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One Stage at a Time

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We journey through classic video games one stage at a time! We're skipping no level, taking no warp zones, nor blowing any magic flutes on our quest to discover what truly makes a great game by examining each and every area all the way through! We talk gameplay, graphics, music, history, and more! C… read more

141 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Alucard's Bat Form & Familiars - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 9

May 21st, 2021


Alucard returns to the Long Library once again, this time with a new ability: double jump! Using the Leap Stone, Alucard can now reach places he …

Maximus Alucardus Fights in the Colosseum - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 8 - Colosseum

May 14th, 2021


Alucard makes his way through the Colosseum in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night! We fight all sorts of challenging enemies and encounter some …

Alucard Confesses His Sins - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 7 - Royal Chapel

May 7th, 2021


Say your prayers, Dracula.

Yes, we’re playing through The Royal Chapel in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night!

We take on flaming skulls, puppet …

The Librarian Betrays Dracula: Castlevania Symphony of the Night 6 - The Long Library

April 30th, 2021


We reach the Long Library and meet the reclusive Librarian! Though reluctant at first, he almost immediately turns on his master, Dracula, to aide us …

Patriotic Bone Muskets - Castlevania SotN 5: Outer Wall

April 23rd, 2021


Yup, we're in the walls. We explore the Outer Wall area of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night!

We take on new enemies like the Armor Lord and Medusa Head, as well as the fearsome doppelgänger!

We also find new weapons …

Who Was Dracula?: Castlevania Symphony of the Night 4 - Marble Gallery

April 16th, 2021


Alucard ventures into the Marble Gallery, where he meets a whole new set of enemies, including Audrey II and Sexy Lady Tails! Alucard also meets …

Fighting Gaibon & Slogra - Castlevania: SotN 3, Alchemy Laboratory

April 9th, 2021


We venture into the first area after losing all our gear, the alchemy laboratory! We discover secrets, new items like the leather shield, sunglasses, and more!

Then we take on the first bosses of the game, Gaibon & …

Dracula Lives in Hogwarts - Castlevania 2: Entrance

April 2nd, 2021


We finally meet our protagonist, Alucard, as we play through the first section of the main game, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night!

Alucard tears his way through some minions and confronts Death itself as he ventures …

Rondo of Blood - Castlevania: SoTN 1

March 24th, 2021


We begin Castlevania: Symphony of the Night! It's a brand new game and we are excited to begin a new journey!

It's our first Metroidvania-style game, and we answer the question "what is a Metroidvania?"

In this episode …

Suffering Through DOOM: Annihilation - DOOM 39

March 17th, 2021


We review the movie DOOM: Annihilation! Yes, we suffered through it so you don't have to!

We're not sure how this movie came to be or why they thought it was a good idea, but DOOM: Annihilation exists and we're going to …

The Best and the Worst of DOOM - DOOM 38: Full Game Retrospective

March 10th, 2021


We look back on our time with DOOM, all 10 months of it! We played the hell out of this game and we go through our favorites. We lament our least …

DOOM’s Final Level - DOOM 37: Unto the Cruel

March 3rd, 2021


We talk “Unto the Cruel,” the very last level in DOOM!

We also discuss the end of Anthem and how it will get no more support or development.

Then we dive into Pokemon and the announcement of Pokémon Legends: Arceus …

Doctor Sleep Designs DOOM - DOOM 36: And Hell Followed

February 24th, 2021


We talk “And Hell Followed,” the penultimate level of DOOM, episode 4!

We discuss the level’s late designer, John Anderson, AKA Doctor Sleep.

Then, …

Doom Channels Legend of Zelda - DOOM 35: Against Thee Wickedly

February 17th, 2021


We take on another John Romero challenge in the level "Against Thee Wickedly!" We talk secrets, challenges, frustrations, and all aspects of this surprising level! Surprising...but predictable?
And we all agree that this …

The Best Designed Level in Doom - DOOM 34: They Will Repent

February 10th, 2021


We discuss “They Will Repent,” the fifth level in episode 4 of DOOM (1993)! While it’s underwhelming in regards to challenge, we all agree that this level is designed fantastically! From the river of blood to the ACTUAL …

DoomGuy Destroys His Perfect Hole - DOOM 33: Unruly Evil

February 3rd, 2021


We discuss the easiest level in episode 4 of DOOM, Unruly Evil! A very short, very inoffensive, nothing bad but nothing particularly good stage. We …

Doom's Dumbest Secrets - DOOM 32: Sever the Wicked

January 27th, 2021


Sever the Wicked has dozens of secrets, and we hate them all. We take on E4M3, from DOOM (1993), Thy Flesh Consumed!

