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The Super Mario Bros. Fragrance Collection Made Us Wonder What Bowser Smells Like

It’s hard not to be curious about the lives of your favorite video game characters. What do they do when they’re not off fighting monsters or saving the world? While old video game instruction manuals provided the occasional morsel, one of the most interesting tidbits we’ve discovered came from a little-remembered piece of merchandise: The Super Mario Bros. Fragrance Collection. Released in Japan in 2014, the collection consisted of four scents that represented four of Nintendo’s most famous characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser. Most of the scents featured in the collection weren’t too surprising. The Luigi cologne had a manly musk scent, and, to the shock of no one, the Peach fragranced smelled like peaches. Mario and Bowser are where things get interesting.…
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Stardew Valley Console Multiplayer Will Be on the Nintendo Switch First

Since Stardew Valley was released, fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of its multiplayer mode. Now, more than a year after the game’s initial release, multiplayer is headed to consoles and PCs. Surprisingly, the multiplayer functionality will be making its console debut on the Nintendo Switch. During Nintendo’s “Nindies Showcase” presentation (which can be viewed on Nintendo.com) the company announced that Stardew Valley multiplayer will be debuting on the Switch this summer. According to Nintendo, it will be the first console to support Stardew Valley‘s multiplayer mode. ConcernedApe, the game’s developer, has confirmed that Stardew Valley co-op will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. @EmotionalDaisy yes, I think it will come to Xbox and PS4 about 1 month after Switch — ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) February 28, 2017 He also clarified that while the Switch would be the first console to get multiplayer, it will still be coming to PC first. Just to clarify: the Switch Stardew Valley multiplayer announcement DOES NOT mean that PC will get multiplayer later.…
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This Game Boy Pocket Ad Is Seriously Distracting (and Seriously Disturbing)

In early 1997, Nintendo ran the following Game Boy Pocket ad in Loaded, FHM, and Viz magazines: We see a woman tied to a bed with a [insert emotion here] look on her face. Which sounds like the start of a porn film similar to what you can see at websites similar to www.tubevideoshd.xxx. While the agency responsible for the ad (Leo Burnett) filled in that blank with “frustrated” (due to being ignored), many readers found the word “terrified” to be more appropriate. After several complaints, the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) asked Nintendo to withdraw the ad. Crispin Reed, account director for Nintendo at Leo Burnett, defended the ad, saying, “When you look at [our] ad in the context of the environment it appeared in, it’s exactly in keeping with the editorial pages which, I would say, go further than we did.…
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Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 19] : Amiiboversary

This week, our pre-break off-topic conversation is a rapid-fire lightning round, as the Rev explains polyamory, Mandi explains her love of clothing with animals on it, and Julian watches a bunch of Christopher Nolan movies and invents a new line of underwear. After the break, the gang celebrates the one-year anniversary of the first wave of amiibo figures by updating listeners on the current sitch. Apparently, Josh and Mandi have had some recent luck in finding rare figures, and they’ve even acquired a few of the elusive amiibo cards. Just how much do those damn cards cost to produce anyway? We don’t know, but that won’t stop us from arguing about it. Of course, we wouldn’t want to just rehash Episode 3: Amiibo Sandwich Blues for 45 minutes, because our loyal listeners deserve so much more than that.…
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This Nintendo Power Mario Redesign Is Pure 2005

Nintendo Power 196 is not one of the magazine’s more memorable issues. There are no hidden gems in its letters section, no nostalgia-tinged game awards, no eye-opening reviews of classic titles. Even the cover is just a picture of Daniel Radcliffe with a bad haircut. If you had a chance to thumb through some old issues, you’d probably toss this one aside. And that’s a shame, because it’s probably the only issue in the magazine’s history to to feature a tattooed Mario holding a bong. Or maybe a pimp chalice that sort of resembles a bong (with the stem hidden behind his fat plumber hand). I imagine Mario is the sort of guy that would use a glass bong for the best high!…
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Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 3] : Amiibo Sandwich Blues

The third episode of the Half-Glass Gaming starts off on the wrong foot, as Josh explains how Subway ruined his breakfast. Then, after the break, we break down Nintendo’s incompetence at handling the amiibo situation, which makes Josh even grumpier than bad breakfast. It’s a mile-a-minute thrill ride, as the big N gets curb stomped and amiibo figures go flying. We also meander around topics like Tony Hawk’s mysterious resemblance to Adam Sandler, EarthBound‘s marketing campaign, Nintendo setting people on fire, and Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures. Buckle up and grab a cup, it’s Half-Glass Gaming: Episode 3. If you want to learn more about the marketing campaign that sunk EarthBound, we’ve got you covered with this detailed article on the topic.…
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This Game Stinks: How Nintendo’s Marketing Failed EarthBound

Like many beloved niche titles, EarthBound — known as Mother 2 in Japan — was ahead of its time. The game’s cutesy graphics and unabashed weirdness belied its dark and meaningful storyline. At a glance, it’s no great surprise that it initially failed to find an audience. But when you look closer, you’ll find that EarthBound had everything it needed to be a success. A dedicated localization team ensured that every offbeat cultural reference was translated perfectly. Moreover, it had an impressive marketing budget, with ads for the game appearing in most major gaming magazines. Unlike most obscure gems, EarthBound was favorite of Nintendo superstar Shigeru Miyamoto. Prior to the game’s release, he had never completed a single RPG on his own.…

