The big story this week is the game you just can’t ignore, no matter how desperately you may want to. Pok?mon Go took over the collective consciousness of the Internet about a week ago, and we’re still parsing the repercussions. David and Michael explore what it means for mobile games, augmented reality, and other cultural phenomena from yesteryear that still resonate with the public. The new $70 Nintendo NES reboot, another nostalgia play, is also discussed. At the end of the show, the duo talks about Line, the sticker-bedecked messaging app that’s huge in Japan.
Some notes: You can see WIRED’s Pok?mon Go coverage all in one place. Also, be sure to read Chris Kohler’s analysis of Nintendo’s upcoming micro-NES. It’s actually essential that you read this since Michael and David stumble all over the details of the announcement. Finally, the news about Line’s massive IPO this week.
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