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We’re back in the saddle with the first regular episode of 2020! This week on NEP, we’re covering the big Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct, the negative response, and trying to make sense of something when we don’t really have a dog in the fight. We also accidentally talk about Star Trek and Star Wars a bit, too? Why? Oni Dino probably has the worst take you’ve ever heard involving Pokémon and Star Wars. But also the “Great Oni Dino x Galen Argument of 2020” has already begun with the incendiary question: is Pokémon now a games-as-a-service game? We’re on opposite sides of the ring, ready to duke it out.

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Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently sat down with Nikkei to discuss the future of the gaming industry and how Nintendo is coping. Among the extensive amount of topics, Furukawa talked about Nintendo’s development philosophy, retaining employees, how to make games that astonish players and more. In addition to this, Furukawa even discussed rare topics such as Google Stadia, the declining importance of the Japanese market, and if Nintendo has missed the boat on new technologies.

We’ve prepared a full translation of the article below:

The upcoming issue of Famitsu will have an interesting talk between PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya and Takahisa Taura on a variety of topics. Thanks to a few excerpts being posted early, we now know that the director of Astral Chain, Takahisa Taura, is quite pleased with the Switch exclusive’s performance, stating: “Thankfully, Astral Chain has sold above expectations.”

The discussion also includes Japanese game director and scenario writer Yoko Taro. Naturally, the conversation gets strange and fascinating very quickly. Look forward to more coverage soon.

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Happy New Year! Start off the decade on the right foot by joining Oni Dino and Galen as we predict Nintendo’s 2020! We’ve got a game with around 20 questions about Nintendo’s future and predict the outcomes. Who will be the victor? Also, there seems to be a Nintendo Direct around the corner. We want certain Smash characters as DLC and we have great, realistic arguments for why they really could be future characters. Plus, Wii U ports that make sense. And a healthy dose of Fire Emblem: Three Houses talk.

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If you didn’t get your fill of Star Wars with The Rise of Skywalker, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a lot of LEGO goodness coming to Switch later this year. Warner Bros. and TT Games are preparing LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which packs in all of the different movies into a single experience.

A little while back, we were able to speak with TT Games creative leads Arthur Parsons and James Burgon to learn more about the game. We asked about the studio’s new engine, content carried over between episodes, the Switch version, and lots more.

Here’s our full discussion:

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently spoke with Nikkei regarding the work environment for Nintendo’s development staff. Furukawa stated that he relies on professionals to handle their work, and was met with surprise. When probed further in being asked if he truly did not have to interfere with their processes, Furukawa elaborated.

Here’s our translation:

In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa discussed the company’s stance on AR and more.

Furukawa noted that the Big N is “constantly researching and developing” new technologies, and there are talks between the hardware and software teams. As for AR specifically, he said Nintendo is actively researching how it can be used.

Here’s our full translation from the Japanese interview:

Update (1/6): We’ve updated a portion of the line in our translation, specifically about Nintendo focusing on improving methods of play on dedicated hardware.


Original (1/4):Cloud gaming continues to become an important topic in the gaming industry. Google, for instance, just entered the scene with its Stadia service a couple of months ago.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently weighed in with his own thoughts as part of an interview with Nikkei. Speaking with the Japanese publication, Furukawa expressed the possibility that cloud gaming could become prominent in 10 years, but doesn’t currently think that dedicated hardware is going anywhere in the short-term. He did also note that Nintendo needs to “focus on improving methods of play that can only be had on dedicated hardware.”

Here’s the full excerpt as translated by Nintendo Everything:

It’s the last episode of NEP of the decade! Join Oni Dino and Galen as they give their personal awards across the nightmare-scape that is gaming in 2019. Biggest surprise, biggest embarrassment/controversy, best new character, and so much more. The gang employs a process of elimination that requires bargains, arguments, concessions and a whole lot of passive aggressive love. What will win? How will we compromise? Who won’t make it out alive?

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We recently spoke with Keisuke Kikuchi, the producer of the Fairy Tail RPG heading to Switch in 2020. Aside from discussing topics like how long the game will be and talk about DLC, Kikuchi also expressed interest in wanting to turn this into a franchise when we asked about the possibility of original characters.

Here’s our full discussion with Kikuchi: