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By Lost Joystick Network
Two retro guys talking about classic games
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32 - Arkanoid
Jay and Mike are joined in-studio by our good friend Kelan AKA milwaukeeretrogamer to discuss another certified banger of a game: Arkanoid.   That's right..  Johnny hasn't killed the show.. yet.  Tune in to hear our thoughts on the highest-grossing table arcade table cabinet in Japan in 1987.  Oh, did we mention it was ALSO the highest-grossing arcade conversion kit in the US?  Well it's true.  It was. So sit back, kick your shoes off, relax, and whisk away to a story where the time and era are unknown.  As always, thank you for listening!  We appreciate each and every one of you.  --
September 20, 2022
31 - Super Castlevania IV
The squad is back.  This time they are joined by the one and only Johnny Iucci from The Collector's Quest Podcast and we are all here to discuss another certified banger:  Super Castlevania IV for the Super Nintendo.  Please pardon any fidelity issues, as we did record this remotely and there seemed to be some slight issues from time to time.  We did our best, which usually isn't very good.  Be sure to tune in to hear our thoughts.  They're funny.  We swear.  It's worth your time.  We're not sure how else to explain it to you so it's probably best that you just give it a listen. Thank you always for listening!  We appreciate you all so much.  Please leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts.  Here's a secret.. even if you don't use Apple products, we are pretty sure you can still leave us a review.  Just don't tell THE MAN.
September 13, 2022
30 - Godzilla Games (NES)
The Godzilla games for the NES.  Man.. trying to play these games is akin to trying to stay awake until 2:30AM on a Wednesday night to watch a Godzilla movie back in the old days when you had to watch what THE MAN told you to watch.  Those days are over and your entertainment medium choices in the modern world are almost limitless, which just makes the fact that you choose to listen to us mean that much more to the boys. - As always, thank you for listening.  Please leave us five stars on iTunes or Apple Podcasts or whatever it's called nowadays.  We can't tell you how much we appreciate your support.
August 29, 2022
29 - Castlevania: Dracula X
The gang is joined by Michael Chiaramonte AKA clearvus on Instagram to discuss Castlevania: Dracula X for the Super Nintendo.  So listen in to hear what a bunch of middle-aged guys think of a 16-bit video game from the mid-90's.   As always, thank you for listening!  We appreciate every one of you.  Also, please leave us a five-star review on iTunes.  You could leave less stars, but that seems cruel.  We do all of this in an attempt to provide some semblance of entertainment to you at no cost, so leaving us a nice five-star review shouldn't be too much to ask.  Or maybe it is.. we don't know what your life or review-writing skills are like right now. 
August 18, 2022
28 - Altered Beast
We're back!  We never went anywhere but we are back!  Episode 28 is, as they say in the biz, "in the can".  Tune in and hear the LJN squad's thoughts on the original pack-in title for the Sega Genesis / MegaDrive in the United States and Europe.  Also, hear about Mike's escapades in Cleveland at CCAG and much, much more.. As always, thank you for listening.  Please rate us five stars on Apple Podcasts, whether you enjoy the podcast or not.  We'd do the same for you if you asked (and maybe even if you didn't).
August 03, 2022
27 - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
Our latest episode includes a very special in-studio guest, Jason (@kilgore_trout1 on Instagram).  Jason is a Michigan native who was kind enough to come into the LJN studio to discuss one his favorite games of all-time:  Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.   - And did we have a lot to talk about.  We get into the story of the sequel to one of the best-selling NES games ever and unearth such mysteries as "who's the girl in the bed sleeping behind Link every time I start this game?" and "why are all of these jackasses trying to kill me?" - We hope that you'll tune in and give it a listen.  And you don't even REALLY have to listen..  You could start playing the episode in your podcast aggregator of choice and turn the volume all the way down.  It's fine with us.   - Thank you for your support.. we appreciate everyone of you!  Also, please rate us five stars on iTunes and we will be your friends.. or we WON'T be your friends if that's more compelling. 
