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Podcast Discussion / Episode 316 - Matt Busby, Dig It
« on: September 29, 2022, 03:44:46 PM »

With Cassidy out we take the chance to have a good ol' fashioned Mystery History! Plus we talk more Return to Monkey Island, Shovel Knight Dig and... Cyberpunk? Plus plus your Listener Mail!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/61686/episode-316-matt-busby-dig-it

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We're down a Casey this week so we have a classic Talk Nintendo Podcast episode with original hosts Alex and Perry.

Just kidding, except about the fact that Alex and Perry run the show this week. We jump right into new business with some talk about Shovel Knight Dig, the new title from Nitrome and Yacht Club Games. After that, we discuss R--MYSTERY HISTORY!!! Perry quizzes Alex on a game and Alex walks through the entirety of a Nintendo console's library. We close on Return to Monkey Island final thoughts and some Cyberpunk 2077.

Closing the show: listener mail! We take a letter all about games helping you through tough times.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 315 - Monkeying Around
« on: September 22, 2022, 02:37:40 PM »

Jerruh forgets what time it is, but that doesn't stop Balex and Cassidy from getting down to business with Return to Monkey Island and Trails From Zero. Once lazybones shows up he brings with him some Kaze and the Wild Masks impressions plus more!

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OO-OO-AHH-AHH! GRAHOOHOO! It's time for another episode of TNP, and we got some good stuff for ya!

Alex and Casey start out the show a man short with talk about bachelor parties and Dunkin Donuts. After a bit, we jump into what we've been playing! Alex has been playing retro revival Return to Monkey Island, and he tells us about how beautiful the game is on Switch and how it makes a great introduction to adventure games.

Perry joins us a little later in the show as Casey tells us about The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero. Early thoughts: he's digging this JRPG! Speaking of digging, we give about 30 seconds of positive Shovel Knight Dig impressions (more next week) before jumping into No Place For Bravery, a Souls-Zelda-Hyperlightdrifter-like with gorgeous art and too much talking. Also more on that next week.

Alex dips at this point, so Perry and Casey close it out classic-style with Kaze and the Wild Masks talk and a lil eShop Roundup.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 314 - Fire Emblem Married
« on: September 15, 2022, 02:16:59 PM »

Oooooweeeeee! Nothing better than a Nintendo Direct, especially a beefy one! We dive into everything announced plus we got fresh Splatoon 3 impressions and thoughts!

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OOWEE it's Nintendo Direct week! And it's not a pain in the butt Wednesday Direct so we could actually record at the usual time!

We start the show with some Splatoon 3 talk; Alex and Perry have both been playing it, and both boys really like it! We then follow it up with a bit of State of Play chat (you're welcome for that Yakuza 0 music) before jumping right into the juice. This Nintendo Direct had Fire Emblem, Pikmin, a Zelda title, and a fitness game starring characters from a popular retro manga. The Poll Time is all about grading the Direct.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 313 - Queen Of A Certain Nature
« on: September 08, 2022, 12:48:00 PM »

It's spoilercast time for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, but before that we got something for those who want nothing to do with the spoils! We talk The Messenger, Katana Zero, and some Breath of the Wild to satiate your Talk Nintendo needs!

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Talk Nintendo Podcast is here, and today's episode is about family.

What do we mean? Well, you have to listen to our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 spoiler discussion to find out! That's not all we got, though. We start the episode with what we've been playing. Alex talks about two Devolver hits, Katana ZERO and The Messenger. Perry then tells us a bit about his Breath of the Wild replay, and we also talk about other random stuff like McDonald's orders.

Then, Xenoblade! We cover the overall narrative (including the ending), how the game stacks up in the series, and more! We also have a few of your thoughts on the game via this week's Poll Time.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 312 - Josh’s Voicemail
« on: September 01, 2022, 02:37:47 PM »

No Xeno talk this week, we swear! But we do talk a lil Splatoon, Midnight Fight Express, and Zelda Minish Cap before we dive into some listener mail!!

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No Xenoblade 3 talk this week, promise. Don't get too happy, because we're doing a spoilercast next week. Woo!

