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Into every life a little podcast must fall - for certain definitions of little. Nintendo Free Radio is back with a brisk jaunt through the world of games, starting in New Business with Donald's first non-douche early impressions of Tales of Xillia. After that, come along to the Pokemon Bank and marvel at the service's eerie similarities to (insert crap bank of choice here) before skating away at extreme speeds in OlliOlli. Austen keeps the handheld train rolling with Everyday Shooter, then transitions into Vita puzzler Surge Deluxe and cross-platform psychoanalysis program Doki Doki Universe, before taking aim at villianry in episode 2 of Telltale's Wolf Among Us. Stephen, not to be outdone, takes another crack at Walking Dead and finds the rarest specimen of all: A platform where Walking Dead exists WITHOUT game-breaking bugs.
We always think Whatcha' Watchin is going to be short, then the recording happens. Donald has brief impressions on perennial NFR favourite Steins;Gate, Austen follows up on Clannad with the postscript Clannad:Love Story and finds out that Justice League: War is good for absolutely nothing before finding something decent to watch in Kokoro Connect. Speaking of decency, Stephen continues to make the tragic mistake of leaving his selections up to the horndog Netflix algorithim, as his contribution is the "life" laden Sekirei.
We swear, this time around the Feature Discussion was going to blow your mind, make you change your pants and lead to Mother 3 on Virtual Console. Unfortunately, Iwata chose to cash in the Please Understand contract right after recording, so the crew gathered immediately following the February 13 Nintendo Direct for a round of off-the-cuff impressions. Find out how much Donald spent that day (a lot), if Stephen's on the X bandwagon (maybe?) and if Nintendo going free-to-play is sinking to new depths. Finally, the Mushrooms have a farewell to podcasts, a call to action, and a tribute to... high speed network cable. Yeah, it's been that kind of week.
Next time 'round we're going to be emptying out the listener mailbag, so be sure to get your questions in to email@example.com - or leave them below. Until next time, consider this... can love bloom on a baseball diamond?
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Ecchi, grinding and tanuki – just another episode from the Land of the Rising Sun
As the post-Christmas game drought begins to wind down, let Nintendo Free Radio be your guide through the perils of this little industry of ours. Stephen leads off New Business with impressions of the game that unleashed Kickstarter on the world, Broken Age before getting his cheap tower defense on in PixelJunk Monsters HD… and given his television preferences, it’s no surprise that he also picked up eShop food service sim Brunch Panic. Donald, having only now gotten over a long cold, had no choice but to see… Dr. Luigi! Also, he attempts to make Austen sick by talking Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on behalf of the Anti-Social Gamers of North America. Austen counters with the power of broken street dates with Tomb Raider: Enhanced Edition and folklore by looking at the DLC for Muramasa Rebirth before wrapping with impressions of the FFXIII: Lightning Returns demo that include some content that may have jacked up the ESRB rating.
Following the insanity and possible quality content of Now Posted, Donald opens Whatcha Watchin’ with a Price is Right episode that hits a little close to home for one member of the team, followed by a trip to the Danger Zone with Archer. Stephen demonstrates the danger of letting Netflix pick anime for you as he hits in sequence Welcome to the NHK, Heaven’s Lost Property and Okami-san And Her Seven Companions, while Austen knocks Clannad, Good Luck Girl! and Hunger Games: Catching Fire off the backlog.
This time around, the Feature is the impending tidal wave of games that will both amaze and bankrupt you. The crew gives predictions for what will actually sell and what will end up in a bomba bin by Memorial Day, and someone has apparently developed an immunity to the stupid naming conventions of the Atelier series. In the Mushrooms we mourn the passing of Justin “JewWario” Carmichael and net neutrality, among other topics.
us to discuss something on the show? Have an idea about just what the
hell a “quality of life” platform is? We want to hear it! Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it below. Until next time, be sure to keep coming for more episodes (PHRASING – Ed).
Editor's Note: My Apologies for the late episode. It's been a rough last few weeks.
This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music is used under fair use provisions. Rod Roddy only did a half-spin in his grave.
http://nintendofreeradio.podbean.com/2012/10/29/nintendo-free-radio-episode-7-restrain-the-manbeam/ - Additional discussion on Welcome to the NHK
http://handheldgamingawards.blogspot.com/ - Donald’s side project
Listener discretion is advised. This episode may not be safe for your sanity.