July 18, 2022
26 - R.B.I. Baseball
In the pantheon of retro video games, conversations around sports games are regarded as ELITE.  There's no disputing this irrefutable fact.  On a completely unrelated note, our latest epsiode IS a sports game:  R.B.I. Baseball for the NES.   So make sure to tune in and listen to us discuss the most compelling of all forms of video game entertainment.  Thank you for listening!  We love and appreciate you all.   P.S. Sorry for the delay in getting this one out.  Mike was on vacation which apparently means everyone is on vacation. :|
July 13, 2022
25 - The Typing of the Dead
Have you ever thought to yourself "I love the zombie killing and on-rails shooter experience of The House of the Dead series, but I have really poor aim"?  Do you find yourself looking for a good way to practice your home row typing skills and have an insatiable urge to become more accurate and proficient at typing on a keyboard? If this sounds like you, then Sega's The Typing of the Dead may be just the game for you! If not, well I don't know what to tell you.  Go play Mario or something. So join Jay, John, Mike and Robby as we all discuss the best keyboard-based on-rails zombie shooter based off of a light gun series on the Dreamcast.   As always, thank you for listening!  We appreciate more than we can ever express. 
June 20, 2022
24 - Phalanx (SNES)
The year is 1992 and you work for a marketing company.  It's your job to help market and sell mediocre games from an average developer and publisher.  A package arrives with a single Super Nintendo prototype.  You have to ask your son what to do with it because your job is to sell games, not play them.  He sets you up and you take a look at a pretty average side-scrolling space shooter.  You head to the bathroom because that is where you do your best work.  As you traverse through the doorway, you slip and hit your head on the toilet.   While laying face down on the cold linoleum floor, you have a vision.. a vision of a man.  He's an older man. Some would call him a "salt of the Earth" kind of guy, wearing a flannel shirt and denim bib overalls.  A brown fedora lays gracefully on his distinguished head.  His best friend, a dog, is by his side and, with his thick grey beard, he saunters in unassumingly and sits down.   Suddenly, a ship screams into view.  It's so bright you can barely make out that it's an A-144 Enforce Fighter.   A bolt of lightning cracks through the starlit sky.  Knocked off of your feet, you gather yourself and look back to the man in the chair to see that he is now holding the most powerful musical instrument in the world:   The Banjo It's at this very moment that you awake from your concussed blackout and scream "THAT'S IT!" as you're strapped a gurney and placed in the back of an ambulance.  And thus the legend of Phalanx was born...  
June 06, 2022
23 - Kung Fu* (NES)
Kung Fu* for the NES.  According to Sashimi-Z, this is the "crown jewel of the black box NES games".  Tune in to see if Jay, John, Mike, and Robby agree.  Also, listen in to hear friend of the show and NES programmer extraordinaire clearvus drop in to discuss his pickups.   It's a party every other week and you're all invited.  If you have a prior engagement, we understand.. Life gets busy.  There's no pressure.  That being said, the good news for you is that you can listen at your convenience, thanks to how podcasts work.  That's right.. the power is in YOUR hands.  Use it wisely (by listening to us, duh).  Here is clearvus's YouTube channel: And here is our Linktr-ee: Have fun, be safe, and be excellent to each other!
May 23, 2022
22- Gex
Do you like video games?  Do you like OLD video games?   What about moderately successful console mascots?  Do you have an affinity for small lizards?  If you answered yes to all of these questions, then this episode's topic may be everything you've ever wanted in a game.  8bitsupremacy and RetroGameEnthusiast join Mike and Jay to discuss the 1995 32-bit platformer featuring THE wise-cracking gecko with sunglasses: Gex.  Accept no substitutes.  It's a certified banger.  There's a lot of talk about the Midwest Gaming Classic and collecting.  If you want to skip all of that and cut right to the 'tude, the show topic starts at 1h06m35s. As always, thank you for listening.  Your interaction and support mean so much to us.  Also, if you give us a 5-star review on iTunes, we will happily send you stickers and who knows what else.  That's right.. we are willing to buy your love.  So lock it in and rip the knob off...
