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Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Signature: The Game ⊟

Duncan Robson, creator of the Microcartridge series of personal snapshot games in WarioWare DIY, made this one about, and during, a Seconds signing event with author Bryan Lee O’Malley.

The signature was actually done by O’Malley at the event! So by playing this microgame, Duncan is signing his authentic autograph. I love this.

By the way, if you haven’t read it, you can learn more about Duncan and the Microcartridge project in our feature. :)

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How awesome is this Captain Toad GIF ⊟
It’s from Paul Robertson, the GIF/pixel-master whose work we’ve extolled in Mercenary Kings, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, and other fine titles with impressive sprite animations.
I don’t know why we don’t have a million posts about Captain Toad; it was easily the Wii U game I was most excited about at E3. It’s not slated to come out until the holiday season, but I’m contemplating putting in my preorder now.
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How awesome is this Captain Toad GIF ⊟

It’s from Paul Robertson, the GIF/pixel-master whose work we’ve extolled in Mercenary Kings, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, and other fine titles with impressive sprite animations.

I don’t know why we don’t have a million posts about Captain Toad; it was easily the Wii U game I was most excited about at E3. It’s not slated to come out until the holiday season, but I’m contemplating putting in my preorder now.

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Sleepy Smash Bros., Animal Crossing emotions ⊟

l love both of these cute pieces! Illustrator Fuu will bring both posters to Anime Expo 2014, and intends to sell them online afterwards.

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Dream Zine up for sale ⊟

In case you were anywhere else on Earth during TCAF, you can now get the adorable Kirby’s Dream Zine, curated by Ashley Davis, from Fangamer. It’s 88 pages of cute, drawn by a bunch of Kirb-lovin’ artists.

How good is this thing? Well, there’s a pretty cool Dream Zine Tumblr – all the art here didn’t make it into the book. So I’m guessing the book is pretty dang spectacular.

For more on the Dream Zine (and Kirby), listen to our TinyCast with Ashley!

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And here are Urkel, Spelunky dude, Daria, Phoenix Wright, Charlie Brown, and more as Taito characters ⊟

Another fine  production from pixel king Paul Robertson. The first set of Bubble Bobble-esque sprites was excellent too, in case you missed that. Party on, 8-bit Wayne. Party on, Taito Garth.

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Here are the folks announced for the new Smash Bros. so far ⊟

The top image contains the new Smash Bros. game’s Assist Trophies (here’s a version with the Metroid shown this morning), while the other pic shows the playable characters with their ancillary buddies, like Olimar with his Pikmin. Both are from Neorice, who is on Tumblr so you should follow him.

Don’t forget that there will be a Nintendo Direct dedicated to the 3DS/Wii U game tomorrow, streaming at 6PM ET (12AM EU time) — we’ll probably see one or two new faces to add to the roster!

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Here’s why we need another Mega Man cartoon ⊟

Two reasons:

  1. We need more Cut Man shenanigans
  2. We need Lamar Abrams to work on the show, so he can incorporate these character designs he just posted (he has one for Roll, too!)

Since that’s probably not going to happen, I’ll settle for buying copies of Remake and watching the cartoon that Abrams is already contributing to, Steven Universe.

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Club Tiny mystery gift pack incoming! ⊟
Last week, we introduced Club Tiny as a way for readers to support our work with a monthly pledge at Patreon. Whether you join or not, Tiny Cartridge will remain as awesome as it’s always been for free — even awesomer, actually, thanks to the extra attention we can now give the site — but Club Tiny members will receive fun bonuses for their patronage.
We’re preparing a great set of gifts we’ll deploy to our Ambassador-level members and up ($3+) this week — we’re really excited about having the chance to share these tiny rewards. If you want to get in on the fun, make sure to join soon! And if you’ve already joined and signed up to send a mystery gift to a friend, make sure to check our Activity Feed at Patreon for details on sending us their names/emails. 
Thank you all again for the generosity and support you’ve shown us so far, helping us reach our Patreon goals and spread the word. I can’t believe how much you’ve pledged already. You are the best. It would require ten thousand posts for us to come close to expressing our gratitude, but we’re trying hard not to spam the site with Patreon-related articles and our excitement.
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Club Tiny mystery gift pack incoming! ⊟

Last week, we introduced Club Tiny as a way for readers to support our work with a monthly pledge at Patreon. Whether you join or not, Tiny Cartridge will remain as awesome as it’s always been for free — even awesomer, actually, thanks to the extra attention we can now give the site — but Club Tiny members will receive fun bonuses for their patronage.

We’re preparing a great set of gifts we’ll deploy to our Ambassador-level members and up ($3+) this week — we’re really excited about having the chance to share these tiny rewards. If you want to get in on the fun, make sure to join soon! And if you’ve already joined and signed up to send a mystery gift to a friend, make sure to check our Activity Feed at Patreon for details on sending us their names/emails. 

Thank you all again for the generosity and support you’ve shown us so far, helping us reach our Patreon goals and spread the word. I can’t believe how much you’ve pledged already. You are the best. It would require ten thousand posts for us to come close to expressing our gratitude, but we’re trying hard not to spam the site with Patreon-related articles and our excitement.

