Video Games

The Cartridge Club is an amazing community of gamers, collectors, and video game enthusiasts of all ages. You’ll find our flagship podcast, CCPrime, and its more handheld counterpart CCPortable, where hosts and fellow community members come together each and every month to play a game. From those nostalgic favorites of your childhood to the hottest modern titles that everyone’s talking about – this show, along with members of the community, covers it all!

Episodes

Kathryn aka @k_song floats in to join Curtiss this month and talk about Super Princess Peach for the Nintendo DS! Did this game give them good VIBES? Why did it take nearly 20 years before Peach finally got her own game? And how do you pronounce Picross? 

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Ryan and Musty invite on Chris (@NintendoHodge) and Jason (@CorpseFlood) to discuss the Caped Crusader's Second Arkham Adventure.  Where will it stack up against the other games in the Arkham series?  Did Jason really sport a Batman mask for the entirety of the show?

Next Month: Chrono Trigger (SNES, Playstation, Nintendo DS)

As always, follow along with the conversation every month on our forums at https://www.cartridgeclub.org or our community's discord: https://discord.gg/xqZQzR7.  If you are playing along, have our game of the month in your collection or just want to tell people about what we do each month, make sure to tweet/post/comment using the hashtag #PlayAlongWithPrime.

Interested in shirts, mugs, notebooks, or other gear featuring designs based on our Game of the Month selection?  Check out our merch shop at https://www.teepublic.com/stores/cartridgeclub

Don't forget to give our podcast a review on whatever podcast app that you use!  If you're interested in supporting us and our community - and get to be involved in the selection of future games of the month - check out how at https://www.patreon.com/CartridgeClub

 

LINKS to our Community Guests:

Chris

NintendoHodge on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hodgsoncr

The Barrie Game Exchange: https://www.facebook.com/barriegameexchange/

Rambe, Record, Repeat: https://ramblerecordrepeat.podbean.com/

 

Jason

CorpseFloodGaming on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRc9diOIutuZIEYbptmVYEA

The Game Tenants Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/the-game-tenants

 

Hosts:

@ItsRocketSauce | https://twitch.tv/itsrocketsauce

@MustyHobbit | https://twitch.tv/mustyhobbit

Thumbnails by Josh Leslie: @FranticSociety

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Welcome to a special MightyQBros podcast celebrating another 'Rick V. Day' anniversary!

On July 18, 1997, Eric "MightyQDawg" and his brothers received a very special package in the mail containing a huge lot of SMS games. It was a very exciting day for us, and one that stuck with us for the last two decades. In this podcast, Eric and his brother, Gavin, discuss how emulation motivated us to get back into console collecting which ultimately lead to our Rick V. Day pick-up. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Ryan and Musty invite on 2017's CCPodcast of the Year, Joe and Bill from Start to Continue, for a healthy talk about Naughty Dog's 2011 masterpiece, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.  

Bill: @STCPod

Joe: @ACDecepticon

Start to Continue Podcast: http://www.stcpod.com

 

Hosts:

@ItsRocketSauce

@MustyHobbit | https://twitch.tv/mustyhobbit

Thumbnails by Josh Leslie: @FranticSociety

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Trav aka @travplaysgames swoops into action this month to join Curtiss as they take on Batman for the original Game Boy! In the first episode of season 3, the boys discuss this oddball game often dubbed "the one where Batman has a gun." They'll also figure out how to pronounce "Geoff" and recommend some other great games starring the Dark Knight! 

Want to chat about next month's game?  Drop by the forums at http://www.cartridgeclub.org and let us know if you're playing along.

Thumbnails by Josh Leslie (@franticsociety)

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Cartridge Club Prime is back with a Sega Classic, Shenmue.  Musty and Ryan invite on a panel of Cartridge Club members to discuss this gaming pioneer.  Do you know where I can find sailors?

Hosts

Musty - @MustyHobbit

Ryan - @ItsRocketSauce

 

Panel

Eric/MightyQDawg - @MightyQDawg

Mike/The Retrollectors - @retrollectors

Myles from Flock of Nerds - @FlockofNerds

 

Thumbnails by Josh Leslie - @franticsociety

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Richard aka @TheRamVox says "Aloha!" to Curtiss this month as the two dive into the multi-genre treasure that is Lilo & Stitch for the Game Boy Advance! Is the game really a Metal Slug clone? How well does it represent the source material? They also recommend some other fun Disney games to check out! 

