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NXpress Podcast #48: ‘Twilight Princess’ and E3 2016

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E3 is seen as the biggest event in gaming, drawing tens of thousands of journalists and industry folk and generating billions of media impressions around the world. It is a mandatory event for anyone affiliated with the video game industry and the best place to generate buzz for new products. But things are changing and E3 is slowly losing its edge. This week we discuss whether or not Nintendo should drop out of the world renounced gaming convention and whether or not the Twilight Princess high definition release is worth buying. Joining us is guest Ryan Kapioski of the Game Boys podcast.

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00:00: Intro
01:00: Nintendosage: Should Nintendo drop out of E3?
25:00: Twilight Princess interlude
26:00: The Main Event: Twilight Princess HD review
50:00: Twilight Princess Main Theme

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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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  1. Matt De Azevedo

    March 16, 2016 at 8:36 am

    There is definitely magic lost when you have a digital event vs. a live event in front of a crowd. To deny that would be the same as saying that watching Game 7 of Stanley cup final on TV would be the same as attending the game live. There is an undeniable electricity surrounding live events, and E3 falls into that category.

    Also, Sony’s 2015 E3 conference was miles better than Nintendo’s snore fest of a “world championships”. Sony announced a bunch of games many thought were only a pipe dream. It was a ‘conference of dreams’ for many people.

    E3 isn’t the largest gaming event of the year, Gamescom takes that title, but E3 is known the world over as the event where the biggest bombs are dropped. E3 is where consoles are announced, games are unveiled, and big trailers are debuted. Is it necessary? No, not really. But fans love it, so its not going anywhere any time soon. EA isn’t really dropping out of E3. They’re simply holding their event across the street and hoping that E3’s crowd crosses the road on goes to their event thinking its part of E3. If they were really “dropping out”, they’d hold their own event at a different time. They are very much hoping on cashing in on the E3 hype, but doing so in a slightly different manner.

    • Patrick Murphy

      March 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      No question some magic is lost, but a lot of that is just for journalists, as they’re the only ones who can attend the live event the first place. Everyone else is still watching game 7 on TV, and I’m not sure the crowd makes any difference for them. Those presentations are just to get the people who write about games hyped, so that some of that will hopefully rub off on consumers and get the products further out in the mainstream. They’re definitely useful, but for the average gamer who pays attention to such things, I think the Directs work just as well, if not better, due to less time spent on lengthy business monologues. Both would be ideal when a company has something big to share, but I’m not sure they’re needed when it’s just the same old.

      • Ricky D Fernandes

        March 17, 2016 at 1:00 am

        Would you pay $92 to watch a direct?

      • Matt De Azevedo

        March 17, 2016 at 2:18 am

        The crowd watching the game live makes a HUGE impact for those watching at home on TV. The cheers and chants bleed over from the TV set into your living room. Sure, if there was no live crowd, people watching on TV would still have emotional reactions, but it’s amplified very much by the reactions of the fans attending live. Just like watching a game alone is very different than watching with a group of friends who are all enthusiastic about the sport. Being part of a crowd, either literally (your friends with you on the couch) or by extension (via the fans on TV) is a huge factor in sporting events, and events like E3.

  2. Ricky D Fernandes

    March 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    You’re not actually going to compare an E3 stage presentation to game seven of the Stanley Cup Championship? Come on man… E3 is not that exciting. Maybe game one…

    Nintendo World Championship was an event millions of people dreamt about. It was a dream come true cause it actually happened. I’m still waiting on those games Sony announced.

    Would you pay $92 for a ticket to the Nintendo World Championships?

    • Matt De Azevedo

      March 17, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to me personally is bigger than E3, but I have a couple of friends who literally cried during the Shenmue 3 announcement at last years show. E3 is the video game industries super bowl, so yeah, I think its comparable.

      I wouldn’t pay $10 for a ticket to the Nintendo World Championships, lol.

      If you somehow think that the Nintendo World Championships was somehow bigger or better than the FF7 Remake reveal, Shenmue 3, and The Last Gurdian’s revival… then you’re simply crazy man. If a million people were hyped up for the Nintendo World Championships, then 10 million were MORE hyped up by those announcements.

      • Ricky D Fernandes

        March 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        Your friends cried watching a trailer? Oh brother … I’m sorry but that is not healthy. I can understand crying while watching the Nintendo World Championships but come on … a trailer. 😛

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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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