Episode 45 – 2D Boy

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News:

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Sonic Lost World Deady Six Bonus edition features NiGHTS content

Games: Ninja Gaiden II, DuckTales: Remastered, Mario Golf, Spin the Bottle

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Shoot the Moon

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D & D & U

This content originally appeared in issue #2 of the Nintendo Fun Factor zine. The issue is available as a free download here; check it out!

Without Dungeons & Dragons, video RPGs today would be completely different, if they existed at all. Had Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson not published that three-volume set of manuals in 1974, there would be no Wizardry, no Ultima, no Dragon Quest, no Final Fantasy, and no Chrono Trigger. Can you imagine living in a world with no Chrono Trigger? I don’t even want to think about it.

Of course, there were, and continue to be, plenty of207 games based on the D&D source material, created for those who are too lame to even have friends who play tabletop D&D (such as myself). While the vast majority of D&D games were developed for PCs, some were ported to Nintendo consoles and handhelds, with even a few original games appearing along the way. So grab your homemade Legend of Zelda campaign setting handbook and venture forth into this look at the past (and potential future) of Dungeons & Dragons on Nintendo platforms! Continue reading

Episode 44 – Surfing With the Boys

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News: Ninja Gaiden II hitting 3DS eshop soon

Games: DuckTales: Remastered, Pikmin 3, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, The Wonderful 101 (demo)

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Pikmin – Ai No Uta (Another)

Bomb the Music Industry! – Hurricane Waves

Chibi-Robo!

This content originally appeared in issue #2 of the Nintendo Fun Factor zine. The issue is available as a free download here; check it out!

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In 2005, developer Skip Ltd. released the quirky classic Chibi-Robo! for the Gamecube in Japan. The game follows the household adventures of a miniature robot tasked with
completing domestic objectives like cleaning up spills, finding lost items, and settling disputes between family members. Its charming protagonist and cute scenario made it one of the Gamecube’s standout exclusives and it remains a fan-favorite to this day.

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Episode 43 – End of the Summer Carnival ’13

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News: Nintendo Direct 08/07/2013

Games: EarthBound, QuackShot, Pikmin 3, Shantae, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Summer Carnival 92 Recca – Recca

Fifteen – End of the Summer

Skate or Die!

This content originally appeared in issue #1 of the Nintendo Fun Factor zine, as part of a feature on Rad NES Games. The issue is available as a free download here; check it out!

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(Developer: Electronic Arts/Konami, Publisher: Ultra Games, Released: 1988)

The popularity of both skateboarding and the NES peaked in late 1980’s America, andsod
Electronic Arts and Konami were there to capitalize on those cultural phonomena with Skate or Die. Originally developed by Electronic Arts for a handful of home platforms (including DOS, Apple II, and Commodore 64), the game was ported to the NES by Konami shortly thereafter. Its subject matter and iconic and antagonistic title ensured that every kid in America was ready to take on the challenge of competing in some of California’s most treacherous streets, pools, and vert ramps.

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