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Nintendo Free Radio 61: In Memoriam

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We wanted to do this one right.

EDIT: We REALLY wanted to do this one right: the original version of this episode had a major audio issue with the intermission song, so we've replaced that version with a new version that has the music fixed & an extra Iwata clip at the end for good measure (for the sake of maintaining existing download links, it has the same name). Audacity lives to screw up edits. Please Understand.

A combination of factors conspired to create a delay in posting this episode, but we wanted to make sure it got the treatment it deserved. This episode was the first one recorded after the passing of Satoru Iwata, so we spend the first part discussing the life of the late Nintendo president and where things go from here. Following that, an abbreviated New Business covers off Splatoon's last pre-update Splatfest, Tales of Graces f, and a collection of games including a unique puzzle game, DLC and walking simulators.

Whatcha Watchin' deals with Food Fighters, the last comic book movie for a while (as Donald rejoices) in Ant-Man, and a couple of interesting animes in Noragami and K. Some of those are actually safe for work.

Our Feature discussion was timed to the fact that this was going to be our third anniversary show based on a normal release schedule, so as usual we board the hype train for a look at the games we're excited for the rest of the year. Some have come out, some have hit their embargoes, and Donald may have picked games for dead systems in protest. There's also a brief bit of Listener Mail, though it is kind of hard to come up with a game that hasn't been remade. In the Mushrooms, it's Devil's Third drama, a curious missing feature, and a whole load of positive news from... Sega?

Thanks for listening, and we'll be getting caught up over the next few weeks. Be sure to check out Donald's appearances on the Player One Podcast and see him every week on Nintendo News Report, including a special Iwata tribute show in which James Jones sports a suit. (Well, most of one.)

This episode was recorded on July 19 and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music/clips used under fair use and for context.

Nintendo Free Radio 58: The Shook-Parken Fillibuster

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At least one of the causes should be done.

Spend the end of your Memorial Day with a Nintendo Free Radio that may last until the next one! Three weeks of New Business kicks off with Donald's newest obsession, the Puzzle and Dragons 2-pack. It would actually come back around, in fact. After an update on Shovel Knight across two platforms and just as many cheat codes, the time comes for Donald to confront his worst fear - Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains. Amazingly, his NWR review isn't the lowest for the game on Metacritic anymore. After a couple of updates, Austen and Stephen command the floor for the game that turns normal podcasters into Maechens, Bloodborne. It's long, and we're pretty sure it actually managed to cover ground left uncovered by other shows. Austen's keeping on the masochistic RPG train with The Witcher 3, and finds the downgrade concerns to be highly overblown. Finally, a parade of shooters ends with Stephen outsourcing his New Business again as the whole family took a ride on the Splatoon train - though Stephen's more interested in the 8-bit action.

Even with Donald bowing out, Whatcha Watchin' also has a lot of catching up to do. Stephen's Netflix queue introduced him to the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, while he inoculated Hulu with Naruto SD: Rock Lee and Friends. Then, it's all the superheroics our Archie-loving editor could stand as the NWR movie/TV threads get summarized by the Supergirl trailer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow and The Flash. Finally, Austen shows his softer side a bit by looking at the number one film of the weekend, Disney's Tomorrowland.

A quick Feature covers off some of the news of the week, including Konami, Nintendo v SquareEnix in the battle of who could care less, amusement parkery and... Valve? Finally, Stephen makes up for lost time in the Mushrooms, while Austen is not too thrilled with an old friend and Donald has apparently missed his appointment with Mrs. Landingham.

Next episode is ALL E3, ALL THE TIME BAYBEE! And we want to hear from you now that no less than seven companies and a concept are all vying for your frothing demand, so drop us an email, tweet your comments and hype train boarding passes to @nfrpodcast or leave a comment below. Until next time, Donald has some eggs to turn into Rare Candies...

This podcast was recorded on May 23 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips used under fair use and for context of discussion.

Nintendo Free Radio 53: Comedy = Tragedy + Time

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If that's true, then this episode's going to be a laugh riot in 10 years.

Honestly, we weren't even sure if this episode would even record because of various circumstances, but we're kind of glad it did so we could get some things off our collective chest. For New Business, Stephen and Donald have both fallen down the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate rabbit hole - including the dreaded mutual hunts - and their responses are pretty much what you'd expect. Donald follows up with another New 3DS showpiece in the free trial of Ironfall Invasion, followed by a dab of payola and a cheap shot at Nintendo's future plans before getting his ink on in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Austen finally has a chance to go off on The Order: 1886, and apparently he's the only one who bought that full freight and liked it (ed. – Weekend Confirmed Alumni Jeff Cannata & Christian Spicer have my back. :P ). After quick-ish stops with the Screamride Demo and the 2nd of Resident Evil's many Revelations, it's time for a not-for-children's card game in Hand of Fate, and the 2nd part of a long discussion of Baten Kaitos Origins (continued from 52). Warning: Here be spoilers.

