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Podcast Discussion / Episode 403: Je Te Plumerai le Text
« on: October 26, 2014, 05:16:00 AM »

Sorry, the Box Hunter is out this week. Instead, a friendly tiger joins our circus!

Anyone hoping for a tribute to the worst episode ever is going to be disappointed this week, but listeners hoping for a ton of exciting Nintendo discussion are in for a Halloween treat! Our special guest is Josh Hillyer, who you might know from Back in My Play and a recent guest spot on Player One Podcast. His specialized knowledge includes the "Bodda Getta" cheer.

New Business kicks off (HEY!) with the brand new 3DS game, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. Jonny has been very critical of previous games in this series, but WayForward's latest adventure is a major improvement and certainly one of the year's best 3DS games. Josh goes next with his thoughts on another contender for the playoffs, Smash Bros. for 3DS. It's an interesting week to reflect on this game in light of Nintendo finally revealing the Wii U version, but more on that later. Guillaume takes one for the team by digging up Wii Music -- did we judge it too harshly in 2008? ...maybe not. JON LINDEMANN UNWRAPS, INSTALLS, AND PLAYS SKYRIM. This potentially relates to the next Zelda game, but it's also an important milestone in his personal journey. Finally, we punt back to Josh for his recommendation of Kirby Triple Deluxe, the overlooked platformer from earlier this year.

After making a few adjustments, we're back in action to run down the highlights from Nintendo's latest (last?) Smash Bros. Direct. In a video rolling off more than 50 new facts about the game, quite a few were big surprises. Our main purpose here is to set hype levels for the upcoming Wii U version, and it's clear that Nintendo has shifted the momentum. The podcast finishes strong with a fun, philosophical debate on the concept of "artistic intent" in video games, inspired by Patrick Klepek's recent article about The Evil Within's unusual aspect ratio. Though we may disagree in the end, we'd all give two bits, four bits, six bits, even a whole dollar to hear more critical discussion about games as art, especially with all the recent, unsportsmanlike conduct surrounding video games.

We ran out the clock before getting to Listener Mail, but there's always next time. Show your podcast spirit by sending in a great question or topic! Also, you can join the booster club for sick kids by donating early to Child's Play as we mentally prepare for the 5th Annual NWR Charity Telethon on Saturday, November 8! Finally, you should go for the extra points by reading Josh Hillyer's short novel Train of Thought on Amazon and flying down the field to his games writing company, Bonus Star Consulting.

TalkBack / Re: How We Think Smash Bros. 3DS Should Be Updated
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:15:45 AM »
My list is completely different.

- More Options: The list of settings is smaller than even Melee. Custom item frequency is a omission that many players have noted. I would also like to have a pure random stage selection that lets me just skip that screen and get into fighting. Also, there needs to be a way to save your settings as a new default. It doesn't make sense that I would need to change Stock from 2 to 3 every time I go into the main Smash mode.

- Smash Run Tweaks: The final match rules should be announced before the 5-minute period, not after, so players can strategically decide where to go and what upgrades to prioritize. You should be able to choose a spawn point, both at the start and when you die. This mode also needs a better explanation of what the pick-ups do, and you should be able to choose the default touch screen display (map vs. stats).

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 402: Witch Time Zones
« on: October 21, 2014, 10:01:32 AM »
That's what he gets for trying to lead off with a friggin' cell phone game.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 402: Witch Time Zones
« on: October 19, 2014, 03:46:22 AM »

Craig Harris joins us for impressions of Bayonetta 2, memories of unreleased games, and much more!

It's always too bad when one of the RFN crew has to miss a show (in this case, Guillaume), but having access to fantastic guests like Craig Harris makes it better. Many of you will know Craig from his long tenure at IGN, where he covered Nintendo and especially handhelds like Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. He has since moved on to companies like Sega and Electronic Arts, and we managed to catch him in the gap before his next big career move.

This week's New Business features an interesting batch of games, as James leads us through the convincing Bayonetta 2 demo and also tries Level 5's Layton Bros. (no relation?) for iOS and Android devices. Craig follows with his thoughts on Smash Bros. 3DS and a hot new game that's close to his heart -- Alien Isolation! Jonny continues the seasonal theme with Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (now visible on Wii U's Virtual Console) and creepy pixel-based game Lone Survivor, now available on Wii U's eShop.

