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39: Pikachu walks it in, Mario Happy Meals & Blame the Smartphone!

Welcome to Episode 39!

We’re jam packed this week, and have an absolute ton of stuff to talk about.

This week on the podcast…

News

  • Pikachu may well be Japan’s mascot in the 2014 World Cup –
    Pikachu Named Japan
  • Chris owes Colin a fiver – listen to this week’s Smashcast for context.
  • There’s some cool smart phone news – including a cross industry standard charging unit (finally!) and cross play between Ios and Android.
  • A JRPG that teaches you the J – donate to Koe here!
  • Officials from both Sony and Nintendo have been talking about the wider handheld gaming industry – including porting to smartphones, and the contrast between the two consoles.
  • Race The Sun, the indie smash hit racer, is coming to Vita
  • There’s two new 3DS Special Editions coming to Japan: Pokemon Battle Trozei  and Persona Q which has a fantastic book design Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth 3DS XL Is A Handheld Persona Book screenshotPersona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth 3DS XL Is A Handheld Persona Book screenshot
  • Nintendo is bringing a selection of toys to McDonalds in the UK – is this the beginning of Nintendo’s wider franchising plans?
  • Yoshi’s New Island has had mixed reviews – currently on Metacritic with 64 Critics review and 5.4 User score. We talk about why this could be.
  • Twitch, the game streaming service, could be coming to Vita – but would it use the front facing, not very flattering camera?

Reviews

  • Colin reviews his new shiny 2DS – does it fulfil his every expectation?
  • Chris and Colin do a joint Pokemon Review!

Topicsget in touch in the usual manner!

  • Theme parks – what would go into the Handheld world theme park: for example, a Steel Diver log flume, or a Hotline Miami Haunted House?
  • Pet names – Chris is looking at getting a pair of rats, and wants to know if you have any pets named after video games?

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