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One of the big announcements coming out of the last Indie World Showcase was Sports Story. Building off of the highly successful Golf Story, Sidebar Games’ next project will have even more sports and activities to do such as dungeon exploring and fishing.

We recently caught up with developer Andrew Newey to learn more about what to expect from Sports Story. We have information on improvements that have been made following feedback from Golf Story, how fishing will play out, and tidbits on “stealthy infiltrations”. Newey also teased something like GALF for the new game, multiplayer support, a possible physical version, and more.

Here’s our full discussion:

This week on NEP, we’re covering the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct and the collective meltdown over the professor. Plus more Star Ocean talk, Killer Queen Black, and the new indie cutie, Super Crush KO. Plus, listener response to Galen’s “Pokemon is games-as-a-service” claim.

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Switch has been home to a wide variety of ports over the years. One company involved in handling such projects is Engine Software, a team has been around for over two decades. It’s thanks to Engine Software that we’ve seen standout titles such as Ni no Kuni and Into the Breach. The developer’s efforts will also be bringing us The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III this spring.

Recently, Nintendo Everything spoke with Engine Software VP of development Ruud van de Moosdijk to learn more about the porting process. There was also discussion about working with Switch, challenges involved, and more.

Our full discussion can be found below.

With a new year comes new possibilities. As far as Nintendo is concerned, the door is wide open for potential games in 2020. The company actually hasn’t really confirmed much for these next several months, as the only locks we have are Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Bravely Default II is also something that’s happening, but Nintendo is only publishing in the west. Other possibilities do exist for 2020 like Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Bayonetta 3, but such projects aren’t necessarily slated for the next year. We also have to think about DLC for the likes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

With that preamble out of the way, what are you hoping to see from Nintendo in 2020? Is there any particular announcement that would get you excited? Let us know in the comments below.

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Switch will be faced renewed competition in 2020. Sony and Microsoft both have brand new consoles coming in the form of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and developers will naturally be flocking to those platforms. However, one Switch developer believes that Nintendo’s console won’t be left behind.

In an interview with Nintendo Everything, Engine Software VP of development Ruud van de Moosdijk said Switch “exists in its own dimension of the market and will continue to do well”. The console’s “uniqueness” also means that power isn’t overly crucial.

Today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation with director Masahiro Sakurai will be starting soon. The live stream kicks off at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM in the UK / 3 PM in Europe.

As Nintendo has said earlier in the week, the new video will introduce the next DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Sakurai will be presenting the news in a 35-minute rundown.

You can watch the stream as it happens below. We’ll be sure to report back on all of the big news as it happens.

We’re back in the saddle with the first regular episode of 2020! This week on NEP, we’re covering the big Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct, the negative response, and trying to make sense of something when we don’t really have a dog in the fight. We also accidentally talk about Star Trek and Star Wars a bit, too? Why? Oni Dino probably has the worst take you’ve ever heard involving Pokémon and Star Wars. But also the “Great Oni Dino x Galen Argument of 2020” has already begun with the incendiary question: is Pokémon now a games-as-a-service game? We’re on opposite sides of the ring, ready to duke it out.

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Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa recently sat down with Nikkei to discuss the future of the gaming industry and how Nintendo is coping. Among the extensive amount of topics, Furukawa talked about Nintendo’s development philosophy, retaining employees, how to make games that astonish players and more. In addition to this, Furukawa even discussed rare topics such as Google Stadia, the declining importance of the Japanese market, and if Nintendo has missed the boat on new technologies.

We’ve prepared a full translation of the article below:

This week’s Pokemon Direct was highlighted by two announcements. Aside from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, we’re also getting a ton of new content for Pokemon Sword/Shield with the brand new Expansion Pass.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is the much more straightforward announcement, which is probably why it took up significantly less air time. We’re getting a remake of the series’ debut entry here, and it’s coming out very soon. Nintendo will publish the game on March 6, and you can even try out a demo from the eShop right now.

The Pokemon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass is where there’s a lot to go over and think about. For $29.99, you’ll be getting access to new areas, new Pokemon, clothing items, handy features, and more. There are two aspects to the Expansion Pass, with the Isle of Armor releasing by the end of June and The Crown Tundra following this fall. You can read all about the Expansion Pass here.

Now that the presentation has aired, what did you think about the new Pokemon Direct? Will you be picking up Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX? What are your thoughts on the Pokemon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass? Let us know in the comments below.

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The first Nintendo Direct of 2020 is dedicated to Pokemon, and the festivities will be kicking off soon. Today’s Pokemon Direct goes live at 6:30 AM PT / 9:30 AM ET / 2:30 PM in the UK / 3:30 PM in Europe. It will last roughly 20 minutes.

You can watch the Pokemon Direct as it happens below. We’ll be adding news to the site throughout the presentation, and you can expect more coverage once it ends.