Why Doesn’t Nintendo Sell Soundtracks?

Nintendo turning down money? Hmmm…


#540 – Sometimes Nintendo will create a bundle or incentive for us fans to acquire the rare soundtrack CD, but why don’t they shift their business model and actually sell the music? Or offer it for streaming, because… who uses CDs these days, anyway? It seems like the Big N is behind the times in this regard, and it’s also odd that they aren’t utilizing their tracks as another stream of revenue. They pay a lot to orchestrate this stuff, why not offer them as products?
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Debate: Mario Odyssey Vs. BotW in Sales

Best way to win a debate: Pick a side and give your opponent the other one to argue for.


It’s amazing how many heavy-hitters the Nintendo Switch is getting in its first year. Some of Nintendo’s biggest franchises are being represented with all new entries featuring innovation and a high level of polish. That said, which game deserves the #1 sales spot when all is said and done? Will Breath of the Wild maintain its momentum from launch and stay king of the hill, or will Super Mario Odyssey become a runaway hit this holiday and dethrone the competition? We want your thoughts – vote in the poll by clicking the “i” icon!

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Super Mario Odyssey In-Depth (E3 2017)

Do you think Bowser himself can be CAPtured?


#533 – Super Mario Odyssey had a strong showing at this year’s E3, not to be outdone by Metroid! Mario and Cappy explored some wildly different scenery, in search of different currencies and different rewards than Stars, and… well, all around this game is very different! Oh, and don’t forget the T-Rex!

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E3 2017 Reaction Blow-Out!

This is an E3 to remember!


#530 – Nintendo just had one of their best E3s ever, and it’s not even over yet. In the span of 25 minutes, they managed to blow the socks off most of their hardcore fans. They really pulled out some big guns this year! Simeon and Scott are here with their fresh impressions of Nintendo’s newest announcements, discussing their failed predictions, and talking over what excited and surprised them the most. Join in the E3 hype in the comments!

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E3 2017 Bingo Predictions!

How long do we have to keep being right in order for us to become paid industry analysts that make snarky remakrs for a living?


#528 – Each year, before the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Simeon and Scott take a stab at a swath of predictions! Nintendo will be streaming some bombshell announcements during their press conference / Nintendo Direct, and we’ve created a bingo board to keep track of our correct predictions! Can we score 5 in a row? Middle space is free!

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Most Fun Bonus Modes Ever

Forgot the Super Mario 64 stretchy face!


#526 – Sometimes, the side mode ends up being the best offering of the whole game! When the main story mode just isn’t good enough when compared to the side mode, wonderful things happen! Here is a short list of our favorite bonus modes in all Pantendo games. Footage Credit: Mario VS Luigi – SullyPwnz | Super Smash Bros. – RedFalconGames

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Real or Fake Game Name?

Pu :3


Sometimes, games have the craziest names! And other times, Simeon and Scott try to trick each other with wacky titles that COULD just be the real deal. It’s up to them to distinguish which is which in today’s episode, where they put each other to the test and try to call the bluffs. Play along and see how you do!

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Stalking Nintendo Stars on Instagram!

Now all we need are their social security numbers!


#518 – Forgive us for being just slightly on the “creepy” side today as we stalk some well-known Nintendo employees and associated on Instagram! We get to learn a little bit more about Bill Trinen, Charles Martinet, and “Karen”, and perhaps even observe some of their habits and behaviors! Delightful!

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N64 Masterpiece: Super Mario 64

I’m still trying to figure out how we skipped from Super Mario 3 to Super Mario 64…


#517 – Super Mario 64 is a landmark game – a revolution in our industry. And recently, we had a young viewer named Rachel who watches our channel faithfully who asked us to “focus on some Mario games that people don’t talk about anymore, like SM64 and SM64 DS.” So that’s exactly what we’re going to do today! Watched some footage as we discuss this incredible step forward in 3D gaming, and see if you don’t have the urge to go and pick up your old three-pronged controller! Footage credit: Super Mario 64 – Matthewmatosis

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Caption This! Nintendo Photo Challenge

We apologize. But not really.


