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Episode 194: The Greatest Story Ever Tolled

by Jonathan Metts - May 16, 2010, 4:22 pm PDT
Total comments: 37

Karl pops in to help us talk about games and stuff.

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It's a five man cast for the duration of this week's show, as current and former RFN hosts Jonny Metts and Karl Castaneda both call in from the Sunshine State of Florida. New Business is nonetheless brisk aside from James' extended impressions of the unsettling Fragile Dreams, as the crew covers some classic Sonic, the faux-classic 3D Dot Game Heroes, Assassin's Creed 2, DJ Hero, and more.

Next, it's onto a marathon catch-up session of Listener Mail as we field your questions on such diverse topics as our favorite side-scrollers for Wii, storytelling in games, the merits of a portable Smash Bros., Nintendo's preoccupation with the Japanese market, and which was the bigger affront to civilization: RFN Episode 103, or the Drunkcast? Finally, Karl gives us the scoop on the next edition of Reset Button, and a tale from the past is exhumed against Jonny's wishes that may just be too dreadful for public consumption…

We're always looking for great Listener Mail to read and discuss on the show, so please send your questions or comments! (We really love seeing your praise and feedback regarding the show itself; however, in the interest of time, we may edit your letter to be read on the podcast.)

Credits:

This podcast was edited by Greg Leahy.

Music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can purchase their newest album, Done with the Devil, directly from the record label, Amazon.com, or iTunes, or call your local record store and ask for it!

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

Talkback

I'm trying to decide which is the worst episode title: my original lame movie reference "The Fifth Man", the awful pun Greg substituted, or the shameful catchphrase... "Grapple Them Titties".

NWR_KarlKarl Castaneda, Contributing EditorMay 16, 2010

Haha, oh man, I can't believe Greg cut the story. It's probably for the best, I suppose. Still, what a tease!

After all the buildup, when the slow fade kicked in at the end I nearly whipped my iPod across the room. Now to find out who to blame for this...

YoshidiousGreg Leahy, Staff AlumnusMay 17, 2010

You can interpret the episode title as one or both of the following:

1) My ultimate tribute to Jon's pun-tastic sense of humour;
2) A passive-aggressive response to having to write the article after editing the show all weekend.

As for holding back "the story", of course I'm responsible for that, and that is the key word here - it was the only responsible thing to do. This Radiohead video depicts what would happen if someone were to allow such information to be shared with the public -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIFLtNYI3Ls

Now, I do still have the audio of "the story" being told. I have made arrangements so that if anything unforseen should happen to me, the information is to be released to the world's major newspapers and security services.

happyastoriaMay 17, 2010

Jeez, Greg had to slowly take us out of our listening pleasure, but you could of done what the Beatles did with their song "Helter Skelter" - The song fades out then slowly creeps back.

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

... "Grapple Them Titties".

Helloooooo DIY idea!

Spak_SpangMay 17, 2010

Do you guys know how many countries you have listeners in? There was a letter this week from someone in Saudi Arabia, last week I think there was one from someone in the United Arab Emirates.

To my knowledge we do not. I could ask Aaron if he has metrics on such things. We host the file, even for iTunes, so in theory we could figure it out.

gbuellGrant Buell, Staff WriterMay 17, 2010

I was really glad to hear some Killer 7 love from Karl in this episode. I find it a bit disheartening - and telling - that in the midst of a discussion of why video games don't have more interesting stories, one of the very few video games that has a truly dense, unique and thought-provoking story gets dismissed as simply being "crazy". Keep the Killer 7 love alive, Karl, you're not alone!

Also, has anyone told Karl he sounds just like Merlin Mann?

Karl's only 21?

I am officially old.

NWR_KarlKarl Castaneda, Contributing EditorMay 17, 2010

Quote from: NWR_Grant

Also, has anyone told Karl he sounds just like Merlin Mann?

I just looked up Merlin Mann on YouTube, and after 10 seconds I actually totally got what you're saying. We have very similar speech patterns.

It could just be that I have one of those voices, though - I've also been told that I sound like Kevin Rose and Dan Trachtenberg.

Also, eff yeah @ more killer7 praise. I'll always love that game for being the quirky jumble of ideas that it is.

noname2200May 17, 2010

Great show as always, and fantastic edit at the end there. :D

I'd add that while Fallout 3 is a fantastic title that has gobbled up nearly 200 hours of my time, it's even worse than Oblivion in terms of character creation.  Half the skills sound good but are borderline useless; good luck knowing which ones those are in advance though!

yoshi1001May 17, 2010

Jeez Jonny, why doesn't your friend like "Ice Straight Up Baby"? That's my favorite mix in the game (seriously!). By they way, great chapter art for that Greg.

Quote from: Halbred

Karl's only 21?

I am officially old.

Poppycock.  I'm literally old enough to be Karl's father (assuming I fathered a child at 15).

VuduMay 17, 2010

Fathered a child at 15? I know I always assumed you knocked up a girl in your sophmore year. Karl came out 9 months later!

I could have fathered Karl, if I conceived him at two and a half.

Also, two notes.
1. When I listed Shooters with "the same story" I listed Fallout, I meant to say Resistance.
2. Nice job by Greg white-washing his defense of Imperialism. Kipling ain't got nothin' on this. 

