X-Men. It’s the reason I started this podcast. It’s the comic series that people ask me about the most for coming on the show. And they just never disappoint because there are about a billion different reasons why people have gotten into them and why they love them. So what’s wrong with another look?
If you ask Kevin Newburn, nothing at all. Which is great because that would have made for a really awkward episode if he didn’t think that these mutants were worth another look.
The world of comics and games, as evidenced by the existence of this podcast, have a decent amount of crossover. But a game where you introduce a whole new team to an already established universe? And have a tie in comic? That’s got to be pretty rare, right?
Listen in as Robert Secundus from Comics XF comes on the show to help take a look at Marvel Nemesis Rise of the Imperfects.
Hot take: the X-Men are a bit popular and were back in the 1990s and early 2000s as well. Shocking, I know. So it’s not a surprise when an X-Men related game comes out at all.
Listen in as Anthony Sytko from Capes on the Couch joins the show to take a look at X-Men Mutant Wars for the Game Boy Color.
Have I told you yet that in the 1990s you couldn’t escape the X-Men if you tried? Because you couldn’t. They literally were everywhere. And there was nothing we could do about it.
Listen in as Devin Warner from Multiversal Q and Exiled comes on the show to talk about the first X-Men game for Game Gear.
The X-Men prove once again that they were such a powerhouse franchise in the 1990s. And when you get to combine a few different story arcs into a single game it has to be good, or at least interesting.
Listen in as L.W. Salinas joins the show to prove how that’s not really the case at all with Gamemaster’s Legacy for the Sega Game Gear.
Marvel vs Capcom. You knew this day was comping. An epic showdown between some of your favorite comic characters against some of your favorite video game characters. No reasons besides it’s cool. Do you really need one?
Listen in as John Horsley from Spoiler Country joins the show to talk about this wonderful gem of a game that we all owe so much to. And the PlayStation version that isn’t quite as good.
X-Men is a weird universe anyway. You can fit in just about environment in. You can have just about any kind of character you want. Basically you can do whatever you want and it’ll make sense. There’s a reason why “Because X-Men” is a valid explanation for just about anything.
Then Mojo World just flips everything on it’s head. And here we have a wonderful Game Ge- oh who am I kidding it’s Game Gear. Listen in as Zack Jenkins from Battle of the Atom joins the show and we try not to throw up.
We’re creeping up to the big boys here, this time stopping by Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter. And once again, we get a stripped down version on PlayStation that takes out tag team but at least this time gives you extra modes to make up for it. If that makes up for it is up to you.
Listen in as Justin Williams from SuperTangent joins the show to take a look at Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter and we try not to cry about the lack of Sega awesomeness in our childhoods.
Alright, things are really starting to creep closer and closer to Marvel vs Capcom with a game that finally introduces the concept of Marvel characters fighting against people from a whole different universe. Plus a dose of Japan getting an amazing game that didn’t come out over here and there’s reason why and I’m not salty about that at all. Nope, not one bit.
Listen in as Chris Sims from The ISB comes to talk about X-Men vs Street Fighter and we geek out about X-Men and Street Fighter and fighting games in general.
In the second of our Play Comics Origins series things are taking a different turn. Not only do we have a game that follows a comic story arc, it actually follows the comic story arc. What a concept!Listen in as Scott Niswander from NerdSync comes by to take a look at Marvel Super Heroes which takes inspiration from the Infinity Gauntlet story arc. Like for real, it actually follows the story. Kind of.
It’s finally time to check out the Capcom Fighters, and what better place to start than at the beginning of that run? The X-Men have been a vital part of this show from the start and there’s really no better place to get things rolling here than with a look at a game based on the Fatal Attractions story arc.Well, based on might be a strong phrase. Listen in as Miles Stokes and Matt Hunter from Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men stop by to take a look at Children of the Atom and all of the history and lore behind it.
Remember back in the 1990s when Wolverine was everywhere and you couldn’t get away from him? When if there was ever going to be a game focusing on just a single member of the X-Men that it would unquestionably be him? And how we already got that once? Well guess what, it’s time for round two!
Listen in as Chris Baker from SuperHero.vg and author of WRONG! Retro Games, You Messed Up Our Comic Book Heroes! comes by to look at the 16 bit entry. Or is it entries? Just listen, I’m sure we’ll figure it out along the way.
X-Men 2 The Clone Wars with Brandon Cruz (Apathetic Enthusiasm, Interdimensional RSS, Submitted For Your Approval)
The X-Men Return in the sequel to the classic Genesis game. This time around they actually get to leave the mansion and head out into the world. But can they defeat the Phalanx when they come to destroy all mutants?
Listen in as Brandon Cruz from Apathetic Enthusiasm, or is it Intergalactic RSS, or maybe it’s Submitted For Your Approval, aww crap I think we might have a clone problem…
The Avengers make their return here, this time taking on Thanos in a very loose retelling of the Infinity War story. You know, nowhere near the time the movie was released in theaters or on DVD or anything.
Listen in as Scott Thrower from Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children joins the show to talk Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems!
What happens when you have a wonderful Marvel franchise that’s had a string of crappy games? Eventually you have to get something good, right? Well GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! WE FINALLY GOT IT!
Listen in as Miles Stokes from Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men comes on to talk X-Men for the Sega Genesis. I promise you, this one is totally x-ellent.
So you’ve got Spider-Man, a character with so many games out at this point that I’m too lazy to count. You’ve got the X-Men, who have games out but they mostly suck. But both of them are beloved franchises, both helped to save Marvel. And you’ve got Adam Higgins from Odd Dad Out, who admittedly has not directly saved Marvel. Put them all together and what do you get? Let’s just say that the LJN rainbow strikes again.
The X-Men are one of the most important teams that Marvel has. So what happens when somebody actually make a good game about them? Listen in as Mike Ryan from The Controller Throwers joins in to talk about the first actual good game featuring this iconic team to get released for home consoles.
The X-Men return with an arcade game that came to home consoles a mere 18 years later based on a cartoon pilot that eventually became our beloved 90s X-Men cartoon. Listen as Chris is joined by John Horsley and Kenric Reagan of Spoiler Country take a look at this gem of the 90s arcade world.