Class A war criminal Shawn Green designed a level that gives us some confounding and annoying secrets. …

Seinfeld & Friends Battle to the Death - DOOM 31: Fear

January 20th, 2021


Today we take on Episode 4's secret level, Fear!
The difficulty is turned down a notch for this level and we talk about how we feel about it! We also …

DoomGuy Ruins the Cyberdemon's Set - DOOM 30: Perfect Hatred

January 13th, 2021


We talk Perfect Hatred, the second level in the expansion, Thy Flesh Consumed, for DOOM!

And speaking of hatred, two of us were NOT fans of this level. One was. Can you guess who before we tell you almost immediately?

American McGee Steps Up the Difficulty - DOOM 29: Hell Beneath

January 6th, 2021


We take on our first level designed by notorious designer, American McGee! This is also the first level of the fourth episode of DOOM, Thy Flesh Consumed, which was added years afters DOOM's initial release! We are …

The Definitive DOOM Movie Review

December 30th, 2020


We go review the DOOM movie, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Karl Urban, and Rosamund Pike from 2005!

This is the last DOOM movie review you will ever need! We go through the plot, the characters, the action, the …

Seth Rogen Writes the Best Christian Fan Fiction - DOOM 27: (Dis)

December 23rd, 2020


We've reached the final level of episode 3 in DOOM (1993)! We face the Spider Mastermind and talk about how big of a let-down it is!

We also discuss:

Dis in Dante's Inferno!

Christian fan fiction has just gotten lamer …

John McClane Christ Kicks in the Door to Limbo - DOOM 26: Limbo

December 16th, 2020


We exist, and it's....fine? Not bad, but not good. Cuz we're in LIMBO, the penultimate level in episode 3 of DOOM (1993)!

We talk the ins and outs of …

Knock Knock, it's the Cyberdemon - DOOM 25: Warrens

December 9th, 2020


The boys find themselves in familiar territory as they play Warrens, from DOOM (1993)! This secret level may seem like a rehash of the very first level of the game, but it has some surprises in store for our stalwart …

The Very First Rocket Jump - DOOM 24: Mount Erebus

December 2nd, 2020


Today we talk about Mount Erebus! E3M6 from DOOM (1993)! We discuss the many monsters and secrets in this wide open mountaintop(?), as well as what …

Satan Can See My Ding-Dong - DOOM 23: Unholy Cathedral

November 25th, 2020


Happy Thanksgiving! We say what what games we’re grateful for! Zelda, Sonic, Monster Hunter!

Tom Holland as Link?

Also, what is a fascist?

Then we …

John Carmack Horrifies Us - DOOM 22: House of Pain

November 18th, 2020


We talk new consoles! (Again)

We also talk House of Pain, from DOOM (1993)!

We discuss a surprising Commander Keen easter egg in DOOM II.

Then we …

Nathan Drake is Daddy - DOOM 21: Pandemonium

November 11th, 2020


We talk the new console generation! Someone is excited about Demon Souls and Bugsnax! Will Nintendo ever put out games on PC or will they stick with …

Socially Awkward Aragorn - DOOM 20: Slough of Despair

November 4th, 2020


We talk E3M2 from DOOM, Slough of Despair! Is hell nothing more than a depressing Bed, Bath, and Beyond?

We also create a new twist on a beloved character, the socially awkward Aragorn!

And we talk about Bobby Prince, …

Hot Boy Halloween - DOOM 19: Hell Keep

October 28th, 2020


It’s our Halloween episode!

We talk scary movies, from Guillermo Del Toro horror to Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice! Then we veer into some …

On the Sixth Day, God LOL'd - DOOM 18: Tower of Babel

October 21st, 2020


In this Scenario…We’re God

We talk The Tower of Babel! The final level in Episode 2 of DOOM (1993)! We take on the dreaded, imposing CYBERDEMON! This towering boss gives us a hell of a fight and we talk every aspect of …

Upset Over Kermit and Rooster Teeth - DOOM 17: The Spawning Vats

October 14th, 2020


We discuss Kermit the Frog and his voice actor!

We talk about the sadness happening over at Rooster Teeth!

Aaron wants to play Star Wars instead of DOOM! But why?

Andy gives us a dramatic reading from the DOOM …

The Death of E3 & Resurrection of G4 - DOOM 16: Halls of the Damned

October 7th, 2020


We talk the possible end of E3 and the triumphant return of G4!(?) What is the future of the expo and the gaming channel? Everything is changing and …

We Can't Comprehend the Fortress of Mystery - DOOM 15

September 30th, 2020


We discuss the biggest melee so far in DOOM as we take on 4 Barons of Hell and 10 Cacodemons! Just what IS this level? Sam cannot wrap his head around it. What are these barons doing here? Why does this fortress appear …

I Think That Was a Boob - DOOM 14: Command Center

September 23rd, 2020


We work our way through the Command Center, the 14th level of DOOM!

