One Stage at a Time

One Stage at a Time

By One Stage at a Time
Join us on our journey through classic video games one stage at a time! We're skipping no level, taking no warp zones, nor blowing any magic flutes on our quest to discover what truly makes a great game by examining each and every area all the way through! We talk gameplay, graphics, music, history, and more! Come along with us, gamers and non-gamers alike!
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Where is the Sonic and Mega Man Game?! - Sonic GG 6
Ed and Jared join us to talk about Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! We are playing Bridge Zone, Act 3, the Robotnik battle! Also in this episode: What was Sonic’s motivation when he mercilessly attacked Robotnik on his nice day out? Should Sonic and Mega Man share a universe? Do they already? How did Ken Penders get one over on Sega and Archie Comics? Did Sonic inadvertently kill Uncle Chuck? What does Alex Jones think about Sonic the Hedgehog? And are you continuing the pre-reboot Sonic continuity? WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU! All this AND MORE in a wild episode of One Stage at a Time! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) Twitter: @onestageatatime Andy Twitter: @primmtropolis Aaron Twitter: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg #OneStagePod #Sonic #SonictheHedgehog #SEGA #RetroGaming #GamingPodcast #GameGear #FullHouse
40:44
May 31, 2020
Mirror House Cornflakes and 80 Trillion Triangles - DKC 38: Platform Peril
Kate and Mike join us for the very last platforming level of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo, appropriately named “Platform Peril!” In this episode: -All the ins and outs of Platform Peril -the Nintendo hardware leak and the implications for the emulating community -they cast The Shining with the Kong clan -what wildlife would fight you or the Kongs -Krusha’s redemption arc -and much, much more! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) Twitter: @onestageatatime Andy Twitter: @primmtropolis Aaron Twitter: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg
39:19
May 27, 2020
Interesting Games are Sometimes Better than Good Games - Sonic GG 5
Joined by Ed and Jared, this episode we talk about Bridge Zone Act 2, one of the few auto-scrolling levels in all of Sonic the Hedgehog! We also discuss the origins of Sega, how Tails once had agency, other scrolling Sonic levels, the differences between Game Gear and Master System versions, and does the Bridge Zone music sound like the Full House theme? And finally, is Ed willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for knowledge? He may not have a choice. All this and more in a daring episode of One Stage at a Time! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) Twitter: @onestageatatime Andy Twitter: @primmtropolis Aaron Twitter: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg #OneStagePod #Sonic #SonictheHedgehog #SEGA #RetroGaming #GamingPodcast #GameGear #FullHouse
39:13
May 24, 2020
Kate Completes Stardew Valley & Andy Plays Mind Games - DKC 37: Loopy Lights
We’re in the thick of it now, folks! Joined by Mike & Kate Votaw, the One Stage at a Time Podcast takes on Loopy Lights, one of the final levels in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! In this episode, they talk about Kate’s journey through Stardew Valley, Aaron’s trek through Sonic Mania with Knuckles in tow, and Andy’s complete domination of Dark Souls III! They talk about the secrets of Loopy Lights, where it stacks up to other levels in the game, and the unique level design! Also: What is the relationship between Donkey & Diddy Kong? Just WHAT is hidden behind Donkey Kong’s tie? Is Mike “mad because bad?” How would Kate change the last world to facilitate character growth for the Kongs? And pour one out for the poor, mutated Manky Kong. All this AND MORE on a Loopy episode of One Stage at a Time!
49:50
May 20, 2020
Ed's Sonic Lore Book is Sexy - Sonic GG 4
We start Bridge Zone! Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear deviates from the Genesis version already in the second zone! Joined by Ed Tirado, they discuss the merits of Tails and how he has been disrespected by the Sonic games. They find another Chaos emerald and encounter a surprising enemy in such an early stage! They talk about Sonic comics and Robotnik's alternate persona, Mr. Tinker! And was the Sega Master System nothing more than a fever dream? Or was it pure 80s glory? All this and more in a radical new episode of One Stage at a Time! #RetroGaming #Outrun #GamingPodcast #SonictheHedgehog #Sonic #Sega #GameGear #Robotnik #OneStagePod #
33:51
May 17, 2020
Good Riddance, Expresso the Ostrich - DKC 36: Misty Mine
Get out of here, bird! First time guest Ed Tirado joins the boys as they dig deep in Misty Mine from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about Half Life: Alyx, Demon's Crest, Dark Souls 3, and, of course, Misty Mine! What did they like about the level, what they didn't, secrets, lore, and the final appearance of everyone's "favorite" horse, Expresso the Ostrich! Aaron unloads, Andy informs, and Ed poos his pants in this exciting episode of One Stage at a Time! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) Twitter: @onestageatatime Andy Twitter: @primmtropolis Aaron Twitter: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg #OneStagePod #DonkeyKongCountry #RetroGaming #GamingPodcast #SuperNintendo
32:53
May 13, 2020
A Sonic-ian Film : Sonic the Hedgehog GG 3
Things get dark, real dark, as the boys encounter Dr. Robotnik himself for the first time! Can Andy, Aaron, and special guest Jared defeat the good doctor or can they easily defeat him? Is the entire blood feud between between man and hedgehog Sonic's fault? What would an adult version of the Sonic movie look like and would we be scarred for life? How are the Game Gear Robotnik battles different from their 16-bit counterparts? Is there more than 1 Metal Sonic? Is this the end of Andy & Aaron's partnership?! All this and more on this traumatizing episode of One Stage at a Time!
