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Episode 42: R.I.P. Satoru Iwata

The sad news of Satoru Iwata’s passing has made its rounds, and the hosts of Portable Power wanted to voice their own thanks. Joining them is Claire Lara, Twitch streamer and Nintendo fan. Listen as the hosts reminisce about his games and legacy.

Thank you, Iwata.

Find Claire at:

Claire’s Twitch page

Claire’s YouTube channel

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Episode 41: E3 2015 and the Mario-nettes

In the spirit of Nintendo’s E3 2015 digital event, your hosts get felt up and then fisted with no strings attached. Joining them is Christopher Arnold, president of Nami Tentou Mushi, to talk about his experience attending the event as well as a special new project he’s working on. He talked to us about it first, but our slow episode turnaround time ensured we’re the last outlet you heard about it from!

Thanks to Christopher for joining us. Check out Nami Tentou Mushi to learn more about his projects!

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Episode 40: Mega May 2

The Mega Man series is known for its sequels, so it’s not at all surprising that Mega May gets one as well. Marc, Emrys, and Kevin are joined by guest host Jeremy Johnson from the Qoopa Klub podcast to talk about the Game Boy Advance games released for the second Mega May. Mega Man and his arch-rival Bass face off against King. Is Jeremy all about that Mega Man and Bass? Emrys traverses the internet in Mega Man Battle Network 3. Does he enjoy his time spent with MegaMan.EXE or would he rather execute the character? When Kevin puts his skills to the test in Mega Man Zero 2, does he prove to be a hero or a Zero? And is there any real difference in this particular game? To end the Mega Man retro extravaganza, Marc takes his turn in control of the NetNavi MegaMan.EXE in Mega Man Battle Network 4: Red Sun. Stay tuned to find out if his experience was a bright ray of light or merely a giant ball of gas.

Thanks to Jeremy for joining us. Check out Qoopa Klub!

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Episode 39: Microtransactions, what our partners call sex with us

Just like every good birthday party for a two year-old, your hosts break out the high octane beers and make sure candles aren’t the only things getting lit. It’s a Free-to-Play game review extravaganza! Toasts are made alongside the grim patrons in Blizzard’s latest adventure, Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain. Kevin leads a discussion of fine gaming reminiscences inspired by Final Fantasy Record Keeper for iOS. Emrys gets wound up while playing Pokemon Rumble World. High BAC blood flies everywhere as Marc reviews Mortal Kombat X for iOS. Our Portable Past finishes out the episode, and it’s a big one: the antagonist Wario’s first appearance from the 1992 Game Boy classic, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.


Episode 38: Cleveland SteamBirds

Marc throws down with Cow Dude in a Bar Brawl in Card Crawl on iOS. Emrys soars like a bird and fights like a dog in SteamBirds for Android. A spontaneous break in reviews takes place to talk about Nintendo’s decision to release games for mobile platforms. As always, Our Portable Past finishes out the episode with Kevin looking back to salad days and Green Greens in Kirby: Canvas Curse for Nintendo 3DS.

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Episode 37: Sado-Mask-ochism.

After a challenging question of the week, Marc leads the charge with a conversation about the new 3DS. Pokemon Shuffle on the 3DS eShop is up for a brief critique after that. Did Nintendo set a new standard for the free-to-play puzzle genre or will it be lost in the shuffle? An in-depth discussion of the remastered N64 cult classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, follows. Are your heroes over the moon about the re-release? Emrys is seduced by the marketing campaign for Game of War featuring Kate Upton. But is its success due to a well-rounded game experience or an ample budget for advertising? Once the horrifying moon of Termina is but a memory, Marc travels back in Our Portable Past to talk about the GBA game Golden Sun.


Episode 36: “E” for Explicit… and Effort. But Mostly Just Explicit.

Warning! This is not a drill! The Portable Power Podcast earns its explicit rating in this episode. Marc tracks down feral beasts in the Monster Hunter 4 demo on 3DS. Emrys harvests precious ores to build shelter against things that go bump in the night in Terraria. In Our Portable Past, Kevin squeezes every bit of fun out of the underrated Game Boy Advance game Drill Dozer. Also, stick around until the end of the episode to take our “Are You a Sociopath?” test. Our diagnosis is based on no relevant medical information, but you should still respect it as you would a mental health professional’s.