Rank #1: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 95: 'Mario Kart 8' and our favorite parts of 'Breath of the Wild'
Now that our time with Breath of the Wild is finally coming to a close, this week Tim and Patrick are joined by Game Boys podcast co-host Ryan Kapioski to talk about our favorite characters, weapons, shrines, and a whole lot more. What costumes did we run around in and freak out villagers with? Who was Hyrule's weirdest resident? And why did Tim have a secret pining for a certain Sheikah? Tune in to find out!
Before that, however, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe releasing this week, the guys discuss if the additional modes and the Switch's portability are enough to warrant a full-price purchase of a game we all (mostly) loved on our late Wii U's. What do you think? Will you be racing at a rooftop party with your joy-cons? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for listening!
Apr 28 2017
Rank #2: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #183: 'Luigi's Mansion 3' and Competing for the Future
There’s a little bit of the past, some more of the present, and a whole lot of the future in this week’s episode of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast. Things kick off as Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined by Zack Rezac to hear his thoughts on Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. How does Playtonic’s side-scrolling sequel to their fun but flawed 3D platformer outshine its predecessor? After that, Patrick let’s the guys in on how much he’s been enjoying the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion 3 so far. He can’t go into details just yet, but let’s just say that things are looking good.
For the main segment, the crew looks at gaming’s near future, with new consoles looming in the coming year. How can Nintendo maintain momentum for the Switch in the face of two powerhouses and the rising tide of subscription-based services like Apple Arcade? The Switch has a lot of outstanding things going for it, not the least of which is one of the best libraries out there, but its steep price and barebones online service might warrant some adjustments. Or maybe they just need to keep on keepin’ on? The guys debate the best strategies, and look forward to seeing how Nintendo handles it.
Finally, the last segment features Rick’s review of Return of the Obra Din, a detective-puzzle game recently released on Switch. This title looks to be right up the alley of players who love a good head-scratcher, but those not into paying attention to minute clues may want to steer clear. Also, Zack gives his thoughts on the twisted roguelike Dark Devotion, also recently released on Switch. For all this and more, have a listen!
LFXIV – NXpress IntroNintendosage: Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair and Luigi's Mansion 3Luigi's Mansion 3 SoundtrackMain Event: What is the future of Nintendo?Luigi's Mansion 3 soundtrackBonus Content: 'Return of the Obra Dinn' and 'Dark Devotion'Return of the Obra Dinn Soundtrack
Oct 24 2019
Rank #3: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #131: ‘Bayonetta 2’ and our Hopes and Dreams for E3 2018
This week on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, Zack Rezak steps in to help Tim and Rick review the action-adventure hack 'n' slash masterpiece Bayonetta 2, developed by PlatinumGames. That's right, we are calling it a masterpiece so be prepared to hear the boys gush about the gorgeous visuals, the intricate battles, the epic set pieces, the bombastic soundtrack, the unimaginable weapons, and of course, Bayonetta herself – one of the most powerful and empowered characters to ever grace a video game. Before all that, we discuss our hopes and dreams for E3 2018. Will Nintendo reveal a new installment in the Luigi's Mansion series? Will we see footage of Metroid Prime 4? Will Nintendo unveil a brand new IP? Will Wario get his own game on the Nintendo Switch?
But first, Rick, Tim, and Zack discuss what they've been playing lately. Zack's completed all of Kirby Star Allies yet despite the amount of time he spent playing the game, he isn't the biggest fan. He shares his thoughts on why he feels Kirby Star Allies was a disappointment and why he also feels The Secret of Mana is severely overrated. Tim, on the other hand, has been enjoying Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and finally found time to finish the main story. He's also been spending more time with Slayaway Camp and other Switch titles. Meanwhile, Ricky somehow turns a Nintendo podcast into a discussion about two games not released on a Nintendo console: A Way Out, the action-adventure game developed by Hazelight Studios and Far Cary 5, the latest entry in Ubisoft's hit series which is set in the fictional Hope County, Montana, where a preacher named Joseph Seed (portrayed by Greg Bryk) has risen to prominence and formed his very own cult. All this and more!
