Episode 164 – The HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL Top 50 Nintendo Games EVER!!!! (not really)

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News:

Sega Announces AGES For Nintendo Switch, Mega Drive Mini Console

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection announced for Switch

Games we’ve been playing:

Karate Kid, Dragon Blaze, Tengai

Music:

Converge – A Single Tear

Rilo Kiley – accidntel deth

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Episode 163 – The Road to Wrestlemania

NFC Mania 2018 Poster

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We are on the road to Wrestlemania!! In this special episode, we talk about 8 and 16-bit wrestling games like Pro Wrestling, Wrestlemania, Tecmo World Wrestling, HAL Wrestling, Saturday Night Slammasters, Super Fire Pro Wrestling, Super Wrestlemania, and Wrestlemania The Arcade Game. We also give our thoughts and predictions on the Wrestlemania 34 card!

If you want more great NFC wrestling content, check out Wrestlers Playing Switch

I also captured footage of some SNES wrestling games on the Analogue Super NT!

Music:

“Real American”

“Piledriver”

Episode 162 – Skate or Sigh

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News:

Code of Princess EX Coming to Switch This Summer!

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary – 8th March

Bandai Namco’s Taiko no Tatsujin Is Coming To Switch In Japan

If You Like Switch Shmups, You’ll Want This Vertical Grip

Sonic Mania Plus, a retail version of Sonic Mania, announced for this Summer (+ Sonic Mania Adventures Animated Series Coming to YouTube)

Membrane Interview

Must-Play Neo Geo games on Switch

Games we’ve been playing:

Membrane, Splatoon 2, Neo Geo Arcade Archives, BotW

Music:

The Offspring – Smash

Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana?

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Must-play Neo Games on the Nintendo Switch

About four years ago I made a list of must-play Neo Geo games on the Wii Virtual Console. Since then, it’s become the most consistently accessed post on the blog. With Wii VC shutting down and Hamster continuing to release a Neo Geo game every week on Switch, it seemed like a good time to revisit the concept with Nintendo’s hybrid console in mind.

A few things to know about this list:

  1. This list is a living document. I will continue to add cool Neo Geo games to the post as they release on the Switch eshop.
  2. The port quality in the series is consistently good. No game is being left off of the list because it’s glitchy or anything. The ACA Neo Geo series has a (pretty much) universal feature set including settings for audio, video (filters, screen size, etc.), difficulty (level, continues, etc.), and region (Japanese or English version). Every game also includes online leaderboards in the form of Hi Score and Caravan modes. The games can be played in handheld, docked, or tabletop mode with the Joy Con removed. They all support screenshots, and some like Metal Slug 3 have been patched to allow for 30 second video capture. None of the games in the series offer proper online play.
  3. I love SNK and Neo Geo games. A ton. However, many of these games demand quite a bit of skill for high-level play, and that’s not me. I can tell you why Last Blade gives me chills everytime I play it, but I can’t break down the fighting mechanics and systems at play. So in the interest of giving a more complete picture in addition to my thoughts, I included links for “further reading” about the games chosen in the list.
  4. I tried to limit the number of entries from a single series. For example, while I think there is an argument to be made for every Metal Slug game to be on this list, I only included one, because that’s my favorite one. This was especially challenging with the King of Fighters series, but such is life.
  5. Attn World Heroes and Art of Fighting mega-fans: don’t read this list, you’ll only be disappointed.
  6. Finally, and this probably doesn’t matter to anyone except me, but I took all the screenshots for this article myself. This ensures that the images you’re seeing from these games is authentic Switch quality. I use the A1 (light scanline) filter (found in the options of each game).

Cool. Let’s get started.

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Interview with Membrane Creator Seth S. Scott

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In this episode I (Ryan) interview Seth S. Scott, the creator of Membrane (now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop). It’s a pretty rad convo about NYU’s game development program, “Run Naked,” SSX Blur, and more. Unfortunately my audio gets weird and echo-y during the last 7 minutes or so, but thankfully I don’t talk too much. Sorry!

Check out Seth’s stuff here.

Music:

Seth S. Scott – Cyan

The Hold Steady – I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You

Episode 161 – it’s your birthday and you don’t even know how old you are

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News:

Black Panther Director Is A Big Fan Of Nintendo Switch

Sega’s Shining Series Returns To The West After A Decade Away, And It’s Coming To Switch

WWE ITEMS COMING TO ROCKET LEAGUE THIS SPRING

Next Batch Of Switch Neo Geo Games Revealed

Games we’ve been playing:

SPAWN, Zed Blade, Membrane, Super Mario Odyssey DLC, TMNT 4 Turtles in Time, Strikers 1945 II, SupaRetron HD

Music:

Kendrick Lamar feat. SOB X RBE – Paramedic!

Atom and His Package – Happy Birthday Ralph

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Episode 160 – Robots Playing Baseball and Stuff

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News:

My Nintendo Announces Changes To Program In March

SNK planning more support for Switch down the road

Games we’ve been playing:

Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology, Bayonetta 2, Super Baseball 2020

Music:

Fall Out Boy – The Last of the Real Ones

Jeff Rosenstock – Yr Throat

 

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