This week, we're doing some new business and a bit of listener mail. Perry has quick bites about Splatoon 3 and Avenging Spirit, Alex has a ticket to the Midnight Fight Express, and Casey is knee deep in Minish Cap. For emails, Chariot asks us about Bayonetta 3's Naive Angel Mode and Josh has a voicemail about Zelda Dungeons. Thanks guys!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 311 - Spider Offseer
« on: August 25, 2022, 03:54:00 PM »

More Xenoblade Chronicles 3 talk? You bet! But don't worry we got some Mystery History plus a tantalizing Poll Time to boot!

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Are you sick of hearing about Xenoblade Chronicles 3 yet? I hope not, because we talked about it so much it has its own jingle now!

This week's episode is short but dense (a Balex-style situation). We open with some hellos that touch on exercise and VR, and follow it up with a Mystery History! Casey hosted the game this time, which is unbelievable. After that, how does 18 more minutes on Xenoblade sound?

Poll Time: Is this a good year for new games or nah?

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Japanese preschool journalism simulator.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/61307/shin-chan-me-and-the-professor-on-summer-vacation-the-endless-seven-day-journey-switch-review

I don’t know Japanese, but I often wish I did. There are a lot of cool games out there that never see an official English translation for one reason or another. I became a fan of the Yakuza series around 2010. Prior to it becoming a tentpole Sega franchise, we had to wait three years to see Yakuza 5 translated for Western release (and digital only at first!). I have imported many other games that were less lucky (looking at you, Yo-kai Watch 4).

Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation - The Endless Seven-Day Journey feels like a game that was supposed to remain in Japan. It’s a slice-of-life adventure game starring the main character of 30-plus year old gag manga Crayon Shin-chan. It is also a spiritual successor to the Boku no Natsuyasumi (“My Summer Vacation”) series by developer Millennium Kitchen. These games, which each follow a Japanese child through a summer vacation in rural Japan, never made it West; the only game from this developer that previously has is Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale on the 3DS eShop.

I’ve wanted to play a Boku no Natsuyasumi game for a very long time, so I am extremely happy that this title made it worldwide. The final product is good – sometimes extremely good! It’s also flawed in a number of ways, and it ran out of steam a bit by the time I rolled credits.

Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation follows five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara on a one-week trip to visit his mother’s childhood friend in a rural community named “Asso” (a play on real-life Japanese city Aso). When the Nohara family arrives at their destination, a mad professor gives Shinnosuke a camera that produces an illustration each time it takes a photo. Everything proceeds as normal on the vacation until that same professor starts using time travel technology to summon dinosaurs with the intention of wreaking havoc.

This is the overarching plot defining the game, but it’s played mostly for goofs. In reality, once you settle into the hosting family’s home, you can kind of do whatever you like.

The game is a third-person fixed camera adventure game (think old Resident Evil) where you go from one area to the next in service of exploring Asso. Broken down into a day and night cycle, you wake up, do some morning exercises and eat breakfast as a family. You are then let loose to do whatever you like.

You can catch fish and bugs, deliver goods to small businesses in order to earn cash, talk to members of the community in order to learn more about them and the town, and do other little activities like a fun rock-paper-scissors turn-based battler that pits dinosaurs against each other.

My personal favorite is the newspaper subplot run by Cap, the elder patriarch of the family you’re visiting. As you complete quests (catch X number of bugs or do X task, etc.) and progress the main plot, you can submit this progress to the newspaper as “articles” which gain readership and progress a funny storyline of Shinnosuke trying to win a date with a young staffer. Well, mostly funny other than a late game plot development that dips into mildly uncomfortable territory.

These days take about 20 to 30 minutes on average (you can tweak day length in settings) and are followed by a 5 or so minute night segment where you can check in on characters before going to bed.

The experience of playing Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation is overwhelmingly chill. Most of the gameplay is fairly simple – the bug and fish catching is a heavily reduced version of what you do in Animal Crossing, for example – and most of what you do is exploring and talking to people to progress a low-stakes story.

It’s incredibly relaxing though, and the experience of running across a rolling field or watching your dad drink a beer against the dim glow of a restaurant beverage machine is something special. At its peak, the best moments here pull me back to the best moments of playing Animal Crossing on GameCube for the first time as a kid. The game is outright beautiful, and its sound design is top notch.

This is bolstered by a strong cast of characters, each with their own little stories. Although it’s based on a silly comedy manga, everyone feels grounded enough that I got invested in the little moments of drama occurring across town.

