News: Video Game Releases

This is where we put out some info about the games we think are going to be somewhere between decent and awesome that release today or later this week.  Typically we skip over the heavy hitters.  Sorry Call of Duty, but 8 million people usually already know about your release date.

The Last Story – Wii

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Its been a while but finally we have a game, and an Operation Rainfall game at that!    Developed by Mistwalker (Lost Odyssey) and AQ Interactive (Bulletwitch being the only game name they’ve done that I’ve heard of) and published by XSeed in North America.  Seems to be a story driven action RPG for the Wii of all things.

Note the actual trailer doesn’t start in the below link for a minute or two in.  Also the gameplay is shown around halfway through.


News: Video Game Releases

This is where we put out some info about the games we think are going to be somewhere between decent and awesome that release today or later this week.  Typically we skip over the heavy hitters.  Sorry Call of Duty, but 8 million people usually already know about your release date.

Xenoblade Chronicles – Wii

Developed by Monolith (Xenosaga, Baten Kaitos, Super Robot Taisen) and published by Nintendo.  This is one of the Operation Rainfall games and is an action RPG.  Unfortunately this game is only available through Nintendo and Gamestop.  Really for the best review on this game go and listen to the first few episodes of Picking Up the Pixels.

Nintendo E3 Press Conference

And finally we get to the big reveal!  Will the Wii2 cook healthy but tasty food while still delivering above 3.6 alcoholic beverages and spray pheromones that encourage parents to spend time with their kids?  Lets find out!

  • Nintendo wins in the biggest screen department.
  • And Nintendo opens up with a live orchestra doing a Zelda medley with scenes for all the Zelda games and moving into what can only be Skyward Sword.  Glad to see Nintendo is actually doing something for the 25th anniversary for Zelda.  Link’s Awakening is now available on Nintendo’s e-shop.  Legend of Zelda 3D launches next week.  Four Swords Adventure free download, that is freaking awesome because that game is way fun.  Skyward Sword out this holiday.  Golden Wii Mote will be released too.  Legend of Zelda orchestra world tour!
  • Onto the 3DS game lineup starting with Mario Kart with customizable karts.
  • Starfox in 3D with motion control?  Does not sound like that combo will go over well but motion is optional.  Fully voiced though and looks nice.
  • Super Mario 3D.  Yup, its a Mario game.
  • Kid Icarus.  I was always confused by the excitement over this odd platformer.  I mean the new version is absolutely nothing like the original in any aspect.  It also weirds me out that the new Kid Icarus has some gritty dark sword wielding side kick.
  • And a Luigi’s Mansion sequel.  I’m really not the target audience for most of this.
  • Limited time free version of Excite Bike for 3DS.
  • And Pokemon with AR and in 3D.
  • And now the WiiU.  A iPad type device that can be moved from TV to the giant pad device.  Features a lot of integration with the TV.  Its backwards compatible with previous software and hardware.  Controller features a screen, camera, touch screen, and a microphone.  Not designed to be a portable video game machine.  Works by wirelessly communicating with the main system.  Also includes internet browser and video chat.  Seems to be some form of HD but they haven’t told us to what extent.
  • Smash Brothers announced for Nintendo 3DS and WiiU.
  • And now a montage of all the big names in the industry and announcing their games for the WiiU including Batman Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed (unspecified which), Darksiders 2, Dirt, Aliens, Ghost Recon, Metro Last Light, Tekken, and Ninja Gaiden 3 (with blood).
  • The part I’m a bit lost on is how good their HD is.  I don’t know if its my feed but they didn’t quite look as good as the 360 or PS3.  Obviously its good enough that all the modern games can hit it but Nintendo’s going to do for a low price point to keep their customer base.  And Nintendo likes to make money day one on their consoles.  So how hardcore is the tech?  I’ll be curious to see if this system really does have a place in the market.  As is the tech nerd in me is sold but not overly impressed.  The gamer in me doesn’t have much of a reason to get one though.

Turn 41 – Pun-ishment

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Featuring John “MusiM”, Suzy “Specter”, and Scott ” Artisan002″

Music: Untitled tracks by MusiM

This week we’re back to video games and non-interactive moving pictures.

For videogames we discuss Castlevania Aria of Sorrow, Uncharted 2, Dead Space Extraction, Bulletstorm, DragonAge 2 demo, Pac Man Championship DX, Front Mission Evolved, Tactics Ogre, Dance Central, Transformers War for Cybertron, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Zen Bound 2, and many others.

For non-interactive moving pictures we discuss Batman the animated series, Batman Beyond, Hellboy Iron and Blood, Hellboy Sword of Storms, Bond, Lexx, Castle, and many others.

Turn 29 – Brazilian

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Featuring John “MusiM” and Suzy “Specter”

Music: Untitled tracks by MusiM

This week we discuss videogames and movies with subjects including but not limited to Vanquish, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Super Scribblenauts, Final Fantasy 6, Fallout: New Vegas, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.  Plus news (which we usually don’t do)!

Wii Love: Games Adults Should Own

Its the holidays and that means its time for lists!  The Nintendo Wii is a system I have said some pretty harsh things about on the podcast.  But there are a few gems out there that maybe people have missed.  And since pretty much everyone and their dog owns a Wii (statistically speaking at least), I thought I would point out a few gems that aren’t cute and fluffy.  There are several other games not on this list that I suspect hover in the realm of amazing but have not played that I hope to write about soon as well.

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Turn 24 – Safe word: Gamma Ray

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Featuring John “MusiM” Beauchamp, John “Knobs” Knoblach, and Michael “Boston” Hannon.

Music: Untitled by MusiM; Middle and Outro: Serene (Lost in the Eyes of God)

This week welcome our special guests from That Video Game Podcast ( as we discuss video game expectations such as game length, cut scenes, preorders, and reusing proven design/mechanics.  Games included in discussion are The Viking, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, God of War, Bayonetta, Mirror’s Edge, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Vanquish, Gungrave, Godhand, Rez, Too Human, Gears of War 2, Stellar 7, Kane and Lynch 2, Zone of Enders, Gears of War, Final Fantasy 7, Catacombs, Blake Stone, Ultima, Doom, Doom 2, Stonekeep, Heimdall, Fallout, Grim Fandango, Wolfenstein, Police Quest, Scorched Earth, Xenogears, Quake, Blood, Shadow Warrior, Rise of the Triad, Quake, Duke Nuke ’em, Commander Keen, Command and Conquer, Dune, Warcraft, Herzog Zwei, Sewer Shark, Night Trap, Hell, Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario Brothers 2, Super Mario Galaxy, Dot Hack, Tales of Destiny, Resident Evil, Eternal Darkness, Xenosaga, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Alpha Protocol, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Jak 2, Dead Space 2, Ratchet and Clank, Infamous, Tony Hawk, Dragonquest, Marathon, Crackdown, Terminal Velocity, and many more.

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NOTE:  Okay so I didn’t setup the scheduled post right and it didn’t post to libsyn but turn 24 is now posted and available to listen to.  Apologies for the delay!

Turn 16 – The Vagina Analogues

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Featuring John “MusiM” Beauchamp, Justyn “Knaustalgia”, Holly, and Suzy “Specter”.

Music: Intro – Untitled by MusiM; Outro – Untitled

This week continues our Women of Gaming series where we discuss everything under the sun in terms of games and the females’ opinions thus of.


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PLEASE NOTE: Next week’s episode will not continue our women of gaming series as a conflict of schedules. Instead next week we will air an episode allegedly on videogames (but more about dick and fart jokes) for the interim.