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The SNES Podcast

Welcome to The SNES Podcast, brought to you bi-weekly by your hosts Greg (AKA SoulBlazer) and Joe. This is a podcast dedicated to talking about the games of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Any feedback, comments, suggestions, etc. please post on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thesnespodcast or e-mail us at thesnespodcast@yahoo.com
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Jan 15, 2021

In this episode Joe brings another Japan only SNES game to the table for us to look at -- DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's Quest!  A sequel to the NES game Milon's Quest, this game is focused on just platforming as you travel along with Milon through various worlds to save his friend and defeat the bad guy.  We discuss how the game plays, the look and sounds, and how it holds up.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Dec 31, 2020

In this last episode of 2020, Greg and Joe take a look at a European only SNES game -- Waterworld!  Many games were planned off this 1995 movie but due to the movie tanking, many versions either were canceled or had limited releases.  The SNES version of Waterworld was planned for a world wide release but only came out in Europe.  We look at this platformer and how it plays and how it holds up today.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Dec 18, 2020

In this episode Greg and Joe are joined by George as we discuss the arcade port of one of Midway's best arcade games -- WWF Wrestlemania!  A mix of Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam in how it plays, we discuss the game itself, how the SNES version of it does, and how it holds up today.   Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Dec 13, 2020

Welcome to the 150th episode of the SNES Podcast!  Combining the history of doing specials every 50 episodes and also for doing one at the end of a year, in this episode Greg asked Joe to pick six games that had been covered in the past and share this thoughts about them.  We discuss the games he picks and why he included them.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Nov 19, 2020

In this episode Greg and Joe look at the one of the rarest and most expensive games on the SNES -- Higane!  An action/platformer game with a weird mix of Cyberpunk and Japanese Ninja/Samurai elements, this hard unique game seems to have been a Blockbuster only release, making the game very hard to find today.  We discuss the game, how it plays, and if it fits the old saying of 'rare games are not good' in our final thoughts.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Nov 5, 2020

In this episode of the SNES Podcast Greg and Joe discuss the SNES version of the video game Jurassic Park!  One of several games made in the early 90's based off the popular movie, the developers really tried some interesting ideas and approaches in this action-adventure game, some more successful then others.  We talk about the game's history and development, how the game plays, and what works and does not.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Oct 22, 2020

In this episode Greg and Joe return to the rich and interesting catalog of Koei games when we cover one of the only games based on the American Revolution -- Liberty or Death!  Covering the whole war from either the American or British side, this combo strategy and tactics game is quite deep and one of Koei's more complex SNES offerings.  We talk about the game and how it plays and how it holds up today.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Oct 9, 2020

In this episode Greg and Joe look at one of the last SNES released games -- Kirby's Super Star!  A collection of mini games featuring everyone's favorite mutant blob, the game was in development for three years and used a Super FX Chip to enhance the graphics.  We talk about how the game and how it plays, how it holds up today, and how each game works.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Sep 25, 2020

Hello everyone!  In this special episode, Greg and Joe are joined by former podcast co-host George as he brings a game to the table for us to hash out -- Metal Max Returns!  A SNES upgrade of the original Famicom game Metal Max, this was the first game of a currently long running franchise that has mostly stayed in Japan minus a couple games.  An open world role playing game with tanks as the main combat item, you try to make a living as a hunter in a post-disaster world run by a mad supercomputer.  We discuss the game and the history of the franchise, the upgrades it got on the SNES, how the game plays and how it holds up today.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Sep 11, 2020

In this episode Greg and Joe look at a platformer based off one of the most famous movie franchises of all time -- Back to the Future!  This Japanese only game has you going through three time periods on a hoverboard as you attempt to defeat your rival.  The game has a few unique quirks and we look at those and talk about the game in depth as well as explore other games in the franchise a little bit.  Any questions, comments, etc can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Aug 28, 2020

Welcome to the SNES Podcast!  In this episode Greg and Joe look at one of the most infamous 'finished but not released' games, Starfox 2!  The follow up to the very popular and groundbreaking Starfox, this game was planned for a 1996 release but never came out back then due to the upcoming N64.  It finally got a release on the SNES Mini and the Switch.  We talk about history of the game, how the game plays, and how it holds up today.  Any questions, comments, etc. can be left on our FB page or directed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Aug 14, 2020

Welcome to the SNES Podcast!  In this episode Greg and Joe take a look at the 'inspired by' sequel to the classic arcade game Chase HQ!  Called Super Chase HQ in the west, this driving game follows the same formula as the original, where you have to chase down and defeat a bad guy in his car in yours before time runs out.  We discuss the graphics of this first person racing game, the gameplay, how close it is to the arcade game and how it holds up today.  Any questions, comments, etc. can be left on our FB page or directed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and as always thanks for your support!

Jul 31, 2020

Welcome back to the SNES Podcast!  In this episode Greg introduces his new co-host Joe and we cover a listener request -- the SNES version of Dragon's Lair!  One of the most famous arcade games of all time, the game was undergoing a re-discovery in the mid 90's and the decision was made to make a platformer of the game.  We talk about how the game turned on, the history of the franchise, and what's good and bad about the game.  If you have any questions, comments, etc. please leave feedback on our FB group or e-mail me at thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and thanks for the support!

