Vidjagame Apocalypse 177 – Games You Didn’t Know Were Licensed

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This week, we enlist Retronauts host Bob Mackey to help us navigate an ancient landscape of games that were based on movies, TV shows, and cartoon characters… until they came to the US, at which point that was all stripped out. We then switch gears to talk about Bound, Metroid Prime Federation Force, Final Fantasy XV’s latest delay, and the classic licensed games you’d love to see make a comeback.

Question of the Week

What’s a Wii game that you’d like to see get a second chance on other platforms?



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14 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 177 – Games You Didn’t Know Were Licensed

  1. Zack and Wiki, I have heard tell it is a good game and I’ve never seen a second of gameplay. H E N E R E Y G on twitter…I’m padding my comment now.

  2. Definitely Zack and Wiki.

    Hmm… How about Muramasa the Demon Blade? Sure it’s fantastic on Vita, but I enjoyed playing it on the Wii with a Gamecube controller.

    My real choice is actually SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, which was released during the mid 2000s craze of compiling old arcade games into an affordable package. Sure we’ve seen Midway and Sega do it for the PS3/360, but I would like our childhood publishers to give it another go, especially with the high storage capacity of the Blu-Ray discs. We may have piecemeal downloadable games, but they do eat up hard drive space, some of them wanting 1GB even though they were only a tiny fraction of data. I want it all, I want it now.

  3. It’s funny about No Man’s Sky.

    I barely paid attention to it before it came out because I thought it was an MMO.

    It was only after I noticed people whining about the multplayer that I decided to check into, and subsequently buy the game. And it’s pretty fun!

  4. QOTW: Both Boom Blox-games would be lovely to experience with a little polish and modern day graphics… or in this case effects. Hopefully someone still remembers how the first Boom Blox was hyped to be Steven Spielberg’s first real video game project and everyone was expecting a huge adventure like Jurassic Park, Hook etc.

  5. Wikiparaz — the music you kept attributing to Ranma Hard Battle is from a different game…this was the first game I ever imported, I even recorded all the music to a cassette tape!
    you can listen to it’s wonderful title music here:
    ALSO: GeGeGe no Kitaro’s eyeball character is Kitaro’s FATHER, not his “best friend”. JESUS GUYS!!!!

  6. I hate to be the one to point this out, but Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario 2 feels like a pretty glaring omission from the Top 5 this week. I think the original used characters from a Japanese TV channel promotion.

    1. The topic for the episode was games YOU DIDN’T KNOW were licensed, though. Everyone and their grandma knows about Mario 2’s history.

  7. Star Control 1 & 2 seem ready for a rediscovery. Both games have a unique experience and flavor. I would say a Star Control 1 would look great as a MOBA-like incarnation. Star Control 2 held my attention throught its epic story. I would love a follow-up. Thanks.

  8. Oh wait, I have too many grammatical errors in this!! Please, mod, please. Say no to this comment so I can repost the edited version when ever my account gets accepted! Thanks you thank you thank you thank you thank :^)

  9. QOTW: Putting Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2 on something other than a beefed up toaster. Wouldn’t you love to see Mario Galaxy with the power of a PC? imagine mario mass effect.

  10. QOTW: I second DC12 with Muramasa the Demon Blade, mostly because I really wanted to play this game, but I couldn’t find it in any store here in Europe. And no, I won’t touch a Vita, I’ve standards.

    But what I would also really like is HD version of my favorite fish-petting simulator Endless Ocean. There was something really relaxing about diving in the ocean while searching for new fish to pet, while some opera singer sings a ballad and you don’t have to worry about sharks biting you in the ass (I really hated that they added shark ass-biting in part 2, cause I love my ass without shark bites, thank you), although some of the fishies still had a ‘kill-it-with-fire’ look (why would nature invent a Goblin Shark? Why?).

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