Mike Matei / December 19th, 2013
December 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm
First. 🙂 muahaha
Kewl video James
December 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm
January 3, 2014 at 1:59 am
August 30, 2014 at 8:32 am
December 20, 2013 at 12:04 am
Thank you for giving me an amazing birthday gift, THE NERD IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER !!!
January 12, 2014 at 11:43 pm
i feel the same way
December 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm
these were awesome! I hope you consider doing this every year. 🙂
December 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm
Well…the game was developed by Software creations, LJN only published it
February 16, 2014 at 5:15 am
ljn actually was mostly or even maybe only a publisher, but whatever, lets not ruin a good injoke ;p
June 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm
I guess the joke would mainly be that they only ever publish shitty games with the exception of this one.
January 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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January 23, 2014 at 2:18 am
Fuck your neighbor’s mother ^-^
February 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm
March 30, 2014 at 12:36 am
my neighbors mother sold crack cocaine an made over $7000 dollars a day, so beat that bitch
October 5, 2016 at 11:24 pm
My neighbor’s mother bought crack cocaine from your neighbor’s mother.
December 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm
NOT FIRST 😀 Still, new AVGN so I’m happy 🙂
December 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm
It was worth to not go to bed before 1am. 😉
December 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm
Holy cow! I gasped when I saw the LJN logo on the Spider-Man box. I never expected you to find a good game made from that company! The ending was epic! Great work James! Happy Holidays!
Wow I’ve never been this early to a video! I just saw it on the side after watching some videos and was like, hey that wasn’t there! Nice video James.
December 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm
Also, I’ve been wanting you to do home alone 1 for a while. Considering you did home alone 2 it would only make sense.
December 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm
He DID do home alone 1; On a captain S episode that he cameo’d in.
December 20, 2013 at 6:41 am
He reviews the first Home Alone game in this AVGN/Captain S crossover Christmas Special http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNAF0GGssbM Or rather, it’s a Captain S Christmas Special with an AVGN cameo in it, but he’s a pretty big part of the storyline of the episode. However, the review aren’t that much in-depth. But I thik it’s in-depth enough for a buttload of a crud game like this 🙂
February 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm
February 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm
One more thing, you should do the flinstones!
December 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm
loved this episode and its awesome ending 😀
December 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm
When I saw that you had your finger over something on the game cartridge, I guessed that it was an LJN game, but after seeing the gameplay, I actually second-guessed myself…. Until you showed the logo on the box….. I nearly had an outburst!
December 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Holy shit a good LJN game
December 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm
A good LJN game? WHAT A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!!!
December 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm
In spite of what episodes the AVGN have been made, LJN has actually made some good games. Maximum Carnage being one of them. And it was Green Jelly who did all the music for that video game. They were a parody Metal band, most famous for ‘Three Little Pigs’ and their Cereal Killer album, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they copped ‘Mob Rules’ by Black Sabbath.
And to the contrary again, not all Spider-Man games were bad. Genesis had Spider-Man (aka Spider-Man: Return Of The Sinister Six), Spider-Man/X-Men:Arcade’s Revenge (also on SNES), and Spider-Man: The Animated Series (also on SNES). All were great games. There was also one on the Sega CD and one on the 32X, but I never got a chance to play those.
I loved Bubsy and Bubsy II on the Genesis, but I cannot believe how horrible Bubsy 3D was on the Playstation. Yeesh! Great sequel to the first, James! : )
December 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm
There is a good Spiderman game on Gen/SNES – Spiderman Animated. Also PSX/N64 Spiderman is pretty much perfect.
December 20, 2013 at 12:51 am
Yeah, I like how the GC Spider-Man game based on the movie emulated its gameplay. After not playing the N64 Spider-Man in a while (well, it was the PC version for me), I felt very welcome. Granted, the N64 version is slightly better in my opinion due to the varied stages, but the GC one was still fun as hell.
December 22, 2013 at 2:42 am
Lest we also forget Sega’s arcade game “Spiderman the Videogame” on the System32 board. A little tedious in places but a very fun game that hybridized beat-em-up and side scrolling platformer gameplay.
December 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm
when i saw that ljn sticker i shatta brick
December 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm
Yeah. LJN did make one or two good games.
December 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm
Hehe I have maximum carnage and got super pumped when James pulled it out. Especially noticing his thumb hiding the LJN logo.
