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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!
It's the magazine people.
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.
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.)
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.
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.)
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.
One week prior to the big anniversary, we discuss TVii (really), the Smash Bros. 3DS demo, and much more!
This final episode of RFN Season 3 begins with important and exciting news about one of our favorite guest stars and why he probably won't be back anytime soon. It's a happy reason!
It doesn't happen often, but Jon Lindemann starts New Business with his surprise at the rock-solid Super Smash Bros. for 3DS demo, which everyone else played too. James follows up on Layton x Wright by strongly recommending the DLC scenes. Jonny tries the Theatrythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call demo and also suggests the perfect companion experience to Fire Emblem: Awakening. Guillaume wraps the segment with his advanced impressions of Azure Striker Gunvolt, plus the demo (or maybe accidental purchase) of Wooden Sen'SeY, the lone Wii U game in this 3DS-heavy edition of New Business.
There's just a pair of emails in this abbreviated episode, but they're both unusual topics. The first is about TVii, the confounding failed attempt to get people watching television while also doing... something... on the GamePad. Listen for a wild live demonstration! The other question is about Crush 3D and just how similar it is (or isn't) to Fez. I bet even Sega can't believe we are talking about Crush 3D in the year 2014, but there it is. As we're always saying, you can write an email to RFN about nearly any topic! If we have something to say about it, we'll probably do so on the podcast.
It won't feel real until everyone is standing in Colorado, but we really are just a few days out from the epic Episode 400 weekend, thanks to all of you! Be sure to check the front page of NWR, the NeoGAF thread, and our social media accounts to be alerted when our live streams are starting. We're going into the studio on Sunday afternoon and hope to get the big show out for you that evening or maybe the next day. EXCITE!!!
This week's episode is overloaded with brand new games and a brand New 3DS.
Last week's episode was a big one for us, but we promised at the end to come back with an earful of games discussion and a look at the New 3DS hardware... so that's exactly what you get! New Business is slam-packed with new and/or interesting game, including Guacamelee on Wii U, the charming Fez, Layton x Wright, Sherlock Holmes in Dai Gyakuten Saiban, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and yes, even Destiny. There's something for everyone in this lineup!
A full-length Listener Mail segment gives a chance to chat about the New 3DS models -- finally! We also consider which older 3DS games could benefit from the new hardware. The last email forces us to look at Ubisoft's slow, maybe irreversible retreat from Wii U support after crafting one of the best launch titles. As always, we love hearing from you and would like to talk about topics of your choosing, so step right up to that email form!