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Mario Superstar Baseball

Mario Superstar Baseball

July 21, 2022

Play ball! It's a beautiful day for a ball game here on the GameCube Was Cool. Our third "radio" edition on 97.8 KUHB FM. Mario Superstar Baseball is quite the unique entry for the Mario Sports franchise, an amazing in depth game with an equally amazing community who keeps this game alive with stats and online play. Lucky enough one of the members of this community, @littlecoaks joins the boys to talk about the game and the community that has formed around it. With 32 characters in this game there's so many permutations making this game one of the most complex and deep sport games on the GameCube. 

 

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SpongeBob Games on The GameCube

SpongeBob Games on The GameCube

July 14, 2022

Who lives in a GameCube under the sea? With five games on the console SpongeBob and pals certainly made a lasting impact on the system. Battle for Bikini Bottom being probably the most well known thanks to the new remake and the speedrunning community that basically willed it into existence (as explained by friend of the show Luigi in his part). But there were four more games including the amazing party game Lights, Camera, Pants! (as remembered by other friend of the show Anneka), the fantastic movie tie-in, as well as Revenge of the Flying Dutchman and Creature from the Krusty Krab. Each one had it's own charm and went well above and beyond what licensed video games can normally achieve. Enjoy this extra long episode and listen to Mike & Neil talk about a cartoon that has gone on to shape them for the rest of their lives.

 

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Winnie-the-Pooh & Kids Games for The GameCube

Winnie-the-Pooh & Kids Games for The GameCube

July 7, 2022

Join Mike & Neil for a rumbly tumbly adventure through the 100 Acre Wood to talk about two Winnie the Pooh games as well as a Curious George cel-shaded movie tie-in and a Franklin the turtle game that somehow did not release on the GameCube in North America. The boys talk about their memories with Winnie-the-Pooh, are shocked at the fact that he and his band of misfit animals are the fourth largest media franchise in the world, and give some love to Jim Cummings' great voice work. They of course discuss the movie tie-in game that's not really a movie tie-in; Piglet's Big Game which plays like an early Captain Toad game. Unfortunately the Franklin game doesn't quite live up to the memes but you'll have to listen to find out why! 

 

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Harry Potter Games

Harry Potter Games

June 30, 2022

You're a wizard Harry!! Celebrating 25 years of Harry Potter with five games on the GameCube, including a Quidditch spinoff. This generation of consoles was lucky enough to play home to one of the most influential book and movie series of all time. Mike & Neil dive into their memories of the games but more importantly the franchise itself, and reminisce how kids would stand outside bookstores for midnight releases of the next chapter in the wizarding world. Joining the boys is friend of the show Chelsey from the Caesar Sunday podcast to chat about her favourite series (and visiting harry potter world in Florida). Grab your Nimbus 2000 and fly on over for this magical ride!

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Star Fox: Assault

Star Fox: Assault

June 23, 2022

To celebrate Star Fox 64 turning 25 years old this week Neil and Mike are looking back on the second Star Fox entry in the GameCube's library. Assault never won over the critics but it many moments of sheer greatness that brought fans back into the franchise after experiencing a Star Fox game that was really just Star Fox in name only. Guests of the week are Luigi from the Chat of the Wild podcast and newcomer Bill Barber, co-host of the Gaming and Collecting Podcast. They talk about their memories of Assault as well as things they loved and things they really wish would have been improved upon in newer releases. Love it or hate it Star Fox assault is arguably the last good Star Fox game, but hopefully won't be for long.

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Celebrating 100 Episodes!

Celebrating 100 Episodes!

June 16, 2022

After 100 episodes of talking about the GameCube Neil and Mike are gonna sit back, relax, and talk about themselves for an hour. Relive the last 2 years and some of their favourite moments from these episodes and some news on what the future of the GameCube Was Cool looks like! Stick around to the end of the episode to hear a mashup of some of the best jokes, moments, and stupid gags that appeared on this podcast over the last 100 episodes. Enjoy!

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Super Mario Strikers

Super Mario Strikers

June 9, 2022

Episode 100 is here! Neil and Mike can't believe that 100 episodes have passed by and are thrilled to talk about one of the best sports games of all time for this very special episode. Joining the boys to talk about Super Mario Strikers are friends of the show Matt, Will and Jason who discuss their memories of playing Strikers and it's sequel back in the day as well as talking about their excitement for the new entry which was an amazing surprise. From the makers of NHL Hitz Strikers certainly shared the fast and furious action and violence from that series and became known as a unique entry in the Mario pantheon with some of the greatest cover art of all time.

