Fan Service: Knowing the Basics

Sometimes, fandom forgets its basics. Here’s a need-to-know of Nintendo!

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 10/16/2012 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

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Hello there boys and girls and welcome to another edition of Fan Service, where the best of fandom gets its props and the worst of fandom gets its knocks.

In today’s edition we’re talking about not necessarily what makes a fan but the basic information that all fans should know about their respective fandoms. This is not a message about having to know every little thing when it comes to the games or system. Its far from it. Just because you don’t know such trivial things like Mario being named after Nintendo of America’s warehouse landlord doesn’t make you any less of a fan. (Subtle, Mel. Subtle! -Ed.) However, not knowing that the NES came out in 1985 is going to result in a stink eye of epic proportions.

I thought for fun, we’d just take a look at the Nintendo fandom and a few of the popular franchises and outline four key things that everybody should know about them. For this, we’ll be focusing on Nintendo, the Mario series, the Zelda series, and the Kirby series. These aren’t things that are obscure by any means, just simple facts that people need to get straight when trying to talk about their fandom.

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2 Responses to “Fan Service: Knowing the Basics”

  • 27 points
    shadownin says...

    That Darkrai in the picture should be a Kyurem because he is the third pokemon that goes with Zekrom and Reshiram who are right behind Darkei and Kyurem is the 13th strongest pokemon going by base stats (Slaking and Regigigas don’t count because of their awful abilitys). So it would be interesting to know why the person who made the piture put Darkrai there. It would also be interesting to see the piture redone with Kyurem there instead of Darkrai.

    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      The picture is obviously a parody of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, a famous painting depicting Jesus and the 12 disciples, and Darkrai is used in this version to take the place of Judas. While Kyurem fits more logically with Reshiram and Zekrom, I believe the artist chose Darkrai because of the more obvious connotations of doom and destructions attached to Darkrai, as well as nightmares, perceived betrayal and the fact it lives in shadow (similar to the lighting in which the original Judas was painted.)

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