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The GameCube Was Cool
103 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The series that created the farming sim genre, Harvest Moon returns on the GameCube with three highly rated games: A Wonderful Life, Another Wonderful Life and Magical Melody. Joining the boys is award-winning video game journalist Kate Gray who is a huge fan of the series and has written loads about it in Nintendo Life, the Guardian, Vice, and many more publications. Kate speaks to her experience with the Harvest Moon games and attempts to explain to Mike and Neil what's going on with the current and future games in this convoluted series. But first the boys delve into some E3 news. If it's many years in the future and Nintendo has taken over the world then please, skip ahead to hear Kate talk about Harvest Moon at 32:23.
90 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Mike and Neil Memories & Games We Want to Play
We all have games on consoles that we would love to play but have either never come across them in our local video game store or cannot bring ourselves to spend insane amounts on hard to find gems. Mike and Neil sit down today to talk about a few games they came across while researching the GameCube and would love to check out someday. These hidden gems in the GameCube library include; Ultimate Muscle, Freaky Flyers, Grooverider, Gladius, and Shamu's Deepsea Adventures. At 1:11:43 Mike and Neil celebrate their 20th year of being best friends... That is correct, they met before the GameCube came out! All this and more in epsiode 53 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast.
87 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Tetris & Puzzle Games
Match tiles! Pop bubbles! Help Dr Mario pop pills! Puzzle Games are among the best selling video games of all time, from GameBoy classics like Tetris to mobile crazes like Candy Crush. Everyone has a connection to a puzzle video game they had on their phones or handheld consoles to keep their mind off of whatever commute you were trapped in. Mike and Neil sit down this week to talk about the 8 puzzle games that found their way on to the GameCube. For better or worse, there were variations of Tetris, Super Bubble Pop and Bust-a-Move on the purple lunch box. None of them went down as GameCube classics but The GameCube Was Cool are here to talk about them anways!
80 minutes | May 27, 2021
Hunting & Fishing Games
Pack up your fishing rod and put on your camo pants, Mike and Neil are here to cover the great outdoor experiences on the GameCube! From Mark Davis Pro Bass Challenge to Cabela's Big Adventure, there are a total of give of these games for the CUbe and although we don't know a lot about hunting or fishing games, someone who does, friend of the show Marty joins us at 35:12 to give his thoughts and some fun facts. Marty and the boys also talk about the future of this genre by bringing up games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Long Dark which have become big hits in the community. Sit back, grab a Bass Pro Shop hat and enjoy the episode!
96 minutes | May 20, 2021
GameCube Launch Day 2.0
It's been exactly one year since Mike & Neil began the podcast and are celebrating this with their 50th mainline episode! The boys are revisiting the games from their very first episode (Launch Day 1.0) and taking you back in time to November 18th 2001 to discuss five of the Cube's launch games. That includes Batman Vengeance, Crazy Taxi, Wave Race, Super Monkey Ball, and of course Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader. The show starts off with some Q & A from listeners to celebrate a year of the pod with questions like "what games would you play with Keanu Reeves?" and "who beats who in Nightfire?". Here's to another 50 episodes!
93 minutes | May 13, 2021
Hot Wheels & Racing Games
‘It’s not the same without the flame’. Hot Wheels will go down as one of the most successful toy brands of all time, and the companion video games intended to merge the 1968 toy into the 21st century came with its share of good and bad racing games. Mike and Neil sit down with friend of the show Ali to discuss the Hot Wheels games and 5 other racing games on the GameCube in ‘Racing Games Part 2’ of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast! From Auto Modellista to Tonka Trucks, buckle up for a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The back of all the cases will be read at the start of the episode, skip to the 4:00 minute mark for the start of the episode.
85 minutes | May 6, 2021
Kirby Air Ride
HIIII. Everyone's favourite pink ball makes it's first and last appearance on the GameCube with Kirby Air Ride. Released within weeks of both Mario Kart Double Dash and F-Zero GX this racing game often gets overshadowed yet but there's a lot more to meets the eye, even with that angry Kirby on the cover. Friend of the show Jake joins us to explain the relation between a controller in his TV and Kirby Air Ride's battle mode City Trials while other friend Zafir brings his wealth of knowledge about the franchise and hopes for an eventual Return to Dreamland successor. To listen to Mike read the back of this unique Kirby entry skip ahead to 1h12.
