Episode 58: Scrubs

Kaz takes Zelda on the road, William finishes Zelda, and Kyle plays Splatoon 2, The Binding of Isaac, and… Zelda. In news, we talk the pending digital apocalypse, game announcements, and Mass Effect: Andromeda from Kaz’s animator perspective. Then Kyle revisits a childhood favorite in Save Point by talking about Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! Come pause with us!

 

New Stories:

Gamestop to close at least 150 stores this fiscal year. Are we marching to the all-digital apocalypse? http://fortune.com/2017/03/24/gamestop-set-to-close-stores/

 

Quick follow up, Seiken Densetsu Collection announced for the Switch http://gematsu.com/2017/03/seiken-densetsu-collection-announced-switch

 

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has officially been cancelled on the Wii U, and will be on the Switch instead. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iga/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night/posts/1818045

 

Destiny 2 officially announced http://www.gamesradar.com/destiny-2-review/

StarCraft remastered announced- https://www.gamespot.com/articles/starcraft-remaster-announced-includes-4k-support-a/1100-6448969/

 

Nintendo is teasing having some big plans for E3 this year https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-has-a-big-e3-planned-exec-says/1100-6448968/

 

Quick Follow up to the Andromeda animation criticism http://www.pcgamer.com/ex-bioware-animator-responds-to-mass-effect-andromedas-animation-woes/

 

Save Point – Kyle

Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, PSX, 1999

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyro_2:_Ripto%27s_Rage

 

Episode 57: An-drama-da

We all gush more about Zelda, Kaz raids some more WoW, and Kyle delves into Mario Kart #esports. In this week’s news, we discuss the media relations disaster that is Mass Effect: Andromeda’s release, Civ 6, and the latest Switch news. Kaz then wraps up with a Top 5 focused on spin-offs. Come pause with us!

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda. Hooooooo boy.  –oh yeah, this story is all the facepalms

 

Horizon zero dawn did really good! Will be getting an expansion on the story http://www.gamespot.com/articles/horizon-zero-dawn-sells-26-million-copies-in-two-w/1100-6448779/

 

Telltale’s CEO has stepped down. Maybe we’ll see more innovation from them?

http://kotaku.com/sources-telltale-ceo-steps-down-1793337676

 

Civ 6 has a free demo, it has tips perfect for teaching new players http://www.gamespot.com/articles/civilization-6-now-has-a-free-demo/1100-6448787/

 

 Nintendo doubled their Switch production orders for the next year to 16 million consoles. That’s more than the Wii U’s entire lifetime sales!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/nintendo-to-double-production-of-switch-console-1489728545

 

New video tweeted out of Seiken Densetsu 3 being played on Switch. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-version-of-secret-of-mana-sequel-t/1100-6448835/

 

Reminder: Splatoon 2 Global Testfire is this week

 

Top 5 Co-star Spin-offs

5– Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

4-Rayman Raving Rabbids

3-Luigi’s Mansion

2-Mega Man Zero

 

HM

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Donkey Kong Country 2

 

1-Donkey Kong Country

 

Episode 56: ZELDA

Kaz kills cat families to steal their claws, Kyle jumps into Mario Kart 8 for a tournament, and William (and the rest of the crew) still can’t shut up about Breath of the Wild. In news, we talk Switch release sales numbers, the slow and steady death of Hearthstone, and the merits of early access from the perspective of developers. Last but not least, Kaz gives us an update on the start of her game development process. Come pause with us!

 

 Super Bomberman R is selling really well in Japan. It’s the best selling entry in the series since Bomberman World on the PS1 in 1998, which is crazy for how not good it is https://www.destructoid.com/super-bomberman-r-sold-better-in-japan-than-most-of-the-series-in-the-past-20-years-424555.phtml

 

 The Switch is still hard to find and the next shipment isn’t until April. Gamestop will still happily sell you an overpriced bundle with stuff you don’t want, if you need the console that badly. http://www.gamestop.com/nes/consoles/nintendo-switch-with-gray-joy-con-console-starter-bundle-two-delivers-by-4-16-17/143265

 

 Hearthstone seems to be doing its best to slowly die. Pro players are starting to leave, balance patches are infrequent, they’ve cancelled adventures all together, and now they’re increasing the price of packs in Europe. Blizzard really doesn’t want you to play this game. http://esportsedition.com/hearthstone/lifecoach-hearthstone-rng/

https://eu.battle.net/forums/en/hearthstone/topic/17615113897

After scalebound canceled, producer leaves company http://www.gamespot.com/articles/after-scalebound-cancellation-producer-leaves-the-/1100-6448659/

