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Podcast: Nostalgia Pilots 10: Lady Une’s Murder Superbowl

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Welcome to Nostalgia Pilots! In this episode, Hugh, Jason and Jurd discuss Gundam Wing Episode Ten: “Heero, Distracted by Defeat!”
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In which Treize and Zechs finally get some time alone together, Lady Une has a murder-boner for the whole world, and Duo suplexes a train.
Plus, Doctor J still leads with the claw, and Trowa doesn’t have a phone, but if you must call him, ring the circus.
Oh, and Heero blew himself up, but I’m sure he’s fine.
Want to watch along with the Nostalgia Pilots? You can watch Gundam Wing episodes for free online via Crunchy Roll!

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Podcast: Nostalia Pilots 09: Zechs & Treize Go To White Castle

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This week on Nostalgia Pilots, Jason, Jurd, and Hugh watch episode nine of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, “Portrait of a Ruined Country!”

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In which Zechs isn’t brave enough to experience terminal g-forces, Duo and Heero have a friendly game of basketball at picturesque Military Base Island, and Qatre hears the soul of outer space.

Plus, Treize’s master plan may still have a few holes in it, and Jason explains some sinister moe.

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Hugh Likes Video Games: Gundam Wing Endless Duel

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Invariably, Nostalgia Pilots’ deep dive into the series lead me back to the ephemera and tie-ins to Gundam Wing, including the Super Famicom fighting game. Bandai hasn’t had the best track record with Gundam games, but Gundam Wing Endless Duel turned out to be pretty great.
A late 16-bit era fighting game in the vein of Street Fighter II, “Gundam Wing Endless Duel” never made it to America. This is almost certainly because the anime it is based on wouldn’t be localized for another three years after it was released. But it’s also a shame, because it’s a great 2-player fighter, with tight controls, gorgeous pixel graphics, and a merciless difficulty curve.
Roughly following the plot of the show, the game features nine characters, plus a hidden playable boss. Each giant robot has a pair of light and heavy attacks, can rocket boost into the air, and fires machine guns from a distance. They also have a fuel meter, and all special and super attacks drain the gauge. Successfully blocking attacks or landing hits refills the gauge, but it doesn’t fill back up between rounds. This prevents a player from just leaning on special attacks for victory and provides some nice game balance.
The personality and capabilities of each pilot and robot are well displayed. Wing and Wing Zero have giant guns, their signature beam sabres, and can even transform into their jet modes to ram the enemy. Deathscythe is fast and excels at close-combat, Qatre has access to his army of bodyguards, etc. The stages are all pulled right from the show. Each one is incredibly detailed and downright beautiful. Heero fights inside a colony, Zechs’ stage is an Antarctic ice sheet, and Wu-Fei fights in the wilderness he spends most of the first half of the show moping in.
“Gundam Wing Endless Duel” looks and feels just right, but it isn’t a walk in the park. The computer A I is brutal and merciless. The challenge is further amped up by the fact that unlike other tournament fighters, players can hit their opponent when they’re down.
If you’re a serious fighting game player, and you need something to tide you over until the next big thing comes out, I recommend taking a look for this overlooked gem.

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Podcast: Nostalgia Pilots 6

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Episode 6: Those Kids Have to Die

This week, Hugh, Jason, and Jurd watch episode six of Gundam Wing: Party Night!

Join us as Heero goes to great length to avoid a school dance, Relena has a non-conventional grieving process, and Lady Une is barely holding it together with all this insubordination about her orders to murder civilian children.

Plus: Wu-Fei takes up puppetry, Trowa has an Allen Iverson moment, and Duo does literally nothing this episode.

And, Jason tells everyone how he really feels about Eureka Seven.

Podcast: CCRC21: Gundam Wing

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Listen to me geek out at Jurd and Opopinax as we watch “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Episode 1: The Shooting Star She Saw.”

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This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on March 21, 2017.

Podcast: CCRC19: Voltron

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Watch along with Hugh, Opopinax, and Jurd as they watch the first episode of Dreamworks’ “Voltron: Legendary Defender!” It’s lion-robot-tastic!

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“Voltron: Legendary Defender” is available on Netflix Streaming in the US and Canada!

This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on February 9, 2017.

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Podcast: CCRC18: Naruto S1E1

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Join Opopinax, JRD, and Hugh as they take a quick jump in the Chronotheater to the heady days of 2002 with a commentary for the first episode of the original Naruto anime.

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Naruto is available to stream from Netflix, Crunchy Roll, Hulu, and Viz.com!

This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on January 19, 2017.

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