This absolutely massive level had a ton of enemies, interesting secrets, and …

The Life and Times of John Romero and John Carmack - DOOM 13: Deimos Lab

September 16th, 2020


DOOMGuy takes on Deimos Lab, our favorite level so far!

We talk about games we’re currently playing and unknowingly immediately have to eat our words about Donkey Kong Country 2!

We talk Final Fantasy and Donkey Kong …

We Beat Sonic the Hedgehog for the Game Gear - Sonic GG 18: Sky Base Zone Act 3

September 13th, 2020


We finally finish Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! Yes, it's a shorter game, but it certainly felt longer as we struggled through pale imitations of better Sonic games. But we arrived at the final boss of the …

Sandy Petersen Reminds Us DOOM is a Video Game- DOOM 12: Refinery

September 9th, 2020


We moan and complain and gripe about our bodies and barcades and you punk kids get off our lawn!
And that music is too damn loud!
We discuss E2M3: Refinery, from DOOM (1993)!
We talk about the legend himself, Sandy …

Dark Souls Owes Sonic Everything - Sonic GG 17: Sky Base Zone Act 2

September 6th, 2020


We are Robotnik's personal Terminator as we chase him into the air! There is no escape for him. Sonic will find him and punish him.

We tackle Sky Base Zone: Act 2!

And we hate it.

Sonic the Hedgehog struggles through …

DOOMGuy Goes Berserk - DOOM 11: Containment Area

September 2nd, 2020


We take on Containment Area, the second area of DOOM (1993), episode 2! We get lost amongst the boxes and punch our way through! Mostly because we’re out of ammo, but also because of a wicked power-up!


The …

Sonic, Nights, and Balan Wonderworld - Sonic GG 16

August 30th, 2020


We discuss the Sky Zone Act 1 in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear!

We also talk Balan Wonderworld, the upcoming game by Yuji Naka with art direction by Naoto Ohshima, creators of Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights …

Burned Cacodemon Buttholes - DOOM 10: Deimos Anomaly

August 26th, 2020


The boys arrive on the shores of Hell! We take on level E2M1: Deimos Anomaly, in the original DOOM (1993)!

We find a new weapon, the Plasma Rifle, and an exciting brand new enemy, the feared Cacodemon! We also happen to …

Discussing Sonic OVA - Sonic GG 15

August 23rd, 2020


The boys discuss Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (1996), also known as Sonic OVA! Is it the definitive version of Sonic the Hedgehog? 

They also discuss the Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear level "Scrap Brain: Act III!"

DoomGuy Enjoys His Tang - DOOM 9: The Phobos Anomoly

August 19th, 2020


We discover the source of all our troubles (or so we think) as we reach the Phobos Anomaly, the final level in DOOM, Episode 1! 

We meet the first "boss" of the game and take on 2 (count 'em, TWO) Barons of Hell! We …

DOOMGuy is Your New SysAdmin - DOOM 8: Computer Station

August 12th, 2020


The boys twist and turn through Computer Station, E1M7 in DOOM (1993)!

We discuss the design of this level, the surprising treats as it makes you backtrack and the long-range battles that can ensue! We talk secrets and …

DOOM, Columbine, & Censorship - DOOM 7: Central Processing

August 5th, 2020


We discuss Central Processing from DOOM (1993) and its BASIC music! Is this dull soundtrack what's in DOOMGuy's iPod? Yes, iPod. The level is mazes …

A Bad Port of DOOM is Better Than No Port of DOOM - DOOM 6: Phobos Lab

July 29th, 2020


Andy, Sam, and Aaron (or is it Scorpion?) take on Phobos Lab, the fifth level in DOOM (1993)!

In this episode:

A bunch of stupid horseshit! A discussion of the naming of the levels! Finding secrets and new power ups! …

The Lara-Su Chronicles Traumatizes Us - Sonic GG 14

July 26th, 2020


Seriously. Do NOT search for the Lara-Su Chronicles.

We are joined by Ed Tirado and Jared Vandergriff as we take on Scrap Brain Zone, Act II, in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear!

It's an interesting stage, but …

Dead Doomguys Everywhere - DOOM 5: Command Control

July 22nd, 2020


Your comrades bodies litter the floor and you're tearing through hordes of imps and demons!

Joined by Sam Ingersoll once again, we take on E1:M4, …

Scrap Brain Zone Sucks Compared to the Genesis Version - Sonic GG 13

July 19th, 2020


Ed returns to take on Scrap Brains Zone: Act 1 in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear!

In this episode, Aaron gets cancelled! Like, immediately.

We discuss the odd name that is Scrap Brain. Aaron forgets what …

Wave After Wave of Enemies - DOOM 4: Military Base

July 15th, 2020


Make them feel the bite of your sword! Joined by special guest Sam Ingersoll, we take on Military Base, E1M9, the first secret level in DOOM (1993)!

