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by James Charlton - July 29, 2015, 8:37 am EDT
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Come listen to JC, Ty, Sairus and special guest Syrenne for non stop Japan game chat.

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Some said it would be impossible, nay, irresponsible to try run a Famicast without the guiding hand of Danny to keep it from bursting into flames. Luckily those people didn't speak very loudly because we did it anyway and the stream only broke once. Only once that we’ll admit to anyway.

With James now back in the host seat he regails us with tales of the much hyped Sonic and Mario Rio 2016 Olympics arcade location tests along with a brief rundown on the Nindies@Home E3 Demos. Ty and Sairus’s discussions/rants on Pokkén Tournament are supplemented by special guest Syrenne McNulty from 4 Corner Games who puts us all to shame by playing and knowing far more about Japanese Nintendo games than the rest of us, despite being based in the US. She covers the classic genres of lawyer games and underwear photography simulators all while discussing the differences and difficulties in how companies present written Japanese in their games.

Nintendo’s Japanese releases were remarkably light this week, but we still hurl some tomatoes at the Debut of Daigasso Band Brothers P’s pseudo re-release before a full rundown on this week’s sales charts. Spoiler: Xbox is not doing great.

Finally, during the horrifyingly named ‘Japanews’ section we discuss some upcoming additions to Splatoon, Nintendo’s uncanny ability to mess up Amiibo releases with apparent shortages on Happy Home Designer cards and the terrifying revelation that someone on the podcast might actually buy the game.

As previous listeners are aware, last week’s show was recorded just before, but released immediately after the unexpected passing of Satoru Iwata and so we never had the chance to touch on it. The ins and outs of Iwata-san’s life has been discussed in extreme detail over the last weeks elsewhere, but we still wanted to weigh in with a short set of comments about a man who left such a lasting impact on the face of modern gaming.

This podcast was edited by James Charlton.

Music for this episode of The Famicast is used with permission from 8 Bit Weapon. You can purchase their music and shirts from their website 8bitweapon.com

Additional music for this episode of The Famicast is copyrighted to Nintendo, and is included under fair use protection.

The artwork for the show was designed by Tony Losoya, follow him on Twitter @Tony_Losoya


famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)July 30, 2015

Radio Trivia: Famicast Edition!

Can you guess the game or level/world the tracks are from?

1 - Lucky House - Super Mario 3D World
2 - POKKEN Japan trailer
3 - SUMOLOVE- (Rhythm Heaven- The Best Plus)
4 - Super Mario World - Swimming (News)
5 - Super Smash Bros Melee Remix - By Johammad
6 - Nitroplus Blasters Opening
7 - Super Star Invincibility Theme - Mario Strikers Charged Football
8 - Ghostbusters (NES) Theme
9 - Youkai Taisou Daiichi!
10 - Fountain of Dreams (Melee) - Super Smash Bros Brawl
11 - Balloon Trip - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Good luck and enjoy the episode!

Questions & comments would be appreciated!

*Which game did you like hearing about?
*Which music track did you like best?
*Which game did we miss and you want to hear about in episode 62?
*Is there an aspect of Japanese culture (gaming or otherwise) you'd like to hear talked about?

Sound off in the talkback thread below, or send us an email to famicast@nintendoworldreport.com and we'll tackle them on the next episode!

OedoAugust 01, 2015

Dude, Sairus, Suicune is obviously an ice leopard, not an "ice dog guy." Gosh.

James, as someone who watches competitive Smash semi-regularly, I can say without hesitation that Melee is still by far the more fun game to watch. It does look like butt by modern standards for sure, but it's still considerably more fast-paced, nuanced, and entertaining than Smash 4. I think competitive Smash 4 will stand the test of time insofar as it won't get abandoned within months like Brawl did, but it's not going to be like Melee where people are still showing up in droves to play it a decade from now. You'll also be saddened to know that the number of entrants at EVO for Melee was actually a record this year (the previous record was also set in 2015 at Apex), so the competitive scene is actually continuing to grow for that game despite it being almost 15 years old. It's going to be around for a while yet.

Not only is camping the ledge a sound tactical move for a Puff player, Fox players have their own version of it where they stand on one side of the stage and just spam lasers. But because they're getting damage and "OOOOOOO SHINY LAZERZ" the scrubs are perfectly fine with this, even though it's pretty much as boring as camping the ledge.

I'm surprised to hear that Yu Darvish got that kind of treatment from some people. When he was posted by his NPB team and coming over to MLB, a lot was made about how much of a superstar and celebrity he was in Japan. It's sad to think that some people in his homeland would diminish his accomplishments because he isn't 100% Japanese, cuz he's an amazing pitcher. He was dominant from day one here and pitched himself into being considered top five before going down with an injury last season, so I can only imagine what kind of accomplishments he had in Japan.

7-Eleven themed Gundams. Like the live action Dragon Ball Z movie, I'm going to pretend like that doesn't exist.


*Which game did you like hearing about?

Ty talking about Nitroplus Blasterz led me to Saya no Uta, which led me to the Wikipedia page, which led me to the plot, which led me to shaking my head and laughing. Simultaneously awesome and nonsensical shit like that is always appreciated.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)August 02, 2015

Thanks for the amazing feedback!

First things first, Sairus's inaccurate Pokemon description has put him in line for immediate firing, no worries about that.

The Smash thing is interesting, because I'm happy to see SF2 played on a CRT TV, but for some reason Melee looks so bad captured on YouTube videos, maybe it's because it's a polygon based game, or maybe it's that Smash hasn't changed much in its graphic style, just its resolution, so I prefer watching Smash4 these days. Its nothing to do with the quality of play, I'm not a competitive player, Sheik and Fox dashing around on a blurry purple background exchanging short jump-kicks doesn't interest me any day of the week.

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusAugust 03, 2015

If only the Wii U could run GameCube games like Melee natively in 16:9...

Well, it CAN, Nintendo just needs to throw the switch, or everyone needs to mod their Wii Us. And then maybe those poor tournament organizers can stop getting hernias from hauling around CRTs everywhere.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)August 07, 2015

It is a crime that GameCube games are not on sale on the eShop, especially now there's an official friggin controller adaptor!

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