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[Review] Steins;Gate Elite

Posted on 2 days ago by (@LyonHart_) in Reviews, Switch | 0 comments | 0 Likes

System: Switch
Release date: February 19, 2019
Developer: 5pb.
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft


In 2009 we were introduced to a work of science fiction that, to this day, holds great value and precedence in its prowess of storytelling and continues to be revered as one of the greatest visual novels ever produced: Steins;Gate. This was part of Chiyomaru’s Shikura’s Science Adventure series that was preceded by Chaos;Head. The Science Adventure series from 5pb. and Nitroplus spans quite a few games that are still developed to this day and all bring their own flare, charm, and narrative, with sequels more so being spiritual successors rather than follow-ups. With Switch’s first installment, Steins;Gate Elite, we have a beautiful and faithful rework of sorts that now has the chance to breathe new life again and be introduced to a whole new audience. It was something I thought wouldn’t entirely work at first since it uses most of the anime’s cutscenes to retell its original story (with a few exceptions), but what ended up ultimately happening was a rekindling of love for one of my favorite games and some of my favorite characters in the medium.

Months after waiting for the next general Nintendo Direct, Nintendo finally delivered this week. A bunch of announcements were made throughout the 35-minute presentation both big and small.

As far as entirely new stuff goes, the Nintendo Direct started with the reveal of Super Mario Maker 2. The show ended with a bang as well thanks to the announcement of the Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake on Switch. That was far from all, as we also found out about the brand new PlatinumGames title Astral Chain. Other announcements included BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!, Tetris 99, Oninaki, Dragon Quest XI S’ official localization and release window, Rune Factory 4 Refine and Rune Factory 5, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, Unravel Two, and more.

Now that we’re a few days removed from the Nintendo Direct, how are you feeling about the presentation? Were you happy with what was shown, or were you left feeling disappointed? Do you have any personal highlights? Let us know in the comments below.

Hello, my beautiful goombas!

This week on NEP, Oni and Galen wade through the concept of Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch, discuss the weekly news, and banter over all the talking points that Nintendo gave us from their Financial Q&A.

Plus, Oni talks the importance of women in the (Nintendo) workplace in regards to Japanese society and Galen tells us all about what game he needs to see revived in his lifetime.

A big thank you to all of our listeners and to those who share the podcast— our show is growing at a very healthy rate! We hope you’re enjoying listening! Please leave us your feedback, and check below for more details and timestamps.

Update: The winner of our giveaway is… Mike Ivans! Congratulations and thanks to all who entered.


The fine folks at Super Rare Games have given us an opportunity to supply one lucky fan with the company’s latest release, Knights of Pen and Paper Double Pack. You’re getting a pair of games here that were previously exclusive to the eShop, but are now receiving the physical treatment.

We’ll keep this relatively simple. In the comments below, you can submit an entry by letting us know which has been your favorite Super Rare Games release thus far. You can see what has been offered in the past here.

What up, kids and squids?!

This week on NEP, Oni and Galen get super informative! Have you missed any of the big news and little details in between over the past few days? Do you want to hear our tacky interpretations? Then you’ll want to check this episode out.

Nintendo has big plans moving forward, and there’s a lot we don’t know about yet! In addition to the jam-packed news, Galen reveals how little he knows about using My Nintendo, Oni loses his mind and memories, and the gang laughs together along the way.

We hope you’re enjoying listening! Please leave us your feedback, and do check below for more details and timestamps. Thanks for listening!

A new month rolled right on in yesterday. Now that we’re in February, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Trying out the Switch port of New Super Mario Bros. U? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: January 17, 2019
Developer: Idea Factory / Compile Heart / Ghostlight
Publisher: Idea Factory


Fairy Fencer F felt very familiar to Idea Factory fans when it launched half a decade ago thanks to it using the same system and mechanics as the developer’s most successful property, the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. The game not only had the same arena turn-based RPG combat that made Hyperdimension Neptunia stick out from other JRPGs, but was progressed in a visual novel-like format with tons of dialogue and mostly static images and a much more tactical menu and layout that could change the pace of a battle in the blink of an eye. Still, Fairy Fencer F had its issues, with the occasional technical hiccups, some game breaking moments, prolonged tutorials, and a multitude of other minute things that eventually pile up and take a toll on the overall experience. Thankfully, an “enhanced” version released a few years later with Advent Dark Force, which has been the standard Fairy Fencer F game moving forward. It had tons of quality-of-life enhancements, as well as all DLC included from its original release and even included new story routes that were accessible through key decisions the player would make throughout the game. Advent Dark Force made Fairy Fencer F feel, for the most part, polished and complete. While Idea Factory’s PC ports haven’t had the best track record Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force was certainly playable on that platform and is a ton of fun. Sadly, that is more than one could say about the state of the Switch version.

What up, kids and squids?!

This week on NEP, Oni and Galen get a little loopy… The big news, of course, is Metroid Prime 4’s development changes. HOWEVER! Instead of freaking out like everyone else on the internet right now, you get genuine discussion and thought! Skip the clickbait and check us out for facts, rumor skepticism, and discussion on how this could impact Nintendo’s 2019.

In addition, we talk about tons of news from this past week, especially Furukawa’s comments and Oni’s secret thoughts while he was translating. Galen then does some investigation on Shiver Studios, who are making Mortal Kombat 11 for Switch. And finally, we get into some deep, deep Mario lore that’s been hidden away in an old issue of the magazine, Famicom Tsushin! (link to the image below)

We had a blast this episode, and we really hope you’re enjoying listening! Please leave us your feedback, and do check below for more details and timestamps! Thanks for listening!

What up, kids and squids?!

This week on NEP, Oni and Galen go off the rails and discuss everything Nintendo under the sun. Plus, Oni’s a little bit nicer to Galen this week. At least, he thinks so.

A ton of news and talking points came up this week – that and Oni’s jetlag made for a great recipe for wacky thoughts and meandering topics for discussion. Furukawa’s comments on Nintendo’s future, SNES on Switch, NoR president shenanigans, and Persona’s future on Nintendo consoles all get talked about, among other things.
Plus, Oni’s kindness breaks under the pressure as he engages in “Kombat” with Galen over OPINIONS on VIDEO GAMES.

We hope you enjoy! Let us know what you want to hear from us! Check out below for topic details and timestamps!

What up, kids and squids?!

This week on NEP… it’s a big one! You get bonus content! We’ve got part two of our special feature on Nintendo in 2019!

Oni kicks it off by putting in his two cents on the controversy of Nintendo supposedly leaving console development, and how NintendoEverything’s article got misquoted. Then, Oni and Galen cover this week’s news, all the release date announcements, and they conclude their discussion and predictions of games coming out on Nintendo platforms in 2019 and beyond!

Check out Oni and Galen musing over what Nintendo games they’d love to see, what Switch hardware revisions might be in store for us, and much more!