May 05 2018
Rank #4: Best Video Game Soundtracks 2019
It’s that time once again in which I bring to you my awesome mixtape featuring the best tracks from the best video game soundtracks of the year. Last year, my mixtape featured tracks from Triple-A titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and indie darlings like Celeste. In 2017, my picks for best soundtracks included tracks from some of my favorite games including Cuphead, Breath of the Wild and Into the Woods, to name just a few. Well, 2019 has been another banner year for the industry and as always, the games were blessed with an astounding selection of musical scores— some would argue the soundtracks were even better than the actual games at times. As always, it wasn’t easy deciding which songs to include and what to leave out— and as always, I’ve also mixed in some audio clips from various cut scenes while trying to keep it spoiler-free. Feel free to share this link and let me know if you think I’ve missed any great soundtracks in the comments below.Best Video Game Soundtracks 2019 Playlist
Death Stranding clipDeath Stranding: Low Roar – “I’ll Keep Coming”Life Is Strange 2 clipLife is Strange 2: Seyr – “Colour To Colour”Life is Strange 2: Jonathan Morali – “Into the Woods”Life Is Strange 2 clipSayonara Wild Hearts: Daniel Olsen – “Sayonara Wild Heart”Sayonara Wild Hearts: Daniel Olsen – “Wild Hearts Never Die”Death Stranding: CHVRCHES – “Death Stranding”Afterparty clipUntitled Goose Game – Dan Golding – “Title and Credits”Afterparty: scntfc – “Hades Gonna Hate”Afterparty: scntfc – “Schoolyard Strangler”Untitled Goose Game – Dan Golding – “The Garden”Octopath Traveler: Yasunori Nishiki – Main ThemeOctopath Traveler: Yasunori Nishiki – Cyrus the ScholarKingdom Hearts 3 clipFire Emblem Three Houses clipFire Emblem Three Houses: Yuka Tsujiyoko, Hirokazu Tanaka – “Main Theme”Fire Emblem Three Houses: Yuka Tsujiyoko, Hirokazu Tanaka – “Blue Skies and a Battle”Devil May Cry 5 clipDevil May Cry 5: Kota Suzuki – “Urizen Boss Battle Music”Untitled Goose Game – Dan Golding – “The Garden”FAR: Lone Sails: Joel Schoch – “Colored Engine”Days Gone: Nathan Whitehead— “Soldier’s Eye”Death Stranding: Low Roar – “Easy Way Out”Death Stranding clipDeath Stranding: Low Roar – “Easy Way Out”Metro Exodus: Alexey Omelchuk – “Main Theme”Resident Evil 2 Remake clipResident Evil 2 Remake: Masami Ueda, Shusaku Uchiyama, Shun Nishigaki – “Mr.X Theme Music (T-103)”Sayonara Wild Hearts: Daniel Olsen – “Begin Again”Life is Strange 2: Lincoln Grounds, Pat Reyford – “Morning Good Morning”Life is Strange 2: Sufjan Stevens – “Death With Dignity”Luigi’s Mansion 3 clipLuigi’s Mansion 3: Koji Kondo – “Main Theme”Ape Out: Matt Boch – “Intro”Deltarune: Toby Fox – “Field of Hopes and Dreams”Return of the Obra Dinn: Lucas Pope – “Loose Cargo”“Star Wars: Imperial March” Hip Hop RemixStar Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: John Williams and the London Symphony OrchestraDeath Stranding: Silent Poets – “Asylum for The Feeling”Catherine: Full Body: Shoji Meguro – “Tomorrow”The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening: Koji Kondo – “Marin’s Ballad of the Windfish”Metro Exodus – Alexey Omelchuk: “Teardrops”Sekiro: Yuka Kitamura – “Ashina Reservoir”Return of the Obra Dinn: Lucas Pope – “The Doom”Medley: Eye of Death / Wild Hearts Never Die / Dragon Heart / Clair De Lune
Nov 18 2019
Rank #5: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 118: ‘Xenoblade Chronicles 2’ and ‘BOTW: Champion’s Ballad’
This week on the Nintendo NXpress Podcast, we discuss Xenoblade Chronicles 2. While it is a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles, it features a new world and cast of characters including the protagonist Rex and his new friend Pyra, who are searching the world for Elysium, the ultimate paradise for humanity. Joining us to discuss this massive JRPG is Goomba Stomp's anime Editor, Harry Morris. We also take some time to talk about the Video Game Awards, and at the end of the show, Patrick, Ricky and Tim get into a long debate about Breath of the Wild's latest DLC pack, "The Champion's Ballad". All this and more!
