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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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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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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 #171: ‘Bloodstained’ and ‘Cadence of Hyrule’

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While it may feel like late June was the calm before the Nintendo Switch’s storm, there were actually some decent rumblings that rolled through the eShop; this week Rick and Patrick sit down with Goomba Stomp editors Mike Worby and James Baker to find out how two of the more notable ones fared. First on the gothic chopping block is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the much-anticipated throwback to classic Castlevania from series producer Koji Igarashi. While Rick and Mike traitorously played the PS4 version and loved every second of exploring the atmospheric, labyrinthine castle, Patrick took a musket ball for the team and brings impressions of the beleaguered Switch version. While there has been plenty of discussion about that port’s noticeable downgrade (and with good reason), is there enough good game below the slightly blurry surface for Switch owners to consider a purchase? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Next, Patrick and James sing the praises of Cadence of Hyrule — but perhaps for different reasons? While James was able to find his rhythm on the way to victory, Patrick shamefully turned on Fixed Beat mode — and loved every second of it. Regardless of how you play, the fun had from this Zelda spinoff is tough to beat. If you haven’t picked it up yet, maybe we can convince you.

Before all that, however, all four make some way-too-early requests for some things we’d like to see in the just-announced sequel to Breath of the Wild. Hmm…let’s see. Dungeons, dungeons, and dungeons? Sure, let’s go with that. For all this and more on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, tune in!

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LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: What we want from Breath of the Wild 2
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Clip
Main Event: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Soundtrack
Cadence of Hyrule Review
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #170: Hands-On ‘Sword & Shield,’ ‘Link’s Awakening’ and ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’

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Nintendo Switch Podcast

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Ty Davidson and Ryan Kapioski join Ricky D and Patrick Murphy to discuss their trip to E3, as well as their time playing Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Sword & Shield, Link’s Awakening and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Could this be Luigi’s best solo adventure yet? How does Dynamax add depth to pokemon battles — and more importantly, is it fun? Ryan and Ty spill the beans on how these games are shaping up so far, what makes Ultimate Alliance similar to a TMNT arcade game, and what out of this batch they’re most excited for.

The guys also fill us in on what the show floor was like, and which of the major companies made the biggest splash. Other topics discussed include Sony’s absence, Fortnite‘s crazy-insane booth, Digital Devolver’s wild E3 plans, Nintendo’s digital event, and what it is like attending the Microsoft press conference. All this and more!

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Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: E3 2019 Review
Luigi’s Mansion Theme Song
Main Event: Hands-On Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Sword & Shield, Link’s Awakening and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Link’s Awakening Soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #168: ‘Pokemon Sword’ and ‘Shield’ Direct

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I hope you’re in the mood for Pokemon! This week, Tim and Patrick have a one-on-one about the latest announcements for the franchise, including last week’s press conference and the brand-new Direct. First up on the topic, Tim does his best to explain to Patrick how Pokemon Home might work, what the heck Pokemon Sleep is, and why fighting trainers in a new mobile game could be cool. After that, the two tackle the Direct, debating which of the two legendary cover pokemon looks the best, where the new Dynamax mechanic ranks on the list of Pokemon gameplay additions, Tim’s dream of giant monster raids coming (mostly) to life, and how the world is visually shaping up. Are we excited for this latest iteration? You’ll have to listen in to find out!

Before all the Pokemon gab, however, the guys talk about what they’ve been playing lately, and muse over the value of certain indies and smaller Nintendo games. Somewhere along the way, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell is discussed; it’s a weird tangent.

For all this and more, tune in to the NXpress Nintendo Podcast!

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #167: Best Nintendo Consoles List, History of NES/SNES Tech

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Ranking the Best Nintendo Consoles

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast we’ve got a meaty show, as Rick and Patrick are joined by Izsak to pore over and debate our recently updated ranking of the Best Nintendo Consoles. Sure, everyone can mostly agree that the Virtual Boy belongs at the bottom, but where does it go from there? Do the site’s whippersnappers care about the ancient NES? Has the Switch managed to impress enough in its relatively short lifespan to climb up the list? You’ll have to listen to find out where our heads leave and our nostalgic hearts take over…

Before that, Rick gets hyped about the NBA Finals, detailing the epic NBA 2K19 bouts that have kept him in the mood for playoff basketball, while Patrick talks about an actual new game. He reviews Gato Roboto, a Metroid-lite release for the Switch that involves a space cat in a mech suit exploring a mysterious planet and presumably saving the day. Does this indie title land on its feet?

Finally, the last segment sees Izsak give the guys a brief history of some of the tech behind two of Nintendo’s classic consoles: the NES and SNES. Even those whose conversations don’t normally involve gaming chips will want to stick around for some fascinating notes. This kicks off a series in which Izsak will detail how some of Nintendo’s machines were developed, what’s in them, and why that tech was chosen. For all this and more, have a listen!

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PlaylistLFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: NBA 2K19 and Gato Roboto
Nintendo Switch commercial clip
Bonus Content: Ranking all the Nintendo consoles
“Lost in the Woods” – Ocarina of Time soundtrack
Main Event: Breaking down the hardware of the NES and SNES
“Jump Up, Superstar!” – Super Mario Odyssey Theme Song

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #166: ‘Detective Pikachu’ Movie, ‘Super Mario Maker 2’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’

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This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast we review Detective Pikachu, which marks the first time any Hollywood studio has attempted a live-action movie adaptation of the popular Pokemon gaming franchise. Is Detective Pikachu just another cash grab, or is this movie more than just product placement? We answer this question while also trying desperately to make sense of the convoluted plot. Before that, we set aside some time to discuss Mortal Kombat 11, which Harry calls one of the greatest fighting games ever made, while Rick claims it features one of the best story modes in the genre.

Finally, the guys discuss Super Mario Maker 2, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on June 28. Thanks to a recent direct, we were given a deep dive into the game’s new features, including new course parts and tools, a new single-player story mode with more than 100 Nintendo-created courses, new course themes, details about online course sharing*, options to create and play together with others, and information about a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members. The presentation also covered the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 tournament, streaming live online the weekend before E3 from Los Angeles so there’s a lot to cover. It’s another jam-packed episode, and somehow we managed to keep it under one hour. Enjoy!

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Playlist

Mortal Kombat 11 clip
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 clip
Bonus Content: Super Mario Maker 2 Discussion
Detective Pikachu Movie Trailer
Main Event: Detective Pikachu Review

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