Weekly Wringer #100: The Best of the SNES

At long last, the 100th episode of the Weekly Wringer is live – and in more than one sense as today also features an appearance from Roo who joins in with the fun of talking about the best game for the SNES. Did your choice make the list? Find out as the Commodore celebrates the 100th episode with some champagne and revelry. And then, it’s a question for next time focusing on the show itself. (Incredibly) for the 100th time, it’s the Weekly Wringer!

22 Comments

  • Red Mage Red Mage
    Posted Sep/02/2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I joined the site around episode 75 so I’ve missed 3/4 of the episodes so far. Of the 25 I’ve participated in I have to say the best one was the first one I took part in episode 75 which was the episode about what game we felt should be the first inductee in a hypothetical national video game registry. It was a great question that had us debating which games were the most important of all to the industry and deserve that honor. With the way video games have grown in popularity in our society even rivaling TV and movies now, I think the video game industry will eventually form some sort of committee and create such a registry. It will be interesting to see if/when that happens if any of our choices turn out to be the first inductee.

  • Arrowni
    Posted Sep/03/2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Loved the episode, the topic is as predictable as it gets, isn’t it? But who doesn’t love discussing about those games? Is almost as fun as playing them.

    So with that in mind, and since I’m not going to go watch all the épisodes I missed just now, I’m going to say that the “episode where we talk about talking about games” has to be my favorite… Hopefully it exists. But if it doesn’t you can always make it happen! (that’s the beauty of it)

    Some after battle thoughts: From a guy who has played Chrono Trigger several times and loves it, the game would be the top from the SNES if you didn’t have a party of three. Seriously, you have to be a pretty nice package if you can sneak into a top five carrying such a glaring flaw (that’s Baby Mario level right there). That and poor Yoshi always getting compared to Mario, it’s pretty much all I have to input on the topic.

    Worst part of the podcast: how the pronounciation of my name got butchered, but I did see it coming :p

  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted Sep/04/2013 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    It’s a toss up between Gaming in the School Daze and It Only Does 80710B23 (about the PS3 security flaw).

    Though I think it would have to be Gaming in the School Daze. That one just touched something in me that the others haven’t. It’s like I’m trying to recapture something that I’ll never be able to experience again.

  • DTX180
    Posted Sep/04/2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I have to break this down into two categories: 1) The wringers that I have commented on. 2) The first 39 wringers which I didn’t comment on.

    I have been a member of the site since late 2009, and I must say I wish I didn’t bookmark directly to the forums as I missed out on a lot of great wringers that I was too stupid to not explore the rest of the site (lazy college student back then). Anyway

    1) My favorite wringer that I commented on probably is Episode 65: Gaming in the School Daze. I’m a fairly nostalgic person of my middle and high school era (late 90s/early 00s) due to having a lot of memorable moments with friends, general small scale mischief, and what not. Reading and listening to everyone’s stories made me look back at my middle/high school days and connecting with a lot of other stories saying things like “huh, i had a similar moment like that too”.

    I think a lot of people may feel like an outcast or hate high school, but I always tried to include as many people as possible in my social groups to try and make people feel like they belonged somewhere, and doing so kept things fresh for me too. It may be kinda a “loser” thing to say, but I actually liked high school a lot more than college because I went to a massive commuter school which felt very dead on campus. But ya, the stories that were posted in episode 64 and commented on in episode 65 was a fun trip.

    2) I listened to a lot of the episodes I never commented on in the first 39, and I must say I really would of liked to be part of episode 15: Arcade Classics. I also had a small story about arcades from my late middle school/early high school days, and memorable moments and what not. I always liked the arcade culture for the most part, aside from a few “rotten apple” type things here and there. Was a fun episode to watch.

    So many great episodes, but those two stuck out in my mind. Both are kinda based on nostalgia, perhaps I need to stop being so nostalgic lol. But anyway, thanks for 100 great episodes Commodore! Also, thanks to Roo and the rest of the CotGW maintenance team, and finally to the rest of the community for their fun stories and perspectives as well

  • SLY JD
    Posted Sep/04/2013 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Congrats on 100 eps!

    I find a Weekly Wringer more interesting if I’ve participated in the comments, and I haven’t posted in some months (apologies). My favourite would be episode 53: Adventure Lives On, mainly due to the nostalgic nature of the discussion and it’s a genre I’m very passionate of.

    Hope all is well and look forward to seeing what comes next! Will have to find more time to get my Wringer on!

