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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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Live from Mossdeep City, it's the segment nobody asked for!

The fall marches on, but we still had time to squeeze a few more words out of your friendly neighborhood editor before the deluge of November. New Business opens with Stephen following up last episode's odd Netflix selection of Wakfu by playing the massively multiplayer SRPG that inspired it. A brief Smash 3DS update gives the crew an excuse to go over the 50+ Things That Make Smash 3DS Obsolete special, and then Stephen doubles back to finish with a Tales of Graces f update. Donald has another demo to talk about in the form of the special Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo of no MegaSteelix before starting a two-part exploration of Platinum with the thing they took to keep the lights on, Legend of Korra. Austen wrapped Alien Isolation and after some ultra-violent brief things, needed to unwind... with Peggle 2, of all things. Cue screaming.

Following Now Posted, the rumor was Whatcha Watchin' would be brief. And if you believe that, you also believe it's about [censored]. On tap; Stephen's Devil is a Part Timer, Deadman Wonderland and Arrow, Austen's The Flash and Heavenly Sword while Donald passed for time.

Well, time and the feature. In an effort to get Donald to have something on the waveform, we opened the floor to all of you for an Ask Me Anything segment. And some of you actually delivered. As a result, there's a near-half hour of grilling Donald on subjects far and wide. For time reasons, we had to cut a few questions, which Donald helpfully took to the blog to answer. Following that, it's an extra large helping of Mushrooms because some returning champions done goofed hard.

Our next appearance will be live and for the kids, but only with your help! Head on over to the main page for the NWR Live Podcast Telethon for Child's Play and give what you can to a worthy cause before November 8! Just because we have $2k at press time doesn't mean you can make Tim Hudson do all the work!

This podcast was recorded on October 26 and edited by Donald Theriault. All music/clips used under fair use provisions. Bayonetta 2 ended up digital for reasons we would prefer to not get into.

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On Episode 46's Ask Me Anything segment, there were some questions that the cast didn't get to. Here's what was missed in text form. - Donald

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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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