The past few days I've been listening to Nintendo World Report's latest podcast in their "Radio Free Nintendo" line. It's Episode 200 this past week and the guys wanted to do a big discussion. While they often do have thoughtful discussions, this week's about the DS is not only epic in size but epic in nature. I just really needed to remind people of why they are so great.
This week's episode is over two and a half hours long, which shows you the scope of their love for Nintendo and the scope of their discussion. It's so long I've been listening to it for multiple days. A little while mowing the lawn. Then more on my way to and from work. And I'm gonna finish it up today.
These guys have something that not all podcasts can handle... insight. It's great fun listening to these guys talk about Nintendo and the history of the DS. They touch upon the launch, the transition from GBA to DS, the games that really made the system become a must have, etc. It's so fascinating (considering I wasn't paying this kind of attention to the situation at the time) how the PSP was really a scare for Nintendo initially. The guys explain how Nintendo kept their share of the market and continued to grow it. There's some excellent insight and really, there's no fanboyism either. This is what I would consider a "mature" podcast because these are grown adults having adult conversations about Nintendo and it's interesting. Hell, this is NPR material but for the gaming world.
One of my favorite things too about this episode and the podcast in general is how much these guys get along and have genuine fun in their discussions. They tell jokes and enjoy each other's stories. I don't have a lot of gaming friends, less so as I get older even, but my Mario Kart Wiifing lately and listening to podcasts like these, it just keeps me around a small group of great gamers I can share my grandest hobby with.
I really urge you all to listen to this podcast if you like the DS, or Nintendo in general. They will not disappoint. I feel like I learn a lot every time I listen to a podcast and that makes it not just ambient noise like some podcasts, but it makes it media worth consuming.
That is all. There are 200 episodes to listen to, so get started somewhere!
Edit: Just got to the end of the epic podcast and the music they lead out on makes me so happy. It's probably my favorite 'credits' song in Nintendo history. I was always so affected by it in 1996 and through till today.
While I've been a fan of Radio Free Nintendo for nearly a year now, I'm just now getting into the Newscast and I really enjoy their newest addition, the Reset Button podcast (where they interview people who made games way back in the day, like the guy who headed up Silver Surfer or The Lion King).
Oh definitely, I liked both those interviews. Great stuff. The best part is that both of those interviews felt more like conversations - it didn't feel so... I don't know... "stilted" or whatever. All the talk just flowed naturally, and I think that's because the guys involved are generally very *into* the topic at hand. It makes for very easy listening. It's not like Brian Williams is interviewing NBC's foreign correspondent, it's like two friends talking about something they really enjoy.
I wanna know what game they are going to do for their next "Retro Play" or whatever they call it. Last time they did Metroid II on Gameboy, and now they're gonna pick a Gameboy Advance game. I'm pulling for Golden Sun, but we'll see.
Oh really? Nice! Mother 3 is a great choice... from what I've heard. I guess everyone has to import that game now? And there's some kind of English language patch? Sounds kinda complicated to me, but maybe it's not.
Maybe Triforcebun can explain the details. He seems pretty "in the know" about that game.
Your second stanza there is what I think their official stance was for how people can play along. As for playing it before the others, I don't know if it matters that much but I've heard people suggest it.
And yeah, Reset Button is fantastic if simply because of the obscurity of the titles he chooses. I mean, last episode he got HAL BARWOOD, a name any fan of the Indiana Jones adventure games on PC knows. And instead of asking Hal about Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, a game that guy is probably sick of talking about at this point, he talks to him about... Big Sky Trooper on the SNES.
I mean, really. And you could tell Hal was eager to talk about it, if simply because no one ever asked him anything about that game, ever.
Cool. I guess playing the original isn't necessary, but like you said, EVERYONE suggests doing it. And actually? I think a buddy of mine has the game on a Dreamcast disc (somehow?) so maybe I'll just borrow that from him. After all the talk about how great Earthbound is, I gotta try this **** out for myself!
Friday: I get off work around midnight and I go home. I either hang out with my girlfriend or i play games online with my old college friends while listening to ign gamescoop
Saturday: I get off work around midnight and go home. I either hang out with my girlfriend or play games by myself with a beer while listening to go nintendos podcast (funny sometimes)
Sunday: I get off work around 11pm and I go home and play the new game I bought (i usually buy a cheap 20 game from gamestop every sunday morning; however, this week will be dragon quest 9). While playing the new game I listening to radio free nintendo, which is my favorite podcast of them all.
RFN is a great show (i have been listening to it for about a year now) and it makes my sunday nights seem eventful. The cursing is hilarious and their view of games is just great to listen too.
My second favorite podcast is Drunken Gamers Radio. Their website is robotpanic.com funnnny show if oyu dont mind listening to drunk people banter about games. They have a drunk dial segment where listeners call their voicemail drunk and ask questions. I will admit i call their show sometimes.
I listened to this podcast the day it came out, I was looking forward to it. RFN is a podcast I never miss; these guys really know what they're talking about, and though the host is a bit dry, and some of the jokes and stuff are really cheesy, once they get going, you can tell that they have a real passion for this. This DS episode was really fantastic. I loved the way they took you through the different chapters of the DS's life cycle, starting before the machine even came out.
I don't know if they were exaggerating or what, but the bit on Dragon Quest coming to the DS signifying that it is the top dog of all video game machines was really cool. I don't really know the Japanese side of the market too well, but from what they were saying, DQIX being on DS solidified the DS's mark in history.
I've started listening to this a bit. Definitely on my page. In fact, the one I just listened to the one guy suggested that there should be an XBLA box that doesn't spin disks, just plays XBLA games, because that is the only reason he wants an Xbox 360. And I was like woah... that's so me! (Mind you, if I didn't have a PS3 I'd care about more 360 disk games...)
@GameDadGrant I'd highly recommend playing Mother 3, whether you play EarthBound or not. I actually preferred Mother 3 by a pretty large margin (thought EarthBound was pretty meh -- putting on my flame suit now), and there are very few things story-wise that carry over between the two games -- so personally, I don't think you're missing out on much if you skip EarthBound.
Also, I played the game completely in Japanese and loved it, even though I don't speak a lick of Japanese. I eventually want to go back and play it with the translation patch though.
disk games: Mass Effect Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (hmm...) Viva Pinata (eh) Alan Wake (eh... not really)
downloadables: Shadow Complex Geometry Wars 1/2 The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom Limbo Rez HD The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Trials HD Splosion Man (I GUESS maybe...) Snoopy Flying Ace Chime Bangai-O Missile Fury Radiant Silvergun Ikaruga (I guess... used to own it, sold it, regret selling it...)
Yeah, so basically, as a PS3 owner, the appeal is definitely more on the XBLA side for me.