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This week we have an exclusive interview with RFN's host.

This week, we're extremely excited to sit down with the host of Radio Free Nintendo, James Jones, to tell us about Episode 824.

James Jones - Nintendo World Report: James, thanks for joining us today.

James Jones - Radio Free Nintendo: It's my pleasure; thanks for having me.

NWR: Everyone wants to know, what did you all talk about this week? I assume a lot of Tears of the Kingdom.

JJ: (laughs) I'm sure they do. This week we do talk quite extensively about Tears, but that's not how we started.

NWR: Oh? That's a surprise.

JJ: We thought about it, and realized that people who are trying to stay as pure as possible might appreciate us including some non-Tears content. We decided to front-load it, starting with a riff on Sony's Project Q and Konami's naming decisions. We then asked Gui and Jon do their New Business. Editor's Note: co-hosts Guillaume Veillette and Jon Lindemann.

NWR: Project Q is so weird.

JJ: And Metal Gear Solid 3 is now Delta? Stupid.

NWR: So what did Guillaume talk about?

JJ: You will not believe it, but he's been playing Guilty Gear -Strive- on Xbox and Guilty Gear on Switch.

NWR: No!

JJ: I told you!

NWR: And Jon?

JJ: Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster, specifically the first game.

NWR: That's a bit more believable.

JJ: What's less so is he listened to Jonny's appearance a few weeks ago to make sure he offered new insights.

NWR:JJ: I'm stunned!

JJ: It's true though. After that we pulled a couple of emails from the inbox that are somewhat Tears-adjacent. Greg and I used those emails to talk about Tears, rather than doing a traditional New Business. Editor's Note: Co-host Greg Leahy.

NWR: Adjacent? What questions were asked?

JJ: The first asked if Monolith Soft was the best JRPG developer in the game, and if they'd be better served with a more grounded style of storytelling.

NWR: More grounded than a sentient, petty, world full of King Kongs?

JJ: Seems grounded to me. The second email asked where the Zelda series can go from here. Are we beyond "bigger is better?"

NWR: It's what you do with it.

JJ: It's like Jon is in the room with us.

NWR: Speaking of, what's up with that title ["I Dare You to Play Eye of Judgment"]? It had to be Jon, right?

JJ: Very perceptive of you. We're drafting Jon to become THE Eye of Judgment streamer on Twitch.

NWR: That sounds like the worst idea I've ever heard. I hope it happens.

JJ: Me too.

NWR: Well then, I can't wait to listen. Thank you for joining us!

JJ: My pleasure. And remember, send your emails.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 823: Pantless in Hyrule
« on: May 21, 2023, 04:22:01 PM »

Day 11: It's cold, I'm still stuck on this mountain, and a stupid plant person keeps asking me to find his friend.

I probably don't need to tell you that this episode is largely devoted to discussions of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. It's a tough game to talk about, especially this early, because so much of the game's joy is in the small discoveries - in a way everything is and isn't a spoiler. If you want to stay totally pure, come back later. We're all early-to-mid game so there's no real major plot spoilers here, but some tales of our early travels are shared.

Guillaume did manage to talk about something besides Tears... The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. Week 4 of the Radio Free Hyrule podcast continues apace.

Lastly, we did manage to slide in a single email on gaming and managing your mental well-being. We covered this during the early days of the pandemic; obviously the world is different now. You can ask us to review an old topic here.


Are we releasing a Wind Waker episode, right as Tears of the Kingdom comes out? No, we RECORDED it as it came out. We're releasing after.

Finally, after six weeks, the regular cast is back together. Finally, it is time or our The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker RetroActive part 2.

Does that mean we recorded after The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released for Greg and as it was releasing or the rest of the cast? Yes.

Does that mean you all are playing a new, gigantic, Zelda game already? Yes.

Do you still have space in your earholes for a retroactive on the O.G. big-world Zelda? I hope so.

If not, it'll still be here later. RetroActives are pretty timeless, and that's why we decided to release it here. After all, Breath of the Wild launched the same day we recorded a very tomato RetroActive. Call it tradition.

