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Episode 376: Terrible Parenting

by James Jones, Kimberly Keller, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - March 30, 2014, 5:59 pm PDT
Total comments: 5

This week we look at games built on terrible ideas, license games that don't follow their license, and Layton. After the break we discuss topics ranging from Nintendo's marketing strategy for major events to Mario Street Basketball.

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Dr. Metts took the week off, leaving the show in James' semi-capable hands. To fill the empty chair we're pleased to be joined by Kim Keller. As the guest, she leads off New Business with her thoughts Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy and LEGO the Movie the game. Next up, Jon tries his hand at Nintendo Power subscription scam Milon's Secret Castle. James has an update on the rhythm/blacksmithing/RPG Weapon Shop de Omasse before experiencing the miracle of fatherhood with the confusing and unsettling demo for the upcoming 3DS JRPG Conception II. Lastly, Gui has some thoughts on the implementation of multiplayer in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Pokémon catching in Pokémon Trozei.

Our second segment is a collection of an unusually on-point listener mail questions. First we examine Nintendo's self-induced exile from major public events, and attempt to predict their plans for this year's E3. After that we unfreeze former NWR Japan Corespondent James Charlton and help him get caught up on gaming from the last generation. Our third email is yet another appraisal of the slow trickle of games to the Wii U Virtual Console and what, if any, role the Wii Mode can provide in filling that void. Lastly, we discuss the future of Nintendo characters in licensed sports titles.

We can't do the listener mail segment without you, so please send us your thoughts and questions.

We are also pleased to announce the winner of our RetroActive poll: Goldeneye. Head over to the discussion thread to arrange online matches with other listeners. We'll be planning a Wi-Fi Night to play along with all of you, so stay tuned for those details.

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

azekeMarch 31, 2014

Pointless nitpick time: you don't actually kill the pope in any of the ACII games. You DO get to kick him in the balls though. And Mario already is in AC canon.

As to question what to get to catch up on gaming, i would recommend PC. You need to get "comfy couch" setup, which is as easy as going to PC shop and buying HDMI cable and some kind of USB gamepad and plugging it in.

I wouldn't even recommend to wait until Steambox figures itself out. There is no reason to: Steamboxes are already available everywhere for years, they're called PCs.

Games are crazy cheap there even without counting sales.

Honestly, PC+Nintendo is best out of both worlds.

I happened to grab the Vita version of the Conception II demo... apparently your main character is the most virile man ON THE PLANET. So yes, nailing everything that moves and has a pair of X chromosomes is a game mechanic.

I bailed out shortly after the first conception myself. 2weird4me

It's always fun and a little weird listening to a complete episode when I have no idea what's going to happen on it! Great job by everyone, and thanks to Kim for filling in so I could spend time with my visiting family members!

pokepal148March 31, 2014

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

It's always fun and a little weird listening to a complete episode when I have no idea what's going to happen on it!

It's called the 103 effect. :D

Kytim89March 31, 2014

The future of the Virtual Console services will be in a Netflix style streaming service similar to Sony's Playstation Now. It makes sense because it is the easiest and most efficient way for to Nintendo to allocate resources too such a program. Nintendo's next home console is going to most likely not be backwards compatible with their past consoles, or at least the Wii family.

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