It can also be pretty cute and funny at times, though I feel the jokes could have been punched up a tad. The main bit, for instance, is just Shinnosuke mishearing what an adult said ad nauseum (dangerously close to “Exercise? I thought you said extra fries!”). I’ve seen the anime enough to know that the game is somewhat in line with Crayon Shin-Chan humor, but the comedy aspect of this franchise felt underutilized here.

At the end of the week when Shinnosuke and his family leave to go home, the professor uses his time travel abilities to reset the week – hence the “endless” part of the title. The week then keeps repeating until the core narrative is resolved. It took me a little more than eight hours across a few loops to resolve the story, but I was fully engaged with the game’s features so I don’t know if it could take four or five loops for someone else to resolve everything. I’m guessing it’s pretty much on rails, based on my experience.

Either way, this brings me to my biggest knock against Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation. While it makes a really compelling package out of limited gameplay features, it runs out of steam by the end of the story. By the beginning of my final week, I had fully finished the bulk of the available sidequests and was just running out the day’s clock to see the story progress and wrap up. There are also some cutscenes and dialogue bits that more or less repeat weekly and/or daily that drag the pace down, and players will have fully squeezed the juice from this game’s map by that point.

I also took small issue with the game’s fixed camera perspective. While I’m aware that this is how other Millenium Kitchen games are, I was regularly entering the wrong screen because of the game’s slightly confusing orientation. When day progression is locked to screen changing, it gets a bit annoying. I don’t dislike the perspective itself, but the navigation needs a bit of work.

Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation - The Endless Seven-Day Journey is good and sometimes great. If you love old Animal Crossing and modern Persona games, the slice of life experience here may get its hooks into you quite deep. It’s not perfect though, and I think your mileage is going to vary on some of its slower aspects. Still, I can’t believe this was released worldwide in the first place. What a time to be alive.


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Podcast Discussion / Episode 310 - Splatoon One Point Two
« on: August 18, 2022, 03:21:00 PM »

The gangs all together and what else would we talk about other than Xenoblade 3?! Well we do cover some Frogun, Arcade Paradise, and Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation -The Endless Title. Plus some fun Splatoon related Poll results!

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It seems like an oddity when all three of our hosts can be on the same podcast episode at the same time, but the stars aligned and we got a full crew!

We once again talk about Xenoblade Chronicles 3 for like 30 minutes (Case and Perry are in like Chapter 4 as of this recording, Balex beat it) but that's not all! We follow it with talk about Frogun, Arcade Paradise, and Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation -The Endless Seven-Day Journey-. Long title, right? Reminds me of when the ATHF movie was called "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters."

Poll Time this week is about Splatoon 3. What's your hype level?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 309 - The Guy with the Gall
« on: August 11, 2022, 02:56:23 PM »

Down the most beautiful boy, we ask the man with the sexiest voice to join us (yes, I know this will make you uncomfortable Josh)! We talk Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Mario Kart 8 DLC, a fascinating SNES story, and we even play some Number Trivia!

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*Checks email for thread* ....Oh that's right, no Balex once again. He'll manage to send in a nice lil stinger, but won't buck up when it comes to writing a little article for you guys. I guess it is to be expected from someone who hails from Massachusetts.

Since we're down a man, we figured might as well tap into the next worst state and ask our friend Josh to step up to the plate. Fortunately for us, he managed to do better than the Braves did against the Mets, if only barely#.

We got plenty to dive into kicking off with everyone's favorite, Number Trivia! Then we talk about our progress in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, our impressions on Mario Kart 8's latest DLC release, and we touch into some fascinating news straight from the SNES era.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 308 - Agnus and Mildred
« on: August 04, 2022, 02:32:34 PM »

I hope you like JRPGs because we're talking about em this episode. Mainly a hefty serving of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, but Balex tosses in a lil Live A Live talk to boot!

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We got a short show this week but don't you DARE think we have nothing to talk about! It's Xenoblade Chronicles 3 week!

That's right folks, Xenoblade's latest entry came out and we've all played it for several hours. We spent 40 minutes talking about the game this week, and I get the feeling it might not be the last time we do that. After, Alex gives some thoughts on Live A Live (Live A Evil???) since he just beat it. Good game!

