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A new month rolled right on in earlier this week. Now that we’re in August, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Are you playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 or Fire Emblem: Three Houses? Still creating levels in Super Mario Maker 2? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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System: Switch
Release date: July 26, 2019
Developer: MachineGames / Arkane Studios / Panic Button
Publisher: Bethesda


If you’ve already had the pleasure of experiencing Wolfenstein: The New Colossus on Switch then you’re familiar with how the series has managed to distill the FPS formula down to perfection. In an era dominated by damp fetch quests and morally ambiguous “makes you think” villains, both MachineGames’ Wolfenstein and id Software’s Doom reboot have felt like a breath of fresh air for those of us who get misty-eyed over 90’s shooters. For the uninitiated, here’s a brief rundown: Entrench your mind in a Tetris-like zen state, and skittishly zip around maps that are designed less like real places and more like skateparks. You have two goals: Use gun and give death. Despite the immense praise both Wolfenstein and Doom have garnered over the course of this console generation, there may be a feeling over at Bethesda that change is now needed to differentiate these two franchises going forward, and this is exactly the impression I get from playing Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

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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A massive game arrived on Switch yesterday in the form of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This is the first console Fire Emblem in the series in quite some time, and the first true entry in the series on Switch.

We imagine that many of you have started playing through Three Houses already. If that’s the case, how are you feeling about it so far? Which house did you choose? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

System: Switch
Release date: July 12, 2019
Developer: Marvelous
Publisher: Bandai Namco


God Eater has had a long and fruitful history since debuting close to a decade ago. The latest entry, God Eater 3, still stays true to the series’ roots with a deep customization system, mission output, and reasonable hubs. But what make it really stand out this time around is the overall tone, structure, and feel since it’s been developed by an entirely different team this time around, moving from Shift over to Marvelous. God Eater 3 takes the best portions of each of its predecessors to give a game that feels whole and connected, with seamless field traversal, new types of God Eaters known as AGEs – or Adaptive God Eaters – as well as fast-paced fighting and action to give a larger sense of fluidity that’s usually missing in games of this nature.

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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System: Switch
Release date: July 26, 2019
Developer: Aplus Games
Publisher: Arc System Works / PQube


Not many anime are as equally popular and controversial as Kill la Kill. Since its debut back in 2013, the show has been lauded for its unparalleled sense of style, humor, and intense action. On the other hand, it has also been criticized for its depiction of female characters and its inconsistent storytelling. Such factors should make adapting it into a video game an intimidating process. Yet famed publisher Arc System Works has stepped up to the plate, collaborating with developer Aplus to bring the anime to life in a new fighting game, entitled Kill la Kill: IF. Better yet, the show’s original creators, Studio Trigger, have overseen the game’s creation. Now the question remains: with such pedigree behind its creation, can the game keep from losing its way?

GameCube nearly got a new StarCraft title before the entire project was scrapped. Blizzard had been working on StarCraft: Ghost for a couple of years, but the project just never came together.

In an interview with VG247, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime spoke about having to cancel the third-person action game. Although it was a difficult decision, the move freed up team resources and ensured that other titles inside the company could thrive.

Morhaime said:

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.