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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 291: Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase June 2022 Reactions

June 29th, 2022

Let’s be honest, you never saw it coming. This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the latest and greatest Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase of June 2022. It may not have been the E3 blowout most were expecting, but to say that Nintendo brought the goods would be an understatement. The Big N corralled an amazing lineup of third-party development partners with an assortment of big reveals, from well-known fan favorites like Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak to surprise reveals like NieR: Automata. It may not mean much, but this was easily the best Partner Showcase yet–it even managed to make Sonic Forces look good, and that’s no mean feat!

And this all leads to the news that many have been waiting for since the Switch made its debut way back in 2017: Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are all coming to Switch in the near future. Yes, we know that life will change, and it has changed for the better. The Switch has officially become the best console for JRPGs, such that we spend an exhaustive segment just listing out all the great adventures at home on Nintendo’s hybrid platform!

 

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Let’s be honest, you never saw it coming. This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the latest and greatest Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase of June 2022. It may not have been the E3 blowout most were expecting, but to say that Nintendo brought the goods would be an understatement. The Big N corralled an amazing lineup of third-party development partners with an assortment of big reveals, from well-known fan favorites like Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak to surprise reveals like NieR: Automata. It may not mean much, but this was easily the best Partner Showcase yet–it even managed to make Sonic Forces look good, and that’s no mean feat!

And this all leads to the news that many have been waiting for since the Switch made its debut way back in 2017: Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are all coming to Switch in the near future. Yes, we know that life will change, and it has changed for the better. The Switch has officially become the best console for JRPGs, such that we spend an exhaustive segment just listing out all the great adventures at home on Nintendo’s hybrid platform!

That’s just some of what the gang explores in this deep-dive discussion of every single announcement from the June Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase!

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Event: Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase Discussion
“Life Goes On” – 
Persona 5
28:00 – Event: Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase Discussion
“Take Over” – Persona 5 Royal

 

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 290: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct Reactions + TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge Review!

June 25th, 2022

Cowabunga it is. This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the Nintendo Direct that absolutely everyone was waiting for (sarcasm intended) and review what might just be another GotY contender on Switch. The gang starts out by reacting to the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct with a perfectly balanced slate of impressions: whether or not you chose to watch this much-anticipated Direct or you’re holding out for that elusive general Direct, the hosts serve up a slate of hot takes for what’s sure to be one of the summer’s biggest games.

After that, it’s time for the hosts to dish out the spiciest of takes regarding Aspyr’s unpatched, apparently known game-breaking bug that makes it completely impossible to finish the new Switch version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. How did this ever get past QA? As always, let’s blame capitalism.

Closing things on a much more radical note, the gang grab their pizza and ninja gear to review the long-awaited Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s RevengeThis beat ’em up from Dotemu and Tribute Games is every bit as good as we’d hoped, and then some: whether you grew up with the Turtles in the 80s, 90s, or 2000s, this bodacious brawler has a little something for everyone (plus one of this year’s best soundtracks). It’s the perfect multiplayer bash for two thirds of podcast hosts!

 

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Cowabunga it is. This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the Nintendo Direct that absolutely everyone was waiting for (sarcasm intended) and review what might just be another GotY contender on Switch. The gang starts out by reacting to the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct with a perfectly balanced slate of impressions: whether or not you chose to watch this much-anticipated Direct or you’re holding out for that elusive general Direct, the hosts serve up a slate of hot takes for what’s sure to be one of the summer’s biggest games.

After that, it’s time for the hosts to dish out the spiciest of takes regarding Aspyr’s unpatched, apparently known game-breaking bug that makes it completely impossible to finish the new Switch version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. How did this ever get past QA? As always, let’s blame capitalism.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Closing things on a much more radical note, the gang grab their pizza and ninja gear to review the long-awaited Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s RevengeThis beat ’em up from Dotemu and Tribute Games is every bit as good as we’d hoped, and then some: whether you grew up with the Turtles in the 80s, 90s, or 2000s, this bodacious brawler has a little something for everyone (plus one of this year’s best soundtracks). It’s the perfect multiplayer bash for two thirds of podcast hosts!

