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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #187: Five Year Amiibo Anniversary, Indie World and ‘The Touryst’

December 13th, 2019

This week is a great one, as Ricky D returns to the podcast to help Tim and Patrick sort through Nintendo’s latest Indie World presentation. Was there anything that caught our eye beyond Sports Story, the sequel to a game we loved (if you don’t count the one of us who didn’t play it…), or are the multitude of indie games starting to blend in a bit with each other? To this point, Patrick reviews a voxel hack’n’slasher called Riverbond that is certainly pleasant enough, but may have a hard time standing out in a crowded eShop.

After the indie talk, the guys take a look back on five years of amiibo, and just where Nintendo might go with these collectible figures. Though functionality within games seems to be getting mostly fazed out, that hasn’t stopped collectors from wanting every single one; just ask Rick! For this segment, the guys look at how they collect, why they collect, and whether they still will collect, all while enjoying having a reason to talk about amiibo again.

Lastly, Patrick gives his first impressions of The Touryst, a laid-back, exploration-based puzzler that has a little bit of everything (platforming, mini-games, scuba diving, etc.) for those looking to try something relaxing. Though he’s not very far into it, this island-hopping adventure might well end up being one of his favorite games of the year. For all this and more, have a listen!

Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Riverbond Review
amiibo commercial
Main Event: Five years of collecting amiibo
Fire Emblem: Three Houses soundtrack
Bonus Content: The Touryst Review
Fire Emblem: Three Houses soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #186: ‘Pokemon Sword’ and ‘Shield’ Review, ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’

November 26th, 2019

After all the hype, all the outcry, all the disappointment, all the excitement, Pokemon Sword and Shield are finally here, and it’s time for the Nxpress’ resident Pokemon expert, Mr. Tim Maison, to deliver his verdict on where this entry stands in the series pantheon. Joining Tim is casual pokemon observer Patrick, as well as Goomba Stomp’s Nintendo editor (and official Sword and Shield reviewer), James Baker. Will the two franchise fans duke it out over differing opinions, or are there some common-ground criticisms that one might be better able to ignore than the other? Regardless of any negativity slung around at subjects like Gigantamaxing or Mr. Rime (what did he ever do to anyone?), the guys ultimately have plenty of love for the splendid gameplay and lovingly realized world.

Before that debate, Patrick takes a more active role as he reviews Bee Simulator on his quest for the latest indie gems. And while this title may not garner much buzz for its gameplay, solid flight mechanics and loads of sincere enthusiasm for apians makes it work better as a piece of edutainment for younger gamers to enjoy.

For the last segment, Patrick then also review the fantastic 3D platformer New Super Lucky’s Tale, which is a reworked version of the Xbox One game that’s now available exclusively on Switch. While it may not come close to challenging Mario for the throne, Playful has created one of the most enjoyable entries in the genre in a long time. To hear all the superlatives Patrick has for this little fox’s adventure, and for plenty more, have a listen!

Best Video Game Soundtracks 2019

November 18th, 2019

Awesome Mixtape Vol. 5

It’s that time once again in which I bring to you my awesome mixtape featuring the best tracks from the best video game soundtracks of the year. Last year, my mixtape featured tracks from Triple-A titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and indie darlings like Celeste. In 2017, my picks for best soundtracks included tracks from some of my favorite games including CupheadBreath of the Wild and Into the Woods, to name just a few. Well, 2019 has been another banner year for the industry and as always, the games were blessed with an astounding selection of musical scores— some would argue the soundtracks were even better than the actual games at times. As always, it wasn’t easy deciding which songs to include and what to leave out— and as always, I’ve also mixed in some audio clips from various cut scenes while trying to keep it spoiler-free. Feel free to share this link and let me know if you think I’ve missed any great soundtracks in the comments below.

