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We waited until the end of the fiscal year but it's finally out - the 2016 Game of the Year show.

The first segment is our top 10s for the year with honorable mentions and a ranked 5-1 list, as well as awards such as "The Wonderful 101 Presents Best Soundtrack" and "Biggest Clusterditto". There will be spoilers in this segment, but for nothing more than Pokemon Sun and Moon.

The second part starts with a countdown on Whatcha Watchin' including a stunning reversal on bears, then we jump ahead to this year with a countdown of the 2017 games we were most hyped for. (Note we recorded this in February or the DQ8 3DS release would have been on Donald's list.) We close by playing the market a bit as we each picked five games that we think would have high Meta/Opencritic ratings. Stephen appears to be the clubhouse leader there.

We swear this will not happen again, if only for the sanity of the editors.

This podcast was recorded on February 19-20 2017.


When this was recorded, the album art was still a rumor.

No, seriously, we finally recovered the long lost 2015 Game of the Year recording from... lord, December 20, 2015. The show features a historic first, a Dragonite swarm, and discussion of the last bits of Smash DLC along with the year in review. (Maybe we should have held this out for the release of their Amiibo?)


The sudden dip into the backlog will make sense on April 1, we swear.

It's a rather depressed edition of Nintendo Free Radio delayed by PAX, audio issues, and the need to play some rather large games. Donald opens New Business with a bit of gacha good in Fire Emblem Heroes (still no bought orbs!) before a quick hit into a GOTY. Stephen takes out his "Game He Missed" with Crypt of the Necrodancer before Austen brings it to the break with Gravity Rush 2, the first of two nonsensical Kingdom Hearts collections that released this year, and early impressions of the game ten points worse than Zelda: Horizon Zero Dawn.

Whatcha Watchin' sees Stephen deal with the second largest threat to America again before Austen gets technical with the BluRay release of Quantum Leap and a couple of heroic items in the Lego Batman Movie and Justice Leage Dark. Donald abstained for reasons that will become clear...

...because he was focused on his shiny new (at the time) toy in the Nintendo Switch. Opening weekend impressions are the Feature topic, and those reviews are now available for your perusal. The Mushrooms keep the Switch train rolling with its technical shortcomings and journo poisonings, before Donald sets up the episode title with his weekend from hell. (Donations were appreciated, and most of the games affected have returned in one form or another.)

The feed will be jumping this weekend as not only will 91 be on the air, but a wormhole has opened in the editing bay...

This podcast was recorded on March 5 and edited by Donald Theriault.


In other math news, Stephen = (Donald + Austen)

Despite a technical hiccup in the recording booth, Nintendo Free Radio 89 is here for your eventual mockery. But first is a brief New Business as Stephen finally finished the first chapter of Dragon Quest Builders. Yes, it took that long. Donald jumps in with bar-filling and recipe discovery as among his brief mentions is the return of Final Fantasy XV (its last appearance until roughly April). Austen has some quick hits as well, including the finest use of a circular saw since Donald's shop class, Resident Evil 7.

Whatcha Watchin' is also brief, as Stephen is celebrating an anniversary with Luther while Donald double-dips on game show controversey with Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal and Major Fraud. See if you can spot which one was done by the production company. Austen remains in England as he talks both of the famous Holmes shows, Elementary and Sherlock.

The Feature is most of the show, so much that the recording jumped ahead three days in the middle. We look back at our ill-fated 2016 predictions, and make some new ones. Stephen is apparently trying to win on sheer volume, while Donald and Austen try to stick with things that will be proven right. Also, the Scorpio makes its first Price is Right appearance. Brief Mushrooms include a request for a disproval of Rule 34, hatred of Irwin R. Schyster, and a great voice actor possibly returning to work after telling cancer to sod off.

NEXT EPISODE IS GAME OF THE YEAR 2017 - and 2016's will post first. If you'd like to submit a top 5 list, please hit us up with the usual methods.

This podcast was recorded on January 29/February 1 and was edited by Donald Theriault.


EVERYBODY, RUN... oh, it's just some fat slob with a Dualshock 4.

