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This is an episode list for The Angry Video Game Nerd (series).
Note: Videos such as the Wii Salute video, Top Tens, etc. are not numbered because they are neither game nor console reviews.
|Pilots||2||May 2004 - June 2004|
|1||15||February 2006 - December 2006|
|2||24||February 2007 - January 2008|
|3||23||February 2008 - January 2009|
|4||25||March 2009 - March 2010|
|5||12||April 2010 - April 2011|
|6||5||July 2011 - December 2011|
|7||22||July 2012 - December 2014|
|8||TBA||March 2015 - present|
Pilots (Bad NES Games)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|1||Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest||9:30|| May 16, 2004|
(On YouTube, April 8, 2006)
| Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)|
This is the Nerd's first game review ever. This is his first review of an NES game.
He criticizes the game's difficulty, departure from the other games in the series, weaker bosses (blaming the lazy developers), the cryptic password system along with the secret passageways, collecting specific items that takes too long, the invisible pitfalls, the infamous shift from day to night with the unnecessary texture every few minutes.
This episode was originally created on May 16, 2004 and previously only available as a part of a film compilation tape with other short films created or directed by James Rolfe.
|2||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||6:37|| May 16, 2004|
(On YouTube, April 8, 2006)
| Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NES)|
This episode was originally created on May 16, 2004 and previously only available as a part of a film compilation tape with other short films created or directed by Rolfe. He bashes the game for its unforgiving difficulty, weapons that do absolutely nothing, random town people kill you for no reason. He considered Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as the worst NES game he ever reviewed or played. This is the first episode to have the Nerd on camera. The game was donated to Rolfe by a friend and title card artist, Mike Matei.
The line "Why don't the weapons do anything?" from the full intro theme originated from this episode.
This game was "re"-revisited in 2010, where the Nerd tried to beat the game.
Season 1 (The Angry Nintendo Nerd, except Episodes 15 to 17)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|3||The Karate Kid||4:34||April 8, 2006|| The Karate Kid (NES)|
This episode was intended to be the last in the then-trilogy. He criticizes the game's awkward controls, difficult levels and its disappointing short length. Later, he realized it was made by LJN, who are notoriously known for adapting successful movies into horrible video games.
This is also the first review of a game from LJN (a company that The Nerd has a strong hatred for). This is the first episode to feature the name "Angry Nintendo Nerd" onscreen.
|4||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||3:54||April 24, 2006|| Who Framed Roger Rabbit (NES)|
Mike Matei convinced James Rolfe to continue making reviews because he found them funny, even though it was intended to be only a trilogy. This is when Rolfe and Matei uploaded the first 4 videos to Youtube, where the show started gaining popularity.
The closing line "I want to nail Roger Rabbit to the fucking cross" was considered the Nerd's best moment of 2006.
The line "Why is the password so long?" from the full intro theme originated from this episode.
|5||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||7:10||June 21, 2006|| Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)|
This is the first video be to featured on ScrewAttack.
The line "Why can't a turtle swim?" on the full intro theme originated from this episode. As a first for the series, this episode has a title card.
|6||Back To The Future||6:53||July 21, 2006|| Back to the Future (NES), Back to the Future Part II & III (NES)|
This is the first review to feature multiple games. On the DVD, the clips from the Back to the Future films were edited out.
|7||McKids||7:07||August 25, 2006|| McKids (NES)|
The original version of the theme song is heard for the first time.
|8||Wally Bear and the NO! Gang||4:37||Sept 1, 2006|| Wally Bear and the NO! Gang (NES)|
A new scene, showing the Nerd calling the Wally Bear hotline, was added to the Season 1 DVD, and subsequently also to the YouTube re-release. This is also the first review of an unlicensed game.
|9||Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu||4:19||September 8, 2006|| Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu (NES)|
This episode features special guest Shit Pickle, an original animated character who appeared in other works by Rolfe, and is voiced by Rolfe himself.
|10||Top Gun||7:35||September 15, 2006|| Top Gun (NES), Top Gun: The Second Mission (NES)|
The line "Why can't I land the plane?" from the full intro theme originated from this episode.
|11||Double Dragon 3||4:09||September 22, 2006|| Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (NES)|
The line "The characters' names are wrong" from the full intro theme originated from this episode.
|12||Friday the 13th||12:32||October 13, 2006|| Friday the 13th (NES)|
This episode guest stars Mike Matei as Jason Voorhees. During the review the Nerd is forced and threatened by Jason Voorhees to do a positive review of the game.At the end the Nerd kills Jason and reveals that he in fact hates the game. He then starts a drinking binge.
|13||A Nightmare On Elm Street||14:46||October 31, 2006|| A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)|
This is part II of the Friday The 13th review. Both Rolfe and Matei assume the role of Freddy Krueger as voice and body double, respectively.
Towards the end of the video, The Nerd creates three clones of himself (one of which defecates on the game cartridge) which causes Freddy to chase him and his clones which are killed off. (It is unknown if the original Nerd was killed or not) The Nerd punches Freddy with the Power Glove and wakes up from his dream and finds that he is wearing the Power Glove, hinting at his next review.
The review was featured on the second disc of Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.
On the ScrewAttack website, this video features an alternate opening and ending, and also features the song "Welcome to My Nightmare" by Alice Cooper over the end credits, rather than the "Vampire Killer" theme from Castlevania.
|14||The Power Glove||12:28||November 15, 2006|| The Nerd reviews the Nintendo Power Glove. Games played include: Super Glove Ball, Metroid, Double Dragon, Castlevania, Kung Fu Heroes, Bubble Bobble, Life Force, Jackal, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, R.C. Pro-Am, Rad Racer, Top Gun, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Contra, and Super Mario Bros..|
This is the first review which doesn't focus on a specific game or specific types of games throughout. This is also the last episode to use the name "The Angry Nintendo Nerd".
|15||Chronologically Confused about Bad Movie and Video Game Sequel Titles||11:33||November 28, 2006|| The Nerd discusses the confusing naming of sequels for various movie and video game franchises, including: Street Fighter, Mega Man, Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy, Halloween, The Star Trek feature films, Rocky, Rambo, Alien, Bruce Lee films, Armour of God, Zombie, The Naked Gun.|
Note: In this episode, the Nerd makes a joke about the odd names of the Rambo movies and says, "What're they going to call the next one? John Rambo?" As stated in his game review of Rambo, the next Rambo movie, ironically, WAS alternatively called "John Rambo".
|16||Rocky||9:46||December 14, 2006|| Rocky (SMS)|
This episode includes an alternative ending where the Nerd throws the game off the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was added to the Season 1 DVD, and then in the YouTube re-release. This is also the first review of a Sega Master System game.
On the DVD, the opening scene in which the Nerd is playing the first five Rocky films on every TV in his house was edited out.
|17||Bible Games||21:29||December 23, 2006|| Bible Adventures (NES), Bible Buffet (NES), Super 3D Noah's Ark (SNES), Spiritual Warfare (NES), King of Kings: The Early Years (NES)|
When first released on the ScrewAttack website, this video was divided into two parts. This is also the first review of an SNES game.
The opening theme is a parody of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".
Season 2 (First full season under the name of The Angry Video Game Nerd)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|18||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Part 1||11:43||January 25, 2007|| Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (movie)|
Description in Part 2.
|19||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Part 2||10:47||January 25, 2007|| Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (movie)|
The destruction of the VHS tape of the movie was chosen as the best moment of 2007. The Nerd makes reference to his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the line "cowa-fuckin' piece of dog shit!".
|20||Atari 5200||10:39|| (GT) February 13, 2007
(YT) July 25, 2008
| Atari 5200 (console)|
The Nerd also does a short review about the history of the Atari 5200.
This is the first video to be featured on GameTrailers, as well as the first review of a console, and the first episode to have the current intro. This is also the first console review where he doesn't actually play the console. However, he attempts to play Space Invaders, Kaboom!, Frogger, and Super Breakout, but each game is unresponsive. (Because of the faulty controller, including the one he orders online, which he tries to plug in, only to find it's the wrong type of controller plug and that he's been scammed.)
|21||Ghostbusters||17:29|| (GT) February 27, 2007
(YT) Aug 6, 2008
| Ghostbusters (NES)|
This is the first episode where the Nerd wears a T-shirt under his Nerd Shirt (Ghostbusters T-Shirt). After mentioning the Ghost Vacuum item in the game, the Nerd prank calls a store, asking if they sell a Ghost Vacuum.
The DVD and YouTube versions of the episode feature a sound-alike version of the Ghostbusters theme that plays over the opening of the video; the GameTrailers version featured no music during these scenes. In all these versions, clips from the movie and TV series were removed and replaced with still images.
|22||Ghostbusters: Follow-Up||11:27|| (GT) March 20, 2007
(YT) Aug 26, 2008
| Ghostbusters (NES), Ghostbusters (2600), Ghostbusters (SMS)|
In the YouTube re-release and the DVD, clips from the Ghostbusters movie are removed, and replaced with artwork by Mike Matei, to avoid copyright claims. This is the first review of an Atari 2600 game.
|23||Ghostbusters: Conclusion||13:12|| (GT) April 3, 2007
(YT) Sep 9, 2008
| Ghostbusters II (NES), Ghostbusters (Genesis)|
This is the first review of a Sega Genesis game. The DVD and YouTube versions of the episode features a cover version of the Ghostbusters theme that plays during the ending of the video, and also features a cover version of the Elvis Presley song "Devil in Disguise". Also, clips from the movie were removed and replaced with a still image of the movie poster.
|24||Spider-Man||10:32|| (GT) April 17, 2007
(YT) Sep 22, 2008
| Spider-Man (2600), Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (NES), The Amazing Spider-Man (GB), Spider-Man 2 (GBA)|
This is the first review of a Game Boy game, as well as a Game Boy Advance game. Kyle Justin guest stars as Spider-Man. The Nerd uses the NES top-loader for the first time. Spider-Man also introduces the Nerd to Yuengling, a beer brewed by a local brewery, after calling Rolling Rock "corporate bullshit" and "Shit Rock". The Nerd would sometimes drink Yuengling in place of Rolling Rock in later episodes.
