The passing of Nintendo's domineering president and a money producing scheme he would adore: all in the same week.
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Jonny is out this week, although under much less dreary circumstances, so we're joined by the RTDJ, Radio Trivia host Michael "TYP" Cole.
As tradition dictates, the guest leads off New Business, and TYP's got thoughts on playing Rayman Legends with a less experienced player. Gui continues the New Business Wii U man-train with mob-management brawler The Wonderful 101. Jon furthers his descent into the history of madness with Ninja Gaiden from the 3DS Virtual Console, and James answers your requests with initial thoughts on Valkyria Chronicles.
After the break we forgo Listener Mail and instead do something we rarely do: focus on news. First the crew reflects on the passing of former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi. All topics, from his maniacal micro-management of his company's transformation to his role in the reinvention of the video game industry are covered. In general, we just trade stories about him that sound increasingly impossible.
Next up we reflect on Nintendo's announcement of Wii Sports Club, a way to digitally separate your grandmother from her Social Security check. No doubt Yamauchi would approve of this pricing scheme, but we really were curious if this foreshadows future business ventures by The Big N.
Remember, next week we're finishing our retroactive on Pandora's Tower. There's still time to play and get your thoughts in the talkback thread.
Our thanks to TYP for subbing in this week. Be sure to check out Radio Trivia if you love video game music, especially if color yourself an expert.
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!
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