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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.

Holy moly, Tiny is a boss in Mercenary Kings! ⊟

Whatttt? This is amazing! Tiny Cartridge is a boss in this PlayStation 4/PC game (though he’s more of a Tiny Computer here), and he has his own theme song, and you can shoot him with a cat-gun that meows.

This is becoming a tradition with releases from Tribute Games and its members, seeing as Tiny also appeared in Wizorb, Ninja Senki, and secretly — but not really because it’s just a coincidence — Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

So the game is pretty much Metal Slug x Monster Hunter x Tiny Cartridge? Yeah, definitely pick Mercenary Kings up when it releases soon (date TBA). And read the comic posted on the official site!

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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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Support Tiny Cartridge on Patreon!

We’ve opened up a Patreon page and started a Club Tiny program, allowing our wonderful readers to support us with monthly pledges. There are a lot of fun rewards we want to give supporters, like behind-the-scenes talk, Mystery Gifts and Notes, podcast guest hosting opportunities, and more. If any of that interests you — or, more importantly, if you’d like to help us keep Tiny Cartridge growing — please check it out.

Patreon, if you’re not familiar with it, lets you pledge a regular payment to a creator, per each unit (video, article, etc., in our case per month). It allows us to try crowdfunding for the operation of our site, rather than a specific project with an endpoint, for which we might use Kickstarter.

With the backing of our patrons, we want to be able to put more original articles up (like my interview with the creator of the WarioWare DIY snapshot blog), collaborate more with friends, and pay Fran for the work he puts into the TinyCast every week. As a long shot, we’d also like to buy 3DS/Vita video capture equipment and record and stream some games.

We want to be able to put more time into making Tiny better, and less time into the freelance gigs we currently look for to make ends meet. We want, after five years, to make this a job.

And we’d love your help. Come join Club Tiny!

Merry Christmas from Tiny Cartridge! ⊟

Since no Christmas morning is complete without someone giving you clothes you didn’t ask for, here’s a special Animal Crossing: New Leaf tee designed by Das Fuzzlez. And here are two other Tiny Cartridge shirts, and an ugly Christmas sweater, for good measure. Joys be thine.

How’s your Christmas going? What were your standout gifts?

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Get on your computers, kids. It’s time for…
Tiny Cartridge’s favorite Tiny Cartridges of 2013!
It’s time to look back on the handheld games that captivated us this year, in list-plus-short-blurb form! It was a very special year for handheld games, with a weirdly diverse selection of really, really obsession-worthy games. Everything from action games you could play for 5 seconds and enjoy, to a game that you could play continuously for years.
Sadly, no Luigi games made it on our list in this, the Year of Luigi.
Even so, our end of year list is special for a couple reasons:
it panders to handheld fans, the shadow master race of gaming
since we’re on Tumblr, we’ve packed this list to the gills with GIFS, starting with the above image from Nookling
Let’s look back at 2013!
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10. Tearaway (Media Molecule)
This game hit all the right sentimental notes, and looked charmingly beautiful doing it. Though it doesn’t go so far as to totally justify the PS Vita’s dumb rear touchpad, it does make as much use of all the Vita’s various inputs as could be expected!

9. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus)
After years of this series’ infamous difficulty scaring us away, we finally tried out the first-person RPG with Etrian Odyssey IV… And it was fantastic! The newly introduced Casual Mode (along with the Jig Lizard) helped convince us to finally give it a spin, but we also appreciated exploring the overworld in an airship, the cooking system, and Yuzo Koshiro’s orchestral soundtrack.
And while we’ve heard Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, the remake/overhaul of the first game also released this year, might be better, we have to give our vote to EOIV for integrating QR codes you can scan to unlock other players’ guilds and special equipment/quests — including a very special quest delivered to you by our mascot Tiny!

