Nintendo Cartridge Society

Nintendo Cartridge Society

By Campfire Media
Patrick Ehlers and Mark Mitchell breakdown news, games, and everything else Nintendo in this weekly podcast. Old games, new games, rumors, nothing’s off limits as two life-long Nintendo fans discuss the house that Mario built.
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Ranking Zelda Overworlds
Patrick and Mark are joined by returning special guest Matt Acevedo to definitively rank the Zelda overworlds. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:03:43
September 19, 2019
Ring Fit Adventure (News from 9/17/19)
Patrick and Mark smile awkwardly and over enunciate as they extol the virtue of a high fiber diet and daily exercise with Ring Fit Adventure. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
46:12
September 17, 2019
Nintendo Job Swap
In celebration of Astral Chain’s cop characters, Patrick and Mark have a good old fashioned job swap and determine which Nintendo characters could successfully switch roles. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
52:23
September 12, 2019
Gold Shovel Knight Amiibo (News from 9/10/19)
Patrick and Mark are still in a post-Direct mania as they gawk at the newly revealed gold Shovel Knight amiibo. Plus, Nintendo teases a mysterious new peripheral, and speculation on what the Fire Emblem expansion pass might include. SMM2 levels featured on the show: Edward’s low gravity level is HP5-HSG-GVF and Jared’s raccoon level is P4K-GK6-PBG. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
51:23
September 10, 2019
Nintendo Direct 9/4/19
Patrick and Mark discuss all of the surprises and announcements from Nintendo’s September Direct. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:01:46
September 5, 2019
PAX West 2019 Roundup (News from 9/3/2019)
Patrick and Mark roundup all of the Nintendo-related news out of PAX West 2019. Check out Teegan's SMM2 level at QWX-LNJ-8VF. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
46:04
September 3, 2019
Best/Worst Nintendo Villains
Patrick and Mark definitively rank Nintendo’s greatest villains. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
52:24
August 29, 2019
Mario & Sonic (in 2D) at the Olympic Games (News from 8/27/19)
Mario and Sonic are getting retro sprites in their latest team up, and Patrick and Mark try to figure out why Mario is 8-bit but Sonic is 16-bit. Plus, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is coming soon, and the Terminator is suddenly in everything. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
56:40
August 27, 2019
Indie World Showcase 8/19/19
Patrick and Mark run down all of the announcements and surprises from this week's Indie World Showcase. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
38:17
August 22, 2019
SNES Controller Patent (News from 8/20/19)
A patent has appeared for Switch-compatible SNES controllers, and Patrick and Mark are very ready for whatever that means! Plus, thanks to a generous listener Mark’s been playing Hollow Knight. Wolfaroo's Three Bosses level is 78Y-6H4-KBG and Pete's Free Solo level is PT1-76N-3SG. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
48:44
August 20, 2019
NCS By Request
In response to an epic email from a longtime listener, Patrick and Mark discuss the future of Pokemon, Zelda clones, third party controllers, gaming backlogs, and more! We love emails: nintendocartridgesociety “at” gmail.com. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
52:21
August 15, 2019
New Galarian Pokemon Forms (News from 8/13/19)
Patrick and Mark are transformed into adorable Dickensian orphans as they discuss the new Galarian Pokemon forms. Plus, more Fire Emblem: Three Houses talk, Mark returns to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and the origins of Neapolitan ice cream. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
41:23
August 13, 2019
Ranking Rare’s N64 Characters
Patrick and Mark slap some googly eyes on inanimate objects as they definitively rank Rare’s N64 characters. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
44:09
August 8, 2019
The Outer Worlds on Switch (News from 8/6/19)
Patrick and Mark talk about their experiences playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses and who they think will enjoy the game. Plus, The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch, details about Smash Bros Ultimate version 4.0, and more. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
42:24
August 6, 2019
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Sorting Hat w/ Ryan Mogge
Patrick and Mark are joined by returning special guest Ryan Mogge to definitively sort fictional characters into the 3 houses of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:23:02
August 1, 2019
Smash Ultimate Vers. 4.0 (News from 7/30/19)
Patrick and Mark discuss the latest major Super Smash Bros Ulimate update. Plus, Patrick’s been playing Fire Emblem Three Houses, and the guys have a real prize for the Donkey Kong 3 high score challenge. Play Isaac's level at GVP-GR6-31H and Jonathan's levels at 4RV-S12-KLF (the spin jump one) or JV0-83F-84G (the technical one, with shell jumps). -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
43:27
July 30, 2019
Top 4 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Characters
Patrick and Mark pick the 4 best playable characters in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Excelsior! -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
47:08
July 25, 2019
Joy-Con Drift (News from 7/23/19)
Patrick and Mark are feeling 2 fast and 2 furious about the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift issues. Plus, listener Mario Maker 2 levels, and some good gaming deals for living off the grid. Find Stefan's leves at 0GT-DXN-GPG and Turner's levels at 4B8-376-DLG. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
51:06
July 23, 2019
Splatfests Decided w/ Casey Gullickson
With the final Splatfest looming, writer, director, and dog owner Casey Gullickson joins Patrick and Mark to help definitively determine the right answers to all of Splatoon 2’s Splatfests. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:34:31
July 18, 2019
Nintendo Switch Lite (News from 7/16/19)
Patrick and Mark enjoy all of the taste of the Nintendo Switch with only half the calories as Nintendo reveals the Nintendo Switch Lite. Plus, listener emails kick off a new Super Mario Maker 2 level sharing program. Casey's Big Goomba level: W2H-MMV-NHF and Patrick's Super Mario Bros. 2 level is L59-8VV-SJF. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:00:03
July 16, 2019
Best Mario Power-up w/ Christian Humes
Patrick and Mark are joined by special guest Christian Humes to definitively determine the greatest Mario power-up of all time! -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:30:14
July 11, 2019
Gigantimaxing in Pokemon Sword and Shield (News from 7/9/19)
This week, Patrick and Mark are no longer best friends with Dynamaxing in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Their new best friend is Gigantimaxing. Plus, leaks surrounding the upcoming Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios, and why we’re never getting another Pokemon Snap. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
39:05
July 9, 2019
Favorite Nintendo Kids
This 4th of July, Patrick and Mark celebrate America’s independence by talking about their favorite Nintendo dependents. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
39:43
July 4, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 (News from 7/2/19)
Nintendo is pulling out all the stops in anticipation of Splatoon 2’s final Splatfest, and Patrick and Mark are determined to get into the fray. Plus, the guys are playing Super Mario Maker 2 and are risking their lives by revealing startling Link to the Past secrets. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
45:15
July 2, 2019
Favorite Games from 5, 10, 20, and 30 Years Ago
Patrick and Mark go back in time for a low stakes time heist, and to discuss their favorite Nintendo games from 5, 10, 20, and 30 years ago. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
34:25
June 27, 2019
New Fire Emblem Details (News from 6/25/19)
Patrick and Mark ponder the future of the Sonic Forces borrowing program after Sega promises a new Sonic game in 2021. Plus, new details about Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and questions around the release date for Luigi's Mansion 3. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
46:44
June 25, 2019
Nintendo Characters Who Should Lose Their Jobs
With Animal Crossing's Mr. Resetti losing his job thanks to New Horizon's auto-save feature, Patrick and Mark discuss what other Nintendo characters deserve pink slips. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
30:25
June 20, 2019
Post-E3 2019 Roundup (News from 6/18/19)
Patrick and Mark catch up with all the news they missed during E3 2019. Plus, the guys ponder their fates as tragic romantic heroines. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
52:14
June 18, 2019
E3 2019 Show Floor Impressions
Patrick and Mark give their impressions from the show floor of E3 2019; including Pokemon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Link’s Awakwening, and Final Fantasy VII Remake. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
42:09
June 13, 2019
Nintendo Direct E3 2019 (News from 6/11/19)
Patrick and Mark fill up your alien gut bucket with all the news from Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
44:11
June 11, 2019
Pokemon Direct & E3 Predictions
It’s a Nintendo Direct sandwich, and Patrick and Mark are bringing the mayo, first by recapping the Pokemon Sword and Shield Direct, and then by predicting next week's E3 Direct. Yee haw! -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
47:06
June 6, 2019
Pokemon Sleep (News from 6/4/19)
Patrick and Mark are sleeping with one eye open as they take in the news from last week’s Pokemon Business Strategy Announcement. Plus, Spawn is gonna be in Mortal Kombat, but don‘t count on a Marvel character being in Smash Bros anytime soon. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
52:07
June 4, 2019
Favorite Resident Evil Moments
Patrick and Mark count down their favorite moments from the Resident Evil series. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
44:32
May 30, 2019
Sonic Movie Delay (News from 5/28/19)
This week Patrick introduces Mark to a vast web of conspiracy theories about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie delay. Plus, Patrick discovers Picross and Mark plays Resident Evil 4... again... -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
49:47
May 28, 2019
Ranking the Games of the Castlevania Anniversary Collection
Patrick and Mark do the mash — they do the Monster Mash — as they definitively rank the games in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
43:08
May 23, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 Direct (News from 5/21/19)
Last week’s Super Mario Maker 2 Direct made believers out of Patrick and Mark. Plus, we’re wishing you and yours and happy Resident Evil Day! -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
52:08
May 21, 2019
Detective Pikachu with Rachel Chapman & Clare Loughran
Patrick and Mark are joined by special guests Rachel Chapman and Clare Loughran from the Inside the Disney Vault podcast to review Detective Pikachu. Spoiler alert! -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:37:01
May 16, 2019
Tetris 99 DLC (News from 5/14/19)
Patrick and Mark thought they had said everything there was to say about Tetris 99, but then Nintendo dropped surprise DLC for the game! Plus, Nintendo’s E3 2019 plans, a new Pokemon mobile game on the way, and more. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
45:37
May 14, 2019
250(ish) Episode Q&A Spectacular
Patrick and Mark celebrate the 250th episode of the show by answering your listener questions. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
1:57:08
May 9, 2019
Sonic Movie Trailer (News from 5/7/19)
The Sonic the Hedghog movie has a trailer, and Patrick and Mark talk about why nobody likes it. Plus, Mark is unsure about some developments in Steins; Gate Elite, the Final Fantasy connection to the Animatrix, and more. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
42:15
May 7, 2019
Favorite 3rd Party Switch Games
The Switch is over 2 years old and the deluge of games never stops! To celebrate the system's ever-expanding library, Patrick and Mark discuss their favorite Switch games not developed by Nintendo. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
45:32
May 2, 2019
Persona 5 Scramble (News from 4/30/19)
Persona 5S has been revealed...and it’s a musou game? Plus, Patrick and Mark have been playing BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!, and all the news from Nintendo’s Investor Meeting. People drink other kinds of milk now! -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
50:06
April 30, 2019
Cuphead & Katana Zero
A wise man once said, “The greatest teacher, failure is.” That wise man was Yoda! Patrick and Mark heed the advice of their favorite Jedi Master as they try to conquer two new Switch releases, Cuphead and Katana Zero. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
42:10
April 25, 2019
Smash Ultimate 3.0 (News from 4/23/19)
Nintendo surprise-dropped the 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and Patrick and Mark are excited to take Joker for a spin. Plus, Reggie’s still got some tricks up his sleeve, and the Game Boy turns 30. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050 -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
43:50
April 23, 2019
Labo VR Review Discussion
Patrick and Mark jack into the matrix and enter the digital world of Labo VR. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
26:54
April 18, 2019
Reggie’s Last Day (News from 4/16/19)
This week, Reggie Fils-Aime officially retires from Nintendo, and Patrick and Mark waste no time in pledging loyalty to their new Bowser overlord. Plus, a potential new game mode in Smash Bros Ultimate, and a potential new LEGO Star Wars game. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
46:51
April 16, 2019
Ranking the Final Fantasy VII Characters
At long last, Patrick and Mark can talk about Final Fantasy VII on their Nintendo podcast! This week the guys definitively rank the playable characters in this JRPG classic. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
53:53
April 11, 2019
Best Buy Leaks (News from 4/9/19)
“Leaks” from Best Buy have Patrick and Mark wondering what Link to the Past-related thing could possibly be coming to Switch. Plus, what of Criterion’s F-Zero game? And things that make you go “ahhhhh...” -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
52:48
April 9, 2019
Yoshi's Crafted World Review Discussion
