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Podcast Discussion / Episode 733: Can't Tread on Me in Zero-G
« on: Yesterday at 12:52:32 PM »

This seminar will teach you how to maximize your social impact via strategies that: create invisible synergies, foster long-term strategic partnerships with the intensity of a blood pact, and let you abandon the societal costs at the feet of society.

It was a pretty big week for RFN; we had a number of games launch that are of note for one or more of us.

For James this means it's time to descend into the Ace Attorney bunker, which if you look closely you'll see is just the Layton bunker with the walls painted a slightly different color such that it confuses witnesses. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles' release is a moment for celebration. Two Takumi written games we seemed destined to never get both launched at once and James, as well as Greg, are here for it. Impressions obviously early.

Not strictly new this week, but Guillaume has the new Streets of Rage 4 DLC. We know about Gui's love of belt scrollers, and this DLC lets you play as number of bosses. The DLC had a rough launch on Switch, but its here now, so we'll say it was also a "this week" thing to maintain theme. He's also playing Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, which came out last year and is a remake of an older game. It does have lots of FMV video, which I know is standard for a racing game, but sadly we've deviated from our plan for this Newest Business.

Jon has taken to the skies, and multiple governments have scrambled their air forces to address this newly mobile threat. Unbeknownst to them, the threat is fully contained as he's playing Microsoft Flight Simulator, which just launched on Xbox. This new addition to the GamePass service lets you experience the joy of travel during a pandemic. Now you have the chance to stalk your foes from the skies virtually, until the day when the world is made new again and we can do it via actual stolen airplanes. Eyes on Lindemann.

Greg has, surprise, a new release this week: Blaster Master Zero 3. This is not how numbers should work, but Inti Creates does not care. Veterans of the Mega Man Zero series know they will not stop until... this game, as this is the final Blaster Master Zero title. The previous Blaster Master Zero title had a number of improvements over the first Blaster Master Zero, and this sentence is impossible to diagram. Zero 3 looks like it does the same. Once again, fairly early impressions here.

After a break, we dive into a session of "spiritually uplifting email." This week we finally slew Dr. Mario World, Nintendo's home-grown source of medical disinformation. In our after action report, we break down what fraud would have been the next addition to the medical staff. Our second email asks us to project what the successor to Switch will be, burdened as we are with the knowledge that Nintendo will not simply rest on its laurels and create a New Switch. We know the innovation is coming, but what is it, and perhaps is it already at arm's length, hidden in plain sight. Our last email asks us to move into executive transportation. Moving your CEO in today's business environment is a complex challenge, and truly it might be The Final Frontier.

We continue to solicit your emails. You can send us questions, comments, subpoenas, and other digital finery here. Likewise, we continue to seek your input for RetroActive L. We're going to pick a game from 2009, and we're looking for your suggestions. Keep in mind, games that launched on other systems in 2009 but made their way to Nintendo later are eligible.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 732: The Blaster Master Bombshell
« on: July 25, 2021, 06:11:00 PM »

Welcome to Hot SOFIA Summer.

This week Greg finally reclaims his time to talk about Luigi's Mansion (3DS). James then wraps up his thoughts on Ys IX, which he enjoyed despite its issues, and waxes nostalgic about Where's Waldo while discussing Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective. Meanwhile, Jon - who reads books and is definitely more cultured than the rest of the podcast - briefly discusses Bioshock 2, which leads into a discussion of Jason Schreier's new book "Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry". Spoiler: the game industry is cutthroat and not for the faint of heart. Guillaume then attempts to be timely yet vintage by talking about The World Ends With You (DS), using his save file from 2007 because why not.

On the email front, we offer our gaming suggestions for our listeners with kids (because who else would you go to for parentingadvice?), and then give our thoughts on the wild million-dollar game auction sales that seem to be all the rage these days. Both of these topics get darker than you'd expect, or exactly as dark as you'd expect, depending on your perspective. Regardless, we all survive to podcast for another week.

We also talk about our upcoming retroactive, which will be a Wii or DS game from 2009 and a definite conduit for your enjoyment. Please email your suggestions here.


This Mii goes for 80 grand.

