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Nintendo surprises everyone with a new Pokemon Snap game, Persona 4 sets a new record 12 full years after its initial release, Xbox talks next-gen features, and Cyberpunk 2077 gets delayed (again). Janelle, Alex and Nolan discuss all this as well as the best games of 2002.

Here are the news stories they discuss in this episode:

  • New Pokemon Snap announced for Nintendo Switch
  • Xbox details “Smart Delivery Program”

  • Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed until November
  • Persona 4 breaks Steam record for most concurrently played JRPG on Steam


The Emerald GamesCast is a weekly video game news and discussion podcast from the Emerald Podcast Network with an industry focus. Hosted by three best friends, each episode will provide the listener with a week’s worth of gaming headlines and conversation about current releases. Guests welcome, scripts discouraged and passion essential.

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Multimedia Desk Co-Editor

Meaghan FitzPatrick is the co-editor for the Multimedia Desk at the Daily Emerald. She enjoys producing audio stories about politics, food and culture.