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System: Switch
Release date: June 5, 2020
Developer: Obsidian / Virtuos
Publisher: Private Division


Almost eight months after its release on other platforms, The Outer Worlds finally makes its way to Switch, giving players the first real Fallout-esque experience on the hybrid console. The game provides a fantastic RPG experience that never feels too bloated and hits all the right notes with excellent pacing, but as for the new port, taking this ambitious game and bringing it to Nintendo’s console seemed like it may have been a bit much. We’ve seen some technical marvels appear on the platform, but there have been just as many letdowns from games that were just too poorly optimized to make for an ideal experience, even with the luxury of portable play. The Outer Worlds provides an galactic sci-fi epic that’s rich in content and immersion, and while it’s easily a game that should be a must-play for anyone with the slightest interest in RPGs, the Switch conversion is an odd bag that sits on the fine line between acceptable and sacrificial. Quite simply, The Outer Worlds on Switch is playable, but not optimal.

Hello my lovely listeners! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we’re talking two great releases this week: Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, and The TakeOver. We’ve got more video game updates on Animal Crossing, Bug Fables, and even Yu-Gi-Oh!, then some Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC news. We have an excellent listener mail question about hidden gem series like Hotel Dusk, Famicom Tantei Club, and other obscure text-based, point-and-click adventures.

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

Have you been venturing through the world of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition? Trying out the BioShock, Borderlands, or 2K collections for Switch? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Switch is about to receive another big game with the arrival of The Outer Worlds. The RPG comes from Obsidian, the studio behind Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and more.

Ahead of the Switch launch, we caught up with co-director Tim Cain and production director Eric DeMilt. We spoke about the Switch port, including the challenges involved. There’s also talk here for those that have already experienced The Outer Worlds, as Cain spoke about how the project changed since its early development, what it was like making a compact RPG, and more.

Here’s our full interview:

Hello my lovely inklings and octolings! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we’re talking about the best Paper Mario game of 2020: Bug Fables. Then it’s on to pre-not-E3 hype (?) with more digital events, Silent Hill collab with Dead by Daylight, Amazon France’s mystery listings for Switch games, and a discussion of over-identifying with media. Have you ever taken personal offense to someone’s criticism of a thing you love? We’ve both got personal stories and ways to avoid it.
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System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: May 28, 2020
Developer: Moonsprout Games
Publisher: Dangen Entertainment


When even Nintendo itself has abandoned the winning formula of classic Paper Mario games, it’s up to indie developers to carry on that beloved legacy. Bug Fables is just such a game. From its combat system to its graphics to its personality, Bug Fables is a cute little RPG that simply oozes Paper Mario. However, it nonetheless carries its own distinct identity. It tells an impactful and emotional story along with a streamlined gameplay flow that all work together to make it a truly distinctive and worthwhile RPG in its own right.

System: Switch
Release date: May 28, 2020
Developer: WayForward
Publisher: WayForward


It’s crazy to think that it’s been almost twenty years now since the half-genie hero, Shantae, was introduced to the gaming world way back on the Game Boy Color. The debut entry not only laid the foundation of what would become a long-running and incredible platforming franchise, but at the time pushed pixel art to the absolute limits of its associated hardware. The series laid dormant for quite some time before Risky’s Revenge popped back up in 2010, and since then has seen a ton of success with a healthy schedule of releases. Now Shantae is back on an all new adventure that fine-tunes the HD art from Half-Genie Hero, and brings another incredible Metroidvania that sees new and old faces alike joining in to save the day.

Hello my Switch Lites and Switch Pros! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we’re announcing the winner of The Wonderful 101 Remastered giveaway. We then critique our experiences with some lovely, smaller JRPGs: Child of Light and Underhero. Afterward, we explore industry talk and current trends: what’s going to happen with the Switch moving forward into the new console generation? A Switch Pro? Go harder on mobile? External graphics card? A new dedicated home console in tandem with Switch being a dedicated handheld? Possibilities abound! Check out links and timestamps below, and come hang out.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition isn’t the only notable release for Switch on May 29. 2K also has a trio of collections due out on the same day. BioShock: The Collection, Borderlands Legendary Collection, and XCOM 2 Collection are all dropping on May 29 as well. Even if you aren’t interested in any of them, they’re pretty notable since this is the first time we’re seeing these titles on a Nintendo platform.

So putting Xenoblade aside for a second, which one of these collections from 2K are you most interested in? Which releases will you be picking up on May 29 (or sometime down the road)? Let us know in the comments below.

Hello my origami listeners! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we’re giving away a steam code for The Wonderful 101 Remastered to one lucky listener at random! Check out the opening of the episode for details on how to enter.

Moving on, Oni Dino critiques a Square-Enix free of Tetsuya Nomura in the Bravely Default II demo. Then, in the news, we cover the announcement of Paper Mario: The Origami King and analyze the trailers to see if we really are getting partners or not. Oni Dino notices something from the Japanese trailer that leans toward yes, and Galen has ideas on expanding the battle system. Afterward, it’s rumor time with Pikmin 3 Deluxe and a handful more of E3-style events. Finally, general industry chat on Microsoft’s monthly “Xbox 20/20” digital event leading up to the Xbox Series X’s launch, Ubisoft redefining “gameplay”, the Unreal Engine 5 reveal, and Ghost of Tsushima’s extended gameplay trailer.

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