The NXpress Nintendo Podcast

The NXpress Nintendo Podcast is Goomba Stomp‘s award-winning flagship podcast, a weekly show focusing on all things Nintendo.

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 267: What Does the Activision Blizzard Acquisition Mean for Nintendo?

January 21st, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to what is already one of 2022’s biggest pieces of gaming news: Microsoft is set to purchase Activision Blizzard for an eyewatering sum of $68.7 billion (yes, billion with a B). While this is obviously a major development in the ongoing console wars between PlayStation and Xbox, just how will the Activision Blizzard acquisition affect Nintendo players? It’s a seismic shift in the industry with plenty of implications for fans of the Big N: does this mean that Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, which have recently become frequent sights on Switch, will leave the Nintendo ecosystem after all? What will this acquisition do to the Switch’s burgeoning big-name third-party support? And with so many major names now under one roof at Microsoft, do we even need traditional E3 press conferences anymore? The hosts cover all these questions and more in a discussion as wide-ranging as Microsoft’s shopping list.

Next up, it’s time to jam out with an indie spotlight on the delightful arcade revival that is Windjammers 2This follow-up to Data East’s cult-classic 1994 arcade hit is a worthy successor that takes the original game’s winning formula and dials it up to 11 with new mechanics, characters, and abilities–all wrapped up in DotEmu’s signature stunning art direction. It might suffer from a steep learning curve, but it’s not hard for the adrenaline to set in and make this a blisteringly fast and competitive multiplayer blast!

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Main Event: Activision Blizzard acquisition discussion
“N. Sanity Beach” – Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
31:50 – Indie Spotlight: Windjammers 2
“Boulder Dash” – Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 266: Chicory: A Colorful Tale Switch Review

January 12th, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill are joined by friend of the show, Goomba Stomp writer, and creator of amazing stuff, Marty Allen! In this cute animal extravaganza, the gang starts by reacting to the cinematic masterpiece that’s sure to sweep this year’s Oscars–and of course, we’re talking about the Pokemon Company’s latest animation, Bidoof’s Big Stand. A true tear-jerker in every way, this 8-minute clip is well worth all fans of everyone’s favorite HM slave.

After that, the gang takes an emotional detour to discuss Chicory: A Colorful Talea surprisingly impactful journey packed with adorable critters, plenty of food and animal puns, a painterly gameplay loop, and a poignant story of burnout, acceptance, and coming to terms with one’s whole self. It’s yet another hit from the makers of Wandersong, an accessible adventure that lets the player paint their own story–an experience sure to resonate with anyone who has a passion for creativity.

Closing things out, Campbell and Cameron bow out as our resident Animal Crossing experts, Marc and Marty, take the lead sharing their impressions on the Animal Crossing New Horizons DLC. New Horizons might be past its prime, but the new content is more than enough to entice new players back to their islands–and it might just lure in some new players, too (unless you’re a curmudgeon like Campbell). Animal Crossing fans will want to tune in!

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Opening: Bidoof’s Big Stand Discussion
“Special Announcement” – Bidoof Day
14:00 – Main Event: Chicory: A Colorful Tale
“Dinners, The Big City” – Chicory: A Colorful Tale
50:00 – Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC catchup with Marty
“Appie Foothill” – Chicory: A Colorful Tale

 

Best of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast: A Heated Debate About Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

January 12th, 2022

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Review

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was an incredibly assured attempt to rewrite the rules of the entire series. Unfortunately, most people just don’t like change and because it was different and harder than the original, many fans of the series hated the entry. Fast forward more than two decades and we decided to revisit the black sheep of the Zelda family. What follows is a segment from episode 46 of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast in which Ricky, Patrick, Tim, and Arron got into a heated argument about the merits of Zelda II. Enjoy!

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 265: Our Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2022

January 7th, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill kick off the year with an episode spotlighting many of their most anticipated indie games of 2022. While platforms like Xbox and PS5 are definitely attracting plenty of indie talent this year, the Nintendo Switch certainly seems poised to remain the king of the indie scene with much-anticipated titles like Sea of Stars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, OlliOlli World, and many, many more! The hosts provide just a glance at what the future will hold for fans of the independent gaming scene this year.

