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Episode 672: A Dingo Ate My Podcast

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - May 10, 2020, 1:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 4

It burned his insides.

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This week, Jon is strapped into the cockpit to take on Sega Ages G-LOC Air Battle, with simulated cabinet movement. Not content with that dose of retro-Sega action, he and Guillaume also beat-up fat, fire-breathing, men in suspenders in Streets of Rage 4. Greg and Guillaume give an update on more relaxing pursuits in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Lastly, Guillaume shares some thoughts on Star Fox 2. James? He's not playing anything! Who's asking?

After a break we take somehow spend 40 minutes trying to figure out how Nintendo can sell Famicom Tantei Club in the West. You can ask us how to sell Mahjong and Sumo games by sending us an email.

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 Main Theme from Monster World IV. It was requested by David.

Talkback

TOPHATANT123May 11, 2020

X-COM The Bureau Declassified surprisingly came out pretty decent

LemonadeMay 12, 2020

I always like it when Cing is discussed on the show

I'm not surprised The Bureau came out decent; it was clear they were planning to spend real money on it. It just seemed shockingly tone deaf for what that audience wanted. It felt like the standard "I have a license, apply it to whatever is 'hot' now and make money."

Command and Conquer: Rivals was sort of the gold-standard of this recently. It was clearly not what fans of the franchise wanted or needed, and fundamentally - no matter how much the devs swore otherwise - it wasn't "RTS on mobile" it was a mobile game with RTS elements. Fans predicted it would be pay-to-win, grind for hours to get anywhere. And they were right. The game itself is apparently decent, and a perfectly functional mobile game, but every review slammed its P2W elements as significant negative.

Just having a brand will get you coverage. If this wasn't XCom-themed nobody would have remembered it. It sure as hell wouldn't have had a PAX East presentation. But that initial impression matters and it can poison a product in the womb. Nintendo themselves were chastened by this with Federation Force, and they responded when they announced a logo for MP4 alongside Return of Samus Returns.

Does anyone remember Cing's successor's name?

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