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634 - We Need To Talk About Banjo-Threeie

Banjo-Threeie. The widely-bandied about name for the next Banjo-Kazooie game. Fans are demanding it. Everyone has their own ideas about how to do it. So what approach do you take? The Kongversation has some ideas. Maybe after this episode, you will too!


633 - Sea of Thieves: Forsaken Shores First Impressions

Now that Sea of Thieves' third major content update has ceased its violent eruptions, Hyle and Jeff discuss everything it added to the game. Also, a look ahead at Shrouded Spoils and The Arena!


632 - Grinched

For a wondrous week, everything made sense. Banjo-Kazooie were in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! As was Geno, Shadow the Hedgehog, and other fan favorite characters. Then it all came crashing down (and it hurt inside) with an actual Smash Direct. On this episode, Hyle and Mitchell discuss the infamous "Grinch leak", the delusion they were both under, and their thoughts on the final Direct before the game's launch. Also: who will be among the final five DLC fighters?


631 - The Puppet Master

Puppet maker Grunt has been a part of the Donkey Kong and Rare fan community for years. He's always had a healthy appreciation for the baddies of the Donkey Kong Universe, so, for Halloween, Hyle's invited him on the show to discuss his work, his love for all things villainous, and the still-burgeoning excitement for K. Rool's return. Check out his YouTube channel at


630 - Super Mario Party First Impressions

In the Kongversation's entire history, we've never done an episode about Mario Party. Now that, arguably, the biggest Mario Party game since the original is out, and features a playable Donkey and Diddy, we felt it was time to change that. For the first half, it's a retrospective on why a series we once loved drove us to apathy and then disgust. For the second half, we examine whether Super Mario Party has turned us, and the series, around.


629 - Interview: D.M. Cumbo of Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone

Joining the Kongversation for a special episode is D.M. Cumbo, creator of "Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone", the crowd-funded, Playtonic-authorized graphic novel continuation of the game. Hyle and Cameron run through all manner of topics in this wide-ranging interview; how the project originated, the creative process, and the evolving nature of video game expanded universes. After listening, check out the Kickstarter campaign at...


628 - Brawlout First Impressions

You might have heard about Brawlout, that indie Smash Bros.-inspired game by Angry Mob Games. You might not have heard that Yooka-Laylee have been added to the game as fighters. Seeing as how Brawlout is now Donkey Kong Universe, on this episode Hyle and Shane discuss all of the ramifications: where it fits within the lore, what it means for Yooka and Laylee's world, and how the game did Swanky Kong dirty.


627 - Character Witness: Bottles

Life! Death! Resurrection! Marital turmoil! Artifact smuggling! Top gun cockpit piloting! Which video game character exemplifies all this and more? Why, it's obviously the short-sighted mole from off of Banjo-Kazooie. Recorded during Hurricane Florence, the added element of danger makes this episode EXTRA SEXY. Just how old Worm Breath likes it!


626 - Spotlight: Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge has turned 15! The Game Boy Advance midquel set between Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie is beloved by some and dismissed by others, but DK Vine has always had nothing but adulation for its bizarre ways. Go back in time with us to 2003 as we pick up our GBAs and go back in time to 1998, so that we may go back in time to 1978.


625 - Talk Like a Pirate Day 2018

For a special Talk Like a Pirate Day episode, go back in time to witness the very first attempt at a Kongversation "podcast" in the Russell family. Discover that the more things change throughout the years, the more they stay the lame...


624 - Sea of Thieves: Cursed Sails First Impressions

The second major in-game event for Sea of Thieves, Cursed Sails, has now been raised. Following their completion of the story and all nine battles, Hyle and Jeff discuss what it's added to the ever-evolving tapestry of Sea of Thieves.


623 - A D. Ream Come True

Not content with leaving the K. Rool in Smash discussion to just the previous episode of the Kongversation, Hyle invites Thomas and Eric, the "Kremling Kampaigners", to the show for even more geeking out. How do the pair now feel knowing they were partially responsible for this revival of the beloved character?


622 - King K. Rool Comes Aboard!

On Wednesday the 8th of August, it happened. Or rather... it Kaptained. King K. Rool was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! Hyle and Josh "The Geek Critique" Wallen try to collect themselves for the most momentous event in Donkey Kong Country fandom since Returns was announced some eight years ago.


621 - Shark Week Counterprogramming

Tired of the sorry state of Shark Week, Hyle sets out to fix things by offering his own shark-based programming in the form of a Kongversation episode. He and David talk about the sharks of the Donkey Kong Universe, getting into some heated debates about the science behind Snacker, what exactly a Chomps entails, and other pressing maritime issues. Yeah, I don't think Discovery Channel is going to be very worried.


620 - Mario Tennis Aces First Impressions

Mario Tennis Aces is the newest from Camelot Software Planning, but it's also their best game in years. From the perspective of Donkey Kong and Rare diehards, the Kongversation takes a look at what makes Mario Tennis Aces so magical.


619 - Why Banjo-Kazooie Still Matters

Banjo-Kazooie turns 20! As we already did our Banjo-Kazooie Spotlight episode back in Season 1, let's instead focus on B-K's enduring legacy. Why does a 3D platformer released two years in the Nintendo 64's lifespan still resonate so strongly with gamers and developers today? Hyle and Jeff, as well as numerous Kongversation listeners, weigh in with their opinion!


618 - E3 2018 Wrap Up

E3 is over and done, but we still have a bunch of exclusive thoughts and experiences from the show to share. Since Kongversation famous Kongversation caller Mametchi was at E3, we thought we'd also have him on to do the same. What happened when Mametchi met Rare? What happened when Sea of Thieves stormed Skull and Bones? What about when Hyle and Grant Kirkhope saw each other again? All this and a plethora of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate discussion, because this will be our life until the...


617 - E3 2018 Nintendo

Continuing our E3 2018 journeys, Nintendo's relatively underwhelming Nintendo Direct didn't dissuade us from giving the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a chance. We played it on the show floor, with Mitchell going competitive and Hyle doing non-competitive. What do we think? Do we think any more newcomers will make it in? And, most importantly, what would the characters of The Office (U.S.) think of the Shrek movies?


616 - E3 2018 Microsoft

Hyle and Mitchell attended the Xbox Briefing today as the Sea of Thieves content updates for the rest of the summer were revealed, as well as the revival of Battletoads for 2019. Also included in the episode is the annual discussion of our E3 lodging, as well as a surprising discussion about the OTHER games Xbox had to offer. Which one did we irrationally hate? TUNE IN TO FIND OUT!


614 - Sea of Thieves: The Hungering Deep First Impressions

The first major in-game event for Sea of Thieves, The Hungering Deep, launched on May 22nd. After spending an amazing eight hours playing it last Saturday, Hyle and Cameron report back here with their experiences.