|25||Sega CD||13:18|| (GT) May 2, 2007
(YT) Nov 18, 2008
| Sega CD, Ground Zero: Texas(Sega CD), Slam City with Scottie Pippen(Sega CD), Double Switch(Sega CD), Night Trap(Sega CD), Corpse Killer (which didn't work)(Sega CD), Time Gal(Sega CD), Lethal Enforcers(Sega CD), The Adventures of Willy Beamish(Sega CD), Road Avenger(Sega CD), Jurassic Park(Sega CD), Prize Fighter(Sega CD), Sol-Feace(Sega CD), The Terminator(Sega CD), Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective(Sega CD), Dracula Unleashed(Sega CD), Bram Stoker's Dracula(Sega CD), Wonder Dog(Sega CD), Sewer Shark(Sega CD), Sonic CD(Sega CD).|
This is the first review of a Sega CD game. Also, this is the first episode to feature the full-length AVGN theme song.
|26||Sega 32X||9:05|| (GT) May 15, 2007
(YT) Dec 6, 2008
|Sega 32X, Primal Rage(Sega 32X), Doom(Sega 32X), Virtua Fighter(Sega 32X), Star Wars Arcade(Sega 32X). This is the first review of 32X games, and the last as of now.|
|27||Silver Surfer||11:20|| (GT) June 5, 2007
(YT) Dec 8, 2008
| Silver Surfer(NES)
He criticizes the game for its extreme difficulty, failing to beat even a single level. This episode uses an instrumental version of the opening theme song, by Ramon Cardinali.
|28||Die Hard||9:03|| (GT) June 19, 2007
(YT) Jan 21, 2009
| Die Hard (NES)|
At the beginning, The Nerd implies that the cover of the game that shows a building on fire bears an eerie resemblance to the 9/11 Attacks. The YouTube version is slightly different from the GameTrailers version. The GameTrailers version features a cut after the theme song and shortens a silent break seen in the YouTube version. One of the game cutscenes shows up blank on the YouTube version.
|29||Independence Day||6:12|| (GT) July 3, 2007
(YT) Jul 4, 2009
| Independence Day (PSX)|
This is the first review of a PlayStation game.
|30||The Simpsons||13:17|| (GT) July 17, 2007
(YT) Feb 3, 2009
|The Simpsons: Bart vs. The Space Mutants (NES), The Simpsons: Bart vs. The World (NES)|
|31||Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout||8:44|| (GT) August 7, 2007
(YT) Feb 16, 2009
| Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout (NES)|
Mike Matei guest stars as Bugs Bunny.
|32||Atari Porn||10:04|| (GT) August 22, 2007
| The Nerd reviews pornographic games that were developed for Atari 2600: Custer's Revenge, Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em, Bachelorette Party, Bachelor Party, Gigolo, Philly Flasher, Cathouse Blues, Knight on the Town, Jungle Fever.|
This episode is also known as "Atari Porno" on GameTrailers. This episode is not shown on the Nerd's YouTube account because of its risqué content.
|33||Nintendo Power||14:45|| (GT) September 4, 2007
(YT) Jun 4, 2009
| Nintendo Power (magazine)|
The Nerd reviews, tells and recites his memories of reading the Nintendo Power magazine. Justin sings a cover of a song from a Nintendo Power commercial.
The Nerd shows a scene from Rambo on the NES and says he will review it in the future. He also says that he will review Fester's Quest in the next episode.
|34||Fester's Quest||9:25|| (GT) September 18, 2007
(YT) July 1, 2009
| Fester's Quest (NES), The Addams Family (Genesis)|
Rolfe portrays almost all members of the The Addams Family. The episode ends with Kyle Justin, dressed as Cousin Itt, singing a parody of The Addams Family theme song. This episode also appears in black-and-white, excluding game footage. Shortly after the opening sequence, the Nerd dressed as Uncle Fester makes a reference to a phrase Donatello said in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
|35||Texas Chainsaw Massacre||12:46|| (GT) October 9, 2007
(YT) Oct 8, 2008
| The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2600)|
This episode guest starts Mike Matei as Leatherface and Chop Top, and Steven J. Klaszky (credited as Jimmie Jim Slugg) as the hillbilly.
This episode uses the same version of the theme song as used in the Rocky (SMS) review.
|36||Halloween||16:08|| (GT) October 30, 2007
(YT) Oct 30, 2008
| Halloween (2600), Haunted House (2600), Frankenstein's Monster (2600)|
This is part 2 of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre review.
While choosing what game to review, the Nerd briefly looks at the infamous E.T., but then passes by.
This episode uses an introduction based on the opening credits for the Halloween film.
Guest stars Micheal Mulvey and Lil' Liam Mulvey as the kids, Mike Matei as Michael Myers, and Nicole Mulvey as the neighbor.
|37||Dragon's Lair||9:24|| (GT) November 20, 2007
(YT) Jul 15, 2009
|Dragon's Lair (interactive movie), Dragon's Lair (NES)|
|38||An Angry Nerd Christmas Carol: Part 1||5:54|| (GT) December 18, 2007
(YT) Dec 17, 2008
| Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (NES)|
The episode starts with a flashback to the ending of A Very Nerdy Non-Canonical Captain S Christmas. The opening music is a rock cover of "Oh What a Merry Christmas Day" fused with the AVGN theme. Guest stars Stuttering Craig, co-founder of ScrewAttack.com, as the Ghost of Christmas Past.
|39||An Angry Nerd Christmas Carol: Part 2||9:48|| (GT) December 23, 2007
(YT) Dec 19, 2008
|Shaq Fu (SNES), Far Cry Vengeance (Wii), Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Wii), Boogie (Wii)|
This episode guest stars Stuttering Craig and Handsome Tom from ScrewAttack as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Present, respectively. The sprite for Dracula's appearance from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is used for the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, showing the Nerd reviewing games in the future. This is the first review to feature a 7th generation console, in this case, the Wii.
|40||Chronologically Confused 2: The Legend of Zelda Timeline||19:01|| (GT) January 8, 2008
(YT) Jul 19, 2009
|The Nerd discusses the confusing timeline of The Legend of Zelda series. This episode was a previously unreleased episode originally written in November 2006. The episode begins with Rolfe introducing the video followed by a rock-styled theme song, while showcasing fan art. This is the first episode to feature Rolfe as himself, out of character.|
|41||Rambo||13:14|| (GT) January 22, 2008
(YT) Aug 7, 2009
|Rambo (NES), Rambo: First Blood Part II (see also: Rambo (1985 video game)) (SMS), Rambo III (SMS) The Nerd uses the last few minutes of the review to address the title of the latest Rambo movie, adding to points made in his Chronologically Confused about Movie Titles video.|
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|42||Virtual Boy||15:34|| (GT) February 19, 2008
(YT) Aug 24, 2009
| The Nerd reviews the Virtual Boy video game console. He also mentions that the list of games he reviews is one game short of being the console's entire U.S. library. Games include: Mario's Tennis, Galactic Pinball, Teleroboxer, Red Alarm, Virtual Boy Wario Land, Panic Bomber, Mario Clash, Nester's Funky Bowling, Virtual League Baseball, Vertical Force, Golf, 3D Tetris and Waterworld.|
The one game he omits is Jack Bros., which he could not acquire due to it being "rare, expensive and probably not worth Jack shit." However, he later received a copy of the Japanese version and a review is added on the DVD and its subsequent YouTube re-release. In this update, the clip from the Waterworld film was edited out.
|43||The Wizard of Oz||11:33|| (GT) March 4, 2008
(YT) Sep 11, 2009
| The Wizard of Oz (SNES)|
Matei guest stars as the Cowardly Lion.
The events of the episode sync up with Pink Floyd's music album The Dark Side of the Moon, in reference to the Dark Side of the Rainbow combination.
|44||Double Vision: Part 1||10:04|| (GT) March 25, 2008
(YT) Sep 17, 2009
| The Nerd reviews the Intellivision. Games played include: Space Battle, Mission X, Utopia, Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man, Vectron, Tron: Deadly Discs, Thin Ice, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Space Spartans, Microsurgeon, Frog Bog, Buzz Bombers, Space Hawk, Boxing, Snafu.|
The Intellivoice Voice Synthesis Module was used with: B-17 Bomber, Bomb Squad.
|45||Double Vision: Part 2||8:24|| (GT) April 8, 2008
(YT) Sep 25, 2009
| The Nerd reviews the ColecoVision. Games played include: Montezuma's Revenge, Rocky Super Action Boxing, Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures in the Park, Campaign '84, Chuck Norris Superkicks, Dance Fantasy, Dr. Seuss' Fix-Up the Mix-Up Puzzler, Learning with Leeper, Looping, Robin Hood, Slurpy, Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, WarGames, War Room.|
Also shown was the Expansion Module #1 which allows Atari 2600 games to be played on the Colecovision. This is the first review of a ColecoVision game.
|46||The Wizard and Super Mario Bros. 3||17:19|| (GT) April 22, 2008
(YT) Nov 8, 2009
| The Wizard (movie), Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES). |
This episode includes an animated character called Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 BC 4.0 Beta after the Nerd looks at how this game includes possible Satanic references and it attacks him.
The battle between the possessed cartridge and Rolfe and SMDC was selected as the best moment of 2008.
|47||NES Accessories||13:51|| (GT) May 14, 2008
(YT) Nov 24, 2009
| The Nerd reviews several accessories for the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Scope for the SNES. The NES Zapper was used with: Freedom Force, Hogan's Alley, Duck Hunt, Shooting Range, Wild Gunman, Barker Bill's Trick Shooting, Gotcha! The Sport!. The Miracle Piano was played with Miracle Piano Teaching System.
The Power Pad was played with World Class Track Meet. The Speedboard is featured, but no games are used with this. The Konami LaserScope was played with: Laser Invasion, Duck Hunt. The Roll & Rocker was played with: Adventure Island, Excitebike, Skate or Die, Kung-Fu, Metal Gear, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project, 1943, Beetlejuice. The U-Force was played with: Super Mario Bros., Kung-Fu, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Top Gun. R.O.B. makes an appearance but is not reviewed (until episode 100 on March 2011.) This video was changed a few days after its release to explain that the Nerd's problem with the Super Scope was due to his use of a flat-screen TV.
|48||Indiana Jones Trilogy||18:43|| (GT) May 20, 2008
(YT) Dec 12, 2009
| Raiders of the Lost Ark (2600), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (NES), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (NES, Taito (DVD-only)), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (NES, Ubisoft), Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (SNES).
