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Hello my crypto currency miners! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we’ve got quite the wild news. There’s reports of physical imports of Animal Crossing: New Horizons being banned in mainland China, and a weird and wacky story of Cooking Mama: Cookstar. We’ve got game critique aplenty with Resident Evil 3, Hob: Definitive Edition, and more. Our listener mail is chock-full of JRPG goodness as we discuss Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and learning to appreciate media that you don’t love. Come have a chill game time with us!

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A new month rolled right on in last week. Now that we’re in April, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Still setting up your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Trying out anything from the recent Nintendo Direct Mini like Good Job or the Bravely Default II demo? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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On our podcast last week, voice actor Joe Zieja was kind enough to stop by and discuss his work on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Zieja played the part of Claude, leader of the Golden Deer house.

Aside from Claude, Zieja actually auditioned for other potential characters as well, including Dimitri and Dedue. Zieja spoke about his readings for those parts, telling us:

This month’s issue of Nintendo Dream has a massive Fire Emblem: Three Houses developer interview. Directors Toshiyuki Kusakihara and Genki Yokota addressed a variety of topics, including Cindered Shadows, user feedback, increasing the amount of save slots, the new outfits, the roles of Nintendo, Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo (including Nintendo’s requests), how the team went about creating the houses and students, and plenty more.

Due to the length of the interview – which is more than a dozen pages long – we’ve decided to split up the interview into two parts. We’re publishing the first half today and the second half tomorrow. 

Here’s our full translation of the first half:

Hello my remastered listeners—you’re all lookin’ great! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we have a special guest: Mr. Joe Zieja, decordated voice actor and superhuman talent. Join us for a candid talk with Joe and learn how he became who he is today. Joe tells us his story of life in the voice acting industry, his experience in the Air Force and military, embracing the Fire Emblem community and so much more.

Further, Oni Dino and Galen cover the Super Mario remaster rumors that were quite the storm this past week, Galen’s got a stronger grasp on Animal Crossing: New Horizons—the good and the bad, and the gang finishes things off in the listener mail segment with an in-depth discussion of the state of Final Fantasy over the decades.

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With the lack of Fatal Frame games in recent years, fans have been very much anticipating a new entry. We asked series producer Keisuke Kikuchi about the possibility of the franchise appearing on Switch a few months ago, and while he seemed potentially interested, no promises were made.

We saw the strong fan reaction after we published our article and decided to give things another go by asking Kikuchi about Fatal Frame once again. We also brought up the possibility of remasters since we know that’s something some of our readers expressed interest in.

Here’s our full exchange with Kikuchi:

This past Monday brought us a slew of rumors regarding Nintendo’s plans for Super Mario this year. To celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary, 2020 will apparently be bringing many re-releases/remasters on Switch. Much of what we’ve heard concerns 3D Mario games. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy will be returning, if the rumors turn out to be true. Super Mario 3D World may also be getting the “Deluxe” treatment with additional levels.

Out of these 3D Mario games, which one would you be most interested in seeing return on Switch? What about that game has managed to capture your attention out of all the others? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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System: Switch
Release date: April 7, 2020
Developer: Granzella
Publisher: NIS America


Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, the franchise’s first entry in the west in over a decade, puts players right down into a city that’s been struck by a 7.0+ magnitude earthquake that brings catastrophic damage over the area, injuring and trapping many people. Now with nowhere to go and everyone in hysterics, environmental awareness is key as you make your way to safety avoiding any other disasters that may come your way. Disaster Report 4 does well to set the tone and give players freedom of choice when it comes to helping others and doing what it takes to survive, but for everything it does well on the surface, it’s the performance that gets hit hardest, causing the Switch version to be a disaster of its own.

Hello my mini listeners! This week on the Nintendo Everything Podcast, we celebrate a drop of water in a desert with the Nintendo Direct Mini! Xenoblade, Bravely Default II demo, ARMS in Smash, Good Job!—there were a lot of highlights. And just before then, we’ve got more on why Animal Crossing is the perfect answer to social distancing. If you were ever curious what the first week of New Horizons is like, Mary’s got you covered. Galen also shares the tragic backstory he’s role-playing his Animal Crossing villager with. And the gang discusses a double dose of horror-action with the Resident Evil 3 demo and The Evil Within 2.

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Rumors of a possible Nintendo Direct circulated earlier this month. The speculation came to a head this week, as Nintendo finally aired a new presentation this past Thursday. It may have been a “Mini” presentation, but when it’s been more than half a year without a general Nintendo Direct, you’ll take what you can get.

This week’s Nintendo Direct started out by showing Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition – specifically what’s new such as the epilogue, and the May 29 release date. There was plenty of other news like a new ARMS DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, 2K bringing BioShock, Borderlands, and XCOM 2 to Switch, Atlus putting Catherine: Full Body on the console, Burnout Paradise, Mr Driller DrillLand, Star Wars Episode I: Racer, King’s Bounty II, Vigor, and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. We also saw several shadowdrops between Panzer Dragoon: Remake, Good Job!, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Shinsekai: Into the Depths, and the Bravely Default II demo. The Nintendo Direct gave us a new look at The Isle of Armor for Pokemon Sword/Shield as well.

Given everything we saw in the Nintendo Direct (Mini), how’d you feel about the presentation? What was your personal highlight? And if you aren’t planning on purchase Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, what’s wrong with you? Sorry, I had to. In any case, share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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