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Nintendo Duel Screens 101 – Kickin’ It | Guest Host: Jonah Wallerstein | KungFu Kickball

We kick back with Jonah Wallerstein and talk about his ballsy fighting sports game KungFu Kickball! Speaking about balls, Nintendo unleashes a Pokemon Press Conference that no one asked for, and it has no effect! (speak for yourself, Andy!) Mario Maker 2 builds up its pre-release hype by laying out its multiplayer online features…and collapses on itself faster than you can say ‘Oh No!’ And finally, The Hype Zone reminds us of the evil that men do. This is Nintendo Duel Screens: Episode 101!

 

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Nintendo Duel Screens 85 – When it Rains…

It’s raining men…and a woman! We are super thrilled to welcome indie game dev VIDEOCULT, seriously the entire team is here…kinda to talk about the super stylized and super challenging Rain World. Xbox Live is coming to the Switch…cause who wants to buy an Xbox anyway. Mega Man is making some mega-sales for Capcom. And finally, The Hype Zone is a shot through the heart, and Waluigi is to blame. This is Nintendo Duel Screens: Episode 85!

 

 

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Nintendo Duel Screens 69 – Super Mario Party Review

WE REVIEW A GAME! Remember when we used to do that…cause we sure as hell don’t. We got updates on some of our most hotly anticipated games of 2019. Nintendo explains why Pokemon Rivals are no longer jerks. And lastly, Ubisoft is really, REALLY eager to make use of Nintendo’s IPs… All this and more on Nintendo Duel Screens: Episode 69.

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Nintendo Duel Screens 68 – The Hyper Funk Zone | Special Guest Greg Johnson | ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove

We get our groove on as Greg Johnson, co-creator of ToeJam & Earl, takes us on funk-a-delic journey nearly 30 years in the making. Nintendo’s latest mobile game is already making big bucks…surprisingly. And finally, The Hype Zone leaves us with egg on our faces…

 

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Jotun: Valhalla Edition Announced for Nintendo Switch – Coming April 27th

Jotun: Valhalla Edition Thunders onto the Nintendo Switch™ System on April 27th.

 

Critically acclaimed indie darling Jotun is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Jotun: Valhalla Edition on April 27th, 2018. See the press release below:

Montreal, Canada – April 13, 2018 – Thunder Lotus Games has announced that Jotun: Valhalla Edition will launch worldwide on the Nintendo Switch™ system on April 27, 2018. In preparation for release of its hand-drawn Viking game on the popular system, Thunder Lotus has remastered Jotun’s graphics for Nintendo Switch™ and optimized its action-exploration gameplay for the console’s handheld mode. The developer is confident the upgrades will help draw new players to the award-winning game, which recently surpassed the one million player milestone.   

Jotun: Valhalla Edition for the Nintendo Switch™ will be pre-purchasable as of April 13th on the Nintendo eShop in North and South America, as of April 18th in Europe, and April 19th in Japan. The launch trailer can be viewed at [link].

Thunder Lotus’ debut production earned high praise from press and players alike for its gorgeous visuals and challenging gameplay upon its release on PC (2015) and consoles (2016). The developer is proud to confirm that Jotun has welcomed over 1 million players into its hand-drawn norse-inspired world since its initial launch.

Those that had enjoyed the game on Wii U™, especially, will notice an evident graphical upgrade in the new release. Subtler, but no less crucial, are the gameplay tweaks implemented by the developer to allow for a seamless experience on the Nintendo Switch™ console’s handheld mode. This prompted the company head to (somewhat wistfully) note that Jotun’s arrival on Nintendo Switch™ marks the first time a Thunder Lotus production is fully untethered from a dedicated TV screen or monitor.

“Playing a Thunder Lotus game on a handheld console brings me way back,” said Will Dubé, President of Thunder Lotus Games in a prepared statement. “One of my earliest gaming memories is passing the Game Boy back and forth with my brothers during road trips. I hope we can create similarly epic memories for new Vikings across the world!”

 

PG Thoughts: This announcement further cements the notion that the Nintendo Switch is becoming the go to platform for indie titles. The enormity of this game’s previous success is surely to continue to grow on the Switch. Look forward to our review soon. 

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Nintendo Duel Screens 34 – The Bloodstained Interview

In May of 2015, Koji Iragashi launched a campaign to create a spiritual successor to the iconic and much beloved Castlevania franchise – a series which Iragashi had worked on since the groundbreaking Symohony of the Night. The result was Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a game which remains as one of 2018 most hotly anticipated releases.