  • widdowson91 widdowson91
    Posted Sep/04/2013 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    This is the episode that I’ve been waiting for. It didn’t disappoint. I gotta say, Chrono Trigger, A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy VI, Super Metroid and Super Mario World are all so close I don’t really like to choose between them. Well done on 100 episodes.

    And my favourite Weekly Wringer was Episode 90: “The Awesomness of Chrono Trigger”.

    • widdowson91 widdowson91
      Posted Sep/05/2013 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      Also, Nobuo Uematsu composed 10 tracks for the Chrono Trigger soundtrack.

  • mrandycretin mrandycretin
    Posted Sep/04/2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    My favorite episode’s a toss-up between #82 The Awesomeness of Symphony of the Night and #86…just because the SNES marathon was so much fun.
    I’m looking forward to another 100 episodes.

  • gra007
    Posted Sep/04/2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I’ve been watching since the first episode and while I haven’t been commenting since maybe the late teens, I thought I’d take a little time to comment here.

    I’ve had a number of favourite episodes, but honestly #100 has been the best for me in recent memory. Perhaps it was the inclusion of Roo (since I always like the discussion atmosphere of the Echo Screen), but I think it really got me nostalgic for the SNES days of the past.

    I tend to associate times of the year with times in gaming, and the end of summer / beginning of fall often reminds me of the old SNES days. Going to school and lending carts around with friends, going over strategies from Nintendo Power, and having discussions about the best SNES games (exactly like episode #100) — these thoughts always creep into my head during this changing season.

    It really pulled at my heartstrings to think of this time in my life, and in my gaming life at this time of year. So, maybe it seems like it’s a cop-out to say since it was the most recent episode, but it really did give me a warm nostalgic feeling as I listened to it!

    Great job on 100 episodes. Keep up the great work! I may not always be posting, but I’m always listening!

  • Man with a harmonica Man with a harmonica
    Posted Sep/05/2013 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    My favourite is Weekly Wringer No. 60: Of Girls and Games. What can I say? An intriguing and controversial topic; a massive discussion, with nearly a 100 comments (none of which are mine); the Commodore’s own knowledge and interest regarding the matter; the great length, not at all wasted; and then the ending, involving a question relating to Star Wars. How could it have been any better?

    I think I’ve been watching since episode 29 or 30, though my first comment was posted a while later — I can’t remember when exactly.

  • VeryCleverUsername VeryCleverUsername
    Posted Sep/05/2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m gonna go with episode 100 because… sparklers.

  • Posted Sep/05/2013 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    This is my first comment, although I’ve seen everything video on your site over the past few years. I finally decided to comments. Even though it’s not easy. I’m not rather fond of the lenght of the early episodes. They’re too short. I like when they’re at least 45 min or even longer.
    If people think they’r too long, they could watch in parts. I normally watch right before I go to bed.

    Now on topic, my first thought would be any Star Trek or Star Wars episodes. But I’ve concluded on the Weekly Wringer 75: National Game Registry. Although I don’t always agree with the choices. But I’ve chosen it because preservation is part of job. Both analog (like (ancient) book but als digital preservation. So it quite importation that games such be presvered as well. Just like books, films, documents, photographs, etc. As they’re part of our culture and (future) history.

    Congrats on the 100th episodes. At first I didn’t care much for the subject as I feel Nintendo has been overdone. But it was well done and made check out some games like Zelda.
    Also I get it the Nintendo fixation if that’s what you grew up with. Myself grew up with PC games because I fortunate enough that my dad and uncle had one when a was just a wee lad

  • Kain Highwind Kain Highwind
    Posted Sep/06/2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Hey, I’ve got a way to make the next 100 episodes better. If you’re going to read people’s comments, try to pick people beyond the same 4 or 5 every single week.

    I watch this show and I can usually guess at least 3 people that you are going to “call on”.

    It gets old.

  • Young-blood Young-blood
    Posted Sep/07/2013 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Favourite Weekly Wringer…

    Considering I have been around for the whole series, but have had long absences throughout, I guess I should divide it into commented/not commented too, then pick a favourite from there…

    But since we’re also still in celebration mode (As the next show will be the Return of the Weekly Wringer), I feel I should use the D6 once more, then let it rest for a while…

    So, firstly, my favourite Weekly Wringer that I did NOT comment on: Sequels that should have been. This is the sort of wringer I would have loved to comment on, but it arrived during one of my absences, and I really regret that.