Sonic Can't Kill Eggman - Sonic GG 12

July 12th, 2020


Clashing with Robotnik at the end of Labyrinth Zone! Yes, we're playing Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear, Labyrinth Zone, Act III!

We discuss the epic(?) battle and the differences between this version and the …

Doomguy Gibs Hordes of Enemies - DOOM 3: Toxin Refinery

July 8th, 2020


What fuels Doomguy's rage? Is he mad because motherfuckers keep shooting him? Or about all the statues being torn down?

We obliterate the Toxin refinery, from DOOM (1993)! We encounter new and dangerous enemies, new …

Chaos Emeralds are Dragonballs - Sonic GG 11

July 5th, 2020


Still Lost in Labyrinth Zone!

The boys discuss Labyrinth Zone, Act 2, in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! The level is harrowing but oh so very slow! But really, what is the point of it? Is it for 16-bit Sonic …

The Iconic Chainsaw Appears! - DOOM 2: Nuclear Reactor

July 1st, 2020


DOOM continues as we attack the Nuclear Plant! We wade into this sea of enemies and find NEW WEAPONS, including the iconic DOOM Chain Saw! Also, this …

Sonic Almost Dated Madonna - Sonic GG 10: Labyrinth Zone Act 1

June 28th, 2020


Sonic's origins with Ed Tirado! Who created him, why, and he almost had a girlfriend named Madonna?!

We also talk about Labyrinth Zone, Act 1 from Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! How did the conversion from …

Something Fraggin' Evil - We Start DOOM (1993)! - DOOM 1: Hangar

June 24th, 2020


Your buddies are dead. You have only a pistol. They know you're here.

We start the original 1993 classic DOOM! Joined by special guest Sam Ingersoll, …

Winnie the Pooh Roboticizes the Hundred Acre Wood - Sonic GG 9

June 21st, 2020


Ed joins us to battle Dr. Robotnik as we finish the Jungle Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear!

Is this battle epic or sadly mundane? How does it stack up against previous 

Also, we discuss the Sonic the …

We FINISHED the Game! - Donkey Kong Country Retrospective

June 17th, 2020


Reflecting on Donkey Kong Country, as a whole.

Where does Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo stand amongst classic video games?

Is it seminal …

Sonic Underground is a Doozy - Sonic GG 8

June 14th, 2020


Talking the Sonic Underground TV Show!
Joined by Ed Tirado & Jared Vandergriff once again, the boys discuss Jungle Zone, Act 2, for the Sega Game Gear and Sonic Underground!
-Ed & Jared teach us about …

King K. Rool is Out For BLOOD! - DKC 40: Gang-Plank Galleon

June 10th, 2020


On a VERY SPECIAL EPISODE of One Stage at a Time, we discuss the final boss of the game, King K. Rool! What is his motivation? Does he want all the …

Sega Owes Use Money for the Game Gear Micro - Sonic GG 7

June 7th, 2020


Ed and Jared join us to continue our journey through Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear as we play through Jungle Zone, Act 1!

In this episode:

-Aaron gets his dreams shattered!

-Ed's Sonic DeviantArt takes …

Death Wish – DKC 39: Necky’s Revenge

June 3rd, 2020


Joined by Mike Votaw, DDR extraordinaire, the boys take on Master Necky Senior in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about his …

Where is the Sonic and Mega Man Game?! - Sonic GG 6

May 31st, 2020


Ed and Jared join us to talk about Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear! We are playing Bridge Zone, Act 3, the Robotnik battle!

Also in this episode:

What was Sonic’s motivation when he mercilessly attacked …

Mirror House Cornflakes and 80 Trillion Triangles - DKC 38: Platform Peril

May 27th, 2020


Kate and Mike join us for the very last platforming level of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo, appropriately named “Platform Peril!”

In this episode:

-All the ins and outs of Platform Peril

-the Nintendo …

Interesting Games are Sometimes Better than Good Games - Sonic GG 5

May 24th, 2020


Joined by Ed and Jared, this episode we talk about Bridge Zone Act 2, one of the few auto-scrolling levels in all of Sonic the Hedgehog! We also …

Kate Completes Stardew Valley & Andy Plays Mind Games - DKC 37: Loopy Lights

May 20th, 2020


We’re in the thick of it now, folks! Joined by Mike & Kate Votaw, the One Stage at a Time Podcast takes on Loopy Lights, one of the final levels …

Ed's Sonic Lore Book is Sexy - Sonic GG 4

May 17th, 2020


We start Bridge Zone! Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear deviates from the Genesis version already in the second zone!

Joined by Ed Tirado, they discuss the merits of Tails and how he has been disrespected by the …

Good Riddance, Expresso the Ostrich - DKC 36: Misty Mine

May 13th, 2020


Get out of here, bird!

