Episode 86 – April 1, 2015 Nintendo Direct

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News:

SMT X FE is alive and well

New 3DS Fire emblem coming West in 2016

Wii U Virtual Console additions

Fatal Frame 5 getting localized this fall

New StreetPass games, VIP Program

Mario Kart 8 DLC coming sooner than expected

Smash Stuff

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Music:

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

Teen Idols – Camera Shy

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Phantasy Life: a guide to the Phantasy Star games on Nintendo systems

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With its inspired space setting, rich history, and distinctive aesthetic, Phantasy Star may be my favorite RPG series of all time. One may not associate Sega’s flagship RPG with Nintendo hardware, but the Wii, DS, Game Boy Advance, and GameCube are actually home to some of the best games in the franchise- many of which still hold up today! Let’s have a look. Continue reading

Thoughts – Pac-Land

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Shortly after Pac-Man was announced for Super Smash Bros., two Pac-Man releases showed up on the Wii U Virtual Console (with discounted prices to boot): Pac-Land and Pac-Man Collection. Excited and curious, I purchased both. After spending some time with each, I found myself oddly fascinated by Pac-Land…

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Episode 62 – The Page Turned, and the Yoshis Grew Happier

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News:

Directs!

Games:

Metroid Fusion, Yoshi’s Story, Mario Golf, Golden Sun, James Bond 007

Music:

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

Common Rider – Classics of Love

Episode 61 – The Games of the Year of Luigi

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Our Games of the Year of Luigi picks!

Also, picks from @MableGrl3, @tylerohlew (StickItInYourPocket), and @fix_your_face (Qoopa Klub Podcast)

Categories:

Best Soundtrack

Best Art Design

Best Writing or Localization

Best Virtual Console Release

Best Multiplayer Game

Best Remake/HD Port

Best eshop Exclusive

Best Game With Luigi In It

Overall Best Game

Final question: Was this the best year of Nintendo ever?

Games discussed: Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol, Attack of the Friday Monsters!, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Bravely Default, The Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, 3D Streets of Rage, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Mega Man X, Pokemon Y, Inazuma Eleven, NES Remix

Music:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Lorule Overworld

Earthbound – Onett

Streets of Rage – Violent Breathing

Super Mario 3D World – Double Cherry Pass

The Bouncing Souls – Ship in a Bottle

Thoughts – SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

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Originally Released: 2008

Version Played: Wii

On the most recent episode of the podcast, I extolled the virtues of Neo Geo games on the Wii Virtual Console, while coming off as a bit dismissive of the SNK compilations released on the Wii, which I had never played. See, as a long-time Sega fan, I’ve been burned by poor emulation, lengthy load times, and ugly visual filters in these “too good to be true” value-packed comps. After spending a dozen or so hours with the 16 games on SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, I’m happy to report that my worries were unfounded- this is a fantastic package. Continue reading

Episode 56 – Trendy

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News:

Good News For People Who Love Bad News About Nintendo (financial stuff)

R.I.P. Greg Martin

Games:

Attack of the Friday Monsters, Summer Carnival ’92: Recca, Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder, Aquamoto Racing 3D, Bravely Default demo, Sonic the Hedgehog 1 (Game Gear), Sonic 2 (Master System), Sonic Chaos (Master System), Sonic Triple Trouble

Greg Martin tributes:

NintendoAge forums

MegaBites Blog

Music:

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

Summer Carnival ’92: Recca – HYDE

Reel Big Fish – Trendy

Propagandhi – True (Concrete Blonde cover)

Books:

Gremlins – The Official Novelization