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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.

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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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We wanted to do this one right.

EDIT: We REALLY wanted to do this one right: the original version of this episode had a major audio issue with the intermission song, so we've replaced that version with a new version that has the music fixed & an extra Iwata clip at the end for good measure (for the sake of maintaining existing download links, it has the same name). Audacity lives to screw up edits. Please Understand.

A combination of factors conspired to create a delay in posting this episode, but we wanted to make sure it got the treatment it deserved. This episode was the first one recorded after the passing of Satoru Iwata, so we spend the first part discussing the life of the late Nintendo president and where things go from here. Following that, an abbreviated New Business covers off Splatoon's last pre-update Splatfest, Tales of Graces f, and a collection of games including a unique puzzle game, DLC and walking simulators.

Whatcha Watchin' deals with Food Fighters, the last comic book movie for a while (as Donald rejoices) in Ant-Man, and a couple of interesting animes in Noragami and K. Some of those are actually safe for work.

Our Feature discussion was timed to the fact that this was going to be our third anniversary show based on a normal release schedule, so as usual we board the hype train for a look at the games we're excited for the rest of the year. Some have come out, some have hit their embargoes, and Donald may have picked games for dead systems in protest. There's also a brief bit of Listener Mail, though it is kind of hard to come up with a game that hasn't been remade. In the Mushrooms, it's Devil's Third drama, a curious missing feature, and a whole load of positive news from... Sega?

Thanks for listening, and we'll be getting caught up over the next few weeks. Be sure to check out Donald's appearances on the Player One Podcast and see him every week on Nintendo News Report, including a special Iwata tribute show in which James Jones sports a suit. (Well, most of one.)

This episode was recorded on July 19 and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music/clips used under fair use and for context.

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Starring squid kids, fireworks and a man dressed like a bat.

Please note: The show was recorded on July 5, and as such does not touch on the events of July 11. We will address the passing of Satoru Iwata on the next show, but hope we can give you a bit of happiness in the meantime.

The first show recorded after E3 is always a wild one, and 2015's post E3 show is no exception. In New Business, Donald has some rapid-fire impressions of the Nindies @ Home games and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D from the man who thought the original was the GOTY in 2012. However, the big story is that Donald has finally become a kid now (or a squid now, we can't tell) and both he and Austen embedded themselves on opposite sides of Splatoon's Splatfest I: The Fur Has Flown. After the mandatory Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate segment, Stephen decides to blow up a little bit of the Earth in a July 4 revisit of Fantavision, before blowing up the rest of the planet in Fallout: New Vegas. Game breaking bugs presumably not included, thanks to four and a half years of community QA. Speaking of things that could've used some QA, Austen has been getting his Batsune Miku on in Batman: Arkham City (SPOILERS FROM 57:50 TO 1:04:51) and some rapid fire quick hits that include the return of the greatest trailer in gaming history.

The biggest fear with the post E3 show is with no Whatcha Watchin' for six weeks, it gets a little... crazy. And so it goes, with Stephen hitting SciFi's recent original Ascension by way of DUN DUN DUN and a Parks and Rec chaser. Donald finished off his own government show, but the stakes are a little higher when you're in The West Wing. Thankfully, Last Week Tonight provides a modern perspective on many of the same themes and has a British person. Austen fires through a load of insanity with Nobunagun and two seasons of SPAAAACE in Knights of Sidonia, while keeping things grounded with Pixar's perpetual bridesmaid Inside Out.

We got Listener Mail this week, and it wasn't from our friend Thomas, so we tackle “stumble on” games that we might have missed back in the day. Then, it's a Lightning Round of post-E3 chatter as we cover Nintendo's recent investor QA, NOA PR repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot (and this is before the Devil's Third incident), and Batman: Arkham Knight's troubled PC release. The Mushrooms cover off cord hell, security updates making things extremely inconvenient, and Donald's amazing July 4 weekend.

Next episode will feature our thoughts on the passing of Satoru Iwata and more – including possibly the annual summer Top 5 games list, time depending. We'd love to hear from you for either one, so send them to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com, leave a comment here or send a Twitter message to @nfrpodcast. Until we meet again... can we really understand?

This podcast was recorded on July 5, and was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All clips used under fair use protection.

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So E3 happened, despite our best efforts, and so we gathered to talk about it. And we went late into the night. Like, Donald was still recording at 2:30am local time. We were joined by Travis Broady (@trbroady) to go over our bulk predictions, so we've got so much the show had to be split into two parts. Please make sure you have both.