8. SteamWorld: Dig (Image & Form)
Probably the biggest surprise of the year, SteamWorld: Dig mixes the best of Metroid and Mr. Driller, creating one of the tightest and most addictive experiences of the year. This eShop-only game does so much right, from the efficient way it introduces you to new mechanics, to its simple balancing of resources that keeps you from just burrowing your way through miles of dirt without coming up for a breather.
We also have to commend Image & Form for setting a standard on the eShop, not just for what developers can do on the platform, but also the success small indie studios can enjoy with a polished exclusive released specifically with the system in mind. We really hope to see more of these indie eShop hits next year!
image via Geostar
7. Dragon’s Crown (Vanillaware)
If you grew up playing, I don’t know, Golden Axe or Final Fight or that kind of game, Dragon’s Crown is the version of those games that, back in the ’90s, you would have imagined would happen in 2013. Does that make sense?
Like, back then, you would have dreamed of cartoon-quality, high-res hand-drawn art, crazy huge bosses, and lots of secrets. You might not have thought to wish for seamless online play, but that’s because you were kind of dumb back then.
image via PaulHasTumblr
6. Pokémon X and Y (Game Freak)
The two of us can hardly compare this to previous Pokémon games… because we didn’t care that much about previous Pokémon games. But this one made a perfect entry, or re-entry, point for the series! It’s really great to look at and features speedy movement and UI that are surprisingly not at all annoying.
Plus one of the new Pokémon is a damn sword. And another is a keychain. This is a AAA game in which you can give orders to a sentient keychain.

5. Attack of the Friday Monsters (Millennium Kitchen)
We were already in love with Level-5 for putting together the Guild series of downloadable games and localizing them, but now we’re indebted to the publisher for Attack of the Friday Monsters. It’s the closest thing to My Summer Vacation (a nostalgic series about grade school summers spent in the Japanese countryside) that you’ll find on the 3DS — even directed by the same man, Kaz Ayabe — except it actually released in the States!
It’s a short, lovely tale about timid fathers, childhood myths, and afternoons spent making up games with friends. If you want to relive that brief period of your childhood when you had a favorite TV show about giant heroes fighting bizarre monsters, grab this from the eShop immediately. Like all Guild games right now, it’s on sale for $4.99 until January 9.
image via Dino
4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD Group No. 3 and Monolith Soft)
Did anyone expect that a new handheld Zelda game could rival the brilliance of Link’s Awakening? Even if you were that optimistic, there’s no way you could have predicted that this 3DS game — considered by many at first to be a lazy sequel to A Link to the Past — would be one of the finest Zeldas released in the franchise’s 25+ year history.
Everything is streamlined to get you started on your way as quickly as possible, and to make sure you’re focused on enjoying the adventure, not trying to figure out how to get to the next fun part. Even if you’ve played Zelda games and A Link to the Past to the death already, the new wall-merging feature switches it all up, making possible some really clever puzzles and inventive boss fights. It’s the kind of game you can give to anyone and feel confident that they’ll love every hour with it.
image via GameDesignNovice
3. Spelunky (Mossmouth and Blitworks)
It was one of the best games last year, and now it’s an even better version of that, but portable. Even before the addition of the Daily Challenge, Spelunky was as close to perfect as a game could be. Every single thing you can do in that game is fun, even if it ends in catastrophic failure, and it always will.
Spelunky is action platforming refined beyond anything else. Running, jumping, throwing, climbing, bombing: all feel exciting and easily manageable, and all work within an ever-shifting, complex machine of moving parts. Most of which kill you.

2. Fire Emblem: Awakening (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD)
There are plenty of reasons why this was the Fire Emblem game that seemed to really put the strategy RPG series on the map: the new Casual Mode finally allowing you to play without permadeath, the avatar system dropping players into the story as customizable characters, and Yusuke Kozaki’s always amazing character designs chief among them.
But, real talk, the reason why everyone was posting dozens of photos of the game’s scenes on Tumblr and Twitter was the waifus. Voice-acted waifus. Waifus who will defend their spousus, or team up with them for attacks while next to each other in battle. Waifus in swimwear if you put down extra cash for DLC. Many of us experienced a Waifu Awakening this year thanks to Fire Emblem.
image via Nookling
1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 Monolith Soft)
The whole TinyCast team lost hundreds of hours to New Leaf, despite all being lapsed Animal Crossing fans. It’s just that good. And it’s not just that the actual game is that good – though it is, a perfect oasis where there’s always something new to do every day, be it collect outfits, decorate your house, run errands, or visit friends, and it’s all equally optional.
There wasn’t a better moment this year in games than the metagame we all made up for New Leaf, in which we share screenshots of our dream bathrooms and coordinate visits and trades on Twitter. Even when we weren’t in the town of Buttocks, we were able to think about Buttocks.
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While we only had ten spots for the list, we wanted to make sure we mentioned the other great portable games that came out this year, like Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei IV, Bertil Horberg’s Gunman Clive, Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate,  Dennaton and Abstraction Games’ Hotline Miami port to PS Vita, Daisuke Amaya and Nicalis’ Ikachan port to 3DS, and probably a dozen others we’re forgetting to mention.
There were lots of amazing games released in 2013 on all kinds of platforms, and this list, like most things we post, is based only on our own opinions! That said, if you didn’t play and love all of them we’re ashamed.
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Get on your computers, kids. It’s time for…