This week, Patrick and Mark discuss the latest Yoshi game — Yoshi’s Crafted World. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
39:55
April 4, 2019
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (News from 4/2/19)
Patrick and Mark talk about just about many Switches they're willing to buy rumors of, not one, but two hardware revisions coming this year. Plus, Mario & Sonic go back to the Olympics for the first time since the last time and Yacht Clubs' new game sure looks a lot like The Messenger. -- FRIEND US ON SWITCH Patrick: SW-1401-2882-4137 Mark: SW-8112-0583-0050. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @NinCartSociety Email: NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify
51:16
April 2, 2019
Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest
At the end of Weird Retro Sequel month, Patrick and Mark take one of the most obtuse NES classics for a spin: Castlevania 2. This game has three different endings and the guys can’t agree on which one actually constitutes the “good” ending. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
35:20
March 28, 2019
March Nindie Direct (News from 3/26/19)
Patrick is joined by Michael DeLaney (Retcon Punch) to review last week’s Nindie Direct. Some patterns emerge: post-apocalypse, cartoon-y art styles, everything is a weapon, dogs in danger, and mutants… lots of mutants. Plus, Patrick and DeLaney are both initially excited by a game called “The Red Lantern” before realizing it has nothing to do with the comic book characters of the same name, before getting excited about what the game actually is. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
47:55
March 26, 2019
Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics 2
Patrick loves StarTropics. Loves it. But how’s the super-late-era NES sequel to a hyper-Americana Zelda-like hold up to that legacy? Patrick and Mark play most of the way through this goofy time travel adventure to find out! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
40:43
March 21, 2019
Borderlands 2 on Switch? (News from 3/19/19)
Patrick is joined by Kelly Nugent (Teen Creeps, Same Day Shipping) to speculate on what new games Gearbox and Yacht Club Games are going to announce at PAX East. Plus, a harsh review of the theme song for Fire Emblem Three Houses! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
49:22
March 19, 2019
Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins
Patrick and Mark dig into the Game Boy Classic: Super Mario Land 2. Why does Mario have a castle? Why is there a Wario? What do coins do in Mario games? Find out by playing and listening along! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
45:35
March 14, 2019
Labo VR (News from 3/12/19)
Patrick is joined by Greg Smith (DopeTown 3000) to raise questions about the Nintendo Labo VR set, to get excited about that cool new Mortal Kombat 11 story trailer, and to kindly ask Masahiro Sakurai to take better care of himself. Plus, Nintendo wants their mobile games to make less money? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
1:02:42
March 12, 2019
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Patrick and Mark aren’t sure they understand the story behind Zelda II, and honestly, without Patrick playing this game backwards and forwards as kid, they’d be pretty much lost here. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
43:05
March 7, 2019
Pokemon Sword & Shield Direct (News from 3/5/19)
Patrick is joined by Matt Acevedo (Ultimate Fictional Character Podcast) to talk about which of these new starter Pokemon is the most adorable (hint: it’s either the saddest one, or the happiest one). Plus, Delta Rune doesn’t let you choose and Pauline is coming to Mario Tennis Aces! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:43
March 5, 2019
Game Boy Games that Deserve Remakes
With the reveal of a Link’s Awakening remake coming to Switch later this year, Patrick and Mark discuss the other Game Boy games they think deserve similar treatment. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
38:02
February 28, 2019
Reggie Retires (News from 2/26/19)
It’s the end of an era as Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime announces his retirement, and Patrick and Mark share fond memories of his tenure. Plus, rumors that Microsoft might be publishing some of their games on Switch, and bringing Game Pass with them! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:04
February 26, 2019
Yoshi’s Crafted World & Daemon X Machina Demo Impressions
This week, Patrick and Mark share their impressions of the Yoshi’s Crafted World and Daemon X Machina demos. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
31:26
February 21, 2019
Switch VR Rumors (News from 2/19/19)
This week there are lots of rumors about games that might be coming to Switch, and Patrick and Mark discuss them all. Plus, Patrick’s been playing Final Fantasy IX and Mark’s making his way through Majora’s Mask 3D. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
47:03
February 19, 2019
Nintendo Direct Reactions
Patrick and Mark break down all the reveals, announcements, and surprises from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
47:49
February 14, 2019
Investor Q&A (News from 2/12/19)
This week, Patrick and Mark go through the Qs and the As of Nintendo’s financial call and discuss the state (or rumored state) of the company in 2019. Plus, a sincere thank you to Capcom and an even more sincere prayer for a Direct this week. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
42:59
February 12, 2019
Ranking Donkey Kong’s Animal Buddies
This week, Patrick and Mark definitively rank Donkey Kong’s Animal Buddies. From Rambi to Quawks, who will be the ultimate King of the Jungle? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
54:56
February 7, 2019
Xbox Live on Switch (News from 2/5/19)
The Microsoft and Nintendo romance continues with reports that Xbox Live will soon be supported on Switch, and Patrick and Mark consider the implications for the future. Plus, Nintendo’s earnings call reveals the company’s new strategy to expand their audience. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
51:54
February 5, 2019
Rebooting Nintendo D-List Games
With Metroid Prime 4 getting rebooted under a new development team, Patrick and Mark think up some Nintendo games they wish would have received the same treatment. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
31:46
January 31, 2019
Metroid Prime 4 Delay (News from 1/29/19)
Metroid Prime 4 is getting rebooted, so Patrick and Mark discuss all of the news and rumors surrounding Nintendo’s surprise announcement. Plus, an indie showcase from across the pond. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:37
January 29, 2019
Celebrating the Nintendo 3DS
Ahead of its 8th anniversary next month, Patrick and Mark take an episode to sing the praises of the Nintendo 3DS. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
41:37
January 24, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal (News from 1/22/19)
NetherRealm Studios has revealed more about Mortal Kombat 11, but Patrick and Mark still have so many questions about the Switch version! Plus, an update to the NVIDIA Shield version of Twilight Princess has the guys speculating on the possibility of Zelda re-releases for Switch. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
45:21
January 22, 2019
NSMBU Deluxe and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey
Patrick and Mark discuss the latest Mario re-releases from the House of Mustache (just kidding, no one calls Nintendo that): New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Switch and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey for Nintendo 3DS. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
33:52
January 17, 2019
SNES Emulator on Switch (News from 1/15/19)
Nintendo dropped some surprising news last week, leading Patrick and Mark to speculate on if we’ll still see a Nintendo Direct soon. Plus, dataminers found a bunch of stuff for the guys to talk about, and Mark shares a harrowing tale. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
52:04
January 15, 2019
Ranking Franchise Contributions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Matt Acevedo
With the help of listener input, Patrick, Mark, and special guest Matt Acevedo definitively determine which franchise makes the best contribution to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
1:34:36
January 10, 2019
R.I.P. Bowsette (News from 1/8/19)
Patrick and Mark take control of the rumor mill and address reports that Nintendo will no longer be making consoles and leaked Smash Ultimate DLC characters. Plus, Nintendo has a (soft) official stance on Bowsette. It’s not good… for Luigi. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
39:45
January 8, 2019
Favorite Games of 2018 & Reviewing Last Year’s Resolutions
Patrick and Mark reflect on the year that was, first by reviewing the gaming resolutions they made last year (and settling their $1 million wager!), and then by discussing their favorite games of 2018. Plus, a listener question has them maybe doubting their Mario character rankings. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
52:34
January 3, 2019
Persona 5R Speculation (News from 1/1/19)
Patrick and Mark spent the holidays playing so. many. games. Firewatch, Guacamelee! 2, Katamari Damacy, and more! Plus, speculation on Persona coming to Switch, and the guys discuss the “who” in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
47:29
January 1, 2019
Super Mario Bros. Movie with Ryan Mogge: Part 2 of 2
The conclusion of our 2-part holiday epic! Patrick, Mark, and special guest Ryan Mogge have finished watching 1993’s live action Super Mario Bros. movie. Now the only way to process their feelings is to talk about them. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
1:09:43
December 27, 2018
Super Mario Bros. Movie with Ryan Mogge: Part 1 of 2
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by forcing your friends to endure a terrible movie? This episode, Patrick and Mark and returning guest Ryan Mogge discuss their early experiences with the Super Mario Bros. movie, and prepare themselves to rewatch one of the most embarrassing moments in Nintendo history. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
35:47
December 25, 2018
Putting the Mario Characters Into Tiers with Jen Kleinrock
Patrick and Mark are joined by comedian and podcaster Jen Kleinrock for the ultimate Mario character ranking! Who’s hot and who’s not? Why are the B-listers the secret A-list? And why can’t Toad catch a break? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
1:10:52
December 20, 2018
Disney’s Game Licensing (News from 12/18/18)
Reggie’s comments about the genesis of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 on Switch have Patrick and Mark talking about Disney’s handling of their franchises’ game licenses. Plus, they’ve been playing a lot of games! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
40:59
December 18, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review Discussion
This week, Patrick and Mark discuss the latest entry in Nintendo’s heavy hitting franchise. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
46:39
December 13, 2018
The Game Awards (News from 12/11/18)
Last week’s Game Awards delivered new Mortal Kombat, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and Persona 5’s Joker as a playable character for Smash, but couldn’t deliver a single award for Nintendo. Plus, Patrick and Mark decide to create their own trade organization to scheme their way to respectability. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:51
December 11, 2018
Ranking the Super Mario Odyssey Kingdoms
Patrick and Mark definitively rank the kingdoms of Super Mario Odyssey. It’s gonna be broodal! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:06
December 6, 2018
One Zelda Game Per Year (News from 12/4/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark discuss the rumor that Nintendo wants one Zelda game a year on Switch. Plus, hopes and dreams for the company’s Game Awards reveal, and the birth (and death) of a new catchphrase. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
39:41
December 4, 2018
Smash-like Games
With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just a few days away, Patrick and Mark discuss the many Smash-like games that have sprung up in the wake of Nintendo’s fighting franchise. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
54:00
November 29, 2018
Skyward Sword on Switch? (News from 11/27/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark root for the underdog! Plus, Aonuma maybe teases Skyward Sword for Switch, Smash Bros Ultimate is leaking everywhere (no spoilers here!), and Patrick promises to stop talking about The Messenger. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
40:54
November 27, 2018
Pokemon Let’s Go Review Discussion
It’s Thanksgiving in the US, and this year Patrick and Mark are thankful for the opportunity to review Pokemon Let’s Go (Eevee, but not Pikachu). Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
38:06
November 22, 2018
Detective Pikachu Trailer (News from 11/20/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark are all about that Detective Pikachu trailer. Plus, Sony’s announcement that they’re skipping E3 2019 prompts a discussion on the merits of the convention. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
45:04
November 20, 2018
200th Episode Spectacular
To celebrate the show’s 200th episode, Patrick and Mark determine — definitively! — which of their definitive lists are still definitive and which should be back up for debate. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
47:21
November 15, 2018
Prima Guides Shutting Down (News from 11/13/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark use Nintendo’s second quarter earnings report to discuss the company’s future in the eyes of new president Furukawa. Plus, they’re still playing The Messenger and Diablo 3 is frying their brains! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:25
November 13, 2018
Top 8 NES Games
This week, Patrick and Mark enlist the help of listeners to definitively determine the best 8 NES games of all time! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
1:07:41
November 8, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Direct (News from 11/6/18)
Last week there were rumors, this week there was an actual Smash Bros. Direct. Can Patrick and Mark handle the excitement? Plus, the guys have been playing The Messenger and it’s really great! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
49:33
November 6, 2018
Castlevania Season 2 with Colin J. Morris
This week, Patrick and Mark are joined by returning guest Colin J. Morris to discuss season 2 of Netflix’s Castlevania series. Plus, a spooky single from monster band Drac and the Swamp Rats.
