Double Dare (NES) with James & Mike

Mike Matei / August 15th, 2013


  • str8spaceball1

    August 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    awesome πŸ™‚

  • Justin Kwapich

    August 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Ahh, good choice!

  • August 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    too bad they didn’t make any NES or SNES games on Legends Of The Hidden Temple. god I miss that show. in my opinion, Legends Of The Hidden Temple was the best nickelodeon game show. beyond that, I also liked watching as a kid Guts & Nickelodeon Arcade.

    • August 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

      That’s a great idea. People still do homebrews today. Hopefully someone will still make it!

      • August 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        speaking of gaming ideas, I’ve been planning of 2 ideas that I’ve wanted to somehow become a reality in the distant future. the first is a video game console for old school fans, by old school fans. you start up the system, and it takes you to an arcade. when you load the game, the arcade cabinet would be in the design of the game. the second idea is a fighting game based on my ultimate epic amerime project “Eternal Conflict”. this is how I’ve wanted it to look: Mortal Kombat II game mechanics, Killer Instinct sound, music, & voice announcer, and Super Metroid style graphics. that is my ideal vision for my project’s fighting game.

      • August 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        in 2012 & 2013 Mike, I have had 4 actor and actresses respond to my american anime project. 2 of them being actors from the tv show Mortal Kombat Conquest. Jeffrey Meek & Adoni Maropis. the funny thing is that the role I see for Jeffrey Meek is of my main villain Doomshi, who is heavily inspired by Shao Kahn. Jeffrey Meek played Shao Kahn in the tv show. so, the actor who played Shao Kahn agreed to one day play the villain inspired by him. also, Adoni Maropis actually responded…by a phone call. yes in deed. the actor who played Quan Chi is the only actor among the 8 who responded, to actually call me directly. it was the most exciting thing for me this year. the other responses were David Lodge, Vic Mignogna, Maggie Flecknoe, Emily Neves, Amber Cotton, & Cristina Vee. all of these 8 actors & actresses not only supported the project, & praised it for being very devoted and ambitious, but they all agreed to be apart of it if I ever get the funding off the ground. very inspiring. by November 10th 2013, the project will officially be 14 years old.

      • mysterywolf

        August 20, 2013 at 1:14 am

        I make games, but only for steam. (I love the idea though either way.)

        There’s also ‘Midway Arcade’ that essentially does your first idea LordJason.

      • August 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        you’re gonna like this Mike. back on August 21st 2013, I got a 3rd email response from voice actor Vic Mignogna aka the voice of Edward Elric from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. he is my primary choice for the potential role of my main hero Haku. in his 3rd response he said “hi Jason, Thanks for your email. Congratulations on your project! I appreciate you wanting me to be a part of it. Once you are able to get financing and have a budget to hire voice actors, I’d be honored to talk with you in more detail about being part of it! I wish you the best with your production! vic”. I am trying to get all of my designs finalized by September 3rd 2013. after that, I plan to attempt to make a promotional by November 10th 2013 for my project’s 14th anniversary. once I can get a labtop, then I will begin to type the script. from 8 highly positive and supportive responses from actors and actresses, my personal mission to make this american anime project become a reality, has only gotten stronger.

    • August 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      There is a GUTS Super NES game, though.

      As for the obstacle course, yeah, the controls are awful. But once you master them, it gets pretty easy to beat.

    • August 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Trying to plug yourself huh? lol
      We all have great ideas :C

  • August 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    they should make a video game based on Invader Zim with similar game mechanics to Alien Hominid.

    • Cyberxion

      August 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I like how all your game ideas involve taking an existing game and pasting another character into it.

      You remind me of this dude I knew back in high school. His grand idea for a game was a Final-Fantasy type game with Myst-like graphics. Then FF VII came out and the dude shit himself.

