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The State of Gaming October 2020: Sega and Super Mario Anniversaries, Crash Bandicoot is Back, Star Wars Squadrons, and NPD
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The State of Gaming October 2020: Sega and Super Mario Anniversaries, Crash Bandicoot is Back, Star Wars Squadrons, and NPD

The guys talk decades of Sega and Super Mario Bros., the return of Crash Bandicoot and a good Star Wars.

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It’s The State of Gaming Podcast for August 2020, Popzara’s in-depth look at what’s shaking up the gaming landscape delivered on a monthly basis. Our hosts Cory Galliher and Nate Evans guide you through the best, worst, and everything else that’s making headlines and headway in the fine world of interactive entertainment. October 2020 may be something of a slow month, but the tide is always lowest before the inevitable tsunami hits, and our hosts do their best not to get swept up in the gaming goodness. Let’s get to it!

Sega and Super Mario Bros. Anniversary Celebrations!

Once rivals, now best friends, both Sega and Nintendo celebrate milestone anniversaries this month decades in the making. First up is Sega (i.e. Service Games), celebrating an astonishing 60 years of memory making with a glut of free games, unfinished demos, and just a little bit of that Sonic the Hedgehog attitude we know and love.

Nintendo also celebrates 35 years of the original Super Mario Bros. game with their own glut of Super Mario-related tie-ins, cash-grabs, re-releases and remote controlled toys to keep you well inside the Mushroom Kingdom. Among these include last month’s blockbuster compilation Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the battle royale themed Super Mario 35 and even RC fun with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Our hosts reminisce about their favorite Sega / Super Mario memories, which are plenty and worth celebrating, too.

The Games of October 2020

While a bit slower than we’d like, a few standouts for October gaming goodness include the welcome return of Sony’s ex-mascot turned multiplatform sensation with the appropriately titled Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time for PS4 and Xbox One. Taking cues from the recent remastered N. Sane Trilogy re-releases our favorite Bandicoot looks and plays better than ever, proving there’s always room for old-fashioned platform fun.

Also heating up screens is Star Wars: Squadrons, a budget-priced blockbuster that helps restore our faith in a galaxy far, far away. It’s been a long time since we last had a solid Star Wars space sim on the level of X-Wing and Rogue Squadron, and that’s exactly what fans can expect in EA’s thrilling, albeit short, return to the stars.

Listen for coverage on NPD’s monthly estimates on the gaming industry’s health at physical and digital retail shelves. With the Switch continuing to dominate hardware sales it’s no surprise the Top Twenty software chart is likewise filled with Nintendo exclusives, especially those with Mario in the title, but also strong showings for multiplatform hits like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and Marvel’s Avengers. It also seems the only game that could stop Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is…another Call of Duty, which is just right around the corner.

Also discussed are the much-anticipated multiplayer update to Sony’s PlayStation 4-exclusive hit Ghost of Tsushima, proving the open-world Japanese samurai thriller is more than just pretty visuals and a great soundtrack. Be on the lookout for bits on Baldur’s Game III (in Early Access), Watch Dogs: Legion, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope and more.

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