Karen joins us for a very New Business heavy show! In fact, she's here to explain outwardly-inexplicable Miitopia. How does a game that expects you to have a backlog of friendly Miis fare on a system that's not exactly "post-Mii" but at least "late-era Mii?" Turns out its pretty fun. Karen and Guillaume have also been playing Gears of War 5; your surprise is by design. Gui has also been scratching his point-and-click itch with Unavowed. James is up to no good with Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!, a game he literally feels like he can't talk about. He's also deep into Ys IX, a game that asks you to map a highly-populated city. Jon is on the hunt for "the first remaster" with Super Mario All-Stars, available as part of Switch Online.

After a break, we dive into Listener Mail. This week we: cite Greg's news sources, decode the purpose of "limited time games," and debate the morality and economy of mobile monetization strategies. You can pull "acceptable" figures from the air by sending us an email.


Think of the savings!

We set aside an entire episode to do email, and only complete a grand total of three. Are we serially incapable of concise or do we choose this for ourselves? I'd ask you to answer, but you all are responsible for the reading of the email address 13 times. There is blame for everyone.

We devote the entire first half of the show to the recently announced Switch Pro OLED model. We're talking: hardware specs, desirability, rumor mongering, and an economic opportunity for you. We didn't even need a siren this time.

After a break, and another half-dozen reads of the email address (again, your fault), we address emails about Nintendo's "Horny Summer" and what's going on with Earthbound. Answer: stationary. You can tell us about your Seiso Winter by sending us an email.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 729: The Fallout of Mario Golfs
« on: July 04, 2021, 08:13:34 PM »

There's no time for an abstract.

It's late on the Fourth of July and I've not got time to write my normal sublime testament to a broken podcast. Its a holiday, bullet points will have to suffice. I'm not sorry.

New Business:

  • Greg + James: Kazuya Mishima in Smash
  • Jon: Mario Golf: Super Rush
  • Gui: Human: Fall Flat
  • Gui: The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors

Listener Mail:

  • Gui and Greg's Charm Studios.
  • Your cast suggestions for a Nintendo heist film.
  • Exhortations to send questions here.


Animal Friends hate it!

E3 2021 is over, at least I believe that to be true. We have been in a perpetual state of quasi-E3 for the entirety of June. July is at hand, ending 2021's Schrodinger's E3 and with it Caesar's month offers a bounty of games that will undoubtedly dominate RFN conversations for months.

But this week we have a deep backlog of New Business to get to. It's been about ten days since we last recorded, and multiple weeks since we did a proper New Business. James decides to retread some ground this week: KUUKIYOMI 3: Consider It More and More!! and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind are very similar sequels to games he's already spoken about and Donut County was already covered on the show. He does have newer content in the demo for Game Builder Garage and early thoughts on review title Mutazione. Sun's out guns out for Jon, with SNES baseball classic Super Baseball Simulator 1.000. Never has a game had the audacity to call itself a simulator while pitchers are using cruise missiles to buzz the batter. He's also received his highly rare PlayStation 5, but predictably doesn't have a lot to say about it this week. Instead, he talks about Mortal Kombat 11, and maximizes the irrelevancy of the PlayStation 5 he managed to obtain by playing it on Xbox. Guillaume closes out New Business with regular dose of Kawazu: Romacing SaGa 3

After a break we spend a little time on Listener Mail. This week we try to put a brave face on a Forever Entertainment/Nintendo deal and then cast the unceasing flow of garbage Netflix original movies using only Nintendo characters. You can put the Hollywood machine at our disposal by putting out a casting call.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 727: In With the Old (E3 2021)
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:25:09 PM »

It's an E3 of (old) dreams in the shadow of a pandemic nightmare.

There were a whole lot of revivals, reboots, remakes, and anniversaries in the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, and no I couldn't figure out how to preserve the alliteration.

The RFN crew talked Zelda, Metroid Dread, WarioWare: Get It Together!, Advance Wars, and an over-abundance of Mario Party, They even visited with Japan's toughest negotiator: Kazuya Mishima as he prepares to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Look out for his "Lava Dip" technique, it's a killer.