First time guest Ed Tirado joins the boys as they dig deep in Misty Mine from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They …

A Sonic-ian Film : Sonic the Hedgehog GG 3

May 9th, 2020


Things get dark, real dark, as the boys encounter Dr. Robotnik himself for the first time!

Can Andy, Aaron, and special guest Jared defeat the good doctor or can they easily defeat him? Is the entire blood feud between …

The Horrifying Mutants of Kongo Island: DKC 35 - Manic Mincers

May 6th, 2020


Joined by Jared Vandergriff once again, the boys take on Manic Mincers, the 35th stage in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo!

They talk about how there are no innocents on Kongo Island (except maybe Manky), what …

The Secret Origins of Dr. Robotnik - Sonic GG 2

May 4th, 2020


Joined by Jared once again, Aaron & Andy discuss Green Hill Zone Act 2 for the Sega Game Gear!
This level is a pretty big departure from the first act and the boys talk about how that sets it apart from its Genesis …

The Most Boring World Yet? - DKC 34: Tanked Up Trouble

April 29th, 2020


The boys start a brand new (and FINAL) world, the Chimp Caverns! Joined by Jared once again, they play through Tanked Up Trouble in Donkey Kong …

BE SONIC, BE ATOMIC! - Sonic the Hedgehog 1: Green Hill Zone

April 26th, 2020


The boys start a brand new adventure! They're racing into the handheld realm by playing Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Game Gear!
Joined by Jared once more, they talk about everyone's favorite blue blur and his 8-bit …

All Jared Does Is Insult Us - Donkey Kong Country 33: Boss Dumb Drum

April 22nd, 2020


Aaron, Andy, and Jared face off with Boss Dumb Drum at the top of Kremcroc Industries, Inc. What has driven this poor steel drum to suicidally attack the Kongs? And is this low-effort boss fight surprisingly pretty good?

Getting Blacked Out - DKC 32: Blackout Basement

April 15th, 2020


The boys descend into Blackout Basement, the 32nd level of Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System!

They talk about:

  •  what …

The Kongs are Brain-Damaged (And so are We) - Donkey Kong Country 31: Mine Cart Madness

April 8th, 2020


The quarantine continues and we are crawling up the walls!

Aaron and Andy discuss Mine Cart Madness, from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about what works in the level, secrets, and other …

A Grisly End to a Sad Life - Donkey Kong Country 30: Poison Pond

April 1st, 2020


Aaron and Andy once again record remotely to discuss Poison Pond, an underwater level from KremKroc Industries, Inc. in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System! They talk about the bane of gamers …

Battletoads For Smash: Donkey Kong Country 29 - Elevator Antics

March 25th, 2020


The boys offer up a report from the quarantine zone. Elevator Antics, Stage 3 of Kremcroc Industries, Inc., is a treacherous trek through the Kongo caves. David Wise has us covered with a chill, ambient Cavedweller …

Throwing Poo & Exploring Childhood Trauma - DKC 28: Trick Track Trek

March 18th, 2020


Joined once again by the wonderful Kate Votaw, the boys play through Trick Track Trek in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo!

Also, which Star …

Ekongomics & Kremling Labor Movements - DKC 27: Oil Drum Alley

March 11th, 2020


Joined once again by superstar Kate Votaw, the One Stage pod discusses Oil Drum Alley from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! A remarkably …

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Review! & DKC 26: Really Gnawty Rampage

March 4th, 2020


Joined by first-time guest Kate Votaw, the boys talk about the most important cultural touchstone of our time, the movie Sonic The Hedgehog! What …

Salute To Winky - Donkey Kong Country 25: Rope Bridge Rumble

February 26th, 2020


Joined once again by special guest Mike Votaw, the One Stage Boys discuss Rope Bridge Rumble from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about the final appearance of Winky the Frog and whether he is a …

Funky Kong is Trafficking Squawks! - Donkey Kong Country 24: Torchlight Trouble

February 19th, 2020


Aaron, Andy, and special guest Mike venture into the deep dark caverns of Torchlight Trouble! They discuss the final animal friend, Squawks the Parrot! Mike finally learns how to run, what the title of "Kong" actually …

We Want to Like Ecco the Dolphin - Donkey Kong Country 23: Croctopus Chase

February 12th, 2020


Special guest Mike Votaw joins Aaron and Andy as they discuss Croctopus Chase from Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo! They talk about water …

Manky Kong Is An Agent Of Chaos - Donkey Kong Country 22: Ice Age Alley

February 5th, 2020


The boys recruit special guest Mike as they continue their treacherous trek through Gorilla Glacier in Ice Age Alley! Today we're battling a double …

