The late 90s and early 2000s was an important evolution in the military shooter genre in video games and there were only a few franchises treating the source material with real respect and care. Medal of Honor was the pinnacle for retelling the events of World War II while still being somewhat historically accurate and respectful to those who served. Neil and Mike are excited to share their knowledge and memories of playing these games as kids and finding out years later how they share DNA with Spielberg's 1998 film ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Skip ahead to 31:16 to when we are joined by our friend Josh from the Still Loading Podcast to share his memories of the Medal of Honor franchise and what lead to its unfortunate fall from grace after the GameCube generation.
Hockey is back and so are Mike & Neil on this very special episode of The GameCube Was Cool. There was a time where NHL games had the perfect balance of arcade-y-ness and realism and NHL 2004 seems to embody it like no other. So much so that you can still play and mod the game today! As a special surprise, in-game arena announcer for the NHL series Jon McComb is on the show to take us through his experience working with EA and even gives us a "last minute of play in the third period". Mike & Neil are also joined by friend of the show Marty Thompson and prolific hockey writer and author of Minds Behind The Sports Games, Patrick Hickey Jr. to give their takes on the EA NHL series as well as NHL 2K3. Skip to 16:57 to hear Patrick or to 1:26:20 to hear Jon!
Mario. Party. Two words in the english language that immediately conjure up images of happy nostalgic times, or the ending of friendships. Today Mike & Neil dive into the #1 cause of divorce and talk about Mario Parties 4 through 7. The boys detail their own memories of owning some of these games growing up as well as talking about the history of the franchise and what Nintendo will do with the massively successful Super Mario Party for the Switch. Friends of the show Harrison, Nichola, and Jed swing by to discuss who will play Waluigi in his biopic and if that mic for Mario Party 7 ever actually worked for anyone. It's also Mike's birthday so he gets a turn at reading some of the backs of cases. Skip to 1:10:35 to hear details about Toadsworth's final cruise.
Remember the early 2000s? Remember the GameCube? Remember McDonald's playplaces? Remember nostalgia filled Video Game podcasts? Neil and Mike give you your fix of gaming in the GameCube era while talking with the people who lived through it and sometimes even worked on it.
The GameCube Was Cool Podcast is taking the rest of December away from their regular content to sit at home and stare at a wall or something. This week Mike and Neil sit down and discuss their goals for 2021, games they are looking forward to and maybe decide once and for all if Candy Canes are the worst candy ever made.
This year if you downloaded an episode, commented on our social media posts, and or bought a t-shirt, we just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!
We will be back next week on January 7th with our regular GameCube content.
The GameCube Was Cool Podcast is taking the rest of December away from their regular content to buy more coffee mugs and shovel in snowstorms, because that's what we love to do in Canada. This week, Mike and Neil sit down to talk about some Christmas memories they have from the years gone by. From when we were in first grade, to gifts we received in our 20s. The boys also kick things off with a little Star Wars talk... Nerds!! We hope you are all having a safe and happy Christmas, all the best and thank you for supporting us this year!
The GameCube Was Cool Podcast are taking the rest of December away from our regular content to eat cookies and watch Die Hard, so here is Side Mission Part 2! Here is a lookback of our 2020 highlights (yes there were a few)! All our favourite episodes so far, games, albums, movies and TV shows from the year all for your listening enjoyment while you wrap gifts or do some last-minute online shopping. 2020 was a bit of a cluster f***, but we still had a few highlights nevertheless. We started the best GameCube podcast on the internet, and didn't really understand Tenet... There we said it.
Next week come back for Side Mission Part 3!
All aboard!!! Join Mike and Neil as they talk about The 1985 classic book The Polar Express and all of its adaptations, including the poorly received GameCube game from 2004. While the game may not have lived up to the movie its based on, there's still plenty to talk about for this festive episode. The boys talk about their memories associated with The Polar Express and bring up some other Christmas-themed games like Home Alone for the Genesis, Arkham Origins, and Elf Bowling! Who could forget Elf Bowling (also, there's a movie??). Skip to 40:40 to hear Neil read the final back of the case for 2020!
