Rod Land (NES) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / January 18th, 2016

This week James and Mike look at a rare pal-exclusive NES game called “Rod Land”


  • Simon Sayz

    January 18, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks guys, nice to hear you talk about retrogaming as always. Cool game!

  • Joe Smith

    January 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Why does it say on the front of the game “This game pak cannot be used with Mattel or NES versions of the Nintendo Entertainment System”?

    • Fred . Fuchs

      January 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      There are 2 regions for PAL: A is UK and Italy and is the Mattel version, B is the rest of Europe. Maybe that “NES version” refers to the NTSC version.

  • zeromentality

    January 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    ah the golden days of collecting on the cheap…

  • January 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Can you guys do the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 PS3 Games?
    [email protected]

  • Satnav

    January 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I’d say people bringing Ataris and NESes into college these days would still be not exactly common, less so for the cool factor but more because it’s harder as the years go by to find these old-ass consoles still fully functional. Seriously, even perfectly working SNESes are becoming rarer now. That’s why, in my experience, people who want retrogames will just download them from Virtual Console or Xbox live–hell, that’s what I mostly do now.

  • January 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Oooo double ep from the looks this week. Sweet.

  • Glorious Gerbil

    January 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Oooh Double today! Nice!

  • January 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I agree. in the dorms it was fun to have old school Nintendo. trending. I didn’t have time in college to f’ around. I think the ps one was still out. which was the longest running gamichine.

  • adder_doner2

    January 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Damn, weird ‘non-ending’ though lol

  • Gavie

    January 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    That cartridge end-label is also bent over the side on my copy, so yeah, they probably made the whole batch like that 😀
    This is a great game. It really gets a lot better as you progress.

  • Czab

    January 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    There are also some games that were released only in the US and not Europe. It’s especially shame that Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars were never released on PAL SNES.

  • jerry lowe

    January 18, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Hey,,, I used to go on buying sprees at FUNCO Land too,,,
    People always thought I was crazy buying up old games that nobody wanted.. 🙂

  • Paulballsftw

    January 18, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I think the reason why people are into retro gaming more now is because everyone who was playing games for better graphics got tired of having to keep getting the next best thing and since the new systems don’t really have a big difference in graphics anymore. It also has to do with mobile gaming due to making games like old 2D instead of 3D games. They realize games can be just as fun not being played on a powerful system with good graphics. I was always thinking for guys in their 20s, 30s and 40s right now were into Nintendo and want to bring back that childhood feeling again. I know most of my best childhood memories was playing Nintendo and Super Nintendo. Life seemed so simple then and relaxing.

  • January 18, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    You guys ever gonna give E.V.O. a try. It was an interesting concept where you evolved from a fish, to an amphibian, to a dinosaur, etc. it’s very fun. Still though, I enjoy every video you guys put out. Keep up the good work. Also, please review Driver 2 for PS2 lol

  • Weldin Dunn

    January 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Rod land? Really??? Why name it that?!?!?!

    • blendo75

      January 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      They have magic rod weapons that you cant see in the 8-bit versions. It’s what that star that’s shooting out of the player character is supposed to represent.

    • KingMike

      January 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

      This game had a tagline “So cute it’ll make you puke”, I think.
      And if I remember, the cutscenes in this game had some bad English James didn’t show off. Like this place is called “MABOOT IS TOWER”, instead of Maboot’s Tower.

  • blendo75

    January 18, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I played this back in 1990 on the C64 and Amiga. This is pretty much exactly like the 64 version (they had the same programmer). The Amiga version is something else entirely. Great music, graphics and laser/light effects. You can actually see their magic, titular Rods and they extend outward to grab enemies. There’s a lot more “oomph” when you slam the enemies back and forth. It was actually pretty well known on the Amiga, making #16 in Amiga Power’s top 20 Amiga games.

