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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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90% of the industry once again comes out next February. We apologize for the inconvenience, but not for the snark. 

There's a Great Big Beautiful 2015...Shining at the end of these Delays! In a year where the industry has collectively decided to let us all focus on the backlog, there are still a few games announced at E3 that managed to turn heads in a sea of violence and delays. The NFR team, in various states of readiness, looks back at the various press conferences in heavy detail and tries to read the tea leaves about what's going to happen. Grades are handed out - and does anyone get an F, or worse? 

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault, Stephen Shook, and Austen Parkin. All music contained is used under provisions of fair use.

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It's a show of infinite possibilities for release In 2015.

(Editor's Note: We are aware that Episode 37 hasn't posted yet. It will post very shortly, or it too will end up in 2015.)

Tragically, there's no getting off of this train we're on and it's headed right for the row of bombs that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo. But first, Nintendo Free Radio picks up some New Business as Stephen sees if Scram Kitty (And His Buddy On Rails) is worth wasting one of your nine lives on before supplying us with an Atelier Totori update. Donald was introduced to the life of Cmdr Raina Shepard in Mass Effect, but BioWare needed a real quad to create an unwinnable situation for him. Austen has a few games, including Transistor, a game which ends up being similar to something that has come up in another segment, before Stephen and Austen pull into the pits to discuss Mario Kart 8.

But that's not why you're here, as the second half sees Whatcha Watchin' chucked in exchange for what two members of the team will be watching the week after this releases - press conferences and Digital Events. Predictions are made, systems are villified, and the winner is predicted (Best Buy Canada). To close out, there's still time for a serving of piping hot Mushrooms including the fate of team based shooters on PC, new PCs to play the old shooters, and chldhood memories that need your help ASAP.

Next time we meet, it'll be after the E3 press conferences. WIll it be a great big beautiful tomorrow, or just another year to pare down your backlog? Let us know what you think in the comments below or drop us an email!

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault. All music contained is used under provisions of fair use. We're not going to be this short again for a while.

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No, we didn't get temporarily possessed by Anna Marie - there's just a lot of RPGs to talk about.

Time: 2'51"33

Some days, you just need to sit down and vent a spleen, and so Nintendo Free Radio returns to air out its body parts in elongated glory. Stephen is up first in New Business with a look at a Kickstarter project that actually managed to reach its goal... the programming/wildlife board game Robot Turtles, which may or may not be Frog Fractions 2. In actual video game news, Stephen also got on the Tales of Xillia train a few months back and gives you an extended look at the game that spawned a $130 LE. Donald has a Final Fantasy X HD update with a little history being made, then proceeds to go HAM on his Vita memory card and hits a couple of platformers in the news lately before finishing with extended impressions of UbiSoft's Child of Light - a game that actually came out at the usual price Ubisoft games get bought at. Austen was in on FFX and Child of Light, but saves his main RPG ire for South Park: The Stick of Truth, which in true Obsidian fashion managed to crash before he could boot the game.

After a special all-Talkback episode of Now Posted, Whatcha Watchin' is animation-free for the first time in a long time. Stephen discusses Gold Rush Alaska and Burn Notice, while Donald lets his Google Glass freak flag fly on a visit to Silicon Valley. Austen has the super-heroic (and super-average) duo of Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 to finish things off.

For the Feature discussion, since three Vita owners represents a quorum the trio looks at the future of Sony and Nintendo's dedicated handheld business in light of some bad NPD results. Is the only thing keeping the VIta alive in Japan Akiba's Trip? Possibly. You'll have to listen to find out. Finally, the Mushrooms feature a purchase Stephen will enjoy, a purchase we KNOW Austen will inevitably regret, and a purchase Donald's really conflicted about.

Unfortunately, E3 is coming up, and we want to hear from you in the run-up to the big show - so drop us an email, will ya? The address is nintendofreeradio@gmail.com, or you can leave it in the comments below. Until next time... are we cool?

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault. All music used is under Fair Use protection. Luckily for all of you, the Child of Light segment is not ten minutes of poetry.