Yippee ki yay GameCube lovers. Mike & Neil discuss the finer points of some of the most mediocre games ever made. These are Movie Tie-In games, 9 to be exact, that were released between 2001 and 2002 for the GameCube. In addition to everyone's favourite Christmas movie Die Hard, there are some other 80s movies turned into games such as Top Gun and Rocky. In addition we have some classic 2002 movies such as Minority Report and a few duds like BloodRayne, Reign of Fire, Driven, and The Scorpion King. To round it all out the boys get to talk about the seminal Phill Collins' soundtrack to Tarzan which is unfortunately not in Tarzan Untamed. Skip ahead to 4:40 if you don't feel like hearing Neil read the back to all these cases.
In a time before Twitch and YouTube, you needed to stumble through games blindly until you found one which was that diamond in the rough. Sometimes, you couldn't rely on Mario or Link to bring you that amazing video game experience. So you would take a risk on the last game blockbuster had that day. If this sounds familiar, you may have played such classics as; Doshin the Giant, Darkened Skye, Dr. Muto, Alien Hominid, Metal Arms or everyone's favourite Frolf game Ribbit King! Mike & Neil and several guests are here this week to cover 6 weird titles on the Nintendo GameCube. Skip to 44:56 to here Josh; host of the 'Still Loading' podcast talk to us about Metal Arms Glitch in the System. Then listen to friend of the show Marty take on the back of the case segment with an avant-garde reading of Ribbit King at 1:40:06.
Don't love me, quietly...There's really nothing quite like it: the characters, the levels, the weapons, the story. 007: Nightfire stands the test of time as no other shooter does. An infinitely replayable masterpiece and the game that Mike & Neil have sunk more hours into than anything else in their lives. The time has come to reminisce and rave about this unique and under-appreciated game that often gets overshadowed by the other great James Bond game, N64's GoldenEye (and we know what Mike thinks of the N64). The boys are joined by guests Jason, Nichola, and Mike's cousins Matt & Jeff to discuss what impact Nightfire has had on their lives and how it will always hold a special place in all their hearts. As the longest episode so far with so much to say about this game, Neil's back of the case reading is all the way at 1:26:47.
With great power comes great responsibility. Mike & Neil are proud to present the Spider-Man episode! The GameCube was home to Spider-Man games based on the 2000s Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies in addition to the hidden gem 'Ultimate Spider-Man'. Spider-Man was a significant character to us as young kids in the early 2000s and we are so excited to talk about what the games mean to us now as adults. Is Mike going to quit the podcast to become a world-famous ASMR YouTuber? Is Neil loading his dishwasher wrong? All this and more in episode 26 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast. Skip to 36:36 to hear the first 'Back of the Case' segment.
Consistently ranked as one of if not the best GameCube game of all time, Mike & Neil are proud to present the Metroid Prime episode. Quite possibly the only AAA game that also falls under the category of a "cult classic" Metroid prime reinvented the first person shooter with a focus on exploration and adventure. With unique enemies, locales, and missions, Metroid Prime is one of the greatest achievements in bringing a beloved 2D character to life in a 3D world. The boys bring on friend of the show Curtis Johnson to discuss some of his favourite memories of the game while discussing Metroid's history as a franchise and what we hope to see going forward with Metroid Prime 4. Skip to one hour in to hear Neil read the back of the case.
Just in time for Halloween its Scooby-Doo games on the Nintendo GameCube! Quite possibly one of the most iconic cartoons of all time, this episode is a lookback on the cartoons, movies and games we all loved as kids. Neil and Mike reminisce with friend of the show Chris Pacheco about his memories of Scoob and the gang. The boys also finally have a few generous 'sponsors' for the back of the case segments. It's all here in Episode 24 of The GameCube Was Cool Podcast, and if you want to hear something REALLY spooky, listen to the into where Neil talks to himself, or skip to 49:54 to hear a spooky back of the case segment.
