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Infendo Radio Episode 330: Turbulent History

Holly Fellmeth On Oct 20th 2014 with 0 Comments
Infendo Radio Episode 330: Turbulent History

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Welcome to episode 330 of Infendo Radio! In this episode, Harrison Milfeld, Lewis Pugh, Colin Crompton, and myself find ourselves inadvertently exploring a theme: the turbulent history between Nintendo consoles and mature video games. We also talk about Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Shovel Knight, a high-capacity battery for the Wii U GamePad, and why some video games are so nostalgic!

If you have any comments or questions for us to discuss in a future episode of Infendo Radio, leave them in the comment box below or send an e-mail to contact@infendo.com. Our next episode will be the 2014 Halloween special, so any questions geared in that direction would be great! Thanks for listening, as always!

Enjoy the show!

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Retro Redux: NES Quest – StarTropics Report Card

Holly Fellmeth On Oct 17th 2014 with 3 Comments

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Before I dive into my StarTropics report card, I’m going to get the most recent vote out of the way. Leave a comment below with your pick out of:

  • Gun.Smoke, recommended by Darren.
  • Punch-Out!!, recommended by Brad.
  • Rygar, recommended by Cliff.
  • Final Fantasy, recommended by Justin Riley.

Super Mario Bros. 3 won the last vote, so that’s what I have been and will be playing! But with all of that done and dusted, here’s how I did at StarTropics…

Overview

Bosses Defeated:

  • A Snake
  • An Octopus
  • A Lava Man

Lifelines Used: 1 – Ask a Friend. Why? To figure out how to get the fortune teller’s crystal ball in the cemetery dungeon. Didn’t yield results.

General Accomplishments

As usual, I didn’t have a manual for this game, and, like most NES games, StarTropics doesn’t have any in-game tutorials either. So I figured out the basics on my own. This has become easier and easier with each game I play; I feel like playing the NES is actually honing my video game skills in general, which is pretty fantastic in my book. As far as StarTropics goes, though, I found out how to navigate dungeons and discovered a few hidden goodies here and there, so I’m calling that good for now. Hey, don’t judge! I played the game for a good long time. Of the dungeons I completed, I had to re-try many times each to get through, so I got a pretty good sense of the overall game.

Impressions on the Game

When I think about what StarTropics gets right, music pops into my head first. The dungeon theme in particular never gets old, even though it’s the same from dungeon to dungeon. The gameplay is also very good. It gets its inspiration from the original Legend of Zelda. I felt the action to be even quicker and better than in The Legend of Zelda, though. In terms of puzzle-solving, StarTropics also excels; Mike, the game’s protagonist, has the ability to jump onto platforms to get past obstacles and find hidden switches. I found myself hopping around while dodging and attacking enemies quite often, which was not a bad thing. I can definitely see now why StarTropics has such a following.

Grade

Even though I felt like I got pretty far in StarTropics, a quick online search told me I didn’t even make it half-way through. And since I also used a lifeline, my final grade might not be the greatest. It is:

C

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Sakurai teases two new game modes for Smash Bros. Wii U

Harrison Milfeld On Oct 15th 2014 with 1 Comments
Sakurai teases two new game modes for Smash Bros. Wii U

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In his daily Miiverse updates, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai posted an image of two new game modes for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. Upon further inspection, the two modes are single-player options, but the titles are blurred out only showing Master and Crazy with Master Hand in each section.

Sakurai only stated in his Miiverse post, “Now, what mode is this…?!” The famed Smash Bros. director is known for teasing fans of upcoming surprises with each iteration of the popular fighting franchise. With almost a month to go before Smash Bros. for Wii U’s release, many have wondered what exclusive modes will be exactly for the console version. Be it a surprise Miiverse update or an unexpected Nintendo Direct, the Wii U exclusive modes may soon be unraveled.

So, what do you think these two new modes could be? Tell us in the comments below.

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Infendo Radio Episode 329: Zelda Hits and Misses

Holly Fellmeth On Oct 13th 2014 with 1 Comments
Infendo Radio Episode 329: Zelda Hits and Misses

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Welcome to another episode of Infendo Radio! In episode 329, Harrison Milfeld, Lewis Pugh, Colin Crompton, and myself return to our tried-and-true structure. “What We’ve Been Playing” includes updates on Fire Emblem Awakening and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, as well as an anecdote from Colin you won’t want to miss. We cover holiday release dates in our Nintendo news segment and finish the show discussing listener questions.

Congrats again to Andrew (XCWarrior), the winner of the official Infendo folder naming contest! I unfortunately forgot to name a few of Andrew’s winning ideas in the episode itself; some include folder names like “Plumberland”, “GOAT” (Greatest Of All Time – Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate), and “Won’t Go Away”.

Please feel free to send us questions to discuss in a future episode of the podcast! You can send an e-mail to contact@infendo.com, shoot me a Tweet (@HollyFellmeth), or leave a comment below this post.

Enjoy the show!

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[Closed] Contest to name my Wii U folders ends tomorrow!

Holly Fellmeth On Oct 10th 2014 with 3 Comments
[Closed] Contest to name my Wii U folders ends tomorrow!

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Residents of the United States have one day left to join the Infendo contest to name my Wii U folders! The winner will have a signed copy of Final Reverie by Essel Pratt sent to them in the mail. The rules again are:

  • Think of some good ideas for folder names. You can send in as many or as few as you would like. I’ve got a pretty wide selection of games downloaded to my Wii U, so go wild! Just keep the profanity to a minimum, if you would.
  • Send your suggestions, your name, and your preferred e-mail address to contact@infendo.com.
  • The contest will end on Saturday, October 11th, at 11:00AM Pacific. This is to allow the listeners of Infendo Radio a fair chance to join as well! The winner will be notified via their preferred e-mail at around this time and asked for a shipping address. I will name my Wii U folders based on the winning suggestions too, of course!

If you want to see what I have downloaded to my Wii U, look no further than these screens:

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PSA: Gamecube Controller Adapter For Wii U Only Works With Smash Bros

Markus Lai On Oct 08th 2014 with 0 Comments
PSA: Gamecube Controller Adapter For Wii U Only Works With Smash Bros

wiiu-gamecube-adapterIt was originally announced yesterday that the Gamecube controller adapter for the Wii U would be compatible not just with Super Smash Bros., but with all games that made use of the Wii U Pro Controller. Sadly that is not to be. Nintendo has now cleared up with their official accessory listing that this adapter will only compatible with Smash Bros. It’s definitely a shame that there currently won’t be more support for the Gamecube controller.

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