Next week we'll have a lot of Tears of the Kingdom to talk. For now, email us.

Okay, back to the underground.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 820: Racer X Goomba Tower
« on: April 30, 2023, 07:43:00 PM »

"This new Mario Kart DLC is getting spicy!" - James

LAST TIME, ON RFN: "I promise you THREE emails!"

THIS TIME, ON RFN: It's a call-in show! With three emails.

That's right, with Gui still out and Greg watching the NFL Draft, Jon and James are running the shop on their own. And what do immature children do when the adults are out of town? House party.

We let you, the listers, become you, the callers. We were blindsided with questions and forced to answer them on the spot.

Topics we covered this week include:

  • RFN: The Game
  • Gaming and Public Domain Literature
  • Games Lost Without Music
  • RFN on Mario Party Monthly
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC Character Draft
  • Nintendo Franchise Lore DLC
  • What Nintendo Got Wrong on Switch
  • Nintendo PR and Nintendo Lawyers: The Infinite Struggle
  • How to Fix Wii U (but not Change the Name)
  • What if Elon Bought Nintendo
  • ...and the RFN Email Address

If you're still struggling after that last one, you can use this instead.

The Wind Waker RetroActive part 2 now has a date: May 11. Yes, that is hours before Tears of the Kingdom launches. Did you know hours before the launch of Breath of the Wild was the Princess Tomato RetroActive?

This is tradition.

You can post your [Wind Waker] comments here.


This is the non-AI Jon Lindemann, by the way.

As Guillaume-watch enters its third week, and Jon begins a new iron-man streak, James just tries to warm up the show with a fun little chat about a dictator and his money and instead creates the longest stinger in show history.

Probably. Don't fact check that.

Anyway, this week we got a lot of Nintendo news, some good New Business, and a lot of content that is of questionable purpose.

James [eventually] kicks-off New Business with a review of the Fell Xenologue DLC for Fire Emblem Engage. Did you want more Fire Emblem Engage? Congrats, here's more Fire Emblem Engage. It also has difficulty settings that don't make any sense, so have fun with that.

Jon is going through his eShop haul, and this week he's digging into the Boxboy! bounty he bought. Specifically, he's playing Boxboy but bought buccos of Boxboy buy-ables. Jon also decided to return to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, because 600 hours of Monster Hunter Rise was simply not enough.

Greg is also going though a game that is now beyond the Eternity's Gate: New Super Mario Bros. 2. It's still "all about the gold," but that phrase has new meaning in an era where The Super Mario Bros. Movie has made the GDP of Vanuatu in a three week window. This leads to a long-running conversation about the larger business around Mario and Nintendo as a global entity.

Lastly, we conclude the show with a rapid-fire rundown of the Indie World contents.

After our outro music, stay tuned for an extended (and depressing) look at sports ownership.

We committed to three emails next week, do you want your garbage to be our garbage? Dump it here.

The Wind Waker RetroActive part 2 is inching ever-closer. You can post your comments here


...but what if its just symbols to him now?

This is the first week of Guillaume's vacation, so of course he's getting a shout-out in the title.

Good news if you're tired of Mario Movie reviews - none of us have seen it!

Instead, we stage an email heavy episode this week. In it we: review your eShop hauls, figure out the next Nintendo toy to appear in their games, and list what series challenges we've taken on. Lastly, Greg closes out the show finally giving his long-delayed New Business on Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon.

Did you like the emails? Did you dislike them? See if you can do better!

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker RetroActive will resume in a few weeks. You can post your comments here


World is flooded. E3 is dead. Boats: Floating.

About three years ago, E3 was brutally attacked in the parking lot by an unknown assailant. On the shelf for years, by the time it was ready for action in 2023 the world had moved on. No longer undisputed at the top of the card, E3 finds itself cut by the publishers it supported.

Setting aside our overly-dramatic writing, E3 officially died this week. We had a plan to fix it all the way back in 2020. It involved sinking cruise ships, multiple frauds, probably a few involuntary manslaughter charges, and more hype than any industry event in history. Our genius went unheeded, and hopefully the lessons are learned by all.