It's a JRPG podcast episode -- call us The Thirsty Mage, why dontcha!!!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 307 - Return To The Golden Era
« on: July 28, 2022, 03:13:41 PM »

Alex is absent from class, so that means the OG boys are back at it! We got Final Fantasy VI and River City Saga Three Kingdoms talk. Plus another eShop Round up and your listener mail!

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Alex is truly unbelievable. Dude doesn't show up for recording and then has the gall to not even write an article about what we talked about while he was gone. Shesh!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 306 - Thick Keanu Reeves
« on: July 21, 2022, 03:08:01 PM »

Games, games, games baby! Plenty to talk about including River City Saga: Three Kingdoms, Klonoa 2. Final Fantasy VI, Endling - Extinction is Forever, and super mystery game you won't want to miss hearing out on. Plus we dive into the mailbag!

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There are so many games and we can't stop playing them! That's right, it's another "What we've been playing is half the episode" episode!

We start out with River City Saga: Three Kingdoms, the new Kunio-kun game on Switch. We follow that with Klonoa 2, Final Fantay VI, Endling - Extinction is Forever, and...Gangsta Magic???

We follow it up with a couple Listener Mails about revisiting old games and 2022 Nintendo announcements. For Poll Time: Is the Nintendo Switch powerful enough in 2022?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 305 - Sugar Boy Gangsta Magic
« on: July 14, 2022, 02:12:18 PM »

The Champ is back and with him, he brought the flow of games. We're talking Klonoa, Endling, Sekiro, Live A Evil, and more! But that isn't all, the eShop Roundup is making a return plus your listener mail!

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Casey's back and the games are flowing. We like it!

Let's get right to it. Perry and Alex start off the games part of the show with Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series. It's good...sometimes? And is also Balanesque??? Alex follows it up with early thoughts about Endling - Extinction is Forever as well as final Sekiro thoughts. Pivoting to Casey, he tells us his thoughts on the Live a Live (Live a Evil demo) and SNES Classic. Last but not least, Perry tells us about Super UFO Fighter.

In the second half of the show, we start with one of the most ridiculous eShop Roundups yet. After that, Josh blesses us with an HD-2D listener voicemail, and we close on a Poll Time about funny games.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 303 - Live A Evil
« on: June 30, 2022, 03:43:01 PM »

The boys dive into all the latest news from the Nintendo Direct Mini!

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99 Nintendo Directs and a general ain't one...not that there's anything wrong with that!

This week on the agenda, we talk about Tuesday's Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. Some pretty good stuff there, right? This week's Poll Results Time seemed to think so! Highlights include Persona, the Live a Live demo and Mario + Rabbids, but we went over pretty much all the headlines.

That's, of course, after food talk and what we've been playing. Perry played Pocky & Rocky Reshrined, and Alex (Big Hoss) had some early-ish thoughts about Sekiro. Lot of random sidechat on this episode even by TNP standards. Pretty fun!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 302 - I’m Taking the Goose Down
« on: June 23, 2022, 03:39:16 PM »

We got a fun episode this week featuring an interview with the developer behind Neon White. Don't fret, we got games to talk about too, even if they're Nontendo#

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Big episode this week -- we got another developer interview coming your way!

Before that though, we start things off with chat about water, whether or not to kill bugs, Mountain Dew, and food. We then have an abbreviated, Nontendo-themed segment about what we've been playing. Casey checked out Returnal thanks to the new PlayStation Plus, and Alex is nearing the end on Fallout: New Vegas (Note: I've since beaten it. Great game!).

After the break, Alex is joined by game developer and musician Ben Esposito, who directed the just-released speedrunning FPS Neon White (if you heard last week's show, you know Alex had glowing thoughts on the title). We chat about how Neon White came to be, its many inspirations, why there are so many good games about death, sequel potential (no plans right now), and more! It was an awesome chat -- thanks so much to Ben for joining us.

We close the show on Poll Results Time: How are you liking Mario Strikers: Battle League so far?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 301 - Beautiful Joe
« on: June 16, 2022, 04:39:13 PM »

We start the march to the next 300 episodes with a fun one. We get into Neon White, Wonder Boy Collection, Ys IX, plus much more!

