AVGN: Wish List (Part 1)

Mike Matei / December 17th, 2013

Episode 116

Comments

  • felix mollberg

    December 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    first

  • Patrick Bowman

    December 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Very nice that the new one is up already (: Can’t wait for part 2! I’m sure both of these will be equally great!

  • December 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Great Episode James!

  • Eric Hughes

    December 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Ahhh good memories. Those were times i beg my mom to get those games and toys right away in those books. LOL!

  • Drewt66

    December 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    great stuff

  • Benjamin Turney

    December 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    when I was six I thought the joust in ‘Skate or Die’ was so cool! When I play it now, it sucks!

  • GeedAwesome

    December 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Hey, I liked Sonic R!

    • Bathrobes

      December 18, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Sonic R makes me throw up in my mouth a little =S Even as a kid I was fascinated by people who liked it. I did’t get it now, and I never will. But if you like it, well, game on!

  • Joorum

    December 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Damn, new AVGN already? Awesome! Wasn’t expecting one before the 22nd or something.

  • Benjamin Turney

    December 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Did anyone else think ‘Sonic Spinball’ was AWESOME!?

  • December 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Dr. Eggman .. ugh! I don’t get why Dr. Robotnik was named that either! There’s only one Eggman and that’s Vincent Price!!! Eggcellent! πŸ™‚

    • December 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Haha, Yes!!

      • December 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        Did you know that he was originally called Eggman in Japan? Just that the Americans felt that he needed a more menacing (Russian?) name. So why change it back? I’m not sure… Someone may have that answer.

      • Curt90

        December 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        Edward – becasue the cold war is over ;P

      • Curt90

        December 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        BTW “Robotnik” means “worker” in Polish. That was something which confuses me when I was a kid, playing Sonic. All the sudden there was a Polish word in Japanese game. πŸ˜‰

  • frostare

    December 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I actually prefer “Gorza” to “Gozer”. Sounds to me like it appeals more to the neutral gender of a god. I know it’s still wrong, though.

  • Veio

    December 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    James said “do kids just watch games nowadays?”. Yeah, that’s exactly what happened. Games like Heavy Rain are just 3d versions of that SegaCD/CDI crap, it’s just a movie with minimal player involvement. And yeah, sony fans go apeshit for that. Players became too dumb to succeed in actual games? Just make the game entirely of QTE shit and sell it as the next big thing, lol.

    • Curt90

      December 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I wouldn’t use word “nowadays”. Remeber Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 on Sony consoles? It goes like that in this games: intro, codec, cutscene, codec, cutscene, codec, action, cutscene, codec, cutscene, action and so on.

    • KennyM

      December 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      D

    • KennyM

      December 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Don’t forget the walking dead game too

    • December 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Actually, Heavy Rain is a modern take on classic point and click adventures; it’s also an excellent game, one of the best from this generation.

      Heaven forbid story-driven games can coexist with gameplay-driven ones…

  • December 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Just signed up to post this comment – I’ve felt slightly dissatisfied with recent entries to the AVGN series overall, much preferring the older episodes and their drastically different vibe. However, this episode is a return to form and brought me the joy which the much older videos always do, so I wanted to say thanks for the hours of entertainment down the years! Looking forward to part 2!

  • nowaitstop

    December 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    This may turn out to be one of the best two-part episodes you’ve ever done. Good job!

  • Elias Mochan

    December 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I hace to stand for Shadow The Hedgehog. I love that game. I love it’s a “choose your own adventure”, but I don’t like that you have to complete all POSIBLE adventures in order to get to the final boss. The music is awesome.

    Some history, Shadow appeared fist in Sonic Adventure 2 for Sega Dreamcast. I like a lot that game too, but Shadow The Hedgehog is better.

    • December 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      They were trying for more replay value. Just like play all characters/teams before you can take on the SUPER BATTLE! or something…

  • December 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I think since Sonic Adventure, story tends to get quite confusing. Shadow makes his first appearance in Sonic Adventure 2. As for when more humans start to get mixed in, I THINK it is explained in one of the Sonic Advance games… *GASP* SEGA MASCOTT ON NINTENDO GAME BOY ADVANCE?!

  • NikAr

    December 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Awesome! Can’t wait for part 2!

  • DON

    December 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you so much πŸ™‚
    I love those episodes with something non-videogame from the 80s thrown in like those catalogues…brings back so many nostalgic feelings.
    You’re not the only one missing the “BI times” !

  • BladeRunner

    December 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    awesome, great video!!!!

