Episode 76: The Legend of Titan Tails

Kevin Conroy joins the DV Cast for this special edition of the renowned video game podcast except not really because it’s just Stephen doing a Batman impression. He’s been inspired by the Injustice: Gods Among Us demo, you see, which somehow pulls the discussion into a sinkhole of Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics. Speaking of plots that make little to no sense, BioShock Infinite gets some non-spoilery air time, including Bryan’s ultra hard mode second playthrough. Stephen has been busy torturing himself as well, what with Viewtiful Joe’s soul crushing boss encounters and BattleBlock Theater’s gauntlet of terror; it’s a wonder he’s anything more than an empty husk of shattered hope by now. But to keep the glass half full of sake, Zachary has been busy playing JRPGs like Persona 4 and Fire Emblem: Awakening. Don’t miss out on the super duper fun!


Opening song: Electrolytic Man, originally from Mega Man and remixed by MaJIN_SaN, ambient, and tomatsu.

Ending song: Picolescene, originally from Tails and the Music Maker and remixed by zircon.


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6 thoughts on “Episode 76: The Legend of Titan Tails

  1. I think the reason the Fire Emblem series has a reputation as being a bit hardcore is that the ones released on NES and SNES were Japan only, making it quite difficult to understand the game’s systems if you didn’t speak the language, and featured some pretty brutal difficulty spikes. I tried playing some of them a while back and couldn’t get very far at all.
    The first one to be released outside of Japan was on the GBA, and was a lot more accessible, I remember having a lot of fun with it.

  2. That’s a great point; my first one was Path of Radiance for the GC, and didn’t have too much trouble getting into that, but I have to imagine if all the text was indecipherable gibberish (to me, anyway) things would’ve been a tad different. ;)

    Have you played any of the others, or just the first for the GBA? And any plans to try Awakening?

    • The first one I played was the GBA one. I had just finished playing Advance Wars and was desperate for more of that sweet turn based combat when I heard that the Fire Emblem series used the same mechanics. After that I tried the older ones (via emulation) but found myself hitting a brick wall with each of them. I kind of formed the impression that the GBA one was a bit of a fluke and stopped really paying attention to the series, so haven’t played any others since.
      I wasn’t aware of Path Of Radiance, so will have to look into that. Also, since reading your comment I had a further look and found that there was one released on the Wii, so I have put in an order for that one. I would absolutely love to play Awakening, but don’t have a 3DS (though am seriously considering picking one up soon as there seem to be some really good games out for it now).

  3. Ah, Advance Wars. I absolutely adored Dual Strike, so always good to see another fan out there! I never played the first Fire Emblem GBA game, though I did play Sacred Stones, which I hear is super similar. I loved it, though I find Path of Radiance and Awakening are actually quite superior, so hopefully you’ve got a lot to look forward to!

    Unfortunately, the one for the Wii, Radiant Dawn, is kind of a problematic one to go to, in my opinion. On the subjective side I found the story and characters to be much more lifeless than Path of Radiance or other modern entries, which you may or may not agree with. The bigger problem is it’s a direct follow-up to Path of Radiance in both story and roster, bringing most of that game’s characters back. This means not only missing out on a lot of plot points, but also getting mega spoilers for the fantastic Path of Radiance. (One of my personal favorite RPGs of all time.)

    Sadly, Path of Radiance seems crazy pricey these days, but my two cents is if you can get your hands on it somehow, definitely give that one a go first. Whether that means holding onto Radiant Dawn or not, that’d be up to you and the order’s specifics, of course.

    And yeah! I’ll be sure and keep you updated via the podcast on how I’m liking the upcoming 3DS roster. I’m personally most excited for the new Mario & Luigi, which shouldn’t be far off now.

    • Thanks for the info on Radiant Dawn, I was so excited about a new Fire Emblem game to play that I ordered it without looking into it all that much. Unfortunately, Path Of Radiance is a fair bit out of my price range (those really are some crazy prices). I can’t really see myself ever paying that much for just one game (though I did once pay an exorbitant amount for a Japanese import of Radiant Silvergun on the Saturn, but those days are over), so I’ll probably just have to settle on reading about the storyline on the internet. Still, as long as the gameplay is there, I reckon it will prove to have been a worthwhile purchase.

      Sacred Stones seems to be available for some pretty reasonable prices, so I shall have to look into that one as well.

      Having played (and loved) most of the Advance Wars games, I’m always on the lookout for anything that has comparable gameplay, so I’m very glad to hear that the more recent Fire Emblem games will help plug that gap. Cheers!

  4. Sounds like a plan! A good reading of Wikis should at least get you up to speed so Radiant Dawn doesn’t leave you confused. And absolutely, I was disappointed in it just as a successor to the game I loved so much, but the gameplay is certainly there, and that’s always awesome.

    Agreed; I’m hoping the most recent 3DS really does mean a new Awakening for the series. And yes, it’s that time of night; punning is a must.

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