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The alternate history of Goku in Smash Bros. ⊟
In this universe, the inclusion of Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z hero Son Goku is nothing but a dream, a perfect fusion too beautiful for humans to deserve.
But out there in the infinite multiverse, there’s a Nintendo who Shonen Jumped at the chance to include the character. As we prepare to play a new Smash Bros. game here in Universe-A, here’s a Tiny Cartridge-exclusive look at the history of Universe-9000+ (screenshot above by mariodkz).
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Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64, 1999)
Fans scratched their heads when this game emerged: a fighting game by Nintendo, in which the company’s most popular characters beat up on each other. Characters like Pikachu, Mario, Link, Samus, and… Goku, prototyped on a whim by director Masahiro Sakurai, and approved by Toei Animation after a demonstration of Sakurai’s painstaking recreation of the character.
Goku quickly became a favorite in dorm rooms and neighborhood tournaments, with his fast-moving Kamehameha Wave attack and his ability to transform into a giant, invincible ape.
Strangely, while all other characters’ endings depict them turning into toys, Goku’s ending shows him being killed by Fox McCloud.
(screenshot via sonicfan81)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube, 2001)
Joining an expanding roster of Nintendo characters, Goku is still conspicuous, especially because of the unskippable scene, upon powering up the game, of Goku traveling along Snake Way, training with King Kai, and returning to the battlefield, where he convinces Fox McCloud to fight with him instead of against him. This is the narrative reason Fox vs. Goku matches are disabled.
Many fighting game aficionados claim Melee would have become a favorite at tournaments for years after its release, had Nintendo decided against adding Goku’s new up+B special move, which causes him to float in the air surrounded by a halo of light for precisely one hour while opponents can do nothing but taunt.
(screenshot via neogohan)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, 2008)
A new single-player story mode detailed the fusion of Goku and Luigi into a single, superpowered fighter called “Gokuigi,” who is then immediately eaten by Kirby. Once within the seemingly infinite stomach, the two separate and begin working to fight their way out. 
"Assist trophies" allowed for cameos from other Dragon Ball Z characters, including functionally identical appearances from Tien, Yamcha, Krillin, and Chaotzu, all of whom jump into the battlefield and immediately die without affecting anything.
(screenshot via 4eyez95)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS, 2014)
Goku returns from Kirby’s stomach only to find Fox and Wolf have been killed by a mysterious new fighter. The purple-haired figure is Future Trunks — he has traveled back in time to the Year of Luigi to thwart the rise of Ridley, whose size eventually threatens to destroy the world.
Few changes are made to Goku’s attacks or play style, but his continued use among Smash fans is ensured with alternate character model costumes, every one of which is Mr. Satan in a different outfit.

As far as we can tell, Waluigi does not appear in any of the Smash Bros. games from Universe-9000+, nor in any other universe.
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The alternate history of Goku in Smash Bros.

In this universe, the inclusion of Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z hero Son Goku is nothing but a dream, a perfect fusion too beautiful for humans to deserve.

But out there in the infinite multiverse, there’s a Nintendo who Shonen Jumped at the chance to include the character. As we prepare to play a new Smash Bros. game here in Universe-A, here’s a Tiny Cartridge-exclusive look at the history of Universe-9000+ (screenshot above by mariodkz).

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley supports in-game screenshots ⊟

Last time I posted about this game, I noted that Natsume is making all the right moves. Here’s another. You KNOW I want to show off my dank, dank crops. 

The Harvest Goddess screen is there because I needed something else to lay out this post right, and because why not, here’s another screen.

