It may have been a little while but we're finally back with the newest edition of the podcast!!

Welcome back! On this newest edition, the 240p Club Podcast tackles swatting on the first part of our latest podcast, covers a wide variety of controllers released for the various systems of yesteryear, and finishes off with a roundup of retro-gaming related releases for the next gen systems. And remember N64 affectionados, direct all N64 controller love to Metallic Joe and his hatred for that system's first-party controller.

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Japanese game designer SNK, the company will explore their back catalogue by releasing a mini version of their seminal 1990 arcade cabinet loaded with Neo Geo software. The system is indeed mini (registering a 3.5 inch display) and will have an HDMI port to play these games on a modern TV as well as external controller ports (no word if these are USB based or otherwise).

No release date has been announced but this looks to be a wonderful thing for those of us that missed the first go of the Neo Geo (mainly due to the $650 price tag in 1992 and $200 games). No word of a retail price yet but it's safe to say the system's going to be significantly cheaper than the original full-sized model.

-Metallic Joe-

iam8bit, the company that brought to us the special edition of Street Fighter 2 for it's 25th anniversary, is at it again. For Mega Man's 30th Anniversary (apparently being celebrated all year by Capcom), the companies are teaming up to release $100 collector reproductions of the classic Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X.  Both carts will work with the original NES and SNES hardware respectively and will feature 1000 limited edition blue "glow-in-the-dark" carts chosen at random.

Also included is an "expanded instruction booklet" and a few other "surprises" packed in. If you're a serious collector and have the cash to lay down for an awesome collectors item, these may be worth purchasing.

Keep in mind both will also be available to play on the next gen systems when Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 (available now) and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 (July 24th) get released.

-Metallic Joe-

Happy May the Fourth!

In celebration, the 240p Club will all be playing the SNES games that make up this fine trilogy! Join us this month for an epic playthrough.

-Metallic Joe-

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 has a release date finally! July 24th, 2018 the collections will be launched for all systems for $20 each, $40 for a physical 2-disc copy (the Nintendo Switch version comes with a cart and a code for a free download of part 2).

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 will feature Mega Man X and X2 (originally released for SNES), X3 (Playstation version) and X4 (released for the original Playstation and Sega Saturn). Legacy Collection 2 will feature X5, X6 (both for Playstation and Saturn) X7 and X8 (Playstation 2 original release).

 In related news, the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 will see a Nintendo Switch release May 22nd (physical release comes with a download code for the second part). This features the original Mega Man 1-10 games split between 2 collections.

-Metallic Joe-

A few months after Todd Rogers was stripped of his records on Atari's Dragster, another record holder has been stripped of his title.

Twin Galaxies has stripped Billy Mitchell's high score of 1,062,800 on Donkey Kong set between 2005 and 2007 and banned him from future attempts due to achieving his score allegedly on MAME (an arcade emulator for the PC/Mac). Also stricken was a Donkey Kong Jr. score of 1,270,900.

To add some more controversy to this story, Mitchell supposedly achieved these scores at an arcade on Florida. However, the only referee in attendance was none other then Todd Rogers.

Kids, if you're attempting a world record, make sure you have a buddy with a camera recording said scores. And don't attempt these at home (unless you indeed have one of these arcade machines at home).

-Metallic Joe-

Some of the last titles anyone would expect to get a reissue have, indeed, gotten a reissue. Kemco classic point and click titles The Uninvited, Shadowgate, and Deja Vu are all making their way to PS4 and Xbox One on Halloween in one collection.

Shadowgate is a castle-invading adventure infamous for it's torches, and trying to figure out how to get through the blasted door in the first scene of the game. The Uninvited is a present-day search for your older sister through a haunted mansion. Deja Vu is a detective story set in 1940s Chicago. All three were considered scary in the 1980s when they were released but may seem a bit dated these days, especially if you're not familiar with the point and click genre. However, don't let that stop you from digging into these classic titles from yesteryear like an old horror film and enjoy your Halloween.