This episode does not use the AVGN theme music, instead opting for an Indiana Jones styled intro sequence.
|49||Star Trek||10:45|| (GT) June 11, 2008
(YT) May 7, 2009
| Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Vectrex), Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (2600), Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (ColecoVision), Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (NES).|
This is the first review of a Vectrex game. The Nerd also does a brief review of the Vectrex.
|50||Superman||11:46|| (GT) June 26, 2008
(YT) Jan 1, 2010
| Superman (2600, but played on the 7800), Superman (NES).|
|51||Superman 64||10:37|| (GT) July 8, 2008
(YT) Jan 13, 2010
| Superman: Man of Steel (C64), Superman (N64)|
This is part II of the Superman review.
|52||Batman Part I||11:45|| (GT) July 22, 2008
(YT) Jan 27, 2010
| Batman: The Caped Crusader (C64), Batman (NES), Batman Returns (SNES), Batman Returns (Sega CD), Batman Returns (Lynx), The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES). He focuses mainly on the game Batman Forever (SNES).|
Mike Matei guest stars as the Joker. The title card is based on the cover for Batman #1. This is the first episode filmed entirely in the Nerd's new video game room.Template:Citation needed This is also the first review of an Atari Lynx game.
|53||Batman Part II||9:42|| (GT) August 10, 2008
(YT) Jan 29, 2010
| Batman: Return of the Joker (NES), Batman: Return of the Joker (GB), Batman: Revenge of the Joker (Genesis).|
Again, Matei guest stars as the Joker. The opening is a parody of the 60's Batman TV series opening and is animated by Matei. Most of this episode revolves around Batman: Return of the Joker. This episode features custom versions of the 1960s Batman theme as well as the 1989 film version, both produced by Chris Holland.
|54||Deadly Towers||8:20|| (GT) August 19, 2008
(YT) Feb 28, 2010
| Deadly Towers (NES).|
The Nerd requested for fans of the series to write this episode for him by emailing him with facts about the game and dialogue. The chosen submitters are credited at the end of the episode.
|55||Battletoads||7:52|| (GT) September 3, 2008
(YT) Mar 17, 2010
| Battletoads (NES).|
The series' theme music composer, Kyle Justin, complains that he is always behind the couch during reviews. The Nerd allows him to participate in this episode and play the game on two-player mode with him. This review centers on the two-player mode itself because the players can hit each other.
|56||Dick Tracy||14:04|| (GT) September 16, 2008
(YT) Mar 28, 2010
| Dick Tracy (NES)
Rolfe states that the video game adaptation of Dick Tracy is the most frustrating review he has ever done. His anger shown in the video is genuine because he has tried to finish the first level for over 20 years since he had the game, which has never been accomplished due to the high difficulty. The version seen on the DVD (and YouTube) is significantly different from the GameTrailers version. Certain parts where the Nerd shows clips from the movie are replaced by still photos of the corresponding scenes, and the Nerd also added some updates based on questions he got from his fans.
|57||Dracula||11:57|| (GT) October 14, 2008
(YT) Oct 2, 2009
| The Nerd shortly reviews Dracula games: The Count (VIC-20), Dracula (Intellivision), Drac's Night Out (NES), Dracula: Crazy Vampire (GBC), Sesame Street: Countdown (NES), Bram Stoker's Dracula (NES), Bram Stoker's Dracula (SNES, Genesis), Bram Stoker's Dracula (Sega CD).|
This is the first review of an unreleased game, as well as a VIC-20 game, and a Game Boy Color game.
|58||Frankenstein||14:08|| (GT) October 29, 2008
(YT) Oct 13, 2009
| The Nerd reviews a few games based on Frankenstein's Monster: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (SNES), The Adventures of Dr. Franken (SNES); although the video mostly focuses on the game, Frankenstein: The Monster Returns (NES).|
Matei guest stars as Franken-Nerd.
|59||CD-i Part I||7:57|| (GT) November 12, 2008
(YT) Apr 14, 2010
| Hotel Mario (CD-i) |
The Nerd reviews the Philips CD-i interactive multimedia CD player. The opening credits show the Nerd's entire video game collection in his room. This is the first review of a CD-i game.
|60||CD-i Part II||12:35|| (GT) November 25, 2008
(YT) Apr 20, 2010
|Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (CD-i)|
|61||CD-i Part III||14:15|| (GT) December 9, 2008
(YT) Apr 28, 2010
|Link: The Faces of Evil (CD-i), Zelda's Adventure (CD-i)|
|62||Bible Games II||17:00|| (GT) December 23, 2008
(YT) Dec 19, 2009
| Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land (NES), Noah's Ark (NES), Joshua (NES), Menace Beach (NES), Sunday Funday (NES), Moses the Exodus (CD-i), David and Goliath (CD-i), The Story of Samson (CD-i), King James Bible (GB).
This is the first sequel to an AVGN episode.
|63||Michael Jackson's Moonwalker||10:04|| (GT) January 7, 2009
(YT) Jul 14, 2010
| Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Genesis)|
The episode was released five months before the death of Michael Jackson on June 25.
This is the first episode where the Nerd doesn't say "fuck," unless if you count a possible one that is in slow motion, but the sound quality wasn't that clear.
|64||Milon's Secret Castle||11:33|| (GT) January 27, 2009
(YT) Sep 14, 2010
|The Nerd reviews Milon's Secret Castle (NES) which he criticizes the unusual difficulty and lack of continues. He notably consults Nintendo Power Magazine's Classified Information section for help, and is shocked to find that there is an entire article dedicated to getting through the first level. He also thinks that using "bubbles" as a weapon makes it look like a "game for little girls". Special criticism is reserved when the Nerd finds a room full of money which seems impossible to reach.|
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|65||Atari Jaguar Part I||8:23|| (GT) March 16, 2009
(YT) Aug 14, 2010
| The Nerd discusses the history of Atari, competition between different consoles for superior processing capabilities and the Atari Jaguar video game system.|
The Nerd does not review any games in-depth, but compares the graphics of games including: Zool 2 (Jaguar) vs. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Genesis), Brutal Sports Football (Jaguar), Checkered Flag (Jaguar) vs. F-Zero (SNES), and Cybermorph (Jaguar) vs. Star Fox (SNES).
The introduction features a montage of various video game controllers, with the last one being the Atari Jaguar controller.
|66||Atari Jaguar Part II||14:21|| (GT) March 25, 2009
(YT) Aug 25, 2010
| Tempest 2000 (Jaguar), Alien vs. Predator (Jaguar), Doom (Jaguar), Attack of the Mutant Penguins (Jaguar), Kasumi Ninja (Jaguar), Cybermorph (Jaguar)|
The Nerd also discusses the Jaguar CD add-on, but is unable to review any games because of hardware failure. This sequence also features audio commentary by inventor Richard Daluz, creator of various home appliances which utilize game system components.
|67||Metal Gear||13:17|| (GT) April 8, 2009
(YT) Nov 10, 2010
| Metal Gear (NES)|
The Nerd also includes a short Chronologically Confused About Metal Gear Sequels segment.
A day after the video was released on Youtube, it was flagged for unknown reasons.
|68||Odyssey||10:58|| (GT) April 21, 2009
(YT) Nov 26, 2010
| Magnavox Odyssey (console)Games played include: Tennis, Skiing, Simon Says, Football, Hockey, Analogic, Cat & Mouse, Haunted House, Submarine, States, and Roulette.
The Nerd reviews the console with the Nerdy Turd as the second player.
|69||X-Men||14:11|| (GT) May 6, 2009
(YT) Nov 27, 2010
|The Uncanny X-Men (NES), Wolverine (NES), X-Men (Arcade), X-Men (Genesis), X-Men 2: Clone Wars (Genesis)|
|70||The Terminator||14:54|| (GT) May 19, 2009
(YT) Jan 7, 2011
| The Terminator (NES), The Terminator (SNES), The Terminator (Sega CD)|
This episode does not use the AVGN theme music, opting instead for a Terminator-styled intro sequence.
|71||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||13:25|| (GT) June 2, 2009
(YT) Jan 11, 2011
| T2: The Arcade Game (SNES), T2: The Arcade Game (Sega Genesis), T2: The Arcade Game (Game Boy), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (NES), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Game Boy), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (SNES).|
This episode uses an intro sequence reminiscent of Terminator 2's opening.
|72||Transformers||12:43|| (GT) June 17, 2009
(YT) Jan 18, 2011
| Transformers: The Battle to Save the Earth (C64), Transformers: Convoy no Nazo (Famicom)|
This is the first episode to feature the Family Computer (Famicom) and the Family Computer Disk System, which were given a short review.
This is the first review of an audio-cassette based game, as well as a Famicom game.
|73||Mario Is Missing||9:30|| (GT) July 1, 2009
(YT) Feb 15, 2011
|Mario Is Missing (NES), Mario Is Missing (SNES), Mario's Time Machine (NES), Mario's Time Machine (SNES).This episode uses a C64 version of the theme song.|
|74||Plumbers Don't Wear Ties||20:38|| (GT) July 21, 2009
(YT) Mar 8, 2011
| 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (console), Plumbers Don't Wear Ties (3DO)|
This is the first AVGN video to feature a game from the 3DO, and he even does a very brief review of the system. The Nerd declares the game as one of the worst he has ever seen in his life (though as far as gameplay, he still holds that title to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). This is the first review of a 3DO game.
|75||Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle||16:58|| (GT) August 5, 2009
(YT) Mar 15, 2011
| The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (NES), Crazy Castle 2 (GB), Crazy Castle 3 (GB), Crazy Castle 4 (GBC), Woody Woodpecker in Crazy Castle 5 (GBA)|
Matei guest stars as Bugs Bunny/Woody Woodpecker. Justin also makes an appearance. This is the second sequel to an AVGN episode. Also, this is the second time that this episode uses the same version of the theme song as used in the Rocky (SMS) review since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2600) review. This episode marks the first time that Rolfe, Matei, and Justin all appear together in a AVGN episode. This is also the only time that the Nerd has "died" in an episode with a guest.
|76||Super Pitfall!||11:07|| (GT) August 20, 2009
(YT) Mar 22, 2011
| Super Pitfall (NES)|
|77||Godzilla||15:46|| (GT) September 4, 2009
(YT) Apr 14, 2011
| Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (NES), Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters (NES), Godzilla (GB), Super Godzilla (SNES), Godzilla: Kaijuu Daikessen (SFC), Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (Xbox), Godzilla: Save the Earth (Xbox), Godzilla: Unleashed (PS2)|
This is the first review to feature the Super Famicom, as well as Xbox and PS2 games, although the latter two were not reviewed in detail. The Nerd also does a brief review on the Godzilla movies. (Rolfe reviewed all the films, including the 1998 american remake, for Monster Madness '08). The scene where the Nerd played the newer Godzilla games, concludes that he was born too early and comes up with a new swear word (which is actually censored) to describe the older games was considered the best moment of 2009.