Quick article for this episode, but that lets us get it out the same night as the recording and saves you time to go read all the great E3 coverage here at NWR.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the live show. Feel free to send in your emails.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 726: Peek Behind the Shower Curtain
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:41:00 AM »

Naked negotiations on the Internet.

Very short article for a very short show. We are mid-E3 and your eyes are elsewhere. However James has been "attending" the "virtual" E3 for a week, and it has been an experience. Jon got his Panamanian Haze, and no that's not a strain of marijuana. Gui is playing co-op prison escape A Way Out and Bud Spencer & Terence Hill: Slaps And Beans. Greg has reached the end of Monster Hunter Rise's story.

Bigger news, join us for a live recording of Episode 727, where we'll cover Nintendo's announcements. That's this Tuesday, 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific. Details here.

As always, the mailbox resides here.

TalkBack / RFN Covers E3 LIVE on Tuesday
« on: June 15, 2021, 03:30:00 PM »


It's E3 time again! Well, at least whatever E3 seems to have become this year. That means it's time for a live episode of Radio Free Nintendo with our reactions to what should be the biggest Nintendo Direct of the year. We'll also provide our thoughts on what other game companies had to offer during the course of the show, with extra points given for any company bringing any combination of an exotic car, Sting, or Tony Hawk onstage. Better yet, Sting and Tony Hawk in an exotic car. But I digress...

When are we commencing this journey into the abyss? I thought you'd never ask:

  • Tuesday, June 15th
  • 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT

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Talk to us in the NWR Discord.


It's a shell of its former self.

This week we all realized that E3 is basically happening right now, insofar as its happening at all this year. James is registered to "attend" but has literally no idea what that even means. The good news is we now know when Nintendo will be presenting their line-up for 2021, but it's happening on the last day of this black box masquerading as E3. This means they'll likely not be doing much at their "virtual booth," which again, is a nothing phrase.

After a break, Jon continues to tell us about ordering a PS5 and Haze in the year 2021.

So there's that.

Gui is playing R-Type Final 2. I would give more context but the title alone is enough of a punchline. Lastly we end the show with memories of our favorite E3 presentations.

You can visit our virtual booth by sending an email.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 724: Naked Gun 358/2 Days
« on: May 30, 2021, 05:51:53 PM »

If only The Queen could be a Disney princess.

This week we got to do a dress rehearsal of the show, so you would assume we're better than usual this week. We aren't. At one point Jon is going to the future to kill himself, so things are about normal.

James finally returns to playing video games, by reading a book! It's Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir, and it's a visual novel, not a game. But, he likes it. Greg finished New Pokémon Snap and bought Space Invaders Invincible Collection. The collection of Space Invaders content has been packaged in a particularly consumer-unfriendly way, so he bought it on the Japanese eShop to get the most Invaders for his money. Guillaume takes on the task of trying to describe Kentucky Route Zero. It's a very tall ask. Lastly, Jon bought some stuff. Haze, the mediocre PS3 first person shooter endorsed by Korn, and a PS5, a system he calls tragically ugly.

After the break we spend a long time on a duo of emails: Is Metalhead doomed under EA's ownership and what games reflect the era of their release as well as Crazy Taxi. It's time to make some CRAZY CONTENT so Here. We. GO!

Podcast Discussion / Episode 723: The Tub Who Saw Too Much
« on: May 23, 2021, 02:30:00 PM »


This week we start the show with a little news. Greg leads us in a look at the new trailer for Mario Golf: Super Rush. Wario has channeled John Daly and Waluigi is dressed a bit fresh. Oh, also there's a battle mode, or something. We also talk about Skyward Sword HD's new Zelda/Loftwing amiibo, and the government-mandated consternation that accompanies it.

Jon has proper New Business, having procured a copy of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. He's never played a Mass Effect game before, despite buying the deluxe editions of all three at their release, so he's still getting his bearings. Shame they'll be totally useless once he gets to game two, and everything changes. Guillaume wraps-up New Business with a look at The Touryst. It's voxels, and he likes it. One statement does not imply the other, but both are true.

