List of Angry Video Game Nerd episodes
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Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN) is an American web television series of surrealistic black comedy themed retrogaming reviews, created by and starring James Rolfe. The show revolves around reviews that involve acerbic rants about low quality video games, generally being 8-bit games and often featuring licensed characters.
Starting with season 2, new episodes were instead aired first on GameTrailers.com. After about a year, episodes aired on GameTrailers would be re-aired on James Rolfe's YouTube page, but in many cases, the episodes would be aired out of order.
Episodes 1-17 are included on the Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 1 DVD set. Episodes 20-39 as well as a scene from episode 19 are included on the Volume 2 DVD set, which spans three discs. Episodes 40-62 are included on Volume 3, which again spans three discs. On the DVD, episode 46 has been shortened to cover only Super Mario Bros. 3. Episodes 63-84 are included on Volume 4, which also spans three discs. Volume 5 has three discs as well, including episodes 85-97. Beginning with Volume 6, to make up for the reduced amount of content per year, the special features have been expanded to keep each volume at three discs. Volume 6 includes episodes 98-107, as well as episodes from James Rolfe's You Know What's Bullshit series. Volume 7 includes episodes 108-114 on its first disc, while the other two discs are dedicated to an assortment of convention footage and best-of videos. The most recent release, Volume 8, includes episodes 115-119 and 121 (episode 120 was an excerpt from Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie) with special features on a single disc. On March 17, 2010, Rolfe announced that he was suffering from burnout as a result of constantly writing, directing and starring in the videos, and that the show would be entering a brief hiatus. It was scheduled to return sometime in May 2010; however, an episode was released on April 30, 2010. Episodes are scheduled to be released the first or second Wednesday of each month, as opposed to two episodes per month due to other work. As of August 9, 2011, a complete list of episodes was revealed to have been created at Cinemassacre.com, announced through the AVGN Facebook page.
Three of the AVGN episodes have never officially made it to, or remained on YouTube. They are from season 2: episodes 18, 19, and 32 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Part 1 and 2, Atari Porn). However, they are still available on Cinemassacre and ScrewAttack. Episodes 16 and 46, Rocky and Super Mario Bros. 3 respectively, were both removed from YouTube due to their usage of movie clips. Rocky was re-uploaded on Cinemassacre's YouTube page, with the same changes that were made to the DVD version. "Super Mario Bros. 3" was given the same treatment, but was uploaded on Rolfe's personal channel. "Atari Porn" no longer has an official release on YouTube due to being flagged as inappropriate by YouTube's community guidelines, but has been uploaded by other YouTubers.
- 1 Series overview
- 2 Episodes
- 2.1 Pilots (May 2004)
- 2.2 Season 1 (February 2006 - December 2006)
- 2.3 Season 2 (February 2007 – February 2008)
- 2.4 Season 3 (February 2008 – February 2009)
- 2.5 Season 4 (March 2009 – March 2010)
- 2.6 Season 5 (May 2010 – April 2011)
- 2.7 Season 6 (July 2011 – December 2011)
- 2.8 Season 7 (July 2012 – December 2014)
- 2.9 Season 8 (March 2015 - Present)
- 2.10 Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014)
- 3 Related videos
- 4 DVDs
- 5 References
- 6 External links
|Pilots||2||May 2004||Recorded at James Rolfe's parents' house, after coming home from graduating college. These two episodes were made because he was bored. He had no idea that he would be making more.|
|1||15||February 2006 - December 2006||The year of YouTube, when the video-sharing site first became popular, and so did the Nerd. The Karate Kid episode was made as a one-off to close out the "trilogy", but unexpectedly got a cult following which grew. Rolfe kept making more episodes, and saw the series progress. Its title changed late in the season from "Nintendo" Nerd to "Video Game" Nerd. During this year, he was living in an apartment. His full-time job was editing corporate videos.|
|2||24||February 2007 - February 2008||Rolfe moved into a new apartment and began editing wedding videos full-time. Up until now, the Nerd videos were something he was doing in his free time, and had taken their toll. His life got too stressful to handle, so the Nerd series could have met its potential end. This was when GameTrailers entered the picture, offering him compensation for the first time. He signed a one-year contract to continue the series at two episodes a month.|
|3||23||February 2008 - February 2009||Rolfe renewed the contract with GameTrailers for another year, again with two videos a month. Up until now, the videos were all filmed in a corner of a room, but the Nerd's collection expanded and outgrew itself. Mid-season, he relocated and now the series was finally given a dedicated room to film in, being able to turn the camera around 360 degrees and show all four walls.|
|4||25||March 2009 - March 2010||Another renewal of Rolfe's contract, again for one year, at two episodes a month. By the end of this season, he had completely burned himself out.|
|5||12||May 2010 - April 2011||By this point, Rolfe felt the series became too much like a "job". With two videos a month, and less time than ever to make them, he was sacrificing his health, and felt he was beginning to make sub-par episodes. Additionally, the AVGN movie was getting nowhere and was stuck in limbo. With this season, he made the announcement that he would be cutting down to one episode a month. As a result, he believed the quality of each episode improved. The season kicked off with the longest Nerd episode to date, Action 52. The final episode of the season, Spielberg Games, ended with a cliffhanger for the AVGN movie.|
|6||5||July 2011 - December 2011||Originally, Spielberg Games was planned to be the last episode before the movie came out, but realizing it would take a lot longer than expected, Rolfe entered a shorter contract for six episodes in six months. The first one was a "making of" episode, but the first true episode of this season was Kid Kool. It transitioned permanently to HD with Dark Castle. It ended with Bible Games 3, before he took a long hiatus to go into main production on the AVGN movie.|
|7||22||July 2012 – December 2014||This is what Rolfe calls the "Post-movie" season, meaning this is after he returned from his cross-country trip, shooting the AVGN movie in the Los Angeles area. Schwarzenegger Games was the big comeback episode. This season has been more loose and spontaneous. He has been releasing the episodes on his own, roughly one every two months, while he continues to work on the AVGN movie, all his other projects, and trying to balance his personal life. He said that he feels very refreshed to be doing it this way. There has been more genuine inspiration going into each and every episode.|
|8||TBA||March 2015 – present||Starting with the episode "Hong Kong 97", this season is still in development. It is currently unknown how many episodes it will have and how long it's going to last.|
Pilots (May 2004)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|1||Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest||9:25||May 25, 2004||Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1988) (NES).
This is the Nerd's first game review ever. This is his first review of an NES game.
|2||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||6:29||June 15, 2004||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1989) (NES).
This episode was originally created on May 28, 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 that kill you for no reason, and awful use of the Mr. Hyde element. 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.
Season 1 (February 2006 - December 2006)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|3||The Karate Kid||4:29||February 10, 2006
(YT) April 8, 2006
|The Karate Kid (1987) (NES).
This episode was intended to be the last in the then-trilogy. The Nerd criticizes the game's awkward controls, difficult levels and its disappointing short length as well as its bad ending. Later he realized it was made by LJN who are notoriously known for adapting successful movies into bad-quality video games.
|4||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||3:46||April 24, 2006||Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1989) (NES).
Matei convinced 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 Nerd criticizes the game's difficulty, attack control, slippery driving stages control and long passwords.
Rolfe has stated that the closing line "I want to nail Roger Rabbit to the fucking cross" was his favorite Nerd moment from 2006.
The line "Why is the password so long?" from the full intro theme originated from this episode.
|5||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||7:05||June 21, 2006||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) (NES).
This is the first video be to featured on ScrewAttack.
|6||Back to the Future||6:43||July 21, 2006||Back To The Future (1989) (NES), Back to the Future Part II & III (1990) (NES)
This is the first review to feature multiple games. On the DVD, the clips from the first Back to the Future film were edited out. Several of the profane lyrics from the theme song were taken from lines used in this episode.
|7||McKids||7:07||August 30, 2006||M.C. Kids (1992) (NES)
Despite criticizing the game for blatantly shilling McDonalds and also looking and playing a lot like Super Mario Bros. 3, the Nerd finds this game to be relatively decent overall. However, he notes that there were better platformers available for the NES, and the game has some annoying elements such as most of the levels being full of blocks which send the player all the way back to the start of the level.
|8||Wally Bear and the NO! Gang||4:37
3:46 (without phone call)
|September 1, 2006||Wally Bear and the NO! Gang (1992) (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||4:20||September 8, 2006||Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu (1989) (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. The Nerd considers it to be weird, pointing out the blue cartridge (NES cartridges are usually grey), and criticizing the poor controls, graphics (though he notes that the wind effects are cool), sound, repetitive level design and weak bosses and ending.
|10||Top Gun||7:35||September 15, 2006||Top Gun (1987) (NES), Top Gun: The Second Mission (1989) (NES).
The Nerd has numerous criticisms of the first game, particularly the long sections without any enemy encounters, but notes that by far the biggest problem is the refueling and landing sequences, which he's completely unable to carry out successfully. In the later "Re-Revisited" episode, he attributed his difficulties to the misleading on-screen instructions given in the sequences.
|11||Double Dragon 3||4:10||September 22, 2006||Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (1991) (NES).
Despite making clear his love for Double Dragon and Double Dragon II: The Revenge, the Nerd considers this to be a terrible sequel due to the massive increase in difficulty over the previous two games, which is only made worse by the player being given just one life, with no continues or password system. The Nerd is also shocked that the game misspells player character Billy Lee's name as "Bimmy" in the intro cutscene to the two-player mode.
|12||Friday the 13th||12:22||October 13, 2006||Friday the 13th (1989) (NES).
This episode guest stars Matei as Jason Voorhees. During the review the Nerd is forced and threatened by Jason Voorhees to do a positive review of the game. During the review, he mentions several criticisms of the game, including the unclear in-game map, bad music, ineffectual weapons and unforgiving difficulty, but tries to spin them as positive aspects in order to appease Jason.
In two out-of-character videos, Rolfe listed the rocks in Friday the 13th at #10 on his list of the top 10 most hated weapons or items, and Jason Voorhees at #10 on his list of the top 10 unwanted guests.
|13||A Nightmare on Elm Street||14:46
13:27 (YouTube review)
|October 31, 2006||A Nightmare on Elm Street (1989) (NES).
This is part II of the Friday The 13th review. Both Rolfe and Matei assume the role of Freddy Krueger as body double and voice respectively.
In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed Freddy Krueger at #9 on his list of the top 10 unwanted guests.
|14||The Power Glove||12:28||November 15, 2006||The Nerd reviews the Nintendo Power Glove. Games played include: Super Glove Ball (1990), Metroid (1987), Double Dragon (1988), Castlevania (1987), Kung Fu Heroes (1988), Bubble Bobble (1986), Lifeforce (1988), Jackal (1988), Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988), R.C. Pro-Am (1988), Rad Racer (1987), Top Gun (1987), Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987), Contra (1988), and Super Mario Bros. (1985).
This is the first review which does not focus on a specific game or specific types of games throughout.
After a lengthy set-up procedure, the Nerd tries the included Super Glove Ball, finding that the Power Glove works adequately well, but feeling that the game itself is boring and uninspired. He then moves onto trying it with popular NES games.
|15||Chronologically Confused About Bad Movie and Video Game Sequel Titles||11:34||November 18, 2006||The Nerd discusses the confusing naming of sequels for various movie and video game franchises, including: Street Fighter (Since 1987), Mega Man (Since 1987), Super Mario Bros. (Since 1985), Final Fantasy (Since 1987), Halloween (Since 1978), The Star Trek feature films (Since 1979), Rocky (Since 1976), Rambo (Since 1982), Alien (Since 1979), Bruce Lee films (Since 1971), Armour of God (1986), Zombie (Since 1978), The Naked Gun (1988).