This episode of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast is brought to you by MANSCAPED™​, the best company in men’s below-the-waist grooming. Use discount code STOMP on your next order at manscaped.com to receive 20% off and free worldwide shipping!

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Opening: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct Discussion
“Panic in the Skies” – 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
28:00 – Talking Point: Aspyr and the Game-Breaking KOTOR 2 Glitch
40:00 – Main Event: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Review
“Title Theme” – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

 

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 289: Ben Esposito Talks Neon White

June 23rd, 2022

Ben Esposito Joins NXpress for an Interview!

Neons, sinners plucked from hell to do God’s dirty work–and half the name of quite an incredible indie game released just last week! You won’t find it hard to believe that Donut County director Ben Esposito has come to the NXpress Nintendo Podcast to talk about his newest project Neon White! Of course, we had to try and get him on the show–after all, we did just give his work a lot of high praise and were curious to know more about some of his team’s decision-making. Due to time zones and scheduling conflicts though, this episode is a one-on-one sitdown between the director and the reviewer. Cameron and Campbell are not here for this one.

In this 35-minute interview, Marc Kaliroff takes a deep dive into Esposito’s heaven to discover some of the creation process behind Neon White and what the future holds for its director. What inspired the title’s first-person runner gameplay? Was its nonlinearity approach intentional? Will there be a physical copy and can we one day see an anime with the wonderful Steve Blum? Find out answers to all these questions and more in our full interview!

 

For more from Ben Esposito, be sure to follow him on social media @torahhorse, and check out his other work! To hear Cameron and Campbell talk again soon, don’t forget to check out our usual episode that will be released this week too!

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Event: Ben Esposito Interview — Neon White
“Glass Ocean” – 
Neon White

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 288: + Neon White Reviews!

June 15th, 2022

You can feel the Summer Games Fest excitement in the air! This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill review what might just be one of the Switch’s best new indie games–and one of its so-so sports games. Marc kicks things off with a deep-dive review of Neon Whitea stunning first-person runner that defies its genre to present a memorable story and intoxicating gameplay in an experience that’s unlike anything else on the platform. Could this be the next big indie hit?

Next up, Marc gets ballsy with a review of Mario Strikers: Battle League, the much-anticipated follow-up to the beloved Wii and Gamecube titles that satisfies mechanically, but might be a bit lacking in its content. Strikers might be lacking in the same areas as its other Mario sports counterparts on Switch, but at least its visuals are as stylish as ever and its gameplay as exciting as can be. Maybe all it needs is a playable Daisy…

Lastly, Cameron shines a spotlight on Eiyuden Chronicle: Risinga side-scrolling action game that has to be one of the most confusing prequels ever made. While this prequel to the Kickstarter darling Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes may be perplexing at times, its stunning art and action-packed mechanics still offer plenty to love for (prospective) fans of the budding Eiyuden Chronicle franchise.
 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:50 – Opening: Neon White Review
“Level 19” – 
Neon White
26:40 – Main Segment: Mario Strikers: Battle League Review
“Main Menu” – Mario Strikers: Battle League
49:50 – Indie Spotlight: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising Review
“Super Bell Hill” – Mario Strikers: Battle League

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 287: Behind the Frame and Life is Strange: True Colors Review + Sonic Frontiers Disappoints Again

June 8th, 2022

Pour one out for an E3-less E3 season. This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill engage in an emotional discussion filled with rage, tears, shock, and amazement–as one does when talking about Nintendo. Marc kicks things off with some impressions of the upcoming Mario Strikers: Battle League, which has genuine potential to be one of the very best Mario sports games on Switch (is that a high bar to surpass? You decide). Next, the gang theorizes what Nintendo might have in store for this anti-E3 season–does the Big N have a showcase up its sleeve, or is that tradition broken forever now? At least we’ll always be able to count on Devolver for bringing the goods.

After that, it’s time for a rage-filled reaction to the latest combat gameplay footage for Sonic Frontiers, which, shockingly, looks horrible. TLDR: it ain’t looking good so far. Lastly, Cameron and Campbell close with a very different kind of emotional conversation about Behind the Frame: The Perfect Scenery and Life is Strange: True Colorstwo very different Switch games that tug on your heartstrings and tell tear-jerking tales in ways that only video games can.

