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When all you have is games, everything looks like a way to spend money

It's October, which you can tell by the leaves turning color, and the NFR team staring down bank loans as EVERYTHING is coming out. In fact, the oldest full game discussion in New Business is for a game released on September 26. Stephen opens with the PS4 version of Dust: An Elysian Tail, which brings its unique art style and Microsoft-published characters to Sony for the first time, before puzzling through another cross-platform PS+ freebie in Pix the Cat, once described as "Snake means Chu Chu Rocket on acid". But his main event is extensive discussion of pretty much everything in Smash Bros 4 (3DS). Donald is worrying about releases to come as he ripped through the Bayonetta 2 demo in order to "git gud", and took his frustrations out on that by bombing some Dodongos and other things in major league 2014 GOTYC Hyrule Warriors. Austen has some big AAA games to round out, hitting wife simulator Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor, the creepy and kooky Alien: Isolation, and... Sherlock Holmes, Crimes and Punishments? Yes, it's still valid.

Since New Business was so long, that clearly doesn't leave much time for Whatcha Watchin', so it boils down to three things: Wakfu, Attack on Titan (all of S1 spoiled) and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. There's a brief plug for a couple of things to be mentioned below, and then the Mushrooms as Donald clearly doesn't understand the point of these things, Austen is pleased by Sony paying off an E3 tease, and Stephen provides some nice trivia questions.

The first thing to mention is that next episode is a very special "Ask Donald Anything" feature, and we want ANYTHING you want to know about Donald that doesn't involve the three taboos. Email your questions to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com, tweet them to @nfrpodcast or post them here and you'll be entered into a draw to win some valuable DLC for Hyrule Warriors. (Entries are due before October 26.) The other is that it's coming up on Child's Play show time, and NFR is back in the saddle - we're going to be talking crowdfunding, but only if you give! Drop your donations on the NWR page and be ready for a wild ride on November 8!

This podcast was recorded on October 9, and edited by Donald Theriault. All music is copyright their respective owners and used under fair use protection. We don't want to have to resort to Sarah from Iowa City.

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Alternate Title: "Destiny Loot Leaves Stephen Shook"

Gird your loins and get your buttons/stylus/what have you ready, as NFR kicks it old school. In New Business, Donald leads off with discussion of Theathrythm Curtain Call, the blown out version of an early NFR favorite, which dovetailed into a discussion of Final Fantasy XV: What Is Love when the internet randomly crapped out during recording. Although the full game is out right now, all we had at recording time was the demo of Super Smash Bros 4 (3DS), so you get limited early impressions of the game so powerful it needs a system rev to handle it. Stephen's only been playing one thing, and you'll be stunned at the issues Destiny had. Austen has a few quick hitters, but the main game he played for reasons clear at the end is Wii U Indie Puzzle Platformer With Unique Artstyle (tm Player One Podcast) Teslagrad. The results will definitely shock you.

Following a congratulatory Now Posted, there's a heavy Whatcha Watchin' component as well. Stephen leaves his co-hosts in a James Jones position while discussing Slugterra, before showing that Donald is not the only Idiot Abroad and getting in a NBC-approved Food Fight. Donald's participation in this segment has usually been Pointless, but he did bring Madoka Magica back for a full drubbing. Austen meanwhile, has wrapped up Cardcaptor Sakura and entered the tenth layer of hell - phone tech support - in The Devil Was A Part-Timer.

Since the feature had to be saved for the end, it's right into the Mushrooms from there as we slam acquisitions, discontinuations, and lazy localizations. We don't ask for it to come that way, but we work with what we're given.

As for the feature... since the show was a) going to run past our time limit, and b) contained a lot of things not really appropriate for a clean show, our discussion of Danganronpa 2 was actually spun into a separate podcast that MIGHT be familiar to listeners of other Nintendo World Report shows. You can find us and Tyler Ohlew discussing Donald's Game of 3/4 Of The Year right here.

This podcast was recorded on September 28, and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips copyright their respective owners and used under fair use protection.

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As so often happens, when you have a good discussion you want to make it its own release. And that's exactly what happened when Tyler Ohlew, owner/operator of Stick It In Your Pocket, took some time to join Stephen and Austen in grilling Donald on why this game is his 3/4 Game of the Year. Stunning revelations abound in this distubing, distressing, despairing... class trial.