45:27
November 1, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Leak (News from 10/30/18)
There are new Smash Bros. Ultimate rumors, and Patrick and Mark sure are confused about why everyone seems so angry. Plus, the inevitable Resident Evil ports rain down, and the return of Guest Weather! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
51:43
October 30, 2018
Starlink: Battle for Atlas & Dark Souls Remastered
This week, Patrick and Mark discuss two recent third party Switch releases: Starlink: Battle for Atlas and Dark Souls Remastered. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
47:03
October 25, 2018
Spooky Zombie Mario (News from 10/23/18)
Patrick and Mark spin a spooky Halloween tale of… Mario’s murder? Plus, kinder rivals in Pokemon and speculation on what to expect from amiibo support in Smash Bros Ultimate. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:50
October 23, 2018
Zelda SP & Dream SP Games
With the release of The Legend of Zelda SP for NES Switch Online, Nintendo (potentially) opens the door to revisiting all kinds of retro games with playability improvements. Could a version of Battletoads that is actually beatable in co-op be far off? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
40:41
October 18, 2018
Diablo 3 Switch Bundle (News from 10/16/18)
Patrick and Mark summon the spirit of Gooigi to help them discuss the latest Switch special edition hardware conjured by Nintendo. Plus, Solomon’s Key, Mega Man 11, and more Meltan. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
43:05
October 16, 2018
Predicting the Switch Revision
The Wall Street Journal is reporting on rumors of a new Switch. WHAT COULD THAT MEAN!? Patrick and Mark will just have to predict all of it with 100 degree percent certainty. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
41:39
October 11, 2018
Mega Man 11 & Mega Man Movie (News from 10/9/18)
It’s a week full of Mega Man news! Patrick’s been playing Mega Man 11 and Mark has no hope for the recently announced Mega Man movie. Plus, the guys aren’t 100 degree percent sure that Skybound Games should be completing The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
46:57
October 9, 2018
Dragalia Lost Review Discussion
Patrick and Mark had almost zero interest in Dragalia Lost before release, but could it turn out to be their favorite Nintendo mobile game yet? (Yes, yes it could.) Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
34:20
October 4, 2018
Meet Meltan! (News from 10/2/18)
The mysterious Pokemon from last week has a name, and Patrick and Mark wonder: is he a terminator? Plus, we of course talk about Bowsette. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
39:00
October 2, 2018
NES Switch Online
With the release of Nintendo Switch Online, subscribers have access to a library of classic NES titles and Patrick and Mark *love* libraries of classic NES titles. Is the promise of a growing catalog and online functionality enough to make the guys forget about Virtual Console altogether? And what of the rest of the Nintendo Switch Online service? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
40:22
September 27, 2018
Dragon Quest XI S (News from 9/25/18)
Let Patrick and Mark tell you a tale of worker exploitation and ethical consumption under capitalism. Plus, news from TGS and an uncharacteristic conversation about PlayStation Classic. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
44:48
September 25, 2018
LABO Vehicle Kit
Patrick and Mark kick the tires of Nintendo’s third LABO kit, and guess what? LABO is still really great. Plus, a listener email leads the guys to discuss the proper time to delete games from your system once and for all. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
36:04
September 20, 2018
Nintendo Direct (News from 9/18/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark have no time to come up with a clever episode description! There’s so much Nintendo news they’ve got to jump right into it! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
1:03:32
September 18, 2018
Best Zelda NPC with Omar Najam
Patrick and Mark are joined by Omar Najam to definitively determine the best Legend of Zelda non-playable character… of all time! And big thanks to everyone who wrote in with their personal picks! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
1:33:14
September 13, 2018
Cancelled Nintendo Direct (News from 9/11/18)
Nintendo rescheduled last week’s planned Nintendo Direct, but there’s still plenty of news for Patrick and Mark to discuss! If nothing else, the guys celebrate the triumphant inclusion of Slippy in Starlink. If nothing else! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
45:32
September 11, 2018
Link’s Awakening & A Link Between Worlds
In the runup to next week’s epic Zelda NPC episode, Patrick and Mark have been playing through some handheld Zelda classics: Link’s Awakening DX and A Link Between Worlds. Can you believe A Link Between Worlds is already *five* years old? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
35:45
September 6, 2018
Dragalia Lost Direct (News from 9/4/18)
Nintendo did a full-on blow-out presentation of their forthcoming mobile RPG Dragalia Lost, and Patrick and Mark do. not. care. Plus, a Mario + Rabbids sales milestone and a bunch of new stuff coming to Shovel Knight Treasure Trove. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
37:12
September 4, 2018
Nindie Summer Showcase 2018
Nintendo’s latest indie game showcase makes clear the indie game deluge on Switch is not letting up anytime soon — and that local multiplayer is back in style — but are Patrick and Mark feeling just a twinge of fatigue? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
33:58
August 30, 2018
Shigeru Miyamoto at CEDEC (News from 8/28/18)
Nintendo icon Shigeru Miyamoto shares thoughts on his creative process, and Patrick and Mark can totally relate in their own dumb way. Plus, the Smash Bros Ultimate Limited Edition has the guys questioning the value of special editions, and could Starlink dare leave out Grippy when it releases this fall? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
40:46
August 28, 2018
Summer Games with Minhdzuy Khorami
With autumn fast approaching, Patrick and Mark are joined by their friend, writer Minhdzuy Khorami, to talk about the games of summer...whatever that means! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
57:59
August 23, 2018
Diablo 3 Coming to Switch (News from 8/21/18)
After teasing it back in March, Blizzard finally revealed Diablo 3 coming to Switch later this year, and Patrick and Mark are hyped! Plus, a surprise Euro-centric indie showcase and the death of Mark’s Joy-Con. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
46:24
August 21, 2018
Predicting the Final 3DS Game
You just know Nintendo has one final blockbuster release in the chamber for the 3DS, and this week, Patrick and Mark try to predict just what that game could be. Will it be the return of a beloved classic? The rebirth of an underappreciated gem? Or maybe even a dating sim?? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
34:50
August 16, 2018
Nintendo Hardware Milestone (News from 8/14/18)
Nintendo has hit a new milestone for hardware sales, and this week, Patrick and Mark try to puzzle out just how many Virtual Boys that is. Plus, a few crumbs of new info about the Switch’s online service, and why does Venusaur walk like a frog? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
44:15
August 14, 2018
Smash Bros Ultimate Direct 8/8/18
Nintendo continues to reveal more about Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and as the features pile up Patrick and Mark begin to wonder if this game is Sakurai’s Luke Skywalker-esque final farewell. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Luigi. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
36:56
August 9, 2018
Zelda Timeline (News from 8/7/18)
The great Zelda Timeline debate rages on, and Patrick and Mark are caught in the crossfire as Nintendo bravely plants BotW at the end of...some version of the timeline... Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
43:53
August 7, 2018
8 Best RPGs
This week, Patrick and Mark attempt to create a definitive list of the best RPGs on Nintendo platforms *ever*. But will their spirits be broken by the enormity of the task? Or, like the heroes of the games they’re ranking, can they rally to snatch triumph out of the jaws of defeat? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
53:28
August 2, 2018
LABO Vehicle Kit (News from 7/31/18)
Start your engines! Nintendo has a new LABO kit coming this fall, and Patrick and Mark can’t wait. Plus, the guys have been playing for Octopath Traveler and Mark checks out Paladins now that it’s gone free-to-play! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
43:55
July 31, 2018
Dancing Games with Rachel Chapman
This week, the guys are joined by Rachel Chapman, co-host of the Inside the Disney Vault podcast, to talk about dancing games. So put on your red shoes and let’s dance the blues! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
41:10
July 26, 2018
Tingle Horror Game & Mega Man 11 (News from 7/24/18)
Patrick and Mark huddle close to discuss what could have been the spookiest Nintendo game ever. Plus, Link’s blue tunic’s coming to everything and a new Mega Man 11 Robot Master. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
42:25
July 24, 2018
Octopath Traveler Impressions
Octopath Traveler is out…and Patrick and Mark *are* talking about it today. Does Square-Enix’s throwback RPG scratch that 16-bit itch? Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
38:37
July 19, 2018
Octopath Traveler Shortages & Smash Amiibo (News from 7/17/18)
Octopath Traveler is out, and Patrick and Mark aren’t talking about it today - come back Thursday :). Plus, more Sonic Mania and more amiibo. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
39:28
July 17, 2018
Toad’s New Job
As Captain Toad is coming to two new platforms tomorrow, Patrick and Mark thought it’d be fun to pitch other occupations for Toad to have, and the games that might go with those jobs. Also, maybe Patrick’s got a pitch for a Donkey Kong Downhill Snowboarding game that has been eating him up inside for TOO MANY YEARS. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
30:26
July 12, 2018
Pocket Rumble & Fire Emblem Heroes’ “Sketchy Summer” (News from 7/10/18)
Fire Emblem Heroes is launching a new Summer event and it’s...kind of gross? Plus, Patrick’s been playing Pocket Rumble, a fun new feature in WarioWare Gold, and more! Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
50:16
July 10, 2018
Ranking the Worlds of Super Mario Bros. 3
This week, Patrick and Mark *definitively* rank the 8 worlds of Super Mario Bros. 3. 28 years of playing have prepared them for this moment. Friend us on Switch: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050.