Thumbnails by Josh Leslie (@franticsociety)

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This month on the Cartridge Club, Musty (@mustyhobbit) and Ryan (@itsrocketsauce) invite on two Zelda 2 superfans to discuss what may be a very misunderstood Zelda game.  

The Cartridge Club is a community of video game enthusiasts of all ages.  The club centers around this podcast, which functions a lot like a book club, only for video games.  Each month we select a game, invite the community to play along with us, and invite a few on to the show to have a discussion about the game.

This month's guests:

Erin (@Cherryb6mb)

Michael B The Game Genie (@MikeBGameGenie)

 

Thumbnails provided by:

Josh Leslie (@franticsociety)

 

Upcoming Games:

May - Shenmue

June - Uncharted 2

July - Batman Arkham City

August - Chrono Trigger

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Church aka @The_GameGrinder joins Curtiss this month as they call the thunder with Thor: God of Thunder for the Nintendo DS!

Find out if they think this beat 'em up is worthy of wielding Mjolnir! They also discuss some other Marvel gems you should add to your video game catalogue! 

Thumbnails by Josh Leslie (@FranticSociety)

Interested in supporting the club?  Check out our merchandise shop for shirt and other gear: http://www.teepublic.com/stores/cartridgeclub

or

Take a look at our Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/Cartridgeclub

 

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@xmattbandyx & @Buried_On_Mars get crazy with Curtiss this month for March Madness* to discuss all things Game Boy Advance! The rules were simple: play any GBA game you want! The guys give their thoughts on everything the Cartridge Clubbers played this month and discuss Matt Bandy's Elite 8 bracket in this jam-packed episode! Thank you to everyone who chimed in on the forums or Twitter! 

 
*Nothing to do with the NCAA. Send all complaints to info@abbafanclub.nl 
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Cartridge Club Prime is back for March's stroll through the Finch House to find out what really happened to Edith's family, and determine if there truly is a curse.  

Join Musty, Ryan, and our guest panel of Edith Finch superfans as we discuss the Giant Sparrow release of What Remains of Edith Finch.

Panel

Caleb J Ross (@calebjross)

Sarah (@Sarca_Sim)

Hosts

MustyHobbit (@mustyhobbit)

Ryan (@itsrocketsauce)

Thumbnails

Josh Leslie (@franticsociety)

 

As always, drop in at www.cartridgeclub.org, where you'll find our forums, and links to additional content from us and our community.

Interested in supporting the club?  Check out the merchandise shop over at www.teepublic.com/stores/CartridgeClub or look into our Patreon at www.patreon.com/CartridgeClub, where every dollar pledged goes toward maintaining the show and our little corner of the internet.

 

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February is a month for love as we explore a game of love, betrayal and the terror of commitment - everything you wanted for your Valentine's Day - playing Catherine! 

Hosts

MustyHobbit/Joe - @MustyHobbit

ItsRocketSauce/Ryan - @ItsRocketSauce

Panel

Kathryn (Flock of Nerds/Flock Talk) - @k_song

Travis (Polykill/NESFriend) - @travplaysgames

 

Thumbnails

Josh Leslie - @FranticSociety

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@itsRocketSauce aka Ryan soars into action alongside Curtiss to discuss Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS!

Does it really have the worst control scheme ever? What do Pit and Curtiss have in common? And was Ryan serious when he said THIS GAME is his favorite 3DS game??? 

Thumbnail by: Josh (@FranticSociety)

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Don't let the gloomy winter weather get you down!  The Cartridge Club is back for January with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero as our game of the month.  

Join hosts Ryan (@ItsRocketSauce) and Musty (@MustyHobbit) as we invite on Josh (@Creep1337) and series mega-fan Church (@The_GameGrinder) to discuss everything we can possibly think of about our favorite hip-shaking city guardian.

Funding for the Cartridge Club is provided entirely from pledges from listeners like you.  If you're interested in supporting the club, please check out patreon.com/CartridgeClub.

Thumbnails provided by Josh Leslie - @FranticSociety

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James aka @RetroPixil and Curtiss play the most expensive CCPortable game to date! Is Shantae worth the price of admission? Why was it such a failure upon its initial release? And does it deserve a place in YOUR collection?

 

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Thank you for tuning into a very special episode of CCExtra. Dean Lasagna is joined by fellow clubbers Josh and Sergio, two of the biggest Kingdom Hearts experts we have, and over the next hour and a half, they're gonna teach you everything you need to know about the Story Thus Far.