      • August 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        well, who ever said taking existing ideas and re-inventing them is such a bad idea? even beyond my game ideas, which that’s all it ever is, I do design my own characters. like I said to Mike in the comment above, I’ve spent 14 years designing my own characters. and with the 8 actor & actress responses I have gotten in 2012 & 2013, that to me is a good thing. especially since most people tend to like my fighting game concept of a Mortal Kombat II/Killer Instinct/Super Metroid style approach. let’s say you want to take 2 existing games, and apply their concepts to your ideas, and it ends up not only working but being successful? would you complain? I doubt it. that’s all apart of creating newer ideas. take an older concept and reinventing them. sometimes, that’s how you pay tribute to them. that kind of inspiration has always been apart of creating newer ideas, and it’s still true to today’s age as well. look at games like Mortal Kombat & Resident Evil. 2 games that were based on older concepts from Terminator 2 (Kano), Big Trouble Little China (Raiden), Predator (Cyrax/Sektor/Smoke + Sub-Zero’s Spin Rip Fatality), even George A Romero’s Zombie Flicks (Night Of The Living Dead & Dawn Of The Dead) help create the Resident Evil games. Dead Space, that’s heavily influenced by The Thing. Super Mario Bros with the growing mushrooms, Alice In Wonderland. Splatterhouse, Friday The 13th. Metroid, Alien. Doom, Aliens + Evil Dead. that’s how you create new ideas, by being inspired by old ideas and apply those old concepts to new ones. doesn’t mean it’s flat out copying, it’s all about inspiration and how you use them. it can be a powerful tool to those who know how to use them effectively.

      • August 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        if you ask me, they should encourage others to use their ideas for new concepts. it’s like what Pinhead said in Hellraiser III “If you have a quality, be proud of it. Let it define you, whatever it is.”

  • DavidARice

    August 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I remember that show.

    • August 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      just one of many great shows that made Nickelodeon big in the 90’s. those were the days. in my opinion, the very last high quality Nickelodeon tv shows that were awesome are Invader Zim, Avatar The Last Airbender and it’s spiritual sequel The Legend Of Korra.

  • RMBowie

    August 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm


  • Starry

    August 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I watched that show when I was a kid.

    • danberado

      August 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

      Given how much trivia James and Mike collectively know, it dismays me a bit they missed the “Great Emancipator”.

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  • An Heroic Hippo

    August 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I traded it for some Alf pogs! Remember Alf? Well he’s back… in pog form!

  • August 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Awesome, this made my day!

  • Joker83

    August 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Love it. This was funny, Wheel of Fortune on NES was always fun too. You guys still gotta do Rescue Rangers! πŸ™‚

  • acer aces

    August 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

    The Willie Tanner neighbors were the Ochmoneks Raquel was James Dean s piece back in the day.

  • imma_rocker

    August 15, 2013 at 12:41 am

  • culwin

    August 15, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Double Dare more like double suck!

  • August 15, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I’m surprised that LJN didn’t make this piece of crap. I remember Caveman games used to really piss me off.

  • The Vas

    August 15, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Mike wash shittin’ brix on the obstacle course.

  • Major Wedgie

    August 15, 2013 at 1:32 am

    James just had a legitimate AVGN moment. =)

  • August 15, 2013 at 2:34 am

    When people told me they were watching DoubleD i always tought of Darkwing Duck and never i told them that.

    • August 15, 2013 at 3:55 am

      funny how a lot of video games and tv shows from the 80’s & 90’s have that Double D comparison to it. Double Dare, Double Dribble, Double Dragon, Darkwing Duck, even Double D from Ed, Edd, N Eddy. dig a little deeper, there’s even shows with other Double letters like Street Sharks (Double S), Mighty Max (Double M), even Fantastic Four (Double F if you don’t count the number to the title).

  • skwij

    August 15, 2013 at 4:13 am

    That bad, huh? Thanks for the video!

  • marc_lawson

    August 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

    How could both of you not know The Great Emancipator? Don’t you know of Lincoln’s Emaciation Proclamation which freed the slaves? Sheesh. I love you guys, but come on, you learn that in elementary school.

    • August 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      I’m sort of happy to know that they didn’t know that. They fill their brains with video games and make money doing it….

  • August 15, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Awesome as always! I remember the shit out of that game! I’d love to see you guys bust out Base Wars for one of these…was my favorite NES game when I was 8 or so lol

  • Frow

    August 15, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Great as always! Thank you for your videos!

  • August 15, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I used to watch Double Dare and Video Power when I was a kid.

  • Travis McNabb

    August 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Love this series! Great episode as always.

  • Mox_Demon

    August 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Too loud on the right ear.

  • BladeRunner

    August 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

    awesome video again guys!

  • ABC

    August 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Hey you guy ever watch Fun House with JD Roth? It was network television’s version of Double Dare. It was actually pretty cool from what I recall.

