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Where will Tiny show up next? ⊟

Never in our wildest dreams (and they’re embarrassingly wild, believe me) did we expect it, but our mascot and boss Tiny has somehow made cameos in several notable video games: Etrian Odyssey IV, They Bleed Pixels, Wizorb, and most recently Mercenary Kings.

Here are two more games in which Tiny was spotted: Capy’s Super Time Force (XBLA, Xbox One) and Tikipod’s Aqua Kitty (PSM, XBLIG, PC)! Except probably not, since pretty much any blue-ish face looks like Tiny, and the resemblances here were presumably unintentional — see Scott Pilgrim and Enslaved for similarly mistaken identities.

We love seeing Tiny in games (or anything really), so let us know if you want to throw him into anything you’re working on. I think I’ll post something soon on our Patreon about Tiny’s origins… Thanks to @idrawrobots, @DevourerOfTime, and @masherofbuttons for pointing these out to us!

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Club Tiny’s second Mystery Gift released ⊟

With a small kiss, we released March’s Club Tiny Mystery Gift into the air, allowing it to gently waft into the inboxes of everyone who has pledged $3 a month or more to our Patreon drive

And then it EXPLODED INTO MAGICAL FIRE PINBALL AND BULLETS, because March’s Club Tiny gift is a pack of Tribute Games stuff!

Our lovely supporters get a Steam code for Wizorb, plus the soundtracks for both Wizorb and the just-released Mercenary Kings! You heard a snippet in the recent trailer, and you know you want to hear more of that.

If you’re a Club Tiny member and haven’t gotten this stuff yet, check your email and/or sign into Patreon! We want you to have it! Please enjoy!!!

I want to thank Tribute Games for providing us with this amazing stuff. Their support is super, super appreciated – as is the support of everyone who is part of our Club Tiny program. You guys, this is so important to me: not just because we could really use the financial assistance, but because I can constantly check the internet and see that there are (as of writing) 198 people who think our work is worth something. 

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Thank you, Club Tiny supporters! ⊟
We just wanted to take a moment to voice our appreciation to everyone who has supported us by joining Club Tiny and signal-boosting the Patreon campaign. Thank you for allowing us to spend more time doing what we love. Thank you for helping us reach an incredible milestone in growing this community. And thank you for helping make sure a sick cat named Indiana Jones could get the care he needed.
In honor of our Club Tiny members, we’ve put up a page (also accessible through the Club Tiny link in the site menu) listing all of our kind contributors. If any of our supporters wish to remain anonymous, or if you want your name to link to a certain site, let us know!
We’re planning to send our next Club Tiny mystery gift pack out really soon, so make sure to join if you want to get in on that, and let us know who you want us to share extra gifts with if you signed up for a +1! We’ve also just posted tomorrow’s TinyCast early for Elite members, and are working on fulfilling remaining rewards for other tiers. 
Much, much props to @WowItzmike for making the laser-cut Tiny photo above! Love the scene, especially the Techo and Shigesato Itoi quote.

Thank you, Club Tiny supporters! ⊟

We just wanted to take a moment to voice our appreciation to everyone who has supported us by joining Club Tiny and signal-boosting the Patreon campaign. Thank you for allowing us to spend more time doing what we love. Thank you for helping us reach an incredible milestone in growing this community. And thank you for helping make sure a sick cat named Indiana Jones could get the care he needed.

In honor of our Club Tiny members, we’ve put up a page (also accessible through the Club Tiny link in the site menu) listing all of our kind contributors. If any of our supporters wish to remain anonymous, or if you want your name to link to a certain site, let us know!

We’re planning to send our next Club Tiny mystery gift pack out really soon, so make sure to join if you want to get in on that, and let us know who you want us to share extra gifts with if you signed up for a +1! We’ve also just posted tomorrow’s TinyCast early for Elite members, and are working on fulfilling remaining rewards for other tiers. 

Much, much props to @WowItzmike for making the laser-cut Tiny photo above! Love the scene, especially the Techo and Shigesato Itoi quote.

TinyCast: Number one in the hood, G ⊟

I just wanted to thank you all for listening to the TinyCast and helping us take the top spot in iTunes’ New & Noteworthy chart for podcasts about Video Games! Our placement fluctuates every day or so, but it’s up there right now, so idgaf, we poppin’ bottles and plannin’ the parade.

It’s been fun to produce these, and we appreciate you sticking around while we figured things out over the last dozen episodes. We’ve improved the show a lot since we started, updating our recording setup for better quality audio, adding killer intro/outro music from Crying, putting the damn thing on the iTunes Store, and getting more comfortable with each other.