Wario IS Venom - Donkey Kong Country 21: Slip Slide Ride

January 29th, 2020


Today we're getting demolished by ice physics in Slip-Slide Ride! The boys, joined by good friend Jack, have a tough road to hoe on this one. At …

Jack Hates Ice Physics & Aaron is Naturally Attracted to Secrets - DKC 20: Snow Barrel Blast

January 22nd, 2020


We've got ice physics and blast barrels as the gang makes its first foray into Gorilla Glacier. Snowbarrel Blast may just be the hardest stage so far, but at least it's got a banger of a BGM. Do we have what it takes to …

DKC 19: Punching Queen B in Her Googly Eyes (Bumble B Rumble)

January 15th, 2020


Featuring special guest Jack, this episodes showcases Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong taking on a new, more difficult breed of boss, Queen B! The boys …

DKC 18: Cranky Kong Is A Murderer! (Clam City)

January 8th, 2020


We're going underwater again in Clam City, the fourth stage of Vine Valley! Jack joins us again for this tricky dive into the waters of DK Isle. Where's Engarde when you need him? Then in the Lore Corner, we examine …

DKC 17: The Kongfather(Orang-Utan Gang)

January 1st, 2020


Today on the program we're enlisting Expresso the Ostrich's help to uncover an unprecedented number of bonus stages in Orang-Utan Gang! There's also an extended riff about the Godfather, featuring Cranky as Vito and …

DKC 16: Winnie The Pooh Can Get Right Outta Here (Temple Tempest)

December 25th, 2019


Today on the program we visit Temple Tempest and meet Expresso the Ostrich, a brand new animal friend. Can our new horse help us survive another forbidden temple? And can Aaron take a gorilla in a fight? Let's find out …

DKC 15: The Kongs are an Invasive Species (Forest Frenzy)

December 18th, 2019


Andy and Aaron discuss Forest Frenzy, the 15th level in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System!
How do Donkey and Diddy fit into the ecosystem of DK Island?
Is the country really Donkey Kong's if …

DKC 14: The Golden Age of Print Media (Tree Top Town)

December 11th, 2019


The gang invades a quaint tree-top village. Blast barrels, buzzy boys, and bottomless pits give us a hard time. We groove to another swell track by Eveline Novakovic (Fischer). And in a new segment, Supplementary …

DKC 13: David Attenborough (Vulture Culture)

December 4th, 2019


Chimp Caverns is behind us, Vine Valley lies ahead. We're getting a rude welcome to the forest in Vulture Culture. But how can forest and jungle …

DKC 12: Body Horror (Master Necky)

November 27th, 2019


It's boss time on the pod, friends. Meet Master Necky, a baffling monstrosity cloaked in mystery. Is this turning into a body horror game? Then later, some History on Knight Lore, a proto-Rare classic.


This episode …

DKC 11: They're Stinkin' Lizards and They Had it Comin' (Millstone Mayhem)

November 20th, 2019


We get anthropological in an mysterious ancient temple. Aaron brandishes a weapon in the studio. Krusha laughs at Diddy Kong's puny physique. We …

DKC 10: If You're Donkey, You're Dead (Stop And Go Station)

November 13th, 2019


The gang dodges Rockcrocs in Stop and Go Station. Also, we explore the secret history of Mario's crimes in Donkey Kong Jr. Will we ever see Cranky's son again??


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DKC 9: Pedantry Corner (Bouncy Bonanza)

November 6th, 2019


It's cave time again, folks. In the third stage of World 3, we're bouncing on tires, and bouncing on Winky. That's double bouncing. Also in this …

DKC 8: Worst Thing Ever Fathomed in a Human Brain (Mine Cart Carnage)

November 2nd, 2019


The gang gets traumatized by the first true wall of the game, Mine Cart Carnage. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura stops by the studio. And in a new segment, we get stunned by speedrunning strats.


This episode …

DKC 7: A Sepia-Toned Flashback (Winky's Walkway)

October 30th, 2019


The Kongo Jungle is in the rearview and it's on to Monkey Mines. Jared joins the gang to discuss the first stage of World 2, Winky's Walkway. We meet our new animal pal, Winky the Horse (read: frog) and learn a bit …

DKC 6: A Pin-up, Barbie Kong (Very Gnawty's Lair)

October 23rd, 2019


We defeat Very Gnawty at the end of World One. Much discussion of Candy Kong's unsettling character model. Shocking revelation that Diddy is a monkey, not a chimpanzee. A galleon appears on the horizon.


This episode …

DKC 5: Getting a Really Hasselhoff Vibe (Barrel Cannon Canyon)

October 16th, 2019


Today on the pod, the gang meets Funky Kong, a chill surfer dude and licensed pilot. After that we blast through Barrel Canon Canyon, the final and …

DKC 4: A Lot of Pelvic Thrusting (Coral Capers)

October 12th, 2019


Today the gang goes for a swim in Coral Capers! The first underwater stage is fraught with Croctopuses, but we've got Enguarde the Swordfish on our side. Also in this stage, the history of Rare!