We had to skip Lindy in the first segment due to computer problems, but he pops in after the break to help us with Listener Mail. The first question about unreleased games (inspired by the recently exposed Rogue Squadron Trilogy) is perfect for a guy with Craig's experience -- he's played tons of them! We also revisit the fun topic of radically different sequels, as well as the best time to buy a console. Please keep sending your great questions and comments through our convenient email form.

In case you missed the recent announcement, RFN Powered Off is now available! This PDF magazine is all new content written by Nick Bray, Karl Castaneda, and the entire current podcast crew. Plus, it's all wrapped into a goofy 90s-style design with a matching cover design by our own Andrew Brown. This special project closes out our celebration of Episode 400 and is entirely free to download and enjoy, so please do check it out!

We were talking to an app developer about that a few years ago, but the discussion never got very far. I ain't opposed, but are those apps really useful to anyone?


It's the magazine people.

Download Nintendo World Report: Powered Off - Radio Free Nintendo Special

To help celebrate the milestone of Radio Free Nintendo reaching 400 podcast episodes, NWR: Powered Off returns with a special one-off issue featuring all 100% original material.

The issue covers the thoughts and feelings of the podcast hosts, Jonathan Metts, James Jones, Jon Lindemann and Guillaume Veillette. Not to mention some additions from a certain pirate named Karl.

Some of the content you can look forward to reading includes a guide on how to write the Now Playing segment, thoughts on what this milestone means to the crew, the secret to editing and how to succeed in podcasting without really trying.

The aim for this issue was to offer some insight along with a healthy dose of fun. So sit down in a comfy chair and delve into this special issue.


TalkBack / Re: Beginnings of a Web-Based eShop Discovered
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:22:06 PM »
I'm glad to see they are finally delivering on this promise. Hopefully, it will lead to a faster version on 3DS (that thing takes quite a long time to come up, even on the new hardware). Wii U handles it much better.

TalkBack / Re: Bayonetta 2 Review (NA)
« on: October 13, 2014, 07:58:41 AM »
That was a typo, probably caused by spell-checking. Fixed now!

Podcast Discussion / Episode 401: Themesters
« on: October 12, 2014, 06:17:50 AM »

It's time to get back to normal, and that includes Smash Bros, system updates, and Listener Mail.

We're back in our own chairs and ready for the next chapter in Radio Free Nintendo! This hefty new episode contains everything you want -- New Business, Now Playing, a discussion of recent news items, and Listener Mail. It's all tied together with the brand new, RFN-exclusive theme song "Men of Leisure" that debuted last week. (See credits below for more info!)

Jonny leads off with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, and he even got to enjoy some online matches with our friend TYP. The host also tries a short but imminently affordable eShop puzzle game, Blok Drop U. Next up is Guillaume, who downloaded the rarely played (but thoroughly mediocre) Castlevania: Dracula X from Super Nintendo, just released on Virtual Console. He also watched the animated movie Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, last mentioned on RFN quite a while ago but now available to watch cheaply via Amazon. Lindy has a surprise -- he's been playing ZombiU! And he finally got his own copy of Shovel Knight, even discovering the game's "soul" in the process. James goes last with a final report on Persona 4 and additional thoughts on the gloriously wacky Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Following the break, we catch up on several recent news stories, including fresh release dates for Captain Toad and Smash Bros. on Wii U, the likely reason for an early New 3DS launch in Australia and New Zealand, and system updates for both of Nintendo's platforms. Then it's time for our first batch of Listener Mail in some weeks. Topics include the GamePad's TV button, our triggers for a New 3DS upgrade, the state of Kingdom Hearts, and outrage over an excessively limited edition of Hyrule Warriors. As always, we would love to hear from you, so please keep sending those emails!

If you haven't already, be sure to visit and subscribe to the brand new NWR TV channel over on YouTube, where you'll find the complete archive of RFN 400 videos and much more to come. Also, Karl just revealed initial details and the tentative lineup for our 5th Annual NWR Live Telethon for Child's Play, so mark your calendar and start getting excited, because this event is always magical. Finally, be on the lookout for a special revival of the Powered Off digital magazine -- this bonus issue is entirely devoted to Radio Free Nintendo and is full of original content written by the podcast crew! (We'll add a link here as soon as it's available.)

