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Episode 130: They Were Ghost

by Greg Leahy - January 25, 2009, 10:14 pm PST
Total comments: 19

For those podcasts about to die, we salute you.

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Never forget the sound of chinking ice.

RFN returns to extensive form with an episode that has everything you've come to expect from the crew, except for the silky tones of our new Site Director Jon Lindemann (who was actually being fitted for his crown at the time of recording, and so couldn't make it). Guest Jared Rosenberg makes his RFN debut, only to have his New Business concerning Wario Land Shake It! trampled over as we all queue up to profess our love for its underappreciated greatness. Elsewhere, Jonny enjoys an unexpected encounter with Dragon Quest Swords, and Greg takes an accidental look back at the all-too-brief career of Viewtiful Joe.

After a gender-confused discussion of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse takes us through DLC Mondays, we look once again at your questions in Listener Mail, including: thoughts on the prospects for Wii MotionPlus' adoption rate, and the apparent indifference of Japanese developers to the dominant console in their native land. Finally, the crew closes with a reflection on the end of an era with the sale of the 1UP Network and closure of EGM, paying respects in particular to the podcast pioneers of 1UP Yours.

Next week, we'll be discussing our first RetroActive feature title, Dynamite Headdy. Join the discussion in our forums, and your feedback can make it into RFN 131!


This podcast was edited by Greg Leahy and James Jones.

Music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can purchase their new album, Rocket Number 9, directly from the record label, or download it from iTunes, or call your local record store and ask for it!


NWR_DrewMGAndy Goergen, AlmunusJanuary 26, 2009

I won't be able to download this until tonight, but did I miss announcements of staff changes, or is this podcast the announcement?

EDIT:  Nevermind.  Through EXHAUSTIVE research, I have found the article on the front page detailing these changes.  Belated congrats in the wrong thread, Lindy!

From the Castlevania Wiki: (http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Sypha_Belnades)


Sypha Belnades (ja. サイファ・ヴェルナンデス Cipher Fernandez) is a sorceress from Konami's Castlevania series. She appears as a playable character in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which was published on the NES in 1990. Sypha is a magic user who attacks with a weak staff and three elemental spell books that allow her to cast powerful spells.

The english version of the Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse's instruction manual refers to Sypha as a male, leading to confusion of Syphas gender early on. This confusion lead to Syphas male appearence in a Captain N episode.

Hilarious.  I guess Captain N doesn't do his homework.

ShyGuyJanuary 26, 2009

I almost missed this listing. I'm still getting used to the new forum organization.

You could alternatively:

- Subscribe to the podcast RSS
- Subscribe to the website RSS
- Actually visit the main page

:-)  But I'm glad you are listening, any way you do it.

PlugabugzJanuary 26, 2009

Songbird don't seem to want to download these automatically for me, weird.

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 27, 2009

This is probably a dumb question, but what is Jared's forum name? Us forum dwellers need to have this information.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusJanuary 27, 2009

Quote from: GoldenPhoenix

This is probably a dumb question, but what is Jared's forum name? Us forum dwellers need to have this information.

I think it's Penguin of Time  or something like that.

ShyGuyJanuary 27, 2009

Good episode, liked the tribute to 1up at the end.

gojiraJanuary 28, 2009

I'm totally down with the borrowing of ideas from the 1up podcasts.  They totally under represent the Wii.  Which lead me to find Radio Free Nintendo.  The 1up podcasts were great, so add a Nintendo focus and you have something I'll really enjoy.  RFN is something I always look forward to as much as, if not more than, something like 1upyours.

If I could run an ad on Rebel FM, it would basically say: "Radio Free Nintendo is just like this show!  ...except we talk about Nintendo."

ShyGuyJanuary 28, 2009

You should contact them about advertising rates, I bet they would go for it.

NWR_DrewMGAndy Goergen, AlmunusJanuary 29, 2009

Player One Podcast is also just like Rebel FM, but with much more Nintendo focused talk.  Phil Theobald, the regular host, doesn't really have much interest in shooters like Gears 2 or Resistance, and is always talking about the Wii and DS.  Along with RFN, POP is pretty much a must listen, every week.

It's always humbling and flattering to hear how many people enjoy the podcast.  When we record it, it's very easy to think that only your buddies are going to listen to it.

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 30, 2009

Quote from: Lindy

It's always humbling and flattering to hear how many people enjoy the podcast.  When we record it, it's very easy to think that only your buddies are going to listen to it.

Lindy did you ever get that kids message? :P

Kids message?  I don't understand.

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 30, 2009

Quote from: Lindy

Kids message?  I don't understand.

ROFL. Someone needs to listen to the Podcast, last reader question.

See this is why I should never miss a podcast.

P.S. only 8x10 glossies please

TJ SpykeFebruary 16, 2009

I know this is late, but I only just listened to this podcast. I would like to answer the Konami/Hudson Soft thing since you guys didn't seem to be sure. Konami purchased Hudson Soft a few years ago, so they own Hudson. They continue to basically operate independently of each other though (the same way Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Online Entertainment are basically the same company as they are both just divisions of Sony, but they operate as seperate entities).

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