At the Magfest 2012 AVGN Q&A Panel, James D. Rofle explained that the reason why The Nerd played the newer Godzilla games in the episode was because he thought "that was pretty funny" and explained that he made it like The Nerd doesn't even know about newer games. He also said that he "play it out like he was really like, having never held an XBOX controller". He said in the end that he sees The Nerd as an outdated guy who literally lives in the past, considering that in real life, Rolfe was more familiar with older games than newer ones to some degree.
|78||Wayne's World||12:15|| (GT) September 24, 2009
(YT) May 3, 2011
| Wayne's World (NES), Wayne's World (SNES)|
Footage from both Wayne's World films is used, as well as one clip from Borat (which were edited out of the DVD release). This is the second episode where the Nerd doesn't say "fuck."
|79||Castlevania Part I||10:08|| (GT) October 8, 2009
(YT) Oct 3, 2010
| Castlevania (NES)|
This is the first Halloween special that does not revolve around a game based on a horror movie (or a novel), instead, the Nerd has a marathon of his favorite horror game series. This is the first review to have four parts.
|80||Castlevania Part II||12:47|| (GT) October 21, 2009
(YT) Oct 12, 2010
| Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES), Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)|
This is the second time the Nerd reviews Castlevania II.
|81||Castlevania Part III||12:52|| (GT) November 5, 2009
(YT) Oct 20, 2010
|Super Castlevania IV (SNES), Castlevania: Dracula X (SNES), Castlevania (N64).|
|82||Castlevania Part IV||9:48|| (GT) November 19, 2009
(YT) Oct 27, 2010
|Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS)|
|83||Little Red Hood||14:54|| (GT) December 3, 2009
(YT) May 13, 2011
| Little Red Hood (NES)|
In this episode it is seen that the Nerd owns some of the rarest NES titles, Cheetahmen 2 and 6-in-1.
|84||Winter Games||10:28|| (GT) December 23, 2009
(YT) Dec 20, 2010
|Winter Games (NES)The Nerd considers Winter Games to utilize the worst controls in a video game.|
|85||Street Fighter 2010||17:56|| (GT) January 6, 2010
(YT) June 10, 2011
| Street Fighter 2010 (NES), Fighting Street (TurboGrafx-CD), Street Fighter: The Movie (Sega Saturn)
This is the first review of a TurboGrafx-16 plus TurboGrafx CD game and a Sega Saturn game. The opening for the episode shows all of the title cards by Matei made for previous episodes (2006–2009). The episode also has a small introduction/review of the TurboGrafx-16.
|86||Hydlide||8:28|| (GT) January 20, 2010
(YT) June 14, 2011
|Hydlide (NES). The Nerd makes some comparisons to The Legend of Zelda (NES).|
|87||Ninja Gaiden||15:40|| (GT) February 4, 2010
(YT) June 14, 2011
| Ninja Gaiden (NES).|
In addition, the Nerd presents the Ninja Gaiden trilogy on NES. He comments that games are good, but also extremely difficult and that he has never beat them. This is also the first episode to feature Kevin Finn, who plays a ninja.
|88||Swordquest||9:12|| (GT) February 18, 2010
(YT) July 2, 2011
| Swordquest (2600).|
The Nerd reveals the epic quest for the real treasures behind the mystery of the Swordquest releases. He explains how the first two games were released and the tournaments for the first two treasures were held, but as Atari began to die out, the tournament for the third game, Waterworld, was was never held, and the last game, Airworld, was never even made. The Nerd ends it by showing his anger towards the last two tournaments not being held. This is also the first review to use an orchestral remix of the AVGN theme. This is the third episode where the Nerd doesn't say "fuck."
|89||Pong Consoles||12:00|| (GT) March 6, 2010
(YT) July 18, 2011
| Pong (Various)|
The Nerd reviews the classic Pong game on various consoles that mostly automatically contain Pong. Consoles reviewed include: Tournament 1000, ATF TV Fun, Wonder Wizard, Studio II, TV Scoreboard, Super Pong Tellagame, Colorsport VIII, Ricochet, 4 Way Video Game, TV Game 6, Volley 6, Magnavox Odyssey 4000, Fairchild Channel F, Coleco Telstar, Coleco Telstar Arcade. Also, it is his second review to feature a 7th generation console (the Xbox 360 with gameplay from Grand Theft Auto IV), but not reviewed in detail. This is the last episode in the series to use the old timeslot (usually two episodes per month) due to Rolfe suffering from burn out.
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|90||Action 52||26:50|| (GT) April 30, 2010
(YT) July 21, 2011
| Action 52 (NES)|
"Shit Pickle" makes a brief cameo. He does not play Cheetahmen, which he hinted he would review in the next episode. He also plays it on the Nintoaster, built by friend and technician Richard Daluz. This is also the new longest episode to focus on a single game, beating Plumbers Don't Wear Ties. In the episode, he makes a comment that most of the games are space shooters. Special criticism is reserved for the fact that it originally cost almost $200 (around $4 per game counting tax) when it was first released due to its rarity. On the DVD, the scene in which the Nerd mentions the title screen music ripping off Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two" was edited out.
|91||Cheetahmen||20:25|| (GT) June 9, 2010
(YT) Aug 11, 2011
| Action 52 (NES), Cheetahmen II (NES), Action 52 (Genesis)|
This episode serves as the conclusion to the Action 52 review.
|92||Game Glitches||16:07|| (GT) July 8, 2010
(YT) Sep 2, 2011
| The Nerd reviews various glitches and bugs in both past and present video games, including those in Pac-Man (NES), Super Team Games (NES), Metal Gear (NES), Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES), Mega Man 2 (NES), Mega Man 5 (NES), Cheetahmen II (NES), Double Dragon (NES), Super Mario Bros. (NES), Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES), Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES), Super Mario World (SNES), Mountain King (2600), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii), and Rocky (PS2).|
In keeping with the theme, the intro has been deliberately glitched. This episode guest stars Kevin Finn as the Game Graphic Glitch Gremlin. It is also one of the few videos in which the Nerd loses in the end.
|93||Zelda II||15:07|| (GT) August 4, 2010
(YT) Nov 15, 2011
|Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)|
The Nerd references this game as being commonly requested, and while he does a review in the traditional AVGN style, he points out that it is not that bad, but does agree that it is hard. Kevin Finn reappears as the Game Graphic Glitch Gremlin. He also briefly reviews the first Zelda, referencing how the third labyrinth is shaped like a swastika and the confusing monster titles, including Like-Like, Tektite, Pols Voice, Gibdo, Rope, and Keese.
|94||Nintendo Days Re-Revisited||23:03|| (GT) September 3, 2010
(YT) Dec 1, 2011
| Top Gun (NES), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (NES), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES), Back to the Future (NES), Back to the Future Part II & III (NES), Back to the Future Part III (Genesis), Super Back to the Future II (SFC)|
The Nerd revisits some of his previous reviews before doing justice to the Back to the Future Trilogy on NES. He also says that he has one more game to revisit, one he wishes to not have to touch again.
|95||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Re-Revisited||16:40|| (GT) October 7, 2010
(YT) Oct 31, 2011
| Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NES)|
|96||Lester the Unlikely||10:44|| (GT) November 4, 2010
(YT) Dec 26, 2011
| Lester the Unlikely (SNES), The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe (CD-i)|
The Nerd calls the game an "experiment to create the worst video game character in history" and makes jokes about possible sequels. He also returns briefly to the CD-i, stating that he would rather play The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe instead, but changes his mind.
|97||How The Nerd Stole Christmas||12:07|| (Only On YT)
December 8, 2010
| Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage (NES), Circus Caper (NES), Fist of the Northstar (NES)|
In a parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Nerd talks about a variety of games in rhyme, with many hand drawn illustrations by Matei. This is the first new episode since the TMNT 3 movie review to be released on YouTube before GameTrailers. Composer Bear McCreary arranged the "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" parody song with NES-styled audio elements.
|98||Day Dreamin' Davey||14:00|| (GT) January 5, 2011
(YT) Dec 30, 2011
|Day Dreamin' Davey (NES)|
|99||Star Wars Games||22:28|| (GT) February 3, 2011
(YT) February 9, 2012
| The Nerd reviews several Star Wars games: Star Wars: The Arcade Game (Atari 2600), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Atari 2600), Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle (Atari 2600), Star Wars: Jedi Arena (Atari 2600), Star Wars (Famicom), Star Wars (NES), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (NES), Super Star Wars (SNES), Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (SNES), Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (SNES), Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64).
This is the last episode to be shot in fullscreen.
|100||R.O.B. the Robot||18:52|| (GT) March 3, 2011
(YT) Mar 15, 2012
| Gyromite (NES), Stack-Up (NES)|
At the end of this 100th video anniversary special, R.O.B. eliminates all "shitty" games, and the Nerd will have a world without bad games, but at the cost of the good games' existence, so he battles R.O.B. after an attempt on his life. The episode ends with a shot of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, the first review. This episode is the second to be shot in widescreen along with other episodes in the future. The intro to this episode features the theme song up until the vocal comes in. An explosion takes place, and all of the title cards Mike Matei drew flash toward the screen until it ends with the R.O.B. title card. This episode features music by John Jennings Boyd and Lachlan Barclay.
This is the last Nerd episode to feature a title card.
There is an Indie Game currently in development that sets around this episode called AVGN Video Game Project.
|101||Steven Spielberg Games||21:18|| (GT) April 6, 2011
(YT) April 12, 2012
| Jaws (NES), Hook (NES), Jurassic Park (NES), Jurassic Park (Sega Genesis), Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition (Sega Genesis), Jurassic Park (Super NES), Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues (SNES), Jurassic Park (Sega CD), Jurassic Park Interactive (3DO), UFI und sein gefährlicher Einsatz (Aliens Return, Atari 2600)|
Throughout the review, the Nerd avoids reviewing E.T. the Extra- Terrestrial (Atari 2600). At the end, the Nerd picks up the game and shudders in dismay. The video fades to black and a "to be continued" message appears, to be reviewed in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. Before playing "Jurassic Park" on the Genesis, the Nerd fools the audience into thinking he is about to play a game called "Super Schindler's List 3D". This is also the only episode in which the Nerd cries, albeit silently.
