2023-2024 Episodes

Ep. 386 - 3DO vs Jaguar vs 32X
Release Date: 10/01/23 Runtime: 50:37
Games Shown:

3DO - Crash 'n Burn, Gex, Johnny Bazookatone, Soccer Kid, Way of the Warrior, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Samurai Shodown, Shadow War of Succession, Primal Rage, Burning Soldier, Total Eclipse, Shockwave, Doom, Escape from Monster Manor, Killing Time, Space Hulk, Wolfenstein 3D, BC Racers, The Need for Speed, Road Rash, Virtuoso, Return Fire, Lucienne's Quest, Guardian War, Star Control 2, Demolition Man, John Madden Football, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Jaguar - Cybermorph, Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales, Pitfall The Mayan Adventure, Rayman, Kasumi Ninja, Ultra Vortek, Primal Rage, Fight for Life, Raiden, Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy, Defender 2000, Blue Lightning, Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, Alien vs Predator, Atari Karts, Checkered Flag, Super Burnout, Supercross 3D, World Tour Racing, Club Drive, Tempest 2000, Iron Soldier, Iron Soldier 2, NBA Jam, Battle Morph
32X - Knuckles' Chaotix, Pitfall The Mayan Adventure, Tempo, Cosmic Carnage, Mortal Kombat 2, Primal Rage, Virtua Fighter, WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game, After Burner 2 Complete, Space Harrier, Shadow Squadron, Kolibri, Darxide, Doom, BC Racers, Motocross Championship, Virtua Racing Deluxe, Blackthorne, Metalhead, Star Trek Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator, NBA Jam, T-Mek, Star Wars Arcade, Zaxxon Motherbase 2000

*There was originally a section dedicated to sports games, but the show was running too long as it was. So I removed a bunch of sports games and tossed the noteworthy ones into the miscellaneous section.

Ep. 385 - 60 FPS Nintendo 64 and Saturn Games
Release Date: 09/17/23 Runtime: 27:11
Games Shown:

Nintendo 64 - Dark Rift, F-Zero X, Killer Instinct Gold, Mortal Kombat 4, Super Smash Bros.
Saturn - All Japan Pro Wrestling featuring Virtua, Bases Loaded '96 Double Header, Clockwork Knight, Clockwork Knight 2, Contra Legacy of War, Dead or Alive, Decathlete, Digital Dance Mix, Fighting Vipers, Fighters Megamix, Final Fight Revenge, Goiken Muyou Anarchy in the Nippon, Guardian Heroes, Go Go Goal!, Jonah Lomu Rugby, Last Bronx, Mass Destruction, Radiant Silvergun, Savaki, Shinrei Jusatsushi Taromaru, Skeleton Warriors, Street Racer, Striker 96, Tempest 2000, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter Kids, Worldwide Soccer, Zero Divide

*I originally started this episode as entirely PlayStation-focused, but switched to Saturn when it became too overwhemling. I decided to throw Nintendo 64 in there because why not... it has to go somewhere.

Ep. 384 - The RetroTINK 4K Video Scaler
Release Date: 09/10/23 Runtime: 27:11
Games Shown:

Lots of random games shown for illustrative purposes.

*This is a bonus episode released on an off-week.

Ep. 383 - Piss Poor Ports 4
Release Date: 09/03/23 Runtime: 27:28
Games Shown:

Master System - Street Fighter II, Alien Syndrome, Mercs
Game Boy - Street Fighter II
Amiga - Street Fighter II
PC - Street Fighter II
SNES - Thunder Spirits, John Madden Football

*Also includes footage from the original versions of all these games for comparison's sake.

Ep. 382 - All SEGA Model 1 and Model 2 Arcade Games
Release Date: 08/20/23 Runtime: 32:36
Games Shown:

Arcade - Star Wars Arcade, Wing War, Virtua Racing, Virtua Racing, Virtua Formula, Behind Enemy Lines, Daytona USA, Dead or Alive, Desert Tank, Dynamite Baseball '97, Dynamite Cop, Fighting Vipers, Gunblade NY, The House of the Dead, Indy 500, Last Bronx, Manx TT Superbike, Motor Raid, OverRev, Pilot Kids, Rail Chase 2, Sega Rally Championship, Sega Ski Super G, Sega Touring Car Championship, Sega Water Ski, Sky Target, Sonic The Fighters, Super GT 24, Top Skater Sega Skateboarding, Virtua Cop, Virtua Cop 2, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Striker, Virtual On, Waverunner, Zero Gunner

*Pat Kilbane helped out behind the scenes focusing and running the camera for the end sketch. He was in town as we were working on another non-videogame related project.

