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Podcast: Nostalgia Pilots Bonus 01

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Left alone in the Nostalgia Pilots studio, Hugh and Jason boot up 1996’s “Gundam Wing: Endless Duel” fighting game for the Super Famicom! (Super Nintendo.)

Journey back to the era of Street Fighter II clones as they review this punishing, technical fighter.

Plus, do you remember Surge?

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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: Nostalgia Pilots 05: The Mutterer

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Episode 5: The Mutterer

This week we’re taking a trip to space! Hooray! I’m sure nothing bad will happen… oh wait there’s Lady Une.

This episode: Lady Une is totally Heero’s secret clone mom, Qatre’s got it bad, and Relena was super high at the time, but her dad told her she’s totally a princess or something. Plus: Duo and Heero have a bonding moment, and the Nostalgia Pilots get lost in the weeds of meta continuity!

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Podcast: Nostalgia Pilots 04: Get The Space Laser!

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Nostalgia Pilots Episode Four

We’re back! And this episode we’re finally introduced to the series’s breakout stars, Lt. Noin and Lady Une!
Meanwhile, Zech’s does the half-cape walk of shame, Wu Fei hangs out in the worst subreddits, and both Relena and her dad have insufficiently dramatic outfits.
Plus, Trowa and Qatre share the flute and violin duet that dares not speak its name.
This podcast originally appeared at NostalgiaPilots.com on August 3rd, 2017.
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Podcast: NP03: Anime Jesus

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Recorded live at Balticon, Jason, Lauren, and Hugh talk Gundam Wing Episode 3: “Five Gundams Confirmed!”

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Having flipped into the ocean, Heero wakes up in the secret Alliance Beachfront Military Hospital Relena dragged him to between episodes! Just as Military Doctor Sally Po is trying to figure out just how many broken bones Heero has, he is broken out by Duo, and his many wonderful toys.

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Treize goes pheasant hunting in his own backyard, Zechs is profoundly uninterested in providing military aid to anybody, Trowa and Qatre have a crotch-level meet cute, and Duo is Mary Poppins, y’all!

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Podcast: Nostalgia Pilots Episode 2: Sweet 90’s Hacking

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Join Hugh, Jurd, and Lauren as we take a look at Episode Two of Gundam Wing!

Heero practices the equestrian skills he learned in space, and gets up to some 3rd-story hacking, Relena pieces things together from the back of her Barbie limousine, and Duo uses the stealthiest tool, giant spotlights!

Meanwhile, Zech’s submarine helipad is underused, Trowa has a lion-based job interview, and Qatre takes Sandrock on vacation! Plus, Wu Fei’s cash does the talking on the international arms market.

Nostalgia Pilots Episode 2: Sweet 90’s Hacking

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