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Tiny Impressions: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ⊟
[Tiny Cartridge contributor Francesco Dagostino has played the dickens out of the new Smash Bros. — bet you didn’t know Dickens was an unlockable character — and offers up his enthusiastic impressions here, including thoughts on the “portable” aspect of the new game. GIF via GeminiSparkW!]
Even after trying the E3 demo, in the back of my head I still worried that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (urgh, what a bad name) would just not work. I don’t have a specific reason to justify this fear; it was a vague “Man, how will Nintendo turn this huge, complicated game into something that works on a portable system”?
While this new iteration of the Smash series was clearly built from the ground up to work on a tiny system, there’s nothing tiny about it: it’s super meaty! It’s full of content, and the game plays and looks better than its predecessor.
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Series director Masahiro Sakurai and his merry group of friends went back to the basics of the series, creating a game that sort of plays more like Melee than Brawl, adding a lot of nice little ideas to make the experience feel new and more polished while keeping its core unaltered. They listened to the wishes of the fans, and tuned and balanced the game carefully paying attention to the competitive scene.
So what’s portable about Super Smash Bros. for 3DS… besides the fact that it looks smaller? All of its game modes are more bite-sized than what you’re used to seeing on consoles, which in my opinion is a good thing. Besides the usual arcade and All-Star modes (that’s sort of a fun survival mode), Super Smash Bros. for 3DS offers a number of enjoyable minigames, such as a clever, extremely addictive Angry Birds-inspired challenge mode, Home Run Contest. There’s also the amazing Street Smash, which is one of my favorite things to do: it’s basically a Smash version of marbles, and it’s StreetPass compatible. 
Then there’s Smash Run, the biggest new inclusion, which showcases the character-customization feature introduced here for the first time in the series. You run through a maze for five minutes trying to collect power-ups and make your character grow as powerful as possible, then you’re pitted against three adversaries who were doing the same, competing in a challenge to demonstrate who is the strongest. Basically, it’s roguelike Smash Bros. The characters can also be customized beforehand with equipment that enhances basic stats and abilities, and you can even change their movesets with alternate moves unlocked by playing the different modes. 

Customized characters can also be used in most of the other modes, including versus and online , but only against friends. This, plus the fact that the roster is the biggest ever in the series, guarantees that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is one of the biggest fightingpartyfun games ever made. With all these options, the number of variables in the matchmaking alone are almost impossible to count. Which is great because even with all these single player modes, Smash is a game that’s infinitely better with friends.
Most of the modes also offer local multiplayer options, and the online mode with friends is impressive, it has almost no input lag at all. I tried playing with a friend from the Netherlands, and it was as if we were sitting next to each other on the couch. When you play with strangers to try and climb the leaderboards, things get a little tougher for the game’s netcode, and occasionally you’ll face people with bad connections, which will make the lag way more noticeable — but in my experience never as bad as it got in Brawl.
Smash is a lot of fun, and I can’t help but recommend this game to literally anyone who has a 3DS. And if you don’t have a 3DS, I would totally recommend getting one just for this game. Yes, even considering the New 3DS is right behind the corner. (Man, who picks the names for these Nintendo games and hardware anyway? So bad!)
At any rate, Smash on the go works really well, aside from the screen of the original 3DS and 2DS feeling too tiny — sometimes I have problems with distancing aerial attacks, but that’s just me whining because I’m not good enough. And you could complain that the game doesn’t really add any dramatic twist to the core of the formula, but I hate to point out that, duh, this game is not just a portable entry in the series; it also has a great online mode, and it’s definitely better than it’s predecessor, so if that’s not enough for you I don’t know what to tell you, okay?
Oh, and it has Mega Man in it. 
Mega Man.
I just can’t even conceive how awesome this is.
[You can follow Francesco Dagostino on Twitter at @franpaccio. He also appears on TinyCast, our handheld gaming podcast!]
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Tiny Impressions: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ⊟

[Tiny Cartridge contributor Francesco Dagostino has played the dickens out of the new Smash Bros. — bet you didn’t know Dickens was an unlockable character — and offers up his enthusiastic impressions here, including thoughts on the “portable” aspect of the new game. GIF via GeminiSparkW!]

Even after trying the E3 demo, in the back of my head I still worried that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (urgh, what a bad name) would just not work. I don’t have a specific reason to justify this fear; it was a vague “Man, how will Nintendo turn this huge, complicated game into something that works on a portable system”?

While this new iteration of the Smash series was clearly built from the ground up to work on a tiny system, there’s nothing tiny about it: it’s super meaty! It’s full of content, and the game plays and looks better than its predecessor.

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"Kawaii" cover plates and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu promo for New 3DS ⊟
The pop singer is the spokesperson for the New 3DS in Japan, appearing in this commercial singing a new song “Kisekae” alongside Nintendo characters in weird clothes.
Just like Mario putting on a terrible new outfit, you too can change your style with the New 3DS! Definitely watch that commercial, and read Chic Pixel’s excellent writeup.
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"Kawaii" cover plates and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu promo for New 3DS ⊟

The pop singer is the spokesperson for the New 3DS in Japan, appearing in this commercial singing a new song “Kisekae” alongside Nintendo characters in weird clothes.

Just like Mario putting on a terrible new outfit, you too can change your style with the New 3DS! Definitely watch that commercial, and read Chic Pixel’s excellent writeup.

