Curtis subs in for Jonny, but we still manage to talk about everything from the Xbox One to the Magic Kingdom, from NFC Figures to million-dollar press events.
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With Jonny out this week, James "The Iron Man" Jones is once again tasked with hosting. Joining him are Jon "Suddenly Reliable" Lindemann, Guillaume "Please, Never Stop Editing" Veillette, and special guest Curtis "Special Guest" Bonds. Per hosting rules, Curtis leads off with a look at Disney Magical World (3DS) and Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS). Jon, who took nearly a year to buy a Wii U, follows up with early impressions of the Xbox One and a brief digression on its very recently announced Kinect de-bundling. Gui then leads the crew on an expedition into Abyss (Wii U) and manages to correctly pronounce 3DS puzzle game Tappingo. James wraps up New Business with a confused, angry, and just over-all dramatic look at the Game Boy Color game Legend of the River King, a strange early entry to the 3DS Virtual Console library.
After the break, the crew discusses some of the more juicy Nintendo news of the last few weeks. First is an exploration into what "merchandising deals" means, in the context of Nintendo's long-term strategy and how the recently announced NFC figurines figure into them. Skylanders references are kept to a minimum. Next up, James gives the crew the opportunity to take back any previous statements about the "stupidity" of not having an E3 press conference again this year, in light of the fact Nintendo will not be having an E3 press conference again this year. Jon steadfastly refuses to budge, James sets up the question to let himself escape previous statements, but the rest of them are a bit less decisive.
If you enjoyed hearing from Curtis, be sure to check out his weekly news show Nintendo Weekly Report. Additionally, our E3 plans are still evolving, so watch this space for more details as we have them; rest assured you'll be getting as much of us as you'd ever desire to consume. Lastly, send us your questions and comments! The rapid onset of E3 gives us limited opportunities to answer your questions with predictions that will ultimately prove incorrect.
This podcast was edited by Guillaume Veillette.
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