Well as 2017 snatches away yet another musical legend, we hope to fill a tiny part of the audio void with the latest episode of Random Encounters. Worry not fair humans, 2016’s reign of terror is almost at an end.

With that in mind, we’re looking forward to 2017 by naming off five each of our most anticipated games of the year to come. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildResident Evil 7, and Mass Effect Andromeda are among the entries, along with half a dozen others.

But first, we open up with some of that feel good nostalgia as both of your fine hosts have been digging into the classics. If you’re a fan of The Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy, you’ll surely find some interest in our opening chatter about Final Fantasy VII, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. How have they aged since their 90’s heydays? For our thoughts on all of that and more, tune on in.


Mysterious Woods Remix by OCR (Link’s Awakening)
Metal Gear Solid Alert Sound
Final Fantasy VII Victory Fanfare

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Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about pop culture. Through some miracle he’s still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there’s hope for him, there’s hope for everyone. He’s the managing Games editor for Goomba Stomp, and the creator of the weekly Buffyversed column.

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  • Unnatural as agreeing with John on anything Nintendo-related feels, I think I’m with him about being more excited for the new Switch Mario game than Breath of the Wild. Unless they reveal that Mario’s fire flower overalls will rip and need to occasionally be resewn, or that cooking mushroom casseroles for dinner is the only way to regain health.

  • Mike Worby

    Hahah, indeed, a new Mario game is always cause for celebration but Mario is always third in the big three for me.