Game Buoy Podcast Episode 98 – Episode Ninty-Eight: The Wilderness Downtown (A Game Buoy Spotlight on Animal Crossing)

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, November 29, 2015, First Mate Slagkick and Captain Spike discuss the history of the Animal Crossing series!

FOLLOW-UPS

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator will be coming to the US next Spring.

A new trailer for Great War Neptune vs. Sega Hard Girls shows off the game’s characters and battles.

– Sega has revealed Valkyria Azure Revolution and Valkyira Chronicles Remaster.

– One Piece: Burning Blood will have Franky Shogun and X-Drake on the roster.

– The character Nine will be playable in BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

– All 21 jobs for Final Fantasy Explorers will be available in the North American version.

– Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below will be a Slime Edition on PC.

– Read Only Memories is coming to PS4 and Vita.

– An Umihara Kawase Trilogy bundle is available on Steam.

– Andy Bogard has joined the King of Fighters XIV roster.

RELEASE DATES

– Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Force’s Asian release with English subtitles will be out in February 2016.

– Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been delayed six months.

– Earth Defense Force 4.1 and EDF2 are hitting North America on December 8.

– Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth will release in Europe on February 5.

– Gravity Rush Remastered is launching one week earlier than planned!

OMG NEWS

Disgaea is coming to PC.

– Popular Japanese freeware horror game translater, vgperson, has released her own title, Libretta.

– A “Bubsy Two-Fur” is up on Steam Greenlight.

– Nexon’s upcoming mobile strategy RPG, M.O.E. (Master of Eternity) blends mecha and cute anime girls.

– Hatoful Boyfriend’s plush toy Kickstarter has met all its stretch goals.

– Puzzle and Dragons X has been announced for 3DS.

– Shanghai developer Pixpil is making Eastward, an action adventure game with an art style that emulates 90s anime.

– PS2 emulation is confirmed by Sony to be coming to PS4.

– Valve has changed the way Steam sales work.

– Rifftrax has releasted a version of The Wizard with their commentary.

– Shigesato Itoi has once again gone on record saying there will be no Mother 4.

– G-Rev is bringing its 2011 shmup Strania: The Stella Machina to Steam.

– Wii U gamepads are available for sale in Japan.

– Noby Noby Boy’s GIRL has reached Pluto!

– In-game amiibo are coming to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for a DLC client.

– Sony is bringing PS4 remote play to PC and Mac.

DOOM AND GLOOM

– Afro Samurai 2 has been pulled from PS4 and Steam due to being a failure.

 

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO CONTROVERSIAL

– The Killable Children mod is back for Fallout 4 and is once again making waves.

– Team Ninja commented that Dead or Alive Extreme 3 will not be coming to the West due to issues regarding portrayals of women in gaming, and Play Asia responded by blaming “SJW nonsense” and tweeting triggering content.

SMASH!!

– Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Still Not Releasing in US, Koei Tecmo Makes Excuses (USGamer)

USGamer calls shenanigans on Team Ninja’s excuses about not releasing DOAX3 in the West, and examines why poor sales of the series is the actual reason why.

– A Price of Games Journalism (Kotaku)

Stephen Totilo speaks up about being blacklisted by Bethesda and Ubisoft for trying to report on Fallout 4 and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate when they were still secret.

What Was It Like to Be a Nintendo Game Play Counselor? (AV Club)

This interview with former Nintendo Game Play Counselors offers a neat look into the past as they discuss the day-to-day details of their jobs and memorable Nintendo anecdotes.

The Problem with the Post-Bungie Halo Campaigns (Kotaku)

This thoughtful essay discusses why, though 343 Industries is trying hard to make good Halo games, they are missing the mark when it comes to the franchise’s story beats.

DISCUSSION

This week, First Mate Slagkick and Captain Spike continue their Ninty Nineties series with a look at the nearly 15 year history of Animal Crossing! They discuss how the series has evolved over the years, as well as what the recent spin-offs might suggest about the future of the franchise, along with their personal experiences with the games.

SOCIAL LINKS

This week, we discuss Animal Crossing! What experiences have you had in animal-populated villages over the years?

Facebook Bonus question: Have you ever gone back to revisit any of your Animal Crossing towns years later? What was that experience like?

RUMOUR HAS IT

A screenshot suggests that the confusing and problematic Tomahawk job in Bravely Second has been replaced with the Cowboy job for its western release.

WHAT’S UP

First Mate Slagkick has been playing Yo-Kai Watch, World of Warcraft, and Destiny. Captain Spike has been playing Yo-Kai Watch, World of Warcraft, Destiny, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Both Podcast Pirates spent the holiday weekend playing Super Smash Bros. and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.

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