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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #176: ‘Three Houses’ Wrap-up, ‘The Sinking City,’ and Indie World

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From a packed house to a nearly empty one, this week sees Tim and Patrick carrying the gaming torch on their own, as they deliver finalized reviews of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and The Sinking City, as well as thoughts on the latest Nintendo indie showcase.

So, after 90-odd hours of battle, drama, comedy, tea time, fishing, lost-and-found, and vigorous recruitment, does Three Houses hold up all the way through to the end — or even beyond? Seeing as how Patrick basically hasn’t been able to put it down since he first picked it up, the short answer is probably yes. However, the guys go into more detail (though spoiler-free), discussing the gameplay differences between pre- and post-time skip, the difficulty for newcomers to the series, and whether it’s worth starting over to play other houses.

After that, we go through some of the bigger titles spotlighted in Nintendo’s Indie World, pick our standouts, and talk about how important it is for indie games to differentiate themselves from the growing mob of titles. Last, Tim reviews The Sinking City, a Lovecraftian detective story involving ancient gods in an atmospheric urban setting. Will fans of the author get more out of this? How do the puzzles work, and are they effective at making the player feel like they’ve solved a mystery? For all this and more, have a listen!

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LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Catching up on Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses clip
Main Event: Indie World discussion
The Sinking City cutscene
Bonus Content: The Sinking City review
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Soundtrack

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The NXpress is a weekly podcast hosted at NXpresspodcast.com in which we discuss all things Nintendo. We stay clear from in-depth game strategies and keep things light. There’s plenty of nostalgia and feedback that will resonate with vintage game collectors; meanwhile modern games are sprinkled in and each week our show revolves around a central theme.

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #184: ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ and ‘Afterparty’

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The NXpress Nintendo Podcast will be losing one of its hosts for the next month or so, but before Rick uses his vacation time from the show, he gives a full rundown Oxenfree developer Night School Studios’ latest title, Afterparty. Apparently, anyone not scared of a little hellish drinking should have a blast trying to booze their way out of the afterlife by beating demons at beer pong. While it hasn’t released quite yet for the Switch, hopefully, more information will be revealed soon.

In the main segment, Tim and Patrick are left all by themselves to deliver a full review of Luigi’s latest spookfest, Luigi’s Mansion 3. Did Patrick’s first impressions hold up? Absolutely. Without spoiling anything, the guys go over the many reasons they believe that this is the richest, most detailed, most puzzle-packed entry in the ghost-busting franchise. While there are those who may miss the haunted mansion, we’re up for an extended stay at this creepy hotel. Nintendo is entering the stretch run for their 2019 releases, but so far it definitely seems like they’ve saved one of the best for (almost) last.

Finally, the last segment finds Tim and Patrick musing on some of their favorite co-op puzzle games of recent years. It’s not a genre with an overwhelming amount of entries, but there are still some real gems that may have been overlooked. For all this and more, have a listen!

 

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LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Afterparty Review
Afterparty Trailer
Main Event: Luigi’s Mansion 3 Review
Luigi’s Mansion 3 soundtrack
Bonus Content: Discussing puzzle games on the Switch
Luigi’s Mansion 3 soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #183: ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ and Competing for the Future

Plus ‘Return of the Obra Din,’ ‘Yooka Laylee’ and ‘Dark Devotion’

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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!

Playlist

LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair and Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Soundtrack
Main Event: What is the future of Nintendo?
Luigi’s Mansion 3 soundtrack
Bonus Content: ‘Return of the Obra Dinn’ and ‘Dark Devotion’
Return of the Obra Dinn Soundtrack

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NXpress Nintendo Podcast #182: ‘Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince’ and ‘Untitled Goose Game’

Plus ‘A Knight’s Quest’ and Pokemon News

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Another big Nintendo podcast this week, as Rick, Tim, and Patrick are joined once again by Goomba Stomp writer Campbell Gill to tackle a slew of indie games, as well as get some further Pokemon education from our resident expert about the recent news. Things kick off with an overdue (and tangential) 5 Questions, but soon the guys get down to business. For the first segment, Rick pushes back a tiny bit on the acclaim for Untitled Goose Game, noting that while it’s fun to be a jerk, perhaps controlling a goose isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Next up is the epic A Knight’s Quest, a 3D adventure platformer that Patrick admires for its ambition, but is less enthusiastic about when it comes to execution.

After that, Campbell fills the guys in on Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, a welcome return to form for the fairy tale franchise that is not only fun to play alone, but even more so with a group. Sure, the puzzles may make you feel stupid at times, but the gorgeous visuals and clever concepts should dull the blow.

Last up is the latest news about Pokemon Sword & Shield from our resident Pokemon guru, Tim Maison. Did anything of value come out of the recent 24-hour streaming event? What’s a Ponyta? And why is everyone so upset about trees? Tim tries to answer these and many other questions while looking forward to the game’s nearing release. For all this and more, have a listen!

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LFXIV – NXpress Intro
Nintendosage: Untitled Goose Game and A Knight’s Quest
Untitled Goose Game  Soundtrack
Main Event: Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince Review
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince soundtrack
Bonus Content: Catching up on Pokemon news
Untitled Goose Game  Soundtrack

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