Fantastic Neighborhood 39: The WiiU and Console Launch Hubris

While we try to feign interest in the impending WiiU release, Jon manages to stay busy with and Halo 4 and Fred continues to…um…I forget, actually. I should listen to him during the show. Oh yeah! He finished Enslaved, which we spoil for three whole minutes!

We’re marginally excited for Brown Thursday/Black Friday, but the crux of this episode is definitely the extended conversation about console launches of yore. We recount the historic first days of the NES, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, N64, and Playstation 3. Will Nintendo follow in the footsteps of Sega? Or pull off another NES/Wii? All we know is hubris can catch the fuck up with you.

On the brighter (darker) side, Fred finished up Metro 2033 in Game Club. Next week, we watch another movie: Chasing Ghosts – Beyond the Arcade, which is definitely available on Netflix Instant.

We’re also having a bit of a contest. If you can figure out how this week’s musical selections (except our theme) tie to the show’s content, we will award you a copy of one of the three games recently removed from the market. So the first person to respond will get his or her choice of Tatsunoku vs. Capcom, Too Human, or X-Men Destiny. Email your answers to

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  • Savant – “Megaboy – Original Mix”
  • Dead Milkmen – “Bitchin’ Camaro”
  • 2Pac – “I Get Around”
  • Face to Face – “Disconnected”
  • OutKast – “ATLiens”
  • Skream – “Dutch Flowers (Rusko Remix)”

0:00:00 Intro
0:02:41 Consumption Junction
0:14:36 Commence Enslaved Spoilers
0:17:35 End Enslaved Spoilers
0:21:45 Hype Train
0:31:17 Console Launches Through the Ages
1:21:00 Game Club: Metro 2033
1:40:29 Closing Notes

Co-host of the show, video game archivist and historian, UI specialist, and name dropper. Jon Anderson is one of the founding members of Fantastic Neighborhood.