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We're going to ketchup on our listener mail come hell or high water.

Please note: Due to an issue with Donald's audio, his track sounds a little... odd. We do apologize for any concerns and steps have been taken to ensure no issues in the future.

So what happens when you have one listener mailer send a lot of feedback on every episode you've ever done? Well, you throw an audible and bring him on the show. It really helps that Thomas Robertson, our most consistent emailer ever, also happens to be Donald's current roommate, so getting him set up was a snap.

For New Business, Stephen leads off with the lagamorph murder simulator Xenoblade 3D, in which we suggest a new strategy: Let the CPU tank. After that, Stephen actually outsourced his play of the Mario Kart 8 DLC to young Zane - thankfully, the rest of the crew has gotten to plaid. Donald quickly covers off his review games in the form of Ultimate Angler, Battleground Z and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, then it's Thomas's turn. After the contractually obligated Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate update, he tortures Donald with Metroid: Other M, stumbles across a Game With Gold in Castlestorm (played on Wii U) and gets demonic on his own with the perpetually discounted Shin Megami Tensei IV. Austen got into some of the DLC for The Evil Within and the Borderlands Handsome Collection, but his major game is a game that Thomas is familiar with, and has received high praise on the show before. Like #3 on a GOTY list.

Whatcha Watchin gets the superheroics out of the way early with Stephen having seen Avengers 2: Age of Ultron immediately prior to recording. Donald has an announcement about future segments, while Thomas revels in wanton destruction by asking one of the obvious questions: Will It Blend? Austen finishes with the Playstation Network's non-union superhero equivalent series in Powers and dips into an old enemy for some Sword Art Online, before finishing with another round of Farscape.

Of course, we can't have Thomas on and not deal with a huge backlog of Listener Mail. Among the topics broached: Who's worse between Square and Sony, just what the deal with the podcast countdown is, and what Metroid game Donald would play at the required gunpoint. By this point, Stephen's recorder was running out of space so it's a hurry-up offense in the Mushrooms, which include TEH URN, a Konami update and Donald being able to do his job while Stephen takes a quick spin.

Although it won't guarantee you a spot on the show, we'd love it if you sent some listener mail or other feedback in - you can tweet us or drop an email, or even leave a comment below. Be sure to check out Thomas on Twitter and the Streetpass Halifax group as well!

This podcast was recorded on May 2 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips used under fair use provisions. Did you know that someone did a mockup of Metallica singing Kill the Wabbit?

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Believe us, it's for everyone's good that we don't talk about... that game...

A shockingly *redacted* couple of weeks in gaming leads us to another episode of Nintendo Free Radio. On the New Business front, Stephen has the *redacted* round of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, with a great breakthrough. Donald's doing a *redacted* boxing in BoxBoy for 3DS, and then returns to SPAAAAAACE with the *redacted* cheap Affordable Space Adventures. Austen dips into the nostalgia bag with Donkey Kong 64 and finds it *redacted* very well, which could also apply to an update on Final Fantasy Type-0 that's as *redacted* as promised. Finally, something that had to be *redacted* as Austen also enjoyed (?) the terror of The Evil Within.

For Whatcha Watchin', Donald leads off with the infamous *redacted* anime Ghost Stories before Stephen and Austen take an extended look at *redacted* attempt to infect Netflix with Daredevil. Finally, Austen enjoys the *redacted* sci-fi of Farscape.

Now that *redacted* season is upon us, there was an extended bout of lightning in the Feature, which covers *redacted* DLC, sales of both the NPD and *redacted* variety, and... David Lynch? For the Mushrooms, it's *redacted* as everyone had the infamous "sub-Poison" to talk about. Also on the docket: ZZ Top. Yep.

Next time around we'll have a guest in the form of our emailer, Monster Hunter and housing savior. Now, we're not saying if you email nintendofreeradio at gmail dawt com or tweet @NFRPodcast you'll get to be on the show, but it'll *redacted*. Also, Donald led off the last episode of Nintendo World Report's Connectivity before its reboot talking hockey, so go check it out.