This week also offered some insights on the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Series Producer Eiji Aonuma hosted a 10 minute presentation on a handful of mechanics new to the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild. Fuse is of particular interest, including his boat building demo and his construction of the world's longest salad fork.

Speaking of Zelda games and sinking boats, we also had Part 1 of our RetroActive for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. We split this into a two-parter due to scheduling struggles. If you want to continue to contribute, you can do so here.

This week we spent most of the time talking about the history of game and its HD remake. We also talk some of the early parts of the game, and some mechanical components.

With Gui out for a few weeks, we need email content. SEND US EMAILS!

Podcast Discussion / Episode 815: A Change of Hardware
« on: March 26, 2023, 05:01:05 PM »

Stop saying "hardware."

What's iconic about Mario? What does an alleged-AI think RFN sounds like? Why are there so many skeletons? This, and one more question, are answered in this week's RFN.

That question is about movie-based games.

After a break, we have a bit of New Business. James believes the NSO needs game manuals and that the Fire Emblem Engage DLC was mighty-speedy. Jon is beta testing his future obsession with Diablo IV. Greg finally gets to talk about Doom Eternal. Guillaume has final thoughts on LEGO Star Wars, and thanks our Talkback Heroes.

Just a reminder: emails go here.

NEXT WEEK is part 1 of RetroActive 52: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Comments go here!

Part 2 will be in a few weeks.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 812: I Wouldn't Even Accept Your Apology
« on: March 04, 2023, 03:08:32 PM »

Jon's back; can you tell?

Radio Free Nintendo this week is a bit of "friends waiting at a train station;" people come and go at their proscribed times but the conversation continues.

Guillaume, James, and Greg start the show and it wraps with Jon, Greg, and James. I guess Greg and James are catching late trains.

Guillaume is playing Chained Echoes, a 16-bit RPG that lists a lot of inspirations but seemingly omits a big one. It took him a little while to connect with it, but he's enjoying this game created by a single person. The task-based leveling is a particular topic of interest. He also started 13 Sentinels. So should you.

James is finishing Fire Emblem Engage, and has a few final thoughts, but mostly he's been trying to reverse engineer a new style of Twitch streamer: infinite, AI-generated, content. "How is this thing creating new 'Steamed Hams' episodes over and over?" "How is this 'VTuber' interacting with the audience in a realistic way, and how did it learn to play Osu?" "How long can I watch a Chunibyo character try to convince his two friends that he is king of the hallway?" A while. Apparently.

Jon is summoned from the ether for Listener Mail - and he proves his memory by reciting the email address, albeit incredulously. Our first question asks us to explore missing the zeitgeist for a game, which predictably expands into an unrequested longer conversation about what zeitgeist for a game means, and how it impacts playing the game. Send us an email, we answer how we choose.

Guillaume's train arrives, and so the remaining trio move onto a second question: with the on-going invasion of Smash Bros. by the Fire Emblem franchise, what Smash Bros. fighters would server as good Emblems in Engage? There are so many choices.

Reminder: We are going to do our RetroActive on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker soon™. You can play the original GameCube release or the HD remake, but remember the eShop is shutting down soon.

As Jon accurately remembered, you can send your emails here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 810: Looking for the Contours of Fun
« on: February 19, 2023, 04:29:00 PM »

In a land bereft of fun, one man will seek it out in the blistering nothingness.

I want to give your game a 1.25 out of 10 and so I shall.

However, there are people that suggest it is not necessary that I have such dexterity in my reviews. They want median and mean scores to correspond with the numerical mean of the range. They demand a semi-predictable cadence of 10s and 1s, tops and bottoms. They expect the bell curve to be rigidly enforced, as if each game is evaluated against every other game on the same grading scale.

I am not one such person. My mind is open, and therefore I am always correct. My views are nuanced and easily grasped. I am the Heraclitus in a candy coating of raw charisma.

Suffice to say, our accidental feature topic on review scores was no accident. Providence provides.

The gods speak.

