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Podcast Discussion / Episode 334 - Barely an Hour
« on: Yesterday at 04:10:58 PM »

We got more Fire Emblem Engage plus we talk some Nontendo goodness!

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We’re back this week and better than ever. Why? No reason in particular – just feeling good about our fake little radio program.

We open up the show with more Fire Emblem Engage. Casey got it so we ended up having a pretty good discussion about it for like 20 minutes. We then pivot to the quick bites. Balex is loving Hi-Fi Rush, liking SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, and liking the Dead Space remake. Casey meanwhile has a few early thoughts on Elden Ring, and the boys talk soulslikes and wrestling for a spell.

Closing things out, Poll Time! How are you liking Fire Emblem Engage?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 333 - Fire Emblem Estranged Marriage
« on: January 26, 2023, 01:15:29 PM »

That gang's back at it again with Fire Emblem Engage impressions. Plus Vengeful Guardian Moonrider, Demon's Souls, and VR talk. We wrap up the show with ranking the 2023 slate of Nintendo games!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/62689/episode-333-fire-emblem-estranged-marriage

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OOOoooweee it's Fire Emblem Engage week, Jimmies!

That's right, a new Fire Emblem is here and both Alex and Perry played it. Pretty early thoughts so don't get your expectations too high, but we're having a pretty good time so far. Alex also played Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider, and then Casey led some talk about Demon's Souls and VR.

After the break, we go over the games currently announced for Switch in 2023 before ranking our excitement level 1-10. Some neat stuff coming out soon!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 331 - The New Bad Days
« on: January 12, 2023, 11:20:42 AM »

We got games and Jimmie awards for you this week! NeverAwake, Final Fantasy 1 Pixel Remaster, plus a series of Quick Bites and then we get into some Jimmie Nominations and Poll Time!

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Hey everybody! It's Talk Nintendo Time! We were gonna do Game of the Year (tm) stuff this week but we're a man down. As such, it's time for Alex and Perry to pick up the mantle!

A lotta, lotta games in the first half. Perry talked about a cool new shmup on eShop called NeverAwake, and also had a bunch of quick bites including Mom Hid My Game. Alex had a bunch of quick bites of his own; he talked Final Fantasy 1 Pixel Remaster, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Chained Echoes, and more!

After the break, we got two more segments for you. First, the duo came up with a few Jimmie Awards that you, the listeners, will be able to vote for on Twitter starting tomorrow. Then: Poll Results Time! What was your Nintendo Game of the Year for 2022?

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 330 - Just Give Me World Tour, Please
« on: January 05, 2023, 02:05:25 PM »

We kick off the year with an OG cast featuring a smattering of Quick Bites plus some Mystery History fun!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/62527/episode-330-just-give-me-world-tour-please

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No Balex? No thread. Them the breaks boys!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 329 - It’s Pronounced Aether
« on: December 29, 2022, 02:59:47 PM »

It's the end of the year, so that can only mean one thing. Yessir, the J-Man is here to tackle our 2023 predictions as well as a plethora of games including Sports Story, Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core and much more!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/62507/episode-329-its-pronounced-aether

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Ooooweeeeee! It’s predictions week! That can only mean one thing: It’s Michael time!

Jordan “The J-Man” “Michael” Rudek joins us for our big 2023 predictions episode. In the second half of the show, we go over our guesses for the upcoming year and see how close we got on last year’s predictions.

Before that, we got games. Games discussed include Picross X, The Outbound Ghost, Sports Story, Sail Forth, the Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core remaster, and Melatonin.

At the end of the episode, we announce our next I Demand You (which will also probably be a Thirsty Mage crossover episode)! You have to listen to the show to find out which game it is, but it’s a good un!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 328 - Game Bver
« on: December 22, 2022, 12:43:45 PM »

Happy Holidays from us to you! As per tradition, we do the ol' gift exchange. That's not all though, cause we also talk some games!

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JEEEERRRRRY CHRISTMAS! Merry Christmas to all, but especially to us because on this episode of Talk Nintendo Podcast, we’re opening presents!

Who’s getting coal, and who’s opening up a copy of Fifa 18 on the Nintendo Switch (which is more or less the same thing as opening Fifa 23 on the Nintendo Switch)? You’ll find out in the first half of the show. That’s right – no need to wait for mom to finish breakfast.

After that, GAMES!!! We got a series of quick bites for ya. Perry is loving Atari 50 and really liking Jitsu Squad. Meanwhile, Alex has continued his quest to play every Nintendo Switch game. This week, he has Front Mission 1st: Remake, Lil Gator Game, and more Chained Echoes.

Next week we got predictions with the J-Man, Jordan “Michael” Rudek, himself! Who wins and who loses??? Anyway, happy holidays!

