Episode 41: The Bird’s The Word

On April 21, 2013 by Jason Rechtman and Jose Angel Salado

Episode 41: The Bird's The Word

Does a chicken in need make a good game indeed? In this episode of the Random Nintendo Podcast, we answer that very question with our full impressions of Toki Tori 2, Two Tribe’s anticipated Wii U puzzle-platformer. But first, we break down the recent onslaught of game announcements, from the Nintendo Direct reveals of Zelda and Yoshi on 3DS to new indie titles shown at the iDEAME conference in Madrid. Factor in the likes of Batman and Splinter Cell, and there’s a lot on the way to Nintendo platforms. We then discuss newly released sales numbers, examining the success of the eShop and the continuing struggle of the Wii U. It’s a big episode, but we can assure you of one thing: contrary to the title, there’s no ‘bird is the word’ song to be heard.

Which Nintendo Direct announcement are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments section! While you’re there, we’d love to hear your feedback on the podcast as a whole and any specific topics you would like for us to cover in the future. Feel free to also stay up to date on all things Random Nintendo by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes and following us on Twitter @RandomNintendo.

As always, we have provided links below to all the news and games covered in this episode. Each link also lists a time stamp, so you can easily jump to the parts of the show that most interested you. Enjoy!



2 Responses to “Episode 41: The Bird’s The Word”

  • addictarts wrote on May 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm:

    Great show, thanks. I personally don’t like the Kickstarter campaigns that throw in WiiU support if they reach a stretch goal. It seems like an after thought and grab for more cash.

    I am frustrated that many news outlets and even some, not you guys, miss-represent the WiiU and what it can do. I hear statements about it being on par with the other current consoles. The GPU in the WiiU is 2008 tech I believe, so on a pure GPU level there is no way it is on par. I believe the CPU is likely the weakest tech in the unit, not saying it is bad, but may take certain performance optimizations above just porting. I have a theory and maybe I am wrong, but the WiiU used prior to announcement 2 or so year old tech. The PS4 looks like it has 2 or so year old tech, an Anandtech breakdown on its GPU revealed details. So, other than branding which is an issue for sure, Nintendo needed to lead the way showing that the console is not on par, but truly something new and more powerful.

    Thanks again.

    • Jason Rechtman
      Jason wrote on May 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I completely agree that Nintendo needs to show the Wii U is more powerful than current-gen consoles. They seem aware of this based on some recent comments made by Iwata, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time now. If the upcoming 3D Mario game doesn’t do it (similar to how Mario Galaxy showed off the Wii’s full capabilities), I imagine Retro Studios’ next game might.

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