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Issue #18: Beyond the Earth

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • November 18, 201518/11/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

It’s happening! It’s just one month away now! Exactly one month from today, I – and millions of others around the world, including many of you – will have just seen the all-new Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it opens it theaters! Yes, it’s nearly time to blast off to that galaxy far, far away once again. Because we knew exploring alien worlds, taking part in starfighter dogfights in orbit and all of those other wonderfully outer space-y things would be building up in everyone’s minds as a result of the impending release of the all-new Star Wars film, we decided to give NF Magazine’s all-new Issue #18 an outer space-y theme. This one is called “Beyond the Earth,” and it casts its gaze to the heavens to look back at the past several decades of alien planets that pop culture has introduced us to, as well as putting a focus on the new extraterrestrial game experiences Nintendo’s bringing to […]

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Issue #17, Complete!

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • September 23, 201523/09/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

After revealing its cover art piece by piece over the last two weeks, the final art of Issue #17: Thank You, Mr. Iwata has been unveiled. Above, you’ll see the final video in the six-part video series chronicling its creation and composition. This video combines all of the previous five and adds artist commentary, giving you insight into the creation process! Issue #17 is now complete and is heading your way! Digital customers will be getting links to download it in their email over the next few days (there was a huge volume of new orders from new customers this time, so it’s going to take us just a little while to sort through all of those). Print customers, meanwhile, can expect their copies to arrive in early-to-mid October. As usual, it takes a couple weeks for each new issue to go through the entire process of being physically printed, packaged and mailed out to thousands of different addresses. Now […]

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Cover Reveal Video #5: Mr. Iwata, Coming Directly to You!

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • September 18, 201518/09/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! Our tribute issue dedicated to Mr. Iwata is coming your way soon, and today we’re continuing our video series revealing its cover art one piece at a time. The talented artists behind YouTube’s Smashified art series have created the incredible art, separated into several different segments. Each segment of the cover art represents a different Nintendo game or franchise which Mr. Iwata impacted in a critical way. And each one is getting its own time-lapse video so you can see the art come to life, from earliest sketches to finished creation! First up was the Pokémon series, second was the two-in-one Balloon Fight + Kirby reveal, third was Super Smash Bros. and fourth was EarthBound! Now, in today’s fifth video, it’s Mr. Iwata himself! Little explanation is needed for this one – it’s Mr. Iwata striking his most iconic pose, his “Direct to You!” hand gesture from the last several years of Nintendo Direct video presentations. Don’t miss your chance to […]

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Cover Reveal Video #4: EarthBound!

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • September 16, 201516/09/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! Our tribute issue dedicated to Mr. Iwata is coming your way soon, and today we’re continuing our video series revealing its cover art one piece at a time. The talented artists behind YouTube’s Smashified art series have created the incredible art, separated into several different segments. Each segment of the cover art represents a different Nintendo game or franchise which Mr. Iwata impacted in a critical way. And each one is getting its own time-lapse video so you can see the art come to life, from earliest sketches to finished creation! First up was the Pokémon series, second was the two-in-one Balloon Fight + Kirby reveal and third was Super Smash Bros. Today, it’s EarthBound! The EarthBound fandom needs no introduction at this point. They’re the most dedicated, most diehard disciples of a single game series on the planet – rallying together in communities like Starmen.net, spinning off to launch awesome game merch stores like Fangamer, pooling their talents to […]

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Cover Reveal Video #3: Super Smash Bros.!

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • September 14, 201514/09/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! Our tribute issue dedicated to Mr. Iwata is coming your way soon, and today we’re continuing our video series revealing its cover art one piece at a time. The talented artists behind YouTube’s Smashified art series have created the incredible art, separated into several different segments. Each segment of the cover art represents a different Nintendo game or franchise which Mr. Iwata impacted in a critical way. And each one is getting its own time-lapse video so you can see the art come to life, from earliest sketches to finished creation! First up was the Pokémon series, and second was the two-in-one Balloon Fight + Kirby reveal. Today it’s Super Smash Bros.! Years ago, Mr. Iwata and his friend and colleague Masahiro Sakurai wanted to make a fighting game that would be more accessible for players of all skill levels. As development continued, Nintendo mascot characters were cast as the fighters and a franchise phenomenon was born! Mr. Iwata […]

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Cover Reveal Video #2: Balloon Fight + Kirby!