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|102||The Making of an Angry Video Game Nerd Episode||35:05|| July 7, 2011
(YT) May 1, 2012
| Barbie (NES)
James Rolfe gives us a look at the making of a typical AVGN episode, using Barbie as the example. At the end is the finished Barbie episode. This is the longest episode to date, beating Action 52 by over eight minutes. This is also the second episode to feature Rolfe as himself, out of character. The Barbie review alone runs for 3 minutes.
|103||Kid Kool||8:14|| August 3, 2011
(YT) May 7, 2012
| Kid Kool (NES)
This is the first AVGN video filmed in 1080p HD, as well as the first where the YouTube trailer was HD but the video on GameTrailers was not.
|104||Nintendo World Championships 1990||17:02||August 26, 2011|| Nintendo World Championships (NES)
This episode guest stars and is co-written by Pat Contri, known as "Pat the NES Punk". The Nerd tells that he has recently bought a box of games off of eBay, with Nintendo World Championships listed as one of them. After opening the box, he is disappointed to find out that the cart is in fact a reproduction cart, and soon calls over the NES Punk to attempt to take his real copy. After Pat finds that the box also contains a rare gold copy of the game, the two compete in a winner-takes-all duel to see who wins the cartridges. The Nerd eventually decides that the whole game isn't worth it and smashes both the cartridges, then offering the NES Punk the reproduction, before Pat starts giggling maniacally & strangles him. It is shown post-credits that the smashed carts were props, although the others seen were real. James confirmed both carts actually belong to Pat.
|105||Dark Castle||12:07||October 6, 2011|| Dark Castle (Genesis), Dark Castle (CD-i)
The Nerd plays what he calls the worst Sega Genesis game of all time, but considers the CD-i game to be even worse, based on graphics and control.
|106||Bible Games III||14:14||December 7, 2011|| King James Bible (GB), Caltron 6 in 1 (NES), Spiritual Warfare (Genesis), Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land (Genesis), Joshua (Genesis), Bible Adventures (Genesis), King of Kings: The Early Years (NES)
The Nerd finishes the Bible Games Trilogy. This is also the first episode filmed in widescreen and the only one filmed in HD.
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|107||Schwarzenegger Games||22:26||(YT) July 23, 2012|| Total Recall(NES) Last Action Hero(NES) Conan(NES) Commando(NES) Predator(NES)
In celebration of the release of The Expendables 2, the Nerd reviews games based on movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite reminiscing about how frustrating he found Total Recall as a child, and how the game is still very difficult today, he nonetheless admits that it is much better than most of the other games in this video, as it at least offers decent graphics and sound, some interesting level designs, and follows the movie's story quite well. The Nerd is far more scathing about Last Action Hero, criticizing the game's usage of screenshots from the movie (which are near-illegible in the game due to the NES's graphic limitations), mediocre in-game graphics which make Jack Slater look nothing like Schwarzenegger, and boring, repetitive gameplay. Conan fares even worse, and is judged to have poor graphics, terrible controls (in particular, pressing down on the D-pad to jump), and unbalanced difficulty, with the first stage being extremely difficult and the following ones too easy. On top of that, it turns out that the game is actually based on Robert E. Howard's original stories rather than the films Conan the Barbarian or Conan the Destroyer, causing the Nerd to realize that he wasted his time reviewing the game. The Nerd briefly touches on Commando, conceding that it has absolutely nothing to do with the film Commando, but is a good game nonetheless. Finally, the Nerd reviews Predator, which takes up the bulk of the video; while the Nerd notes that Conan is worse, he also identifies many faults with this game. On top of graphical and control issues, he criticizes the lack of faithfulness to the film, faulty collision detection, glitches that force the player to use a "suicide code" (which the Nerd notes can easily be activated by accident) to kill the player character when it becomes impossible to proceed, and making the titular Predator seem completely unthreatening by having so many of them easily killed during the game.
This is the second new episode since the TMNT 3 movie review to be released on YouTube prior to GameTrailers and the How the Nerd Stole Christmas video that was exclusively released on YouTube. This episode reveals that the Guitar Guy, played by Kyle Justin, is dead because at the end of this episode, just before the Nerd playsPredator all over again, Justin's skeleton is seen with his hat and guitar. In five out-of-character videos, Rolfe listed the "big mode" in Predator as #20 on his list of the top 20 weirdest moments in a video game, the ending as the #10 worst ending in a video game, the grenades as the #4 most hated weapon or item, the ending, and Conan as having the #3 worst control in a video game, and being the #4 worst game on the NES.
|108||Ghosts n' Goblins||17:04||(YT) October 23, 2012|| Ghosts n' Goblins(NES)
This is one of the hardest NES games the Nerd has ever beaten, ironically also being the first NES game Rolfe ever played (packaged with the NES he got for his eighth birthday). Rolfe later listed this game at #6 on his list of the hardest games on the NES, and the flame at #2 on his list of the most hated weapons or items. This episode was exclusively released on YouTube, Cinemassacre and GameTrailers two days before the game's re-release on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS.
|109||Atari Sports||12:42||(YT) December 17, 2012|| Football(Atari 2600), Realsports Football(Atari 2600), Super Challenge Football(Atari 2600), Super Football(Atari 2600), Basketball(Atari 2600), Home Run(Atari 2600), Super Challenge Baseball(Atari 2600), Real Sports Baseball(Atari 2600), Ice Hockey(Atari 2600),RealSports Volleyball(Atari 2600), Boxing(Atari 2600), RealSports Boxing(Atari 2600),Tennis(Atari 2600), RealSports Tennis(Atari 2600), Grand Prix(Atari 2600), Math Grand Prix(Atari 2600), Karate(Atari 2600), International Soccer(Atari 2600), Pelé's Soccer(Atari 2600), Golf(Atari 2600), Miniature Golf(Atari 2600).
The Nerd plays a compilation of sports games for the Atari 2600, after ranting about the over-abundadance of sports games. He considers them to range from mediocre to unplayable.
|110||Ikari Warriors||20:39||(YT) March 6, 2013|| Ikari Warriors(NES)
The Nerd plays Ikari Warriors. Justin reappears as the Guitar Guy (his first appearance in a Nerd review since theBugs Bunny's Crazy Castle episode) after the Nerd uses the continue code to revive him. This episode also features the AVGN theme song for the first time since the Dark Castle episode. Especially criticized is the enormous length of each level. Also receiving criticism is the aiming controls, speed of the character, tanks exploding upon depleting their fuel tanks and repetitive music. The episode was mostly improvised, including Justin's music.
|111||Toxic Crusaders||14:42||(YT) April 30, 2013|| Toxic Crusaders(GB), Toxic Crusaders(Genesis), Toxic Crusaders(NES)
The Nerd plays the Toxic Crusaders games, based on The Toxic Avenger film and Toxic Crusaders TV show. Featured is special guest star Lloyd Kaufman, director of The Toxic Avenger series and co-founder of Troma Entertainment. He considers them all to be awful, from bad graphics to bad gameplay to elements that make no sense (like the player character being hurt by water, despite his goal being to clean stuff up, and toxic waste, which made him) and though Kaufman tries, in his own way, to defend them, he eventually gets mad at them too.
|112||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure||17:52||(YT) June 30, 2013|| Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure(NES)
The Nerd reviews Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure. He considers the game to be terrible even by LJN standards, bashing every single aspect of the game, such as its lack of music (stopping after approx. 30 seconds), tedious phone dialing, confusing circuit navigation, delayed screen scrolling, inability to walk on grass (which the Nerd considers as bad as flaws such as the snipers in Dick Tracy), random passageways, and having to find essential items by jumping into random parts of the scenery. In the end, the Nerd angrily bemoans the quality of LJN's game library (which he calls "a shitstorm of horrible games") and accuses the company of damaging the NES's image as a whole, before saying that Bill & Ted is the company's worst-ever NES game. He then tries to wrap up the review, but ends up twice coming back to yell even harsher insults at the game. Finally, he asks what the game's developers were thinking, and then concludes that this time, "they weren't thinking."
|113||Tiger Electronic Games||18:39||September 6, 2013|| The Flintstones(Tiger Electronics LCD games), Mega Man 2(Tiger Electronics LCD games), Street Fighter II: The World Warrior(Tiger Electronics LCD games), Dinosaurs(Tiger Electronics LCD games), Full House(Tiger Electronics wrist games), Double Dragon(Tiger Electronics wrist games), Batman Returns(Tiger Electronics wrist games), Game.com, Lights Out(Game.com), Mortal Kombat Trilogy(Game.com), Duke Nukem 3D(Game.com), The Lost World: Jurassic Park(Game.com), Batman & Robin(Game.com), Resident Evil 2(Game.com), R-Zone, Batman Forever(R-Zone)
After briefly reminiscing about his initial Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde review, and how he mistakenly referred to the NES game Wall Street Kid as "Tax Man" (which in actuality is a Pac-Man clone for the Apple II), the Nerd moves onto reviewing Tiger Electronics' line of LCD video games. While he concedes that they were very popular, likely due to their affordable nature, the Nerd deems every single one of the games to be extremely primitive, clunky and barely even playable. He then moves onto the company's line of wrist games, which he considers to be even worse due to their awkward, cramped layout and even more simplistic gameplay. He also complains about the blister packagingcommonly used for consumer products, leading to an appearance by the Bullshit Man from Rolfe's You Know What's Bullshit? series. Next, the Nerd looks at the Game.com handheld console, and while noting that it had some innovative features for its time, he considers them to have been poorly executed, and the console's overall game library very poor, albeit still better than their LCD games. Finally, he tries out the company's R-Zone system, which he judges to be the worst video game console of all time, due to not only suffering every problem that their LCD games had, but also being extremely awkward to play due to the games being projected in red-and-black right in front of the player's eye. The only positive aspect he mentioned though is that unlike the Virtual Boy, the R-Zone has a headstrap
|114||Alien 3||10:17|| (CM) October 21, 2013
(YT) October 22, 2013
| Alien 3(NES)
The Nerd reviews Alien 3. Already expecting the worst when he finds that it's yet another LJN game, he criticizes the backwards control scheme, layout and lack of faith to source material when games such as Contra, Metroidand Xenophobe, which are not even tie-ins to the Alien franchise, copied more from the films than the official game did. He also shows his dislike for the fact that before reaching the end, you must rescue prisoners, yet there is no counter telling you how many are left, and there is a time limit; another criticism is that there are no games based on Alien or Aliens, just Alien 3, which he blames on the fact that the game was made not to be of good quality, but to market the film. However, he commends the music and admits it's not actually that bad of a game overall, especially by LJN standards.
|115||AVGN Games||21:55||November 20, 2013|| The Angry Video Game(PC), AVGN Pixel Land Blast(PC), AVGN KO Boxing(Atari 2600 rom), AVGN Planet(PC), AVGN Game Over I(PC) AVGN Game Over II(PC), The Angry Video Game Nerd(Atari 2600), AVGN Vs. Dr. Wily(NES), Texting of the Bread(iOS), AVGN Adventures(PC) AVGN Monopoly(Board Game)
The Nerd comes around full circle, reviewing his own games, considering the majority to fun but extremely difficult. Board James makes a cameo and talks about an AVGN Monopoly game. After the Nerd asks him about his jail time, he said he was framed for his crime, and placed the blame on his Dream Phone.