After a break, we step into an email-induced darkness. This week we discuss: the commercialization of Tub Time, turning our gaming hobbies into a job, and trying to evade Nintendo's lawyers. You can encourage our worst instincts by sending us an email.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 722: Minimal Eroticism
« on: May 16, 2021, 03:33:43 PM »

A non-zero amount.

I can't type right now, so we'll keep this brief:

Syrenne joins us this week to provide cover if James has to dip (he doesn't). The show kicks-off with Listener Mail: what games represent where Nintendo was at that moment, what gimmicks don't survive, what Nintendo games explore being human, and a weird (drunk?) email from Jonny. Send your fantasy booking here.

New Business: Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind, publishing Manifold Garden physical edition mid-pandemic, Nier: Automata, and Forza Street.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 721: Can You Defenestrate Snoop Dogg?
« on: May 09, 2021, 05:20:00 PM »


Nintendo's made so much money they've just decided to coast.

Still angry at the above sentence? Let me hit you with some facts.

Fact. Just the one...

They're not evening making games anymore, they're just letting you do it for them. Those of us "in the know" call this "coasting." After a boisterous conversation on the nature of fiscal briefings and buck-passing/Game Builder Garage-ing, we move onto some New Business. Greg is playing the game presently known as New Pokémon Snap, with all the associated controversies inherent therein. Guillaume finished off Super Mario 3D World, and moved onto playing Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. Yes, that's Panzer Dragoon 2 2. He's also playing Hotshot Racing, which is scratching an itch for a very specific kind of racing game. Jon wraps-up New Business Puzzle Quest for Vita and Def Jam: Fight for NY.

Listener Mail is a very mature segment that only speaks of the most complex topics. This week we: steal Nintendo's supply of promotional material, punish you for getting older, and defend the honor of Xander Morningstar. You can send the fire, but be ready for us to return the heat.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 720: RFN is NWR Backwards
« on: May 02, 2021, 02:58:51 PM »
You used to be so happy.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 720: RFN is NWR Backwards
« on: May 02, 2021, 10:52:28 AM »

I hate everyone and everything.

I don't even know why I bother with this article. I slave away at the keyboard, preparing this article, and you just complain.

You don't get my jokes.You don't get my references.

You certainly don't appreciate the structural risks I take with format. I'm trying to create A Ghost Story and you just want Spider-Man: Homecoming.

It's not worth it. You're just here to read a rundown of what's in a podcast, if you're even going to read it at all. Fine, I'll dance for you. I'll put out a hat and busk for your adulation. You want sterile facts? Here's sterile facts.

  • Just like each year, Greg is out this week because of the NFL Draft.
  • Also, Xander Morningstar is our guest this week.
  • Many of the New Business segments ran long.
  • Emails continue to go here.
  • Still, both segments end up being New Business.
  • It has taken 20 years to get here, but today Xander talks about New Pokemon Snap.
  • Sports-fan James talks about MLB: The Show.
  • After years without baseball, the Sony series is now on Xbox Game Pass.
  • Guillaume bought an expensive device to allow him to play games on Sega Saturn.
  • Exploring its lineup resulted in the discovery of Johnny Bazookatone's boxart.
  • New to the series, Guillaume also finished Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
  • In storage units, Jon has a cached lot of games.
  • Unpacking them he discovered a number of PS3 and PSP games.
  • Sony's past line-up drives home how much their focus has changed.


Podcast Discussion / Episode 719: Turner Classic's: Make My Movie
« on: April 25, 2021, 11:10:46 AM »

Strangers on a Train, now starring Matthew Lillard and Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin.

Capcom has leveraged their most unique skills to make the impossible happen: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is seeing release outside Japan. If only they had known their penchant for misspelling could liberate "Herlock Sholmes" from the grips of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, all this pain could have been avoided.

There is a non-zero possibility they accidentally spell Sherlock Holmes correctly and get sued for it. Nothing is off the table.

The good news, for all litigants in these future proceedings, is that Capcom should be flush with delicious cash from the success of Monster Hunter Rise. Greg gives an update on his progress making way for humanity, one monster at a time, and Jon is also here.