Following this revelation, we move onto some New Business. Guillaume is no longer interested in playing Blue Dragon and Jon + Greg are reliving Metroid Prime with the new Remaster.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 809: Skylofty Expectations
« on: February 12, 2023, 12:33:08 PM »

It's no worse a pun than "find your roll."

Hey y'all, did you know there was a Nintendo Direct? There was a Nintendo Direct.

We talk about it.

Tears of the Kingdom, Metroid Prime Remaster, Gameboy and Gameboy Advance to Switch online, and more. Not much to add to this, so send us questions here.

Also, if you struggled listening to RFN over the last week on your podcast player of choice, we should be all good now. Thanks to the NWR tech team for getting this sorted.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 808: Soft Locked in the Tea House
« on: February 05, 2023, 04:18:21 PM »


Just as an FYI: we are aware that some podcast apps are not currently able to download RFN and other NWR podcasts. We are working to restore functionality as soon as possible. Affected apps include the Google Podcast app and AntennaPod. You can listen to the episode here or on other applications.

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.


Hey, our inbox needs your love. It longs for it. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, send your love here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 807: This Podcast Is Significant
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:34:09 AM »

It is an important podcast.

This podcast is special.

This podcast is unique.

This podcast is... uh... a change agent!

Wait, no.

It's 9.75 out of 10. It's the missing 0.25 that carries the message.

I'm not even sure what we're doing here right now.

Important New Business!

James has just stared Fire Emblem Engage and he has important thoughts on the first important 40 minutes. He also has impactful impressions of escape room game The House of Di Vinci.

Greg and Jon have been playing the just-released groundbreaking first person shooter GoldenEye 007, now on the N64 Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass and patched into (digital only) copies of Rare Replay on Xbox.

Greg also has moving early thoughts on Bayonetta 3.

Guillaume has iconic impressions of Blue Dragon, the early Xbox 360 RPG from Mistwalker.

Lastly, Jon has captivating impressions of Monster Hunter Rise on PS5 and Wave Race 64.

Okay, this is taking way too long. We only tackle a single email this week: can a funny game get universe 10 out of 10s. You can send us your important questions here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 806: Kirby's Dream Warren Buffett
« on: January 22, 2023, 10:12:26 AM »

We're reduced to wordplay.

You expect me to write you an article during an NFL Playoff weekend and right after the release of a new Fire Emblem? Well aren't we just so entitled. You know what? Change of plans. This is an ALL EMAIL episode. They have nice short articles, so I trust Gui will just cut all that New Business we recorded and sort the rest of it out.

Questions this week: Nintendo's dubious suggestions, Baten Kaitos remake rumors, Mario's emotional needs, recasting Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and theological inquiries. If you want to see us study more great mysteries, you can consult the oracle.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 805: Scorched Earth Sharpens Steel
« on: January 15, 2023, 08:57:13 AM »

He's back twenty minutes, and we're already reeling.

Twenty minutes.

How much chaos can you create in twenty minutes? Sure, you could yell fire in a crowded building or something equally unsafe, but try creating chaos and confusion among a small group of people. It's a lot harder.

Welcome back, Jon Lindemann.

He has adopted a new "scorched earth" goal for 2023. I have two questions:

  1. How long do we think his toothless memory lets him hold onto this pledge?
  2. How is this any different than the previous 200 years we've been doing this show?

Anyway, he puts this new mantra to work with his New Business: Atari 50: the Anniversary Celebration. It just so happens that this bundle is NWR approved (and website quoted - we finally made it)! Jon agrees with the site's glowing praise. He then delves into very extremely legal back-ups kept for only the legally permissible time when talking emulation on his Steam Deck. Notify the relevant authorities, he must be stopped.

...I guess I'm the relevant authorities.

Guillaume wants YOU to buy some pinball. And he's going to evangelize some Pinball FX3 bundle sales that you can get right now. We are not sponsored, but we should be. Zen Studios, call us. He also has some more time with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. Note to James for future articles: Rabbids and Sparks are plural, there is no colon on the subtitle, it's a plus symbol (+) not an ampersand (&).  Ubisoft, this is why the sales disappointed.

