Episode 25 – The Future’s So Bright, We Gotta Wear Shades

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No What U’ve Been Playing and no nonsense this episode- we talk about all the reasons it’s going to be awesome to be Wii U/3DS owners this year and next. These reasons include: Resident Evil Revelations on Wii U, Project X Zone, Pandora’s Tower, Nintendo Force magazine, and of course, all the insanely awesome news from the recent Nintendo Direct, such as the next Zelda, the Wind Waker remake, the new Yoshi game, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Wii U Virtual Console, and of course, Monolith Soft’s new Wii U RPG, tentatively known as “X.” OK, there may be a little bit of nonsense in the episode too.

Music:
The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)
Mixtapes – Even on the Worst Nights

News sources: Gonintendo, Nintendolife, Siliconera, Tiny Cartridge, BDash, Neogaf, Nintendo World Report, Nintendojo

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Podcast Update!

Our (uh, 2 week long) flawless run of weekly episodes has come to an end and we’re going bi-weekly again. Until we’re weekly again. Which will last until we’re biweekly. And so on. If nothing else, at least we are consistently inconsistent.

So yeah, new episode next week (for real- we’d rather die weekly than go tri-weekly).

In the meantime, why not check out our FREE zine?!

Nintendo Customer Service Rules

If you follow this blog or the podcast, you may know that I had some, uh, issues with my Wii to Wii U transfer process.

Well, I spoke with Nintendo again earlier today, and it’s been worked out.

And then some.

Basically, Nintendo remotely deleted the licences for my Virtual Console and WiiWare purchases remotely from my Wii system, and credited my Wii shop on the Wii U with 57000 points ($570, the value of my Wii Virtual Console/Wiiware library). Then they gave me a bonus $50 to my Wii U account for “the inconvenience.”

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I now have the freedom and means to build the ultimate Virtual Console library on my Wii U.

I loved my Wii Virtual Console library and felt it was a very strong one, so 75% of what I buy will likely be the same. But I bought some duds along the 6+ year journey I spent cultivating the library, mistakes I certainly will not be repeating. There are also quite a few titles on the shop that I want, but never purchased, so all my “man, I kind of wish I would have bought X rather than Y” regrets are now moot. My Wii VC is getting a second chance, a clean slate.

So really, this turned out to be a blessing of sorts. It was a a bit of a pain, but this really was the best possible outcome for a seemingly hopeless and unprecedented scenario.

I’m incredibly satisfied with the way this turned out, but if I said this great customer service and very generous gesture by the company made me a lifelong customer and supporter, I’d be lying.

I was made a lifelong customer and supporter of Nintendo in 1988, when I first played The Legend of Zelda on the NES and it changed my life and made me fall completely in love with not just Nintendo, but the medium in general. Since then, Nintendo, like any creative/tech company has had its ups and downs, but they have always brought my life more joy and positivity than frustration in the decades since I first placed that gold cartridge into my NES.

In the end, this issue was resolved in a satisfactory way that, while there are some downsides (bye bye Last Story and Super Smash Bros. Brawl save data), the benefits of cherry-picking my Virtual Console library and basically getting a free Wii U game certainly outweigh the negatives.

Just add this to the list of reasons why I love Nintendo and will remain a loyal customer and supporter to the end.

-Ryan (@Brawndwarf on Twitter)

Episode 24 – 007-373-5963 Jenny

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News: Iwata being weirdly shocked by Animal Crossing 3DS sales in Japan, Renegade Kid’s upcoming 3DS/Wii U reveals, Team Ninja considering more Wii U releases, Pokemon X & Y, and more!

What U’ve Been Playing: Gunman Clive, Punch-Out!!, Trine 2 Director’s Cut, and more!

Music:
The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)
Dillinger Four – Last Communion

News sources: Gonintendo, Nintendolife, Siliconera, Tiny Cartridge, BDash, Neogaf, Nintendo World Report, Nintendojo

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Issue #1 of the Nintendo Fun Factor Zine is Now Available!

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The first issue of our Nintendo zine is available right here, right now, to download for free!

Nintendo Fun Factor Issue 1 (left-click link to view in your browser or right-click, then “save link as…” to download!)

Inspired by the punk rock zines and gaming mags of our formative years, Nintendo Fun Factor is a celebration of Nintendo and the games that appeared on their platforms.

Issue 1 includes articles on both the raddest and scariest NES games, a Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Concert, music and game “reviews,” and more! It’s a .pdf, so you can read it on your Mac/PC, iPad, Kindle Fire, phone, or whatever other .pdf-reading gadget you have!

This zine is a (likely) quarterly labor of love that we’re totally committed to and we really hope you enjoy it! Feel free to leave any comments here or email us at Nintendofunclubpodcast@gmail.com!

Episode 23 – Skate or Die

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News: Shigesato Itoi’s Mother (EarthBound) “republication” project speculation, Code of Princess hitting the eshop, first Pirate King info, and more!

What U’ve Been Playing: Cave Story +, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Last Story, Trine 2 Director’s Cut, and more!

Music:
The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)
Alex Kidd – Main Theme
Teenage Bottlerocket – Skate or Die

News sources: Gonintendo, Nintendolife, Siliconera, Tiny Cartridge, BDash, Neogaf, Nintendo World Report, Nintendojo, Earthbound Central

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Ryan – brawndwarf
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Kevin – Kevinade

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Ryan – @Brawndwarf
John – @Arcadeghost

Nintendofunclubpodcast@gmail.com

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