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, DID have the working title "John Rambo" during filming. This is the first episode to use the name "The Angry Video Game Nerd".
|16||Rocky||9:46||December 14, 2006||Rocky (1987) (SMS).
While the Nerd compliments the game's graphics and sound as being impressive for an 8-bit title, he finds the gameplay underwhelming. The main flaw is felt to be the game's difficulty, as he beats Apollo Creed with no difficulty, only lose badly to Clubber Lang in the next round. The minigames included between the rounds are deemed to be needless, as they are supposed to make the fights easier, but in practice are not necessary to defeat Apollo, and prove no help in beating Clubber. The game's length is also criticized, as there are only three opponents (Apollo, Clubber and Ivan Drago).
|17||Bible Games||21:29||December 23, 2006||Bible Adventures (1991) (NES), Bible Buffet (1993) (NES), Super 3D Noah's Ark (1994) (SNES), Spiritual Warfare (1992) (NES), King of Kings: The Early Years (1991) (NES)
Bible Adventures has three games, all of which are noted to be rip-offs of Super Mario Bros. 2. The Nerd notes that the "Noah's Ark" game can be unintentionally hilarious due to the sight of Noah running around carrying stacks of animals, though is also frustrating since he can easily drop them. "Baby Moses" proves to be glitchy, and the Nerd notes that it's more fun to deliberately throw Moses in the river and explore the levels. "David and Goliath" is felt to be the worst of the three due to poor level design.
Season 2 (February 2007 – February 2008)
This is the first season to be aired on GameTrailers. The episodes later on aired on YouTube after about a year or so.
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|18||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - Part 1||11:44||January 25, 2007||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) (movie), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (movie), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) (movie), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1992) (SNES).
Before reviewing the third film, the Nerd briefly looks at the first two films, saying that the first one was very good and a more mature take on the TV series that capitalizes on the darker approach of the comics of the same name. He has more criticisms for the second, including the goofier tone, abrupt ending and Vanilla Ice's infamous appearance, but says that the film overall is still okay, and has the most action scenes of the trilogy.
Note: At the Cinemassacre website both episode 18 and 19 were combined into one episode. Also, even though they were counted as AVGN episodes, James Rolfe later said that it should never have been the case, as it was originally meant to launch as a side series "The Angry Movie Nerd", but it never happened.
|19||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - Part 2||10:47||January 25, 2007|
|20||Atari 5200||10:39||(GT) February 13, 2007
(YT) July 25, 2008
|Atari 5200 (1983) (console)
The Nerd also does a short review about the history of the Atari 5200. He criticizes its enormous physical size, using the same connection box for both power and TV, and most of all its malfunctioning controllers, which renders him unable to actually play any games for the system. He tries to use a Trak-Ball controller, but fails due to him not owning any compatible games. He then buys another 5200 controller, but got scammed since it lacked the required adapter to plug it into the console.
|21||Ghostbusters||17:29||(GT) February 27, 2007
(YT) Aug 6, 2008
|Ghostbusters (1988) (NES).
The Nerd bashes the game for its monotonous gameplay and lack of connection to the original film. He also points out that the Ghostbusters theme plays monotonously throughout the entire game. He also criticizes the game for having to spend money on equipment and gasoline. During the stair climb level, he comments that you have to continuously press A to move, rather than being able to use the D-pad. He elects to use a NES Max Turbo controller, to save him the effort of constantly pressing the button. Out of frustration with being unable to avoid the ghosts on the stairway, he uses a Game Genie to give him invincibility to the ghosts. After this, he manages to defeat the final boss, Gozer, only to be rewarded with the infamous typo-filled ending message, which causes him to break down in tears.
|22||Ghostbusters: Follow-Up||11:27||(GT) March 20, 2007
(YT) Aug 26, 2008
|Ghostbusters (1988) (NES), Ghostbusters (1984) (2600), Ghostbusters (1987) (SMS).
Before reviewing the 2600 and Master System versions, the Nerd continues his rant on the NES game, criticizing its typos, inconsistency with the characters from the movie, dull graphics, and the fact the game has only four levels. He subsequently finds the 2600 game to be very similar to the NES game, and a better title by the standards of that system. The Master System version, while still mediocre overall, is also noted to look, sound and play far better than its NES counterpart.
|23||Ghostbusters: Conclusion||13:11||(GT) April 3, 2007
(YT) Sep 9, 2008
|Ghostbusters II (1990) (NES), Ghostbusters (1990) (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 (1982) (2600), Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1992) (NES), The Amazing Spider-Man (1990) (GB), Spider-Man 2 (2004) (GBA).
2600 game, the nerd finds it difficult, repetitive and boring. NES game he criticizes its awful controls, and confusing level design. the Game Boy game he bashes the controls that are even worse than the NES version, with the slow attacks and jump delays. before ending the review, he briefly talks about Spiderman 2 for the Game Boy Advance, he does not give an opinion on the game, but points out the first mission in the game where spider-man delivers pizza's.
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, and also sings a parody of the theme song from the 1967 Spider-Man TV series. The Nerd uses the NES top-loader for the first time, and has used it as his primary NES (excluding the Nintoaster) later on because, despite only supporting RF, works more effectively than the normal model. Spider-Man also introduces the Nerd to Yuengling, a beer brewed by a local brewery, after calling Rolling Rock "Shit Rock" and "corporate bullshit". The Nerd would sometimes drink Yuengling in place of Rolling Rock in later episodes. Rolfe stated most of the episode was unscripted. This is the first review of a 21st-century game.
|25||Sega CD||13:12||(GT) May 2, 2007
(YT) Nov 18, 2008
|The Nerd reviews the Sega CD video game system. Games reviewed include: Ground Zero: Texas (1993), Slam City with Scottie Pippen (1994), Double Switch (1993), Night Trap (1992), Corpse Killer (1994) (though he is unable to review it, despite having "a lot to say about it", due to the game's tendency to freeze), Time Gal (1993), Lethal Enforcers (1992), The Adventures of Willy Beamish (1993), Road Avenger (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), Prize Fighter (1993), Sol-Feace (1992), The Terminator (1993), Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (1992), Dracula Unleashed (1993), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993), Wonder Dog (1992), Sewer Shark (1992), Sonic CD (1993)
The Nerd notes there to be two main types of game on the Sega CD, the first of which generally play much like normal Genesis games, but feature CD soundtracks and occasionally FMVs. He feels that these games are generally quite decent, albeit not overwhelmingly better than their non-CD counterparts, citing Sonic CD, The Terminator and Sol-Feace as examples of this type of game (he also mentions Snatcher in the following part, despite not having a copy of it due to its rarity). The remaining games are the all-FMV "interactive movie" titles, which the Nerd deems to have been the main reason why the system failed, since they have very little actual gameplay and look awful due to the system's hardware limitations. He claims that the only redeeming value is that they can be unintentionally hilarious due to the bad, low-budget acting usually involved. He ultimately concludes that the Sega CD is not a total waste of time, but that the Genesis lacked the processing power to properly use the CD storage medium.
|26||Sega 32X||9:04||(GT) May 15, 2007
(YT) Dec 6, 2008
|The Nerd reviews the Sega 32X console. This episode continues where the Sega CD episode left off. Games played include: Primal Rage (1995), Doom (1994), Virtua Fighter (1995), Star Wars Arcade (1994). This is the first review of a 32X game.
Unlike the Sega CD, the Nerd finds the 32X to have no redeeming features whatsoever. In addition to noting how inconvenient it is to hook up and how it was released just months before the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation, the Nerd finds himself not liking any of the games on the system. Doom is the only one he feels plays particularly well, and even then he notes that the game suffers from horrible music and the level count being severely cut down (he also notes that Knuckles' Chaotix is supposedly good, but was unable to find a copy in time for the review). The Nerd ends the review by physically destroying his 32X (which he paid just $2.50 for), first shooting it with an arrow and then setting it alight (though another 32X can subsequently be seen attached to his Genesis in most subsequent reviews).
|27||Silver Surfer||11:17||(GT) June 5, 2007
(YT) Dec 8, 2008
|The Nerd reviews Silver Surfer (1990) (NES).
He criticizes the game for its extreme difficulty, failing to beat even a single level. In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the game at #3 on his list of the top 10 hardest NES games.
|28||Die Hard||9:03||(GT) June 19, 2007
(YT) Jan 21, 2009
|Die Hard (1992) (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 September 11 attacks. He criticizes the game's punishing difficulty, the graphics, pointless power-ups, and confusing navigation. However, he does praise the game's faithfulness to the film it's based on. 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||6:09||(GT) July 3, 2007
(YT) July 4, 2009
|Independence Day (1997) (PS)
This is the first review of a PlayStation game. The Nerd criticizes its mediocrity, graphical pop-ins, stiff controls, useless radar and a slow password system. At the end of the review he's compares the game to Top Gun because of their similarities. Despite hating both games based on successful films, he respects Top Gun for its nostalgic value.
|30||The Simpsons||13:17||(GT) July 17, 2007
(YT) Feb 3, 2009
|The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1991) (NES), The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World (1993) (NES)
While noting that they were popular games at the time of their original release, when both The Simpsons and Nintendo were at the height of their popularity, in retrospect the Nerd finds both games to be terrible. He faults them both for bad controls, in particular having to use the same button for running and jumping, and finds the level design in Bart vs. the Space Mutants to be tedious, confusing and overly difficult, which results in him not being able to get past the second level. He considers Bart vs. the World to be a little better due to having a more straightforward design (which results in him being able to finish the game), but still finds the overall gameplay bland, and the levels still very difficult and also far too long, especially in the latter stages.
|31||Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout||8:43||(GT) August 7, 2007
(YT) Feb 16, 2009
|The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout (1990) (NES).
In a reversal of most of his NES game reviews, the Nerd actually finds this game far too easy, albeit still with a few annoyingly hard moments. The ending, which reveals that the other Looney Tunes characters (who appear as the end-of-level bosses) were just playing a prank on Bugs, also leaves him annoyed, and he takes his anger out on Bugs, who has been annoying him throughout the video.
|32||Atari Porn||10:03||(GT) August 22, 2007
|The Nerd reviews pornographic games that were developed for Atari 2600: Custer's Revenge (1982), Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em (1982), Bachelorette Party (1982), Bachelor Party (1982), Gigolo (1983), Philly Flasher (1982), Cathouse Blues (1983), Knight on the Town (1983), Jungle Fever (1983).
Overall, he considers the whole idea of pornographic Atari games to be bizarre and finds all the games to be awful.
This episode is also known as "Atari Porno" on GameTrailers. There is no longer an official release of this video on YouTube, though it has been uploaded by unaffiliated third parties.
|33||Nintendo Power||14:42||(GT) September 4, 2007
(YT) Jun 4, 2009
|Nintendo Power (1988-2012) (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.
|34||Fester's Quest||9:25||(GT) September 18, 2007
(YT) July 1, 2009
|Fester's Quest (1989) (NES), The Addams Family (1992) (Genesis).
The nerd criticize Fester's Quest for its notorious difficulty, weak weapons and 3D maze section that add nothing to the game, due to being so difficult he gives up after the first boss. he give a short review on the genesis game, like Fester's quest, he bashes the game's difficulty and the sensitive controls. Rolfe portrays all members of the The Addams Family, all except for Cousin Itt, who is played by Kyle Justin singing a parody of The Addams Family theme song. This episode also appears in black-and-white, excluding game footage. In his Batman: Return of the Joker review, the Nerd admits to considering the music to be one of Fester's Quest's redeeming qualities, just like any game helmed by Sunsoft in general. In two out-of-character videos, Rolfe listed the game at #10 on his list of the top 10 hardest NES games, and Fester's Gun at #6 on his list of the top 10 most hated weapons or items.
|35||Texas Chainsaw Massacre||12:46||(GT) October 9, 2007
(YT) Oct 8, 2008
|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1982) (2600).