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TalkBack / Dragon Quest Treasures (Switch) Review
« on: December 16, 2022, 11:28:07 AM »

A charming exploration JRPG where the X doesn’t quite mark the spot.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/62413/dragon-quest-treasures-switch-review

There’s something about Dragon Quest, man. I’ve only played a few of them, but even I can appreciate how cozy these bright, poppy worlds are and how good Akira Toriyama’s character designs look. In that respect, Dragon Quest Treasures delivers. But if you aren’t a dedicated Dragon Quest fan or a new player trying to experience their first Japanese role-playing game, Treasures is a tough sell.

Dragon Quest Treasures is an exploration-focused action-RPG starring Erik and his sister Mia, previously seen in Dragon Quest XI. The third-person game acts as a prequel of sorts, with the siblings being kids traveling on a raider ship that picked them up.

In the intro, Erik frees two mystical creatures – a green flying pig and a purple flying cat named Porcus and Purrsula – captive on the ship’s deck, which then transport the siblings to another world in the sky. This world, Draconia, consists of a series of floating islands shaped like two dragons. When Erik and Mia enter the new world, they are given daggers that let them talk to their companions.

Porcus and Purrsula explain that they are magical beings sent by gods to collect seven dragon stones which are in some way important to Draconia. Porcus and Purrsula task the siblings, who are hungry for adventure, with gathering the stones. The catch is that the land is full of treasure and therefore populated by competing treasure hunters. You then establish a base and, at the end of this two-hour tutorial, are sent into the world to hunt treasure and find stones.

It is at this point that you’re given access to all five of Treasures’ Pokemon Legends: Arceus-style biomes. There’s a desert one, a fire one, an ice one, a marshlands one, and a grassy plains one. You go to an open zone, find treasure buried in the ground, and dig it up by holding the A button. You locate the treasure using the help of up to three monster companions who travel with you and are able to sniff out valuables as you explore the world and complete quests.

You recruit monsters by fighting them in the wild until one wants to join you through a “scouting” process. You then have to go back to your base and give it the materials it requests (usually found in the various biomes) before it joins your team. Thankfully, there’s storage once you recruit them so you aren’t tied to only having three at any given time.

When you’re close to finding treasure, your monsters alert you and you can use your magical compass to see telepathic images from your monsters' first-person perspectives that show you exactly where the treasure is located. Treasure is not hard to find generally, and once you bring it back to base your vault gains “value” that increases your treasure hunting rank. Increasing this rank progresses the story, lets you hunt down a couple more dragon stones, and boosts your base’s facilities.  

In addition to helping you find treasure, they fight alongside you in battle and each has one of several different field skills. One skill lets you sprint for a while, one lets you glide in the air, and another lets you locate materials easier. My King Slime, for example, lets me bounce on top of it in order to reach high cliffs.

While these powers work similarly to the traversal options in this year’s Pokemon games, they are tied to quickly-depleting stamina bars. These are no good. Stamina doesn’t make Treasures better or more difficult; it just annoys me when I run for 20 seconds on the back of my Sabrecat before having to jump off and jog across the open world for another 20 seconds while it recharges.

The combat, meanwhile, occurs in extremely light action RPG encounters not unlike a watered down Xenoblade or Ni No Kuni. Your monsters approach others in the wild and fight them automatically. You can do a couple Pikmin style commands, but for the most part they’re auto battling as you control your character (you can switch between Erik or Mia while you’re at your base – there is no difference between the two mechanically).

As a sibling, you fight enemies with your dagger via single button combos but the bulk of your actions will be from afar with a catapult slingshot. The slingshot is able to fire everything from pellets to elemental attacks, buffs, debuffs, and healing items at the monsters while they do their thing. There are also screen-clearing super moves that Erik/Mia and your monsters can utilize via a meter that charges over time.

The fights don’t control poorly, but I wouldn’t call the action particularly fun either. It’s pretty easy to get through Treasures’ encounters, and by level 30 I was handily defeating monsters 10-plus levels higher than me. Every fight felt mostly the same barring a few boss battles.

It could be that this combat – and game – were built with younger players in mind, and that they will have more fun running around the world with this style of combat, but for me the battles ran well out of steam by the time I rolled credits at around 14 hours. It doesn’t help that most of the bosses are reused, whether it’s a regular monster with a long health bar or the same lion guy you see like five different times.

Similarly, I take issue with the monster selection here. Of the 75-odd monsters available to recruit, there are probably about 20 unique species with unique animations. The rest are effectively repeated, with alternate color schemes and sometimes different powers. In other words, you have the blue Slime, the pink Slime, King Slime, Queen Slime, Metal Slime, and so on, all as “distinct” monsters. The bats, knights, and so on are all the same way, making the 144 recruitable Pokemon in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity seem like an embarrassment of riches by comparison.