Quote from: ShyGuy²

Fathered a child at 15? I know I always assumed you knocked up a girl in your sophmore year. Karl came out 9 months later!

Apocryphal.

CëricMay 17, 2010

I enjoyed the discussion about Nintendo's seeming lack of interest in catering outside of Japan, considering I was going to pose a similar question as well.  Honestly, over the past couple of years I've seen my interest in Japanese-developed software waning as their creative output steadily declines, so if all these Japanese software companies want to keep catering so hard to the homeland I get the feeling that's going to affect me very little.  I didn't know Nintendo of America was that small at only roughly 100 employees (you'd think Treehouse alone would be that big).

In response to the question on critically acclaimed or at least popular games I just don't get, I could include pretty much any first person shooter, including Perfect Dark. To me, it's all about Goldeneye. For some reason, PD doesn't do it for me, even when playing with Bond levels & guns. But on the Nintendo side, for the life of me I couldn't get into Animal Crossing in spite of paying full retail price (at least I got a memory card out of it), and I've never really been a WarioWare fan.

YoshidiousGreg Leahy, Staff AlumnusMay 18, 2010

Quote from: Crimm

Nice job by Greg white-washing his defense of Imperialism. Kipling ain't got nothin' on this. 


If it's a choice between Imperialism and this I'll take the old Empire any time.

Kytim89May 18, 2010

Quote from: NWR_Karl

Quote from: NWR_Grant

Also, has anyone told Karl he sounds just like Merlin Mann?

I just looked up Merlin Mann on YouTube, and after 10 seconds I actually totally got what you're saying. We have very similar speech patterns.

It could just be that I have one of those voices, though - I've also been told that I sound like Kevin Rose and Dan Trachtenberg.

Also, eff yeah @ more killer7 praise. I'll always love that game for being the quirky jumble of ideas that it is.


In high school a kid in my class was a MGS fan, myself included, and he once told me that my voice sounds like a younger Snake. My voice does sound a little like him, or his voice actor David Hayter. You are not alone.

greybrickNathan Mustafa, Staff AlumnusMay 18, 2010

Quote from: Crimm

I could have fathered Karl, if I conceived him at two and a half.

I could have fathered Karl, as long as he was born during or after October.

Chad SexingtonMay 18, 2010

Who fathered Karl?

I demand a poll.

noname2200May 18, 2010

Quote from: Chad

Who fathered Karl?

I demand a poll.

Karl's father is.....
Karl's mother!

NWR_KarlKarl Castaneda, Contributing EditorMay 18, 2010

Well I don't like where this is going at all...

LolmonadeMay 18, 2010

Allowing controllers to connect to the 3DS still wouldn't work for any controls that go beyond what console controllers offer (like the inevitable touchscreen).

I downloaded Neutopia (a very straight clone of LoZ) from the Virtual Console because everybody kept talking about how Zelda-like 3DDGH is. Pixel-accurate collision testing doesn't work for isometric views!

noname2200May 18, 2010

Quote from: NWR_Karl

Well I don't like where this is going at all...

We'll stop if you tell us the story of a certain post-podcast night....  ;)

Quote from: greybrick

Quote from: Crimm

I could have fathered Karl, if I conceived him at two and a half.

I could have fathered Karl, as long as he was born during or after October.

Funhaus it

MarioIsFrenchMay 18, 2010

Can we please hear the story? because it's bound to be one heck of a story when the words "drunk", "walking", and "hungry" (not to mention that this is happening around midnight) are all in the same sentence...


no need for details, make the participants anonymous (like person 1, person 2, person 3 and such), just the story.


Keep up the great work! if it weren't for you guys, I'd've quit video games a long time ago.

GoldenPhoenix¸May 19, 2010

I've decided i'll listen to this (and 195) next week. I have a 9.5 flight to fill up and the sultry tones of Greg and Co is the best way to do it.

195 is going to be awesome. Jon and Greg are going to talk about 3D Dot Heroes (Jon has played it at least 10 minutes now) and I'm talking about ATV Quad Kings again!

BEST EPISODE EVER!

jrlibrarianJeffrey Trewin, Associate EditorMay 19, 2010

Quote from: Crimm

195 is going to be awesome. Jon and Greg are going to talk about 3D Dot Heroes (Jon has played it at least 10 minutes now) and I'm talking about ATV Quad Kings again!

BEST EPISODE EVER!


You know what would make it even better?

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Round 2

Or a haiku about Lords of Thunder, but maybe that's for another show.

Quote from: Crimm

195 is going to be awesome. Jon and Greg are going to talk about 3D Dot Heroes (Jon has played it at least 10 minutes now)

I really haven't been able to put any more time into it, although I did kill the first boss. 

IT'S NOT FUNNY WHEN IT'S TRUE, JON!

Actually, I have a series review game to talk about.  Super serious. 

Motocross Dirt King

VuduMay 21, 2010

Crimm only does reviews of Flight sims, esoteric RPGs and now off road racers.

What we actually talked about is a whole crap ton of Galaxy 2, including very detailed impressions from James, who had already found 110 or so stars by recording time.

It was a joke. Motocross Dirt Regent is in 196.

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