Kingdom Hearts has a complex story to say the least. Underneath the guise of a lighthearted Disney game, you’ve got a tale with countless characters, and worlds, and time travel, and prophets, and cloning, and rewriting memories. It gets really deep. But, with the right building blocks, they'll help you piece the story together so you have everything you need to dive right into Kingdom Hearts III.

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For the month of December, CCPrime is taking a foray back to the era of afternoon cartoons with an NES classic from Capcom - DuckTales (Woo Hoo)! Players control Scrooge McDuck as he travels around the world and outer space in search of five treasures to further increase his fortune.

Hosts @MustyHobbit and @ItsRocketsauce invite on Chris @cwr2 and JDubious @DubiousGaming to discuss the NES classic platformer.

Thumbnail - Josh Leslie @FranticSociety

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@xmattbandyx joins Curtiss this month to remix the Capcom Classics Collection Remixed! They break down all 20 games and put them in the Pro column or the Con column. Will there be more Pros than Cons? Is Black Tiger the worst game ever made? And have you ever played Quiz & Dragons??? 

Thumbnail by Josh Leslie (@FranticSociety)

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For the month of November, the Cartridge Club is taking a trip back to 1899 America, with Red Dead Redemption 2. 

After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Lind gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

Hosts

Ryan - @ItsRocketSauce

Musty - @MustyHobbit

Panel

Josh - @FranticSociety

Jake - @TheMcAxl

 

The Cartridge Club is funded through generous pledges from members of our community through Patreon.  If you are interested in supporting the club and it's contributors, check out our offerings at patreon.com/CartridgeClub

Looking for a nice new shirt, mug, or pillow emblazoned with your favorite CC creator?  Check our our merchandise shop at teepublic.com/stores/CartridgeClub

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Musty Hobbit busts out the BLADES OF ATHENA this month to help Curtiss slay GOD OF WAR: GHOST OF SPARTA for the PSP! How does this game compare to the main series console entries? Does Kratos make full use of the game's "M" rating? (Answer: Yes) And find out who makes a surprise cameo on this month's show!!!

Curtiss

Twitter: @CCPortableUnite

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/girlfriendvs

MustyHobbit

Twitter:  @MustyHobbit

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SecondBreakfastYT

 

Thumbnails by Josh Leslie (Twitter@FranticSociety)

The Cartridge Club is funded through generous donations from members of its community through Patreon.  If you are interested in supporting the club for as little as $1 a month, check out patreon.com/CartridgeClub!

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Spooky Season is here, and for October, we're playing Resident Evil 2!

The sequel to the Capcom survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 2 has you following dual protagonists, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield through Raccoon City in the wake of a zombie outbreak.

Join hosts MustyHobbit and ItsRocketSauce and a panel of community members as the reminisce and discuss all things RE2!

Hosts

Ryan @ItsRocketSauce

Musty @MustyHobbit

 

Panel  

Chris @OARGamer

Joe @ACDecepticon

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt Twitter: @willopruitt

 

Thumbnails:

Josh Leslie Twitter: @franticsociety

 

Support for the club comes exclusively through Patreon (patreon.com/cartridgeclub).  These contributions allow us to continually improve the club to be a better place to hangout, and increased opportunities for the club to connect, both online and in person, and grow.

Patrons also gain access to the video edition of the podcast with higher tiers able to watch and chat during the live recording session stream each month.

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Duke joins Curtiss this month to talk all things LUIGI'S MANSION: DARK MOON for the Nintendo 3DS! Find out what SUCKS about the game, if there's a certain CC Prime game Duke doesn't like, and other spooky games to play in October! Gustin' makes me feel good!
 
 
 
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Spider-Man, Spider-Man. The Cartridge Club talks about the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man. This is a spoiler cast breaking down the 2018 release Marvel’s Spider-Man. Have you played this game yet? Give it a listen.

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In the Season 6 Premiere, new show hosts ItsRocketSauce and MustyHobbit invite on a couple of panel veterans to play the id Software first person shooter, Doom.  Is it a reboot?  Is it a sequel?  Listen along as we Rip and Tear through this modern masterpiece.

