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, 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!


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.




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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

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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


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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


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3 Word Review #CC3WR from Twitter first followed by panel


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Outro (thank panel and plug)

Announce the game for next month (Odin Sphere)


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This week we take a look at the wilder side of Weekly with a couple of special guest hosts

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The enigmatic Curtiss is joined this month by our Queen of the 1 console, the incomparable Mrs. Q Dawg. Together they sit down and rattle the paddles on Metroid Prime Pinball

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A new month means a new game and this February we’re playing Odin Sphere! As well in the month of love CC Portable is tackling Metroid Fusion on the GBA. The Club has a Discord set up with some topic specific channels and the bros are trying to be less bad at using it. 

Announcements: 1:39

What We’ve Been Up To: 8:42

CCAnswers: 32:44







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