GDC Breath of the Wild presentation up on Youtube now GO WATCH IT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyMsF31NdNc

Speaking of the making of, Nintendo is releasing a detailed “making of” about BotW http://www.gamespot.com/articles/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-making-of-series-kicks-of/1100-6448680/

Episode 55: The Switchening

This week, we manage to take a long enough break from Zelda to sit and talk about Zelda and our first impressions of the Switch hardware for a couple of hours. Oh, we play some Snipperclips, Fast RMX, Bomberman, and 1-2-Switch, too. In news, we talk Peter Moore, Death Stranding, and cheating in multiplayer games. Then William wraps things up with his list of the top five dramatic choices in video games. Come pause with us!

News Stories:

Kaz – Joy cons confirmed to work with PC via bluetooth http://www.pcgamer.com/nintendos-joy-con-controllers-work-with-the-pc-too/

Gamestop exec calls Switch launch ‘strongest console launch in years’ https://gamerant.com/nintendo-switch-gamestop-launch-comparison/

 

Mads Mikkelsen got lost when Kojima explained the plot of Death Stranding to him http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=29495

Peter Moore, EA’s Chief Competition Officer, has accepted a job as the CEO of Liverpool’s soccer team. He was huge in changing EA to make games people actually care about – just compare EA of 2005 to EA today. He’ll be missed! http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/announcements/255263-peter-moore-to-be-appointed-lfc-s-chief-executive-officer

Top 5 

Top 5 Dramatic Choices in Video Games (that William has played)

5 – Fire Emblem: Fates: Nohr or Hoshido… or the only good option

4 – Chrono Trigger: Magus

3 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All 2

2 – Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together: Tons of stuff. Cling? Don’t cling? Decisions are hard.

Honorable Mentions:

Witcher 2, Mass Effect, Walking Dead, Heavy Rain

1 – Mark of the Ninja:  Choose Your Fate

 

Episode 53: Midnight Release

Kaz plays World of Moosecraft, Kyle dives further into Nioh, and William levels up his Smash 4 game. In news, we get excited for the Switch, midnight releases, and Pokemon Go additions. In less happy news, we talk game delays and losing $10,000 worth of games in the mail. Then in this week’s Save Point, Kyle captures his nostalgia for Ape Escape. Come pause with us!

 

Nintendo Switch Discussion:

WE’RE SO CLOSE

Game cases look nice, very PSP

https://www.destructoid.com/man-nintendo-switch-game-cases-sure-do-stand-out-419858.phtml

Digital purchases will be tied to your Nintendo account. Finally.

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/02/nintendo_switch_eshop_purchases_will_be_tied_to_your_nintendo_account

Review outlets have them, but can’t talk about them yet. Also very limited in what pictures they can take or what they can talk about. I’m betting the full news storm starts next week.

Speaking of people that have a Switch, that leak from the guy who supposedly got one shipped to him early? Turns out some people from “a distributor” stole/sold a few units. Nintendo hunted them down and exacted justice, since the guy was smart enough to show the serial number in his video.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/02/17/nintendo-switch-operating-system-menu-details-leak

 

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Quick followup on Binding of Isaac Afterbirth +, push back from launch confirmed, 20 page manual included in launch editions only. http://bindingofisaac.com/post/157494348814/whats-in-the-box2-take-2

 

 SNES archivist Byuu is distressed after a package of 100 PAL SNES games worth about $10K got lost in the mail. He seems to think it’s theft, and given that they went missing in Jersey, I don’t know that he’s wrong. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-02-14-snes-preservation-project-dead-after-package-lost-containing-usd10k-of-games

Pokemon Go has added 80 Gold and Silver gen pokemon as well as a smattering of new acs and items.  Has it got you playing again? http://www.gamespot.com/articles/pokemon-go-check-out-some-of-the-new-gold-and-silv/1100-6447955/

 

Save Point – Kyle

Ape Escape (PS1, 1999) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ape_Escape_(video_game)

Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO2yiM9Fefg

 

Episode 52: Bleeding Hearts

MOBA Monday: 

 FOR AZEROTH challenge: play 15 games with a friend, play with a warcraft hero. Rewards: 10 stim pack, primal felstalker mount (for WOW) and flames of the Judgement charger mount (for heroes) http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/20532383 

News Block

Nintendo Switch Discussion:

Splatoon 2 is doing a global test fire demo at the end of March! http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/nintendo-switch-owners-get-free-preview-of-splatoon-2-during-global-testfire

Two small Japanese videos for ARMS showcasing 5 characters and different glove types. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aVATXPlTxQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTrMlFEPUcA

Panel

 E3 is open to the public this year; tickets went on sale today for $250, or $150 early bird price.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/8/14548376/e3-2017-open-ticket-sales-public-february-13

>>>HUMBLE BUNDLE –https://www.humblebundle.com/freedom <<<

 Evo’s fundraiser competition for the last game slot has finished, and Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be returning for a final year with $71,690.  Honorable mentions to Pokken, the runner up, with $66,906, and ARMS for having exactly $1337. https://www.destructoid.com/ultimate-marvel-vs-capcom-3-takes-the-evo-2017-fan-vote-417613.phtml

Castlevania is going to be getting an animated series on Netflix http://io9.gizmodo.com/netflix-has-announced-a-castlevania-tv-show-for-2017-1792131221 

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/castlevania-tv-show-is-r-rated-as-fk-similar-to-ga/1100-6447696/

 Valve intend to bring back a program that will pay modders for their contribution: http://www.pcgamer.com/valve-modders-absolutely-need-to-be-paid/

For Honor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p83F7NU6mI 

Top 6 – Video Game Love Stories (Limit 10 min)  

Kaz 1- Sarah Kherrigan and Jim Raynor -Starcraft and Starcraft II

Kaz 2- Dom and Maria -Gears of War

William 1- Momohime and Jinkuro – Muramasa

William 2-  Anju and Kafei – Majora’s Mask

Kyle 1- Link and Zelda – Skyward Sword

Kyle 2- Spyro and Cinder- The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
Whose love story is the best? Let us know!

Episode 51: Shantae

Kyle plays too much Shantae, and he and William just can’t shut up about it. William also plays Punch-Out!! Wii and starts Radiant Historia, while Kaz plays WoW: Legion and more Persona 4. In news, we talk Lucio in HotS, more Switch info, Gamestop’s business woes, and the horrors of developing horrors. Then in Save Point, Kaz revisits the wonders of Super Scope 6. Come pause with us!

 

Nintendo Switch Discussion:

Internet service is supposedly going to cost about $20 per year

https://twitter.com/serkantoto/status/826841955111890944

Also, they ran an ad during the super bowl with an insufferable Imagine Dragons song. Featured Zelda really heavily.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUDkrkykvZs

Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ first print bonuses revealed

http://bindingofisaac.com/post/156897487569/whats-in-the-box-1
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Gamestop has no idea how to business, has ‘COL’ policy that basically encourages associates to lie to customers http://kotaku.com/new-gamestop-program-leads-employees-to-lie-to-customer-1791874332

 Fire Emblem Heroes grosses $2.9 million in its first dayhttps://sensortower.com/blog/fire-emblem-heroes-first-day

Kojima says he won’t make another horror game because he gets “too scared” Discussion about the effects of making horror games, evil characters etc on Game Developers/writers/etc http://www.gamespot.com/articles/hideo-kojima-explains-why-hes-done-making-horror-g/1100-6447604/

 

Save Point-Kaz-Super Scope 6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Scope_6 

Released in America February 1992 and required a Super Scope to play it.

 

Episode 50: WHY DO HUMANS CRY

Kaz gets macho with Persona 4, Kyle parties like it’s 2008, and William gets his Shantae on. In news, we talk the rebirth of Avalanche Software under Warner Bros. (to make a Disney game!), Marvel and Square Enix’s new publishing deal, and Flappy Bird. Yes, that Flappy Bird. Then in Save Point, william shares his love of Seiken Desetsu 3, the best Secret of Mana game you’ve never heard of. Come pause with us!

 

Nintendo Switch Discussion:

Nintendo UK has very broad specs up. Also, Europe Nintendo pushed out an ad featuring a dude playing Mario Kart 8 while pooping.

https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Nintendo-Switch/Specifications/Specifications-1176277.html#2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-vFhTdTbsg

 

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 Masaya Nakamura died http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/gaming/%E2%80%98pac-man%E2%80%99-pioneer-masaya-nakamura-founder-of-namco-dies-at-91/ar-AAmoUmL?OCID=ansmsnnews11  

 

Warner Bros. is bringing back Avalanche Software to make Cars 3. Yes, Warner is making a Disney game. It’s nice to have Avalanche back, though!