Best Video Game Soundtracks 2019 Playlist

Death Stranding clip
Death Stranding
: Low Roar – “I’ll Keep Coming”
Life Is Strange 2 clip
Life is Strange 2: Seyr – “Colour To Colour”
Life is Strange 2: Jonathan Morali – “Into the Woods”
Life Is Strange 2 clip
Sayonara Wild Hearts: Daniel Olsen – “Sayonara Wild Heart”
Sayonara Wild Hearts: Daniel Olsen – “Wild Hearts Never Die”
Death Stranding: CHVRCHES – “Death Stranding”
Afterparty clip
Untitled Goose Game – Dan Golding – “Title and Credits”
Afterparty: scntfc – “Hades Gonna Hate”
Afterparty: scntfc – “Schoolyard Strangler”
Untitled Goose Game – Dan Golding – “The Garden”
Octopath Traveler: Yasunori Nishiki – Main Theme
Octopath Traveler: Yasunori Nishiki – Cyrus the Scholar
Kingdom Hearts 3 clip
Fire Emblem Three Houses clip
Fire Emblem Three Houses: Yuka Tsujiyoko, Hirokazu Tanaka – “Main Theme”
Fire Emblem Three Houses: Yuka Tsujiyoko, Hirokazu Tanaka – “Blue Skies and a Battle”
Devil May Cry 5 clip
Devil May Cry 5: Kota Suzuki – “Urizen Boss Battle Music”
Untitled Goose Game – Dan Golding – “The Garden”
FAR: Lone Sails: Joel Schoch – “Colored Engine”
Days Gone: Nathan Whitehead— “Soldier’s Eye”
Death Stranding: Low Roar – “Easy Way Out”
Death Stranding clip
Death Stranding: Low Roar – “Easy Way Out”
Metro Exodus: Alexey Omelchuk – “Main Theme”
Resident Evil 2 Remake clip
Resident Evil 2 Remake: Masami Ueda, Shusaku Uchiyama, Shun Nishigaki – “Mr.X Theme Music (T-103)”
Sayonara Wild Hearts: Daniel Olsen – “Begin Again”
Life is Strange 2: Lincoln Grounds, Pat Reyford – “Morning Good Morning”
Life is Strange 2: Sufjan Stevens – “Death With Dignity”
Luigi’s Mansion 3 clip
Luigi’s Mansion 3: Koji Kondo – “Main Theme”
Ape Out: Matt Boch – “Intro”
Deltarune: Toby Fox – “Field of Hopes and Dreams”
Return of the Obra Dinn: Lucas Pope – “Loose Cargo”
“Star Wars: Imperial March” Hip Hop Remix
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra
Death Stranding: Silent Poets – “Asylum for The Feeling”
Catherine: Full Body: Shoji Meguro – “Tomorrow”
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening: Koji Kondo – “Marin’s Ballad of the Windfish”
Metro Exodus – Alexey Omelchuk: “Teardrops”
Sekiro: Yuka Kitamura – “Ashina Reservoir”
Return of the Obra Dinn: Lucas Pope – “The Doom”
Medley: Eye of Death / Wild Hearts Never Die / Dragon Heart / Clair De Lune

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #185: ‘Woven,’ the Importance of Visuals, and Pokemon Backlash

November 15th, 2019

It’s a cozy episode this week on the NXpress, as Tim and Patrick are joined by…no one! However, that doesn’t mean the guys don’t have plenty to talk about. Patrick kicks things off with his review of Woven, a pleasant — if blurry — stroll through a woolen world that young gamers should especially enjoy. The cheery, fairy tale atmosphere overcomes the simplicity of the gameplay, but could those fuzzy visuals have made the relaxing experience better and more accessible?

This question leads into the second segment, which finds Tim and Patrick discussing the issue of the importance of game visuals, and how tied they can be to the success of certain games. Sure, everyone loves eye candy, but when do cutting-edge graphics matter more than gameplay, and vise versa? Would games like Luigi’s Mansion 3 or Breath of the Wild be less effective with lesser looks? Does anyone care that Fire Emblem: Three Houses isn’t the prettiest game on the Switch?

Of course, Pokemon Sword and Shield have lately received their fair share of criticism for a perceived lack of major upgrades in the visuals department. In the third segment, the guys take a brief look at this issue, attempt to determine just where the outrage came from, and whether they agree with it. For all this and more, have a listen!

Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Woven Review
Woven Trailer
Main Event: The importance of visuals in games
Pokemon Sword and Shield soundtrack
Bonus Content: Pokemon Sword and Shield backlash
Pokemon Sword and Shield  soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #183: ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ and ‘Afterparty’

November 7th, 2019

The NXpress will be losing one of its hosts for the next month or so, but before Rick uses his vacation time from the show, he gives a full rundown Oxenfree developer Night School Studios’ latest title, Afterparty. Apparently, anyone not scared of a little hellish drinking should have a blast trying to booze their way out of the afterlife by beating demons at beer pong. While it hasn’t released quite yet for the Switch, hopefully more information will be revealed soon.

In the main segment, Tim and Patrick are left all by themselves to deliver a full review of Luigi’s latest spookfest, Luigi’s Mansion 3. Did our Patrick’s first impressions hold up? Absolutely. Without spoiling anything, the guys go over the many reasons they believe that this is the richest, most detailed, most puzzle-packed entry in the ghost-busting franchise. While their are those who may miss the haunted mansion, we’re up for an extended stay at this creepy hotel. Nintendo is entering the stretch run for their 2019 releases, but so far it definitely seems like they’ve saved one of the best for (almost) last.

Finally, the last segment finds Tim and Patrick musing on some of their favorite co-op puzzle games of recent years. It’s not a genre with an overwhelming amount of entries, but there are still some real gems that may have been overlooked. For all this and more, have a listen!

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #183: ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3′ and Competing for the Future

October 24th, 2019

There’s a little bit of the past, some more of the present, and a whole lot of the future in this week’s episode of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast. Things kick off as Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined by Zack Rezac to hear his thoughts on Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. How does Playtonic’s side-scrolling sequel to their fun but flawed 3D platformer outshine its predecessor? After that, Patrick let’s the guys in on how much he’s been enjoying the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion 3 so far. He can’t go into details just yet, but let’s just say that things are looking good.

