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

December 13, 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!



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

November 26, 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 16, 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!


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

November 11, 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 2, 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.


NXpress Nintendo Podcast #147: ‘Friday the 13th Killer Puzzle with Jason Kapalka of Blue Wizard Digital

October 26, 2018

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Jason Kapalka of Blue Wizard Digital joins us to discuss his new game, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle. 


NXpress Nintendo Podcast 146: ‘Luigi’s Mansion,’ ‘Dragalia Lost’ & How We Would Change a Popular Nintendo IP

October 21, 2018

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Matthew Ponthier guest hosts to discuss Nintendo and Cygames’s collaborative mobile title, Dragalia Lost, which was released in the US, Japan, and select other territories earlier this month. In our main event, each host chooses a popular Nintendo franchise and decides what they would do with it if they had total creative control. Finally, the gang closes off the show with a review of the recent port of Luigi's Mansion on the Nintendo 3DS. All this and more. 


NXpress Nintendo Podcast #145: ‘Dragon Ball Fighterz,’ ‘Super Mario Party’ and the Switch 2.0

October 12, 2018

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastMarty Allen joins us to discuss his new book, Retro Games, which celebrates some of the most influential video games released on the NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, and original Playstation. In addition, Ricky and Tim discuss Dragon Ball Fighterz, the fast-paced 3v3 tag-team fighting game, and Joggernauts, the highly-anticipated auto-runner couch co-op party game from Space Mace and published by Grafitti Games. Meanwhile, Marty gives his first impressions of Super Mario Party and Patrick talks about his time with Dust: An Elysian Tail, the hit action role-playing video game designed and programmed entirely by Dean Dodrill, a self-taught illustrator, and animator. In the main event, the gang discusses a possible Switch 2.0 and what they think Nintendo can change and add and what they hope Nintendo actually does to improve the hardware. All this and more


NXpress Nintendo Podcast 144: ‘Into the Breach,’ The Switch Online Service, ‘Minit’ and Animal Crossing

September 20, 2018

After months of waiting, Nintendo has finally debuted their Nintendo Switch online service which comes with a new retro gaming offering in the NES app. This week, Marty Allen joins us to discuss the pros and cons of this new service. Before all that, we touch on a few indie games we haven’t yet had time to talk about on the podcast including Into the Breach, a turn-based strategy game which just so happens to be one of the best-reviewed games of 2018, and Minit, a really clever indie title consisting of sixty-second rounds in which the player attempts to uncover mysteries and lift a curse. Meanwhile, Rick and Marty go back and forth with their love and hate relationship with Dead Cells. Finally, ending the show is a twenty-minute discussion on what we want to see improved, added and updated in the new Animal Crossing game set for release on the Switch in 2019. All this and more!


NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast 143: ‘The Messenger,’ PAX West and the Nintendo Direct

September 14, 2018

This week on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, we discuss the latest Nintendo Direct including the announcement of Luigi's Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing on the Switch, not to mention the high-definition versions of some of the most beloved Final Fantasy games of all time and a special edition of the groundbreaking Katamari Damacy. And that's not all! We also discuss the Nintendo Online service, the Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers, and the stunning Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate set. Before any of that, Tim reports on his experience at PAX West and shares his thoughts on the best indie games he played at the event. Finally, in our bonus content, our guest Maxwell N joins Ricky to review The Messenger, yet another indie game taking inspiration from the action-platformers of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. Retro throwbacks are a dime a dozen these days, but we'll let you know if The Messenger is worth your time and money. All this and more!