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Opening: Mario Strikers: Battle League Preview and E3 Week Discussion
“Mario’s Theme” – Mario Strikers Charged

16:50 – Talking Point: Sonic Frontiers Combat Doesn’t Look Great
“Let’s Make It!” – Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
26:43 – Indie Spotlight: Behind the Frame Review
“Title Theme” – Life is Strange: True Colors

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 286: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet + Sonic Frontiers Reactions, Pac-Man Museum + Review, and More

June 2nd, 2022

Here at NXpress Towers, we believe in Lechonk supremacy. This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill celebrate what would have been the first week of E3 season by sharing a mix of hot takes and first impressions. The hosts kick things off by reacting to the latest trailers for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and, most controversially, Sonic Frontiers. Big shocker: Pokemon is packed with cute pocket monsters that have set Twitter on fire, and Sonic Frontiers has seemingly already botched its massive potential with an extraordinarily underwhelming seven-minute gameplay trailer. In other news: water is wet.

After so much breaking news, it’s time to go for a blast from the past, so Marc and Campbell give their thoughts on two of the latest retro collections to hit the market. Marc reviews Pac-Man Museum +which may have a few perplexing design decisions that hamper its convenience and accessibility, but it’s still an admirable lineup for fans of one of gaming’s most recognizable arcade icons. Next up, Campbell spotlights the Wonder Boy Collection, a compilation of some of the unsung heroes of the platforming history–an excellent lineup for platforming fans, but one that also suffers from some bizarre design decisions.

Lastly, it’s time for the usual indie spotlight, so Marc and Cameron dive into the darkly aquatic world of SiltThis may be the most terrifying game ever made for thalassophobes, but it’s nonetheless an excellent atmospheric adventure for players who’ve enjoyed titles like INSIDE and Limbo in the past.

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Opening: Pokémon and Sonic Frontiers Preview Discussion
“Viridian Forest” – Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee

20:20 – Main Event: Pac-Man Museum+ and Wonder Boy Collection Review
“Japanese Title Theme” – Pac-Mania
47:20 – Indie Spotlight: Silt Review
“Adventure” – Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

 

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 285: Reviewing Reggie’s New Book, Kao the Kangaroo on Switch, and More!

May 27th, 2022

Make sure your body is ready before listening! This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill return from a COVID-induced hiatus to talk the highs and lows of recent Nintendo news. After giving a short and sweet shout out to the expectedly underwhelming additions to NES/SNES online lineup, the gang turns their attention to the one and only Reggie Fils-Aime, former President of Nintendo of America, whose book Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo has just released! Marc gives the hosts the rundown about this book that spills all the Regginator’s secrets to effective management and reveals a new side of one of Nintendo’s most recognizable icons.

Of course, we can’t stay positive for too long–that’s why Marc and Campbell share their thoughts on the much-anticipated reboot Kao the Kangaroo. While this revival of a beloved franchise from the early 2000s showed much promise early on, the finished product leaves much to be desired: Marc and Campbell are more than happy to talk about how its levels are extremely mundane, its story insufferable, its characters unlikable, and its gameplay almost entirely broken due to a load of glitches, framerate dips, and resolution issues on Switch. It’s not even the best marsupial-themed platformer on the console!

Closing things out on a better note, Cameron shines an indie spotlight on the adventure game Citizen Sleepera narrative-driven sci-fi epic that shatters expectations to deliver one of this year’s standout experiences. This is a game where you can have a heart-to-heart with a vending machine, after all–what’s not to love?