40:57
July 5, 2018
3DS & Amiibo (News from 7/3/18)
As promised (last week), our Switch friend codes: Patrick is SW-1401-2882-4137 and Mark is SW-8112-0583-0050. Plus, the future of the 3DS, some amiibo news, and a bunch of “Not News” from Nintendo’s new president. (But we’ll cut him some slack. He’s new.)
42:17
July 3, 2018
Mario Tennis Aces Review Discussion
Mario Tennis Aces is here! Can Patrick and Mark handle the punishment of the Adventure Mode? Is the game worth the $60 asking price? And just why is everyone maining Rosalina online?
32:59
June 28, 2018
Zelda Lore & Flip Grip (News from 6/26/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark take a break from playing demos to discuss the latest bit of Zelda lore revealed in the Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia. Plus, a new crowdfunded Switch accessory for arcade-style handheld gaming, Capcom’s future Switch plans, and more!
45:34
June 26, 2018
What E3 Wasn’t — NCS Live!
Recorded live at the Impro Studio in Los Angeles! Patrick and Mark discuss what wasn’t at Nintendo’s E3 presentation this year, and how the rest of Nintendo’s 2018 looks to be shaping up. Then they join the guys from the Unranked podcast for a trivia game that breaks everyone’s brains.
53:56
June 21, 2018
Fortnite Crossplay (News from 6/19/18)
Patrick and Mark are still recovering from E3, but that doesn’t mean they stopped playing games. Fortnite! Octo Expansion! Donkey Kong! Octopath Traveler! It’s a lot of games! Plus, the guys weigh in on the Sony crossplay controversy and more.
50:23
June 19, 2018
E3 2018 Reactions
It’s E3 2018! Did Nintendo deliver an E-three-rical? Patrick and Mark break down all of the news and surprises from Nintendo’s E3 Direct. ...Oh, and there’s a Super Smash Bros game coming too.
52:35
June 13, 2018
Best Pokemon Starter
This week, Patrick and Mark are joined by comedian and Pokemon Master Oscar Montoya (Inside the Disney Vault) to determine — definitively — the best Pokemon starter of all time.
1:13:21
June 7, 2018
Pokemon Let’s Go! (News from 6/5/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark discuss all of the Poke-news that’s fit to Poke-print! Plus, E3 rumors, eShop updates, and the guys’ impressions of West of Loathing and Yoku’s Island Express.
52:35
June 5, 2018
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
This week, Patrick and Mark play through Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, the new 8-bit Castlevania-clone out of Inti Creates. Later, a listener’s E3 predictions go under the microscope as the guys continue to hype themselves to dangerous levels.
37:22
May 31, 2018
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (News from 5/29/18)
Patrick can’t believe there was a full fledged, first party Nintendo game that came out last week that NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT. So he picked up Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, much to Mark’s surprise. Plus, the guys eagerly await Pokemon news and rehash arguments for and against a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition.
38:02
May 29, 2018
Dream “Demakes”
In the spirit of demakes like “Super Smash Land” and “Breath of the NES” — projects where the creators recreate modern games within the restrictions of retro systems — Patrick and Mark pitch their own ideas for demakes they’d create if they had any technical ability at all.
32:44
May 24, 2018
Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version (News from 5/22/18)
This week, Capcom earns cheers rather than jeers for taking a risk with a streaming-only version of Resident Evil 7. Plus, Patrick and Mark talk the demise of Best Buy’s GCU, Banner Saga on Switch, and more.
45:31
May 22, 2018
E3 2018 Predictions
As Patrick and Mark begin to board the E3 Hype Train, they offer their best predictions of what Nintendo has planned for the big show. The stakes? One million dollars!
43:42
May 17, 2018
Retro’s Rumored Star Fox Racer (News from 5/15/18)
Is Retro about to do for the Star Fox franchise what they did for Metroid? Patrick and Mark weigh the past and future of Nintendo’s troubled franchise. Plus, concrete details on the NES Classic’s return, the confirmed death of Virtual Console, and more!
51:29
May 15, 2018
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
In this mini-episode, Patrick and Mark discuss South Park: The Fractured But Whole, recently released on Switch. Check out today’s other episode where the guys discuss Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze on Switch, available now.
25:56
May 10, 2018
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze on Switch
In this mini-episode, Patrick and Mark discuss the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Check out today’s other episode where the guys discuss South Park: The Fractured But Whole, available now.
20:11
May 10, 2018
Nintendo Switch Online Revealed (News from 5/8/18)
As promised, it’s early May and Nintendo has released more information about the Nintendo Switch Online service launching this September. How excited are Patrick and Mark to play Ice Climber online? Plus, Grezzo revealed as the developer of the Luigi’s Mansion remake and a quick way to earn 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points.
50:52
May 8, 2018
Indie Developer Neil Sarkar
This week, Patrick and Mark are joined by indie game developer Neil Sarkar for a freewheeling discussion of indie game development and the impact of Nintendo as shared culture.
58:01
May 3, 2018
Nintendo’s E3 2018 Plans (News from 5/1/18)
E3 is only a few weeks away, and Patrick and Mark can’t contain their excitement! What does Nintendo have planned? And why are they announcing their online service a month ahead of that presentation? Plus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invade Splatoon 2, and Sam Everywoman decides between buying Fire Emblem Warriors and Hyrule Warriors.
52:12
May 1, 2018
Nintendo LABO
Maybe Patrick and Mark aren’t the target audience for LABO… and maybe that doesn’t matter at all! Your hosts built a car, a piano, and memories that will last a lifetime (or at least long enough to record some positive impressions later the same afternoon).
42:05
April 26, 2018
Dark Souls Delayed on Switch (News from 4/24/18)
Hello, Kitty Kruisers! This week, your hosts bemoan the delay of Dark Souls Remastered, celebrate the possibility of a new Wave Race game, and then simultaneously celebrate and bemoan the new Castlevania mobile game. Plus, Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition is finally making its way to Switch and Patrick and Mark try to figure out who named the chain-chomp.
38:50
April 24, 2018
Choosing Games for a Game Boy Classic Edition
Patrick and Mark use listener suggestions to compile the definitive list of must-have games for a Game Boy Classic Edition.
1:04:31
April 19, 2018
Sega Ages (News from 4/17/18)
Sega is bringing some of their classic games to Switch this summer, and Patrick and Mark fear what that might mean for the future of Virtual Console. Plus, the return of NOT NEWS and Capcom is spared our “boo”s by revealing more about the Mega Man X Legacy Collections.
49:29
April 17, 2018
Retro Revival Games
Indie games with retro sensibilities, games like Owlboy, Stardew Valley, and Shovel Knight, have never been more popular. Patrick and Mark take a look at some of the biggest games to come out of this retro revival, and try to figure out what it is that makes them work so well.
38:35
April 12, 2018
Spyro on Switch? (News from 4/10/18)
SNK is celebrating its 40th anniversary by releasing a collection of games neither Patrick nor Mark have played! Plus, Mario Tennis Aces has a new character and Donkey Kong has a new nose. (You do you, Donkey Kong.)
44:26
April 10, 2018
Ranking the Kongs
What defines a Kong? Who are the Kongs? Is Donkey Kong an individual, a title, or a state of mind? Patrick and Mark dig into the convoluted Kong Family Tree (which is less clear than the Duck Family Tree) to determine, once and for all, who is the best Kong.
51:01
April 5, 2018
(Disappointing) Dragon Quest XI News (News from 4/3/18)
Details are finally emerging about Dragon Quest XI’s Western release, but it’s all bad news for Nintendo fans like Patrick and Mark. Plus, has Nintendo secretly become great at giving players a reason to revisit their Switch games? Also, the return of two beloved segments: NOT NEWS and Guest Weather.
42:31
April 3, 2018
Kirby Star Allies Review Discussion
Kirby Star Allies is out now on Switch, and Patrick and Mark had very different experiences playing Kirby’s first HD adventure.
39:35
March 29, 2018
Banjo-Kazooie in Smash (News from 3/27/18)
Xbox boss Phil Spencer is fine if Nintendo wants to put Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros, so Patrick and Mark speculate on what other Rare characters are worthy of inclusion. Plus, a listener question prompts discussion on the overcrowding of the eShop, and Super Mario Odyssey at the Kids’ Choice Awards.
44:34
March 27, 2018
Nindies Showcase Spring 2018
Nintendo showed off a bunch of new indie games coming to Switch later this year, and your totally cool, totally hip hosts definitely understand every single one of them. Without exception. Except: Reigns Kings and Queens. Oh, and Lumines Remastered. They don’t understand either of those.
42:01
March 22, 2018
Sonic Mania Plus (News from 3/20/18)
It’s a good week for fans of VERY SPECIFIC THINGS. Do you know who Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel are? If so, then you’re probably excited about Sonic Mania Plus! Do you long for the halcyon days of playing Super Street Fighter II in Japanese arcades through networked cabinets? If so, the you’re probably excited about Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection! Are your hosts excited for either? Maybe!
43:47
March 20, 2018
Rainy Day Games
It’s been raining in LA recently, and the gloomy weather has Patrick and Mark reaching for some favorite games to pass the time. From classic 16-bit RPG’s to Game Boy adventures, the guys discuss some cozy games perfect for playing when Mom says you can’t go outside and play.
28:44
March 15, 2018
Nintendo Direct (News from 3/13/18)
WarioWare back from the dead! Undertale! South Park! Smash Bros. for Switch!!! Nintendo dropped a Nintendo Direct last week, and Patrick and Mark can’t believe it!
51:06
March 13, 2018
Ranking the Ocarina of Time Dungeons
Patrick and Mark definitively rank the dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time! From Inside Jabu-Jabu’s Belly to the much-maligned Water Temple, the guys hash out just what it is that makes or breaks the dungeons in one of the greatest games of all time. It’s the definitive list to end all definitive lists! (Please note: there will be more definitive rankings in the future).
56:52
March 8, 2018
Fear Effect Sedna & My Nintendo Rewards (News from 3/6/18)
This week, Patrick’s been playing Fear Effect Sedna, a new isometric stealth action game from Square-Enix, and Mark’s been snoozing his way through the Kirby Star Allies demo. Plus, My Nintendo Gold Coins finally have some use on Switch, and more!
52:06
March 6, 2018
Best Smash Fighter with Richie Root
Patrick and Mark are joined by tabletop RPG designer Richie Root to determine the best Super Smash Bros. fighter of all time! It’ll take more than mere moxie to make it to the top.
1:18:01
March 1, 2018
Luigi’s Balloon World & Smash on Switch (News from 2/27/18)
Happy Pokemon Day! Patrick and Mark are celebrating by playing Luigi’s Balloon World and speculating on the new Smash Brothers (which is totally coming out this year). Plus, Fe, Ocarina of Time 3D, and Part Time UFO!
43:53
February 27, 2018
Bayonetta 2 Review Discussion
This week, Patrick and Mark discuss Bayonetta 2, the fan favorite butt-kicking action game now on Switch. It’s been a couple years since either of your hosts played a Bayonetta game, and the world’s a totally different place now. Is this a title that’s better for the increased exposure, or is this one orphan that should have stayed on the Wii U?
