Must-Play Neo Geo Games on the Wii Virtual Console

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

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As the Wii Virtual Console entered its twilight, there was one company still releasing games for it: SNK. Over the past few years, the Wii has (somewhat strangely) become the best place to play Neo Geo games. The consensus from the notoriously-hard-to-please Neo Geo fandom over on sites like Neo-Geo.com is that the emulation in these releases is close to, if not 100%, perfect. The games may be a bit on the pricey side (though nothing compared to the original cart prices), but they don’t have the awful load times that plague some of the disc-based collections.

SNK and publisher D4 Enterprise have built up a respectable library of Neo Geo titles on the Virtual Console. Here are some of the must-plays: Continue reading

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Our 3 Favorite 8-Bit Horror Games

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While the survival horror genre did not reach its peak point of popularity until the mid-90’s and the advent of CD-ROM technology, the Famicom/NES did feature some incredible horror games. Whether they be licensed takes on popular 80’s slasher films or more original and obtuse attempts to frighten gamers on 8-bit hardware, the system featured a handful of terrific horror games worth looking back on. Continue reading

Wii Core – The Best Niche and Hardcore Games on the Wii

This content originally appeared in issue #3 of the Nintendo Fun Factor zine. The issue is available as a free download here; check it out!

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Nintendo’s Wii console, released in late 2006, proved to be an enormous success for the
company, outselling its competition and becoming one of the most popular video game systems of all time. However, many of the console’s critics appear to believe the Wii achieved commercial success by ignoring the tried and true fans of hardcore games who stuck by the company through its less prosperous N64 and GameCube eras. They argue the company instead focused on a “blue ocean” strategy and casual gamers, meaning more experienced gamers looking for traditional, niche, or core titles were left behind by Nintendo.

However, we here at Fun Factor disagree with this assessment. Not only did Nintendo cater to fans of their “core” (…ugh) franchises with games in the Mario, Metroid, Fire Emblem, and Zelda franchises, third parties stepped up and released many high quality mid-budget titles in “dead” genres. So please, join us in celebrating what we consider to be the best niche(ish) titles to grace the platform over its six plus years on the market.

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Final Fight

This content originally appeared in issue #3 of the Nintendo Fun Factor zine. The issue is available as a free download here; check it out!

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This week, Capcom released the Final Fight trilogy on the Wii U Virtual Console and it’s as good of a time as any to celebrate this seminal brawler series. So smash a barrel, grab the snack within, and hit start on the second player controller (if applicable), to join us as we smash our way through the Final Fight releases on Nintendo platforms!

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D & D & U

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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

Chibi-Robo!

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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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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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