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Episode 427: In Defense of Lanky

by Curtis Bonds, James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - April 26, 2015, 6:22 pm PDT
Total comments: 9

Curtis joins the ruckus to talk about all the hottest topics of 2015: Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Twilight Princess.

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We are very pleased this week to have returning guest Curtis Bonds, one of the bright youngsters behind NWR TV. He's here on a special assignment, but that comes later. First, Curtis has some very early impressions of the new Mario Kart 8 tracks, and we all chip in thoughts on the Mode 7 recreations, F-Zero mysteries, and more. Curtis also plays Donkey Kong Country 3 for the first time -- will he join the fan club? Jon Lindemann continues the retro love with a sneak preview of our upcoming RetroActive feature discussion, as he serves up impressions and stages a brief discussion of Twilight Princess. Meanwhile, James temporarily returns our focus to brand new games with his nuanced thoughts on Affordable Space Adventures, which Guillaume has also played. Jonny has a follow-up report on Box Boy!, while Gui anchors this long segment with the new StreetPass mini-games. We close this edition of New Business with a much-hyped debate over the merits of Donkey Kong 64. Curtis admits that it's one of his personal favorite games, but can he carry its torch through a modern examination? The rest of the gang, including first-timer Guillaume, also take a deeper look at this game that is now digitally available for the first time.

Listener Mail is up next, and it's back to the normal tempo... for now. Our first email is an eloquent defense of cross-platform emulation, most notably the recent addition of GBA and DS support for Wii U's Virtual Console. The next email turns playful with a survey of our guiltiest gaming pleasures, and the final bit of business concerns Nintendo's support of independent games on the eShop. Please keep sending your emails, big or small, to support the show and introduce new topics for us to explore.

Thanks for listening, and be sure to watch Curtis on NWR TV and CurtDogg Gaming!

This episode was edited by Guillaume Veillette. The "Men of Leisure" theme song was produced exclusively for Radio Free Nintendo by Perry Burkum. Hear more at Bluffs Custom Music.

Talkback

KobeskillzApril 27, 2015

I agree with Curtis that dk is a great game. The camera is wonky but if you hold R the whole time to keep it behind. You it's manageable. I'm playing it again and I've had no problems with it. The beaver mini games are terrible that I agree.

gojiraApril 27, 2015

I basically never get sick when playing games either.  But de Blob totally messed me up.  The camera in that game was crazy and I would get the worst headache when playing that game.  It too bad because it was quite fun otherwise.

SteëfosaurusApril 27, 2015

I get motion sickness from playing God Hand.

I think this happens when camera is super close to playable character and even the slightest of movement leads to camera panning so fast it's beyond what my brain can process.

KobeskillzApril 27, 2015

Guillaume have you tried holding R all the time basically to keep the camera behind you? I know you can swing the camera both right and left but that is not very good. Try to just keep it behind you with R so you’re basically running while holding down the button.

Then just center the camera to where you are looking at for quick camera turns.

Don’t try to fight the games outdated camera and controls. Instead just say ok so these are the limitations and this is what the game WANTS me to do so let me do it instead of fighting the camera and the controls.

If you take that approach then you’ll find the game much more enjoyable.

It’s a product of it’s time for sure and as such you have to treat it like it.

Holding down R for the whole game does actually sound like some stupid shit I would have put up with in my teen years.

KobeskillzApril 27, 2015

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

Holding down R for the whole game does actually sound like some stupid **** I would have put up with in my teen years.

Haha yup I did. I wouldn't put up with it in a modern game but with dk I give it slack because it's a product of its time.

But it does help tremendously. Now the camera in jet force Gemini is far worse imo. I loved that game back then too! Lol.

The thing in Jet Force Gemini is not a camera, it is a terrier hopped up on cocaine.

KobeskillzApril 28, 2015

Quote from: gojira

I basically never get sick when playing games either.  But de Blob totally messed me up.  The camera in that game was crazy and I would get the worst headache when playing that game.  It too bad because it was quite fun otherwise.

I gotta play that game. Is in my backlog. Part two as well.

NintendadMay 10, 2015

Quote from: Kobeskillz

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

Holding down R for the whole game does actually sound like some stupid **** I would have put up with in my teen years.

Haha yup I did. I wouldn't put up with it in a modern game but with dk I give it slack because it's a product of its time.

But it does help tremendously. Now the camera in jet force Gemini is far worse imo. I loved that game back then too! Lol.

I realize everyone has probably moved on from this game, but you can change the camera from 'free', which is the default to 'follow', which means you don't have to constantly hold R, in the options. I played about 5 hours before realizing this. It makes a HUGE difference IMO.

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