Moving on from the indie excitement, what better way to warm up during the cold days of January than by cozying up with an old-school RPG? That’s exactly what leads the hosts to a discussion of the N64’s recently re-released Paper Mario on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. Cameron shares his thoughts on this early 3D classic, sparking a conversation that spans the gang’s hopes for future additions to NSO, the issues plaguing N64 games on Switch, and the convoluted state of roleplaying Mario spinoffs. It’s a quirky smorgasbord for this year’s first show!

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Main Event: Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2022
“Title” – Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
26:00 – Talking Point: Death’s Door & Paper Mario NSO Impressions
“Olivia’s Theme” – Paper Mario: The Origami King

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 264: Looking Back on 2021, Predicting 2022

December 31st, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill finally bid adieu to 2021 and ring in a new year with a load of bold predictions for Nintendo’s 2022! Before getting to that, though, the hosts start things off by reminiscing on all the goods that the Big N brought to the table in 2021, including everything from this year’s deluge of excellent indies to the incredible reinvention of the Mario formula with Bowser’s Fury and even a handful of historical gems like the Famicom Detective Club games. Of course, that’s not even to mention the jaw-dropping reveals of E3 2921, including Metroid Dread–from the beginning of the year to its final days, Nintendo certainly gave the hosts plenty to highlight!

After celebrating all the best of 2021, it’s time to theorize what could be in store for Nintendo in 2022. Each host shares their predictions for the good and the bad lying in wait for the next year, raising major questions: will COVID continue to delay game development? Will we see Breath of the Wild 2 resurface at last for a 2022 release? And could we even get a revival of long-neglected franchises like Golden Sun? Only time will tell! Don’t forget to come back to this episode in December 2022 and see who’s right.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Main Event: 2021 Highlights
“New Year’s Eve 11:55 a.m.” – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
35:00 – Talking Point: 2022 Predictions
“Happy New Year!” – Animal Crossing: New Horizons

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 263: Game of the Year Extravaganza!

December 24th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill celebrate the gaming community’s most cherished holiday tradition: deciding which game is the year’s best. Although the gang may or may not have played any of the year’s biggest releases, that doesn’t stop them from running down Goomba Stomp’s two-part Game of the Year list. The hosts walk through each one of this year’s 30 winners, ranging from indie darlings like Loop Hero to triple-A megahits like Resident Evil Village. This conversation goes so in-depth, we had to split it into two segments!

While there’s certainly a good mix of nominees from third-party developers, Nintendo fans certainly won’t complain about our ultimate #1 Game of the Year winner. 2021 was certainly a jam-packed year for fans of the Big N and for the industry in general, so it’s exhilarating to think about what the future may hold. Tune in for a sweeping discussion that covers the very past of this past year while looking toward bright times ahead!

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Main Event: Game of the Year Discussion Part 1
“Credits Roll” – Bowser’s Fury
35:00 – Game of the Year Discussion Part 2
“Endscreen” – Metroid Dread

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 262: Indie World December 2021 Reactions

December 19th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill serve up a compact yet jam-packed episode brimming with hot takes about Nintendo’s last Direct presentation of the year, December 15’s Indie World showcase. Stuffed with incredible indie games from start to finish, this latest direct had a little something for everyone (especially if you’re a fan of a certain pup with a paintbrush). Starting things off with a bang with the Chrono Trigger spiritual successor Sea of Stars, the gang walks through every announcement of the show, including the emotional gut punch of After Love EP, the delightful surprise of Dungeon Munchies, the boardgame mysteries of Let’s Play! Oink Games, and the horrifying debut of Omori. There may not have been a giant dump of shadow drop releases as in previous directs, but at least Spring 2022 will be positively stacked!

