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Podcast Discussion / Episode 790: The Canadian Music that Distracted Us
« on: September 25, 2022, 02:03:51 PM »

Everything we do, we do it for you.

I'm not going to spend a bunch of time on today's article, because you only read it when I say you wont and because I was on a long bike ride today.

Here's a polar bear.

Note: not an actual polar bear. I respect red lights while on a bicycle, but I would make an exception.

New Business

  • Jon: Pocket Card Jockey - Gambling on yourself, and losing.
  • James: eShop Failures and Dragon Ball: The Breakers - Hurting yourself for others' amusement
  • Greg: Splatoon 3, Mario Strikers: Battle League - Updates on multiplayer Nintendo service games, as a service to you
  • Guillaume: Doom II, Doom 64, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge - Hellspawn, Hellspawn, Pirate ghosts: it's spooky season!

Listener Mail

  • Jon Lindemann's not self-written sexiness concern.
  • Distracting foes with musical interludes.

As always, send 'em.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 789: Fire Emblem Disengage
« on: September 18, 2022, 08:17:25 PM »

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It's Nintendo Direct season, and we... talk about the Nintendo Direct. With our crew at full strength for the first time in over a month, we break down 40 minutes of news and updates. These include: Pikmin 4, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of a Kingdom, and Fire Emblem Engage.

Of course, the Direct eats up the majority of our time, but we do find a little window for some New Business. Greg has completed Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and has moved onto Splatoon 3. Guillaume is playing Doom. The original Doom, not Doom 3. It's a shame it isn't Doom 3 because that would be funny.

As always, send us your questions.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 788: Bullets Are for Demons, Not for Walls
« on: September 11, 2022, 04:42:30 PM »

Crafting pithy axioms.

This week we are without Greg. But instead, we have a lot of email. Questions answered this week: our ideal Digital Eclipse collection, words we can't say, and a marketer's self-marketing book. You can market yourself here.

After a break, Gui and Jon have New Business. Gui has completed Live A Live and still loves it. He's also playing a game from a friend called In Retrospect. Jon bought the Sunbreak amiibo and Commodore 64: a Visual Compendium, a book about... well you can guess.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 787: For a Safe and Secure Magic Kingdom
« on: September 03, 2022, 06:25:40 PM »

Where was Goofy as Gondolin burned?

This week we continue our run of missing hosts with Gui on vacation. Where's he going? What's he doing? Who can say?

I can say that Jon's back. Use this information as you will.

Given that I'm editing, I have decided to keep the article brief, hence why I'm still not telling you what we did this week.

This week, Jon kicks-off New Business with a look at Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a bomb defusing game on Switch in the hands of a man I would trust with high explosives. He's also still swimming with the whales of Diablo Immortal. Greg takes a break from talking about Xenoblade Chronicles 3 to talk his recently-acquired Switch OLED Splatoon edition and last weekend's Splatoon 3 introductory Splatfest. A very tired James closes out New Business with a cozy platformer for tired people Here Comes Niko and a review of the current contents of the eShop.

After a break, we tackle a duo of very important emails. The first asks us to answer yet another moral question about an absolute monarchy. The second question asks us about the impact of game trials on our gaming-buying habits. You can send us your non-Kingdom Hearts emails here.


He didn't earn the Chaotic nickname for nothing.

We start the show this week with YOUR Listener Mail. It is YOUR segment, so if its bad that's on you. Luckily, this week it isn't. Instead we talk about how Embracer Group keeps buying everyone and take some lessons in bad video game names. You can ask us the unknowable by hiding your question in a pallet of unsold EA games and email it to us.

After a break we dive into New Business. This week, Gui still isn't sure how to say Live A Live, Jon fights Scottish men in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, and Greg continues his more nuanced pace with Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and pursues our Water World visions in the N64 Online Games release of Wave Race 64.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 784: Psyduck, You Sucker
« on: August 15, 2022, 10:45:35 AM »

Also, making an Aimbot for DNF is just...sad. What an existence for that poor soul.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 784: Psyduck, You Sucker
« on: August 14, 2022, 02:19:29 PM »

The only reason this episode isn't named "Jon Lindemann is a curious man" is that I do not like puns.

The Radio Free Nintendo News Network is back, breaking all the news from the Splatoon 3 Direct, which I'm sure you definitely haven't seen yet. You know that they didn't really have much new to say about Splatoon because it was a direct that we talked about for only 1x the actual length of the presentation. If there had been much new we would at least get to 3x.

