Episode 216: Big Diglett Energy

On November 25, 2019 by Jason Rechtman and Jose Angel Salado

We’re taking this episode of the Random Nintendo Podcast to the Dynamax. We visit the Galar region to bring you our impressions of Pokemon Sword and Shield, plus discuss how fan demands are affecting gaming as a whole. We also weigh in on Sonic’s new movie design, Mario Kart Tour’s new control options, Animal Crossing’s new paid subscriptions, and Shigeru Miyamoto’s new Disney-esque ambitions.

This episode also marks the show’s eighth anniversary and as a thank you for your continued support, we’re giving away eight prizes over the next month! It all starts here with a set of prizes that are as random as they are Nintendo: three copies of Switch racing sim Truck Racing Championship, one of which is signed by the three of us and includes a bonus $20 eShop gift card! Because really, what more could you want than a signed copy of a game we spent six minutes talking about two months ago?

To enter, simply leave a comment below. We’ll random choose three winners next episode, plus announce our next game giveaway. To make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to us on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music, YouTube, or your favorite podcast app. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @RandomNintendo, where we’ll be hosting two $30 eShop gift card giveaways in the coming weeks.

As always, you can learn more about the news and games discussed in this episode via the links below. Each link also lists a time stamp to easily locate the segments that most interest you. Enjoy, and thank you for the past eight years!



Official Contest Rules: All registrants must be age 13 or older. The contest begins on November 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM PST and ends on December 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST. Visitors may only enter the contest once by leaving a comment below. Any additional entries that a given visitor makes will be disqualified. Three (3) commenters will be chosen at random and receive one (1) physical copy of Truck Racing Championship for the Nintendo Switch. One (1) commenters’ copy will include a $20 eShop gift card. Random Nintendo staff members may not participate in this contest. Random Nintendo reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason. The winners will be chosen at random on December 7, 2019, announced in Episode 217 of the Random Nintendo Podcast, and then notified via email.

12 Responses to “Episode 216: Big Diglett Energy”

  • BanshiNZ wrote on November 26, 2019 at 8:28 pm:

    Pretty sure you won’t want to send a physical copy to New Zealand, but love the podcast! Great work guys, 8 more years! Thank heaps!

  • David Guthrie wrote on December 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm:

    Jason and his titles lol

  • PolkaPodi wrote on December 3, 2019 at 9:42 am:

    Just got my first Switch 🙂

  • Kevin Stern (@Atherworld) wrote on December 3, 2019 at 12:02 pm:

    I think fan deamands are justifiable when they accomplish something. IE, if fans have a problem with Mass Effect 3’s ending. Complaining they don’t like loot boxes to buy, not so much. You can complain, but not demand. Let your wallet’s make the formal complaint. The problem is it’s a balance, and where justifable in one case, it might not be in a similar case.

  • Brent Hall wrote on December 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm:

    When those Nintendo Ninjas find who leaked sword and shield stuff it is not going to be pretty lol

  • Martin C wrote on December 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm:

    Getting Pokemon Sword for christmas.

  • hestar69 wrote on December 6, 2019 at 4:12 am:

    That big diglett energy! I dont get all the hate for Pokemon sword and shield.Sure something could’ve been alot better,but its still a fun and amazing game.

  • Torag Toraga wrote on December 6, 2019 at 4:32 am:


  • Daniel Malupo wrote on December 6, 2019 at 2:53 pm:

    Congrats guys!

  • Leonard M wrote on December 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm:

    Congrats and there’s so much going on with Nintendo right now! Happy holidays!

  • zsaber64 wrote on December 6, 2019 at 3:16 pm:

    I’ve personally had a great time with Shield. My first foray into Pokemon (outside of Go and Let’s Go) since Yellow!

  • Jason Rechtman
    Jason Rechtman wrote on December 7, 2019 at 4:29 pm:

    Thanks for entering, everyone! Check back tomorrow for our winner announcement in Episode 217.

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