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Episode 562: So, It's Sonic Forces

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, John Rairdin, and Guillaume Veillette - March 11, 2018, 2:42 pm EDT
Total comments: 6

The sequel we all deserve.

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Jon Lindemann is on assignment this week, so in his place we have the recently-appointed NWR Site Director John Rairdin. The timing was fortutious, as we spend the entire first segment talking about Thursday's Nintendo Direct. We got Splatoon 2 DLC, Super Smash Bros., ports, ports, and uh... ports. In all seriousness, it was a fun Direct and we dig deep to break down all the news.

The second half of the show is devoted to New Business. John kicks us off with a look at Hollow, which sounds aptly named. He then gives us some impressions of Mulaka, a far better game - even if he can't remember his review score. This action game takes up the challenge of representing the folklore of indigenous communities of Northern Mexico, while still providing excellent gameplay. James reviewed Fear Effect Sedna. It's bad. To get ready for Yakuza 6, he's been catching up on the adventures of Kiryu by playing Yakuza 5 via Sony's PS Now streaming service. It's a surprisingly smooth experience, even if the monthly price is a bit steep. Guillaume closes out New Business with a duo of Switch games. Old Man's Journey is a mobile port that probably works better in handheld mode. A Hole New World is a convincing, and strong, NES-like. Only a few technical issues hold it back from being great.

Email returns next week, so get us your questions now.

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 was requested by Ben: Toy Block Tower, from Wario Land 4. All rights reserved by Nintendo Co., Ltd..


OedoMarch 12, 2018

Of course James watched Prince of Tennis. Of course he did.

When I saw Mario breaking Wario's racket in the January Nintendo Direct Mini, the first thing I thought was Atobe's Rondo Towards Destruction too lol.

The internet lead me to believe that Skyrim is the new doom, not Resident Evil 4.

Hey! Prince of Tennis is a bad show but delightfully idiotic.

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The internet lead me to believe that Skyrim is the new doom, not Resident Evil 4.

Resident Evil 4 has the unfair advantage of coming out one generation before Skyrim which means it has an insurmountable lead in the porting department. (Especially after RE4 VR gets announced at PAX Southwest in June.)

I'm so glad that Gui left the Undertale announcement at "This means Gamemaker Studio runs on Switch" and didn't get evangelical about that game's bottomless charm or smart writing or how it's birthed a fanbase that even I, ClexYoshi, who have experienced some awful fanbases wants to even get near, or such.

Like, don't get me wrong. I'm happy for Toby Fox. he may very well have his little magnum opus on the same hardware that could in theory one day host the very game he made a romhack of that got him into doing game development. Hell, it's even funny that Nintendo would do business with a guy that would show such a flagrant disregard for their game as to promote *GASP!* Piracy!!!

But I could not play Undertale. I sat there when I tried to play and was like, "this really isn't a JRPG, is it?" and "I see what you're trying to do, game." and I feel like it's supposed to take you on an emotional ride and be the most dreaded word that could turn me off from ANY game if you described it as such...


How ironic that they call a "RPG" that when it promotes a style of gameplay wherein you gain no EXP.

and yeah, to that effect, I kinda don't like Earthbound either. Mother 3 is all right, though. that game is a slightly less bad JRPG with a strong story attached. I kinda like that it has the balls to have this really happy and silly art attached to a game that's so depressing. which is kinda what I feel about the genre of Mother-inspired JRPGs in general. Bad Dragon Quest-likes that happen to have a QUuUuUuirky sense of humor and some sort of pretentious story that happens to be attached to something only one step above the visual novel/dating sim!

Yes, I realize I've used this as my chance to soapbox about types of games I tend not to like. There's a place in the world for these gameplay-lite sorts of ordeals. I'm not even saying your opinion is invalid for liking these... but I like games with mechanical crunch and a fun factor. my favorite JRPGs tend to be ones that you can break through manipulation of systems...! it's why Final Fantasy 5 with it's bad Saturday Morning Cartoon story line is one of my favorites in that series! the Job System is waaaaaay more compelling than the characters they attach it to! I LOATHE the Bravely default protags, but that game is so fun it pushed me past my annoyance with Ringabel mentioning his intoxicating musk and how it attracts women and Edea's response of "MRGRGR...!" fully voice acted!

KDR_11kMarch 15, 2018

On the C64 I had a first person shooter with shaded polygons that ran at like 2 FPS. But that's the C64, games were just shit by default.

Hollow sounds overall like a Jim Sterling tier of game.

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