He gives the game credit for making it one of the first video games the player plays the villain, but he criticizes the game's repetitive nature, graphical flaws and poor sound effects.
This episode guest starts Matei as Leatherface and Chop Top, and Steven J. Klaszky (credited as Jimmie Jim Slugg) as the hillbilly.
According to Rolfe on the Angry Video Game Nerd Vol. 2 DVD commentary, the original ending was going to involve a longer chase sequence, which would result in Leatherface getting stuck on some rocks, and the Nerd would then decapitate him with his own chainsaw. But the plan was cut short because the sun was setting.
|36||Halloween||16:05||(GT) October 30, 2007
(YT) Oct 30, 2008
|Halloween (1983) (2600), Haunted House (1982) (2600), Frankenstein's Monster (1983) (2600).
This is part II of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre review.
He points out the bizarre text of Halloween's manual, the cheap look of the cartridge, and for the game itself, finds the fact that you don't play as the killer to be boring, the design and color scheme of the house to be weird, the gameplay to be bizarre, and the movie's theme song constantly playing to be annoying, though he finds the player deaths to be amusing. For Haunted House, he points out the weird visual that occurs when you light a match that makes you look like Meatwad, the complete lack of graphics (it's mostly in pitch black), and the cliched enemies. For Frankenstein's Monster, he praises the graphics, but notes the fact that water is the only thing that kills you, the uninspired player character, the fact that you can't pass the left side of the screen, and the awful jump controls.
While choosing what game to review, the Nerd briefly looks at the infamous E.T., but then passes by.
|37||Dragon's Lair||9:22||(GT) November 20, 2007
(YT) Jul 15, 2009
|Dragon's Lair (1983) (interactive movie), Dragon's Lair (1991) (NES)
The Nerd criticizes the extreme difficulty and unorthodox obstacles, stating that it would be impossible to beat until having memorized all of the obstacles.
|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 (1992) (NES).
The Nerd questions the reason why it exists, as the first game is bad enough, and criticizes the ridiculous enemies, sound effects ripped off from Bart vs. the Space Mutants, and the complete lack of logical sense in any of the gameplay.
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||9:42||(GT) December 23, 2007
(YT) Dec 19, 2008
|Shaq Fu (1994) (SNES), Far Cry Vengeance (2007) (Wii), Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (2006) (Wii), Boogie (2007) (Wii)
For Shaq Fu, the Nerd criticizes the ridiculous premise, dull sound effects, boring cast of characters, and awful controls. The rest he doesn't really review; he just makes random comments at them.
This episode guest stars Stuttering Craig and Handsome Tom from ScrewAttack as the Ghosts 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 Nintendo Wii games in the future. This is the first Nerd episode with Super Mecha Death Christ, who can be seen in one of the images that flash on the screen quickly. This is the first review to feature a 7th generation console, in this case, the Wii.
|40||Chronologically Confused About 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.|
|(GT) January 22, 2008
(YT) Aug 7, 2009
|Rambo (1988) (NES), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1986) (see also: Rambo (1985 video game)) (SMS), Rambo III (1988) (SMS)
The Nerd is decidedly unimpressed by the NES game, finding that in addition to being a rip-off of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, the game somehow both follows the film's storyline too much and too little at the same time, causing it to have many seemingly irrelevant sequences that slow the game's pacing, while also featuring bizarre scenarios such as Rambo fighting a giant spider. In addition, he also complains about the game's difficulty and overly long password system.
Season 3 (February 2008 – February 2009)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Release date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
15:03 (First release)
|(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 (1995), Galactic Pinball (1995), Teleroboxer (1995), Red Alarm (1995), Virtual Boy Wario Land (1995), Panic Bomber (1995), Mario Clash (1995), Nester's Funky Bowling (1996), Virtual League Baseball (1995), Vertical Force (1995), Golf (1995), 3D Tetris (1996) and Waterworld (1995).
He judges the console's library to be decent overall, and says that Virtual Boy Wario Land was the system's best title, albeit Teleroboxer was the one which made the best effort at simulating the virtual reality experience. The two games he singles out for the biggest criticism are Red Alarm and Waterworld, noting that the former game could potentially have been one of the best titles for the system, but was rendered near-unplayable by using wireframe graphics instead of rendered polygons, while the latter he simply deems to be very poor overall. Ultimately, in addition to the very obvious problem of the system causing eye strain and all the graphics being in red-and-black, he deems the main problem to be the fact that the developers didn't seem understand the difference between virtual reality and just having 3D imagery.
|43||The Wizard of Oz||11:32||(GT) March 4, 2008
(YT) Sep 11, 2009
|The Wizard of Oz (1993) (SNES)
Matei guest stars as the Cowardly Lion.
The events of the episode sync up with Pink Floyd's 1973 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 (1980), Mission X (1983), Utopia (1981), Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man (1983), Vectron (1982), Tron: Deadly Discs (1982), Thin Ice (1983), Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1982), Space Spartans (1982), Microsurgeon (1982), Frog Bog (1982), Buzz Bombers (1983), Space Hawk (1981), Boxing (1981), Snafu (1981).
He says that he has three common complaints: too many similarities to better games on the 2600 (often blatant ripoffs), being difficult to play without instructions, and awful controls (mostly thanks to the confusing controllers).
The Intellivoice Voice Synthesis Module was used with: B-17 Bomber (1982), Bomb Squad (1982) and Space Spartans (1982).
|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 (1984), Rocky Super Action Boxing (1983), Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures in the Park (1984), Campaign '84 (1983), Chuck Norris Superkicks (1983), Dance Fantasy (1984), Dr. Seuss' Fix-Up the Mix-Up Puzzler (1984), Learning with Leeper (1983), Looping (1983), Robin Hood (1984), Slurpy (1984), Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle (1982), WarGames (1984), War Room (1983).
He criticizes the ridiculous size of the AC adapter, and the controller to be too similar to the Intellivision, and mainly comments on the weak aspects of the games reviewed, saying "That's the name of the game".
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 / Super Mario Bros. 3||17:19||(GT) April 22, 2008
(YT) Nov 8, 2009
|The Wizard (1989) (movie), Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) (NES).
He considers the movie a mess, as most kids don't care about the plot or characters and are likely to point out inaccuracies in its portrayals of NES games, but considers it nostalgic fun.
The Nerd looks at how Super Mario Bros. 3 includes possible Satanic references and the cartridge later comes alive and attacks him. The living weapon Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 BC 4.0 Beta, originally from Cinemassacre's animated movie Wizard of Oz 3: Dorothy Goes to Hell, comes in help of the Nerd. The battle between the possessed cartridge, 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 (1988), Hogan's Alley (1985), Duck Hunt (1985), Shooting Range (1989), Wild Gunman (1985), Barker Bill's Trick Shooting (1990), Gotcha! The Sport! (1987). The Miracle Piano was played with Miracle Piano Teaching System (1990). The Power Pad was played with World Class Track Meet (1988).
The Speedboard is featured, but no games are used with this. The Konami LaserScope was played with: Laser Invasion (1991), Duck Hunt (1985). The LJN Roll & Rocker was played with: Adventure Island (1988), Excitebike (1985), Skate or Die (1988), Kung-Fu (1985), Metal Gear (1988), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (1992), 1943 (1988), Beetlejuice (1991). The Brøderbund U-Force was played with: Super Mario Bros. (1985), Kung-Fu (1985), Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987), Top Gun (1987).
|48||Indiana Jones Trilogy||18:43
17:25 (YouTube version)
|(GT) May 20, 2008
(YT) Dec 12, 2009
|Raiders of the Lost Ark (1982) (2600), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1989) (NES), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1991) (NES, Taito (DVD-only), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1991) (NES, Ubisoft), Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (1994) (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 (1983) (Vectrex), Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1983) (2600), Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1983) (ColecoVision), Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (1992) (NES).
For the Vectrex game, he points out the graphical limitations normal for the console and some irritating sound effects. For the 2600 game, he finds it really easy, but questions the need for a controller overlay. For the ColecoVision game, he points out the overlong name, and praises the improved graphics. For the NES game, he praises the music and graphics but criticizes the overlong opening cutscene and the overly complicated and cryptic gameplay, though he notes that the developers did the best they could with what they were given.
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 (1979) (2600, but played on the 7800), Superman (1988) (NES).
To begin with, the Nerd takes a brief look at Superman for the Atari 2600. He finds the game extremely difficult to make any progress through due to the unclear layout.
|51||Superman 64||10:37||(GT) July 8, 2008
(YT) Jan 13, 2010
|Superman: Man of Steel (1988) (C64), Superman 64 (1999) (N64)
The Nerd begins the review by pretending to think that "Superman 64" is actually Superman on the Commodore 64. He notes that the game is actually decent for the most part, with solid graphics and sound and a variety of gameplay styles. He finds the third stage to be excessively hard however, and also criticises the load times and copy protection the game uses (though notes that these were problems with most Commodore 64 games).
|52||Batman Part I||11:45||(GT) July 22, 2008
(YT) Jan 27, 2010
|Batman: The Caped Crusader (1988) (C64), Batman (1990) (NES), Batman Returns (1993) (SNES), Batman Returns (1993) (Sega CD), Batman Returns (1992) (Lynx), The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1994) (SNES). He focuses mainly on the game Batman Forever (1995) (SNES).
The Nerd criticizes The Caped Crusader for weird controls, bad hit detection, confusing menus, and criticizes the Commodore itself for the keypad busting at random. He praises the NES game for having dark and stylish graphics, fun gameplay, and challenging difficulty. He praises the SNES version of Batman Returns for having satisfying beat-'em-up gameplay. While praising the Sega CD version's graphics, he criticizes the game for having too much driving stages, and being boring. He criticizes the Atari Lynx version for having bad graphics, no jump-attack move, and overall difficulty. For Batman Forever, he heavily criticizes the controls, mainly "Up" controlling your jump, also calling the controls to use your grappling hook and jump down "like a cheat code." He also criticizes the similarities to Mortal Kombat, which slows down the gameplay, the stock villains, and the fact that it takes a long time to kill your enemies. 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. 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 (1992) (NES), Batman: Return of the Joker (1992) (GB), Batman: Revenge of the Joker (1992) (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, which the Joker forces the Nerd to play. The Nerd gets very quickly frustrated by the NES version of the game, but actually considers it to be a decent game overall, the only serious issue being its unbalanced difficulty, with the stages being far too hard and the boss fights too easy.
|54||Deadly Towers||8:20||(GT) August 19, 2008
(YT) Feb 28, 2010
|Deadly Towers (1987) (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. He criticizes the poor comparison between the character on the game cover and the in-game character, the text explaining the backstory for being too long and scrolling too fast, the too powerful enemies, frustrating weapon mechanics, lack of in-game map, bizarre inventory screen (especially calling currency "ludder"), tricky locations of powerups, awful music, frustrating ledges, the fact that you start all over after dying every time, and the unnecessary passwords.
In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the sword in Deadly Towers at #7 on his list of the top 10 most hated weapons or items.
|55||Battletoads||7:52||(GT) September 3, 2008
(YT) Mar 17, 2010
|Battletoads (1991) (NES).
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 in two-player mode with him (although the Nerd did not know it had such a mode). This review centers on the two-player mode itself because the players can hit each other, thereby making the game more difficult to play. The Nerd wraps up the review by saying that while the single-player mode is still great, the two-player mode is completely unplayable, and Kyle decides that life behind the couch is better after all.