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We're out from under the backlog, finally.

Now that everything seems to be (mostly) settled in the editing bay, we present an abbreviated edition of Nintendo Free Radio. Stephen has a quick Monster Hunter update for New Business, while Donald brings tales of miracles in Smash Bros (which can be viewed here) and how not to applaud Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Austen has a lot of business to attend to, including a trip back to the past in Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures for Wii U, an update on Sunset Overdrive's final DLC that is one fragile eagle from a Donald auto-buy, and hits some of the character elements of a major PS4 RPG of March... we're talking about Final Fantasy Type-0, not MYSTIC QUEST. He's not a fool.

The main thing watched this week is the Nintendo Direct, so after a brief Zelda delay chat it's straight into the Feature to talk Direct. Everything from SMT x FE and Fatal Frame's existence to the Virtual Console to Mario Kart brought to you by From Software is on the menu. And then there's the Mushrooms, which land on vehicle trouble, a tribute to another dead Canadian retailer, and more Robotech teases. Stay tuned after the outro for a bit of non-Thomas listener mail and something completely abhorrent.

Be sure to check out Donald's recent appearance on Radio Free Nintendo, and drop us a line - we promise if it's good there'll be no mockery. Leave it below, tweet @nfrpodcast or email nintendofreeradio at gmail dawt com. Until next time, please understand.

This podcast was recorded on April 4 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All audio provided under fair use provisions. Stephen doesn't actually need four new cars, but if you want to share the wealth...

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And other revelaitons from a crazy break

As Nintendo Free Radio emerges from a drama-induced backlog, we hit a bunch of March's finest. Leading off in New Business is the new-apartment dwelling Donald, who has a couple of flawed portable RPGs with Codename STEAM for the 3DS and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. After early impressions of an infamous Smash tournament and the remake of the year, the baton is thrown to Stephen for a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate update and information on the trippy 3DS puzzler Ketzal's Corridors, now available on Club Nintendo for coins if you can access it. Austen gets off the portable train by hitting a whole shedload of Resident Evils, indie puzzle masochism simulator Ori and the Blind Forest, and the FFXV demo starring a giant enemy Ramuh who attacks the planet for massive damage.

A brief Whatcha Watchin' has Donald passing, Stephen quick-hitting Fish Kings and S3 of House of Cards, before Austen catches up on Agents of Shield and the new Transformers: Robots in Disguise cartoon. (The Kotaku article referenced: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2015/03/the-new-transformersis-off-to-a-shaky-start-and-thats-just-prime/).

The Feature was recorded a few weeks ago, but does feature a load of speculation about Nintendo's future in lieu of certain St Patrick's Day announcements, as well as a post-games Konami and how the hell Sony can sell 20 million systems when all their first party stuff gets delayed. For the Mushrooms, it's all about the changes, including some companies refusing to change.

55 is in the can and will come out soon, but we can always use some feedback - tweet us @nfrpodcast or just drop it below. And you might notice something different about the NWR thread...

This podcast was recorded on March 21 and edited by Donald Theriault. All clips/music used under fair use discussion.

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If that's true, then this episode's going to be a laugh riot in 10 years.

Honestly, we weren't even sure if this episode would even record because of various circumstances, but we're kind of glad it did so we could get some things off our collective chest. For New Business, Stephen and Donald have both fallen down the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate rabbit hole - including the dreaded mutual hunts - and their responses are pretty much what you'd expect. Donald follows up with another New 3DS showpiece in the free trial of Ironfall Invasion, followed by a dab of payola and a cheap shot at Nintendo's future plans before getting his ink on in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Austen finally has a chance to go off on The Order: 1886, and apparently he's the only one who bought that full freight and liked it (ed. – Weekend Confirmed Alumni Jeff Cannata & Christian Spicer have my back. :P ). After quick-ish stops with the Screamride Demo and the 2nd of Resident Evil's many Revelations, it's time for a not-for-children's card game in Hand of Fate, and the 2nd part of a long discussion of Baten Kaitos Origins (continued from 52). Warning: Here be spoilers.