505 Games was gracious enough to have its Global Brand Manager Roberto Piraino appear on NDS Podcast to discuss all things Ritual of the Night, and even get in on some Retro Game Club fun. So prepares yourselves, listeners, for the night is long…and full of bad jokes. But enough talk – have at you!

 


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The Potential Dangers of the Ever-Growing Nintendo Switch Indie Scene

When it comes to quality, indie game titles can be something of a mixed bag (am looking at you, Troll and I). But when it comes to the Nintendo Switch, however, it’s hard to deny the incredible amount of high-quality titles that have been overrunning the platform as of late. It started off with Golf Story – a title which charmed the pants off of me. And now, the critically acclaimed likes of Cat Quest, Night in the Woods, Dandara, Gonner, Owlboy, Super Meat Boy, Celeste, Enter the Gungeon, and countless others like it, can be found on the eShop.

It comes as no surprise as Nintendo went out of its way to create the Nindies, a showcase event meant to highlight indie titles headed to the Switch. But with an ever-expanding library of quality indie games coming to the Switch, could Nintendo become suddenly inundated with titles that are less than award-worthy, and perhaps even garbage-tier?  As more developers may look to cash-in on the Switch’s massive success, is a rush of sub-par content imminent on Nintendo’s darling portable-console hybrid?

When Sony announced the Playstation 4, it was done so alongside a huge emphasis on indie titles. The PS4 was to be all about games, a sentiment which seemed to be a complete 180° pivot from the previous generation’s bravado. A quick glance at the Playstation Store confirms that Sony has made good on its promise – currently 900+ indie titles can be found on the PS4’s digital shop. NINE. HUNDRED. And 575 of those titles – at least as of November 2017 – are exclusive to the Playstation 4. The sheer volume of  games available to the consumer is staggering and even a little daunting. While I can’t fault Sony for making good on its promise of more games, the PS4’s indie offerings don’t even appear to be properly curated. As a consumer, having to wade through a waist-deep pile of trash just to get to something of value is a huge issue. Fortunately for Nintendo, and ultimately the consumer, the solution to a would-be problem might be easier than anticipated.

On the flip side of Sony’s flood of questionable indie titles is Steam. Currently there are 1,000 titles under the “New and Trending” tab alone. Now you might wonder, ‘how can anyone decipher what is worth purchasing in a shop with so much to offer? The answer appears to be a community regulated curation with Steam Curator. Steam, being a fairly open publishing platform, is a great platform for new developers to launch their games; it just makes sense given how community driven the service is. But where does that leave Nintendo? I don’t trust a company that uses Friends Codes to put together a comprehensive, community-driven curation system. What option remains?

There was a time when Nintendo branded quality with its very own seal of approval. It signaled to the consumer that you were making a smart purchase, but given the scale of the booming independent gaming market, there is clear cause for concern. One only has to look at the video game crash of 1983 to see the obvious dangers of low quality titles flooding the marketplace; brand loyalty goes right out the window the moment the consumer base feels ripped off. The Big N was able to remedy this by making use of the Nintendo Seal of Approval. Now that the classic seal is gone and with the eShop apparently releasing indie games with every other heartbeat, the eShop may become a Steam 2.0.

To be fair, I am all for indie game developers being able to release their games on the Switch without a whole lot of red tape. And as I stated earlier the Switch has been host to some of the most enjoyable indie experiences of my gaming career with tons to look forward to in 2018 (HOLLOW KNIGHT!!). I play a whole lot of indie games and talk about them weekly on Nintendo Duel Screens. However, I fear for the day when the likes of I Am Mayo or god forbid Energy Cycle make their way to the front page of the eShop. Having an incredible selection of indie titles to round out the Switch’s library in-between AAA releases like Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey is vital to the platform’s success. Dropping bombs like Party Planet and Acorn Tactics is not doing Nintendo any favors. If Nintendo isn’t careful, it may just end up bringing back that Seal of Approval. I just hope for Nintendo’s sake, that Nintendo brings the seal back because it wants to, and not because it has to.

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Nintendo Duel Screens 33 – Pawsitively Pokemon

The cat is out of the bag and Steve wants to litter you with some Pokemon hype, while Andy provides a fancy feast of Nintendo News for you to paw at. Many more cat puns inside!


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