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How many Rainbow Road courses can a single Mario Kart game have?! (Not that we’re complaining!) In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Dennis as we discuss the new tracks hitting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Wave 3 of its Booster Course pack next week. We’ll also discuss the impending release of Switch Sports golf, new Fire Emblem Engage details, a tease from Mr. Sakurai about a potential Kid Icarus Uprising port, and much much more!

Also: we’re doing another giveaway! This week we’re giving away five copies of Front Mission 1st: Remake, the Switch-exclusive remake of the original Front Mission game! To enter, just head over to the YouTube version of this episode and leave a comment with the word “STRATEGY” in it to enter, as well as your Twitter handle. We will select winners on Sunday, Dec. 4 and announce them on the next episode of the podcast! Winners will have codes DM’ed to them via Twitter, so keep an eye out! (You can also enter a second giveaway for this game over on our Twitter page.) Thanks to Forever Entertainment for providing the codes for this giveaway!

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Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom review

System: Switch
Release Date: November 4, 2022
Developer: Marvelous
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Over the last few years, life and farm sims have been steadily growing in popularity and, with critically acclaimed titles such as Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing: New Horizons also on Switch, standing out amongst the crowd is a difficult thing to do. If there is any franchise equipped to do this in modern times, however, it would be Story of Seasons – one of the oldest and largest farm sim series that has been around since the SNES, and has seen several installments as well as spin-offs such as Rune Factory over its lifetime. Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom is another such offshoot, taking the traditional Story of Seasons gameplay and blending it with the world of Doraemon, which is an extremely iconic franchise in Japan. But is this a match made in heaven?

The Game Awards are just under two weeks away, so we wanted to host a discussion topic talking about hopes and dreams.

The Game Awards has become one of the major events of the year alongside E3, Gamescom, and the Tokyo Game Show for news and announcements. Nintendo itself has had many memorable moments. The Game Awards hosted the first real footage of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, revealed Joker for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and more. However, we can’t always count on announcements from the Big N given how the company was a no show in 2021 and 2015. Still, even if Nintendo is absent, we can usually count on third-party news – last year, for example, included the announcement of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the first trailer for Sonic Frontiers, and more.

With all of that said, what are you hoping for when it comes to The Game Awards 2022? Are there any Nintendo games or third-party titles you’re hoping will make an appearance? What’s your choice for Game of the Year (see all of the nominees here)? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic Frontiers review

System: Switch
Release Date: November 8, 2022
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: SEGA

How can a game that is so messy, so bloated, and so technically inadequate be so much fun? That is the question that I’ve been wrestling with throughout my playthrough of Sonic Frontiers, SEGA’s latest attempt (of which there have been many) to try and revitalize the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and introduce the Blue Blur to both new and lapsed fans. It’s Sonic’s first true open world (or open zone) game, and with that comes a lot of interesting ideas to attempt to reinvent the structure of what a Sonic game can be. But while Frontiers can be a blast at times, it also constantly gets in its own way at almost every turn, hindered by poor visual performance, bloated mechanics and bland world design that lacks a unique identity.

The Game Awards is only a few weeks away, and Nintendo has several games nominated for awards – including some surprises! In this week’s episode, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Luiz as they break down all of Nintendo’s nominees and the likelihood of them bringing home some recognition amidst some steep competition. They’ll also discuss the troublesome launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, a new archive of every Nintendo Power magazine issue ever printed, and more!

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Switch owners can now get their hands on the latest generation of Pokemon games thanks to Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. In some ways this entry is a leap forward for the franchise thanks to the introduction of aspects like a true open world and more.

Although Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet have only been out for a day or two, if you’ve been playing, we want to hear about your experience. What are your thoughts so far? Which starter did you go with? How do you feel about the open world? Let us know in the comments below.

A surprise Indie World Showcase last week revealed a ton of creative, smaller-scale games coming to Switch over the next few months, making our wishlists even bigger! Join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Luiz as they rank their favorite games from the showcase, including both exciting new titles (Pepper Grinder!) and some updates on some long-awaited releases (Sports Story!). They’ll also discuss a mysterious new partnership between Nintendo and mobile game developer DeNA, our hands-on impressions of Sonic Frontiers, and so much more!

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Indie World November 2022 reactions

Nintendo usually closes out the year with an Indie World Showcase, and that ended up happening this week. A new presentation was delivered with about 25 minutes of news regarding indie games for Switch.

One of the biggest of the bunch if Sports Story – the next game from Golf Story developer Sidebar Games – which is finally coming out in December. A few titles saw shadowdrops, including Rogue Legacy 2, A Little to the Left, and Once Upon a Jester. In terms of games we didn’t know about Switch previously, announcements included Venba, Have a Nice Death, ONI: Road to the Mightiest Oni, Pepper Grinder, Wobbledogs, and Inscryption. You can catch up on the full recap here.

So what’d you think of the latest Indie World Showcase? What was your personal highlight? Let us know in the comments.

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Bayonetta 3 review

System: Switch
Release Date: October 28, 2022
Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Nintendo

The wait for Bayonetta 3 has been a long one as fans have been waiting since the reveal of its logo at The Game Awards in 2017. Though we’ve had the previous entries ported over to Switch to play, the latest addition to the series is finally here in what feels like a fever dream. Bayonetta has had long gaps in between each game, but each entry of gaming’s most powerful witch has been well worth the wait, with Bayonetta 3 being no different. The excellence in storytelling, gameplay, theatrics, and PlatinumGames’ signature hack-and-slash mastery improves with each, and while Bayonetta 3 is just under what Bayonetta 2 achieved in 2014, it’s still is a masterful title in a league of its own, held back only by the aging hardware it finds itself restricted to.

Sonic zoomed onto the Switch this week, and now that Sonic Frontiers is out in the hands of players, what do folks think about it? Join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Dennis as they talk about the bigger (and smaller) games to pay attention to this week, the development of Bayonetta 3, DLC news for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and more!

Also… we’re doing a giveaway this week! You could win a digital code for Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk and Milk Outside a Bag of Milk Outside a Bag of Milk! (Yes, that’s the name of the game.) Just visit the Nintendo Everything YouTube channel and leave a comment under this episode of the podcast with the word “MILK” in it to enter. Winners will be announced on the next episode and codes will be sent out via your YouTube inbox! You can also enter over on the official Nintendo Everything Twitter Page.

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