For Whatcha Watchin', Donald finds out if they're doing phrasing anymore thanks to Archer Vice, while Stephen has been answering the immortal question of How The States Got Their Shapes. Amazingly, the History Channel produced something recently that doesn't involve aliens (we think). Austen reports on the horror and boredom of the 2015 Academy Awards, and also lets us in on if Tiger & Bunny fared better Rising than the Dark Knight. Finally, there are the obligatory DC/Marvel comic book TV minutes with Marvel's Agent Carter, The Flash, and The Arrow.

With the controversial release of The Order fresh in our minds, we turned the Feature towards the dilemma of determining game value in an era of steam sales, flash sales, $20 price post-launch price drops, used games, and economic recession (and yet a time when games are cheaper than ever). The Mushrooms, well, kind of summarize why quarter 1 of 2015 should be declared non-canon as soon as is humanly possible (with maybe two or three exceptions), but also why there could be hope yet for Kickstarter. Finally, we top them off with a celebration of the late, great Leonard Nimoy, who passed away the day before recording.

We promise the next episode will be much happier, especially since we'll be caught up from the backlog, so why not drop us a line so we can drive 55? You can email us (, tweet @NFRPodcast or drop it below. Until then, live long and prosper.

This podcast was recorded on February 28, and was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. Fear is their bacon bits.

Nintendo Free Radio 52: I’ll Pretend You Said 18

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Last time on Nintendo Free Radio, Western 3DSs still had one analog, Telltale was the only company doing episodic adventure, and Persona 5 had no gameplay footage. Thankfully, all of those things have changed. For New Business, Stephen played a game we don't have a clean joke for in PSN flash sale victim Monster Monpiece, then threw on Strike Suit Zero in an attempt to cleanse himself. Donald went Western indie in more ways than one with Gunman Clive 2 which marked the last game he played on the 2DS, as the New 3DS arrived and there was much rejoicing (as well as Codename STEAM demo and brief Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo discussion). To wrap his segment, Donald gives good news about a good Nintendo system's games being playable on Wii U as he grabbed the download of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and returned to the sweet embrace of EAD Tokyo. Austen has been wasting his Wii U on a system that clearly can't stack up, but has the very void-infused Vita platformer Nihilumbra, and the clearly moneyhatted adventure game Life is Strange to fill in good game content.

After a round of Now Posted on motorcycles (you have got to be ****ting me - Ed), a brief round of Whatcha Watchin' ensues. You won't like Stephen when he's angry, but you may like Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Austen has an update on Log Horizon and extended impressions of Thundercats (2011), while Donald shows that when you need legal advice, you Better Call Saul.

The Feature this time 'round is a super-charged Lightning Round originally codenamed "Twenty Minutes of Hell". Topics include PAX South, JRPG Week, Nintendo's multimedia endeavors and somehow turning Marble Madness into a MOBA (as Mark Cerny cries out in agony). The Mushrooms include two sad farewells, a host pulling a Jeffersons and Nintendo's horrible precedents.

We'd love to hear from you on anything somewhat on topic, so drop it below, emal us ( or send it to @nfrpodcast on your local fire-breathing Twitter machine. Also, if you would like a nice followup to the Wizard talk from Episode 50, the good Dr Metts recently broke down the musical career of former child star Jenny Lewis on Discover Music Project ( so plug in for an hour and a half of great music discussion.

This podcast was recorded on February 15th and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All clips and music copyright their respective owners. Yes, we’re working on catching up on the podcast backlog.

Nintendo Free Radio 51: A Wizard Did It

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Double the Editors Means Double the Power

We're very unlucky to have four+ hour recordings, but that’s nothing 50 hours  in the editing room can’t fix (the resulting mental breakdowns are a different story)!  Stephen had a light New Business due to illness, but he and Donald team up to get wiped out by the Brock Lesnar of Japanese monsters Gore Magala in the demo for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Donald makes up for the game content by needing a revocation of his Citizens of Earth experience until a patch, so he called up a lawyer for Phoenix Wright Trilogy on 3DS. After that, the grand New Year's resolution begins with very early impressions of Tales of Symphonia HD. Austen has a double remake of his own with Resident Evil HD (PS4 which evolved from some system we don't talk about which evolved from PS1) before finally getting Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII out of his system. It's a complicated game, so it gets a good while.

Following that is the strangest Now Posted ever, and that's saying something. Listener discretion is advised.