Tiny Cartridge’s favorite Tiny Cartridges of 2013!

It’s time to look back on the handheld games that captivated us this year, in list-plus-short-blurb form! It was a very special year for handheld games, with a weirdly diverse selection of really, really obsession-worthy games. Everything from action games you could play for 5 seconds and enjoy, to a game that you could play continuously for years.

Sadly, no Luigi games made it on our list in this, the Year of Luigi.

Even so, our end of year list is special for a couple reasons:

  • it panders to handheld fans, the shadow master race of gaming
  • since we’re on Tumblr, we’ve packed this list to the gills with GIFS, starting with the above image from Nookling

Let’s look back at 2013!

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Tiny Cartridge’s Holiday Gift Guide ⊟
We’ve compiled a selection of handheld gaming gifts, which you can start browsing right here! You’ll find plenty of games from this year for both PS Vita and 3DS, and some accessories, art, zines, toys, and other items that would make anyone* rejoice!
So check out our gift guide and get your holiday shopping done. Then wait for Luigi to emerge from a pipe into your house, ready to deliver your presents before flying away in a big green boot pulled by a team of Parakoopas! He is the Luison for the season.
*who reads Tiny Cartridge

Tiny Cartridge’s Holiday Gift Guide ⊟

We’ve compiled a selection of handheld gaming gifts, which you can start browsing right here! You’ll find plenty of games from this year for both PS Vita and 3DS, and some accessories, art, zines, toys, and other items that would make anyone* rejoice!

So check out our gift guide and get your holiday shopping done. Then wait for Luigi to emerge from a pipe into your house, ready to deliver your presents before flying away in a big green boot pulled by a team of Parakoopas! He is the Luison for the season.


*who reads Tiny Cartridge

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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!

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A Tiny case for an XL system ⊟

Whoa! This fantastic laser-engraved work comes from Tony Sarkees — he sells custom aluminum cases, like the Earthbound/Mother shell we featured, for $20 a pop at his Etsy shop.

I’m always amazed when anyone likes our site enough to make stuff like this. Like, I’ve been scared to venture into producing and selling Tiny merch (with the exception of our Tiny Sticker Pack) because I’m convinced no one wants to actually spend money on our stuff.

There were a couple other readers who made us awesome stuff for #WEEK OF TINY: Nayn created this fab birthday GIF, and bitcoinmonster drew this butt pic. You guys are awesome.

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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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TinyCast 005 - Underground Games - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 005 - Underground Games

Tiny Cartridge • TinyCast

In this latest podcast episode, the Tiny Cartridge team previews 3DS games played at Germany’s Gamescom show, including Pokemon X/Y, Sonic Lost World, and more. We also sing the praises of two recent downloadable games, SteamWorld Dig and Spelunky, and discuss the recent awesomeness of the PS Vita.

Find out which 3DS title was worse than Sonic Lost World at Gamescom, what you should do before deciding to play Spelunky in bed, and how you can unlock the mysteries of PS Vita’s Near feature (maybe not)! By the way, um, we recorded this before the 2DS was announced… Sorry about that.

Direct download (MP3, 77.5MB) / RSS
We’re now on the iTunes Store! Follow us there and leave a nice review! :o)

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