Also, Ubisoft, call us.

James literally spent half an hour trying to decide if he even wanted to talk about Needy Streamer Overload on the show. It's an extremely weird game about effectively controlling the life of someone who, mostly because of her own personal demons, wants to become a popular streamer. It's got weird tinges of a two-way emotionally manipulative relationship, internal darkness, depression, deceit. It's also cute? This one is going to resonate with some people, and for a subset of them it will resonate in a potentially negative way.

Greg closes out New Business with a brief talk on the last Splatoon 3 Splatfest. This time the theme was "Spicy, Sweet, or Sour." Let's be honest, team Sour was going to get trampled like it's Pamplona. Sour? In a game that is going to skew towards kids? Nintendo, what in the hell? Here, let's make it at least reasonably fair - and preserve the sibilance you've created - "Spicy, Sweet, or Salty." Boom. Kids like salty foods.

And personally? Spicy, Sweet, and Salty is what I have tattooed on my chest, so this is my 2023 mantra.

After a break we dig into the email bag. It's got a lot of stuff still in it, but it tends to coalesce around similar themes. This week we talk about if Tears of the Kingdom can/will reuse the same world as Breath of the Wild and if things some people did not like (e.g.: breakable weapons) will return. We also try to figure out why Microsoft is willing to spend about 22 times what Disney paid for Marvel to secure Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft, call us.

As always, we remain for sale. Do you want to put in an offer? We take business inquiries (and questions) here.


He never stood a chance.

Look, we all know Urban Champion isn't a great game, but I still don't understand how it became the poster-child of horrible "black label" NES games. It's treated like a bear, drunk on fermented berries, awakening from hibernation every time Nintendo attempts to monetize their old game library. Urban Champion isn't knocking over trash cans, scaring stray cats, before falling asleep hungover in a family pool. Urban Champion is just repetitive and dull.

But also Ice Climbers exists, and that game is an itch on Nintendo's various NES marketing gimmicks that you should absolutely see your doctor about. Today. Creams haven't worked yet, and they won't work tomorrow. And despite these irrefutable truths, there is dissent.

As much as the above might seem like prattle, it squarely touches on our first question: Urban Champion has become persona non grata, due to hypothetical shenanigans, so what game now replaces it in its role as the personification of blight? As previously noted, this designation always rightfully belonged to Ice Climbers. Urban Champion's one-way-trip to Elba has not impacted the fundamentals of this conversation.

Speaking of issues that keep coming back, we were also asked by Le Grand Schtroumpf where Castlevania is and why Dracula hasn't been showing his face around these parts lately. Yes, this was sent before Dead Cells tie-in was announced, so I suppose asked and answered.

Lastly, we've been charged with the heady task of fueling your 2023 fitness goals with some musical inspiration. Personally, I only exercise to the soundtrack of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, so I know what failure sounds like and I know the true costs of quitting. No, this is not from the Amiga - this is a system that regularly used MP3s for its music.

Welcome to 2023. Happy New Year.

...and if you want to start of 2023 the right way, you can seed RFN your own email. It's easy, click here!

And yes, I know the mobile site still doesn't have a send button. You can call that my 2023 resolution. The good news is that even if I don't get it fixed, nobody read this article to see my pledge.

Oh, and here's that list of horror films I promised you.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 801: The Cowabunga Proclamation
« on: December 18, 2022, 03:56:58 PM »

Announcing our intent to enshrine Turtle Power into our charter.

Our favorite ninja turtles? Chad, Chip and Chet.

There's so much going on this week, but most importantly it is our final regular episode of 2022. Next week we'll be releasing a Xenoblade Chronicles 3 spoilercast and, if we record one, the subsequent week will be recorded in 2022 but will release in 2023.

But that's next week. This week? Jon doesn't have any New Business - so we talk for half an hour about Destiny 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Monster Hunter Rise, and then make fun of the current Genesis offerings on the Nintendo Switch Online with Expansion Pass. Gui is looking at becoming a Pinball Wizard with Pinball FX3: Dr Dude and his Excellent Ray and Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure. When I talk about my Excellent Ray I get removed from the premises. The double-standards of the intelligentsia continues.