May 10, 2022
21 - R-Type
So we FINALLY got back together to discuss another RIAA-certified banger.. R-Type.  A horizontal shooter with (alleged) puzzle elements.  We talk about the TurboGrafx-16 and Sega Master System versions of one of the grandaddies of horizontal shooters.  We are joined by 8bitsupremacy and retrogameenthusiast to get their LJN Game Ratings, as well.  Just a heads-up that there is a bit of a personal story at the beginning of this episode, so if you want to skip that you can get to the R-Type talk at 42m20s. Thank you again for listening and sorry for the brief hiatus.  Also, congrats to rpgbros for winning this episode's contest.  We are running another contest, so listen until the end of the episode to learn how to enter. 
April 18, 2022
20 - Dr. Chaos (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bad Dudes)
Don't let the episode title fool you.. we don't talk about Dr. Chaos AT ALL. That being said, we are back!  This time around, Jay and Mike are joined by two staples of the show, 8bitsupremacy and retrogameenthusiast.   Robby and John sit down to talk with us about their weeks, what they've picked up, and the real topic of the show:  Bad games and why we actually enjoy some of them.  Fair warning: This episode is an open discussion, but we really start to discuss the topic at the 1h17m mark. Also, we are doing a giveaway of Castlevania Symphony of the Night for the PS1 (Greatest Hits Edition).  Listen later in the episode for details.  The contest closes at 6PM EST on Thursday, March 24th, 2022.  Here is the link you'll need once you know what information to provide: So tune in and enjoy as much as is possible.  As always, thank you for listening!
March 15, 2022
19 - Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
We were lucky enough to be joined by Matt O'Claire AKA Mattio1989 on Instagram for our latest episode.  Mattio chose another certified banger: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker for Sega Genesis.  We are also joined, as always, but 8bitsupremacy and retrogameenthusiast to get their LJN Game Rating.  Tune in to hear the squad's thoughts on a game based on a movie where the game is better than the movie.  For those that are interested in getting right to the subject matter, it starts at 41m06s.   Thanks for tuning in.  Please leave us five stars on iTunes, even if you think we suck.   Link to the socials: Mattio's Instagram: Twitch link for SandbagX, current speed run leader for all console-based runs:
February 28, 2022
18 - Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
Welcome back!  These days, the term "certified banger" is thrown around a lot , but we think this episode's subject qualifies:  Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Jay and Mike are joined by Matt Mayse, co-host of the Matty Ice and Marky Mark podcast.  Matt chose this game SO BACK OFF.  Seriously, this a long episode and there are definitely some "off the rails" moments, so if you want to skip straight to the subject matter, fast forward to 34m52s.  Or you could just skip the whole thing.. we wouldn't blame you.  Thank you for listening!  Check out our linktree to find us on social media:
February 14, 2022
17 - Ninja Gaiden III (NES)
Jay and Mike are lucky enough to be joined by Tyler Wilkin from the Collector's Quest podcast to get into Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom for the NES. Also, apologies in advance for Mike's voice.. it's a mess.  Thank you for tuning in.  Tell your friends about the show.  If you don't have any friends, then tell your co-workers about it.  And if they don't want to hear about it or you don't have a job, then post it on social media.  And if you don't have social media, that might explain why you don't have any friends or co-workers to tell.  Something to think about.. 
