Episode 138 – Super Banana Blitzkrieg Bop 2

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John, Kevin, and Ryan celebrate 5 years of the Nintendo Fun Club Podcast by talking about Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2 on the GameCube!

Music:

The Misfits – We Are 138

Paramore – Hard Times

Check out our Let’s Play videos: Try, Try My Darling

Episode video:

Super Monkey Ball gameplay w/ commentary:

Super Monkey Ball 2 gameplay w/ commentary:

Episode 137 – Mario Skart

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News:

Details For First Breath Of The Wild DLC Pack Announced

Nintendo Announces New 2DS XL

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Sales #1 In UK, Over 450,000 In United States

200,000 Neo Geo Games Have Been Downloaded on Switch

Games: 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Blazing Star

Music:

Blue Meanies – Acceleration 5000

Mustard Plug – Go

Check out our Let’s Play videos: Try, Try My Darling

Episode 136 – 1989

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News:

Bit more on the Nintendo Direct

NES Classic discontinued… to be replaced by an SNES Classic?

Games: 

Kamiko, Disney Afternoon Collection, Wonder Boy III The Dragon’s Trap

Music:

Operation Ivy – Freeze Up

Bad Religion – I Want Something More

Fugazi – Waiting Room

7 Seconds – Satyagraha

Ryan Adams – Bad Blood

Check out our Let’s Play videos: Try, Try My Darling

NWR Retro: Samurai Shodown IV

Episode 132 – Ports Will Find a Way

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News:

Disney Afternoon Collection announced, not coming to Switch

GoNintendo Talking Points – Why is The Disney Afternoon Collection skipping Nintendo platforms?

Want Disney Afternoon Collection on Switch? Let Capcom know!

Neo Geo games have been patched on Switch!

Factor 5 rises from the ashes, reacquires Turrican license, gives insight into Switch development

Taiko no Tatsujin × Splatoon

Sonic News: Mania Delayed, Project Named

A Longer Look At Modern Sonic

Sonic Forces crowd reaction

Games: Blaster Master Zero, 1 2 Switch, Neo Geo Arcade Archives, Breath of the Wild, Voez, Little Inferno

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

The Menzingers – Your Wild Years

Music as a Discoverable Reward in Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has proven to be a game so dense that it is many different things to different people. For many of us, BotW is a game about exploration and discovery. The game encourages exploration by doling out tiny, yet satisfying, rewards for every discovery. From Korok Seeds to shrines to materials, BotW offers plenty of incentive to venture off the beaten path.

As I continue to put hours upon hours into the game, I’m finding one of my favorite discoveries in BotW is music. Led by Animal Crossing composer Manaka Kataoka, the soundtrack here is excellent. From jazzy combat tunes to the almost Twin Peaks-esque piano piece that plays as you scale a tower, the OST is as unconventional (and high quality) as the game itself.

The music also fits with the sprawling landscape of the game’s world, as it’s used sparingly, only surfacing at specific moments. For me, finding a new place or triggering an event that has a music cue attached to it, even if it’s just a jingle, is just as exciting as discovering any riches tucked within the land of Hyrule.

As a huge fan of video game music, I will definitely be acquiring the BotW soundtrack at some point. But as for right now, I’m avoiding listening to any music from it outside of the game. At this juncture, hopping onto to YouTube and hearing a tune I hadn’t discovered yet in the game would be, for me, as big of a spoiler as <REDACTED>.