  • Another Guy Named James

    December 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I’m still holding out for the Bubsy Games!

  • Daniel Marques

    December 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I always hated Sonic games, from the first one until the new ones, to me the gameplay is repetitive, the characters are stupid, and the later concepts inserted are ridiculous. I admit the first one was innovative and stuff, but Mario games are fantastic since the beginning, there are only a few bad Mario games, in my opinion even Alex Kidd games are way better than Sonic.

  • Thepessimisticduck

    December 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    ….

  • sparks Nicholas

    December 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Definitely not first πŸ˜€

  • Polygon

    December 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Not first again

  • December 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    For part 2, you really should play the original Tomb Raider, it’s SO BAD, trust me. Maybe the Angel of Darkness as well, that one was pretty glitchy.

  • December 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Grate video James πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait for part 3

  • Curt90

    December 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Great idea to make a video about all games that fans would like to see, which there is no much to say about them. I have no idea if I write this sentence corectly. Probably not. ;P

  • December 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Hey James, great video. I was just wondering, have you or Mike played Sonic Generations yet? The 2D sections are a throw back to the original Mega Drive games and have physics close to them (Also 2D Sonic is done in the original style instead of the new 3D style). They also remove the homing attack (at least on the 2D sections). The 3D sections are also a blast to play, and are way better than most of the other 3D Sonic games.

    Anyway thanks for all the great videos you do, and all the passion you put into them.

  • Brandon Zeman

    December 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Quite saddened that you didnt show the lady on the beach showing her tits in the wheres waldo books.. Awesome anyways!! Been watching since 07 and you never get old!

  • December 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I still refused to call Doctor Robotnic the incorrect name Doctor eggman…. appernetly Yuji Naka saidthat “Robotnik” is the his true last name is Robotnic while “Eggman” is a nickname taken after the shape of his round body.. and since he was the programmer on the original game and a later producer of Sonic Team, .. so id say Doctor Robotnic is the correct name afterall.. because he said so… πŸ˜€

    • OmegaRockman

      December 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      I still think you should give the Sonic Adventure games a chance. They’re 3D Sonic games done right. Granted, they’re not perfect, but they’re still pretty good in my book. I also hope you get to Dragon Power since it’s a terrible Dragon Ball game as well as some Power Rangers games to honor the 20th Anniversary! Hey, Doug Walker did it, so why not James?

  • Apparition

    December 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the nostalgia trip. And your critique of the catalogs was hilarious.

  • December 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Still love the nerd but need to bring the excitement and story back into the eps like it used to be

    • Lanlost

      December 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Heh, that’s funny (and I don’t mean that in a dickish way) people used to bitch about THOSE episodes.

      I have a theory I’ll get into some time about this. Basically, I think all the story episodes came from wanting to go back to his directing and naturally implementing that in AVGN episodes.

      Now that he’s done the movie, which I think it was sort of an avgnaculation, it’s back to the more review centric episodes.

      But who knows, if you think about it, people were upset that he was going to only do one episode a month, and then less, and then less, but really .. there is more content (especially of a variety) than I EVER remember being on this site 5-6 years ago.

      that’s all.

      • ToadRoad

        December 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        I think it’s about a balance. Some people prefer the side stories, some just want game footage and the accompanying frustration. Some want a mix. As long as every episode doesn’t skew towards one of those demographics, there’s something for everyone.

        I just miss him getting real angry. Now they’re like calm, objective analysis of flaws. “WHY ARE THERE NO CONTINUES?!?!” type stuff has been toned down.

  • Pinball Guru

    December 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Great idea for a Christmas episode! I was wondering what was going to happen, now that the bible game river had dried up. Kudos!

  • Moose Of Woe

    December 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    lmao @ the ending.

  • December 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    LOL love the last part. Thanks for an awesome episode James =) Cant wait for part 2!

  • Lanlost

    December 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    James,

    This is what I love about you. Just when people think they’ve seen you do everything you go off and do something like this!

    This is by far one of the greatest AVGN episodes EVER and were anxiously awaiting pt. 2.

    You’re the man, man.

  • Michael Keene

    December 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Hahah! I wanted to do a wishbook episode myself too bad I’m too late for that now. If it wasn’t for the Wishbook I NEVER would of had The Legend of Zelda.

  • Joker83

    December 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    So great, and I loved those wish books too. Can’t wait for the next part

  • diegowar

    December 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    This is by far the best video about wish lists I’ve ever seen. And with James Rolfe, we can say that about a lot of things. Basically, whenever he does a video with a “concept X”, it’s usually one of the best if not the best video about “concept X”. I’m rarely disappointed on cinemassacre.com, high quality videos, and for free, thanks man !

