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Nerds Without Pants Episode 47: We Have Crystal Balls

I'm afraid I've got some Bad News...

Come look into our crystal balls as we attempt to look into the future and predict E3. No, wait, come back! I promise you that this is an entertaining pre-E3 edition of Nerds Without Pants. We decided to dream up some wild (but plausible) wishes for the Big Three, and then do a reality check and talk about what we think will actually happen. Before that, Consumption Junction!


2:50 Conception 2

9:55 PAX Talk

16:00 Angelo does yard work; Patrick and Julian fight the fat

23:00 Final Fantasy XIV

32:30 Fond memories of plastic music instruments

38:00 Mercenary Kings, “Nintendo Hard” is a myth, more of the great Megaman debate

53:40 Watch_Dogs

59:05 Godzilla (minor spoilers)

1:06:40 Teach us how to blitz!


1:21:44 Nintendo

1:45:00 Microsoft

2:03:50 Sony

2:20:37 Third Party


The Rolling Stones- Fortune Teller

Keane- Crystal Ball

Boy Hits Car- LoveFuryPassionEnergy




05/31/2014 at 09:29 AM

Here is my thought.  SMB3 is amazing and all, but I they perfected every aspect of that game in SMW.  That is actually how I see most of those franchises, the NES gave us a wonderful foundation that was polished and perfected in the SNES entries.

Talking about Metroid and losing all her gear...  In Prime 3 she actually starts off with a surprising amount of gear.  Unless I am mistaken she starts with missiles, morph ball, bombs and the charge beam or something.  I can't remember all the details. 


06/04/2014 at 10:45 AM

I think that SMB3 and SMW are pretty different, with the former focusing on faster action and smaller levels and the latter slowing the pace a little and adding more exploration and secrets. Both are fantastic but I think they're doing slightly different things. I love the idea someone made in the podcast (don't remember who; Julian maybe?) of Nintendo doing a Link Between Worlds-style follow up to SMW or Super Metroid, a sequel that plays on our nostalgia while pushing the series forward.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

06/08/2014 at 02:40 AM

To be fair, I didn't play Metroid Prime 2 and 3 because they looked like inferior clones of the first game. And I skipped Other M. I wanted to play it, but there's just something about the Wii that keeps me from playing it. It's easily the most regrettable console purchase I've made in terms of hours used versus money spent.

Super Step Contributing Writer

05/31/2014 at 05:49 PM

I hope Nintendo is best when they're desperate, cause if that's the case, the E3 they have planned must be AMAZING

Microsoft I could see really trumping up the fact their console is $399.99 now without Kinect and that they have exclusives like Sunset Overdrive that make the decision between XBO and PS4 much more difficult for me at least. 

PS4 I think will stay the course, as was said. 

Third parties I have no real guesses about, I'm just curious what Insomniac Games couldn't show us when we were in their offices last week, my class and I. Maybe I'll ask that sweet 20th Anniversary 8-ball they gave all of us.


06/04/2014 at 10:39 AM

A quick check at IMDB shows that I've never seen a movie with Jason Statham in the starring role. I've seen The One and The Italian Job but none of the Transporters or Crank or anything. Perhaps I should fix that...? Tongue Out

I'm not sure what to expect from E3. I'm always interested to see what Nintendo has, of course, but it's been a while since I've been truly excited. A new Metroid game would do it for me though.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

06/08/2014 at 02:42 AM

You should really fix that. Some recommendations:

The Transporter

Crank 1 and 2 (my personal favorites)


Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

The Bank Job

(Avoid Revolver at all costs)


06/04/2014 at 08:56 PM

I too wish that Sony would bring back some of the old PSX franchises like Medevil, Crash Bandicoot, Jumping Flash...etc. Also would like to see them come up with some new stuff, I was thinking a few days ago about when God of War was first announced and wish they could do something like that again.Syphon Filter could be an interesting revisit. I loved the second game in that franchise alot. How about a Mark of Kri sequel/prequel/reboot? That could be cool. That's what I love about Sony, they are willing to take chances on stuff like that.

An exclusive project with Bungie would be mind blowing, and something the Playstation brand lacks, a triple AAA exclusive FPS other than Killzone.

As far as Super Mario Bros 3 vs. Super Mario World, I always preferred SMB3. I love the secrets and powerups. That game was super original when it came out and still has some of the franchises most interesting worlds IMO. 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

06/08/2014 at 02:45 AM

I would LOVE a new Mark of Kri! It wasn't actually a Sony property, and Bottlerocket was put out of business when they were making the Splatterhouse reboot, so I don't know who owns that property. One of my favorite PS2 memories was using that battle axe in the final level to hack and slash limbs from hordes of zombies like a whirling dervish of death.

I didn't expand on it in the show, but it's the cape that does it for me in Mario World. It was something that took a lot of skill and mastery, but once you had it there were things that could be done in those levels that took on an air of artistry.

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