Hot off a holiday break and fresh from "The Happiest Petri Dish on Earth", it's Nintendo Free Radio's first recorded episode of 2014. And we have a big release right out of the hopper in New Business, as Donald recounts his experience with Disaster: Day of Crisis before heading into his comfort zone with the demo for Square/Nintendo's upcoming life-destroying RPG Bravely Default. Stephen had some more time to play over the holidays, so his card is filled with Pac-Man's Ghostly Adventure (bad cartoon opening warning), the closest thing you'll ever see to F-Zero in this decade with the Vita's Wipeout 2048, and gets his platforming on with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. A side discussion of DGOTY Super Mario 3D World is also there, with a stunning character reveal. Austen brings it home with final thoughts on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the PSP (yes, they still make those) visual novel Sweet Fuse... and a game so horrible and awful it had Donald spamming the "drop cow" button. We're not going to spoil it here except to say it has come up on extremely early episodes of the show and never fails to bring the house down. Or in this case, the beef.
Whatcha Watchin' is pretty packed for just a 2/3 activity rate, as Stephen gets his explosion on in Mythbusters, updates us on life in the bakery with Cake Boss and goes north of the border with Lost Girl. Austen, ever the Disney fan, looks at a fanciful version of the development of a Disney classic with Saving Mr Banks, gets some OK advice from an unlikely source for Pushing Daisies and finishes in an elementary fashion with British import Sherlock (no major S3 spoilers, but 1-2 are fair game.)
With a new year comes the need to clear out the inbox, and so we have some Listener Mail. First is a listener who you may know from the telethon, Donald knows personally, and who could one day become our Tony Reali. As well, we play Gaming Hot Stove in this apparent off-season for releases and send games to developers who might treat them right. Finally, the Mushrooms feature love for a key video feature and a hack for avoiding massive photography charges should you ever have to go to the aforementioned petri dish.
The inbox is empty, so would you kindly email email@example.com with what you'd like to talk about?
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Team NFR counts down their top 5 games of 2013, and other bits of history!
The moment you've all been waiting for a whole year has arrived! It's time for the real lists of Game of the Year! Accept no low Calorie substitutes. Surely you'll find something to agree with as Donald, Austen, and Stephen get together over the holidays - literally, for the first two - and record a glowing tribute to their favorite games of the year. Did Austen's list have a game not on a Sony platform on it? Why did Donald bring a lightsaber to the recording? How is babby formed? Did Stephen give a #1 this time? WAS THIS THE REAL REASON FOR THE POLAR VORTEX? Most of those questions are answered early and then we couldn't help ourselves and went Beyond the Top 5.
The second segment keeps the traditional order, but with an end-of-year twist as the group gives Whatcha Watchin' the top 5 treatment. Be amazed at what movie ranks ahead of a Peter Jackson epic. In the Feature slot, we mock and discuss our own Predictions for 2013 and stick our necks on the line for 2014. Finally, the Mushrooms round out the year on an odd note with eShops crashing and a free drink for those playing the NFR drinking game.
2014 is on its way, and we arrogate what you puny fleshlin... I mean Listeners want us to talk about in this new 2014 NFR Reign - so send your listener mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it right here.
This show was edited by Austen Parkin. All music used is under Fair Use Protection. And go buy the Frozen Soundtrack before we're forced to sic the Mattricks on you!
(What's the deal with Sand Guys wearing speedos, anyway? Fix this)
So you might have heard that some games actually came out recently, and of course Nintendo Free Radio has returned to discuss EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Stephen fires the opening New Business salvo with the newest adventure/octopus collection game, The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds. Is it more Link to the Past or Majora's... Wand of Gameleon? On the November 22 tip, Donald chooses to lead with the other big Nintendo release that racked up critical acclaim, Super Mario 3D World - truly the perfect capper for this Year of Luigi. Austen, sick of the Nintendo love-in, discusses the creative 3D Vita platformer Tearaway and the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed IV - as well as a shocking, big money purchase that will blow your mind.
Following up from an extra large, action packed Now Posted, Whatcha Watchin' starts with a historic look back at the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and the cyborg action of Fox's Almost Human from Stephen. Donald gets GROOVY~ with the best thing to ever come out of Earthworm Jim, and Austen watched #VGX and lived to tell the tale. We don't know why either.