  • Alexander Smith

    December 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I actually liked shadow the hedgehog I thought it was a good fun game same goes for sonic adventure battle 1 & 2

  • Mariwa

    December 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Wow this reminded me to the old AVGN episodes. Great one really fun to watch. I also had that waldo game. Didn’t seem so bad at the time.

  • December 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    wow you’ve been a busy beaver, there’s been multiple videos over the last few weeks

  • December 18, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Thank you for this video James. Being 30, you and I grew up with pretty much all the same things. I remember those Sears, JCPenny, and numerous other “Wish List” catalogs. Some still exist to this day, but they don’t have the same magic they had in the 80s and early 90s. You brought back so many fond memories for me with this episode, you really made my day. I really can’t wait for part two. I hope it’s soon! : )

  • callmeRaskolnikov

    December 18, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Holy shit! I had completely forgotten about those catalog books until you started showing them. I remember seeing them when I was kid with my mother at the department stores in the mall. This was a really well done episode. Cant wait for part two!

  • Aaron1375

    December 18, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I liked that look at the old wish list catalogs, I used to peruse them myself. Good episode, but you and Mike doing Sonic 06 was more brutal!

  • FJMcCloud

    December 18, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Heh, I bet this review was partly inspired by my comment where I used the Sears Wish Book to call out the guy remembering $80 NES carts.

    Either way, I only got to save a couple myself.
    For the others, the best online source I’ve found is
    http://www.wishbookweb.com/
    Regrettably it seems to be down right now. πŸ™
    This is one curse of the internet. Centralized information vulnerable to loss by economics or censorship.

    One of my favorite Wish Book flubs is Super Mario Bros 2. They use an SMB1 screenshot for it——and they repeat the same error EVERY YEAR! Even through 1991!

  • Apocalypse612

    December 18, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Sonic R is the shit.. Fuck you James! ^.^

  • December 18, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Ok. For Part 2, I think Smurfs NES is really great one.

  • jasonjrf

    December 18, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Karate Champ is actually awesome me and my buddy play it often on an emulator. I played it back in the arcade when I was like 8 and it was awesome then too. You just have to get used to it. Its actually two joysticks not buttons so you kinda need to think of it like that.

  • December 18, 2013 at 3:48 am

    This games are so shitty they don’t even offer something to talk about for an entire episode.
    Can’t wait for part 2, can Waldo be topped?

  • SirSuperSouthern

    December 18, 2013 at 3:53 am

    first

  • SirSuperSouthern

    December 18, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Also, fuck you James for dissing Bad Dudes. The arcade version of that game was my first girlfriend…

  • Boo Daclown

    December 18, 2013 at 7:24 am

    rock on nerd

  • Wendy

    December 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Your reaction to a Sonic game on a Nintendo console….”WTH?” lol Same as mine back then.

    Even though I’ve never played Shadow the Hedgehog, I actually like the character and his storyline.

    Anywho, seeing those catalogs sure took me back. I used to do the same thing. We’d get the catalog, see the new toys and stuff…so nostalgic. Darn young whipper snappers. Don’t know how much fun it was to look through those catalogs. lol

  • December 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Man, my childhood. <3

    Here in Brazil it was illegal to show guns on such wishlists, and it was uncommon to see videogames until '95.

  • December 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I don’t care who you are, these videos are pretty damn funny.

  • Jackred89

    December 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I already know you plan to review Bubsy series and one of my biggest requests to date. Spider-Man and X-Men: Arcade’s Revenge which I hate. Seriously this game is a fucking nightmare. Good luck reviewing that one James.

  • taykel

    December 18, 2013 at 9:17 am

    When I was a kid, I loved looking at the toy section in catalogs. I remember reading about the Video Now player in one of them. If there wasn’t something exciting in the catalogs for me, I would not look at it.

  • johnruggieri1428

    December 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Wow!! Watching you flip through those wish books really took me back!! I sat and stared at those exact pages as a kid. And yes, I got Deadly Towers and Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde as gifts!

