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

Nintendo Direct 4-12-17 reactions

Next month marks the 5-year anniversary of NFC (whoa). In those (almost) 5 years, we’ve covered quite a few Nintendo Directs. <cue dramatic music> but never <striking image> ~like this~.

Yeah so we did a video thing.

In lieu of a proper podcast episode, Lindsey and I instead hung out on a couch, watched and discussed the Direct, and then gave some final thoughts immediately after. All on video!

Then, I tried to put it all together.

As a video novice trying this for the first time, there was naturally some good and bad.

The good:

It exists. I mean, the goal was to record a video of us watching and discussing the Direct, and that’s what this is.

The bad:

The biggest, and most noticeable issue is the gradual audio delay. Around the halfway point, our audio begins desyncing (or something) and not aligned with our lip movement. It’s dreadful to look at, but even after some research I still have no idea how to fix it, so I didn’t want to just sit on this video until a solution came to me in a vision or something.

Most of the issues related to the content itself to me stemmed from our relative inexperience with this stuff and the one-take improvisational nature of the production.

Hope you can enjoy the video despite these issues! Check it out below:

Episode 133 – Cons Air

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News:

Seiken Densetsu Collection coming to Switch (trailer, screens, art, box, details & more)

Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology coming to 3DS

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night cancelled for Wii U, coming to Switch

Games: Splatoon 2 Global Testfire, Neo Turf Masters, Breath of the Wild

Music:

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

The Misfits – Die, Die My Darling

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

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>.

Our Favorite Against Me! Songs

UPDATE: Laura got a Switch!

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It’s no secret that we here at NFC are huge fans of Laura Jane Grace and her band, Against Me! We even named their record Transgender Dysphoria Blues our album of the year when we did that end-of-year music episode that nobody liked.

So naturally, this tweet by Laura today piqued our interest: Continue reading

Episode 131 – Blaster Master of Puppets

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In this episode we talk about ~8 days with the Switch~: our experiences, and the games we’ve been playing.

News:

Hamster working on patch for Neo Geo brightness/audio issues

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap hitting Switch on April 18th, “surprise” teased for March 22nd

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

Music:

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

Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave

Video:

Episode 130 – Video Killed the Podcast Failures

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ALRIGHT SO THIS ONE IS A BIT WEIRD.

We tried doing a video recording through Google Hangouts and

  1. The audio isn’t great
  2. The video is kinda iffy too

Buuuuuuut it was a lot of fun to do and we’re going to work on improving this stuff!

So here’s the video:

And here’s the audio:

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Anyway, in this episode we talk about our respective Switch launches, hardware impressions, and the games we’ve been playing on it. Fun stuff, despite the technical issues!

Music:

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

Weston – No Kind of Superstar