97 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Dragon Ball Z Budokai & Other Anime Fighters
Goku, Raditz, Piccolo, Krillin, Gohan, Vegeta. Any of these names should conjure up font memories for anyone who grew up in the 90s or 2000s. Not only was Dragon Ball Z the gateway drug to an entire medium but it redefined what could sell to the west and laid the ground work for so many shows today. The Dragon Ball franchise of course makes an appearance on the GameCube with Budokai, Budokai 2, and Sagas. Mike and Neil are joined by friends of the show Harrison and Jason to discuss these games and lament why Budokai 3 was never released for the hardware. DBZ of course influenced other animes like Zatch Bell, Naruto, and One Piece who also made appearances on the Cube with two games a piece. The Mamodo series for Zatch Bell, the critically acclaimed Clash of Ninja for Naruto and the Grand Battle/Adventure games for One Piece. Don't want to hear 9 back of the cases? Skip ahead to 4:50 to charge up for this super saiyan episode!
99 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Pokemon & Digimon
We spent a lot of our childhoods catching Pokemon and exploring the Digiverse with weird monsters that our parents couldnt pronounce but they bought us the cards, toys, movies and games anyway. Episode 46 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast is all about the Pokemon spinoffs and the two main line Digimon games on the GameCube! These games were probably not worth the money back in the day, but the hype machine around these franchises was so strong, a child's radar for quality games was offline when it came to any experience that involved adventuring and fighting with our monster pals.
101 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
America's favourite past-time found itself on the GameCube on launch day all the way to the console's end in 2006. From the All Star Baseball franchise, to one offs like Home Run King, and of course EA's MVP Baseball, there were 7 ways in North America to walk on to a diamond, on a cube. We are joined by friends of the show Jason and Jed to discuss their memories of baseball games from back in the day and where we think baseball games will be on future Nintendo hardware. We of course talk about how despite the Show still selling like 'gangbusters' MVP Baseball 2005 is regarded as the high point in baseball video games by basically every major publication (even MLB.com!). Neil kicks off the episode with the back of the case segment and is later joined by Mike to talk about snapping game discs and our first every Patreon-supported opening topic!
44 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Ikaruga & Odama
Neil & Mike love to talk about two things; the GameCube and the GameCube Microphone, and on Episode 44 of the 'The GameCube Was Cool Podcast' they get to do just that with Ikaruga and Odama. Two cult classics that don't get a lot of air time these days but definitely go down in the history books of the weird and great games released in the era of the GameCube. A tough as nails space "Shoot Em Up" and an RTS with pinball mechanics... what a fun time it was to be alive in the 2000s. The boys kick off the episode by discussing how far away from the bathroom one should travel while brushing their teeth, and celebrate being downloaded in all 50 states!
38 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Ratchet & Clank, Shadow of the Colossus, FIFA 14
Episode 43 of The PlayStation 2 Was Cool podcast takes us to 3 of Mike & Neil's favourite games for the system: the seminal inaugural entry for the Ratchet & Clank series (no good innuendo title here unfortunately), Shadow of the Colossus's beginning as an fan-adored cult classic that gets better with each remake, and of course the final game for the PS2, FIFA 14. With over 1800 games on the system the boys only have 1600 more to go and have a very surprising announcement about everyone's favourite console...skip to 16:30 to hear Neil read the back of the case for Ratchet & Clank and enjoy this year's April 1st episode.
193 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Part 2
Two days, two Wind Waker episodes! But what do Neil and Mike think of two parters in media? Find out this and much more when they discuss even more intricate details and memories of Link's 2003 cel-shaded adventure. Join fellow streamers/podcaster/zelda lovers Cam (@cpawx) and Josh (@stillloadingpod) to chat more about what makes this game so special nearly two decades later. Neil finally gets to read the back of the case all the way at the 58:45 mark of the episode.
72 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Part 1
Perhaps the most divisive moment in Nintendo's history happened exactly 18 years ago when The Wind Waker was released in North America for the Nintendo GameCube. "Celda" as it was coined at the time was a massive departure from the console and the Zelda series' mature leanings. Despite this the game has gone on to slowly achieve more and more praise as the years have been kind to it's graphics which still hold up incredibly well on the GameCube. Neil & Mike have so much to say about this game that they split this episode in to two parts! Take a trip back in with friends of the show Matt and Ryan who discuss their fond memories of playing this gem and commiserate about how old this game is making us feel. Stay tuned for an even deeper dive into the creation of the game in part 2! This episode was sponsored by Beedle's Shop Ship. Inconveniently located in random areas of the Great Sea. We deal in pretty much anything and everything!