December 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm
ir’a hard game with different paths unlike Spiderman and Venom which was a 2 player game.
December 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm
LJN made a good game? -mind explodes-
December 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm
I wonder who thought Maximum Carnage was AVGN worthy? By that, I mean a pile of shit game. My brother, cousins, and I would worship this game, along with Spawn, as the center of the bad ass universe. A quality not just featuring the hugely popular and iconic Spider-Man, but Carnage and Venom as well. It’s right up there as one of my favorite experiences. From the box, to the cartridge, and game, it was just a good all around feeling.
December 20, 2013 at 12:01 am
My only guess is because it had the LJN logo on it. I loved the game as a kid and still play it every so many nights of drunk gaming but I never actually noticed it was by LJN before myself.
December 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm
I loved the ending so much
December 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm
They made a game… THAT’S NOT SHIT!!!
This was awesome! Keep it up, man.
December 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm
It’s a Christmas miracle!
I’m glad you gave A Boy and his Blob proper credit. I loved that game as a kid, and I still find it somewhat enjoyable to this day.
December 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm
LJN actually has a good games on super nes they just made sure they gave us enough shitty ones on nes.
December 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm
Ha ha ha! Loved the ending. Awesome!
December 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm
Wow. Pit Fighter is the worst game to AVGN? Then it should have been a full episode!
December 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm
I think he only said it was the worst fighting game. I’ve heard it said that the game he dislikes the most is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
December 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm
Woops I’m wrong. Not worst fighting game, but worst super nes game. I guess maybe that would be good enough, but it doesn’t really look like there’s much to say about it.
December 20, 2013 at 12:25 am
Pit Fighter is one of the few examples of the SNES port being WORSE than the Genesis port. And I’m even factoring the Mortal Kombat 1 censorship debacle. MK1 on SNES was still very solid overall.
But Pit Fighter on Genesis is surprising. Some of the subtle control nuances of the arcade game (which only one person I know can appreciate) are actually in the Genesis cart intact!
December 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm
Yeah, I was a huge fan of Pit-Fighter arcade machine, so I bought it on Genesis. That’s a pretty solid port. But then I tried playing on PC and through one of those Midway Arcade compilations and those ports were kinda crappy. But on Genesis though, best thing next to playing the actual arcade game.
December 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm
NICE! so glad this is up right now!!!
December 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm
at last one good spider-man game
December 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm
At last, one good LJN game!!
December 20, 2013 at 12:02 am
At least one happy ending.
December 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm
I got so happy when you pulled out maximum carnage! Seeing you play one of my favourite SNES games my my day! Great job James 🙂
December 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm
Didn’t LJN also make Arcade’s Revenge. That game SUCKED!
December 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Oh man, I remember playing Maximum Carnage at my friends house all the time and how awesome it was. All this time I never realized it was the laughing jokin’ numbnuts all the time!
Maximum Carnage was the first thing that got me interested in spiderman because I liked how badass Doppleganger and Venom were, characters of whom I was previously unaware. Well played, LJN. 😛
December 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm
Happy holidays James, that was awesome! Yeah maximum carnage is one of the few games I have left from my old collection, still a good one. Totally didn’t realize it was LJN, that was hilarious
December 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm
A little bummed out he didn’t cover all the Bubsy games. If he covered multiple bad Sonic games, surely he could’ve covered all the Bubsy games. I mean, They all suck just as bad as Bubsy 3D.
I suppose JonTron and Taco-Man doing it first was enough.
December 20, 2013 at 12:34 am
I guess my reply got dropped somehow?
To paraphrase, the very first Bubsy game on SNES was big-budget, well-received, and obviously sold well enough to launch the whole series.
Magazine coverage was everywhere. Pick up an old EGM and look for the Egon guy. “Is it true you and Arnold are going to do a ‘Furminator’ movie?”
And, Neo-Geo notwithstanding, no one had seen a 2-megabyte platformer yet at home. Only Street Fighter 2 had busted that big-budget ROM territory at the time. And yet, yeah, I’d still rather play Contra 3 at half the ROM size. Bubsy’s voice…ARGH!
December 21, 2013 at 2:28 am
That was what I didn’t like about this episode in general, that it focused on games that aren’t really that bad. As much as I hated hopping around roller-coasters to collect balls of yarn, Bubsy (at least part 1) was a decent game.
