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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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Have you ever been (Playstation) Experienced?

As the stockings are hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saints Gaben, Reggie, Layden and Nelson soon will fill them with deals, we come to discuss the stragglers coming across the finish line. Stephen has a few brief items for 2015 to start New Business in the form of Guilty Gear Xrd (demo) and the alpha for Heroes of the Storm, but also has several words for a game that maybe Nintendo was right to reject? Donald polished off Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and then turned his RPG energies to Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, with a brief stop at the ultra-charming Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Austen has a double-header (phrasing) of Telltale adventure with Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands, as well as a couple of shooters - the award-nominated Wolfenstein and an UbiSoft game that you can actually get the best ending in in approximately 12 minutes.

Whatcha Watchin' has a few rounds of anime from Stephen's Netflix queue - The Irregular at Magic High School, My Little Monster and Noragami, while Austen goes to the dogs with Bolt and since the TV/film industries can't produce anything else, we have to talk about the Arrow v Flash crossover. Donald's WW is entirely centered around The Game Awards, with all of the world premieres and offstage awards that ensue. Also, Korobeniki with lasers. Following that, we have an extended look at the Playstation Experience, in which a shocking acknowledgement was made. The Mushrooms include a tribute to a gaming pioneer, an old target getting 1uped for trolling, and SPAAAAAACE.

By the time you hear this, we're in full Game of the Year mode. Stay tuned to this feed for the word on what games this year were TOTALLY AWESOME... as well as our plans for Episode 50. If you have something we should do, email us, Tweet us or leave it below, but know that the main event may have magic involved.

This podcast was recorded on December 7 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips used under fair use. You will not be going to space today.

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Not just referring to innuendo anymore.

Sick of hearing family or Joe Buck on this Thanksgiving? Drown it all out with some Nintendo Free Radio as the team aims to keep you out of a turkey coma. For New Business, it opens with a mutual admiration society for two of the biggest Nintendo releases - the Mario Kart 8 DLC and Super Smash Bros 4 (Wii U), and extended impressions are provided for both. The plan was for a third mutual game, but the Wolf Among Us discussion spiraled off into its own brief episode. Stephen has a Fantasy Life update, Donald returns to the land of tropical trumpets with Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, and Austen has two major PS4 releases in... Little Big Planet 3 and Chariot. (Stop laughing.) Also mentioned: A game that may be worth a lot of money for Donald someday.

In Whatcha Watchin', Stephen has continued down the wild road of Wakfu, keeping other things from his Netflix queue at bay. Donald has been getting his game show gimmicks on with a brief report on Price is Right's Big Money Week and the biggest event of the year in quizzery, the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions. (The full postgame chat Donald mentions can be found here.) Austen has gotten heavy on the CW with more on Arrow, Flash and the not-Dr. Metts-approved The 100, before bringing it home on Big Hero 6.

The Feature topic is a somewhat brief overview of the "next-gen" consoles (PS4 and Xbone) entering Year 2. Someone's cruising, someone's dumping and someone's abstaining - you'll find out who. The Mushrooms feature a return even more unwanted than Denis Dyack's that might get Donald in a boatload of trouble and/or Twitter spam, as well as slamming of Smash and Blizzard love that comes from some rather unusual places.

Next time around is the last regulation episode before Christmas, and we would love to hear from you with holiday memories or plans. Email, tweet or post 'em here, and don't forget to send in ideas for categories you want to see for the Game of the Year show as well.

This podcast was recorded on November 23 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips are used under fair use. Your warning for next episode: Chie is best girl.

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As part of the New Business for NFR 48, the team all tried to play through Telltale's comic prequel The Wolf Among Us. Two of us actually succeeded, and although the plan was to keep the discussion mechanical it didn't quite happen that way.

What follows is approximately 15 minutes of Wolf Among Us spoiler talk, in case you're still playing along, and to keep the main show below a sane time.

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Six Dragonite and a Ditto and it DOESN'T happen on Route 34? Color me shocked.

The day after the live telethon for Child's Play, the crew gathered to discuss things with more traditional funding. New Business begins with a couple of tag team matches (playa) as Stephen and Austen test PS4 2.0's best non-sleep related feature in Shareplay, bringing new life to old local multiplayer games (even if the devs don't agree). To follow up, Stephen and Donald get a (Fantasy) Life and tackle the game from two wildly different perspectives. Donald then goes for the other end of the Shinovi spectrum by representing his (brother's) hometown in Vita prison life sim Freedom Wars, and after a brief warning about the Sonic Boom 3DS demo ends with early gushing over presumptive GOTY from all right-thinking outlets, Bayonetta 2. Austen sold out to The Man and picked up an Xbone, which explains the Explicit tag, and had a blast with Insomniac's revenge fantasy/Dreamcast tribute Sunset Overdrive and a couple of other mentions. Including a sequel to a game with the rare double release of WiiWare and physical DS - which Donald got wrong.

For Whatcha Watchin', Stephen leads with a brief Slugterra update before diving into quality animation in the form of Big Hero 6, and the extremly rote Freezing. Donald keeps the assassination theme going with the recent Keanu Reeves vehicle John Wick and still can't wrap his head around Bayonetta: Bloody Fate. Austen has some issues with some anime dubs - Hellsing Ultimate and the Cardcaptor Sakura movie - but is a little happier with the CW's best show since Smackdown, Arrow.

A brief double-feature touches on the Nintendo Direct including the announcement Donald was dreading, the announcement Austen was apathetic toward, and the lack of an announcement to get Stephen excited. After a quick debrief of the telethon segment - thanks to everyone who helped it clear $6,000 and get us catching prehistoric predators with Zach Miller - it's on to the Mushrooms for the return of old friends and Stephen's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week.

It's coming up on the end of the year, and we wouldn't mind your ideas for categories for the end of the year show - you know it's coming! Email us, tweet @nfrpodcast or leave them below! Until next we meet, please make sure a prominent internet messageboard doesn't eat us alive.

This podcast was recorded on November 9 and edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips are copyright their respective owners.

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When left to their own devices, Nintendo Free Radio can sometimes make magic. This is one of those days.

For the third year in a row, we were proud to do it live for the kids. Our original concept was to check out a few Kickstarters and see if they would be worth backing, with the help of Robert Boyd of Zeboyd Games, a Kickstarter veteran and observer.

The best laid plans went astray, and we only got to do one of them. But that's fine, since the questions asked provided enough information that you can be more informed when looking at these projects on your own.

As of press time, we've raised $6,135 for Child's Play, and there's still time to donate if you're seeing this before November 15. And Donald's thrown out a stretch goal beyond what's on the page, so GET DONATING if you haven't already!

Special thanks to Karl Castenada for getting this show out so quickly. We are presenting the show as it was heard live, which includes Skype being itself.

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