Werewolf The Last Warrior, The Greatest Game Of Our Time

This is a spotlight that is far overdue, especially for all fans of The Tim And Andy Show. Today I took a honored look at one of th– no The greatest game of all time: Werewolf The Last Warrior, on the NES. Combining precision controls, fluid animations, fair challenge, and an operatic storyline worthy of a series of Hollywood movies, Werewolf The Last Warrior is one of those games synonymous with the beloved NES. Watch the video below to relive your childhood and rekindle the magic that is Werewolf:…

The Internet Erupts in Unbridled Joy as Majora’s Mask Is Officially Announced for the 3DS

It’s always fun to see years of rumor and speculation culminate with what everyone wanted all along. That’s precisely what occurred tonight when Nintendo announced a remastered release of their classic Nintendo 64 title, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, for the Nintendo 3DS. This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, given the 2011 release of the game’s precursor, Ocarina of Time, for the very same system. Series producer Eiji Aonuma hasn’t exactly been dismissive of the rumors surrounding a potential remastering of Majora’s Mask, either. As I wrote earlier this week, there are few games more important to me than Ocarina of Time. I felt that the 3DS version of the game was just as good, if not even better than the original.…
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Junji Ito Cast a Dark Shadow over the Pokémon Universe

Pokémon is primarily associated with children, but it’s always been fairly creepy. If you look beyond the brightly colored rodents and the catch-em-all gimmick, you’ll find spooky cemeteries and Pokédex entries that are downright disturbing. Nintendo has been known to conceal their dark side, but in the case of Pokémon, they opted to embrace it. In October of 2014, they asked horror mastermind Junji Ito to create a few terrifying Pokémon drawings. Ito’s Pokémon images were standalone pictures, not comics, but they still told an intriguing story. In one image, a menacing Banette who stalked behind a seemingly innocent girl. The text below explained that the Banette was once belonged to the girl, but was thrown away. Full of resentment, he tracked down its former owner and silently followed her.…

Tim and Andy Count Down the Top Ten NES Games

In the newest edition of Sunday, er, Monday Sermons, Tim joins Andy to piece together a list of their top ten favorite games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. There is one game that we can guarantee has never been included on any other similar list. Which one is it? Listen and find out! Results: 10. Werewolf: The Last Warrior 9. Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom 8. Monster In My Pocket 7. Star Trek: 25th Anniversary 6. Vice: Project Doom 5. Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger 4. Kickle Cubicle 3. Tecmo Super Bowl 2. Maniac Mansion 1. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!…

7 Facts About Mario You Didn’t Know (Satire)

So much has been said about everyone’s favorite goomba-stomping plumber, but there are still some facts about the iconic Nintendo mascot that even the most hardcore retro enthusiasts don’t know. Up your nerd cred by dropping these bits of forgotten Mario trivia on your closest gamer buds! ———————— 1. The lead roles in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. feature film were originally offered to Carl Weathers and Wesley Snipes in order to capitalize on the popularity of early 90’s Afro-American hip-hop culture. That plan was ultimately nixed, however, when casting director Don Finn told Hollywood Pictures executives that choosing African-Americans would “logically explain why they can jump so high.” They ultimately decided on white dudes with jetpacks. ———————— 2. The character of “Mario” was originally conceived during World War II as collaboration between the so-called “Axis Of Evil” countries as a figurehead for anti-American propaganda aimed towards young children.…

Video Review: Donkey Kong

Andy makes bad jokes and gets mad about broken arcade machines. He also discusses Nintendo’s port of the arcade classic Donkey Kong for the Nintendo Entertainment System.…
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Hip Tanaka Made Some of the Greatest Game Tunes in Existence

Hip Tanaka grew up idolizing The Monkees, but went on to become member of a reggae dub band. He worked on a number of arcade cabinets, helped design the NES Zapper, and was responsible for the Game Boy Camera. Oh, and he probably had a hand in some of your favorite Nintendo tunes. For years, Tanaka was one of Nintendo’s most interesting and prolific composers. He wrote music for everything from Duck Hunt to Metroid to EarthBound. He’s the man behind the oh-so-catchy Dr. Mario theme, and is responsible for some of the strangest boss music in existence. While Tanaka composed plenty of upbeat tunes, he was more interested in writing music that was atmospheric. He believed that music shouldn’t just be fun to listen to, but an integral part of the game itself.…
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The Nintendo Power Awards Will Always Have a Special Place in My Heart

As a kid, I was unreasonably invested in the Nintendo Power Awards. I wasn’t content to simply mail in my voting card; I wrote lengthy diatribes justifying each and every one of my choices. I’m sure the mail room cringed when my overstuffed envelopes arrived. In those days, I didn’t have a steady stream of year-end best lists; I didn’t even have subscriptions to other magazines. That issue was the only form of gaming validation I could get. They gave me undeniable, physical proof that my favorite titles were the masterpieces I touted them as. When the awards (originally called The Nesters) began in 1988, Nintendo Power was entering uncharted territory, and they were obviously figuring things out as they went along.…
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How I’m Dealing With Hiroshi Yamauchi’s Death

It’s five in the morning. I’ve just finished up an especially long stretch of getting stoned and playing Minecraft, and I’m checking Facebook one last time before bed. After all, never know when yet another Grumpy Cat meme might show up. That’s when I stumble across something that makes me wish I’d simply gone straight to sleep. Hiroshi Yamauchi has passed away. This was the man who turned Nintendo from a playing card company into the video game company its known as today. When I hear this news, I rush immediately to open my word processor. A remix of some Castlevania music begins playing on my music player as I consider what to say to honor a man who made my childhood what it was in a very literal sense.…
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