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A late, late episode of Here’s a Podcast as a weary Austin tries to find the time to edit this dang thing. He didn’t really succeed this week, but the episode is here anyway, without chapters, but still with all the gaming goodness that your grandma grabbed from McGrady’s Grape Gastle.

Games discussed this week: Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Axiom Verge, Xenoblade Chronicles, Fantasy Life.

Listener Questions Mail Topics: Favorite game soundtracks, the future of the Mother franchise, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and more.


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No weird audio problems for this show, and nobody died this week so it’s back to form for us. Laura is in town though, so we’re recording in the same room like old times again. I did quite like listener mail this episode though so that’s good. Here are your chapters:

Intro Shenanigans

0:00 – Intros, talking about John Cena
6:45 – Game of the week: Solar Striker!

What we played

10:19 – Casual Splats for Austin (Splatoon)
16:33 – Bring me back to Tomodachi Life
24:37 – Earthbound Beginnings, but mathematical anecdotes soon follow and poop talk
28:50 – Actual Earthbound Beginnings
37:39 – Kingdom Farts for Austin

Shenanigans II

50:50 – Lazy freetures
52:47 – Donkey Konga music break.
54:15 – Tales from the Crypt with Jack

Listener Questions Mail

59:57 – Miiverse Vulgarity
1:01:45 – False Perception of Cynicism with regard to roller coasters
1:07:05 – Playing games while donating blood plasma
1:11:35 – Any Sony game suggestions for a new PS3 owner?
1:15:20 – Can Metroid ever be a big-event game?
1:21:40 – Book club talk from fans yay
1:24:55 – Should other mediums (books, movies, etc) use frustration to create a sense of adventure like games do?
1:31:26 – Should we do an Iwata book club?

Shenanigans Finale

1:32:35 – Villain of the Week: Alex Rodriguez
1:33:33 – Solar Striker QUIZ


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I do not know what the hell happened to this episode, but the audio is an absolute mess, and for that I apologize. You’ll notice Laura’s audio cutting in and out, her microphone quality was totally mangled, and there are a few weird snags here and there. It’s still listenable, but it’s not perfect and there are some awkward spots here and there. In any case, here are the chapters for this week:

Chapters today:

Opening Shenanigans

00:00 – Intros, greetings, hello
02:54 – Game of the week: F-1 Race!

What we played

06:14 – Jack tests his nostalgia for Super Mario Sunshine.
21:40 – Laura is a Mojave Monster in Fallout: New Vegas.
37:01 – Austin says Star Fox: Assault is like a sneeze on a wall.

Shenanigans II

51:18 – Freetures
55:14 – Star Fox Zero music break.
55:49 – Question of the day: How would you like to walk 600 feet?
58:00 – SMTxFE music break.
58:56 – Book club, moving advice, etc.

Listener questions mail

1:03:09 – Using Splatoon’s girl characters for marketing, other questions about female characters, etc
1:11:57 – Do you have more fun with games if you stay up to date on news?
1:20:21 – How long should a game be? (“It depends”)
1:27:11 – A nice email from a nice person.
1:30:56 – Briefly touching on E3 2015.

Ending Shenanigans

1:37:16 – Nonsense time.
1:38:37 – F-1 Race QUIZ


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The fun is finally over: All of our podcast crewmembers are now separated and doing the podcast remotely over Skype, which means a return to a more “normal” show for you.

Chapters today:

Opening Shenanigans

00:35 – Greetings
02:18 – Nature Valley bars are waaaay too crumbly.
06:15 – Picture of the Day
07:00 – Game of the Week: Alleyway!

What We Played

11:37 – Austin has an inkling to be a squid. (Splatoon)
29:27 – Jack goes bananas and murders someone. (Donkey Kong 64)
37:27 – Laura burns herself at the stake. (Layton vs. Phoenix Wright)
40:14 – Layton vs. Wright spoiler skip point.

