Game Buoy Podcast Episode 64 – Nintendo ~Ultra~ 64

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, September 21, 2014, the Podcast Pirates look at the history and legacy of the Nintendo 64!

This episode was recorded in memory of Lode Runner creator Douglas E. Smith, who recently passed away.


A Shiny Gengar and a Diancie for Pokemon X & Y will be available at GameStop leading up to the release of AlphaSapphire and OmegaRuby.

Way of the Samurai 4 will be coming to PC.

The Assassin’s Creed “American Saga” will be released as a bundle in October.

Japan is getting two Pokemon Center-exclusive New 3DS models with suede faceplates.

The Pokemon AlphaSapphire and OmegaRuby demo will have rewards for the full game

Tekken 7 will have location tests in October.

Square Enix is actively recruiting staff to work on Kingdom Hearts III.

Dragon Quest X on 3DS has been pulled due to major issues.

Harmonix has announced the closure of the Rock Band Network.

The latest patch for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS has added Conquest Battles.

Ultra Street Fighter IV will be getting a free Omega Mode DLC pack that focuses on fun variations of fighter movesets.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be coming to Steam.

Batman: Arkham Knight launches June 2, 2015.

Driveclub is out on October 7, with a discount for PS+ subscribers who wish to update their base version.

The remake of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father hits October 15.

Mega Man 7 is now available on the Wii U eShop.

Dargon Quest is now available on iOS and Android!

Grand Theft Auto will hit PS4 and Xbox One on November 18, with a PC release following in 2015.

Disgaea 4 gets a Japanese release date of March 26, 2015.

Tales of Zestiria is due out in North America and Europe by Summer 2015.

Devil Survivor 2: Break Record finally makes its way to 3DS in Japan on January 29, 2015.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night has been delayed until next year.

Sonic Boom for Wii U will be released a week early.

D4 got a stealth release on September 19!


Microsoft has confirmed their acquisition of Mojang.

Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising 2, and Off the Record are coming to Steamworks.

Pikmin short films will be debuted at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Peggle Blast hits iOS and Android this fall.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Extra Large Helping for Wii U will have over 100 songs.

A Xenosaga HD Collection might be possible if tens of thousands of fans make their voices heard.

Saints Row creative director Steve Jaros has left Volition for Valve.

Developers from the Final Fantasy series have unveiled the beautiful Zodiac for iOS and Vita.

Hyrule Warriors DLC includes Dark Link!

Square Enix has teamed up with Avalanche to develop Shinra Technologies, a cloud gaming business.

The Final Fantasy 13 trilogy is heading to PC starting next month.

Nomura has stepped down from directing Final Fantasy 15 to work full time on Kingdom Hearts III.

Final Fantasy 4 is coming to Steam.

Final Fantasy Agito will be a free Vita game in Japan.

Final Fantasy 1 is coming to the 3DS eShop with 3D support!

Final Fantasy Explorers will get a free demo with internet multiplayer!

Raiden 5 is coming to Xbox One.

A Final Fantasy 15 demo will be coming with the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD!

A new Sword Art Online game will be revealed on October 5.


This week, the Podcast Pirates look back at the history and legacy of the Nintendo 64! They start out by looking at Nintendo’s position in the industry at the time, with the SNES having been successful but faced with fierce competition by Sega. Next, Spike and Slagkick examine the technical aspects of the N64’s development, from Silicon Graphic’s involvement to the decision to use cartridges rather than CDs, as well as the Williams/Nintendo arcade partnership. After that, the Podcast Pirates look at the launch and lifespan of the console. The N64 had a relatively small library, but Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick dig in to discuss some of the system’s biggest gems. Then, they discuss some notable hardware accessories before wrapping up with a note on the cost and value of getting into N64 gaming today.


Captain Spike has been playing Smash Bros. for 3DS (imported!) as well as Destiny. First Mate Slagkick continues to put time into WoW.


This week we’re discussing the Nintendo 64 on Episode 64 of Game Buoy! What was your experience with the N64? Did you get one at launch? What are your favorite N64 games?


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