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The first episode of Replay aired on January 27, 2010. We haven't missed a Saturday since then. It didn't take us long to realize we wanted to play some games longer than the typical 20 to 30 minutes allotted to each Replay segment. Game Informer senior associate editor Dan Ryckert pitched me on the idea of playing the entirety of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I scoffed at the idea at first, but he said he knew the game inside and out and would be able to finish in five or six hour-long episodes.
I was hesitant. Balancing the hours that go into creating content for the magazine and website is a tricky thing. Freeing up several people to record a video for an hour, not to mention edit it and get it ready for airing, was a challenge. Dan pressed on with his pitch, and we agreed to record the first episode on the day we shipped a magazine to our printer. That's one of the few days here where there isn't much to write, and most people are busy planning out potential stories for the next issue.
Given the time investment it takes to create a Super Replay episode, I limited Dan to just one guest. He picked Tim Turi for the first episode. After it was recorded, Dan ran into my office (actually running) and said it turned out fantastic. He was ecstatic. I wasn't originally going to sit in on the second episode, but I wanted to see what the experience was like before we devoted another three to four hours to the project. I made a joke in the first episode about being in a good mood for the first time in two years, the amount of time I had been trying to get some kind of video show on Game Informer's website. Replay became that show, and Super Replay became a great extension of it.
Dan came up with the name Super Replay, telling me he would make a logo for it. Little did I know he would just cut the Super off of the Super Mario Kart logo and paste it on top of the Replay logo. It looked horrible, but was also a good fit for the direction we wanted to take Replay in.
His initial pitch was that Super Replay would be reserved for only the greatest games of all time. Huge names like Zelda, Mario, and Resident Evil wouldn't be given justice with a 30-minute standard episode. While we kept to that idea for several installments, our criteria for Super Replay candidates changed when we discovered Overblood during a Replay Roulette segment. We even threw around ideas to brand it differently, with names like Super Deplay and Super S---play, but instead decided to loosen up the restrictions on what Super Replay meant.
Following the recording of the second episode, Dan and I went to Curtis Fung, Game Informer's senior production manager, to create a video intro for the Zelda Super Replay. Dan and I asked Curtis to flash clips of some of the greatest games of all time. When we saw the final product, days prior to release, it featured gameplay from Superman 64, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and other horrible titles. Dan had to go back to Curtis with a USB drive filled with good games.
From that day forward, Super Replay became a staple in Game Informer's yearly video schedule, and is the favorite part of my job now. We joke all the time in Replay episodes that a particular game would make a "great Super Replay," even though it would be impossible to follow through with each of these statements. We genuinely wish we had time to record them all.
Over the last month, I've received numerous letters from viewers asking us to record Super Replays for games like Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, and The Punisher. I've also read requests for games we've already done, like Link to the Past, and Resident Evil 2. While we have a hub that hosts every Replay and Super Replay episode ever, picking out the Super Replays can be a time-consuming endeavor.
I hope the list below serves as a handy one-stop guide to our Super Replay show. We'll update it in the future as new games join the Super Replay ranks. Thanks again for watching the show. We have plenty more Super Replays lined up.
Super ReplayBlue StingerCyberiaDynamite CopThe Legend of ZeldaThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastGaleriansHalf-LifeLuigi's MansionMega Man LegendsMega Man Legends 2Ninja GaidenOverbloodOverblood 2Resident Evil 2Super Mario Bros. 3Super MetroidTail of the SunTraptYoshi's Island
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But seriously, Metal Gear Solid was due not long after Half-Life if not before it. Thanks for the best show on the web.
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I have to go with Tail of the Sun as my favorite. It was great to see them discovering things (like the hands, and that weird leg creature), and the dramatic Hagrid/Rick (with a K) Flair. Cyberia is a VERY close second. That game's awfulness just brought so much hilarity. The first Overblood takes my third place. The sad thing is that since I've watched all of these, I've spent more than 3 days watching this...
Excellent update on Replay and Super Replay history!
So many good Super Replays; Tail of the Sun, Overblood, even Zelda(with Reiners "bomb the wrong spot guide"). I'd love to see a Call of Cthulu Dark Corners of the Earth Super Replay. Keep up the great gaming!
replay is a wonderful segment, but my hands down favorite part of this website is super replay; it's brilliant and the cast you have is top notch. I love it and can't get enough super replay.
Replay & Super Replay is my favorite part of the site and I read and watch everything on here. Recently, I added up how long I've spent watching every video and laughing along with you guys...it was awesomely embarrassing! Thanks to Dan for persisting and to Reiner for greenlighting, and thanks to all the guests who have made those segments such an absolute delight over the years. You guys ROCK! So much so that I feel like i'm cheating when I go to other sights for different opinions! Keep up the FANTASTIC work!
I love watching Replays. My boyfriend and I will watch them separately while on the phone, and laugh at all the ridiculous comments the editors make. This is by far my favorite part of Game Informer. Great job guys!
It's always interesting to see the steps taken for a new project like that. What an interesting read, and I, among (as Mankind would say) 100s of fans, look forward to each Replay and Super Replay you guys dish out. Always good laughs and hilarious moments. Keep up the great work. I enjoy watching them as many others do.
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hm, i though there were more.
I can honestly say that the video features have without a doubt become my favorite part of the website over all the years I've been here. The Replays, Test Chambers and GI Live's are great.
I've seen all the Super Replays - some I've even watched multiple times... Overblood, Overblood 2, Tail of the Sun, Galerians... I still find funny stuff I didn't catch the first time or two.
I usually spend several hours each weekend gaming myself. I'll throw the laptop on the table next to my recliner and start playing a random episode on the playlist to play in the background. Good stuff.
I don't care what other games you do, nothing will ever top "PEEEEPOOOOOOOO!" That, and Rik Flair's horrific drowning.
I started watching Replay about a month after it started. I didn't really know what it was about, but I started with the Mortal Kombat Mythologies one because I remembered that game being horrible and wondered how the GI staff would play it. I was instantly hooked and laughing right along with everyone else at how horrible that game was and still is. I love both replay and super replay and can't wait to see what's lined up for the future.
Replay and Super Replay are why I started buying GI magazine
more than any other show out there, i am always keen on seeing the fresh episode of replay (or super replay). thank you so much for creating this series.
Awesome memories! I look forward to watching Replay every saturday and squeal with joy when discovering a new Super Replay posted on the front page. I've never missed an episode and never will for however long you guys keep it going.
Thank you for making such an awesome show, its certainly become one of my favorites of all time!
I have been obsessed with Replay ever since one fateful winter when I was first introduced to hilarity of Overblood. Every time a new Super shows up I know that it will be a good day. Keep up the good work GI! I love you! (In the way that a weinerless man loves a robot with one green eye.)
I don't see Crystal's Pony Tail on this list. For shame!