Dec 13 2017
Rank #6: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #145: ‘Dragon Ball Fighterz,’ ‘Super Mario Party’ and the Switch 2.0
This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Marty Allen joins us to discuss his new book, Retro Games, which celebrates some of the most influential video games released on the NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, and original Playstation. In addition, Ricky and Tim discuss Dragon Ball Fighterz, the fast-paced 3v3 tag-team fighting game, and Joggernauts, the highly-anticipated auto-runner couch co-op party game from Space Mace and published by Grafitti Games. Meanwhile, Marty gives his first impressions of Super Mario Party and Patrick talks about his time with Dust: An Elysian Tail, the hit action role-playing video game designed and programmed entirely by Dean Dodrill, a self-taught illustrator, and animator. In the main event, the gang discusses a possible Switch 2.0 and what they think Nintendo can change and add and what they hope Nintendo actually does to improve the hardware. All this and more
Oct 13 2018
Rank #7: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #154: Most Anticipated Nintendo Switch Games and Yearly Predictions of 2019
This week on the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, Goomba Stomp writer Kyle Rentschler joins us to discuss an article he recently published listing his month-by-month predictions of what Nintendo could be releasing throughout 2019. His list is separated into three parts: Main Attraction (announced or rumored big thing that will definitely happen), Backup (announced or rumored smaller things that will definitely happen), and Wild Card (an unannounced thing of varying size that may not but probably still will definitely happen). We go through his list and decide which of these predictions is likely to happen and which are most unlikely. Before all that, Ricky reviews Catastronauts, a sci-fi party game from Inertia Game Studios that drops teams of players in a fight for survival against alien adventures. Meanwhile, Patrick reviews Iconoclasts, a game seven years in the making by developer Joakim Sandberg. All this and more.
Jan 11 2019
Rank #8: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 132: PAX East and the Best Console Peripherals
Regardless whether your Spring has arrived (screw you, Minnesota), video game convention season is warming up. This week the guys talk with Goomba Stomp writer Matthew Ponthier about his time at PAX East out in Boston. He gives a good rundown of some of the best indie titles at the show, as well as an idea of what it's like to attend the event for the first time — including meeting some childhood inspirations!
In the second segment the NXpress crew prepares for the Labo invasion by remembering some of our favorite Nintendo console peripherals. Think cardboard pianos are weird? Maybe you never heard that Nintendo once made games that used bongo drums as a controller. Or used a friendly robot to sell systems to parents wary of video games after the big industry bust. Strangest of all may be Rick recounting his time spent with Baby and Me's bizarre doll accessory. Ever wanted to simulate rocking a creepy child asleep with the assistance of Wii remote motion control? You're in luck. For all this and more, have a listen!
May 19 2018
Rank #9: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #153: Best Nintendo Switch Games 2018
It's a full house this week with not one, not two— but three guests joining Rick and Patrick to discuss the best Nintendo Switch games of 2018. It’s the last episode of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast for the year and we discuss fifteen of the best games released on Switch this year including Celeste, Yoku’s Island Express, Iconoclasts, Pokemon Let’s Go, The Messenger, Into the Breach, Wandersong, and Dead Cells. In addition, we set aside some time to review Gris, the indie adventure-platformer developed by Nomada Studio that has been getting rave reviews since its release. Closing the show is a follow-up review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In between us reviewing all of these games we also discuss Nintendo’s success of the past twelve months and whether or not the Big N had a good year.