    • com85

      January 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Yeah i agree, played this alot on Commodore 500 growing up, one of many great games on the commodore, the NES versions feel so weak compared

    • Frein

      January 25, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      I played this quite a bit on the Amiga. I remember it being very similar as far as gameplay and stage design goes, but the graphics and sound were definitely much better. It’s a pretty good game, IMO.

      • March 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

        Oh yes, I played that version, too. It was an incredible game experience.

  • bud

    January 18, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Whoa, whoa, whoa…TWO James and Mike Mondays? Nobody said anything about two James and Mike Mondays!

  • Master Prime

    January 19, 2016 at 7:53 am

    James and Mike i have some game suggestions for AVGN or James & Mike Mondays episodes.

    Space Raiders
    The House of the Dead 2
    3D Ballz
    Cool World
    King of Demons
    Mega Man Soccer
    Mega Man 8 (Dr. Wiwy LOL)
    Mega Man X4
    Space Jam
    Chaos Control
    Primal Rage
    Blaster Master 2
    Revolution X
    Die Hard Trilogy or Die Hard Arcade
    Inspector Gadget: Gadget’s Crazy Maze (its Crazy because it is puzzle game).

    Some of this games are good and bad i hope we will see some of this games during 2016 and beyond on Cinemassacre, grettings from Serbia.

    • Master Prime

      January 19, 2016 at 7:56 am

      and to correct myself Virtuoso not Viruoso:).

  • Pablo1989

    January 19, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I see James you wearing Motorheard shirt, good to know somebody tribute Lemmy.

    Shame! even Alan Ricknan passed away i still rymenber him on Robin Hood:Prince of thief “Locksley! I’ll cut your heart out with a spoon!”

  • Pablo1989

    January 19, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Oh BTW! i got same feeling at 02:30 when purchasing PS2 games
    They call me its pointless why i waste money on something what are oficially declared dead.

    Mostly i dont say nothing to response, but sometimes i saying because i am retro gamer, i dont any intrest in modern gaming.

  • KingMike

    January 19, 2016 at 11:24 am

    There’s 35 PAL-exclusive NES games. The lesser known exclusives are Rainbow Islands (a different port than the NTSC version) and Tecmo World Cup Soccer (a different game than similarly-titled Tecmo Cup Soccer game, which I think James has on his list, asked why the titles don’t match).

  • DenOndeBoss

    January 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Aahh Rodland! Played this a lot in my childhood with my friend next door.
    It was on Amiga 500, and it took many years for me to finally beat it. It’s now a classic to me that would always remind me of the good old days 🙂

  • com85

    January 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    James and Mike, is it a chance that you will play the Commodore 500 in the future?
    So many great games! Rodland, bubble booble and so on.. is so superior to Nes and Snes in graphic and sound

  • January 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    hey guys ; play this game “The Deadly Tower of Monsters” you will totally love it

  • belmontsbitch

    January 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    You guys need to do a podcast. This was good shit.

  • January 20, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I loved this video. Seriously though, you have to understand that you guys were partially responsible for the return of the NES & SNES etc revival for the classic physical game(s)… Like I was happy to play the emulator on my computer until 2013 when I broke down and and bought a used SNES and Super Mario RPG

  • January 20, 2016 at 2:38 am

    It sounds like you guys don’t realize how much of an impact AVGN had on retro game collecting. AVGN was the beginning of the resurgence of classic gaming in pop culture. I can’t remember the name of the website, but you can look at charts that show the prices for NES games over the last 10 or so years. If you look at any game that AVGN reviews, you’ll see a spike when the review came out, and it never dies down.

  • January 20, 2016 at 4:38 am

    voiceover at 5:00

  • January 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Great game!

  • January 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I cannot think of another game more unacknowledged. It’s so weird how such a game wasn’t released ww.

  • January 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Rod land sounds like 80’s porn! Lol 🙂

  • wardrich

    January 24, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    What happened at the end of this video? It seems like the vocal track abruptly ended.

  • Mario Godoy

    January 30, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Is it me or is James getting younger?

  • February 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Game wired as kiss.

  • February 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Ooh I love this game on Amiga!

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