Podquisition Episode 129: Link Does A Gaper

We talk about the “cheeky” DLC coming to Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe‘s majesty, Little Nightmares, and probably other games too!

Elsewhere, Laura’s gonna do a wee, and Gavin’s joined the ranks of the beggarati.

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Kitnighty
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Oh no.
I immediately recognized that fanart. >_>

kabalzero
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kabalzero

the thumbnail is by the artist “loomi” 😉 found it… for a friend… of course

kabalzero
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kabalzero

source for the thumbnail?…. uuhhmmm… asking for a friend…

Elim Garak
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Elim Garak

Hugs for Jim and the gang.

Talon84
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Talon84

Link’s Gaper Caper

Daniel Jack Davis
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Daniel Jack Davis

I have a Guardians of The Galaxy Leather Jacket. 2 of them, one is a trench coat. Be Jelly my brethren!

Loona Chan
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Loona Chan

Of course he did a gaper, how else is he supposed to become the next hokage?

Sperium3000
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I like the credits to Devil May Cry 3. You’re thrust into a continuous fight against demons, and if you managed to kill 100 of them before the credits end you get a secret post credits scene. I realoded my save five times to get it right, which was ok because the final boss of Devil May Cry 3 is super fun to fight.

Matrim
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Matrim

THANK YOU, Gav. The entire time y’all were talking about video game credit sequences I was thinking ME1 over and over. M4 Pt. II is perfect

MuddyScarecrow
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Oh joy con. I’m sure the reception to your positive Nintendo episode is going to be a “blast.” In more than a few ways. I thank you for tweeting the newest conspiracy theory about you, though the original post has sadly been deleted. But from what I can glean from the responses it seems that a Nintendrone got butthurt about Jim’s 9 out of 10 review for Mario Kart 8. Yeah. You heard me. “Why the fuck?” you ask? Again, from what I could pick up he seems to think that Jim is cherry picking which Nintendo games to bomb… Read more »
Appretaur
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Appretaur
I can claim myself to be an example of what a lot of those people seem unable to understand. I’ve been very disillusioned and affronted by the strangely consistent stream of wrong-headed things Nintendo’s been up to recently, but it won some points with me when it released a version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch and actually decided we could have some improved substance about it, what with the dual-item system and the return of challenging staff ghosts. And of course, that Nintendo paid to ship Switches by air to serve the customers faster is an example of… Read more »
frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

They’re selling a $45 season pass on a $40 game? What the hell can they possibly create in DLC that is *more* valuable than the game itself? And if it is *more* valuable, why didn’t they make that game instead?

WTAF?

Appretaur
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Appretaur
Ah, now what exactly is offered within this $45 season pass – which is actually supposed to be a *discounted* form of what would otherwise be bought separately and amount to around $51 total worth of DLC instead – is where the real havoc begins. I’m getting my information from the news post on Serenes Forest’s main-page news item. I always thought it was bad enough that the DLC for the previous two 3DS Fire Emblem projects, Awakening and Fates, included what is effectively the same thing as the cheats-sold-at-ransom bullshittery that Jim complained about coming from “AAA” companies –… Read more »
MJC
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MJC
Nah, Nintendo has stolen the crown from EA. You’re looking at it the wrong way. The Star Wars Battlefront season pass is 83 1/3% of the cost of the original game. The Fire Emblem season pass is 112 1/2% of the cost of the original game. Nintendo’s is more expensive, more greedy, more bullshit. Just saying “$50 is more than $45” ignores that $50 is less than the cost of its game whereas $45 is more than the cost of its game. You’re removing context to cast Nintendo in more of a favorable light than those skeleton warriors deserve. Combine… Read more »
Appretaur
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Appretaur
I didn’t actually say that I thought MK8 Deluxe was actually a more-good-than-bad product overall because of the bits that I pointed out. I was just focusing on how *individual* points were won for the *individual* improvements Nintendo gave that happened to adhere to my tastes for a change, and my saying that was for the purposes of showing what I would like for Nintendo to be doing a lot more of instead of all the anti-consumer bullshit in order for me to like Nintendo as a company more overall. I’m always thoroughly willing to join the shade-throwing at all… Read more »
MuddyScarecrow
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That’s…Jesus. At least with Fire Emblem Fates they were two separate games. And even then if you bought one physically you could buy the other one digitally for half price. This is just…Fuck off. And the only thing you are, friend is a fully rounded human being with depth and the understanding that life doesn’t exist in black and white and is a lot of grey areas.

