Michael and Justin sit down to finish off the NES Castlevania games. Does this one stack up to Castlevania I and III? Tune in to find out.
P.S. If you aren't a fan of the band TOOL, skip to 10 minutes. There's quite the tangent at the beginning of the show.
Lots of tangent run alongside the game talk in this Patreon Pick about the somewhat rare NES game Widget. Tune in if you enjoy any of the following:
Metallica and/or Tool
Told you we had lots of tangents.
The Dudes cover a Patreon Pick from Brian Keating (thanks dude!) and boy is this a difficult one. Not a difficult podcast, but a difficult game. We must also apologize for the feet talk at the beginning of the episode. That was uncalled for; skip to 5 or so minutes in to avoid it.
Justin and Michael sit down for an episode about Dr. Mario! Dr. Mario is this month's Retro Gaming Monthly high score challenge. Be sure to head over to their Facebook group and participate.
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What happens when the 2 Dudes and a NES podcast helps bring together a group of Wisconsinites (cheeseheads?) IRL? Well, we record a podcast about it and brag that we are peace bearers and the #1 harmony podcast. Just kidding, listen to this episode to hear about how Power Trip Gaming got started and how Dude Vanderhoef found a couple of fellows close to home partially through our podcast.
A very Dude Bag episode! First Dude Bag tells us a story about WWI, then we cover his Patreon Pick, Xexyz! Oh and he's our only true voicemail for this episode. We probably should've just called this episode The Dude Bag Special.
The Dudes cross international borders to record and episode about one of the most classic games in the world, much less on the NES. They are joined by Steven Michael from Facebook and Nick from Scotland! This is a long and great episode that you won't want to miss.
The Dudes are joined by Power Trip Gaming on this very special episode! Andy is picking the game this time, so you guys know it has to be good; none of that Paul game picking garbage. Let's talk about Metal Storm!
The Dudes cover the arcade classic Donkey Kong. Really, what can be said about this game that hasn't already been said? They may tread familiar territory on this episode, but you can still expect that special 2 Dudes and a NES treatment... tangents and all!
The Dudes are joined on this very special episode by none other than the creator of a new homebrew NES game called Lizard! He sits down for an hour's worth of conversation with the Dudes so you guys are in for a real treat.
Find out more about Lizard by going to http://lizardnes.com
Honorary Dude Ivan is trying to use the 2 Dudes and a NES podcast to repair Russian relations by sending Michael and Justin Karnov as his Patreon Pick! Will it work? Listen and find out what the Dudes think.
Be most excellent to each other dudes! Even if this game makes you want to punch your fellow man. Michael and Justin tackle Bill & Ted for the NES in this episode (thanks Timmy) and LJN strikes again!
Bonus outro music: Let It Snow by Matecha from Merry Chipmas 2013
The Dudes head off on a quest... a King's Quest! Thanks to Tyler! for the Patreon pick. One of the few PC style adventure games on the NES. Is it worth it?
Christopher Cross 8-Bit Cover by Samwise Gamgee
The Dudes have recorded 118 episodes to this point. In this episode, they turn that into cold hard cash (delicious fake cash) to spend on any games that have been covered so far. What games did they pick? Listen in and find out.
What games would you buy with $118? Want to play along? Feel free to use this free excel spreadsheet to make your own picks!
Joshatello joins the Dudes for an episode that has been in the works since the inception of the 2 Dudes and a NES podcast... a discussion about Robin Hood! It's about time this episode see the light of day.
The Dudes take advantage of the fact that Die Hard is almost a Christmas movie and use the game for a Christmas episode! Lots of great calls into the show in this episode. Not many tangents, but still very entertaining.
Thanks for the wonderful Patreon Pick from Mandy... Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers! You'd think it would be the perfect game for Michael and Justin to role play, but alas; it doesn't happen. There is plenty of game talk and tangents to enjoy however.
Jeepers Dudes and D-Padders! This is a doozy of an episode. Things tend to get loose when we discuss games in the evening vs. the morning. Lots of tangential talk this episode... including, but not limited to... vomit.
Eat my shorts man! No really, eat em. They are purple and the aliens want purple stuff for some reason. They've got to go.This week, the Dudes discuss the unique and hotly debated Bart vs. the Space Mutants. Some love it, some hate it, some love to hate it. Tune in and find out what the dudes think.
