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TalkBack / Pokémon Game Show
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:37:18 AM »

TalkBack / PAX Prime 2013
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:33:38 PM »

Podcast Discussion / Episode 79: PAX Director's Cut
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:35:25 AM »

A full recap of what we saw at PAX and our live game of Who Wants to be a Nintendoaire?!

Hello, and welcome to Episode 79, our PAX East recap!

Kicking things off, we have a segment recorded from the hotel room after day 2 featuring just about everyone who was at PAX East. We make a lot of dumb jokes, and talk about the variety of games we saw, including Deus Ex, Shovel Knight, Toki Tori 2, DuckTales, and more! Also, there was lots of beer involved.

After that, you'll find the entirety of our live game of Who Wants to be a Nintendoaire? Listen along as contestants from the audience fight tooth and nail for one of our illustrious prizes. Also, hear the audience groan audibly at least three (3!) of the questions written by Zach Miller!

Thanks to everyone who came to Nintendoaire or just said hi over the weekend. It was an incredible time for all of us. If you have some listener mail to share, click here to send it our way. See you next week with a regular show!

TalkBack / PAX East 2013
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:01:52 PM »

TalkBack / Re: Ubisoft Wii U eShop Sale Begins
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:37:36 PM »
Thinking about ACIII, but don't really want to use 17gb of my storage for this game.

What say you Assassin's Creed 3 owners? Is it worth it?

You've got a 'meh' from me. I'm about 1/2 way through and I just can't pick it back up.

Though bear in mind, I'm one of the few people who enjoyed the old control scheme, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

I'd say get the disk so you can maybe resell it if you get sick, but sadly the deal is only eShop.

General Gaming / Re: Backwards Compatibility - Good or Bad?
« on: February 19, 2013, 05:02:00 PM »
If I had things my way the top of your Wii U would look like a toaster with cartidge slots for NES, SNES and N64 games.

I'm going to agree and disagree with you.

It'd be nice, I've got a small selection of NES, and a slightly larger collection of N64 games that I'd love to be able to play without having to repurchase on the VC.

However! I purchased the Deluxe version of the Wii U so that I could stand it on its end. (I feel that it does look a little nicer, and also it takes less room on my desk.) In this way, it'd be quite awkward to use the toaster method of reading game cartridges. Also, not to mention that the slots are slightly different for each different cartridge so it's not one-size-fits-all. What I suggest would be a USB breakout. Just a small box (maybe 1in x 6in x 4in [h x w x d]) would suffice with a 2 ft cable that goes to the U. Problem with this would be price. Nintendo could charge an arm and a leg since they only have to sell one accessory [as opposed to multiple games], for games that aren't even manufactured!

But that's just my $0.02. I'd love the ability to play my old games (save states and all) on my Wii U since my NES doesn't read carts right anymore (too busy to fix), and my only good N64 controller has a really loose joystick. In all honesty though, I don't see Nintendo doing this any time soon, as their VC solution works "well enough."

TalkBack / Nintendo Direct 02.14.2013
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:38:13 AM »

Nintendo executives speak directly to the fans on Valentine's Day to announce new 3DS and Wii U Games and release dates.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 66: Shut Up, I'm Making Deductions
« on: December 29, 2012, 02:46:56 PM »

A light post-Christmas episode with GOTY talk and a Doctor Who recap!

The Nintendo World Report offices are empty and silent as the staff enjoys the holiday season, but a few lingering staffers have come together for this week's show.

Starting things off, Neal, Scott, and Nicholas sit down to talk about their top 5 games from 2012. Despite some noticeable lulls over the year, the trio have put together a rather formidable and varied list of the top games across each of Nintendo's platforms. Be sure to let us know what your favorite games were!

After the outro, Scott, David, and special guest Amanda Albert  break down the latest Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Snowmen." How did the special compare to the other's before it, what are the implications for the rest of the season, and, seriously, is Oswin a ghost or what? They break it all down!

As always, you can click here to send us listener mail. Also, thanks so much for an incredible 2012. From listener mail, to comments on Twitter and Miiverse, to the live panel at PAX East; your support has been unbelievable. Here's to an even beter 2013!

TalkBack / Re: Assassin's Creed 3 Video Comparison: Wii U vs. Xbox 360
« on: November 21, 2012, 11:36:17 PM »
I'd love to see how it stacks up to the PC version (with highest graphics settings, of course.) If it weren't $50 on Steam and I hadn't just spent $60 on it for Wii , I'd totally be all over this. Alas, however, I've spent too much money already this past week for me to be buying duplicate games. :/

TalkBack / Re: First Wii U Ad Shown in the United Kingdom
« on: October 21, 2012, 08:41:25 PM »
Glitch Mob? I approve!