Available on the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Panel  

 

Pam

Twitter: @Jasyla_

 

Kevin

Twitter: @Buried_on_Mars

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt

Twitter: @willopruitt

 

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Josh Leslie

Twitter: @FranticSociety

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Curtiss is joined by Chris R to discuss Gargoyle's Quest for the original Game Boy! Find out why the overworld sucks, how to get past the DREADED spike shaft, and Chris R's top three Game Boy games! 

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You like video games, right? You like learning about video games, right? On today’s Cartridge Club Extra author and YouTuber Caleb J. Ross interviews Patrick Hickey Jr., the author of the wonderful book The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Video Game Developers.

Visit Patrick Hickey Jr. online: http://patrickhickeyjr.com

Mentioned:

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In the Season 5 finale, we turn to our patrons to nominate and select our game of the month, and they selected the game that took the CC100 #1 spot, and many people's favorite 2D Mario title, Super Mario World.  Join hosts MustyHobbit and ItsRocketSauce as we dive into Dinosaur Land with Mario, Luigi, and their new buddy, Yoshi, to see what sort of nefarious things Bowser and his Koopa Kids are up to.  

 

Panel

Sean ‘Player 1”

Twitter: @CartridgeBros

 

Mark ‘Player 2’

Twitter: @CartridgeBrosP2

 

Fitgnat

Twitter: @Fitgnat

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt

Twitter: @willopruitt

 

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Josh Leslie

Twitter: @FranticSociety

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HEEEAAALP! @5GameSuicide (aka Marmul) and Curtiss answer the call this month  to talk all things ELITE BEAT AGENTS for the Nintendo DS! Is Marmul actually British or American? Does the Cartridge Club feel bad for Luigi? And should Elite Beat Agents belong in YOUR collection? Find out all this and more! CARTRIDGE CLUB PORTABLE ARE... GO!!

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Billy from the Game Chasers joins Curtiss this month to talk all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Back From the Sewers! Find out if this game is just a carbon copy of Fall of the Foot Clan, why Canada ruined the Ernest film franchise, and the biggest flaw in the movie TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze. It's a shell of a time! Go ninja, go ninja, go! 

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The Cartridge Club ventures into uncharted territory by selecting a fighting game as our Game of the Month.  Hosts ItsRocketSauce and Musty Hobbit guide a panel of hyper informed club members through a discussion of the arcade and 16 bit classic, Street Fighter 2.  

The Cartridge Club is an online community of gamers, collectors, and video game enthusiasts of all ages, who come together each month to play a game, along the lines of a book club for games.  Select members of the community, with the occasional special guest, come together at the end of the month to discuss that game.

 

Interested in supporting the channel? Take a look at our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/CartridgeClub), or check out the merchandise available for the club and other Cartridge Club contributors: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/cartridgeclub

Hosts

ItsRocketSauce (Twitter: @itsrocketsauce)

Musty Hobbit (Twitter: @mustyhobbit)

 

Panel

Chris  (Twitter: @bassguy654)

Tim  (Twitter: @Haru0kay)

Ryho  (Twitter: @RyhoMagnifico)

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash  (Twitter: @Serraxor)

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt  (Twitter: @willopruitt)

 

Thumbnails:

Josh Leslie  (Twitter: @franticsociety)

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Welcome to a special MightyQBros podcast celebrating another 'Rick V. Day' anniversary! On July 18, 1997, Eric "MightyQDawg" and his brothers received a very special package in the mail containing a huge lot of SMS games.  It was a very exciting day for us, and one that stuck with us for the last two decades.  In this podcast, Eric and his brother, Gavin, discuss some notable games that were included in the Rick V. Day bundle! Enjoy the podcast!

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Episode #58 - Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge is a 2D retro-syled metroidvania action-adventure game inspired by such classics as Rygar, Contra, Castlevania, Bionic Commando, Blaster Master, and Metroid. It was created, developed, stylized and composed by Tom Happ. He worked during the day as a developer for Petroglyph Games but worked on his own game during his off hours.

Introductions

 

Panel  

Buried on Mars

Twitter: @Buried_On_Mars

 

Ram Vox

Twitter: @TheRamVox

 

Dean

Twitter: @Round_2_Gaming

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt

Twitter: @willopruitt

 

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Josh Leslie

Twitter: @FranticSociety

 

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P2(Mark) gives a quick overview of Kingdom Hearts and panel discusses their memories of the game and first impressions.

