The Best Episodes of The Angry Video Game Nerd

Last Updated: Nov 9, 2018

The titular Nerd character is an ill-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic. He derives comic appeal from excessive and inventive use of profanity, frequent displays of explicit gestures, and heavy consumption of beer, particularly Rolling Rock or Yuengling, to "soothe the pain". A particular characteristic is his favorable comparison of extremely repulsive and painful, usually firmly scatological, acts to playing the games he reviews. Varying amounts of physical comedy are mixed into the verbal abuse.

NES Accessories

#1 - NES Accessories

Season 3 - Episode 8

The Nerd has had some epic videos lately. In some what of a follow up to his insane battle with the devil in SMB3, he takes a look at all that crap you bought to play your NES games with.

star 9.05
20 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
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Nintendo Power

#2 - Nintendo Power

Season 2 - Episode 16

One of the greatest magazines in history, the Nerd revisits his memories of Nintendo's paper propaganda.

star 9.00
16 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
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The Making of an Angry Video Game Nerd Episode

#3 - The Making of an Angry Video Game Nerd Episode

Season 6 - Episode 5

Follow the Nerd as he makes an episode from start to finish!

star 9.00
12 votes
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Spielberg Games

#4 - Spielberg Games

Season 6 - Episode 4

The Nerd begins an epic journey through the world of games based on Spielberg films!

star 8.85
13 votes
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Plumbers Don't Wear Ties

#5 - Plumbers Don't Wear Ties

Season 4 - Episode 12

Possibly the most hilariously bad game ever.

star 8.78
18 votes
Directors: James Rolfe
Writers: James Rolfe
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Castlevania - Part 4

#6 - Castlevania - Part 4

Season 4 - Episode 20

The Nerd was on the wrong console all along.

star 8.74
15 votes
Directors: James Rolfe
Writers: James Rolfe
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The Wizard and Super Mario Bros. 3

#7 - The Wizard and Super Mario Bros. 3

Season 3 - Episode 7

How can The Nerd find something wrong with the greatest NES game of all-time? If you dig a little deeper you would have seen it all along.

star 8.64
14 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
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Star Wars

#8 - Star Wars

Season 6 - Episode 2

The Nerd has a bad feeling about this!

star 8.62
13 votes
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Atari Jaguar - Part 2

#9 - Atari Jaguar - Part 2

Season 4 - Episode 4

It's time to play some games and feel the wrath of the Jag!

star 8.59
17 votes
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Battletoads

#10 - Battletoads

Season 3 - Episode 16

One of the best games in the NES library, Battletoads had only one major flaw... but don't tell Corey that.

star 8.55
20 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
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EarthBound

#11 - EarthBound

Season 13 - Episode 1

This video has been in the works since last October (2017), when I first started the playing Earthbound on the mini SNES Classic. It wasn’t originally meant to be an AVGN episode. It was for myself. I never played much of Earthbound before, but it’s a game that always appealed to me. Yes, even when I saw the ads in Nintendo Power. The only reason I never played it much was because I was too busy with Final Fantasy 3 (6) and Chrono Trigger. SNES has so many amazing masterpieces, it’s almost impossible to play them all. But after more than 20 years, I owed it to myself to complete Earthbound. The gameplay took me 45 and a half hours. After recording it all, I decided to put all those hours to good use, and make a video. At first, I didn’t think it would be an AVGN episode, but more of a casual “James review”. But I realized there were plenty of wacky moments in the game that the Nerd could react to. If you’re wondering about the characters’ names such as “Milly” and “Lilly”, my 4 year old daughter named them. To write the script, I had to search through 45+ hours of game footage, to confirm and describe accurately all the moments that I wanted to comment on. Then came a bunch of researching facts, and developing my own personal theories. It turned out, I had a ton to say. It became the longest single-part AVGN episode, by total accident (running nearly 40 minutes). On top of that, I couldn’t resist adding a dream scene with laborious green screen effects. In total, counting gameplay, writing, shooting, editing, the entire video took 137.5 hours to finish, making it the 2nd most time-consuming AVGN episode to date. (Episode 139: Mega Man still barely holds the record at 138.5 hours). Ironically Earthbound was meant to be a break for myself, but it turned into a major task, as all my other projects screeched to a halt. I had fun with this video and am happy with it, but now that it’s finally done, I hope to get back to my personal long-term projects such as a film and a book I am trying to write. But I will always be jumping back and forth with AVGN episodes. I’m always trying to keep those coming. -James

star 8.54
13 votes
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Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing

#12 - Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing

Season 9 - Episode 1

star 8.53
15 votes
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Batman Part II

#13 - Batman Part II

Season 3 - Episode 14

What will happen to the BatNerd? Will the Joker have his way?

star 8.53
17 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
CD-i Part III

#14 - CD-i Part III

Season 3 - Episode 22

Thankfully the final look at the CDi, we can finally put this travesty to rest.

star 8.53
17 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
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Game Glitches

#15 - Game Glitches

Season 5 - Episode 8

The Nerd grapples with the Game Graphic Glitch Graemlin.

star 8.51
16 votes
Directors: James Rolfe
Writers: James Rolfe
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Ninja Gaiden

#16 - Ninja Gaiden

Season 5 - Episode 3

The Nerd tries to beat one of the most difficult games in existence!

star 8.48
19 votes
Directors: James Rolfe
Writers: James Rolfe
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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

#17 - Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Season 4 - Episode 1

This game contains one of the most awesome things The Nerd has ever seen.

star 8.48
17 votes
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Cheetahmen

#18 - Cheetahmen

Season 5 - Episode 7

The Nerd examines the final game from Action 52's lineup: Cheetahmen--and more.

star 8.43
19 votes
Directors: James Rolfe
Writers: James Rolfe
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LJN Video Art

#19 - LJN Video Art

Season 9 - Episode 16

On the 12th Day of SHITSmas, AVGN fans gave to me... the LJN Video Art!?! Noooo!!!

star 8.42
12 votes
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An Angry Nerd Christmas Carol: Part 2

#20 - An Angry Nerd Christmas Carol: Part 2

Season 2 - Episode 22

The chilling conclusion to The Nerd's Christmas adventure. Will he have a happy holiday season after visits from his past, present and future?

star 8.42
12 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
Sega 32X

#21 - Sega 32X

Season 2 - Episode 9

Yet another add-on to the Genesis that tried to extend its life but ultimately just helped pull the plug.

star 8.41
17 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
Batman Part I

#22 - Batman Part I

Season 3 - Episode 13

The Dark Knight is gonna get his ass kicked...

star 8.40
15 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
Atari Jaguar - Part 1

#23 - Atari Jaguar - Part 1

Season 4 - Episode 3

Are you ready to get jagged?

star 8.40
20 votes
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Ghostbusters: Follow-Up

#24 - Ghostbusters: Follow-Up

Season 2 - Episode 5

He just couldn't get over how bad it was. In part two of his 'busters trilogy, The Nerd takes a look at some other console incarnations of this craptastic movie to game adaption.

star 8.38
21 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
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Sega CD

#25 - Sega CD

Season 2 - Episode 8

Wow! It's like playing a movie... except all the movies are really, really bad. Complete with full length Nerd intro.

star 8.37
16 votes
Directors: James D. Rolfe
Writers: James D. Rolfe
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