Podcast Discussion / Episode 54: The Angels Take Connectivity
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:09:49 AM »

Pokémon Black and White 2, loads of 3DS news and, yes, Doctor Who.

Episode 54 of Connectivity is here, and its loaded with content. So, let's get started.

Opening the show, Josh sits down with Alex and Andy, who have been playing the review copies of Pokémon Black and White 2. Alex, a Poké-pro, and Andy, a novice to the series, share their unique takes on the two games, from how accessible they are to newcomers, to how they rank compared to the series as a whole.

After that, Neal, Scott, and Patrick breakdown the, pardon my French, buttload of 3DS news that came out this week, including newly announced games like Crashmo and the resurgence of the Virtual Console (at least on the 3DS). After that, they talk about the games they've been playing this week, including Resident Evil 6, Mists of Pandaria, and Hell Yeah.

After the outro, stick around for a special bonus segment all about the midseason finale of Doctor Who. WARNING: there are literally spoilers in the first, like, 10 seconds of this segment. So if you haven't watched "The Angels Take Manhattan" yet, you might want to do that. Otherwise, enjoy Scott, Patrick, and David as they talk about the episode and ponder the future of Doctor Who.

As always, you can click here to send us listener mail. You should do it!

Podcast Discussion / Best of the Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:09:24 AM »

The fighting giant lands in the third spot.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl finds itself at number 3 on our list of top ten first-party Wii games. JP, Josh, David, and Mike talk about the highs and lows of Brawl, how it compares to the other games in the series, who the best characters are, and why it is undoubtedly one of the best games on the Wii.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 52: Nintendo Indirect
« on: September 26, 2012, 07:13:33 AM »
Obligatory XKCD (for Dr. Who segment):

The way I read into the line where Amy says "our friends are going to start noticing us aging a bit faster then them," is that they're actually aging between when their non-doctor friends see them. Take for example when Amy was pregnant. If The Doctor picked them up on their wedding night and returned them the day after, they would've both aged a full 9 months during that day.

It's similar to that episode with the Two Streams facilities. Amy is in the other stream, and she ages two weeks in the 15 seconds where the Doctor was trying to 'fix' the magnifying glass.

But that's just me.

Hehe, maybe someday, someone will make a HTML5 player that plays Flash movies!

Done in JavaScript + HTML5, does that count?

TalkBack / Re: Wii U Launches November 18 in North America
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:45:32 AM »
Who exactly does Nintendo expect to buy the White version? I wanted a White Wii U but the Deluxe bundle simply has way too many ridiculous savings and extras that I can't for the life of me bring myself to NOT pre-order the black version!

There are two things I can think of here.
1. People on slightly more restrictive budgets who want a Wii U.
2. Think about it, the Deluxe sold out, so people have to buy the Non-Deluxe Wii U. If they wanted Nintendo Land, they have to pay the full $60 for it, so Nintendo gets $360, and this still doesn't bring into the fact they'd have to buy the cradle separate(if they wanted) and directly from Nintendo, there's going to be a fair share of markup. Then throw in the (small, but still there) savings of only slapping 8 gigs of storage in as opposed to 32...

Long post short, the non-Deluxe is great if you want a game console that you don't care for the storage space or Nintendo Land. Save yourself a few dollars, but for almost everyone else, there's no reason not to go Deluxe.

TalkBack / The State of Your Wii
« on: August 18, 2012, 07:49:29 PM »

With the Wii U looming, the staff of NWR comment on the condition of their Wii.

Simultaneously an unexpected commercial smash and a critical whipping boy, the Wii hasn't exactly had the smoothest lifespan. The six year old console was a step behind its competitors in tech right from the start and experienced long lulls between noteworthy games. Making matters worse, this final year before the launch of the Wii U has been bone dry in terms of software, with the only exception being Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story finally arriving in North America. The old white box isn't drifting quietly into the night; it has been buried alive.

Despite a great library of games, the lack of serious support in 2012, as well as some hardware issues, got us talking about what it is our Wii consoles are doing these days. Below, you'll find write-ups from a handful of Nintendo World Report editors who share the current status of their Wii consoles. From barely functioning and barely used to recently acquired and constantly running, these stories relay the experience of Wii owners who are all waiting on the console's death knell: the release of the Wii U.