14:59 (YouTube version)
|(GT) September 16, 2008
(YT) Mar 28, 2010
|Dick Tracy (1990) (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. Especially criticized are the snipers stationed atop every building, which are nigh impossible to shoot. 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 (1981) (VIC-20), Dracula (1982) (Intellivision), Drac's Night Out (1991) (NES), Dracula: Crazy Vampire (2001) (GBC), Sesame Street: Countdown (1991) (NES), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993) (NES), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993) (SNES, Genesis, Sega CD)
This is the first review of an unreleased game, as well as a VIC-20 game, and a Game Boy Color game.
Note: Rolfe mispronounces the name Fuchs as "fucks". It is pronounced to rhyme with "books" and is the German word for fox.
|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 (1994) (SNES), The Adventures of Dr. Franken (1993) (SNES); although the video mostly focuses on the game, Frankenstein: The Monster Returns (1991) (NES).
For the first game, he finds it overall to be frustrating. For the second, he comments on the design of the character, the misleading title, the poor controls, the insulting life bar, and the fact that the character moves too fast. For the third, he praises the graphics, but criticizes the title screen for having a different title than the cartridge, the many similarities to Castlevania, the large amount of pointless doors and mini-bosses, the fact that beating the first boss triggers a bird you have to kill or you do the whole level again, boss included, the slow cutscene following the first level, the confusing second level, lack of build up to the second boss, the infuriating mechanics of the swamp level (particularly having to beat a creature if you fall in the water and starting at him if you die), the third level for having enemies too hard to kill and uninspired enemy names, and the fourth level for weird background and enemy designs and incredibly difficult bosses, as well as a huge password, limited continues, and ridiculous codes that hinder the gamer more.
Matei, in his 10th on-camera appearance in a Nerd video, guest stars as Franken-Nerd.
|59||CD-i Part I||7:57||(GT) November 12, 2008
(YT) Apr 14, 2010
|Hotel Mario (1994) (CD-i)
In this first part of a three-part episode, the Nerd reviews the Philips CD-i interactive multimedia CD player, along with Hotel Mario. He bashes the console for its large size (which is shown to be even larger than the Atari 5200), the player 1 controller port being on the back of the console and its odd controller designs.
|60||CD-i Part II||12:35||(GT) November 25, 2008
(YT) Apr 20, 2010
|Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (1993) (CD-i)
In this second part of a three-part episode, the Nerd reviews Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. He criticizes the game for its cheesy cutscenes (which he considers even worse than the Legend of Zelda animated series), terrible controls (especially for jumping and collecting Rupees), frequent dark areas, confusing door entries, maneuvering, short enemies, bad hit detection, lack of recovery time and ridiculously easy bosses. However, he lends praise to its music and graphics.
|61||CD-i Part III||14:15||(GT) December 9, 2008
(YT) Apr 28, 2010
|Link: The Faces of Evil (1993) (CD-i), Zelda's Adventure (1994) (CD-i)
In this final part of a three-part episode, the Nerd reviews Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda's Adventure.
|62||Bible Games II||17:00||(GT) December 23, 2008
(YT) Dec 19, 2009
|Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land (1991) (NES), Noah's Ark (1992) (NES), Joshua (1992) (NES), Menace Beach (1990) (NES), Sunday Funday (1995) (NES), Moses the Exodus (1992) (CD-i), David and Goliath (1992) (CD-i), The Story of Samson (1992) (CD-i), King James Bible (1994) (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 (1990) (Genesis)
The Nerd considers this to be decent for an early Genesis title, noting that it contains some good renditions of popular Michael Jackson songs, finds it cool that the game uses Jackson's dance moves for special attacks, and particularly enjoys it when Jackson turns into a robot to fight enemies. However, the Nerd also notes numerous flaws with the game, including the gameplay quickly getting repetitive, the latter stages being excessively hard and having confusing layouts, and having to use Bubbles to lead Jackson to the boss fights.
|64||Milon's Secret Castle||11:33||(GT) January 27, 2009
(YT) Sep 14, 2010
|The Nerd reviews Milon's Secret Castle (1988) (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.|
Season 4 (March 2009 – March 2010)
|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 (1993) (Jaguar) vs. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994) (Genesis), Brutal Sports Football (1993) (Jaguar), Checkered Flag (1994) (Jaguar) vs. F-Zero (1991) (SNES), and Cybermorph (1993) (Jaguar) vs. Star Fox (1993) (SNES). He notes that despite Atari's repeated highlighting of the system's (supposedly) 64-bit architecture, in practice the games look at best only a little better than their SNES and Genesis counterparts.
|66||Atari Jaguar Part II||14:21||(GT) March 25, 2009
(YT) Aug 25, 2010
|Tempest 2000 (1994) (Jaguar), Alien vs. Predator (1994) (Jaguar), Doom (1994) (Jaguar), Attack of the Mutant Penguins (1996) (Jaguar), Kasumi Ninja (1994) (Jaguar), Cybermorph (1993) (Jaguar)
Despite the console's reputation, the Nerd enjoys some of the titles, finding Tempest 2000 to be a fun and addictive puzzle game, Doom to be a very good port of the PC original despite lacking in-game music, and Alien vs. Predator to also be very good. However, he criticizes Attack of the Mutant Penguins for being confusing and nonsensical, Kasumi Ninja for being a sub-par Mortal Kombat clone, and Cybermorph for having sluggish controls, excessive pop-up, and an extremely annoying AI co-pilot. In the end, the Nerd says that the Jaguar isn't one of the worst consoles ever, or even the worst stand-alone Atari console (which he considers to be the 5200), but that it clearly under-delivered on the claims Atari made about its capabilities.
|67||Metal Gear||13:17||(GT) April 8, 2009
(YT) Nov 10, 2010
|Metal Gear (1988) (NES)
Though he praises the idea of a stealth game, he considers it a butchered version of the Japanese version, criticizing the lack of continues, checkpoints, and weapons, the frustrating difficulty, the respawning enemies (they even respawn when you exit a vehicle on the same screen), cryptic areas, and the fact that there is no Metal Gear.
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. Rolfe points out the "I feel asleep!" quote from a guard, complaining that "you get shot even when he's asleep". Upon further analysis, one can note that the quote was supposed to be "I fell asleep!", as the guard has just awoken from his doze.
|68||Odyssey||10:58||(GT) April 21, 2009
(YT) Nov 26, 2010
|Magnavox Odyssey (1972) (console)
Games played include: Tennis, Skiing, Simon Says, Football, Hockey, Analogic, Cat & Mouse, Haunted House, Submarine, States, and Roulette. He considers it unique for a first effort, but criticizes the lack of graphics and the fact that most of the games barely qualify as games. The Nerd reviews the console with the Nerdy Turd as the second player. He also introduces an accessory, the Odyssey Gun, without discussing its use in games, but giving it positive mention that it looks like a realistic rifle.
|69||X-Men||14:11||(GT) May 6, 2009
(YT) Nov 27, 2010
|The Uncanny X-Men (1990) (NES), Wolverine (1991) (NES), X-Men (1992) (Arcade), X-Men (1993) (Genesis), X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1995) (Genesis)
After taking note of the game being from the notorious company LJN, The Nerd bashes The Uncanny X-Men for its sensitive character select screen, level layouts, graphics and annoying CPU AI.
|70||The Terminator||14:54||(GT) May 19, 2009
(YT) Jan 7, 2011
|The Terminator (1989) (NES), The Terminator (1993) (SNES), The Terminator (1993) (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 (1991) (SNES), T2: The Arcade Game (1992) (Sega Genesis), T2: The Arcade Game (1992) (Game Boy), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) (NES), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) (Game Boy), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) (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 (1986) (C64), The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy (1986) (Famicom)
This is the first episode to feature the Family Computer (Famicom) and the Family Computer Disk System, which were given a short review. He criticizes the C64 game for its gameplay, & for seemingly having little relationship with the franchise for which its based on. He heavily criticizes the Famicom version for having repetitive & cryptic gameplay, extreme lack of faithfulness to source material (for example: having the Decepticon logo as a stage boss thrice), & high difficulty. This is the also the first review of a Nintendo Famicom game, as well as an audio-cassette based game. In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the farm with the dinosaur in the C64 game as #16 on his list of the top 20 weirdest moments in a video game.
|73||Mario Is Missing!||9:30||(GT) July 1, 2009
(YT) Feb 15, 2011
|Mario Is Missing! (1993) (NES), Mario Is Missing! (1993) (SNES), Mario's Time Machine (1994) (NES), Mario's Time Machine (1994) (SNES).
While the NES Mario Is Missing is felt to have a promising concept of Luigi taking the lead for once, and decent graphics for an 8-bit game, the Nerd says that the game is terrible in execution due to the bizarre objects that are associated with the game's landmarks (in particular, King Kong with the Empire State Building), numerous glitches and faulty collision detection, and Yoshi being in the game solely to make Luigi tall enough to speak to people at tourism desks. The SNES version is noted to be virtually identical, the only differences being better graphics, fewer glitches, and strangely, a seeming emphasis on road safety.
|74||Plumbers Don't Wear Ties||20:38||(GT) July 21, 2009
(YT) Mar 8, 2011
|3DO Interactive Multiplayer (1993 - 1996) (console), Plumbers Don't Wear Ties (1994) (3DO)
This is the first AVGN video to feature a game for the 3DO, and he even does a very brief review of the system. The Nerd declares the game as one of the worst FMV games he has ever seen in his life (though as far as gameplay, he still awards that title to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), so much so that he does not want to expose its existence to his children, which was what he admitted during the AVGN movie trailer screening, heavily panning the lack of gameplay and full motion video (except for the opening, it's all still photos, often with weird color filters), awful writing, acting and dialogue, poor controls, annoying narration, the fact that it doesn't even stay true to the title, and elements that just plain make no sense. In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the entire game as #1 on his list of the top 20 weirdest moments in a video game, and the 3DO console as the #8 worst video game console of all time. This is also 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 (1989) (NES), Crazy Castle 2 (1991) (GB), Crazy Castle 3 (1999) (GB), Crazy Castle 4 (2000) (GBC), Woody Woodpecker in Crazy Castle 5 (2002) (GBA)
In-between lengthy fights with Bugs Bunny (and later Woody Woodpecker), the Nerd reviews the various games and says that while none of them are really that bad, they all follow the same formula and the gameplay quickly gets repetitive. He does say that Crazy Castle 2 and 5 are a little better than the others relatively speaking, as 2 has smaller stages and introduces some new gameplay elements over the first, while 5 has 32-bit graphics and actually gives Woody an attack (which Bugs didn't have in his games), but otherwise the only significant positive he notes about the games is that they have simple, four-character passwords.
|76||Super Pitfall!||11:07||(GT) August 20, 2009
(YT) Mar 22, 2011
|Super Pitfall (1987) (NES)
He heavily criticizes it for its irritating gameplay, numerous graphical glitches, multiple hidden easter eggs, lack of clarity on how to beat the game, and the fact that there's a second quest.
Note: In this episode it is seen that the Nerd owns Super Mario 4 Rambo, which was played in the first episode of James & Mike Mondays.
|77||Godzilla||15:46||(GT) September 4, 2009
(YT) Apr 14, 2011
|Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (1989) (NES), Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters (1992) (NES), Godzilla (1990) (GB), Super Godzilla (1994) (SNES), Godzilla: Kaijuu Daikessen (1994) (SFC), Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2003) (Xbox), Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004) (Xbox), Godzilla: Unleashed (2007) (PS2)
The Nerd begins with Monster of Monsters, and identifies several major issues including the confusing and redundant map screen, slow gameplay and the unforgiving time limit placed on boss battles. Despite this, as the review progresses he admits that it was probably still the best NES or SNES-era Godzilla game to be released in the west, as it at least offered self-explanatory gameplay, a decent selection of monsters and allowed the player to cause destruction as Godzilla, which was the main thing he wanted from the game.