Dec 23 2018
Rank #10: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #148: The Final 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Nintendo Direct Discussion
This week on the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, Goomba Stomp's Indie Games Editor Katrina Lind joins us to discuss the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct. New fighters, modes, gameplay features, and DLC are just a few things highlighted in the comprehensive video presentation. The gang is all here and we're ready to give you our thoughts about the incentive for fans to pre-purchase the digital version of the game, the new single-player mode and so much more. In addition to all the Smash Bros. news, we also set aside some time to talk about Super Mario Party, Overcooked 2, Bastion and more.
Nov 03 2018
Rank #11: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 119: Best of Nintendo 2017 plus ‘Donkey Kong Country Returns’
his week on the Nintendo NXpress Podcast, Goomba Stomp’s Managing Editor Mike Worby joins us to discuss our list of the 200 Best Nintendo Games and help us review Donkey Kong Country Returns, a game that he considers one of the three best platformers ever made. In addition, we also hand out our 2017 awards for Best Game, Best Soundtrack, Best Art Direction, Best Narrative, Best Nindie, Best Multiplayer, Best Mobile Game, and so much more!
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Dec 25 2017
Rank #12: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 137: ‘Mario Tennis Aces,’ ‘Hollow Knight,’ ‘Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon’ and ‘Figment’
This week on the NXpress Nintendo podcast, Goomba Stomp writers Maxwell N and Marty Allen join Patrick Murphy and Ricky D to review a slew of games including Mario Tennis Aces (developed by Camelot Software) and Hollow Knight, the Metroidvania indie game (developed and published by Australian studio Team Cherry) that everyone is raving about. Also on the menu is a discussion on Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, the Castlevania-inspired indie brought to you by game creator Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates as well as Figment, an action-adventure game that invites you to explore a unique surreal universe filled with music, humor, and a multi-layered narrative. And somewhere between all that we also take some time to talk about the latest DLC for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle featuring the one and only, Donkey Kong and the longevity of Nintendo LABO. All this and more!
Jul 24 2018
Rank #13: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 99: Live from E3 2017 (Part One)
After taking a week off, the NXpress crew is back with their impressions of Nintendo’s E3 2017 digital event and this year most of us are on the show floor to also give our hands-on impressions of Super Mario Odyssey, FIFA 18 , Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Fire Emblem Warriors and more. We also discuss the reveal of Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns, a modern reimagining of the 1991 Game Boy adventure Metroid II: Return of Samus. All this and more.
Jun 01 2017
Rank #14: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 120: Was 2017 Nintendo’s Best Year?
On the very last NXpress Nintendo Podcast episode of 2017, the crew looks back at Nintendo's hugely successful year and debates if this was indeed the best year Nintendo has ever had. We look back at Nintendo's financial success, the number of games released, the hardware, the quality, the quantity and so much more. In addition, Ricky reviews three new indie games released on the Switch starting with Overcooked, a super fun cooking simulation game developed by Ghost Town Games and published by Team17, as well as Brawlout, a 2D brawler that shares a lot in common with Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series – and finally the breakdancing rhythm game Floor Kids, a labour of love from Montreal-based duo JonJon and DJ Kid Koala. Joining us this week is Nintendo Editor, James Baker.
Dec 27 2017
Rank #15: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 144: 'Into the Breach,' The Switch Online Service, 'Minit' and Animal Crossing
After months of waiting, Nintendo has finally debuted their Nintendo Switch online service which comes with a new retro gaming offering in the NES app. This week, Marty Allen joins us to discuss the pros and cons of this new service. Before all that, we touch on a few indie games we haven’t yet had time to talk about on the podcast including Into the Breach, a turn-based strategy game which just so happens to be one of the best-reviewed games of 2018, and Minit, a really clever indie title consisting of sixty-second rounds in which the player attempts to uncover mysteries and lift a curse. Meanwhile, Rick and Marty go back and forth with their love and hate relationship with Dead Cells. Finally, ending the show is a twenty-minute discussion on what we want to see improved, added and updated in the new Animal Crossing game set for release on the Switch in 2019. All this and more!
Sep 20 2018
Rank #16: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #155: 'Travis Strikes Again,' Super Mario Party' and 'Super Mario Bros. Deluxe'
This week on the first segment of the NXpress Nintendo Switch Podcast, we discuss Super Mario Party, developed by NDcube and Mario's latest Mushroom Kingdom journey, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, a Wii U title port that has been topping the video game sales chart. After that Patrick chimes in on his impressions of Travis Strikes Again and Hollow Knight. In the main event, the gang discusses what games they want to see ported from the Wii U to the Nintendo Switch. All this and more.