Just in time for Halloween its Resident EVIL games on the Nintendo GameCube. Quite possibly one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time, this episode features exclusives such as Resident Evil remake and RE Zero, as well as ports of Resident Evil 2, 3, and Code Veronica X (No RE4, saving that for later!). Mike reminisces with friend of the show Brian Tong about their playthrough of Resident Evil 1 way back in their college days and how they always had trouble getting past that weird eagle gem puzzle. The boys also bring on Ryan and Ben from the GamePunx podcast to discuss the games at length and learn some crazy facts including a "deaf" "composer", the Game.com system, and Neil's favourite horror game: Math Circus. It's all here in episode 23, and if you wanna hear something really spooky, skip to 56:02 to hear Neil read the back of RE1.
Join Mike and Neil on a quest to discover ancient secrets about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and other RPGs for the fiercest game system in the land. In honour of its recent remaster the boys focus on the Square Enix classic and delve into the history behind a world where crystals seem to fix anything and gameboy advance players are needed to have fun. Friends of the show Jake and Zafir join the episode to discuss their memories of the game and the plans for its future. Baldur's Gate, Lost Kingdoms, Evolution Worlds, and Summoner are also touched on while Mike tries to guess which RPG has the longest main storyline. Skip to 54:45 to hear Neil go on his own Final Fantasy quest.
The GameCube Was Cool is back with three new games this week: TimeSplitters 2, TimeSplitters Future Perfect, and Geist, 3 first-person shooters that seem to have faded away in today's over-saturated FPS market. Neil and Mike discuss TimeSplitters' legacy, and the idea that it really is the true successor to N64's GoldenEye as well as lamenting what could have been for the developer Free Radical Design, made up of former Rare employees. The boys fittingly take a look at the past, present, and future TimeSplitters and theorize where this franchise goes from here. They also cover Geist, another game that often gets forgotten but displays some very early capture mechanics (Mario Odyssey much?) and still has a place in the GameCube lore today. Skip to 30:58 to hear Neil's YTV commercial of TimeSplitters 2.
In honour of Crash 4's release, Mike and Neil take a trip down memory lane for the 20th episode of the GameCube Was Cool with Crash Bandicoot games. Since the GameCube era of Crash was mediocre at best, the boys take a quick detour with their always exciting segment "The Playstation One was Kind of Okay". Guests Andy Goddard and Jess Gicala talk about their memories of the original Crash trilogy as well as party games like Crash Bash and the iconic Crash Team Racing. To finish off the episode are Crash Nitro Kart, Crash Tag Team Racing, and Wrath of Cortex which Neil reads the back of the case at 52:56.
Let's get ready to rumbleeeeeee. The WWE (or WWF?) comes to The GameCube Was Cool podcast as Mike and Neil relive their youth and talk about their favourite wrestlers of the attitude era. We bring on friend of the show Harrison Tim to talk about some of his favourite games like WWE Day of Reckoning 1 & 2, and Wrestlemania X8 and 19. Also included is the less than stellar Legends of Wrestling series as well as the surprising UFC Takedown. As a special treat we end on Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee and pray that this game one day gets a remake. Skip ahead to 5:55 if you're not a back of the case fan to get to some WRESTLING!!!
Ever wanted a game that simulates the thrilling aspect of paying off your debts? Well Animal Crossing for GameCube is what started it all. One of the most beloved franchises ever created, Animal Forest, as it was called for the Nintendo 64DD brings back lots of memories for Mike and some anger, and also respect from Neil. We bring on friend of the show Kyra to talk about the game's impact as well as our earliest memories of the franchise and how it's evolved from this to New Horizon. We also discuss our favourite characters, from Tom Nook, to Rover, to the greatest character ever created, Mr. Resetti. Celebrating 18 years since its debut in North America, it's clear that Animal Crossing stands the test of time as one of the most unique games ever made. Listen to Mike read the back of the case at 1:01:55 and hear him try his best animalese impression.