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, but in the making of the episode, it turns out to be "scunt") to describe the older games was considered the best moment of 2009.
At the Magfest 2012 AVGN Q&A Panel, Rolfe 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 does not even know about newer games. He also said that he "played 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 (1993) (NES), Wayne's World (1993) (SNES)
The Nerd (wearing a Wayne's World hat from the movie) reviews the Wayne's World game on NES. He criticizes the NES game for its bland graphics, headache-inducing music, bare faithfulness to the movie (when Garth is fighting drums in the first level), the fact that you restart the level on one death, and the pathetic attack (especially Wayne's kick). After playing the game, the Nerd throws it to Garth and lets him smash the NES cartridge to pieces. Next, he reviews the SNES game. He considers this version better than the NES game. However, with him criticizing the repetitive sound clips from Wayne (when he gets an item or gets hit), the confusing level design, familiar music, clunky controls, and the inclusion of Elvis as a boss, he still considers the game bad. After reviewing it, he hurls on the SNES cartridge. Footage from both Wayne's World films is used, as well as one clip from Borat (which were edited out of the DVD release).
|79||Castlevania Part I||10:08||(GT) October 8, 2009
(YT) Oct 3, 2010
|Castlevania (1987) (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. In this video, he reviews Castlevania. He admits that the game is a classic, but criticizes the game's unforgiving difficulty. In two out-of-character videos, Rolfe listed the game at #8 on his list of the top 10 hardest NES games, and the discovery of a pork chop in a wall and the fake credits as the #14 and #9 weirdest moments in a video game, respectively.
|80||Castlevania Part II||12:47||(GT) October 21, 2009
(YT) Oct 12, 2010
|Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1988) (NES), Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1990) (NES)
This is the second time the Nerd reviews Castlevania II, and his first reviewing the prequel game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which he calls the best (but hardest) of the NES Castlevania games. In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed Castlevania III at #7 on his list of the top 10 hardest NES games. In the video, the Nerd clarified Castlevania II is a heavily flawed title but praised for its nostalgic and atmospheric levels.
|81||Castlevania Part III||12:52||(GT) November 5, 2009
(YT) Oct 20, 2010
|Super Castlevania IV (1991) (SNES), Castlevania: Dracula X (1995) (SNES), Castlevania (1999) (N64).
The Nerd considers Super Castlevania IV to be the best game in the series, praising its graphics and sound (which he notes are doubly impressive considering it was one of the earliest SNES titles), improvements to the control and gameplay, strong level design and overall atmosphere.
|82||Castlevania Part IV||9:48||(GT) November 19, 2009
(YT) Oct 27, 2010
|Castlevania: Bloodlines (1994) (Genesis), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997) (PS)
Bloodlines gets a generally positive reaction from the Nerd, who says that it isn't quite as good as Super Castlevania IV, but is nonetheless a strong entry in the series.
|83||Little Red Hood||14:54||(GT) December 3, 2009
(YT) May 13, 2011
|Little Red Hood (1990) (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 (1985) (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 (1990) (NES), Fighting Street (1989) (TurboGrafx-CD), Street Fighter: The Movie (1995) (Sega Saturn)
While the Nerd is initially confused by Street Fighter 2010 not being a fighting game and seemingly having no relation whatsoever to the rest of the series (other than Ken being the main character), he ultimately deems it to actually be a good game overall, in spite of its punishing difficulty, especially in the final stage.
|86||Hydlide||8:28||(GT) January 20, 2010
(YT) June 14, 2011
|Hydlide (1989) (NES).
|87||Ninja Gaiden||15:40||(GT) February 4, 2010
(YT) June 14, 2011
|Ninja Gaiden (1989) (NES).
In addition, the Nerd presents the Ninja Gaiden trilogy on NES. He comments that they are good, but also extremely difficult and that he had yet to beat them at the time. In two out-of-character videos, Rolfe listed Ninja Gaiden at #4 on his list of the top 10 hardest NES games, and the frequent "What the...?" quote in Ninja Gaiden II. as the #8 weirdest moment in a video game. This is also the first episode to feature Kevin Finn, who plays a ninja that helps the Nerd improve his gaming skills by outlandish means.
|88||Swordquest||9:12||(GT) February 18, 2010
(YT) July 2, 2011
|Swordquest (1982 - 1983) (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 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.
|89||Pong Consoles||12:00||(GT) March 6, 2010
(YT) July 18, 2011
|Pong (1972) (Various)
The Nerd reviews the classic Pong game on various consoles that mostly automatically contain Pong. Consoles reviewed include: Unisonic Tournament 1000 (1977), APF TV Fun (1976), Wonder Wizard (1976), RCA Studio II (1977), TV Scoreboard (1976), Super Pong Tellagame (1975), Colorsport VIII (1978), Ricochet (1976), 4 Way Video Game (1976), TV Game 6 (1977), Volley 6 (1977), Magnavox Odyssey 4000 (1977), Fairchild Channel F (1976), Coleco Telstar (1976), Coleco Telstar Arcade (1977). Also, it is his second review to show a 7th generation console (the Xbox 360 with gameplay from Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)). This is the last episode in the series to use the old timeslot (usually two episodes per month) due to Rolfe suffering from burnout.
In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the Coleco Telstar Arcade and the RCA Studio II as the #5 and #3 worst video game consoles of all time, respectively.
Season 5 (May 2010 – April 2011)
This season started the new "One episode per month" format.
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|90||Action 52||26:50||(GT) April 30, 2010
(YT) July 21, 2011
|Action 52 (1991) (NES)
"Shit Pickle" makes a brief cameo. The Nerd 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, and the fact that two of the games (Alfred N The Fettuc and Jigsaw) don't even work. He then ends the review in a similar fashion to the Nostalgia Critic with a rapid-fire criticism of the game for crashing, dying in midair, bad controls, bad graphics, bad music, misleading titles and power-ups, and games that cannot be won or lost or make no sense, set to clips from the game. In three out-of-character videos, Rolfe listed the game at #10 on his list of the top 10 worst video game controls, the #3 worst game on the NES, and the Storm Over the Desert and Timewarp Tickers games as the #10 and #6 weirdest moments in a video game, respectively. 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.
The trailer of that video was flagged for unknown reasons and gave James a Community Guidelines Strike, The trailer has been re-uploaded.
|91||Cheetahmen||20:25||(GT) June 9, 2010
(YT) Aug 11, 2011
|Action 52 (1991) (NES), Cheetahmen II (1992) (NES), Action 52 (1993) (Genesis)
This episode serves as the conclusion to the Action 52 review. He criticizes the last game "Cheetahmen" for the weapons, bosses, glitches and nonsensical storyline (which is also noted to be a blatant rip-off of Captain N: The Game Master), but praises a special jumping glitch and it's the most playable game out of the other 51 individual games.
|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 (1985) (NES), Super Team Games (1988) (NES), Metal Gear (1988) (NES), Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987) (NES), Mega Man 2 (1989) (NES), Mega Man 5 (1992) (NES), Cheetahmen II (1992) (NES), Double Dragon (1988) (NES), Super Mario Bros. (1985) (NES), Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) (NES), Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) (NES), Super Mario World (1991) (SNES), Mountain King (1983) (2600), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) (Wii), and Rocky (2002) (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 when the Glitch Gremlin causes glitches in the real world. In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the Glitch Gremlin at #6 on his list of the top 10 unwanted guests.
|93||Zelda II||15:07||(GT) August 4, 2010
(YT) Nov 15, 2011
|Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988) (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 very difficult. 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||Back to the Future Re-Revisited||23:04||(GT) September 3, 2010
(YT) Dec 1, 2011
|Top Gun (1987) (NES), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1989) (NES), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) (NES), Back to the Future (1989) (NES), Back to the Future Part II & III (1990) (NES), Back to the Future Part III (1991) (Genesis), Super Back to the Future II (1993) (SFC)
The Nerd revisits some of his previous reviews before doing justice to the Back to the Future Trilogy on NES.
|95||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Re-Revisited||16:40||(GT) October 7, 2010
(YT) Oct 31, 2011
|Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1989) (NES)
|96||Lester the Unlikely||10:44||(GT) November 4, 2010
(YT) Dec 26, 2011
|Lester the Unlikely (1994) (SNES), The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe (1992) (CD-i)
The Nerd calls the game an "experiment to create the worst video game character in history" and makes jokes about possible sequels. His main criticism regards the terrible player controls. 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||(YT) December 6, 2010||Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage (1988) (NES), Circus Caper (1990) (NES), Fist of the Northstar (1989) (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 (1992) (NES)
The Nerd's main problem with the game is the premise of playing out a boy's daydreams, which he considers to be poorly conceived and uninteresting. Aside from that, he says that the game isn't actually too bad overall, with the graphics, sound and gameplay being generally decent, but he gets annoyed by the repetitive level designs, the puzzles being very obtuse, and the last level being a let-down after a much better penultimate level.
|99||Star Wars||22:28||(GT) February 3, 2011
(YT) February 9, 2012
|The Nerd reviews several Star Wars games: Star Wars: The Arcade Game (1983) (Atari 2600), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1982) (Atari 2600), Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle (1983) (Atari 2600), Star Wars: Jedi Arena (1983) (Atari 2600), Star Wars (1987) (Famicom), Star Wars (1991) (NES), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1992) (NES), Super Star Wars (1992) (SNES), Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1993) (SNES), Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1994) (SNES), Shadows of the Empire (1997) (Nintendo 64).
Firstly, the Nerd takes a brief look at the four Atari 2600 games, judging them to be relatively typical by the system's standards, though he considers the The Empire Strikes Back game to be the best of the four, and Jedi Arena the worst.
|100||R.O.B. the Robot||18:52||(GT) March 3, 2011
(YT) Mar 15, 2012
|Gyromite (1985) (NES), Stack-Up (1985) (NES)
On the 100th video anniversary special, the Nerd rants about the bad games and consoles ever made, but then he decides to play Gyromite. He gets help from R.O.B. when it is a two-player co-op game. When the Nerd asks R.O.B. to play another game, R.O.B. chooses Stack-Up, but the Nerd hates that you must control a video game to control a robot, so he claims R.O.B. as a bad accessory. When the Nerd tries to play a different game, R.O.B. eliminates all "shitty" games, and the Nerd will have a world without bad games, but at the cost of every game being Gyromite or Stack-Up and at 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 16:9 widescreen (first one being Bible Games 2), along with other episodes in the future. The intro to this episode features clips from previous 4:3 episodes and the theme song up until the vocal comes in. An explosion that expands across the widescreen frame 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 is the last Nerd episode to have a title card as Mike felt that it's a waste to make a title card that would be on screen for only 2 seconds. This episode features music by John Jennings Boyd and Lachlan Barclay.
|101||Steven Spielberg Games||21:18||(GT) April 6, 2011
(YT) April 12, 2012
|Jaws (1987) (NES), Hook (1992) (NES), Jurassic Park (1993) (NES), Jurassic Park (1993) (Sega Genesis), Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition (1994) (Sega Genesis), Jurassic Park (1993) (Super NES), Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues (1994) (SNES), Jurassic Park (1993) (Sega CD), Jurassic Park Interactive (1994) (3DO), UFI und sein gefährlicher Einsatz (1983) (Aliens Return, Atari 2600)
While the Nerd says that Jaws is actually somewhat faithful to Jaws: The Revenge and definitely not the worst LJN game, he nonetheless considers it poor overall due to the gameplay being extremely repetitive.
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. The movie was originally intended to come out shortly after this video was published, but was pushed back due to unforeseen difficulties in filming. This is the second episode in which the Nerd cries, albeit silently. In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the boxart with "E.T. Go Come" as #15 on his list of the top 20 weirdest moments in a video game.