Another annoyance can be found with the game’s rival mechanic. After a certain point in the story, rival treasure hunting gangs will attempt to steal your treasure as you explore the open zones. They’re easy to take out, and I found that one banked super move was usually plenty. Still, these sequences would at times pop up once every few minutes, making this otherwise chill vibes game into a somewhat more annoying one. Despite its simplistic structure or perhaps because of it, I did enjoy Dragon Quest Treasures as a lighter version of the exploration gameplay seen in Arceus. Digging up treasures and getting them appraised is quite fun, in part because of the enjoyable grind and in part because the treasures are often based on characters and items in previous Dragon Quest games (think Smash Bros. trophies).

Collecting cooler monsters and finding rare materials also contributed to a mostly satisfying loop, and I’m a sucker for some fun JRPG exploration. I also like looking at the colorful cell-shaded graphics, which have plenty of Dragon Quest charm to enjoy. Thankfully, it runs well on Switch.

The story is similarly a charming and low stakes affair about two siblings going on an adventure, but don’t go into it if you want character development, high stakes, or even insight into the world of Dragon Quest XI. It’s something chill and low consequence to get you from the beginning of the game to the end of it.

It’s with these pleasant vibes where Dragon Quest Treasures finds its strength. At its best, Treasures is JRPG candy that acts either as a solid first JRPG for new players or a relaxing diversion for series fans. I just wish the game wouldn’t get in its own way so much. If Treasures had more monsters, a more thoughtful combat experience, fewer annoying interruptions, and some more bosses, Treasures would hit the Saturday morning cartoon highs of Level-5s best titles. This, unfortunately, misses the mark a bit.


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Podcast Discussion / Episode 327 - All I Can Say is WoW
« on: December 15, 2022, 02:03:07 PM »

No Casey? Thank god#. We got plenty to cover with Dragon Quest Treasures, Inscryption, River City Girls, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope AND Chained Echoes. Oh and News Talk Without Casey Gibson.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/62387/episode-327-all-i-can-say-is-wow

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Casey is off literally playing World of Warcraft, but he doesn't play video games anymore so we should let him have his fun when he can(#). No matter, because Jerry and Balex are on the case with a two man show about games, games and more games!

Alex has four games for us this week. He tells us all about Dragon Quest Treasures, Chained Echoes (don't sleep on this one), Inscryption's new Switch port, and River City Girls 2. Perry, meanwhile, has been playing Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. A little deeper in, he's lovin it!

After the break, we have The News With Casey Gibson (ironic...), which features headlines from The Game Awards including that weird Bayonetta thing, Final Fantasy remasters coming to Switch, and why Yuji Naka can't get a break.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 326 - Fat Rolling
« on: December 08, 2022, 02:29:34 PM »

The boys are at it with Papetura, Portal and Portal 2, Black Mesa, and some early Sparks of Hope impressions. Plus we got Poll time and some good ol fashioned Listener Mail!

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We got a shorter one this week. Just chilling, kind of between big games/news things happening (Call of Duty stuff and Yuji Naka getting re-arrested happened mere hours after we finished recording). Anyway, let’s see what we got for ya!

We start with Perry’s thoughts on Papetura, an adventure game newly released on Switch with GORGEOUS stop motion-y papercraft visuals. We then jump to Alex, who gives a smattering of thoughts on Portal, Portal 2, and Black Mesa. We then jump back to Perry, who really likes Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. We close the show on a Poll Time (open prompt) about backlogs and a fun game submitted to us by a listener.

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 325 - Does PayPal Work?
« on: December 01, 2022, 03:08:56 PM »

The gang is back together! We got a full crew and a full slate of quick bites. We go a bit more in depth with Sonic Frontiers and Arcade Paradise plus Jerruh hits us with a Number Trivia!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/62279/episode-325-does-paypal-work

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Casey is back after WEEKS of excuses(#), so all three boys are here to discuss games, games, and more games!

Perry brings us some quick bites in the form of Mario Party, Kukoos: Lost Pets, and Rogue Legacy 2. Casey, meanwhile, talks to us about Persona 5 Royal, and Alex brings to the table Sonic Frontiers, Arcade Paradise, and Wobbledogs.

But that's not all, jimbos and jimbettes! Perry surprised us with Number Trivia all about the Pokemon series. Look forward to Alex, unprompted, saying how many Pokemon were introduced each generation, from memory (he -- I -- forgot Gen 4; I think it's like 110-120?).

