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Episode 681: Eyeglasses in the Shed

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - July 12, 2020, 1:09 pm EDT
Total comments: 2

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It's time for our RetroActive on Crystalis, the Zelda-like NES RPG from SNK. Luckily, we're joined by RFN alumnus, and Crystalis mega-fan, Jonny Metts. This is over two hours of pure Crystalis discussion. We touch on: the big themes, the strange text, the frenetic combat, and a very stupid puzzle involving eyeglasses.

Buckle-up and enjoy, and if you haven't played it, Crystalis is available on the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection or the NES Online Games. Give it a go!

As always, you can send us your questions here.

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 Ending Theme from Crystalis. Composition by Yoko Osaka. It was selected by Greg. All rights reserved by SNK Corp.


CDavis7MAugust 28, 2020

I dropped podcasts for a while back in March when I started quarantining, due to no commute. But I've been catching back up on RFN and I started playing Crystalis while listening to the episode over a few days. I finally finished it. Wow! No wonder people have a fondness for it. It's such an amazing RPG for the NES. Really neat stuff going on, so many items and abilities. The menu/item selection is a bit clunky but eventually I got the hang of it.

Definitely a good candidate for a sequel. I think a pure remake would not be enough here.

Speaking of this retroactive, I still need to get back to Henry Hatsworth!

That game is unique and wonderful.

If not more than a little obtuse.

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