In Whatcha Watchin', Stephen was able to recover from a nasty flu to attend the Nashville The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess concert and have a disturbing meeting with one of NWR's finest, before plowing through a lot of Fairy Tail, Parks & Recreation and the latest example of comic oversaturation, Marvel’s Agent Carter. Austen got a little TNT on with The Librarians and also tackled Log Horizon, which is basically Sword Art Online without the squick. In the interest of time, Donald had to keep it quick, but he did finish Cowboy Bebop and thanks to a Netflix miracle, saw the movie that nearly spawned M*A*S*H II, The Interview.

It's a very rare triple Feature, as discussion of the January 14 Nintendo Direct began a week of Nintendo trolling that also included the mercy killing of Club Nintendo, before a countdown of the group's Top 5 Games of 2015 that could have easily gone to 10 or even 20. The Mushrooms star the flu and international finance, but Austen can't hear the complaints over the dulcet tones of Liberi Fatali playing in his head.

We'd love to get some listener questions for the next show, so drop them below or send an email to or tweet them @NFRPodcast. Also, be sure to check out Donald pontificating about the Greatest Tank Battles on Connectivity 165 (, or check out Pocket Console ( for a massive 3DS-focused Direct writeup, Monster Hunter demo impressions, and a review of 3D After Burner II!

This podcast was recorded on January 24 and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All clips and music copyright their respective owners. Insect Glaive users are nuts.


Box in Lightning Returns with the Kingdom Hearts Insignia on It:


Nintendo Free Radio 50: Send Us An Angel

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We love Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. He's so bad.

After a long holiday away from the microphones the NFR team rings in the new year with a milestone episode that will simultaneously delight and frighten all those who hear it. For New Business, Donald opens with hardware impressions as he picked up a 2DS and can't wait for the XL to return, before completely misinterpreting a Kenny Rogers song (it's "condition", not situation) and talking about the obscene deal he got on Akiba's Trip (Vita). Stephen's New Business falls on the disappointing end for the rest of the team, as he discusses Vita Game of the Year in an absolutely insane universe Child of Light, before being somewhat disappointed in Civilization: Beyond Earth. Austen's main events feature Voltorb pinball (Pokemon Pinball Ruby/Sapphire) and, apropos of the feature, dealt with some wizard action with Frozenbyte's Trine series.

Now Posted is back, and there was much rejoicing.

Whatcha Watchin' gets off to a bit of a weird start, as Donald completely forgets the purpose of the segment, but Serial is a good enough excuse for it. Following that it's a long anime block as Donald also started Cowboy Bebop for the first time ever before handing the torch over to Stephen for the Bebop team's next work, Eureka Seven. After that, Stephen sits back and spins us all a wondrous Fairy Tale. Austen has some anime of his own - Patema Inverted, Haibane Renmei, and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. And even with those titles, he managed to find something weirder.

For the Feature, in honor of the 25th anniversary of both its theatrical release and the release of the thing it was created specifically to promote... as promised, we all watched The Wizard. Come hear us wax rhapsodic on the movie once guaranteed to never appear on Box Office Poison under threat of stabby, and see who is actually positive about the movie. Finally, the Mushrooms get a little out of order as the crew tries to make sense of Sony's insane pricing for everything and Ubi's continued inability to do QA.

At the end of the show, we guessed right that Iwata would cash In the Please Understand contract, so that's going to be part of Episode 51. Anything else we should include? Email us (, tweet @NFRPodcast or drop it below. Until next time, bow at Stephen getting 50k in Double Dragon.

This podcast was edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All music/clips copyright their respective owners.

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Nintendo Free Radio 37: There Was a Hole Here. It’s Gone Now.

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A delayed podcast eventually releases. A bad podcast is bad forever. (Original recording date: May 18. Not kidding.)

Yes, we readily admit this episode took a loooooooooong time to edit. But we hope the content is worth the several months of baking this nearly-lost episode had. Donald's New Business begins with one of the ten best games of 2014 in Kirby Triple Deluxe, in which you can almost hear Austen considering the game. After that, Donald hits the links and finds Mario Golf World Tour to be... par for the course. Finally, Donald provides proof that yes, he did in fact play a freaking otome game in the form of Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsegumi. Stephen was heavy with the roleplaying as he got into the mix with Atelier Totori Plus, but saves most of his praise for the game that would have been his Game of the Year if it had come out a few months later, Tales of Xillia. Austen brings it to the break with the final wrapup of Final Fantasy X HD - yes, lightning was dodged - and the only old game he'd play all year that counts, Captain America: Super Soldier. Also, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is there for some reason.