Guillaume has had a busy week. He bought the Pac-Man 99 DLC modes, but not skins, and takes personal issue with the administration of private matches. Let a Man Pac with whoever he wants! He also played through the "very short" Bowser's Fury add-on to Super Mario 3D World, but none of us can remember how 3D World on Wii U actually controlled, so its unclear if we're talking about changes in us, or it. Lastly, he spent time with Smelter, an action/strategy hybrid game. It's more than a bit like ActRaiser, but don't let SolSeraph ward you off, it delivers.

Jon read a book. I don't know why that sounds as dismissive as I intended it to. There are additional layers to this joke in that he wont see this. Shh, don't tell him. Let's see if he notices. Jon, if you see this tweet at @RFNPodcast to let the world know. The good news is the book is relevant! Ask Iwata is a collection of quotes and interviews from and about Nintendo's late former-CEO Satoru Iwata. It offers insights on what made him special, but also offers his own perspective on how to do such a fraught job.

James worked this week. We don't all have time to play games. Someone needs to keep this world running. You're welcome.

After a well-earned break, the crew turns their attention to a little matter of Listener Mail. This week we: craft "The Video Game" for a number of Turner's allegedly Classic movies, parse the once-impending now postponed closure of various PlayStation digital storefronts, and breakdown the litany of reasons Buddy Mission BOND is more Futile Mission FLOP outside Japan. You too can test James' alliterative skills by sending us your quandaries.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 718: On the Edge of Blue
« on: April 18, 2021, 11:45:12 AM »

Get your eyes checked.

Jon is back, and it is time for us to do an email. Perhaps, the theory goes, starting the show with this task would allow us to do more than AN email. Shockingly, perhaps improbably, this turns out to be true. Four whole emails are answered in this week's Listener Mail. Am I double-counting one topic that received two emails? Just let me have this. This week we investigate: if Nintendo plans more Directs before whatever E3 2021 has become, does Nintendo really intend to release a new Switch iteration this year, and what RPGs can be completed in ten or so hours. You can ask us to ferret out the truth by sending us an email.

After a break, we tackle a shorter New Business segment. We have to start with Jon's feelings on Monster Hunter Rise. but given we spent most of an hour on it last week, we're going to dig in deeper in a subsequent episode. James promised an update on Bravely Default II, and now that he's done it turns out it is a bit tough to talk about. He's also reviewing Poison Control, a game that is unfathomably "anime." Gui is using his Apple Arcade trial to play Mistwalker's PSX-era inspired JRPG Fantasian. From the mind of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, it turns out Mistwalker can make some solid games.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 716: Previously on Radio Free Nintedno
« on: April 04, 2021, 10:13:00 AM »

"Oh my God!" "It's you!" Gunshot

Previously on Radio Free Nintendo articles: "... our next RetroActive is for the early 3DS title Resident Evil: Revelations."

It's now time for our RetroActive on Resident Evil: Revelations. We spend nearly three hours conversing about: the little 3DS game that seemed to outstrip the system it was on, its curious understanding of how government works, and the overall poor hiring practices at the world's premiere anti-bioterrorism organizations.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

You can send us your Dante Alighieri quotes via our inbox.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 715: Now Streaming on Wii MotionPlus
« on: March 28, 2021, 12:46:08 PM »

Season two of Palamute and Me kicks-off this Monday.

Jon's back this week to talk about Doom 3. That isn't expressly the only reason he's back, but he does do it. I try not to ascribe motivation to Jon's actions, its fundamentally unhealthy. It's funny, we all remember this being the "new" Doom, after the series was left fallow for so long, and yet now it itself is old. Time comes at you fast.

Guillaume had to return Pikmin 3 Deluxe to the library, but still eager to play Pikmin he broke out the Wii U to revisit his preferred Pikmin 3 control scheme. It turns out that the Switch controls were just fine all along, and now Guillaume owns Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Switch. He's able to leverage this to help launch a conversation on the recently-announced Pikmin AR game from Niantic, developers of the world-shattering AR game that really has a very similar name. This has high confusion potential. Lastly, he took a look at Unruly Heroes, but this article is getting long so I'll leave explaining how he feels about it to the episode.

