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Judging from the title, you can probably guess one of the main topics of conversation in this episode, but we've got some important warmup acts. Austen opens New Business with the fourth most important game to release on November 10 - noted bomba and reason for executive canning Rise of the Tomb Raider. He didn't pay full price, but Austen's none too thrilled with his purchase. In terms of things he did enjoyed, there's the follow up to March's masochism simulator Bloodborne with the Old Hunters expansion. Stephen got a little FF Type-0 HD in - for $20, so Donald can put it on the board - and then got ready for adventure with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Finally, Donald drops sixty five hours of perspective on Xenoblade Chronicles X, though that conversation will probably come back around next episode.

Whatcha Watchin has a brief bit of Angelic Layer from Austen, then a mutual discussion of Doctor Who, the superhero show segment headed up by the dreaded Netflix queue's Jessica Jones, before Stephen finds the Seven Deadly Sins are missing at least two of those features. Donald has a brief mention here in between Xeno-sessions.

The Feature was fortuitously provided by a week's delay in recording, as we cover The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience. Also, we didn't bother providing the Pokémon in this episode as, well, things got a little salty after a PR statement was read into the record. The Mushrooms cover a case of Konami not being preceded by an F-word, the joys of home construction and more Valkyria Chronicles. Now, if the PS3 version would just come out digitally...

Next episode is the end of the year spectacular, and we want to hear from you! Send your top 5 games (all platforms eligible) or any awards you'd like us to hand out to the usual spots, or just drop them below. Also, if you missed our performance on the NWR Live Telethon for Child's Play, check it out - unfortunately, you've given Donald a get out of jail free card on Skyward Sword should he choose to use it. Until next time, Genei Ibunroku did it right.

This podcast was recorded on December 6 and was edited by Donald Theriault.


We did it live for the kids again. Now you get to hear the results.

On December 5, we had the honor once again of participating in the NWR Live Podcast Telethon for Child's Play. We were a bit later, and Stephen was broadcasting live from a campground, and Austen nearly didn't have internet, but we still gave a good hour of discussion about what makes Nintendo's IP tick.

If you want to hear the whole (13.5 hour! And you thought WE went long!) telethon archive click here. Donald is all over part 4, including dropping some HAWT TAKES. And go to childsplaycharity.org if you want to give to the kids now that the NWR donation box is closed.

This podcast was recorded on December 5 and was edited by... well, it's a dump of the telethon audio.


Might as well get the jokes out of your system.

Apologies for the late show, but something came up for the editor. The fun begins in this funny-numbered episode with New Business that has a heavy November 10 focus. Stephen has Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void as the trilogy in five parts continues, and also discusses the (now funded) Indivisible, back when that sort of thing was in doubt. Donald got in some Yo-Kai Watch and a quick Stella Glow update, but the main game(s) are the various versions of Rodea the Sky Soldier from the November 10 brigade. Austen talks the odd RPGs in the form of Ar No Surge+, and finishes with the last November 10 title Superbeat Xonic.

Whatcha Watchin' opens with a Parasyte and superhero updates (Supergirl, Flash... and the BluRay of Justice League Unlimited), then Austen brings it home with Constantine - which isn't a superhero show - the Peanuts Movie, and Danganronpa: The Animation.

A special double Feature deals first with a bunch of Activision news, including another frickin' cinematic universe before we play the most lethal game of all: Skylander or King Game? Then, Donald tries to defend the indefensible (which he also did in written form) by way of Cloud hitting Smash in the last Nintendo Direct... but who cares, THERE'S TWO DRAGON QUESTS COMING!!! Finally, the Mushrooms wrap it up with a callout of hypocrisy, a deal gone awry and Stephen's beating an important goal.

We'll be talking about Xenoblade Chronicles X among other things on the next show, but you can read Donald's NWR review or check out his video discussion with NWR director Neal Ronaghan. But we need a favor from you - the 6th annual NWR telethon for Child's Play is coming up, and we're later than usual this year. If you want to hear us talking about Splatoon and what could come up with Nintendo's future IPs, get to donating! It's for the kids! And if we break the NWR telethon record ($7250), Donald will play one of the most controversial games in Nintendo history to completion. He didn't suffer Majora's Mask last year, so how about some Skyward Sword?