Appretaur
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Appretaur
Eh, I’m only really focusing on presenting myself as what your sentence says: “You can heavily criticize a company but still love the things they release.” Though there’s been a long time recently in which I seemingly wasn’t even liking the things they were releasing, and that it was a consequence of what they were doing as a company (like no real new Metroid game, for example). I’m holding out hope that there will be good new substance in the upcoming Splatoon 2 and Mario Odyssey, and that ARMS will be really good, but I’m mainly hoping for that for… Read more »
padaco
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padaco

Jim Sterling … so beautiful and such a talent.

The7thDraconian
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In terms of the previous Darksider’s protagonists, I agree that War was mostly just gruff, but I think Death’s stoicism was what made him interesting. It reminds me of Jotaro Kujo in the way that Death doesn’t show much emotion, but when he does you pay attention and it reveals something about his character. That being said, I’m glad that they’re going the opposite direction with Fury because it makes for more variety.

RipTide
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I really, really hope Nintendo doesn’t discontinue their handhelds in favor of just the Switch. That is nothing against the switch itself, I plan to maybe get one eventually, but why I want normal handhelds to continue is I want handheld games to continue. Handheld games are often smaller experiences with a lot of good break points and that is what I want in a mobile game, something I can easily drop at a moments notice. A game like Breath of the Wild is defiantly not that. With huge games like that I always need to feel like I accomplished… Read more »
Martina Veselá
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I really hope Nintendo stops making big consoles because they’ve lost their touch a long time ago and they have nothing on Sony. Nintendo handhelds, on the other hand, are absolutely fantastic and no other company can compete with Nintendo on that front. They have more experience in that field than any other company out there and it shows. They should just focus on handheld gaming.

OrangeyChocolate
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OrangeyChocolate

I’d have to agree. At this point making big consoles seems like a waste of time and money for Nintendo. Their insistence on using underpowered/outdated technology is a major mark against them, but their apparent refusal to actually release games for the bloody things on a somewhat regular basis is one of the biggest reasons I’ve not gone within 100 feet of a Switch. I was burned by the Wii U, but thankfully my Nintendo fanboy days are behind me and I can focus more on their handheld offerings, which have been excellent throughout the past five years.

MJC
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MJC

If Nintendo keeps their handhelds alive, they’re more stupid than any of us thought possible. The big problem with both the 3DS and Wii U was massive game droughts. Having one platform eliminates that. If they keep the 3DS going and then release another platform to replace it that competes with the Switch, that’ll be it. I’ll give up completely on Nintendo. How the fuck do you release a portable console and then release another portable to compete with it?!

George
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My guess would be that in 2ish years a “3dswitch” of some kind will be made. A switch that is scaled down in some way.

Fred Davis
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Fred Davis
I’d honestly expect something more along the lines of a “DS advanced” like the old gameboy was upgraded through the Color and Gameboy Advanced interations, at least if their internal marketing and development teams are, as they look like they are from how they’ve handled the Switch, divided sharply into “handheld” and “console” division – basically some slightly enlarged DS with higher specs all round. Likely won’t see a move entirely away from the DS until they come up with a gimmick comparable to either the duel screen or “switch” mechanisms – gotta satisfy that “toy maker” logic that I… Read more »
BAH!
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BAH!

There’s also portability to consider. The Switch isn’t huge, but it’s definitely far too big for a pocket. And frankly, its design would make me exceptionally uncomfortable with the idea of walking around with it even if it weren’t.

Rafael R Piñero
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Listening to the podcast while uploading a video to the Tubes. It is taking forever. Gotta tweak those encoding settings again.