Links:
The Robot Turtles Interactive Board Builder
Robot Turtles Kickstarter
Donald's Backloggery
Child of Light Sountrack Page
Connectivity NHL Playoff Preview

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Looking for some more inside baseball? We aim to please.

There's been a rush of episodes lately, but now Nintendo Free Radio appears to be back at standard operation. For New Business, Austen leads off (surprisingly) with quick hits on "it's-not-a-puzzle-game-Donald" Towerfall Ascension (PS4), which is pretty good for an Ouya port, and Tecmo's newest dungeon crawler-destroyer Deception IV: Blood Ties. Austen follows up with brief updates on three games of recent  vintage: Final Fantasy X HD, Infamous Second  Son and Knack. Stephen hasn't had a chance to play much, but after a quick trip to the Castle of Illusion he does lead the crew down the aisles of Sony's Easter weekend flash sale. (Note: We are well aware this segment includes complaints about the lack of Vita support. It literally came and went during editing. Blame Sony for its inclusion.) Donald wraps with a game fresh off its one Shine Get Moment in the NFRIT, Beyond Good and Evil and surprisingly hasn't encountered a single matchstick in Profesor Layton and the Azran Legacy, but has encountered back loot luck in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

In Whatcha Watchin', Austen finally did get around to seeing Captain America: Winter Soldier, but saves most of his time for classic combat/harem anime Ranma 1/2 (Season 1) and CBS's take on Sherlock Holmes in Elementary. Stephen takes a few minutes to provide catchup on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D before grabbing the latest frightning find from his Netflix... Turbo FAST. Turns out, rocket-powered snails is as insane as it sounds. Donald's turn covers Miyazaki's return to child-friendly fare in Ponyo before being reminded of a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, as well as acknowledging a recent passing and the end of an era.

The Listener Mail had a couple of extended pieces, one posted without comment on our website and the other addressed in detail, as Shawn wants to know how the show is edited. War stories are traded and we hope it makes clear why these episodes can take a while. The Mushrooms address gaming parodies, Square re-releases, and plagiarists getting awards... though we do risk redundancy.

Want to give us some more mail to chew on in extended detail, or just comment in general? Leave a comment below or send an email to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com. Until next time, eat, sleep, and end the streak.

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault, and all music is used under fair use protection. We'd tell you to follow the buzzards but they have a bad social media presence.

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For the sake of time, we had to cut this Listener Mail from the episode 35 we recorded this evening, but I didn't want to lose the information that's contained within. So presented for your information, a lesson on the Gianna Sisters that will flow into something I play in an upcoming New Business. - Donald

Hello NFR,
 
I listened to episode 32 today which I had eagerly awaited for some time now. Thanks Austen, for pushing this episode through what seemed like a more painful editing process than usual according to your Twitter feed.
 
I am happy about the conversation it started, about different gaming preferences in general and an interesting excursion into early 90s PC gaming (yeay, Wing Commander!). And I still find it fascinating how you all were untouched by any home computer experience.
 
I don't know if you caught the whole inside joke of Gianna Sisters vs. Mario Brothers. So just in case you didn't know about this interesting little story, here it is: in 1987, when Super Mario Brothers was huge on the NES in the US, nobody could really play it in Germany, because nobody had an NES. While everybody did have a C64 it was pretty clear, that Nintendo would not port it to the C64 and there was also a general lack of jump&run on that system anyway. So the German studio Rainbow Arts published the original "The Great Gianna Sisters" which looked very, very similar to "Super Mario Brothers". Check out the full story at
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Giana_Sisters
 
and go here for some game-play footage
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8teXm6723-g
 
While it was a blatant rip-off of Super Mario Bros., it was a very well executed game. Chris Hülsbeck's soundtrack probably beats the NES's Super Mario one. The game was taken off the shelfs pretty quickly, but by that time it was too late, as it had already spread to the school-recess-peer-to-peer network. You brought your friend a box of 10 5,25" disks and next day you got it back with the newest stuff. The whole concept of ever paying for software was completely alien to us back then which is another big Germany (Europe)-US difference worth looking into, because I am sure must it have had implications on the gameplay experience as well. Tons of games to choose from, but try for example to find out what to do in "Impossible Mission" with very little knowledge of the English language AND no manual.
 