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Preview the 3DS themes ⊟

Coming soon after an update, you’ll be able to buy 3DS themes from a new Theme Shop. Nintendo has posted a list of all the available themes for the service’s Japanese launch, which mostly seem to cost 200 yen, about two bucks each, with some also at 150, 100, or free. Above, third-party themes! For Monster Hunter 4G,Yo-kai Watch, and Gunvolt.

These will be usable on all 3DS systems with the updated firmware, not just the New 3DS!

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Harvest Moon’s collector’s edition bunny ⊟
Natsume is making all the right moves with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: the Minecrafty land customization, the $30 price point (for the standard edition), and this bunny.
It’s included with the Collector’s Edition of the game — other details of which have yet to be announced. But, like, what else do you need to know? Unless it’s outrageously overpriced beyond the standard edition, game + awesome bunny seems like a winner.
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Harvest Moon’s collector’s edition bunny ⊟

Natsume is making all the right moves with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: the Minecrafty land customization, the $30 price point (for the standard edition), and this bunny.

It’s included with the Collector’s Edition of the game — other details of which have yet to be announced. But, like, what else do you need to know? Unless it’s outrageously overpriced beyond the standard edition, game + awesome bunny seems like a winner.

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I love the Club Nintendo 2015 calendar ⊟

Going to all Club Nintendo Platinum and Gold members in Japan— along with an exclusive Club Nintendo Picross+ game! — this is the best Club Nintendo calendar I’ve ever seen. It features art of Mario characters in traditional Japanese outfits.

Aaaaaand it’s probably going to be the last Club Nintendo calendar, because Nintendo is doing away with the Platinum and Gold statuses at the end of this month in Japan. People will still be able to earn points (on software only!) and redeem those for items, but no more special status rewards. :(

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Ken Sugimori’s Sega 3D Classics art ⊟
I haven’t been enthused about the retail compilation of the Sega 3D Classics games, because it’s not comprehensive (and because it’s Japan-only as of right now), but this boxart by Pokemon artist Ken Sugimori is bringing me around. I want to have this to look at now and then. I guess I can bookmark this post.
The compilation is out December 18.
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Ken Sugimori’s Sega 3D Classics art ⊟

I haven’t been enthused about the retail compilation of the Sega 3D Classics games, because it’s not comprehensive (and because it’s Japan-only as of right now), but this boxart by Pokemon artist Ken Sugimori is bringing me around. I want to have this to look at now and then. I guess I can bookmark this post.

The compilation is out December 18.

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TinyCast 044 - Undiscovered Bros - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 044 - Undiscovered Bros

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TinyCast 44! We get to share our deeper impressions on Smash Bros. now that its 3DS launch is imminent. We also discuss transparent 2DSes, Tokyo Game Show news, the PlayStation TV, and modern archaeology.

By the way, if you’re a Club Tiny member, make sure to check out the exclusive TinyCast Downloads podcast that JC and I recorded yesterday as a weird experiment. It’s cute!

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Animal Crossing New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D $20 each ⊟
Plus Game & Watch Donkey Kong for $1.50, Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2 for $2.50 each, Pikmin 3 deal, and more. This week’s North American eShop Smash sale is pretty dang good! Check out all the discounts here.
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Animal Crossing New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D $20 each ⊟

Plus Game & Watch Donkey Kong for $1.50, Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2 for $2.50 each, Pikmin 3 deal, and more. This week’s North American eShop Smash sale is pretty dang good! Check out all the discounts here.

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Legend of Legacy trailer won me over ⊟

I was fine with throwing two or three posts out for Legend of Legacy, the 3DS RPG from FuRyu and ex-SaGa developers. We even chatted a bit about it in the TinyCast episode coming out tomorrow. It seemed like an okay thing to mention from time to time.

My interest level after seeing this first trailer and the pop-up effect while your character runs around, though, is now at one hundred. I’m not sure what scale we’re working with here, but whatever you measure that against, 100 is still a pretty big number. I am down for this game here. It hits Japan on January 22, and judging by the Engrishy subtitles in the video, FuRyu is gunning for an eventual Western release too.

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Ace Attorney Trilogy graphics compared ⊟

On the left, the DS version. On the right, the 3DS version. Looks nice!

The text seems quite readable, though I think that new, anti-aliased font is going to make it harder for me to painstakingly assemble authentic-looking screenshots.

Can you believe I had time to do that once???? I don’t even recognize the person who made that.

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