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Podcast Discussion / Episode 266 - Our Romance Game Is Hello Neighbor
« on: October 14, 2021, 03:09:57 PM »

It's Metroid Dread week and the entire gang has been jamming out to this fantastic game! Alex has been doing so on his brand new OLED Switch and has impressions of the new hardware. And FINALLY the long awaited return of Mystery Reversery!

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Alex is back, which can only mean that we're not doing eShop Roundup! We begged him to do it, but Alex, with his 51% stake in Jimmie Ltd. that was negotiated when he agreed to join the show, decided that we can't do it anymore. If we attempt to record it -- even try -- Balex assured us that there would be severe financial penalties.

Instead, we talk about Metroid Dread! We talk about Samus' new game at length, and we all like it a lot! A lot a lot! There are also some quick bites (actually quick) so look forward to that. After that, Perry has Mystery Reversery (Perry, did I spell this right?) for us, and we had to change the rules because SOMEONE can't play a game for fun.

This week's Poll Time is about indie/small-game publishers. Devolver Digital vs. Humble vs. tinyBuild vs. Annapurna.

We tweaked things a bit on Metroid Prime. We're now planning to do an I Demand You on Episode 269 (one episode later) in early November. We also might do a Metroid Dread Spoilercast and make that a big Metroid episode. That might be fun, right?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 265 - Where In The World Is Balex Bulafi
« on: October 07, 2021, 01:34:00 PM »

It's a throwback episode with just the OG boys, so you know it's gonna be a goodie. We got MindSeize impressions and some more Diablo 2 talk. Then it's Perry's favorite time of the year, Smash Direct time.

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I've forgotten how to do these since the man who's only contribution to the podcast is writing these things is off, so here I am. We got games, we got news, we got a tiny bit of Balex at the end. What else could you ask for?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 264 - Buffin' the Bald Buster
« on: September 29, 2021, 10:52:00 AM »

The boys are all back together and diving into everything from the latest Nintendo Direct as well as a look at Diablo 2, Beast Breaker, and more!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/58525/episode-264-buffin-the-bald-buster

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So, what did you think?

There was a Nintendo Direct last week, and three boys got together to talk about it.

We start things off with a brief Dark Arts (sorry Perry :( I thought swiping your PopCorners bit was funny at the time) and then get right into what we've been playing. Casey tells us about the enhancements of Diabla II Resurrected and makes a recommendation regarding which Diabla game a newcomer should start out with. Alex talks a bit about Lost Judgment, a game where you, a grown man, get into fist fights with Japanese high-schoolers. Perry also shares some thoughts on a cool turn-based billiards-looking action game: Beast Breaker.

We had plans for a mystery game show this week, but due to timing that's going to be a next week thing instead.

For the second half of the show, we discuss last week's Nintendo Direct. That Mario casting was WILD, huh? Also, 3D Kirby! Bayonetta 3! Another bi-weekly rant about the early access state of Animal Crossing: New Horizons! And lots more. We also integrated Poll Time, Discord listener mail, and a bonus quick bite into the segment, and guess what? We had a lot of fun.

Don't forget to check out Metroid Prime in preparation for our I Demand You. Episode 268, baby.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 263 - A Different Kind of WoW
« on: September 23, 2021, 12:18:00 PM »

The boys sans one get into Spelunky, all sorts of Warioware goodness, Deathloop and more! Plus another dip into the mailbag and our latest poll results. Direct news came post recording, so we will cover all that next episode!

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While Casey's away, the big boys play!

Casey is neglecting his friends for work (sell out!) so Alex and Perry are left to hold down the fort. What we got is a two hour show filled with WoW...but not the kind you might be thinking!

After some Dark Arts, Perry tells us all about Spelunky and his co-op adventures in WarioWare: Get it Together. Alex then shares his kid-in-a-candy store experience with the Wii U eShop. From that shopping spree, he chats about WarioWare: Smooth Moves (a Japanese Wii launch title!) and Wario Land: Shake It! (you really need to play this one if you haven't).

