Episode #750: SUPER SPIKE VOLLEYBALL!


What do you do when your YouTube channel reaches the incredible milestone of 750 episodes? Play one of your all-time favorite, most under-appreciated NES games, of course! What could be more enthralling than watching two dudes stream an ancient sports game? Don’t move and don’t click away—this game is awesome and we’ve been trying to tell you for years. Enjoy!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Tetris & Dr. Mario: 2 Games in 1!


Tetris & Dr. Mario might just be the greatest video game compilation of all time. You can’t go wrong with either of these titles, but mashing them together?! That’s ingenious!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Ranking the Top 10 NES Games (Comicon Panel)


Simeon and Scott were graciously invited to rep Two Button Crew, and all Nintendo fans, at Lilac City Comicon 2018. It’s been a lifelong dream to run a convention panel, and if we say so ourselves… it went over flawlessly.
…Except for maybe the list itself! That was whack! With audience participation, we formed the “definitive” top 10 NES games of all time. Watch the chaos unfold and tell us if you agree in the comments.
“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Super Mario Bros. 3, the Pinnacle of Mario?


The game that MANY would consider the best title on NES is here: Super Mario Bros. 3, the greatest platforming threequel.

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Bionic Commando for NES


In our previous video, we tried to guess video games using only 3-word clues. That was not easy. The game we’re playing today is even LESS easy! Bionic Commando was voted (by our Patrons) as today’s Let’s Play Classic pick. When will they ever give us a break to try something easy?!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Should I Buy the Super Nt in 2018?


Super Nt is basically a brand new SNES console that outputs to HDMI. It takes your old / original controllers and cartridges and gives you brand new hardware to play them on. OH, AND IT WORKS WITH SUPER FAMICOM STUFF TOO!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Reactions: Nintendo Switch Online!


Nintendo announced all of their plans for Nintendo Switch Online service, launching in September. The three main pillars were: Cloud Saves, NES games, and Pricing. Some details we already knew, and some just raise more questions. Simeon and Scott dive in deep during this episode of Two Button Crew!

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Pole’s Big Adventure (Japan Only)


This mysterious WiiWare game was annouced by SEGA and seemed to go mysteriously quiet. What really happened was they released it in Japan only and never localized it! Pole’s Big Adventure looked like a super fun and quirky spoof of beloved 8-bit platforming games. We’ll let you know what we missed out on stateside!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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8-Bit Batman (NES [But LOOKS Like SNES!])


This game is insane. It’s absolutely nutso-butso, if we’re being completely honest. It’s an NES game that looks like a Super Nintendo title. Sunsoft knocked it out of the park, making a title that’s true to Batman, challenging for the player, beautiful to progress through, and fun to play.

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DKC2 – Diddy’s Kong Quest (It’s a Pun)


Each week, Patrons of Two Button Crew vote on which classic game we will play live on our stream. This time, DKC2 was the winner! Simeon and Scott have played the original on a previous video, and weren’t too taken with the game’s weird graphics. Will the sequel win them over? Will patron’s feelings be hurt? Watch and find out!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Smashin’ It Old-School (Smash 64)


It’s episode #700 of Two Button Crew! For Let’s Play Classics on this special occasion, we’re going to enjoy one of our favorites from the olden days. Smash 64. Almost everyone has some good memories with this title!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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What was “EVR Race” by Nintendo?


EVR Race is quite possibly the first arcade game Nintendo ever made! It’s likely you’ve never heard of it, so sit back and receive yourself an education about this whacky horse-racing game made by the Big N in 1975.

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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What’s the ActRaiser Hype About?


We have no idea what this game is, or why it’s so popular, but we’re here to find out. Plus, you get to name your character in this title, and that’s always a hilarious affair.

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Wii Facts You Didn’t Know!


November 19th, 2006. The day that Nintendo disrupted the gaming industry in a massive way. It’s safe to say that almost everyone watching this video owned a Wii at some point, but there were some hidden features and facts about this console that you never knew. UNTIL THIS VERY YOUTUBE VIDEO. Get ready to be mind-blown!

“Exit the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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The Cuphead Influence

Cuphead was one of my favorite games released in 2017. Everything about it I adored. From the 1930 cartoon style visuals right out of the old Fleischer cartoons to the big band jazz ensembles to the cutthroat difficulty, this game has it all. Alas, it’s not on the Switch, or any Nintendo console for that matter, so you may be wondering why it’s appearing here. The reason is I believe that Cuphead would be an amazing fit on the Switch, and I hope it opens the door to other creative talent to hit the Switch in the future. Before you comment, “But Matt, Cuphead will never come to the Switch because Microsoft helped Studio MDHR fund the game”, I’m aware, so please don’t. The focus of this blog is to simply discuss why Cuphead would be a great fit for the Switch and what sets it apart from most other Indie titles.

It doesn’t take one long to figure out that there are a plethora of Indie titles on the Switch. Unfortunately, for me at least, it’s like wading through a dumpster trying to find jewels. I’m not saying that Indie developers should be discouraged from putting games up, nor dissing any one game in particular. But the majority of the games posted seem as though the developer put almost no thought or effort into the art direction, and some of these games even carry a $20 price tag. It baffles me that someone can put time and effort into something they obviously care about, but aren’t willing to go the extra mile to make it great. I know that indie developers have to deal with an extraordinarily reduced budget, and they don’t have a lot of time to work with. I really do get that, but there is no excuse for some of the games I have seen.

Every boss battle is fresh and meticulously crafted

What makes Cuphead stand out? Well, for one, the level of polish is evident. It looks and feels nearly perfect. Never have I thought that I would enjoy playing a 1930’s cartoon so much. Even though it’s old, it’s new. It’s a fresh concept and they took a risk that paid off. Whenever the debate arises whether or not videogames are art (this discussion warrants its own blog), it’s games like Cuphead that I think of.  Next, the difficulty. Yes, to this day, I have over 400 deaths. That is what it took for me to complete my expert run, and not once did I get upset. For every single one, I accounted for a mistake that I made. Once I corrected my mistake, I moved on until I made the next mistake, where I learned and moved on progressively until a boss or level was defeated.

So what is my point? Simply put, Quality > Quantity. I would rather have one game that takes 3 years to complete than 100 games that take 3 months to complete. I’m not saying that all developers need to remortgage their homes, or draw everything frame by frame like the Moldenhauers of Cuphead, but just a little more time on the presentation and polish go a long way. My hope is that Cuphead will encourage developers to try unique art styles and better yet, follow their dreams. Gamers want quality games where passion is oozing out of everything seen on screen. Unfortunately, Cuphead will likely never see the light of day on the Switch, even though it would be a phenomenal addition to a fairly lackluster Indie library. Nonetheless, hopefully game designers are inspired and this will translate into better quality games. Perhaps you agree, or alternately you’ve been eating up the Switch eShop and loving it. That’s fine too. Whatever the case, I think we can all agree that gamers will always appreciate the extra mile. Hopefully Cuphead and Mugman will pave the way for the future, without dealing with the devil.