For Whatcha Watchin', Donald finds out if they're doing phrasing anymore thanks to Archer Vice, while Stephen has been answering the immortal question of How The States Got Their Shapes. Amazingly, the History Channel produced something recently that doesn't involve aliens (we think). Austen reports on the horror and boredom of the 2015 Academy Awards, and also lets us in on if Tiger & Bunny fared better Rising than the Dark Knight. Finally, there are the obligatory DC/Marvel comic book TV minutes with Marvel's Agent Carter, The Flash, and The Arrow.

With the controversial release of The Order fresh in our minds, we turned the Feature towards the dilemma of determining game value in an era of steam sales, flash sales, $20 price post-launch price drops, used games, and economic recession (and yet a time when games are cheaper than ever). The Mushrooms, well, kind of summarize why quarter 1 of 2015 should be declared non-canon as soon as is humanly possible (with maybe two or three exceptions), but also why there could be hope yet for Kickstarter. Finally, we top them off with a celebration of the late, great Leonard Nimoy, who passed away the day before recording.

We promise the next episode will be much happier, especially since we'll be caught up from the backlog, so why not drop us a line so we can drive 55? You can email us (nintendofreeradio@gmail.com), tweet @NFRPodcast or drop it below. Until then, live long and prosper.

This podcast was recorded on February 28, and was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. Fear is their bacon bits.

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Last time on Nintendo Free Radio, Western 3DSs still had one analog, Telltale was the only company doing episodic adventure, and Persona 5 had no gameplay footage. Thankfully, all of those things have changed. For New Business, Stephen played a game we don't have a clean joke for in PSN flash sale victim Monster Monpiece, then threw on Strike Suit Zero in an attempt to cleanse himself. Donald went Western indie in more ways than one with Gunman Clive 2 which marked the last game he played on the 2DS, as the New 3DS arrived and there was much rejoicing (as well as Codename STEAM demo and brief Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo discussion). To wrap his segment, Donald gives good news about a good Nintendo system's games being playable on Wii U as he grabbed the download of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and returned to the sweet embrace of EAD Tokyo. Austen has been wasting his Wii U on a system that clearly can't stack up, but has the very void-infused Vita platformer Nihilumbra, and the clearly moneyhatted adventure game Life is Strange to fill in good game content.

After a round of Now Posted on motorcycles (you have got to be ****ting me - Ed), a brief round of Whatcha Watchin' ensues. You won't like Stephen when he's angry, but you may like Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Austen has an update on Log Horizon and extended impressions of Thundercats (2011), while Donald shows that when you need legal advice, you Better Call Saul.

The Feature this time 'round is a super-charged Lightning Round originally codenamed "Twenty Minutes of Hell". Topics include PAX South, JRPG Week, Nintendo's multimedia endeavors and somehow turning Marble Madness into a MOBA (as Mark Cerny cries out in agony). The Mushrooms include two sad farewells, a host pulling a Jeffersons and Nintendo's horrible precedents.

We'd love to hear from you on anything somewhat on topic, so drop it below, emal us (nintendofreeradio@gmail.com) or send it to @nfrpodcast on your local fire-breathing Twitter machine. Also, if you would like a nice followup to the Wizard talk from Episode 50, the good Dr Metts recently broke down the musical career of former child star Jenny Lewis on Discover Music Project (http://www.crosstawk.com/newbusiness/2015/2/14/discover-music-project-episode-65.html) so plug in for an hour and a half of great music discussion.

This podcast was recorded on February 15th and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All clips and music copyright their respective owners. Yes, we’re working on catching up on the podcast backlog.

