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Episode 343: Steam Punk'd

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - July 21, 2013, 7:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 13

StreetPass games, Wii U talk, Zelda, and the buyer's remorse of James Jones.

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It's business as usual for only half of the show this week, as Jonny has to cut and run to make some prior commitments that almost certainly have something to do with the exploration of outer space (with Jonny, they always do).

However, that doesn't stop us from discussing new business, and Guillaume starts us off with his raw, uncut opinions of the new StreetPass games on 3DS. Yes, he bought them all, but he'll let you know which ones YOU should buy.  Jon had a chance to (finally) check out Wii U and New Super Mario Bros. U at Best Buy, giving us his fresh hands-on perspective after hearing about the system for so many months. Jonny dissects The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and James talks about the successes and failings of the strange retro RPG Evoland.

For the second half, James, Jon and Guillaume go over the news from the latest Nintendo Direct and completely ignore some game called Earthbound (total lie). They then move on to their main topic, which is the impact of what has now become a summer ritual for gamers of all types: the Steam Sale. What can Nintendo learn from it? What can we, as gamers, learn from it, and how has it taught (or trained) us? It's a fun, Metts-free discussion, and you can't beat that with a bat.


ALSO: Be sure to check out the poll for our next edition of Retroactive! Cast your vote here.

This podcast was edited by Guillaume Veillette.

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 (CD) (MP3), 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

ClexYoshiJuly 22, 2013

I'll likely edit this post later, but Gui's audio isn't nearly as bad as he makes it out to be. if nothing else, it just lets you see through the cracks a bit more as it does sound like his audio is through a skype call.

Considering I listen to another podcast that regularly has a guy who skype calls on his phone while driving an 18-wheeler across the country, this audio hiccup is really nothing that should prevent you from listening to New Business.

MASBJuly 22, 2013

Quote from: ClexYoshi

Considering I listen to another podcast that regularly has a guy who skype calls on his phone while driving an 18-wheeler across the country, this audio hiccup is really nothing that should prevent you from listening to New Business.

lol. What does he talk about as he's driving?

Yeah, I was worried when Gui started speaking. Hearing the human voice before Jason Ricci is always a bad sign, but thankfully it wasn't bad.

James getting in the dig on Jonny as soon as the second segment opens. Karl being homeless. Jon explaining his psychology around buying games nowadays. Classic RFN.

Audacity is weird sometimes.

I felt my audio sounded terrible on good headphones before it was compressed into MP3. But compress it and listen to it on crappy earbuds and it's just fine.

ClexYoshiJuly 22, 2013

Quote from: MASB

lol. What does he talk about as he's driving?


I am afraid I would get in trouble for saying some of the contents of such a podcast, I will say that it is called The Grand Canterlot Cavalcade in Color; a Gentlecolt's Podcast For Sophisticated Bronies.

CericJuly 22, 2013

I had a Guildmate who use to raid in WoW from his semi-truck and another who did from police car.  Both were in the guild at the same time too.

KDR_11kJuly 22, 2013

On Steam killing wallets: http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/659

Yeah, Evoland is pretty bad. Looks nice but the jokes aren't very well done and the random encounters are just godawful. I'm currently on the final boss, didn't go for the optional stuff after getting the airship so maybe that would make it easier but as it is I can't be arsed to finish that fight after seeing that there are no checkpoints.

broodwarsJuly 22, 2013

Well, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who find the Wii U GamePad unresponsive and bulky, far preferring the superior (and lighter) Pro Controller.

Leo13July 22, 2013

Lindeman, Get the ZombiU bundle it's basically a price drop considering it comes with 2 games AND a Pro Controller for an extra $30
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wii-U-ZombiU-Set/23000105?findingMethod=rr

fenrir_VIIJuly 22, 2013

I like how Lindemann complained about loose joysticks on an in-store demo unit..


Have you never played a demo at a Wal-mart before?? The Gamecube controllers used to look like a dog chewed them.

azekeJuly 22, 2013

Evoland and other games like it (say DLC Quest) are "games with message". They have some one underlying simple idea and everything revolves around it. More often than not they exhaust the idea within an hour.
I watched quick looks of Evoland and DLC Quest and felt like i got the full experience and i don't need to actually play them.

I also largely stopped buying game on sales. Though i was tempted by DMC HD collection and GTA IV (for 3 bucks or something) and Super Hexagon for 50 cents. Last game is especially interesting cause it hit the level of discount where i just stop caring. It costs 2 bucks or something on official site, discounting it to 0,5 dollars does nothing. I can buy all these games when i will actually finish with those i already have.

Quote from: fenrir_VII

I like how Lindemann complained about loose joysticks on an in-store demo unit..


Have you never played a demo at a Wal-mart before?? The Gamecube controllers used to look like a dog chewed them.


In all fairness, I haven't been abusing my Wii U gamepad, and the joysticks on mine are a bit more loose than I prefer.

Fiendlord_TimmayJuly 24, 2013

I'm playing through Link's Awakening right now, and I've run into the same problem that Jonny described in the Oracle games. There are some "guide dang it" moments between the dungeons that I needed to consult a walkthrough for. The game gave me no indication that I was supposed to get the Yoshi doll from the shop and go on some stupid trading quest just so I could get in the castle. All it told me was to go to the castle.

I've not played the Oracle games yet, so I can't compare them myself, but I find it funny that Jonny seems to think more highly of Link's Awakening, when it commits the exact same sins that he described in the Oracle games.

PhDintendoJuly 27, 2013

Totally agree with Timmay, when I was a kid I remember literally going from screen to screen trying items on every single pixel.  I just don't have the patience for that anymore.  I am finding that the oracle games have the same issue as Jonny.  Finding the kangaroo to get to Tingle was not intuitive at all.  I never replayed awakening but I know I beat it without a guide and got all of the shells when I was a kid.  Overall great games and all three are about equal in my eyes.

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