BOO!It’s Halloween time and the Dudes have come together to talk about another horror based game. This time, the Dudes are talking about Nightmare on Elm Street. Joining the Dudes this week is Dude Paul to talk about this game that despite negative reviews the Dudes happen to enjoy.See what the Dudes have to say about this game and be sure to drink plenty of coffee lest Freddy get you……Behind The Scenes LookShout Outs!Sweet tuneage provided by The Wii Guy (Who is now an honorary dude: The Wii Dude). Check him out HEREGoFundMe for Elliot Crabtree can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/bw0d1gCome find us!Facebook Page Facebook GroupTwitterGoogle+TumblrInstagramTuneInSpreakerStitcherSoundCloudYouTubeAndroid AppZazzle StoreAdvertise with us on FiverrSupport us on Patreon
TMNT II still remains on hold. Oh well. It may become a lost episode....However, this week the Dudes sit down with the guys over at the Youtube channel Power Trip Gaming to talk about the game Legacy of the Wizard. They really bring a love and passion for this game that the Dudes may be lacking. This episode is a good listen for a game that has a large cult following.DownloadBehind The Scenes Lookhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUp49IB0jfQShout Outs!Sweet tuneage provided by The Wii Guy (Who is now an honorary dude: The Wii Dude). Check him out HEREAnnouncement's for this week by Ed of the PixelTunes Radio PodcastGoFundMe for Elliot Crabtree can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/bw0d1gCome find us!Facebook Page Facebook GroupTwitterGoogle+TumblrInstagramTuneInSpreakerStitcherSoundCloudYouTubeAndroid AppZazzle StoreAdvertise with us on FiverrSupport us on Patreon
This week the Dudes finally talk about TMNT II: The Arcade Game... NOT!!! Still working on those scheduling issues. Instead, the Dudes tackle another Patreon Pick and this is one that the D-Padders have been asking for for quite some time... Castlevania! Just in time for the month of October. Dun Dun Duuuuuuuuun!Download Behind The Scenes Lookhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvPvZGFmKhkShout Outs!Sweet tuneage provided by The Wii Guy (Who is now an honorary dude: The Wii Dude). Check him out HEREAnnouncement's for this week by Professor Alan of the Quarter-Bin PodcastGoFundMe for Elliot Crabtree can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/bw0d1gCome find us!Facebook Page Facebook GroupTwitterGoogle+TumblrInstagramTuneInSpreakerStitcherSoundCloudYouTubeAndroid AppZazzle StoreAdvertise with us on FiverrSupport us on Patreon
This week the Dudes take a break from talking NES games to talk about a new game with a classic feel. That game is the much acclaimed Super Mario Maker. For the first time Nintendo takes the creator role to the gamer and let's YOU decide the challenges that will face the Italian Plumber this time. Michael talks about his experiences playing the game which makes Justin very jealous because he has yet to get the game. The Dudes also talk about the prospect of creating Dudes levels for the D-Padders to play. Join the Super Mario Maker Facebook group HERE Download Behind The Scenes Look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMqGLEiZK5I Shout Outs! Sweet tuneage provided by The Wii Guy (Who is now an honorary dude: The Wii Dude). Check him out HEREAnnouncement's for this week's segments by Ed Wilson from Pixel Tunes RadioGoFundMe for Elliot Crabtree can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/bw0d1gCome find us!Facebook Page Facebook GroupTwitterGoogle+TumblrInstagramTuneInSpreakerStitcherSoundCl
This week the Dudes sit down to talk about a more obscure game in the NES gaming world in Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom. This is a game with a strong cult following and that shows in the D-Padders who voted for this game to be talked about by the Dudes. The Dudes have an interesting time talking about a game whose cast is usually reserved for the salad bar. Listen to find out what the Dudes have to say about this game. Retrofitted Trophies Lettuce Begin Delmonte Green Giant Rating Miracle Gro Manure Behind The Scenes Look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCMV-XzVZqA Shout Outs! Sweet tuneage provided by The Wii Guy (Who is now an honorary dude: The Wii Dude). Check him out HEREAnnouncement's for this week's segments by Atari ManGoFundMe for Elliot Crabtree can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/bw0d1gCome find us!Facebook Page Facebook GroupTwitterGoogle+TumblrInstagramTuneInSpreakerStitcherSoundCloudYouTubeAndroid AppZazzle StoreAdvertise with us on FiverrSupport us on Patre
Join the Dudes this week as they talk about a Keg of Significant Weight. No wait...that's not it. Oh yeah, Heavy Barrel! That's it! Heavy Barrel brings all the excitement that a child of the 80's could ever want. In this game, you are trying to save the world from Terrorists by assembling a special weapon called Heavy Barrel. The Dudes have a good time discussing this game and hope that you have a good time listening.