In Whatcha Watchin', Donald wound his way through the byzantine requirements to bring you word of the early days of the WWE Network, while Stephen clocked in a little Adventure Time. Austen's group of shows is superheroic, as you might expect, with the BluRay releases of Spectacular Spider-Man and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

At the time of the recording, friend of the show Neal Ronaghan was getting a lot of heat for his Mario Kart 8 review - if only that would be the stupidest threat of the year. Anyway, since the plan was to have this out around the time of Mario Kart 8's release, the Feature is a look at the Mario Kart series. The Mushrooms contain change recommendations for a multi-billion dollar franchise, dancing on the grave of motion gaming... and vinyl siding? Also, a rather important medical update.

In case you missed it on the GOTY show, we're talking The Wizard soon. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie or anything connected to it, so tweet it to us @nfrpodcast, email it to or leave it below!

This podcast was edited by Austen Parkin and Donald Theriault. All music and clips are used under fair use provisions to further discussion.

Links: - Donald's "Mono Type Pokemon" project Stephen mentions

NFR 2014 In Review: What Kind Of Year Has It Been

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Ringing in the New Year and Holiday Cheer with Games Near and Dear

The last minute games are under the tree, the hosts are scattered to the four winds, and we leave 2014 with a collection of the best - and worst - in gaming and other televised entertainment. As always, the year-ender starts with a countdown of each host's top 5 games of the year. Did Austen put a Nintendo game in his list? Could Donald have a top 10 list without a Pokemon RPG? What in tarnation did Stephen pick? (Hint: One of his games is confirmed on sale during Christmas.) After the countdown comes some other awards, ranging from the Cluster-*ditto* Of The Year to Best Re-Game and more.

After that, we run the countdown back to 3 and tackle the year in Whatcha Watchin', which is probably the most predictable list of the night. After a brief bit of podcast year-in-review, we look back at the predictions we made on the last show and continue to live up to the guarantee: All predictions wrong or your money back. Finally, we predict our 2015 GOTYs as a lead-in to a massive prediction segment - you know it's big when even Donald is in double digits for his prediction count.

This will wrap up the year in Nintendo Free Radio, but we can proudly announce that our most prominent blank will be filled in New Year's Day, as the long-lost Episode 37 will be released. See why it's the nexus of the show in general. Also, next time we have a new episode, for our dramatic episode 50 we will be watching a movie that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, In honor of the 25th anniversary of what it was made for... THE WIZARD. We hope you'll join us as we poison the well on the movie too hot for Box Office Poison.

This podcast was recorded on December 14 and edited by Donald Theriault and Austen Parkin. All clips used under fair use provisions.

Nintendo Free Radio 48: Careful Phrasing

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Not just referring to innuendo anymore.

Sick of hearing family or Joe Buck on this Thanksgiving? Drown it all out with some Nintendo Free Radio as the team aims to keep you out of a turkey coma. For New Business, it opens with a mutual admiration society for two of the biggest Nintendo releases - the Mario Kart 8 DLC and Super Smash Bros 4 (Wii U), and extended impressions are provided for both. The plan was for a third mutual game, but the Wolf Among Us discussion spiraled off into its own brief episode. Stephen has a Fantasy Life update, Donald returns to the land of tropical trumpets with Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, and Austen has two major PS4 releases in... Little Big Planet 3 and Chariot. (Stop laughing.) Also mentioned: A game that may be worth a lot of money for Donald someday.

In Whatcha Watchin', Stephen has continued down the wild road of Wakfu, keeping other things from his Netflix queue at bay. Donald has been getting his game show gimmicks on with a brief report on Price is Right's Big Money Week and the biggest event of the year in quizzery, the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions. (The full postgame chat Donald mentions can be found here.) Austen has gotten heavy on the CW with more on Arrow, Flash and the not-Dr. Metts-approved The 100, before bringing it home on Big Hero 6.

The Feature topic is a somewhat brief overview of the "next-gen" consoles (PS4 and Xbone) entering Year 2. Someone's cruising, someone's dumping and someone's abstaining - you'll find out who. The Mushrooms feature a return even more unwanted than Denis Dyack's that might get Donald in a boatload of trouble and/or Twitter spam, as well as slamming of Smash and Blizzard love that comes from some rather unusual places.

Next time around is the last regulation episode before Christmas, and we would love to hear from you with holiday memories or plans. Email, tweet or post 'em here, and don't forget to send in ideas for categories you want to see for the Game of the Year show as well.

This podcast was recorded on November 23 and was edited by Donald Theriault. All music and clips are used under fair use. Your warning for next episode: Chie is best girl.

Episode 46: The Lost Questions

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On Episode 46's Ask Me Anything segment, there were some questions that the cast didn't get to. Here's what was missed in text form. - Donald

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