#68 | Mario Maker, Triforce Heroes, and Nindies at Home

Hi! And welcome to the Turtle Jump Show: the video game podcast of your hearts, and ours! During E3 Nintendo made Super Mario Maker and Zelda: Triforce Heroes available to play at select Best Buy locations, and our very own Paul Shirley made a pilgrimage to such a place to try these games. Also, we play some Nindies at Home, indie game demos on the Wii U available for download the week of E3. 

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Turtle Jump: Now Covering Xbox

I’m excited to announce that Turtle Jump will now be covering Xbox! Sure, we’ve discussed news before, but now we can actually start talking about our experiences first hand. Last Sunday I sought far and wide for a 1 TB Xbox One console at a retailer participating in the free game promotion. GameStop told me no, not yet. Target did not carry the 1 TB console. I called two Best Buys, another Target, Toys R Us, and at least three other GameStops. Only GameStop had a 1 TB console in stock, and none of those stores had even heard of the promotion.

After stewing a bit and weighing my options, I realized that I had neglected to call another GameStop just twelve minutes from my apartment. I was already resigned to ordering from Amazon and waiting a couple of days on shipping, but I decided that a call couldn’t hurt. To my surprise, they knew about the promotion! They had consoles in stock! I rushed to the store and picked up my console, along with a free copy of The Witcher III.

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My compatriot, Paul Shirley, has likewise taken the plunge into Microsoft’s console domain. His system is en route from Amazon. It may even be in hand before this post publishes. Soon you should expect us to begin covering Xbox games on the blog and the podcast, likely starting with Halo: The Master Chief Collection (included free as a download with the 1 TB bundle).

But why Xbox? Why now? For the last three console generations I have solely owned Nintendo and Sony systems. The Xbox One is the first non-Windows gaming platform from Microsoft that I’ve purchased. A lot of factors contributed to my decision to get an Xbox, and Microsoft’s strong E3 showing played a large part.

In truth, I’ve been tempted by the Xbox for several months now. I nearly grabbed one up when Microsoft dropped the price to $349 for the 500 GB console with The Master Chief Collection bundle. I had never played through the Halo campaigns before, but I’ve always been interested. Playing Destiny in the last year has made me even more eager to try Halo. Still, one game series was not enough for me to invest in the platform.

Then Microsoft held their E3 conference. Rare Replay, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Halo 5, and Fable Legends all look like solid games, and they’re all coming exclusively to Xbox One (with a few on Windows 10) this year. Rare also unveiled a new game, Sea of Thieves, that looks like it could be a return to their roots. Then they announced Recore, an exclusive game from Keiji Inafune and the creators of Metroid Prime. On top of all that, they dropped the bomb that the Xbox One will soon have backwards compatibility with the 360, opening the door for me to explore a backlog of titles I missed last generation. I was impressed, and I was shocked that I was impressed.

Already after the show I was writing up spreadsheets, tapping on my calculator, and consulting a magic 8-ball to determine whether an Xbox One would fit into my budget. Then right after the show, Microsoft announces a deal whereby those who buy an Xbox One will get a free game, up to $60. The deal only runs for a week, and in haste I finished my calculations and decided to buy a console, then and there.

I have since been playing through the original Halo campaign and exploring The Continent in The Witcher III. I’m enjoying my time with the console so far, and you can expect to hear more about my thoughts in the coming weeks, both on the podcast and the blog.

Fallout 3 Let’s Play

A few weeks ago Bethesda announced the latest entry in their beloved post-apocalyptic RPG series, Fallout. Shortly thereafter Steam offered Fallout 3–already inexpensive–at a discount in their summer sale. I’ve never played a Fallout game, but I saw these events as an opportunity to introduce myself to the franchise. I started a playthrough of Fallout 3 to see what the hype is all about and to decide whether Fallout 4 will be for me. What’s more, I recorded the gameplay with commentary!

Now we introduce the very first Turtle Jump Let’s play series. You can find the first episode embedded below, and future entries will be posted in the Fallout 3 Let’s Play playlist on our YouTube channel. The first three episodes are already up. The rest will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting next week.

We value your feedback! As this is our first Let’s Play, we’re still working through some of the creation details, including how to record and edit as well as the kind of content and commentary to include. Please let us know what you enjoy, what you don’t, and what you would like to see us do different. You can comment on the blog, comment on YouTube, Tweet at us, or email us.

#67 | E3 Recap

Hi! And welcome to the Turtle Jump Show: the video game podcast of your hearts, and ours! E3 has come and gone once again, and what a show it was. We go through chronologically and give our thoughts about each of the major events, starting with the Nintendo World Championship and ending with Nintendo’s big Digital Event. Star Fox. The Last Guardian,. Hololens. Star Wars Battlefront. Final Fantasy VII. Shenmue III. Gears of Four. So many reveals. Such trailers. Wow. 

Timestamps:
Nintendo World Championships – 6:30
Bethesda Conference – 15:15
Microsoft Conference – 18:00
EA Conference – 35:15
Ubisoft Conference – 37:50
Sony Event – 41:30
Nintendo Digital Event – 57:35
Square Enix Conference – ????

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#66 | E3 2015 Predictions

Hi! And welcome to the Turtle Jump Show: the video game podcast of your hearts, and ours! E3 is upon us. The biggest video game trade show of the year is happening this week, and so many secrets long kept under wraps will be unveiled. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and others have extravagent conferences and events planned to showcase their new games and drop big announcements. The showfloor will be packed with press and fans clamoring to get their hands on demos showing off what we can expect from games in the next year. What exactly will go down at E3 this week? No one knows for sure, but Paul and Allen do their best to peer into the palantir and uncover the hidden devices of the gaming giants.

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#65 | Splatoon

Hi! And welcome to the Turtle Jump Show: the video game podcast of your hearts, and ours! Splatoon is Nintendo’s entry into the shooter genre. You’re a kid now. You’re a squid now. No, you’re a kid now, but you’re a squid now. Spread ink. Swim through it. Splat the enemy, and claim territory for your team. Beware the evil Octarians and save Inkopolis from their tyranny. Fun times for all!

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#64 | Destiny: House of Wolves Expansion

Hi! And welcome to the Turtle Jump Show: the video game podcast of your hearts, and ours! Destiny, Bungie’s massively multiplayer online first person shooter science fiction game thing, recently grew larger thanks to the House of Wolves expansion. The content includes new stories, a new strike, new PvP maps, new weapons and armor, two new modes, and more! But is it good? Is it fun? Is it cool and dope and such? We give our thoughts and opinions in this episode. 

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