Episode 57: Strikes, Aces, and Balance Boards

On November 17, 2013 by Jason and Jose

Episode 57: Strikes, Aces, and Balance Boards

Between coverage of Wii Sports Club, Wii Fit U, and the Wii U’s casual-oriented holiday season, you could say this episode of the Random Nintendo Podcast is a casual affair. The show begins with a slew of news, including a full breakdown of the latest Nintendo Direct and the Wii Mini’s stateside debut. We also look at the business side of Nintendo, analyzing the decision to market Wii U as a casual/family-friendly console, new comments by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, and the Wii U and 3DS’s October sales performance. We then circle back to the casual games that started it all with full impressions Wii Sports Club and Wii Fit U.

This episode also marks our two-year anniversary and to celebrate, we’re giving away a $20 eShop credit! As longtime listeners of the show may know, Jason isn’t very good about beating his games. He plays them heavily, but rarely makes it to the end. It’s time to change that for at least one game. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post to tell us if you think Jason should beat Super Mario 3D World or The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and we will pick one commenter at random to win the $20 in eShop credit. The game with the most votes will be the one Jason has to beat during the remainder of 2013. We’ll announce the winner in our next episode, so make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter @RandomNintendo so you don’t miss it. You may want to stick around, too: if Jason fails to beat the chosen game before the year ends, we will then be giving away a second $10 eShop credit to another commenter.

As always, we have included links below to all the news and games discussed in this episode. Each link also lists a time stamp, making it easy to find the segments of the show that most interest you. Enjoy!

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Games

Official Contest Rules: All registrants must be a resident of the United States of America and age 13 or older. The contest begins on November 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM PST and ends on November 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST. Visitors may only enter the contest once by leaving a comment below. Any additional entries that a given visitor makes will be disqualified. One (1) commenter will be chosen at random and receive the following prize: one (1) digital code redeemable for $20 in credit on the US Nintendo eShop. Random Nintendo staff members may not participate in this contest. Random Nintendo reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason. The winner will be chosen at random on November 30, 2013, announced in Episode 58 of the Random Nintendo Podcast, and then notified via email.

54 Responses to “Episode 57: Strikes, Aces, and Balance Boards”

  • MaxxAmmo (@MaxxAmmo) wrote on November 17, 2013 at 5:21 am:

    Great episode as always!! Happy Anniversary!

    I say you should play & beat ‘Super Mario 3D World’ for Wii U!

    It should be easy to stick with ‘Super Mario 3D World’ and complete as the game looks simply amazing and should give you tons to talk about in future Podcasts!! I bet it gets a 10 in many reviews!! Can’t wait to play it myself but it may not be till after Christmas that I play!
    -Maxx

  • Josh H wrote on November 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm:

    Awesome episode, as always. I think you should go for ALBW for 3DS, The reviews look great and it totally redefines the zelda series with renting items. Also, the streetpass feature looks amazing!

  • Keanu Reeves wrote on November 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm:

    Super Mario 3D World for sure! It looks like a fantastic game to beat ;)

  • Marisa wrote on November 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm:

    The game-to-beat has to be Zelda ALBW. Side quests, fun adventures and not one but TWO princesses? How could you choose anything else? Besides, beating Mario doesn’t count unless you’re going to all the trouble of 100%ing it and that’s less likely than just making it to the end.

  • numerrik wrote on November 18, 2013 at 11:17 am:

    I am voting for Super Mario 3D World, I know I will be beating it too.

  • ;) wrote on November 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm:

    It’s like nintendo realized zelda got fat and put her on a diet, and now she’s back in shape. I say Jason play zelda, nintendo’s been workin’ her hard on this one. :)

  • Emerson wrote on November 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm:

    Definitely Zelda ALBW, mainly because that game will probably be the longer of the 2 games and therefore less likely to pass by the end of the year. =)

  • Aaron wrote on November 22, 2013 at 9:47 am:

    I wanna win! You should beat Zelda. :) Oh and congratulations on the podcast anniversary!

  • The real Jason wrote on November 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm:

    Free money is always nice. Jason should beat Zelda cuz its probably more of a commitment than Mario.

  • Reece Sngh wrote on November 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm:

    I agree Jason should definitely beat ALBW, reviews are great, the game looks totally worth it and happy anniversary ^_^.

  • Pieter wrote on November 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm:

    You should beat Super Mario 3D

  • Josh M. wrote on November 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm:

    Congrats on making it to 2 years! I say that he should beat Zelda: A Link Between World. It seems like there would be more to that game, and hopefully that means he’ll fail the task and earn us an extra code. ;)

  • rmdk17 wrote on November 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm:

    Beat Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

  • Raymon wrote on November 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm:

    Play 3D World first! And be sure to bring a friend or three!

  • Cola wrote on November 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm:

    I think he should beat Super Mario 3D World first, and perhaps with a couple of pals at his side.

  • James (@Jragon274) wrote on November 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm:

    I vote for Zelda!

  • Domenic Paolo wrote on November 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm:

    Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

  • clay wrote on November 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm:

    Zelda 1st!

  • abadmotivator wrote on November 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm:

    Go for Zelda. I just started playing ALBW today, but I can already tell it’s going to be my pick for handheld goty, and this is coming from a guy who found the past five Zelda games to be terrible bores.

  • Fred Rogers wrote on November 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm:

    I’m more curious to see Zelda. I want to know how good that 2D ability is.