Alex also picked up the Metroid Prime Trilogy, and we used the chance to formally announce that we're doing an I Demand You for the first Metroid Prime. It'll be Episode 268 (October 28, if I did that math right) because Alex the MADMAN never played it.

At the end of our What We've Been Playing, Perry talks Cruis'n Blast and Alex remains enamored with Deathloop. Closing things out, we do some listener mail centered around trading card games and breaking controllers, and we got a poll time! What series do you really want to come to Switch?

P.S. We record on Tuesday, so you're getting a BIG Nintendo Direct episode next week.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 262 - Perry Counter
« on: September 16, 2021, 02:26:52 PM »

With Metroid Dread quickly approaching we felt no better time than now for a Dirty Mage Crossover episode on Samus Returns! We also get knee deep into WarioWare Get It Together before a series of quick bites.

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This week we got GAMES. Because guess what? It's Thirsty Mage crossover week!

We join David up top for a Thirsty Mage segment all about Metroid: Samus Returns. We chat for about an hour about the merits of a game whose successor is about to come out on Switch. Opinions are all over the board on this one!

After that, the second half of the show is all about what we've been playing. I hope they edited the football stuff out at the front, but I don't edit the show so it's not my business to complain. WarioWare! Deathloop! Scarlet Nexus! Monster Train (for a few seconds)! Gunbrick!

And you can't forget POLL TIME! Do you want a new New Super Mario Bros. game or nah?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 261 - Lil' B's Lil' Brain Academy
« on: September 09, 2021, 01:34:48 PM »

Get ready for an appetizer sampler of quick bites with impressions on Monster Train, Dodgeball Academia, Final Fantasy 7 Remake (not Casey), The Forgotten City and more! Plus we dive into the mailbag to answer your questions.

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I hope you're hungry, because it's podcast time!

Lot of quick bites this week to make for another action-packed What We've Been Playing segment (I don't actually know if there's a formal name for the WWBP segment anymore). Perry is in love with -- and Alex gives a solid recommendation to -- Monster Train. Alex then shares mixed thoughts on Dodgeball Academia and mostly-glowing thoughts on Final Fantasy 7 Remake. He also talks about the new indie darling The Forgotten City.

On the news: Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain, Game Boy NSO rumors, and chip shortages (the electronics kind -- though there's always a chip shortage when Jerry's around!).

Listener mail features questions about the future of user-generated content in Nintendo games and online play. Finally, in Poll Time, we discuss whether Nintendo has gone too far with Metroid Dread reveals.

Next week we're doing our Thirsty Mage crossover for Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS. Feel free to play along!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 260 - MickDonald's
« on: September 02, 2021, 03:02:00 PM »

Mick is back! And with him comes a beefy episode full of games and good times. No More Heroes III, Monster Train First Class, Ghosts of Tsushima plus lots more are on the docket this week.

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We got a guest this week! Mick Waites from Four Horses joins us for an episode that is mostly what we've been playing!

Alex brings a couple heavy hitters to the table with No More Heroes III and Psychonauts 2. Perry is all aboard the Monster Train (a deck builder he likes potentially even more than Slay the Spire!), and Casey lives out his dreams of becoming a samurai through Ghost of Tsushima on PS5. Mick brings discussion of Advance Wars, Super Mario 3D World, and bread to the table.

After the break, we debut our new monthly eShop Roundup format and answer some listener mail about what's next after switch and dream remakes. We got a fiery poll to close out the program this week: Which Nintendo franchise would you destroy if you had to pick one?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 259 - I'm Your Daddy
« on: August 26, 2021, 12:53:00 PM »

The boys ditched the internal talks of trying to adhere to a tighter schedule and delivery another meaty show. In it we got Dodgeball Academia, Madden 22, WarioWare: Get It Together and of course water bottle preferences.

