Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Thumbstick Athletes Podcast Episode 189

Though Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate came out in mid February, and with us not being veterans of the series, we wanted to give it plenty of time before we tried to cover it during an episode.  Even after being 30 hours in, I'm still learning new mechanics and features in Monster Hunter.  We had all heard from various places that MH4U was a great starting point for newcomers to the series, to which we couldn't agree more.  It strikes a nice balance of showing you new things but also testing you in the knowledge you've already gained from playing it.  Find out our thoughts on Monster Hunter 4 during the episode as well as some coverage of GDC announcements during nibblebits.

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New 3DS XL: Thumbstick Athletes Podcast Episode 186

Nintendo continues their tradition of naming their products weird things with the New 3DS XL.  At first glance you would just think it was a new 3DS XL and not an entirely new product.  Just the like whole Wii/Wii U debacle, the average consumer would probably have no idea what the difference is.  Bad name and lack of charging cable aside, three out of the four Thumbstick Athletes picked up the new 3DS last Friday.  We of course covered the features and differences between the New 3DS XL and standard 3DS and 3DS XL, (It's even confusing to type for someone who knows the difference)  as well as giving our impressions of the system at this point.  Buyer beware...transferring your Nintendo Network ID from an old system can be quite the process.

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2015 Games Preview Part 1: Thumbstick Athletes Podcast Episode 182

Part 1 of a new year's Games Preview always covers the new games coming out that already have a release date.  Early in the year, AAA and larger indie releases are pretty scarce, but like every other year there's more titles that I'm interested in than initially thought.  I had only planned on getting one game in the first three months of 2015, which has now turned into several definite buys and even more maybes.  And Raven's Cry is coming out for reals this time.  

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