Episode 61: Flexing Action

William’s out this week, but that doesn’t stop Kaz and Kyle from playing Zelda, Legion, Steamworld Heist, and Heroes of the Storm 2.0. In news, we talk the possibility of Bayonetta 3, new ways to make money from Twitch, and Switch sales.  Then, we play a podcast guessing game to round things out. Come pause with us!

 

News:

 Bayonetta got a PC port, and the trailer on Youtube has been updated to tease Vanquish. Related, the Bayonetta Youtube channel has been getting some teasers that make it seem like a Bayo 3 might be happening!

 

 Twitch affiliate program announced, to help smaller streamers http://www.pcgamer.com/twitch-affiliates-program-will-give-smaller-streamers-a-way-to-make-money/

 

The Switch is selling well, with reported sales of 2.74 million in March. Nintendo reportedly expects to sell 13 million units by April of next year.

 

Expensive link figure actually looks really cool, might be worth it https://www.gamespot.com/articles/look-at-this-335-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-figure/1100-6449621/

 

Episode 60: Needs More Buttons

Kaz Legions and Zeldas it up, Kyle gets into Persona 5 and indie artsy-fartsy games, and William gives himself over to the dark side that is mobile gaming. In news, we talk Heroes 2.0, the NES Classic, streaming rules from publishers, and the recent Nintendo Direct. Last but not least, we introduce our new segment Death Match by pitting two of our favorite JRPGs against each other in a race for the ages. Come pause with us!

 

Nintendo stops production on the NES Classic, final shipments going out this month

Atlus threatens people who stream past 7/7 in-game time in Persona 5 with copyright claims and channel strikes http://kotaku.com/atlus-threatens-to-go-after-people-who-stream-too-far-i-1794004068

There was a Nintendo Direct on 4/12 with information about ARMS, Pikmin, Kirby and more.  Also some Splatoon 2 and Arms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X06fvObnG0
Death Match –JRPG Marathon Maddness

Who would win in a Marathon, the characters from Chronicles of Narnia? or The World Ends With You?

 

Episode 59: The World Ends With Us

Kaz gets ready for the Blizzcon ticket bloodbath, William goes full anime with Fire Emblem Heroes, and Kyle finally beats Zelda. In new, we get hyped for Persona 5, Destiny 2, and Heroes of the Storm 2.0; we mourn the bankruptcy of Mad Catz; and laugh at the gaming industry’s April Fools jokes. Then in save point, we all team up to tackle The World Ends With You, the best JRPG you (probably) never played. Come pause with us!

 

 

Destiny 2 officially announced! It’s coming to PC, PS4, Xbone on Sept 8th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJLAJVmggt0

 

Mad Catz filed for bankruptcy. Goodbye, bad controllers and good fight sticks

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/03/31/947561/0/en/Mad-Catz-Makes-Voluntary-Assignment-in-Bankruptcy-under-the-Bankruptcy-and-Insolvency-Act-Canada.html

 

Persona 5 comes out tomorrow (April 4th)!  If you can play it, you probably should.

 

Favorite april fools day jokes –

Geralt statue: https://twitter.com/CDPROJEKTRED/status/848082511846625280

Overlord voicetrack: https://twitter.com/StarCraft/status/848091935122219008

 

Top 5/Save Point – All

The World Ends With You

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Ends_with_You

 

Released in North America in April 2008

This game used probably every function the DS had

Systems everywhere, food, fashion, shopkeepers.

Combat on both screens at the same time

Characters, story, music, atmosphere, it has everything

And the best part of all… Tin Pin Slammer!!

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 54: We <3 Wii U

In this, the final week before the release of the Switch, Kaz mounts up in WoW, Kyle clears out his backlog in anticipation of Zelda, and William starts in on a new genre. In news, we talk streamer culture and physical fitness, with another healthy detour into SNES preservation. Then, we mourn the loss of the Wii U and hold a wake to relive our fondest memories of Nintendo’s strangest console. Come pause with us!

Nintendo Switch Discussion:

  • Snipperclips is a launch title
  • Nintendo hired John Cena to go in the desert and show of the Switch for some reason
  • No Virtual Console at release
  • The Zelda hype is real. Previews and early leaked reviews are all very, very positive

Japanese release game Voez can’t be played in TV mode since it require the touchscreen to be played. Looks like that’ll be a thing, which makes sense given the hardware.

https://www.destructoid.com/voez-a-switch-launch-game-in-japan-cannot-be-played-in-tv-mode-421178.phtml

**4 MORE DAYS UNTIL WE ALL HAVE TRENDY MILLENNIAL ROOFTOP NINTENDO PARTIES**

Panel

Kyle – That package with $10k of PAL SNES games was found! Preservation project is back on.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-02-23-missing-usd10k-snes-game-package-found

Kaz- You’ll now be able to buy games directly through twitch and streamers will get a cut http://www.gamespot.com/articles/you-can-now-buy-games-from-twitch-and-streamers-ge/1100-6448243/

Kaz- Discussion about streaming culture:

http://www.pcgamer.com/world-of-tanks-streamer-dies-during-24-hour-twitch-marathon/ https://medium.com/the-cube/dying-to-stream-ff0ed2e3dfbb#.z8994pb0i

Wii U Wake  

Impressions of the hardware at launch

Best Games

  • Smash 4
  • Splatoon
  • Rayman Legends
  • Mario 3D World / Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Nintendoland
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World
  • Shovel Knight
  • New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U
  • Mario Kart 8

William

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Zelda ports
  • Shoutouts to Bayonetta 2 and #FE, even though I haven’t played them yet

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

 

Panel

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!