A brave crew of experienced message board posters on an incredible journey go beyond the keyboard and dare discuss face to face (not literally).
Listen with amazement as GelatinousEncore, CPA Wei, DrFinkelstein and Pandareus explore topics in a much more superficial way than they would have been in a regular forum thread. But it is being delivered in a newish format that allows you to get your dose of Negative World on the go, therefore is is better. Don't try to stop progress, you won't be able to!
After a musical intro composed by NegativeWorld's lord and master Zero, smile at the ineptitude of Pandareus who foolishly believed that listening to hundreds of podcasts somehow qualified him to host one! Seeing as he basically lives on the boards, you would expect him to be able to describe Negative World better. It's okay, however, as there is no way anyone not already familiar with the board will even hear him. Listen to him clumsily presenting his topic, Wiiware, first claiming that the games are fantastic only to go on about the ways the service is not.
Your eyes will be wide with amazement as you discover the true extent of DrFinkelstein's love for Animal Crossing! Nintendo has broken his heart by releasing a Wii version that lived up to the series' enormous potential, but that hasn't stopped him from coming up with ways to reignite the old flame. Hear him passionately describe them to three other dudes who only bought the GameCube version of the game for the NES classics it contained, or never touched the series at all.
Things get more grave and serious as CPA Wei presents his topic, the end of the Wii's and the DS's livespan. Our crew attempts to answer the question: Is Kirby truly a harbinger of death for a Nintendo home console? Pandareus comes prepared with a list of coming-late-in-the-gen games on past Nintendo consoles, but then forgets to make the point he was getting at. Thankfully the rest of the crew picks up the slack with their insights.
Finally, we prepare to close the podcast the same way Nintendo prepares to put their handhelds to sleep when they've run their course: Pokémon. GelatinousEncore regales us with his tales of playing his imported copy of Pokémon White, and comes up with 5 ways to improve the franchise. The whole crew then comes to the conclusion that there are way more than just five ways to end the stagnation, and seem to agree that they wouldn't be all that hard to implement. Nintendo is being lazy, and we care!
The show ends about as gracefully as it started. Breathe a sigh of relief as Zero's beats signal that the torture is over, but stay tuned for a smerdprise.
edit - We are on iTunes! Look for Negative World Podcast, and rate us!
Oh yeah that's right, I did the music. In the past, I didn't make it specifically for the podcast or anything, just lent it. Although I'm going to have to ramp up music production if they expect new Zero themes for every episode, I only have so many songs finished!
I definitely think we should have an MP3 version with every episode, it sort of makes sense to cover that base since everyone definitely can play MP3s, and then have the better format as well.
I think we should just have one theme for the podcast instead of a new song all the time. We should have a theme that identifies with Negative World so whenever anyone hears it, they know where it's from.
I need Simba to confirm if the mp3 version uploaded but it's ready and waiting.
Yeah I guess one musical theme makes sense. Being a music person though I like the idea of new music as part of a podcast in some form. I had this idea before, for instance, of a video game podcast that had new metal every episode... not really sure if the crossover market is there though.
Nice podcast, guys! Some good points all-around; it kept me entertained while I drew tonight's comic.
A few suggestions:
-I don't know if many of you remember the webcomic 2P START, but they had/have a really nice podcast that discusses mostly-Nintendo stuff as well. One of the nifty things they do is have a fairly liberal use of background music throughout. It'd be appropriate and non-intrusive (for instance, for the AC talk, you could simply have some AC music going on in the background, or like when you talk about the island, have Kappa's theme playing. Same with Pokemon, etc). Everyone likes Nintendo music!
-I think most of the voices were slightly fuzzy in terms of additional background noise. There's probably a simple way to clear that up, although it may require getting slightly better mics.
-I always thought it was "Pand - ARR - ee -us."
I'd like to try my hand at recording for one of these if there's another!
To be honest, I had no idea how it was pronounced until I said it. The fuzzy voices could be the mics, but it could also be the low bitrate of the file. And any of the software used (Skype, the recording software, the editing software) could be at fault. But I'll definitely invest in a new headset.
Where is that music from, though? From the fans? Public domain? Copyrighted stuff? I would think we should shy away from copyrighted material. I don't know what DrFink thinks of this, but personally I thought that since this is a community podcast, we would use whatever the musically-talented people on NW send us. If Casper, Autokymatic, Heliumsky, etc. sent us something they made, it would certainly be put into rotation.
Yeah, Iwata kind of addressed that in the last Investor's Meeting. He said that in terms of digital content, the interface and environment has to be one where people will be comfortable just window shopping. That's something they aim to do with eShop. It also seems like eShop won't be browser based anymore, to allow for a more fast and fluid experience.