Greg is really excited to talk about Monster Hunter Rise, which is out now. It was technically "out now" for him as we recorded, via the magic of time zones, but it was not nearly enough time for him to dive in. Watch this space, as both Jon and Greg are no doubt playing Monster Hunter Rise as I type this. This is not merely conjecture.

James? He's still playing an Bravely Default game of indeterminate numbering. Did he stay up incredibly late the night previous to try to clear the game so he could give you his final thoughts? No, he stayed up incredibly late the two nights previous to try to clear the game so he could give you his final thoughts. Should he have expected this given his history with the series? No, he's pretty much the human version of Sideshow Bob with the rakes.

All this ink spilled and we haven't even reached Listener Mail? Well its time to rectify this mistake. This week we promised more emails and we delivered exactly the same number of emails. It's a talent. Speaking of prodigious talents, we're asked to turn our eyes towards the business of migrating Star Fox Zero to Switch. We have many ideas, but you likely will hate all of them. We then get into a little bit of console wars business. We t justify our purchases as we seem to have thrown in with Xbox as our non-Nintendo system, despite Microsoft's broad-based evil. I don't personally agree that they are fundamentally that different from their primary rival or that they are evil, but either position can be bought and paid for with a simple email. Please include your BTC credentials so that I may accept payment anonymously.

It's my last chance to remind you that our RetroActive for Resident Evil: Revelations is next week. Get yourself a good Circle Pad Pro, shoot some zombies, and post comments here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 713: No Amiibos, No Amicos
« on: March 14, 2021, 02:41:50 PM »

As Jon's accountant, I worry.

Let's keep it short this week. James kicks-off New Business with his last update on Bravely Default II until he's much deeper in the game. Guillaume returns to Pikmin with Pikmin 3 Deluxe, for Switch. Greg is trying to find the true ending in Ghost 'n Goblins Resurrection. Jon is looking for credit for not spending outrageous amounts of money.

After the break we do a couple Listener Mail. This week we offer life advice on playing games while being a parent and talk about games and consoles we admire from a distance.

And yes, James did mean to say Casio Loopy when he said Bandai Playdia. They're both weird.

You can admire us from a distance by sending an email.

Lastly, RetroActive season is underway with Resident Evil: Revelations. The comments go here.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 712: It Sounds Stupid Said Out Loud
« on: March 07, 2021, 02:19:00 PM »

While this might be particularly relevant this week, it is particularly relevant every week.

There was Pokémon news last week, but we talk about it this week. Deal with it. Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and of course Pokémon Legends Arceus were all announced. We can't remember the adjectives for our Diamond and Pearl remakes, and not even the Pokémon Company can pronounce Arceus. They CAN make a trailer that looks an awful lot like Breath of the Wild.

There's also a new Smash character! We knew Mythra and Pyra were coming, and now they're here. James and Greg breakdown the announcement video, and "See here!", get stuck in with the character.

Yer' done!

Okay, that's out of my system.

After the break New Business continues with some of the Newest Business: James has Bravely Default II. It's not the sequel to Bravely Default. But it is a sequel to Bravely Default. He's not far in, so his impressions are very early. Guillaume has beaten Children of Morta, and has some final thoughts on the game. He also vanquished Ring Fit Adventure, and he is now the buffest person on Earth. Interestingly enough, we have an email asking about how to find the determination to get up, put down the game, and get fit. It takes quite a bit more time to answer than expected, but it's important and as a reminder WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS.

We're just angry on the Internet.

If you're angry in the Internet, send us an email about it.

It's time for a RetroActive, Resident Evil: Revelations. You can comment here.

Please do, this is an interactive segment. Please interact with us. We'll be doing the recording of our RetroActive sometime in late March or early April.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 711: Crest the Wave With the Right Shaka
« on: February 28, 2021, 02:50:20 PM »

It has never been about fun.

Note: We do not discuss the Pokémon Direct this week, because it happened after we recorded. I'm sure we'll have thoughts next week.

We start the show off with an order: give us money. It's time for the latest RFN Patreon episode, so its time to remind you to give us money.

Give. Us. Money.

