Game Buoy Podcast Episode 57 – Amateur (Mario) Kartography

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 definitely should be! On this episode, recorded Sunday, June 29, 2014, the Podcast Pirates look at a franchise that launched a sub-genre: Mario Kart!


Shareholders have voted to keep Satoru Iwata on Nintendo’s board of directors.

According to the results of the 2014 IGDA survey, the number of women in the industry is rising.

A Primal Rage 2 cabinet has appeared in Illinois and is available to play.

The Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Forza Horizon 2 are two different games.

The original Fallout games are once again available on Steam.

A new Hyrule Warriors character, Lana the White Witch, has been revealed!

Rise of Mana is now available on Android in Japan.

Falcom has another Legend of Heroes game set for release in 2015.

Infamous: First Light will be available August 26.

Resogun’s Heroes DLC is now available.

Splatoon will have two-squid local multiplayer.

The Banner Saga is coming to iPad, Android, and Windows tablets this summer.

Curse of Naxxramas, Hearthstone’s first expansion, is coming in July.


Bayonetta is working on a video game adaptation of The Legend of Korra!

A new Afro Samurai game is in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama is working on a new projected targeted at Western audiences.

An officially Forrest Gump endless runner is coming soon…

Civilization Revolution 2 has been announced by Firaxis.

Resogun got a free update with local co-op and a ship editor!

The new online Lego game is basically Diablo for kids!

A Godzilla game is coming to PS3 this winter.

Metro Redux is coming in August.

Zombie Driver has come to the Xbox One in an Ultimate Edition.

Gone Home’s co-creator has founded a new studio, Dim Bulb Games.

Dreamfall Chapters is once again planned for episodic release due to scheduling problems.

Ar noSurge has been confirmed for U.S. release by Tecmo Koei.

Mistwalker has trademarked the name Terra Battle.


Rumors abound about trouble at Crytek.


This week, the Podcast Pirates take a look at the franchise that spawned an entire sub-genre: Mario Kart! With the recent release of Mario Kart 8 and its near universal acclaim, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick look back on the history of what could possibly be Nintendo’s flagship series at this point. The Pirates discuss each game and what it contributed to the growth of the franchise. Then, Spike and Slagkick discuss a handful of other kart racing games that are notable, for good or bad!


An Atlus teaser site strongly hints that a new Etrian Odyssey game is on its way.

Eiji Aonuma continues to tease that Zelda U will not be a single player game.


Saving Suda51 (USGamer)

A great article by Kat Bailey sharing how Grasshopper’s  partnership with GungHo has given Suda51 the support he needs to make the kinds of games he wants.


Captain Spike has been playing and Shovel Knight. First Mate Slagkick has been playing Shovel Knight and the NES Remix games.


Tonight, we’re talking about kart racers! Do you have a favorite?

Facebook bonus question: Is there an underappreciated kart racer that you feel has never gotten its due? Tell us about it!


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