“Found Footage” Gameplay – “Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour”

Of course, this is if you consider gameplay footage you made in 2007 “found footage.”

2007: The Year of the “Yellow DVD”

2007 was two years before I started watching James Rolfe’s “Angry Video Game Nerd,” videos, and at least four years before I started watching any kind of gameplay-related videos. So when I did my own unintentional gameplay video in 2007, it was only because I was recording something for the sake of recording something.

Because, why not?

Last year, I was transferring recorded DVDs I made in the mid-2000s to my Passport drive, and created a file for one of my DVDs, “Yellow DVD.” I didn’t think anything of what I recorded on the DVD until I was looking for a specific commercial for one of my blog posts, and spotted a gameplay video I’d made.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour is the sequel to the 1999 Nintendo 64 game Mario Golf. Published by Nintendo (with development by Camelot Software Planning), Toadstool Tour was released on July 28, 2003, with a Player’s Choice label version released in 2004.

Toadstool Tour has sixteen playable characters, tournaments to obtain new features, trainings, and variations on the “traditional” golf format. There are seven different courses with varying degrees of difficulty featuring various elements common to all Super Mario games. The controls are smooth for even the casual gamer (read: they’re easy for me to master).

The only issue I’ve ever found with control is the short putt (which was a common issue among reviewers). The game was well-received, and as of December 2007, sold 1.03 million units in North America. The game also was the last Mario golf-related game to release to a home console (the most recent Mario Golf game, World Tour, was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2014).

This was a frequent rental at the video store I worked at (I started there in 2003). I got this game as a birthday present in 2006, and it is one of my favorites to this day. And since my Nintendo Wii works again (not sure how that happened, but it reads discs again!), I’m definitely going to be swinging a club sometime soon!

Of course, that brings me to the real reason you’re here.

Do you like gameplay videos? Because I’ve got gameplay for you!

Gloriously Found Footage – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

As I said, I found this eighteen-minute video I randomly recorded to a DVD-R in 2007. I can’t give you any reason for why I recorded this, but after working on a massive commercial archive for the last ten years, I see the appeal of finding this video.

I didn’t record any commentary for this, since it’s golf, and well, there isn’t much to say, I’m just going to let you enjoy the video. I’m aware this game isn’t overly retro, Mario and all of his cohorts are classics.

Being a classic character in a slightly more modern time qualifies as retro by association, right?

I guess?

Enough yammering, click play below and watch the glory of luscious green golf courses and video game characters come together for something awesome!

Upload via Allison Venezio / Allison’s Written Words

Netflix's Castlevania

Netflix’s Castlevania Is A Bloody Good Time!

It is hard to believe but Netflix’s Castlevania animated series has been unleashed. I can at the very least tell you, without giving away the entire plot of the series, that it stays true to the spirit of Konami’s video game series. As well as successfully adapting the Gothic and dark story line touched upon by the games for a most assuredly adult audience. Netflix’s Castlevania is delightfully gory and doesn’t shy from it’s horror roots.
Netflix's Castlevania

I should probably mention that this first season of Netflix’s Castlevania is a mere four episodes. In all honesty I found that to be rather shocking. However I have found information that Adi Shankar, the producer, has said in all there will be two seasons. With the second and of course presumably longer season landing in 2018.

As I mentioned when sharing that awesome NES inspired teaser trailer just back in May. The series has been penned by none other than Warren Ellis. A writer I hold in very high regard as his Planetary comic series is hands down one of my favorite books. Ever.
Netflix's Castlevania

The story itself while taking elements from the Castlevania game series, mostly seems focused on the cast of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Which was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1990.
Netflix's Castlevania

Netflix’s Castlevania does something rather different indeed. Right off the bat we are shown a very different version of Dracula. Furthermore one quite different from the character we’ve become accustomed to in Konami’s games. Yes, this Vlad Dracula Tepes is still very much a vampire and dangerous. But he is also in fact reasonable and is convinced by a young woman to rejoin mankind.
Netflix's Castlevania

I mention this, friends, as you will actually side with Dracula a bit. I say side because thanks to a religious zealot, tragedy turns Vlad into a terror of the night. His retribution however threatens the lives of every man, woman, and child. No one will be spared from his wrath.
Netflix's Castlevania

It certainly looks like an undead tide of horror will sweep across the lands. Thankfully there is one man who will take up the challenge of halting Dracula’s bloody reign. Trevor Belmont, the last surviving Son of the Belmont clan.
Netflix's Castlevania

Wait. Hold up a second. While Trevor is certainly an inspiring and dashing figure. The very last thing he wants to do is be a hero. His goal is pretty much to stay drunk as much as possible and keep his belly full. Now, I should add that through the four episodes we totally understand why Trevor is behaving this way. His family too has been subject to the whims of religious zealots.