 

  • Developer: Tom Happ

 

    • Publisher: Tom Happ

 

  • Director: Tom Happ
  • Platform(s):
  • PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Wii u, Xbox 1, Switch
  • Release Date:

 

    • March 31, 2015

 

Genre: Metroidvania

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Discuss story of the game:

A failed scientist is crippled in an accident, only to awaken in a mysterious, alien world. Where is he? How did he get here? And why do the fundamental laws of reality appear broken? Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It's a thin line.

Characters

 

  • Trace
  • Athetos
  • Elsenova
  • Ophilia
  • Veruska

 

Discuss gameplay mechanics:

  • Exploration
  • Favourite weapons
  • Glitch mechanic
  • Difficulty
  • Tribute to Metroid

Discuss sound:

  • Music
  • Sound effects

Discuss graphics:

  • Beautiful graphics
  • H.R. Giger inspired

 

Level 3

Lasting Impressions, overall rating and final thoughts. Did this make you want to play it again and if not, what would need to be changed? Would you suggest it to friends?

 

Level 4

3 Word Review #CC3WR from Twitter first followed by panel

 

Level 5

Outro (thank panel and plug)

Announce the game for next month (Street Fighter 2)

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It's dangerous to go alone! Take NESComplex with you! That's exactly what Curtiss does this month as the two break down Link's first adventure on the original Game Boy! No Zelda? No Hyrule? No problem! Or... maybe lots of problems. Only one way to find out! 

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Halo: Combat Evolved is a military science fiction first-person shooter  created by Bungie and now, a former subsidiary of Microsoft Studios. The series centers on an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the Covenant.  

Hosts:

@ItsRocketSauce

@MustyHobbit

 

Panel

Brasel the Gamer

Twitter: @BraseltheGamer

 

Shelby

Twitter: @BBShelbo

 

Matt

Twitter: @ADDefense 

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt

Twitter: @willopruitt

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Shelby from the Bonus Barrel Podcast joins Curtiss this month to deliberate all things Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. This is one verdict you won't see coming! Or maybe you will. I don't know. TAKE THAT! ​
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Kingdom Hearts is the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series. Revolving around a fourteen-year old boy named Sora, it details his adventures after his homeworld is destroyed by sinister creatures known as the Heartless, and his attempts to restore his world and reunite with his friends. In the process, he meets many characters from classic Disney films and a handful from the Final Fantasy video game series.

 

Introductions

 

Panel  

Rusty Lewis

Twitter: @relewis2011

 

Rob

Twitter: @BonusBarrel

 

Josh

Twitter: @FranticSociety

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt

Twitter: @willopruitt

 

Level 1  

P2(Mark) gives a quick overview of Kingdom Hearts and panel discusses their memories of the game and first impressions.

 

 

 

  • Platform(s):
  • PS2
  • PS3
  • PS4
  • Release Date:

 

      • JP: March 28, 2002
      • NA: September 17, 2002

 

  • Genre: Action Role Playing

 

Level 2

Discuss story of the game: The heartless are attacking and destroying worlds. Sora and his friends are caught up in the mess and Sora, using the keyblade goes on an adventure to find his friends and save the “worlds” from the heartless.

 

Characters

 

  • Sora
  • Riku
  • Kairi
  • Final Fantasy Characters
  • Disney Characters

 

Discuss gameplay mechanics:

  • Controls too floaty?
  • Camera not great
  • Magic versus physical
  • Mash the X?
  • Swapping party members

Discuss sound:

  • Voice acting decent
  • Favourite tracks

Discuss graphics:

  • Fun art style
  • Redesign of FF characters

 

Level 3

Lasting Impressions, overall rating and final thoughts. Did this make you want to play it again and if not, what would need to be changed? Would you suggest it to friends?

 

Level 4

3 Word Review #CC3WR from Twitter first followed by panel

 

Level 5

Outro (thank panel and plug)

Announce the game for next month (Halo)

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Curtiss is joined by Mighty Q Dawg to talk all about the blue blur in the palm of your hands. Listen to this one fast before it’s gone! 

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The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States.

 

Introductions

 

Panel  

Mighty Q Dawg

Twitter: @MightyQDawg

 

Kathryn

Twitter: @k_song

 

Ryan

Twitter: @itsrocketsauce

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt

Twitter: @willopruitt

 

Level 1  

P2(Mark) gives a quick overview of The Last of Us and panel discusses their memories of the game and first impressions.

