PODCAST: Gear Up for Mario Kart 8 DLC and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – Nintendo Pow Block Episode 304

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Gear Up for Mario Kart 8 DLC and Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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In this episode, Edward and Corey discuss new Mario Kart 8 DLC, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, John Cena in Fortnite, LeBron James in Multiversus, and much more!


Time Stamps:

0:00 | Welcome to Nintendo Pow Block | Updates and Housekeeping

14:02 | Support The Boss Rush Network on Patreon!

17:24 | Snacktendo

38:11 | Playing With Power!

  • Death’s Door
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shreddar’s Revenge
  • Destiny 2

58:35 | Show and Tell


FamiNews

1:00:46 | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 2 is Coming

It’s time to head back to the starting line as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pack Wave 2 is finally coming on August 4, 2022. In a trailer dropped randomly on Twitter and YouTube, Nintendo announced that this wave will include 7 returning tracks and one brand new one. The tracks are as follows: New York Minute and Sydney Sprint from Mario Kart Tour, Mario Circuit 3 from SNES, Snowland from GBA, Kalimari Desert from N64, Mushroom Gorge from Wii, and Waluigi Pinball from DS. This is the second of 8 waves of course DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with six more due out before the end of 2023. What are your thoughts on this wave?


1:07:40 | Nintendo Acquires Dynamo Studios

Do you remember those adorable Pikmin shorts on Wii U? Well, Nintendo has purchased the CG production studio that created those. Nintendo has officially entered an agreement to acquire Dynamo Pictures, credited for their work on Death Stranding, Persona 5, Metroid: Other M, and dozens of other projects. The company will be renamed Nintendo Pictures and will focus on “development of visual content utilizing Nintendo IP” and the “planning and production of visual content including CG animation.” What do we expect Nintendo to do with this acquisition?

Read More: Nintendo acquires animation studio that’ll become ‘Nintendo Pictures’


1:08:44 | Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Sells A Lot

1:08:44 Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the highly anticipated RPG from Monolith, is a bonafide hit. After just 3 days, it already sits at the top of the eShop charts, beating out mainstays like Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, and Nintendo Switch Sports as well as blowing by the massively popular Digimon Survive. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was announced earlier this year at the February Nintendo Direct, releasing almost 4 and a half years after its predecessor, with the world being more realized and “about five times” the size of previous entries. Are you planning on playing this entry?

Read More: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Is Already Switch eShop’s Top Seller, Unsurprisingly


1:18:50 | The Wrap-Up

  • Fortnite is obviously no stranger to crossovers, and the latest one seems like a no brainer. WWE superstar and actor John Cena has joined the massive roster of character skins complete with multiple looks, emotes, and more. He joins Dwayne The Rock Johnson as the second wrestler to join the island and most likely won’t be the last.
  • Speaking of crossover games, WB’s Smash Like Multiversus is adding three new characters, Rick and Morty as separate fighters as well as the classic WB character, LeBron James. LeBron Has joined the open beta already, Rick will join the roster on August 1 (today), and Morty will join at a later date. The open beta has already hit Xbox and PlayStation, though no word on if the free to play platform fighter will be available on Switch once it hits a 1.0 release.

Read More: You Can Actually See John Cena In Fortnite This Week

Read More: LeBron James, Rick and Morty Confirmed For MultiVersus


2:0032 | Question Block

  • 1:25:37 | David Wayne Nystrom via Discord | What’s your favorite Mario Sports game? What sport is next to be covered? And what features would make the best Mario Sports game?
  • 1:32:15 | David Wayne Nystrom via Discord | I have another question on a totally different topic. Octopath Traveler is, in my opinion, the best game on the Switch. It has since been brought to other platforms but also received a pseudo-prequel / spinoff title, Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent. This game is a mobile game with minor a gacha system included. Do you think Square Enix / Team Asano / Nintendo have interest in bringing the game to the Switch? Should they? Would you play it?
  • 1:41:06 | DaShawn Malone via Twitter | What do yall think of the rumor that 2023 is gonna be bigger than 2022 in terms of first party releases?

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