  • December 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    The arcade version of Bad Dudes is 100% better than the lame NES version but still not that high on the beat’em up meter. Hopefully I find one when I go to magfest and perhaps bump into you and mike(but it is a really big place and I’ll probably just be in line for hours)

  • December 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

    good go I see those toys now and realize what a fucking dork I was…… was….. yeah was

  • NashKnight

    December 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I don’t know about the NES version of Bad Dudes, but the arcade original is actually pretty badass, and it certainly passed the test of time with flying colors, I still play it very often

    • December 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      It’s not a bad game…it’s just not a great game but the whole cheesy premise makes up for it’s ordanayness

  • thetruetombo

    December 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    hey mother of all fucks!, please play Friday the 13th for THE C64!, it KILLS the NES version (yet it makes less sense) also it has scary images! you may soil your bugs bunnies!

    Merry Christmas and Bah! Humbug!

  • meanspirit

    December 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Surely the guys who made the Waldo game should have realised that the technology wasn’t there to make the game better than a static book?! And the book would have lasted a lot longer too.

  • John Rustic

    December 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    James, I’ve been a fan for a long time and I’ve watched every episode multiple times with my Wife. Why the hell are you so anti-gun? Is it really that bad for a kid to see a gun cabinet? Must be that New Jersey mentality sinking in, kinda sad to see you so blown away by the 2nd amendment….just had to ask because it really bothered me. There are families out there whose kids are young sportsmen and shoot guns often. I think you were sending the wrong message πŸ™

    • Jarnor23

      December 25, 2013 at 4:13 am

      I think he may be commenting more on how PC moms nowadays would shit their panties to have the kid flip the page and go from Mario to shotguns. You have a point about the East Coast though, so many out there go into hysterics just from looking at a gun. Out West it’s a tool, one you learn about the safety of use when you get old enough. Education dispels fear.

  • austin castle

    December 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    i kinda thought “”shadow the hedgehog” was a good game. i enjoyed it alot.

  • December 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    next wish list do lion king on snes… that fucking ostrich pisses me off every time!

  • December 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I had Skate or Die. What a bunch of ass. And the high jump was such a bitch. If you got stuck you had to tap buttons until you regained your momentum to finish your jumps. You couldn’t just quit and go back. AJHKJAHKDJHDSFIUHDoisjgoiadjhgoiwsuthao;srgfj!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah.

  • Rosti_NeoGAF

    December 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Awesome episode, James. I really like the pace and that you give those catalogs proper screen time. And that Waldo game, hilarious! I can’t wait for part two to see which other games from the wish lists posted you will play.

  • mysterywolf

    December 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Sonic Gems collection. /add request.
    More like sonic shit collection. With the exception of sonic CD, it has pretty much all the bad sonic games- including a fighting game.

    That said, Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 has a terrible story line, but they’re actually good 3d sonic games.

    Shadow was just repetitive for over 300 endings in which 1 line is changed each time. Like making 300 different endings to terminator but instead of “I’ll be back” the line is “I’ll be returning” basically.
    Not to mention, some of the stages were so difficult and the design so flawed, that if you screwed up once and returned to the checkpoint, you were better off just restarting the level. (Generally the ones that require you to destroy a spaceship/airplane)

  • December 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Oh man James you brought back so many memories with the catalogs
    I remember as a kid waiting for my brother to get done looking at it so I could go through and put a star by or circle the stuff I wanted
    Definitely an exciting time as a kid

  • December 18, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Why not Sonic ’06 in the Bad Sonic Games list?

    A incomplete game released for PS3/X360 with great potential, but a LOT of glitches and terrible gameplay problems.

    The game could be so much better without that city thing too.

    Also, love that James & Mike Mondays episode lol.

  • December 19, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Nice vid but I’ve got to take some exceptions on some things.

    1. Bad Dudes holds up great! It’s still just as fun today. It’s a 2d beat-em-up, not a 2 3/4D one, so you can’t fairly compare it to final fight.

    2. Although Karate Champ indeed sucks, the controls are pretty easy to figure out. It’s far easier if you’ve ever played the arcade version, which has two joysticks.

    3. All Sonic games suck… every one of them. I’m not saying they are terrible, but they aren’t very good either. It’s a flawed concept….Sonic himself is designed to quickly travel around the screen and yet you don’t have a lot of control over stopping him and the camera is too slow, resulting in Sonic hitting an enemy/obstacle every few seconds, putting him into a full stop, which means you have to back-track to build up steam again. It would be like if Mario games had hidden spikes on every other brick so you couldn’t jump freely. Sonic is fun when he’s moving and the entire stage is designed to slow him down.

    • ToadRoad

      December 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      The challenge of Sonic is moving at those high speeds while still avoiding obstacles/enemies and collecting rings/power-ups and entering chaos emerald stages. You don’t EVER need to backtrack if you’re playing the game properly.

