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Happy New Year! Start off the decade on the right foot by joining Oni Dino and Galen as we predict Nintendo’s 2020! We’ve got a game with around 20 questions about Nintendo’s future and predict the outcomes. Who will be the victor? Also, there seems to be a Nintendo Direct around the corner. We want certain Smash characters as DLC and we have great, realistic arguments for why they really could be future characters. Plus, Wii U ports that make sense. And a healthy dose of Fire Emblem: Three Houses talk.

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If you didn’t get your fill of Star Wars with The Rise of Skywalker, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a lot of LEGO goodness coming to Switch later this year. Warner Bros. and TT Games are preparing LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which packs in all of the different movies into a single experience.

A little while back, we were able to speak with TT Games creative leads Arthur Parsons and James Burgon to learn more about the game. We asked about the studio’s new engine, content carried over between episodes, the Switch version, and lots more.

Here’s our full discussion:

A new month (and a new year) rolled right on in a few days ago. Now that we’re in January, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Are you playing through any new games you were given as gifts from the holidays? Or maybe you’ve been going through something in your backlog? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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It’s the last episode of NEP of the decade! Join Oni Dino and Galen as they give their personal awards across the nightmare-scape that is gaming in 2019. Biggest surprise, biggest embarrassment/controversy, best new character, and so much more. The gang employs a process of elimination that requires bargains, arguments, concessions and a whole lot of passive aggressive love. What will win? How will we compromise? Who won’t make it out alive?

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We recently spoke with Keisuke Kikuchi, the producer of the Fairy Tail RPG heading to Switch in 2020. Aside from discussing topics like how long the game will be and talk about DLC, Kikuchi also expressed interest in wanting to turn this into a franchise when we asked about the possibility of original characters.

Here’s our full discussion with Kikuchi:

System: Switch
Release date: December 10, 2019
Developer: Techland
Publisher: Techland


When it comes to first-person shooters, it’s fair to say that the market has taken a very distinct direction over the last decade or so. Multiplayer, map packs, and monetization are frequently touted as the core ingredients of a fun and successful modern shooter, but if you cast your mind back to the days before Call of Duty ruled the roost, you’ll quickly find that games of the genre weren’t always marketplaces or live services – they were once self contained experiences with creative flair and value. My time with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger has served as a realization that thankfully, this can still be the case today.

Hello my coffee-flavored Gooigis. This week on NEP, we’re looking back on our predictions of 2019 and seeing what we got right, wrong, and what was totally unexpected. Luigi’s Mansion 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Pokemon Sword and Shield and more–it’s funny how much our perspectives changed in under one year.

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With just a few days remaining in 2019, now’s a good time for reflection. It’s been a banner year for Nintendo and Switch as a whole. 2019 started off a bit slow, but the second half came on strong – especially for big first-party releases. This year we saw the likes of Super Mario Maker 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Pokemon Sword/Shield. Other top titles helped fill out the schedule, including New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Daemon X Machina, and Dragon Quest XI S – and that’s without really delving into indie titles and third-party support.

Given everything we’ve seen this year, what are your thoughts about Switch in 2019? What’s your personal Game of the Year? Let us know in the comments below.

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System: Switch
Release date: December 6, 2019
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft


Back in May, Ubisoft pulled a rather curious move by releasing Assassin’s Creed III – and its counterpart, Liberation – for the Switch. The port was widely criticized for being poorly optimized and somewhat irrelevant, especially considering the leaps and bounds that the franchise had made in scope and polish since the game’s original release. Many reviewers (myself included) longed to see the series’ fourth entry, Black Flag, released for the Switch instead – albeit without the low frame rate and ropey audio present in Assassin’s Creed III. Fast forward to today, and Ubisoft has only gone and done, well, exactly that.

Hello my beautiful indie darlings. This week on NEP, join Oni Dino and Karen on some big topics! We’re talking The Game Awards: is it really a good celebration of video games? Is it really the biggest night in gaming? We also discuss the Nindie Showcase from earlier this week (including weighing in on the Gleamlight backlash)—Reggie says it best: indies are the most important in the industry! We also chat Resident Evil 3 Remake, and Oni Dino has tips for the newly released, unconventional JRPG, SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions.

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