Secondary Shenanigans

46:55 – Question of the Week – Playing games alone or with friends?
48:18 – Freetures
50:00 – Fun facts! Nindie Bundle + Splatoon music.
51:38 – Splatoon music break.

Listener Questions Mail

53:18 – Expectations, evangelism, and egregious behavior.
1:01:28 – Random questions for Austin
1:05:00 – The evolution of boss designs from unary state to binary state. (new terminology alert!!)
1:13:24 – Splatoon solving shooter stealth problems.

Ending Shenanigans

1:16:32 – Why we acted so weird
1:17:43 – Alleyway Quiz and Goodbyes


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We weren’t going to have a show this week, but then Austin played Splatoon and he really wanted to talk about it so we decided to have a show. Additionally, Brian did a site survey and asked many of you about the podcast, so we decided to do a little navel gazing and read some of what you guys had to say, both good and bad. And weird. The nice image you see above was found on Neogaf!

Chapters today:

Opening Shenanigans

4:57 – Quiz – Tetris
5:28 – GAME OF THE WEEK – Yakuman

What We Played

8:05 – Austin’s been splatting folks left and right. (Mega Splatoon TALK)
46:43 – Everyone played 200cc. (Mario Kart 8)

Secondary Shenanigans

51:24 – Freetures
54:21 – Splatoon music break
55:47 – Touch My Navel – Your thoughts on the podcast

Listener Questions Mail

1:13:24 – Where to find New 3DS XL cases.
1:16:00 – How do you argue with a “hardcore” gamer?

Ending Shenanigans

2:25:02 – Ending fun
2:27:43 – QUIZ TIME
2:30:00 – Austin realizes something about DK64


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Once upon a time I mentioned how Comcast played a role in canceling one of our podcasts because they made Laura’s internet go away. This week, another American corporation has disrupted our regular flow of feces-like podcasting content to you, but thankfully Xcel Energy’s mishandling of my electrical power only succeeding in delaying the podcast rather than outright canceling it. It’s an exciting show though, because Laura is back in Minneapolis so we’ve recorded our first in-person show since episode 103! Here are today’s chapters:

Shenanigans

1) Opening
2) Picture of the Day
3) Game of the Week: Super Mario Land!

What we played

4) Laura’s a’rumblin’. (Pokémon Rumble World)
5) Story of Sadness. (Story of Seasons)
6) Story of Seasons Spoilers Skip-Mark
7) Shepard is not a smart man. (Mass Effect)
8) ProPay develops new Streetpass games for Laura.
9) Donkey Kong Country 2 vs. Super Mario World, a retrospective featurette.

Shenanigans Redux

10) Freetures (the only free part of the podcast)
11) Donkey Kong Country 3 musical interlude

Listener Mail

12) Mario & Luigi is good?
13) New 3DS transfer process and other woes.
14) Are cinematic games taking over? Will they always suck so bad?
15) Comedian corner.

Shenanigans Finale

16) Super Mario Land Quiz
17) Ending sequence and staff roll.

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What an episode have we got for you here today on this episode of the show on our website. If you like Donkey Kong Country 3 you should skip listener mail because Jack gets incredibly critical of it, going so far as to call it a game Rare must have developed during their bathroom breaks. Still, Austin has impressions of Affordable Space Adventures, so that should make up for it. Unless he’s right.

I suspect he is. Here are today’s chapters:

Shenanigans

1) Picture of the Day.
2) Game of the Week: Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics 2!

What we played

3) Austin needs no qualifications for space adventures. (Affordable Space Adventures)
4) Jack dedicated himself to tears. (MOTHER 3)
5) Austin walks through the valley of the shadow of death (Super Ghouls n Ghosts wrap-up)

Shenanigans Redux

6) Freetures (Because they’re free)
7) Mighty Switch Force music break

Listener Mail

8) Donkey Kong Country 3 is Rare’s “bathroom break” game, according to Jack.
9) Would we be down for more clay?
10) Project H.A.M.M.E.R., Halo DS, and more: Our favorite cancelled games.
11) Why is Art Academy for Wii U taking so long?
12) Diarrhea-like random questions.

