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A new month rolled right on in a few days ago. Now that we’re in December, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Are you still adventuring through the Galar region in Pokemon Sword/Shield? Playing a new game from some of the holiday sales? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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THQ Nordic surprised fans right before the start of E3 by revealing Darksiders Genesis. This new game, developed by Battle Chasers: Nightwar developer Airship Syndicate, is completely different from what we’ve seen from the series before. The team has made a top-down action adventure that introduces the horseman Strife for the first time.

Earlier this year, we spoke with Airship Syndicate president Ryan Stefanelli as well as CEO / Darksiders co-creator Joe Madureira about Darksiders Genesis. We were able to learn more about how the game came to be, what fans can expect from the story and gameplay, and how the Switch version is shaping up. You can find our full discussion below.

Hello my price droppers and discount darlings. This week on NEP, we chat about game sales, what we’ve picked up so far, what we plan to pick up and what we recommend—all discounted, of course. Galen’s enjoying Bloodstained on Switch, Oni Dino continues to synthesize in Atelier Ryza, and Waluigi’s charm is prevalent throughout the show. We’ll be doing our Game of the Year show in the near future, so send in your suggestions on what categories and awards we should have!

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System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: November 21, 2019
Developer: Shin’en
Publisher: Shin’en


The Touryst is the most refreshing vacation anyone could ask for, complete with surf, sun, and decaying monuments left by a mysterious long-lost civilization. Shin’en has made a name for itself by offering high speed and impeccable visuals and performance on Switch through titles like the Fast Racing series, but with The Touryst, the company is taking a distinctly more laid-back approach. Gone are the high-speed antics that defined the studio’s other works – instead, The Touryst is all about taking it slow, playing some sports on the beach, and then kicking back and soaking up the sun. It’s relaxation pure and simple, packed with a bountiful variety of gameplay ideas and wrapped up in a stunningly gorgeous presentation.

Hello my happy helpers and fortune cookies! This week on NEP, Oni Dino and Galen are talking The Game Awards, the industry and mobile monetization schemes. We chat about the nominees, snubs, predictions for Nintendo and past instances—new Smash DLC fighter? Metroid? Bayonetta? Who knows! Let’s keep it logical, though.
Then we tackle Animal Crossing Pocket Camp getting a subscription service with a very opinionated argument over if free-to-play games like these should even be considered games. We finish things off with some Pokemon talk on the new designs, and the Gizmodo situation in our listener mail segment.

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The first all-new generation of Pokemon games for Switch have arrived. Last week, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield launched as Nintendo’s big holiday releases. We imagine that many of you picked up the games and have already started playing.

Although Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield haven’t been out for too long, we want to hear about your impressions thus far. Which starter did you go with? Have you found any new Pokemon that you’re liking? What are your overall thoughts based on what you’ve played? Let us know in the comments below.

Hello my poison and fairy types! This week on NEP, Oni Dino is a bit unhinged but we make it work! Galen chats Terry Bogard and Luigi’s Mansion impressions while Oni Dino continues grinding the gears in Destiny Connect. We then discuss the Phanpy in the room and give our opinions on the Pokemon Sword / Shield controversy and how people are handling things on social media. And who can forget the big star of turning around 2019: Sonic the hedgehog.

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This week, the podcast is sponsored by Koei Tecmo. Check out Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, out now on Nintendo Switch.

If you’ve been hankering for more Zelda action on Switch, Sparklite could be right up your alley. The 2D action-adventure game, which just dropped on Nintendo’s console this week, was heavily inspired by the classic franchise.

Around the release of Sparklite, we spoke with Red Blue Games co-founder Edward Rowe. We discussed those Zelda inspirations in greater detail – which range from the gameplay to the soundtrack – as well as the distinctive art style and potential post-launch updates.

Here’s our full discussion:

Nearly three years after FAST RMX launched with Switch, Shin’en is back with its next original project. Revealed during the Indie World Showcase in August, The Touryst releases on November 21.

Rather than racing we’ve seen with the FAST series or something like platforming akin to the Jett Rocket franchise, Shin’en is taking a different approach with its latest game. The Touryst is a true adventure experience with plenty of areas to explore, an original story, and more.

We recently spoke with Manfred Linzner from Shin’en to learn more about The Touryst and what fans can expect. Read our full interview below for more on the project’s origins, its gameplay and visual style, developing for Switch, and more.

Hello, my Norman Reeduses and Freaky Fetuses! This week on NEP, we celebrate Terry Bogard’s debut in Smash with lots of creativity flowing; we muse on ideas for licensed anime games like Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma, Trigun, Sailor Moon… We also kick the show off with some chat about general media—I promise there’s structure to this show. Galen talks his captivation with Luigi’s Mansion 3, Oni Dino is charmed by Destiny Connect, and general banter continues. “C’mon!”

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This week, the podcast is sponsored by Koei Tecmo. Check out Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, out now on Nintendo Switch.