January 31, 2022
16 - Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (Arcade)
The boys from LJN are back with another certified banger:  Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.  And that's not all!  Tune in to hear random people who you may or may not be familiar with call in to the show to discuss one of the most revered arcade fighting games of all-time.   That's right.. @RetroGameEnthusiast, @8bitsupremacy, and @mayse.matthew all call in live during the show.   I hope you like listening to Jay and Mike talk, because you're going to get over two hours of it.  If you don't, we'd prefer that you just put it on in the background with the volume down.  It's the least you could do..  Also, if you're interested in leaving us a question or comment to discuss on the podcast, you can leave us a voice message here: Or don't.. we don't care.  But if you don't, then how else will you ever find out what we think?  You won't.  I mean you might, but this method all but ensures that you would.  And why take that chance?   Thanks for listening!  Please leave us five stars on Apple Podcasts and we will send you a check for $40*. *Checks not valid
January 11, 2022
15 - Bad Dudes (NES)
Come join us with our special guest..Robby! (@8bitsupremacy on Instagram).  Robby was so kind to as to join Jay and Mike to discuss a number of topics such as retro game collecting, his opinions on the trends of the hobby, his appearance in "Rarity: Retro Game Collecting in the Modern Era", and, most importantly, BAD DUDES. Listen in and find out our thoughts on one of the most notorious games released for the NES.   Thanks for listening!
November 01, 2021
14 - A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)
Do you remember that song "A Nightmare on My Street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?  Man, I loved that song.  I remember their label got in trouble for copyright stuff and the video got pulled.  That's wack.  
October 12, 2021
13 - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Jay and Mike are back and this timethey're joined by a special guest:  Matty Ice from the Matty Ice and Marky Mark Podcast.   Listen in as all three give their opinion on Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, as well as Taco Bell, and God knows what else.   Also, if the show sounds a little different it may be because we are recording in our revamped studio AND the show was livestreamed on Facebook Live / Twitch.  So get comfortable and spend a little time with the LJN crew and friends.  Thanks for listening!
September 13, 2021
12 - Dragon Warrior (NES)
Hey.. it's been a while.  I know we said we were going out to get cigarettes a couple of months ago.. and we didn't come back.  Listen, all we can say is that we're very sorry and that it won't happen again.  That being said, we ARE back!  This episode was recorded in June and we know it's been too long since we got it out.  We almost scrapped it but decided against it because we actually thought it was pretty good.  We will be getting back to more regular releases immediately.  This episode goes over the OG of JRPGs: Dragon Warrior for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  We talk about it's release, the slog that can be the gameplay, and where it lives in the pantheon within the history of JRPGs. Thank you again for listening and sticking with us.  We promise not to hurt you again. 
August 25, 2021
11 - Lords of Thunder
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.. and who better to trample all over that line than Jay and Mike? We're back to discuss another certified banger:  Lords of Thunder for Sega CD and TurboDuo.  Make sure you wear your fireproof facemask, because this game could melt your face off. So tune in and see what we thought about what many people think is the game with the greatest soundtrack in video game history. Thank you for listening!
June 02, 2021
10 - A Guy Who Likes Retro Games
Well, we did it.. double digits.. the big One-Zero.  Ten episodes of the Lost Joystick Network, and what better way to celebrate than to bring on our friend John Young AKA RetroGameEnthusiast on Instagram.  John has been around the collecting scene for a long time and was kind enough to sit down with Jay and Mike to discuss how he got started in collecting and what he's doing today to further his collecting goals.   Thanks for tuning in.. Enjoy!
May 25, 2021
09 - Super Mario Sunshine
Jay and Mike are joined by special guest Kyle Wojtylko from Retro Replayed in Flint, Michigan.. and this time it's another certified banger:  Super Mario Sunshine on Nintendo Gamecube.  Tune in to find out what Nintendo Power thought of their own game!  Oh, and also what the LJN gang thought, too. Thanks for listening and please be sure to rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.   
May 03, 2021
08 - A New Hope
Episode eight will go down in infamy as the cosmic shift of Lost Joystick Network.  Our good friend Jerry has decided to leave the show (on the best of terms), so we welcome Jay as the new co-host.  This episode does not circle around a single game and is really more of a "Getting to Know Your New Co-Host" discussion.  We talk about Jay's history with gaming and discuss some of his favorites.   So fear not, loyal listener.  We will be back to our standard format with the next episode.  Also, we expect to be much more consistent with our releases going forward.  Thank you for sticking with us!