May 8, 2020

Hello everyone!  This is the second part of the recent interview I did with famed game developer and producer Dan Kitchen, who was very generous with his time in talking about his career.  This part of the interview focuses on his SNES days and what's he done since then, and the work he is doing to finish one of his unfinished Atari 2600 Activision games, Gold Rush!  Many thanks to him again for the time.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

May 1, 2020

Hello everybody!  Welcome to a special episode of the SNES Podcast where I am most pleased and honored to have had the chance to interview one of the great game programmers of our time, Dan Kitchen!  Dan has a extensive history of working in the game industry going back over 40 years, and is one of the few 'golden age' people still active in the industry today.  In this part of the interview most of the talk is on pre-SNES stuff such as his work with Activision and why he programmed some 2600 games in the late 80's.  Part two will be out next week!  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Mar 13, 2020

In this episode George returns to the podcast to talk about with Gren an obscure Japanese only RPG -- Dark Half!  Published by Enix, this late SNES game with isometric graphics has split action between two main characters, one good and one evil, and brings a lot of new elements to the table.  We discuss how well all this works, how the game plays, and how it holds up today.

Also, the podcast will be taking a break for a while due to real life issues. Special episodes may come out, but the plan is for the podcast to return on a regular basis in early May.  As always thanks for your support!

Feb 28, 2020

In this episode Greg is joined by special guest host Randy as the two discuss one of Randy's childhood games -- the Adventures of Dr. Franken!  The middle game of a three game franchise, this weird and obscure platfromer has you play the part of Frankenstien's Monster as he goes around the world to reassemble his girlfriend.  We discuss the game and it's history and how it holds up today.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Feb 7, 2020

In this episode Greg and George are joined by guest host Ray as we talk about one of Ray's favorite SNES games -- Killer Instinct!  Designed to try to stand out from the 'popular' fighting games of the MK and SF series, we discuss the unique things this game does, the history of the series, and how it holds up today.  This is also George's last regular co-host episode as real life is getting very busy for him, but he will he back for guest spots now and then.  Thank you again for your years of work George!  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Jan 24, 2020

In this episode Greg and George look at an early SNES release game -- Lagoon!  An action RPG game like Zelda and the early Y's games, this pretty unknown title from Kemco-Sieka (producers of Shadowgate) is typical of the genre in a lot  of ways.  We discuss the game and how it plays, and how it holds up today.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Jan 10, 2020

In this episode Greg and George look at a game better known on the NES then the SNES -- Wario's Woods!  The last game that had a licence for the NES, the SNES version is very similar to it's 8 bit brother and just as interesting to play.  A unique puzzle game with a twist and featuring classic Nintendo characters such as Wario and Birdo, we look at the history of the game, how it plays, and how it holds up today.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Dec 29, 2019

Happy Holidays everyone!  In this special episode to end the year 2019 Greg and George discuss five games that George wanted to talk about that were covered on the podcast in previous years before George became a co-host.  Both good and bad games are talked about here.  We thank you for the support this year and please stay tuned in 2020 as we have more guest hosts and specials lined up already!  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Dec 14, 2019

In this episode George and Greg discuss the one SNES FF game that didn't come out in the west -- Final Fantasy V!  Known most for it's deep and rich gameplay due to the job system, the game would not get a release in the west until it's Playstation collection, and has been released a few more times since then.  We discuss the good and bad points of the game, why the SNES version never came out in the west, and how it holds up today.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Nov 15, 2019

In this episode Greg and George look at the two pool (aka billards) games that came out for the SNES -- Championship Pool and Side Pocket!  Although these games have a lot in common with the presentation of the pool table, great jazz music soundtracks, and one and two player game modes, there is also a lot unique in each one.  We discuss the games and what is different about each one of them and compare and contrast them.  The next episode of the podcast will be released on Dec 13th!  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Nov 1, 2019

In this episode Greg and George look at one of the early games in the Fire Emblem franchise!  The third game in the series was released in Japan as Fire Emblem - Monshou no Nazo, and it's divided into two books -- book one is mostly a remake of the original Fire Emblem game and book two is a direct sequel.  None of the Fire Emblem games were released in the west until the GBA, but this game was translated years ago.  We discuss this game and the history of the franchise, how it plays compared to other Fire Emblem games, and if it's worth playing today.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

Oct 18, 2019

In this episode Greg and George look at a 'off road' racing game, Super Off Road!  The SNES port of the arcade game Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road (Ivan's name was not included in this version due to licencing issues), it's a game where you or you and another human race versus computer controlled trucks around a course to be the first to finish.  Featuring power ups, aggressive AI, and numerous courses, the game was a success in the arcades and spawned three sequels.  We look at how game looks and plays, how it fares as a arcade port, and if it's fun to play today.   If you have any questions or comments please leave them on our FB page or send an e-mail to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com and please check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/snespodcast and as always thanks for your support!

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