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-01-25-warner-bros-re-opens-avalanche-software-to-develop-new-cars-game

 

Square Enix and Marvel announce multi game partnership, starting with The Avengers Project. They’re leaving Deus Ex behind as a result.

https://twitter.com/SquareEnix/status/824633005842984962

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-01-30-dont-expect-another-deus-ex-game-anytime-soon

 

The Banner Saga 3 is on Kickstarter, which is interesting because they kickstarted the first one, didn’t for the second, and now are for the third. They said it’s to raise awareness, that a lot of their players didn’t even know 2 was out.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stoic/banner-saga-3

 

Flappy Bird creator comes out with his new game http://www.gamespot.com/articles/flappy-bird-devs-fun-new-free-game-is-out-now/1100-6447351/
Save Point: Seiken Densetsu 3 (What would have been Secret of Mana 2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiken_Densetsu_3

 

Episode 49: Cosmo’s Nostalgic Adventure

Kaz loses herself to mobile games yet again, Kyle can’t leave Genesis platformers alone, and William starts up Majora’s Mask 3D. In news, we talk through the trickle of Swtich info after last week’s flood, and muse on Mass Effect Andromeda and Switch sales projections. Then, special guest Josh Whiting joins us for a nostalgic Save Point where we discuss DOS platformer Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure. Come pause with us!

 

News:

Arms is being developed by the Mario Kart 8 team!

 

Breath of the Wild is going to be Nintendo’s last game for the Wii U. Pretty crazy that they’re cutting off support entirely this early; to my memory, every other Nintendo system has at least gotten a few titles after the new one comes out.

http://www.polygon.com/2017/1/19/14313914/legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-last-nintendo-game-for-wii-u

 

Switch predicted to sell 40 mill copies in its first 4 years, how much was the Wii U predicted to sell? http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-predicted-to-sell-40-million-syste/1100-6447137/

 

EA access subcribers will bet a 10 hour trial of Mass Effect Andromeda one week before launch http://www.gamespot.com/articles/mass-effect-andromeda-10-hour-trial-coming-a-week-/1100-6447152/

 

Save Point: Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure 

Follow our guest Josh: https://twitter.com/inejwstine 

https://twitter.com/IneCastGames

And his comic! http://www.awwfeathers.com/

Kaz drew these pages:

http://www.awwfeathers.com/comics/2171129/game-dev-class-1-by-kazul-g-fox/?lang=eng

http://www.awwfeathers.com/comics/2366153/research-project-1-by-kazul-g-fox/?lang=eng

and last but not least, follow his youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU7ksI76Vymq_W2N5sGooKA

Episode 48: Going Full Anime

This week, Kaz is inspired by cosplay, Kyle is charmed by Tearaway: Unfolded, and William continues on his Xenoblade and Dustforce crusades. Also this week, the Switch happened (again)—we have details on price, release date, hardware specs, and more. As far as games go, Arms is a thing, and the new Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 are both looking almost as excellent as Zelda. New console launches don’t happen every day, so come pause with us as we get hype for the Switch!

 

Nintendo Switch Discussion:

March 3rd release date (with BotW)

Only 6 games for launch (just added Binding of Isaac for NA though!): http://www.gamespot.com/articles/all-of-the-nintendo-switch-launch-games-confirmed-/1100-6446924/?ftag=GSS-05-10aaa0b

No Region Lock

Fancy Controllers are expensive

 

Arms.

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 AGDQ raised $2.2 million, was really fun to watch. Check out the DKC relay race!

 Scalebound was cancelled, which totally blows
http://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-exclusive-scalebound-has-been-canceled

Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq1Xzycyp2E

Fire Emblem Warriors will be on both Switch and New 3ds (also Chrom gets his chance) https://www.gamnesia.com/news/fire-emblem-warriors-is-coming-to-nintendo-switch-and-new-nintendo-3ds

Fire Emblem Gaiden (of all things) is being remade for 3ds, comes out on May 19 https://www.gamnesia.com/news/theres-a-new-fire-emblem-game-coming-to-nintendo-3ds-and-its-a-remake-of-a

Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo’s next mobile game, launching Feb 2 on Google Play https://www.gamnesia.com/news/nintendo-finally-revealed-their-next-mobile-game-fire-emblem-heroes

Also, untitled Fire Emblem Switch game for 2018 https://www.gamnesia.com/news/nintendo-switch-is-getting-a-brand-new-fire-emblem-game-in-2018