Episode 138 – Super Banana Blitzkrieg Bop 2

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John, Kevin, and Ryan celebrate 5 years of the Nintendo Fun Club Podcast by talking about Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2 on the GameCube!

Music:

The Misfits – We Are 138

Paramore – Hard Times

Check out our Let’s Play videos: Try, Try My Darling

Episode video:

Super Monkey Ball gameplay w/ commentary:

Super Monkey Ball 2 gameplay w/ commentary:

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Ryan’s Top Five Nintendo Games of 2016

5) Gotta Protectors

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You want a reason why this game made my list? How about ten?

4) 7th Dragon III Code VFD

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I really wasn’t expecting this to be my favorite 3DS JRPG of the year, but the awesome soundtrack and accessible dungeon crawling really resonated with me!

3) Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

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While not as ~perfect~ as Awakening, Birthright provided a solid story and, as expected, excellent SRPG gameplay. I still need to play Conquest and Revelation!

2) Pokemon Go

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Still playing it; sorry haters.

1) Sega 3D Classics Collection

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As far as the Sega 3D Classics go, this really isn’t a collection of the best of ’em. No Out Run? No Gunstar Heroes? No Streets of Rage 2? Lame! But even with that in mind, this is still my Nintendo GOTY. Why? Because M2 did such an incredible job with these ports/remakes that they elevate even the most mediocre games into something incredibly fun and playable. With a multitude of options and perfect emulation, this is the gold standard for preserving and re-releasing classic games.

Honorable Mentions (other cool games I dug this year, but didn’t make much progress in):

Pokemon Moon, Dragon Quest VII, Monster Hunter Generations, Kirby Planet Robobot

Episode 95 – Dr. Robotnik’s Dream Bean Machine

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News:

Qoopa Klub is back!

Sega 3DS themes hit the West

Games:

My 3D Sonic 2 review is up at NWR  

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX, Pushmo, Disney Infinity 3.0

Music:

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

The Faint – Southern Belles in London Sing

Episode 93 – Shovel (@) Night

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News:

Shovel Knight amiibo is seriously for real and happening IRL
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Games: 

Little Battlers Experience, Bravely Default

My NWR review of 3D Gunstar Heroes

Music:

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

Frank Turner – Get Better

Episode 92 – Dragon Questlove

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We had some sound quality issues in the first part of the episode, sorry!!

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News: 

Nintendo Partners with Facebook for Super Mario Maker Hackathon Event

First Nintendo NX games announced?

DQ XI info

Final Fantasy Explorers heads west in 2016

Games: Dragon Quest IX, 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 3D Streets of Rage 2, The Wonderful 101 (thanks Tyler!!!), Steamworld Dig

My review of 3D Streets of Rage 2

Music:

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

Koichi Sugiyama – People (Dragon Quest I) (Dragon Quest Solo Guitar Collections)

Jeff Rosenstock – You, in Weird Cities

What $40 can get you in the DS section of GameStop these days (part one)

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If you go into a GameStop right now, there is a good chance you’ll find a bin filled with DS carts in CD sleeves. While (at most stores) the more expensive DS titles can be found in the glass cases (with the 3DS titles), the games in the sleeves are generally $5 or less. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been hitting my local stores and grabbing pretty much anything that looks interesting or I’ve heard good things about, but never owned. All of the games in the picture about I purchased for between $.99 and $4.99 each. I haven’t played all of them yet, but here are some quick thoughts on the ones I have:

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Phantasy Life: a guide to the Phantasy Star games on Nintendo systems

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With its inspired space setting, rich history, and distinctive aesthetic, Phantasy Star may be my favorite RPG series of all time. One may not associate Sega’s flagship RPG with Nintendo hardware, but the Wii, DS, Game Boy Advance, and GameCube are actually home to some of the best games in the franchise- many of which still hold up today! Let’s have a look. Continue reading