If you haven’t listened to the TinyCast yet, please try it out — I think anyone who enjoys our site will have fun with it. Still, it’s odd to see that enough people like it to propel the show to the top of this (admittedly specific) list.

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Take the Tiny Cartridge survey ⊟
We’re hoping to get a picture of just who accidentally stumbles upon our little website day after day, and so we’ve created a tiny survey. I promise the questions aren’t very hard, and you won’t spend more than a few minutes of your life answering them!
After the survey closes next Sunday (October 13), one lucky participant will receive a Tiny Cartridge sticker pack and maybe something else nice. Thank you so much for helping us!

Take the Tiny Cartridge survey

We’re hoping to get a picture of just who accidentally stumbles upon our little website day after day, and so we’ve created a tiny survey. I promise the questions aren’t very hard, and you won’t spend more than a few minutes of your life answering them!

After the survey closes next Sunday (October 13), one lucky participant will receive a Tiny Cartridge sticker pack and maybe something else nice. Thank you so much for helping us!

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On building a video game canon for my family ⊟
Since the birth of my twins, I have an infinite supply of more pressing concerns than their future video game habits, but I admit it’s something I’ve given thought to in a rare idle moment. In a few years, I’ll slowly begin introducing them to media, including the video games around which I’ve built my life. And, because I think too much about everything, I’ve wondered how exactly to do it. What do you use to introduce children to the medium of video games? There are different approaches depending on your goals, and on your philosophy.

I could begin them where I began, with a Colecovision, and let them experience a curated journey through the generations of games. By starting with Space Panic and Looping, and gradually playing more technologically complex systems, I could give my girls a crash course in the history of video games. I also run the risk of turning them off games forever. Sure, I think Pepper II is great, but will someone born in 2013? This approach is very artificial, and pretty much removes the spontaneity that should be inherent in a leisure time activity. I’m not sure about the idea of carefully programming their time-wasting.
I could, instead, curate a selection of games based not on any historical significance, but instead on personal significance. I think every parent who likes games wants their kids to experience Super Mario Bros., for example. Games like Super Metroid, Parappa the Rapper, and Ninja Gaiden contributed so much not only to what kind of games I like, but who I am, and I want to share those feelings. This approach has the advantage of not relying on a strict chronological order, and thus includes freedom to play whatever along with the favorites I suggest. Thinking about this scheme makes me feel like a parent who just “knows what good music is” and insists on playing classic rock to prevent their kids from imprinting on popular music. Sharing my tastes like this could be a way of bonding, or it could just prove how out of touch I am. Worse, it could lead to them being out of touch.
That leads me to what I’ll probably end up doing, the totally laissez-faire approach of letting them play whatever they want to. I already know that, like a parent hearing their kids’ favorite music for the first time, I’ll probably be utterly dismayed by the stuff they love, which I will perceive as total garbage. Being children of the 2010’s, it’s entirely likely my girls will gravitate toward free-to-play, branded, mobile apps as their interactive pastimes. And I will have to suck it up.
Of course, I play games too (professionally, even, sort of!) so the house will always have other kinds of games in it. And as the girls grow up and hone their tastes in games (assuming they like games!) I’ll get a window into the nuances of stuff I usually don’t know anything about.
I guess the important thing is that whatever they end up doing with their time, we do it together whenever possible. No, wait, what’s more important than that is that they play a bunch of old NES games, so they can understand and love Retro Game Challenge.
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On building a video game canon for my family

Since the birth of my twins, I have an infinite supply of more pressing concerns than their future video game habits, but I admit it’s something I’ve given thought to in a rare idle moment. In a few years, I’ll slowly begin introducing them to media, including the video games around which I’ve built my life. And, because I think too much about everything, I’ve wondered how exactly to do it. What do you use to introduce children to the medium of video games? There are different approaches depending on your goals, and on your philosophy.

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What do you think of our podcast? ⊟
The #Week of Tiny is over, and we’re still picking and contacting winners for the giveaway, but maybe you could help us out one more time while some of you are still in a commenting mood?
We’re interested to hear your impressions of TinyCast so far — if you haven’t listened to it or if you stopped listening to it, why? What do you like about it? What do you hate about it? What do you wish we’d do with it? Basically, what would make it a better podcast?
By the way, if you hadn’t seen it yet, we’ve finally set up our podcast RSS feed and we’re now on the iTunes Store! If you have a moment, we’d really appreciate it if you loaded up our podcast in iTunes and left a kind review!