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Double the Editors Means Double the Power

We're very unlucky to have four+ hour recordings, but that’s nothing 50 hours  in the editing room can’t fix (the resulting mental breakdowns are a different story)!  Stephen had a light New Business due to illness, but he and Donald team up to get wiped out by the Brock Lesnar of Japanese monsters Gore Magala in the demo for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Donald makes up for the game content by needing a revocation of his Citizens of Earth experience until a patch, so he called up a lawyer for Phoenix Wright Trilogy on 3DS. After that, the grand New Year's resolution begins with very early impressions of Tales of Symphonia HD. Austen has a double remake of his own with Resident Evil HD (PS4 which evolved from some system we don't talk about which evolved from PS1) before finally getting Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII out of his system. It's a complicated game, so it gets a good while.

Following that is the strangest Now Posted ever, and that's saying something. Listener discretion is advised.

In Whatcha Watchin', Stephen was able to recover from a nasty flu to attend the Nashville The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess concert and have a disturbing meeting with one of NWR's finest, before plowing through a lot of Fairy Tail, Parks & Recreation and the latest example of comic oversaturation, Marvel’s Agent Carter. Austen got a little TNT on with The Librarians and also tackled Log Horizon, which is basically Sword Art Online without the squick. In the interest of time, Donald had to keep it quick, but he did finish Cowboy Bebop and thanks to a Netflix miracle, saw the movie that nearly spawned M*A*S*H II, The Interview.

It's a very rare triple Feature, as discussion of the January 14 Nintendo Direct began a week of Nintendo trolling that also included the mercy killing of Club Nintendo, before a countdown of the group's Top 5 Games of 2015 that could have easily gone to 10 or even 20. The Mushrooms star the flu and international finance, but Austen can't hear the complaints over the dulcet tones of Liberi Fatali playing in his head.

We'd love to get some listener questions for the next show, so drop them below or send an email to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com or tweet them @NFRPodcast. Also, be sure to check out Donald pontificating about the Greatest Tank Battles on Connectivity 165 (http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/connectivity/39496/episode-165-alex-sandwich), or check out Pocket Console (http://www.pocket-console.com) for a massive 3DS-focused Direct writeup, Monster Hunter demo impressions, and a review of 3D After Burner II!

This podcast was recorded on January 24 and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All clips and music copyright their respective owners. Insect Glaive users are nuts.

 

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We love Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. He's so bad.

After a long holiday away from the microphones the NFR team rings in the new year with a milestone episode that will simultaneously delight and frighten all those who hear it. For New Business, Donald opens with hardware impressions as he picked up a 2DS and can't wait for the XL to return, before completely misinterpreting a Kenny Rogers song (it's "condition", not situation) and talking about the obscene deal he got on Akiba's Trip (Vita). Stephen's New Business falls on the disappointing end for the rest of the team, as he discusses Vita Game of the Year in an absolutely insane universe Child of Light, before being somewhat disappointed in Civilization: Beyond Earth. Austen's main events feature Voltorb pinball (Pokemon Pinball Ruby/Sapphire) and, apropos of the feature, dealt with some wizard action with Frozenbyte's Trine series.

Now Posted is back, and there was much rejoicing.

Whatcha Watchin' gets off to a bit of a weird start, as Donald completely forgets the purpose of the segment, but Serial is a good enough excuse for it. Following that it's a long anime block as Donald also started Cowboy Bebop for the first time ever before handing the torch over to Stephen for the Bebop team's next work, Eureka Seven. After that, Stephen sits back and spins us all a wondrous Fairy Tale. Austen has some anime of his own - Patema Inverted, Haibane Renmei, and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. And even with those titles, he managed to find something weirder.

For the Feature, in honor of the 25th anniversary of both its theatrical release and the release of the thing it was created specifically to promote... as promised, we all watched The Wizard. Come hear us wax rhapsodic on the movie once guaranteed to never appear on Box Office Poison under threat of stabby, and see who is actually positive about the movie. Finally, the Mushrooms get a little out of order as the crew tries to make sense of Sony's insane pricing for everything and Ubi's continued inability to do QA.

