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Episode 478: The Word You're Looking for Is Abomination

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - May 29, 2016, 2:42 pm EDT
Total comments: 8

This is not especially observant; it's always a word worth finding.

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E3 is mere weeks away, and RFN is largely ambivalent. With little to do in the way of predictions ("They're going to show a new Zelda game!"), and a one week delay of the previously-scheduled RetroActive, this week's episode is a traditional serving of Radio Free Nintendo.

As such, Greg kicks off New Business with some concluding thoughts on Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam [Bros.], before moving on to Ultimate NES Remix. The price curve for this strangely retail-only remix of previously remixed, previously digital-only games finally dipped under The Greg Leahy Buy Threshold (we're trying to find a catchier name along the lines of "Mendoza Line"). As one would expect, he's found playing these portable-sized games on a portable device to provide fitting enjoyment. Jon has hands-on impressions of the new arena shooter everyone is talking about, Blizzard's Overwatch. Early impressions are positive, if you can trust the impressions of a controller-using plebeian. Guillaume's foray into the dark annals of "licensed Star Wars games that lived in the shadows of a more successful N64 title" continues this week, with impressions of Star Wars Racer Revenge. The PS2 sequel to Star Wars Episode I: Racer proves fun, despite the Star Wars trappings not adding much to the experience. James rounds out New Business with concluding thoughts on Bravely Second: End Layer (and an apology for evoking Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World) before segueing into his feature topic: Crisis in the Land of Run-and-Shoot-Man. Mighty No. 9 looks stupid, the new Mega Man cartoon looks horrifying, and fans of the Blue Bomber are left in tears. James tries to find solace in the arm-cannons of 3DS eShop titles with a double dose of Anime Happenings: The Legend of Dark Witch and 3D Gunstar Heroes.

After the break it's Listener Mail. This week we discuss: if Nintendo's next mobile app "needs" to be a game and if it must feature mascot characters, why the NX must be a portable and console system, our console identities, and why Indies are often omitted in conversations about Nintendo's third-party relationships. You can be our Amiga CD32 mascot platformer by sending us an email.

Next week, it's finally time to slay Dracula. Again. We will be doing our RetroActive on Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for the TurboGrafx-16. There are still a few days left for you to post your comments in the talkback thread for possible use on the show.

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's SoundCloud. The new Radio Free Nintendo logo was produced by Connor Strickland. See more of his work at his website

This episode's ending music is Holy Spring from Opoona. It was requested by Mastearl. This track was composed by Kimihiro Abe. All rights reserved by Koei Tecmo Games.


TOPHATANT123May 29, 2016

You have to keep using that NX siren, fits perfectly.

ClexYoshiMay 30, 2016

first and foremost, the original GEX on 3DO I would say is pretty good as far as the mid 90's mascot platformer blitz is concerned. I would play it over stuff like Castle of Illusion, Aero the Acrobat, and whatever other hellspawn you throw at me!

The real only thing that I think hurts Gex is how very often the Dana Gould one-liners would repeat. and both of the sequels. and the GBC games. yeah, there's only one good game in the series, but that first game was actually pretty neat~!

EnnerMay 31, 2016

I want a variety of NX sirens, if y'all have the time. Okay, probably not an air raid siren.

KobeskillzMay 31, 2016

Great show guys! I’m in the camp of I’m happy for what I have and not sad for what I don’t have.

So I have so many indie games that back log that I’m fine. Though my situation is a bit different since I also play handhelds so that fills in some of the void and I’m married with children so my time to play isn’t as much as before. So while it would be nice to have the Dooms and Overwatch of the worlds I don’t have the time.

But of course I would love if those games were on Wii U or NX for the obvious reasons. I know Nintendo needs these games to succeed.

OedoMay 31, 2016

It's good to hear that you enjoyed Bravely Second, James. I'm inclined to agree on it being a better together game than Bravely Default. They took the parts that most people loved about the first game and, for the most part, made them better. For some reason I think I might still like Bravely Default more though. Bravely Second is a great sequel and a great game; it's not even like I felt like there was something missing when I played through it. There's just something about the first game that captivated me even more.

I'm eager to see where the series goes from here. I know it didn't sell as well as the first game in pretty much every region, but they tease some things about where they might go with a sequel that makes me really want Bravely Third.

sudoshuffMay 31, 2016

I'm still bummed we aren't getting an E3 predictions episode...Zelda predictions, man!  What color will Link's tunic be? What are the new items?  How many dungeons?  What does the Amiibo and Gamepad support look like?  Will Zelda sparkle (Guillaume)?  Think of all the predictions you could come up with! And don't even get me started with gender predictions... 

OedoMay 31, 2016

I totally missed that Nintendo's handling of E3 meant no full blown predictions from the RFN crew this year. That's a shame. A smaller Zelda and general gaming predictions segment would still be a fun listen though.

LemonadeJune 02, 2016

For favourite moments, mine are the rare occasions whenever Another Code, Another Code R, Hotel Dusk and Last Window are mentioned. Four of my favourite games on DS and Wii.
RIP Cing.

I have been listening to older episodes going back year by year. Im currently up to Feb 2011 for the Ogre Battle retroactive. After hearing many references to it in newer episodes, its interesting to finally reach it.

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