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At E3 2019, GungHo Online Entertainment kindly invited us to their private conference room for a gameplay demo and presentation for Grandia HD Collection coming to Switch. With the game coming out in a few days, we’ve rounded up all the important details and new information below that producer Takeshi Minagawa was able to share with us.

Here’s the full rundown:

Hello my beautiful Black Eagles, Blue Lions and Golden Deer! In this episode of NEP, we put on the boxing gloves and discuss microtransactions in gaming, why Fire Emblem: Three Houses is so damn good, and the wild mechanics with Dragon Quest Hero as he debuts in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We also have a chat about the new additions to Nintendo Switch Online and if they save the service or not, Ubisoft’s Chinese Rabbids game and the meager announcements from Nintendo and Tencent at ChinaJoy. Finally in our Listener Mail segment, we recommend JRPGs and give our brutally honest feelings about the Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts series.

We hope you enjoy!

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At E3 2019, we were invited to meet with the incredibly passionate team at Daybreak Games for an behind-closed-doors gameplay demo and interview. We spoke at length with the creative director, SJ Mueller, and executive producer, Leah Bowers, as they kindly answered a number of our questions about how they decided to bring the game to Switch, how everything stacks up compared to PS4 and PC, future content, cross-play possibilities and so much more.

The devs were incredibly excited and genuinely passionate to bring the game to Switch; check out our transcript below.

During E3, Yacht Club Games kindly took time out of their busy schedule to meet with us for a one-on-one interview. Among the topics we discussed, pixel artist and animator Sandy Gordon revealed a design philosophy to Nintendo Everything which they made ample use of throughout development of the upcoming Shovel Knight: King of Cards expansion.

Our full interview will be going live soon, but until then you can learn a little more by checking below.

Hello my lovely left and right Joy-con! Are you stable or are you drifting? In this NEP, we talk logical about the hardware problems that are on the tip of everyone’s tongues to kick things off. We then hit you with fast paced news and some unintentionally analytical chats about games reviews and journalism. Then we cover Pokemon Masters, but we’re both kinda burnt out on Pokemon mobile efforts… But we have plenty of energy as we chew through all our lovely listener mails and tell the abridged story of when Oni met Galen. We hope you enjoy!

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Hello my beautiful Superheroes and X-Men! Steel yourself for an intense NEP experience! Oni and Galen are on opposite sides of the fence as they engage in some very heated discussions this episode. We’re talkin’ Fire Emblem, Pokemon and the Pokedex controversy, Switch future with Breath of The Wild 2. It’s a lot to take in, but we hope you enjoy!

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“I was totally addicted to this game when I was younger, so I’m putting in a ton of Easter eggs and details!”

-Masao Shirosaki, producer & director

The recent announcement of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD marks the series’ return to home consoles since 9 years. To commemorate remaking the game for current-gen consoles, the latest issue of Famitsu features an interview with two key members of the team, Toshihiro Nagoshi and Masao Shirosaki. The interview discusses how development has been coming along, the series’ history, what makes the games so attractive, and new features that are being added to the remake.

We’ve prepared a full translation below the break.

Hello my beautiful Popos and Nanas! Oni and Galen have a great discussion overall, in our most intimate episode of NEP yet. We talk localization and well-written characters in fiction, the pros and cons of the Switch Lite (and what this could mean for a future “Pro” variant), Dr. Mario and how different in design it is, and we tie things up with a discussion of Fire Emblem and LGBTQ+ representation in media and video games. We hope you enjoy.

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At E3 2019, XSEED kindly invited us to their booth for a behind-closed-doors interview and several gameplay demos for all of their upcoming Switch releases. In part eight of this series, I’ll be taking a look at Rune Factory 4 Special and how the upgraded port stacks up on Nintendo Switch.

You can hear me chatting about all things gaming (and more) on our weekly Nintendo Everything Podcast, available on iTunes, Spotify, and many other platforms.

For detailed impressions of Rune Factory 4 Special, check below the break.

Hello my beautiful weapon triangles! Fire Emblem: Three Houses is coming out in three weeks, so we’re celebrating by discussing all about some new details we’ve got on how the game plays and how Koei Tecmo was involved with Nintendo to make this game happen.

We also talk about some interesting comments from Nintendo on 5G, Cloud Gaming, VR, and a new control style they want to create for next-gen that will become the new industry standard. Peculiar stuff! Oni also gushes about Daemon X Machina and laments Bloodstained stumble onto the Switch.

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