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CA! Radio Episode 117: Feeling Nostalgic – Switch News, Nostalgia, and the Labor of Love of Self-Running a Game Site

Yesterday I joined Chuck Zodl from Counterattack Games to discuss our current gaming plans, the latest Nintendo Switch news, new games that make us feel nostalgic, and the labor of love that comes with self-running a small video game site in 2017.

This podcast is something we’re trying to make a regular weekly thing, schedules permitting, so if there are questions you’d like us to answer on the next recording, leave it down in the comments and we’ll give you and your gaming outlet a shout out. They can be civil or bizarre, game related or not, it doesn’t matter. We’re not shy. Ask away!

If you do listen to the podcast, we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did recording it. In the link below, there should be the option to share the podcast on social media, and if you like what we’re doing and want to show some support, consider spreading the love to your own friends and followers. We’d highly appreciate it.

Thanks for listening!

-Brad

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Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Direct was Clear, Concise, and Alienated No One*

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Direct presentation lasted just shy of 20 minutes, but what it managed to detail in such a small amount of time was pretty astounding. It’s clear that Nintendo now sees the once unheard of strategy role-playing series as a mainstay, and as long as you own a smart device, a 3DS, a New 3DS, or plan to purchase the Nintendo Switch, there will be new Fire Emblem content for you to enjoy in 2017 (and beyond).

Oh, and that asterisk in the title? That’s if you solely on a Wii U. Sorry doods.

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10 GameCube Games I Want to See on the Switch’s Virtual Console

After reading through a EuroGamer post stating the Nintendo Switch may potentially include GameCube games in its Virtual Console lineup, I started thinking back to all of the incredible experiences and overlooked gems that graced my favorite boxy-shaped console that doubled as a melee weapon in times of need. That’s what the handle was for, right?

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Nintendo Remains Innovative, Imaginative, and Out of Touch with the Switch

Now that I’ve had a few days to digest the recent Nintendo Switch presentation, I’d like to discuss its ups and downs as a core console gamer. One that grew up playing NES and SNES, felt a little burned by the Wii U, and wants nothing more than The Big N to return to form with the Switch.

What we saw was Nintendo continuing to display their innovation, crafting a hybrid home- and handheld console with detachable controllers, offering an accessible co-op experience straight out of the box. Their desire to push boundaries and create fun new experiences remains their core focus, and they were intent on selling the Switch as a brand new console, a new way to play games, to avoid a repeat of the Wii U’s disastrous reveal in 2011.

However, my main takeaway from the presentation is that Nintendo still remains out of touch with the rest of the console market. There are a lot of exciting games in the pipeline, but a weak launch line-up, overpriced accessories, a rather questionable social interface, a lackluster paid online service requirement, and utterly laughable third-party support out of the gate, has me worried that the Switch may be just as successful (or unsuccessful) as the Wii U.

First, let’s go over what we know about the Switch so far.

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It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

I stayed up late last night watching the Nintendo Switch presentation, but that’s another post for another day. Later today, perhaps. I will say it’s been a happy Switchmas, and with March 3rd looming in the distance, I’m more motivated than ever to tackle this backlog.

What are your gaming plans this weekend?

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