Nintendo Cartridge Society

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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.

All Episodes

Patrick and Mark celebrate the console's 20th anniversary with the ABC's of Nintendo GameCube.

Dec 2

1 hr 30 min

It's a lighter news week, but Patrick and Mark have lots to talk about with their recent returns to Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Happy Home Paradise. Plus, Nintendo comments internally on the Activision Blizzard situation, an update for Mario Golf Super Rush, and more. The guys also talk about: Fire Emblem NEO: The World Ends With You The Mario Movie Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Eastward

Nov 30

1 hr 3 min

Patrick and Mark plan a Thanksgiving menu and then determine which Nintendo franchise best represents each Turkey Day staple. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25

55 min 55 sec

Patrick and Mark dust off their GameCube controllers with the announcement that Nintendo will be launching official Super Smash Bros fighting tournaments. Plus, a listener tweet has the guys considering Wii U discs in a new light, an update for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and more. Nintendo Everything translated interview with Sakurai: https://nintendoeverything.com/smash-bros-ultimate-interview-all-dlc-characters-scrapped-mechanic-future-masahiro-sakurai/ VGC feature on the GameCube: https://www.videogameschronicle.com/features/gamecube-at-20/ The guys also talk about: Animal Crossing New Horizons Happy Home Paradise The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Super Smash Bros Ultimate Super Smash Bros Melee Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Nov 23

1 hr 6 min

Patrick and Mark pay homage to the show's namesake by definitively ranking Nintendo cartridges. -- 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

Nov 18

1 hr 14 min

The first month of Metroid Dread sales are in and Patrick and Mark celebrate the success of the game by discussing where the series can go next. Plus, trying to figure out where the Switch is in its lifecycle, Patrick's impressions of the Zelda Game & Watch, and more. The guys also talk about: Animal Crossing New Horizons Happy Home Paradise Kirby Super Star Metroid Prime 4 Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Nov 16

1 hr 5 min

Patrick and Mark join the ranks of Happy Home Paradise employees to design vacation homes for weirdos from across the Nintendo universe.

Nov 11

1 hr 21 min

There's no PowerPoint presentation like a Nintendo PowerPoint presentation! Patrick and Mark discuss all of the information and news from Nintendo's latest financial meeting. Plus, impressions of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons update, Masahiro Sakurai talks the future of Super Smash Bros, and more. The guys also talk about: Happy Home Paradise Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Metal Gear Solid 2 Metal Gear Solid 3 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D Metroid Dread Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Super Mario 3D All-Stars Super Mario 64

Nov 9

1 hr 12 min

Time to take your Varia Suit to the cleaners and press your finest Gravity Suit as Patrick and Mark definitively rank the power-ups in Metroid Dread. Caution: spoilers ahead!

Nov 4

1 hr 16 min

It's a blast from the past as Patrick and Mark dive deep into the recently released Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis libraries in Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Plus, Pikmin Bloom is out in the wild, Nintendo closes two offices in North America, and more. The guys also talk about: Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Metroid Dread Tetris 99 Tetris Effect Connected Star Fox 64 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Goldeneye 64 Animal Crossing New Horizons Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp Lego Super Mario -- 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

Nov 2

1 hr 1 min

Game & Watch Month concludes! Patrick and Mark fittingly bring their celebration of the Game & Watch to an end with an episode full of mini-topics. Which sitcom scenarios would make great Game & Watch titles? Which Game & Watch characters deserve a chance at a modern video game? All this and more! "Pancakes Pancakes" in Dreams: https://indreams.me/dream/mwECTCkRdDj Iwata Asks Game & Watch: https://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/clubn/game-and-watch-ball-reward/0/0 Game & Watch commercial: https://youtu.be/b3QNbB_4E3A

Oct 28

1 hr 3 min

Patrick and Mark celebrate the reveal of ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier, the new game from the Stardew Valley developer. Plus, Advanced Wars is delayed, Grasshoper Manufacture gets acquired, and more. The guys also talk about: Metroid Dread Super Mario Party Game & Watch Gallery Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Super Smash Bros Ultimate Dr. Mario World

Oct 26

45 min 41 sec

Game & Watch Month continues! This week, Patrick and Mark determine the 10 best Game & Watch games (that they've played)!