That ending…holy shit that was great. 😀
December 20, 2013 at 12:08 am
YES! Finally you did Maximum Carnage! I remember saying way back when that there was a GOOD Spiderman game, a GOOD LJN game, MAXIMUM CARNAGE! My only complaint about the game is that it’s pretty damn hard, and that it’s only single player. If there was a two player option, with player two being Venom, the game would have been incredible. As it stands, its just pretty damn good (at least to a comics geek, and beat ’em up fan like myself).
December 20, 2013 at 12:09 am
Correction at 4:15. It’s Larry that has to find an alternative violin. Oh, you just got Lanced!!!
December 20, 2013 at 12:28 am
Yeah, he screwed up the line, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a dick about it.
December 20, 2013 at 12:48 am
An LJN game that is not shit? I actually know one that was decent. Disclaimer: Still plenty of flaws, several attempts to be innovative that were mediocre, but ultimately a fun game:
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves on NES
December 20, 2013 at 12:52 am
Hey Mike & James i hate burst your bubble, but girls of the world ain’t nothing but trouble,and The Punisher on NES is satisfying.You & James know my ex dumped me because she caught me several times staring at the wall while being zoned out playing Bubsy?I think i told you before.
Also, TY for the excellent Christmas videos. I re-watched the bible games ones thinking that those would have to do, but holy crap, you found a piece of crap habit from the 80’s and 90’s that provided an AWESOME fucking story.
If you ever want me to start a petition for Roger Corman to hire you as a director, I will gladly do so.
Live like a windrammer you fuck!!!
December 20, 2013 at 1:22 am
Well they were owned by Acclaim, so you’d think eventually they’d release a game that wasn’t a steaming pile of donkey turds. Kick ass vid!
I remember really liking Three Stooges as a kid. It had a two player mode, and it was one of the few mini-game completions that were out at the time. In fact, I don’t think there were any other mini-game completions on the NES. I always thought of it as an undiscovered gem that was a bit different than anything else that was out, at least at the time.
December 20, 2013 at 1:36 am
LJN made a halfway decent game? Everything I know is a lie.
December 20, 2013 at 2:18 am
Well, I must say. The Nerd’s world has been turned upside down. First Sega’s mascot on Nintendo, and now a GOOD LJN GAME!? Well, I’d call that latter a good Christmas Gift.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and all those other good Holidays. 🙂
December 20, 2013 at 2:43 am
Great episode. I like the idea of using fan requests for a chirstmas episode. That would be awesome if you do it again next year.
December 20, 2013 at 3:03 am
December 20, 2013 at 3:42 am
What an amazing ending. When you’re 60 years old you should review A Boy and his Blob for the Wii, that’s a game that really improves from the original.
December 20, 2013 at 4:04 am
haha the ending was hilarious
December 20, 2013 at 4:08 am
I thought for sure you were going to rip into maximum carnage. But the fact that you actually liked that game made it even more funny. That went from being one of your more bland videos to a complete masterpiece at the end. I’m glad you’re back to making monthly videos. Thanks for being awesome and crackin’ my shit up!
December 20, 2013 at 4:16 am
WHA-WHA-WHA-WHAT! LJN made a not so bad game! UNNNNNNNBELIEVABLE!
December 20, 2013 at 5:06 am
lmfao… good stuff.. A LJN game that isn’t shit… mind blown.
December 20, 2013 at 5:42 am
LJN made a good game.
December 20, 2013 at 6:18 am
O my god ljn did it
December 20, 2013 at 8:19 am
I’m enjoying these, any more to come?
December 20, 2013 at 8:36 am
Bubsy’s pants are probably in the same place as Donald Duck’s onces. 😉
December 20, 2013 at 9:16 am
Well,Actually LJN had made other good games,Like the WWF Wrestling Titles
December 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm
WWF Wrestling Tities? How could you go wrong?
December 20, 2013 at 10:12 am
You and Mike Matei are doing a great job. I really like your new videos. The James & Mike Mondays really make the start of the week a tiny bit easier. Greeting from Belgium.
December 20, 2013 at 10:13 am
December 20, 2013 at 10:14 am
I remember renting Bubsy at my local mom and pop rental store and boy to this day this game is the reason I feared renting non-3A games. It was such a bad experience that I did not even play 1 hour of this shit. Worst rental ever, it changed my life literally.
