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Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé released his new book last week, and it’s filled with all kinds of juicy behind-the-scenes glimpses at how Nintendo operates! In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, we discuss our favorite fun facts revealed in the book, as well as discuss  the recent Square Enix sale and how it could affect their output on the Switch. We’ll also talk about the recent new gameplay trailer for Mario Strikers: Battle League, plus a fun bonus topic towards the end of the episode!

Our show is available on most major streaming platforms, including SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAmazon Music and Audible, or you can check out the video version below:


xenoblade spoiler discussion

Here we are again talking about Xenoblade Chronicles – this time with something a little bit different. Instead of the usual ten-minute video we usually share on Sunday, this is more of a discussion. I’ve had a desire to talk more in-depth about the franchise because there’s so much to discuss about these complex games.

To help me on this task, our reporter Nicolas joined me in an hour-long Xenoblade discussion where we talk about our experiences with the series, specific plot points and what we expect from the future third game in the franchise. If you are interested, feel free to check it out in the video down below.

Nintendo Switch Sports review

System: Switch
Release date: April 29, 2022
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo


If, like me, you grew up when the Wii was current, you no doubt put some time in on Wii Sports. Packed in with each new console here in the west, the title was a lot of players’ first introduction to the console’s motion controls, as well as their first time being able to engage with family members who wouldn’t usually think of playing video games. Wii Sports itself became a system-seller and its popularity is still raging to this day, with many homes still dusting off their Wii for play sessions at family gatherings to entertain kids and adults alike. Now with Switch’s success, a new entry in the series has arrived – but will it reach the acclaim of its predecessors?

A new month started up a few days ago. Now that we’re in May, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you been putting your skills to the test in Nintendo Switch Sports? Maybe you’ve been catching up on some releases from April such as 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, MLB The Show 22, or LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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It seems with every passing year we get more and more creative minds in the indie space expanding certain genres and what it means to perceive gameplay within them. One of the more popular areas of growth and reach we’ve seen in recent memory is through the guise of simulators – whether they may be farming sims, life sims, etc. – and how their flexibility can create such a creative playground for forward-thinking ideas that make for cathartic, memorable, and almost addictive experiences. Time on Frog Island, formerly known as Trading Time: A Croak Tale, is next up in a slew of releases in an ever-growing genre that seems to push ideas and the concept of sims forward with each new title – however inspired they may be by the giants of the genre – and it’s a pleasure to have had an early look at the game on Switch to see just where the minds at Half Past Yellow lie and how they’re making their version of what it means to be stranded on an island and having to start from scratch.

It’s time to dig those Joy-Con Wrist Straps out from storage; Nintendo Switch Sports is finally out in the wild, and we have a lot to say about it! Join your hosts Nick, Nicholas, Luiz and Dennis as they discuss the successor to Wii Sports, the recent Mario Movie delay, new details about Balan Wonderworld’s troubled development, and more in this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh!

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splatoon still fresh

Splatoon is a fascinating franchise to look at. Coming from a company that has the biggest names in the industry, it’s impressive how fast the series managed to get the same success of other IPs with three games already in the span of eight years.

In today’s video, I wanted to reflect in the aging process of the franchise, looking at how new and fresh the game looked on Wii U and how the series has evolved since that. If you’re interested in that topic, feel free to check out the video down below. At the very end here’s also the announcement for the winner of our last giveaway.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is three months away, so we’re definitely feeling the hype. Monolith Soft has said that this new game can be played if you haven’t gone through the first two, but those that really want the most out of it will want to see what the previous outings have to offer – especially from a story perspective.

Xenoblade Chronicles 1 and 2 are both special in their own right, but some fans have a clear preference for one over the other. With that in mind, we want to hear from you about which one you like more (we haven’t forgotten about Xenoblade Chronicles X, but obviously 1 and 2 are more similar to each other). How do you feel they compare from the perspective of the gameplay, world, story, characters, and music? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

With delays being so common in the modern gaming landscape, it’s extremely rare to see the opposite – a game being released earlier than expected – occur. Against all odds, that’s exactly what happened last week when Nintendo announced it will release Xenoblade Chronicles 3 on July 29, significantly sooner than its initial release window of September 2022. On top of that, not only was Splatoon 3 was announced to be releasing on September 9, but several news reports were released that granted a rare glimpse inside Nintendo of America’s operations – and unfortunately, bringing to light some of the challenges that the company is facing regarding contractors and Joy-Con repairs. Join your hosts Nick, Nicholas, Dennis and Luiz as they discuss all this and more in this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh!

xenoblade chronicles 3 best entry

After the new trailer released last week, we discovered that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is way closer than we thought, with a new release date set for July 29 rather than September. That is something incredibly rare in the gaming industry and may be a sign that Nintendo and Monolith Soft are really confident in the game.

With that in mind plus some other thoughts, in today’s video I discuss the possibility that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 could be the best we’ve seen of the series thus far. Feel free to check my conclusions below.


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