 

 

 

  • Platform(s):
  • PlayStation 4
  • Release Date:
  • June 14, 2013
  • Genre: Third Person Shooter

 

Level 2

Discuss story of the game: Set in the post-apocalyptic United States, the game tells the story of survivors Joel and Ellie as they work together to survive their westward journey across what remains of the country to find a possible cure for the modern fungal plague that has nearly decimated the entire human race.

 

Characters:

 

  • Joel (Troy Baker) - The protagonist of the game. Joel is a survivor of the Cordyceps Brain Infection outbreak, taking residence in the Boston Quarantine Zone. Embittered and hardened by the death of his young daughter Sarah, Joel operates as a black market smuggler, dealing in contraband, taking numerous de-humanizing jobs over the years to survive in this new post-pandemic world. He has only few moral boundaries left to cross. Unfortunately for him, he is thrust into the middle of the nightmare that the world has become, when he is asked by the leader of the Fireflies, Marlene, to look after Ellie. Throughout the game, Joel slowly develops an unbreakable bond with Ellie and a desire to once again open up his emotions that he had suppressed for so many years.
  • Ellie (Ashley Johnson) - The deuteragonist of the game. Ellie is a brave 14-year-old girl that has grown up in this harsh world and it is all she has ever known. Ellie is immune to the Cordyceps strain and because of this, the Fireflies, an anti-government organization, seek to reverse engineer a vaccine through her. She and Joel travel across the post-pandemic United States to reach the Fireflies. She helps the player through the game in many ways, lending a hand in combat and assisting through areas of the game that would otherwise be inaccessible. She frequently expresses curiosity about the remnants of a world that no longer exists.
  • Tess (Annie Wersching) - Tess is Joel's 'partner-in-crime'. They operate in the black market of a city under martial law and have earned a reputation for their ruthless behavior. She and Joel have a trust that runs deeply between them. Tess goes with Joel to drop off Ellie to the Fireflies at the Capitol building in Boston, in exchange for getting back the guns that were stolen from them. Against all odds, the trio make it to the Capitol Building only to find that the Fireflies are dead, and Tess reveals that she was bitten by a Runner an hour before. She holds off some soldiers after she makes Joel promise to bring Ellie to Tommy, Joel's little brother.
  • Bill (W. Earl Brown) - Bill is a paranoid survivor who appears early in the game and helps Joel and Ellie. Bill takes refuge in a town that he has completely booby trapped. He seems to be a bit eccentric, perhaps deranged, but offers to aid Joel and Ellie in finding a car. He is excessively bitter towards Ellie due to the fact that she was hostile towards him from the start. Bill possesses gay pornography, and showed heavy emotion for his friend Frank's death, implying that he was romantically involved with Frank.
  • Marlene (Merle Dandridge) - The leader of the Fireflies and Ellie's surrogate parent. In exchange for their guns back, Marlene tells Tess and Joel to take Ellie to the Fireflies at the Capitol building in Boston. To Marlene, every unethical action she takes can be justified because of her pursuit to save humanity from the infection. She is absent for most of the game and only appears at the end, where she becomes the final antagonist.
  • Tommy (Jeffrey Pierce) - Joel's brother and a former Firefly. The game starts with Tommy helping Joel and Sarah maneuver through the chaotic crowds of both civilians and infected during the initial outbreak. Tommy and Joel reunite later within the game and he reluctantly agrees to help his brother, establishing one of Joel and Ellie's reasons for coming to the University of Eastern Colorado. He is married to Maria.
  • David (Nolan North) - A middle-age survivor and leader of a Cannibals group who appears later in the game and asks for help from Ellie. David is a very manipulative person, seeking to win people over with his superficial mild-mannered appearance, and attempts to convince Ellie to join him. Ellie doesn't buy his attitude and eventually breaks his finger. He finally reveals his true nature to Ellie and even attempts to kill her outright, sending a group of his men to capture her several times throughout the winter section of the game. To David, everything that has happened was for a reason; he believes faith brought him and Ellie to together, and that their encounter was meant to be. He has a very profound effect on Ellie throughout the rest of the game.
  • Henry (Brandon Scott) - An adept survivor, who, with his brother Sam, helps Joel and Ellie in Pittsburgh. He and Joel are initially hostile towards each other, but in the end begin to warm up to each other. However, he commits suicide after having to kill his infected brother.
  • Sam (Nadji Jeter) - Henry's younger brother. Upon meeting, he and Ellie get along almost instantly and continue their easy going relationship throughout the chapter. After he is bitten by an Infected, Ellie is the last person Sam talks to before he turns. He is killed by Henry, who immediately commits suicide out of grief.
  • Sarah (Hana Hayes) - Joel's daughter. She is killed in the prologue when a soldier was instructed to open fire on both her and Joel. Her death causes Joel to become cold, cynical, and brutal over the years.

