GPS Episode 44: Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Labo, Quantic Dream Allegations

Episode 44 of our gaming podcast, The Gamer Pros Show (GPS), is now live! Join us this week as we spend yet another episode talking mainly about Nintendo. There’s a lot of great things on the horizon including the odd and possibly spectacular Labo!

Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 is now over, but we highlight some of our favorite runs. The fact that someone (“The Mexican Runner”) could beat the Turbo Tunnel level in Battletoads with a blindfold on is out-of-this-world and insane. This level is famous for being extremely difficult. Jordan also highlights some of his favorite runs from this year including Breath of the WildResident Evil VIISuper Dram World 2, and Superman 64. AGDQ raised $2.2M this year for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

In Destiny 2 news, Bungie has made the decision to scale back some of the focus on the Eververse Trading Company. They recognize that there is too much reliance on purchasing from Tess and are taking the steps to ensure that cosmetic items (ghosts, sparrows, ships) are more obtainable by completing in-game tasks. There’s also going to be a new gameplay path to obtain Bright Engrams. Reception of Curse of Osiris was fairly poor, so we speculate that Bungie may make some big changes to the game’s second expansion.

Quantic Dream, the development team led by David Cage, is currently facing some serious allegations regarding general conduct in the workplace. Sexist, racist, and homophobic harassment has reportedly been taking place at the French studio for some time, though Cage passionately denies these allegations. During the show, we give our opinions on the matter.

It turns out that the rumored Nintendo Direct for last week actually did take place! What we ended up getting was somewhat of a “mini Direct” that announced some smaller news, but there’s a lot to be excited about regardless. Some of that includes Dark Souls RemasteredDonkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors, Mario Tennis Aces, and The World Ends With You all coming to the Switch in 2018. This is great news especially for me, since I’ve been wanting to play Tropical Freeze for a very long time!

Also in Nintendo announcements this week is the wacky new peripheral called Nintendo Labo. By folding cardboard into 3D objects, gamers will be able to plug their Switch and Joy-Cons into these models. You’ll be interacting with items such as fishing poles, keyboards, steering wheels, and motorcycle handlebars using this bizarre new idea from Nintendo. We find it to be a bold and promising idea, but we’ll have to see how everything is executed.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening!

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Published by Ben Eberle - Senior Editor

I'm a freelance writer and musician based out of Providence, RI. I started playing videogames at a young age and I have since developed a love for JRPGs, indie games, shooters, and all things Star Wars. When I am not gaming, I am reading science fiction novels or performing music. Follow me on Twitter @_northernfrost