79 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
The Legend of Zelda Collections
Episode 41 is dedicated to Zelda, the franchise that has introduced millions of people to video games. Somehow we had through 40 episodes without talking about Tingle. Who could forget the first time they heard the iconic overworld theme or the feeling they had when exploring the worlds Nintendo have given us to explore. We are specifically talking about the 'Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition' and the 'Ocarina of Time Master Quest' on the GameCube. The series turns 35 this year, and we want to celebrate by sharing our memories of adventuring in the land of Hyrule and Termina in Nintendo classics such as Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Mike and Neil sit down to look back on their experience with Zelda. They also discuss the etiquette of free stuff at the side of the road and the real meaning of 'bi-weekly'. We are joined by our friend of the show, Twitch streamer @CPawx to talk about his memories of The Legend of Zelda and his Twitch channel!
76 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
RTS & Tactical Games - Worms, Army Men, & Battalion Wars
Real Time Strategy and Tactical games have a rich yet unique history and conjure up an incredibly diverse set of games. From Pikmin to StarCraft, to playing Army Men in a sandbox, these types of games are hard to put labels on but you know them when you see them. While these games mostly had their hey-day outside of consoles, the GameCube boasted a couple of long-running franchises such as Worms and Army-Men (no not the Toy Story Army Men although Mike was pretty convinced that they were). Friend of the show Jason Hodgson joins the boys to discuss his memories of growing up with Worms games and the desire to see Worms Armageddon ported to the Switch. Finally Neil gets to talk about one of his favourite hidden gems for the cube, Nintendo-published Batallion Wars, a spin-off of the Advanced Wars series that is an incredible amount of fun.
86 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Open World & M-Rated Games
The GameCube was home to several M-rated games that your parents probably thought would lead you down a life of crime and drugs. On Episode 39 of The GameCube Was Cool, Mike and Neil sit down to talk about some open world and violent games which Nintendo were welcoming to their hardware with open arms in hopes of attracting an older audience. Games like Smugglers Run, True Crime and XIII each had their own levels of success and controversy, and featured developers who went on to develop classic games like Grand Theft Auto, Sleeping Dogs and Assassins Creed. The boys start off this episode by celebrating the show reaching 10,000 downloads and decide what the best shape of strawberry is. All this and more in The GameCube Was Cool Podcast!
81 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Wario Games & Game Collecting
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104 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
If you grew up in the 80s, 90s or 2000s, Nickelodeon probably has a special place in your catalogue of childhood memories. From it’s vast assortment of classic cartoons, live action sitcoms, gameshows and original movies, the licenses were not shy to create dozens of video game tie-ins, nine of which The GameCube Was Cool Podcast will be covering in this epsiode! The early 2000s video game consoles were home to beloved franchises such as Fairly Odd Parents, Dora the Explorer, Avatar the Last Airbender and Nicktoons Unite. Mike and Neil sit down to rank their favourite Nickelodeon franchises, share some hot tips for maintaining driveways and discuss the news around the February 2021 Nintendo Direct!The episode starts off with a bang as Neil reads the back to the cases of all nine games. Skip to 33:29 to when we are joined by friend of the show Dan to talk about Rocket Power and to 48:58 when we are joined by friend of the show Jason to look back on The Rugrats. All this and more in Episode 37 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast!
76 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
The franchise that redefined the gaming industry and continues to sell like gangbusters today, The Sims makes it's way to The GameCube Was Cool with five titles! The original game, The Sims 2, and the expansion Pets are all remembered fondly by special guest Anneka who reminisces about "woohooing", making the grim reaper appear, and unexplained guinea pig viruses. More than just a game, the Sims, and SimCity before it completely changed the way people thought about the way video games should be played, paving the way for a whole new casual market of gamers and indirectly leading to the successes of Grand Theft Auto. Neil and Mike bask in the glory of the plum-bob while covering console only games "Bustin' Out" and "the Urbz". Skip to 1:11:20 to hear all of the backs of the cases for this remarkable franchise.
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