The Nerd is seen playing the PC games on a Commodore 64, but he does admit that he's actually playing on a modern computer while reviewing AVGN Game Over. Seemingly he's seen playing Texting of the Bread on an old phone.
AVGN Adventures is the most recent game ever reviewed by the Nerd, since it only came out two months before the review, on September 20, 2013.
This is also the first review of a PC game.
|116||Wish List: Part 1 - Sonic the Hedgehog & more!||15:07||December 17, 2013|| Skate or Die! (1988) (NES), Bad Dudes (1989) (NES), Karate Champ (1985) (NES), Sonic Blast (1996) (Game Gear), Sonic Labryinth (1995) (Game Gear), Sonic R (1997) (Saturn), Sonic Shuffle (2000) (Dreamcast), Shadow the Hedgehog (2005) (Gamecube), Where's Waldo? (1991) (NES)
For Christmas, the Nerd looks over old department store catalogs and reminisces over some of the games displayed within. Then he begins to look at the wish list of games that his fans have wanted him to look at, beginning with various Sonic the Hedgehog games and Where's Waldo?.
The Nerd states that while Skate or Die was a popular game of its time, he criticizes its awkward controls and short length.
Note: This is the first time that the Nerd has covered games for the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Gamecube.
|117||Wish List: Part 2 - Bubsy 3D & more!||15:27||December 19, 2013|| A Boy and His Blob (1990) (NES), The Three Stooges (1987) (NES), Home Improvement (1994) (SNES), Pit Fighter (1991) (SNES), Bubsy 3D (1996) (PS1), Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994) (SNES)
The Nerd concludes his list of requests from fans. He starts by reviewing A Boy and His Blob, which he does not consider bad, but states that it is a tedious game.
|118||Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing||15:44||March 19, 2014|| Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (2003) (PC)
Due to several fan requests, the Nerd reviews Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. When he first tries the game, he questions what the complaints were, claiming that he rather enjoys the game. He points out the flaws in its graphics, stage design, inability to lose even on the most recent editions, nonexistent hit detection and physics, and misleading info on the cover. He also points out the phrase "You're Winner" after the end of the race. The Nerd considers the game the worst in terms of programming and quality control (though as far as frustration and overall experience, he still awards that title to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). At the end of the review, the Nerd ponders on how fast he can go in reverse, another criticism in which the truck goes faster in reverse than forward. The result causes the truck to not only achieve "ludicrous speed", but also causes an ear-piercing noise, making the Nerd stop holding the reverse key, though doing so causes him to stop instantly and be sent flying into the video store room (a new portion of Rolfe's basement).
Note: Not counting the AVGN games and all games on the home computers prior to Windows, this is the first PC game the Nerd has ever reviewed.
|119||Desert Bus||15:30||May 28, 2014|| Desert Bus (1995) (from Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors) (Sega CD), Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Redacted (1989) (hack of original NES game)
The Nerd looks at the unreleased Sega CD game Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors, mainly focusing on the mini-game Desert Bus, which many claim to be even worse than Big Rigs. He criticizes the game for being so monotonous, as it takes 8 hours (in real time) to get from Tucson to Las Vegas in the game and that the player has the option of driving back and forth between the two locations but just to only earn points, with absolutely no way to pause the game. He also notes how there are no passengers in the bus the player is driving, that the scenery never really changes for the entire duration of the in-game trip, and that this mini-game was made in response to the controversy surrounding violent video games at the time the game was being made, resulting in an 'overly realistic' game. Not willing to waste his time on the game, he uses a clamp to hold the A button down so that the bus keeps driving but then finds out that because the bus veers slightly to the right, the player cannot ignore the game at all. The Nerd becomes so frustrated by the game, believing that he had failed in his 10-year mission to warn the world about shitty games due to the fact that many others have played this game (so much so that there is even a fan-made adaptation of the game for the Atari 2600) and suffered through it, that he announces that he is retiring. A brief montage of moments from previous Nerd videos plays before the Nerd decides to look at one more game; Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Redaction.
As it turns out, this game, which is a hack of the original NES game, improves on a lot of the issues that the Nerd had with the game when he first reviewed the game 10 years ago, though he notes that certain annoying parts of the game, like having to collect hearts to buy items and invisible floors, are still there. Still, he notes that the improvements made here are 'a good start'. While the townspeople in the original version of the game only gave cryptic riddles that did not help in any way, the Redaction version of the game actually has them giving helpful advice, some of which the Nerd had never knew until that time, like how Dracula's nail could be use to break barrier blocks. Also, the day to night transitions are much faster and are not as interrupting of the gameplay as they were in the original game. After seeing a text box that gives away the answer to how to pass through the one wall (which he had said was the most cryptic part of the game), he decides not to retire after all as he realizes that the 'word of the Nerd' has indeed been heard. The video ends with him realizing that it is now time for him to 'take things further' and do something to top everything he has done so far.
Note: Ten year anniversary of the AVGN.
|120||E.T. Atari 2600||7:00||October 10, 2014|| E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (Atari 2600)
A clip from Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie of the Nerd reviewing the game. The only difference is that actual footage from the game is used, while in the movie original animations were shown due to a lack of license. He finds that the confusing and non-linear nature is what makes the game addicting, and points out that the game's flaws are the reason people are so fascinated by it. He also states that E.T., despite its many flaws, is not the worst game ever.
This is the first episode entirely dedicated to one single Atari 2600 game.
|121||Beetlejuice||13:53||October 14, 2014|| Beetlejuice (1991) (NES)
The Nerd looks at the NES version of Beetlejuice, and quickly despairs on finding out it's another LJN game. Before looking at the game in detail, he takes time to address the argument that LJN are blameless since they "only" published the games, which were developed by other companies; to this, the Nerd points out that LJN are still to blame because they were responsible for making sure the developers made a good product, and points to Beetlejuice developers Rare's generally good track record elsewhere as proof that LJN were likely forcing their developers to churn out hastily developed cash-in games.
|122||Tagin' Dragon||3:50||December 11, 2014|| Tagin’ Dragon (1990) (NES)
Day 1 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd starts off the video by explaining that this is the first of a series of 12 videos called "12 Days of Shitsmas", released daily through December. He begins with Tagin' Dragon. He looks at the game and says the dragon on the title screen looks absolutely horrible. He criticizes the game for being monotonous and having slippery controls. He claims winning the game is "pure luck" and that he only played the game for a few minutes, even as a rental.
Collectively this 12-day Christmas special is stated in the video description to be over an hour long.
|123||ALF||4:01||December 12, 2014|| ALF (1989) (Sega Master System)
Day 2 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd reviews ALF and compares the game to E.T. which he claims has a similar objective. He compares the villains in the game to pedophiles because of the way they move, and criticizes the fact that the screen does not move fast enough. He also criticizes the character for having a hit box that is too big, as he can get hit by obstacles that are not in the same 3D plane as him. He notices the character does not have a front-facing sprite, meaning he briefly disappears as he turns around. He also mentions the game's lack of sound effects, the fact that ducking only performs a useless squat, and the one-hit deaths with only one continue.
|124||CrazyBus||4:06||December 13, 2014|| Tagin’ Dragon (1990) (NES)
Day 3 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd begins by mentioning that CrazyBus is not a game, but a tech demo for the Genesis from Venezuela, created in 2004. He criticizes the game's lack of any goal or interactivity, as all the player does is move the bus forward or backward by holding the D-Pad and is also able to honk the horn. He finds a new found appreciation for Big Rigs and the Tiger LCD games. He mentions the goal for the game is pretty much how long the player can hold down one button for and claims the only things needed for that are the controller and a timer, with no need for the actual game. He also criticizes the soundtrack as being only a mess of random noises. He decides the game was made by somebody who was a fan of buses in Venezuela and after realizing that no other game from the time features Venezuelan buses, he decides the game is the definitive game for Venezuelan buses.
|125||Tagin' Dragon||5:16||December 14, 2014|| The Ren & Stimpy Show: Fire Dogs (1994) (SNES)
Day 4 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd mentions four games for the SNES all based on the TV series The Ren & Stimpy Show and that although the games do a great job of capturing the characters from the show, the games themselves were of poor quality and each had their own flaws. He takes a specific look at Ren & Stimpy: Fire Dogs. He notices Ren is not in the first level at all, with the player only playing as Stimpy. He mentions the irony of using fire poles to slide up to a higher level and the fact that the actual firefighters present are enemies in the game and one hit causes death. He mentions the use of fire extinguishers as a weapon against the firefighters, but they only stun them and only for a few seconds, too fast to be useful, and they are not very accurate shots. He mentions the use of dalmatian-colored paint as a power-up but that walking under fire sprinklers washes it away, and that the extinguishers and paint are found in different locations every time the game is played while the items needed for collection are always in the same area. He criticizes the time limit which only give the player barely enough time to finish when running, and if no damage is taken. He criticizes the method of ending a level by standing in front of a fire engine and selecting each item to deposit into it one by one, each in specific spots, and then a bonus portion of the level where the player must find Ren and guide him to kitty litter, still under the time limit. In the second stage, the player who is playing as both characters has to bounce random objects on a trampoline for five minutes, which the Nerd fails at, assuming he was not successful because the stage needed a 100% score.
