles
Release Date: 8/18/19 Runtime: 33:46
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*Dave returns to review Haunted Halloween '86 and Ghost Blade.

*Dave almost hit Joe's drone for real during one of the takes.


Ep. 255 - The Sega Genesis Mini
Release Date: 8/14/19 Runtime: 15:02
Games Shown:

All 42 games that are on the console are shown briefly.

Notes:

*Bonus episode.

*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.


Ep. 254 - Modern Accessories for Retro Gaming vol 3
Release Date: 8/4/19 Runtime: 27:57
Products Shown:

Retropad 32, Submodule GB01, DC HDMI, EON GCHD MK II, CARBY Gamecube HDMI, EON Super 64

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 253 - Better Than the Arcade
Release Date: 7/21/19 Runtime: 33:52
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*Arcade footage recorded via MAME.


Ep. 252 - Unreleased Games 3
Release Date: 7/7/19 Runtime: 29:05
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*Pinocchio (Genesis), Bimini Run (Genesis), and Atomic Runner all appear briefly. Atomic Runner gets a bit more attention than the others.


Ep. 251 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night: REVIEW
Release Date: 6/30/19 Runtime: 16:43
Games Shown:

PlayStation 4 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Switch - Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 250 - Games that are Practically Broken
Release Date: 6/23/19 Runtime: 29:30
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 249 - Left in Japan 11
Release Date: 6/9/19 Runtime: 26:53
Games Shown:

Saturn - Willy Wombat
PlayStation- LSD: Dream Emulator, Fantastic Pinball Kyuutenkai
Dreamcast - Segagaga
Nintendo DS - Soma Bringer
PSP - Ys vs Sora no Kiseki Alternative Saga

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 248 - The 16-Bit Castlevanias
Release Date: 5/26/19 Runtime: 32:22
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*First episode shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH5S camera.

*The first in a series of close looks at the Castlevania series.


Ep. 247 - The MiSTer
Release Date: 5/12/19 Runtime: 28:35
Games Shown:

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.

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 246 - Good Modern 2D Games
Release Date: 4/28/19 Runtime: 29:58
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*Dave's final episode of Game Sack. But keep looking, he'll pop up again!

*Dave chose the topic for this episode.


Ep. 245 - The Atari Lynx
Release Date: 4/14/19 Runtime: 38:28
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 244 - The Best and The Worst 2
Release Date: 3/31/19 Runtime: 30:28
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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!


Ep. 243 - The Analogue Mega Sg
Release Date: 3/25/19 Runtime: 0:20:02
Games Shown:

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.

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 242 - Gaming Pet Peeves!
Release Date: 3/17/19 Runtime: 26:57
Games Shown:

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
-Unskippable Cutscenes
-Bosses Without Life Bars
-Water Drops of Death
-Only Death is Offscreen

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 241 - The Mini Systems!
Release Date: 3/03/19 Runtime: 28:28
Games Shown:

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.

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 240 - Our Gaming Memories 2
Release Date: 2/17/19 Runtime: 23:24
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 239 - Games with Pre-Rendered Graphics
Release Date: 2/03/19 Runtime: 24:26
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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).


Ep. 238 - Our Backlog 4 - Are These Games Any Fun?
Release Date: 1/20/19 Runtime: 28:24
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.


Ep. 237 - Black Sheep Games
Release Date: 1/6/19 Runtime: 28:20
Games Shown:

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

Notes:

*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.