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After last week's destructive Wii U segment that nearly sank the podcast for good, the fellas got one more chance to put out a good show or else the listeners will have our heads.

Some interesting games at the front of the show this week. We chat a while about Dodgeball Academia, a really cool game that has echoes of Pokemon and Mario Tennis: Power Tour. We all played the new WarioWare: Get It Together demo (it's good, you should try it) so we have some thoughts on that. Also, Casey played the new Madden.

In the news: Pokemon and Quake! Then some listener mail. We answer a question about SNES memories (Alex is still a baby so he has none), another question about ugly in-game textures, and tasty food both IRL and in-game.

Lastly, our poll: Wind Waker or Twilight Princess?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 258 - Cap'n Crunch Confrontation
« on: August 20, 2021, 11:14:00 AM »

The boys get into Diablo 2 Resurrected Beta, Space Invaders Invincible Collection, and Button City! Then we hash out the Top 5 Wii U Games as well as dip into that bag of mail.

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Welcome to Episode 258 of the Talk Nintendo Podcast! Stay awhile, and listen.

After a little dark arts (BBB got an adult beverage at Taco Bell Cantina), we chat about the games we've been playing. Casey's hooks are firmly in the beta for Diablo II: Resurrected, while Perry has been playing a cozy looking adventure game called Button City. Alex talks about the magic of 4K for a bit and then gives his thoughts on the Space Invaders Invincible Collection, a $60 package of Space Invaders titles stretching 40 years(!).

For the news, thoughts on the Indie World presentation and NPDs. We recorded right before the Pokemon thing, so we're going to talk about that next week.

The big thing we're doing this episode is a Wii U game ranking. That's right, we rank an OBJECTIVE, FACTUAL, IMPOSSIBLE TO DISAGREE WITH top five list of the best Wii U games. By which we mean we rapidly debate the best games on Nintendo's last home console and discuss nothing at length. Apologies in advance, lmao.

We close the show with listener mail and the results of our latest poll: subs or dubs?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 257 - I Think I'm Right To Say It's Wrong
« on: August 12, 2021, 02:18:20 PM »

We got a jam packed episode with Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster impressions and some more thoughts on Slay the Spire. But best of all is our interview with Philip Summers and Dave Cumbo to talk about Hand-Drawn Game Guides!

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It's time for episode 257, gang, and you'll be happy to know we're trying some new things. We just ran a survey about how you like the show (it's still available here) and are starting to do a few things to make the show even better.

Enough about that, though, let's talk business. After a bit of dark arts (i.e. food) at the front of the show, we got thoughts on the Final Fantasy 1 pixel remaster, Slay the Spire, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, and...a thumb injury. After that, we talk to our new pal Philip Summers of Hand-Drawn Game Guides (the Kickstarter is still running here for a few more weeks) and returning buddy Dave Cumbo of Dreamprism press about the magic of game guides for a half hour.

Lastly, we got some news (Xenoblade Chronicles 3 rumors whaaaaaaat?) and listener mail. Send us listener mail because we're planning on reading some as often as we can now!

Listener mail next week! Send us emails! Please!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 256 - Futile Japan
« on: August 05, 2021, 02:59:08 PM »

The boys have been busy plowing through games a plenty. On the docket, Slay The Spire, Dicey Dungeons, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and we wrap it up with NEO: The World Ends With You!

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Our first regular-as-apple-pie episode in what must be weeks! No extra segments, no change-ups, nothing unusual: Just some nice vanilla Talk Nintendo P-O-D. Well, for half of the show this week, at least.

Starting off the show, every boy has a story about chicken from the past week, some better than others. Then we go into an impressive What We've Been Up To; Perry's been into Slay The Spire and Dicey Dungeons, Casey has very early impressions of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, and Alex played the entirety of NEO: The World Ends With You since the last episode was recorded. He really likes it.

