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Feel better soon, Squidgey!
Mono of the Tokyo Game Life podcast joined Jay, to talk about all things Tokyo and video gaming… including a few tidbits about Tokyo Game Show.
Before they could get around to talking about video games though, Jay started talking about his trips to Japan
you can listen to some of his audio diaries from his most recent trip here
which lead to Mono and Jay talking about some of their favourite memories of Kyushu
the southernmost of the big islands which make up Japan
including when Jay was in a crowd of people playing this:
Mono describes his show as:
A Tokyo based video game podcast focussing on Nintendo and gaming culture in Japan’s capital… it’s also like a slice of life of Tokyo.
Yeah, it’s just a place where I celebrate Japan, Japanese gaming, and also Nintendo.
The Recent Games segment will not be new to listeners, but in case you’re new to the show here’s how it goes: we go round the table and discuss one or more game that we’ve been playing recently, and whether we think it’s worth the listeners checking it out. We continue to do this until we’ve run out of games to discuss.
And this episode was no different.
Mono’s Recent Games
And a bunch at TGS; some of which were:
Super Bomberman R 2
ONI: Road to be the Mightiest Oni
Be sure to check out Mono’s podcast for his coverage of (and advice for attending) Tokyo Game Show. Here’s a link directly to his TGS 2022 episode.
Jay’s Recent Games
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
Get Control of Yourself
This is a segment that we like to do every so often, which is based on a tweet from SinceSpacies - who is an absolutely amazing person, by the way. Seriously, go follow him on Twitter
Due to the recent changes at Twitter, we are unable to embed tweets at this time. We apologise for the inconvenience.
The idea here is that we want to know which is the best and which is the worst controller of all time.
Mono’s Best Controller
Mono’s best controller was the GameCube controller.
It looks like a playschool controller, but they built the games around the controller.
For example, the action button, the A button, is biggest button on the controller… and your thumb rests on it. The B button is red, which means that it’s the opposite of the A button - which is green.
And it’s hard to argue with that, especially when you realise that the Nintendo still sell the GameCub controller, and (as Mono points out) it’s a fan favourite for those who play the Super Smash Bros. games.
Mono’s Worst Controller
And when the question was reversed (which is the worst controller?) Mono had this to say
Let’s stay in the Nintendo sphere. Many people say that the Virtual Boy was the worst controller. Even though most people have probably not played the Virtual Boy, and if they have they were 100% focussed on what they saw, not the controller… but I don’t want to poke fun at the Virtual Boy controller, because it’s kind of like kicking the system while it’s down. Virtual Boy has so many other problems, and it’s not like the controller was it’s biggest problem.
One I dislike is the WiiU Pro Controller… I preferred to use [the tablet style controller] over the Pro Controller [when playing WiiU games]… [the WiiU Pro Controller] wasn’t comfortable to hold; for me it didn’t feel like it fit into my hands.