This week the Dudes take on a game of epic proportions! That game is none other than American Gladiators, which of course, was based on the classic television hit from the 90's.
Joining the Dudes is a brother Dude Matthew. Matthew and Michael go head to head in a history quiz game. Will Michael be able to keep his streak alive? Listen to find out. '
This game tended to fly under the radar for the NES but the Dudes are fond of this one, especially Michael who spent many childhood days playing against his brother in the ultimate test of video game athleticism.
There was perhaps no better visionary to walk through the doors of the President's office at Nintendo than Satoru Iwata. He claimed on multiple occasions that he was not a businessman nor a game designer first but a gamer. This is what separated him from the President's that preceded him. Join the dudes as they sit down to talk about the man Iwata and his legendary role in Nintendo and gaming history.
The Dudes are joined this week by the one and only High Score Dude or Dude Shaun as he is also known by. They sit down to discuss the game Crystalis, which is a lesser known NES classic.Many may have not heard about Crystalis but the game turns into a fun and interesting play for the Dudes. The Dudes talk about all things Crystalis that even includes a quiz game! Can Michael keep his winning record alive? You have to listen to find out.Crystalis is a fun game that has brought entertainment to the many that have played it, just as this podcast will to the many D-padders.Retrofitted Trophies You are the wind beneath my wings - Get the sword of windMom, the fog lamp!! - Find the fog lampRinky Dink - Beat the game at the lowest level possibleWhere's Earth - Get both the wind and the fire swordDo your parents even love you? - Find the psycho armor and shieldThor like- Obtain the thunder swordWaiting for a hero - Play the game between 1997 and 2097Godslayer - Beat the gameGame Rating 90's Ra
ANOTHER PATREON PICK! It is officially the attack of the Patreon picks and the dudes could not be happier about that either. This week however, Dude Justin is on the sidelines with a sick Dudette but never fear Dude Micheal is joined by Hon. Dude George for this week.The game being played was a bit of a cult classic RPG The Bard's Tale. The game has been received with mixed reviews and there are mixed reviews on the podcast (Spoiler alert).The Bard's tale can be a fun and enjoyable but very detailed game. So listen to this episode to hear what the Dudes have to say.Retrofitted TrophiesMario you greedy SOBAnother 300 Gold down the drainBillboard Top 100Platinum RecordYou May AdvanceBullseyeIs That All You’ve GotGimme That GrammyGame RatingA song:Spaceman by the KillersEarned It by The WeekendBehind The Scenes Lookhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba854mGG68IShout Outs!Sweet tuneage provided by The Wii Guy (Who is now an honorary dude: The Wii Dude). Check him out HEREAnnouncement's for th
This week the Dudes sit down to talk ANOTHER PATREON PICK! Did we mention that you all are awesome, yeah you, you are awesome. This week's game is a pick by Dude Joe who chose Adventures of Dino Riki.A lesser known title to grace the NES, Adventures of Dino Riki, is a difficult but fun addition to any D-padder's collection. It is a game that plays a lot like other Hudson Soft makes like 1942 but features a caveman instead of a plane.While this game is sure to cause some frustration (OK, maybe a lot) it is worth the pick up and the Dudes spend an enjoyable time discussing it.Retrofitted TrophiesDino A Go-Go: Get the turbo bootsTyrannosaurus Wrecks: Defeat the t-rexDino-snore: Lose on the first levelOh look a time travel machine: Beat stage oneCheck my new invention: Kill all on screen enemies with fireWrong game dude: Kill snifit looking bad guy Game RatingBoth Dudes give the same rating:Dino from the Flintstones Behind The Scenes Lookhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTC-dRB3NNMShout Out
Frustratingly difficult? Maybe. Fun? Depends on who you ask. Classic? For sure. Hold onto your underwear!Ghosts 'N Goblins has a storied history in the video game industry. Starting in the arcade and then later ported to the NES, this game is difficult yet fun. Want to know what the Dudes thought of it? Listen in.The Dudes are really liking all of the Patreon Picks. This is another one. This one is from Mike Vito. Thanks to Mike for yet another Capcom game. We've really got a streak going.Retrofitted TrophiesI Prefer David Lee Roth – Beat AstarothVincent Price Would Be Impressed – Beat the game with no deathsThriller Night – Beat the game in under 30 minWho’s the Big Man Now? – Kill 10 Big menAlbino Hulk – Kill first unicornOh Yes They Call Him the Streak – Beat the level after getting hit by the first bad guyStraight to Satan - Use level select to go straight to satanKing Arthur Most Certainly Would NOT Be Impressed - Lose to the first red devilGame RatingType of GhostPatrick SwayzeGh
The Dudes sit down this week with Eric from the Factory Sealed Podcast to talk about one of the most NES games Mega Man 2. The Dudes spend some time early in the podcast talking with Eric and making some corrections to the Ducktales story that was pointed out by a D-Padder.
