Episode 132 – Ports Will Find a Way

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News:

Disney Afternoon Collection announced, not coming to Switch

GoNintendo Talking Points – Why is The Disney Afternoon Collection skipping Nintendo platforms?

Want Disney Afternoon Collection on Switch? Let Capcom know!

Neo Geo games have been patched on Switch!

Factor 5 rises from the ashes, reacquires Turrican license, gives insight into Switch development

Taiko no Tatsujin × Splatoon

Sonic News: Mania Delayed, Project Named

A Longer Look At Modern Sonic

Sonic Forces crowd reaction

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

Music:

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

The Menzingers – Your Wild Years

Thoughts – SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

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Originally Released: 2008

Version Played: Wii

On the most recent episode of the podcast, I extolled the virtues of Neo Geo games on the Wii Virtual Console, while coming off as a bit dismissive of the SNK compilations released on the Wii, which I had never played. See, as a long-time Sega fan, I’ve been burned by poor emulation, lengthy load times, and ugly visual filters in these “too good to be true” value-packed comps. After spending a dozen or so hours with the 16 games on SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, I’m happy to report that my worries were unfounded- this is a fantastic package. Continue reading

Episode 57 – Smash

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News:

Nintendo is not a trendy asshole (investor briefing)

New game announcements: Moon Chronicles, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Tomodachi Collection

The Curious Incident of Ryan’s Wii U in the Transfer-Time

David Gibson is not Dave Gibbons

Games:

Sonic Lost World (Ryan’s “review”), Super Mario 3D World, 3D Super Hang-On, Bravely Default, Metal Slug 1 & X

Music:

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

Super Hang-On – Outride a Crisis

Triforce of 90s Epitaph Records punk songs about aggressively maintaining individuality despite immense pressure to conform:

Bad Religion – Against the Grain

Pennywise – My Own Way

Offspring – Smash

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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Now you’re playing with…g power

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

Issue #2 of the Fun Factor! Zine is Now Available!

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Issue 2 of our Nintendo zine is available to download, for free, right here!!

Fun Factor! Issue 2 (left-click link to view in your browser or right-click, then “save link as…” to download!)

This issue’s cover story features the past, present, and future of Dungeons & Dragons games on Nintendo systems. Also in the issue: a look at the best Neo Geo games on Virtual Console, a retrospective on Chibi-Robo!, a local video game art show John attended, and WAY 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!

Get Issue #1 of the zine here (also free/fun!)