For the main segment, the crew looks at gaming’s near future, with new consoles looming in the coming year. How can Nintendo maintain momentum for the Switch in the face of two powerhouses and the rising tide of subscription-based services like Apple Arcade? The Switch has a lot of outstanding things going for it, not the least of which is one of the best libraries out there, but its steep price and barebones online service might warrant some adjustments. Or maybe they just need to keep on keepin’ on? The guys debate the best strategies, and look forward to seeing how Nintendo handles it.

Finally, the last segment features Rick’s review of Return of the Obra Din, a detective-puzzle game recently released on Switch. This title looks to be right up the alley of players who love a good head-scratcher, but those not into paying attention to minute clues may want to steer clear. Also, Zack gives his thoughts on the twisted roguelike Dark Devotion, also recently released on Switch. For all this and more, have a listen!

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair and Luigi's Mansion 3
Luigi's Mansion 3 Soundtrack
Main Event: What is the future of Nintendo?
Luigi's Mansion 3 soundtrack
Bonus Content: 'Return of the Obra Dinn' and 'Dark Devotion'
Return of the Obra Dinn Soundtrack

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #182: ‘Trine 4,’ ‘Untitled Goose Game,’ ‘A Knight’s Quest,’ and Pokemon News

October 10th, 2019

Another big show this week, as Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined once again by Goomba Stomp writer Campbell Gill to tackle a slew of indie games, as well as get some further Pokemon education from our resident expert about the recent news. Things kick off with an overdue (and tangential) 5 Questions, but soon the guys get down to business. For the first segment, Rick pushes back a tiny bit on the acclaim for Untitled Goose Game, noting that while it’s fun to be a jerk, perhaps controlling a goose isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Next up is the epic A Knight’s Quest, a 3D adventure platformer that Patrick admires for its ambition, but is less enthusiastic about when it comes to execution.

After that, Campbell fills the guys in on Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, a welcome return to form for the fairy tale franchise that is not only fun to play alone, but even more so with a group. Sure, the puzzles may make you feel stupid at times, but the gorgeous visuals and clever concepts should dull the blow.

Last up is the latest news about Pokemon Sword & Shield from our resident Pokemon guru, Tim Maison. Did anything of value come out of the recent 24-hour streaming event? What’s a Ponyta? And why is everyone so upset about trees? Tim tries to answer these and many other questions while looking forward to the game’s nearing release. For all this and more, have a listen!

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #181: ‘Link’s Awakening’ and ‘Sayanora Wild Hearts

September 27th, 2019

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast we start by discussing Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s latest foray into the mobile market. Can Mario Kart Tour revolutionize the series for mobile or is the game a complete disappointment from Nintendo?

Next, Ricky goes wild for Sayanora Wild Hearts, the latest from indie developer Simogo and publisher Annapurna, the visionaries behind Year Walk and Device 6.

In the main event, the gang reviews Link’s Awakening for Switch which according to Patrick, doesn’t quite reach the definitive summit. Do the rest of the boys agree with his review? Considering the original Game Boy game is Tim’s favourite Zelda game, chances are they don’t.

Last but not least, the gang discusses the problems with shopping at GameStop and why they prefer to either buy digital copies of games or order games online. All this and more!

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #180: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ and Keeping Up With So Many Games

September 18th, 2019

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!

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #179: ‘Creature in the Well’ Developer Interview, ‘Daemon X Machina’ Review, and ‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Impressions

September 12th, 2019

We love doing developer interviews, and this week is a good one: Adam Volker of Flight School Studio joins us to talk about their recent release, Creature in the Well. Having served as creative director on the project, Adam gives Rick, Patrick, and newcomer Campbell Gill insight into the project's creation, construction, and even a little bit of what the developers have learned since the release. Important questions are answered, such as: is this really a 'pinball' game? What part of the game was inspired by Sesame Street? And a solution is given to perhaps the most difficult puzzle of all: how in the sandy world do you heal your wounded BOT-C? Fans of this recently released action-puzzle game — as well as anyone interested in game design — won't want to miss it!

Later, Campbell gives Rick and Patrick the rundown on Daemon X Machina, a new Switch game where apparently flying around as a giant robot while blowing stuff up is actually pretty fun! It turns out that a lot has been improved from the early (and shaky) demo, but how does someone screw up a story that involves the moon exploding? You'll have to tune in to find out.

Finally, the guys offer their impression of Nintendo's latest bit of wackiness, Ring Fit Adventure, an exercise-based game that will supposedly give players abs of steel while they explore a fantasy land and out-workout a slew of monsters along the way. Frankly, however, we spend more time discussing the video's actors. For all this and more, have a listen!

For more info on Creature in the Well, check out their website.