Ep. 381 - Franchises That Got a Second Chance
Release Date: 08/06/23 Runtime: 36:41
Franchises Shown:

Mega Man (mainline)
Blaster Master
Sega Rally
Samurai Shodown

*The end skit here was originally on episode 376, but moved to this episode before that one was released. Exciting!

Ep. 380 - Room and Collection Tour 2023
Release Date: 07/30/23 Runtime: 21:19
Games Shown:

No gameplay... just a bunch of games, game boxes, shelves, and the such.

*The second bonus episode in a single month! This is the first time there have been 4 new episodes in a single month in a very long while. There were 5 potential Sundays in this July.

*First episode to feature the new Panasonic GH6 camera. It was only used for a few shots in the tour, all of the talking head shots, and the end skit. The rest was done with the Panasonic GH5S as usual.

Ep. 379 - Left in the Arcade 9
Release Date: 07/23/23 Runtime: 29:17
Games Shown:

Arcade - Wing War, Hachoo!, Toy Fighter, Dancing Eyes, WaveRunner, WaveRunner GP, Extermination, Aqua Jack, Solar Assault, Hippodrome, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Daytona USA 2

*I was really able to step up my emulation game thanks to a new Windows PC dedicated to doing nonsense like that, which allows me to show more complex games. Don't get me wrong, I don't use it for day to day stuff. Blech!

Ep. 378 - Fan Translations 3
Release Date: 07/09/23 Runtime: 32:50
Games Shown:

SNES - Live-A-Live
Saturn - Grandia, Stellar Assault SS, Valhollian, Tokyo Highway Battle '97
PlayStation - Aconcagua, Planet Laika, Dr Slump
Dreamcast - Rent-A-Hero No 1

*Usually when I do these types of end skits where it's amateur-ish like this one, it's because I couldn't think of anything else. They usually come out pretty good though I think.

Ep. 377 - The MODE Button
Release Date: 07/02/23 Runtime: 15:54
Games Shown:

Genesis, Sega CD, and 32X - Various games for demonstrative purposes.

*This episode was suggested by a fan and I felt it was a good idea for a short bonus episode, so, here we are!

*Shot and edited simultaneously with episode 381.

Ep. 376 - Every Arcade Card Game for the PC Engine CD
Release Date: 06/11/23 Runtime: 48:47
Games Shown:

PC Engine Arcade Card CD - 3x3 Eyes, Asuka Burning Fest 120% Maxima, The Atlas, Brandish, Eikan Wa Kimini, Emerald Dragon, Flash Hiders, Formation Soccer 95, Garou Densetsu 2, Fatal Fury 2, Garou Densetsu Special, Fatal Fury Special, Gina Fukei Densetsu Sapphire, Gulliver Boy, J. League Tremendous Soccer 94, Kabuki Itoryodan, Linda3, Mad Stalker, Madou Monogatari I, Mahjong Sword, Popful Mail, Princess Maker 2, Private Eye Dol, Quest of Jongmaster, Ryuko no Ken, Art of Fighting, Sexy Idol Mahjong Monogatari, Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling '94 Battlefield in Tokyo Dome, Sotsugyo, Space Ava 201, Strider Hiryu, Super Real, Mahjong PII & PIII Custom, Super Real Mahjong PV Custom, Tajou Debut, Vasteel 2, World Heroes 2, Wrestle Angels Double Impact, Wrestling Universe Fire Pro Women

*Another super long episode.

*The end skit is a parody of the Youtube channel called Console Wars. It was actually shot for episode 380 but moved here as it was more appropriate for this episode since it deals with the Arcade Card version of Art of Fighting. The end skit that was originally attached to this episode was moved and will appear on episode 380.

Ep. 375 - Spiritual Followups 2
Release Date: 06/11/23 Runtime: 45:52
Games Shown:

Arcade - Strider, Osman
TurboGrafx-16 - Devil's Crush
Genesis - Road Rash, Dragon's Fury, Dragon's Revenge
Super Nintendo - Jaki Crush, F-Zero
3DO - Road Rash
Saturn - Virtua Cop, Virtua Cop 2, Panzer Dragoon
PlayStation Wipeout, Wipeout 3
Dreamcast- Confidential Mission, Guilty Gear X
Xbox - Panzer Dragoon Orta
Xbox 360 - Moon Diver
PlayStation 3 - BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
PSVR - Rez
Xbox One - Crimson Dragon, Redout
Switch - Road Redemption, Demon's Tilt
PlayStation 5 - Redout 2

*This episode is probably a bit too long for what it is. Should've saved some for another time. Oh well.

*The end skit was inspired by episode 5, Naxat Video Pinball Games.

