One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 41 – Lots of Sword Art Online

This week I talk about Sword Art Online and some of the video games surrounding it, as well as the gap in English language Japanese news coverage of video games.

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One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 40 – Celebration of Incoherent Rambling

This week I talk about the Final Fantasy XI article I put up, as well as data mining in general. It’s a mess this week, strap in.

Opening music from Aconcagua.

Ending music from Mario Paint.

Final Fantasy XI: The Lost Town of Sel Phiner

Exploring unused content that doesn’t make it into a final game might be my favorite time sink on the internet. Over the years, I’ve spent many late nights on websites like The Cutting Room Floor and Unseen 64 digging through the discoveries of others. Exploring old game content, either via old media releases or even data mining the game itself, reveals development stories of what could have been.

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The Dead Joy-Con Dream

(Image Source: Nintendo UK)

Around August last year, I bought a Switch. That’s far from a surprise. I’ve focused on Nintendo platforms my entire life and know there will be a at least a handful of titles I’ll want at some point. However, there was one particular draw that I was excited for – the Joy-Cons themselves.

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Kirby: Battle Royale – Just an Appetizer, Also Flagball

(Image Source: Amazon)

Once in awhile there’s an explosion of Kirby titles. On Nintendo 3DS specifically though, I’ve lost track of what is coming and when. There has been a significant mix of both retail and digital releases over the last couple years, and I honestly have no idea what is what anymore. Kirby: Battle Royale briefly caught my eye because visually the tutorial reminded of a canceled Kirby prototype for GameCube. Despite the brief obstacle course at the beginning of the game, it’s far from the brawling adventure I expected.

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