This is the first episode to have a split screen effect in its opening wherein two separate frames are showing different AVGN clips at the same time, possibly to take advantage of the widescreen format. This practice would be repeated in future episodes. This is the first episode to start without having title cards in future episodes.
Season 6 (July 2011 – December 2011)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|102||The Making of an Angry Video Game Nerd Episode||35:05||(GT) July 7, 2011
(YT) May 1, 2012
|Barbie (1992) (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. As of July 2014, 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||(GT) August 3, 2011
(YT) May 7, 2012
|Kid Kool (1990) (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. The Nerd bashes Kid Kool for seven design flaws, which he gives names to: inability to backtrack ("one-way bullshit"), ridiculously fast running ("two-geared diarrhea"), awkward jump control ("jump fuckness"), requirement to skip across water ("topside aquatic ass"), vertical scrolling ("air suspension shit-lift"), random and numerous invisible blocks ("invisi-bitches") and frequent dropping down ("free-falling fuck-balls"). In two out-of-character videos, Rolfe listed the game as the #9 worst on the NES, and #8 worst control in a video game.
|104||Nintendo World Championships||17:02||(GT) August 26, 2011
(YT) May 16, 2012
|Nintendo World Championships (1990) (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 rare gray copy by lying about giving it the "Nerd Seal Of Approval", but when the Nerd offers the box of games to him, Pat finds that the box also contains a rare gold copy of the game. After daydreaming about owning the gold and gray copies, the two compete in a winner-takes-all duel to see who wins both the cartridges. The Nerd is surprised that the game is three games (Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer and Tetris) in one, but in a time limit. He eventually decides that the whole game is not worth it and smashes both the cartridges, then offering the NES Punk the reproduction, before Pat starts laughing maniacally and the episode cuts to black right before Pat strangles the Nerd. 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||(GT) October 6, 2011
(YT) October 1, 2012
|Dark Castle (1991) (Genesis), Dark Castle (1992) (CD-i)
After commenting about his boredom of reviewing 8-bit games, The Nerd decides to review a Sega Genesis game, in this case Dark Castle. He considers the game to be the worst game for the Genesis, bashing its terrible controls, poor graphics, & unforgiving difficulty. He later reviews the CD-I port, which he considers to be even worse. In the end, The Nerd later whips the games out of anger.
|106||Bible Games III||14:14||(GT) December 7, 2011
(YT) December 11, 2012
|King James Bible (1994) (GB), Caltron 6 in 1 (1992) (NES), Spiritual Warfare (1994) (Genesis), Bible Adventures (1995) (Genesis), King of Kings: The Early Years (1991) (NES)
The Nerd finishes the Bible Games Trilogy. He comments that the first game is just reading the Bible with some bad games attached, though he does find amusement in finding unintentional curses in the Bible section. For the second game, he discusses its complicated history and says that the games are all mediocre knockoffs of better games and notes that the only Bible based game, Adam and Eve, is the most original (though still a ripoff), very weird, and has nothing to do with the Bible story, leading him to question the title. For Spiritual Warfare and Bible Adventures, he says they're basically the same as their 8-bit counterparts. And for the final game, he considers it horrendous, criticizing the title, the weak attack, the weird angle you move at, which makes falling frustratingly easy, obvious geographic errors, ridiculous method of collecting health (answering Bible related questions), and awful ending. This is the first episode filmed in HD, but the second review in HD, first one being Bible Games II.
Season 7 (July 2012 – December 2014)
This season started over seven months later due to production of the Angry Video Game Nerd Movie and has a more "back to basics" approach. Starting with this season, episodes that are posted on Gametrailers and Cinemasscare are later posted on YouTube with a day or so, which hasn't been done since Season One. During December 2014, 12 episodes aired daily during "12 Days of Shitsmas", in which the Nerd played really mediocre games for the holiday season to conclude the seventh season, with the eighth to premiere in 2015, stating that things from Back to the Future Part II will happen.
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|107||Schwarzenegger Games||22:26||(YT) July 23, 2012||Total Recall (1990) (NES), Last Action Hero (1993) (NES), Conan (1991) (NES), Commando (1986) (NES), Predator (1987) (NES)
In celebration of the release of The Expendables 2, the Nerd reviews games based on movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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 plays Predator all over again, Justin's skeleton is seen with his hat and guitar.
|108||Ghosts n' Goblins||17:04||(YT) October 23, 2012||Ghosts n' Goblins (1986) (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.
|109||Atari Sports||12:42||(YT) December 17, 2012||Various sport-themed games (Atari 2600)
The Nerd plays a compilation of sports games for the Atari 2600, after ranting about the over-abundadance of sports games.
Football (1979) (Atari 2600), Realsports Football (1982) (Atari 2600), Super Challenge Football (1982) (Atari 2600), Super Football (1988) (Atari 2600), Basketball (1978) (Atari 2600), Home Run (1978) (Atari 2600), Super Challenge Baseball (1982) (Atari 2600), Real Sports Baseball (1982) (Atari 2600), Ice Hockey (1981) (Atari 2600), RealSports Volleyball (1982) (Atari 2600), Boxing (1980) (Atari 2600), RealSports Boxing (1987) (Atari 2600), Tennis (1981) (Atari 2600), RealSports Tennis (1983) (Atari 2600), Grand Prix (1982) (Atari 2600), Math Gran Prix (1982) (Atari 2600), Karate (1982) (Atari 2600), International Soccer (1982) (Atari 2600), Pelé's Soccer (1980) (Atari 2600), Golf (1980) (Atari 2600), Miniature Golf (1979) (Atari 2600). He considers them to range from mediocre to unplayable.
In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the graphic of the batter in Real Sports Baseball as #17 on his list of the top 20 weirdest moments in a video game.
|110||Ikari Warriors||20:39||(YT) March 6, 2013||Ikari Warriors (1987) (NES)
The Nerd plays Ikari Warriors. Justin reappears as the Guitar Guy (his first appearance in a Nerd review since the Bugs 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 (1992) (GB), Toxic Crusaders (1992) (Genesis), Toxic Crusaders (1992) (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.
In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed "Toxic Crusaders" on NES as having the #7 worst control in a video game.
|112||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure||17:52||(YT) June 30, 2013||Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure (1991) (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||Tiger Electronics LCD games (with The Flintstones, Mega Man 2, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Dinosaurs), Tiger Electronics wrist games (with Full House, Double Dragon, Batman Returns), Game.com (with Lights Out (1997), Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1998), Duke Nukem 3D (1997), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Batman & Robin (1997), Resident Evil 2 (1998)), R-Zone (with Batman Forever (1996))
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.
In an out-of-character video, Rolfe listed the Game.com and the R-Zone as the #9 and #1 worst video game consoles of all time, respectively.
|114||Alien 3||10:17||(CM) October 21, 2013
(YT) October 22, 2013
|Alien 3 (1992) (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, Metroid and 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.
This episode also advertises Monster Madness, in which Rolfe reviews 31 horror/monster films every October; the episode was released the same week he was reviewing the Alien franchise, with the review for the Alien 3 film posted the following day.
|115||AVGN Games!||21:55||November 20, 2013||The Angry Video Game (2008) (PC), AVGN Pixel Land Blast (2008) (PC), AVGN KO Boxing (2009) (Atari 2600 rom), AVGN Planet (2009) (PC), AVGN Game Over I and II (2009) (PC), The Angry Video Game Nerd (2009) (Atari 2600), AVGN Vs. Dr. Wily (2012) (NES), Texting of the Bread (2011) (iOS), AVGN Adventures (2013) (PC)
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.
Note: The Nerd (not Rolfe himself) does not recognize the character "Mike".
|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. Then, to top it all, getting stuck in the sand on the side results in the bus getting towed back to the start, also in real time. 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 fans who have tried to correct him about LJN, which was not a developer but a publisher who contracted other companies to develop the games they released; 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||CrazyBus (2004) (Sega Genesis)
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||Ren & Stimpy: Fire Dogs||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||Mary-Kate and Ashley "Get a Clue" (2000) (Game Boy Color)
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 than 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 electricity. 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.
Season 8 (March 2015 - Present)
|Episode||Episode name||Length||Date||Games reviewed and episode notes|
|134||Hong Kong 97||12:46||March 26, 2015||Hong Kong 97 (1995) (Super Famicom)
The Nerd begins by mentioning the game was a mass request by fans. He points out it was the only game from the independent company named HappySoft and because of its rarity, he can only play it using an emulator like anybody else who has seen it, since even reproductions are hard to come by. Beginning the game, he sees a language selection screen with English as a language, and the only music in the game is a five-second loop of the Chinese pop song I Love Beijing Tiananmen, which annoys him since he has never heard a vocal music loop. He is also surprised to find classified ads after selecting the language, one for the company asking for donation of old SNES games, and one offering the sale of Hong Kong 97 at local dealers upon request. The title screen has an image of Jackie Chan ripped right from Wheels on Meals and the Nerd doubts Chan gave the developers consent to use the image. He also points out the game was at least copyrighted in 1995. He is shocked to see the story contains the phrase "fuckin' ugly reds" even more so than seeing the word "hell" in the NES game Rambo. He also finds it weird that, according to the story, Hong Kong's government summons a relative of Bruce Lee named "Chin" rather than Lee himself, but assumes he is just as skilled as Lee. The next picture includes Lee in the background, Jackie Chan, and former governor Chris Patten but claims he cannot see "Chin". When he sees Chan on the next screen, he realizes Jackie Chan is playing the part of "Chin". He also sees the game mentioning he has to kill 1.2 billion red communists, the entire population of China in 1995. It mentions an ongoing project to transform the dead former president "Tong Shau Ping" (Deng Xiaoping) into a "killing machine", using an actual image of the leader with the Nerd mentioning he was still alive at the time the game came out. He concludes the game has the single most ridiculous story he's ever seen for a video game, and makes up a story for a similar game on the SNES which he calls "New York, NY 2017". Getting into the actual game, he notices one-hit deaths with no lives or continues, a lack of any other sound effects, and the game over screen shows a dead body in an image which is even dated, from 1992. The game restarts from the very beginning upon death but he notices the music does not even restart. The game is a very bad 2D shooter with the player playing as "Chin" and shooting white projectiles at oncoming enemies while facing from behind. Hitting an enemy flashes a picture of an atomic bomb explosion in a small square over them and then shows a picture of a dead person. Shockingly, he sees the background for one stage is the Coca Cola logo. After five minutes of gameplay, the final boss Tong Shau Ping appears, but The Nerd sees he is only a head, which he does not consider an "ultimate weapon" and killing him does not end the game. He decides the game is based off the movie of the same name and that it predicted the death of Deng Xiaoping and the release of Hong Kong by the UK back to China, though even the latter was predicted by the film first. He also mentions the game does not have much to do with the movie and calls it the "worst movie based game of all time". He notices several details in the game point back to the number "97". He decides that every new thought loops back to 97 like the looping tune in the game, so he decides the ever looping game is like the meaning of life, where things end where they begin. Ending saying he's come full circle himself, he says the game is shit.
