Chibi-Robo!

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

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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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Childhood Dreams and Crap Ninja Gaiden Art

In elementary school, kids have all sorts of pipe dreams about what they want to be when they grown up. Doctor, athlete, rapper, dancer, movie star… all of these things seem possible when you’re young. As for myself, I wanted to be one thing: someone who writes about video games in a magazine.

In those days, the NES was my life, and Nintendo Power was my bible. Like many kids of the era, I would read- no, that’s not the right word for it. I would study every image and word on every page; nothing I had ever read felt as good as reading Nintendo Power.

It felt so good that I wanted to try my hand at making my own Nintendo magazine.

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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!)

Issue #1 of the Nintendo Fun Factor Zine is Now Available!

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The first issue of our Nintendo zine is available right here, right now, to download for free!

Nintendo Fun Factor Issue 1 (left-click link to view in your browser or right-click, then “save link as…” to download!)

Inspired by the punk rock zines and gaming mags of our formative years, Nintendo Fun Factor is a celebration of Nintendo and the games that appeared on their platforms.

Issue 1 includes articles on both the raddest and scariest NES games, a Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Concert, music and game “reviews,” and 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!

This zine is a (likely) quarterly labor of love that we’re totally committed to and we really hope you enjoy it! Feel free to leave any comments here or email us at Nintendofunclubpodcast@gmail.com!

Nintendo Fun Factor Zine Preview!

In the most recent episode of our podcast, we announced that we were working on a zine about retro and current games on Nintendo systems. The zine is called Nintendo Fun Factor and will be made available FOR FREE as a downloadable .pdf for your iPad or Kindle Fire or whatever sometime in January. We’re going for a hand-made punk rock zine + late-80s/early-90s video game magazine feel with honest, but positive writing. It’s our first go at this sort of thing, so we’ll see how it turns out!

Anyway, here are some preview pages to check out (note: these are low-res snapshots from the .pdf; actual pages will be much higher quality/resolution):

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Episode 22 – Forget Me

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Listen or right-click to download the episode here!

We start this episode by revealing two rad projects we’ve been working on in addition to the podcast!

News: Etrian Odyssey re-releases, Soul Hackers being announced for NA, NA release date for Unchained Blades, Sakurai on wanting to be forgotten during the development of the next Smash Bros., and more!

What U’ve Been Playing: Crimson Shroud, Zombi U, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge and more!

Music:
The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)
Etrian Odyssey IV – Windy Plains
The Promise Ring – Forget Me

News sources: Gonintendo, Nintendolife, Siliconera, Tiny Cartridge, BDash, Neogaf, Nintendo World Report

Listen or right-click to download the episode here!