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638 - New Year's Forecast 2019

12/31/2018
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It's a twisting bender of a season ender as Hyle goes on a tour of DK Vine staffers to discuss the monumental year that was, as well as what the coming year could be for Donkey Kong, Rare, and Playtonic.

Duration:01:18:11

637 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate First Impressions (part 2)

12/29/2018
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On the second part, Hyle and Mitchell have a (mostly spoiler-free) discussion of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's World of Light, while trying to look into the crystal ball (or is that the Krystal Assist Trophy?) at the still-to-be-revealed DLC fighters. What did the data miners find that suggests a Donkey Kong Universe connection?

Duration:02:30:41

636 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate First Impressions (part 1)

12/23/2018
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It's time. On this first of two episodes, we discuss nearly everything related to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. K. Rool! Classic Mode! Spirits! The gameplay! The options! Has Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cured DK Vine's Smashphobia? On the next episode: World of Light!

Duration:02:37:59

635 - Sea of Thieves Vol. 1: A Literary Analysis

12/13/2018
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While we formulate our opinions on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for our gigantic First Impressions episodes, take a breather with this episode about the Sea of Thieves comic book series. Canon with the universe of the games, we discuss the characters and plot before setting our sights on what other Donkey Kong Universe properties would make for compelling comics.

Duration:01:01:33

634 - We Need To Talk About Banjo-Threeie

12/4/2018
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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!

Duration:02:05:24

633 - Sea of Thieves: Forsaken Shores First Impressions

11/18/2018
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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!

Duration:01:27:43

632 - Grinched

11/9/2018
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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?

Duration:03:07:03

631 - The Puppet Master

10/31/2018
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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 https://www.youtube.com/TransfatylvaniaFilms

Duration:01:18:09

630 - Super Mario Party First Impressions

10/29/2018
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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.

Duration:02:06:05

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

10/20/2018
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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...

Duration:01:00:04

628 - Brawlout First Impressions

10/7/2018
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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.

Duration:02:25:29

627 - Character Witness: Bottles

9/26/2018
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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!

Duration:02:52:47

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

9/21/2018
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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.

Duration:01:11:46

625 - Talk Like a Pirate Day 2018

9/19/2018
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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...

Duration:02:02:35

624 - Sea of Thieves: Cursed Sails First Impressions

8/31/2018
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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.

Duration:02:42:16

623 - A D. Ream Come True

8/17/2018
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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?

Duration:01:11:23

622 - King K. Rool Comes Aboard!

8/11/2018
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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.

Duration:02:19:59

621 - Shark Week Counterprogramming

7/28/2018
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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.

Duration:01:39:42

620 - Mario Tennis Aces First Impressions

7/19/2018
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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.

Duration:01:10:07

619 - Why Banjo-Kazooie Still Matters

7/1/2018
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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!

Duration:01:44:02