December 20, 2013 at 11:07 am
Cool! Always wanted to see you review ABAHB, and I’m glad you found it creative, I was always charmed with the concept myself. Wow, a passable LJN game? That IS a Christmas miracle! All the best to you and your family, James! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
December 20, 2013 at 11:23 am
Wait, so the Stooges have to earn money to save an orphanage from closing down? Isn’t that that plot of the movie?!
December 20, 2013 at 11:26 am
Damn i was too late to request my wish. Maybe next time try the Europe games like Asterix, Tintin etc. Some of them are decent and bad. Believe me it’s even worst than a alien that falls in to the pit of doom.
December 20, 2013 at 11:29 am
The second I saw Maximum Carnage, I thought, “Another LJN game. Let see how the Nerd tears it a new one.” Then I saw how carefully you were holding the cart, covering the LJN logo on it and I was curious. Then you started saying nice things about it.
Congrats, you found the only decent LJN game. It only took you, what, 25 years?
December 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm
There’s a good reason that the Spiderman game turned out to not be shit. It was made by Software Creations, and Published by LJN. LJN never actually made a game in their life, they only published them.
That said, not all Software Creations games were good, they also made Silver Surfer.
December 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Yet somehow LJN managed to even publish only shitty ones for the most part. That takes talent!
December 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm
james and mike and cinemassacre in general are all geniuses. met these guys in parsippany at chiller nicest guys. these last two videos the wish lists, are amazing. i’m gonna have to watch the first one again now…
December 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm
LJN actually made good games for SNES, especially WWF games.
December 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm
I just read the above post that said they only licensed them. Whoops.
December 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm
I was in tears for the ending absolutely brilliant so glad LGN finally made it
December 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm
I think there was a pretty nice spiderman game on psone also.
December 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm
Oh…my…god. I actually got goosebumps all over my back when you saw that it was an LJN game. Good stuff 😀
December 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Isn’t LJN makes a game that is not shit one of the seven seals of the apocalypse?
December 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Haha these videos are still great. I can hardly believe you found a half-decent LJN game!!
It’s been a while since the Nerd ended an episode happy. 😀
December 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm
Actually James, Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage was developed by Software Creations. LJN only published the game. Sorry if I crushed your spirit.
December 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm
OMG! now you can die happy! but ljn (maybe) have more cool games (or maybe not xD)
December 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm
excellent; the ending is a big surprise =o !!!
December 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm
No part 3? :'(
December 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm
I haven’t waded through all the responses, but while I agree about the shitty controls in the Three Stooges, you can stop the hand on whichever minigame (or money bonus) you want; IIRC, it’s the A button. The beat-’em-up stage slows the hand as the game progresses. Once you get the hang of it it’s not hard to beat the game with a perfect score (save the orphanage, fix it up, and marry the owner’s daughters) in 20 minutes or so.
December 21, 2013 at 6:31 am
I was going to say the same thing. The game isn’t very clear about it but if you play it enough times you can figure out that the slapping game slows down the hand and that certain mini games bring in the most cash. It seemed like James only played it a few times before making a review.
December 21, 2013 at 8:16 am
Well, this is one of the Cinemaware games.. and an early one, if I remember correctly. They made such great games with a lot of variety. Defender of the Crown, Wings and best of all:’ It came from the dessert’ This game should be right up Jameses alley, since it depicts a 50ties Horror movie with giant ants. But I guess Adventure Games are really not his games.
December 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm
James, I find it a little concerning that you are counting down these games and doing a mini review on them instead of using them for your up and coming seasons, and giving it the whole angry nerd experience that people have come to know and love.
Just as Doug Walker had to finally hang up his trademark red tie as he laid to rest the Nostalgia Critic… I can see you doing the same thing with the Nerd. Given the the amount of time that it takes to play the game, write your commentary, edit the footage, and having to do that and juggle being married, and having a child less than 1 year old… It is time consuming. All I can say is that I have enjoyed your videos, and you gave it a good run.
December 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm
Great way to end the year James!
December 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm
OMG the last so was so fucking funny totally awesome video james
December 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm
LOL Finally laughing joking numb nuts (LJN) Gives the nerd an early Christmas present. Great Job James