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Get caught up on what’s new and exciting in the world of Nintendo with Nintendo Everything Refresh – a brand new show by the staff of Nintendo Everything!

In this inaugural episode, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas, Dennis, and Luiz as they discuss big recent news topics including the recent DSi and Wii Shop outages, Switch’s brand new “Groups” feature, and the future shutdown of Dragalia Lost. Plus, stick around for our impressions of some of the games we’ve been playing lately, including Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Rune Factory 5, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pack DLC, and more.

You can check out episode 1 below.

Future episodes of Nintendo Everything Refresh will be released at the start of the week over on the Nintendo Everything YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe and turn on notifications so you don’t miss out. Have ideas or suggestions for the show? Let us know what you think – and thanks for listening!

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2d to 3d nintendo franchises

Recently, the first Kirby game with true 3D gameplay was released on Switch. It’s fascinating to observe that process and notice the many adaptations developers make to guarantee that everything works perfectly in that sort of new and complex environment.

In today’s video, we’re looking back at some of the franchises from Nintendo that made the jump from 2D to 3D with great success. I specifically went with five series that I consider the best. You can check the full list in the video down below.

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax review

System: Switch
Release date: March 17, 2022
Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Atlus

A longtime cult classic among Persona and fighting game fans alike, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is finally seeing a re-release on modern systems as part of the series’ 25th anniversary celebration. Atlus and Arc System Works came together a decade ago to create a crossover for the ages, pairing Arc System Works’ wild and incredibly fun fighting game style with the world of Persona and its unmatchable, overflowing swagger. That swagger is present in every facet of the game, including the familiar characters and aesthetic, electric soundtrack, slick flourishes throughout the presentation that would go on to take even Masahiro Sakurai’s heart later in the series, and its classic Persona-style mystery.

rune factory 5 english localization interview

Rune Factory 5 has technically been around for a year, but only in Japan. But just this week, the game made its debut in North America and Europe thanks to the localization efforts of XSEED.

John Wheeler, Lori Snyder, and Katherine Sargent are some of the key people behind Rune Factory 5’s English version as they contributed to the project as the localization manager, assistant localization manager, and localization editor respectively. Recently, we were able to catch up with them to talk more about their work. You can read our full discussion below for insight into the localization of Rune Factory 5.

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With more and more companies around the world from a variety of backgrounds, philosophies, and talents merging and being bought up, making sure content offerings are plentiful while still remaining strategically available and accessible is becoming more and more important. Since 2020, the pandemic has completely changed the way we consume media on just about every platform and device available, whether it’s your Kindle, smart TV, mobile device, Xbox, or just about anything that has a screen on it these days. Formerly closed and proprietary devices such as Xbox, for example, have gone on to create their own Xbox Game Pass subscription service that has been wildly successful, seeing millions of active users and subscribers each month not only on Xbox devices, but allowing games available on the service to be played outside of the console as well. The Xbox experience has become more accessible than ever, and it’s through this strategy that is allowing Microsoft to pave the way forward for innovation within games distribution and consumption without borders.

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This week, Nintendo dropped a new Switch firmware update with significant functionality. Version 14.0.0 has introduced something called groups, which is a way for system owners to organize their games and other content on the home menu. It’s the closest thing we have to folders at the moment.

With groups, you can organize things in pretty much any way you’d like. Some are choosing to create them based on their favorite games, different games in a particular franchise, and more.

We’re curious to see how you’ve arranged your groups, so feel free to share screenshots below. You can also tell us about by writing a comment.

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Nintendo Everything recently had the opportunity to speak with Shiro Maekawa, the director of Rune Factory 5. We discussed a variety of topics including the lengthy wait since the series’ previous entry, the inclusion of same-sex relationships, and more. Maekawa also expressed interest in remakes / remasters of previous titles and indicated that it won’t be another ten years for a new Rune Factory game.

You can read our full discussion with Maekawa below. 

Rune Factory 5 guide tips

The latest entry in the fantasy farming RPG series, Rune Factory, has arrived today on Switch with Rune Factory 5. While series fans have been well seasoned in the series’ various systems, for first-time farmers we have a few quick tips for getting started.

rune factory 5 review

System: Switch
Release date: March 22, 2022
Developer: Hakama
Publisher: XSEED Games / Marvelous

The producer of the Rune Factory franchise, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, once summarized the games as “Harvest Moon where you wield a sword.” And while that’s technically true, it’s a bit reductive; not content in being merely another set of farming-focused slice of life experiences, the Rune Factory games lean deeper into the “role-playing” aspects of their fantasy settings, giving you more room to explore, fight, craft and shape your experience to your liking then Harvest Moon ever has. Rune Factory 5 is the first 3D entry in the franchise since 2011’s Tides of Destiny, and thus feels primed to capture the attention of more new fans than ever before. While this new entry may lack the overall polish in its mechanics and presentation that it deserves, Rune Factory 5 is still an overall rewarding experience full of charm that I thoroughly enjoyed.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the newest installment in the long-running LEGO series. Recently as part of a press preview, I had the opportunity to watch more than 40 minutes of gameplay for the title ahead of its launch and I came away quite impressed.

The game appears to be a departure from the classic LEGO formula. New layers of complexity are added to the gameplay, making the whole experience feel more engaging and truly different from past games in the series. You can check out my full impressions and the gameplay footage in the video down below.

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