Infendo Radio Episode 322: A Ditto in Our Midst

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Episode 322 of Infendo Radio is now available for your listening pleasure. In this episode, Lewis Pugh, Harrison Milfeld, Colin Crompton and I talk about Nintendo news, including the upcoming “shocking” Pokemon announcement, the inclusion of online multiplayer in Fantasy Life, Ubisoft’s vow not to port M-rated games to the Wii U, and more.

Our feature is an initial attempt to rank the top 5 RPG/strategy games out on the Nintendo 3DS, and this is where you, the listener, come in: we on Infendo Radio are generally fond of RPG/strategy games, but we haven’t collectively played all of the great games from the genre on Nintendo’s handheld, one notable example being Shin Megami Tensei IV. Your job? Let us know, in a comment below this post if you’re in your browser or in an e-mail to contact@infendo.com, what your top 5 RPG/strategy games on the 3DS are. Feel free to go into detail on one or more titles; this will help us to properly rank the 3DS greats two episodes from now.

Apologies to those who recently sent in comments/questions; it may be the next one or two episodes before they are read/discussed, due to my forgetful nature.

Enjoy the show!

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In addition to being a girl gamer, Holly prides herself on being a red-head. Consequently, the blue shell in the Mario Kart series is her natural enemy. Don't worry, though: she still loves Mario Kart and is very good, despite the occasional blue shell-sabotaged race. Like any Nintendo fan, Holly also loves Zelda, Pokemon, Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Kirby...you name it. But she'll try just about anything (besides horror games) and has a soft spot for unique, little-known rhythm games like Rhythm Heaven and Samba de Amigo. NNID: Aeroweth

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  1. Greetings! Life’s been busy, so I haven’t commented on threads (and especially the podcasts) for a while. Firstly, just wanted to say the shows are going quite while, and well done Holly! A couple of ideas/questions though. Firstly, why are you guys so intent to maintain the show length to around an hour? I only ask because it feels like sometimes things become rushed because of it. If you guys are really determined to stick to that show length, I would rather see you guys shorten the news section as opposed to the what you’ve been playing. My reasoning is thus: games stay around and quite relavent for longer time periods than news. The delay between news, show recording, and post-recording production often times make the news brought up be either irrelevant or already “old news.” Also, I love podcasts and had a random though listening t this weeks episode: what do you guys think about making two separate podcasts? One would be American (with Holly and Harrison) and the other British (with Lewis and Colin). It WOULD add more work, but could make scheduling for recordings easier along with adding more content for the site. Just a thought……

    More on-topic now: RPGs and Strategy games. I’m not sure I can rank the ones I’ve enjoyed (being my favorites genres with SRPGs topping the list), but I have (and have played) quite a few.

    Bravely Default is awesome. I haven’t given it the time it deserves, but I find myself pushing back games I know are going to be significant investments of time and trying to only play one at a time. BUT, what I did play, was great. I love grinding in games (not sure why) and this made that very enjoyable. As for the story: it’s a JRPG. The only thing as silly as a JRPG’s story (often times) is its name (which is absolutely the case here).

    I have both Etrian Odyssey games, and really liked them. They are pretty unique in the 3DS library (and many modern JRPGs too) and deserve a shot because of that alone. Also, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (if I’m remembering which game) is actually a remake if the first game with the addition of a story (since it was curiously omitted initially).

    Fire Emblem Awakening was an amazing game, up until I saw how easy it was to break the game and significantly reduce its challenge and enjoyment. I did, however, love the anime cutscenes and wish we had more.

    Heroes of Ruin is the game that I am saddest to see not succeed. I. LOVE. DIABLO. And this game could’ve been that, but wasn’t. The game might’ve faired better with CPP support, but just didn’t have legs to maintain a long life. BUT, the drop-in drop-out multiplayer and voice chat made it one of the best games in the 3DS library to play online. As I type this, I was trying to think of what the games greatest failure was, and finally realized it: the balance. Enemies are generally very easy and healing/mana potions are SO abundant that even harder fights just didn’t offer a challenge, even at the lowest levels and hardest difficulties.

    I’ve seen EVERYBODY say it, but what was so bad about Paper Mario Sticker Star Story (I did have one gripe/problem that I’ll get into in a minute)? The game is meant to be goofy and fun, not deep and compelling, and I feel it delivered there. Why did everyone dislike it so much? (My personal problem required me to restart the game because partway through you come to a locked door with some silhouettes. Those silhouettes match stickers. Apply the correct stickers and move on. I saw a sticker for sale earlier in the game, but didn’t buy it. I could not find that sticker anywhere else (grinding through multiple play sessions) so went back to buy the sticker, AND IT WAS GONE! Not sure if this was a glitch or what, but. Had to restart it because of that.)

    Lastly, @Holly: Last week you all talked about the Pokémon TCG coming to iPad. I would like to either a) write an article about this topic or b) come on the show and talk about it. I play SEVERAL card based games (both digitally and physically) and would love to explain some challenges that Nintendo/the Pokémon company face in this regard, and what it could mean for them. Please let me know which one is more possible/likely. You can either hit me up through email (jrnovak@icloud.com) or Miiverse (RisnDevil).

    Thanks,
    RisnDevil

  2. Oh, and good call on the Pokken Fighter announcement!

  3. I must agree with RisnDevil, I miss the segment of what you’ve been playing. It’s kind of like a quick audio review, helps me decide what games to buy, and is interesting to hear which hosts like which games. The news is good to cover, but perhaps requires slightly less time, as it has almost all been covered already by one of us on the site. Otherwise the podcasts continue to be great. Keep it up!

  4. It all comes down to not rehashing a title we’ve been playing for weeks. The section will stay, but once there’s a dip in releases or what we can buy, then we have more time for news. With news segments, we’re able to get out of comfort zone a bit.

  5. @Harrison – If only one or two people talk about their game (preferably closer t their completion of the game) there SHOULD be less rehashing, and I’m sure you guys have a back catalog of games you’ve played and never talked about.

  6. I’ve actually made that a new rule: to talk about what you’ve been playing, you have to have finished it or played it plenty. We haven’t been finishing a lot lately (though I recently finished Pokemon LeafGreen for like the 10th time; didn’t know whether people would want to hear about that one, haha!). Lewis will be talking about a certain Wii game soon, though. 😉

    Anyway, thanks for the comments/suggestions, everyone! ^_^

  7. Ya, that makes sense. We are all gaming on a budget. I certainly couldnt afford a new game every week. Glad to know its not fully gone, always enjoy that segment. Look forward to its return in the future.

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