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 153: In Memory of Michael Jackson
« on: October 12, 2014, 11:07:46 AM »

Yes you need to play Blaster Master, and you also need to learn how to say its name.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo World Report TV Coming to Your YouTube
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:33:18 PM »
The channel already has a couple dozen videos of the RFN crew playing together. That alone is worth a subscription!

TalkBack / Re: 12 Minutes of Castlevania: Circle of the Moon VC
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:31:12 PM »
It looks so vibrant! I haven't played this one since 2001 but the improved contrast may be enough to send me back. Still, Aria of Sorrow is on the way later this month, and that is a far superior game.

Looks hot, but I'm with JP on this one -- it's been quite a while since Renegade Kid actually finished a project. So it's hard to get really excited for yet another promising game that we may get to play, at some point, hopefully.

Where the heck is Moon Chronicles Episode 2, by the way? When you release the first episode at a relatively high price for the content within, based on a promise of future episodes being cheaper, and then don't say a word about those later episodes, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence among your potential customers.

TalkBack / Re: NWR Castlevania Month: Dracula X
« on: October 08, 2014, 12:26:20 PM »
Rondo is a far, far better game than Dracula X. I can't recommend the latter unless you're some kind of series completionist.

I will not buy something like this for just one game. They still have an opportunity to patch in wider support, but I have to wait until then (if ever).

TalkBack / Re: NWR Castlevania Month: Dracula X
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:15:07 PM »
Rondo Rondo Rondo. Get it on Wii Virtual Console (can be played on Wii U via Wii Mode).

Podcast Discussion / RFN 400: The Highlights
« on: October 06, 2014, 07:53:00 AM »

Here are the podcast highlights from our first 400 episodes, as chosen by listeners! Update: Greatly improved audio quality for the AAC/M4A version of this episode!

Update: The enhanced AAC/M4A version of this episode was originally exported at much lower quality (by accident). We have now fixed the file, and you can get the correct version from the direct download link above, or by deleting and re-downloading this episode in your podcast feed application, if subscribed.

One of the reward tiers for our RFN 400 funding campaign offered generous donors a chance to pick their favorite moment and have it showcased on the anniversary podcast. We're just a bit late on bringing the highlight reel to you, but its contents won't disappoint. Listeners picked out some of the funniest, most embarrassing, most prescient, and most emotional highlights from the past eight years of Radio Free Nintendo. This compilation even includes not one, but two shameful musical performances!

Thank you again to all our donors and listeners for making RFN 400 so very special. We hope you enjoy this look back, as we prepare to move forward with brand new episodes coming very soon! As always, you can help fill those with great discussion by sending an email to the show.

TalkBack / Re: RFN 400: Every Video Stream (with Audio Commentary)
« on: October 01, 2014, 06:45:42 PM »
Yes, these are in the order that they were streamed (or that was my goal, at least).

I've heard the feedback on low volume for RFN 400. It does seem to be quieter than usual, and I blame that on the default gain of the studio tracks and my hardcore earplug-style headphones being used during editing.

I'll consider remixing the files to be louder by default, if we get a few more complaints. (Many people have responded to the episode with no mention of it, so I'm hesitant to go through the long process of fixing and re-uploading.) Until then, you may want to check the volume limiter feature on your music player -- this is typically used to protect people's hearing from bad headphones. Also, try using better headphones that block out external sounds.

TalkBack / RFN 400: Every Video Stream (with Audio Commentary)
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:43:00 AM »

Here's a handy collection of all the streams from our special weekend. Includes games from NES to Wii U and everything between!

One of the best things about our recent Radio Free Nintendo 400th episode weekend is that we got to play a lot of games together, in person. Even better, we were able to share that experience with podcast fans through the magic of live streaming, and of course everything was archived to YouTube. You'll find all of the weekend's stream archives below, in one convenient location. These videos cover everything from recent Wii U games to NES classics and several kusoge ("**** games") that James selected for donors.