This podcast was recorded on November 15 and was edited by Donald Theriault.


Dinosaurs, spooky cameras and gho... phan... Yo-Kai. I thought Hallowe'en was in October?

Here's the scariest part about this episode: It's nearly an hour before we live up to our name. In New Business, Stephen begins the Nintendo parade with The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - a tight little game that really believes in the rule of 3. Donald picks up the baton with Yoshi's Woolly World, which might have displaced dancing atop his GOTY list, then the musical SRPG Stella Glow (if you know where the CEO of Imageepoch is, we'd like to hear it) and talks Level 5 Game with Yo-Kai Watch (demo) impressions. The spoooooooky parade continues as Austen hits Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, before attending a somewhat dead Corpse Party and hitting three Platinum trophies along the way.

For Whatcha Watchin', Stephen opens the bidding at Parasyte, which really got under his skin. Donald attempts to make a philosopher's stone with his own viewing of Fullmetal Alchemist (the good one), before snagging a few episodes of Yo-Kai Watch the TV show - which is more Teen Titans Go than Pokemon. Austen realizes that anime was a mistake, so he catches up on a couple of pilots in Ash v Evil Dead and Supergirl.

The news round hits Paris Games Week (with enough VR to choke a horse), Nintendo's financials and mobile ambitions, and Microsoft wimping out on reporting Xbox numbers. Again. In the Mushrooms, it's morning again in Canada, but Stephen can't see it because of various updates.

Be sure to save Saturday, December 5 on your calendar as we're going to be doing it live one more time (for the kids, y'know). And this year we might be going later than ever. In the meantime, drop us a line below, email or tweet us if there's something you want us to cover on the show!

This episode was recorded on November 1 and edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips provided for commentary purposes. Pray for Donald, who will be trying to edit the next shows while under November review pressure.


Nice little store of money you got there. Pray we don't alter it any further.

As the game season winds up - or in some cases, down - Nintendo Free Radio brings a bit of calm in a sea of insanity. Stephen kicks off New Business with Planetary Annihilation, a 2014 real time strategy game in which the end game only involves blowing up planets sometimes, before providing a look at Star Wars Battlefront's beta and yet another frickin' Hoth stage. Donald is next with a beta of his own for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, which went... poorly. Following a quick trip to the diamond with MLB 15 The Show's Vita version that you can actually take out to the ball game, the team hunts down snacks of various kinds in Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash. Austen has a quick preview of Yoshi's Woolly World before hammering down on Transformers Devestation, the most expensive bargain game in the history of man, and 2014 indie puzzler (now on PS4) The Talos Principle.

Whatcha Watchin
' is a return to the superhero brigade with updates on The Flash, Arrow and Agents of Shield, then it gets into the oddball anime territory. Stephen watched the eternally long-named Is It OK To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon, and Austen has the combative Selector Infector Wixoss and the... unusual Outbreak Company.

The Feature actually was recorded separately in the event of a potential Direct before everyone forgot about quiet periods – but there was still some news to talk about. A potential hostile takeover of Ubisoft by a company who's even worse, microtransactions in $60+ games and a now somewhat out-of-date set of Paris Games Week predictions for Sony hit the board. Then comes the Mushrooms, in which people suffer for charity, customer service works and something Austen and Sony related breaks. Take a drink.

Be sure to drop us a comment below, Tweet us or send us an email if there's something you want to see on the next show!

This podcast was recorded on October 18, with a portion on October 22, and was edited by Donald Theriault. The podcast also contains a live posterization: see if you can find it!


We're dancing, swinging, and raging at Inafune.

