An in-depth look at Animal Crossing: New Leaf, another round of NWR Jeopardy, and more playoff hockey.
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Episode 88 of Connectivity is here, but we can't simply give it away for nothing. So while you enjoy this week's episode, be sure to run some errands around town for us. Also, buy stuff from us with the money we pay you.
Kicking the show off, Andy, Daan, and Justin sit down to talk about Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The trio discuss the new responsibilities of being mayor and where the series can go in the future. To hear the full segment, you'll need to go collect some seashells for us.
After that, we have our first ever round of NWR Jeopardy featuring three listeners! Scott and Zach host an epic match between listeners BJ, Daniel, and Chris, who fight tooth and nail for the crown of "best Connectivity listener." Zach is losing his touch, though, as there are zero questions about Primal Rage. Zero!
After the show, stick around for another NHL playoffs bonus segment, featuring Scott and Donald. The duo glosses over the boring Eastern Conference series and sink their teeth in to the much more compelling Western Conference. Oh, and scroll to the bottom of this post to see Donald's amazing comparison between Nintendo and Maple Leafs fans.
That's it for this week. Be sure to click here to send us your listener mail. How about some predictions for E3? We'll read them next week when we preview the upcoming event. Until then!
Now, Donald's comparison between Nintendo and Maple Leafs fans:
As I watched the Toronto Maple Leafs actually make the postseason for the first time since Metroid could crawl, I began to notice a lot of similarities between my hockey team of choice and Nintendo. And not just in the amount of heartbreak they presented on the week of May 13, but in their history and even elements of how they operate today.
Don't believe me? Let's break it down. (Stick tap to Sean McIndoe of Grantland, aka @DownGoesBrown, for the inspiration.)
Maple Leafs: Originally started as the Arenas, dabbled in being Irish.
Nintendo: Originally started in toys, dabbled in love hotels.
Maple Leafs: Were dominant in an era where the competition was artificially limited known as the "Original Six".
Nintendo: Were dominant in an era where the competition was artificially limited known as the "NES Era".
Maple Leafs: For many years were owned by a capricious, evil crotchety old man named Harold Ballard, who saw fit to destroy priceless relics such as the gondola where the first hockey broadcasts occurred. When he died, many Leafs fans were prepared to dig a hole deep enough to hand him over to Satan personally.
Nintendo: For many years were owned by a capricious, evil crotchety old man named Hiroshi Yamauchi, who saw fit to destroy priceless relics such as the goodwill of third party developers. When he dies, many Nintendo fans will be prepared to dig a hole yadda yadda yadda
Note: As far as we know, Yamauchi never allowed child abuse at the Kyoto headquarters. So he's got that going for him.
Maple Leafs: The longtime public face of the team is former GM Brian Burke, a large, boisterous Northeasterner. At his introductory press conference, he endeared himself to fans by promising to bring "pugnaciousness, tenacity, testosterone, and truculence" to the team.
Nintendo: The longtime public face of the team is soon-to-be-former NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime, a large boisterous Northeasterner. At his introductory press conference, he endeared himself to fans by promising to "kick ass and take names".
Maple Leafs: Burke caused a riot when at an NHL Entry Draft, where young players are selected, he was caught on camera in the following exchange before drafting current top scorer Nazem Kadri:
Burke: "That's the kid you want?"
Bryan Murray (general manager, Ottawa Senators, had the next pick): "Yeah."
Burke: "Cool. We're taking him."
Needless to say, Senators fans (who already have reason to hate Toronto) were... displeased. Colorful language followed.
Nintendo: Much of that same language was used when Bayonetta 2 was announced as a WiiU exclusive.
Maple Leafs: Fans can usually be enraged when taunted with three words: "Plan the parade". (Recently applicable: "Thank you, Kessel.")
Nintendo: Fans can usually be enraged when taunted with three words: "Nintendo is kiddy." (Recently applicable: "Please understand.")
Maple Leafs: Controversy erupted this season when beloved defenseman Jake Gardiner was confined to the bench for several games, his agent going so far as to start the #FreeJakeGardiner hashtag on various social networks.
Nintendo: Controversy erupted this generation when beloved RPG Xenoblade Chronicles was confined to Japan and Europe, one developer going so far as to support the Operation Rainfall fan campaign on various social networks.
Maple Leafs: In 1993, players would gleefully spinkick opposing goalies in the head during games.
Nintendo: In 1993, players would gleefully spinkick the schlub with controller 2 in the head during games.
Maple Leafs: Had a run of success - but not too much, not winning a Stanley Cup - in the last decade with a style of play that led to multiple articles calling them the dirtiest team in hockey.
Nintendo: Had a run of success - but not too much, not able to dominate like the PS2 - in the last decade with a style of play that led to multiple articles calling them the worst thing to happen to video games.
Maple Leafs: Thanks to a botched high sticking call in a key 1993 playoff game, Kerry Fraser's name is still mud in Toronto.
Nintendo: Thanks to a botched "unprecedented partnership" after E3 2011, EA's name is mud in the eyes of Nintendo fans.
Maple Leafs: Have an outlet for team news on a regular basis with LeafsTV.
Nintendo: Have an outlet for team news on a regular basis with Nintendo Direct.
Maple Leafs: Everything was looking so good for the team, up 4-1 with just under 10 minutes to play in a game 7, then came four unanswered goals. The big question is, how will the team respond this summer?
Nintendo: Everything was looking so good for the WiiU, tracking ahead of PS360 sales pace, then came four months of increasingly farcial sales. The big question is, how will the company respond this summer?
(Donald Theriault is the host of Nintedo Free Radio - the unofficial podcast of the NWR forums - and can be heard on Connectivity episodes 84, 86, 87, and 88. His Twitter is @DonaldMick, and he amazingly managed to stay out of Twitter jail that fateful Monday night.)
This episode edited by Scott Thompson.