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DKC 3: Tires Everywhere (Reptile Rumble)

October 9th, 2019


The gang bounces past tires, snakes, and bees in stage 1-3 of Donkey Kong Country, Reptile Rumble! And in our first Lore Corner of the season, we investigate the OG DK, Cranky Kong!


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DKC 2: He Had Luxurious Lips (Ropey Rampage)

October 5th, 2019


The gang swings through Ropey Rampage in this exciting episode! Night sets on the jungle as we brave bottomless pits, swinging ropes, and a rainy foreground layer. Surely the game can't get harder from here?


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DKC 1: Donkey Kong Bursts Forth in a Fit of Rage (Jungle Hijinx)

October 2nd, 2019


Welcome to Donkey Kong Country! Today the gang rolls through Jungle Hijinx and meets our heroes. Our guests Gwen and Ponyta are gonna need Rambi the …

SMB 33: We're Never Playing Mario Again (Bonus Round)

September 25th, 2019


Andy and Aaron take a break and look back over their arduous journey through Super Mario Brothers. In this Bonus Round episode we talk favorite …

SMB 32: President Kooper (8-4)

September 18th, 2019


We've reached the end of our journey. In this episode, World 8-4, the Castle of Kooper. Andy and Aaron break down the traps and challenges of the final stage, a worthy finale to a legendary game. In the final history …

SMB 31: Storming the Battlements (8-3)

September 11th, 2019


This week the boys are nearing the end of their adventure, but first they have to conquer the outer walls of Kooper's Castle! In this, their final test before the end, Aaron and Andy go up against an army of Hammer Bros …

SMB 30: Peach is Wagging the Dog (8-2)

September 4th, 2019


The gang have reached the antepenultimate stage of the game! Special guest Dave returns for World 8-2, quite possibly the hardest stage in the game. …

SMB 29: The Rude Jump (8-1)

August 28th, 2019


The boys have reached World 8 at last, and they're already regretting it. World 8-1 is the hardest stage so far, not to mention the longest one, and …

SMB 28: Kiss Me You Fool! (7-4)

August 21st, 2019


The boys struggle through another castle maze as they finish up the penultimate world in Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System! …

SMB 27: Bad Things That Are Bad (7-3)

August 14th, 2019


Today the boys reach the penultimate stage of World 7, another remix, and it's deja-ouch all over again! Computer science correspondent Mike explains …

SMB 26: I Identify as a Mario (7-2)

August 7th, 2019


In this exciting episode, the gang dives underwater in World 7-2 of Super Mario Brothers! Aaron laments that this is another remix stage. Special Guest Mike barely survives an encounter with Bloopers and Cheep Cheeps. …

SMB 25: Kids, Ask Your Grandparents (7-1)

July 31st, 2019


The boys are joined once again by Mike and show their age as they discuss new subjects like Jerry Orbach, Back to the Future, and writing checks! …

SMB 24: I Wanna Talk About Banjo-Kazooie! (6-4)

July 24th, 2019


Today on the program, it's the sixth castle! Aaron gets a hammer to the face from the toughest Bowser impostor yet. Special guest Jack is shocked and appalled by the concept of Dry Bowser. Andy just wants to talk about …

SMB 23: The Sheer Athleticism of Mario (6-3)

July 17th, 2019


The boys are back for another athletic stage in World 6-3! Jack takes us on a delightful tangent about Vanilla Ice. Aaron expounds on how all these …

SMB 22: Your Churlish Monkeyshines Will No Longer Be Tolerated (6-2)

July 10th, 2019


The boys are back for another exciting episode, and this time they're conquering World 6-2 of Super Mario Brothers! Jack Attack is back in the mix, and he's getting redemption for 6-1. Also in this episode: the gang …

SMB 21: Give Me Back My Childhood! (6-1)

July 3rd, 2019


The boys are back for another glorious world! This time we're going to World 6-1 for another night stage. Special Guest Jack gets thrown into the …

SMB 20: Classic Edition (5-4)

June 19th, 2019


Today it's just the original OSAAT duo, and they've got a good one for you! Aaron Nieson, wild man, conquers a giant fire bar in the World 5 castle. Andy examines the early arcade career of legendary game developer …

SMB 18: Underwater Overworld (5-2)

June 12th, 2019


The boys face down their most difficult challenge yet in World 5-2! Jacob struggles with Hammer Bros and a secret (read: trap) underwater area. Aaron …

SMB 19: Enter Shigeru (5-3)

June 12th, 2019


The boys are getting deja vu in this first (of many) remix stage! In this episode, Jacob narrowly avoids a midair collision with an angry Bullet …

SMB 17: Bring Back Urkel! (5-1)

June 6th, 2019


The boys are joined by good friend and brother to Aaron, Jacob Wilson, as they embark upon world 5-1! They talk about new challenges in the game and delve into the strange new trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie!

