We usually "go our own way" (to quote Fleetwood Mac) when planning episodes of Retronauts, but this week's installment is definitely the result of fan feedback.
While I've been nothing but happy about our work on this fourth volume of episodes so far, I realize the beginning of this season might have gotten off on the wrong foot—at least, in terms of the episodes I put together. In total, I started this new run with three episodes that emphasized negativity: our look at Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, a run-down of gaming's greatest flops, and an exploration of when games jumped the shark. I don't feel we were necessarily mean-spirited about the subjects at hand, but still, that's a lot of time spent discussing things we don't actually like.
So, for this episode, I decided to explore something positive we all have in common: A love for Japanese video games. Now, this doesn't mean we necessarily prefer them, or shun games made anywhere else, but, having grown up in the '80s, it's hard to shake that affinity for Eastern imports. That said, this episode is a huge love-in for all things Japanese, where we spend 93 minutes discussing the roots of our fascination, what makes their games so unique, and how Japan's place in the industry has changed over the years. And yes, the delicious snack treat known as Pocky made an appearance at this recording, but, fortunately for you, it was eaten off-mic.
Joining us on this one is Henry Gilbert, who now works solely for the Laser Time network—please check out his comic book podcast, Cape Crisis! (Apologies to Henry: I couldn't edit out his former place of employment without making things sound extremely awkward.) As always, you can keep up with the latest Retronauts news via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and check out some of our video content over on our YouTube page. And, in case you forgot, Retronauts is fully funded by our Patreon campaign, so if you can afford to donate even a dollar a month, please consider it! Every little bit really helps our cause.
This episode's musical selections:
- 20:21 | The Legend of the Mystical Ninja | "Odeo"
- 44:32 | Okami | "The Sun Rises"
- 53:35 | Final Fantasy VI | "Cyan's Theme"
- 1:12:48 | Rhythm Heaven Fever | "Shrimp Shuffle"
- 1:30:15 | Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon | "Theme of MYSTICAL NINJA"