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

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #166: ‘Detective Pikachu’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11′

May 16th, 2019

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast we review Detective Pikachu, which marks the first time any Hollywood studio has attempted a live-action movie adaptation of the popular Pokemon gaming franchise. Is Detective Pikachu just another cash grab or is this movie more than just product placement? We answer this question while also trying desperately to make sense of the convoluted plot. Before that, we set aside some time to discuss Mortal Kombat 11 which Harry calls one of the greatest fighting games ever made and Rick claims features one of the best story modes in the genre. Finally, discuss Super Mario Maker 2, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on June 28. Thanks to a recent direct, we were given a deep dive into the game's new features, including new course parts and tools; a new single-player story mode with more than 100 Nintendo-created courses; new course themes; details about online course sharing*; options to create and play together with others; and information about a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members. The presentation also covered the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 tournament, streaming live online the weekend before E3 from Los Angeles so there's a lot to cover. It's another jam-packed episode and somehow we managed to keep it under one hour. Enjoy!

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #165: ‘Boxboy! + Boxgirl!’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

May 2nd, 2019

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast we discuss ‘Boxboy! + Boxgirl!’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #164: ‘Cuphead’ and ‘Steamworld Quest’

April 25th, 2019

In a surprising turn of events, the once Xbox One exclusive Cuphead from StudioMDHR has been ported to the Nintendo Switch and the staff here at Goomba Stomp can’t stop playing this wonderful run and gun shooter. This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, we set aside some time to discuss the critical darling that has everyone talking about its gorgeous animation, jazzy soundtrack, and extreme difficulty. In our main event, we each take turns listing what we think Nintendo may or may not announce at E3, and last but not least, closing the show is a review of the RPG card game Steamworld Quest from Image & Form.

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #163: The Game Boy Anniversary and the Difficulty in Games Debate

April 19th, 2019

On April 21st, 1989, Nintendo unleashed the Game Boy proving that power isn’t the most important thing when making a video game console.

The Game Boy was the first internationally successful handheld gaming system, and upon its release in the United States, it sold 40,000 units on the first day and its entire shipment of one million units within a few weeks. It was a global phenomenon and together, the Game Boy and Game Boy Color sold over 118m units worldwide.

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast we look back at 8-bit handheld video game device and its influence on the video game industry – but before that, the NXpress crew chimes in on the recent debate surrounding difficulty in video games. All this and more.



LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: What we haven't been playing.
Game Boy Commercial Clip
Nintendosage Part 2: The ongoing debate of difficulty settings in video games.
Game Boy Commercial Clip
Bonus Content: Remembering the Game Boy, thirty years later.
Tetris Theme Song

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #162: ‘Yoshi’s Crafted World’ and Our Wants for a Switch Pro

April 4th, 2019

After the success of Woolly World, players have been looking forward to what visual treat Good-Feel would come with next, and it's finally here! This week Tim, Patrick, and Izsak review Yoshi's Crafted World, another playful romp in dino land. The franchise of late hasn't exactly been known for its blisteringly difficult platforming, but is there enough there to hold our interest? Does the homemade arts & crafts aesthetic stay fresh? Is controlling a giant, cardboard Yoshi as fun as it sounds? Check it out for our full review.

After the review, the guys discuss the recent rumor of two new versions of the Switch that may make their way to stores by late summer. While this is all speculation at this point, what sort of modifications could we expect, and what would we want? First, however, Izsak concludes his month-long opus to play one indie game per week, concluding with what might be a nice little multiplayer gem called Not Not - A Brain Buster, where players are tasked with executing simple instructions with split-second timing. For all this and more on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, have a listen!

