"As wide as the world is, I am the only boat upon it who can speak the words of men."
- King of Red Lions
This episode brings you a uniquely formatted change of pace, somewhat. First off you'll hear DrFinkelstein, Ninsage and another newcomer, Hero_Of_Hyrule. That's the third new guest in a row! Awesome!
This time around, instead of doing a Now Playing series of discussions the guys tackle a Group Review-like-like discussion of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker considering the HD Remake released just in the past handful of weeks. Then with that wrapped up, the gang hits upon some key topics from the Nintendo Direct held on October 1st.
Totally get what you're saying about Mario Party: Island Tour. Local multiplayer is the best, no question.
The point that others are making is that local multiplayer isn't an option for a LOT of us and since it's not renowned for it's stellar single player experience, perhaps an online option would be have been a decent substitute.
In short; I will have no one to play this with. Download play or not. *sadface*
EDIT: feel silly for picking out a mere 2 minutes from an otherwise sterling podcast. Good work, as always, guys.
Haven't listened yet, but I'd rather have an online Mario Party that isn't "the same" as a local game than no multiplayer at all. It makes way more sense with a portable system IMO, since you're less likely to even play local multiplayer at all.
Once you get Voice Chat in there, the experience is still amazingly fun. We'd still get to trash talk each other. Look at all of the hours we've all enjoyed playing Mario Kart together.
I think that Nintendo gamers are less likely as a whole to be comfortable with voice chat gaming. I've heard lots of people, friends and strangers, discuss their apprehension towards voice chat in Nintendo games (like with Pokemon for instance) because they are shy to play online like that. I see this as different than say, long-time Sony or Microsoft fans who might have had more experience already with voice chat and thus feel uber comfortable and would have no problem calling me and my Luigi avatar a n00b during Mario Party play.
Still, Nintendo has to continue to offer it if they plan to make their fans used to this sort of thing.
I look forward to any further thoughts you have once you've listened to the show.
I wish I could go back and add (now that I've beaten the Earth Temple) that I don't mind the whole 'friends you control' thing nearly as much as I used to. Maybe not having to hear the songs a second time helps that much, I dunno. But I'm quite enjoying the Earth Temple and I suspect (hope) I will enjoy the Wind Temple more than ever.