After talking about some squids, we move to New Business. This week Guillaume reviews the process of reviewing the remaster of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II. If that sounds like naval gazing then... yeah a little. Jon is off being irresponsible with his money, spending all of $5 on Duke Nukem Forever, the only game whose name is: a thread, a promise, and a remarkable prediction all at the same time. James and Greg are still exploring Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Greg has basically caught up to where James was last week and James has... a lot of time under his belt.

After a break, we tackle a couple Listener Mail. This week we create post-apocalyptic sequels to Nintendo games (besides Zelda) and discuss the economic imperatives that caused Facebook Meta to raise the price of the Oculus Quest 2 and if others will follow. You can get a lecture on component-driven pricing by sending us an email.


The true cost of the Smash clones is laid bare.

This week we're back at full strength. Greg and James talk Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Almost no story chat right now, as neither had cleared chapter 3. Gui has been focused on twin-stick shooter Destropolis. He's also been busily trying out Smash-likes Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl and MultiVersus. No one can ever complain about a Fire Emblem character ever again. Jon has some quick-hit impressions of  Panzer Dragoon: Remake and updates on Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak and Diablo Immortal. Lastly, Greg closes out New Business with thoughts on the new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC tracks.

Lastly, we close out the show with a review of the Pokémon Presents update on Violet and Scarlet.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 782: Mad Whale McCree
« on: July 31, 2022, 06:44:00 AM »

"From hell's heart I stab at thee."

Guillaume is on vacation this week, so that leaves it to the remaining Jon, James, and Greg to put on a show while impatiently waiting for Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

New Business kicks-off with Jon trying to bait recovered addict James back into Forza Horizon 5.The bait is the new Hot Wheels DLC. It sounds really fun, and I mean, a little look can't hurt, right? Speaking of unhealthy play-styles, Jon hit the pay2win loot-grind stage of Diablo Immortal. It's a game where legends are bought, your server-mates try to pick fights, and a whale lurks in the seas. James finished Astral Chain and it is very much on the chain. I'd feel bad for that joke, but that's all the creativity this game really deserves. Greg also finished his pre-Xenoblade work with final thoughts on Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series. He has some advice if you plan to play both Klonoa 1 and 2.

After a break, we tackle a trio of Listener Mail. We try to decide if there any games left for the Nintendo Arcade Archives, offer instructions on constructing mail ordered "upgrades" for Collector's Editions, and mourn a life spent making a single AAA. You can mail order a collector's edition of this podcast right here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 781: War Gods Is My Religion
« on: July 24, 2022, 01:41:59 PM »

Stop taking about War Gods!

This week we manage to have all of our segments, if not quite in proper balance. This includes Nintendo's recent insistence that all episodes need a news segment. This week that segment covers three highly-questionable choices for the Nintendo Switch Online service. We then turn to tackle a trio of emails: how do we feel about "leaker culture," how do you make a non-offensive religious game, and what games should have less words for story. You can send us an email here.

After the break we do a little New Business. Greg is mostly focused on Klonoa 2 from Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series. He's also got news on the "Daisy" update to Mario Strikers: Battle League. Guillaume is playing the recently-released Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II remaster for Switch. James is trying to grind through his backlog before Xenoblade Chronicles 3, this time with Astral Chain. He's been playing it using the Satisfye ZenGrip Pro, now compatible with the Switch OLED.


Like all "truthers," they're wrong.

This week, twenty minutes spent on news are SOLELY responsible for us being unable to provide you a Listener Mail segment. Clearly, Bayonetta 3 and Kirby's Dream Buffet need to return to the abyss from whence they came. Alas, they will not, so we cover this E3 Direct to start the show. Remember, Nintendo made both of these instead of making an F-Zero game. They are both 100% responsible. Sound off in the comments.

After we roll through that news, we... transformer our hair into... we do New Business. Jon gives us an update on Diablo Immortal and its ludicrous number of currencies. It has more currencies than a Crypto exchange, seconds before North Korean hackers clean it out. And on the current trajectory, about the same real-world values. James is trying to race through his backlog before Xenoblade Chronicles 3 launches in under two weeks. He already finished Future Connected, and now he's started - and completed - Paper Mario: The Origami King. He has thoughts, but they're mostly about the discourse surrounding this game and how some of you are just unfathomably wrong.

After a breather, Guillaume has an update on Citizen Sleeper, which he now feels better equipped to describe. He then moves onto Carrion, a game where you play a flesh-munching tentacle monster, and I will not add any additional jokes here. Lastly, Greg closes out the show with some additional thoughts on ElecHead before moving on to talk monster hunting in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. He and Jon dive deep into getting going in Sunbreak and how it deviates from the previous content.