After much debate on its release date, release, and teasing of its discussion, the crew finally gets around to talking about Earthbound in the Feature Discussion. When you've got a writer of the most redundant strategy guide in history, a person who doesn't like being nagged about his playtime and someone who spent most of the game getting raked over the coals by the RNG, the fur and threats against developers will fly. In the Mushrooms, we talk scheduling, bad Youtube videos, and Donald quotes noted modern philosopher Phil Brooks.
Due to host travel and general timing, our next recording will be the 2013 Game of the Year show - and we definitely want to hear from you! Send your top 5 lists of games that released in your region to email@example.com to have them used on the show. Also, that show will feature something historic - but nobody will be Regulating. (We leave that to the big show.)
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Recorded live for the kids, it's a very special edition of Nintendo Free Radio!
Thanks to the efforts of you guys, Nintendo World Report has raised nearly $7200 for Child's Play and as a result, we got to talk 3DS with you and Nintendo World Report director Neal Ronaghan for nearly an hour this weekend!
You can still donate until November 30, so get moving if you haven't already!
Topics of discussion include how awesome was the 3DS (so awesome), nasty trivia questions, and... My Little Baby 3D. No, we're not making that up. And it's not the sole reason this show isn't suitable for all ages, surprisingly.
Also, we are still talking Earthbound next show - but you now have until the weekend of December 7 to send us your memories and thoughts. So get cracking!
Despite the best efforts of Microsoft and prominent ISP *redacted*, it's obsessive PS4 detail time!
U R NOT (red)E for this much Playstation discussion in this episode of Nintendo Free Radio! But first, New Business goes heavy casual as Stephen tackles the combination of Nintendo HD upgrades, Wii Sports Club and Wii Fit U for the low, low cost of NOTHING. Donald keeps the casual theme going with his own free-but-for-his-time game in Doberman of Duty (note; we're retiring the dog puns) and reps the platforming with Sonic Lost World. Austen finishes out the PS3 with the last great platformer Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, and a cavalcade of brief mentions with a little heavy detail on Batman: Arkham Origins.
After the (un)wanted return of Now Posted... we scrapped Whatcha Watchin' because Austen and Stephen spent most of their time watching firmware updates and downloads on their brand new PS4s. Everything from the purchase experience, including Austen breaking the speed of light itself, to the UI and launch lineup is covered in minute detail (while Donald sits back with a mai tai and curses the editing).
There was still time left for the Mushrooms, but there's a heavy poison theme as bricked PS4s, medical drama, the ability of *redacted* to hook up quality internet and the Jacksonville Jaguars bring a dark cloud to the proceedings. You won't believe who has the only 1up, nor what it goes to, but you'll also understand why the editor went off his meds during the editing.
On November 23, we're doing it live (for the kids) but not without your help! Nintendo Free Radio has been asked to contribute to a 3DS report card, but you have to earn it - so get over to the page at NintendoWorldReport and boost the total so we can go live on November 23rd! Also, next time around, it's Virtual Insanity as they're talking Earthbound - so send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org before Thanksgiving!
This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault. All music is used for discussion purposes under fair use. *redacted*, once someone finds a new job, you have my permission to die.
Recovered from 25 yet? Too bad, here comes another one.
In the last episode of Nintendo Free Radio before the next-gen stragglers drag their systems smoking to the finish line, we offer warnings and advice for the future. A largely handheld-focused New Business is led off by the vanguard of the handheld master race, as Donald opens with the explorative platforming of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Beware of homicidal renegades and - if you're like Austen and playing the Vita version, game-ending bugs. Donald follows up with the cathartic handheld murder simulator, Hotline Miami (PS Vita version), which may help him clean his fridge for Soul Sacrifice in a most unusual fashion. We hope you don't have any objections to the brief mention of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Duel Destinies, since it came out a short time before recording. Stephen picks up Donald's Poke-torch as the best way to handle demonic swords in Pokemon Y is discussed, before Austen surprises everyone with a look at Donkey Kong Country Returns (IN 3D~). Finally, Austen brings it home with future Vita (and some mobile phone platform nobody cares about) adventure game, The Wolf Among Us. Is there a chance Telltale could get Austen's GOTY 2 years in a row?