40:40
February 22, 2018
Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 (News from 2/20/18)
Nintendo Labo continues to surprise and delight Patrick and Mark, as a steady stream of new trailers show off some innovative features - like scanning your face! Plus, how many times are your hosts going to buy de Blob and all the Mega Man games?
40:20
February 20, 2018
Weird Games with Greg Smith
This week, Patrick and Mark are joined by comedian Greg Smith to discuss the weirdest games they’ve ever played on Nintendo systems. Most are good! (Some are bad.) From fighting games featuring hip hop stars to the Final Fantasy spin-off that has you killing God, and all of the terrible C-tier mascot platformers in between!
55:03
February 15, 2018
Dandara & Pearl and Marina Amiibo (News from 2/13/18)
Atoning for their sins last week, Patrick and Mark discuss Dandara, the stylish retro Metroidvania now available on Switch. Plus, a bunch of cool new releases, some amiibo news, and more!
43:25
February 13, 2018
Nintendo Switch Online
With Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo’s new online gaming initiative, coming in September, Patrick and Mark discuss the oft-disappointing history of Nintendo’s connectivity services from the lowest lows of the Wii era to their pie-in-the-sky hopes for the Switch.
42:43
February 8, 2018
Mario Kart on Mobile? (News from 2/6/18)
This week, Patrick and Mark tell the tale of two Mitchell’s: one accused of manipulating his Donkey Kong scores, while the other continues to play Celeste and Stardew Valley. Plus, the Switch continues to break sales records, rumors of a Sonic kart racer, and a Mushroom Kingdom mystery finally solved.
43:29
February 6, 2018
Ranking the Koopalings
What drives Roy Koopa to succeed? What keeps Iggy Koopa up at night? Just what is Ludwig von Koopa planning? Patrick and Mark delve into the inner lives of the Koopa Kids in order to create a definitive ranking of Bowser’s best children.
40:32
February 1, 2018
Celeste, Pokemon Crystal, and the End of Miitomo (News from 1/30/18)
All good things must come to an end. Unrelated: Nintendo is pulling the plug on Miitomo. Plus, Patrick and Mark have been playing new releases including the punishing platformer Celeste and the gen-two classic Pokemon Crystal.
46:08
January 30, 2018
Wii Music
Wii Music has a terrible reputation, but is it deserved? This week, Patrick and Mark check out Nintendo’s much-maligned casual rhythm game almost 10 years after release...and they actually kind of like it?
53:02
January 25, 2018
Nintendo LABO (News from 1/23/18)
Nintendo promised new ways to play the Switch, and this week they proved it with Nintendo Labo. Patrick and Mark definitely didn’t see this one coming, but they’re sort of delighted by it? Plus, Tokyo RPG Factory’s new game Lost Sphear is coming out, and the guys discuss what they want out of a throwback title. (Hint: maybe it’s not menu-based combat… but maybe it is?)
47:21
January 23, 2018
Nintendo Direct Mini - What Was Missing?
Last week’s Nintendo Direct Mini had some exciting announcements, but there’s still so much about Nintendo’s plans for 2018 that Patrick and Mark want to know. From the Switch’s still mysterious online service, to new IP’s from Nintendo’s top tier developers, and even the undying Nintendo 3DS, the guys try to hash out the mystery that is Nintendo’s 2018.
42:06
January 18, 2018
Nintendo Direct Mini (News from 1/16/18)
Nintendo dropped a Direct which was mini, so this week Patrick and Mark have got an episode that is anything but! From Aces to Ys, your hosts cover it all! Plus, The Escapists 2, Super Meat Boy and Dragon Quest Builders -- all available elsewhere, but they matter now that they’re on Switch.
1:01:10
January 16, 2018
Ranking the Mario Games
This week, Patrick and Mark tackle the impossible task of ranking the Super Mario games from worst to first.
53:43
January 11, 2018
Switch 3rd Party Support, Blossom Tales, Floor Kids (News from 1/9/18)
With rumors of a Nintendo Direct looming in the future, Patrick and Mark pick over the news stories from the past week in the calm before the storm. Plus, a listener question about DLC and the future of Super Mario Odyssey.
44:08
January 9, 2018
2018 Gaming Resolutions
In 2018, Patrick and Mark are resolving themselves to whip their gaming lives into shape. Are they finally ready to GIT GUD? Or play games in new, unfamiliar ways? Maybe even tackle a classic game by grinding for hours and hours on end with the promise of very little reward? New year, new us!
44:55
January 4, 2018
Post-Holiday News Round Up (News from 1/2/18)
The holidays are over, and that means Patrick and Mark are back to catch you up on all of the Nintendo news you may have missed. Plus, they’ve been playing all kinds of games over the break, including Blossom Tales, Tiny Metal, and the SNES classic Yoshi’s Island. Happy New Year!
45:11
January 2, 2018
2017 Nintendo Year In Review
Can you believe that this time last year we knew almost nothing about the Switch? Patrick and Mark can’t! 2017 has been an eventful year for Nintendo, so we’re going to talk about it. Sorry, we have no choice! We’re a Nintendo podcast!
1:00:43
December 28, 2017
Snowy Game Music Playlist
With the holidays in full swing, Patrick and Mark take a break from the usual format to bring you an episode full of their favorite snow-themed video game music (that’s appeared on Nintendo consoles, of course). So pour yourself some hot chocolate, put on your favorite sweater, and enjoy. It’s a winter wonderland!
50:10
December 26, 2017
Champions’ Ballad Review Discussion
Patrick and Mark discuss the final piece of Breath of the Wild DLC, The Champions’ Ballad. A boss new weapon, new shrines, a new challenging enemy, and a brand new set of wheels — the Game of the Year just got Game of the Year-ier.
45:01
December 21, 2017
Zelda Pup but Joy-Con Pupper (News from 12/19/17)
With Zelda winning all kinds of Game of the Year awards and Champions’ Ballad out in the wild, the name on everyone’s lips is Zelda. Patrick and Mark talk about the future of the game and what they’d like to see going forward. Plus, a crazy Nintendo patent and Patrick tries to explain Mega Man Battle Network to Mark.
48:34
December 19, 2017
Super Smash Bros. Roster Up-Date
Patrick and Mark previously drafted all-new Super Smash Bros. rosters from characters that have never appeared in the series before. But what about all the veterans? Mario’s gotta have Cappy now, right? Link has to have Magnesis, or he’s just not Link anymore! Your hosts go through the Smash 4 roster, character by character, and discuss how they have to be changed for 2018. Oh, and let’s cut like 80% of these Fire Emblem dudes.
51:19
December 14, 2017
Mega Man & Street Fighter (News from 12/12/17)
This week, Nintendo Cartridge Society practically becomes the Capcom Cartridge Society, what with all the Capcom-related announcements. Plus, Bayonetta 3, Floor Kids is out and is really great, and Patrick crosses enemy lines to visit PlayStation Experience. (Surprise! There were a bunch of Switch games there.)
53:10
December 12, 2017
Resident Evil Collection on Switch
Patrick and Mark once again enter a world of survival horror as they catch up with the two Resident Evil games they somehow missed out on: Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2. This is a series your hosts love, and a gameplay style similar to the action-packed RE4 and RE5. So do they love it?
40:19
December 7, 2017
Super Mario Cereal (News from 12/5/17)
Patrick and Mark have survived the great video game deluge of 2017, all the better to catch up on constantly-updated titles like ARMS and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. (Be our friends: Patrick is 0720 6202 540 and Mark is 7517 9124 952.) Plus, Resident Evil amiibo and Super Mario Cereal! (Along with fruit, toast and eggs, Nintendo Cartridge Society is part of a balanced breakfast.)
39:43
December 5, 2017
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Patrick and Mark can’t wait to record a podcast for you...but do you mind buying a new couch first? Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is here and ready to accept your Leaf Tickets. Join Patrick and Mark and check out their campsites: Patrick is 0720 6202 540 and Mark is 7517 9124 952.
33:34
November 30, 2017
Splatoon 2 Update (News from 11/28/17)
Patrick and Mark take a break from their holiday shopping at MakoMart to enjoy the new Splatoon 2 update. Plus, a peek behind the scenes of Nintendo Treehouse, Valkyria Chronicles 4 announced for Switch, and new details about Super Nintendo World!
42:09
November 28, 2017
Skyrim
It’s Thanksgiving, so Patrick and Mark are serving up extra helpings of Nintendo Cartridge Society! This week they’re releasing three mini-episodes, each one covering a different third-party game recently released on the Switch. This episode is all about Skyrim. Check out the other two episodes about Doom and LA Noire, available now.
18:59
November 23, 2017
LA Noire
It’s Thanksgiving, so Patrick and Mark are serving up extra helpings of Nintendo Cartridge Society! This week they’re releasing three mini-episodes, each one covering a different third-party game recently released on the Switch. This episode is all about LA Noire. Check out the other two episodes about Doom and Skyrim, available now.
20:25
November 23, 2017
DOOM
It’s Thanksgiving, so Patrick and Mark are serving up extra helpings of Nintendo Cartridge Society! This week they’re releasing three mini-episodes, each one covering a different third-party game recently released on the Switch. This episode is all about DOOM. Check out the other two episodes about LA Noire and Skyrim, available now.
18:18
November 23, 2017
Mario on the Big Screen (News from 11/21/17)
It’s Thanksgiving week, and Patrick and Mark are thankful for so many things! Is a potential Mario movie one of them? What about the Game Awards? Perhaps they’re thankful for Nintendo supporting Splatoon 2 and ARMS so long after launch? Yes. That’s what they’re thankful for. (And, of course, for YOU, dear listener!)
48:26
November 21, 2017
New Super Mario Bros. U
Patrick and Mark continue their series discussing games destined to be orphaned on the Wii U with New Super Mario Bros. U! Could it really be the greatest Mario game of all time? (Spoiler: eh….) Plus, where the “New” series belongs in Nintendo’s pantheon of franchises, what it gets right, what it gets wrong, and what the guys would like to see from the series going forward.
44:56
November 16, 2017
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (News from 11/14/17)
Let’s get this out of the way: no one understands Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Not Patrick, not Mark, and certainly not Nintendo. Plus, Patrick offers to let you—yes, YOU—borrow his copy of Sonic Forces, everyone’s a little more tired than usual, and more!
47:12
November 14, 2017
Nintendo Trilogies
Star Wars. The Godfather, Donkey Kong? Nintendo’s got a lot of great trilogies in its history, but sometimes you need to be flexible with the definition of the word “trilogy”. Can Patrick and Mark show the necessary dexterity to come up with ten different three-game streaks on Nintendo platforms?
55:21
November 9, 2017
EA Support on Switch (News from 11/7/17)
The great third-party video game deluge of 2017 is upon us, and with so many new releases on the way it’s the perfect time for Patrick and Mark to clear out their back catalogs— including Sonic Mania. Plus, some Zelda Black Friday deals, EA games on Switch (or not), and more!
47:17
November 7, 2017
Super Mario Odyssey Review Discussion
The word on everybody’s lips is Super Mario Odyssey. Sure, that’s three words, but this is one big adventure! From the delirious highs of New Donk City to the ridiculous fun of dressing up Mario, this is a game we’ll all be playing for months to come. Until then, Patrick and Mark will continue to vie for the title of “Your One-Up Girl.”
