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SpongeBob SquarePants Cosmic Shake review

System: Switch
Release date: January 31, 2023
Developer: Purple Lamp
Publisher: THQ Nordic

Of all the platforming juggernauts that come to mind when I recall the early 2000s, SpongeBob SquarePants is not among them. In 2020, THQ released a remake of Battle for Bikini Bottom – a 2003 game in every sense of the word. After selling over two million copies, it landed us with an all new spiritual sequel to that game in the form of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake. The main hurdle this sequel has to overcome is being unshackled from the weapons-grade nostalgia that propelled its predecessor to success. To be fair to The Cosmic Shake, this is a difficult act to follow. How exactly do you craft a follow-up to a remake of a twenty year old game? Developer Purple Lamp has two decades of platformers to draw inspiration from, and the one it chooses to wear on its sleeve is unfortunately the remake that preceded it.

SpongeBob SquarePants The Cosmic Shake interview Purple Lamp

Nintendo Everything recently had a chance to speak with Andreas “AJ” Jarzabek, a project manager at Purple Lamp, about SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake. This title follows a remake of Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, a remake of the 2003 3D platformer.

We discussed a range of topics with Jarzabek, including the origins of Cosmic Shake, different gameplay aspects, the Switch version, and more. You can delve into our full interview below.

Something finally happened this week that many had for a long time thought would be impossible: a release of GoldenEye 007. If you’re a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscriber, you can play it right now. For some, this will be their first time reexperiencing the game since its release over two decades ago. GoldenEye 007 on Switch is largely the same as it was back in the day, but you can now at least play it online thanks to the built in functionality of the N64 app.

If you’re one of those people that played GoldenEye 007 when it first came out and have now started it up on Switch, how do you feel it holds up? Is it as good as you remember? And for new players, what are your thoughts on the game that has often been labeled as a true classic? Let us know in the comments.

SpongeBob SquarePants Purple Lamp Studios

When you think of the bigger SpongeBob SquarePants games these days, Purple Lamp should come to mind. The studio worked on Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated in 2020, and is now about to release The Cosmic Shake just a couple of years later.

Despite having put out a pair of 3D platformers based on the franchise (though one was a remake) relatively close together, it sounds like the developer would like to continue working with the IP going forward. Andreas “AJ” Jarzabek, project manager, Purple Lamp Studios, told Nintendo Everything in a recent interview that it still has plenty of ideas left in the tank.

With Fire Emblem Engage finally available worldwide and in players’ hands, how does it stack up to other entries in the franchise? In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Luiz (who, full disclaimer, are NOT Fire Emblem experts) as they break down reviews of the game and discuss what people love, and what others don’t. They’ll also discuss the recent Switch ports of Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden, the return of Dokapon Kingdom, cleaning Lara Croft’s (apparently) filthy mansion in Powerwash Simulator, and much much more!

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

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Persona 4 Golden review Switch

System: Switch
Release Date: January 19, 2023
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus

Releasing originally on the PlayStation 2 in 2008, Persona 4’s small town of Inaba is not unlike my own home town. A small, sleepy community with one grocery store, one gas station, and if you drive by it and blink, you might miss the town altogether. Small communities are generally safe, right? Moving there, one might feel secure leaving their doors unlocked, with no real worries about what could happen while you run to the convenience store. Inaba, though, has a murderer on the loose – one that seems to kill through very non-traditional means. First, a local TV personality, and next a teenage student… Is anyone safe anymore in Inaba? How does one catch a killer that leaves no trace of their crime? Why do the victims show up beforehand on the eerie Midnight Channel when it rains? Why are students being targeted in the first place? Persona 4 Golden’s murder mystery has many layers, and by taking control of our Protagonist and his friends can we really solve this situation and save the lives of those targeted?

When is the next Nintendo Direct?

Since it’s January, a topic of discussion that tends to pop up around this time is when the next Nintendo Direct will be. That’s not much of a surprise, especially since fans are always curious as to what Nintendo has in store. It’s not out of the question for a new presentation to happen as we start the new year so that we can get a better idea as to what’s planned from a first and third-party perspective.

Lets Talk Fire Emblem Engage impressions

Fire Emblem Engage is a pretty big deal. It’s Nintendo’s first big Switch release of 2023, and the second major entry in the series on Switch.

How many of you have picked up Fire Emblem Engage? If you’ve started the game, what are your early impressions? Let us know in the comments below.

Everyone’s talking about Fire Emblem right now, but don’t forget that another Nintendo IP is getting a new game soon! In this week’s episode, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Luiz as they discuss Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe and some of the new features being added to this unusual remaster. They’ll also discuss the low (by Ubisoft’s standards) sales of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, upcoming updates for Bayonetta 3 and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, and much more!

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

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Lets Talk 2023 Nintendo predictions

We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about gaming when it comes to 2023 as of late, and we’ve got one more similar topic on that front. With the year just now starting, what are your predictions for Nintendo?

Something that will probably never go away is discussion about new hardware. Switch came out almost six years ago, so it’s no spring chicken at this point. Still, Nintendo hasn’t given any indication that it will be announcing a new product anytime soon.

Outside of hardware, there are always predictions to be had about other things. There are plenty of games that could be announced after all as just a few titles are known for the next twelve months. Another thing that people have interest in concerns upcoming Nintendo Directs, and when the first presentation of the year will air.

So what are your predictions for Nintendo in 2023? Let us know in the comments below.

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