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There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin as they discuss their most-wanted features for Nintendo's NX in the Dream Land segment, and then settle the timeless question—what's the greatest Zelda game ever made?—in The Glitz Pit, Nintendo Week's podcasting debate game. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.

Lots of RPGs use an equipment durability system, but most of the time, durability never quite feels right. You're in the middle of a quest, and you've brought your favorite sword. Eventually, your sword starts to dull. You either burn through a repair tool, check in with a smith in town to get it fixed, or switch to one of the other weapons you're carrying and press on. It doesn't make the game any more difficult or deep, but it's built into the gameplay loop anyway, seemingly just for the sake of it.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild also features an item durability system, but it does so in a much more thoughtful, purposeful way—such that durability is actually an integral part of the overall game balance, and it makes Breath of the Wild a better open-world game.

There's no question that Niantic had a huge hit on its hands with Pokémon GO when it launched. Pokémon GO was so successful in its first month, that it broke five Guinness World Records in the areas of chart positioning, downloads, and revenue. Now, a few months later, Pokémon GO seems to have hit a roadblock, despite all of this initial success. Recent reports show that the mobile hit has lost over 15 million users since the game peaked in mid-July—a staggering number equating to around a third of daily active users at the peak.

With hype for the game decreasing daily and users flocking from the game en masse, I'm convinced that Pokémon GO already has one foot in the grave. Head inside for my thoughts and to leave some of your own!

With nearly every AAA game that has come out lately, players have had the option to preorder the game, often with a special piece of downloadable content as a reward. These rewards can range from exclusive character skins all the way an to and additional mission or level in the game. As a result, millions of players preorder games months in advance, reserving their copy. But has this practice damaged the gaming industry? On multiple occasions games have been utterly broken upon launch (looking at you, Assassins Creed Unity), resulting in the games being unplayable until after after they are patched, and yet the publisher still nets massive amounts of revenue from preorders for their broken creation.

Hit the jump for more and to give your opinion!

In the January 2015 Nintendo Direct, the late Satoru Iwata announced that Wii titles were coming to the Wii U eShop. The Wii was home to a great number of fantastic games throughout its lifetime, and the prospect of some of its greatest hits being re-released onto its successor's digital storefront was a salivating one to many Wii U owners. Unfortunately, while the idea is certainly commendable, Nintendo at large has been very sloppy with its execution.

Read on after the jump for more, and be sure to join the discussion in the comments as to which Wii games you feel Wii U owners are sorely missing out on!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin this week, as it's filled with a lot more Pokémon in the News Block, followed by a super short round of Fortune Street and Gossip Stone, where we're gonna talk about a new controller patent and the rumor that NX is launching with Mario and Pokémon games within its first six months. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Last week, Metroid fans celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their beloved sci-fi series. Nintendo, unfortunately, sang a different tune.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force launches in just a few days, and though it coincides with Metroid's anniversary month, it's not exactly a celebration. There was proper celebration happening, but Nintendo wasn't the host. In fact, they shut it down.

Last year saw the release of many fantastic RPGs, most notably The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. These games stand as two of the most successful open world RPGs of all time, and for good reason, too. With their incredibly realized worlds and top-notch gameplay, they will most likely be remembered for years to come. However, in a year filled to the brim with RPG goodness, one game skated by without so much as a second look from most gamers. Despite being very unique and perhaps even more ambitious than the two previously mentioned games, Yakuza 5 did not receive the same fanfare.

Make the jump to see why you should go download Yakuza 5 right now!

After a long month and a half, it's finally time to start the final round of our Ultimate RPG! A little while ago, we ran a short match-up for third place, which ultimately went to Golden Sun. Now that we've settled third and fourth places, however, it's time for the big showdown—the fight for first! Two amazing RPGs enter the arena, though only one will emerge victorious. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is the best RPG in the Mario RPG series (as voted on by you). The same goes for Mother 3 and the Mother franchise, the exception being that Mother 3 was never officially released outside of Japan.

Which game has what it takes to come out on top? Head inside to cast your vote!

There are now roughly 750 Pokémon, so it would genuinely take a team of creative geniuses to ensure that each and every one of them was fresh and interesting. While the original 151 are loved by fans of the franchise for a number of different reasons, there seems to be less and less excitement surrounding the individual designs of each monster as the generations progress, whereas new forms of older Pokémon make the most popular headlines by far.

So, this brings me to a big question: should Nintendo stop making new Pokémon?

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin this week as we discuss tons of recent Pokémon news, including a chaotic mess surrounding Pokémon GO and tons of new information about the Pokémon in Sun and Moon. Afterwards we introduce a new segment called "Dream Land," where we share our hopes and dreams for new Alolan Pokémon like Gengar, Marowak, and tons more. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Tons of news has been happening lately, including a live-action Pokémon movie, new Sun and Moon info, Metroid, Zelda, Sonic, Animal Crossing, New IPs, and for once some significantly more promising NX news. All those subjects and more are in store in our discussions this week. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

The last match of Round 3 of our Ultimate RPG Showdown came to an end a few days ago, as Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door finally took out Golden Sun. It was a tense three days, but Paper Mario gathered 57% of the vote. This amounted to a total of 330 votes cast for Paper Mario—a mere 78 votes ahead of Golden Sun! As a result, Paper Mario is going to take on Mother 3 in our week-long final round!

Nintendo is releasing new entries to some of their most beloved game series this year: Paper Mario and Metroid. Usually, fans would rejoice when a company announces new games for long-running series, but this time things went a little bit different, since Paper Mario: Color Splash and Metroid Prime: Federation Force got an overwhelming negative response from fans when the games were announced. This is certainly not contained to Nintendo, because Activision got the same reaction when they revealed the first trailer for the new Call of Duty game: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Why is it that those newly announced games in series that have such a strong share of dedicated fans elicited such a negative reaction? The answer is simple: because those games have something intrinsically different about them than what made fans fall in love with the series in the first place.

Head inside for more!

Rise of the Tomb Raider launched last year exclusively for Xbox One and PC, but it was recently revealed that it will also be coming to PlayStation 4 on October 11th. A listing on the PlayStation Store revealed that preorders of Rise of the Tomb Raider will come with a copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. This bonus is only for digital preorders, so buying the game through the PlayStation Network Store will get you a download code for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

Head inside to find out more!