Normally we write something witty here, but in light of recent news, we would instead like to dedicate this episode of the Random Nintendo Podcast to Satoru Iwata. We start the show with a discussion of his legacy and the role he played in our lives as fans. The rest of the episode is then all about the thing he loved, video games, as we share our hands-on impressions from Comic-Con 2015 of Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash, Yo-Kai Watch, and LBX: Little Battles Experience, plus our belated E3 impressions of Star Fox Zero and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. We also discuss our Comic-Con experience as a whole, weigh in on an assortment of news, and reveal the winner of our Robin amiibo giveaway.
This episode is also the second of our Summer Giveaway Series! For this contest, we’re giving you a chance to win a download code for SteamWorld Dig on Nintendo 3DS. To enter to win one of the two eShop codes we have available, simply leave a comment below telling us which game developed by HAL Laboratory (Satoru Iwata’s original employer) is your favorite. Plus, you can earn an additional entry on Twitter by following @RandomNintendo and retweeting this tweet. Be sure to also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the announcement of our winner and the third summer giveaway in our next episode.
As always, we’ve included links below for more information on the news and games discussed in this episode. Each link also lists a time stamp so you can easily find the segments that most interest you. We hope you enjoy, and to Mr. Iwata: thank you for everything!
- [0:01] Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Chief Executive, Dies at 55 (New York Times)
- [0:16] Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash Interview with Risa Tabata and Kensuke Tanabe (Nintendo World Report)
- [0:55] Zero Escape 3 coming to Vita and 3DS next summer (Polygon)
- [1:00] Charizard and Weavile Join The Fight in Pokken Tournament (IGN)
- [1:06] Pokémon Shuffle is heading to iOS and Android this year (Polygon)
- [1:09] Shovel Knight – Physical Version Coming to a Store Near You (Yacht Club Games)
- [1:13] Gunman Clive’s 3DS Outings Are Dashing To Wii U In Rootin’-Tootin’ HD (Nintendo Life)
- [1:14] Xeodrifter is officially Cross-Buy on 3DS and Wii U (Destructoid)
- [1:16] Shigeru Miyamoto Has Good News For Amiibo Skeptics Like Me (Kotaku)
- [1:19] Dark Pit Amiibo Exclusive to Best Buy (IGN)
- [1:23] E3 2015: Why You Can’t Play as a Woman in Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (IGN)
- [1:30] The 75th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders – Q&A (Nintendo Investors Site)
- [1:37] Rumor – NX Won’t Be As Powrful as PS4 (GoNintendo)
- [0:10] Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash (Nintendo.com Game Page)
- [0:18] Yo-Kai Watch (Nintendo.com Game Page)
- [0:23] LBX: Little Battlers Experience (Official Site)
- [0:35] Star Fox Zero (Nintendo.com Game Page)
- [0:47] Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Nintendo.com Game Page)
- [0:51] PlayStation’s Project Morpheus (PlayStation.com Sub-Site)
- [0:55] Zero Escape 3 (IGN Game Page)
- [1:00] Pokken Tournament (IGN Game Page)
- [1:06] Pokemon Shuffle Mobile (Pokemon.com Game Page)
- [1:09] Shovel Knight (Official Site)
- [1:13] Gunman Clive HD Collection (Official Site)
- [1:14] Xeodrifter (Official Site)
- [1:23] The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo.com Game Page)
Official Contest Rules: All registrants must be a resident of the United States of America and age 13 or older. The contest begins on July 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM PST and ends on July 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. Visitors may enter the contest once by leaving a comment below. You can also enter the contest, or gain an additional entry, by retweeting a designated tweet posted by the @RandomNintendo Twitter account. Two (2) winners will be chosen at random and each receive the following prize: one (1) eShop download code for the Nintendo 3DS version of SteamWorld Dig (MSRP: $8.99). 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 July 25, announced in Episode 103 of the Random Nintendo Podcast, and then notified via email or Twitter Direct Message.