The NXpress Nintendo Podcast

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

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

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 281: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie Review + GBA Games on Switch Rumor Report

April 20th, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc Kaliroff, and Campbell Gill make their grand return from a one-week mental health hiatus for a jam-packed episode. The gang kicks things off by discussing the news that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has received a release date…and it’s way sooner than expected! The Xenoblade franchise’s third entry is now releasing in July rather than its previously announced September release window, meaning there’s. Of course, the question remains: if a delayed game is eventually good and a rushed game is forever bad, what is a game that bumps forward its release date by two months? Only time will tell…

Next up, Marc shares his thoughts on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (the movie, not the Sega Genesis classic) and gushes about its humor, cast, and charm. This may just be one of the best video game films ever made–not that that’s an especially high bar, but oh well. The gang move on to a more general discussion of the Sonic series after this, sharing their impressions on the masterful Sonic Mania, their desire for more ports of 3D Sonic games, and apprehension for the future of the franchise. But hey, at least there are some good Sega Genesis games on Switch.

The hosts close things out by running through a spicy rumor: are Game Boy Advance games coming to Nintendo Switch Online? If rumors are to be believed, we could have an extraordinary lineup of classics heading to the Big N’s subscription service soon…although there’s no telling how much more we’ll have to pay for this expanded expansion pack.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Talking Point: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Release Date
“That’s The Way I Like It” – Sonic Adventure 2

18:00 – Main Event: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Movie Review
“Emerald Hill Zone Act 1” – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
51:00 – Talking Point 2: GBA Rumors
“Seaside Hill” – Sonic Heroes

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 280: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Switch Review + Is E3 Gone Forever?

April 7th, 2022

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Switch Review

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc KaliroffCampbell Gill, and Goomba Stomp writer James Cook review what may be the perfect Switch port–13 Sentinels: Aegis RimBefore getting to that, though, the hosts react to the long, drawn-out, excruciatingly painful death of E3. With the recent announcement that no in-person or virtual conference will be held this year, does this mean that E3 is finally gone forever? What will the industry look like without the annual summer extravaganza that was E3 in its glory days? The gang has thoughts!

Next up, James and Cameron take the spotlight to review the new Switch port of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. One of 2020’s best cult classics13 Sentinels is a mind-bending experience that defies easy explanation–but that doesn’t keep James and Cameron from trying. Between its mech-based combat and extraordinarily in-depth narrative, there’s plenty to love in this meaty package–and best of all, it holds up fantastically on Switch. Marc and Cameron close the show with an indie spotlight on the beautiful but underwhelming narrative-driven indie A Memoir Bluea slender package that may leave players wanting more.

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:43 – Talking Point: E3 2022 Canceled
“Brat Overflow” – 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
21:10 – Main Event: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Review
“Isoleucine” – 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
56:02 – Indie Spotlight: A Memoir Blue
“Bright Days Ahead” – 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 279: Ranking Every Kirby Game, Ever

April 1st, 2022

Ready for the most contentious episode in NXpress history? This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc KaliroffCampbell Gill, and special guest host Eliza from Kirby Informer answer the question that’s been burning on everyone’s minds this week: what’s the best Kirby game ever made? With superfans Marc and Eliza on the show, this isn’t an easy question to answer.

Covering mainline and spinoff games alike, Marc runs through his hyper-controversial list of the Pink Puff’s greatest and not-so-greatest adventures. This isn’t without some turmoil though – Eliza, Campbell, and Cameron make sure to let Marc know when he’s been objectively incorrect about something. After all, we all know that Kirby’s Epic Yarn is undoubtedly the best game in the series…right? Tune in to find out what game comes out on top!

Best of all, this is only part of this week’s Kirby bonanza on NXpress. If you still have an appetite for some Kirby goodness, make sure to check out our in-depth review discussion of Kirby and the Forgotten Land!

 

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 278: Reviewing Kirby And The Forgotten Land!

March 31st, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastCameron DaxonMarc KaliroffCampbell Gill, and special guest host Eliza from Kirby Informer share a mouthful of thoughts on the confirmed 2022 game of the year, Kirby and the Forgotten LandThe first genuine 3D game in the franchise, Forgotten Land has a little something for everyone: adorable critters, laid-back gameplay, environmental storytelling, and even a dash of animal cruelty. Hey, Awoofy may be cute, but if he’s sitting on a pile of gold, it’s up to Kirby to do what must be done.

In this in-depth spoiler-free discussion, the hosts exchange notes on everything they love (and a few things they don’t) about Kirby and the Forgotten Land. They break down everything from the laid-back level design to the adorable characters to the revolutionary new Mouthful Mode–and have their fair share of disagreement along the way. After all, how should you spell Carby, anyway?

In honor of The Forgotten Land’s release, this is only Part 1 of our extensive Kirby-centric discussion this week. Keep an eye out for Part 2 for a healthy dose of controversy as Marc and Eliza rank every mainline Kirby game!

 

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Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro
00:53 – Main event: Kirby and the Forgotten Land Review
“Roar of Dedede” – Kirby and the Forgotten Land

NXpress Nintendo Podcast 277: Ranking the New Tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 1!

March 23rd, 2022

This week on the NXpress Nintendo PodcastMarc KaliroffCampbell Gill, and longtime friend of the show Marty Allen answer the age-old question: what’s the best new track added in the first wave of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass? Before they get to this important issue, though, the gang starts by reacting to Nintendo’s most shocking announcement in half a decade: the Nintendo Switch now has folders. Hold the applause–this being Nintendo, they still found a way to mess it up. The hosts share their thoughts on the new feature and hope for even more ambitious updates later down the line–could this be the sign that themes are finally on their way? Maybe? Fingers crossed?

For the main event, Marty and Marc hit the road with a ranking of every new track added in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 1! From Toad Circuit all the way to Paris, France, the hosts pit each of the new tracks against each other to see which ones come out on top in this in-depth discussion of the eight new additions to the Switch’s biggest evergreen title. Perhaps some of these tracks lack the graphical fidelity or polish of the main game, but still: more Mario Kart is never a bad thing, and this is only eight out of a whopping 48 new tracks to be added to the game through this DLC.

Campbell and Marty close the show with a good old-fashioned Indie Games Spotlight, with Campbell sharing his thoughts on the extraordinarily minimalist yet soothing “digital toy” The Ramp, while Marty gives his impressions on FAR: Changing Tides, a worthy sequel to the Inside-like puzzle platformer FAR: Lone Sails.

 

Playlist:
LFXIV – NXpress Intro

00:43 – Main event: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Pass Wave 1 Ranking
“Coconut Mall” – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
46:20 – Indie Spotlight: The Ramp and FAR: Changing Tides
Ninja Hideaway” – Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

 

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