Billy drops in to pimp his new game, as we look back at the history of strategy games on Nintendo platforms. Also, a Pikmin controversy is born, or at least revived!
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It's always a good thing when Billy Berghammer stops in for RFN, and this occasion is special, since he just helped launch Skulls of the Shogun on various Microsoft platforms. That, and the recent hubbub over Fire Emblem Awakening, gave us the idea to do a special episode all about strategy games on Nintendo systems. Unfortunately, Jon was detained at work (he didn't even get to leave until we'd already finished recording), but the remaining quartet walk through over 25 years of this cerebral genre on Nintendo platforms. Along the way, we check out the unreleased 64 Wars, uncover a latent controversy over Pikmin, and learn about the single most Japanese item that James owns.
Got any thoughts on a strategy game we covered, or perhaps missed entirely? Send an email on this topic or any other for a strong chance to be read on an upcoming episode. We also opened the poll for RetroActive #26, returning to the listener's choice format after the Majora's Mask live edition. Head over to the NWR Forums to cast your vote, and be sure to read other posts below the poll if you need any help deciding. We'll announce the winning game in a couple of weeks, so vote now, while you're thinking about it!
This podcast was edited by Jonathan Metts and James Jones.
Music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can purchase their newest album, Done with the Devil, directly from the record label, Amazon (CD) (MP3), or iTunes, or call your local record store and ask for it!
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