As always, emails go here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 779: Gex and Your Wild Woody
« on: July 10, 2022, 01:51:03 PM »

My Jersey Devil is going to Bug! your Punky Skunk.

Last week we did no email, this week we do all email. This averages the show to half and half. That's math. Please respect math.

This week we tackle a bunch of email, but our entire first segment succumbs to a single question: "What genre of game is likely to contribute the most 'Worst Game Ever' candidates". After a break, we try to move more briskly with three questions: what console to go with a shiny new 4K TV, why would a company make a "defensive acquisition", and what is the minimum time to play a "free" game before dropping it.

If you have a burning question, you can send our way.


It's not inflation; it's $9 bananas.

James returns to the non-sequential 777. Despite there being ample reason to engage in the exercise, he is such a mature and forgiving host that he does not turn this into a corrections episode.

This week we spend a lot of time talking about the Nintendo Partner Direct Mini Showcase Direct Mini. There was a medium amount of news, and I don't need to recite it all for you (because we do that on the show). Also, it's already on this website. And also, it happened about six days ago.

REGARDLESS, if you have somehow not seen the Partner Direct Mini Nintendo Non-Nintendo Showcase Direct To You, June 2022 then by all means, our dulcet tones will vibrate the news directly against your tiny ear bones.

After talking about the Direct (Mini, Partner, etc.) we circle back to talk about the Xenoblade 3 Direct again, because time is a flat circle. Please note, this is not a corrections segment, despite corrections being issued. There are distinctions known only to me, but they are official RFN canon.

Finally, after news provided on an "Age of Sail" delay, we get into some New Business. James has been, not coincidentally, playing Future Connected from Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Jon has begun his quest to exterminate all the monsters with the Sunbreak expansion to Monster Hunter Rise. Greg is playing indie platformer ElecHead, now on Switch. Lastly, Gui has final thoughts on Dicey Dungeons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge and new thoughts on Citizen Sleeper.

The "wordy RPG in which you can kill yourself while inspecting a light" Guillaume was looking for is Disco Elysium.

Lastly, send email now.


Bayonetta is going in the flea dip.

This week there's not exactly a theme to use to launch the article, so I wont. James passingly mentions that he's playing Card Shark, a game about cheating during the French Enlightenment. He encourages playing the demo. Guillaume has found his next brawler: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. He seems to really like it, but he's been busy: he's also playing Dicey Dungeons and Pac-Man Museum+. Jon and Greg are both playing the demo for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Lastly, Greg closes New Business with Mario Strikers: Battle League and Shin Megami Tensei V.

After a break, we tackle a couple emails. First, in light of Nintendo's difficulty to sell the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 limited edition, Jon and James explore why this is so very hard. Our second email asks us to seed a tournament and decide: who will win. You can send us your eCommerce support questions here.


Investing in sports only makes sense if you made your money running a... uh... no comment.

Oh no, I'm running late on the article. Whatever shall I do?

I know, I'll write very brisk notes.

James and Greg played the demo for Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Greg also has got his first kick at Mario Strikers: Battle League [Football]. Guillaume is done playing Nobody Saves the World and now is playing Space Invaders Invincible Collection. Lastly, Jon is playing Diablo Immortal.

Email, just the one, beloved series we refuse to give up on (and those we already did). Emails: here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 774: Wii U EU Sounds Like a Police Siren
« on: June 05, 2022, 01:30:52 PM »

The sound you hear is called "The Last Cry of the Dead Enders."

This is a bit of a deviation. We planned to do a bunch of email, but if you've been here for any stretch of time you know how that ended. The Lords of Thunder are dead, we are best defined in glacial references. This week we spend the entire first segment on a measly two emails. The first is an easy question: "what are some short Switch games for those who have lost the ability to dig in for long hours?" The second email is not a question, but a game, what games do Europeans consider games for "gamers." The answers may surprise you. Put on your flatcap, that I assume all Europeans are already wearing as they exit the womb, and get ready to guess.

After a break we take a look at the, relatively uninformative, new trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. In true RFN fashion, a three minute trailer turns into a 40+ minute segment. We can never be concise. You can get your question over-answered by sending an email.


Shaded in the fog of years, I still remember a cloying sweetness.

This week I'm writing doing short notes!

Syrenne joins us to talk about puzzles! Puzzles, you ask? Yes! Draknek & Friends, where she moonlights as a producer, had a busy week. Thursday they launched their second Draknek Direct, which contained a number of announcements, and also launched Cerebral Puzzle Showcase, a Steam event designed to highlight the puzzle genre on the platform. There was a lot going on, so she joined us to talk about the announcements as well as what it was like putting together this kind of package while also curating a Steam event.