  • Hank Foreman

    August 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    As a kid, I remember seeing reruns of Family Double Dare and catching new episodes of Double Dare 2000, but it wasn’t until 2002 when I saw the original and Super Sloppy versions on Nick GAS with appreciation and envy. Speaking of Nick Gas, it was a great Game Show Network-esque channel that aired other great Nickelodeon game shows like Wild & Crazy Kids, Get the Picture, Nick Arcade (thanks for mentioning it), Guts, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Figure it Out, the list goes on! Unfortunately, Nick GAS closed at the end of 2007 (April 23, 2009 for Dish Network users). Still, what a memorable childhood!

  • taykel

    August 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I remember Double Dare 2000, not the original, but I bet it’s the same thing. I love the ending where James throws the controller at the TV. It was like he turned into AVGN there. I would be really mad at that as well.

  • Marcos D

    August 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    You guys should do a WJ&M of Two Crude Dudes one of(if not the) best Beat’m up in the genesis library.
    also Toe Jam & Earl… man i miss my genesis

  • August 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    dear mike,
    that is Io, not 10. XD

  • sdbrown84

    August 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Video makes your laugh even on tough days. Nice job guys.

  • Kane

    August 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Yes James, FUCK TAHT !!!!

  • August 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    It would be great if they made a “What Would You Do” game. I’m also glad I’m not the only one who watched Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

  • Czab

    August 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    HAHAHA!!! You crack me up πŸ˜€ “Ten, Europa, Ga-ny-meede” :). “Let me give you a hint… Alf” πŸ˜€

  • August 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I always knew James was a controller thrower too!!. Controller

  • nammm3

    August 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Lol, nice. I can’t believe how terrible the final obstacle coourse was.


    • karel1

      August 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      How many different ways can you say that ‘Pacific Rim’ sucked though?

  • karel1

    August 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I remember this show back when I was a kid, I would watch this show regularly whenever I was Stateside. Back then Nickelodeon had WAY BETTER programming than the drivel they show now. Whenever James and Mike do one of these videos, it’s a trip down Memory Lane for me.

  • Kenshiroh

    August 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I remember “Old Hickory” was the answer to one of the questions in one the Teacher’s Edition books that Lisa stole in an episode of The Simpsons.

  • August 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Holy shit. Can you imagine trying to do that with an NES max controller? Or how about an NES advantage? Actually… I think the NES advantage might actually be easier than the normal controller since you’d be using the muscle group in your arms rather than the muscle group in your hands. Somebody try this out and tell us your findings, for science!

  • TheDers

    August 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

    As per NES tradition, they spelled Callisto wrong.

  • Dan021

    August 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    lol Mike was in a really good mood for this video. Makes it so much better πŸ˜€
    Keep it up guys, love the site!

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  • Nathan Putzman

    August 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm


  • Harley Jackson

    August 17, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Mike killed it at “Video Power!”

  • August 17, 2013 at 3:46 am

    OH!! It is so funny!!

  • August 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I was a little worried there that James and Mike had no clue about the moons of Jupiter. I mean seriously, calling Io “ten”? Wow man…

  • August 17, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I wish they’d do one of these videos with Link to the Past or Super Metroid! That would be great!

  • pleasetakeabow

    August 18, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Recent interview with Marc Summers from Double Dare, Kirk Fogg from Legends Of The Hidden Temple and Phil Moore from Nick Arcade;–NqXyOzw&

  • AustinGuitarpicks

    August 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    “10”?…”10″??…”Ten?!” LOL Mike… XD

  • August 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I only saw a couple of those Nick gameshows back in the day, but i like how now occasionally they air a bunch of them late at night on that TeenNick channel, so i can watch them now.

  • August 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    YAY Hans Cristian Andersen was danish, and im to!!!

  • August 20, 2013 at 3:07 am

    haha It’s funny!! I am your Korea fan!!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    August 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Oh wow, that was really entertaining. These quiz show games can be a lot of fun just because of all the goofing off that goes on. I wouldn’t have minded that video going on longer.

    Haha, I never realized that the family was the Tanners on ALF as well as Full House. First thing I thought was Full House as well.

    Haha wow, James almost busted the TV with that NES controller.

  • January 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Of course they’re related. Who do you think the Olsen twin’s real father is? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not Willie.

  • February 26, 2015 at 2:08 am

    nick arcade was the shit. I liked “IN THE ZONE” was their catch phrase. in fact, they’d even play Super Ghouls N’ Ghosts and Paperboy

  • February 26, 2015 at 2:09 am

    also Actraiser and Mikey was the guy they helped move around the bored, I got to sit in on a taping of double dare and nick arcade. great review

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