34:46
May 9, 2020
The Horrifying Mutants of Kongo Island: DKC 35 - Manic Mincers
Joined by Jared Vandergriff once again, the boys take on Manic Mincers, the 35th stage in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about how there are no innocents on Kongo Island (except maybe Manky), what strange mutations have occured on this crazy isle, and how Donkey Kong Country could have been a Hollow-Knight style adventure. They also say goodbye to Rambi for the rest of the game, and talk about Jared's arc as a guest and character. Banana Slamma'!
31:29
May 6, 2020
The Secret Origins of Dr. Robotnik - Sonic GG 2
Joined by Jared once again, Aaron & Andy discuss Green Hill Zone Act 2 for the Sega Game Gear! This level is a pretty big departure from the first act and the boys talk about how that sets it apart from its Genesis counterparts. They also discuss exploration, chaos emeralds, the nature of speed in Sonic games, and the surprising origins of Sonic's nemesis, the evil Doctor Robotnik!
35:53
May 4, 2020
The Most Boring World Yet? - DKC 34: Tanked Up Trouble
The boys start a brand new (and FINAL) world, the Chimp Caverns! Joined by Jared once again, they play through Tanked Up Trouble in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They discuss the most difficult platforming that they've encountered yet, whether or not the world is a worthy final area for this game, the contrasts between this map and other versions, and the thematic implications of playing the villain. Also, they visit Run-DKC, the speedrunning segment of the podcast, and talk about the challenges that this particular level poses to speedrunners! Now on the last leg of the journey through Donkey Kong Country, this episode is not to be missed!
28:26
April 29, 2020
BE SONIC, BE ATOMIC! - Sonic the Hedgehog 1: Green Hill Zone
The boys start a brand new adventure! They're racing into the handheld realm by playing Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! Joined by Jared once more, they talk about everyone's favorite blue blur and his 8-bit adventure! They discuss differences between this version and the Genesis version, what they liked, what they didn't, the dark implications from the manual, and how 8-bit Sonic was way ahead of the curve! Spin til you're dizzy! It's Sonic the Hedgehog!
33:37
April 26, 2020
All Jared Does Is Insult Us - Donkey Kong Country 33: Boss Dumb Drum
Aaron, Andy, and Jared face off with Boss Dumb Drum at the top of Kremcroc Industries, Inc. What has driven this poor steel drum to suicidally attack the Kongs? And is this low-effort boss fight surprisingly pretty good? Then in Supplementary Materials, the boys discuss the Gameboy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country. Are these childish boss fights any tougher in that version? And why does Cranky have a regional British accent? And finally, the gang reveals a surprise for the next episode of One Stage at a Time!
32:50
April 22, 2020
Getting Blacked Out - DKC 32: Blackout Basement
The boys descend into Blackout Basement, the 32nd level of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System! They talk about:  what games they've been playing during the quarantine their thoughts on Blackout Basement the troubles surrounding Diddy Kong Racing Banjo and his viability as a mascot the passing of Rick May, the voice of Peppy from Star Fox 64 Come along for the ride! 
38:11
April 15, 2020
The Kongs are Brain-Damaged (And so are We) - Donkey Kong Country 31: Mine Cart Madness
The quarantine continues and we are crawling up the walls! Aaron and Andy discuss Mine Cart Madness, from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about what works in the level, secrets, and other challenging levels from other games! They also talk about speedrunning in the returning Run-DKC segement, they talk about Mario rumors, what games they've been playing the past week, and how Mark Ruffalo is connected to Donkey Kong! This is one wild ride, folks! Buckle up! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
46:14
April 8, 2020
A Grisly End to a Sad Life - Donkey Kong Country 30: Poison Pond
Aaron and Andy once again record remotely to discuss Poison Pond, an underwater level from KremKroc Industries, Inc. in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System! They talk about the bane of gamers that is underwater levels, the greatest water horse that is EnGuarde the Swordfish, and a little-known German comic about Donkey Kong Country, the game! Come along with us, won't you? www.onestageatatime.com YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
30:54
April 1, 2020
Battletoads For Smash: Donkey Kong Country 29 - Elevator Antics
The boys offer up a report from the quarantine zone. Elevator Antics, Stage 3 of Kremcroc Industries, Inc., is a treacherous trek through the Kongo caves. David Wise has us covered with a chill, ambient Cavedweller Concert. Three bonus stages await those bold enough to find them. Later, our hosts explore the megahits of yesteryear with a nostalgic gander at Rare's back catalog. Our wistful longing turns to rage as we remember the apoplectic difficulty of Battletoads and the infernal hoverbikes.