 

Discuss gameplay mechanics:

  • Combat (look at all these shoulder height walls)
  • Stealth (but not really it’s just quiet combat)
  • Crafting (favourite items and least favourite)
  • AI (Where did all the promises from E3 2013 go?)

 

Discuss sound:

  • BGM - thematic and atmospheric or forgettable?
  • Voice acting - Does it get better than this? (Needs more Matt Mercer)

 

Discuss graphics:

 

  • Beautiful scenery
  • Character design
  • The zombies

 

 

Level 3

Lasting Impressions, overall rating and final thoughts. Did this make you want to play it again and if not, what would need to be changed? Would you suggest it to friends?

 

Level 4

3 Word Review #CC3WR from Twitter first followed by panel

 

Level 5

Outro (thank panel and plug)

Announce the game for next month (Kingdom Hearts)

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Curtiss joins forces with his California cohort Chris Roberts to take on March Madness! They discuss everything Nintendo DS/3DS including: the ridiculous amount of system variations, all the games YOU played this month and reviewed on the forums, your MOST DISAPPOINTING games for the DS, and what ever happened to the MEAN GIRLS game??? All this and more in the most jam packed episode yet! 

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This week Mark and I discuss our Top 5 games that never received a sequel. Then dive into Sea of Thieves launch day woes and discuss if the game will have the legs to go the distance.

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Odin Sphere is an action role-playing game developed by Vanillaware for the PlayStation 2. It was published by Atlus (Japan and North America) in 2007, and by Square Enix (Europe) in 2008. A remake titled Odin Sphere Leifthrasir was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2016. The story follows five characters on the fantasy continent of Erion during a war between the nations of Ragnanival and Ringford over a weapon called the Crystalization Cauldron, and their roles in the Armageddon, a catastrophe which will destroy Erion.

 

Introductions

 

Panel  

Agent Poyo

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Scott

Twitter: @VGCollectaholic

 

Minotaur Zombie

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Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

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Level 1  

P2(Mark) gives a quick overview of Odin Sphere and panel discusses their memories of the game and first impressions.

 

 

 

  • Director: George Kamitani
  • Platform(s):

 

 

  • Release Date:
  • May 22, 2007
  • June 7, 2016
  • Genre: Action Role Playing

 

Level 2

Discuss story of the game:

Odin Sphere is set on the fictional continent of Erion, which is divided into multiple nations scattered across the land. The two main nations are the warrior land of Ragnanival, and the forest-bound Fairy Kingdom of Ringford, separated by a wasteland that was once the kingdom of Valentine. At the game's opening, Ragnanival is ruled by the Demon Lord Odin, and Ringford is ruled by the Fairy Queen Elfaria with help from her nephew Melvin. The other nations include the neutral land of Titania; the volcano-bound Fire Kingdom ruled by the one male resident King Onyx; and the Netherworld, the land of the dead where natural crystals grow, ruled by the undead Queen Odette. The plot is driven by the tale of Armageddon, a foretold catastrophe in which Erion is destroyed and the survivors reign the new world.

 

Characters:

Gwyndolyn

Oswald

Cornelius

Mercedes

Velvet

 

NPC:

Odin

Odette

Onyx

Melvin

Elfaria

Brom

King Gallon

Valentine

Ingway

Brigan

The Wise Ones

 

Dragons:

Belial

Wagner

Hindel

Leventhan

 

The Pooka Curse

Multiple endings

Love story

 

Discuss gameplay mechanics:

Fighting Mechanics

Favourite Character to use

Food

Phozons

Alchemy

POW

PP

 

Discuss sound:

BGM - memorable or forgettable

Sound Effects

Voice Acting

 

Discuss graphics:

Holy shit this game is gorgeous

Favourite designs of enemies/characters

Favourite Environments

 

Level 3

Lasting Impressions, overall rating and final thoughts. Did this make you want to play it again and if not, what would need to be changed? Would you suggest it to friends?