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Disney Games

Disney Games

June 2, 2022

To celebrate 99 years of Disney Mike & Neil are joined by Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Minnie and many more classic Disney characters on this week's episode. However these characters can't quite save many of these mediocre to downright awful games, many of which were exclusive to the GameCube. One of these games, Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse was played by friend of the show Emma who takes the boys through what it was like to play a point and click game with a controller. Donald Duck games like Goin' Quackers and PK Out of the Shadows appear in this episode as well as Disney Sports entries like Football and Basketball. While we watch Disney buy up all the good content Mike & Neil take us through a very strange era for Disney in the early 2000s.

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Rayman & 3D Platformers

Rayman & 3D Platformers

May 26, 2022

The greatest no-limbed character in the history of video games graces the podcast today with Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc and Rayman Arena. The boys discuss their memories with the character and his later entry games Origins and Legends. They also discuss the Don Bluth produced I-Ninja, an amazingly underrated and funny 3D platformer with the voice of Billy West and Scaler, a strange but fun game that seems to have been lost with time. Rekindle the nostalgia of the 3D platform era with this episode of The GameCube Was Cool.

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Donkey Konga & DDR Mario Mix

Donkey Konga & DDR Mario Mix

May 19, 2022

The early 2000s were the golden age of rhythm and music games and the GameCube couldn't escape their grasp on pop culture. Before Guitar Hero and Rock Band though there was Donkey Konga! The amazingly fun rhythm game played by hitting some awesome bongo peripherals and throwing some claps in there too! Join Mike, Neil and friend of the show Kyra to talk about some of their favourite memories and tracks from these two (three if you count Japan) games. The boys also talk about the rise and fall of DDR with Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix, a Mad Catz clone: MC Groovz, and last but not least from Harmonix comes Karaokes Revolution Party, not quite Guitar Hero but in terms of gameplay and aesthetics, as close as the GameCube was going to get.

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Turok & Futuristic Shooters

Turok & Futuristic Shooters

May 12, 2022

In this era of gaming there were shooters aplenty and of course Turok, the great dinosaur hunter game is celebrating 25 years as a franchise. Unfortunately this was not the best entry into the series and ended up being it's death blow. The boys also talk with friend of the show Dan about a few other shooters such as Red Faction II and Serious Sam, both very interesting franchises that they'd love to see get a second life on the Switch. To round out the episode Neil & Mike also talk about one of the few run & gun games on the Cube, BlowOut as well as an IO Interactive game that isn't Hitman: Freedom Fighters, an alternate history game who's plot is well worth the price of admission. All this and more on episode 96!

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Star Wars Games

Star Wars Games

May 4, 2022

May the Fourth be with you! It's Star Wars Day and Neil and Mike are celebrating by taking you through six galactic games on the GameCube as well as talking at length about their memories of the franchise that has been a huge part of their lives. The boys are joined by guests Jedi Geek Girl and GameCube Galaxy to go through games such as the Lego Star Wars series, Jedi Outcast, Bounty Hunter, as well as Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. There's so much to talk about today and it's a record long 3.5 hour episode so sit back, relax, grab a carton of blue milk and may the force be with you.

 

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Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

April 28, 2022

The GameCube was home to a wide variety of Zelda releases like Windwaker, Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time Master Quest and more. But few remember the "other" Zelda game that came out, a multiplayer experience that blended the old with the new, a link to the past meets windwaker. This was Four Swords Adventures, a curious title on the cube that deserves a lot of recognition. Neil and Mike bring on @toonietwirls who like Neil played this game recently and as a single player while friend of the show @cpawx joins to talk about his experience playing this with his friends on their GameBoy Advances in 2004 (link cables sold separately). A unique entry to the Zelda canon that didn't even crack a million copies sold, this is yet another example of Nintendo taking risks in the GameCube era to create new ways to enjoy a franchise.

