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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 253: Metroid Dread Review and Tetris Effect Connected

October 15th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, longtime Goomba Stomp writer and former editor Mike Worby joins Cameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill to review the long-awaited Metroid DreadOver a decade in the making, Nintendo has teamed up with Mercurysteam once again to officially revive the 2D Metroid formula, and Mike walks the hosts through everything that makes Dread such a triumphant comeback. Stuffed with secrets in its sprawling map and posing plenty of challenge in its many boss battles, Metroid Dread isn’t just a successful revival of a dormant series, but it pushes its genre forward with bold new ideas – even including a few ideas from series like Dark Souls. In any case, whether you’re a series veteran like Mike or a newcomer like Marc, there’s no denying that Samus’s latest mission has all the makings of a modern classic.

Next up, Marc takes the gang on a throwback tribute to celebrate the glory days of Pac-Man with a review of Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon, a beautifully made book commemorating the fortieth anniversary of one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. This week’s closing spotlight ends on a high note as Campbell reviews the recent Switch version of Tetris Effect Connected, a technically faithful port of the most memorable and musical take on the Tetris formula.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:46 – Main Event: Metroid Dread Review
Theme of Samus Aran” – Metroid Dread
45:45 – Talking Point: Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon
Pac-Man (Club Mix)” – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
1:02:35 – Spotlight: Tetris Effect Connected on Switch
“Classic Score Attack” – Tetris Effect Connected

NXpress 252: Sakurai Presents One Last Time

October 6th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, it’s the end of an era as Cameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the very last fighter joining the battle in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate in the final Sakurai Presents showcase. Sora from Kingdom Hearts has officially joined the battle, and while the hosts may sound a little heartless in their lack of enthusiasm for Square Enix and Disney’s ambitious crossover series, there’s no denying the importance of Sora’s addition to the roster. Not only does Sora represent a monumental moment in gaming history, but he means so much to generations of players who grew up with the Kingdom Hearts adventures–and really, what better way to end the most expansive gaming collaboration in history?

Along the way, the hosts also muse over what the end of Smash Ultimate means for Sakurai and for Nintendo as a whole–just what does the future hold for the Big N and its blockbuster platform fighting series? Perhaps the announcement of the Kingdom Hearts series coming to Switch in cloud streaming form left much to be desired, but all told, Sakurai’s last deep dive was a fitting end to a remarkable series of presentations.

Next up, the gang goes on a spooky tangent as Cameron shares his experience with the excellent indie horror game DetentionIt may have first released a few years ago, but this sidescrolling scare-fest still excels in delivering an unsettling atmosphere and cutting social commentary. If you’re looking for a game to welcome the arrival of Spooktober, don’t let Detention sneak under your radar!

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:42 – Main Event: Sora in Smash and Sakurai Presents
Simple and Clean” – Kingdom Hearts
42:30 – Indie Spotlight: Detention Review

Blast Away! Gummi Ship II” – Kingdom Hearts II

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 251: September Nintendo Direct Reactions + UnMetal Review

September 29th, 2021

Poyo! This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill are joined by Eliza from Kirby Informer to break down everything there is to know about the recent Nintendo Direct, including a healthy amount of hype around everyone’s favorite pink puffball. It may be a few days since the Direct aired, but even now there’s so much to say about what has to be one of Nintendo’s most bonkers presentations in recent memory. From the reveal of Kirby’s first full-throttle foray into the third dimension with Kirby and the Forgotten Land (sorry, Crystal Shards) to the unbelievable cast of the Mario movie, this showcase packed a little bit of everything for everyone – and that’s not even to mention the expansion of Nintendo Switch Online to include Genesis and N64 games, the long-awaited gameplay blowout of Bayonetta 3, and the release date of Disco Elysium’s Switch port, among many, many other announcements.

After wrapping up these announcements, Marc shines an indie spotlight on UnMetala Metal Gear Solid parody that manages to keep up a surprisingly consistent sense of humor that may even delight Kojima himself.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Main Event: Nintendo Direct Discussion
Checker Knights” – Kirby: Air Ride
59:27 – Indie Spotlight: UnMetal Review
Victory” – Kirby Air Ride

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 250: Indieland 2021 And Epilogue GB Operator Review

September 23rd, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill are joined by TOVG producer Michael Barryte for a jam-packed indie extravaganza episode. Michael kicks things off with a behind-the-scenes look at Indieland 2021, a charity live stream starring the Completionist and a host of indie developers around the globe raising money to support dementia research and treatment. Not only does the show support a good cause, but it also showcases a hugely diverse lineup of indies ranging from recent hits like Axiom Verge 2 and Toem to deeper cuts like Blossom Tales and Revita. Michael gives the hosts a deep dive behind the scenes, providing a thorough look at what it takes to put a program together.