We close on a Bayonetta 3 Poll Time and the briefest discussion about the new Mario Bros. Movie trailer. Good stuff!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 324 - Disrespectfully Disagree
« on: November 24, 2022, 04:30:21 PM »

Jerruh and Balex back at it again with Yoshi's Crafted World, Kirby Star Allies, McPixel and some Pokemon Violet!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/62219/episode-324-disrespectfully-disagree

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Another week and that Jim Broni misses another week! But no worries, Jerruh and Balex get down to business with a plethora of games for you on this Thanksgiving week!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 323 - Full Financial Might
« on: November 17, 2022, 01:57:57 PM »

Games... too many games! We fit Bayonetta 3, Yoshi's Crafted World, Shatter Remastered, Atari 50, Run Box Run, Lunistice, and Rogue Legacy 2 all into just over an hour of Talk Nintendo goodness.

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We're down a Casey this week, but worry not because Alex and Perry are here to talk about SEVEN, yes SEVEN games over the next hour.

They are, in order of appearance: Bayonetta 3 (Alex), Yoshi's Crafted World (Perry), Shatter Remastered (Perry), Atari 50 (Alex), Run Box Run (Perry), Lunistice (Perry), and Rogue Legacy 2 (Alex). We also have some random chats around the margins like the state of Sonic the Hedgehog and The Game Awards nominees being announced. Dense show this week!

Also, no stinger this week so don't even bother checking (Alex).

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 321 - Four Nights at Freddy's
« on: November 03, 2022, 03:51:59 PM »

Classic Cast Alert! The OG boys talk Bayonetta 3, Persona 5 Royal, Grapple Dog, and some of your listener mail!!

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Jerruh and Carseat classic episode here for your enjoyment. We talk some new hotness with the likes of Bayonetta 3 and Persona 5 Royal. Plus Jerruh gives us the downlow on the wonderfully looking Grapple Dog. Then we wrap it up with listener mail from the homies!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 320 - Because It Was Thursday
« on: October 27, 2022, 03:23:21 PM »

We got the full crew, if only for a little while! We get into some quick hits of Nier Automata and Sophstar as well as some meater discussions on Mario and Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Persona 5 Royal and everyone's favorite, Call of Duty.

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Casey is back and it looks like we have a full show...but Perry left 20 minutes in to be a good hubby. LOL.

Alex got Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, so we spent about 20 minutes breaking it down for you. Seems like it's a great sequel but some folks will still prefer the first game. We also got bites big and small in the form of Nier: Automata, Sophstar, Persona 5 Royal, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare/Modern Warfare II (the new ones). We close on some Listener Mail and Dunkin Donuts talk.

Radio Trivia crossover next week woop woop!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 319 - Babynetta
« on: October 20, 2022, 05:19:23 PM »

No Casey? No problem, we got Josh#. We get into a whole bunch of games starting with Atari Mania and get into Tunic, Pilotwings 64, Scorn, and A Plague Tale before wrapping it up with a good ol' fashioned Poll Results Time!

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Casey is out this week so our buddy Josh bravely stepped in to fill his shoes. On the docket, a lot of what we've been playing!

At the front of the show, we talk about propane grilling and Mike Judge media (could you expect anything else from the Propane Maniacs???). After about 20 minutes we enter the bulk of the show: the games.

We start out with Atari Mania, an interesting-but-flawed take on WarioWare using old Atari games. Josh then tells us about Tunic, that cool action-puzzly-Zelda-y game that just dropped on Switch. Perry gives us some quick bites (A-HUM) RE: Pilotwings 64 and Nier A Tomato, and Alex closes us out on Scorn and A Plague Tale: Innocence (plus some early thoughts on its sequel, which came out this week!).

We close on a hype check Poll Results Time for the Mario + Rabbids sequel dropping this week.

Next week: Radio Trivia annual crossover! Wooooooooooooooooo!

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Podcast Discussion / Episode 318 - The Honeymoon is Over
« on: October 13, 2022, 03:14:27 PM »

The gangs back together and with it is a brand new baby, but don't worry he's still his normal game playing self. We got Nier Automata, Cuphead DLC, a bunch of Devolver Demos plus our Mario Movie trailer impressions!

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Balex is back this week -- now a husband -- but we could only afford to give him a week off because the video game train never stops. Choo choo!

After some wedding talk, Perry gives some initial thoughts of NieR: Automata on Switch. Sounds like it's a pretty good port! Alex then talks about two Devolver Digital demos on Steam: Gunbrella and Stick it to the Stickman. Casey closes out game talk with that Cuphead DLC.

After that, we talk about the The Super Mario Bros. Movie movie trailer. Good voices, we think! We also talk about the absence of Charles Martinet and Alex goes off on a mini-tangent. We close on Poll Time: What's a perfect video game?

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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!

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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!!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/61379/episode-312-joshs-voicemail

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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!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/61321/episode-311-spider-offseer

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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!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/61274/episode-310-splatoon-one-point-two

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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!

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/talknintendo/61194/episode-309-the-guy-with-the-gall

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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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