After a break, Greg and Gui talk about the latest wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC. Greg then offers impressions of Switch Castlevania-like Dire Vengeance. Last on the New Business front, James has a brief spate of incoherent thoughts about the Xenoblade Chronicles DLC - The Nopon are at it again."

We close the show with a single, rather lengthy, email: "are you ready for new Nintendo hardware?" You can ask how else we want to spend our money here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 800: I Am the One Who Sucks
« on: December 11, 2022, 01:27:28 PM »

Not technically, at least in this game.

Can you believe we've produced 800 numbered episodes of Radio Free Nintendo? What an unbelievable series of an events this show has become. That includes this week, where our entire audience debated how much the Wii U GamePad actually weighs.

Rather than do a big party, we planned a live show RetroActive to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Wii U. We had a lot of people join us to talk about Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

Thanks to all the people who have made this show possible, including our audience.

Holiday schedules are going to be a little weird going forward, but get us emails for a Listener Mail segment because we are definitely doing a regular episode this week.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 798: That China Warrior Je Ne Sais Quoi
« on: November 20, 2022, 01:29:23 PM »

I do know big sprites, and these? Big.

This week we do a little house cleaning before our week off and the upcoming RetroActive on Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. That means we start the show with some Listener Mail. This week we look at: confusing controller layouts, what makes Xenoblade Chronicles X special, and the New 3DS making us all old. You can cue us up to talk about the latest developments in the Japanese legal system here.

Gui had a little New Business he wanted to get off his plate, so we close the show with a chat on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection.

Just a reminder: we're doing a live RetroActive on Kirby and the Rainbow Curse as part of Episode 800. We'll be recording on December 10. Time will be posted later. You can also drop your thoughts here, and we may use them as part of the show.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 797: Careful, Thwimps Can Still Hurt You
« on: November 13, 2022, 04:38:38 PM »

Everything has a name.

It's an all New Business show this week!

Greg starts us off talking about Kirby: Canvas Curse, inspired by our just-announced RetroActive (more to come later in the article). And, since he's already on his new DSi, he's also finished off Super Princess Peach and got back into Rhythm Heaven (aka: Rhythm Tengoku Gold). Lastly, he's started 13 Sentinels. You should too. I'll wait.

James is NOT playing garbage, which is a nice change of pace, and instead is playing a musou game... it's progress. This time he's playing Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, and this alternate history warriors thing might be getting out of hand.

After a break, Gui is playing animal noir game Backbone and weird dating sim Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!. Lastly, Jon closes the show out with impressions of It Takes Two, a game that really takes the charm out of marriage.

You've heard the news, but here's the official statement: We are doing our next RetroActive on Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U. We will also talk a bit about Canvas Curse on DS, but we're looking to honor the Wii U. We'll be doing this for Episode 800, and we'll be recording live on Saturday, December 10. Time to come once we've figured it out.

Join us to shoot your shot, and if you can't make it you can still post your thoughts in the thread.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 796: I'm a Tantric Man
« on: November 05, 2022, 04:20:50 PM »

With a tantric plan...

This week we set out to record a Patreon episode and instead crafted a long episode for the main feed. You all suggested games for our Wii U-focused RetroActive, and we spent 210 minutes debating which game to play. Some were easily dismissed, but as the 28 game list began to shrink, things got contentious. There were tense negotiations, mind games, passionate debates, and more. We did finally settle on a winner, a schedule, and even a bonus announcement BUT I wont spoil those today.

We'll put the details of the RetroActive in the article in a few days.

I will say, we'll be recording it as part of episode 800, so take a listen and get started now.

As always, send your emails our way.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 795: Drinking Some Fresh Lon Lon Milk
« on: October 30, 2022, 10:48:11 AM »

We now know the identity of Lon.