Trevor crosses paths with a group of Speakers. One of which, Sypha Belnades, happens to be a magic-user. Her desire to protect mankind contrasts sharply with Trevor’s pragmatic nature.
Netflix's Castlevania

While four episodes are short and to be honest, you will be left on something of a cliffhanger. The writing is top notch and the animation style as I have already mentioned is satisfyingly dark. The voice talent is also where Castlevania should be praised. Playing Trevor is Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) plays the Bishop. In addition Graham McTavish (Preacher) lends his voice to the role of Dracula, with Alejandra Reynoso (G.I. Joe: Renegades) as Sypha. Rounding out the cast is Battlestar Galactica’s James Callis, Tony Amendola, as well as Emily Swallow (Supernatural).

Last but certainly not least is Trevor Morris’ powerful and haunting score. You don’t have to take my word on that though as you can in fact listen to the theme below!

[Via] Sariel Dracool

Now if you are ready for a dark and bloody good time. You can binge watch Netflix’s Castlevania animated series right this minute!

1981 Video Games

Care for a Glimpse of some 1981 Video Games at 7-Eleven?

It is a fact that the internet can be a most wondrous thing. Like when it gives us the opportunity to travel back to 1981. To get a fleeting glimpse at what video games were being offered at a 7-Eleven at that point in time. As in this case the video uploaded by Scott Evans acts as veritable time machine to glimpse some 1981 Video Games.

In addition to seeing and hearing for yourself that the kids of 1981 were definitely jockeying to get their initials on the high score board. It also seems they are more than a little curious as to why they are being filmed.

1981

As can be seen the kids are patiently, or not in some cases, waiting their turns to play. Furthermore you will even hear one of them asking another if they want to play doubles. Which is answered with a resounding, no. Thanks to the use of the convex mirrors situated in the store, we also are granted a few glimpses of the layout of a 7-Eleven back in 1981.

Of course the sight and sounds of some of the titles of the Golden Age of arcade games is the real draw. Seeing these kids enjoying the likes of Atari’s Tempest, Nintendo’s Donkey Kong, as well as Williams Electronics’ Stargate.

I can only wish however that the video was a bit longer. But by all means I am extremely grateful that it exists at all to say nothing of the quality of the video itself. However after watching the video a couple of times in a row. I do find myself completely trying to decipher what this young boy’s T-shirt says.

Is it possibly “Lord Highscore”?

Here is a question though- since this is in fact 1981. Why don’t these kids have their Super Slurpee scratch off cards?


Retroist Means - Vic Sage

What The Retroist Means To Me By Vic Sage

With 2016 all but at an end. I’m sure like many of you there is a sense of fatigue – a welcoming of the closing of the year. Which is certainly why I felt it best today to avoid the negative. Embrace not the cynicism – however easy that option is but instead talk about what The Retroist means to me.

[Via] Steve Sharp

What The Retroist means to me.

You would think that for a person that can write over a thousand words on Dr. Doom it would be easier. On the contrary trying to put my feelings for The Retroist site down is proving rather taxing.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of The Retroist site is – acceptance. Moreover how I found a community that embraces the very things I cherish. Movies, video games, cartoons and more.
Retroist Means to Me - Buckaroo Banzai
An all-encompassing understanding that what I might find extremely neat. Will in addition ring true with many of you as well. I hadn’t realized I was missing this in my own life until I was allowed to join the site back in 2010. Certainly my friends would listen about my love of things past but they didn’t have the same yearning to discuss it. It was when I began sharing on this site, I learned I wasn’t quite as alone in my appreciation of things nostalgic as I thought.