This podcast was recorded on October 1, was edited by Donald Theriault, and may also appear on episode 153 of Nintendo World Report Connectivity. Unlike a normal NFR show, the podcast is uncensored and contains extremely mature themes. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

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Duck Hunt Dog: CONFIRMED FOR EPIC

Now that it's September for real, games are allowed to come out again, so why not let Nintendo Free Radio take you down the well-worn path? Austen leads off New Business in a stunning upset, as he examines the arena combat expansion Infamous: First Light and the beta for Mighty No 9. But the main event is the rematch of Hope vs Dis Bear in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. The truth bullets are flying, but there are no full-on spoilers. Donald has no objections to court drama, but prefers his with a side of British class in Professor Layton v Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. After that, it's a double dose of reasons why Mighty No 9 is a 2015 game as the crew fires on Azure Striker Gunvolt and its free (until the end of November) 8-bit demake Mighty Gunvolt. Stephen's Destiny has to wait, but he does complete a tridefecta with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and gets heavy into crafting systems in Tales of Graces F (the F is for freaking complicated).

We bid someone a "fond" farewell in Now Posted, then bypass Whatcha Watchin in order to give the Nintendo news (up to taping date) a full rundown. Mario Kart 8, the Smash leaks, and the New 3DS all go under the microscope, as well as Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press event that really bears down on trying to revive a dead system in Japan, and also had some Vita stuff. The Mushrooms hit the joys of retailers who don't care, when cross buy goes horribly wrong, and when social media goes right.

In case you haven't heard, we're all a-Twitter now; cozy up to @nfrpodcast for show updates, a quick way to send feedback, and the occasional code we're too lazy to cash in or picture of a host getting drunk. We'd love to hear from you for future shows, as well, so give us a look.

The podcast was recorded on September 7 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips are used under Fair Use provisions. Donald will be drinking, but is waiting for his import to arrive because by god, he's doing it right.

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We have normality. Repeat: We have normality. Anything you can't deal with is therefore your own problem.

After delaying the show a week to get in some European trade show action, Nintendo Free Radio has returned to brighten your Labor Day. Stephen opens New Business on a somber note by leading a discussion of the extremely controversial Depression Quest, but the controversy is set aside in favor of discussing it as a game and teaching tool. Continuing the theme of psycho-analysis, Stephen dives into the odd world of Doki-Doki Universe. Austen returns to the Cold War with cross-platform stealth action game Counterspy, completely sells out by talking about the three good mobile phone games that aren't Twitter (tm Dr. J. Metts), and finishes with a rare family-friendly PS4 game in The Last Tinker: City of Colors. Donald was clearly in a violent mood, so he takes his frustrations out on Persona 4 Arena and Ultra Street Fighter IV with a couple of brief stops on Vita fighters as well.

DON'T PANIC - Now Posted's back (ok, panic a bit), then it's down to Whatcha Watchin'. Stephen attended the Ultimate Car Build-Off while diving into the 1980s BBC rendition of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and finishes with a look at Hunter x Hunter. Donald keeps the anime train rolling with the beloved cyberpunk talker Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, while Austen hits Cardcaptor Sakura (dodgy East Asian English dub included), Muppets Most Wanted and a brief Korra update before discussing the number one movie in the nation that stars a former world heavyweight champion, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Think we'd ignore Gamescom? NEIN! Although it didn't get the full E3 blowout, the spate of game announcements and removals provides plenty of fodder for discussion. Also, you may slap the nearest EA executive for using "selfie" and "all the feels" in the same presser. The Mushrooms throw shade on hoarders, mourn the passing of Robin Williams, and celebrate the return of Cowboy Bebop.

There's not a lot of Nintendo here, but that's probably going to change next time - why not send us your thoughts on the Smash leaks, Mario Kart 8 add-ons or the New 3DS? Send that over to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com or leave it below. Until next time, eat, tweet, delete, repeat.

This podcast was recorded on August 24 and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music and clips is used under fair use provisions.

Show links:
http://imgur.com/a/I8jDa - Album containing the pictures from Donald's Poison and the next half-billion dollar Marvel movie

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OK, the video link at the end of the last post didn't work, so here's the working one.

And as a bonus, here's Black Knight in action.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wait, Austen's playing WHAT???

A historic episode of Nintendo Free Radio awaits your ears this week, in more ways than one. Donald Galactic Punts New Business to start off, as he actually finished Persona 4 Golden, but finds the Golden-added content to be slightly tarnishing. Needing a break from all that, he dives headlong into the 2014 Club Nintendo Platinum reward Game and Wario, which spirals off into a discussion of the Platinum and Gold selections - and if you're still waiting for the last minute to decide, that minute's coming. Austen picks up from there with Kirby Triple Deluxe and finds...

...wait...

*rubs eyes*

...no, that's not a typo. Austen played a Kirby game. In order to maintain his cred, he also played Vita indie rougelike Rogue Legacy and finds it to be far better than Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, though we damn with faint praise. For reasons that will be clear in the Mushrooms, Stephen has had other things to deal with, so he leads the whole crew including the dry Donald into an extended look at the Destiny "beta".