Another Patreon Pick!? Not only is this another pick from our Patreon supporter Dude Shaun, but it's also a widely loved game.It's a Capcom Disney game from the NES era. Do we really need to say anything else? Probably not, but we did sit down and discuss this game quite a bit in this latest episode.
Just in time for Easter, the Dudes are here to talk about an Easter Egg. Except this time the Easter Egg is a game itself. The Dudes are talking this week about never released and unfinished game Hyperion.
Developed by Yoshio Sakamoto, Hyperion was a very unique game that could have had an impact on future games released on the NES. However, the game was never released and actually gave rise to two famous NES games.Intrigued about this game that never came to fruition?
Well give the episode a listen and see what you think about this game that never came to be.
The Dudes sit down to talk another Patreon pick and this week they are joined by the picker Greg from the SNES Podcast. The game that is discussed is a little known classic Astyanax. This Jaleco game may have quietly existed in a massive NES library but brings a lot of fun to the Dudes this week.
Are you like the Dudes? Do you watch Home Alone all year round? Even when it's not Christmas time? Is your play count on the movie above 500? Well, then why not join Michael and Justin as they discuss the NES adaptation of the movie?
Made by (now) famous development studio Bethesda Softworks. This game was voted on by you, the D-Padders, as the 2nd most wanted game for us to talk about. Interesting...
Michael and Justin may not have been huge fans of this game but could certainly see why someone would want to play it for nostalgia purposes. So listen in to this episode and also, it's generating a lot of buzz in our brand new High Score Group so come check that out. We also discuss our Patreon campaign a little bit further.
7 Going on 30 - Beat the game
Moonwalking - Do the moonwalk in the treehouse
Type of Trap:
Michael: Bear trap
Justin: Mouse trap
The Dudes return! And as per dude protocol, they are joined by special guest and back from break specialist John.This week the Dudes dive into the NES classic Super Mario Bros 2. Definitely the most obscure of the Mario games, there is perhaps no other Mario game that has more polar reactions to it. Super Mario Bros 2 brings out the debate about whether it is a great Mario game or a mediocre at best game.While the game gets mixed reviews retrospectively, it certainly was popular. The Dudes dive into this game and all the obscurity that it brings.
It's Dude Michael vs. Kyle Murphy (of Eclecnet) in the ultimate showdown arena... Super Dodge Ball. Refereeing this event, will be Dude Justin who promises to remain unbiased despite his dude connection.
*Something happened to Kyle...*
Justin and Michael sit down with special guests Rob McCallum (Nintendo Quest) and Nick Stephens (Genesis Gems) for a special bonus episode of 2 Dudes and a NES... Shovel Knight. It is super inspired by the NES so it counts, right?
Mike (short for Michael), the dudes' star pitcher, travels to a tropical isle to rescue Dr. J (J for Justin, get it?) from the evil Zoda (aka Dude Hickman). Or... the dudes just talk about Startropics with special guest Aaron Hickman of Retro Obscura and Diagamblic fame.
The dudes are finally playing Punchout for you guys... no... wait... it's Power Punch II!? Doh! WARNING: This episode is on the fringe of family friendly. No cursing, but some crude humor near the end.