One of my first articles for The Retroist was a review of the Atari 2600 port of Nintendo’s Popeye. In fact it was the wish for an Atari 2600 version of Kolchak: The Night Stalker that landed me a spot here on the site!
kolchak-atari 2600

Friends, back in 2009 I had decided to throw my hat into the blogging ring. I came up with a place on the internet entitled In my youth, victory was a power pellet. The whole point of the blog in fact was a place to avoid clogging up the e-mail of my friends. Like sharing my excitement over Brickshelf’s LEGO Predator bust!

Image courtesy of Brickshelf.

Thanks to a post on my blog about that non-existent Kolchak: The Night Stalker Atari 2600 cartridge, the Retroist invited me to write for the site. No demands where made on what I could discuss beyond it being a family friendly site as well as having something to do with things retro. I’m not sure I can properly describe the joy I felt at being welcomed by not just the readership but my fellow writers. Many that I would quickly become friends with and still chat on Facebook to this day.

Equally important was how the Retroist treated me when I joined full time. I was absolutely naive, friends. No one had taken the time to explain that you should give credit when sharing artwork or videos. And how overwhelming it all seemed back then. I didn’t know a thing about embedding videos or adding links and such. Every single day, the Retroist would patiently explain the way a blogger should behave. Not once did he lose his temper with me nor anyone who was contributing to the site.

But what does The Retroist mean to me?
The Retroist is quite simply my extended and global online Family. Without a doubt the community here is one of the best. Appreciating the joy of simply sharing the things that are of interest from the past. I cherish it, I truly do. I’ll never be able to properly thank the Retroist for letting me experience that.

Without the Retroist paving the way with his 202 podcasts. I never would have had the guts to attempt Saturday Frights, Retro Radio Memories, Projectionist’s Sinister Tales of Terror, or the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcasts. Every step of the way…the Retroist was there to guide me. Along with others, helping to craft the podcasts so that The Retroist site had more to offer.

At last count there were 14,312 posts on The Retroist. Just between you and me, I believe the Retroist himself has been doing some pruning. As I recall a couple of months back it was in the 20,000 range. Furthermore I’ve been fortunate enough to contribute 3,001 of those posts. Not one time has the Retroist asked for help covering the costs of paying the server fees.

What The Retroist means to me!


I’m kind of rambling here. But in all honesty The Retroist feels like my home – where I belong. Thanks to the site I have found my place in the world where I can be creative…and myself. I think you will see from the earlier posts today by Allison Venezio, Gary Burton, RetroArt and the Nerdy Blogger. They all feel the same. I want to thank them for agreeing to this little tribute today to The Retroist site. As well as to all of you for visiting every day – enjoying what all of us writers have to talk about and share.

Most importantly I want to thank the Retroist. For his mentoring but more importantly for his friendship and letting me be much more than I would be if I wasn’t writing on The Retroist. Thanks for six wonderful years, my friend – I’m looking forward to what we the site holds in 2017.

He-Man Has The Power On This T-Shirt…The Power Glove!

He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe is certainly no stranger to possessing relics and weapons of vast power and might. Since the Masters of the Universe toy line first hit the sheves back in 1981 – Mattel made sure that their valiant hero was outfitted with not only a strength-magnifying breastplate and harness but also one half of the Sword of Power – the Sword of Grayskull itself!
He-Man and the Power Sword
But perhaps He-Man has yet to obtain an item of such power in his many adventures presented so far whether in the Filmation animated series, games, or comic books over the past 35 years than the item he has claimed on this particular T-shirt. The Power Glove!

Image courtesy of Shirtoid.com

Image courtesy of Shirtoid.com


I came across this T-Shirt by way of Shirtoid – a site that does it’s best to find the greatest in retro inspired shirts like the merging of the Masters of the Universe and Nintendo’s awesome Power Glove. From there when you find a T-Shirt you can’t live without you follow a link to the actual shop that is selling the clothing – “I Have The Power Glove” by the way was designed by Jason Yang and is offered on Shirtwoot!, although I would add that you do not have to have that design printed just on a shirt.

I suggest while you are looking over the collection of He-Man shirts over at Shirtoid you might want to listen to some fitting 8-Bit music, like Studio Megaane’s cover of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe theme!

And above all remember…