This week's episode features special guest Billy Berghammer and a spectacular title provided by Mr. Jon Lindemann. It's always the quiet ones.
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We had to drop something a little special for RFN listeners just before E3, so here's a sizable pre-show episode made even bigger by the deep tones of Billy Berghammer. He's a well known Mario Kart fanatic, so of course we spend a huge chunk of New Business on the brand new Mario Kart 8 and find quite a range of opinions. Guillaume also revisits Klonoa: Empire of Dreams on Virtual GBA Console, while James slays one of his Moby Dicks with Japan-only Super Famicom tactical RPG, Bahamut Lagoon. Fans of his Ogre Battle 64 lectures will particularly enjoy how James dissects this legend of the import scene. Jon seeks and indeed finds Mario redemption with the delightful and relatively easy Super Mario World, one of three Virtual Console titles in this segment. Jonny delivers the third with the all-original, surprisingly polished and NES-like Mega Man V for Game Boy (on 3DS).
The second segment begins with the sad news that Iwata won't be attending E3, but then we switch up the mood with very positive impressions of the new Wii U system update and thoughts on Nintendo's improved standing as extremely strong Mario Kart 8 sales carry them into a wide-open E3 and an increasingly barren video game market in late 2014. Before we let Billy go, there's just enough time to squeeze in a bit of Listener Mails about the Smash Bros. E3 Invitational Tournament and the game's overall presence at the big show. Keep those emails coming throughout the week, as we may have other opportunities to answer your questions!
We've got tons of E3 coverage coming your way just days after this episode drops, so be on the lookout for special episodes of RFN and Connectivity, as well as tons of video coverage and, of course, our detailed, hands-on impression articles of every damn Nintendo game at the convention. If you still need input before all that hot news is live, Jonny joins Mike Sklens and Neal for a long and exuberant Connectivity segment about E3 2004 (it was a really good year), and you can also hear Jonny and friends from Crosstawk on a new Beatles-themed episode of Discover Music Project! It's a great way to check out that show for the first time.
This podcast was edited by Guillaume Veillette.
Music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can purchase their newest album, Done with the Devil, directly from the record label, Amazon (CD) (MP3), or iTunes, or call your local record store and ask for it!
Additional music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is copyrighted to Nintendo and is included under fair use protection.