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Episode 422: Alien Movement

by James Jones, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Guillaume Veillette - March 22, 2015, 10:15 am EDT
Total comments: 2

Nintendo is going third-party -- on smart phones and tablets. We might have something to say about that.

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Every now and then, Nintendo announces something so big that we have to jump in right away. This week certainly qualifies. We flip the format and start RFN with Listener Mail, as so many of you asked us to pick apart the gigantic news of Nintendo making mobile games (and, by the way, still making a new dedicated game machine called NX). What ensues is a mixture of informed analysis, speculation, raw fear, tempered optimism, and indifference to such non-gaming matters. Predictably, we spend a lot of time on it, but there's also a follow-up discussion about spoilers and our role (as media) in preventing them. Rosebud is the sled and who cares anyway.

For New Business --after the break!-- Jonny has early thoughts on Code Name STEAM, plus a delightful disclosure for Axiom Verge. We can thank Club Nintendo for the unlikely offering of Ketzal's Corridors by Mr. Jones, while Lindy raps the praises of Sega's glory days, per 3D Out Run. Closing out the show, Guillaume finally scratches off Persona Q and falls in love with Mario Golf: World Tour, one of last year's overlooked 3DS releases.

We would love to hear more of your ideas, hopes, and concerns relating to Nintendo's seismic shift, or anything else going on in video games. That email link is free-to-play forever! And if you didn't already see it on our social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter), we are proceeding to the next RetroActive feature with renewed vigor. This one's called "Clash of the Titans" and you'll see why -- head over to the Google-based voting tool and make your preference known!

This episode was edited by Guillaume Veillette. The "Men of Leisure" theme song was produced exclusively for Radio Free Nintendo by Perry Burkum. Hear more at Bluffs Custom Music.


leahsdadMarch 24, 2015

I know that I'm joining the chorus here, but seriously--  the mobile game industry is just stupid.  I heard some snippet on somewhere about the massive amount of money King was making, not on whales or people paying to play, but on ADS.  In game ads.

Well, here's the thing:  what are those ads for?  There for other mobile games and apps, which because of the overcrowded marketplace have to spend substantial amounts of money on ads in order to get noticed.  Where do these advertisers get the substantial amounts of money for advertising?  Why, from the revenue that they are going get from in-game ads.  Whose paying for those ads?  Other app/game developers, of course! 

So the breakdown is that a game makes money from ads, which is paid for by other games, which make money from ads, which is paid for by other games, and so on and so forth.

Oh yeah, this is rock-solid economics right there!  There is NO WAY anything can go wrong with this business model, no sir-ee bob!  Ponzi scheme?  Schmonzi scheme!

fred13April 02, 2015

Dr. Metts,
You got what you wanted. They will update it so that you can speed up the alien movement.
Hopefully it's not marginal because that's a big downside to be for that game.

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