What do you think of our podcast? ⊟

The #Week of Tiny is over, and we’re still picking and contacting winners for the giveaway, but maybe you could help us out one more time while some of you are still in a commenting mood?

We’re interested to hear your impressions of TinyCast so far — if you haven’t listened to it or if you stopped listening to it, why? What do you like about it? What do you hate about it? What do you wish we’d do with it? Basically, what would make it a better podcast?

By the way, if you hadn’t seen it yet, we’ve finally set up our podcast RSS feed and we’re now on the iTunes Store! If you have a moment, we’d really appreciate it if you loaded up our podcast in iTunes and left a kind review!

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Why does Tiny Cartridge suck? ⊟
We’re giving away a bunch of stuff as part of our birthday festivities! If you’d like to get in on these prizes, all you have to do is answer our #WEEK OF TINY questions to help us make the site better.
Tonight’s question: "What can we do to improve Tiny Cartridge?" Comment or reblog your answer about how we should stop posting dumb GIFs, or should reblog more, or should eat butts, whatever — we’ll pick the best responses at the end of the week and reward them with free games and more.
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Why does Tiny Cartridge suck? ⊟

We’re giving away a bunch of stuff as part of our birthday festivities! If you’d like to get in on these prizes, all you have to do is answer our #WEEK OF TINY questions to help us make the site better.

Tonight’s question: "What can we do to improve Tiny Cartridge?" Comment or reblog your answer about how we should stop posting dumb GIFs, or should reblog more, or should eat butts, whatever — we’ll pick the best responses at the end of the week and reward them with free games and more.

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The Week of Tiny! Get some free stuff! ⊟
To celebrate our little site’s fifth birthday, we’re giving away some fun stuff we’ve accumulated over the years. All you have to do to enter is answer the #WEEK OF TINY posts/questions we’ll post over the next few days.
Today’s question: "What do you visit/follow Tiny Cartridge for?" Leave your answer in our comments or a reblog to enter — make sure they’re substantive/not forgettable, as we’ll pick out our faves/winners this Sunday.
So what are we giving away? For starters, a Pokemon Megapack (7+ DS/3DS games, shirts, and more), a Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Minipack, Tiny Cartridge pins/stickers, and whatever else we manage to find in our closets. You can’t even find/buy a few of these items anywhere.
Yes, we’re counting comments from our birthday post yesterday, and the contest is open to all countries (though some games are region-locked). Make sure to use a real email address when commenting so we can contact you — naturally, we won’t share it with anyone because we aren’t terrible people.
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The Week of Tiny! Get some free stuff! ⊟

To celebrate our little site’s fifth birthday, we’re giving away some fun stuff we’ve accumulated over the years. All you have to do to enter is answer the #WEEK OF TINY posts/questions we’ll post over the next few days.

Today’s question: "What do you visit/follow Tiny Cartridge for?" Leave your answer in our comments or a reblog to enter — make sure they’re substantive/not forgettable, as we’ll pick out our faves/winners this Sunday.

So what are we giving away? For starters, a Pokemon Megapack (7+ DS/3DS games, shirts, and more), a Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Minipack, Tiny Cartridge pins/stickers, and whatever else we manage to find in our closets. You can’t even find/buy a few of these items anywhere.

Yes, we’re counting comments from our birthday post yesterday, and the contest is open to all countries (though some games are region-locked). Make sure to use a real email address when commenting so we can contact you — naturally, we won’t share it with anyone because we aren’t terrible people.

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Five Years of Tiny Cartridge ⊟
Though it feels both like we’ve always been here and like we just started doing this, today is the fifth anniversary of Tiny Cartridge, a site founded when three people sought the freedom to post even more pointless DS stuff that wouldn’t fit on the niche DS site they worked for.
So much has happened in the past five years: we’ve made countless awesome friends, met childhood heroes, appeared in several games (well, Tiny did), and built a huge community with the best readers anyone could ask for. All these wonderful things happened because we decided to start a Tumblr half a decade ago, to write about and share the things we love.
And during that time in our personal lives, we’ve bought houses, traveled all over the world, produced four actual human babies (two from co-founder Alisha, and twin girls from JC this year!), enjoyed exhilarating highs to make us forget the depressing lows, and basically just had the best time ever — a lot of that is thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, Alexis and Mary.
Thanks for tuning in and being a part of it all. We have a Week of Tiny planned that we hope you’ll enjoy. Please look forward to it!