Casey then ditches us for the second half of the show and becomes the new permanent guest, so Alex and Perry have to pick up the slack (as per usual). Lotta bite-sized news bits this week between the new Pokemon Snap update, a classic SEGA-themed Picross S game, and more. At the back end, a lil bit of eShop RoundUp.

Listener mail next week! Send us emails! Please!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 255 - Gyroid Meat
« on: July 29, 2021, 02:10:00 PM »

It's certainly a full episode with Slay the Spire, Psychonauts, Skyward Sword and more. Plus we're joined by Jono Pech to talk about the recently released, Trigger Witch!

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Howdy! We thought this was going to be a short episode at first but I think we're doomed to 2 hour marathons from now on.

The episode starts with a brief life catch-up before rolling into a speedrun Mystery History round! On What We've Been Up To, Perry's been playing Slay The Spire and the Switch release of Skyward Sword. Alex, meanwhile, has glowing thoughts on Psychonauts and positive first impressions on Steins;Gate Elite. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and NEO: The World Ends With You came out the day of recording so nothing this week, sorry!

In the second half of the show, Perry has an interview with Jono Pech about a new game coming out today on Switch called Trigger Witch! Then we got eShop Round Up, some old listener mail about Nintendo's bad decisions and favorite meats, and Craigslist Round Up to cap it all off.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 254 - Bailin' Wonderworld
« on: July 22, 2021, 07:55:09 PM »

The boys are joined by Jordan to pay the piper that is Balan Wonderworld... but that doesn't stop us from talking about some good stuff like Monster Hunter Stories 2, Skyward Sword and more!

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You knew this was coming. Perry, Casey, and Jordan didn't make the correct predictions on which children's games showed up in the 40-minute commercial, so they must be punished. Alex joined Talk Nintendo Podcast, so he too must be punished. That's right -- it's Balan week!

Jordan (J-Man AKA Michael AKA Canada's Golden Goose) Rudek joins the boys to chat Balan Wonderworld, a bad game that we're actually kind of glad we played? That's about 50 minutes on the back end of the show, but there's lots of good stuff before that. Jordan gives his detailed Cris Tales takes, Alex has final thoughts on Monster Hunter Stories 2 and early thoughts on Psychonauts, and Perry gives a quick bite on the new Skyward Sword port (more on that next week!). Alex also breaks down the Steam Deck and why he's so excited for it. Concluding the show: pure punishment. Enjoy!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 253 - The Dark Arts
« on: July 15, 2021, 09:12:00 PM »

It's a two man show, but that doesn't stop us from going over two hours in this big ol boy. Alex hits us with his The World Ends With You as well as Neo: TWEWY final thoughts/impressions and Casey's been busy with Final Fantasy XIV!

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Perry is out on assignment (or is he?), so Alex and Casey are holding down the fort this week.

We got a big hunka fast food and pizza talk at the front of the program this week, followed by impressions of NEO: The World Ends With You and new thoughts on Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Alex's already played it 15 more hours!). Casey also discusses his budding romance with Final Fantasy XIV. Instead of news this week, the duo measures their personal hype levels for all the big upcoming Switch games. Balan Wonderworld next week! Promise!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 252 - Texas, Massachusetts
« on: July 08, 2021, 04:19:00 PM »

The boys are joined by Jools Watsham of Atooi fame and the Dreamprism Press founder himself, Dave Cumbo! We get into Pictooi, Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone plus more!

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Gee Bill, how come your mom lets you have two Talk Nintendo guests?

We got two people joining us this week: Atooi founder Jools Watsham and (a little later in the show) Dreamprism Press founder Dave Cumbo! Jools chats with the guys about  Pictooi and Alex talks about the new Devolver Digital release Boomerang X as well as The World Ends With You: Final Remix (again). After the break, Dave Cumbo of Dreamprism Press joins to tell us a bit about his storied career as an artist and writer for games and, well, things other than games! We also chat about his graphic novel adaptation, Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone, plus the possibilities involved in adapting games. Before the end of the show, the fivesome chats about the Switch (OLED Model) announced earlier this week. What a weird thing, right?