 

Level 4

3 Word Review #CC3WR from Twitter first followed by panel

 

Level 5

Outro (thank panel and plug)

Announce the game for next month (The Last of Us)

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We tackle the Nintendo Direct and how it has one of us extremely hyped. Lastly the show rolls into some answers and we realize that our miss had been janked up the whole show, sorry about that.

 

Top 5: 3:58

Announcements: 17:38

What We’ve Been Up To: 26:57

Nintendo Direct: 28:45

CCAnswers: 1:01:50

 

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P2 gets credits in a Switch heavy hitter but he isn’t done with it yet. Then we talk I Am Setsuna and we go into spoilers.

 

Top 5: 2:33

Announcements: 11:40

What We’ve Been Up To: 24:46

I Am Setsuna Spoilers Start: 52:50

I Am Setsuna Spoilers End: 1:03:29

CCAnswers: 1:04:40

 

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Samus, Curtiss and Kevin? Sounds like a match made in podcst heaven!

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New set but the same old bros this week. Mark is finally in the closet with his PS2 and diving into Odin Sphere. P1 gets pumped about Rusty’s latest review on Boy and his Blob and receives a delivery from Girl Scouts of America. Rooms are available for the Chi-Cartridge-Con event in Chicago this July.

 

P2 talks isolation horror and we list off some of our favourites. Does combat alone carry an RPG or is it the story that really drives it? P1 makes a plea to Media Mavens to become an Overwatch only podcast (or at least tell him one that exists already that is as good as they are). Lastly we might get the final SEGA Top 50 video this week!

 

 

Announcements: 4:07

What We’ve Been Up To: 15:07

CCAnswers: 39:27

 

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The bros are back to the dismay of many. Odin Sphere is getting some play in the closet while Metroid Fusion is a fun blast from the past. Kevin’s stream in tribute of his father is a big hit and P1 spends the week in combats playing soldier. 

Announcements: 3:08

What We’ve Been Up To: 13:30

CCAnswers: 47:55

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Dark Cloud is an action role-playing video game developed by Level-5 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. Originally intended as a launch title for the PlayStation 2, the game was released in Japan in December 2000, in North America in May 2001, and in Europe in September 2001. Combining action role-playing with elements of city-building games, the game tells the story of a group of adventurers who band together to fight against the evil Dark Genie, who has attacked and destroyed many villages. The protagonist is Toan, a boy who is given a magical stone called the "Atlamillia" by Simba, the Fairy King, which has the power to rebuild the destroyed lands.

 

Panel  

Travis

Twitter: @travplaysgames

 

Marmul

Twitter: @5GameSuicide

 

Jarred

Twitter: @retrofaithgames

 

Cartridge Club Intro/Outro Music

Ser Flash

Twitter: @Serraxor

 

Cartridge Club Logo

Will Pruitt

Twitter: @willopruitt

 

Level 1  

P2(Mark) gives a quick overview of Dark Cloud and panel discusses their memories of the game and first impressions.

 

 

  • Platform(s):
  • Release Date:
      • JP: December 14, 2000
      • NA: May 29, 2001
      • EU: September 21, 2001

 

  • Genre: Action Role Playing

Level 2

Discuss story of the game: When a corrupt general unleashes a mystical genie that destroys a planet, a magical fairy scatters its spheres across the world to preserve its elements from the chaos. In the aftermath, a young boy must retrieve the spheres. During the course of the game, Toan meets new characters who can be chosen to explore and battle in dungeons. The player must accomplish in-game events for new characters to join. The available characters include: Xiao, a slingshot-wielding 'catgirl'; Goro, a hunter from Matataki Village who uses large hammers; Ruby, a magic-ring-using genie from Queens; Ungaga, a Muska Lacka warrior using staves; and Osmond, leader of the Moon People, equipped with a variety of guns and blasters

 

Discuss gameplay mechanics:

  • City Building
  • Weapons upgrading/breaking
  • Combat
  • Character upgrading (health, thirst, defence)
  • Camera controls
  • Fast travel
  • Random dungeon levels
  • Backfloor levels

Discuss sound:

  • Favourite BGM
  • Sound effects

Discuss graphics:

  • Character/creature design
  • Aged well

 

Level 3

Lasting Impressions, overall rating and final thoughts. Did this make you want to play it again and if not, what would need to be changed? Would you suggest it to friends? Dark Cloud 2

 

Level 4

3 Word Review #CC3WR from Twitter first followed by panel

 

Level 5

Outro (thank panel and plug)

Announce the game for next month (Odin Sphere)

 

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