36:55
March 25, 2020
Throwing Poo & Exploring Childhood Trauma - DKC 28: Trick Track Trek
Joined once again by the wonderful Kate Votaw, the boys play through Trick Track Trek in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! Also, which Star Trek movies failed to be up to standards? Did Conker's Bad Fur Day successful straddle the adult/juvenile genres? And what movies really did a number on the podcast's psyche as children? And a surprise guest joins the crew in the middle of their therapy! Enjoy! www.onestageatatime.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
41:55
March 18, 2020
Ekongomics & Kremling Labor Movements - DKC 27: Oil Drum Alley
Joined once again by superstar Kate Votaw, the One Stage pod discusses Oil Drum Alley from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! A remarkably difficult level, it also holds some surprising secrets and secrets in secrets! They also continue to discuss the economic situation of Kongo Island and who really runs the show: The Kremlings or the Kongs? Are the Kremlings subjugated workers or are they sinister usurpers? And did Bluster Kong have an "unfortunate accident?" All this and more in this cold steel episode of One Stage at a Time! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
35:17
March 11, 2020
Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Review! & DKC 26: Really Gnawty Rampage
Joined by first-time guest Kate Votaw, the boys talk about the most important cultural touchstone of our time, the movie Sonic The Hedgehog! What things we enjoyed, what nerdy easter eggs we noticed, what opportunities were missed, and what we didn't like about the movie! Sonic Sonic Sonic Sonic Sonic all the time! Oh, and we're talking Really Gnawty Rampage from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo. But Sonic! Gotta go fast! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
1:07:19
March 4, 2020
Salute To Winky - Donkey Kong Country 25: Rope Bridge Rumble
Joined once again by special guest Mike Votaw, the One Stage Boys discuss Rope Bridge Rumble from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about the final appearance of Winky the Frog and whether he is a good horse or a great horse, movies about misunderstood monsters, and terrible no-good computer animation from the 90's! All this and more on a very feral episode of One Stage at a Time! New episodes weekly! Subscribe and then follow us on the things for more great content! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
30:44
February 26, 2020
Funky Kong is Trafficking Squawks! - Donkey Kong Country 24: Torchlight Trouble
Aaron, Andy, and special guest Mike venture into the deep dark caverns of Torchlight Trouble! They discuss the final animal friend, Squawks the Parrot! Mike finally learns how to run, what the title of "Kong" actually means, maps in video games, the oddities of the Sonic community, and is Funky Kong actually a sinister Squawks trafficker? Yes, he's a monster. All this and more in this episode of One Stage at a Time! New episodes weekly! Subscribe and then follow us on the things for more great content! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
40:35
February 19, 2020
We Want to Like Ecco the Dolphin - Donkey Kong Country 23: Croctopus Chase
Special guest Mike Votaw joins Aaron and Andy as they discuss Croctopus Chase from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about water levels and the notoriously difficult & strange Ecco the Dolphin, strange things in video games that create artificial barriers, and the surprisingly complex story of Donkey Kong. Just how does it tie in to Mario and is it also connected to Legend of Zelda? All this and more in this soggy episode of One Stage at a Time! New episodes weekly! Subscribe and then follow us on the things for more great content! Youtube: https://youtu.be/DQWgkHDc4_s www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
31:37
February 12, 2020
Manky Kong Is An Agent Of Chaos - Donkey Kong Country 22: Ice Age Alley
The boys recruit special guest Mike as they continue their treacherous trek through Gorilla Glacier in Ice Age Alley! Today we're battling a double whammy of bad controls: ice physics and Expresso the Ostrich. Our old friend Manky Kong makes a return appearance, continuing his class warfare on the petite bourgeosie Kong clan. He's basically Lenin, folks. Then we take a trip to the Collector's Corner to read about the 100% canonical Donkey Kong Country novelization by a very real person named Michael Titelbaum. This enigmatic, possibly fake, author is responsible for hundreds of novelizations and tie-ins, including Gex. Can our brains survive such revelations? Find out today! This show is also available as a video podcast on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg). You can find us on Instagram (@onestagepod) and on Twitter (@onestageatatime). Our intro music is 8-bit Eighties by injury (via ocremix.com). Our email is onestagepod@gmail.com. One Stage at a Time is created and produced by Aaron Nieson (@aaronindatwits) and Andy Primm (@Primmtropolis).