In the first part, we cover off Oculus, Nintendo's super Sunday, and then the US based press conferences: Bethesda, Microsoft and EA. Much blood, sweat and Pele ensued.

Following the break, it's the foreign representation of Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo and Square-Enix - though really, the Sony conference was replaced by a prominent internet messageboard that's not NWR's.

We also cover off the predictions and just what we want as well as some quick listener mail before we give our final grades. But there's so much here, we didn't even get a chance to cover the Nindies@Home or the PC conference, and one of them we actually wanted to.

Once regular service resumes, we'd love to hear what you thought of E3. So send us an email, tweet @nfrpodcast or leave a comment below.

This podcast was recorded on June 19/20 and was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. The Explicit tag is well-earned.

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Fight through the space zombies and you too will find our E3 predictions. And some of them haven't been proven wrong yet!

Like the flu, E3 comes around once a year and you can only inoculate yourself against it. Nintendo Free Radio starts the healing process with New Business as usual, though Donald's review game Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven is a bit unusual for its tag cloud of bowling, maids and Valkyria Chronicles. Donald and Stephen then knock off a couple of RPG updates with Puzzle and DragonZ and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate before we kick off a round of Wild and Crazy Kids with Splatoon. (For the record, Donald's copy arrived the day this posted.) Austen did have to make the choice of kid v squid, but he also provides his updates on The Evil Within and The Witcher 3 before marathoning ALL UNITS... except Wars and Reach... in the now-larger Halo: Master Chief Collection.

Following the break, Whatcha Watchin' takes its annual pre-3 vacation for an extended Feature in which we predict every E3 digital event and otherwise. Though to be fair, NOBODY could predict the Oculus gong show, so we didn't even try. The format involves some neck-sticking, and some of the predictions have already been proven right (Dishonored 2!) while others are already wrong (Scalebound). We also have a round of listener predictions and some last Nintendo questions. After that, it's a serving of Mushrooms as Austen finds the new home of noted bot Wario64, Stephen wants a feature and Donald is POed at Sony for a reason you can probably guess.

The next show is the E3 wrap, which is going to get a very rapid turnaround - but you'll have a few days to get YOUR comments into the usual sources (leave them below, email us or tweet @NFRPodcast). See you on the other side.

This podcast was recorded on June 6 and was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music and clips used under fair use. Prepare for a salt overdose.

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At least one of the causes should be done.

Spend the end of your Memorial Day with a Nintendo Free Radio that may last until the next one! Three weeks of New Business kicks off with Donald's newest obsession, the Puzzle and Dragons 2-pack. It would actually come back around, in fact. After an update on Shovel Knight across two platforms and just as many cheat codes, the time comes for Donald to confront his worst fear - Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains. Amazingly, his NWR review isn't the lowest for the game on Metacritic anymore. After a couple of updates, Austen and Stephen command the floor for the game that turns normal podcasters into Maechens, Bloodborne. It's long, and we're pretty sure it actually managed to cover ground left uncovered by other shows. Austen's keeping on the masochistic RPG train with The Witcher 3, and finds the downgrade concerns to be highly overblown. Finally, a parade of shooters ends with Stephen outsourcing his New Business again as the whole family took a ride on the Splatoon train - though Stephen's more interested in the 8-bit action.

Even with Donald bowing out, Whatcha Watchin' also has a lot of catching up to do. Stephen's Netflix queue introduced him to the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, while he inoculated Hulu with Naruto SD: Rock Lee and Friends. Then, it's all the superheroics our Archie-loving editor could stand as the NWR movie/TV threads get summarized by the Supergirl trailer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow and The Flash. Finally, Austen shows his softer side a bit by looking at the number one film of the weekend, Disney's Tomorrowland.

A quick Feature covers off some of the news of the week, including Konami, Nintendo v SquareEnix in the battle of who could care less, amusement parkery and... Valve? Finally, Stephen makes up for lost time in the Mushrooms, while Austen is not too thrilled with an old friend and Donald has apparently missed his appointment with Mrs. Landingham.

Next episode is ALL E3, ALL THE TIME BAYBEE! And we want to hear from you now that no less than seven companies and a concept are all vying for your frothing demand, so drop us an email, tweet your comments and hype train boarding passes to @nfrpodcast or leave a comment below. Until next time, Donald has some eggs to turn into Rare Candies...

This podcast was recorded on May 23 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips used under fair use and for context of discussion.

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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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