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by Danny Bivens, James Charlton, and Ty Shughart - January 11, 2016, 5:29 am EST
Total comments: 2

The most extreme Japan podcast on the internet blazes straight into 2016!

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It’s a new year, and you know what that means! More of almost exactly the same as last year as four foreigners in Japan sit around talking about games as if they’re experts on the subject or something. However, while the core format of the show will remain the same, we’re going to make an effort to give you a leaner, less waffly show going forward!

To keep things in familiar ground we kick off the show with a look at the games we played over the holidays. Danny tries out a DS classic courtesy of Ty, while Ty himself finally clears Fallout 4. James reminisces about his glory days as a (digital) extreme sports pro with Virtual Console versions of Waverace 64 and 1080 Snowboarding. Sairus rounds out the segment by finally scratching his Bayonetta 2 itch.

There’s generally not a huge amount of news around this time of year, but we still discuss Japan finally getting a 2DS launch alongside VC releases of first generation Pokemon titles and Sairus continues to gripe about new information for Pokken Tournament. We also have some light speculation about the NX based on recent rumors and analyst predictions.

We also have a look at recent new releases like the actually quite interesting VC edition of Super Mario Advance 4: Mario Bros 3, before checking out the Japanese Sales Charts for the last week.

Finally we check out some reader messages and a little Life in Japan section on how Japan likes to spend their Winter Holidays!

Ake Ome, Koto Yoro! (Happy New Year, please continue to be nice to us!)

This podcast was edited by Danny Bivens.

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.

The artwork for the show was designed by Tony Losoya, follow him on Twitter @Tony_Losoya


azekeJanuary 12, 2016

Question for next Famicast.

Can you elaborate how is PC gaming? Availability of games and prices on Steam?

One problem with Steam in some countries is that people don't use credit/debit cards much there and Steam started to sell Steam wallet cards in retail to circumvent that problem. Or they integrate into already existing paying systems with established POS terminal network. How is it in Japan?

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusJanuary 12, 2016

The answer to that is super cool and interesting, actually.

Check this out. You can buy something on steam, select convenience store payment, and then walk on over to the nearest convenience store and pay there with the payment number, either with the kiosk or just give it directly to the cashier. I haven't actually tried this yet (I still use a US debit card), but some of my local pals have. Maybe I'll test it out just so I can talk about it on the next Famicast.

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