46:18
November 2, 2017
Animal Crossing is Coming to Mobile (News from 10/31/17)
It may be Halloween, but there’s nothing spooky about Animal Crossing coming to your mobile phone! Is there room in Patrick and Mark’s hearts for so much cuteness and light? (Probably. Yes.) Plus, Rocket League joins an already crowded November on the Switch and more Capcom bashing!
46:46
October 31, 2017
Zombie Games
Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Resident Evil 4, and ZombiU are the marquee titles in this spooky triple feature. It’s Night of the Living Nintendo!
45:12
October 26, 2017
Stardew Valley, Switch System Update (News from 10/24/17)
After re-discovering their zest for life, Patrick and Mark are looking forward (?) to Capcom’s pair of mini-games accompanying Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 on Switch. Have your hosts been infected by the T-Virus?! Plus, Marky’s gone a’courtin’ in Stardew Valley, Patrick hits a milestone in Super Mario Run, and everyone covets the newest New 3DS.
45:17
October 24, 2017
Nintendo Blind Spots
Patrick and Mark are huge Nintendo fans, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t gaps in their Nintendo knowledge. From F-Zero to the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Power to Punch-Out!!, the guys discuss the Nintendo games and products in their blind spots. Plus, an impassioned plea for someone to explain the appeal of Xenoblade. Anyone?
52:21
October 19, 2017
Crash Bandicoot Rumors (News from 10/17/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 10/17/17! The PlayStation Disc Society helps Patrick and Mark out with some rumors about the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy coming to Switch. Plus, “adult”-oriented games, Mario hits the streets in a new musical commercial, and more!
43:22
October 17, 2017
Building the Perfect Mario
With Super Mario Odyssey right around the corner, Patrick and Mark tamper in Miyamoto’s domain, grabbing their favorite aspects of other Mario games to construct their hypothetical perfect Mario. It’s alive! It’s aliiiiiivvveeee!
41:36
October 12, 2017
Stardew Valley & Secret of Mana (News from 10/10/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 10/10/17! Stardew Valley got the jump on us, and now Patrick’s stuck in a crafting menu. Plus, a spooooky North American Splatfest, ARMS gets an update and a graphic novel, Mutant Mudds coming to the Switch eShop, and more!
47:40
October 10, 2017
SNES Classic Edition Review Discussion
It’s the greatest collection of the greatest games of all time! The SNES Classic Edition allows Patrick and Mark to revisit all the best moments from their childhoods. Some of those moments shine brighter than others, however, as early forays into 3D graphics look weird on our 60-inch TVs. Plus, hey, Star Fox 2 is a relic we never thought we’d see. And it’s definitely… here. Yup.
47:44
October 5, 2017
Golf Story, Steamworld Dig 2, and Super Mario Run (News from 10/3/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 10/3/17! Oh my god, there are too many games out right now! Patrick and Mark sort through the pile of new (and newish) releases they’ve been playing this week, including Thimbleweed Park, Super Mario Run, Steamworld Dig 2, and Golf Story. Plus, speculation about Mega Man’s 30th Anniversary, the death of the Wii Shop Channel, and more!
56:09
October 3, 2017
Super Smash Bros. Fantasy Draft
With persistent rumors of a new Super Smash Bros. in the works for Switch, Patrick and Mark dream up rosters of entirely new fighters for the hypothetical game. Diving into Nintendo (and, controversially, third party) history, the guys each draft 15 never-before-seen-in-Smash fighters. No Mario! No Link! No Princess Peach! So who’s gonna get called up to the big times, and who will languish on the bench?
1:00:58
September 28, 2017
Fire Emblem Continues its Descent into Waifu-dom (News from 9/26/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 9/26/17! Patrick and Mark discuss their playthroughs of Metroid: Samus Returns and Thimbleweed Park, and how the Metroid amiibo lives up to their expectations. Then it’s on the news, with Fire Emblem Warriors DLC, a heartwarming follow-up to NES Golf on Switch, and more!
59:20
September 26, 2017
Metroid: Samus Returns Review Discussion
Metroid: Samus Returns is here, and it’s an exciting time to be a Metroid fan. Patrick and Mark discuss the remake’s commitment to white-knuckle action and harrowing isolation. Plus, some speculation on what this means for the future of the franchise, and if any other Metroid titles deserve the “Returns” treatment.  
38:22
September 21, 2017
Bethesda Goes All In On Switch (News from 9/19/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 9/19/17! Patrick and Mark prepare to meet their DOOM—in video game form, that is. Plus, the Project Octopath Traveler demo, indies thriving on the Switch, the return of the NES Classic, and more!
58:55
September 19, 2017
World of Metroid
On the eve of Metroid: Samus Returns’ release on the 3DS, Patrick and Mark break down the sights, sounds, and themes of the Metroid series as they discuss what it is that really makes a Metroid game a Metroid game.
43:23
September 14, 2017
L.A. Noire (News from 9/12/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 9/12/17! L.A. Noire, the 2011 Rockstar classic (???) is coming to Switch, and Patrick and Mark regret to inform you there's nothing you can do about it. Plus, rumors of a Nintendo achievement system, the death of indies on the 3DS eShop, and more!
52:54
September 12, 2017
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Review Discussion
Halfway between being tactical and just blindly charging in, Patrick and Mark review the new Ubisoft game for the Switch: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The guys get over their Rabbid baggage to find the goofy, goofy heart of this game.
41:01
September 7, 2017
Nindies Summer Showcase (News from 9/5/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 9/5/17! Last week’s Nindie Showcase gives Patrick and Mark a lot to talk about, including Switch become the new (successful) Vita. Plus, Mario loses a job, Street Fighter II burns your Super Nintendo, and an official NCS shaming of a GameStop executive!
48:09
September 5, 2017
Revisiting the NES Classic Edition
Now that the dust has long settled on the NES Classic Edition, Patrick and Mark return to the console to review it through hype-free lenses. They discover the personality of Punch-Out!!, the beauty of Final Fantasy, the mixed pleasures of Double Dragon II, and more as they try to figure out if these Classic Editions are worth the trouble.
46:40
August 31, 2017
SNES Pre-Orders Went Live & Nobody’s Happy (News from 8/29/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 8/29/17! Patrick and Mark hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men. It is the music of a people who will not stand for missing out on another Nintendo product again! Also, news from Gamescom, Final Fantasy XV heading to Switch (in one form or another), and more!
49:39
August 29, 2017
Sonic Mania Review Discussion
This week, Patrick and Mark come down with a case of mania… SONIC MANIA! The guys dig into this retro love letter to Sonic’s storied past and discuss the jazzy highs, the frustrating lows, and one godawful save system. Plus, what other series could use the Mania treatment?
47:47
August 24, 2017
Pokémon, Mega Man, and Sonic News… What Year Is It?! (News from 8/22/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 8/22/17! This week is a boon for fans of retro games and Patrick and Mark are here to fill you in! Old (and new) Pokemon games are revealed, rumors of the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 on 3DS, and a rewind feature on the SNES Classic Edition. Plus, what they’ve been playing, this week’s new releases, and more!
48:17
August 22, 2017
Learning to Love Sonic the Hedgehog with Rian Kountzhouse
Patrick and Mark have never understood Sonic the Hedgehog, but with this week’s release of Sonic Mania they’re determined to figure it out! With the help of comedian and  Sonic superfan Rian Kountzhouse, the guys briefly re-ignite the console wars, needlessly pitting Sonic against Mario. Is there room enough in their hearts for Sega’s blue blur?
51:15
August 17, 2017
The Nintendo World Championships return, a Metroid New 3DS, and Switch is the new Vita (News from 8/15/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 8/15/17! Nintendo’s strange eShop release schedule strikes again as both Severed and the Rayman Legends Demo appear out of nowhere! Plus, chances are you’ll be able to find a Switch at GameStop this week, surprise new 3DS hardware, and the return of the Nintendo World Championships!
48:51
August 15, 2017
Yoshi’s Story with Kelly Nugent
This week, Patrick and Mark are joined by comedian and podcaster Kelly Nugent (Teen Creeps, Hellmouthy) to discuss the 1998 Nintendo 64 classic: Yoshi’s Story. They talk about sincerity in cuteness, determining your own difficulty level, and how the game holds up almost 20 years later.
53:48
August 10, 2017
SNES Classic Pre-orders Confirmed, More Tests from Capcom, & Splatfest Results (News from 8/8/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 8/8/17! Patrick and Mark admit defeat! Okay, so Splatfest didn’t exactly go their way, but at least there’s a lot of not new Dragon Quest news to tide them over. Plus, the guys admit that it’s probably time to pick up Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2… y’know, when it comes to Switch, and more!
52:32
August 8, 2017
N64 Classic Predictions
Rumors abound that Nintendo is preparing an N64 Classic Edition for 2018, and that means it's time for Patrick and Mark to place another $1 million bet. What games will it include? How will it handle rumble packs? And, really, should it even exist at all?
44:50
August 3, 2017
Dragon Quest XI Localization, Retailers Hoard NES Classic Editions, & the Mysterious Case of the Missing Preorders (News from 8/1/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 8/1/17! There may be kind of a drought of new releases this week, but that just gives Patrick and Mark another opportunity to talk about Splatoon 2. Plus, new 2DS bundles (...err… 2DS bundles that are new), and no one can pronounce “exploitative.”
47:59
August 1, 2017
Splatoon 2 Reactions
Splatoon 2 is finally here, and Patrick and Mark are trying to stay fresh… or whatever it is this time ‘round. From Turf War to Salmon Rush, and all the fat, fluffy cats in between, the guys break down Nintendo’s new online shooter.   This episode is brought to you by MackWedlon.com. Enter promo-code NINTENDO for 20% off
52:59
July 27, 2017
Pokémon Go Fest & N64 Classic Edition(?!) (News from 7/25/17)
Your Nintendo news of the week of 7/25/17! Pokemon Go Festival evolves from Festival to Disaster, and the guys are there to walk you through it. Plus, rumors of a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition, details on Metroid: Samus Returns amiibo functionality, and more!