Ep. 374 - Arcade vs Console 4
Release Date: 05/28/23 Runtime: 39:54
Games Shown:

Arcade - Air Buster, Undercover Cops, Air Rescue, Forgotten Worlds, 2020 Super Baseball, G-Loc Air Battle
Master System - Air Rescue, G-LOC Air Battle
Genesis - Air Buster, Forgotten Worlds, 2020 Super Baseball, G-LOC Air Battle
Game Gear - G-LOC Air Battle
TurboGrafx-16 - Aero Blasters, Forgotten Worlds
Super Famicom - Undercover Cops

*The end skit was originally on episode 370, as was me pointing out the Monkey Ball shirt. Those were changed to Polygon Joe after the episode was shot so that stuff was moved here.

Ep. 373 - Left in Japan 16
Release Date: 05/14/23 Runtime: 27:27
Games Shown:

PC Engine Duo - Renny Blaster
Super Famicom - Gunman's Proof, Pretty Fighter, Fist
Saturn - Pretty Fighter X, Fist, Ninpen Manmaru
PlayStation - GeGeGe no Kitarou
PlayStation 2 - Initial D Special Stage
Dreamcast - Frame Gride

*I enjoyed doing the skeleton skit in this one. It's so incredibly dumb.

Ep. 372 - The Sega Channel
Release Date: 04/23/23 Runtime: 29:50
Games Shown:

Genesis - Alien Soldier, Battle Frenzy, Body Count, Dyna Brothers 2, Golden Axe 3, Klondike Solitaire, Mega Man The Wiley Wars, Mr. Nutz, Nightmare Circus, Power Drive, Pulseman

*Craig Stadler?

Ep. 371 - Turbo EverDrive Pro Review
Release Date: 04/23/23 Runtime: 14:17
Games Shown:

TurboGrafx-16 - Various games on card and CD to illustrate the Turbo EverDrive Pro in action.

*The end skit is more "edutainment" than anything. I really hope it helps people learn how to spell TurboGrafx properly... because they rarely do.

*Bonus episode.

Ep. 370 - Games that Push Hardware Limits 10
Release Date: 04/02/23 Runtime: 31:58
Games Shown:

Genesis - Star Cruiser, Hard Drivin', Race Drivin', Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing, Mig-29 Fighter Pilot, ResQ, Virtua Racing, Out of this World, Flashback, F-15 Strike Eagle II, F-22 Interceptor, F-117 Night Storm, Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker, Steel Talons, LHX Attack Chopper
TurboGrafx-16 - Falcon, Gunboat
SNES - Race Drivin', StarFox, StarFox 2, Stunt Race FX, Dirt Trax FX, Vortex, Dirt Racer, Doom, Out of this World, Flashback, Steel Talons, Drakken, Dragon View

*This episode focuses on 3D polygons on consoles in the 16-bit era.

*No humans appear on camera in this episode. Well except for the couple in the end sketch and my hands when showing the SuperFX and SVP chips.

*I originally had a normal intro, appeared on camera between segments and had a completely different end sketch. Yoshi Vu asked if he could help. I gave him some ideas for an end sketch. He sent me some low-poly renders so I replaced the talking head segments with those. Then for no reason he sent a dancing low poly Joe over. So I picked some good dance moves and created the first part of the end sketch, though Yoshi rendered them. Yoshi created the second part of the end sketch based on a music video he likes. Then we kept talking and replaced the intro.

Ep. 369 - Every Game for the SNES Superscope and SEGA Menacer
Release Date: 04/02/23 Runtime: 38:20
Games Shown:

Genesis - Menacer 6-in-1, T2: The Arcade Game, Body Count
SNES - SuperScope 6, Battleclash, Metal Combat, The Hunt for Red October, Lamborghini American Challenge, Lemmings 2 The Tribes, Sugoroku Ginga Senki, Bazooka Blitzkrieg, Operation Thunderbolt, Xzone, T2 The Arcade Game, Yoshi's Safari, Tinstar
Sega CD - Corpse Killer, Crime Patrol, Mad Dog McCree, Mad Dog 2, Who Shot Johnny Rock?
32X CD - Corpse Killer

*12th Anniversary episode! The first episode of Game Sack was released 2 days shy of 12 years ago to this one.

*The end skit was thought up on the spot. The only thing we knew going into it is that it would be an "Impress Your Friends" entry.

*Getting the Menacer to work was a huge pain. Sometimes it would work, sometimes it wouldn't. Had to buy another Menacer from eBay. Getting the SuperScope to work was also a chore as it had to be captured with RGB, but Dave doesn't have an RGB-capable CRT monitor. SuperScope games must be played on a CRT for them to work, obviously. So we just used the luma cable connected to the composite input of his TV, split that and then that went into a RetroTink 5x. That's right, Dave had to play these games in black and white while capturing.