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Main Event: Disrupting the Game Review
“Main Theme” – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past

26:30 – Main Event: Kao the Kangaroo Review
“Athletic Theme” – Super Mario World
46:20 – Indie Spotlight: Citizen Sleeper Review
“Fairy Fountain” – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past

 

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 284: Indie World May 2022 Reactions + Fragrant Story Review

May 15th, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the latest Nintendo Direct, the Indie World showcase of May 2022! Spoiler: no, Hollow Knight Silksong did not make a surprise appearance, much to Twitter’s chagrin. But although this may not have been one of Indie World’s strongest showings, there’s still plenty for the gang to run through: from the oh-so-controversial Ooblets to the curious episodic music adventure We Are OFK, this year’s May edition of Indie World offered up plenty for indie fans to dig into. Of course, this begs the inevitable question: with Indie World finished up, what does Nintendo have in store for its next flagship direct?

Next up, Marc closes the show with a swansong to the 3DS by reviewing Fragrant Story, a bite-sized SRPG that has the unique honor to be the very last game to ever be released on the console. With this being the last addition to the 3DS’ hardware library, the question remains: does Fragrant Story leave the console with a pleasing perfume or a disgusting stench? Marc tells all in a review discussion that might be longer than the game’s total playtime…

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 283: Nintendo Switch Sports Review!

May 4th, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill tighten their Joy-Con straps and smash some television sets for Nintendo’s latest athletic event, Nintendo Switch Sports! Everyone in the gang has had the chance to spend some time with Nintendo’s spiritual successor to the generation-defining Wii Sports, so the show opens with a deep dive into each one of the game’s six main attractions. It’s certainly not perfect, but each host has had more than their fair share of fun with Switch Sports’ range of minigames, from classics like tennis to newcomers like badminton. Bizarre online progression systems aside, there is plenty of fun to be had in this sporty outing. Also, did we mention we really hate the soccer minigame?

As is only natural after physical activity, the gang follows up the discussion of Nintendo Switch Sports with an existential crisis. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe has finally dropped on Switch, and the results are just as glorious as ever for this famously fourth-wall-shattering experience–and its new content lives up to the legacy of the original. But of course, the less said about this wild ride of a game, the better–this is one you’ll need to experience yourself.

The gang closes the show with a quick snack–a Bugsnax, if you will. That’s right, it’s kinda bug, it’s kinda snack, and now it’s kinda out on Switch–Marc and Cameron shares their thoughts on the recently released Switch version of Bugsnax, which maintains all of the game’s original quirky and weirdly dark humor along with a general solid port, even if it succumbs to a few technical shortcomings.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Main Event: Nintendo Switch Sports Review
“Switch Sports Theme” – Nintendo Switch Sports

39:40 – Talking Point: The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Review
“Bugsnax Theme” – Bugsnax
53:40 – Indie Spotlight: Bugsnax
“Bowling Round 1 Spectator” – Wii Sports

 

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 282: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and The Force Unleashed Reviews!

April 28th, 2022

This is Miyamoto. This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill react to the latest shakeup in Nintendo’s release schedule and pour one out for the Mario movie’s delay into next Spring. But not long after that, it’s off to a galaxy far, far away for a jam-packed Star Wars extravaganza!

The gang starts out by reviewing what has to be the most ambitious Lego game in a decade, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Moving on from the simple top-down collectathon format of the previous Lego Star Wars adventures, The Skywalker Saga introduces genuine innovation to the series by repurposing it as a fairly in-depth third-person action game–all without losing the series’ signature silly charm, of course. Maybe it didn’t completely stick the landing in some sections, but all told, it’s an extraordinary treat for longtime Lego lovers and Star Wars fans alike.

Marc and Cameron follow this segment up by taking a deep dive into the glorious cheesefest that is Star Wars: The Force Unleashednewly rereleased on Nintendo Switch and other current-gen hardware. It’s no Fallen Orderbut this last-gen adventure still has plenty to offer with its fantastical power fantasy of force-focused action, plus some surprisingly excellent motion controls on Switch. Will this give Skyward Sword HD a run for its money?

Lastly, Cameron closes the show with only the slightest of tonal shifts by discussing his experience playing the adorable cat capitalism simulator, Cat Cafe Manager.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Main Event: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review
“Tie Fighter Attack” – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

18:00 – Main Event: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Review
“Grevious & the Droids” – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
51:00 – Indie Spotlight: Cate Cafe Manager
“The Battle for Naboo” – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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