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Shrek Games

Shrek Games

April 21, 2022

WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAMP!? To celebrate 21 years of Shrek Mike & Neil take a look back on the green ogre and keep his memory alive by talking about 4 Shrek Games on the GameCube. That includes the nearly unplayable Shrek Extra Large, Shrek Smash & Crash kart racer, Shrek Super Slam, a smash bros clone that has developed quite the community, and of course Shrek 2 the movie the game. For Shrek 2 friend of the show Kirsten joins the boys to discuss her memories of playing this surprisingly fun movie tie-in. Sit back, relax, and peel back the layers on your onion for episode 93 of the GameCube Was Cool Podcast.

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Easter Eggs in Video Games

Easter Eggs in Video Games

April 14, 2022

It's almost easter which means the boys are taking a break and going on their own easter egg hunt, but never fear, Side Mission 9 is here! Mike and Neil discuss the history of easter eggs, what the differences are between easter eggs and references, and talk about some of their earliest memories of discovering some of these secrets in games and other media. Of course there are plenty of fun secrets from GameCube games in here so spoiler alert if you want to go in completely blind to some of these games!

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Sonic Heroes & Shadow The Hedgehog

Sonic Heroes & Shadow The Hedgehog

April 7, 2022

Sonic Heroooooes!! A great theme song for a polarizing game. This week to celebrate the release of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Mike & Neil look back on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and even Big the Cat in this fun edition of the GameCube Was Cool. The boys are joined by enemy of the pod Ramon who briefly fills in for Neil after a meltdown, and Marcelo of GameCube Galaxy, an amazing YouTube channel that basically does what this podcast does but in video form! Mike and Neil give some serious consideration to the ramifications of Shadow with a gun and wonder if there really is a 3D Sonic game out there for Neil.

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Prince of Persia & Tomb Raider

Prince of Persia & Tomb Raider

April 1, 2022

It's a strange time out there folks. The sands of time seem to have taken hold on this week's episode of the GameCube Was Cool. Listen to Mike & Neil chat about Pitfall, Tomb Raider Legend, and the Prince of Persia trilogy on the GameCube. Ranging from the dark Warrior Within (which you could play on Blackberry?!?) to Two Thrones, to the classic and soon to be remade Sands of Time, the boys look back on the adventure game genre with three series who have all had similar starts but very different continuations. Enjoy this "interesting" episode of the PS2 Was...I mean, The GameCube Was Cool. 

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Part 2

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Part 2

March 25, 2022

Part 2 of The GameCube Was Cool's Paper Mario celebration has Mike & Neil discussing the game and the franchise with friend of the show Jason as well as Kate Gray, an amazing video game journalist who's written for Nintendo Life, Kotaku, and even did a review of Paper Mario Color Splash for Rolling Stone! There's so much to cover about this wonderful game, the characters, the history, the dialogue, it almost feels like there needs to be a part 3! Maybe one day but for now enjoy Episode 90 Part 2 and tell Nintendo to make this game available digitally please.

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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Part 1

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Part 1

March 24, 2022

One of the greatest GameCube games, RPGs, or any game for that matter gets the two-parter treatment here on the GameCube Was Cool. Neil & Mike dive into the world of Paper Mario, from the series' beginnings in Super Mario RPG to the latest entry on Switch. However, none can compare to the beautiful, quirky, original, dark, charming edition that is Thousand Year Door. With brilliant dialogue and astounding visuals, Thousand Year Door did what no one expected, improved on the already near-perfect Paper Mario 64. For Part 1 Neil and Mike bring on friend of the show Kira (@toonietwirls) to hear about how her dad would read the game's dialogue to her when she was a kid, and newcomer Geoff who remembers all the reasons why Nintendo will probably never remake this game again (never forget that noose in Rogueport). Stay tuned for more Paper Mario and more guests on the next episode!

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour & Golf Games

Tiger Woods PGA Tour & Golf Games

March 17, 2022

Hit the links with The GameCube Was Cool in today's episode all about golf games to celebrate the spring and St. Patrick's day of course! Join Mike, Neil and friends of the show Marty and Harrison to talk about the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series from 2003 to 2006 and how these games have stood the test of time and provided inspiration to the newest 2K additions to the sport. The boys also dive into two "arcade-y" golf game, Swingerz Golf and Outlaw golf, two very much relics of their time but fun to play nonetheless (and a certain famous actor provides the commentator's voice in Outlaw Golf!!). All this is more on episode 89.

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