  • John K wrote on November 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm:

    Happy Ann.

    Jason needs to beat Zelda. I find zelda games to usually be a more fulfilling experience. I’ve yet to play this new one, but I’ve heard great things!

  • K Deuce wrote on November 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm:

    I personally love the Legend of Zelda series, but I think he should go for Super Mario 3D World.

  • GameDemonKing (@GameDemonKing) wrote on November 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm:

    I would suggest Mario because don’t get me wrong Zelda is a great series problem is that it takes longer to finish the game because you have to use strategy to defeat each boss and to solve the puzzles and bash enemies that each boss is at. With Mario it’s a simple platformer that you know what to do in order to get from point a to point b.

  • Duke wrote on November 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm:

    Go for Zelda, as it usually has a more satisfying ending. Then you can wonder just when the game takes place in relation to the Oracle games and Link’s Awakening.

  • AlexR wrote on November 27, 2013 at 11:30 pm:

    You have to beat Zelda. Mario is a great game but there is no story or real reward for beating it, though I do think its the more fun of the two games.

  • Matenshi wrote on November 28, 2013 at 12:09 am:

    Zelda. Mario is something you can just pick and play whenever.

  • Benjamin Hoop wrote on November 28, 2013 at 6:55 am:

    As a nostalgic fan, my vote goes for Zelda for sure :P

  • Barrel~ (@barrelmaster) wrote on November 28, 2013 at 8:02 am:

    Beat 3D World! It’s probably… maybe… arguably…better.

  • Tommy Cheung wrote on November 28, 2013 at 8:19 am:

    A link between worlds! Loved every minute of the game! And happy thanksgiving!

  • John Brown wrote on November 28, 2013 at 8:36 am:

    3D world all the way. I love a good Zelda adventure as much as the next guy, but the new Mario, man it’s something else.

  • Saber wrote on November 28, 2013 at 8:49 am:

    I vote for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds!

  • Christopher Arnold wrote on November 28, 2013 at 8:56 am:

    My vote is for 3D Mario World! I think that game would be more fit for a podcast :)

  • trvra wrote on November 28, 2013 at 9:55 am:

    My vote has be for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds! I think there are going to end up being way too many secret worlds, stages, and modes in Super Mario 3D World, which means it may end up taking longer than expected!

    Also, happy two-year podcast anniversary! Keep it up, duders!

  • Elijah Q wrote on November 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm:

    I vote for Zelda first!

  • Nick wrote on November 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm:

    Zelda > Than Mario…can Mario shoot freaking laserbeams hellz no!!! Link all the way mutha suckaz’s.

  • Taylor wrote on November 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm:

    beat super mario first!

  • Corey Kelley wrote on November 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm:

    Ahhhh, this is a tough decision….I bought both on the same day, and while I love SM3DW, LoZ has taken all of my attention.

    Go with Zelda, it’s great.

  • Troy wrote on November 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm:

    Beat Super Mario 3D World first!

  • cody wrote on November 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm:

    A Link Between Worlds, obviously.

  • A. Labonte wrote on November 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm:

    A Link Between Worlds. Definitely.

  • Jake Skye wrote on November 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm:

    For sure it would have to be A Link Between Worlds, I mean come on it’s a new Zelda game we’ve been waiting for! :)

  • Rob L. wrote on November 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm:

    Obviously, you should beat A Link To The Past first. Super Mario 3D World is a fantastic game, but let’s be honest, if we’re talking about playing to completion, Zelda is the much more sensible choice. So yeah, don’t be a bunch of ass pirates, beat Zelda first.

    • Rob L. wrote on November 30, 2013 at 3:35 am:

      So yeah, I’m the ass pirate. A Link To The Past is the SNES game, which you should also beat if you for some reason have not. A Link Between Worlds is the new 3DS one and it’s also great and you should do that before Mario 3D World but that is also very good so beat them both but do Zelda first.

  • downtheory wrote on November 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm:

    Super Mario World 3DS hands down! The reviews are great and plus…it’s a Mario game! Plenty of fun to be had, and it shouldn’t be insanely hard to finish! Just my $0.02, if only that could get me a tank of gas for my car…

  • downtheory wrote on November 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm:

    Game title confusion in the last post, sorry for double post. Pretty sure what I meant was obvious…

  • Nick wrote on November 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm:

    Legend of Zelda. Totally beat that first.

  • derrick wicker wrote on November 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm:

    legend of zelda

  • hestar69 wrote on November 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm:

    Super Mario 3D World..It’s a game where you can play…not play it for 3 months and pick back up and get into the game!

  • sid wrote on November 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm:

    i think you should play Super Mario 3D World first! amazing game!

  • Caitlin wrote on November 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm:

    Definitely Legend of Zelda, the game looks great. Nice throwback to Link to the Past.

  • Jonathan wrote on November 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm:

    Definitely Legend of Zelda. Love those games.

  • Jason
    Jason wrote on November 30, 2013 at 12:31 am:

    Thanks for entering, everyone! The contest is now closed, so stay tuned for Episode 58 tomorrow (12/1) for the winner announcement.

  • Jaes wrote on November 30, 2013 at 12:48 am:

    You should beat Zelda!

  • Leon wrote on December 1, 2013 at 7:19 am:

    Beat Super Mario 3D World first then play Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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