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The Simpsons Arcade Game – Keep Playing LIVE!

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The Simpsons Arcade game finally invades Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network and we took advantage of the four player simultaneous play. Instead of the normal review of the game you’re used to seeing on Keep Playing, this is an entire play through. Also, you’ll hear running commentary from our (sometimes) podcast lineup of Adam, Ernie, and Zero along side myself. We’re going to dish on Simpsons trivia, point out some relevant gameplay facts, and make crass jokes.

Enjoy! This episode has a 40 minute run time, so I’ll save you the trouble and let you know the inevitable Terminator reference is at 7:58.

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Famicom Dojo Podcast: HudsonSoft 16-Shot Salute

What is the amazing truth behind the Bungeling Empire, Sim City, Bomberman, and Choplifter? You’ll be surprised! No, really! It’s pretty surprising! But you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out. Hint: they’re all connected by HudsonSoft, makers of the TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, countless awesome 8-bit peripherals, and home of the honeybee — may they rest in peace. Vinnk and Sean reminisce about the company that they thought they knew, but clearly didn’t, and now will miss more than they thought possible.

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Lost Classics: The Konami Code (Various)

In this day and age of achievements and online leaderboards, the cheat code is a dying aspect of console gaming. However, back in the day, secret codes were king. Whether it was a debug mode for Sonic, a stage select for Vice: Project Doom, or a sound test in Ninja Gaiden, discovering a cheat code was like opening a Christmas gift. However, there was one code that more than any other, would be remembered by everyone.


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KEEP PLAYING: Rewind – Castlevania 25th Anniversary Tribute (Part 3)

The finale of our salute to 25 years of vampire-slaying goodness with Part 3 of our Castlevania Anniversary Tribute! (on time this time too!) Be sure to stay all the way to the end for some fun idiocy!

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KEEP PLAYING: Rewind – Castlevania 25th Anniversary Tribute (Part 2)

A little late (it was a terrible night for a curse), but we’ve got Part 2 of our Castlevania 25th Anniversary Tribute up and ready for you. If you haven’t, be sure to check out Part 1, and stick around for for the Part 3 finale next week!

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KEEP PLAYING: Rewind – Castlevania 25th Anniversary Tribute (Part 1)

Better late than never with this episode of KEEP PLAYING: Rewind, but totally worth it as I delve into the first part of the rich vampire-slaying history of the Belmont Clan (with a little bit of help) in my Castlevania 25th Anniversary Tribute!

Check back next week for Part 2!

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Lost Classics: Yie Ar Kung-Fu (Arcade, MSX, NES, Xbox 360 Game Room, Xbox Live Arcade, Game Boy Advance)

It’s incredibly primitive by today’s standards, but Yie Ar Kung Fu is the grandfather of the whole fighting game genre. Taking control of Oolong, a generic Chinese fighter, you take on 11 different opponents, each with thier own abilities. Although you can’t play as the other fighters, the matches have a lot of strategy and variety. With Oolong being able to perform 16 different attacks, the game was surprisingly deep given it’s age, It was ported to several older systems, and updated on various gaming download services. The Xbox Live arcade port has remixed graphics. The Game Boy Advance version, included as part of Konami’s Arcade Advanced complication, has 2 secret opponents which can be unlocked via (what else?) the Konami code. It also has a two player mode in which players can play as any of the game’s fighters. If you like fighting games, you’ll definitely want to check out this Lost Classic.

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$20 Game of the Week: Hard Corps Uprising (PSN, Xbox Live Arcade)

Make no mistake, this is the latest entry in Konami’s Contra franchise. For real, check the main menu theme and game over theme. Despite it’s anime look (courtesy of developer Arc Systems) and sci-fi setting, this entry contains all the hyperactive shoot-em-up action that you expect from the series. The story is pretty generic, with the typical evil government and you as a former soldier out to stop them, but who plays a Contra game for the story? You (and a buddy if playing co-op) grab your guns, and blast everything that moves, picking up weapon upgrades you find en route. You can play in traditional arcade mode, or an all new ‘Rising’ mode where you can earn new moves and weapon upgrades. Extra characters are available for download. Uprising is part of Konami’s attempt to start a spin-off franchise with Hard Corps (originally released on the Genesis during the 90s), and if future titles are as good as this, Hard Corps will represent a new direction for the Contra franchise just as it did all those years ago. Weather you’re a fan of Contra, or just like old school 2D action, you’ll want to download this title.

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