The Nintendo Switch NXpress Podcast

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

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #156: A Look Back at ‘Resident Evil 2,’ the Nintendo Direct, and ‘Reverie’

February 15th, 2019

Despite the Resident Evil 2 remake not appearing on the Switch (boo), we still find plenty to talk about this week when it comes to the legacy of one of the greatest survival horror titles ever made. Rick and Patrick are joined this week by Goomba Stomp's RE franchise expert Mike Worby to remember Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield's grotesque and terrifying experience in the Raccoon City Police Station, shooting zombies, running away from lickers, and getting scared out of our seats the first time Mr. X crashed through a wall. Along the way, we ask all the important questions: which scenario has the better story? What makes this setting so much better than the Spencer Mansion? Is William Birkin a psychopathic mad scientist bent on revenge, or a tragic figure at the mercy of his own creation? We get involved, people.

Before that, however, Goomba Stomp's Izsak Barnette joins the fellas to pore over all the major announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct. It was a big one, with some pretty welcome surprises! We go down the list, discussing our favorites and generally just being happy to be Switch owners. To round things out, Rick and Patrick also give a review of Reverie, a small Zelda-like game that takes place in a fictional New Zealand island setting. Did we get to meet some kiwis? For all this and more on the Nintendo Switch Podcast, have a listen!

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #155: ‘Travis Strikes Again,’ Super Mario Party’ and ‘Super Mario Bros. Deluxe’

January 24th, 2019

This week on the first segment of the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, we discuss Super Mario Party, developed by NDcube and Mario's latest Mushroom Kingdom journey, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, a Wii U title port that has been topping the video game sales chart. After that Patrick chimes in on his impressions of Travis Strikes Again and Hollow Knight. In the main event, the gang discusses what games they want to see ported from the Wii U to the Nintendo Switch. All this and more. 

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #154: Most Anticipated Nintendo Switch Games and Yearly Predictions of 2019

January 10th, 2019

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Goomba Stomp writer Kyle Rentschler joins us to discuss an article he recently published listing his month-by-month predictions of what Nintendo could be releasing throughout 2019. His list is separated into three parts: Main Attraction (announced or rumored big thing that will definitely happen), Backup (announced or rumored smaller things that will definitely happen), and Wild Card (an unannounced thing of varying size that may not but probably still will definitely happen). We go through his list and decide which of these predictions is likely to happen and which are most unlikely. Before all that, Ricky reviews Catastronauts, a sci-fi party game from Inertia Game Studios that drops teams of players in a fight for survival against alien adventures. Meanwhile, Patrick reviews Iconoclasts, a game seven years in the making by developer Joakim Sandberg. All this and more. 

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The Best Video Game Soundtracks 2018 Awesome Mix Tape

January 5th, 2019

As I do every year, I've made another awesome mixtape sampling my favourite songs from the best video game soundtracks of 2018. Included is the fully orchestrated soundtrack by Yasunori Nishiki which was composed to reflect the details, personalities, upbringings, and motivations behind all eight characters – as well as music from Shadow of the Tomb Raider by Montreal composer Brian D’Oliveira, who spent three years travelling through dark corners of the Amazon and remote Mexican villages collecting the rare instruments used to compose the soundtrack. Of course, you will also hear music from John Paesano (Spider-Man), Dan Romer (Far Cry 5) and Bear McCreary, responsible for the emotional score for God Of War which features dark, pounding percussion and a deep, male choir chanting a series of ominous notes. As always, I try to keep the mixtape just under an hour.

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #153: Best Nintendo Switch Games 2018

December 22nd, 2018

It's a full house this week with not one, not two— but three guests joining Rick and Patrick to discuss the best Nintendo Switch games of 2018. It’s the last episode of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast for the year and we discuss fifteen of the best games released on Switch this year including Celeste, Yoku’s Island Express, Iconoclasts, Pokemon Let’s Go, The Messenger, Into the Breach, Wandersong, and Dead Cells. In addition, we set aside some time to review Gris, the indie adventure-platformer developed by Nomada Studio that has been getting rave reviews since its release. Closing the show is a follow-up review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In between us reviewing all of these games we also discuss Nintendo’s success of the past twelve months and whether or not the Big N had a good year.