Save the chicken butts! Justin and Michael break out the old power pad to make feet burgers and save the chicken butts in this week's episode of 2 Dudes and a NES about Short Order/Eggsplode... and the Power Pad!
The dudes reach into obscurity this week to pull out a little known or talked about game out of the NES vault. While most, (sans one sporting a ginger colored beard that may be awesome) have not heard of this game, the dudes hope to bring it into your NES experience.
Jaws… the one NES game that has consumed more of the dudes’ collective time than any other game. Why didn’t they spend their wonder years playing co-op Contra? Why didn’t they compete in some intense high score competitions with Donkey Kong? Who knows. Maybe if they knew what they were doing they would have spent less time on it.
The 2 Dudes really outdo themselves on this one. They actually have a real live guest who is very accommodating, unlike that nutty Mario. David Crane sits down with the Dudes for an exclusive interview about his days as a video game programmer in the early days and his experience creating and designing A Boy and His Blob. If you listen to any 2 Dudes show, this would be the one to catch. But you should probably listen to all of them.
Join the 2 Dudes as they discuss by far the weirdest game to be discussed on the show. If you like futuristic games where ancient Japanese dance art is a vital component to success, you will like this game. Plus how many games can you use hair as a weapon?
Metal Gear is a very unique experience on the NES. There isn't another game on the system quite like it. Does that mean that it's amazing and one of the best games to ever grace the system? Vladimir Putin might say yes, but the dudes... well they might think otherwise. Listen to find out what the NES dudes think about this game and why they are making references to Vladimir Putin in addition to Tom Arnold.
While hanging in the balance of Dimension X, we decided to spend some time talking about the game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and who else is better to talk to about this game than a couple of dudes who pride themselves on turtleology. While TMNT certainly added some frustrating times during our childhood, it added many enjoyable times (except the child labor some had to endure to get the game).
The moment you hit the power button, Wizards and Warriors' epic score lets you know exactly what this game is all about. Knights... magic... swords... demons... gems... gigantic hollow trees...exploding eggs... alarm clocks? Yes, David Wise really knows how to score a game and Rare really knew how to develop them.
WARNING: Contents of this episode may contain Fabio.
Have you ever been duck hunting? Have you ever owned a dog that laughs at your inadequacies? Chances are, if you owned a Nintendo entertainment system (and who didn't) you have. Sure you didn't have to get decked out in camo and sit in the outdoors but you got the experience, right? Duck Hunt holds a place near and dear to the hearts of NES lovers out there. For most it was the first and maybe only game that you got the experience of using the zapper.
Final Fantasy. Every dungeon master's dream. Reportedly under the threat of bankruptcy and out of the shadow of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy burst on the scene as Square's swan song. A last ditch effort to remain in the game industry.
Alright everyone, before you get all upset about us reviewing this game hear us out. Listen to the podcast to hear what we have to say and we promise it will not be a 30 minute defense of this game that has been given at best mixed reviews.
Update (2/24/14): Since the airing of the Ghostbusters episode the great Ghostbusters actor Harold Ramis has passed. As most of you know he was the beloved actor who played Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters movie. We would like to honor the legacy of Harold Ramis by dedicating the Ghostbusters episode of 2 Dudes and a NES to him.
What better game for the two dudes to talk about than a game about two battle tested, gun showing boot wearing guys on a journey to save the day? Double Dragon, a game about twin brothers (a notion lost on the casting director of the ill made movie), on a journey to save Marian. Well, that was the idea at least. The NES version of the game had a bit of a change in the story. A story that is hilariously told by Michael on the show.
What can be said about Pac-Man that hasn't already been said? When most quarter (hehe, get it? quarter?) to middle-aged people think of arcades, Pac-Man is THE game. Of course, we're NES dudes so we want to know what the NES version is like. Well, it is basically identical to the arcade, which makes it awesome!
Ah, Super Mario Bros. The game that started it all for most of us. You'll be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn't at least played this game. Most of us remember it as the two-fold pack-in game Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt that came with most NES consoles. Originally released in 1985, Super Mario Bros. helped to launch the side-scrolling genre into mainstream popularity and was the best selling game for nearly three decades.There are many interesting facts about the development of the game lead by the man himself: Shigeru Miyamoto.