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We're onto the next 300 episodes, and boy does it feel good. Speaking of which, this episode came out pretty good! Let's get into it.

After our typical banter, Alex starts us off with Neon White, a speedrunning first-person shooter that he recommends with confidence. Perry also recommends the new Wonder Boy Collection with confidence, and Casey seems like he will ultimately recommend Ys IX: Monstrum Nox with confidence. We end our new business with the Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes demo, which seems to be doing an Age of Calamity thing?

We also talked about Mario Strikers: Battle League, and why none of us have bought it.

After the break, we have THE NEWS WITH CASEY GIBSON, which is more or less a chance to talk loosely about the not-E3 presentations from this past week. For Poll Time: What's a game on your bucket list you haven't played yet?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 300 - More Like 300 Minutes
« on: June 10, 2022, 06:04:00 PM »

The Big 3-0-0 is here and with it comes plenty to talk about. We have a plethora of your favorite segments from Talk Nintendo's History including I Demand You - Skyward Sword edition plus Listener Mail, Voice Mails, eShop and more!

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THIS! IS! TALK NINTENDO PODCAST!

We're on Episode 300! Woooo! Didn't think we'd make it this far, did you? Neither did we. Anyway, we got a giant show for you -- roughly two shorter episodes long! Let's not beat around the bush, there's much to discuss.

We started things out with Dark Arts, Craigslist Roundup, and a non-tendo themed what we've been playing. Alex gives scattered thoughts on Prey 2017 and Citizen Sleeper, and Casey tells us about the strange world of Diablo Immortal (more like IMMORAL!). We then jump into eShop Roundup and an enormous Listener Mail that includes a few of your voicemails.

*comes back up for air* And that's not all!

After the break, we spend a half hour talking about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD in an I Demand You segment. How does the game hold up? Where does it falter? How about them controls? Grooseland!

That's all for 300 -- the only thing missing was Poll Time! Anyway, thanks for listening to us, whether it's your first episode, your 300th, or whatever the actual number of episodes we've done is (Balex argues there's only been like 45 worthwhile ones#). See ya, love ya!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 299 - Cheater and the Champ
« on: June 02, 2022, 01:45:11 PM »

The boys are gearing up for the big 300, but that doesn't take away from a fun one this week. We got Fantasy Life, Kao The Kangaroo (or Cow the Kangaroo depending on who you ask), Card Shark and Jerruh brings his famous Number Trivia to the table!

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We went loosey goosey this week for our pre-300 episode. No break, no poll, no eShop Roundup. Instead, we got some fun games and a little Number Trivia!

Casey starts out with some discussion of Fantasy Life, a cool RPG/sim from the 3DS. We also take the chance to discuss Level-5, and how a promising future gaming titan crashed and burned. Alex has two review code games for us this week: Kao the Kangaroo and Card Shark. He and Perry agree that Kao is a charming 3D platformer with a lot of issues. Alex's thoughts on Card Shark, meanwhile, are more positive (it's a game about CHEATIN).

Our last thing on the docket is Number Trivia! What's Number Trivia, you ask? IDK! (Alex wrote this)

Be sure to send us listener emails because we got a BIG segment coming for episode 300 next week. We record Sunday, so get 'em in by then!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 298 - Jumbo Baby
« on: May 26, 2022, 02:01:02 PM »

The whole gangs here and ready to dive into some good ol fashioned vidgya game discussion. This week we take a look at Fantasy Life, Cotton Fantasy and is it the first time Alex doesn't have a game to talk about or is he gonna flippity flop on us?!

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This week: An extremely normal podcast.

We got Perry back, which as we all can agree has its share of pros and cons (jk). Thankfully, he brought with him some cool games to talk about this week! After some Taco Bell Mexican Pizza discussion, Casey comes out of the gate with Fantasy Life thoughts! Perry, meanwhile, reports to us with Cotton Fantasy (a "cute-em-up") as well as Indie World Showcase game Mini Motorways. Finally, Alex brought in some early takes on House Flipper. Cool little zen game!