Jan 25 2019
Rank #17: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 96: Kirby's 25 Year Anniversary and 'DuckTales Remastered'
This week in our main event we review WayForward’s HD remake of Capcom’s classic NES platformer DuckTales. Released twenty years after the last episode of the cartoon aired we discuss whether or not the NES’ classic stands the test of time. Before we get to Scrooge McDuck we look back at 25 years of Kirby and pitch some ideas as to what Nintendo can do with the series moving forward. All this and more.
May 04 2017
Rank #18: NXpress Nintendo Podcast #156: A Look Back at 'Resident Evil 2,' the Nintendo Direct, and 'Reverie'
Despite the Resident Evil 2 remake not appearing on the Switch (boo), we still find plenty to talk about this week when it comes to the legacy of one of the greatest survival horror titles ever made. Rick and Patrick are joined this week by Goomba Stomp's RE franchise expert Mike Worby to remember Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield's grotesque and terrifying experience in the Raccoon City Police Station, shooting zombies, running away from lickers, and getting scared out of our seats the first time Mr. X crashed through a wall. Along the way, we ask all the important questions: which scenario has the better story? What makes this setting so much better than the Spencer Mansion? Is William Birkin a psychopathic mad scientist bent on revenge, or a tragic figure at the mercy of his own creation? We get involved, people.
Before that, however, Goomba Stomp's Izsak Barnette joins the fellas to pore over all the major announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct. It was a big one, with some pretty welcome surprises! We go down the list, discussing our favorites and generally just being happy to be Switch owners. To round things out, Rick and Patrick also give a review of Reverie, a small Zelda-like game that takes place in a fictional New Zealand island setting. Did we get to meet some kiwis? For all this and more on the Nintendo Switch Podcast, have a listen!
Feb 16 2019
Rank #19: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 123: Switch’s Stellar Sales and the Cardboard Craziness of Labo
Just in case anyone thought 2018 was going to be a normal year for the Big N, they followed up their Mini Direct by dropping a surprise trailer last week for one of their most bonkers (and possibly brilliant) ideas yet. The company that created software to be played using robots and bongo drums has now moved on to cardboard. Magic cardboard apparently, as we have yet to find out exactly how it works, but cardboard nonetheless. It seems no one can box Nintendo in, and this week Rick, Tim, and Patrick discuss the merits of Labo. How does it work? Will kids really be into it? And how on earth is it pronounced?
Before that, the crew pores over Rick's in-depth article detailing some of the reasons the Switch has been so successful. From the mysterious introduction in an investors meeting to a Super Bowl commercial seen by hundreds of millions, there are a ton of reasons this console has moved more units its first year than any other North American release, and we dissect a few of the bigger ones. Before that, the guys talk about what they've been playing recently, including Darkest Dungeon, more of a certain game with Rabbids, and various backlog mopping up. For all this and more, have a listen.
Jan 25 2018
Rank #20: NXpress Nintendo Podcast 128: ‘Mulaka’ Interview and Debating the ‘Super Smash’ Switch Roster
Mulaka has already found its way to being one of our favorite titles on the Switch, and this week Rick, Patrick, and Nintendo Editor James Baker sit down with Adolfo Aguirre of Lienzo to talk about the game's inspiration, development, and what's to come for this adventure based on the Tarahumara people of Northern Mexico. Just how much of the story, locations, and minor details are based on real-world lore? What are the difficulties presented to a small development team in a region not normally known for producing video games? And what do modern Tarahumara think of their portrayal? It's an interview full of rich history and the fulfillment of video game dreams, a must for those hoping to pursue their own creative ambitions.
Before all that, however, the guys talk a bit more about the surprising Smash Bros. reveal for the Switch. They analyze a fuzzy trailer still to death, then pick some characters they'd like to finally see battle it out with Nintendo's superstars. For all this and more, have a listen!
Mar 13 2018