SMB 16: Glitch-Eater (4-4)

June 5th, 2019


The boys are tackling World 4's castle in this exciting episode! Aaron Nieson, Glitch-Eater, triggers a strange glitch and breaks the looping maze. Andy goes on a long tangent about the original pitfall. Special guest …

SMB 15: Walking on Nothing (4-3)

May 29th, 2019


In this episode: Mushroom platforms in another exciting athletic stage; Aaron encounters a mysterious floating enemy; special guest Jared objects when Andy describes Yoshi's New Island as an "interquel"; and the history …

SMB 14: Double Warp Zone (4-2)

May 22nd, 2019


Jared joins us again for another trip to the underground in World 4-2! Today the boys visit not one, but two warp zones; explore the mysteries of romance with the Nintendo Love Tester; and bask in the glory of Captain …

SMB 13: Lakitu Just Wants to Throw Some Pets at Somebody, Man (4-1)

May 17th, 2019


It's the gang's first harrowing encounter with Lakitu as we embark on World 4! Our good friend Jared joins us as we discuss our Nintendo beginnings, the sentience of Lakitu's cloud, and whether or not Super Mario Land …

SMB 12: Never Trust Anyone (3-4)

May 15th, 2019


Jay joins the gang once again as we challenge World 4's castle in this exciting episode! Also in this episode, Andy and Aaron debate the merits of Switch graphics vs. current-gen graphics. And in the Lore Corner, the …

SMB 11: Thank You, Mr. Yokoi (3-3)

May 10th, 2019


Today the gang tackles more bizarre, giant plant life in World 3-3! Jay joins Andy and Aaron once more to discuss glitches, infinite lives tricks, and the immortal classic Tron. Also in this episode, a discussion of the …

SMB 10: Somewhat Unspectacular (3-2)

May 8th, 2019


This time the boys are heading to World 3-2 where they meet a gauntlet of Koopa Troopas and Goombas out for blood! We also take a look at Nintendo's earliest ventures: hanafuda cards, taxi cab services, and even love …

SMB 9: Man, You Really Did It (3-1)

May 1st, 2019


The boys embark on the next leg of their adventure in World 3! This time our buddy Jay joins us as we meet the first Hammer Brother ever and discuss Andy's favorite level in the game, World 3-1. Also in this episode, a …

SMB 8: It's Not Bowser (2-4)

April 25th, 2019


The boys are joined by Mike once more as they challenge the World 2 castle! Another Bowser impostor is on the horizon, and another punishing castle …

SMB 7: The Most Stressful Level Yet (2-3)

April 17th, 2019


The gang heads to World 2-3 and gets absolutely terrorized by flying Cheep Cheeps! What is the deal with these horrifying creatures, and just how are …

SMB 6 - Piracy is Wrong (2-2)

April 12th, 2019


The boys go for a swim in the very first water level in Mario history! Mike joins the pod again to discuss the mediocrity of water stages, the moral …

SMB 5: This Game is Unrealistic and I'm Done With It (2-1)

April 10th, 2019


It's deja vu all over again as the boys return to the overworld with special guest Mike! They're climbing beanstalks to the clouds, delving into Nintendo's origins, and pondering the philosophical implications of this …

SMB 4: Dirty River Water (1-4)

April 6th, 2019


Aaron and Andy take on the first castle with special guests Cheffon Lemay & Ponyta Pokemon! The gang traverses the treacherous first castle and meets up with Bowser for the first time ever. But why did Bowser fill …

SMB 3: Giant Mushroom-type Platforms (1-3)

April 5th, 2019


Andy and Aaron visit World 1-3, the first athletic stage! We traverse giant mushrooms suspended above a bottomless pit, and discuss the Great North American Video Game Crash of 1983. Can the boys survive? Or will they …

SMB 2: It's Very Unclear (1-2)

April 3rd, 2019


Aaron and Andy go underground for World 1-2 of Super Mario Brothers! As the boys get deeper into the game, they meet Piranha Plants, discuss everyone's favorite Player 2, Luigi, and become increasingly confused about …

SMB 1: Quite Possibly a Perfect Level (1-1)

April 3rd, 2019


Andy and Aaron tackle World 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers! How did Nintendo hook a generation of kids with this single stage? And what's Mario's last name? The boys discuss all this and more on our inaugural episode.

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Episode 0: No Warp Zones

April 2nd, 2019


Aaron and Andy explain themselves. Join us, won't you, on a wild retrospective journey through Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System, one stage at a time.

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