After a break, we roll into a more traditional New Business segment. Jon has the Switch N64 controller which is exactly what it claims to be, and he has now actually read Reggie's book. James, motivated by Square Enix dumping its developer, is playing Guardians of the Galaxy on Xbox. Guillaume is still playing Final Fantasy XIII but he's also had the chance to play some local Switch Sports with the in-laws. Greg closes out the show with impressions of Actraiser Renaissance.

As always, send your emails.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 770: I'm a Sam NeillTuber
« on: May 08, 2022, 05:35:51 PM »

Welcome to day 11 of the sub-a-thon. Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.

This week, Gui and James have Wii Switch Sports but both are still very new at the time of recording. Regardless, as the successor to one of Nintendo's most successful products, it merits some discussion. The lack of discrete information is supplemented with wild conjecture about DLC and the Online Expansion Pack. Guillaume is starting Final Fantasy XIII again, for some reason, and this serves as a reminder that this was a long time ago. Jon bought Reggie's new book, but he hasn't actually read it yet, so we speculate about what's in it. This is not a joke. Lastly, Greg has some final thoughts on the Switch version of Wonderful 101.

After a break, the crew takes-on two emails. James had intended to save the second for punishing the audience when they didn't send email, but everyone else on the show hates you. They demanded we read this email. Remember, who loves you when you listen to these two questions: "I don't know, just riff I guess" and "make yourselves into VTubers." You can do whatever these people did by slamming your face into your keyboard a few times, while pointing your browser here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 769: Hangin' and Bangin'
« on: May 01, 2022, 08:43:36 PM »

Just imagine this episode title is in a script font, on the back window of a station wagon.

Greg is out this week for the NFL draft, and so Guillaume, Jon, and James have a very mature show for adults.

Jon gets to start New Business with Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, a recent addition to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. This pinball-inspired spinoff was the product of a two month development cycle, but all we can think about are high scores and speed-runs. Gui and James are both playing Tunic, now on Xbox and PC. With inspirations ranging from the first Legend of Zelda to Fez to Dark Souls, it's catching a lot of attention. Gui is having a lot more fun than James, but that might be because he's actually playing the game like a normal person. James also gives his final thoughts on Chinatown Detective Agency.

After the break we take on a duo of listener mail. This week we expansions pack Switch Sports and try to define nebulous terms like "game preservation." You can preserve our wisdom by sending us an email.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 768: Pickle Ball Death Pool
« on: April 24, 2022, 03:38:43 PM »

Online sports books have gone too far.

The sudden hastening of Xenoblade Chronicles 3's release date triggered a flurry of conversation this week. While we speculated that this likely indicated a September release for Splatoon 3, at the time Nintendo had not confirmed as such. As a consequence, a large chunk of the episode is spent postulating on what is now old news.

Podcasting is timeless.

Also this week, we tackle quite a bit of New Business. James is hunting down leads in Chinatown Detective Agency. This visual novel/social studies quiz takes a lot of cues from the Carmen Sandiego games of James' youth, but really it isn't asking nearly enough of the detective. A distinct lack of Rockapella is also noteworthy. Jon is playing Cyberpunk 2077, upgraded for The World's Most Powerful Gaming Console, the Xbox Series X. His experience with the first person shooter was more positive than those who played it at launch, and he reflects on the studio that brought us Witcher making such a game. Guillaume throws dirt on the Wii U's long-buried coffin, with what is likely to be his last session of Wii Sports Club. With the impending release of Switch Sports, this is the end of the road for the little system that couldn't. He's also finally getting around to playing NEO: The World Ends With You, now with a less annoying protagonist. Greg closes out the show looking at games recently released for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack: Mario Kart (Nintendo 64) and Space Harrier II, Shining Force II, and Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball for Genesis/Mega Drive.

As always emails go here.


Exploding birds, right on the front page.

This week we've got a curious rundown of New Business. Guillaume starts the show again, because he has content. The Wild at Heart, a game that borrows more than a little from Pikmin, led to a revelation that camping sucks. Infernax, a Castlevania-style action game with "self-awareness" has us questioning the continued reliance on humorous references to wall chicken. James has [effectively] defeated Triangle Strategy. He has some thoughts on how much the branching actually matters, and how sophisticated all the skills and battle effects are developed. Jon is playing Light Crusader, a Genesis game now on Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. It quickly sends the conversation to more fertile grounds: tall Frankenstein. Greg closes out New Business with an update on Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition and its crunchy full-motion videos. His comment on the release of Mario Golf 64 to the Expansion Pack spirals into a larger conversation about what we still want for the Nintendo Switch Online service.