36:01
February 5, 2020
Wario IS Venom - Donkey Kong Country 21: Slip Slide Ride
Today we're getting demolished by ice physics in Slip-Slide Ride! The boys, joined by good friend Jack, have a tough road to hoe on this one. At least we've got another absolute banger of a background track! Later, the gang goes to the History Department to learn what might have been: Could Wario really have been the villain of DKC? Where did he get the time machine gun? Who drew this bizarre concept art? And is Wario actually Venom? We'll learn all this and more!
37:15
January 29, 2020
Jack Hates Ice Physics & Aaron is Naturally Attracted to Secrets - DKC 20: Snow Barrel Blast
We've got ice physics and blast barrels as the gang makes its first foray into Gorilla Glacier. Snowbarrel Blast may just be the hardest stage so far, but at least it's got a banger of a BGM. Do we have what it takes to climb the mountain, or are we gonna get buried by the blizzard? Tune in to find out! Later, we visit the History Department to learn the tale of Scribes, Rareware's infamous letters page from the heyday of the late 90s, early 00s internet, run by one Leigh Loveday (wanted, still at large). Learn about the weird and wild world of text-only web communication! This show is also available as a video podcast on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg). You can find us on Instagram (@onestagepod) and on Twitter (@onestageatatime). Our intro music is 8-bit Eighties by injury (via ocremix.com). Our email is onestagepod@gmail.com. One Stage at a Time is created and produced by Aaron Nieson (@aaronindatwits) and Andy Primm (@Primmtropolis).
32:18
January 22, 2020
DKC 19: Punching Queen B in Her Googly Eyes (Bumble B Rumble)
Featuring special guest Jack, this episodes showcases Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong taking on a new, more difficult breed of boss, Queen B! The boys talk about their favorite and most memorable boss fights, melittology (the study of bees, a branch of entomology) and the insect eco-system of Kongo island, and whether Wilford Brimley is still alive and kicking or not! Is he? We'll never tell! (We do tell) This show is also available as a video podcast on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg). You can find us on Instagram (@onestagepod) and on Twitter (@onestageatatime). Our intro music is 8-bit Eighties by injury (via ocremix.com). Our email is onestagepod@gmail.com. One Stage at a Time is created and produced by Aaron Nieson (@aaronindatwits) and Andy Primm (@Primmtropolis).
28:20
January 15, 2020
DKC 18: Cranky Kong Is A Murderer! (Clam City)
We're going underwater again in Clam City, the fourth stage of Vine Valley! Jack joins us again for this tricky dive into the waters of DK Isle. Where's Engarde when you need him? Then in the Lore Corner, we examine Cranky's in-game quotations to see what they can reveal to us about his estranged wife (and possible murder victim), Wrinkly Kong. This show is also available as a video podcast on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg). You can find us on Instagram (@onestagepod) and on Twitter (@onestageatatime). Our intro music is 8-bit Eighties by injury (via ocremix.com). Our email is onestagepod@gmail.com. One Stage at a Time is created and produced by Aaron Nieson (@aaronindatwits) and Andy Primm (@Primmtropolis).
32:33
January 8, 2020
DKC 17: The Kongfather(Orang-Utan Gang)
Today on the program we're enlisting Expresso the Ostrich's help to uncover an unprecedented number of bonus stages in Orang-Utan Gang! There's also an extended riff about the Godfather, featuring Cranky as Vito and Lanky as Fredo. Then in the Lore Corner, we take a look at Manky Kong, the mysterious orangutan traitor! This show is also available as a video podcast on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5hAb-3ciPoAuHKKkWWbFg). You can find us on Instagram (@onestagepod) and on Twitter (@onestageatatime). Our intro music is 8-bit Eighties by injury (via ocremix.com). Our email is onestagepod@gmail.com. One Stage at a Time is created and produced by Aaron Nieson (@aaronindatwits) and Andy Primm (@Primmtropolis).
29:46
January 1, 2020
DKC 16: Winnie The Pooh Can Get Right Outta Here (Temple Tempest)
Today on the program we visit Temple Tempest and meet Expresso the Ostrich, a brand new animal friend. Can our new horse help us survive another forbidden temple? And can Aaron take a gorilla in a fight? Let's find out today! Then, in Collector's Corner, we examine the DKC Competition Cartridge, a rare Blockbuster Video collector's item.