So the Gianna Sisters were literally our Mario. Eventually with the arrival of the Gameboy, which was widely adopted here, we discovered Mario as well. I did see that they put "Gianna Sisters" on the DS and that some German dudes even had a Kickstarter for what turned out to be a pretty decent game, but of course the original C64 game has the interesting background story. Donald, let me know what you think about "Twisted Dreams". I myself didn't even catch the connection between the two games until a few years ago: "Mario", to most generic Italian first name vs. "Gianna", probably after Gianna Nannini an Italian singer which was huge right around that time.
 
Thanks for your advice on "Chrono Trigger". I was set on playing it on my (3)DS, but maybe I should play it on the SNES emulator for my PSP instead. I played through "Earthbound" on it and it worked great. Also, Earthbound, the only JRPG I ever played. I do not have a Wii, let alone a Wii U and I like the portable options so I guess that limits it.
 
That's it for my follow-up to my listener mail with a little Mario anecdote you maybe didn't know about. I would have emailed you guys directly, but the NFR address is the only one I have.
 
Looking forward to the next episode.
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Alex

Neither length of episode nor PC near-death experience can stop this episode from launching!

For this episode, we have made two pieces of history. The first is that we have a guest from outside the NWR family, as RPGamer forum admin/RPGCast regular Anna Marie Privitere lent several hours of her time to talk shop with us, and the second is that the editor nearly split the show in two until the final product wouldn't set a record for longest episode ever.

First up, it's all New Business led off by Anna's look back at the alchemic action of Atelier Meruru (you can see her entire playthrough here) and finds out if they passed Soul Society in the DS tactical RPG Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. Austen picks up the RPG torch with early impressions of Final Fantasy X HD and the multi-ethnic group action of Infamous: Second Son. Stephen goes to the wall for impressions of Pokemon Battle Trozei, a game so addictive it literally kept Donald up all night, before clicking into Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and infecting parts of the rest of the show. Finally, Donald proves that even shonen soccer has crap officiating in Inazuma Eleven (3DS), before dropping a truth bomb (and making a business deal) on Yoshi's New Island.

For the second half of the show, it's everything else's time to shine. Anna opens with the Lifetime comedy Drop Dead Diva, which somehow manages to combine 2014's Whatcha Watchin' into one show, and also watched some Bleach to follow up from earlier. Donald engaged in time travel with a wrapup of Steins;Gate, while Austen finished off his Robotics;Notes from 32 and managed to squeeze in the entire run of Veronica Mars including the Kickstarted movie. Stephen finishes with another selection from his haunted Netflix queue, bring Sword Art Online from the land of the Magic Waifu before a discussion of Captain America: Winter Soldier dives headfirst into a discussion of the role of movies in the Marvel universe.

For the Feature Discussion, there is an extended look at recent statements made by SquareEnix on the nature of their business going forward (source article translation: http://www.siliconera.com/2014/03/31/bravely-defaults-success-west-making-square-enix-rethink-jrpgs/) along with some information on the difficulty of getting niche titles on Virtual Console from someone who is asked about it quite frequently. An extra-large order of Mushrooms finishes the show as Atlus, EA, Blizzard, and frequent punching bags Sony all get rapidly fired at.

The plan for next episode is to catch up on some Listener Mail, so would you kindly drop us a line to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com or leave a comment here? You can also find Anna most weeks on the RPGCast or streaming RPGs - follow her on Twitter @amprivitere for updates on her streaming schedule.

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault. All music contained is used for discussion context under fair use protection. Yoshi's New Island went for $18 USD.

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All celebrity voices are impersonated. Poorly. This podcast took forever to edit and should be listened to by everyone.

There's something slightly... off... about this episode of NFR, and we can't quite place what it is. Is it Donald leading off New Business with a western-developed 360 RPG in South Park: The Stick of Truth? If not, maybe the game this one ACTUALLY borrows from will frighten you. Austen picks up the western torch with SquareEnix's Thief reboot, before violating the first rule of NFR and talking about an iOS game... thankfully, it's tied to PS4 launch platformer Knack, so it's OK. Sort of. Stephen finishes with impressions of the soon-to-go-F2P MMO Wildstar and Vita hunting game Ragnarok Oddysey. There's a third game for Stephen, but we'll get to that later.

