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Episode 808: Soft Locked in the Tea House

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - February 5, 2023, 9:18 pm EST
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This week we do "a little" New Business, which in RFN terms means over an hour. James has more detailed impressions of Fire Emblem Engage. Let's be honest for a minute; if you ever justified Nintendo's removal of face touching content from Fire Emblem Fates, and are not enraged here, you're a serial killer or a hypocrite. There are no other options. You could be both, I suppose, lest we make the hypocritical serial killers in the audience feel compelled to make the most difficult choice of their lives.

Jon has a ¿new? game with Dead Space Remake. It's a game he talked about when it came out over a decade ago. We're old. He'll also be here forever, because he's currently stuck in a softlock that has ended his progress.

Guillaume closes out New Business with an update on Blue Dragon, and more pressingly the hottest ride in all the land Mario Kart 8 Ultimate. He held off on MK8U for new content, and now there is new content to consume. It would have cracked his game of the year list if it came out in 2022. Speaking of...


After a break it's time for the Radio Free "Nintendo" "Top Five" "Games" of "2022." The only words in that phrase that aren't shrouded in air quotes are "of," "Radio," and "Free." I wont post the selections here, but for those of you who are new: each host picks 5 games from 2022 on Nintendo systems.


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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 what he's up to at his website.

This episode's ending music is Astral Observatory from the The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask Orchestrations. It was selected by Greg. All rights reserved by Nintendo Co., Ltd.


I am passing on Fire Emblem Engage. Even if they are tempting me with my love for both tea and weightlifting lol. The strategy portion of the game looks like it delivers well enough, and I’m glad they have cleaned up the “prep-work” you do in-between fights, but James is right about how much of the series has changed. I’m fatigued at these games focusing on summoning legacy characters. Heroes Warriors, TMS, and now this? I think the series has moved in a fan-service-y direction that I am losing interest in. Which is a shame because I enjoyed Three Houses’ world so much, despite its shortcomings. That bedroom thing is too creepy for me.

2022 was a very light year for me in the gaming world. I kept up with several of Nintendo’s mobile games, but outside of them, I think Kirby’s Forgotten Land was my only purchase from Nintendo and was my favorite play of the year. I also enjoyed The Wild at Heart, though I know Guillaume wasn’t a fan. I streamed some retro games I had never played before, like Spyro the Dragon and Captain Rainbow (both also pretty enjoyable). Overall, not a big year for gaming for me. 2023 on the other hand seems like it’s gonna be a different story.

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