In the final segment, Cameron takes a break from all the indie conversation by talking about another indie game–none other than Devolver Digital’s Loop Herowhich has just made its long-awaited debut on Switch. As tough as it may be to put into words, Loop Hero delivers a strategic experience unlike anything else on the market–and of course, it’s a perfect fit for Switch!

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:42 – Main Event: Indie World December 2021 Reactions
“The Town of Luncheon” – Chicory: a Colorful Tale
44:00 – Indie Spotlight: Loop Hero
“Title” – Loop Hero

NXpress 261: Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain Review

December 8th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill serve up a brainteaser of an episode with a review of the recently released Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain. This competitive yet educational multiplayer party romp may not have gotten the publicity normally befitting a first-party Nintendo release, but despite its obscurity, it might just end up being one of the best multiplayer games on Switch. Marc schools the gang on all the lessons to be learned from Big Brain’s surprisingly competitive yet endlessly accessble minigames, heaping praise on this inventive title. Don’t miss out on what could be the Nintendo sleeper hit of the year!

Next up, Cameron gives the hosts a spotlight on Unsightedan indie action adventure game built in the vein of 2D Zeldas and Hyper Light Drifter. Set in an apocalyptic world where every single NPC has a finite amount of time before reverting to a primal, dangerous state, Unsighted tasks players with making tough decisions and offers an immensely rewarding experience for those who can make it through its many challenges. All this and more in a short but sweet episode before the end-of-year insanity sets in!

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:42 – Main Event: Big Brain Academy Brain vs. Brain Review
“Title” – Big Brain Academy
28:20 – Indie Spotlight: Unsighted

“Welcome/Main Theme” – Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain

NXpress 260: An Interview with Yacht Club Games on Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon!

December 3rd, 2021

Ready to dig in? This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill are joined by Yacht Club Games’ marketing manager, Celia Schilling, for a wide-ranging interview about all this Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon ahead of its December 13 release. Pocket Dungeon represents an exciting moment for the Shovel Knight series, effectively inventing a new genre and bringing Yacht Club’s mascot hero to the world of puzzle gaming for the first time. Celia gives the host a detailed breakdown about how the game came to be, what it takes to keep the game interesting for players of all skill levels, and why the Trouple King is so adorable–all this and more!

Be sure to stay tuned for Marc’s quick indie spotlight on the delightful A Short Hike, a wonderfully relaxed game that the hosts take turns celebrating–before devolving into a discussion of backlogs, Persona 5, and the struggles of adulting. What can you say, they really dug themselves into a hole…

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:45 – Main event: An Interview with Yacht Club Games’ Celia Schilling
52:00 – Indie Spotlight: A Short Hike

“Strike the Earth!” – Shovel Knight

 

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 259: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Review

November 26th, 2021

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill ring in the holiday season with a jam-packed show full of hot takes and shopping tips. Before all that, though, the gang starts things out with a discussion of the recently-released letter from Microsoft offering to purchase Nintendo. Just what does this rejected offer say about Microsoft’s approach to getting games on the original Xbox, and how would history have been different had the Big N accepted?

Moving on to the Main Event, Marc and Campbell share their mixed thoughts about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl–and saying it’s a mixed bag would likely be an understatement! Despite Diamond and Pearl being some of the most beloved Pokémon titles of the past 15 years, these remakes leave plenty to be desired–from big-picture topics like graphics and random encounters all the way down to something as simple as walking Pokémon. Even the most nostalgic fans may find themselves taking issue with this revamp, so it seems that not even the glories of a wild Bidoof could save this project.

The gang ends the show on a high note by sharing their picks for this year’s holiday stocking stuffers–whether you want to give the gift of hours of puzzling bliss or the potential for learning a new skill, the hosts have you covered for picking out the perfect gaming-themed presents ahead of Black Friday.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:45 – Opening Topic: Microsoft’s Offer for Nintendo
“Vs. Dialga/Palkia” – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
14:50 – Main Event: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Review
“Battle! Team Galactic Commanders” – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
48:35  Closing Topic: Holiday Stocking Stuffers
“Route 209” – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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