Episode 559: Summer of Love

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - February 18, 2018, 3:45 pm PST
Total comments: 5

It's my mission to weaponize any weird turn-of-phrase, and render the podcast nothing but nervous silence.

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Jon's back this week, and we've got a lot of New Business to get to. James kicks-off with thoughts on The Count Lucanor, a 2D puzzle/survival horror game in the vein of Corpse Party. Rough around the edges, and a bit short, the game has some charms that make it a fun, if unsettling, play. The bulk of his update is on the recently-released Dragon Quest Builders for Switch. A month ago he came away from the demo impressed, and now he's losing sleep to this Minecraft-"inspired" spin-off. Jon bought yet another version of Rocket League, this time for Switch. Guess what? It's still great. Meanwhile, Greg has late-game thoughts on Celeste, specifically the B-Sides. They're really savage, and that's notable coming from "Hardcore Champion" Greg Leahy. Guillaume has been busy, bringing impressions of Gradius ReBirth (denying us the chance to include it as a potential RetroActive), the Weird Autumn content of Night in the Woods, and classic JRPG Suikoden II. Night in the Woods is great, at least.

After the break it's time for the first and second WiiWare RetroActives. First up, the crew talks You, Me, & the Cubes. This pointer-centric WiiWare puzzler has you frantically completing stages, and is built with an eccentric flair by "well-known industry veterans" and published by Nintendo. The crew then tackles Bonsai Barber. This pointer-centric WiiWare game has you frantically completing stages, and is built with an eccentric flair by "well-known industry veterans" and published by Nintendo. In all seriousness, there's some strange parallels between these games, but only one asks you cut a boat into a stalk of celery.

Next week we'll be talking Alien Crush Returns. You can post your thoughts in the talkback thread.

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

This episode's ending music is selected by Greg: Icarus, from NyxQuest. All rights reserved by Over the Top Games.


ClexYoshiFebruary 19, 2018

funny how Gui talks about his summer of love on a show filled with him hating games besides Night in the woods...

... a Game that I learned about because certain folks around the internet having a... shall we say, Sonic-esque obsession with Mae and Bea.

SadodareFebruary 19, 2018

Greg, Celeste has been kicking my ass a bit, too.  Surprising the amount of content and hidden stuff there is in this one, but I'm nearly at my limit of stuff I can do without getting frustrated.  Might do the no-death clears for each A-side level at least.  Took a Celeste break to finish the main story of Bayonetta (1) and Axiom Verge and near 100% my first play of that.

SteefosaurusFebruary 21, 2018

Digging the new tunes in this episode :)

ClexYoshiFebruary 21, 2018

Quote from: Steefosaurus

Digging the new tunes in this episode :)

It makes me kinda wish they would have gotten someone who knows what they're doing with Famitracker to do it. it's got that cheap and tinny square wave sound to it.

MASBFebruary 22, 2018

Great impressions on Dragon Quest Builders, Rocket League and Celeste. Gui's remarks on Gradius ReBirth were beautiful. I haven't played the game, so I can neither confirm or deny his impressions, but it was entertaining.

I sent an email regarding Jon's absence from 558. Since it's timeliness has passed, I figured I would post it in this topic for the amusement, bemusement or confusement of the forum. I had thought of workshopping it for performance at the Silver Beetle on Mersey Street, but between the uvula singers and the boisterious mime, it probably wouldn't get any notice. Thus I present:

I am Lindemann

Shalom Greg, Gui and James,

For whatever reason, it seems to be a time-honored tradition at RFN to comment on the cast member who is absent that week. The more outlandish and demonstrably false, the better. So I thought I'd compose a missive vis-a-vis Jon's absence this week.

In Planet GameCube's E3 2001 video, KI champ Ty Shugart was taping the PGC crew at their hotel room when a Tommy Hilfiger-wearing Jon Lindemann walks in. I said out loud: "Oh my God." He had a rather dark expression on his face. Perhaps the backlog was already weighing on him by the tender age of 47. But then we see him holding up a beer, saying to Ty "What's up man" in a friendly way, so the JonnyL we know and love was there all along.

During Saturday's live Q&A with Neal Ronaghan and new NWR director John Rairdin, Neal's Skype froze. When he came back online, we briefly saw a message icon saying "A Change at the Top" with Lindemann flashing OG signs.

Which naturally leads me to these questions: When the zombie apocalypse comes, will Jon be barricaded in his house, listening to rap records to drown out the jeers of a zombified James Jones, similiar to when Vincent Price played jazz records in "Last Man on Earth"?

Is Jon Lindemann a legend, or is the legend, Lindemann? Deep questions for deep waters my friends. May the Lindy in all of us lead us to the answers.

Live long and Lindy,




I thank you.

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