Tiny Cartridge 3DS

Tag Results

90 posts tagged meta

Tiny Cartridge in Nintendo Force issue 9 ⊟
The new issue of Nintendo Force magazine has features on Mario Kart 8, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, and more games… but it also devotes two pages to us for some reason!
The initial entry in the magazine’s “Website Insight” series is a history of Tiny Cartridge, written by someone who did a lot of research into the history of Tiny Cartridge: me. There’s also a list of Tiny cameos!
If you want to read it, you can get the issue in print, PDF, or on iPad. I’m not sure how good my article is, but there’s lots of cool stuff in there.
SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!

Tiny Cartridge in Nintendo Force issue 9 ⊟

The new issue of Nintendo Force magazine has features on Mario Kart 8, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, and more games… but it also devotes two pages to us for some reason!

The initial entry in the magazine’s “Website Insight” series is a history of Tiny Cartridge, written by someone who did a lot of research into the history of Tiny Cartridge: me. There’s also a list of Tiny cameos!

If you want to read it, you can get the issue in print, PDF, or on iPad. I’m not sure how good my article is, but there’s lots of cool stuff in there.

SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!
  • Source nintendoforcemagazine.com
Tiny in Catlateral Damage! ⊟
Another cameo by our versatile mascot! Reader @ajkazlouski found the above cartridge in the “Bedroom 2” stage, and I loaded up the demo just now and verified it.
Catlateral Damage, if you haven’t played it, is a first-person game by Chris Chung in which you play a cat determined to knock everything off of all the surfaces in an enclosed room. In other words, a cat. It’s hilarious, and you can play an alpha in your browser for free!
If you’ve wondered whether or not a Tiny cameo would be appropriate for your game, or if we’d allow it, the answer is yes.
SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!

Tiny in Catlateral Damage! ⊟

Another cameo by our versatile mascot! Reader @ajkazlouski found the above cartridge in the “Bedroom 2” stage, and I loaded up the demo just now and verified it.

Catlateral Damage, if you haven’t played it, is a first-person game by Chris Chung in which you play a cat determined to knock everything off of all the surfaces in an enclosed room. In other words, a cat. It’s hilarious, and you can play an alpha in your browser for free!

If you’ve wondered whether or not a Tiny cameo would be appropriate for your game, or if we’d allow it, the answer is yes.

SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!
Review: Kirby Triple Deluxe ⊟
Kirby Triple Deluxe has almost certainly been in the works since the early days of the 3DS. It’s absolutely loaded with 3D gimmickry – stuff going in and out of the screen with all the subtlety of those old 3D Three Stooges shorts. These days, nobody really puts in the effort to sell the “3D” aspect of the 3DS, and the arrival of the 2DS has all but deprecated the feature anyway. So this game must have been made before the world cooled on 3D.
Triple Deluxe is also really beautiful and polished, another point suggesting that it’s been cooking a while. 

The 3D gimmick is the distinguishing feature here that makes Triple Deluxe stand out from previous Kirbies. But it’s not an annoying 3D gimmick, and doesn’t rely on stereoscopic stuff at all. Like Mutant Mudds, Triple Deluxe takes place on two planes, one in the foreground and one in the background, and you can travel between them with special Warp Stars placed throughout. Not only does this look cool, it adds an interesting bit of complexity to the level design, along with the enjoyable tease of visible treasure just out of reach in the other plane. 
image via Maxxie
Stuff also flies in and out of the screen, like enemies, environmental hazards and the occasional splattered Kirby. The creatures in Kirby’s world are simple, and therefore scale really well. The whole thing just looks nice!
It plays “nice” too. Well, thanks for reading my professional, expert review, everybody! Okay, kidding, I’ll try to be a bit more coherent than that. What I mean is that Kirby has a bajillion copy abilities, as usual, and he has just SO MANY moves that he can do with each. Dash moves, air moves, charge moves… it’s like a fighting game. It’s no surprise, by the way, that there is a local multiplayer fighting game mode in which you can face off against other Kirbies using chosen copy abilities!
Let’s use one of the new ones, Bell, as an example. Kirby can swing handbells in a combo attack, throw them out as projectiles (a few different kinds of projectiles, for that matter), and launch an area of effect attack that sends sound waves out on either side. 
The fact that there’s so much to do with each ability, all of it feeling totally different, makes it inherently rewarding to play the game. It’s just fun to pick up a new ability and learn it.
image via I Heart Nintendo
There’s a super special ability called “Hypernova” that pops up in specific places, and turns Kirby’s eating power into a ridiculous vortex, allowing him to devour enemies, bosses, buildings, scenery, etc. 
I complained about the super abilities in the last Kirby game, and how they made it feel pointlessly easy. Hypernova is a lot more satisfying than that, partly because it’s used in really funny setpieces (like eating a pile of enemies through an enormous crazy straw) but partly because it’s not an instant kill switch, but rather a mechanic. Kirby’s Hypernova is used to destroy tons of enemies, but also to move huge objects around levels, like putting a giant snowman head on a snowman body.
In general, I think this is emblematic of the main difference between my experience with this game and with Return to Dreamland. The Wii game just felt too easy to me, and not just in the traditional, expected Kirby way. It felt like I was floating through the game totally unobstructed. 
Whereas Triple Deluxe offers, if not difficulty per se, enough friction that I actually feel the impacts of all those fun attacks I want to use, enhancing the fun. It may be a distinction only in my head, but it’s real to me. Whatever intangible difference there is between these two (very similar games), it led to one being kind of a blah experience and the other being my favorite traditional Kirby to date.
I smiled through every play session. Even the few times I died! And after I finished the game, I felt just lovely, refreshed. Like I’d taken a nap and had really vivid dreams.
MaxxBUY Kirby: Triple Deluxe ($5 off!), upcoming releases

Review: Kirby Triple Deluxe

Kirby Triple Deluxe has almost certainly been in the works since the early days of the 3DS. It’s absolutely loaded with 3D gimmickry – stuff going in and out of the screen with all the subtlety of those old 3D Three Stooges shorts. These days, nobody really puts in the effort to sell the “3D” aspect of the 3DS, and the arrival of the 2DS has all but deprecated the feature anyway. So this game must have been made before the world cooled on 3D.

Triple Deluxe is also really beautiful and polished, another point suggesting that it’s been cooking a while. 

Read more

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!

SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!
  • Source twitter.com

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. 

SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!
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.

RSS / Follow us on iTunes! Leave a nice review! :o)

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!

  • Source surveymonkey.com
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.
BUY Nintendo 2DS and 3DS/XL consoles, upcoming gamesIMAGE Mayata

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.

Read more

  • Source pixiv.net
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!

  • Source itunes.apple.com
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.
BUY Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles, upcoming games

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.

BUY Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles, upcoming games
  • Source tinycartridge.com
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.
BUY Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles, upcoming games

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.

BUY Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL consoles, upcoming games
  • Source tinycartridge.com