Fistic Glory
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Fistic Glory
Good show. A little sad to see you’ve all had some issues with Little Nightmares. I just finished it yesterday and thought it was quite superb. Fantastic art-style, great atmosphere and quite intense at points. I agree that there’s some odd moments of camera perspective that make walking in a straight line harder than it perhaps should be, although when you’re a tiny person up on a high ledge, it does add an almost believable element of doubt – similar to how people standing on the edge of a cliff seem frightened they’ll spontaneously lose their footing and clumsily fall… Read more »
Chris
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Chris

Hey Gav, (if you read this) is there any particular reason you hate the name joycon? I wanted to ask on twitter but its REALLY hard not to accidentally sound passive aggressive on that platform for some reason.

MJC
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MJC

Because it’s a stupid name.

FlamingoJet
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FlamingoJet

Because it’s stupid and stupid sounding.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

I fully expect the Switch to sell at least a sizeable fraction of what the Wii sold because of something I theorized previously where many consumers who mistakenly thought that the Wii U was some vague variation of the Wii rather than a next-gen successor would now be perceiving the Switch as literally the first Nintendo console since the Wii. It would be surprising if it actually sells very close to the Wii, though, or even beyond that.

padaco
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padaco

“SwiMotes”. haha that’s a way better name than Joy Cons and Jim came up with it in like a second.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

I call them Detat-Switch-ables.

MJC
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MJC

That’s worse than Joycon. Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

Doublep
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Doublep

What sort of SJW podcast is this, saying “fuck everybody” without specifying that clear consent should be expressed? Most of Neogaf is probably confused by this 🙂

Allan Weallans
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I need a new jacket. I do quite like the one I have, but I got given quite a nice hat and the jacket doesn’t match it at all. Anyway, the “game stories without agency” example I always bring up is Eternal Sonata. You can argue about whether or not it’s a good story, but it is a story with three different levels of fictionality told through four or five different medial forms. Imagine trying to do that in anything other than a video game. I mean, it’s not like the “frame tale” device is unique to games (did you… Read more »
Fred Davis
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Fred Davis

The real problem is that game stories are often there to in-clue the player into failure and success states of the game as well as control mechanics.

The weirdest aspect of games is that they are like if novels or movies had a seperate and unique grammar for each movie or novel that the player then has to be taught or learn and then the last dozen or so pages/minutes of the movie are made of shit and disapoint.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

I’ve yet to play my copy – you just made ES sound even cooler, though!

darksteel6
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darksteel6

That article sounds like it was written by Roger Ebert.

I don’t see Dark Souls ever coming to the Switch.

None of the Switch exclusives look interesting to me.

I don’t see the Switch continuing to sell well throughout the entire year.

Sony were idiots for quitting on making first-party titles for the Vita.

I liked Mad World’s end-credits.

Chris
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“I don’t see the Switch continuing to sell well throughout the entire year.

Based on what? Other than your dislike for Nintendo I mean. It’s their best selling console and they are still struggling to keep up with demand well before the Christmas season and the big push then. All indications is that this isn’t another Wii-U. You may not want it to sell well, but that’s not the same as there being any reason to predict it won’t.

darksteel6
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darksteel6
I don’t dislike Nintendo, far from it. I quite enjoyed the Gamecube, and there definitely games on the Wii and Wii U that I liked. I’m just not quite ready to declare the Switch the next Wii just yet. I remember when the Dreamcast sold really well for it’s first few months, but afterwards its popularity sank like a stone. You kind of sound like those people on the Escapist forums who assume Yahtzee is a Nintendo hater just because he criticizes them from time to time. Also correction, the Switch is Nintendo’s FASTEST-selling consoles, but it’s too soon to… Read more »
Chris
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In other words, your prediction is based entirely on a dislike of Nintendo’s last couple of consoles, not based on any evidence so far. That was my point.