Scott Thompson's Wii

My Wii, seen above completing the Wii360 meme, has had a good, long run. This is technically my second Wii; the original launch day unit I purchased bricked with the first system update, and a week later I received this new one from Nintendo of America. The console has traveled from my mom's basement to my first apartment and now rests in the living room of my house, awaiting retirement. Unfortunately, a few months ago, it lost the ability to read dual-layer discs, which means it can't play the likes of Xenoblade Chronicles or Skyward Sword, but it's still good for some Donkey Kong Country Returns and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It will remain in my entertainment center, hooked up and ready to go, until the Wii U arrives.

Nicholas Bray's Wii

My Wii has been hooked up ever since the launch. The console itself has continued to work perfectly for me and has served me well over the past five or so years. Granted, my Wii actually hasn't been used as heavily as my Cube and N64 were, but I have still managed to use it quite a bit and have amassed a fairly large collection of games.

Andrew Brown's Wii

My TV has three consoles and two disc players hooked up to it, and I can still safely say my Wii is the most used of them all. I got it back at launch, and it has been hooked up and in use ever since. It went to the repair shop once when the disc drive started buzzing loudly and giving read errors, but apart from that, no problems. On the software side of things, yes, I do have Homebrew Channel installed so that I can play and review import games and run translation patches (Fatal Frame 4, baby!), and I keep a 16gb SD card in there to hold a multitude of Virtual Console games and experimental homebrew software. No HDD loaders; winners don't pirate games. I've been using the 3rd Earth remote charger for close to three years, saving a fortune on batteries since then! It's the console of choice for running my GameCube collection as well - check out the sweet Platinum Wavebird I got from Japan!

James Dawson's Wii

My launch system is still running strong, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. And unlike many Wii systems, mine hasn’t had a huge amount of time to rest. With 42 games and counting, it’s my most played console, despite the fact that I own both a PS3 and an Xbox 360. Only my handhelds get more use than my Wii.

David Egolf's Wii

Not the most exciting story, but I just ended up in possession of a Wii and a few games yesterday. I've had it hooked up since then and have been hard pressed to find time for anything else. Haven't had any time for any fancy unlocking/homebrewing, but I have been enjoying netflix without the need to either use my phone or laptop.

James Jones's Wii

My Wii is a launch day unit. It's currently hooked up. I played it yesterday. I've been engaging in the pursuit of games I missed. For the last year it has been sustained by import games.

Josh Max's Wii

I got my Wii within the first week of launch. The bad boy has seen some action, lemme tell you. Currently my TV is hooked up to my Wii and PS3 and my Wii has seen far more playtime to date. No HDD loaders or Homebrew channels over here. The old boy's never seen a repair shop, either. He never needed it. It's my go to console for GameCube games, although I don't always turn to it when I wanna play some N64. I have, however, gotten as many Mario Party games on it as possible. My Wii's been yelled at so many times over coins and stars that it's almost laughable. Almost (coins and stars are no laughing matter). The old boy's lasted me quite some time. Gotta say, I've been pretty pleased.

Zach Miller's Wii

No good thing lasts forever. Sometime in 2010, my launch-day Wii decided it just couldn’t go on living. It refused to boot past the “Press A to continue” screen. Sometimes it wouldn’t even get there. It wouldn’t read disks. It wouldn’t boot from the SD card. It wouldn’t play VC or WiiWare games. Clearly, something was horribly wrong. Knowing that I’d face a steep repair fee were I to send in the ailing system, I hopped instead on a wholly original plan: purchase, on Black Thursday Night, a studious new blue Wii at Wal-Mart that didn’t have GameCube support. My plan was to simply tell Nintendo of America my plight, whereupon they would surely just transfer whatever they needed to transfer from my account to my new blue Wii. After the purchase, I called NOA and spent a long time talking to three different people only to find, to my horror, that they couldn’t simply transfer my digital content, but instead, I would have to send in the old Wii for repairs—which I was trying to avoid. But they did agree to give me a significant discount (as it was my birthday) and waive the shipping fee. I got my white Wii back five days later—a stunning turnaround. Happy as a clam, I booted up my rejuvenated Wii only to witness shock and horror: my VC and WiiWare games were gone. All of the save information—for ALL MY GAMES—was gone, though I was able to re-download all of my digital games. I never took back the blue Wii. It was only $100, and it looks really cool. Both systems have separate purposes now. I only play digital games and GameCube games on the launch Wii, and I only play disc-based games on the blue Wii. My hope is that, with two systems sharing the workload, both of them will last longer than either one would on its own.


Those are our stories, but what about you? Be sure to tell us about the state of your Wii in the comments!

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