Following a longer than expected holiday break, Nintendo Free Radio has reconvened for your listening enjoyment. Off the top of New Business, Donald has bad news for the PS4: he has one, which based on the last four platforms he's bought can only mean one thing... the first game he bought for it after getting it, Doom (2016). Also, we may need a judge's ruling on episode 89. After some quick hits - literally, in one instance - Stephen finds our lack of faith in Star Wars: Battlefront disturbing. (Rest in power, Carrie Fisher.) Stephen then answers the most common EVO question (when's mahvel) with Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, before wrapping with the impossible as Final Fantasy XV actually launched. Austen grabs the miracle torch with The Last Guardian before trying to wrap up stuff for Game of the Year with Uncharted 4 and Stardew Valley (PS4) headlining.

After a returning champion and a very... interesting intro, Donald opens Whatcha Watchin' wiith a last celebration of Pokémon's 20th anniversay before Stephen smells what The Rock is cookin' in Moana. And then of course, the contractually obligated Doctor Who Christmas special. Austen's twin bill is a brief Star Wars Rebels update before thinking more about the Assassin's Creed movie than anyone in history.

The feature, of course, is Switchmas. A system that is constantly in flux, we break it down based on the information known as of recording time. Who's in, who's out, and who's waiting for a price drop? (And yes, we know we are derelict in our duty as it pertains to Xenoblade 2.) The Mushrooms include a farewell to Donald's system buying after Switchmas, Stephen's own difficult switch, and words of praise for punching holidays.

Now that the December NPDs are out and we have been able to wrap the predictions for 2016, we will hit them AND step out on the ledge for 2017. Want a piece of the action? Send it to us by email, Twitter, or leave them here. We're also planning to do the annual Game of the Year show in early February, and we've received a top 5 list already so if you want to send us yours, don't be afraid to drop them in as well!

This podcast was recorded on January 14 and was edited by Donald Theriault.


For sale: One person's dignity. Please contact Easy Allies, attention K. Bosman

In an attempt to keep new content flowing through the holidays, the Nintendo Free Radio team has assembled to talk sellouts and other game news. Donald starts out New Business with a quick look at DS Virtual Console on the Wii U (it's still weird) by way of an inexpensive Kirby Mass Attack before providing a Pokémon Sun and Moon update. The Pokédex is finished, by the by. Stephen transitions into the world of mecha with Titanfall 2, while Austen is less than impressed with Dishonored 2 so he settled into a couple of adventure games with King's Quest (2014 - 16) and Telltale's Batman.

Stephen picks up the baton for Whatcha Watchin' with a report on the CW's great superhero show crossover, while Donald has been feeling a fair bit of despair lately so he settled down with a Funimation trial and watched Danganronpa 3. Austen gets Final Fantasy XV out of his system with Kingsglaive, before finding something soothing with Kubo and the Two Strings.

It's a weekend double Feature as the crew covers the lows and... well, lows (unless you count the That Dragon, Cancer speech or Nolan North encouraging game developers to unionize) with the Game Awards before the question of "where's mahvel" is FINALLY answered at the PlayStation Experience. Also, it's kind of hard to tell Ys games apart. The Mushrooms hit on fading glory, hums, incentives not to preorder and some exciting announcements.

Although circumstances may conspire to prevent it, we are going to try and squeeze in one more regulation recording before Christmas. If there's anything you wish to send us, you can do it by the usual methods.

This podcast was recorded on December 5 and was edited by Donald Theriault.


Although a couple of us agree with John Oliver.

Despite an illness, we still managed to get this one out for the second half of the football game on Dishonored Thanksgiving night. Stephen's New Business reprises a bit of what had to be removed from Episode 85 due to audio issues with Monster Hunter Generations before seguing into Dishonored 1. Donald has a Wii U puzzle game that did go on sale despite his prediction in Tumblestone, before wrapping up Fire Emblem Fates with the Revelations run and heading off to Haw... Alola with Pokémon Sun. Austen has some brief updates before tackling PS4 indie game Silence (contains spoilers) and a couple of decidedly not-indie games in Titanfall 2 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

A brief Whatcha Watchin' segment covers the modern remake of Jonny Quest (season 2) and Marvel's Doctor Strange, with some terrible bears saved for next time. The Feature discussion involves the crew finding some positive things to be thankful for in 2016. Then the Mushrooms go negative again with bad remasters and stupid bans, but words of praise come down for Battleborn Day and the return of a much-needed 3DS feature.