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • September 11, 201511/09/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! Our tribute issue dedicated to Mr. Iwata is coming your way soon, and today we’re continuing our video series revealing its cover art one piece at a time. The talented artists behind YouTube’s Smashified art series have created the incredible art, separated into several different segments. Each segment of the cover art represents a different Nintendo game or franchise which Mr. Iwata impacted in a critical way. And each one is getting its own time-lapse video so you can see the art come to life, from earliest sketches to finished creation! First up was the Pokémon series, and today it’s a two-for-one: Balloon Fight and Kirby! No other single game is so closely associated with Mr. Iwata as Balloon Fight, as it was one of his earliest works created for Nintendo’s 8-bit hardware in the early ’80s – its signature floating/arm-flapping control style was even re-used for the controls to move Mario while swimming in the original Super […]

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Cover Reveal Video #1: Pokémon!

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • September 9, 20159/09/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! Our tribute issue dedicated to Mr. Iwata is coming your way soon, and starting today we’re revealing its cover art one piece at a time. The talented artists behind YouTube’s Smashified art series have created the incredible art, separated into several different segments. Each segment of the cover art represents a different Nintendo game or franchise which Mr. Iwata impacted in a critical way. And each one is getting its own time-lapse video so you can see the art come to life, from earliest sketches to finished creation! First up is the Pokémon series! Without Mr. Iwata’s programming wizardry and business savvy, the Pokémon series would not have enjoyed the success it did in its earliest days – nor would it have been set up to succeed in the long-term, for nearly 20 years now. His code-writing skill allowed the development team of Pokémon Gold & Silver to double the size of the explorable game world, […]

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Summer Update! Issue #16, Mr. Iwata Tribute Plans & More

  • LUCAS M. THOMAS
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  • August 7, 20157/08/15
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LUCAS M. THOMAS

Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! It’s been a while since we last posted an Update, but you know we’ve been busy if you’ve been checking your mailbox – Issue #16 is making its way into the wild as we speak. The digital versions went out last week, and physical copies should be arriving at most print subscribers’ homes within the next few days. (If they haven’t already!) Issue #16 is called “Warning! Construction Zone” and shines its spotlight on the upcoming you-make-the-levels Mario game, Super Mario Maker. Taking its focus on user-created content as our inspiration for the entire issue’s theme, we then bring you a history of how user-created content has evolved in Nintendo games over time. Then we turn back the clock to take a retrospective look at Mario Paint (the spiritual predecessor to Super Mario Maker in many respects, not the least of which was its introduction of everyone’s favorite Undodog). We focus the Community section on […]

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NF Show Episode 072: The Endgame

  • Noah Ward
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  • July 1, 20151/07/15
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Noah Ward

EPISODE SUMMARY Evan and Noah bid farewell to the awesome NF Show audience. NF MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format! Subscribe to or Renew NF Magazine Here ABOUT THE SHOW NF Show is NF Magazine’s weekly podcast. Watch it live every Monday at 10 PM Eastern Time on our YouTube channel, or catch the audio-only version of the show on Wednesday mornings via iTunes or our audio-only RSS feed. HOSTS Evan Campbell (@evancampbell) Noah Ward (@thisisnoah) AUDIO-ONLY FORMAT SHOW TOTAL LENGTH 01:21:11 SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW – On YouTube – On iTunes – Audio-Only Version RSS Feed CONTACT THE SHOW – Email the hosts directly at show at nfmagazine dot com – Leave comments for each video episode at our YouTube channel – Use the “Get In Touch” form at the bottom of this webpage Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:21:11 — 55.7MB)

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NF Show Episode 071: E3 2015 Aftermath

  • Noah Ward
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  • June 24, 201524/06/15
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Noah Ward

EPISODE SUMMARY We have tons of audience reactions to E3’s news and games, and some fresh impressions on the latest Nindies courtesy of Evan! NF MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format! Subscribe to or Renew NF Magazine Here ABOUT THE SHOW NF Show is NF Magazine’s weekly podcast. Watch it live every Monday at 10 PM Eastern Time on our YouTube channel, or catch the audio-only version of the show on Wednesday mornings via iTunes or our audio-only RSS feed. HOSTS Noah Ward (@thisisnoah) Evan Campbell (@evancampbell) AUDIO-ONLY FORMAT SHOW TOTAL LENGTH 01:32:13 SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW – On YouTube – On iTunes – Audio-Only Version RSS Feed CONTACT THE SHOW – Email the hosts directly at show at nfmagazine dot com – Leave comments for each video episode at our YouTube channel – Use the “Get In Touch” form at the bottom of this webpage Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:32:13 […]

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