    Secondly, my favourite Weekly Wringer that I did comment on:
    Favourite Hand-held video game. The topic is just something that appeals to me, and in a moment of indecision, it spawned my signature.

    Now, on to some little extras – not entirely tied to the topic, but I feel compelled to include them: A Scientific d6 roll, to determine my favourite use of the d6 (So far), and a little something else.

    1) # 7 – Favourite Hand-held game – The introduction of the scientific d6, which was pretty much a one-off. Also, Commodore – if you hadn’t given the scientific d6 talk, I probably wouldn’t have used it again. So thank you.

    2) # 18 – Now that’s an app – Probably the most creative I’ve gotten while using the d6, I did a lot of thinking over what I would actually want for this one.

    3) # 39 – Some lasting games – A double d6 roll, memorable to me for hitting on the correct answer (And for sort of getting one over on the Commodore)

    4) # 46 – Living Lo-tech – Not as creative, but it made me have to think more than the app d6, and it was an interesting discussion overall.

    5) #94 – Worst Movies You Own – As I mentioned at the time, I made a thread on the forums based on precisely this, so it was perfect for this, and I just had so much fun narrowing it down to six.

    6) #100 – The 100th episode – Making a short list of my favourite SNES games is enough to make this list on its own, never mind that it was involved with the 100th episode.

    Finally, these are the ACTUAL ANSWERS for all the previous uses of the d6 (And the d4) are listed below (If this sort of “series break” occurs every 100 episodes, I’ll probably do this at the end of each series)

    Favourite Hand Held Game – Fire Emblem 8

    Now that’s an app! – The El Goonish Shive app

    Favourite video game setting – Kiamichi Village (From Okami)

    Some lasting games – Tetris/Poker

    Living Lo-tech – Light Bulbs

    Video-game Registry – Tetris

    Worst movies you own – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

    The 100th episode – A Link to the Past

  • I Feel Asleep I Feel Asleep
    Posted Sep/07/2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I like many others started recently with Weekly Wringer #93: Watching games vs. Playing games… Fight! I would say that was my favorite episode so far, its the one that got me to sign up for an account and start posting after all. I’m looking forward to see the changes and for more questions and answers.

  • Randrox Randrox
    Posted Sep/10/2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I was surprised no one mentioned MegaMan X, TMNT in Time, or Zombie Ate my Neighbors. They defiantly fall pretty high on my list. But I would have to agree Final Fantasy III (6), Chrono Trigger, Link to the Past, & Super Mario World. Are all major contenders. EarthBound was always more of my brothers thing. I did enjoy it. But had more fun with the more serious stuff.

    Also speaking of EarthBound; I Stumbled onto this while goofing around on the net. Thought it might raise an eyebrow.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/30/buy-us-this-earthbound-zero-nes-reproduction-cart/

    http://rosecoloredgaming.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/earthbound-0-has-arrived/

    {????If mentioning reproduction stuff is forbidden just delete the above. I posted this in the forums awhile back but got no replies anywho?????}

    And Donkey Kong Country was great to play. Rented those games quite a-bit back in the day. Don’t know if it would make my top ten list.

    As far as my favorite Weekly Wringer, I am going to have to go back and watch some to jog my memory and to ultimately make a choice.

    Was there one about Kickstarter? I sorta remember something about that, but I might be thinking about some other video I saw elsewhere.

  • patlefort
    Posted Sep/11/2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I can’t answer the question since I am quite new here but I just want to comment about my name. Aside the hilarious attempt at making sense of my name, my name is simply a part of my real name “Pat” followed by “le fort” which means “the strong” in french. It’s a rather silly name which I used for a very long time, I usually only use it as a username but not as a display name.

  • LightningFlavoredPain LightningFlavoredPain
    Posted Sep/24/2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s my first time commenting here, so let me start by saying hello to everyone. I have a lot to say about a particular episode. I hope no one will mind me posting these comment here, even though they are mostly about another episode. I just kind of felt like we could comment on any of our favorites in this case.

    My favorite Weekly Wringer (that I’ve seen) is Episode #99: Gender Roles in Games. I loved the question for that week because it was so challenging. That episode was so thought provoking that I ended up changing my mind twice through out the course of watching it.

    I first considered the question before I watched the show. At first, I thought that occupying a gender is not important in gaming. We are all just people. Games are about game play, not gender. I had in mind action games, as opposed to RPGs. Take for instance Mario 2. I always played as the princess, even though I am a male. Her gender or sex never really entered into my mind; she could fly, that made her cool, and that was it.

