Who Knew That Review? Third Strike


It’s Who Knew That Review time, babyyyyyyy! Joey, Ron, and Paul team up once again to play one of our favorite games. As a reminder, Who Knew That Review is a game where we try to guess games based on their reviews. Each host will read a review from an old magazine or website, like EGM, GamePro, Nintendo Power, etc., and omit key words and phrases like developer, publisher, character names, locations, etc. We want you, the listener, to play along, so we hold our final guesses until the entire review has been read. We also announce a new game giveaway! Next week, Tab and Joey will be discussing Horizon Forbidden West at length, and to celebrate its release and our recent one-year anniversary, we’re giving away a code to the digital version of the game. Listen next week for details on how to potentially score the code, and we’ll have another giveaway soon! We also chat a bit about Street Fighter 6, Dragon Age, and what we’ve been playing!

Contact us: prettypixelspodcast@gmail.com

We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:46: Horizon Forbidden West giveaway announcement!

00:06:19: Capcom’s countdown was for Street Fighter 6, but they’re also releasing The Capcom Fighting Collection this summer

00:13:45: BioWare says in a blog post that they are “right in the middle of the Production phase” on the next Dragon Age game

00:17:55: Paul has been cybering it up in Cyberpunk 2077… and shaking with excitement over the upcoming Elden Ring

00:27:10: Ron’s been playing “internet issues xtreme” and Haloing it up with the gang

00:32:18: Joey’s been playing Horizon Forbidden West and gives his brief thoughts on the Uncharted movie

00:36:17: Who Knew That Review!

00:38:54: Paul’s Game 1

00:45:49: Ron’s Game 1

00:54:15: Joey’s Game 1

01:06:34: Paul’s Game 2

01:20:15: Ron’s Game 2

01:32:05: Joey’s Game 2

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Indie Swap


Tab’s back to celebrate one year of Pretty Pixels Podcasting with an indie swap! We each chose an indie game from itch.io that we thought the other might find interesting, played them, and now we’re here to report our findings. Tab made their way through the psychedelic and provocative The Life of Saint Fiona Bianco Xena, by Fantasia Malware, and Joey shuddered through a bone chilling encounter with Babysitter Bloodbath, by Puppet Combo. Links below, to check them out! We also chat about the mysterious Capcom countdown, Nintendo shuttering the 3DS and WiiU eshops, new No Man’s Sky content, and more. Have an indie game you’d like us to play for a future indie swap? Email us!

Contact us: prettypixelspodcast@gmail.com

We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @RandomMox (Tab)

00:05:07: Capcom starts a countdown on their official site – probably something Street Fighter related, but Joey asks “what if…”

00:08:34: Cyberpunk 2077 next gen versions drop out of nowhere

00:11:27: “Nintendo Closing 3DS & Wii U Shops In 2023, Has ‘No Plans To Offer Classic Content In Other Ways’” (via Kotaku)

00:14:18: No Man’s Sky gets another major (free) update

00:19:30: Tab and Joey are still fartin’ around in Halo Infinite

00:26:25: Joey struck his final killing blow in Hitman 3

00:37:40: Indie exchange intro!

00:41:54: Tab talks us through The Life of Saint Fiona Bianco Xena, by Fantasia Malware: https://fantasia-malware.itch.io/the-life-of-saint-fiona-bianco-xena

00:57:15: Joey digs into Babysitter Bloodbath, by Puppet Combo: https://puppetcombo.itch.io/babysitter-bloodbath

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Dating Sim Medley and Nintendo Direct


With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought it might be fun to play some short, cheap dating sims on itch.io! We each picked a game that seemed fun and was free or pay-what-you-want, played them, and are here to talk about them. Joey played part of Resident Evil 4: Otome Edition and almost all of Find Love or Die Trying, Ron played what’s available of Don’t Take It Personally, I Just Don’t Like You: The Camping Trip, and Paul beat Head Over Hooves: My Heart Bleats for You. They were fun! Links are below, if you want to check them out. We also talk through some of the very exciting tidbits from the latest Nintendo Direct. Chrono Cross! EarthBound! Soccer Peach! Switch Sports! This Direct was a feast for some Nintendo fans, so we gush over some of the games we’re most excited about.

Contact us: prettypixelspodcast@gmail.com

We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:01:50: Nintendo Direct (2/9/22)

00:04:03: Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

00:05:07: Kirby is doing disturbing things with his mouth

00:07:15: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC! 48 Tracks!

00:10:30: Xenoblade Chronicles 3

00:11:42: Splatoon 3

00:12:50: Nintendo Switch Sports

00:16:31: Mario Strikers: Battle League

00:19:45: No Man’s Sky on Switch

00:25:24: Portal Companion Collection

00:27:41: Klonoa Phantasy Reverie: Series

00:29:56: EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings are now on Switch!

00:37:50: Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers is an HD remaster of Chrono Cross with the previously unreleased Radical Dreamers bundled in! Woo!

00:41:45: Ghost of Tsushima getting an Aloy costume from Horizon Forbidden West (via IGN)

00:45:12: The PXLS gang is still desyncing it up in Halo Infinite and Paul had the best Halo match of his life; he is also zeroing in on Penny as a romance option in Stardew Valley!