23:28
December 25, 2019
DKC 15: The Kongs are an Invasive Species (Forest Frenzy)
Andy and Aaron discuss Forest Frenzy, the 15th level in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System! How do Donkey and Diddy fit into the ecosystem of DK Island? Is the country really Donkey Kong's if he's objectively the worse of the two playable characters? Do the creators of the game ever name something that isn't a pun or alliteration? Did you know that there was a stop-motion movie about Bigfoot with Zach Galifianakis and Hugh Jackman? Probably not, based on the box office. All these questions and more are explored in this banan-tastic episode of One Stage at a Time! New episodes weekly! Subscribe and then follow us on the things for more great content! www.onestageatatime.com intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
21:52
December 18, 2019
DKC 14: The Golden Age of Print Media (Tree Top Town)
The gang invades a quaint tree-top village. Blast barrels, buzzy boys, and bottomless pits give us a hard time. We groove to another swell track by Eveline Novakovic (Fischer). And in a new segment, Supplementary Materials, we take a look at the glorious Official Nintendo Player's Guide to Donkey Kong Country.
21:20
December 11, 2019
DKC 13: David Attenborough (Vulture Culture)
Chimp Caverns is behind us, Vine Valley lies ahead. We're getting a rude welcome to the forest in Vulture Culture. But how can forest and jungle exist on one island? We need David Attenborough to sort out this biome-blunder. Then in History, we look back at DKC's 25th anniversary and the wealth of production materials Gregg Mayles shared on Twitter.
24:36
December 4, 2019
DKC 12: Body Horror (Master Necky)
It's boss time on the pod, friends. Meet Master Necky, a baffling monstrosity cloaked in mystery. Is this turning into a body horror game? Then later, some History on Knight Lore, a proto-Rare classic.
21:18
November 27, 2019
DKC 11: They're Stinkin' Lizards and They Had it Comin' (Millstone Mayhem)
We get anthropological in an mysterious ancient temple. Aaron brandishes a weapon in the studio. Krusha laughs at Diddy Kong's puny physique. We compare the cast of DKC to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. And the stinkin' lizards get what they deserve.
21:03
November 20, 2019
DKC 10: If You're Donkey, You're Dead (Stop And Go Station)
The gang dodges Rockcrocs in Stop and Go Station. Also, we explore the secret history of Mario's crimes in Donkey Kong Jr. Will we ever see Cranky's son again??
20:45
November 13, 2019
DKC 9: Pedantry Corner (Bouncy Bonanza)
It's cave time again, folks. In the third stage of World 3, we're bouncing on tires, and bouncing on Winky. That's double bouncing. Also in this episode: we feast our eyes upon the 100%-canon Donkey Kong Country cartoon show.
22:03
November 6, 2019
DKC 8: Worst Thing Ever Fathomed in a Human Brain (Mine Cart Carnage)
The gang gets traumatized by the first true wall of the game, Mine Cart Carnage. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura stops by the studio. And in a new segment, we get stunned by speedrunning strats.
21:05
November 2, 2019
DKC 7: A Sepia-Toned Flashback (Winky's Walkway)
The Kongo Jungle is in the rearview and it's on to Monkey Mines. Jared joins the gang to discuss the first stage of World 2, Winky's Walkway. We meet our new animal pal, Winky the Horse (read: frog) and learn a bit about his history and the feud between Rare brothers Gregg and Steve Mayles.
21:59
October 30, 2019
DKC 6: A Pin-up, Barbie Kong (Very Gnawty's Lair)
We defeat Very Gnawty at the end of World One. Much discussion of Candy Kong's unsettling character model. Shocking revelation that Diddy is a monkey, not a chimpanzee. A galleon appears on the horizon.
22:07
October 23, 2019
DKC 5: Getting a Really Hasselhoff Vibe (Barrel Cannon Canyon)
Today on the pod, the gang meets Funky Kong, a chill surfer dude and licensed pilot. After that we blast through Barrel Canon Canyon, the final and most difficult stage of Kongo Jungle!
16:52
October 16, 2019
DKC 4: A Lot of Pelvic Thrusting (Coral Capers)
Today the gang goes for a swim in Coral Capers! The first underwater stage is fraught with Croctopuses, but we've got Enguarde the Swordfish on our side. Also in this stage, the history of Rare!
20:37
October 12, 2019
DKC 3: Tires Everywhere (Reptile Rumble)
The gang bounces past tires, snakes, and bees in stage 1-3 of Donkey Kong Country, Reptile Rumble! And in our first Lore Corner of the season, we investigate the OG DK, Cranky Kong!
19:48
October 9, 2019
DKC 2: He Had Luxurious Lips (Ropey Rampage)
The gang swings through Ropey Rampage in this exciting episode! Night sets on the jungle as we brave bottomless pits, swinging ropes, and a rainy foreground layer. Surely the game can't get harder from here?
20:34
October 5, 2019
DKC 1: Donkey Kong Bursts Forth in a Fit of Rage (Jungle Hijinx)
Welcome to Donkey Kong Country! Today the gang rolls through Jungle Hijinx and meets our heroes. Our guests Gwen and Ponyta are gonna need Rambi the Rhino's help (and the BARRAL code) to get through this one!