Indies take a backseat in the next segment, as Marc takes center stage to celebrate the incredible Epilogue GB Operator, a groundbreaking devices that lets you play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games in full 4k on the device and control setup of your choice. Whether you’re looking to homebrew your own creations or simply re-experience some nostalgic favorites, Epilogue’s peripheral is sure to deliver everything you’re aiming for–and more. Lastly, Cameron gives a quick spotlight on Toeman idyllic Swedish photography adventure that feels like a playable breath of fresh air.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Opening Topic: Indieland Discussion
Title Theme” – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
34:40 – Talking Point: Epilogue GB Operator Review
Mom’s Hometown” – Mother 3
50:00 – Toem Indie Snippet
Title” – Pokémon Fire Red

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 249: Celebrating 20 Years GameCube + WarioWare: Get It Together! And SkateBIRD Reviews

September 15th, 2021

Two whole decades of the cube! This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill celebrate the 20th birthday of the Nintendo GameCube before reviewing the newly-released WarioWare: Get It Together! The Big N’s sixth-gen effort may not have lit up the sales chart like its predecessors, but what it lacked in commercial success it made up for in critical darlings, boasting an exceptional library of some of the most groundbreaking and innovative games of its era. The gang walks through only a small smattering of the landmark experiences that the purple cube has to offer, from the graphical showcase of Luigi’s Mansion to the hassle of connecting your GBA to your GameCube to the splendors of sailing on the Great Sea in The Wind Waker. That’s not to mention that its lightweight design and built-in handle technically made it a hybrid console decades before the Switch…

After a quick breaking news segment to discuss the out-of-nowhere reveal that the latest Switch system update would support Bluetooth audio, Cameron dives into the microgame madness of WarioWare: Get It Together! with an in-depth review. The craziness may get out of hand sometimes, but with a friend along for the ride, there’s still plenty of wacky fun to be had with Wario’s debut outing on Switch. Closing things out with a much-needed dose of feathery cuteness is an indie spotlight on SkateBIRD, an adorable take on Tony Hawk that might just be one of the year’s most charming indies.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
02:00 – Opening Topic: 20 Years of the GameCube
Pirate Dance” – Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix
34:40 – Talking Point: Switch Bluetooth Support and WarioWare: Get It Together! Review
Waluigi Stadium & Wario Colosseum” – Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
1:01:00 – SkateBIRD Indie Snippet
Pagoda Peak” – Mario Party 7

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 248: What Is A Metroidvania, Anyway?

September 10th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill tackle one of life’s biggest questions – just what is a metroidvania, really? Before getting to that, though, the gang takes a moment to appreciate the recently-announced Lego Mario 64 set, an incredible tribute to one of the greatest games of all time that presents enticing possibilities as to what the future could hold for collaborations between the Big N and Lego.

In the Main Event, the hosts celebrate the impending release of Metroid Dread with a wide-ranging discussion about all things metroidvania, sharing their experiences with the genre, their hopes for its future, and their opinions about what makes a game a metroidvania. From the beginnings of the genre with Super Metroid and Symphony of the Night all the way to modern classics like Hollow Knight, the metroidvania genre has played host to some of the very best games of the past few decades, and for all the hosts’ hopes, questions, and issues, there’s no telling where it might go next–until we get our hands on Metroid Dread, at least.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:41 – Opening Topic: Lego Super Mario 64 Set
“Title Theme” – No More Heroes
16:55 – Talking Point: What Is a Metroidvania?

“Start The Battle” – No More Heroes III
38:30 – Indie Spotlight: Hoa
“Credits” – No More Heroes

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 247: Gameboy Games On Switch, No More Heroes III, And Hoa Review

September 3rd, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill dive right into all the incredible possibilities and harsh realities that the Big N could have in store as we head into the final quarter of the year. While it’s all but confirmed that Nintendo will present a new Direct this month, what could be revealed? Will we see the much-rumored addition of Gameboy and Gameboy Color titles to the Nintendo Switch Online service? Could we get glimpses of hotly anticipated titles like Breath of the Wild 2 or Project Triangle Strategy? While disappointment is inevitable, the hosts discuss all the options for classic games and all-new releases that could be shown off soon.