00:55:50: Joey’s still chipping away at Persona Q and is very impressed by Hitman 3’s DualSense design

01:00:03: Ron’s Valentine’s Day pick: Don’t Take It Personally, I Just Don’t Like You: The Camping Trip, by DeCoster (also, Ron is correct: itch.io is independent, but Epic includes itch.io games on its storefront)


01:12:57: Joey’s Pick: Find Love or Die Trying, by Auden Jin


01:20:45: Paul’s pick: Head Over Hooves, My Heart Bleats for You, by Blarfnip


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Batman in Video Games


Some podcasters just want to watch the world burn. We just want to talk about Batman. With the newest Bat-flick coming in March, fellow mega-Bat-fan Paul and I wanted to walk through Batman’s history in video games. We do kind of breeze through the entire history of Batman games, but we focus most of our discussion on the games we’ve played (or that seem odd or important). We also talk more broadly about our own history with the character and universe, our favorite villains and Batman actors, toys, and all kinds of other Bat-details. We also talk about Sony’s acquisition of Bungie, which Nintendo character we think would start an OnlyFans, Hitman 2 and 3, and more.

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey)

The timestamps below are mostly only for major discussion points. There are a bit too many games and some we barely talk about. As mentioned in the episode, I’ve included links to emulations of some games from the Internet Archive.

00:04:00: New York Times buys Wordle

00:06:35: Sony acquires Bungie for $3.6 billion

00:18:11: Paul’s still on the prowl for a bae in Stardew Valley and the whole gang is still on its Halo Infinite trip

00:23:10: Joey’s drawing maps in Persona Q and *silenced pistol sound*ing his way through Hitman 2 and 3

00:27:40: Batman!

00:28:30: How we came to love Batman (early Batman movies, animated series)

00:44:07: Our favorite villains

00:49:50: Our favorite Batman actors

00:57:56: Batman (EU 1986, Ocean Software, for the Amstrad CPC and PCW, MSX, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum) https://archive.org/details/zx_Batman_1986_Ocean

01:00:27: Batman: The Caped Crusader (EU/NA 1988, Special FX Software/Ocean for the Amiga, Apple II, MS-Dos, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum) https://archive.org/details/zx_Batman_The_Caped_Crusader_Part_1_A_Bird_in_the_Hand_1988_Ocean

01:05:02: Batman (The Video Game) (EU/NA 1989, Ocean Software for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, GX4000, Amstrad CPC, MSX, ZX Spectrum) https://archive.org/details/msdos_Batman_-_The_Movie_1990

01:06:38: The Revenge of Shinobi (JP/NA 1989, EU 1990, Sega for Genesis)

01:09:50: Batman (JP 1989, EU/NA 1990, Sunsoft for NES) https://archive.org/details/batman-uprototype

01:15:32: Batman: Return of the Joker (JP/NA 1991, EU 1992, Sunsoft for NES, Game Boy, Genesis) https://archive.org/details/sg_Batman_Return_of_the_Joker_1992_Sunsoft_US https://archive.org/details/batmanreturnofthejokerprototype

01:21:06: Batman Returns (JP/NA 1992, EU 1993, Konami, Malibu Interactive, more for SNES, Genesis, Sega Master System, NES, Atari Lynx, Amiga, Game Gear, MS-DOS) https://archive.org/details/batman-returns-japan-sample https://archive.org/details/msdos_Batman_Returns_1993

01:29:10: The Adventures of Batman & Robin (NA/EU 1994, Sega/Clockwork Tortoise and Konami for Genesis, Game Gear, Sega CD, SNES) https://archive.org/details/gg_Adventures_of_Batman_and_R_The_1995Sega

01:31:47: Justice League: Task Force (1995, Sunsoft and Blizzard Entertainment for SNES, Condor for Sega Genesis)

01:34:45: Batman Forever: The Arcade Game (NA/EU 1996, JP 1997, Acclaim for arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Windows) https://archive.org/details/arcade_batmanfr https://archive.org/details/psx_batmanf

01:37:05: Batman & Robin (NA/EU 1998, Probe Entertainment for PlayStation and game.com) https://archive.org/details/psx_batnrob

01:40:30: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (NA/EU 2000, Kemco/Ubisoft for Game Boy Color, N64, and PlayStation) https://archive.org/details/psx_batmnbey

01:44:39: Batman: Vengeance (NA/EU 2001, Ubi Soft Montreal for GameCube, PS2, Xbox, Windows, GBA)

01:46:13: Batman: Dark Tomorrow (NA/EU/JP 2003, Kemco for GameCube and Xbox)

01:53:20: Batman Begins (NA/EU 2005, Eurocom for GameCube, PS2, Xbox, GBA)

02:00:35: Lego Batman: The Videogame (NA/EU 2008, Traveller’s Tales for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Nintendo DS, PSP)

02:03:25: Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (2008, Midway for Xbox 360 and PS3)

02:05:53: Batman: Arkham Asylum (NA/EU 2009, Rocksteady Studios for PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac)

Batman: Arkham City (2011, Rocksteady Studios for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Windows, Mac)

Batman: Arkham Origins (2013, WB Games Montreal for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Windows)

Batman: Arkham Knight (2015, Rocksteady Studios for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows)

02:24:42: Batman: Arkham VR (2016, Rocksteady Studios for PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

02:31:43: Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013, NetherRealm Studios for Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Windows, PS Vita)

02:39:05: Batman (2013, Specular Interactive for arcade)

02:44:30: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014, Traveller’s Tales for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, PS Vita, Windows, 3DS)

02:48:30: Batman: The Telltale Series (2016, Telltale Games for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch, Windows)

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