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My WarioWare Life: Four years of video game snapshots ⊟
Duncan Robson’s journal documents the most interesting events in his life (attending conferences, moving across the Atlantic Ocean) as well as his day-to-day existence (going to the dentist, walking a dog). Here’s an entry from January 2013, about finding money on the street, for example.
Robson’s diary is Microcartridge, a project in which he attempted to document his life in five-second games made in WarioWare DIY, the Nintendo DS microgame creation utility. It’s a pretty unusual journal.
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Events in his life are rendered as interactive microgames, in which the player actively takes part in a representation of Robson’s own life events – or part of a movie he saw, a game he played, etc. Each microgame is then recorded and archived on the site as a video. “I think it’s a good supplement to a diary,” Robson mused. “Not that I keep a diary. I kind of wanted it to be like a diary comic, but I would have had to be more prolific for that to work (and more comfortable sharing personal stuff).”
Four years after starting the effort, Microcartridge has concluded, with no grand finale but no lack of finality: “A few weeks ago I lost my DS somewhere in North Berkeley,” he said on the site’s final update. “I think it slipped out of my broken coat pocket while I was running for a bus. I was probably listening to a podcast and didn’t hear it hit the ground.” 
Sofa Surfer
Having already replaced his DS and game once, and already remade undocumented games on the replacements, Robson opted not to go through that again and ended the project, stopping before his goal of a totally full cartridge.
"I’m still sad about losing the DS and the unfinished games," Robson told me in an interview. "I wish I could have filled all the space on the cartridge, but on the whole I’m glad I stuck with it for four years." 
Robson was originally inspired by an article from researcher Ian Bogost, about personal video game “snapshots” – and further inspired by a Tiny Cartridge article tying that concept to the simplistic game creation potential of WarioWare DIY. The name “Microcartridge” is a deliberate play on our own site’s name. Full disclosure, I guess?

The project began a year after Robson’s move from the UK, where he worked on motion capture, to the U.S. (documented in the Pond Crosser series, a group of two games Robson names as favorites.). He saw WarioWare DIY at GDC that year. Since then:
“I went back to London for a while to work on a movie, started making supercut videos, moved back to San Francisco, got married, and finished an online animation course,” Robson said. “I recently started getting involved in local volunteer stuff, like artwork for this little video game museum in Oakland.”
By the way, with the exception of the last, all the links in that paragraph are Microcartridge games corresponding to the linked word. “I look back on them sometimes,” he noted. “It’s a pretty weird record of my first four years in the US.”
iPad Resistance
In turning his life into games, Robson has gained a micro-education in designing them. “I’m not sure any of them would be fun to play for more than six seconds, but I definitely want to keep making games,” Robson said. “My pixel art skills have improved, and I’ve maybe learnt some tricks for squeezing more out of limited resources. I’ve learnt that the idea for a game often comes after you start working on it.
"Also, make regular backups and don’t leave your DS on a plane."
Nothing on a handheld game platform has matched the ease of use of WarioWare DIY, as far as Robson knows. “Most people tell me to just learn Gamemaker or Unity. I find they get overwhelming very quickly. I can use Maya and other complex 3d software but I chose WarioWare DIY because the restrictions make it fun and possible to finish 50+ games.” 
A new version for 3DS or Wii U would be welcome, “but I wonder if what happened with Swapnote makes a newer version of DIY even less likely.” Swapnote, Nintendo’s animated messaging software, was recently taken offline purportedly after Nintendo discovered young users were being sent inappropriate messages.
“I feel like there is huge potential for more short expressive games. Dys4ia is a good example. There should be more games like that and more accessible, fun, handheld ways to make them.”


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My WarioWare Life: Four years of video game snapshots ⊟

Duncan Robson’s journal documents the most interesting events in his life (attending conferences, moving across the Atlantic Ocean) as well as his day-to-day existence (going to the dentist, walking a dog). Here’s an entry from January 2013, about finding money on the street, for example.

Robson’s diary is Microcartridge, a project in which he attempted to document his life in five-second games made in WarioWare DIY, the Nintendo DS microgame creation utility. It’s a pretty unusual journal.

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Gravity Rush holiday card by Kyle Fewell ⊟
So happy to have an excuse to post some Gravity Rush/Kat art here. This is one of several holiday cards Attract Mode will be selling at the Bit Bazaar Winter Market, a “unique celebration of the art and craft of indie games, web comics, and good food,” going down at Toronto’s Bento Miso this Saturday. Why does everything awesome only happen in NYC, California, and Toronto?
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Gravity Rush holiday card by Kyle Fewell ⊟

So happy to have an excuse to post some Gravity Rush/Kat art here. This is one of several holiday cards Attract Mode will be selling at the Bit Bazaar Winter Market, a “unique celebration of the art and craft of indie games, web comics, and good food,” going down at Toronto’s Bento Miso this Saturday. Why does everything awesome only happen in NYC, California, and Toronto?

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Really digging this Dual Blade comic and art ⊟

It’s not an actual comic outside of what you see here and this other awesome sketch, but I’m totally into this world that Giannis Milonogiannis has created where kids roll around with 3DSes strapped to their wrists Yu-Gi-Oh-style, summoning blades from the handheld and challenging bullies. That look probably wouldn’t translate well to real life, though.

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Perfect-Dodge Peasant Lady from Dragon’s Crown
She’s probably the biggest badass in the game — the kid walking around with the bottle doesn’t take any hits either, but he doesn’t have a pot on his head. Meanwhile, the dude with the apples is quick to snitch to 5-0 if you bump him. Imma catch up to him later.
The artist behind this, DashXero, has more Dragon’s Crown art you can check out on his Tumblr.
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Perfect-Dodge Peasant Lady from Dragon’s Crown

She’s probably the biggest badass in the game — the kid walking around with the bottle doesn’t take any hits either, but he doesn’t have a pot on his head. Meanwhile, the dude with the apples is quick to snitch to 5-0 if you bump him. Imma catch up to him later.

The artist behind this, DashXero, has more Dragon’s Crown art you can check out on his Tumblr.

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