The Free Cheese

This week on The Free Cheese: it's Marc After Darc™

Gather around as Marc and Joe catch up on all things Nintendo Switch. Marc shares his hopes and dreams for Nintendo's new home console that can leave the home, as well as just how happy it makes him.

As we discuss Now Playing, Joe takes us into the World of Final Fantasy and how classic Final Fantasy is given a Pokémon-styled gameplay mechanic. Together, both Marc and Joe try out the new Pokémon Sun and Moon demo, and feel pretty uneven about it.

Marc runs the gambit of flea market DS finds and loses himself inside of PlayStation VR. Joe takes a journey to the suburbs of Japan and becomes a high school student again in Persona 4.

We talk about updates coming to Miitomo and the next time we'll hear about Nintendo Switch officially. After Marc poses a question about box design, we debate the necessity of cartridges and physical media in video games' future.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_169.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:11am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast: we turn 3 minutes into 2 hours.

Nintendo announced its newest home console, the Nintendo Switch. Long known by its codename, "NX," the Nintendo Switch is a home console that has the ability to be carried outside of the home and played wherever you go.

Joe and Matt discuss the nature of this new console and pull at every thread possible from the 3 minute trailer shown off by Nintendo.

We discuss the design and look of both the console and its branding, as well as the overall concept of the console. We share our thoughts on the third-party support announced and hinted at by Nintendo as well as what we want from a first-party output. 

We close the show by looking at the Virtual Console on Nintendo Switch, the future of both Wii U and 3DS, and what our dream launch title would be.

What is the new Mario game? Can you play the console on a rooftop? Where can I get new Splatoon haircuts? All of these questions and more are answered inside.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_168.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:21am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast: we turn the castle upside down.

Join Joe, Marc, and Matt to discuss the preservation of video games, the retro section in big box retailers, and how the market for old games is created.

Joe goes Japanese with Final Fantasy VI and Dragon Quest VII, Matt heads south in Mafia III, while Marc returns to a favorite land wearing new skin in Plague of Shadows. Joe tries the new horror rhythm game, Thumper. Matt, since last episode, began, played, and completed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. 

Stay tuned for next week, when we talk about the NX reveal for sure, probably, maybe...

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_167.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese: we learn which games Marc likes.

Joe and Marc are joined by our good friend Matt to talk about why From Software doesn't make Zelda, eSports and mainstream media, and the new Pokémon evolutions.

Matt deletes MLB the Show only to redownload it later. He just wrapped up the latest Deus Ex game, Mankind Divided and gets ready for Mafia III. 

Marc finally gets Galak-Z to run properly on PC and makes it through a few stages, certifying it as a Marc Game™. To kick off our celebration of Castlevania this month, Marc plays through Aria of Sorrow for the first time, wishing he could become Soma Cruz in 2035.

Joe talks about his final review for Slain: Back from Hell, cries some more about the NX, and shares his newfound love for the anime aesthetic of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_166.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:57am EST

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