Throwdown Ep. 20 – “Nintendo on the Decline”

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Welcome to another episode of Throwdown. On this podcast/vidcast we discuss the latest video game, pop culture, and tech news in an honest and uncompromising fashion.

Given the most recent earnings report from Nintendo, we decided to make tonight’s main topic about the Japanese gaming giant. We get into a discussion about how, despite catering to their fans, the company continues to struggle to remain relevant. Why is the Wii U system failing to sell despite it having more exclusives than its competitors? Is the 3DS the only thing keeping Nintendo afloat? Would becoming a third party developer help them? We get into all of this.

Since we have The Only One: Rikuson1 (Michael Crawford) with us tonight, we had to bring up the latest Vita news. As we reported earlier this week, Sony‘s handheld is losing three apps: Maps, Near, and YouTube. Although some of us think this isn’t a big deal, others believe this is a sign of Sony completely giving up on the system.

The week began with the sad news of the much beloved and respected gaming site Joystiq being shutting down. This is obviously big news given how long the site has been around. Considering how the story is also about how hard it is for journalists to keep a job in this industry, this story hits a bit close to home for some of us.

We round things off with Pop Culture news. The first trailer for the rebooted Fantastic Four was released this week. Your humble host has been highly critical of this film but is this trailer now making him eat crow? We also talk about the possibility of a live action X-Men TV series coming to Fox. Could this show about mutants succeed where Heroes failed?

This week’s Throwdown features: Tony Polanco (host), Emilio LopezBrian MunjomaBrett MurdockChris Sealy and Anthony NashThanks to our special guest Michael Crawford.


Thanks as always to Shawn Daley for our awesome intro and outro music.

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