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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 108: ‘Donkey Kong 64,’ Switch Indies and the Nintendo World Championships

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Donkey Kong 64 might just be the most ambitious title to hit the Nintendo 64. Developed over a 2 and 1/2-year period by respected UK software house Rare, Donkey Kong 64 was met with critical praise when released and touted as the biggest game on Nintendo’s third generation console. The game is massive, and we do mean massive. In fact, Donkey Kong 64 is the first title released for the N64 that required the memory expansion pack. Take the original game, scale it ten times its size and add about five times as many collectibles to it, and you know what to expect. That’s Donkey Kong 64, and this week, we try our best to wrap our brains around it all.

Joining us is Goomba Stomp’s Indie Games Editor, Katrina Lind who also shares her thoughts on the barrage of indie titles set for release on the Nintendo Switch. In addition, Ricky shares his story of how and why his Nintendo Switch stopped working and Patrick tells us about his experience at the 2017 Nintendo World Championships. All this and more!

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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 #180: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ and Keeping Up With So Many Games

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Intelligent Systems’ excellent Fire Emblem: Three Houses has inevitably converted another NXpress host, and this week Rick tells fellow enthusiast Patrick and guy-missing-out Tim why he thinks this strategy RPG has a good shot at taking the top spot on his list of the year’s best games. Sure, we’ve already talked extensively about this latest entry in the series, but there’s always more to say. From Rick’s early adventures in Maddening mode to Patrick’s comparisons of his time spent with each house’s campaign, this opening segment provides a nice bow on our coverage of one of Nintendo’s best offerings of 2019.

After that, the guys get into a lengthy discussion of how each of them handle stretches like the Nintendo has lined up for the second half of the year, where it seems like one must-play game is released after another. When you can’t play everything, what do you play, and why? From low budgets to lack of time, there are plenty of reasons it’s tough to get to every major title that hits the shelves and eShop. Turns out that the guys each have a different approach, whether it’s sticking to tried-and-true franchises, specific genres, or trying as much as possible until something sticks. How about you?

Finally, Rick wraps things up with some brief second impressions of The Sinking City. For all this and more, have a listen!

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Catching up on Fire Emblem Three Houses, Astral Chain, and The Sinking City
Fire Emblem Three Houses Clip
Main Event: What to do with so many games?
Fire Emblem Three Houses soundtrack

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Nxpress Nintendo Podcast #178: Switch Lite, ‘Astral Chain’ Review, and Standouts From the Latest Direct

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There just never seems to be enough time to talk about everything going on in the world of Nintendo these days, so this week we have another jam-packed show. To kick things off, Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined by Goomba Stomp contributor Renan Fontes to talk about Rick’s time spent testing the Switch Lite. Just what did out editor-in-chief think about Nintendo’s latest dedicated handheld, and what sort of consumer might it appeal to? Will it entice players away from getting a ‘normal’ Switch?

Next up, Patrick and Renan give a full review of the acclaimed Astral Chain (with a little bit of help from Neuron force rookie Tim). After his initial impressions weren’t so hot, has the game’s in-depth combat and detective-based exploration finally won Patrick over? Or has the tense and irritating situation escalated beyond the point of repair? Regardless, Renan explains how Platinum’s latest action opus just might be his game of the year, especially with the all the post-game content keeping him busy. It’s a well-rounded discussion that should provide a good overview from both a casual and expert position.

In the last segment, the guys pick which announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct got them the most excited. XenobladeReturn of the Obra Din, and even Super NES games online each make an appearance. So for all this and more on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, have a listen!

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LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Nintendo Switch Lite review plus Nintendo’s new exercise new accessory.
Nintendo Switch Lite clip
Main Event: Astral Chain review
Astral Chain soundtrack
Bonus Content: Nintendo Direct review
Kid Koala – “Roll Credits”

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #177: PAX West, ‘Astral Chain’ and ‘Decay of Logos’

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This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, things start off with a bang, as Rick, Tim, and Patrick begin what seems like an innocent discussion of the now-delayed Switch release of Decay of Logos, but quickly turn it into a lively debate about the responsibilities of reviewers who have received codes for broken games. Those interested in getting a peek behind the scenes of a website like Goomba Stomp will get a good dose of multiple philosophies on how to handle publishers and what is owed to the readers. It’s a lengthy back-and-forth, but we think it’s worth a listen!

After all the arguing, things settle down with some previews from PAX West, as Tim relates some of the indies he got a chance to try out in person, and Rick delivers a review of FAR: Lone Sails for the Switch. This indie revolving around a child operating a steampunk-ish transport across post-apocalyptic landscapes is reminiscent of Inside, but finds its own way to be one of the most relaxing, enjoyable games of the year so far.

This week’s episode ends with Patrick’s first impressions of Astral Chain. Does he agree with Brent’s enthusiastic review, or has this sci-fi action game not managed to arrest him quite yet? For all this and more, have a listen!

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LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Everything wrong with Decay of Logos
Decay of Logos clip
Main Event: PAX West and Far: Lone Sails
Far: Lone Sails soundtrack
Bonus Content: Astral Chain review
Astral Chain Soundtrack

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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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LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Catching up on Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses clip
Main Event: Indie World discussion
The Sinking City cutscene
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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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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