  • Czab

    December 19, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Haha, I hate the Unprogrammed Area of Limbo too πŸ˜€

  • MetalHorrorNES

    December 19, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Holy shit did that bring back memories! I remember those catalogs vividly. Sears, Service Merchandise, etc. I circled whatever I wanted in toys and video games. Good times! As always James, you are the king of nostalgia (don’t let The Critic see this! No offense Doug!) and love the strolls down memory lane! Happy, Healty, Holidays to you and your family! Can’t wait for my AVGN and Board James dvds to arrive! Rock on!

  • Jasper

    December 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

    At the end, when Nerd stated “I’m going to go get the games,” I was waiting for him to grab a box of laxatives and walk to the bathroom.

  • kuksoolwon

    December 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Man that was so true.I alway’s used Jc Penny Catalog to get my Christmas.I hope if not on part 2,That James will do The Goonies 2 NES Game.I bet he can do alot with that game,Esp tie it in with the Movie,But,The Movie is a Classic,But the Game was Crap.That is my Wishlist

  • Travis McNabb

    December 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    The part at the end about getting the games was freaking hilarious, lmao! Great job as always! Look forward to part 2 πŸ™‚

  • Geo_Seven

    December 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    They’re not really bad games… but very frustrating to some, and I remember you stating at one point that you really suck at them and that you are not a big fan… but it would be interesting to see you take on some of the Adventure games on console like Maniac Mansion, Deja Vu, Shadowgate, The Uninvited, ect

  • S3ntinel2001

    December 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    looking at those wish lists books, goes to show you how much better the times were as a kid.

  • com85

    December 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Love all the videos you do James, been a fan for some years now. Merry Christmas to you and your family and Mike πŸ™‚ /Carl Sweden

  • Dodge Ostrander

    December 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Sonic R on PC was the shit when i was a kid, fuck man. Feelings :'(

    BUT I RUINED IT FOREVER BY CHANGING THE LANGUAGE TO JAPANESE. I WAS NEVER ABLE TO CHANGE IT BACK AND DIDN’T KNOW SHIT.

  • NeverTooOld

    December 20, 2013 at 3:33 am

    For a time, I thought you will go all the way through the xbox 360 version of sonic (Sonic ’06)=the worst! Glad you didn’t. After all, you are supposed to take us back to the past even if nowadays, there is some shitty games that suck ass!

  • dcase

    December 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I love the hell out of the part where James is sifting through the catalog — I remember seeing those same pictures of toys. I never realized I wasn’t the only one who had seen them.

  • TheKingDuke

    December 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Aah no Tintin? Oh well, i enjoy the videos.
    Try next time the Europe games, they are so bad you don’t even wanna touch the controls anymore.

  • December 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Holy crap!

    Did I just see the Nintendo NES Zapper amongst the real guns?!?!?

    .
    .
    .

    Or did they make a real gun based upon the NES Zapper!?

    I don’t know what’s worse!

  • December 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I shit myself laughing at the end!

  • rfunes

    December 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I would rather be gifted any of those sweet guns instead of all those shitty games.

  • penpan

    December 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Too funny πŸ˜› I agree with you on those old catalogues, what a trip down memory lane! I remember our mother not allowing us to circle inside the magazines themselves, so we had to get a piece of notebook paper and manually write each item down instead πŸ˜›

  • VV

    December 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Wow… The part with the catalogues is amazing. Thank you, James! Love from Germany! <3

  • badass kickass

    December 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Your reproducer is shit

  • Rafael Peres

    December 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    very nice video!

  • December 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    omg i thought i had seen this episode a few years back i was on here a few days ago and the new episodes wasn’t on the main page πŸ™

  • abigcoorsman

    December 27, 2013 at 2:19 am

    WTF is wrong with guns and knives in the add along side everything else? What is soooo unacceptable about this?

  • gluserty

    December 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I had a friend who owned most of the trendy of NES titles when we were kids like “Skate or Die”; many of the kids in the surrounding neighborhood would stop over and play them in his garage. Now, for “Karate Champ” I own a copy that I purchased for 5$ about 7 years ago. Yeah, the gameplay is terrible (I got it for nostalgic motives).
    Great segment on those catalogs; I used to read my grandmother’s Sears holiday catalog when my mothers and I visited her on Sundays, and I thought those were pretty cool.

  • Joseph Schultz

    December 29, 2013 at 4:22 am

    11:50 “is that what kids do these days? watch video games?”

    *cough* tobuscus *cough*

  • Prosercunus

    December 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I remember reading those catalogs at my grandmas when I was a kid. I remember enjoying the lingerie sections specifically.