25:13
October 2, 2019
SMB 33: We're Never Playing Mario Again (Bonus Round)
Andy and Aaron take a break and look back over their arduous journey through Super Mario Brothers. In this Bonus Round episode we talk favorite stages, least favorite stages, how us brain geniuses would improve this game, and what's coming up next on Season Two of One Stage at a Time!
50:00
September 25, 2019
SMB 32: President Kooper (8-4)
We've reached the end of our journey. In this episode, World 8-4, the Castle of Kooper. Andy and Aaron break down the traps and challenges of the final stage, a worthy finale to a legendary game. In the final history segment, we take a look at the legacy of Super Mario Brothers. And in the final Lore Corner, we learn about the most ridiculous plot of President Kooper. Thanks for taking this journey with us, folks! Now you can try a harder quest. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org)
43:39
September 18, 2019
SMB 31: Storming the Battlements (8-3)
This week the boys are nearing the end of their adventure, but first they have to conquer the outer walls of Kooper's Castle! In this, their final test before the end, Aaron and Andy go up against an army of Hammer Bros out for blood. Can they survive? Also in this episode, we learn the history of Super Mario Brothers' North American launch, and discover how a single game saved a dying industry.
33:40
September 11, 2019
SMB 30: Peach is Wagging the Dog (8-2)
The gang have reached the antepenultimate stage of the game! Special guest Dave returns for World 8-2, quite possibly the hardest stage in the game. As the boys battle their way through an angry horde Lakitu, Spinies, Bullet Bills, and Bougie Beetles, they take some time to look back on the arcade classic Mario Brothers. And in the lore corner: just what is the Koopa Troop, anyway? A nation? An army? An idea? We may never know. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org)
30:21
September 4, 2019
SMB 29: The Rude Jump (8-1)
The boys have reached World 8 at last, and they're already regretting it. World 8-1 is the hardest stage so far, not to mention the longest one, and it's full of enemies, traps, pits, and the rudest jump this side of Tall Tall Mountain! Our buddy and former landlord Dave joins us as well. Other topics discussed include more legal shenanigans involving King Kong, the finalists for the next series of One Stage at a Time, DOOM 2016, Gotham City Imposters, throwback graphics in Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, Bougie Beetle lore, and of course, Gex. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org)
38:10
August 28, 2019
SMB 28: Kiss Me You Fool! (7-4)
The boys struggle through another castle maze as they finish up the penultimate world in Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System! Aaron has decided he hates World 7. Andy discovers the perfect sound effect for the perfect game. Special guest Mike is baffled by how kids beat this game in 1985. The gang also discusses Donkey Kong vs. King Kong copyrights as well as do some pretty spot-on Yoshi impressions! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org)
36:06
August 21, 2019
SMB 27: Bad Things That Are Bad (7-3)
Today the boys reach the penultimate stage of World 7, another remix, and it's deja-ouch all over again! Computer science correspondent Mike explains the mechanics of how flying Cheep Cheeps target Mario so perfectly. Andy goes on a long tangent about Gex: Enter the Gecko. Aaron goes off on how lazy all these remix levels are. In history, we learn about how Radar Scope was repurposed into Donkey Kong. And in the Lore Corner, Cheep Cheeps escape the Mario universe and invade Zelda! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org)
35:42
August 14, 2019
SMB 26: I Identify as a Mario (7-2)
In this exciting episode, the gang dives underwater in World 7-2 of Super Mario Brothers! Aaron laments that this is another remix stage. Special Guest Mike barely survives an encounter with Bloopers and Cheep Cheeps. Andy gives us the history of Donkey Kong. And in the lore corner: Gooper Bloopers, Super Bloopers, and Scooper Bloopers!
34:37
August 7, 2019
SMB 25: Kids, Ask Your Grandparents (7-1)
The boys are joined once again by Mike and show their age as they discuss new subjects like Jerry Orbach, Back to the Future, and writing checks! They also touch bullet bills (again), Scatman John (again), Super Mario Land (again) and other old favorites. Also featuring a "Let us Listen" where we listen to our awesome fan, Alison!
35:10
July 31, 2019
SMB 24: I Wanna Talk About Banjo-Kazooie! (6-4)
Today on the program, it's the sixth castle! Aaron gets a hammer to the face from the toughest Bowser impostor yet. Special guest Jack is shocked and appalled by the concept of Dry Bowser. Andy just wants to talk about Banjo-Kazooie. In history, we learn about the founding of Nintendo of America. And in the Lore Corner, we talk about everyone's favorite living flame, the Podoboo!