    Then, throughout the course of the show I heard some good examples of how gender expectations may influence the effect of a game, especially when there is a story involved. It simply changes the presentation of the game, which can consequently change the experience for some people.

    However, I couldn’t quite let go of my original sentiment: we are all just people and gender isn’t important. I recognized that we can still hold on to that sentiment, or any other perception about gender, even in the face of nearly overwhelming role-dimorphism constructed around body type. (body type = sex) In the mind of any player, it is possible to separate out and ignore ideas about gender roles from ideas about sex. That would be a choice of the gamer. Therefore, a straight male player could empathize with a female character even if that female character is in love with a man. The straight male could just ignore the gender issues, and focus on the love, which one could argue is the driving aspect of the story in the first place. So, yes the embodied gender can matter, especially when it’s designed to matter, but it doesn’t necessarily have to.

    I suppose I am so uncomfortable saying that gender needs to be of any importance because gender roles do not work for me. Even though I am male, and largely prefer women sexually, my personality more closely corresponds to a personality expected of a female. I place an emphasis on empathy, social harmony, and understanding. I’m also very emotional and intuitive. My personality is similar to that of Counselor Troi from TNG. I do not like violence, or sports, or general aggression, and so I never really fit in with the typical male crowd. Yet, I was expected to. My failure to meet that expectation may have caused some negative feelings over the years. It may have even lead to some unnecessary gender dysphoria.

    Yet, I don’t think anyone really needs to feel negative or confused as a result of gender because gender roles don’t need to be assigned in the first place. Gender is just a series of assigned roles coupled with an expectation from society to fulfill those roles. Yet, those roles are assigned, not because they are suited to an individual’s personality, but because of something as arbitrary as the body an individual happens to be born into. Sex doesn’t correspond to personality on a 1:1 basis. Gender roles are unnecessary because they are arbitrary to a degree.

    Imagine a world in which everyone only had two sizes of feet: large and small. Naturally, there would be only two sizes of shoes in this world. In this world, most women are born with small feet and most men are born with large feet. Now, imagine that because most men are born with large feet, ALL men are expected to wear large shoes. That means some men would be expected to wear shoes that don’t fit. That’s pointless, and it’s a similar story with gender. A shoe can be made to fit a foot the same way a role can be made to fit a person. A society with people who are misfits is inefficient and poorly-thought-through, not to mention cruel.

    Let me sum up:

    It’s fair to say that most of us always already mentally embody a gender in games because we have been taught to think along gender-lines in a society in which gender roles are enforced by such means as peer pressure. Yet, that statement should come with some qualifications. First qualification: it doesn’t have to be that way. Perhaps one day in the future society will not put pressure on people to conform to a certain role, simply because they happen to be born into a certain body. Perhaps one day almost everyone will realize it’s arbitrary and oppressive to do that. Second qualification: Always already embodying a character’s gender doesn’t force a player to consider the gender significant. Even in today’s society, there are some for whom gender expectations are almost a non-issue. That’s how I think. When I pop in the original Metroid, I am aware that I’m playing as a female in a more traditionally masculine role. However, I do not think about Samus’ gender much because gender roles are arbitrary to me, especially in a world where anyone can put on a space suit and become incredibly powerful. As the game gets going, Samus is just a person in a space suit to me.

  • Posted Sep/27/2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Gender in video games. I feel like the controversy and polarized opinions are where great discussions happen.

  • Luigi_Is_Jealous
    Posted Sep/28/2013 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    I love episode 100. I’m glad you guys gave Super Metroid a lot of credit. According to Wikipedia, that game only sold a million copies. Compare that to Super Mario World which sold 20.60 million. Yet, Super Metroid is an epic game. Even Aladdin sold more copies that Super Metroid. It’s 1.75 million for Aladdin. Ponder that.

  • SASP86 SASP86
    Posted Oct/22/2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    #32 To stream or to DVD, that is the question. As someone who mostly watched and never commented I have to say this one is my favorite. If not for the way it helped me decide if I was going to keep Netflix or not, the general comments and views that the community brought up. This one is one of the few that weeks after the question/conversation was concluded I still thought of all the different views and reasons everyone had to either keep or get rid of the DVD option or, something I didn’t even consider at the time, get rid of Netflix entirely. Even to this day this episode has some relevance since I decided to keep just the streaming which put it in the top tier of Wringers in my view. A close second would be #5 Power Rangers vs. TMNT because how it brought me back to when I was a kid and loved both

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