After Now Posted sells out, Whatcha Watchin' hits up recent controversy as the sanctity of game shows is placed in Jeopardy by a ten-day champ, Stephen enrolls the crew in The Guild and gives spoiler-free impressions of Japan's biggest anime hit in years, Attack on Titan. Austen keeps the anime love going with the answer to the  most important question of all: Is This A Zombie? Finally, we return to late 80s animation for An American Tail on its recent BluRay release.

In the Feature Discussion, Lightning returns... and  this time, it doesn't get outsold by Bravely Default. Topics on the dock: Game of the Decade, the role of spokespeople, game pricing, and games we're sick of hearing about. The Mushrooms deliver a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for a frequent target, live Mario Kart in Austin, and hit some "recent" game announcements... and stay tuned after the outro, as Stephen played Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and the crew breaks into an extended, spoiler filled discussion of the game's merits before executing a noted NWR forum loon. To which we say, he had it coming.

Want to help spread the word about the show? Use our new, actually easy to say shortlink at http://bit.ly/nfradiopodcast or drop a review into your podcatcher of choice if available! Perhaps you could send us an email as well; the address is still nintendofreeradio@gmail.com. Until next time... "YOU FOOL!!"

This podcast was edited by Stephen Shook, Donald Theriault, and Austen Parkin, and recorded on March 15 so all information is accurate as of that date. All music and clips are used in fair use to provide context for the discussion.

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From the First World Problems Department, there were WAY too many games in February 2014!

Editors Note: This is the first of two recent NFR episodes that have been stuck in the editing backlog. The other should be out within the next week or so.

We're warning you up front: There's a lot of games up in this here episode, and the oldest one we cover is a little over six months old. Stephen opens the bidding in New Business with Level 5's rhythm comedy 3DS game Weapon De Omasse Shop, which will no doubt be on sale in an eShop near you shortly, then blasts away our expectations for Killzone Mercenary and finishes by Russian into the PS4 version of Strider. Although nobody asked for Donald's list, he takes Deus Ex: Human Revolution (WiiU) for a spin before tackling Bravely Default and recommending one character in particular for a good booting. To finish, Donald goes ape over Retro's greatest game ever [citation needed], Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropcial Freeze. Austen gets his inner vampire on with Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, revisits his old friend Elle in The Last of Us: Left Behind, and takes Donald to trial for not playing enough Danganronpa. 

After a brisk visit to the forums for Now Posted, the group calls an audible to try and finish the show quickly so Stephen blasts through a considerable Whatcha Watchin' list that includes the following: The incredibly redundant Legend of Legendary Heroes, Kenchi: Mightiest Disicple, Kaze no Stigma, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, House of Cards (S2), The Lego Movie and an Olympic update. Donald shows off a wrestling  show you DON'T want to end up on with Botchamania, and plays the role of Oracle of Delphox as a critical eye is cast upon the Mankeys in Twitch Plays Pokemon. Austen has a brief stop at Steins;Gate sequel Robotics;Notes, in which you can apparently build a walking mecha for US$10,000. Find out how on this podcast. 

Listener Mail had to be reduced for time considerations, but the crew does present advice to a listener in Germany who lacks console experience and wants to try Chrono Trigger, as well as looks at their history with PC gaming. Finally, the Mushrooms call out Nintendo, Spike Chunsoft, Sony and Namco and we dare you to guess which one ends up with the 1up from that group. 

We still want to hear from you, so send any feature ideas, feedback and fun to nintendofreeradio@gmail.com or leave it in the comments below. Also, Donald didn't completely ruin a recent episode of Radio Free Nintendo (http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rfn/36690/episode-372-mystic-quest-is-not-okay) so be sure to listen to that when you're done if you haven't already! 

This episode was produced by Austen Parkin, Stephen Shook and Donald Theriault. All music is used for discussion purposes under Fair Use provisions. Praise be unto Helix. And yes, we know this episode was extraordinarily late.

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