April 20, 2021
07 - StarTropics (NES)
WHO IS MIKE JONES?  A question as old as time itself.   After a brief (long) hiatus, Jerry and Mike have made it back with what some consider to be a certified banger: StarTropics on the NES.  Yeah, we know we have been gone for a minute, but we promise this one is worth your time.  I mean.. let's be honest.. what were you going to do instead?  Let's not act like it's our fault that you waste your time.  And, if you DO listen, then you CAN blame us.  It all wraps up into a neat little package. ANYWAY.. thank you for putting up with us and supporting the show.  Here is where you can find us: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Email - Also, we are proud to be a member of the OffShelf network of podcasts.  You can find out more about OffShelf and their fantastic shows at: Thanks for listening!
February 01, 2021
06 - Ghosts 'n Goblins (NES)
Jerry and Mike are back to discuss spooky games in December.. bet you didn't see that coming.   This time it's Ghosts 'n Goblins for the NES.    It's a game that we would not deem a banger, unless you count banging your head against the wall.  Give us a listen and let us know what you think.  You can tell us we suck.. people do it all of the time. Find us on the Information Superhighway at: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Email -
December 04, 2020
05 - Resident Evil (PS1)
We made it back!  After a short hiatus, Jerry and Mike return with another certified banger:  Resident Evil on the PlayStation.    Survival horror at it's earliest.  Tune in and you can hear us break down the game and discuss it's legacy.   Find us on the Information Superhighway at: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Email -  Give us a listen and let us know what you think.  You can tell us we suck.. people do it all of the time.  Breakdown of differences in music from Resident Evil and Resident Evil Director's Cut:
November 19, 2020
04 - Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
We're back.. and if I was you I'd stop reading right now.  You've already seen the title.  You know what this episode is about.  We just hope that our take on this "game" is more entertaining than watching the "game" itself, because if it's not then we may as well just give up on this whole podcasting thing.  Find us online at:  Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Email -  Thanks for listening and let us know what you think, even if you think we suck. 
September 29, 2020
03 - Super Metroid (SNES)
Jerry and Mike return in this latest installment of the Lost Joystick Network podcast.  This time we discuss YET ANOTHER CERTIFIED BANGER:  Super Metroid for Super Nintendo.  Look, we aren't breaking any new ground here.  We are just two guys who like classic video games, good or bad, and we like to talk about them.  But if you want to get into the weeds about Super Metroid and where it lands on the list of best-selling SNES games, then you're in luck.  If you don't think it's interesting, then maybe our show isn't for you.  Or maybe you're just a glutton for punishment and like listening to podcasts about things you don't like.  If that's the case, then this IS the show for you.   Find us online at: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Email - Thanks for listening and let us know what you think, even if you think we suck. 
September 14, 2020
02 - Gradius (NES)
Mike and Jerry are back with another certified banger:  Gradius for the NES.  OK, maybe it's not a banger.. and maybe it's not great.. and maybe Jerry tried to wrestle the cartridge out of my hands and destroy it.. but we had fun.  Sit back and enjoy listening to us prattle on about the development, reception, and legacy of Gradius, as well as listen to us discuss the game's collectability (is that a word?) and where the current speedrun records stand. As always, thanks for listening!  You can find us at: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Email - The first person (in the Continental United States) to have read all the way to the end of this episode's description and email us will receive a prize from the overflow of Mike's vintage gaming collection.  Just email us and make the subject of the email "GIVE ME BONESTORM OR GO TO HELL".
September 03, 2020
01 - The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Well, this is it.. our first episode.  Tune in and listen to two guys you don't know discuss the games of their youth.   In this episode, Jerry and Mike discuss Nintendo's classic "The Legend of Zelda" for the NES.   We discuss everything from development to legacy, and everything in between.  Ultimately we try to answer two questions:  What is good then and is it good now?  I mean..  that's one question.. OK it's two question in one sentence.. Whatever.  I think you get the point.  Thanks for listening! Email - Facebook - Instagram - @lostjoystick Twitter - @lostjoystick Intro/Outro Music - Original work authored in FamiTracker I guess we need to start posting stuff.. 
August 17, 2020