51:58
July 25, 2017
Modern Nintendo Music
This week, Patrick and Mark are inspired by the sound of Splatoon 2! They trace the evolution of Nintendo’s music, from its humble 8-bit roots to modern eclectic soundscape of electronica-pop-punk, symphonic epics, and dixie-land toe-tappers.   Let ‘em know what you think of the new format at NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com
53:32
July 20, 2017
Mario Kart VR & Nintendo’s QOL Initiative (News from 7/18/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 7/18/17! Patrick and Mark are finally excited about VR...because it's Mario Kart. Plus, they discuss the Splatoon 2’s pre-release Splatfest, Nintendo’s Quality of Life initiative, why Kingdom Hearts 3 should come to the Switch (even if they just don't get it), and so much more!   This episode is brought to you by MackWeldon.com - enter promo code NINTENDO for 20% off!   Patrick’s Switch Friend Code: SW-1401-2882-4137
45:22
July 18, 2017
Castlevania on Netflix with Colin J. Morris
There’s a new animated Castlevania series on Netflix! Patrick, Mark and special guest Colin J. Morris wonder: is it any good or is it as good as it is? Let ‘em know what you think of the new format at NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com
50:17
July 13, 2017
Splatoon 2 Direct, Pearl vs Marina, & New SNES Games (News from 7/11/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 7/11/17! Patrick and Mark dive deep into last week’s Splatoon 2 Direct and the ensuing (one-sided) Pearl vs Marina debate. Plus, four new SNES games in the year of our lord 2017, more teases from Platinum Games, new Switch game announcements, and more!   Let ‘em know what you think of the new format at NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com  
49:00
July 11, 2017
The Master Trials - Zelda: BotW DLC #1
This week, Patrick and Mark discuss The Master Trials, the first Breath of the Wild DLC pack. From getting their butts kicked in the Trial of the Sword to getting their butts kicked in Master Mode, and all the butts in-between.   Let ‘em know what you think of the new format at NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com
44:58
July 6, 2017
Bayonetta, Dragon Quest, and Steep Rumors (News from 7/4/17)
Your Nintendo news for the week of 7/4/17! Patrick and Mark sort through a handful of new Switch rumors - including Dragon Quest XI, Bayonetta and a Steep delay. Plus, the guys discuss Nintendo's fledgling online infrastructure, the difference between the Japanese and US game markets, and why investors shouldn’t be allowed to ask questions at shareholder meetings.   Let ‘em know what you think of the new format at NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com
53:46
July 4, 2017
Our Favorite Capcom Games
This week, Patrick and Mark delve into the games of one of their favorite third-party developers: Capcom! Hey, why *do* they like Capcom so much? And what makes a Joe “Viewtiful” anyway? Let ‘em know what you think of the new format at NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com
59:01
June 29, 2017
Super NES Classic (News from 6/27/17)
It’s all the news that’s fit to print! Patrick and Mark try out a new format, so this one’s all about what's new in Nintendo this week. Yes, that includes the surprise announcement of the Super NES Classic Edition (and yes, also light patch notes for ARMS).   Let ‘em know what you think of the new format at NintendoCartridgeSociety@gmail.com  
59:34
June 27, 2017
NCS Classic - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (Part 5)
They did it! Patrick and Mark rolled credits on Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, and come away from it with a more positive view on the game. Plus, a bunch of convoluted theories: one about the Kong family tree (maybe “Donkey Kong” is a title; like Cesar), and another about this series being a stealth alt-right propaganda game (Kong KLAN? Dixie? OPEN YOUR EYES).
27:41
June 22, 2017
Top 9 Metroid Games of All Time
E3 2017 is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace. First, though - the elephant in the room: why aren’t the guys playing ARMS (7:40)? Plus, there’s still some news, leading them to discuss how the 3DS will outlive us all (16:40). Finally, with Metroid back in the zeitgeist, it’s time for another definitive ranking, this time of the mainline Metroid games (45:58).   This episode is brought to you by MackWeldon.com. Enter promo code NINTENDO for 20% off.
1:27:03
June 20, 2017
E3 2017 Reactions
Hold on to your butts: Nintendo brought the goods to E3 2017 and Patrick and Mark’s bodies are oh so ready. Pokemon confirmed for Switch! Two Metroid games! Champion Amiibo! It was a stacked presentation and an awesome year for Nintendo at E3. This episode is brought to you by MackWeldon.com. Enter promo code NINTENDO for 20% off.
1:16:46
June 13, 2017
NCS Classic - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (Part 4)
THEY’RE NOT LOVING THIS GAME. Patrick drops his bombshell theory: Donkey Kong Country 2 is a stealth sequel Battletoads. A compelling theory with very little evidence! It’s tough, but your hosts eventually memorize their way through the next two worlds - but still hate the beehive levels.
27:38
June 8, 2017
E3 Predictions
E3 is next week, which means it’s time for Patrick and Mark to lay down their traditional $1 million bet and definitively predict Nintendo’s presentation with 99% accuracy (45:25). But first, they talk about what to expect from Tuesday’s Pokemon Direct (6:50) and Nintendo’s online service (17:05).
1:17:44
June 6, 2017
Mario + Rabbids, ARMS Testpunch, & Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Patrick and Mark kick off the week’s news with the worst kept secret in video games: Mario + Rabbits Kingdom Battle (6:40). Then it’s a fighting game / don’t-call-it-a-fighting-game extravaganza as your hosts bemoan Switch’s Ultra Street Fighter II (43:30) before getting a handle on the ARMS Global Testpunch (56:00).
1:16:57
May 30, 2017
ARMS & Fire Emblem Echoes
Patrick and Mark punch their way through the recent ARMS Direct, and in so doing have to redefine “waifu.” Everyone’s going nuts for Twintelle! Plus there’s a new Fire Emblem game out (yes: again; no: it’s not on Switch) - is it a welcome throwback or a creaky antique? This episode is brought to you by MackWeldon.com. Enter promo code NINTENDO for 20% off.
1:23:39
May 23, 2017
NCS Classic - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (Part 3)
Patrick and Mark have soured on the experience! Your hosts lament the challenge DKC2 insists on presenting in every level. Plus, no one knows how to use coins or farm for lives. That’s okay: a helpful angler fish uses his bioluminescent powers for good and helps these monkeys find their monkey friend!
18:58
May 18, 2017
Ranking The Zeldas
Patrick and Mark have both defeated Ganon in Breath of the Wild, and you know what that means: time to definitively rank all of the Legend of Zelda console games! Which ones rule and which ones drool? Plus, Nintendo’s E3 plans, Mark freestyle raps new Switch announcements, and rumors of Zelda on mobile. This episode is brought to you by MackWeldon.com. Visit MackWeldon.com and enter promo code NINTENDO to receive 20% off your order.
1:53:30
May 16, 2017
Good-Feel, Ltd.
This week Patrick and Mark shine a spotlight on one of Nintendo’s lesser known development partners: Good-Feel, makers of Wario Land: Shake It!, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Yoshi’s Woolly World. Plus, Retro rumors, Fire Emblem DLC, and a Reader Listener question has them debating what is (and isn't) Mario canon.
1:32:18
May 9, 2017
NCS Classic - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (Part 2)
Patrick and Mark are fussin’ about names and stressin’ about collectables as they begin their discussion of Donkey Kong Country 2 in earnest. So far, it’s fun, but your hosts are already worried about difficulty… Plus probably too many comparisons to the original DKC!
34:01
May 4, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Patrick and Mark get into gear and auto-accelerate into a discussion of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! Plus, new 2DS hardware? Puyo Puyo Tetris?? A room full of sweaty football players??? Finally, a Listener Reader™ question prompts a discussion on the hardware benefits of a hypothetical Nintendo 64 Classic.
1:45:06
May 2, 2017
Heather Anne Campbell
This week, Patrick and Mark are joined by Emmy nominated writer, actor, comedian, and gamer Heather Anne Campbell for a free-wheeling discussion of all things Nintendo. Plus, rumors of an SNES Classic Edition, a limited time Mario Kart 8 Deluxe promotion at Target, and how Over Top is not, in fact, “Over the Top” starring Sylvester Stallone. (Subscribe to AOK on YouTube!)
1:36:21
April 25, 2017
NCS Classic - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (Part 1)
Your hosts are big Donkey Kong Country fans, but are they persistent enough to actually make it through one of the classic titles they never played as kids? Plus, they’ve got problems with Dixie Kong’s curly blonde hair (she’s like a frog with a mustache!) and debate how to play this game with two-people.
10:12
April 20, 2017
"Nintendo Direct, Also Nintendo Fast"
Holy cow, there were a lot of announcements in last week’s Nintendo Direct and Patrick and Mark carry the yoke of breaking it all down! Plus, the untimely demise of the NES Classic Edition and the outrageous Breath of the Wild attach rate. And can anyone explain to these losers what Tumbleseed is and why they should care about it? That’s an honest question, btw, they genuinely can’t wrap their heads around it.
1:38:41
April 18, 2017
Star Fox Zero - What Happened There?
In their ongoing quest to play Wii U games orphaned on the system, Patrick and Mark take a shot at Star Fox Zero (and point a gun-camera at Star Fox Guard). With sales of the franchise flagging, they ponder the future for Fox McCloud and his merry band of animal friends. Plus, a round-up of this week’s news and -- of course -- some Breath of the Wild talk.
1:26:21
April 11, 2017
NCS Classic - The Legend of Zelda (Part 4)
Lick your enemies’ blood of your hands and rip the triforce out of Ganon’s guts: we just beat The Legend of Zelda! Also: what would drive Patrick to yell at Mark? (Hint: The recorder is involved.) Get all the answers at 1-800-Nintendo.com… or in the podcast.
30:05
April 6, 2017
Snake Pass, Player Fail
Patrick and Mark reflect on the first month of the Nintendo Switch’s life, and -- surprise -- they’re still mostly telling stories about Breath of the Wild. Plus, an in-depth discussion of the cute but punishing kinda-platformer Snake Pass. Live by the snake, die by the snake.
1:27:40
April 4, 2017
Splatoon 2 Testfire
Is that wind or a ghost? It’s the Splatoon 2 Testfire! Patrick and Mark discuss the news of the day, including some frustrating delays, before turning their attention to Nintendo’s unique method of demoing Splatoon 2. Is it a stress-test or just an excuse to get excited? (‘Cause we're excited.)
1:17:49
March 28, 2017
NCS Classic - The Legend of Zelda (Part 3)
With a little less frustration and little less timeliness, Patrick and Mark chat about the second third of the Legend of Zelda. Your hosts realize it’s easier to play this game like it’s Breath of the Wild than like it’s Bloodborne. Maybe chess is the better is the better analogy… Plus, sometimes you collect 100 rupees, and sometimes you have to pay 30 rupees to fix a strange man’s bush-door.
22:12
March 23, 2017
Donkey Kong Country Returns Tropical Freeze
There are lots of great games on the Wii U that will probably be orphaned on the system forever, and Patrick and Mark want to play them! This week they dive into Retro’s Donkey Kong Country Returns Tropical Freeze, which in turn sparks a lively conversation about the game’s excellent soundtrack. Plus, Breath of the Wild impressions, some fighting game love inspired by King of Fighters ‘94, and a furtive plea for help understanding Sonic the Hedgehog.
1:27:39
March 21, 2017
Parents x Switch!
Patrick’s parents are in town, so he’s putting them on mic! Lyle and Jeanne go hands on with the Switch and give their impressions. Plus, Patrick and Mark are slowly making their way through Breath of the Wild (no spoilers, duh) and totally missed that six Neo Geo games came to the Switch last week. They’re dumb! (But you already knew that.) This episode is brought to you by MackWeldon.com - enter promo code “NINTENDO” at checkout to get 20% off your order.
1:07:00
March 14, 2017
NCS Classic - The Legend of Zelda (Part 2)
Don’t smoke in front of the Dodongo! Turns out those first three levels don’t take quite as long to finish as we originally thought. How are the original Legend of Zelda and Breath of the Wild similar? Well, we die a lot - that’s for sure. With a lack of olfactory clues, Patrick and Mark refer to a map to find all the heart containers! (Also, look, we know we said we’re beating the game next time: really we’re just playing through Level 6.)