After the Grand Theft Auto IV music break, we end the show with eShop Roundup as well as a Poll Time we recommend with confidence. When did you last play your favorite game, and how has it held up?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 297 - Just Like Our Marriage
« on: May 19, 2022, 03:20:13 PM »

Every once in a while we're blessed by the gods that Perry can't make the show and today our prayers have been answered. Don't worry Cassidy and Crystal Thirty hold it down with plenty of games including Switch Sports, Opus, Soundfall and more!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/60469/episode-297-just-like-our-marriage

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Perry is out this week so Alex and Casey join together for a show about nindies, hype, and more!

After a bit of wedding talk, the boys go into what they've been playing. In Casey's Corner, we got some talk about Mario Golf on the N64, Nintendo Switch Sports' ridiculous split-screen multiplayer, and a Mario Party Superstars check-in. Alex, meanwhile, has been playing Deadcraft, Soundfall, and Opus: Echo of Starsong.

In the second half of the show, double Poll Results Time!!! For the first: What is the most hyped you've been for a game, and did it live up to your expectations? And the second: What game are we playing for 300's I Demand You? Spoiler: It's Skyward Sword! Play along with us and join the Discord, where we got our own dedicated chat.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 296 - Sad, Violent Nightmares
« on: May 12, 2022, 03:10:29 PM »

We got games on deck! Switch Sports, Mighty Goose, Nightmare Reaper, and Vesper to name a few. Plus we have some news and poll results to discuss!

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Casey is out because he's busy being a new husband, so Alex and Perry are here to save the day with a long show.

We start out the show talking about pizza, all-you-can-eat meat, and Better Call Saul. Pivoting into the games we've been playing, Perry talked about Nintendo Switch Sports, Mighty Goose, Vesper, and Little Nightmares. Alex, meanwhile, has a little more to say about the Steam Deck as well as a cool shooter called Nightmare Reaper.

After the break, eShop Roundup! Then we got financial news and a Poll Time all about your backlogs.

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Mildly enchanted.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/60362/disney-magical-world-2-enchanted-edition-switch-review

I was a big fan of the original Disney Magical World. It was a cozy blend of Disney characters and life sims like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. Whatever the case, I had never played the sequel when it came out on 3DS in 2016. As such, this new, remastered, “enchanted” version of it was welcome. Unfortunately, Disney Magical World 2 did not hit me in the same way. That’s a strange thing to reckon with – and it’s hard to know exactly why it didn’t click – but we’ll get to that later.

Disney Magical World 2 places you in a hub world known as Castleton. After you customize your character and arrive, you meet Disney mainstays like Mickey and Goofy and are shown around town. Here’s your house, here’s how quests work, here’s how you make furniture and clothes, et cetera. You’re also exposed to the game’s sticker system, which has you collect stickers via various tasks, Mario 64-style, to unlock new areas and quests in the game.

It can be a little overwhelming at first because there are a lot of different little aspects to it and a fresh player won’t fully understand what the game is until they’ve played a 2-3 hour tutorial (it is brutal) and then play the game themselves for another few hours.

In essence, it is a life sim on guardrails. You hang out with Disney characters, make furniture and clothes to customize your space and outfit, work at a cafe in a mini-game, and go to various worlds based on Disney properties to meet characters and see little stories play out. These worlds include classics old and new like Winnie the Pooh, Lilo & Stitch, and Frozen. In order to add a little action, there are action-RPG style levels where you shoot your magic wand to defeat ghosts; this gets you material drops for crafting.

All of this is simplistic, and that’s fine. It’s polished, cozy Disney vibes for a target audience that is likely younger than me. My biggest issue is that to get to these game parts, you are reading dialogue box after dialogue box of Disney characters saying nothing of substance. This wouldn’t be a problem, but there’s just so much dialogue and barely any of it is voiced. Whatever pacing the game could have had grinds to a halt.

The life sim aspects are also fairly limited, and pale in comparison to games like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. And when the gameplay doesn’t have a ton going on, I’m wondering if kids actually want to sit through so much dialogue (with so little of it being interesting) to get to the game part. It admittedly lightens up as you get deeper into the game, but I was pretty bored pretty quickly.

It’s not all bad – the vibes are as chill as I remember. Castleton feels like you’re walking through the Magic Kingdom. So much classic Disney stuff is squished together, the colors are vibrant, and the buildings have a pastelly, rounded look to them. The Switch release brings the visual fidelity up a few notches, and while no one would think this is a native Switch game, it looks nice in its own right.