Shenanigans Finale

13) Zoda’s Revenge QUIZ QUIZ
14) Ending fanfare

Here's a Podcast – Episode 115!


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Podcast Crew: Austin (Twitter), Jack (Twitter), Laura (Twitter)

There was a Nintendo Direct today! Do you want to hear some people talk about it? Well, we’ve finally given in to the man and decided to talk about news.

Here are today’s chapters:

Shenanigans

1. Intro
2. Picture of the Day
3. Game of the Week: Wario’s Woods
4. Where is Steve?

What we played

5. Laura removes her own heart in The Sims 4
6. Austin vs. Donkey Kong (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
7. Laura looks for cheap love in Story of Seasons

Discussion

8. Nintendo Directs us to Mario Kart 8 DLC, and more.

Shenanigans Redux

9. Freetures
10. Animal Crossing Music Break

Listener Questions Mail

11. The “right” way to play Fire Emblem?
12. Maybe microtransactions are just like modern arcade machines?
13. Jack’s favorite email about A Link to the Past.

Shenanigans Finale

14. Wario’s Woods Quiz
15. Devolution and Ending

Here's a Podcast – Episode 114!


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Podcast Crew: Austin (Twitter), Jack (Twitter), Laura (Twitter)

There was a Nintendo Direct today! Do you want to hear some people talk about it? Well, this isn’t really the podcast for that, but we do talk plenty about games, why they’re good, why they’re bad, and why you should play them. Because we love games.

We love game news. But we mostly love games.

Shenanigans

1) Intros, hello, what to expect
2) Picture of the Day (new segment)
3) Game of the Week: Tetris 2!
4) Personal Grievance Time (PGT)

What we played

5) Austin takes a key for coming in. (Super Ghouls n Ghosts)
6) Laura finds love again, and again, and again. (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
7) Jack tries emulating N64, and realizes it sucks.

Shenanigans Redux

8) FEATURES FEATURES FEATURES
9) Check out that handshake. (Nintendo and DeNa and Zelda delay, the only timely segment)

Book Club

10) A Link to the Past – Book Club FINALE
11) And the Master Sword sleeps again… FOREVER! (Final Thoughts)

Final Shenanigans

12) Tetris 2 quiz!
13) Ending.


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Podcast Crew: Austin (Twitter), Jack (Twitter), Laura (Twitter)

Hello everyone! This is Satoru Iwata from Nintendo here to present to you Here’s a Podcast – Episode 112. As usual, this is an enhanced podcast, which means that– if your player supports it– you can skip chapters and look at images we reference right on your listening device, such as a smartphone or a tablet. Speaking of smartphones and tablets, I’d like to speak a little bit about a new partnership we’re forming with DeNa. Here are today’s podcast chapters:

Shenanigans

1. Intros, what to expect, and other things
2. GAME OF THE WEEK – Kirby’s Adventure

What we played

3. Jack and Austin’s bad fur day. (Conker’s Bad Fur Day)
4. Vacation slides with Laura.
5. Austin learns to love. (Sin & Punishment: Star Successor)
6. Jack finally digs into a new game. (Shovel Knight)
7. Title screen songs, and some other things. (Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+)

Shenanigans Redux

8. Earthbound farms endorsement.
9. Site Features.
10. Ace Combat Music Break
11. Book club begging.

Listener Mail

12. Does Mario Maker spell the end of NSMB? What’s the future of 2D Mario?
13. What do you think about Donkey Kong Country?
14. Games that surprised us with how good they were.
15. Game endings, and other ramblings.
16. Our Kirby recommendations.
17. Do we want a stylus-controlled Zelda on Wii U?

Final Shenanigans

18. Kirby’s Adventure Quiz!


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