Another 10 Underrated Gaming Channels to Check Out in 2017!
Last year, we posted about some underrated YouTube channels. These channels (including Boundary Break and Slopes Game Room) were struggling to get viewers at the time, and so we decided to post a few articles to give ‘em a bit more attention.
And oh boy, did our plan succeed. Indeed, since the last two underrated gaming channels articles were posted, almost every single one on both lists has skyrocketed in popularity! Shesez has watched Boundary Break get to over 180,000 subscribers! Dan has seen Slopes Game Room soar past 41,000. Heck, even the less popular ones like BlueJackG and Source Gaming have seen their YouTube subscriber count explode since being featured!
So with even more great gaming channels struggling to get attention, we’ve decided to make another list.
Here it is. Here are ten more underrated gaming channels that desperately need more views and subscribers!
Starting with an interesting Pokémon channel you may not already know about…
Subscribers: 48,125 (main channel), 3,261 (extra channel)
Well, two YouTube channels anyway. Because while most people on my list tend to stick to a main channel for all their videos, Pikasprey runs two separate channels based on video game obscurities and fan works respectively.
And oh boy are they both worth subscribing to. Why?
Because their content is incredible unique. For example, have you ever wondered whether you could make Pokémon Red and Blue completely unwinnable? Like, to the point the save file is virtually bricked?
Me neither, but Pikasprey provides a really interesting video on the topic none the less, involving a save file where the player has no money, no trainers to fight, no access to any Pokémon with Payday and absolutely no way of entering the Safari Zone to get HM03 and HM04.
Or how about an actual unwinnable battle? Because he’s set up one of those too. Complete with a situation where an underleveled Primate will be stuck using Rage against a continuously healing Dewgong until the end of time (or until he somehow misses the same attack 20 times in a row).
It’s a really fascinating set of videos, and kind of provides a sort of Stryder 7x or Pannenkoek2012 type experience for Pokémon fans.
Which is also something you can probably say about our next choice too…
Because Nermfulness is extremely dedicated to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.
Well, let me illustrate this in one line:
He brought a Lynel all the way into Gerudo Town from the top of a mountain a good few miles away.
I’m not joking:
And it’s not the only example of his… interesting experiments. Oh no, he’s also brought Lynels to stables, the Shrine of Resurrection, Fairy Fountains and Calamity Ganon to mention but a few. It’s like he thought “What’s the the most insane thing I could do?” and realised that transporting Lynels around Hyrule was exactly that.
It’s actually rather intriguing, seeing all the weird places you can bring these terrifying creatures without the game glitching out on you.
But what if you’re a bit bored of Lynels?
Well, that’s no problem either! You can instead watch him steal a sheep from a farm in Hateno Village and lure it off to his house one piece of fruit at a time:
Definitely an interesting channel to watch, especially if you’re fascinated by Breath of the Wild and all the detailed game mechanics it has.
But enough about glitches and video game mechanics for now. Are there any underrated video game music remixers on YouTube?
Certainly, with Loeder being a great example of one. As you may know (thanks to our recent interview), Loeder’s speciality are eight bit covers of modern Nintendo music. Or in other words… he redoes songs from games like Zelda Breath of the Wild, Paper Mario Color Splash and Super Mario Odyssey in the style of a title from the NES era.
And well, he does a damn good job of it too. Just listen to his awesome version of Hyrule Castle from Breath of the Wild:
His redone version of Sand Kingdom from Super Mario Odyssey:
Or his NES style rendition of A Fearsome Foe from Paper Mario Color Splash:
If you need some good examples. So check his videos out, they definitely deserve more views than they’re currently getting.
Which is also something you can say of our next channel as well. Why?
Because it’s possibly one of the most underrated, unknown video game analysis channels on the entire site.
Seriously, watch his video on Wario World’s questionable game over design or game design trends in the 3D Mario titles and tell me he really deserves only 667 subscribers. I mean, these are poorly researched rants or lists. They’re fairly detailed analysis videos about games and series that people often ignored.
Yet for whatever reason, the YouTube machine decided that Mr Rants with a Facecam in the Corner somehow deserves a thousand times more subscribers and views for screaming incoherently while playing Five Nights at Freddy’s. It’s kind of heart breaking really.
Either way, while I don’t agree with all the ideas presented in the videos, they’re definitely something more people should take into consideration, and make the channel well worth checking out.
Which is also something you could say about this channel, for much the same reasons. Because TheZZAZZGlitch is quite literally the Pannenkoek of the Pokémon series. Perhaps even more so that Pikasprey before him.
No joke. He even has his own video talking about parallel universes in Pokémon Red and Blue!
As well as a video talking about completing Pokémon while pressing the A button as few times as possible:
It’s like Mario 64 and Pokémon Red and Blue were designed with eerily similar design philosophies. Or at least analysed by people with similar attitudes towards challenges and speedruns.
But don’t think his channel is purely Pannekoek’s as applied to Pokémon. Oh no, this guy is also a master of arbitrary code execution bugs. Like this one that uses an item in Pokémon to affect a completely different game on the system:
As well as many more interesting videos as well. So if you’re a fan of Pannekoek or Stryder7x and want a slightly less well known alternative… The ZZAZZGlitch is your man. Check out his channel right away!
However, if you’re not as much of a fan of glitches or game mechanics, maybe a few more music covers might cheer you up.