Next time will likely record immediately following the weekend doubleshot of The Game Awards 2016 and PlayStation Experience, so if you have any comments on them or questions (that don't involve having to call lawyers) hit us up by email, Twitter or in the comments below,

This episode was recorded on November 20 and edited by Donald "Let's Use Four Teams For Shiggles In Sun" Theriault.


Just watch out for a stray episode of This Week In Baseball.

(Note: Due to a mishap possibly involving the Large Hadron Collider, Stephen's audio was not salvageable for New Business. We do apologize for the inconvenience and would like to congratulate Stephen on beating Monster Hunter Generations.)

It's been another wacky few weeks for the Nintendo Free Radio crew, but they're back to lay down gaming and pop culture jocularity. Donald ended up opening New Business with Exist Archive, the Fogarty-class self-plagarism of Valkyrie Profile, before getting his stylus on in Severed (Wii U) and some review games. Plus a game we'd really rather not talk about. Austen pulled in some recent indie darlings of the PlayStation 4 with Seraph and Aragami, and following the latest sordid tales of the shooter realm finishes with the long awaited Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter.

Stephen enters for Whatcha Watchin' with the newly relocated Supergirl, and following the superhero discussion Donald interjects with British comedy panel show Mock the Week and a very rare dub of a mid-90s Fire Emblem anime. And since it was before any of the games got localized or Smash Bros. made them famous, there's some interesting naming going on. (The full show can be viewed on Youtube.) Austen pays off a Kickstarter from early in the year as he provides a counterbalancing view of Vision of Escaflowne.

The Feature discussion is a breakdown of the officially known information about the Nintendo Switch. Who's in? Will storage be a concern? Why the bloody hell do companies use .wav on shipping product? In the Mushrooms, we slam PSN and Xbox Live while celebrating the removal of a milstone and facepalming heavily about onesies with pockets for melee weapons and Doritos.

The next episode might be 86, but it's also going to be recorded around the US Thanksgiving. And with that, we'd like to know what YOU'RE thankful for in a year that some people on the show have wanted to declare non-canon. Email, tweet or hit us up below and we'll make sure to enter it into the record for the next show!

This podcast was recorded on November 6 and was edited by Donald Theriault.


It was a wild and woolly Saturday evening as Nintendo World Report raised over $4,000 for Child's Play and we got to work with our friends at RPGamer - Chris and Anna Marie Privitere - to determine the best Nintendo system for RPGs ever. This recording is the result.

There were laughs, tears and the birth of a new, probably offensive analogy. A grand time was had by all. And yes, we worked a little blue as well.

Special thanks to James Jones for running the audio recording for this and keeping it straight for thirteen and a half hours. If you haven't chipped in yet, the donation box will be open until Saturday.


The argument against using Skype is five minutes of using Skype.

The planning for this episode was weird - there was a telethon segment to plan (coming soon to a feed near you), Austen had a fight with the one hit of The Scorpions, and Stephen's mid-move. Still, we soldier on. In New Business, Donald opens with a 3DS RPG - stop me if that sounds familiar - in Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse, then transitions to a couple of adventure titles with Paper Mario: Color Splash (touchscreen mostly not included) and Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness. Stephen leads a discussion of the Dragon Quest Builders demo, and two panelists ended up grabbing the full version. One's obvious, but one will *shock* you. Stephen has also been trying out future free-to-play shooter Paladins, while Austen grabs some quick hits and finishes with Bioshock 1, 2 and Minvera's Den.

After a brief Whatcha Watchin' - Stephen grabbed Luke Cage, while Donald and Austen tag-teamed the fabric-challenged brawler Kill la Kill - we head straight to the Mushrooms. On the menu: Randy Pitchford is probably nuts, the Xbox One sucks at firmware updates, we're losing a chat program, Stephen needs to check his boots, Donald is saving money, and despite the Golden State Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals we may still find out if God hates Cleveland.

Keep an eye out for our special segment from the NWR Live Podcast Telethon for Child's Play - and if you haven't gotten in on the giving, you've got a couple of days to fix that. Also, be sure to send us a tweet, a comment here or an email if there's something you'd like us to talk about.

This podcast was recorded on October 13 and was edited by Donald Theriault.


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