Five Years of Tiny Cartridge ⊟

Though it feels both like we’ve always been here and like we just started doing this, today is the fifth anniversary of Tiny Cartridge, a site founded when three people sought the freedom to post even more pointless DS stuff that wouldn’t fit on the niche DS site they worked for.

So much has happened in the past five years: we’ve made countless awesome friends, met childhood heroes, appeared in several games (well, Tiny did), and built a huge community with the best readers anyone could ask for. All these wonderful things happened because we decided to start a Tumblr half a decade ago, to write about and share the things we love.

And during that time in our personal lives, we’ve bought houses, traveled all over the world, produced four actual human babies (two from co-founder Alisha, and twin girls from JC this year!), enjoyed exhilarating highs to make us forget the depressing lows, and basically just had the best time ever — a lot of that is thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, Alexis and Mary.

Thanks for tuning in and being a part of it all. We have a Week of Tiny planned that we hope you’ll enjoy. Please look forward to it!

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It is time…
Tiny Cartridge’s favorite Tiny Cartridges of 2012!
This year was a crucial one for handheld game systems, a statement year even. Tablets and smartphones continued to make their case as the rightful successors to the portable gaming throne, and so the onus was on handhelds to argue their relevance in this mobile era, if not through sales (real talk, PS Vita’s hardware numbers aren’t going to get it done), then through the quality of their software.
It wasn’t enough for the 3DS and PS Vita to deliver enjoyable games in 2012; this new handheld generation needed to separate itself from the last, setting new standards in their visuals, online services, and concepts’ creativity. Fortunately for us, portable game developers met that challenge, and gave us a year of platform-defining titles — even the ports kicked the butts of their big-screen counterparts.
Below you’ll find our favorite 3DS, eShop, PS Vita, and PSN games that helped make 2012 a killer year for handheld fans (presumably you’re one of those fans, since you follow this site). Oh, and we have plenty of GIFs too, of course! I say “of course” because a lizard hijacked this Tumblr, and threatened to blow it up if we don’t meet a weekly quota of animated images. Please excuse the loading time!

2012’s best handheld games

5. Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio) - We’ve long since finished this gravity-bending action game, but it’s still fun to fly around its intricate city, taking in the atmosphere, searching for upgrade gems on the underside of its enormous floating islands, and using my gravity powers to chuck bystanders around. Hopefully the first of many extraordinary original IPs to debut on PS Vita.

4. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (Indies Zero) - Try not to think too much about the overpriced iOS scheme. The important thing about Theatrhythm is its loving treatment of Final Fantasy music, paired with the most adorable art style for the series’ characters we’ve ever seen. You’ll have a favorite Final Fantasy song after playing this sweet but often challenging rhythm game, even if you’ve never played any of the RPGs.

3. Persona 4 Golden (Atlus) - This technically came out on PlayStation 2 several years ago, but it belongs on handhelds, with its gameplay divided up into in-game “days” that make it perfect for short sessions. Even if you aren’t feeling RPGs right now, you should absolutely check this out and experience a unique combination of anime storytelling, visual novel, dating sim, and dungeon RPG.

2. Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (Chunsoft) - Writer and director Kotaro Uchikoshi killed it with this 3DS/Vita sequel’s script, putting together a suspenseful story that’s just as engaging as 999. Chunsoft murdered it when it came to improving on the original with the terrific voice acting and streamlined replays. And then Aksys iced the localization by packing it with enough humor to fill several weeks’ worth of Tiny Cartridge posts. Good people die, and Virtue’s Last Reward made sure they went out in a spectacular fashion.

1. Kid Icarus: Uprising (Project Sora, Sora Ltd.) - The voice acting, customization options, and amount and variety of content in Kid Icarus: Uprising embarrasses almost any other portable game. And then there’s the witty dialogue, constant plot twists, numerous easter eggs, weird enemies like the Tempura Wizard (pictured), clever AR card features, and stellar music — Masahiro Sakurai went HAM with this one, and we ate it up to the bone.
And, jeezy creezy, the online versus mode! Has there ever been a more fun portable game to play online? Our elite gaming clan Garfield & Friends ruled over Light vs. Dark multiplayer this year, brandishing our Gaol Blades, Beam Claws, and Eggplant Bombs menacingly at the sight of every threat. And then dying.
Shout outs to: Kingdom Hearts 3D, Adventure Time, motherfuckin’ Style Savvy, and Pokemon Black/White 2. We also gotta mention our Mare Odomo X Tiny Cartridge games — we ain’t forget you, Kissing Party. We love you, boo.
2012’s best handheld digital games

5. Retro City Rampage (Vblank Entertainment) - Start with Grand Theft Auto, remove all the dumb story stuff, any semblance of reality forcing you to feel whatever moral ambiguity, and the 3D camera. Then add a power-up that lets you stomp on things like Mario, and about a million jokes aimed at kids who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s.

