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Episode 661: Dropping the Gloves

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - February 23, 2020, 8:38 pm EST
Total comments: 2

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This week we were blessed with an Animal Crossing Direct and the return of a proper New Business segment. We first breakdown Tom Nook the dictator ("He's more of an Il Duce.") vs Tom Nook the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalism Vampire ("Try my app!"). We then have real New Business. James is playing the Cindered Shadows DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He talked about only being "about four" stages in. It turns out its only about seven so you might expect his "early" impressions to be actually quite final, but he will now die for Hapi. Jon can't stop his Sega Ages run, this time with Puyo Puyo 2. Gui and James had to break to bad news to him that the cast of anime rejects in Puyo never goes away. Guillaume is looking at more Kunio-successors, this time River City Girls. He's not charmed by the girls, to say the least. Greg closes us out with Pop'n Twinbee, continuing RFN's exploration of cute-em-ups.

After the break we knock-out two emails. Our first explores why there's not been an Arkham collection on Switch. The second email sings the praises of Alien: Isolation. You can evangelize for your favorite games via the inbox.

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 Perry's SoundCloud. The Radio Free Nintendo logo was produced by Connor Strickland. See more of his work at his website.

This episode's ending music is Everglades from Mickey's Speedway USA. Composition by Ben Cullum. It was requested by MASB. All rights reserved by ???


OedoFebruary 24, 2020

Kinda surprised at the vitriol James has for the story of Cindered Shadows and Three Houses. I'm not sure if you're just mashing through dialogue, but there's a reasonable explanation for almost everything you said makes no sense or is "dumb".

Balthus is the closest friend of Holst, who is seen as one of the best generals in Fodlan even by people outside of The Alliance, and has also knwon Hilda for years as a result. So it's not like they just up and trusted this dude with a bounty on his head for no real reason (and even his bounties are for a comically idiotic reason, which they're up front about; it's not like he's been out there committing war crimes).

Same goes for Yuri and Constance; Ashe is acquainted with Yuri through his being the adoptive son of a well regarded Kingdom noble, and Edelgard recognizes Constance as the daughter of former Empire nobility. So, outside of Hapi, the Ashen Wolves aren't complete strangers. On top of all that, the biggest driving force for the group from Garreg Mach to help them in the beginning is because there are lots of other people in Abyss who are innocent and need protecting. It's not like they decided to help these four people fulfill their life goals specifically at the outset.

Even the part about the passage to Abyss being some kind of unforgivable stupidity is a pretty big reach. It's not like Garreg Mach is some shanty on a side road.


It's a gigantic castle town built by dragon people and their fellow mystical allies in the middle of a mountain range. So yeah, hidden passages that the class hasn't discovered before or an entire network of tunnels and facilities underground doesn't seem that unbelievable.

KDR_11kFebruary 25, 2020

I think Puyo Puyo is technically a spinoff from some serious JRPG which is where those characters are coming from.

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