Episode 112

The Indoor Kids

The Nintendo Hodgepodge…

The Indoor Kids #113: The Nintendo Hodgepodge Episode!

This week, our guest Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario, ran a bit late, so you are treated to Kumail and Emily just hanging out and discussing video games and movies and Harry Potter centaurs. Then, Jeff joins us for a discussion about the history of Nintendo and what it needs to do in the future; and, finally, we have a fun chat with Matthew Burnside backstage at The Meltdown, catching up on gaming news. Enjoy this hodgepodge of an episode.


Saint’s Row 4, GTA V, Papers Please, Plants vs Zombies 2, Halo, Ball, more Mario than you can handle, Donkey Kong, Gyromite,  Ninja Turtles, Sonic


The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The Wizard, Mario Bros.


Harry Potter, John Dies at the End, Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America, Generation Xbox


Kroll Show, SNL, Adventure Time, Doctor Who


NIN, dubstep

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  • You guys should check out YOU’RE NEXT. It’s like this year’s CABIN IN THE WOODS and, like THE WORLD’S END, it’s not doing all that great at the box office. But it’s fun as hell and does some great stuff with horror film tropes.

  • Enjoyed hearing you guys talk about The World’s End. I wish you did that type of thing more often. Or even a new 30 minute nerdist site podcast, Emily and Kumail Saw a Movie

  • Dubstep is shit. It’s not music in my opinion, this coming from someone is with 10 years of classical cello training. Moving on, The World’s End is one of the best movie I’ve seen in theater next to Pacific Rim. I didn’t like Shaun of the Dead that much it’s good, not a zombie fan. Once a zombie is on screen I instantly lose interest same with elves, orcs, and anything fantasy unless it’s a video game.

  • Not trying to be “that guy” but i am pretty sure that the SNES version of street fighter 2 was the superior one. First off, the SNES had 6 buttons (which i think was referenced when mentioning the shoulder buttons) and the Genesis only had 3 (you pressed start to change the punch to kick).

    Second, the SNES had better sound chip, and more colors.

    Regardless, i rather like the discussion with this guy. He was very informative & interesting. You guys are like the NPR of gaming podcast ;) Thoughtful, and educational, but still entertaining. To me, thats a good thing !

  • Loved this episode, really interesting to hear about the history of Nintendo. I’m still not sold on Saint’s Row though – I like a bit of winking in a game (like Borderlands 2) but Saint’s Row seems to be winking so hard half it’s face has folded over – I just can’t take it seriously enough to care! Plus all the guns and superpowers seem to make it very easy. I prefer GTA cause it’s fun but also rooted in a bit of realism.

  • Why did Emily say that the full version of Papers Please isn’t out yet? You can buy the full version right now on their website for $10. It’s incredible.

    FYI Emily if you read this, the full game has 31 in game days, so don’t give up if you get an ending before that.

  • Man, I’m so bummed that I found The Indoor Kids so late. I would have told you kids to play the Saints Row series on LAN–there was no reason for you to get a second Live account.

    All the Saints Row (I never played #1) have LAN/online two-player and they’re fantastic. My favorite is #2 because of the sheer number of fun stuff to do, but #3 is probably just as good, only shinier.