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Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Review

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, the next generation of hosts, Cameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill, approach the upcoming holiday season with their latest batch of ideas, reviews, and impressions for listeners. Starting things off, the cast dives right in to discuss some stocking stuffing-sized gifts including memberships and games to grab before the season of sales comes to end and the days of giving fully sets in motion.

In the main feast of the show, Cameron delves into the commendable online streaming version of Control, while Campbell gushes about The Legend of Zelda’s greatest spin-off yet with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. To end things off before the usual Indie Games Spotlight featuring the tasty party favor treat Cake Bash, Marc has some rather mixed thoughts to provide the others with after experiencing the first few hours of Ubisoft’s new Immortals Fenyx Rising releasing next month.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Games to gift this holiday season and thoughts on the Switch’s streaming version of Control from Remedy Entertainment.
Super Mario Odyssey soundtrack: Shiveria Town
Main Event: Review of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and first impressions of Ubisoft’s Immortals Fenyx Rising
Breath of the Wild soundtrack: Main Theme
Bonus Content: Cake Bash takes this week’s Indie Spotlight
Cake Bash soundtrack: Main Theme from Announcement Trailer

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Ricky D announces that the original three hosts— himself, Tim Maison, and Patrick Murphy— will all be stepping down and recording their last episode on December 7, 2020. Replacing them as hosts are Goomba Stomp writers and editors, Cameron Daxon, Marc Kariloff and Campbell Gill.

In this episode, the next-generation of hosts opens the show with a discussion of what Wii-U games they would like to see ported to the Switch. For the remainder of the episode, Marc, Cameron and Campbell squeeze in reviews of several games including Pikmin 3 Deluxe (a fruitful return to the Pikmin planet), HAL Laboratory’s charming Part Time UFO, and Cloudpunk— a game best described as an open-world delivery simulator. All this and more!

You can listen to our show on StitcheriTunesPodbean, Spotify, Listen Notes, or simply click the play button below. Enjoy!

There are about eight Mario adventures that could easily be listed within the lexicon of the greatest games ever made, and Super Mario World, released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, sits somewhere near the top of that list.

Super Mario World helped define the 16-bit era, transforming the classic Mario formula into something bigger, faster, brighter, and some would say, better. In episode 15 of the NXpress Podcast (recorded way back in 2015), we reviewed the SNES classic, and debated where exactly it belongs on the list of best Mario games.

What follows is the episode we recorded the day after Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away at the age of 55.

Iwata-san was an immensely influential figure both within the industry and with Nintendo fans, and he will be forever missed. Iwata’s leadership has been a strong force for good in the gaming industry and so in this episode, we honoured him in our main event.

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In our main event from episode 8 of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, we looked back at No More Heroes, the controversial hit from Grasshopper Studios, starring Travis Touchdown, Death Metal, Dr. Peace, Skelter Helter, Holly Summers, and many more.

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, the Goomba Stomp team catches up on some indie games we haven’t yet had a chance to discuss on the show. In the opening segment, we discuss Spiritfarer, the cozy management game about dying from Thunder Lotus Games, and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, a bite-sized adventure packed with charm and action, that is just as fun today as it was a decade ago. Closing out the opening spot is a quick review of Raji: An Ancient Epic, a fresh take on the now saturated action/adventure genre.

In the main event, we finally get around to reviewing Hades from Supergiant Games— a game that many critics are calling one of the best of the year. And last but not least, we set aside some time to talk about A Short Hike, a charming title all about soaking up the joy of nature, interactions, and the discoveries they lead to.

Joining the show this week is guest hosts Marty Allen, Campbell Gill and Cameron Daxton. Enjoy!

The Virtual Boy proved to be a dismal failure for Nintendo but in many ways, it was ahead of its time. The Nintendo DS came at the perfect time, long before mobile games and remains the second best-selling video game console of all time (eventually beaten out by the PlayStation 2). The Game Boy is the toughest gaming console ever made, sturdy enough to survive a bomb. The Game Boy Advance helped further advanced sprite-based technology. WII led the “console wars” selling more than 101 million units in the first quarter of 2012. Wii U is still home to four of the greatest games Nintendo has ever made. Nintendo 3DS stayed relevant for the longest time especially when the Wii U suffered in sales. The GameCube was home to a stellar lineup of fantastic games. Nintendo 64 had a collection of genre-busting, industry-redefining, titles. The NES helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983 and introduced a plethora of now-iconic video game characters, a ton of accessories and it forever changed the relationship of console manufacturers and third-party software developers. Super NES took the formula established by the NES and made it bigger, faster, and better in every way imaginable. But what is the best Nintendo console? In this segment from the NXpress Nintendo Podcast episode 14, we duked it out, and boy did the conversation get heated.

Thirty-plus years later after the release of Super Mario Bros., Mario remains the face of video gaming and one of the most recognizable characters in any medium. He’s appeared in over two hundred games, collectively selling over two hundred million units and thanks to the heroic Italian plumber, Nintendo helped end the video game crash of 1983. Super Mario Bros. is one of the gaming’s great masterpieces, and in celebration of the 30 year anniversary, we decided to look back at the original three games released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. What follows is the main event from episode 13 of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast. Enjoy!

In our main event from episode 11, we sat down and interviewed Jeff Hansen, the winner of the original 1990 Nintendo World Championship in the 11 and under category. Jeff was kind enough to share his stories working with Nintendo, travelling the world, and what it was really like attending and winning the tournament.

The SNES is arguably home to some of the best Japanese role-playing games ever made, but even among such revered company, Earthbound stands as one of the most memorable games released on the system. In this segment (recorded way back in 2015), Rick and Tim invited Chris Miller and Arron Santos to discuss Shigesato Itoi’s masterpiece on the 20th anniversary of the game’s release.

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