Moving on, this week for New Business Guillaume has completed every beat 'em up. Now he and Karen are moving onto co-op Rogue-likes with Children of Morta, and maybe they just found their "new" genre. He's also replaying Bravely Default, and I refuse to accept his accusations. Jon bought the C64, a Commodore 64 retro-console, and it opens up a sprawling conversation about stuff that happened before most of us were born. Lastly, Greg closes out New Business with the just-released Ghost 'n Goblins Resurrection for Switch.

After the break, Jon succumbs to the darkness and we dive into a double-dose of Listener Mail. This week we open ourselves up to get hurt again by telling you what really breaks our heart and then we spend your money. You can hire us to be your personal shopper by sending us an email.

One final bit of news: our next RetroActive is for the early 3DS title Resident Evil: Revelations. Also knows as Resident Evil: Revelaitons (pronounced Rev-a-lay-a-tons). You can look forward to newly Super-Stable 3D, Circle Pad Pro, and other dumb quirks from this unique game. I'll be posting the official talkback in next week's article.

Podcast Discussion / Episode 710: Can't Trust an Isoceles Triangle
« on: February 21, 2021, 12:12:03 PM »

What's with that third side? Too good to bother to figure out how to make it work?

It's predictions time! I'm really happy we waited until mid-February to get around to our 2021 predictions.

Why? Nintendo Directs are back, and now we're safe from the tyranny of trying to predict Nintendo's irrational behavior. So instead, we break down the Nintendo Direct, including the Western release of Famicom Detective Club - an even which we are SINGULARLY responsible.

After an extended breakdown of the Direct, Greg give us impressions of Bowser's Fury, or whatever name we've concocted for the day. I'll go with Bowser's Irritable Temperament. James also has impressions of Square Enix's latest linguistic affront: Project Triangle Strategy.

You can predict the past by sending us an email.

But if you really want to hear some predictions keep an eye on Monday's Radio Free Nintendo NWR Patreon exclusive episode. Yours for $1 a month, all to support Nintendo World Report

Podcast Discussion / Episode 709: Invest in the Success of Amico
« on: February 14, 2021, 11:29:47 AM »

To the moon!

I've spent pretty much every minute since we recorded this episode hunkered down under the threat of a winter storm. A full day of freezing rain on Saturday has given way to a Sunday of ice crashing to the ground. Life is a perilous journey; at this very moment nature is conspiring to cut your thread and wipe the slate clean. The world seemingly views your continued survival an affront, and a constant failure. But you? You're a champion.

This podcast is a survivor as well, and is full of tips to make you the same. Just like Switch, we have been fighting the inexorable pull of gravity to stay alive. This week, it's time to invest in your success.

Greg's been playing Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, the Theatrhythm for a series that has the audacity to have a plot conceit like the Heartless and a Nobody where even the fanbase can't figure out what on Earth the writers were trying to do. But hey, the music is nice, and you don't need to play the mobile game to enjoy it. Jon... I don't even know what to tell you about Jon's New Business. He tried to buy a C64 - the unlicensed Commodore 64 retro-console. He's not interested in the C64 Mini, he wants the extremely limited edition one that was full-sized and came with the C64 keyboard. In summary: please send James a review unit of an Intellivision Amico so that we can make money for you. You can trust him, because he's already reviewing Fallen Legion Revenants, and he's not particularly enjoying the experience. It's a shame, because he rather liked the first game. Don't worry, I'm sure he'll love the Amico. Speaking of second attempts at first impressions, Guillaume is giving The Wonderful 101 a second try, with the Switch "Remastered" rerelease. After resisting the implorations that he watch YouTube videos that actually explain the gameplay, he finally sat down and watched YouTube videos that actually explain the gameplay. It turns out, fans of The Wonderful 101 are better explaining The Wonderful 101 than either The Wonderful 101 itself or the people who made The Wonderful 101.

On the Listener Mail front, we were asked to "Konami. Discuss," and thus we did: a Monopoly-style board game about trains has somehow rocketed up the Japanese charts and the investors at RFN tell you how to make the best parlay with your money. We even explain how to leverage VGChartz to get rich. You can ask for your free prospectus by sending us an email.

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