And I’d imagine it won’t beat the Wii’s lifetime sales for a couple of years, because those sales obviously took years for the Wii to make. Hence why lifetime sales over an entire generation isn’t a fair standard to hold a new console too. That would be like saying none of the current consoles are a success because they haven’t sold as many units yet as the PS2 did over it’s entire lifetime.

darksteel6
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darksteel6
Except your point is wrong as I don’t dislike the Wii or Wii U, I just disliked some of Nintendo’s idiotic business moves regarding both consoles(I.E. allowing so much shovelware on the Wii and overdoing it on the motion-control gimmicks with both consoles, not to mention the terrible marketing strategy for the Wii U, I was shocked at how many people didn’t even know it was a new console) Did you miss the part where I mentioned the Dreamcast? It was the fastest selling console of all time when it first came out, but after a few months its sales… Read more »
InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

It will stop selling when everyone that wants one has one. I predict it will stop selling reliably in 2018, then be useless trash garbage in 2023.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I predict it will stop selling reliably sometime in the summer, then maybe pick back up in the holidays for Mario, then fall off again.

RedWolf
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RedWolf
The alarm bells started ringing for me as soon as I saw the Switch’s launch lineup. By the time it was out I had lost all interest in owning one. I still feel confident in being a 3DS owner, because that system’s overall library is rock solid with new releases rolling out regularly, but launching with such an anemic selection of games and the reported hardware faults may have hobbled the Switch beyond redemption. Sure the 3DS had a subpar launch, but Nintendo have actually supported that system pretty consistently throughout its lifespan. The next few months better be outstanding… Read more »
Martina Veselá
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That’s precisely how I feel about the Switch. The only launch game I was interested in was Breath of the Wild, but I can play that on my Wii U. When it comes to handheld gaming, my new 3DS blows the Switch out of the water because it has better battery life and way more games. Either way I have no reason to buy the Switch.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

To me the fact that a game that’s not even a real console exclusive is the system’s best seller is actually kind of sad, and the fact that more games then consoles have been sold isn’t exactly a good thing, considering that means that there are many people that have the game but no console to play it on because of continuing supply issues.

DeadlyYellow
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DeadlyYellow

Be a fair bet to just map sales to first-party releases. It’s not like much else typically carries a Nintendo console anymore.

Chris
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That will still give it more staying power than the Xbone at this point though. If they can be more like the ds/3ds and release first party titles and exclusive stuff like Monster Hunter frequently enough I can see it living on for a couple years. I think it’s going to live on more as a handheld than a home console, but that’s what I want from it when I finally manage to get one.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Random point. So how long has Amazon video been the Steam Greenlight of streaming services? I noticed the other day how much shite is on there while waiting for American Gods.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Netflix is guilty of that as well. A surprising amount of trash films make their way onto streaming services.

DeadlyYellow
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DeadlyYellow

“The best of television, the worst of movies.”

YoDude
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YoDude

Iunno man. There’s some wicked good “get baked and spend the evening giggling” crap on Netflix.

Although I’ll be the first to say American Netflix probably has more shit on offer. Canadian Netflix kinda sucks

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith
George
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It’s wonderful!

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

That was fast.

Graeme Vaughey
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Graeme Vaughey

Aw, I was hoping to hear your views on Little Nightmares, but none have finished it yet. It is really really short, so it must just be a busy month for all of you.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

You can’t say a Dark Souls game is artificially hard to extend the run time! That’s literally a crime against humanity! Its punishable by death! I should know, the kill-teams are still after me for saying that years ago!
Dark souls can do no wrong, ever. Its exactly as hard as it needs to be and you just need to git gud.
All Dark Souls games are stunning and brave and we should all get on our knees in thanks for the hours spent in repetitive action.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

That is dangerously close to a Zelda rant.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Nah, I’m just fucking with Jim. When he was on the Escapist he got pissy at me when I said Dark Souls was the post-child for padded game-length.
So to hear him saying this Dark Souls DLC feels padded to run out its time makes me giggle.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Oh did he respond to you in the Escapist forums?

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Not the forums, but the comments of one of his videos.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Ah OK.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Fair enough. Just giving you shit 😉

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Current year argument! Pounded it! ;op

Chris
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Chris

Jim, you would be offended by my screen right now. DIRECTLY beneath this comment is a fucking disqus ad. Bloody hell they’re obnoxious…. On that note, maybe I SHOULD read what 7 tasty foods to avoid before bed

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

You won’t believe #3!

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