Dave's on Twitter here and here, and Jools can be found on Twitter and at Atooi's official site.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 251 - We're All Impermanent Guests
« on: July 02, 2021, 03:10:46 PM »

It took two tries but we're here with episode 251. We get into Mario Golf Super Rush, Pictooi, Game Builder Garage, Monster Hunter Stories 2 and much much more!

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We lost the recording to the original Episode 251, so we recorded a brand new one to make up for it!

Perry and Alex start off the show this week to talk about big news in their lives. On Perry's end, the new Yooka-Laylee Game Deck is up for pre-order and his new game Pictooi is now available on the Switch eShop. As for Alex, well, you'll just have to listen to the show to find out! On What We’ve Been Up To, Casey's got fightin' words for Mario Golf: Super Rush, and Alex talks a bit about Fuser and The World Ends With You: Final Remix. Additionally, Alex salvaged his thoughts on Game Builder Garage and the Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin demo from the previous recording.

This one's a little loosey-goosey, but we should have something more normal next week.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 250 - Navy Gazing with Mr. Yu-Gi-Oh
« on: June 24, 2021, 03:54:23 PM »

We hope you like beefy episodes because today we got a lot to cover as we celebrate 250! That includes a Dirty Mage Crossover featuring Zelda 2 as well plenty of your Listener Mail! Oh and Perry is releasing a brand new Game Deck for Yooka-Laylee!

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Wow, 250 already? Makes me weepy just thinkin' bout it!

For this milestone, we have an appropriately chonky episode for you to enjoy. After talking about Raising Cane's and Mountain Dew at the front of the show (because what else do you discuss on a Nintendo podcast?), we got impressions of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Forza Horizon 4. Perry then tells us all about his VERY EXCITING NEW YOOKA-LAYLEE GAME DECK! Pre-orders open June 29!

After the break, we join The Thirsty Mage for a crossover episode all about Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Thanks to David and Jordan for having/joining us (but Star Fox Zero still rules)! And finally, to close out this supersized show, we do a bunch of listener mail, reveal the winner of our Twitter contest, and announce the First Annual Balan Wonderworld Spoilercast (we're doing a big segment on the Switch version of Balan Wonderworld for Episode 253. Play along with us...if you dare!).

Whether you've been with us for the whole 250 or just joined recently at the start of the Triple B Golden Era, thank you! We love ya!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 249 - I May Even Anti-Care
« on: June 17, 2021, 02:05:56 PM »

Another year and another E3... well minus the part where we didn't have one last year. But hey, we got tons of Nintendo news to break down and of course we get predictions to tally...

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Ayyyyyyyyyyy! It's time to talk E3!

The fellas discuss all the big Nintendo Switch Headlines. Metroid Dread, Mario Party, and WarioWare anyone? Yes please! We also dig into our predictions, and we'll say two things about that: One, it wasn't even close; two, the punishment is WILD. And maybe kind of fun. Judge for yourself, and be sure let us know what you thought of the Direct!

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It's hard to believe it's E3 season, but here we are and as per tradition, Jordan is ready to throw down the gauntlet!

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It's that time of the year again: we got predictions! E3 predictions!

Jordan joins the fellas for an action-packed episode featuring all of the crazy E3 guesses you can handle. But before that, we got some fast food talk and a surprisingly large segment on what we've been playing. Jordan talks about Super Bomberman R Online, Alex talks about Tower Unite, and Perry has thoughts on the first Pikmin game.

It's a longie but goodie, and be sure to tune in next week where we talk about E3 and find out which boy's predictions reign supreme!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 247 - Remakes, Remasters, Rumors
« on: June 03, 2021, 03:08:50 PM »

With Alex out of town for the week, it's just the OGs in the building. Pikmin 3, FFXIV, Wonderboy, and Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne are on the docket as well as your listener mail!

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Okay, OKAY! We've read all your emails, twitter posts, tiktoks, etc, we hear ya loud and clear... we'll remove Alex from the show starting immediately.

