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Episode 1: 3DS GET!

by Danny Bivens, James Charlton, and Matt Walker - March 11, 2011, 11:54 pm EST
Total comments: 18

Join the NWR Japan correspondents in their first ever podcast dedicated to everything Japan.

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With the Japan team now three men strong and the Triforce now complete, we thought now was the perfect chance to start a supplementary podcast to RFN featuring the whole crew, and thus, The Famicast was born!

Unrestricted by time zone differences, James Charlton, Matthew Walker and Danny Bivens form together like Voltron for some talk about everything Japan.

The hot topic is, of course, the 3DS launch, but after that, we move into detailed impressions of the system’s features, including StreetPass. Listen to Matt as he describes what it’s like to have a 3DS in your pocket walking around the busy streets of Tokyo.

News is (naturally) Japan-focused, with talk of some interesting Virtual Console releases and the crazy Pokemon-themed DS typing game.

After that we get straight into our Japan exclusive games feature, featuring none other than The Last Story and Captain Rainbow!

Learn what it takes to give Birdo his/her happy ending. (It’s as weird as it sounds).

With us all living in Japan, the odd Japanese word slips out from time to time, so you never know, you might learn a bit on the way!

We wrap up the show with a chance to win some cool swag from Japan, listen to the show to find out how. Entries can be sent here.

If you want to ask the Japan crew a question, why not drop by our forum thread or send us an email directly. We will try our best to answer them all, the best of which will be answered on the show.

Consider us as your irregularly scheduled manga pullout from your main gaming publication that is Radio Free Nintendo.

Podcast a go-go baby!

This podcast was edited by James Charlton.

Music for this episode of The Famicast is used with permission from 8 Bit Weapon. You can purchase their music and shirts from their website 8bitweapon.com

Additional music for this episode of The Famicast is copyrighted to Nintendo, and is included under fair use protection.


Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)March 12, 2011

Very cool idea, guys. I hope you can do more episodes in the future, because this is a good format and the three of you have great radio voices.

Nice to hear about your 3DS stories. It sounds like Super Street Fighter IV is the game to have at launch. And I am in complete agreement about Pilotwings Resort; Wuhu Island is a fun place to explore, but in the other games it has featured in, it's like 1/12th of the game, not the whole thing.

One question about the system I have, which may have been answered elsewhere, is regarding the Home Button. Is it like on the Wii, where returning to the Home menu exits the game, or is it closer to an iPod Touch/iPhone, where the game is simply put on pause?

happyastoriaMarch 12, 2011

I hope you guys are safe! Don't know when this was recorded.

Retro DeckadesMarch 12, 2011

A brand new podcast from some of the staff at NWR? Um, YES PLEASE. I hope that this thing goes weekly!

cricarraMarch 12, 2011

Yes! This awesome. 8-4 can no longer call themselves the only podcast about games and Japan. =P

I hope this becomes weekly.

ToruresuMarch 12, 2011

They are indeed safe, check the General section of the forums :)

This is a great idea, downloading as we speak.  :cool;

I hope this is continued. I would love to add Famicast to list of podcast I listen to weekly, which consists mostly of Radio Free Nintendo and Newscast, so Nintendo World Report has certainly done something right with its other podcasts.

cricarraMarch 12, 2011

I really regret taking so long to listen to the podcast. I know I've lost the contest by now. =/

As for feedback, just have a bit more energy and try to make it flow a bit smoother. I'm sure that comes with time though.

AVMarch 12, 2011

so far so good (haven't finished) but allot of it seems like a repeat of stuff heard on RFN and Newscast. However I am still enjoying it

ToruresuMarch 12, 2011

Quote from: cricarra

As for feedback, just have a bit more energy and try to make it flow a bit smoother. I'm sure that comes with time though.

This, the podcast was good overall for being the first time. The 3DS launch stories and opinions on games was great, keep it up guys!

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)March 13, 2011

Thanks for the comments guys! This was a test podcast and we are open to comments and ideas going forward :)
We can't promise this will be regular, but as for the big events in Japan we will definitely try to cover those.

As mentioned above, be sure to check out our forum thread or drop us an e-mail with your Japan-flavoured questions.
In the meantime, there's one prize left up for grabs so don't delay you may still have a chance!

Scatt-ManMarch 13, 2011

I'd sure love to live in Kuki, or is it kochi? Regardless, it sounds delicious!

Killer_Man_Jaro, the Home button the 3DS is a little bit different than what you find on the Wii, but not quite like what you find on an iPod Touch/iPhone. If you're in a game and press the home button, the home screen with all of your "channels" shows up. From there, you can write a memo, check your friend list, check system messages, and even use the internet browser (you're supposed to be able to, at any rate. After the big update in May, I presume.). If you choose one of the other channels while on the home screen, let's say for instance AR Games, the system will ask you if you really want to change what software you are using. If you choose yes, then you go into the software that you chose.

And Scatt-Man, it's Kuki, and it's more delicious than you ever dreamed.  :P:

MiyamotoMarch 13, 2011

A huge thank you and congratulations to the guys behind this. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative. I would love for this to become weekly and hear the boys branch out in to other Japan only published Nintendo games as well as maybe even touching on Japan's take on non-Nintendo gaming and Japanese culture and attitudes in general. For example, I found it particularly interesting when they were discussing Birdo and Japanese outlooks on such things. It was maybe a little rusty and lacked the sleek well oiled feel of say, RFN but that comes with time.

Please keep it up and thanks once again.

motangMarch 14, 2011

Good episode guys, I hope you make it a regular and you get your own RSS feed. Oh and by the way, I know about the Toys R Us ticket thing to pre-order systems, as I also got a ticket when I pre-ordered my Wii. It was better than lining up in the cold November night/morning. Just showed up early got my ticket and went back around 10 A.M. when they were opened and I paid the amount.  :D

viciouskillersquirrelMarch 14, 2011

I really liked this podcast.  It just showed up in my iTunes feed as a pleasant little surprise.

I wouldn't mind at all if it became a regular thing or spun off into its own podcast, but if that's not possible, then it being like a regular segment in the normal show.

KisakiProjectMarch 15, 2011

I enjoyed this quite a bit.  You guys should work on sound balance issues though.  I think people cmae off to quiet compared to other people off and on.

Good podcast, thanks for this.

I am just wondering though: you guys are all okay? No one hurt or homeless or anything of the sort? Hang in there...

NintendoFanboyMarch 19, 2011

I want the inside Japan scoop.
all we get is the worse reports, it would be nice if they
could report on how the disaster is effecting the daily
life of Japanese, and gaming culture as it pertains to Nintendo.

After hearing they are ok of course. our thoughts and prayers
are with the Japanese people.

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