Listener Mail this week talks: scarfs, good uses of easy mode, the Amico Onslaught, and why digital store fronts are butt. You can get three credit hour in Business Information Systems by sending us an email.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 766: Who Owns Your Pac-Mom?
« on: April 09, 2022, 02:05:33 PM »

Is she available?

This week everything goes fine. James talks a little Forza Horizon 5 and Triangle Strategy. Guillamue finished Final Fantasy XII and like Greg is playing some Kirby and the Forgotten Land. He even has time to talk about Zuma, which is now back via back-compatibility. Jon finished off Grand Theft Auto V, and has some thoughts on playing Monster Hunter Rise as we await Sunbreak. Greg even has some impressions of Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition.

Everything is normal, even this very-normal tweet from a PR account.

The sound you're hearing is me rhythmically slapping the back of my right hand into the palm of my left, to emphasize how normal all of this is.

After a break we have a normal listener mail segment. We answer questions about this very normal valuation history for Devil's Third, about what we've learned from games, and if we've ever succumb to video game hype. You can send your very normal questions to our very normal inbox.



This week we're whole again, and start with big news. The Sequel to Breath of the Wild is postponed to 2023 and E3 2022 is cancelled. Add in the news that Dragalia Lost is... lost and an entire segment of news takes up the first half of our show.

After the break we do a brief New Business segment. James has a fast update on Triangle Strategy, and shares his theory that this is secretly a Visual Novel. Jon is playing Grand Theft Auto V again, this time on the newest generation of consoles. He's also looking at GTA+, which I presume is a streaming service for horrible street crimes. Greg and Guillaume are both deep in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Greg is looking at it as a single player game with lots of objectives to complete, and Guillaume as a multiplayer title. Lastly, Gui has a terrible revelation.

You can reveal your awful, preferably blackmail-worthy, truths here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 763: The Pangs of Turrican
« on: March 20, 2022, 11:42:56 AM »

This episode goes out to all my forty year old British brothers and sisters. Tape drives for life.

You know how this works; there are games and we play them. We then come on this show and talk about them.

James postulated on this show that if Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury went on sale, he would buy it. It did, he did, and now he's played all of Bowser's Fury. Based on its sales, you've probably already seen it, but for the hold-outs like him here's a deep dive.

Jon actually watched a game-news broadcast, and now he's reflecting on the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak news. He's going to buy another amiibo. He's also bought Grand Theft Auto V, now on its third PlayStation console. Lastly, he took a bit of a look at F-Zero X, now on the N64 Online Games.

Things become a bit jumbled now, because Greg has thoughts on the Genesis/Master System that also just made their way to Switch Online Expansion Pack. Speaking of Expanding your Online, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass (part 1) is out and Greg leads some first thoughts on it.

Guillaume steps into the past with Turrican Flashback Collection. It's a lot of Turrican without dubbing them from a two cassette boombox.

After the break, Listener Mail time. This week we just address a single email, what games have we played "out of sequence" and had a different experience than most reviewers. You can fill the inbox now. Thanks to the terrible world we can't suggest harm to children anymore, so send them or I'll think of something even darker.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 762: Dry Bones' Fitness Routine
« on: March 13, 2022, 12:05:48 PM »

Adding bulk from the grave.

Are Dry Bones dead? They're animated at least.

New Business is back! Greg starts the show with quick impressions of F-Zero X, now on whatever the hell Nintendo is calling their double-premium online service that also features the lunar-aligned release of N64 games. I think there's both a C and a K. He devotes most of his time to talking about the demo for Kirby and the Forgotten Land. James is playing the second Voice of Cards, this one subtitled "The Forsaken Maiden." It turns out everything that started to grind on him in The Isle Dragon Roars is magnified in this far-too-soon sequel. Jon played a single level of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, so he is now an expert. He spends the majority of his time talking about Gran Turismo 7, which just launched for the PS5. It's a racing game for people who are aroused by the camber angle of their wheels, but don't feel the need to be intimate on stage. Guillaume closes out New Business talking about Unpacking while also unpacking. Gaming is an escape. He also played the original Psychonauts, which is available on Game Pass. Lastly, he finally rebought Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as it is on sale and the DLC onslaught looms.

After a break, we dive into Listener Mail. This week we answer questions that probe our deepest fears: are there DS and Wii games that we passed on that have become unaffordable, what remakes are diminished by weird decisions by the developers, and what's the absolute worst garbage we've played. You can send us the absolute worst thing we've ever read by sending us an email.

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