|135||Darkwing Duck||13:49||May 13, 2015||Darkwing Duck (1992) (TurboGrafx 16)
The Nerd begins by searching through his games trying to find another shitty game. The first game he comes across is Moon Ranger for the NES but the game is so plain he cannot find words. The next game he tries is Kid Niki: Radical Ninja and is happy to see the game is shit but moves on anyway. He sees Dudes With Attitude but cannot put words to the gameplay. He rejects Deathbots because he finds the game boring. He looks at Mad Max based on the movie, noting the game is made by Mindscape and not LJN, but he wishes it were because it means the game is too good to talk about. Giving up trying to find another NES game he decides to look at a system he has never before, the TurboGrafx 16. He mentions the system which was the first 16 bit system that competed with the NES until the SNES and Genesis came out and overtook it. He says that with not as much third-party support as the other two, there are not as many bad games, but he thinks he found one in the form of Darkwing Duck. He remembers the show but not much about it, saying it's a good thing because his expectations are not particularly high or low. At first he finds the controller cord for the TurboGrafx 16 is so short, he has to pull the couch closer to the TV. He sees the unique stage select screen, using a magnifying glass to select a character. He says the graphics for the game are very good for its time. He sees a floating "D" shortly after starting the first level and tries in vain for a few minutes to collect it. He fails with a running start, and tries to get it with skateboarding penguin villains. He says you need to walk a good distance off to get them to appear and then they are too fast for you. He sees he can use a gun to stun them but they are still too fast to shoot, making him give up on the D. One big problem he demonstrates is the delayed controls, with Darkwing jumping about a half-second after pressing the button. Getting to the first level boss, he keeps taking damage and dying trying to jump on his head, and accepts just taking damage to get past him, only to die shortly afterward. Giving up he changes the game's difficulty from Normal to Easy. In another level he finds that the gun has limited ammo, and he wastes it all on one guy not being able to find anymore since it is not too common. At the final showdown he finds that jumping to attack works when it wants and that the hit detection is very bad, all making it look like the game was designed to make it look like the player is performing poor. He says the game has confusing graphics. Being diagonal, it makes it hard to know where you can jump. He also mentions a power line that looks like it can be grabbed, but it cannot. He sees a slide puzzle found in the game which is slowly completed as the game moves on, but is angered at a picture with two characters in the background which makes it confusing. He is also angered by the fact that it seems what you can jump on is random. Falling into a dungeon-like part of a level, he sees you cannot duck and shoot. He also question the presence of precision platforming in a game with bad controls. He gets to a part with two platforms moving in different directions and dies. Trying to take it carefully and wait for the right moment to jump, Darkwing is crushed by a safe because the Nerd waited too long to jump, which finally sends him over the edge. In the end, he says the game could have been better like Darkwing Duck on NES or Duck Tales. He says every game with bad controls is different, and that making bad games is an art form. In the end he introduces his shit scale to rate future games. The lowest level is good games he thinks have flaws (Metal Gear, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Castlevania 2). The next is playable games that are just barely passable (Super Pitfall, Dick Tracy, Top Gun). Next level is high-caliber shit (Anything from LJN, the Philips CDi, and the Virtual Boy). The severe zone follows with games like Action 52, Dark Castle, Wizard of Oz and the Tiger LCD games. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde has a level all its own, and at the lowest are experiences so poor, he does not consider them full games (CrazyBus, Desert Bus, Big Rigs, Hong Kong 97, and Plumbers Don't Wear Ties). He places Darkwing Duck on the same level as LJN games, calling it the worst game on the TurboGrafx 16. Note: This is the first time the Nerd has spent an entire episode reviewing a game for the TurboGrafx 16 and the introduction of the shit scale.
|136||Seaman||17:24||July 28, 2015||Seaman (1999) (Dreamcast)
The first episode to dedicate a full episode on a Dreamcast game and is dedicated in memory of Leonard Nimoy, who served as the narrator for the English-language version of Seaman. The Nerd initially has trouble with the controls and is repulsed by the sight of a Baby Seaman (referred to in the game as a 'Mushroomer'). He finds the game to be quite tedious as the player must wait for long periods of time in order for the Seaman to develop further. To pass the time, the Nerd starts to play a Famicom game titled Bakutoushi Patton-Kun but is stunned when he sees that the loading screen for the game displays the word 'fucking'. It distracts him so much that by the time he returns to Seaman, he learns that his Seaman has passed away. He tries to reset the Dreamcast system's clock back a few days but finds that the game does not allow players to go back to a previous day, meaning that he has to start over. Instead, the Nerd decides to jump the Dreamcast Clock forward a day at a time to progress through the game faster, not realizing that he himself is traveling forward in time as well. He notes the frustrations with certain controls, like how the Water Heater gains momentum even after he's done pressing the button or the Water Spray tool works fairly sporadically. He then proceeds to get into a lengthy conversation with the Seaman before it evolves into a Podfish, dies, and hatches a bunch of Tadmen, who then evolve themselves into Frogmen. Ultimately the Nerd concludes that while the game is tedious and mind-numbing, he praises the game's creative premise. He then gets into a minor argument with a Frogman about it not being real which ends with the Frogman declaring "All Hail Sega! Buy Another Dreamcast!" The Nerd interprets this as Sega being a 'Sentient Electronic Global Annihilator' bent on world domination as exemplified by the company's bold move to take on Nintendo in the 90's and the fact that some of Sega's consoles were named after planets and the game Seaman is right at the forefront given the fact that in the game the Seaman asks a series of questions about the player's personal life which the Nerd interprets as Sega trying to take over people's lives by getting to know all about them. In order to stop this, the Nerd moves the clock forward all the way to the year 3001. By that point he is nothing more than a skeleton. After an in-game quote by Nimoy about how he hopes that the player's normal life isn't getting overshadowed by the game, the Dreamcast's clock reverts all the way back to when the Nerd was born. A series of clips from previous AVGN episodes (as well as the movie) are shown as the Nerd talks about change before returning to the present. The Nerd is now shown from the perspective of the Seaman in the virtual aquarium and the light is turned off.
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014)
At the end of the Spielberg Games review, it was implied that E.T. would be reviewed in The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. Eventually, at TooManyGames 2011 and Magfest 2012, Rolfe confirmed that he will review E.T. in the film. E.T. programmer, Howard Scott Warshaw, also makes an appearance in the film. The film premiered in theaters on July 21, 2014.
|Episode name||Length||Release date||Notes|
|Wizard of Oz 3: Dorothy Goes to Hell||23:00||June 11, 2006||An animated sequel/spoof of The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz by James Rolfe and Mike Matei. While not a Nerd video, two characters in the film, Shit Pickle and Super Mecha Death Christ, would later feature in the AVGN series.|
|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)||4:49||November 19, 2006||The Nerd reenacts the competition between video game consoles (mainly the competition between Nintendo and Sega), using the consoles themselves as props. At the end he indicates that the console he hopes win the upcoming generation is Nintendo's Wii.
During the video a still photograph is used for the Sega Saturn, due to Rolfe not owning one at the time. As a direct result of this, Rolfe was sent four Saturns and various games for the system by several different fans.
|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 (1989) (NES). This is a positive review for ScrewAttack's Video Game Vault series.|
|The Best and Worst Gaming Peripherals (ScrewAttack Top 10 Episode)||7:30||May 8, 2007||The Nerd makes a brief appearance on the fourth worst video game peripheral to talk about the Power Glove again.|
|A Very Nerdy Non-Canonical Captain S Christmas||15:52||August 4, 2007||Home Alone (1991) (NES).
Wrath of the Black Manta (1990) (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 greatly 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)
|Nostalgia Critic - Nerd Rant||2:15||April 18, 2008||Film reviewer Doug Walker, The Nostalgia Critic, issues a video ultimatum to the Nerd on his website, starting their storyline feud.|
|Nostalgia Critic - Nerd Rant 2||4:47||April 19, 2008||The Nostalgia Critic escalates his feud with the Nerd.|
|Nostalgia Critic - Nerd Rant 3||2:52||April 23, 2008||The feud continues.|
|AVGN responds to the Nostalgia Critic!||2:02||June 12, 2008||The Nerd responds to the Nostalgia Critic.|
|Nerd Challenge||2:38||June 15, 2008||The Nostalgia Critic challenges the Nerd to review a low grade movie.|
|The Battle of Epic Proportions||4:26||June 29, 2008||The Nerd and the Nostalgia Critic meet for the first time and, along with Captain S, get into a three way brawl. The fight ends with a temporary truce: the Nerd agrees to review a low grade movie and the Critic agrees to review a low grade video game.|
|AVGN: E3 recap 2008||5:32||July 19, 2008||The Nerd 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.|
|Bad Movie Review||7:28||July 28, 2008||Ricky 1 (1988) (movie)
The Nerd reviewing a film, per his agreement with the Nostalgia Critic.
|Video Game Review||12:16||August 3, 2008||Bebe's Kids (1994) (SNES)
The Nostalgia Critic reviewing a video game, per his agreement with the Nerd. Kyle Justin cameos performing an alternate of the AVGN theme. The video ends with the Critic reinstating the feud.
|Piece of Meat||3:59||August 12, 2008||The Nerd is featured in a music video parody by Cinevore Studios of the Britney Spears single "Piece of Me".|
|NC Vs. AVGN: Last Showdown||4:26||September 24, 2008||The Nerd challenges the Critic to a final battle. The Critic travels by map to meet the Nerd for the final battle which is announced to be on October 10, 2008.|
|Chronologically Confused About AC/DC||5:19||September 30, 2008||The Nerd rants about the inconsistency of available songs on the band's international albums and those in its native Australia.|
|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.
Rolfe later listed the Nostalgia Critic at #2 on his list of the top 10 unwanted guests.
|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.|
|Cinemassacre 200||23:04||December 20, 2008||An autobiographic film in which James Rolfe overviews how he became interested in filmmaking at a young age, the various projects he has worked on and the inception of the Angry Video Game Nerd.|
|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.
10. Complaining about the huge AC Adaptor for the ColecoVision (Double Vision)
|My NES Collection||6:15||March 7, 2009||Rolfe gives an overview of his collection of NES games.|
|Mike and I playing Odyssey||5:53||April 27, 2009||Mike Matei comes up with ideas for the Odyssey review with Rolfe. They candidly play various games for the system.|
|One Year Anniversary Brawl||20:13||May 10, 2009||The Nerd, Nostalgia Critic, Nostalgia Chick, Justin, and various others from Channel Awesome and GameTrailers are featured in a brawl, which ends in a truce brokered by That Guy with the Glasses.|
|Atop the Fourth Wall, Episode 29: Wolverine: Adamantium Rage||17:50||May 15, 2009||Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994) (Sega Genesis)
The Nerd Makes a brief cameo.
|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 and 4 theme from ALF.|
|Ghostbusters Xbox 360 Review||6:46||August 13, 2009||Ghostbusters (2009) (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.
10. Ranting about the "beginners trap" (Super Pitfall!)
|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).|
|Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode||1:41||October 14, 2010||Nerd mini review from the Pat the NES Punk's NES Marathon.|
|Holiday Memories||13:30||December 7, 2010||The Nerd revisits the holiday specials from the past four years.|
|Hanging Out in the Nerd Room||15:13||December 15, 2010||James Rolfe and Mike Matei take a walk around the Nerd Room. Filmed in 2009, the video was originally part of the AVGN DVD Vol. 4 and later posted on YouTube.|
|TMNT Tournament Fighter Challenge SNES||5:36||June 21, 2011||Rolfe and Matei take part in a challenge playing TMNT Tournament Fighter as part of the Turtle Tuesdays series.|
|Chronologically Confused About TMNT DVD’s||7:40||April 26, 2011||The Nerd rants about various issues with the DVD availability of both the 1987 and 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series'.|
|Ninja Baseball Bat Man||3:31||July 29, 2011||In a short episode that is not part of the main series, the Nerd reviews Ninja Baseball Bat Man (1993) (Arcade).|
|Family Game Funness||27:22||August 5, 2011||Rolfe and guest Pat Contri (Pat the NES Punk) play family-oriented NES games such as Pictionary, Bible Buffet, Family Feud and MTV's Remote Control. They attempt to play Battleship, but discover it is single player only.|
|River City Ransom||2:30||October 22, 2011||Nerd mini review from the 2nd Annual NES Marathon.|
|Nerd Memories: Contra||7:13||November 2, 2011||Contra (1988) (NES) Rolfe talks about his memories of playing and beating the original Contra. This special features him as himself, out of the nerd character.|
|Pop Fiction Episode 22: Cheetahmen II||11:08||March 23, 2012||The Nerd works with Pop Fiction to tackle Cheetahmen II.|
|Nerd Memories: Sonic||6:19||March 30, 2012||Sonic 1 (1991) (Sega Genesis), Sonic 2 (1992) (Sega Genesis), Sonic CD (1993) (Sega CD), Sonic 3 (1994) (Sega Genesis) Rolfe steps outside the Nerd character to recount some cherished memories of Sega's beloved Hedgehog, Sonic. He also admits that bad Sonic games are one of his biggest requests despite liking the ones he played so far.