4. The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (Genius Sonority) - RPGs often have great battle systems, but are usually a million hours long and full of complex stories. The Denpa Men proves those aren’t necessary (though they’re welcome, of course -– see Persona 4 Golden), providing a stripped-down dungeon crawler that focuses entirely on dungeons and character building. What text is there is hella adorable!

3. NightSky (Nicklas Nygren, Nicalis) - This is the Journey of handheld games, a wordless, serene trip through a beautiful, ethereal world. Though it released for Steam some time ago, NightSky was meant to be played in bed, with the lights off and headphones plugged in for maximum immersion.

2. Sound Shapes (Queasy Games, SCE Santa Monica Studio) - Everything about this game is beautiful, elegant, minimal, and above all, musical. We dream of a future in which we can inhabit every new Beck album as a series of platforming challenges.

1. Sakura Samurai (Grounding Inc.) - “[It’s] an eShop game about timing, about knowing the right moment to dodge and riposte, like Punch-Out!! but set in feudal Japan, yes, but it’s also about patience and gambling, sometimes literally with the coins you’ve pocketed from making short work out of enemies that have no business holding a katana, and other times with your life as you push your luck to see how long your sense of timing will keep you alive.”
Props to: Level-5 for bringing almost the entire Guild01 compilation the West as individual eShop releases, even if they were more curiosities than must-have titles. We also have to tip our hats to other slick digital releases we enjoyed like Colors, Crashmo, and Zen Pinball 3D. Uh, and I guess there were maybe some decent things that released on iOS (lol*)?
So, those are our picks! Let us know which ones we missed, and why we are terrible people for failing to include them in our personal favorites. Thanks for following us in 2012, and for caring about what games and other nonsense have caught our attention!
The images featured in this post, by the way, come by way of Slither Up, Herro 3DS, Polygon, Octopedes, and other genius GIF artists whose names escape me.
*Nah, iOS is cool
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It is time…

Tiny Cartridge’s favorite Tiny Cartridges of 2012!

This year was a crucial one for handheld game systems, a statement year even. Tablets and smartphones continued to make their case as the rightful successors to the portable gaming throne, and so the onus was on handhelds to argue their relevance in this mobile era, if not through sales (real talk, PS Vita’s hardware numbers aren’t going to get it done), then through the quality of their software.

It wasn’t enough for the 3DS and PS Vita to deliver enjoyable games in 2012; this new handheld generation needed to separate itself from the last, setting new standards in their visuals, online services, and concepts’ creativity. Fortunately for us, portable game developers met that challenge, and gave us a year of platform-defining titles — even the ports kicked the butts of their big-screen counterparts.

Below you’ll find our favorite 3DS, eShop, PS Vita, and PSN games that helped make 2012 a killer year for handheld fans (presumably you’re one of those fans, since you follow this site). Oh, and we have plenty of GIFs too, of course! I say “of course” because a lizard hijacked this Tumblr, and threatened to blow it up if we don’t meet a weekly quota of animated images. Please excuse the loading time!

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Welcome to the new Tiny Cartridge!
By now you’ve probably noticed that some things are different around here – things that have been the same for the last four years. Eric spent all of Sunday implementing our new site design, by the talented Cory Schmitz. We’re pretty happy about it!
We’ve got image dimensions that make sense in 2012, a wider text area to save your scroll wheel, an “Upcoming Releases” page that we’ll likely update consistently this time, and a new responsive design that fits your screen no matter how you resize your browser window – or what kind of device you load it up in. Even Tiny got a makeover!
We’re still working on stuff, so if something looks wonky or doesn’t seem to work right, follow this simple two-step procedure: 1) forgive us and 2) let us know! 

Welcome to the new Tiny Cartridge!

By now you’ve probably noticed that some things are different around here – things that have been the same for the last four years. Eric spent all of Sunday implementing our new site design, by the talented Cory Schmitz. We’re pretty happy about it!

We’ve got image dimensions that make sense in 2012, a wider text area to save your scroll wheel, an “Upcoming Releases” page that we’ll likely update consistently this time, and a new responsive design that fits your screen no matter how you resize your browser window – or what kind of device you load it up in. Even Tiny got a makeover!

We’re still working on stuff, so if something looks wonky or doesn’t seem to work right, follow this simple two-step procedure: 1) forgive us and 2) let us know!