A Miserable Podcast of Secrets 16 Feature - The Next Level

A Miserable Podcast of Secrets 16

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Article by Nick Vlamakis (Email)
March 24th 2012, 02:57AM
 

We welcome spring with a three-part series focus on launch games from the Atari VCS up until the present generation. This week, we work our way through the VCS (often called the Atari 2600), ColecoVision, Vectrex, NES, Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Genesis, and Super NES. You might be surprised at some of the games that passed for system sellers.

Follow along and look for these Easter eggs:

  • Basic Math was an Atari VCS launch title, Space Invaders was not
  • We stumble over the VCS's switches
  • The ball-catching action of Street Racer
  • Combat, the firt classic launch title
  • Naming games in simpler times
  • ColecoVision, the home arcade powerhouse
  • A tangent about the trippy maze game Lady Bug
  • Why didn't ColecoVision set the market on fire?
  • We relive Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, the unrated director's cut
  • The Vectrex: "It's really small, but also it's heavy" - oh, and no pixels or color
  • The NES: we all become subjects of the Mushroom Kingdom
  • Sega's first underwhelming hardware launch
  • What's good to play on the Sega Master System?
  • TurboGrafx-16 was the new ColecoVision
  • The only hero named "Keith"?
  • Legendary Axe was the one about the guy with the sword, right?
  • The Genesis . . . of Chuck's Ascension into Godhood
  • The Genesis . . . of Eric's Emergence As a Man
  • Altered Beast's fake-out ending
  • Golden Axe censors its screams of agony for the home release
  • If there's one thing to miss about the 16-bit era, it's Shadowrun RPGs
  • Were full-motion video games all that bad (or worse)?
  • The government buys Nick a Sega CD
  • 32X - the stuff of dreams
  • The shamefully inadequate Doom 32X
  • Uh-oh, Sega lost the hamster!
  • Super Mario World - first- or second-best pack-in launch game ever
  • Consoles - never bet on black?
  • The tedious battle system in Devil Survivor
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus prolonging techniques
  • In defense of Dynasty Warriors gameplay
  • Mass Effect has a new publisher: Satan
  • Dude, they messed up SSX, bro
  • Was the Rayman series always good?
  • The best part of The Darkness is the snuggling

Super NES controller with old-fashioned clock face replacing buttons

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