The show takes an avant-garde turn in the next segment, as Cameron and Campbell celebrate the auteuristic genius of developer Suda51 by discussing the cult classic No More Heroes and its newly-released sequel, No More Heroes III. Whether you’ve been playing Suda51’s creations since he first developed a following with Killer7 on the Gamecube or are only just getting into his work, there’s plenty to appreciate in Suda’s distinctively satirical punk-rock aesthetic, especially in the otaku assassin action of No More Heroes. Campbell closes things out on a more wholesome note with a review of Hoa, a platformer whose beautiful graphics and serene atmosphere earn it a place among the year’s very best indies.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:41 – Opening Topic: Gameboy and GBC Games on Switch
“Title Theme” – No More Heroes
16:55 – Talking Point: Suda51 and No More Heroes
“Start The Battle” – No More Heroes III
38:30 – Indie Spotlight: Hoa
“Credits” – No More Heroes

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 246: 30 Years Of The SNES And WarioWare: Get It Together! Impressions

August 26th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill take a moment to celebrate 30 years of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, one of the most important systems ever produced by the Big N. With only a minimal amount of squabbling over which game is the best on the system (we all know it’s A Link to the Past), the hosts walk through everything that made the SNES such a critical part of gaming history: the unmatched library of classics, rock-solid first- and third-party development support, excellently designed controllers, and so much more. Even if you weren’t around for the heyday of the SNES in the 90s, there’s no denying that the Super Nintendo remains a platform packed with excellent titles whose influence can still be felt today.

Moving onto more modern matters, the gang share their impressions of the recent demo for WarioWare: Get It Together! Wario’s big debut on Switch is just as chaotic and packed with ridiculous microgames as any other entry in the series, and with the all-new inclusion of local multiplayer, it might just be the perfect new party game. Cameron closes out the show with a small cup of Necrobarista: Final Pour, the definitive version of a beloved 2020 visual novel taking place in a coffee shop where the dead can mingle with the living one last time.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:59 – Opening Topic: 30 Years of the SNES
“Beware the Forest Mushrooms” – Super Mario RPG
35:20 – Talking Point: WarioWare: Get It Together! Impressions

“Ashley’s Theme” – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
47:50 – Indie Spotlight: Necrobarista: Final Pour
“Credits” – Super Mario World

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 245: Pokémon Presents Reaction And Indie Game Extravaganza

August 20th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill tackle a supersized episode packed with reactions about all things Pokémon and reviews of every new indie under the sun. Starting things off, all boys break down all there is to know about the recent Pokémon Presents showcase, from the bevy of updates for the countless Pokémon mobile games to massive blowouts on Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends Arceus.

Next up, the gan dive into an indie game extravaganza as each host reviews many of the most notable indies that released following the most recent Indie World presentation. Campbell kicks things off with a deep dive into Boyfriend Dungeon and the perhaps overblown controversy surrounding it, while Cameron provides a wholesome break with the wonderfully wholesome Garden Story. Meanwhile, Marc takes the hosts on an island vacation with Islanders: Console Editionbefore Campbell gives another breakdown about the surprisingly bold sequel Axiom Verge 2. Closing things out, Marc provides a look at Pile Up!

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:59 – Opening Topic: Pokémon Presents Discussion
“Vs. Trainer” – Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
25:50 – Indie Spotlight: Boyfriend Dungeon, Garden Story, Islanders, Axiom Verge 2, Pile Up!

“Battle! Team Galactic Boss” – Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 244: Indie World Reactions And Greak: Memories Of Azur Review

August 13th, 2021

August 2021 Indie World Showcase Reactions

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the latest jam-packed Indie World showcase. The gang breaks down every major announcement of the show, from the impeccably stylish opening with a new Bomb Rush Cyberfunk trailer all the way through to the final stretch of big-name surprise releases. With such a strong lineup of shadow-drops like Garden Story, Boyfriend Dungeon, and Axiom verge 2, this presentation rivaled the last E3 showcase as one of Nintendo’s most consistently exciting productions in recent memory.

Next up, Marc puts a necessary damper on all the Indie World enthusiasm by reviewing the disappointing comic book adventure, ForeclosedWhile it might have an immaculate aesthetic, its gameplay loop leaves much to be desired. Never fear, however; Marc still has some positivity up his sleeve with a review of the fantastic surprise action-platformer, Greak: Memories of Azur. While it doesn’t rewrite the formula of its genre, Greak still delivers one of the year’s finest platforming adventures with painterly visuals and immaculate level design.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:50 – Main Event: Indie World Reactions
“1989” – Tetris Effect
31:50 – Indie Spotlight: Foreclosed and Greak: Memories of Azur

“Title Theme / Phase 1” – Tetris 99

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