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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 144: ‘Into the Breach,’ The Switch Online Service, ‘Minit’ and Animal Crossing

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After months of waiting, Nintendo has finally debuted their Nintendo Switch online service which comes with a new retro gaming offering in the NES app. This week, Marty Allen joins us to discuss the pros and cons of this new service. Before all that, we touch on a few indie games we haven’t yet had time to talk about on the podcast including Into the Breach, a turn-based strategy game which just so happens to be one of the best-reviewed games of 2018, and Minit, a really clever indie title consisting of sixty-second rounds in which the player attempts to uncover mysteries and lift a curse. Meanwhile, Rick and Marty go back and forth with their love and hate relationship with Dead Cells. Finally, ending the show is a twenty-minute discussion on what we want to see improved, added and updated in the new Animal Crossing game set for release on the Switch in 2019. All this and more!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Dead Cells, Minit and Into the Breach Reviews
Nintendo Online Service Commercial
Main Event: Discussing the Nintendo Switch Online Service
Nintendo Online Service Commercial
Bonus Content: What we want to see added to the new Animal Crossing game.
Animal Crossing Theme Song

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The NXpress is a weekly podcast hosted at NXpresspodcast.com in which we discuss all things Nintendo. We stay clear from in-depth game strategies and keep things light. There’s plenty of nostalgia and feedback that will resonate with vintage game collectors; meanwhile modern games are sprinkled in and each week our show revolves around a central theme.

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #176: ‘Three Houses’ Wrap-up, ‘The Sinking City,’ and Indie World

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From a packed house to a nearly empty one, this week sees Tim and Patrick carrying the gaming torch on their own, as they deliver finalized reviews of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and The Sinking City, as well as thoughts on the latest Nintendo indie showcase.

So, after 90-odd hours of battle, drama, comedy, tea time, fishing, lost-and-found, and vigorous recruitment, does Three Houses hold up all the way through to the end — or even beyond? Seeing as how Patrick basically hasn’t been able to put it down since he first picked it up, the short answer is probably yes. However, the guys go into more detail (though spoiler-free), discussing the gameplay differences between pre- and post-time skip, the difficulty for newcomers to the series, and whether it’s worth starting over to play other houses.

After that, we go through some of the bigger titles spotlighted in Nintendo’s Indie World, pick our standouts, and talk about how important it is for indie games to differentiate themselves from the growing mob of titles. Last, Tim reviews The Sinking City, a Lovecraftian detective story involving ancient gods in an atmospheric urban setting. Will fans of the author get more out of this? How do the puzzles work, and are they effective at making the player feel like they’ve solved a mystery? For all this and more, have a listen!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Catching up on Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses clip
Main Event: Indie World discussion
The Sinking City cuscene
Bonus Content: The Sinking City review
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #175: Ranking Mario, ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3,’ and a Week Without Games

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We’ve got a packed house for this week’s show, but the more is merrier when discussing Goomba Stomp’s recently published list ranking the Mario series. How does one assess greatness? It ain’t easy, but there are enough strong opinions to go around to dispute some of the results. Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined by Izsak Barnette and Game Boys co-host Ryan Kapioski to weigh in with our own picks for the best (and worst) Mario games, reignite the debate between Super Mario 3 and Super Mario World, jab at Sunshine a bit, and detail in general the thoughts that go into ranking games like these.

Before that, however, Izsak Barnette tells us about that time he went crazy and didn’t play video games for a week. What was he thinking, and what did he learn? It turns out that there’s a whole other world of things to do. Who knew? And finally, Ryan gives us the rundown on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and whether this Switch exclusive has enough combat and fan service to be worth your dollars. It’s another episode full of twists and turns and tangents, so for all this and more, tune in!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: A week with Video Games
Super Mario 64 Theme Song
Main Event: Ranking the Super Mario Bros. Series
Nintendo Power Commercial
Bonus Content: Reading over Nintendo Power issue #1
Super Mario 64 Soundtrack
Extra Bonus Content: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Review

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #174: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses,’ Hero and The Best Games of the Last 30 Years

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After last week’s one-on-one with Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the guys go back to a more traditional show this week, as Rick and Patrick are joined by Izsak Barnette to discuss what we’ve been playing, a new Smash Bros. Ultimate character, and Goomba Stomp’s recently published list of the best games from each year in the past three decades, as voted on by our staff. How many Nintendo titles took the top prize? And how many years were they blanked from even getting nominated? The results are pretty interesting, and may lend some insight as to why so many gamers are loyal to Nintendo consoles, even when it means less gaming options.

Before that, however, Izsak tells us about what’s going on with Hero, the latest DLC for Smash. It turns out there may be some weird quirks to his moveset, but is he overpowered? This somehow leads into a conversation about our personal views on esports in general, but bear with us. Lastly, we close with a few more words from Patrick about the excellent Three Houses, including an assurance to Rick that this game doesn’t ever turn into The Bachelor. And be sure to stick around for Rick’s review of The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, which apparently is better than just another coffee table book. For all this and more, have a listen!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: General impressions of Hereo from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Mario World Soundtrack
Main Event: The Best Games of the Past 30 Years
Joe Esposito – “You’re the Best”
Bonus Content: The romancing angle of Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Soundtrack 

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #173: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ Special

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It’s all Fire Emblem this week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, as series rookie (unless you count Heroes) Patrick invites Goomba Stomp’s anime editor and Fire Emblem expert Matthew Ponthier for an in-depth discussion of Intelligent Systems’ long-awaited Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Which houses did we choose? What are our favorite characters so far? And how does this console release stack up to the best in the franchise?

For the first segment the guys try to process the sheer breadth of things to do at Garegg Mach, as well as gush over the bevy of distinct characters and ways of interacting with them that Intelligent Systems has devised. As Patrick notes, even non-RPG players who shrink from video game stories may want to consider this one. The second segment focuses more on battles, which will no doubt feel more familiar to series veterans, but are still packed with plenty of new wrinkles. It’s a whole hour on one game, so sit back and have a listen!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Genergal impressions of Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem Three House sound clip
Main Event: Review of Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #172: The Switch Lite, ‘Super Mario Maker 2’ and the N64/GameCube Tech

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The calm before the storm is officially over, as the release of Mario Maker 2 kicks off the bounty of Nintendo’s solid lineup of 2nd-half games for 2019. in our main segment this week, Tim and Patrick are joined by Goomba Stomp writers Izsak Barnette and Ty Davidson to give our impressions on the new features and refinements, and whether or not this sequel does enough to improve upon an already stellar original. Do we know how to design expert Mario levels? Probably not, but it turns out that there’s plenty of creativity and inspiration already out there from the Nintendo community to last a lifetime! From themed levels to a more classic approach, Mario Maker 2 has a little something for anyone who’s a fan of the little plumber who could.

After that, Izsak continues his series on the tech behind Nintendo’s various consoles. This week it’s the N64 and GameCube, and you may be surprised with some of the interesting engineering decisions made in constructing these two legendary machines. Before all that, however, the guys also briefly offer up some thoughts on the newly announced Switch Lite. Is this dedicated handheld device a great alternative for the casual gamer, or something that might confuse the brand? All this and more on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast.

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: First impression of the Nintendo Switch Lite
Super Mario Maker 2 Soundtrack
Main Event: Super Mario Maker 2 Review
Super Mario Maker 2 Soundtrack
A deep dive into the technology behind the N64 and GameCube
Super Mario Maker 2 Soundtrack

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