One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 45: Cut Content, Dead Storefronts and Eating Gods

This week I report on my progress with the TCRF page for Final Fantasy XI, PUBG’s removed weather effects, the death of the Wii Shop Channel and, finally, some God Eater 3.

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The Mysterious Murasame Castle

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Nintendo has a weird interest in The Mysterious Murasame Castle. There’s only been one game in the series, which was released for the Famicom Disk System in 1986. But it’s a title that they keep referencing quite often in their modern games. Takamaru, the main character, has had cameos in a handful of titles. He’s featured in a spin off mode for Samurai Warriors 3, he’s a resident of the main island in the Japanese only Captain Rainbow and he’s set to appear as an assist trophy in the upcoming Super Smash Brothers on Wii U and 3DS. The 3DS Virtual Console release is the first time the game has left leaving Japan.

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island — A Disappointment that Redeems Itself

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With the recent release of Yoshi’s Island on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, I thought I’d take the time to actually play the game, albeit on my 3DS instead. I was born in1990 and my exposure to the Super Nintendo was limited. I remember playing classics like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario Kart, but my tiny toddler brain couldn’t really comprehend what was going on. Consoles like the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 are the start of my most significant gaming memories. I have a lot 16-bit experiences to catch up on, and playing Yoshi’s Island was an attempt to cross one of these off my list. Despite all the praise for the title, I initially found myself underwhelmed.

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Never-Ending Backlog: Shinobi (Arcade)

1987, the year of Shinobi! Well, the year of the franchise’s first entry with this arcade classic. While later releases would take on a bit of a different form, the original release is just as challenging and fun to play.

Thanks to SEGA’s endless rereleasing of their classic titles, Shinobi’s arcade release can be found across a variety of modern platforms, but is probably most affordable through Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Of course, you could always go out of your way to find the original arcade cabinet.

You can find the video after the jump.

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TSG Game Review – Avenging Spirit

 

Looking at that box art, you might think you know what Avenging Spirits is about. Mafia gangstas that shoot tommy guns…? Nope! It’s actually about a young a man who dies and turns into a ghost. He has to possess people to save his girlfriend! That box art accurately portrays the game so well! Box arts aside, Avenging Spirit is a Kirby-like Gameboy title that hit the 3DS’ virtual console.

You can check out the review on TheSpeedGamers!

VGChartz gamrFeed – Nintendo Needs to Showcase Downloadable Content to Gamers

Nintendo suckered me into buying a game. So what do you do when you already have a massive list of uncompleted titles in your back catalog? Justify your purchase by writing an article about it! With this weeks Nintendo Download, I look at Nintendo’s e-mail adverts as a place of inspiration of where Nintendo should go with trying to push their content.  Will it launch the 3DS’ eShop into a huge success? No, but it definitely couldn’t hurt to help draw people into the store.

You can check out the article on VGChartz’ gamrFeed.

VGChartz gamrFeed – The Rights and Wrongs of Nintendo’s eShop

With the eShop, Nintendo launches its third full fledged digital download service. As with every other console based digital distribution, it’s been an uphill battle to make the service as appealing as possible to both the consumers and developers. And while there isn’t much in terms of 3DS software available on the service as of yet, DSiWare’s back catalog gives us a glimpse of exactly how the service works.

You can see what Nintendo has already gotten right and wrong with their eShop over on VGChartz’s gamrFeed.