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #161: Google Stadia, Apple Arcade and the Future of Nintendo

March 28th, 2019

With the recent announcement of Stadia (Google’s cloud gaming platform) and Apple Arcade (the world’s first game subscription service), the NXpress crew decided it would be best if we discuss how these two services could potentially impact Nintendo’s business strategy moving forward. Google promises that Stadia's cloud computing power is the equivalent of a console running at 10.7 GPU teraflops, twice the size of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined. With the App Store, Apple ignited a worldwide app phenomenon that has revolutionized how we spend our time on mobile devices and now they promise to take it to the next level. Can Apple and Google deliver on their huge promises and if they do, will enough people care and buy into their service? And if so, will the success of their platforms push Nintendo to release their own unique streaming service? There’s a lot to debate but before we get to all the screaming and shouting, Patrick sets aside some time to review the colorful puzzle-platformer She Remembered Caterpillars – while Izsak discusses Astro Bears Party, a four-player party game reminiscent of 3D Snake. All this and more on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast.

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #160: March Nindie Direct, ‘Baba is You,’ and ‘Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn’

March 23rd, 2019

Whether it's a sled dog survival game, a balletic gunman with a talking banana, or a rhythm-based Zelda game, there's always plenty to talk about after a Nintendo Indie Direct. This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast Tim and Patrick are joined once again by Goomba Stomp writer Izsak Barnette to pore over the latest weird game announcements for the Switch, and once again we try to convince him that there are definitely some titles worth getting excited about! From The Red Lantern to Cuphead to Rad, and with a little Cadence of Hyrule thrown in for good measure (eh? eh?), we go over some of the highlights, including what we're most looking forward to getting our hands on.

Before that, Patrick gives his review of the popular new puzzle game Baba is You. Is the game is clever? Or are the results mixed? Izsak also recaps his experience with Space War Arena, a real-time strategy game apparently involving mindless drones in space. Later on, Izsak also gives us his opinion on how well a charming Wii hit translates to the 3DS with Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn. And yes, we go off on movie tangents. Again. 

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #159: ‘Ape Out’ and Celebrating Two Years with the Switch

March 7th, 2019

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, Marty Allens joins us to review Ape Out, the beat ’em up game developed by Gabe Cuzzillo that has critics raving thanks to its strong aesthetic style and flair. Expect many comparisons to the work of Saul Bass and a few jazz references thrown into the mix. Meanwhile, in our main event, we set aside some time to reflect on the two year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch and discuss everything we like and dislike about Nintendo’s portable console. All this and more!

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #158: Dissecting ‘Pokemon Sword’ & ‘Shield’ Reveal, More ‘Detective Pikachu’

February 28th, 2019

February 27th was Pokémon Day, and not only was it the perfect time for a certain highly anticipated reveal for Generation 8, but it's also the ideal occasion for the show to welcome back one our much-missed host! Tim makes his triumphant return this week, here to bestow his vastly superior Pokémon knowledge upon the rest of us mere mortals — and not just for the new game trailer for Pokemon SwordShieldDetective Pikachu also receives some love, as the new footage is dissected for any possible clues as to whether Trubbish will make an appearance (well, that's what Patrick wants anyway). Joining Tim and Patrick on this adventure is Pokémon skeptic Izsak Barnette, who sits stunned in silence at the sheer brilliance cast by Tim's Pokémon light.

Before all that, the guys of course talk about what they've been playing. Patrick never misses a chance to mention Hollow Knight while discussing his experience with physics-based platformer The Lost Light of Sisu, Izsak goes on an Old Man's Journey, and Tim brags about his Smash Bros. Ultimate skills with the World of Light. Turns out being a brand-new papa hasn't stopped him from getting in a few matches.

For all this and more on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, have a listen!

NXpress Nintendo Podcast #157: ‘Tetris 99,’ ‘Yoshi’s Crafted World’ and Video Game Habits

February 23rd, 2019

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast we start by reviewing Tetris 99 which combines the tried-and-true puzzle gameplay with his own particular blend of mayhem. The game, which is free to download (provided you’re a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber), is perhaps the least expected take on the battle royale genre – but some would argue the best. Somehow this leads into a heated argument of whether or not NES games stand the test of time.

In our main event, we discuss our individual gaming habits including our preference for purchasing either digital or physical copies as well as how many indie games we each play on a regular basis. In between all of this, Patrick has nothing but great things to say about Degrees of Separation, a puzzle platformer where cooperation is built into every move. From the sounds of it, this might just be his favourite game he's played all year. It's another jam-packed show this week so sit back, relax and get ready for some more Nintendo love.