At the end of the show, we guessed right that Iwata would cash In the Please Understand contract, so that's going to be part of Episode 51. Anything else we should include? Email us (nintendofreeradio@gmail.com), tweet @NFRPodcast or drop it below. Until next time, bow at Stephen getting 50k in Double Dragon.

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music/clips copyright their respective owners.

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A delayed podcast eventually releases. A bad podcast is bad forever. (Original recording date: May 18. Not kidding.)

Yes, we readily admit this episode took a loooooooooong time to edit. But we hope the content is worth the several months of baking this nearly-lost episode had. Donald's New Business begins with one of the ten best games of 2014 in Kirby Triple Deluxe, in which you can almost hear Austen considering the game. After that, Donald hits the links and finds Mario Golf World Tour to be... par for the course. Finally, Donald provides proof that yes, he did in fact play a freaking otome game in the form of Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsegumi. Stephen was heavy with the roleplaying as he got into the mix with Atelier Totori Plus, but saves most of his praise for the game that would have been his Game of the Year if it had come out a few months later, Tales of Xillia. Austen brings it to the break with the final wrapup of Final Fantasy X HD - yes, lightning was dodged - and the only old game he'd play all year that counts, Captain America: Super Soldier. Also, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is there for some reason.

In Whatcha Watchin', Donald wound his way through the byzantine requirements to bring you word of the early days of the WWE Network, while Stephen clocked in a little Adventure Time. Austen's group of shows is superheroic, as you might expect, with the BluRay releases of Spectacular Spider-Man and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

At the time of the recording, friend of the show Neal Ronaghan was getting a lot of heat for his Mario Kart 8 review - if only that would be the stupidest threat of the year. Anyway, since the plan was to have this out around the time of Mario Kart 8's release, the Feature is a look at the Mario Kart series. The Mushrooms contain change recommendations for a multi-billion dollar franchise, dancing on the grave of motion gaming... and vinyl siding? Also, a rather important medical update.

In case you missed it on the GOTY show, we're talking The Wizard soon. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie or anything connected to it, so tweet it to us @nfrpodcast, email it to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com or leave it below!

This podcast was edited by Austen Parkin and Donald Theriault. All music and clips are used under fair use provisions to further discussion.

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http://pokemonorunner.blogspot.com - Donald's "Mono Type Pokemon" project Stephen mentions

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Ringing in the New Year and Holiday Cheer with Games Near and Dear

The last minute games are under the tree, the hosts are scattered to the four winds, and we leave 2014 with a collection of the best - and worst - in gaming and other televised entertainment. As always, the year-ender starts with a countdown of each host's top 5 games of the year. Did Austen put a Nintendo game in his list? Could Donald have a top 10 list without a Pokemon RPG? What in tarnation did Stephen pick? (Hint: One of his games is confirmed on sale during Christmas.) After the countdown comes some other awards, ranging from the Cluster-*ditto* Of The Year to Best Re-Game and more.

After that, we run the countdown back to 3 and tackle the year in Whatcha Watchin', which is probably the most predictable list of the night. After a brief bit of podcast year-in-review, we look back at the predictions we made on the last show and continue to live up to the guarantee: All predictions wrong or your money back. Finally, we predict our 2015 GOTYs as a lead-in to a massive prediction segment - you know it's big when even Donald is in double digits for his prediction count.

This will wrap up the year in Nintendo Free Radio, but we can proudly announce that our most prominent blank will be filled in New Year's Day, as the long-lost Episode 37 will be released. See why it's the nexus of the show in general. Also, next time we have a new episode, for our dramatic episode 50 we will be watching a movie that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, In honor of the 25th anniversary of what it was made for... THE WIZARD. We hope you'll join us as we poison the well on the movie too hot for Box Office Poison.

This podcast was recorded on December 14 and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All clips used under fair use provisions.

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