Issue 35: Nintendo IRL

Noah asks why should we wait for video game characters to cross into our world, when we can make them do that this week.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 01/31/2011 11:30 Comment on this     ShareThis

Issue 35: Nintendo IRL

Each year, the worlds in video games get a little more real, either through improved graphics, larger worlds or more nuanced characterizations. Not every game boasts the same advancements, but collectively there’s something there. And as game developers strive to pull us into these imaginative worlds even more, we’re encouraged to think of what would happen if game characters crossed into the real world? Would they fall into depravity like so many Grand Theft Auto heroes? Take a job that really complements their skills in their home worlds? The possibilities are intriguing, particularly with Nintendo’s characters since they’re often so firmly rooted in make believe and seldom venture into “adult” territory.

Well, they can wait no longer. We’ll be taking them into our world with a series of stories this week that we hope you find intriguing and amusing.


Issue 35: Nintendo IRL

For Koopa, King, and Country by Andy Hoover
The tragic truth behind Bowser’s unending war with the Mushroom Kingdom.

Nintendo Tattler: Disaster Edition by Aaron Roberts
Nintendo-themed disasters rock America.

Pikmin: A Biology Lesson by Adam Sorice
As part of Real Life week at the ‘Dojo, Professor Sorice is hosting a lecture on Pikmin physiology. What they’re not real!? Someone better tell Adam…

Tidman’s Take: Link’s Groundhog Day by Matthew Tidman
What if you woke up, and every day was the same, and nothing you did really mattered?

Professor Layton and the Lingering Question by Evan Campbell & M. Noah Ward
Oh, professor…

The World of Unlicensed Pokemon Training by Carter Fagan
It’s a dark, dark world… you wanna catch ’em all, kid?

Hot Air: Nooked    by Aaron Roberts
Tom Nook vs. Wal-Mart:  Which retail giant shall prevail?

My Life in Heats OR Everyone I’ve Ever Killed: Confessions from a Legend by Andrew Hsieh
Link’s slaughtered a lot of monsters, but he’s been buddies with quite a few of them, too. Find out in this excerpt from his new book, My Life in Hearts, or, Everyone I’ve Ever Killed: Confessions of a Legend.

Regigigas to Reggie Fils-Aime by James Stank
How Regigigas lived and evolved into the Regginator.

Additional features in this issue…


  • Nightly News Roundup by Nicolas Vestre


  • Nightly News Roundup by Robert Thompson


  • Dojo-Show-Go! Episode 127 by M. Noah Ward
  • Nightly News Roundup by Kevin Knezevic


  • Nightly News Roundup by Carter Fagan


  • Nightly News Roundup by Aaron Roberts

Coming Up Next Week…

Issue 36: Love in Video Games
They’re not just out to save– or destroy– the world. Video game heroes and villains need love, too.

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