  • likalaruku

    December 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    You could have just covered the magazines & I would have been satisfied. What a nostalgia trip. ^_^

    I find it incredibly difficult to pay attention to someone when Tchaikovsky is playing in the background….Or Bach…Or Mussorgsky…I want to listen to both at the ame time.

    Karate Champ: The only game where Lionel Richie cheers you on in the background.

  • likalaruku

    December 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I rather liked the Game Gear version of Sonic Labyrinth; it was like Sonic Blast for the Genesis, but less headache inducing. Any 3D game is where Sonic goes to shit. Plus all of his new friends are like horrible fan OCs.

  • darlingnobaka

    January 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    You were apparently fortunate enough not to “play” Final Fantasy 13. It’s basically a movie broken up by hour long walks and handfuls of “battles”. Boring as hell.

  • james sigouin

    January 9, 2014 at 12:07 am

    isnt it ironic how u say “is that what kids do nowa days ..waych videogames” when you make videos about games to watch

  • demigodchild

    January 10, 2014 at 1:21 am

    the one bad sonic game I was hoping you’d play to see how bad it is was Sonic and the Black Knight… I liked Shadow the Hedgehog, but the Black Knight game on the wii made me give up on Sonic games…

  • January 15, 2014 at 5:11 am

    LOL 14:53 Shit Was Funny

  • January 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    You know what’s weird? I can’t access any of these videos on YouTube.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Nice list. Loved the catalogs. I wish I still had some of those old catalogs. Yeah those Sonic games you played didn’t look too good. Aww, I liked Sonic Shuffle, though. If you want to play some good 3D Sonic games, you should play Sonic Adventure 1, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Lost World.

  • February 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I totally get why I hated Sonic back when I had a Nintendo and a Sega Game Gear…I only played portable Sega games as a kid. It’s all good…got the new crazy cool Sonic games nowadays and I learned to love him not long ago.

    • Sammy Schitz

      May 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Oh God I tried those once. It’s like Sonic without the speed, which is like Contra without guns.

  • February 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Finally someone who likes Shadow the Hedgehog.

  • February 20, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I’m not into sonic so much… How can you have a game that goes super fast when you have a side-view? You can’t see to far forward even if you’re all the way to the left.

  • Kjetil hΓ₯vΓ₯s

    March 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I remembered where`s Waldo when I was in school I liked to look at pictures to see where Waldo was. And I loved.

  • nammm3

    March 30, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Jeez James, you really know how to please us as fans! Great way of doing this during the season of giving and the ending of this was too good πŸ˜€

  • Gargamoth_killed_the_3_stooges

    April 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    They should have called it “Where’s Dildo” for the game …

  • Andre Dallaire

    April 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    that was a good sensation of nostalgia, thanks James πŸ™‚

  • May 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Worst sonic game,piece of shit SHADOW THE BITCHHOG

  • abcanuck

    May 22, 2014 at 2:47 am

    At 1:19 the catalog displays the same proton pack and PKE meter James used in the AVGN ghostbuster episodes.

  • John Smith

    June 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Shadow the Hedgehog is actually one of my favorite games. Shadow was meant to be like a darker, more violent version of Sonic, and so we have this.

  • ABC

    June 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I remember those Sears order books. I recall them having stupid description too. And it is pretty interesting they charged so much for crap. Like that Tiger game for almost $25!!?? Crazy! Off topic, but I remember paying $80 for Chrono Trigger back when it first came out. A bit on the expensive side but well worth it in my opinion. That was a year or so after I moved out from my parents’.

  • Asteriox

    September 2, 2014 at 3:53 am

    It’s a little depressing to think that these episodes were most likely made to wrap up a lot of loose ends so the series can end (or at least try to) with the movie, but I guess all good things must come to an end. Thank you for a decade of laughs and deceptively insightful commentary.

  • September 11, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Great video, thanks a lot guys!

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Sonic R is actually not bad if you think about the Tails Doll Curse, which was related to the Sonic R ending.

  • porter cochrane

    October 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    hi everybuddy

  • fcabanski

    October 22, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Why is it weird/bad that guns would be in a Christmas catalog? Adults can get presents too. Kids won’t explode if they see things meant for adults. They also see cars, and they know not to try to drive them.

  • Game Genie is Racist

    January 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

    James saves EVERYTHING, if only I could save things like he does..

  • February 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Hey. I hope you’ll play Shadow the Hedgehog again. I really love that game.

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