Nintendo Heartcast Episode 024: XLerator

Evan has plenty of 3DS XL, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Last Story impressions to tell Noah.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 08/22/2012 09:00 20 Comments     ShareThis

Nintendo Heartcast Episode 024: XLerator

Nintendo Heartcast Episode 024: XLerator

Evan tells Noah all about his 3DS XL, and why he loves it and New Super Mario Bros 2. Plus Last Story thoughts.

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Recording Date
August 20, 2012

Noah and Evan

Show Contents
00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:50 3DS XL Impressions
00:20:54 New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Last Story Impressions
00:54:10 Listener Feedback
01:13:24 Conclusion
01:18:10 Credits
01:19:59 Total Length


20 Responses to “Nintendo Heartcast Episode 024: XLerator”

  • 576 points
    MegabusterLegends3 says...

    I haven’t listened to the podcast yet so you should probably expect a comment from me later regarding what I actually think of this episode BUT!:

    Can you believe Nintendo Power will soon be no more? I understand print becoming less viable, but it won’t even be continuing in digital format! And why is this? Apparently, Nintendo just “isn’t being cooperative”. In the end, Nintendo has the final word, since they own the Nintendo Power branding.

    I guess Nintendo Power’s original purpose was marketing, and now that Nintendo has so many other (more effective) methods of marketing, they probably don’t need NP anymore. Still, its sad that it will cease to exist entirely… NP, you will be missed

    • 225 points
      wombatguy880 says...

      I think the problem is just that it doesn’t work any more. There was a time before the internet that a console specific game magazine was a good idea but nowadays it’s viewed with suspicion and doesn’t detail the whole of the industry. It was time for it to pass. Hopefully any good talent will be soaked up by other sources of information.

      • 276 points
        Nicolas Vestre says...

        Nintendo Power was a juggernaut that Nintendo used to influence the masses of kids to buy certain games and completely forget about others. In the NES days, having good coverage in Nintendo Power could often make or break a game’s success in sales. It’s really interesting reading about this iconic magazine in Game Over by David Sheff. :)

        • 177 points
          AceIcarus says...

          the loss of nintendo power is is truely a blow to are childhoods i will deeply miss it i intend to buy the last issue just to say farewell although i hope to see nintendo power return in digital format but for now we mourn its loss
          btw KisakiProject, Nicolas Vestre, and wombatguy880 if you have a 3d6 my friend code is 0731-4773-0965 don’t be that way join us please

  • 177 points
    AceIcarus says...

    yes I’m all for vlogs or any expansions btw happy birthday as i said before i’m waiting for a limited edition 3ds xl for any nintendo game if you receive word of one or a nintendo direct bring it up on the next podcast im usaly free between 5 / midnight but like i said contact me somehow and i’ll make time for you guys

  • 690 points
    KisakiProject says...

    I’ll send in some audio thoughts on the show when you do the anniversary show!

  • 381 points
    Hyawatta says...

    No Need for Friend Codes

    In the Heartcast, you said that we have to have added you and you added us in order to hook up and play Mario Kart 7 on Monday, August 27th at 9:30pm EST. However, because we have the Nintendo Heartcast Mario Kart 7 Community (10-3508-7487-6976), we should be able to simply hop into the community and play without any farther complications. Or, were you planning on having everyone connect directly via Friend Codes and skipping the community altogether?

    Let’s put the community to good use. I have already added the Heartcast Community to my game, but I tend to only exchange Friend Codes with friends and family that I have played with locally. The community feature is a perfect solution for those of us who are still a bit wary about giving out our precious Friend Codes. Perhaps after a few rounds of Mario Kart 7, I will be more inclined to exchange codes so I can play the other games that don’t have the community feature.

    • 177 points
      AceIcarus says...

      The reason we extanged friend codes is so we can play games other than mario kart on that topic 0731-4773-0965 is my friend code and ninsage you forgot to add me the blank space with your name on it makes me feal lonley

      • 198 points
        Evan Campbell says...

        Thanks a lot, Hyawatta, for posting the online community code! You’re right, we can all play by joining the Heartcast group without having to add Friend Codes. However, like AceIcarus pointed out, if we want to play other games in the future, Friend Codes are the way to go.

        Once again, my friend code is: 3179 – 6086 – 8066.

        I look forward to racing everyone at 9:30 p.m. (EST) Monday.

  • 156 points
    Bradly Halestorm says...

    I agree with all of Evan’s points regarding The Last Story, including the argument that it manages to outshine Xenoblade for a number of reasons. The most notable to me are the wonderfully crafted characters, battling system, and overall narrative. The Last Story is a game with so much heart, that it’s difficult to deny that it’s a true work of love and labor. My hope is that, thanks to the mostly positive praise its received, The Last Story won’t be Sakaguchi’s last piece of work. If it is, however, at least it’s an excellent sending-off game, a swan song of sorts, which showed that JRPGs are still a genre of merit and innovation.