In episode 116 of AVGN, (Wish List Part 1) the Nerd mentioned that Sonic 2 made him buy a Sega Genesis.
|Nerd Memories: Double Dragon||6:35||May 2, 2012||Double Dragon (1988) (NES), Double Dragon II: The Revenge (1990) (NES), Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone (1991) (NES) Rolfe talks about his memories of playing the Double Dragon series.|
|Nerd Memories: Mortal Kombat||8:52||July 4, 2012||Mortal Kombat (1993) (SNES) and (Sega Genesis), Mortal Kombat II (1994) (SNES), Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) (SNES) Rolfe talks about his childhood memories of the original trilogy games of Mortal Kombat.|
|SNES Vs. Sega Genesis, Parts I, II||26:45 (combined)||August 13, 2012 (Part I)
August 15, 2012 (Part II)
August 17, 2012 (Combination video)
|Rolfe talks about his experiences with the 16-bit Wars and the two consoles involved, the SNES and Genesis. He also included clips of a previous debate he did at age 11, and while his opinions stand, he decided to explain them more in-depth now that he is older and can be more constructive in his reasons.
Framerate: Genesis wins
SNES wins over Genesis 5-3. Even though Rolfe still enjoyed both consoles and feels that they helped shape the console industry, he felt that the SNES naturally had improved over the Genesis due to technological advancements of a later time, with a more notable library of games for good measure (for the most part).
|The Nerd's Anger Management||32:26||August 29, 2012||In this audio only video, the Nerd shows the viewer how to relax.|
|Nerd Memories: Killer Instinct||5:59||September 1, 2012||Killer Instinct (1995) (SNES) Killer Instinct 2 (1996) (Nintendo 64) Rolfe talks about when he saw and played Killer Instinct as a teenager.|
|Nerd Memories: Super Mario Kart||4:06||October 3, 2012||Super Mario Kart (1992) (SNES) Rolfe remembers when he first played Super Mario Kart.|
|Bubble Bobble||4:33||October 20, 2012||Nerd mini review from the 3rd Annual NES Marathon.|
|Mike talks about the AVGN Experience||17:46||November 7, 2012||Matei discusses his involvement with the AVGN videos, and gives his outside perspective of AVGN and Rolfe's other films.|
|Magfest 2013 AVGN Panel||13:03||January 14, 2013
February 18, 2013 (YT)
|Rolfe goes to Magfest 2013 and asks the audience several questions, re-enacts quotes from various AVGN episodes and allows them to play some video games that he reviewed.|
|The Roast of The Angry Video Game Nerd||1:12:45||August 2, 2013||Rolfe is featured in a parody of a Comedy Central Roast at Too Many Games 2013 where he is comically critiqued by other independent film makers and reviewers. Present at the event (either personally or via video): Justin Silverman, Doug Walker, The Nostalgia Critic, "Stuttering Craig" Skistimas, Pat "The NES Punk" Contri, Brent Black, Brett Vanderbrook (Captain S), Stephanie Yuhas, Matt Conant, Noah Houlihan, Fraser Agar, Keith Apicary and Newt Wallen.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Hardest NES Games||9:18||October 10, 2013||The first in a new series of clip collection vids.|
|Sky Kid||3:02||October 20, 2013||Nerd mini review from the 4th Annual NES Marathon.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Worst Video Game Control||16:16||November 1, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Moments the Nerd Lost His Mind||6:03||November 3, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Worst NES Games||7:55||November 7, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Most Epic Nerd Moments||22:24||November 10, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 20 Weirdest Video Game Moments||12:17||November 15, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 5 Worst NES Music||2:20||November 17, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 5 Worst Gaming Accessories||6:20||November 24, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Worst Video Game Consoles||10:16||November 27, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Nerd's Game Abuse||8:53||December 1, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Toughest Video Game Jumps||7:47||December 5, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Nerd's Unexpected Moments||12:40||December 8, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Most Unfair Gaming Moments||5:36||December 13, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|Game Theory: What's Wrong with the AVGN?||10:24||December 14, 2013||In an episode of Game Theory the Nerd is psychologically analyzed.|
|AVGN: Top 5 Bad Game Movie-Clips||7:51||December 15, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Worst Video Game Endings||7:31||December 26, 2013||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 5 Most Ingenious Nerd Ideas||3:41||January 2, 2014||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Problems With Games||12:33||January 8, 2014||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Most Hated Weapons or Items||6:50||January 15, 2014||Clip collection vid.|
|The Worst EVER! - Villains feat. brentalfloss and the Angry Video Game Nerd||6:13||January 18, 2014||brentalfloss, the Nerd (out of character) and others offer their opinions on the worst video game villains.|
|AVGN: Top 5 Musical Episodes||7:45||January 22, 2014||Clip collection vid.|
|AVGN: Top 10 Nerd's Unwanted Guests||15:51||January 29, 2014||The last of the clip collections.|
|Abandoned AVGN Episode:||4:32||April 30, 2014||Secret Scout (NES)
An unfinished review. Included on the AVGN Volume 6 DVD.
|The Original Nerd Room||4:15||May 20, 2014||James Rolfe returns to his childhood room where he filmed the first two AVGN episodes almost ten years earlier and gives a brief overview.|
|Bayou Billy/The Punisher - AVGN & Pat the NES Punk||17:34||July 3, 2014||A special episode where Pat argues to the Nerd that LJN released a few passable games while the Nerd argues that even Konami released a few bad ones. To that end the Nerd reviews The Adventures of Bayou Billy (1989), which was published by Konami, while Pat reviews LJN's The Punisher (1990).|
|Living in 8 Bits #50 - The Game Master||8:54||December 1, 2014||The Nerd makes a cameo in a parody of Captain N.|
|Nostalgia Critic Review||20:11||December 14, 2014||The Nostalgia Critic reviews Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, having lost a bet to the Nerd as to whether he would ever finish it. Originally an exclusive feature on the films Blu-ray/DVD release, it was later posted on Channel Awesome.|
|Nostalgia Critic & AVGN: TMNT 2014||35:18||April 1, 2015||The Nerd joins forces with the Nostalgia Critic to review the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.|
These DVDs have not been sold in stores and are only available via the ScrewAttack store.
|DVD name||Release date||Episodes|
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 1||November 18, 2007||Disc 1: "Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", "The Karate Kid", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Back to the Future", "McKids", "Wally Bear and the NO! Gang", "Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu", "Top Gun", "Double Dragon 3"
Disc 2: "Friday the 13th", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "The Power Glove", "Chronologically Confused: Movie/Game Sequels", "Rocky", "Bible Games"
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 2||November 15, 2008||Disc 1: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3" (Video Destruction Scene), "Atari 5200", "Ghostbusters" (all three parts), "Spider-Man", "Sega CD", "Sega 32x", "Silver Surfer", "Die Hard", "Independence Day", "The Simpsons"
Disc 2: "Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout", "Atari Porn", "Nintendo Power", "Fester's Quest", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Halloween", "Dragon's Lair", "An Angry Video Nerd Christmas Carol" (both parts)
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 3||December 12, 2009||Disc 1: "Chronologically Confused 2: The Legend of Zelda Timeline", "Rambo", "Virtual Boy", "The Wizard of Oz", "DoubleVision" (both parts), "The Wizard & Super Mario Bros. 3", "NES Accessories", "Indiana Jones Trilogy"
Disc 2: "Star Trek", "Superman", "Superman 64", "Batman" (both parts), "Deadly Towers", "Battletoads", "Dick Tracy", "Dracula", "Frankenstein"
Disc 3: "CD-i Games" (all three parts), "Bible Games 2"
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 4||December 15, 2010||Disc 1: "Michael Jackson's Moonwalker", "Milon's Secret Castle", "Atari Jaguar" (both parts), "Metal Gear", "Odyssey", "X-Men", "Terminator", "Terminator 2: Judgement Day", "Transformers"
Disc 2: "Mario is Missing!", "Plumbers Don't Wear Ties", "Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle", "Godzilla", "Castlevania" (all four parts), "Wayne's World"
Disc 3: "Super Pitfall!", "Little Red Hood", "Winter Games"
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 5||December 9, 2011||Disc 1: "Street Fighter 2010", "Ninja Gaiden", "Hydlide", "Swordquest", "Pong Consoles", "Action 52", "Cheetahmen", "Game Glitches"
Disc 2: "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link", "Nintendo Days Re-Revisited", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Re-Revisited", "Lester the Unlikely", "How the Nerd Stole Christmas", "Mike's Game Glitches"
Disc 3: Special features
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 6||December 4, 2012||Disc 1: "Day Dreamin' Davey", "Star Wars Games", "R.O.B. the Robot", "Spielberg Games", "Kid Kool", "Nintendo World Championshops 1990", "Dark Castle" (in HD)
Disc 2: "Bible Games 3" (in HD), "Schwarzenegger Games" (in HD), "Contra Memories", "Bubble Bobble", "Secret Scout: Aborted AVGN Review" (DVD exclusive), commentaries, You Know What's Bullshit (most episodes, 2007–present)
Disc 3: "The Making of an Angry Video Game Nerd Episode: Barbie", plus other features
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 7||December 13, 2013||Disc 1: "Ghosts n' Goblins", "Atari Sports", "Ikari Warriors", "Toxic Crusaders", "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure", "Tiger Electronic Games", "Alien 3"
Disc 2: "SNES vs. Genesis Debate", Commentary of the year, Original Nerd Room 2004, Current Nerd Room Tour 2013, Outtakes, Magfest 2013, SGC 2013, TooManyGames 2013
Disc 3: AVGN Countdowns.
|The Angry Video Game Nerd: Volume 8||February 2, 2015||Single disc: "AVGN Games!", "Wish List (both parts)", "Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing", "Desert Bus", "Beetlejuice", volume 8 Commentary, Outtakes, Mike: "Game Gear", Mike: "Ghostbusters", SGC Panel 2014, TMG Panel 2014, TMG After Midnight: AVGN 10 Year Anniversary|
- Each AVGN video is located at:
- Post by James Rolfe about the seasons list
- "AVGN: Episode 90 – "Action 52"". April 30, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- James Rolfe (2007). What Was I Thinking?: The Making of the Angry Video Game Nerd (DVD). ScrewAttack.
- James Rolfe (June 20, 2011). "AVGN (James) Q&A at TooManyGames 2011". Cinemassacre.
- James Rolfe (January 11, 2012). "AVGN Panel at Magfest 2012". Cinemassacre.
- James Rolfe (January 24, 2012). "Howard Scott Warshaw, programmer of Atari E.T. mentions AVGN: The Movie". Cinemassacre.
- "AVGN: Volume 7". December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- . Q1 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7pZgd8QL_o. Retrieved January 27, 2015. Check date values in:
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- AVGN Full Episode List at Cinemassacre Productions