20:25
March 9, 2017
Switch is Here, Baby!
At long last, both Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are in our lives, and Patrick and Mark can't wait to talk about it. Plus, high praise for Snipperclips and Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment (notice the absence of 1-2 Switch), and a breakdown of the Nindie Showcase.
1:26:33
March 7, 2017
The Wizard
Patrick and Mark are joined by comedian and podcaster Ryan Mogge for a flashback to 1989’s “The Wizard.” It’s not just a feature length Nintendo commercial! Plus, the Switch comes out on Friday and there's a deluge of new releases. What a time to be alive! (Check out Ryan’s excellent Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast “Hellmouthy” on the Nerdist School Network.)
1:24:19
February 28, 2017
NCS Classic - The Legend of Zelda (Part 1)
Your hosts are making up for their past mistakes and picking a game that they actually want to play! (So long, Metroid: Other M!) Before they get started, the boys talk about the place this series holds in their collective heart(piece)s. Parenthetical jokes aside, prepare to join your NCS hosts as they play the OG Zelda!
12:02
February 23, 2017
Nintendo System Music Playlist
This week, Patrick and Mark dive deep into the music in the menus of Nintendo’s consoles and games, and surface with some real gems. Plus, Switch consoles are out in the wild, Breath of the Wild DLC is announced, and a gentle plea for Nintendo to stop announcing news on Tuesdays.
1:35:09
February 21, 2017
NCS Classic - Metroid: Other M Play-A-Long (Part 7)
Who is the deleter? What is MB? Didn’t I fight this boss already? All those questions and more are asked and (partially) answered as Patrick and Mark reflect on the final cut-scene-heavy hours of Metroid: Other M.
20:31
February 16, 2017
From Mario Party to 1-2-Switch
With 1-2-Switch on the horizon, Patrick Patrick and Mark Mark reminisce about the sometimes goofy, sometimes ugly history of Nintendo’s mini-game collections. Plus, they get pumped up for the Splatoon 2 Testfire and don’t know what to make of the grimdark tone of Netflix’s new Castlevania animated series.
1:09:44
February 14, 2017
NCS Classic - Metroid: Other M Play-A-Long (Part 6)
Power has been nice! Any objections, Adam? Patrick and Mark fought Ridley, which means there’s all kinds of crazy stuff to talk about. Clones? Goo? Evolution? Plus: the Nightmare. Two good bosses! Both less chaotic and more exciting than anything that has come before. Plus, a spirited debate about how to responsibly dispose of waste in outer space!
33:54
February 9, 2017
Fire Emblem Heroes
Gird your loins and prepare for battle! Patrick and Mark take to the fields of war and test the mettle of Nintendo’s latest mobile offering: Fire Emblem Heroes. A little drop of rain can hardly hurt them now!
1:18:38
February 7, 2017
NCS Classic - Metroid: Other M Play-A-Long (Part 5)
Patrick and Mark do their best to not make too many Borat jokes as they discuss their favorite boss fight in game so far. (Very nice!) They realize that one of the game’s primarily mechanics is failure, which is deeply depressing. Instead of solving puzzles, you just need to fail at it. Daddy didn’t say you could solve the puzzle!
31:53
February 2, 2017
Nintendo Hardware Round-Up III: The Reckoning
Patrick and Mark get off to a real mistake-o-rama start, but then it’s all strawberry nerds as they catch up on Nintendo news from the past week. Later, it’s the final installment in their epic, three-part Hardware Round-Up. They tackle what went so, so right and what went so, so wrong with the Wii, 3DS and Wii U.
1:39:21
January 31, 2017
NCS Classic - Metroid: Other M Play-A-Long (Part 4)
Don’t worry - now that you’ve been burning for a solid 30 minutes, Patrick and Mark give you permission to enable your heat armor. AREN’T THEY KIND? Your hosts debate what is real and what is artificial on this space station. Trees? Simulated. Volcanos? Probably real! And - is it possible that it’s the combat that ruins this combat-focused action game?
31:47
January 27, 2017
What the Hell is Fire Emblem Anyway?
After last week’s Fire Emblem Direct, Patrick and Mark ponder the question “hey, what’s up with Fire Emblem?” Plus, a round-up of the latest Switch news (Shovel Knight! I Am Setsuna! A second Legend of Zelda!??!). Oh, and they totally saw Split. No spoilers.
1:20:11
January 24, 2017
NCS Classic - Metroid: Other M Play-A-Long (Part 3)
Patrick and Mark have some fun trying to figure out what they’re supposed to be calling these Galactic Federation dudes. Marines? Recruits? Never mind, they’ll just use first names. Your hosts demand sass-tisfaction as the action elements of the game quickly overshadow the atmospheric and storytelling portions. Also, how many times can you describe a creature in this game by combining two other animals? (1) Chocobo-Pikachu (2) Spider Ent (3) Flying Jellyfish with Fangs (4) probably others...
25:09
January 19, 2017
Switch Impressions
The blessed Day of Pre-order is upon us! Nintendo’s big Switch presentation was last week and Patrick and Mark are here to break down the good, the bad and the awkward. Plus, the thrilling conclusion to the million-dollar bet.
1:42:16
January 17, 2017
NCS Classic - Metroid: Other M Play-A-Long (Part 2)
(Listen to part two after you defeat the worm bosses in Sector 1). Join your brain-fried hosts as they try to process the first hour-and-a-half of Metroid: Other M. Confession time: Patrick and Mark don’t enjoy it. But, it’s the early-going, and the experience has mostly been marred by the now-infamous crappy cut scenes. Patrick and Mark struggle, but they do find (at least one) good thing to say about it.
26:39
January 12, 2017
Nintendo Switch Hopes and Dreams
With the Switch presentation fast approaching, Patrick and Mark have one last shot at predicting EVERYTHING about Nintendo’s new system. The stakes? A million dollars. The predictions? Ranging from obvious to outrageous! Plus, a listener email prompts a discussion about impossible game mechanics.
1:43:12
January 10, 2017
NCS Classic - Metroid: Other M Play-A-Long (Part 1)
Dig through bargain bins or plop down the $19.99 on the Wii U eShop - it’s time to play the much maligned* Metroid: Other M! Get started with Patrick and Mark as they contemplate the huge life mistakes that lead them to this moment. *Patrick and Mark will say one nice thing about the game in every episode. (Listen to part one before you start the game).
08:26
January 5, 2017
Nintendo Music to Achieve Your Goals and Happiness!
Patrick and Mark forego the usual format to bring you a playlist of Nintendo music they use when they get down to work. Video game music isn’t all fun and games. I mean, it is, but it can also be motivating and empowering and all that good stuff. You get it. I’m being clear, right? I’m being clear.
1:34:47
January 3, 2017
2016 - A Very Weird Year for Nintendo
Patrick and Mark recap the year in Nintendo, from the highest highs (Pokemon) to the lowest lows (did you find that NES Classic yet, brah?). And is it Tokyo Mirage Sessions “Hashtag” FE? Or “Sharp” FE?? Or “Pound” FE??? (Probably not “Pound.”) Add Patrick and Mark as friends on Super Mario Run! 7246-4398-4595 for Patchkick (aka Patrick) and 2400-8178-8052 for Ace (aka Mark).
1:48:14
December 27, 2016
Super Mario Run Sucks (At Showing You How Good It Is)
Put on your best pair of underwear, Patrick and Mark are giving their thoughts on the recent backlash towards Nintendo before launching into a full-on review of Super Mario Run. Plus, the latest Switch rumors, and hey, what *does* Mark’s boss think of Home Alone? Add Patrick and Mark as friends on Super Mario Run! 7246-4398-4595 for Patchkick (aka Patrick) and 2400-8178-8052 for Ace (aka Mark).
1:43:04
December 20, 2016
The 10th Episode News March Spectacular!
Patrick and Mark celebrate ten magical episodes with a trip to the mall and a spectacular parade of news. So much news! Super Mario Run, Jimmy Fallon, Super Nintendo World at Universal Theme Parks, and a NEW Super Nintendo Game?!?! Plus, three-quarters of a contest announcement where you can win [REDACTED].
1:29:17
December 13, 2016
Elated vs. Way Hype
Patrick and Mark check in on Pokemon and the NES port of Ghosts ‘n Goblins before moving on to Nintendo games that never were (Diddy Kong Racing Adventure and Wind Waker 2). Then after oohing and ahhing over the Breath of the Wild trailer, it’s time for Part II of Patrick and Mark’s ever-expanding Nintendo Hardware Round-Up.
1:51:39
December 6, 2016
I’m Too Young For Math!
Patrick and Mark debug last week’s episode with the help of a lister email before digging into Pokemon Sun and Moon like Snorlax into a pile of Chesto Berries! Plus, they recant about the game awards and debate the appeal of Mario vs. Zelda.
1:35:22
November 29, 2016
$9.99 Is A Fair and Noble Price
Pokemon Sun and Moon is out and Patrick and Mark share their impressions of the early hours of the game. Next, they ride the Highway to the Rumor Zone to discuss the Switch launch line-up rumors. The show rounds out with a visit from the ghost of Hiroshi Yamauchi compelling your hosts to come up with a list of 30(ish) games for a hypothetical NES Classic Edition 2.
1:29:06
November 22, 2016
How To Buy An NES Classic Now! (You Can’t)
Patrick and Mark discuss the NES Classic Edition, Switch Rumors and the My Nintendo Holiday Sweepstakes Give-Away, before digging into Nintendo’s chronic problem with hardware scarcity (or at least the perception thereof). Later, a listener question prompts a discussion of game compilations.
1:44:46
November 15, 2016
Not About The Election!
Patrick and Mark discuss the additions to Animal Crossing New Leaf, and (don’t worry) sneak in some Pokemon-related news, before relaying their experiences with the first 15 years of Nintendo hardware. Afterward, a reader-listener (listener-reader?) question prompts a serious discussion of Nintendo’s consistently conservative views on social issues.
2:08:08
November 8, 2016
WWLD?
Patrick and Mark discuss Pokemon preorders, Nintendo Karen and the new (handheld) Mario Party. Later, they’re joined by comedian / chemical engineer Fadl Saadi to discuss the 2001 classic Luigi’s Mansion and answer the age-old question: What Would Luigi Do?
1:29:15
November 1, 2016
FINALLY! (The One About Nintendo Switch)
After discussing the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo, Patrick and Mark launch an all out conversational offensive on the reveal of the Nintendo Switch.
1:38:11
October 25, 2016
Be Cool Face-Chicken
Patrick and Mark discuss Indie Games on Nintendo, Pokemon, Paper Mario Color Splash, Animal Crossing New Leaf, Severed before digging deep on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Plus, they make up their own Nintendo mash-up franchise and ask whether NES games were harder than the games we play now.
1:43:39
October 18, 2016
No More NX Rumors
On the first episode of Nintendo Cartridge Society, Patrick and Mark discuss the Famicom Classic Edition, Pokémon news, and declare a moratorium on NX rumors. Plus, they lay out their reasons for loving Nintendo as they do, their vision for the future of the Metroid series.
1:23:14
October 11, 2016
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