Ep. 368 - The Nintendo 64DD
Release Date: 03/19/23 Runtime: 32:29
Games Shown:

Nintendo 64DD - Randnet Disk, Sim City 64, Doshin the Giant 1, Doshin the Giant Tinkling Toddler Liberation Front! Assemble!, Mario Artist - Paint Studio, Mario Artist - Talent Studio, Mario Artist - Polygon Studio, Mario Artist - Commnications Kit, Japan Pro Tour Golf 64, F-Zero X Expansion Kit
Gamecube - Doshin the Giant

*This was a fun episode to do, much more so than I thought it would be. I had to replace a ribbon cable on the 64DD after disassembling it for the stop motion animation. Now I have 6 spare ribbon cables.

Ep. 367 - Games that Make the Console Look Weak 4
Release Date: 03/5/23 Runtime: 28:47
Games Shown:

PC Engine - Batman
Genesis - Curse, Super Thunder Blade, Battlemaster, Chase HQ 2, Turbo Out Run
SNES - Rapjam Volume 1, Bronkie the Brontosaurus
Game Boy Color - Test Drive Off-Road 3
PlayStation 2 - London Cab Challenge

*After I had edited the Bronkie the Brontosaurus segment, I redid it with the Monster Truck yelling voice (whatever you wanna call it) in a similar fashion to how I did F-16 Fighting Falcon in a previous episode about weak games. But it ended up not being that funny, so I left the segment as it currently is.

Ep. 366 - Same Name, Different Game 3
Release Date: 02/19/23 Runtime: 43:51
Games Shown:

Arcade - Jurassic Park, Ninja Gaiden
NES - Jurassic Park, RoboCop vs The Terminator, Ninja Gaiden
Master System - Jurassic Park, Ninja Gaiden, Taz-Mania, Castle of Illusion
Genesis - Jurassic Park, RoboCop vs The Terminator, Ninja Gaiden, Taz-Mania, Sparkster, Castle of Illusion
Game Boy - RoboCop vs The Terminator, Taz-Mania (Sunsoft), Taz-Mania (THQ)
Game Gear - Ninja Gaiden, Taz-Mania
SNES - Jurassic Park, RoboCop vs The Terminator, Taz-Mania, Sparkster
Sega CD - Jurassic Park
Xbox - Ninja Gaiden
PlayStation 3 - Castle of Illusion

*I had lots of fun doing the skeleton end skit, mainly because it's so absurd.

*There is an editing error around 5 minutes and 20 seconds in, during the Jurassic Park arcade part. The sound repeats/plays lower and there is a black screen. I remember going back a few weeks after I had completed the epsiode to update the Jurassic Park arcade section. I don't recall the information that I was changing/updating, but apparently in the process a few things got shifted and the minor glitch now exists on Youtube forever!

Ep. 365 - Criminally Overlooked Games 5
Release Date: 02/05/23 Runtime: 26:41
Games Shown:

Master System - Cyborg Hunter
Genesis - Beyond Oasis
SNES - Skyblazer, Final Fight 3
Saturn - Legend of Oasis
PlayStation - Dragon Valor

*I had to play through Cyborg Hunter twice because of the bug mentioned in the episode, but that gave me a good opportunity to capture it being played in both PSG and FM sound. No regrets!

Ep. 364 - Series That Made a Great Transition to 3D
Release Date: 01/22/23 Runtime: 27:03
Games Shown:

PlayStation - Metal Gear Solid
Nintendo 64 - Wave Race 64
PlayStation 2 - Grand Theft Auto 3
Xbox - Ninja Gaiden, Out Run 2, Out Run 2006: Coast 2 Coast, Grand Theft Auto 3
Gamecube - Metroid Prime

*Several games from each series listed above are also shown briefly.

*Out Run 2's gameplay footage was upscaled to 4K with Topaz Video AI as an experiment. The Xbox Ninja Gaiden footage was scaled the same way but to 1080p.

Ep. 363 - Every Cartridge-Enhanced Saturn Game
Release Date: 01/8/23 Runtime: 40:53
Games Shown:

Saturn - Astra Superstars, Cotton 2, Cyberbots, Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara, Fighter's History Dynamite, Final Fight Revenge, Friends: Seishun no Kagayaki, Groove On Fight, King of Fighters '95, King of Fighters '96, King of Fighters '97, Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, Metal Slug, Noel 3, Pia Carrot 2, Pocket Fighter, Real Bout Garou Densetsu, Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special, Samurai Shodown III, Samurai Shodown IV, Street Fighter Zero 3, Super Real Mahjong P7, Ultraman, Vampire Savior, Waku Waku 7, X-Men vs Street Fighter, Falcom Classics, Gungriffon, Lunar Silver Star Story Complete, Moon Cradle, Sentimental Graffiti, Vatlva, Wangan Dead Heat + Real Arrange

*I've been wanting to do this since I did the Nintendo 64 Expansion Pak episode. I originally intended to wait a bit longer, but I couldn't wait and just went ahead and made the episode.

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