Bayonetta is out, but it wasn't when we recorded. So no, we didn't talk about it. Instead we let James talk about garbage like  #Halloween, Super Puzzles Dream. It isn't just an eShop jigsaw puzzle, it's somehow worse. Jon is playing Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on Steam Deck because this is where we are now. Gui has FPS Prodeus, a retro-inspired shooter available on everything, and action RPG Cat Quest II. Thankfully, someone on this show is interested in providing you content that might help find your next game. Greg and Gui then pivot the show to talk about Pilotwings 64, and its erotic rocket belt.

Then weird things happen, and James for once is not the responsible party. At least not exclusively.

After the show is removed from the brick wall it plowed through, its time for Listener Mail. This week we talk about game soundtracks we'd like to see performed live and the fate of a Mario Movie game. You can sell us your burned CD-R via the inbox.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 794: A True Cover Art Crime Podcast
« on: October 24, 2022, 05:48:03 PM »

"We have one of the most influential artists in the world. Can't have that!" - Sega

This week we don't breakdown trailers, and we don't go through Jon's AliExpress order history, we get right down to games.

Greg bought a DSi in 2022 and is using it to play games like Super Princess Peach. Again, in 2022. Gui is playing The Curse of Monkey Island, Sable (an open world platformer) and Panzer Dragoon Orta. Jon is poking around with his Steam Deck. James is... who can say.

After a break, we end up only covering a single email: "What is up with Platinum?"

This isn't just a story about Bayonetta 3's voice actor drama, which seems to love taking turns right after we finish recording, but about the company as a whole. Sometimes seen as a company in "disarray" the question seems a bit more complex.

And yes, as of recording Platinum had not made a comment about the situation. This time they didn't even wait for us to finish to render that statement untrue: they issued a statement as we were answering this very question.

Just a reminder, we are looking for Wii U games for our next RetroActive. It does not need to be a Wii U exclusive, but it should be associated with the Wii U intimately. It also does not need to be an eShop-only game, but since those are going away they might get extra attention.

No. We are not playing Devil's Third. It is a miserable game. We're not playing Sonic Boom. We're not playing some other terrible game you can find on Wii U.

If you have suggestions for games that we will enjoy playing, the audience will enjoy hearing us talk about, and that you will enjoy playing with us, you can send them to our inbox. As always, questions can join them.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 793: My Colleague Bought a Novelty Fridge
« on: October 16, 2022, 05:03:07 PM »

Please pre-chill your food.

I don't even need to tell you which colleague I'm talking about. You know who would buy a novelty refrigerator: Greg.

So we tried to have New Business but instead we talked about some trailers and then Jon Lindemann's technological gadgets. Did James predict Jon's purchase two months ago?

You tell me.

He also bought a Steam Deck, which you would think would illicit a lot more conversation than a fridge that isn't even a real fridge, but only if you've never listed to this podcast.

We literally spend the entire segment on this. No good reason for this, but we do. So after a break we dive into three questions from two emails. Why are all these older game makers getting into media projects? What weird license would we put on our game? And what Atlus game should be saved from the 3DS eShop oblivion?

You can send your emails here.

We're also asking you to send your suggestions for Wii U games (preferable eShop ones) for our next RetroActive. Send them to the same place as above.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 792: The Life Pharaonic
« on: October 07, 2022, 03:55:36 PM »

Lon Jindemann wants to talk about Mario's ass.

You might have heard the news, Nintendo dropped a trailer.

That trailer: a weirdly sexual trailer for Pilotwings 64.

Oh, you wanted to hear about the Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer? We talked about that too, but it quickly devolves into accusations and counter-accusations over some people's body-negativity. At one point RFN's listeners, that is you, are accused of being "the problem."

You should expect nothing better. This is episode 792. We have a track record. At this point, any surprise is a you issue.

After a much-needed break, we tackle some New Business. James proves last week's email correct by talking about visual novel fault - StP - LIGHTKRAVTE. I'm serious, that's the name. Guillaume finished Doom 64 and is now playing Return to Monkey Island. Lastly, Greg takes a look at the DLC for Cuphead, the Splatoon 3 Splatfest, and playing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Switch OLED.

You can send your emails here.

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