|126||Rocky and Bullwinkle||4:06||December 15, 2014|| The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends (1992) (NES)
Day 5 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd looks at The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends and mentions the annoying loop of music in the game which only lasts a few seconds. He says that although the character begins with bombs which are a good attack, they can run out leaving the player with only the capability to charge at others, an attack which damages the player, until he sees any enemy in the game can be easily jumped over. In the next room, full of stairs, he claims the room leads to a dead end until he sees that a random stair in the room actually leads upward. He mentions that Bullwinkle has a hit box that is too big. He does point out that the player can switch to Rocky at any time who can fly, but does not have the ability to climb stairs, which leaves him dumbfounded. He inputs a code the show a later level of the game, and finds the code has caused the game to act glitchy, and then hears music which he considers the worst music he has ever heard on the NES.
|127||Mary-Kate and Ashley "Get a Clue"||4:15||December 16, 2014|| Tagin’ Dragon (1990) (NES)
Day 6 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd flashes back to his playing Toxic Crusaders with Lloyd Kaufman and telling him that he will get around someday to playing an Olsen Twins game. Getting around to it the first time, he looks at Get a Clue for the Game Boy. He is first shocked to hear the game is talking. He finds the game is a decent puzzle platformer but with its flaws. He finds the "puzzle" aspect of the game is literally assembling pieces of a puzzle by using switches to open gates, even though only Ashley can actually activate the switches. He explains that the player can freely switch between Mary Kate, who can jump high, and Ashley who can move switches, but there is absolutely no way to visibly tell them apart, citing that the most hardcore fans of Full House had ways of telling which Olsen twin was currently on screen as Michelle. He mentions that the game has hints which are very specific, actually telling the player how to complete the level! He finds weird mechanics in the fact that Ashley can bounce off of Mary Kate's head and they both can bounce off their dog, and the dog can be thrown as a weapon. He concludes that he thought the game was actually good but was not sure if it was aimed at young girls, or people who like puzzles. Note: First episode dedicated entirely to a Game Boy Color game.
|128||V.I.P. with Pamela Anderson||4:53||December 17, 2014|| V.I.P. (2001) (PlayStation)
Day 7 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd takes a look at V.I.P with Pamela Anderson. He notes that although the characters look like lifeless mannequins, this was acceptable for the standards of the PlayStation's graphics. He criticizes the game for simply being an electronic version of Simon Says, simply being a button masher, as long as the player presses the right buttons with no delay, the game always reacts. He notices Pamela Anderson always attacks with a purse, but after a while, the player switches to her partner who uses a gun, but that rather than play like a first-person shooter, the game plays like an arcade-style shooter. He criticizes the fact that the only collectible item are diamonds which occasionally come out of enemies, but they only unlock cutscenes some of which are already viewable by just playing through the story, as well as still images from the TV series re-done in the game's graphical style, which he notes have no point. The last thing he does is praise the game's energetic and upbeat music.
Note: This is the second episode which is dedicated to reviewing a single PlayStation game.
|129||Lethal Weapon||4:37||December 18, 2014|| Lethal Weapon (1992) (NES)
Day 8 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd mentions the game was made not by LJN, but by Ocean, and assumes it is a good game. He finds the game is average at best, as it plays the same as any other beat-em up, particularly the ones available on the SNES which was new at the time of the game's release. He notices the graphics are inconsistent, as he comes out of the jungle and in to what he first thinks is an Egyptian desert but is really a mountain range, midway through the first level. He notices punching and kicking have the same attack power as simply using bullets, and he can even kick down a helicopter to destroy it. He notes that both characters from the film are available to play as in the game but does not know how to switch. He then finds out switching characters is done by walking off the left side of the screen, which angers him. He gives a final warning to never play any game based off a movie and then walks-off screen to the right. Mike Matei then appears from the right, takes over playing the game and, quoting Roger Murtaugh's famous line, says "I'm getting too old for this shit."
Note: This is the first episode where Matei appears as himself, previous appearances have been as game characters.
|130||Porky's||6:02||December 19, 2014|| Porky's (1982) (Atari 2600)
Day 9 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd begins by talking about the film Porky's the grandfather film of both naughty comedy films aimed at adults, and awful comedy films of the modern day, and ties in the game as being the grandfather of awful movie licensed games. He sees the game begins on a vertically scrolling area but he suddenly winds up on a different screen. After figuring out what happened, he realizes the screen is a trap where the player has to polevault over a pond and collect pieces to build ladders to escape, rung by rung. He mentions the controls for the pole vault mechanic are not smooth but it has to be done to get to the next screen. The second screen is based off the movie scene where Mickey and Ted see the girls showering in the locker room, which he is shocked to see adapted for an Atari game. At first he is not sure what to do on this screen, until he sees that one item is found on each of these screens and it has to be pushed to the screen below to get back to street level. He later finds the items he is pushing are used to blow up Porky's bar and falling into the pond and visiting the shower room have to be done repeatedly. At the end the player has to navigate a maze to get to the bar and The Nerd says the maze is randomized every time the game is played, and there is no indication which path is the right to go, and falling off the maze causes the player to be caught by Porky. After winning the game, he imagines the story Pee Wee would tell about what he did on the day the game's events took place. As the episode goes on, he makes reference to the fact that Porky is not Porky Pig but the title character from the movie and that Pee Wee is not Pee Wee Herman.
|131||HyperScan||6:32||December 20, 2014|| |HyperScan X-Men, Marvel Heroes, Interstellar Wrestling League, Ben 10 (HyperScan) (2006)
Day 10 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd mentions the system was made by Mattel, the same company who made the Intellivision and the Power Glove and that the system came out at the same time as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii but fell under the radar. With the first game he tries, X-Men, he finds the way to start the game is to scan a character card followed by a mod card. He finds the card scanning process mundane because it is not very responsive, and says that a character select screen would have been good for a fighting game. When the game begins to load, he uses the long load time to talk about the cards, which were separately sold trading cards and the fact the system has to be kept lose by to scan cards, and then looks around the room remembering little details from previous episodes, including a broken light which occurred in "Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle". He mentions the game itself is average for an arcade-style fighter from the early 90's. At the end of the match, he sees another card has to be scanned for a finishing move, and then there are loading screens just to see the results, go back to character selection, and the begin another fight. The next game, Marvel Heroes, is a side-scrolling game with average graphics and audio, but poor controls with slippery movement, delayed attack, and poor hit detection. Next is Interstellar Wrestling League, which he finds is quieter then the rest and turns up his TV's volume. He also finds an inconsistent scanning rule as he now has to hold the card in place instead of swiping it. The game itself is humorous and is another arcade fighter game, not a wrestling game. Finally upon playing Ben 10, he is startled by the sound blasting from the TV after playing the last game, and gets to see the game is a fair side scroller. He mentions the game flashes a text box on screen and pauses for even the slightest hint, like pressing the jump button to jump. He notes Simon's Quest and the very similar feature, which he agrees they adapted here into the whole game. He says the text boxes not only inconvenience the player, but they also can be useless as they can be obsucred by the player. He concludes by mentioning he does not own Spider-Man, the fifth game, but that only five games came out for the system, which makes the Virtual Boy library more sizeable. He concludes calling the system the second worst he's ever played, only under the R-Zone.
|132||Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure||11:29||December 21, 2014|| Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure (2001) (GameCube)
Day 11 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". The Nerd begins by talking about Universal Studios and their legacy in the movie industry from 1930's monster films to the Spielberg films of the modern day. He rants briefly about how the slow conversion to an amusement park is destroying movies history, like how the oldest piece of a movie set in the world, the Opera House from Phantom of the Opera was destroyed for a Harry Potter ride. He points out despite that, Universal Studios Theme Park was a great place, and had become so popular that a new one opened in Orlando, and then a video game was made. At first, the Nerd thinks this was a great idea, until he begins to play the game. He first finds walking around the park is awkward, because the camera never moves and the player is on a fixed screen at all times, praising the graphics which do look like a Universal Theme Park. When he tries to board a ride, he finds a line. He agrees it is a too real concept at a real amusement park, but wonders why it would be adapted into the game. He also sees the line is short, which he claims would be a "great day" if it were to happen at a real amusement park, but he cannot actually enter the line. He finds the way to progress the game is to pick up and throw away pieces of garbage, made mundane by the difficulty in finding garbage with the fixed camera and the rarity of trash cans in the in-game park, and that a single ride may need 2,000 points when one piece of garbage costs ten. He gets bored and annoyed wanting to actually see some Universal affair, and wondes why the kid in the game would be working to clean trash when he is not an employee of the park, and realizes the trash being collected is usual amusement park litter affair. He decides it is because the kid has made a deal with the park. He sees another way of collecting points is to shake hands with mascots seem throughout the game, and decides the game has redeemed itself slightly when he shakes hands with E.T. He finds that even collecting enough points is still not enough to board a ride, as the points have to be cashed in to buy a hat. When he finally gets to the rides, he finds that they are minigames. The Back to the Future ride is a flying race game. The Jaws game is very similar to LJN's game for the NES, and he is shocked to find it has a moving camera, but poor controls make it hard to play. He decides the NES game is better. The Jurassic Park game is an on-rails shooter, which would only be good as an arcade game. He plays E.T. which is a maze game that he finds has the worst controls of every game and is worse in quality than E.T. on the Atari 2600. He finds the attraction based on Waterworld is not even a game, just a virtual version of the Waterworld Stunt Show at the actual Universal Park, but there is no virtual audience. He finds that the Backdraft game is the best in the collection. He sees the game has a moving camera, but it works poorly, and the changing camera also changes the controls. He points out the rides end quickly, because they are minigames but should have been the main experience. He likens the game to an actual day at Universal Studios, because waiting in lines is boring but there are short bursts of fun on a ride, except that a real day at the park does not involve picking up trash. He sees the game has a final objective, to win a stamp collecting contest, and that every ride attended wins a stamp. He says that would never happen at an actual Universal Park. In the end he mentions that LJN's adaptation of Back to the Future and Jaws were also bad but developed on NES standards and at different times. He decides the game is mostly an advergame for Universal Studios, but a poor one, ending with a fake commercial for Universal Studios Parks that recreates the experience of the game. At the end, he decides to take a peek at his last present - only to discover, much to his horror, an LJN logo.