-Metallic Joe-

The next in a series of reissues, the classic Mega Man X series is getting a release for all the current systems July 24th. If you can't wait until then, fear not! Pre-orders are now available for all systems. While this wasn't the first reissue of these classic titles (Mega Man X Collection for the PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox in 2005), chances are you may not have one of those older systems to play said collection (or the originals).

Twitch playthroughs of said titles will be coming shortly.

-Metallic Joe-

If you're near the Philadelphia area in the US, a brand new exhibit debuted at the end of March called Game Masters at the Franklin Institute. The interactive Game Masters exhibit showcases arcade and console games from yesteryear and is fully interactive.

According to the press release:

Game Masters, a landmark exhibition celebrating five decades of the world’s most ingenious video game designers, and featuring a remarkable 100+ playable games debuts Saturday, March 31 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The 14,000 square-foot exhibition explores the evolution of gaming from arcade classics such as Space Invaders and Pac-Man, to iconic console-based games featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and Rock Band, through to today's indie hits like Real Racing 2, Fruit Ninja, and Angry Birds.
The Franklin Institute’s highly-anticipated spring/summer exhibition will be housed in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center, and feature an additional 1200 square feet of interactive programming space within the exhibit developed by The Franklin Institute to explore topics such as coding, robotics and technology, gamification and learning, and problem-solving.

Due to licensing, Nintendo products will not be featured during the exhibit. However, Sega is in full force and many of their games have made their way to the display!

To get tickets to the museum exhibit, head to The Official Franklin Institute Page or stop by in person at 271 N. 21st Street Philadelphia, PA 19103. Parking is limited, so do as us Philadelphians do and take a train or bus down to enjoy the sights!

-Metallic Joe-

Metallic Joe, Nikki, and Ray are back for Podcast Episode 31! Today we discuss portable technology and how it's taken over our lives and caused people to lose focus on even things right in front of them. We're also covering the Game Masters exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. We look back to 2016 and remastering our first podcast for YouTube (as well as recording Podcast 6), say "Happy 25th" to the original Breath of Fire game for SNES, and end up on Nikki's adventures in the Fire Emblem series. Just remember, don't play Game Boy and drive at the same time!

As usual, available on iTunes! Please rate us if you like what we're doing.

Happy 25th Birthday to Capcom RPG classic Breath of Fire! Released in the US by Squaresoft in 1993 for the SNES, the game lives on as an all-time classic.

-Nikki Tuonela-

Get ready, Nintendo pugilists! Ancient Nintendo arcade game Punch Out!! is making it's way to the Switch as a download-only title. The arcade port should be available as you're reading this, so pick up your Switch and play today, Mac!

-Metallic Joe-

A Podcast a day in April will be uploaded to our YouTube channel, including one that's already available as of today! Podcast 1 was of course our first one and the only one to this day to have 2 entirely separate takes recorded for it. The YouTube remaster is an EXCLUSIVE! The original is still up and available, but if you go to our Youtube channel you'll see the remastered version that I edited from an entirely different take (plus edited out the fluff and the Oregon Trail playthrough, which would have been much better on our Twitch page). It was definitely a blast down memory lane editing that and I gain more perspective when bands remaster their older albums.

Enjoy it!

-Metallic Joe-

Starting on April 1, we’ll gradually be uploading all of our past podcasts to YouTube, one for every day of April around 12pm Eastern. Not to mention, all future podcasts will henceforth become available on our YouTube channel at the same time they go live on here and iTunes. So if you’re not following our channel yet, this is definitely a good time to do so!

Click Here for our YouTube Page!

-Lord Kuddy-

"I don't wanna grow up... I'm a Toys "R" Us kid..."

If you've grown up in the era of NES or SNES, there's a good chance you've heard that famous jingle on television sometime, or even hummed it somewhere. Toys "R" Us was an important part of our childhoods and it's announced closure this year brought back a flood of memories for anyone that's been inside it's colorful doors or ever picked up one of those paper slips in front of the video games and brought it up to the counter to exchange it for your purchased game.

The chain was founded in 1948 by Charles P. Lazarus and evolved in the late 50s into Toys "R" Us. It was headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. Lazarus passed away at age 94 on March 22, 2018, and the company he founded is expected to go with him in June 2018 after liquidation.