Oct 21

1 hr 25 min

Patrick and Mark digest last week's Animal Crossing Direct, including news of a major update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, surprise paid DLC in the form of Happy Home Paradise, and details on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Plus, spoiler free discussion of Metroid Dread, difficulties developers face in getting credt for their work, and more. The guys also talk about: Tetris Effect Connected Game & Watch Gallery September NPD sales figures

Oct 19

1 hr 16 min

Game & Watch Month begins! Patrick and Mark try to guess the gameplay for each Game & Watch title based solely on the name, then educate themselves to see how close they got.

Oct 14

1 hr 38 min

The announcement of Kingdom Heart's Sora as the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter have Patrick and Mark pondering the future of the series. Plus, Metroid Dread is finally here, a Grand Theft Auto collection announced for Switch, and more. The guys also talk about: Tetris 99 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass Animal Crossing New Horizons

Oct 12

1 hr 1 min

It's 5's as far as they eye can see! Patrick and Mark celebrate 5 years and 500 episodes of NCS by each creating 5 Nintendo pentalogies. -- 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

Oct 7

56 min 50 sec

Patrick and Mark put on their scanning visors to decode rumors of a Metroid Prime remake. Plus, a new Bloomberg report sows more confusion over a Nintendo Switch upgrade, a new Donkey Kong-themed land announced for Universal Studios Japan, and more. The guys also talk about: Castlevania Advance Collection Castlevania Circle of the Moon Tetris 99 Game & Watch Gallery Dragon Quest X Offline -- 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

Oct 5

59 min 7 sec

Patrick and Mark reach through Hollywood history to cast hypothetical Super Mario Bros. films with the brightest stars from every era.

Sep 30

1 hr 3 min

Patrick and Mark are back to catch-up on all of the fallout from last week's Nintendo Direct. Plus, Patrick's early thoughts on Eastward, Mark's continuing adventures in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more. The guys also talk about: Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Nintendo Game & Watch Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Rune Factory 5 Chocobo GP Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince

Sep 28

52 min 22 sec

Holy cow a Nintendo Direct! Patrick and Mark discuss all of the announcements from Nintendo's latest showcase...even the Super Mario movie casting news. The guys talk about: Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Mario Party Superstars Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Disco Elysium: The Final Cut Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity Guardian of Remembrance Chocobo GP Super Smash Bros Ultimate Kirby and the Forgotten Land Animal Crossing New Horizons Mario Golf: Super Rush Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Dying Light 2: Stay Human Cloud Version Dying Light Platinum Edition Triangle Strategy Metroid Dread Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass Nintendo 64 Sega Genesis Castlevania Advanced Collection Actraiser: Renaissance Splatoon 3 Bayonetta 3

Sep 24

1 hr 15 min

Patrick and Mark will be back later today with their full analysis of the Nintendo Direct from September 23rd!

Sep 23

2 min 8 sec

Patrick and Mark wirelessly jack into the matrix as Nintendo unlocks the ability to use Bluetooth headsets with the Switch. Plus, a mysterious FCC filing, Patrick's thoughts on the new indie game TOEM, and more. The guys also talk about: Tetris 99 WarioWare: Get It Together The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town -- 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

Sep 21

59 min 42 sec

Patrick and Mark definitively rank the characters from WarioWare: Get It Together. Which character is the most like Liberace? Which character is the most likely to anchor their own game? Find out if you dare! -- 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

Sep 16

1 hr 10 min

Patrick and Mark renew their passports as Nintendo announces a price drop in Europe for the Switch. Plus, WarioWare: Get It Together impressions, a busty bear delay, and more. The guys also talk about: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword LEGO Super Mario 64 Block Bear and Breakfast Bayonetta 3 Metroid Dread -- 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

Sep 14

59 min 38 sec

Rumors are rampant that Game Boy and Game Boy Color games are coming soon to Nintendo Switch Online. This week, Patrick and Mark definitively predict which games from those two classic systems will make the cut for launch.