With just the OG boys, we get into plenty of games including wrapping up Pikmin 3 for Perry as well as his Wonderboy - Asha In Monster World impressions. Casey's diving into multiple long RPGs, one being the recently released Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne as well as dipping his toes into a little Final Fantasy XIV.

And of course we're just joking about Triple B, he'll be back on the next episode for our E3 predictions! And yes, that means the Jay Man himself is gonna be here for the fun too.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 246 - Studio Giblethead
« on: May 27, 2021, 03:11:24 PM »

We got a little of everything this week from Mass Effect Legendary Edition to a pair of Wii U classics and how could we forget about more Resident Evil 8 love!

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This nice, thick slab of podcast is special because, even though it’s the second episode with Alex as our new co-host, it’s the first where we are legally obligated to publicly associate with him. Despite that, this is a good one!

Casey sings further praises of Resident Evil Village, Perry talks about a pair of Wii U classics, and Alex spills the Boston baked beans on Mass Effect Legendary Edition. After that, we have the first installment of Alex’s very own game show segment: Vs. eShop Roundup!

Closing out the show, we got some news about two important game anniversaries and talk about the potential for a portable PC that plays like a Switch.

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I kind of predicted this. Im very happy.

As for Battle Axe, I streamed it when it launched. I agree that the game is very shallow, but it is really fun and feels exactly like old arcade games. I think that is what they were going for.
https://youtu.be/8kj38YQcdfk

Bless you! I saw your note and it made me very happy.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 243 - Thoroughly Average Men
« on: May 06, 2021, 07:14:51 PM »

Alex joins the boys to dive into New Pokemon Snap! We touch on some Tetris Effect and Returnal for good measure.

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Alex joins the boys to dive into New Pokemon Snap! We touch on some Tetris Effect and Returnal for good measure.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 234 - You Heard It Here First
« on: March 04, 2021, 02:40:59 PM »

Alex stops by to give us the break down on everything Pokemon, Casey's been digging into Bravely Default 2, and Perry interviews the Devs behind Cathedral!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/56482/episode-234-you-heard-it-here-first

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With all the Pokemon news, we knew there was only one person to have on the show and that person is Alex Culafi (actually he begged to be on, so we figured... sure why not?)! Casey's been working on the latest JRPG to grace the Switch with Bravely Default 2. Perry polished off Super Mario 3D World and still had time to fit in an interview with the developers of Cathedral!

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Poké Fan Alex offers his take on Pokemon Legends: Arceus and the Gen 4 remakes.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/editorial/56420/pokemons-remakepremake-strategy-shows-the-franchise-at-its-most-and-least-risky

In celebrating Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, The Pokemon Company announced two new core titles set to release on Nintendo Switch in the next year or so.

The first was a pair of remakes: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. They’re remakes of 2006’s DS titles Diamond and Pearl, scheduled to come out in “late 2021.” Should the game hit its target, that probably means sometime between very late October and very early December.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are being developed by ILCA, who also created the cloud-based Pokemon storage app Pokemon Home. This marks the first time in 25 years that a core franchise game has been led by a developer other than Game Freak. That said, Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda carries a co-directing credit alongside ILCA’s Yuichi Ueda.

The second announcement was for Pokemon Legends: Arceus, an open world RPG with action elements slated for release in early 2022. Like Diamond and Pearl, it takes place in the region of Sinnoh, but the game is set hundreds of years before its modern counterparts in a world that looks more like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild than the comparably small-in-scope DS games it’s based on. It’s a new prequel story with a new structure, and this one is developed by Game Freak.

Why am I telling you all of this stuff you probably already know? Primarily, I need to set a baseline here so I can explain exactly how weird both of these announcements are. In some respects, it’s weird in a good way. In others, it’s weird in an “I’m a bit worried” kind of way.