28:42
July 24, 2019
SMB 23: The Sheer Athleticism of Mario (6-3)
The boys are back for another athletic stage in World 6-3! Jack takes us on a delightful tangent about Vanilla Ice. Aaron expounds on how all these stages are starting to run together. Andy gives some history on Hiroshi Yamauchi's daughter Yoko, the first lady of Nintendo of America. The whole gang gives a shoutout to the dearly departed Scatman John. And in the lore corner, the strange tale of the Saturday Supercade! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) email: onestagepod@gmail.com twitter: @onestageatatime IG: @onestageatatime FB: facebook.com/onestagepod
29:11
July 17, 2019
SMB 22: Your Churlish Monkeyshines Will No Longer Be Tolerated (6-2)
The boys are back for another exciting episode, and this time they're conquering World 6-2 of Super Mario Brothers! Jack Attack is back in the mix, and he's getting redemption for 6-1. Also in this episode: the gang name this one of the best levels so far; Andy and Aaron argue over who's baby; we learn the history of Minoru Arakawa, first president of Nintendo of America; and in the Lore Corner: pipes! Come along with us, won't you? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) email: onestagepod@gmail.com twitter: @onestageatatime IG: @onestageatatime FB: facebook.com/onestagepod
29:48
July 10, 2019
SMB 21: Give Me Back My Childhood! (6-1)
The boys are back for another glorious world! This time we're going to World 6-1 for another night stage. Special Guest Jack gets thrown into the deep end as the game really cranks up the difficulty. Aaron blows Jack's mind when he reveals that Lakitu can be defeated. And in the lore corner, Andy reveals Lakitu's real (and incredibly long) name. Join us, won't you! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) email: onestagepod@gmail.com twitter: @onestageatatime IG: @onestageatatime FB: facebook.com/onestagepod
31:34
July 3, 2019
SMB 20: Classic Edition (5-4)
Today it's just the original OSAAT duo, and they've got a good one for you! Aaron Nieson, wild man, conquers a giant fire bar in the World 5 castle. Andy examines the early arcade career of legendary game developer Shigeru Miyamoto. And in the lore corner, where the heck does Bowser's name come from, anyway? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) email: onestagepod@gmail.com twitter: @onestageatatime IG: @onestageatatime FB: facebook.com/onestagepod
34:48
June 19, 2019
SMB 19: Enter Shigeru (5-3)
The boys are getting deja vu in this first (of many) remix stage! In this episode, Jacob narrowly avoids a midair collision with an angry Bullet Bill. Aaron reflects on remix levels in Sonic Mania. Andy reveals the early history of Shigeru Miyamoto, Creative Fellow. And the whole gang fondly remembers Satoru Iwata! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) email: onestagepod@gmail.com twitter: @onestageatatime IG: @onestageatatime FB: facebook.com/onestagepod
28:40
June 12, 2019
SMB 18: Underwater Overworld (5-2)
The boys face down their most difficult challenge yet in World 5-2! Jacob struggles with Hammer Bros and a secret (read: trap) underwater area. Aaron ruminates on the past and future of Earthworm Jim. Andy delves into the history of the Game and Watch. And in the Lore Corner, the gang ponders if Bullet Bills are alive or not. twitter: @onestageatatime FB: facebook.com/onestagepod email: onestagepod@gmail.com insta: @onestageatatime
32:30
June 12, 2019
SMB 17: Bring Back Urkel! (5-1)
The boys are joined by good friend and brother to Aaron, Jacob Wilson, as they embark upon world 5-1! They talk about new challenges in the game and delve into the strange new trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie!
33:18
June 6, 2019
SMB 16: Glitch-Eater (4-4)
The boys are tackling World 4's castle in this exciting episode! Aaron Nieson, Glitch-Eater, triggers a strange glitch and breaks the looping maze. Andy goes on a long tangent about the original pitfall. Special guest Jared ruminates on Nintendo's rare mature offerings. In History, the gang digs into the story of Nintendo's Laser Clay Ranges and Wild Gunman. And in the Lore Corner, the evolution of the design for some of our favorite plumbers (and Koopas)! twitter: @onestageatatime email: onestagepod@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/onestagepod Insta: onestageatatime
36:09
June 5, 2019
SMB 15: Walking on Nothing (4-3)
In this episode: Mushroom platforms in another exciting athletic stage; Aaron encounters a mysterious floating enemy; special guest Jared objects when Andy describes Yoshi's New Island as an "interquel"; and the history of Nintendo's light gun technology.
