Game Buoy Podcast Episode 24 – Game Buoy’s First Annual Anniversary Celebration Spectacular Spectacular!

Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to the Game Buoy podcast – your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and views that maybe aren’t on your radar, but most positively should be! On this episode, recorded Saturday, March 30, 2013, Captain Spike and his first mate, Slagkick, celebrate Game Buoy’s First Annual Anniversary Celebration Spectacular Spectacular! (And they also take a look at ten of their favorite April Fools’ Day jokes in the gaming world.)

FOLLOWING UP

Fez hits Steam on May 1.

Epic Mickey 2 is getting a Vita port.

The first English trailer for Killer is Dead has hit!

– Devil Survivor 2: The Extra World will be a social card-based game for smartphones.

SEGA has responded to the Shining Force video removal controversy.

Ron Gilbert has officially unveiled Scurvy Scallywags in the Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG!

Vanillaware’s Dragon’s Crown comes out on July 25 in Japan.

Atlus is “working hard” on the next Persona game.

Nintendo has lifted the European Wii U eShop restrictions.

The FFX and FFX-2 HD remasters will be coming to North American PS3s and Vitas.

Capcom has been having “ongoing discussions” in regards to a new Mega Man game.

– Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara hits PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Wii U eShop, and Steam in June.

The North American release of Phantasy Star Online 2 has been delayed.

Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain have been confirmed as two seperate games under the Metal Gear Solid 5 banner.

David Hayter apparently isn’t doing any voice acting in Metal Gear Solid 5.

Project Versus J is now officially titled J-Stars Victory Vs. and will allow up to four players, with Naruto being confirmed as a playable character.

Despite strong sales, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs have sold below Square Enix’s expectations.

Yoichi Wada will be stepping down as president of Square Enix at the end of June.

Concept art has been revealed for the first Grasshopper Manufacture game under new owners GungHo Entertainment.

Crytek USA’s CEO is interested in bidding on the Darksiders IP, after all.

OMG NEWS

– Team Fortress 2 will be Oculus Rift’s first game.

EA CEO John Riccitiello has resigned.

Final Fantasy V has come to iOS in Japan!

– Deux Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut hits Wii U on May 7, with retooled boss fights and a bevy of GamePad features.

Firaxis will be launching Haunted Hallow, a free-to-play iOS game, this spring.

Capcom has announced that WayForward is developing Ducktales Remastered, an HD remake of the NES classic!

– New Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl, a 3DS reimagining of the original Etrian Odyssey, hits Japan in June.

A Vita game called Metrico will use infographics as landscapes.

– Papo and Yo is coming to Steam on April 18.

Brenda Romero has resigned from the IGDA after its GDC party featured female dancers.

– Skullgirls will be getting five new characters.

– Zero Escape 3 will take place between 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward.

– Super Robot Taisen OE has been announced as an episode PSP download.

– Sengoku Basara 4 hits PS3 in early 2014.

DISCUSSION TOPIC

Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick had some fun recording their April Fools’ Day joke, TingleCast, for your enjoyment! Because Game Buoy launched at the beginning of April last year, the Podcast Pirates celebrate their first anniversary by sharing ten of their favorite April Fool’s Day jokes in the history of gaming. Listen to hear their thoughts on the following (in no particular order):

  1. Simon Belmont in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (EGM, 1991)
  2. Sheng Long trick for Street Fighter II (EGM, 1992)
  3. “All Bonds” cheat in GoldenEye 007 (EGM, 1998)
  4. Super Smash Bros. Melee‘s “Unlock Sonic and Tails” (EGM, 2002)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker with updated “realistic” Graphics (EGM 2005)
  6. Mushroom Kingdom Hearts (EGM, 2007)
  7. Pokémon Kart (1UP, 2010)
  8. Live Action Zelda Movie (IGN, 2008)
  9. Luigi Playable In Super Mario 64 (Super Mario 128 Central, 2000)

Wait…that is only nine…what is #10?!?! Listen to the episode to find out!

WHAT’S UP

Captain Spike and Slagkick share their love for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and BioShock Infinite. Then, Slagkick talks about spending time with Rock Band Blitz, HarmoKnight, and Kersploosh!

SMASH OR TRASH

In this revamped version of a classic Game Buoy segment, Captain Spike and Slagkick share a great gaming article (Smash) and a poor gaming article (Trash) to highlight the best and worst of gaming journalism.

SMASH: Darkstalkers Resurrection: Why Some Things Shouldn’t Stay Dead (Siliconera)

Yusouf from Siliconera writes a nice review (without relying on giving it a score or a grade) that highlights the near-perfect arcade ports of two of Capcom’s classic fighters.

TRASH: Final Fantasy V on Smartphones? Nineteen Bucks in Japan. (Kotaku)

$19? $19! $19? $19! #SquareEnixMobilePriceQQ #OverIt

SOCIAL LINKS

Long-time Game Buoy listener Crystal thinks First Mate Slagkick needs to respect his elders! (Oh no, am I going to get slapped again? -FMS)

Also, the Podcast Pirates share their favorite #GameBuoyMemory! What is your #GameBuoyMemory? Tweet us at @GAMEBUOYdotORG with the hashtag #GameBuoyMemory! Thank you so much for all your love and support over the past year.

Join in the discussion over at FacebookTumblr, or Google+, too!

FAREWELLS AND SHOUT OUTS

– Qoopa Klub, a Nintendo-centric LGBT podcast

– Orange Lounge Radio, where EVERY gamer has a voice

– Reading is Fundamental, our seasonal side project with Rob Roberts where we dish on RuPaul’s Drag Race

– Nerdgasm Network, the wildest 3 hours of shock jock video game radio

– Horde House, the show about World of Warcraft but NEVER too seriously

– Girls Gone WoW, for a female perspective on the world’s most popular MMO

– Video Game Outsiders, a podcast for the “average gamer”

– Theme music by Zelda Reorchestrated

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