Take Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (which is probably already being called “BDSP” around the net). Outside of the circumstances surrounding its development—I think the idea of having multiple skilled development studios working on core Pokemon games to take some of the burden off of Game Freak is an excellent idea in theory—it’s strange because of how unexceptional of a remake it appears to be.

Unlike the new story beats, areas, gameplay styles, Pokemon forms, art direction, and/or general content additions of previous remakes (on top of gameplay modernizations), the new versions of Diamond and Pearl seem to be playing it straight. Between the chibi art style reminiscent of the original games (said style looks very strange brought up to HD) and the frequent use of phrasing like “faithfully reproduced” and “carefully preserved” on the remakes’ website, I’m expecting something akin to the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, where the focus is on HD visuals and gameplay modernizations rather than significant content additions.

I’m not expecting no new content per se, but I think the goal here is preservation and modernization—not creating a brand new game like the other remakes were. I’m hoping ILCA puts in a “classic gameplay” option that doesn’t force the Exp. Share effects and allows me to grind like I did 15 years ago, but since the last two releases didn’t even allow players to turn the feature off, my hopes aren’t high.

I could be wrong about all of this, of course. It’s all speculation, albeit speculation that I think is very reasonable.

But it’s how this announcement seemingly points to such a safe-looking remake that makes for why Pokemon Legends: Arceus is so fascinating. I already mentioned the open world structure, but it goes much further than that. There’s that far-past setting with steam-powered PokeBalls and a focus on unexplored wilderness (with no Pokemon League to speak of). There’s also the presence of three starter Pokemon from three different generations (Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott).

Then there’s the gameplay. It seems like the core Pokemon RPG battling is mostly preserved. However, everything outside of battles differs greatly from the core structure. Catching Pokemon here seems to utilize stealth mechanics and some Let’s Go-esque “throwing PokeBalls outside of a conventional weaken-and-catch structure” gameplay in at least certain cases. There’s also strafing and what looks like a dodge roll, though we haven’t seen how these new moves will be utilized.

I think there’s a lot of potential for a more open world, BOTW-inspired take on Pokemon gameplay. That said, I’m also concerned. I’m not the first to point out that footage ran at a low framerate and everything looked, to put it generously, “visually inconsistent.” However, the game isn’t coming out for a year, assuming no delays, and there’s plenty of room for the game to improve as its release approaches.

My bigger problems are with the open world. Game Freak has built some solid open areas in Sword and Shield’s expansions, but everything here looked empty. The Sinnoh we saw showed terrain and Pokemon, but no discernible landmarks outside of the town shown, and no humans beyond those playable. The trailer reminded me of the Zelda BOTW gameplay reveal at The Game Awards 2014, which had a similar level of in-development emptiness not representative of what we got. I wonder if something similar is happening here.

On a positive note, I’m so glad they’re doing something with Arceus. I’ve always felt the divine creator Pokemon was among the most underutilized in the whole series, and a story centered around it is an extremely exciting idea. This raises more questions about how the story will work and what the narrative goal will be. I wonder if catching them all will, for the first time, take true center stage in a core title.

Pokemon Legends seems extremely ambitious, which I love. But of course, my excitement is cautious. As we see in the gaming industry on what feels like a quarterly basis, unchecked ambition can sometimes result in less-than-ideal outcomes.

In summary, we’re getting two games based on Sinnoh. One is a two-version remake of Diamond and Pearl that seems to be taking very few risks and may offer little new beyond HD visuals and modern gameplay. The other is a large-scale prequel (humorously called a pre-make by Pokemon on social media) with action-RPG elements that looks more like a console Zelda game than the linear JRPG it’s based on.

I think the best way to look at these announcements is as two sides of the same coin. If you want to replay Diamond and Pearl, that’s coming. If you want something new in a familiar context, that’s (hopefully) coming soon after. Even for a franchise that likes to mix up its release structure quite often, this remake/premake concept is quite clever, and I hope it succeeds despite any (valid) concerns that may have come out of this initial showing.


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