Donald makes no apologies for the intro to episode 66, nor any of the many games contained within. He kicks off a nearly all-September New Business with the demo for The Legend of Legacy, a game that somehow got localized along with its spiritual predecessor where eight Dragon Quest 3DS games wouldn't. A rapid fire discussion ends with one half of his NWR comparison feature, Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX. But then he and Austen get down with the bear in Persona 4: Dancing All Night, which taught them the joy of bonds and the horror of "cubstep". After a couple of quick games on the PS4, the crew migrates to the PC to try out the demo for Mighty No 9 - and it went BADLY. For some more than others. Stephen provides actual Mega Man with recent PlayStation Network release Mega Man Legends before finishing a few weeks of old school with Pac Man Championship Edition DX+.

Whatcha Watchin' has a few returning guests from Stephen with Doctor Who's latest series, a followup from last episode with The Awesomes and a quick hit of Elementary. The main event is Austen's look at the recent BluRay release of Fullmetal Alchemist - which Donald did start watching, but only 1-2 episodes at a shot so his impressions will be delayed. Donald *did* finish Vision of Escaflowne, and finds it needs more psychopath.

Three weeks is a long time to go without news, so following an examination of Tokyo Game Show including the Persona 5 delay (LOVE IS OVER~) we discuss the joys of Star Citizen, other game delays and the return of the Jill Sandwich possibly coming sometime in the future. (The union voted 96% in favour of a second vote to strike if talks break down again.) In the Mushrooms, we avoid the Wheel of Morality on a technicality and Activision gets raked over the coals, while Donald's 1up has stayed alive for another day.

Why not give us an email if there's something you want us to look into? You can drop it here, tweet @nfrpodcast or send us an email!

This podcast was recorded on October 4 and edited by Donald Theriault. Music and clips provided under fair use news and analysis exemptions.


One game makes you dread humanity. The other game is a Danganronpa.

The fall release season is in full swing, and Nintendo Free Radio has some choice cuts from the busy month of September for you. To kick off New Business, Donald has a Labour Day duo of LBX: Little Battlers eXperience, the review title that he ended up buying on his own ANYWAY, and follows it up by staring into the depths of the Bowhemoth in 13AMGames indie hit Runbow (Wii U). But of course, if you want to talk platforming on the Wii U, you play Super Mario Maker, and Donald actually managed to create a level that may not create a vacuum! (Hit it up at 6BDE-0000-002F-E5F9). Stephen keeps the platforming going with a couple of PS+ freebies in Sound Shapes and Grow Home, then Austen snags the other platformer of Mario Maker's release week with Tearaway Unfolded. Finally, the segment ends with a discussion of Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls that touches on some pretty messy subjects, so be prepared to skip ahead to about 1:14:30 to avoid them.

A brief Whatcha Watchin has a distinct sci-fi animated bent, as Stephen watched The Awesomes and Austen hit up some Star Wars: Rebels (clumsy random blasters not included). Then it's Lightning Round time as the news includes Pikmin, Pokemon Go, a strange week at Capcom and a TGS preview (note the recording date). Finally, there's a double Poison and a double 1up in the Mushrooms that proves that playing tropes straight is for chumps.

The releases aren't going to slow down, but we want to know what you want from the show as well, so drop a comment below, leave us an email or tweet @nfrpodcast. Be sure to check out the NWR forum Mario Maker thread for more insanity as well.

This podcast was recorded on September 13 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music/clips used for purposes of news discussion. Donald got points for two predictions during the editing process.


We're one short for a game of Mario Party 2.

The backlog is over, we're back to parity with the Famicast, and the fall release season is about to fall upon us like a tidal wave of bankruptcy in this historic episode of Nintendo Free Radio. Donald opens the New Business proceedings with a visual novel - emphasis on the novel - in the form of one of his most anticipated games of the rest of the year, Steins;Gate. Stephen is paying off a longstanding bet by Walking With Dinosaurs, which may pay off a three year old Twitter promise. Austen takes it to the end of New Business with the teen slasher fic/game Until Dawn and an extended look at Tales from the Borderlands Episode 4 (assume spoilers from about 45m30 until the break music just after the 1 hour mark).

Following a brief Whatcha Watchin' with some streets ahead paintball and a NXT update, it's time for an extended Feature discussion on the Nintendo 64 because really, we're contractually obligated to do one for this episode (and not invite Jon/James/Greg). Underrated games, Western influence and just how bad ***** ** really is (it's so bad) all appear. In the Mushrooms, Stephen has to be prepared, Austen's enjoying adventure while simultaneously cursing out Day 1 spoilers, and Donald may be about to reach an Amiibo breaking point. (During the edit of this show, he bought a Captain Falcon, so who knows at this point?)