In that case, check out the next channel on our list instead. Because ClefferNotes makes some really, really good covers of modern video game songs. Like this orchestrated version of Hyrule Castle from The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild:
Or his similar attempts at Kass’ theme:
And the paragliding mini game theme from the same game:
All of which are great covers of the original songs. But wait, there’s more here!
Yep. Because while ClefferNotes has become… a little more popular since Breath of the Wild, he’s actually been posting interesting video game music covers for years. He’s taken on songs from The Wind Waker, like
Banjo-Kazooie, like Mad Monster Mansion:
As well as the Super Mario Galaxy series among many others. So if you’re a fan of video game soundtracks and want to hear some nice covers of them, go check out his channel. You’re sure to find at least one you’ll like there!
And while you’re at it, you may as well check out our next inclusion on the list too. Because like ClefferNotes, Vetrom also runs a video game music related channel.
However, his works are remixes, and ones slightly more interesting than the norm. Why?
Because he greatly expands on the songs he remixes.
For instance, just listen to this amazing version of Revali’s theme from Breath of the Wild he posted recently:
It’s genuinely better than the version found in the game, and greatly expands on the song and its core melody.
And don’t worry, it’s not just Zelda remixes either. He’s done versions of Team Skull related songs from Pokémon Sun and Moon:
As well as songs from Earthbound and Undertale:
So regardless of what franchises you like more, you should find something to enjoy on his channel. It’s definitely one to check out if you’re into some slightly music unique video game music remixes.
However, let’s move on from music for now.
Onto a retro games channel that really deserves more attention than it gets. Yes, we’re talking Pug Hoof Gaming, a retro gaming channel that on first glance appears to have everything needed for success. It’s got a pleasant creator with a good voice for the subject. There are informative videos on interesting subjects like the Hadouken in Mega Man X, GoldenEye 007’s DK mode and a Super Scope focused driving game…
Heck, you’ve even got decent production values and unique concepts like the best games for any given month of a certain year. You’d think this channel would be raking in the subscribers and views.
Alas, that’s not the case. After more than two years on YouTube, Pug Hoof Gaming somehow still only has 1291 subscribers. And you know what?
That’s honestly kind of criminal given the great content he puts out. You’ve got kids out there throwing videos together in PowerPoint or screaming into a face cam while playing fad game of the moment and getting more views than this guy. How exactly is this fair?
It really isn’t. However, you’ve got the power to fix it. So give him a subscribe, and reward a decent retro gaming channel that really needs some more views and subscribers!
Talking of retro games, you’ve heard of Super Mario World, right? Yeah, I think we all have by now.
But what you may not have heard of is just how interesting the title is a mechanical level. Oh my god, this game has some… interesting bugs and techniques in it.
And that’s exactly what the next YouTube channel is all about. Put simply, Nathan is Bored is a channel dedicated to trying to break the hell out of Super Mario World in every way possible. Seriously, just look at his 47 video playlist on the game for more on that:
There’s an insane amount of interesting stuff there, including ways to break levels to make them unwinnable and bugs involving doors being opened so many times the level resets back to the start:
It’s another one to add to the list of single game focused ‘experiment’ channels, and one that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re into that kind of thing.
Yeah I know. You’re probably getting a bit of bored of that kind of video now aren’t you? After all, we’ve already mentioned two people that break the hell out of Pokémon and one Breath of the Wild fanatic in this list already.
So our entry on the list will be the last of the set. Yeah, you know this guy by now. It’s Mety333, also known as ‘that YouTube person whose entire career is about doing stupid things in Breath of the Wild’.
Okay, maybe stupid is a little harsh here. Because basically, the guy’s videos exist to answer all those lingering questions of ‘would this actually be possible?’ that you’ve likely got after 30 hours of playing the game. For instance, would it be possible to reach Vah Medoh without going to the Flight Range?
Eh, guess not. But it’s damn impressive he got there in the first place. Same with his attempts at boarding the other Divine Beasts early:
Or his other random bugs and test videos. Oh hey, apparently infinite Magnesis is a thing. As is freely moving around to pose for the Sheikah Slate’s camera.
Admittedly there are things I’m not a fan of there as well. Like how ‘let’s tell a story with in game physics’ seems to be more common than ‘let’s try and break the game with in game physics’ now, and some of the clickbait titles.
But for the most part, it’s a great channel, and with its interesting videos, one every Zelda fan should pay attention to.
Which brings us to our last, and perhaps favourite underrated gaming channel of the lot.
Yep, this one. The Austin School of Game Design. You may have heard of it before, since Mark Brown (of Game Maker’s Toolkit) mentioned it on Twitter a while ago.
But if you haven’t… well, it has some really interesting game design videos there. Like this fascinating multiple part series on the design of the Zelda series:
Seriously, go watch it. It is an amazing look at the series’ game design, and almost stands up there with Boss Keys on the quality front.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough to make it popular. Yep, despite making some of the best Zelda analysis videos of the last few years, this channel stands at a somewhat miserable 221 subscribers. After about a year or so of uploading content.
That’s heart-breaking. What’s more, I honestly worry it’s put the channel creator off posting to YouTube altogether. Why?
Because he hasn’t posted a single video for 4 months now. Those Zelda videos are the only thing he ever posted on this channel. It’s like he put his heart and soul in, realised no one was watching and just gave up.
So come on guys, let’s make this better. Subscribe to the channel, watch and like the videos. Do whatever it takes to make this great series get noticed.
This is not a channel that deserves to languish in obscurity. No way in hell.
And that concludes our list. Did you like it? Do you’ll subscribe to any of the channels mentioned above?
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