Whatcha Watchin... how would we describe that? Well, let's just hit the content: Stephen has more food reality with The Next Great Baker and oddball sci-fi with Iron Sky, Austen has Sakura Wars: The Movie and Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing, and Donald's watched more Looney Tunes than should be allowed by law.
There's two parts to the Feature this week, as our first frequent contributer Pete asks about who should go indie, and we debate briefly just what the hell that means. In part 2, we pull SquareEnix out of the Mushrooms with a look at their Final Fantasy Committee, whether the series needs saving, and what they can do to try and stop bleeding money. Think we're crazy? Email us and tell us! (email@example.com) Finally, it's another round of Mushrooms with a construction update, laments over game delays... and an unexpected guest appearance that will blow your mind.
The next time we talk, the PS4 will be out, and there might be some actual journalism on that episode. We know, we're shocked too. Also, it's coming up on that magical time of year when Nintendo World Report does it live for Child's Play, and we are going to be involved... so once the page goes up, get to donating. It's for the kids, y'see.
This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips are used for discussion and clarification purposes under Fair Use provision. The cold lasted over a week.
We come not to bury the 360 and PS3... well, most of us, anyway.
Hur-RAY, hur-RAY, hur-RAY, step right up and get your Nintendo Free Radio on for the 25th time! (Not actually the 25th episode, but who's counting?) New Business sees Stephen step up for the casuals with a couple of things the others wouldn't touch with a 39.5 foot pole: Windows Phone word game Wordament and Blizzard's new children's card... er, trading card game, Hearthstone. You might have heard of Donald's New Business, since it's the two biggest Nintendo releases of the year to date: Pokemon X (now with live trolling of Kentuckians!) and Wind Waker HD. Austen wraps with PSN's recent downloadable thriller Rain, proves that playing Lost Planet 3 is going beyond the impossible, and finishes with yet another dose of Ellen Page in Beyond: Two Souls.
Now Posted got intentionally shortened to allow maximum time for Whatcha Watch'n. Stephen gets a little theatrical with Potted Potter and puts MasterChef through several dryer cycles to shrink it down to MasterChef Junior before talking Donald off the ledge over Revolutionary Girl Utena. Austen gives a quick update on Beware the Batman and goes a few episodes into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but buckle up for extended, spoilery discussions of Transformers Prime now that the show has wrapped with the release of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising.
For the Feature this time around, we're well aware that there's less than a month until the PS3 and 360 get taken out back and Old Yellered. As such, we look back at our memories of HD goodness and give you some recommendations for games you might have missed - as well as the warts. The Mushrooms bring us in for a landing with musings on a state's bad luck, the usual tribute of a common punching bag, and someone mentioning Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies (not Stephen).
Did we miss a game in the HD discussion? Want to help Donald through therapy? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email!
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Editor's Note: Apologies for the delay in posting this episode, but when you see just how many resources are in this episode, you'll understand why that happened.
Including the best possible treatment of KIRBY'S EPIC YARN
Not even Reggie's body is ready for the amount of game discussion on this week's show. New Business opens with Stephen's extended, indepth impressions of the biggest game to come out the week of September 17... The Wonderful 101. Austen loves him some Puppeteer and Killzone Mercenary, but if you're looking for crime from him, how about a little GATV available in Saints Row 4? Donald brings the representation from the handheld side with the indie Vita (and PS3, but we don't talk about that) RPG Dragon Fantasy Book II and wraps back around to an early 3DS contender for Game of the Year, Fire Emblem Awakening.
In Whatcha Watchin, the updates continue as Stephen finishes off MasterChef, and Austen delivers on a promise from last episode with The Legend of Korra while checking on a recent Ghibli import, From Up On Poppy Hill. Donald goes to the extremes of anime with the mysterious Paranoia Agent and the... how does one describe Gurren Lagann?
The Feature discussion is a series of topics featuring one theme: Chaos in the land of the rising sun. Subjects touched on include the passing of Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Sony announcements including Vita TV and Vita2000, Sega x Atlus and, uh, Tetris and Puyo Puyo being a good combo? The Mushrooms bring it home with our general love/hate relationship with SquareEnix and social interaction in general - and stay tuned after the outro for quick Steam Controller impressions.
Until next time... UNITE UP!!
This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips used under fair use and for discussion purposes only. Female vocals provided by Jessica (Stephen's wife).