One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 32: Who is Doubt?

This week I discuss Jet Set Radio Evolution and SEGA’s handling of their IPs in general, as well as the mobile game Doubt.

Relevant references after the break.

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One Controller Port Podcast: Episode 21 – Strange Til the End of Time

This week I talk about the mobile game Strange Telephone, as well as the death of Xbox Live Indie Games and the Wii Shop Channel.

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Spectrobes: Origins – Halfway Between Zelda and Pokemon

Note: Disney China was a previous client of my current employer as of posting.

It’s easy to forget about Spectrobes as it had a fairly short run before puttering out. While sales whimpered with the final release, it did go out with a bang. Spectrobes: Origins is a surprisingly ambitious release for the Wii, featuring RPG and action adventure elements with a bit of monster collecting.

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Finding Value in Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U

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I’m in the odd position of preferring Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U versus the generally agreed upon better release on Wii.

This video includes a quick look at developer Yuji Naka’s recent ventures, comparing the biggest changes between the two versions and how the Wii U version overcomes some of the challenges faced by the original.

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Onslaught Review

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I’ve started panicking about the future of WiiWare’s availability, so I’m turning around and purchasing WiiWare titles I’ve been dragging my feet on. Onslaught, a first person shooter on WiiWare, was one of these. Despite being an early title for the service and having to work with significant size limitations, the developers Shade, Inc. surprisingly squeezed in a decent experience.

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Losing the Future of Retro Downloadable Gaming Starting with WiiWare

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Recently Nintendo’s Wi-Fi functionality across their Wii and Nintendo DS platforms were shutdown. In-game online services and downloadable content are no longer available. Thanks to Nintendo half ignoring online gaming over the last generation, the Wii and DS had the least to lose. The Wii’s and DS’s online experiences were passable at best and few titles embraced DLC. It’s sad to see the online functionality and additional content disappear, but what terrifies me the most is what the future holds for the Wii’s online store, WiiWare.

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The Retro Retro Indie Game Cave Story

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I’m finally giving up on ignoring indie games. They just won’t go away. I’ve gotta deal with them eventually, so it’s about time I start playing some. I thought it’d be fitting to make one of my first forays into the space with Cave Story, a title that pre-dates the modern indie movement.

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