Times Square Ferris Wheel (taken by me in 2003)

There are a number of reported reasons the chain is going under. A shift in shopping to online retailers, expensive products, a shift over to a lot of digital content, bad money management, bad restructuring deal... there's a lot of blame going around. Kids these days are content ordering their favorite games online and waiting as long as the download finishes to play them as opposed to going to a brick and mortar store and picking out a physical copy. Kids these days are content ordering their favorite toys off Amazon or other retailers, or there's a Wal-Mart or Target in shorter distance. We've even heard the ridiculous statement on social media that "Millennials aren't having as many kids" as a reason for why the chain is going under.

Fact of the matter is it's going under. Whatever the reason, we're left with the memories of what was once the go-to for any toy or video game. Kids in the 80s dreamed of a shopping spree there. Kids in the 90s eagerly awaited the toy catalogue in November to browse what they wanted for the Holidays.

I don't wanna grow up!
Toys "R" Us is synonymous with my video gaming experience. There was one close by, and equal distance away a Kiddie City chain (smaller version of a Toys "R" Us). Both had the same layout for video games. But Toys "R" Us had something special. It's colorful columns in the 1980s made it feel like a kid was walking into a magical world. You walked in, past a clearance section, into the store proper. For a kid obsessed with Nintendo in the 80s, the video game section seemed to glow like Willy Wonka's magical front gates into the Chocolate Factory. There were no games on display, just covers, and a pouch underneath with tickets. You brought one of those tickets to the front counter, paid for the game, and exchanged it in a glass encased booth near the exit for your purchased title. Same thing for video game systems.

As a kid my family used to purchase a small pool every year for the backyard (city living meant a 1 1/2 foot pool was sufficient to get cool in the summer time). Friends from school would come over, we'd play in the pool for a few hours, then plop in front of our NES and play video games for hours. Snacks were provided, games were played, it was a more innocent time. Rainy days were spent with action figures, cartoons, and of course, head first into Ninja Gaiden, or Double Dragon, or even Mega Man 2. After school allowed a brief period of snacks, playing a game, and watching a cartoon or 2 before tackling homework. And of course that feeling during the holidays of tearing open those Toys "R" Us purchased goodies and spending the day enjoying the holiday haul before and after dinner.
I got me a Game Boy from Toys R Us! (1990 Metallic Joe)

Toys "R" Us was a huge part of my childhood. Even if you sub out the chain with Kay Bee, Caldor or even one of the early Target stores, chances are you may have had a similar experience growing up. Watching the liquidation is like a part of my childhood being gone for good, even if the store has long been remodeled and changed, and of course not even closely resembling the 80s incarnation.

Almost every person involved in the Retro Gaming scene will more then likely say they're into it because it brings them back to their childhoods. People much younger into the same scene may say it's to bring them to an era before they were born that's been described by a lot of bloggers as magical. It can be argued as well that a lot of the older generation would claim their childhoods were in fact the best era and the following generations just don't know how to have fun properly. Regardless of what era you claim as your own, chances are Toys "R" Us was a huge part of it, and that's the real, actual tragedy of this corporate entity's downfall.

-Metallic Joe-

Are YOU a bad enough dude (or chick) to purchase this title? One of the all time classic arcade beat-em-ups is making it's way to the Nintendo Switch this week. The arcade version of Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja (and not the weaker NES Bad Dudes port) is making it's way to the Nintendo e-Shop on March 21st.

Developed by Flying Tiger Entertainment, Inc. the arcade port was originally developed by Data East for the arcades in 1988. No information has been released yet on extra features, if any.

-Metallic Joe-

Sonic Mania players shot the trusty blue hedgehog straight up the charts last summer with what was critically hailed as one of the best Sonic titles in years. Designed by longtime fans of the series, it was a huge hit. Now this summer, Sega is doing more with their iconic mascot.

