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In this week’s (delayed – sorry about that) episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, join your hosts Nick and Dennis as they discuss some exciting cancelled Metroid projects that were recently unearthed by DidYouKnowGaming. They’ll also cover the latest trailer for the Super Mario Bros. Movie and unpack some of the lates reveals, discuss the impending delisting of Harmonix’s Fuser, and much more!

(And yes, we will definitely be talking all about The Game Awards – in the next episode!)

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Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet review

System: Switch
Release Date: November 18, 2022
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo

After impressively selling over ten million copies in just three days, trainers around the world have been exploring Generation 9’s new Paldea region in Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. With a completely different open-world and open-choice approach to the longstanding and rather traditional series formula, the new games aren’t afraid to break the mold. How does this completely different take on Pokemon work out for the modern player, not to mention series veterans that have been around since before Pokemon GO took the world by storm? Diving into our own journey across Paldea, what will we find? As always, a world where dreams, adventure, and friendships await, of course.

A new month started up this week. Now that we’re in December, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Are you going through Pokemon Scarlet or Poekmon Violet? Maybe you’re playing through other recent releases like Sonic Frontiers or Tactics Ogre: Reborn? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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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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