We'll be recording the next episode shortly, and we'd love to have some more Listener Mail, so drop us a line in the usual spots. Until next time, may the way of the hero lead to the Triforce.

This podcast was recorded on August 30 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips used under fair use provisions and for context of discussion. RIP Wes Craven, whose death was announced immediately after we stopped tape.


There hasn't been this much Rare since the last vampire steak buffet.

Regular service has almost resumed at Nintendo Free Radio, as the end of the editing backlog appears to be in sight. But first, we have some New Business to attend to, as Stephen and Donald took on respective Wii U 3D platformers in the form of Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Kay Anniversary. Donald follows up the roll of cat puns with some retro brawling goodness in Streets of Rage 2... then Austen takes the wheel on the left side of the road and steers the crew through 30 years of googly eyes with Rare Replay. Everything from the good (Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts) to the bad (Grabbed By The Ghoulies, Snake Rattle 'n Roll, BATTLETOADS) gets looked at as Austen pretty much blasted through the collection in a few days. When not getting his British up, Austen didn't want to see the PS4 get Left Behind so he took a walk on the morbid side with Everybody's Gone To The Rapture (semi-functional run button included).

Whatcha Watchin' has returned from summer hiatus: Donald teases the next show and also talks Vision of Escaflowne, Stephen gets praise from at least one of our fans with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the impossible to search K, and an Orange is the New Black update. Austen is satisfied with a Soul Eater spinoff... NOT.

Following a rather emotional Listener Mail from our Canadian friend Jason, the crew looks at recent as-of-recording news with Gamescom, payola, MercurySteam x Metroid and the Mario Maker unlock kerfuffle on the docket. Finally, the Mushrooms cover Donald's employment woes with a bonus #ThanksHarper, Stephen's trouble with process, and virtual reality. Apologies for the downer ending.

We'll be caught up with shows before we record another one - the editor would like to thank Labor Day - and we want to hear from you. Email (nintendofreeradio at gmail), tweet or comment below, if you please.

This podcast was recorded on August 16 and edited by Donald Theriault. All music/clips used under fair use and for purpose of context to discussions.


A grand catchup continues as we clear the track from a busy summer.

We're getting slowly back to normalcy with these shows, and there's a few games that we need to get off our chests. Donald and Austen open New Business by tag teaming Lost Dimensions, the Vita (and PS3, but really...) strategy RPG that crosses betrayal, strategy and a stupid amount of DLC. After a double shot of bird watching with Hatoful Boyfriend and Badlands: GOTY Edition, it's time for Donald to stare down the beginnings of his favorite game of all time in Earthbound Beginnings. To say the least, it hasn't aged well. Stephen continues the retro kick with Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards before diving into the world of children's card games actually marketed to children by playing Pokemon TCG Online. Austen finishes with a GameFreak title of his own in Tembo the Badass Elephant before dealing with a couple of adventure games in Life is Strange Episode 4 (SPOILERS from 50 minutes to about 56 minutes) and episode one of the 2015-16 King's Quest titles. How many cheap deaths did Austen find? Tune in to find out.

Whatcha Watchin' was scrapped due to games, but that gave us time to address Listener Mail in which we tackle the question of choice as multiplatform owners. (Well, most of us.) After that, it's another News Roundup covering game updates, Dragon Quest, Nintendo's financial, and the introduction of Democracy to the anarchy of PlayStation Plus. Finally, the Mushrooms include a Keiji Infaune takedown, getting stuck in Ohio, and late breaking news that the Final Fantasy XII remaster was actually born (in PITTSBURGH, of all places!)

The goal is to be caught up on shows by Labor Day or thereabouts, but drop us an email as we try to return to Famicast parity, Tweet us @nfrpodcast or comment below!

The podcast was recorded August 1 and edited by Donald Theriault. All music used under fair use provisions.


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