A Look at Some Japanese Game Boy Pokemon Packaging

Still figuring out all this video business! Screw-ups this time around: mirrored image, so everything is backwards; low quality video- should have used actual recording software rather than stream with Google Hangouts. I’ll keep at it!

Ryan takes a look at the Japanese packaging for Pokemon Green, Red, Trading Card Game, Pinball, and the boxed version of Pokemon Yellow for 3DS.

Our Favorite Blink-182 Songs, I Guess

UPDATE: Mark Hoppus got a Switch

Less than 24 hours after we “reported” on one of our favorite musicians pining for a Nintendo Switch, another punk rock star is LFS (Looking For Switch).

We doubt Mr. Hoppus will have too much trouble finding a Switch, tbh. As we await his success story, here are our favorite Blink-182 songs. DeLong? Skiba? Barker? Raynor? Doesn’t matter, these songs rule!

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Music as a Discoverable Reward in Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has proven to be a game so dense that it is many different things to different people. For many of us, BotW is a game about exploration and discovery. The game encourages exploration by doling out tiny, yet satisfying, rewards for every discovery. From Korok Seeds to shrines to materials, BotW offers plenty of incentive to venture off the beaten path.

As I continue to put hours upon hours into the game, I’m finding one of my favorite discoveries in BotW is music. Led by Animal Crossing composer Manaka Kataoka, the soundtrack here is excellent. From jazzy combat tunes to the almost Twin Peaks-esque piano piece that plays as you scale a tower, the OST is as unconventional (and high quality) as the game itself.

The music also fits with the sprawling landscape of the game’s world, as it’s used sparingly, only surfacing at specific moments. For me, finding a new place or triggering an event that has a music cue attached to it, even if it’s just a jingle, is just as exciting as discovering any riches tucked within the land of Hyrule.

As a huge fan of video game music, I will definitely be acquiring the BotW soundtrack at some point. But as for right now, I’m avoiding listening to any music from it outside of the game. At this juncture, hopping onto to YouTube and hearing a tune I hadn’t discovered yet in the game would be, for me, as big of a spoiler as <REDACTED>.

Our Favorite Against Me! Songs

UPDATE: Laura got a Switch!

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It’s no secret that we here at NFC are huge fans of Laura Jane Grace and her band, Against Me! We even named their record Transgender Dysphoria Blues our album of the year when we did that end-of-year music episode that nobody liked.

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Episode 131 – Blaster Master of Puppets

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In this episode we talk about ~8 days with the Switch~: our experiences, and the games we’ve been playing.

News:

Hamster working on patch for Neo Geo brightness/audio issues

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap hitting Switch on April 18th, “surprise” teased for March 22nd

Games: Blaster Master Zero, 1 2 Switch, Neo Geo Arcade Archives, Breath of the Wild

Music:

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

Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave

Video:

Happy Mario Day!

To celebrate, I recorded two spur-of-the-moment videos. In the first, I dig into the Mario Mania Nintendo Power guide from 1991. In the other video, I talk to Tyler Ohlew about his favorite Mario game! (warning: these are Google Hangouts videos, so they’re pretty low quality. sorry Mario!)