After Now Posted's full, glorious return Whatcha Watchin' takes another turn for the weird. Donald caustions the group that Sharknado 2 is barely worth a New York minute, while Stephen's possessed Netflix queue landed on harem (Tenchi Muyo GXP), space (Knights of Sidonia) and classic (Death Note). Austen also took a trip to space with Star Trek: TNG (Season 3) and is better for the experience after the Blu-Ray transfer.

After an extended Listener Mail (which you can read in full here), the crew looks at some recent gaming controversies - though really, is there any other kind of news in gaming - touching on things like games as a service, preorder DLC, adblockers and the apparent Kotaku<->Polygon personality swap. A heavy set of Mushrooms wraps as Stephen and Austen take different tracks to discussing tough life situations, while Donald just wants some damn folders.

With Gamescom coming, there's bound to be some things to talk about, so why not drop us an email at nintendofreeradio at gmail dot com if something catches your eye?

This podcast was recorded on August 3 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music is used under fair use protection. Earthbound and Mandatory Fun is the best entertainment combo you can get for twenty bucks if you haven't paid the Black Knight everything yet..

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After the break - or just below - is the full text of listener mails from Thomas from Halifax, which would be too long to discuss on the show as sent in.

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You seen Stephen? Yeah, me, him and Funky Student... we're forming a jazz trio.

There's a giant storm coming, but the calm right now allows us to pick things off the ol' backlog. For New Business, Donald returns to 2012's finest loot-based Zelda clone by playing the Wii U version of Darksiders II. Is it worth your time, or just another example of #THQuality? Stephen has a classic RPG on the docket, as he returns to high school for the slow-starting Persona 4 Golden. Austen brings a few games around with the surprisingly sane-named Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition, returns to the Vita lemming platfomer Dokuro, and accepts Charlie's Challenge by taking a few shots at Sniper Elite v3. Also mentioned: Which game developer is actually Tommy Wiseau.

Following an important call to action, Whatcha Watchin' returns to the realm of ramen and gigabytes of images as Donald stares into the abyss of Welcome to the NHK and finds some disturbing similarities staring back at him. Stephen goes to the vegetable and risotto dimensions In quick-hitting MasterChef, Cutthroat Kitchen and Next Food Network Star, while Austen finds Space Dandy and The Legend of Korra (season 3) to be quite dandy, but the security around Korra to be decidedly not.

Since this is the closest we'll come to an anniversary show, our Feature flashes back to episode 1 with a look at 2014's games we're excited for - and we actually blew it out to a full top 5 list, with no repeats. The conclusion: If you tell AAA games to get knotted, there's some major league games coming for the rest of the year. The Mushrooms look at pricing concerns in anime and shooter expansion packs, but also supplies words of praise for Butt Butt.

We still want to hear from you for feature ideas, game discussions or corrections (thanks Thomas!) so drop us an email at nintendofreeradio at gmail dot com or leave it below.

This podcast was recorded on July 13 and edited by Donald Theriault. All music is used under fair use provisions and for context of the discussions. Satan is still weak to wind. The podcast was reuploaded on July 21 to correct a clipping error.

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On Second Thought, let’s not go to the NWR Funhouse. ‘Tis a silly place.

So we haven't had a normal show in a while, thanks to a certain trade show. And given that there's no feature, it's still not your normal edition of Nintendo Free Radio. But we sacrificed the feature at the altar of seemingly every 2014 release. Donald's shopping list for New Business: Tomodachi Life, Mario Kart 8 and Shovel Knight (with a dash of I've Got To Run and a grip of Pushmo World). Stephen hits the past with Magicka and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, but the big one is the "alpha" of Destiny, the new Bungie joint that is going to dominate the industry for the next decade. Austen's Platinum brigade: the Vita's Sly Collection, Watch Dogs (underscore withheld until the WiiU version actually comes out), Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Murdered: Soul Suspect (RIP Airtight Games), and Mind=0.

Whatcha Watchin' returns for the first time in a LONG time, and it's turning Japanese as well - Donald (and Austen) both saw the first half of the first season of Attack on Titan, and there be spoilers for that. Stephen's Netflix queue fires away with returning chump-ion Chaos;HEAD, Blue Exorcist, and Madoka Magica - which is apparently the Spec Ops of anime? Austen completes a Psycho-Pass, throws up some bricks with the Lego Movie, and Warehouse 13 goes down in 5. Also, there's no basketball pun for Game of Thrones, so we're not trying.

After that... it's straight to the Mushrooms as we complain about Club Nintendo and Playstation Now, and someone has a double 1up. We will say no further on that subject.

The next recording is going to be episode 40, and we're doing a 2nd half preview since nothing comes out until mid-August - so we want to know the ONE game you're hyped for that's coming out the rest of this year. And yes, someone has already responded with 2015, so let us know before the next recording July 13! Email it to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com, send it to the guys on Twitter (@donaldmick, @cericme and @broodwars64) or leave it in the comments below!

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music and clips are used under fair use and for discussion purposes only.

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