Not everyone can be a winner; thankfully the host of the show gets to define all terms to his advantage
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It's the last episode of 2015, and in a move that was definitely NOT a scheduling gaffe we are joined by friend of the show, and two-time conqueror of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Syrenne McNulty. No one was out this week, we absolutely planned to have five people this week and three last week.
Syrenne is here to answer all of our Xenoblade questions. However, we start New Business with Guillaume, who has the finally-released SteamWorld Heist on 3DS, which he is very impressed with, and a report on Axiom Verge, which he is less so. Syrenne has potential Wii U game of the year, Devil's Third, and lets us know how many awards it should win. She follows with some insights on the Japanese mobile industry that she gleaned from playing all of the Japanese App Store's Top 100. Finally, we reach the main event. Jon, Greg, and James provide their current Xenoblade Chronicles X thoughts, and turn to Syrenne for answers to their burning questions.
We wrap up 2015 with an abbreviated Listener Mail. Questions cover identifying a franchise that could go from Non-tendo to Smash in a generation, and if it is merely a matter of time that keeps us from "competitive Smash." The answer is no, by the way. You can ask us the unanswerable via our inbox.
We had really great response to our survey, you all are the best. If you haven't had time to fill it out, please do us a favor and take it. The survey will take a few minutes, and will ask you about a ton of podcasts you've never heard of, but it will help us understand what you all want to hear. As always, thank you.
Lastly, I (James) wanted to add a personal note as we end 2015. Obviously, I didn't start the year with the intention of taking over as host. When Jonny asked, I was terrified to do so; I was worried I would let down our listeners. Instead, you all have been unbelievably kind as I learned how to run and host the show. It's all incredibly humbling. Going forward into 2016, I hope to continue to improve both myself and the show, so please let us know how we're doing and what you'd like to hear us talk about. You can use the mailbag for your suggestions. I want to thank Gui for his continued efforts to edit the show, Jon for agreeing to stay on and being my sounding board, and Greg for helping me plan the transition and ultimately agreeing to return to the show. And of course, thank you to all our listeners. Oh, lastly, if you want to get the show something for Christmas, please use the break to fill our Mailbag with interesting questions!
This episode was edited by Guillaume Veillette. The "Men of Leisure" theme song was produced exclusively for Radio Free Nintendo by Perry Burkum. Hear more at Bluffs Custom Music.
This episode's ending music is the Busted Bayou theme from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. All rights reserved by Nintendo.