33:16
May 29, 2019
SMB 14: Double Warp Zone (4-2)
Jared joins us again for another trip to the underground in World 4-2! Today the boys visit not one, but two warp zones; explore the mysteries of romance with the Nintendo Love Tester; and bask in the glory of Captain N: The Game Master. Come along with us, won't you? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
32:09
May 22, 2019
SMB 13: Lakitu Just Wants to Throw Some Pets at Somebody, Man (4-1)
It's the gang's first harrowing encounter with Lakitu as we embark on World 4! Our good friend Jared joins us as we discuss our Nintendo beginnings, the sentience of Lakitu's cloud, and whether or not Super Mario Land is good. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
36:32
May 17, 2019
SMB 12: Never Trust Anyone (3-4)
Jay joins the gang once again as we challenge World 4's castle in this exciting episode! Also in this episode, Andy and Aaron debate the merits of Switch graphics vs. current-gen graphics. And in the Lore Corner, the boys ponder how many children Bowser has, and Aaron and Jay attempt (unsuccessfully) to name all the Koopalings. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
25:46
May 15, 2019
SMB 11: Thank You, Mr. Yokoi (3-3)
Today the gang tackles more bizarre, giant plant life in World 3-3! Jay joins Andy and Aaron once more to discuss glitches, infinite lives tricks, and the immortal classic Tron. Also in this episode, a discussion of the life of one of gaming's greatest innovators, Gunpei Yokoi. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
24:28
May 10, 2019
SMB 10: Somewhat Unspectacular (3-2)
This time the boys are heading to World 3-2 where they meet a gauntlet of Koopa Troopas and Goombas out for blood! We also take a look at Nintendo's earliest ventures: hanafuda cards, taxi cab services, and even love hotels. And in the Lore Corner, the first Mario movie: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
26:20
May 8, 2019
SMB 9: Man, You Really Did It (3-1)
The boys embark on the next leg of their adventure in World 3! This time our buddy Jay joins us as we meet the first Hammer Brother ever and discuss Andy's favorite level in the game, World 3-1. Also in this episode, a summary of the life and accomplishments of Hiroshi Yamauchi, third president of Nintendo. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
26:35
May 1, 2019
SMB 8: It's Not Bowser (2-4)
The boys are joined by Mike once more as they challenge the World 2 castle! Another Bowser impostor is on the horizon, and another punishing castle guards the way. Also in this episode: the tumultuous childhood of Hiroshi Yamauchi, third (and most important) president of Nintendo! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
34:34
April 25, 2019
SMB 7: The Most Stressful Level Yet (2-3)
The gang heads to World 2-3 and gets absolutely terrorized by flying Cheep Cheeps! What is the deal with these horrifying creatures, and just how are they related to Boss Bass? We also dig deeper into the Yamauchi family and uncover more of the secret history of Nintendo. Join us, won't you? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
19:24
April 17, 2019
SMB 6 - Piracy is Wrong (2-2)
The boys go for a swim in the very first water level in Mario history! Mike joins the pod again to discuss the mediocrity of water stages, the moral implications of emulation, and whether or not the Mario Brothers are star children. Will the gang survive this dangerous dive? We'll find out today! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
25:57
April 12, 2019
SMB 5: This Game is Unrealistic and I'm Done With It (2-1)
It's deja vu all over again as the boys return to the overworld with special guest Mike! They're climbing beanstalks to the clouds, delving into Nintendo's origins, and pondering the philosophical implications of this game's cyclical nature. *Apologies for the issues with Mike's mic, it's entirely his fault and he should be mocked accordingly. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
26:12
April 10, 2019
SMB 4: Dirty River Water (1-4)
Aaron and Andy take on the first castle with special guests Cheffon Lemay & Ponyta Pokemon! The gang traverses the treacherous first castle and meets up with Bowser for the first time ever. But why did Bowser fill his castle with river water? And is this even Bowser at all? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
33:57
April 6, 2019
SMB 3: Giant Mushroom-type Platforms (1-3)
Andy and Aaron visit World 1-3, the first athletic stage! We traverse giant mushrooms suspended above a bottomless pit, and discuss the Great North American Video Game Crash of 1983. Can the boys survive? Or will they be too distracted arguing about where the Mario Brothers are from? intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
26:55
April 5, 2019
SMB 2: It's Very Unclear (1-2)
Aaron and Andy go underground for World 1-2 of Super Mario Brothers! As the boys get deeper into the game, they meet Piranha Plants, discuss everyone's favorite Player 2, Luigi, and become increasingly confused about the lore. Will they use the Warp Zone to get themselves out of this mess? Not a chance! intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
24:29
April 3, 2019
SMB 1: Quite Possibly a Perfect Level (1-1)
Andy and Aaron tackle World 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers! How did Nintendo hook a generation of kids with this single stage? And what's Mario's last name? The boys discuss all this and more on our inaugural episode. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
25:55
April 3, 2019
Episode 0: No Warp Zones
Aaron and Andy explain themselves. Join us, won't you, on a wild retrospective journey through Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System, one stage at a time. intro music: "8-bit Eighties" by injury (http://ocremix.org) twitter: @onestageatatime Andy: @primmtropolis Aaron: @aaronindatwits email: onestagepod@gmail.com FB: facebook.com/onestagepod insta: @onestageatatime
05:23
April 2, 2019