Episode 166 – MonQue

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Nintendo Shares New Details about Its Nintendo Switch Online Service Coming in September (official PR)

Nintendo officially says there are “no plans” to do a Virtual Console service with Switch like they’ve done with other platforms

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Conquers Switch August 28

Inti Creates Announces New Throwback Title And Latest Gunvolt Game


Say Anything – People Like You Are Why People Like Me Exist

Nine Inch Nails – Wish

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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!


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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Episode 37 – E3 2013 Hopes and Farts


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Gamecube Controller Adapter for Wii U released

Precursor “Temporarily” Taking Down Crowdfunding for Shadow of the Eternals

Monster Hunter 4 Japanese Release Date and More

Games: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Mega Man X, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons


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

Metroid Fusion – Sector 1

Screeching Weasel – Planet of the Apes