Sep 9

1 hr 8 min

Patrick and Mark get ready to go back to school as Nintendo reveals Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain is coming to Switch later this year. Plus, rumors of Game Boy games being added to Nintendo Switch Online, our dislike of Bowser Jr. explored, and more. The guys also talk about: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Marvel's Midnight Suns Animal Crossing Amiibo cards

Sep 7

54 min 1 sec

Patrick and Mark are joined by returning special guest Matt Acevedo for a trip to the fashion-obsessed world of Hytopia in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. Totem 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

Sep 2

1 hr 8 min

Patrick and Mark don their finest lederhosen to round up the news from Gamescom, Europe's largest gaming trade show. Plus, another Nintendo mobile game starts to wind down, Pokemon TV arrives on Switch, and more. The guys also talk about: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Marvel: Midnight Suns No More Heroes 3 Pac-Man 99 Goodboy Galaxy Dragalia Lost Animal Crossing New Horizons -- 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

Aug 31

51 min 27 sec

Patrick and Mark celebrate the Super Nintendo Entertainment System's 30th anniversary with a list of 30 of their favorite things about it. Happy Birthday, Super Nintendo!

Aug 26

1 hr 41 min

Patrick and Mark have gotta catch all the latest Pokemon announcements from last week's Pokemon Presents. Plus, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is back on the radar, a deep dive into the recent record-breaking video game auctions, and more. Watch Karl Jobst's video on the video game auction bubble: https://youtu.be/rvLFEh7V18A The guys also talk about: WarioWare: Get It Together WarioWare Gold Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl Pokemon Legends: Arceus Quake Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder’s Revenge

Aug 24

1 hr 7 min

This week, it's part 2 of Patrick and Mark's definitive ranking of the Super Mario Odyssey outfits. After sorting the outfits into tiers last week, can the guys hold it together long enough to finish the ranking?

Aug 19

1 hr 37 min

Nintendo dropped a surprise Indie World Showcase last week, and Patrick and Mark cover the new announcements even though all they really want is an update on Bear and Breakfast. Plus, rumors of GTA remasters coming to Switch, Suda51 talks the future of No More Heroes, and more. The guys also talk about: Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Minecraft Tetris Effect Connected Pokemon Presents Grand Theft Auto

Aug 17

55 min 45 sec

Move over Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn! This week, Patrick and Mark are sporting their sartorial best for part 1 of their definitive ranking of all the outfits in Super Mario Odyssey.

Aug 12

1 hr 37 min

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is maybe coming soon and Patrick and Mark wonder if this'll be the entry in the franchise they finally play. Plus, our first bit of casting for the Super Mario animated, Overcooked turns 5, and more. The guys also talk about: Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Tetris 99 PICROSS S MEGA DRIVE & Master System edition Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water -- 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

Aug 10

58 min 9 sec

It's been over 10,000 days since the last game in the StarTropics franchise was unleashed into the world, and Patrick and Mark commemorate the occassion with a definitive ranking of all things StarTropics! -- 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

Aug 5

1 hr 20 min

Patrick and Mark declare, "Honey, I shrunk the Pokemon", as Nintendo releases a surprise update to New Pokemon Snap. Plus, it's the end of the line for Dr. Mario World, listener emails on ROM hacking and an upcoming indie release, and more. The guys also talk about: The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Eastward PICROSS S MEGA DRIVE & Master System edition I.F.O. Animal Crossing New Horizons Pac-Man 99

Aug 3

57 min 28 sec

It's part 2 of Patrick and Mark's epic quest to modernize every Zelda game. Thrill as they try to figure out what to do with games released in 2017! -- 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

Jul 29

1 hr 7 min

Two mysterious pieces of foam in the new Skyward Sword Joy-Con have Patrick and Mark wondering if we've seen the end of Joy-Con drift. Plus, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and the queer coding of Ghirahim, a new Pokemon TV show in the works at Netflix, and more. The guys also talk about: Metroid Samus Returns Nintendo Gigaleak Metroid Dread -- 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

