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Episode 66: Tastes Like Poison

by Karl Castaneda - August 22, 2007, 6:12 pm PDT
Total comments: 17

The episode in which Mike hates Brain Age, Jonny dons the role of Financial Advisor, and Karl gets rid of "the sides."

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MASH POTATERS AND GRAVAY!



I'm back in my home state of Florida in my new favorite city of Tallahassee, which means Mike and I are back beside one another. We played some Mario Strikers Charged before recording, which leads into some discussion on the game. Furthermore, Mike has some less-than-favorable words for Brain Age 2 (Note: When I began playing it later, my impressions were drastically more positive).

Aside from that, however, Jonathan Metts is back, and he's ready to talk some more Metroid. In the feature segment, we go to town on Corruption's total lack of hype, and what that means to games in general.

If that's not enough for you, the news segment is jam-packed, from a confirmation that Guitar Hero III DS is in development to Bret Michaels being in the console version to Quebec's demand of more games in French. You don't want to miss it.

And with that, we'll see you next week!

Credits:

This podcast was edited by Karl Castaneda.

Music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can also purchase their album directly from the iTunes Music Store

Talkback

MashiroAugust 22, 2007

Good show, and you guys are correct, OoT was the game Nintendo actually advertised in theaters.

They actually did the same for Wind Waker as well but it wasn't nearly as cool.

Uuuuh, let's not forget about Majora's Mask? That movie promo was awesome.

MashiroAugust 22, 2007

Did they really? I never saw the MM one . . . nor have I played MM.

:: Ducks ::

jayz79August 22, 2007

On the Strikers discussion... just wanted you guys to know that there is a ranking for person on your friend's list so you can compete with your friends for the highest ranking between your group. BTW there no ranking per country as said in the podcast face-icon-small-smile.gif

Didn't Twilight Princess have a little-girl-playing-zelda-in-a-burlap-sack movie trailer they showed in theaters? Or was that railer for Wind Waker?

Either way, good podcast guys. It really looks like Nintendo's found something they know how to advertise: casual and non-gamer oriented experiences. They're really confident in their marketting efforts for the Wii and Wii would like to play games, and they're really confidently pushing Wii Fit and even still Wii Sports!

But when it comes to marketting traditional titles, Nintendo is having just as much difficulty as they've almost always had, if not more, and that's coupled with the learned helplessness of being completely emasculated by Halo 2. Nintendo faces unique challenges in marketting traditional titles, and they really need some hungry ad firm to put together a strategy as confident and challenging and zag-instead-of-zig as their blue ocean ad efforts.

Nintendo needs to find the blue ocean of advertising, basically.

shammackAugust 22, 2007

I live in Tallahassee too. We should hang out.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusAugust 23, 2007

It's too bad that Halo dwarfs Metroid consistently. Metroid is an infinitely better experience that deserves far more recognition. I guess if Nintendo knew how to handle it's marketing better it would catapult it from the hardcore Nintendo market to the mainstream market. With the Wii it's about time for Nintendo to put together an FPS that will wreck Halo. Of course they would also have to spend some big money to ensure it's success, but with the right gameplay, and the Wii controls Nintendo could definitely put something together that makes Halo look like child's play.

StogiAugust 23, 2007

I feel like I was grossly misrepresented during the Hot Topic section. Karl made it seem like I'm Kairon. (I'm not.)

My ultimate point is that good-to-great games come out all the time. They come out for every system (even PSP). I currently own a Wii and a DS. Between those two alone, I already find myself skipping games because I simply don't have enough time to play them. (Mario Strikers, SSX Blur and Dragon Quest Heros are a few recent examples of games I'd like to play that I've skipped.) There are also games I'm forced to skip simply because they're not coming out on Nintendo systems. If I owned a 360 I still wouldn't get to play all the games I want to play. Only then I would get to play the same number of games but I'd have a lot less cash in my savings account.

I feel like I was grossly misrepresented during Vudu's post. Vudu made it seem like it sucked to be me. It does. I mean DOESN'T!

EjamerAugust 23, 2007

I'm sorry but gameplay is what has kept Metroid at bay, in that it wasn't a mainstream game with multiplayer options. It wasn't marketing, because all the marketing in the world isn't going to change what kinds of games people now days buy.

Yeah, I'm sorry, but like it or not, Metroid will never be the omg awesome first person shooter-ish mainstream hype machine that redeems nintendo that some fans imagine it to be. No amount of marketting will ever make it so.

EjamerAugust 23, 2007

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Originally posted by: Kairon
Yeah, I'm sorry, but like it or not, Metroid will never be the omg awesome first person shooter-ish mainstream hype machine that redeems nintendo that some fans imagine it to be. No amount of marketting will ever make it so.


They could make Metralo and could hype it up. I can just see the slogan now:

"Exploration? NO WAY. Variety? Not on your life. Shark plasma blasters? Definately. Mindless shooting in both single and multiplayer? Heck Yeah! You know you want to be cool, so buy Metralo today!".

Don't you mean Haloid?

Boy, it figures that right after more "Is Nintendo advertising Metroid right?" talk, I bump into the Metroid Prime 3 Wii Would Like To Play commercial. Is Nintendo watching us or something?

MashiroAugust 23, 2007

No, Nintendo is just doing what it always does and is advertising the game shortly before it's release. face-icon-small-wink.gif

Karl Castaneda #2August 24, 2007

Like I said, we'll have much more to say about Prime 3 on next week's show. Jonny'll have it, I might have it, and if by some miracle Mike is done with Bioshock (haha, not likely), he might have something to say as well. In either case, I've got stuff to say about the new Brain Age, so expect a very impressions-laden episode.

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Originally posted by: ViewtifulGamer
Jonny'll have it...


OR WILL HE??? (cue Kill Bill siren)

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