  • 177 points
    AceIcarus says...

    Homework assingment too noah and evan go to and look up a nintendo or super nintendo game.

  • 156 points
    Bradly Halestorm says...

    Side note: that World Ends With You teaser? Yeah, it was an announcement for an iOS version of the game. Womp, womp. Talk about your all time letdowns.

  • 120 points
    NinSage says...

    Hel-lo do-jo.

    EVAN! I didn’t know you ever posted your FC for me! I’ll add you next time I pick up my 3DS!

    …ok, Noah, is Evan gone? *whew* We both know you’re my favorite and that I can’t stand Evan. I hope he falls for this whole “next time I pick up my 3DS” thing. BTW, happy birthday, buddy!

    As for the Heartcast, if I were you guys, I wouldn’t change the format at all. Personally, I don’t think a vlog or any other fancy shmancy techno-doodle would enhance the Heartcast experience. What I like about the Heartcase is its simplicity and its purity. Judging from some of the awkward pauses I don’t even get the sense that the show is edited much (at all?), but I think that completely works for you guys!

    So yea, my advice? keep it simple, Slippy.

    I have a Fantasy Football draft at 9:30PM EST on Monday but I’m still gonna do my best to participate in that MK7 community thing!

  • 849 points
    ejamer says...

    Some thoughts after listening to the latest great podcast:

    (1) Happy Birthday!

    (2) VLOGs are an interesting idea, but a tough sell at the same time. Podcasts let me listen in while doing other work. Video requires full attention and forces me to be in front of a screen. Unless it’s something portable that I can watch on my 3DS then I’m not really interested.

    (3) Project Zero 2: People still pine for Pandora’s Tower, so how come this game is forgotten? Just another Mature title that will likely never see the light of day in North America.

    Mandatory fanboy rant after the last point: I’m not buying Wii U in the near future because I simply don’t trust that the games I want to play will be on the system – especially not after the way Wii played out down the stretch. Some of the “fault” lies with third parties offering lacklustre Wii support for various reasons. Some of the fault falls squarely on Nintendo of America, who have refused to release multiple games that were already translated and ready to go. Grr!

    • 120 points
      NinSage says...

      Third parties always complain about hardware manufacturers supplying as large an install base as possible.

      Large install base provided by Wii? Check.

      With Nintendo they always complain that the first party stuff crowds them out.

      Third parties seizing the opportunity? Emphatic NON-check.


      And come on, we’re gonna pretend third party support rested on a few translated games? What’s the grand list at right now?
      -Disaster: Day of Crisis
      -Pandora’s Tower
      -Project Zero 2

      … any others? puh-lease. Let me know when a non-gimped Madden, Street Fighter, Dead Space or Resident Evil lands on the system.


      Much respect, Edward. Much respect.

      • 849 points
        ejamer says...

        Third parties could have been the bigger disappointment… except for the fact that I simply have higher expectations from Nintendo to go above and beyond supporting their hardware. Nintendo did a decent job overall, but there were more than a few notable misses.

        You list three games that didn’t come across to North America. That list is only fair if you give NoA respect for how they handled massive delays, relatively late announcements, and an admitted lack of interest in publishing Pikmin 2 NPC, Xenoblade, and The Last Story. You also missed Another Code R and Fatal Frame 4, although both have (arguably) better reasons for not coming over. Oh yeah, and games like Zangeki no Reginleiv, Takt of Magic, Chibi Robo NPC, or Tales of Graces (not a Nintendo game, but at least one Tales of game has been published by Nintendo in the past) that didn’t even get picked up for translation by the smaller NoE. That list still ignores the totally oddball, ultra-niche stuff that wouldn’t sell at all – sorry Captain Rainbow fans!

        Let me be clear about two things though:
        (1) I understand why many of these games didn’t come across, and I still had enough games to play on my Wii console. So in one way this complaint about Wii is largely the fanboy in me lamenting for “what might have been”.
        (2) However, when I look at my Wii library there are more third party games than first party – with a significant portion coming from small publishers. (Activision is almost completely absent, and EA has much less representation than you would expect given the overall number of games they publish.) Nintendo will still provide great experiences, but I am no longer confident that they will provide enough of the experiences I want to justify supporting their next console.

        With love, while playing my imported copies of Project Zero and Pandora’s Tower.

        • 381 points
          Hyawatta says...

          Translation Please

          I believe that Earth Seeker deserves a spot on that list. It’s really tough on us when a game doesn’t get localized at all. I can play Pandora’s Tower, but I had a difficult time trying to understand Zangeki no Reginleiv.

  • 177 points
    AceIcarus says...

    Ouch just ouch i heard how the world ends with you countdown ended must suck to be you right now you were realy looking forward to the world ends with you 2 werent you this reminds me of a couple of years back when there was a count down to a metal gear anouncment and everyone though it would be mgs4 for the 360 only for it to be an iphone metal gear game thankfuly none of the games i am a fan of did that yet

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