The setup was different than for most video game streams you might have seen before. We used the El Gato HD capture unit and Guillaume's laptop to stream directly from Jonny's living room, so you'll see these games just as we did on the television. We also connected a wide-area microphone via USB, so every game has live audio commentary from the whole group. It's a lot like listening to the podcast, except you also get video feed of the games we're talking about. There's even a Wii U video call with RFN alumnus Greg Leahy and our friend from Connectivity, Daan Koopman! (To watch any video in full screen, just click the lower-right corner's "YouTube" button to open a new window and proceed normally.)

TalkBack / Re: Wii U System Update 5.2.0 Released
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:54:00 AM »
Having download management on the GamePad without pressing Home is a really good improvement. You can much more easily see when something is being downloaded or find where to check on progress.

Not sure how much others use Quick Start, but being able to suppress system apps (like TVii and such) is also great for that menu.

Folders are obviously long overdue, but they help so much that I may be more likely to buy a hard drive now that I can keep the channels better organized.

I completely agree with Aero Leviathan, and adding folders might even be a precursor to floating Wii Mode channels to the Wii U menu. (In other words, Wii Mode would be automatically started when you click one of the channels that require it. We'll see if Nintendo can figure out how to pass the channel selection through that tunnel so you don't actually have to navigate around Wii Mode at all, unless desired.)

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 400: A Little Help from My Friends
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:57:34 AM »
Sorry, I didn't have the location for nbz at hand! Otherwise, we might have caught that.

Chapters were added last night, so please re-download the m4a file if you want those.

We did have just two shotgun-style microphones in the studio. I chose to mix them down to mono per many comments in the past that people don't like stereo panning for the podcast vocals. However, since this is a special show, I retained stereo for the music clips in order to highlight our new theme song in its original form. (Future episodes will be all mono.)

We had the option of individual microphones, but it would have taken much longer to set up and would have been a lot more complicated for us in terms of microphone technique. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but in the end, I think it was probably for the best that we didn't have all that gear between us. The goal was a natural, intimate conversation with high quality audio, and that is what we got from recording it in the studio. Also, it was such a cool experience!

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 400: A Little Help From My Friends
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:37:46 PM »
I think the streams have all the zany action you are looking for! I'm working on an article to collect them all.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 400: A Little Help From My Friends
« on: September 29, 2014, 11:49:14 AM »
Plus a dozen or so hours of live streams that we are putting on YouTube! Links will be posted today.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 400: A Little Help from My Friends
« on: September 28, 2014, 04:04:00 PM »

Here it is, the long-awaited milestone episode recorded in a professional studio, live and in person!

We always try to do something special for these milestone episodes, but 400 is our most ambitious episode ever. It's over three hours of game discussion, born out of a wild weekend full of playing and streaming games together at Jonny's home in Colorado. We played great games, weird games, and horrible games, and you'll hear about tons of them in a distended New Business segment right up front. The first chunk of this big episode also includes a couple of feature discussions on Nintendo's use of classic characters, plus our most idealistic hopes for the next Nintendo system(s).

During the break, you'll hear a special message from our friends at Nintendo Free Radio, then a direct thank you to each person who donated to make this whole event possible.

In the last segment, we talk about not one but three MiniRetroActive games selected by donors. Then, we play "Secret Santa" by recommending games based on each other's tastes. This gigantic episode concludes with just a little navel-gazing (as requested), which is really just a chance to look back on what the show means to us and how it has become a major part of our lives. We hope it's a fun and positive part of your life, too! Thanks so much for listening, interacting, donating, and just being the greatest audience we could ever imagine.

We may take next week off to recover from the intensity of this trip, but RFN will be back very soon. Please consider chipping in a thoughtful email to keep the discussion going well beyond 400! Also, be sure to check out the complete list of YouTube videos to watch our weekend gaming hijinks -- with full audio commentary from the entire RFN crew! It's like having several bonus hours of the podcast, except you also get to watch us play all these crazy games.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 399: TVii Sen'SeY
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:43:13 AM »
I think Fez is a fun and stylish game. It's okay if you disagree, but I still recommend it to Nintendo fans because of the influences and because a lot of people enjoy that game when they play it.

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