Sonic Mania Plus was announced for a Summer 2018 release and will feature a few new features to the game, including Encore Mode (which will change a few levels and add some special challenges) two new characters (Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo, which appeared in the Japan-only arcade title SegaSonic the Hedgehog first appearing in 1993) and most importantly feature a physical release (supposedly including a reversible cover that allows the game to look like a Genesis title) that comes with an art book.

Those that purchased the digital version of Sonic Mania will be able to purchase this upgrade, though no price has been discussed yet. The physical release is said to retail for $29.99. Look for Sonic Mania Plus in the warm summer months to come! Game will be available for Steam, Xbox, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

-Metallic Joe-

Continuing on with his celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Final Fantasy for the Famicom, Metallic Joe picks up the controller again and takes on the Lich (The Earth Fiend) and Kary, the Fiend of Fire in combat. Check it out below:

-Metallic Joe-

#Mar10 Day is finished and was a rousing success! After a few marathon playthroughs, we have all the fun for you to relive right here:

First is Ray's tackling of lost title Hotel Mario:

Second, Nikki takes on the unusual second chapter of Mario's journey with Super Mario bros. 2 (the SNES All-Stars Version).

Finally Metallic Joe takes on a challenge of all 96 levels, fighting fatigue and sleepiness to conquer every level and exit in one sitting.

March 10th is abbreviated Mar 10, or Mar10 (Mario!). Nintendo (and countless other gamers) are observing Mario Day by doing what we do best... playing Mario Games!!

On the agenda today is 3 streams from all 3 of our Podcasters!

Ray starts things off with lost chapter Hotel Mario!

Nikki then takes over for the oddball in the series Super Mario Bros. 2 (or Super Mario USA). The reworked Doki Doki Panic title was nethertheless a classic chapter in the Mario series!

And Metallic Joe is diving right into all 96 levels of Super Mario World (in one sitting). Send coffee please!

The fun starts at 4 PM EST!

Our apologies for being a day late but Ray has decided to honor International Women's Day in the best way us retro gamers can, by saving a prince as a strong video game heroine. MS-DOS Classic Jill of the Jungle was another smash for awesome company Epic Megagames!

Check it out below, and other great playthroughs on our YouTube Page:

-Lord Kuddy-

Even though every day should celebrate women, today especially we recognize the amazing ladies that shaped history and still do!

We're back with a brand new podcast!

On our special hour and a half 30th podcast, we turn the clock back 30 years here at the 240p Club to glam rock, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and of course the year in Nintendo releases. We go down the list in alphabetical order and discuss each North American release for the NES in 1988. Some classic releases, some that may have been better off unreleased, nothing is off limits on this list. So turn the clock back with us and listen in!

As usual, all our podcasts are also available on iTunes. Feel free to subscribe and leave us a review! Or just tune in here.

Aside from a Sonic Mania expansion pack, November 2019 has been set for a Sonic the Hedgehog movie, according to While no plot whatsoever has been revealed, it's expected to feature a CGI Sonic in what may be the real world. Developers seem to be rushing to get this to theaters ahead of an announced Mario movie. Mario is expected to be worked on by the Despicable Me team and may be entirely computer animated.

These projects are still in development, but in the meantime you can always track down the original Sonic the Hedgehog Cartoon and relive the nostalgia of waking up early on a Saturday morning and watching one of the best video game cartoons around!

-Metallic Joe-

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest games ever, our own Nikki has took it upon herself to take on Gannon in the legendary Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. Part 1 is up on YouTube now.

Watch Below:

-Nikki Tuonela-

Continuing with our 30th anniversary celebration, Metallic Joe once again takes the reigns and gets our party through the fight with Astos, the Dwarven cave, and the first part of the Earth Cave, including a showdown with a certain bloodsucker. Tune in below!

Funko, makers of those fantastic Pop! collectable figures, holds some interesting licenses for future releases. Specifically, according to a article, Earthbound (the cult classic SNES RPG) is among the licenses the company has acquired. While no official announcement has been made for anything, this did open uip speculation the company was saving the license for a special ocassion, such as Earthbound 3 finally getting a US release, or even a remastering on the Nintendo Switch of the classic SNES game.

We'll have to wait and see for now.

-Metallic Joe-
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