Note: This episode features a game which was previously seen on James & Mike Mondays. It is also the first episode entirely dedicated to a game for the Nintendo GameCube.
|133||LJN Video Art||8:43||December 22, 2014|| LJN Video Art (1987)
Day 12 of "12 Days of Shitsmas". Picking up from where the last episode left off, The Nerd fully unwraps the present to the shock that LJN had developed a whole game console. He opens the box and decides he'd rather analyze the Styrofoam packaging it came in than actually play the system. Beginning to play the system, he sees it uses a twin lead antenna connector, which he previously mentioned hating in the Pong Consoles episode. Turning on the system, he is surprised to find it emits white noise, and mentions it is why TVs began to include Mute buttons. He mentions turning the system on with no cartridge produces a blank screen for free drawing, but it came with a cartridge containing ready-made drawings. He mentions the joystick is overly sensitive and that one small jerk sends the cursor flying on the screen, and a button has to be held down to actually draw on the screen. He mentions the presence of buttons to draw straight vertical and horizontal lines, but one cannot draw straight diagonal lines. He tries, and fails, to draw a perfect circle, mentioning he has had better luck on an Etch-A-Sketch. He notes that the very bad controls make it almost impossible to use as either a drawing or a coloring tool, and that the joystick creates an annoying squeak sound. He also notes the lack of a gradient fill tool, which the NES game Color a Dinosaur did have, and that he could still make better images himself in Microsoft Paint. He shows a collection of images he made in Paint as a child. He credits the system because you can change the color of the background and erase marks pixel by pixel, and that it was a unique concept for 1987, but he recommends an Etch-A-Sketch over it because of its portability and lack of electicity. He goes on to talk about later art games including Art Alive and Wacky Worlds Creativity Studio on Sega Genesis as well as Mario Paint. His biggest childhood memories were with Mario Paint which he claimed could do a lot more and had a mouse for control, and that even being dated compared to present-day computer software, it was the presentation that made it fun. He mentions that although it is not considered a game console, he considered it one because it had cartridges, and labeled it the worst console ever. He ends the 12 Days of Shitsmas by wishing the viewers a Happy Holiday and then is seen trying to play the console with the Roll & Rocker, And The "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" parody used as the theme to the original Bible Games and Bible Games 2 reviews is recycled here at the end of the episode.
Note: The Nerd rates LJN Video Art as the worst video game console ever, beating the R-Zone from the Tiger Electronic Games episode.
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie
At the end of the Spielberg Games review, it was implied that E.T. would be reviewed in the film and at TooManyGames 2011 and Magfest 2012 Rolfe confirmed that he will review E.T. E.T. programmer Howard Scott Warshaw will make an appearance in the film.
- Hong Kong 97 (Super Famicom, played on emulator)
- Darkwing Duck (Turbografx 16)
- Seaman (Sega Dreamcast)
- The Crow (Sega Saturn)
- Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (N64)
- MEGA MAN Games (DOS, PS1, PS2)
- Paperboy (NES)
- Beavis and Butthead (Sega Genesis)
- Berenstain Bears (GBC, Atari 2600, Sega Genesis)
|Episode name||Length||Release date||Notes|
|Toilet Tuesday||0:48||August 27, 2006||As part of ScrewAttack's Toilet Tuesday series, this is a parody of the Nintendo 64 Kid, an internet meme.|
|The Anger Begins||1:28||September 29, 2006||This is a 1988 home video which contains footage of a young Rolfe getting angry at his Super Mario Bros. game on his birthday.|
|Wii Salute (History of Video Game Wars)||4:58||November 19, 2006||The Nerd reenacts the competition between video game consoles (mainly the competition between Nintendo and Sega). At the end he claims to support Nintendo's success with their Wii console.|
|Top 10 Angry Video Game Nerd Moments of 2006||4:08||December 31, 2006||The top ten best moments from the 2006 episodes are featured on Screwattack.com.|
|DuckTales (Video Game Vault, a ScrewAttack featurette)||1:53||February 10, 2007||DuckTales (NES). This is a positive review for ScrewAttack's Video Game Vault series.|
|A Very Nerdy Non-Canonical Captain S Christmas||15:52||August 5, 2007|| Home Alone (NES).
Wrath of the Black Manta (NES) is also heavily featured in the Captain S action sequences, but it is not reviewed by the Nerd. Because Captain S is considered family friendly, the Nerd's usual foul language was toned-down for this episode, though he does swear at the end (bleeped out with a sound effect from Super Mario Bros.).
|Top Ten Nerd Moments 2007||9:23||January 1, 2008|| The top ten best moments from the 2007 episodes are featured on Cinemassacre.com.|
10. Nintendo Power spoof (Nintendo Power)
|AVGN responds to the Nostalgia Critic!||2:02||June 12, 2008||The Nerd responds to the Nostalgia Critic.|
|AVGN: E3 recap 2008||5:32||July 19, 2008||The AVGN goes to E3 and recaps some of his favorite games.|
|AVGN: PROMO – Deadly Towers: Special Episode||2:26||July 20, 2008||The Nerd challenges viewers to write an episode for an upcoming review of Deadly Towers for the NES.|
|Ricky 1 Review||7:28||July 28, 2008|| Ricky 1 (movie)|
The Nerd accepts the Nostalgia Critic's challenge by reviewing a film.
|AVGN Vs. NC: The Final Battle||7:18||October 10, 2008||The final battle takes place in the Nerd's room. Many scenes are parody references to films and games, including The Matrix, Street Fighter and Star Wars. Super Mecha Death Christ and the Nintendo suit from the Super Mario Bros. 3 review also make an appearance.|
|James Rolfe – Meet the Nerd!||3:13||October 29, 2008||Rolfe is interviewed by GameZombie.tv|
|Frankenstein Outtake||0:30||November 4, 2008||This is an outtake from the AVGN Halloween special of Frankenstein. In this outtake, Rolfe sings part of the Muppet Babies theme song.|
|Top 10 AVGN Moments of 2008||12:48||February 26, 2009||The top ten best moments from the 2008 episodes are featured on Screwattack.com.|
|Mike and I playing Odyssey||5:53||April 27, 2009||Series illustrator Matei comes up with ideas for the Odyssey review with Rolfe. The two friends candidly play the 1972 console.|
|One Year Anniversary Brawl||20:13||May 10, 2009||The Nerd, Nostalgia Critic, Nostalgia Chick, Justin, and various others are featured in a brawl, which ends in a truce brokered by That Guy with the Glasses.|
|Critic and Nerd Joint Review||18:14||June 10, 2009||Following the advice of That Guy with the Glasses from the TGWTG Team Battle, the Nerd and Nostalgia Critic review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Making of the Coming Out of Their Shells Tour (1990). They both agree that this documentary about a TMNT rock band is even worse than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3. They are also baffled that the documentary portrays the Turtles as actual people, rather than the fictional characters they are, and criticize the poor costuming and animatronics. The show opens with the season 3 & 4 theme from ALF.|
|Ghostbusters Xbox 360 Review||6:46||August 13, 2009|| Ghostbusters (Xbox 360)|
Rolfe reviews the new Ghostbusters game for the Xbox 360 as himself. The Nerd briefly appears at the start, but Rolfe explains to him that he is not needed for the video, as this Ghostbusters game is actually good, so he leaves.
|Crazy Castle Outtake||4:42||August 20, 2009||This is an outtake from the AVGN Crazy Castle review. In this outtake, Rolfe has a hard time trying not to laugh while saying his lines.|
|The History of Super Mecha Death Christ||6:57||November 25, 2009||The history of Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 BC 4.0 Beta is revealed.|
|Top 10 AVGN Moments of 2009||11:50||February 11, 2010||Gametrailers.com features the top ten best AVGN episodes of 2009.|
|Top 20 AVGN Rants||15:48||March 17, 2010||The Nerd picks his personal top 20 favorite rants, as he is taking his rest.|
|E3 2010: Nintendo Booth Tour||4:15||June 16, 2010||The Nerd visits the Nintendo booth at E3 2010 and briefly comments on Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii), and Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii).|
|E3 2010: Day 2||4:47||June 17, 2010||The Nerd visits other booths at E3 2010 and briefly comments on Mortal Kombat (PS3/360), Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (WiiWare/PSN/Xbox Live Arcade), Hard Corps: Uprising (PSN/Xbox Live Arcade), Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3/360), Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (Xbox Live Arcade), Epic Mickey (Wii), and Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame (Wii/DS).|
|E3 2010: Day 3||5:21||June 18, 2010||The Nerd visits other booths at E3 2010 and briefly comments on Busy Scissors (Wii), GoldenEye 007 (Wii/DS), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PS3/360/PC/Wii/DS), Jurassic Park, Back to the Future: The Game, Resident Evil 5 (PlayStation Move), Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS), and Nintendogs + Cats (3DS).|
|Holiday Memories||13:30||December 7, 2010||The Nerd revisits the holiday specials from the past four years.|
|TMNT Tournament Fighter Challenge SNES||5:36||June 21, 2011||James and Mike take part in a challenge playing TMNT Tournament Fighter. Part of the Turtle Tuesdays series.|
|Ninja Baseball Bat Man||3:31||July 29, 2011||Ninja Baseball Bat Man (Arcade)|
|Family Game Funness||27:22||August 5, 2011||James and guest Pat Contri (Pat the NES Punk) play family-oriented N.E.S. games such as; Pictionary, Bible Buffet, Family Feud, and MTV's Remote Control. They attempt to play Battleship, but they discover it is single player only.|
|Contra Memories||7:13||November 2, 2011||Contra (NES) James talks about his memories of playing and beating the original Contra. This special features him as himself, out of the nerd character.|
|Sonic Memories||6:19||March 30, 2012||Sonic 1 (Sega Genesis), Sonic 2 (Sega Genesis), Sonic CD (Sega CD), Sonic 3 James Rolfe steps outside the Nerd character to recount some cherished memories of Sega's beloved Hedgehog, Sonic. Here the nerd confesses that BAD Sonic games, are one of his biggest requests.|
|Bad Game Cover Art||Various||December 1, 2015 - December 25, 2015||In a special series, the Nerd reviews mediocre and shitty box art for video games in a museum-style fashion. For a list of the games reviewed, see Bad Game Cover Art.|
- ↑ http://cinemassacre.com/2014/12/11/tagin-dragon-angry-video-game-nerd/
- ↑ AVGN (James) Q&A at TooManyGames 2011, June 20, 2011
- ↑ AVGN Panel at Magfest 2012, January 11, 2012
- ↑ Howard Scott Warshaw, programmer of Atari E.T. mentions AVGN: The Movie, January 24, 2012