Jul 27

1 hr 4 min

This week, it's part 1 of Patrick and Mark's epic quest to renovate all of the homes in the Zelda neighborhood. Given the opportunity, how would they modernize every Zelda game known to humanity? -- 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

Jul 22

1 hr 5 min

It's not the steamy romance/murder mystery Patrick and Mark have been waiting for, but former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has announced a new book releasing in 2022. Plus, Gamescom announces their lineup, first impressions of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more. The guys also talk about: Metroid Samus Returns NEO: The World Ends With You Nintendo Switch OLED Model -- 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

Jul 20

49 min 5 sec

Patrick and Mark open up their yearbook to bestow superlative awards to Nintendo characters. "Have a great summer! Never change!! Your friends, NCS." -- 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

Jul 15

52 min 12 sec

Not one but two video game auctions result in record breaking prices, leaving Patrick and Mark wishing they would have kept unopened copies of all of their games. Plus, Nintendo and Edible bring us another great moment in corporate synergy, additional thoughts on the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, and more. Check out the blindfold Super Mario 64 GDQ run here: https://youtu.be/rKnDj3wMNik The guys also talk about: Metroid Samus Returns Metroid Dread Legend of Zelda Skyword Sword HD

Jul 13

44 min 30 sec

Inspired by their playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, Patrick and Mark definitively determine the best Nintendo animal companion of all time. Plus, Nintendo surprised everyone with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, leaving the guys trying to figure out what it all means. -- 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

Jul 8

1 hr 31 min

Nintendo has revealed more information on the quality of life improvements made to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, and Patrick and Mark wonder if the never-released Wiimote heartbeat sensor accessory is finally compatible. Plus, a Nintendo DS Mass Effect spinoff, Summer Games Done Quick, and more. The guys also talk about: The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages -- 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

Jul 6

1 hr 7 min

With the announcement of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Patrick and Mark are ready to definitively rank the Rabbid Mario 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

Jul 1

53 min 11 sec

Patrick and Mark get dropped off a cliff and into Masahiro Sakurai's presentation for the latest Super Smash Bros DLC character, Tekken's Kazuya Mishima. Plus, Metroid mania rocks the Wii U eShop, and listener emails have us returning (sheepishly) to E3 2021. Check out Alannah's level in Super Mario Maker 2: 7R5-MB1-30G The guys also talk about: Metroid Zero Mission Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages Super Smash Bros Ultimate -- 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

Jun 29

1 hr 3 min

Patrick and Mark definitively close the book on E3 2021 by discussing the real and rumored game, hardware, and miscellanous announcements that didn't make it into Nintendo's show. Topics include: Metroid Prime Trilogy Metroid Prime 4 New Nintendo Switch hardware Donkey Kong Animal Crossing New Horizons Fire Emblem Project Triangle Strategy Splatoon 3 Super Smash Bros Ultimate Pokemon Mario platformers LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga Bayonetta 3 Sports Story Pikmin 4

Jun 24

49 min 52 sec

There's a new animated series based on Final Fantasy IX in the works, and Patrick and Mark try to make sense of the series being considered "kid friendly." There's no reason it can't be, right? Plus, listener emails, a new Castlevania Advance Collection leaks, and more. Washington Post interview with Doug Bowser: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2021/06/18/nintendo-doug-bowser-switch-interview/ Metroid Dread website: https://metroid.nintendo.com The guys also talk about: Metroid Zero Mission Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Tetris 99 Dragon Quest XI S Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Metroid Dread Famicom Detective Club

Jun 22

1 hr 12 min

The guys talk about: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tekken Life is Strange Remastered Collection Life is Strange True Colors Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Worms Rumble Astria Ascending Two Point Campus Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Mario Party Superstars Metroid Dread Just Dance 2022 Cruis'n Blast Dragon Ball Z Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set Mario Golf Super Rush Monster Hunter Stories 2 Wings of Ruin WarioWare Get it Together Shin Megami Tensei V Danganronpa Decadence Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity Pulse of the Ancients Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Legend of Zelda Game & Watch Sequel to Breath of the Wild -- 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

Jun 16

1 hr 17 min