 

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #152: ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ and Gifts for Gamers

December 13th, 2018

The wait is finally over, as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stops existing only as a Nintendo Direct machine (at least until that next batch of fighters) and steps into the real-world ring. This week Rick and Patrick are joined by some of Goomba Stomp's Smash lovers — TV Editor Randy Dankievitch and writer Izsak Barnette — to discuss how the latest (and possibly last?) entry in the venerated franchise stacks up. Is the fighting fast and furious, or frustrating? Is the World of Light is shiny, or just plain dull? Is unlocking the characters a fun throwback, or an unnecessary roadblock? Does anyone care about Isabelle? The guys duke it out — although one host won't be settling anything in Smash anymore...

Before that, we talk games we've been playing, including the excellent Mark of the Ninja and some GameCube classics. Ah, to be young again. Finally, though our last segment is short, hopefully, it's as sweet as a cup of hot cocoa. Following in the spirit of our recent list of the best gifts for gamers this year, the guys divulge some of their picks for the perfect game-related stocking stuffers. No surprise that we're even nerdier than we thought. For all this and more, have a listen!

 

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #151: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! Review

November 26th, 2018

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Alex Aldridge joins us to discuss the problems with E3 and Gamescom and whether or not Nintendo should continue to participate in these tradeshows. In our other main event Patrick and Tim review Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the first installments of the main Pokémon series for the Nintendo Switch and the first games of the main series to be launched in a home console. Before all that, the gang sets aside some time to discuss Octopath Traveller and Mega Man 11. All this and more.

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #150: ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer and ‘Diablo III’

November 16th, 2018

Cuddly or creepy? Legitimate video game cinema or heartless or cash-grab? Ryan Reynolds or Danny DeVito? It may only provide a brief glimpse at what's to come, but the first trailer for Detective Pikachu has already inspired so many emotions — hope, trepidation, excitement, apathy, and everything in between. This is especially true for the Nxpress' resident Pokémon fanatic, Tim Maison, who is joined by Patrick and guest Zack Rezac to discuss what the hell is going on in this Who Framed Roger Rabbit-like mystery involving real actors and CGI monsters.

And speaking of Hell, Blizzard released a monster of its own on the Switch with Diablo III. Zack gives us the lowdown, letting us know if this journey into the darkness shines as bright as its colleagues on other consoles. Or perhaps it's even better...?

Before all that, however, the guys talk about what they've been playing, and Patrick follows up last week's positive impressions of Starlink: Battle for Atlas with a full review. For all this and more, have a listen!

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #149: ‘Starlink: Battle for Atlas,’ ‘Mutant Football League,’ and ‘Bastion’

November 11th, 2018

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, we catch up on discussing some recent releases we haven't had time to squeeze into previous episodes including Mutant Football League, an arcade sports football game that mixes dark humor, blood, and gore for a hellishly good time. Given the lack of sports games on Nintendo’s console, it’s a welcome addition — especially since Digital Dreams Entertainment has given Switch owners the Dynasty Edition! We also make time for Bastion, the first game developed by Supergiant Games which went on to win several awards as well as Star Link: Battle for Atlas, Ubisoft's hope to breathe new life into the toys-to-life genre and the Star Fox brand. All this and more!

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #148: The Final ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Nintendo Direct Discussion

November 2nd, 2018

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, Goomba Stomp's Indie Games Editor Katrina Lind joins us to discuss the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct. New fighters, modes, gameplay features, and DLC are just a few things highlighted in the comprehensive video presentation. The gang is all here and we're ready to give you our thoughts about the incentive for fans to pre-purchase the digital version of the game, the new single-player mode and so much more. In addition to all the Smash Bros. news, we also set aside some time to talk about Super Mario Party, Overcooked 2, Bastion and more.

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