What’s funny is that everything I just described is how the first game was; 2 feels more like an expanded Disney Magical World 1 than a sequel to it (this game has a lot of the characters and worlds from the first game). It could be I’m just in a different place in my life where this isn’t what I’m looking for right now. But it could be for someone else.

I think this game is perfect for a hardcore Disney fan who wants an incredibly low-stakes game with very chill vibes where you hang out with your favorite Disney characters. Having this cool, cute Disney World has a strong appeal to it, and the final result is a polished game. I came out of this a little bored by the slow pace and limited gameplay, but in his review, Daan was more, ehrm, enchanted by the title on 3DS. Your mileage may vary.


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Podcast Discussion / Episode 295 - This is Balex
« on: May 05, 2022, 01:14:00 PM »

We got Nintendo Switch Sports impressions among a first look at the Steam Deck and The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe. We also are super excited for our talk with the devs behind The Last Friend!

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It's a normal length episode, but don't let that fool ya because this one is jam packed. Also it's Alex's first time editing the show, so go hard on him if the podcast is too loud or quiet.

After intros and KFC talk, we go into what we've been playing, Perry and Casey played Nintendo Switch sports and have mixed (but net positive) feelings. Perry brings us a couple quick bites after Casey bails on us (yet again#) before Balex brings the heat with The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe and glowing Steam Deck impressions.

In the second half of the show, Perry chats with The Last Friend devs Stonebot Studio before we close out on eShop Roundup and Poll Results Time.

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TalkBack / The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (Switch) Review
« on: May 05, 2022, 11:44:26 AM »

The meta-verse, amirite?

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/60359/the-stanley-parable-ultra-deluxe-switch-review

Though not the first “meta” game, The Stanley Parable was an early example of an indie game that was aware of – and played with – the idea that it was a video game. It was first released in 2011 as a Half Life 2 mod before being remade as a standalone game in 2013.

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is a remake of that second release, but it’s also way more than that. There’s a lot of new content, and my playtime in this new version was twice that of the original game. I’m not really going to tell you much about the specifics of this new content or even too much about what The Stanley Parable is; this is a video game best experienced by knowing as little as possible.

I’ll talk around the edges, at least. The Stanley Parable is a first-person “walking simulator” in that you aren’t doing much other than walking around and interacting with the world around you.

You are Stanley, a man who works at a dead-end job whose sole responsibility is to tap keys on his computer. Stanley notices that his coworkers have disappeared, and he goes on a mission to find out why. As he does this, a British-accented narrator (played by Kevan Brighting) describes what Stanley is going to do next. Stanley walked down the hall. Stanley went past the desks.

Eventually, you/Stanley arrive at a set of two doors. The narrator explains that Stanley goes through the left. Do you decide to go through the left door? Or maybe do you want to go through the right door as an act of defiance? The story and narration adapt to this choice – and many, many subsequent ones – accordingly.

What plays out over the next few-to-several hours is a very funny story about player choice, video game development, and the creative process. It is, at all times, having a conversation with you, itself, and the world at large, and Ultra Deluxe expands on that with an additional meta layer that made my jaw drop several times.

The amount of extra content in here is so vast that I recommend Ultra Deluxe not just to those who like funny, meta video games, but also those who have experienced The Stanley Parable. If you’ve played it before (you’re asked the first time you boot up the game), it doesn’t take long to reach the excellent additions.

The Switch port is pretty good. It looks nice and uses a simple control scheme that translates the first-person gameplay quite well. There are also some port-specific references, which was cute to see. It ran at a mostly stable framerate, barring some dips from time to time.

The Stanley Parable is an extremely worthwhile video game and, I would argue, one of the finest examples of meta-humor (as well as humor in general) in the medium. Just don’t read too much before you play it.


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Podcast Discussion / Episode 294 - Super Trash
« on: April 28, 2022, 02:29:04 PM »

With Alex out, we have Josh join us to talk about his recent trip to visit Perry which was filled with plenty of games and food. Plus we have Alex phone in some PAX Quick Bites!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/60324/episode-294-super-trash

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Balex misses the week and he doesn't even have the common courtesy to write a little something up for us... typical#. Well, we got an episode sans Alex, but with an added bonus of Josh. We get down to business with all the good eats and games from the trip plus we get some phoned in Quick Bites from PAX!

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