#508 – Oh dear. We’ve done it… we’ve gathered the internet’s most awkward Nintendo screenshots and we’ve put horribly hilarious captions to them! See if you can top ours by leaving your own in the comments.

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E3 2017: What Nintendo Needs to Do

Anyone at Nintendo looking to hire a couple of professional E3 consultants?


E3 (AKA Gamer Christmas) is coming around the corner once again, and this year will mark the first time Switch content has been shown at the convention. Will Nintendo take this opportunity to get everyone on board the hype train, or will they play it too conservative? Scott and Simeon are presenting their wishlist, and if Nintendo were to follow it, their fans would be pretty happy.

E3 Footage Credits: Biased Gamer, NintendoCade Gaming, GameXplain

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Best Nintendo Sidekicks of All Time

TBC needs an offical… sidekick… YouTube channel! Now accepting applications.


Every superhero has a sidekick, and Nintendo’s stable of heroes are no different! But the characters that we find in Mario’s and Link’s shadows are not to be overlooked, because sometimes those characters are the ones that leave the biggest impression. That’s right – today’s all about the hero-helpers that made our gaming experiences amazing! Footage Credit: PMtTYD Yoshi – Tom Fawkes | TLoZ TP HD Midna – YOGSCAST Martyn | Paper Mario Goombario – RedFalconGames | Super Smash Bros. Wii U Falco – shofu | Super Mario RPG Geno – Zoundj

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What You Get from Being TBC’s Patron!

We launched our very own Patreon page!

For almost two years, we’ve been making Nintendo discussion and gameplay videos every single weekday. It’s hard to believe we’ve been going for this long!

Well, it’s time to kick things up a notch and we need your help to make it happen. With a bit more support on our page, we’ll be starting the Two Button Crew podcast! And that’s only the beginning.

Giveaway

USA Residents: Back our page at the $5 tier (or higher) by March 31st to be entered to win one of these three prizes!

1. Breath of the Wild Soundtrack 2. Sheikah Coin 3. Apple Store Exclusive Super Mario Run Pin

Credits

Get your name in the credits of all of our videos for only $1 a month!

Votes

For $3 a month, you become involved in the planning of our show’s content by voting on upcoming videos.

Exclusive Videos

Behind-the-Scenes, bloopers, and bonus videos that won’t be available to the public. $5 per month lands you all these extras!

Tees

You can get your hands (and torsos) on TBC’s exclusive tee shirts, designed and distributed only to our highest tier of Patreon backers. Every 3 months that you support us with $15, you’ll receive an exclusive tee in the mail.
Want to see the first design?

“Warped Pipe” – Celebration of Prop Drops and all things Crew. Exclusively available to Patreon backers.

Did I mention that our rewards use stacking tiers? Each reward tier includes the perks of the previous tier!

So hop on over to our Patreon page and join the Crew with your support.

Good luck in the giveaway!

Initial Switch Impressions + Early Reviews

Similar to how “we” was suddenly a buzz word after the reveal of Nintendo Wii, it is now off limits to use the word “switch” without a wink-wink nudge-nudge to accompany its use!


We’ve only had a handful of days with the system, but BOY has it left an impression on us! There’s really something special about Nintendo’s Switch console/portable hybrid platform. And having a huge open world Zelda game on it sure doesn’t hurt! It’s very early to have a full review but we’re happy to provide our thoughts so far, and we’d love to hear yours in the comments below. Tell us how your experience has been!

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Playing Switch with Strangers

You don’t need to be real life friends to be Switch friends.


Launch day – March 3rd 2017 – we took two Switch units to the local mall and invited passersby to take a controller and give the new console a spin. We found a lot of people who didn’t buy their own console that were happy to give it a try! Impressions were all very positive.

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Switch Launch + Zelda Unboxing + Giveaway!

We made it, everyone! Enjoy this day.


This is the day that Nintendo fans have been waiting for! Happy Switch day everyone! We hope that everyone who was planning on picking up a console was able to get one. We had a blast going to our midnight release, and we’ve got a Special Edition of Breath of the Wild to unbox.

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Ultimate Super Mario Run Challenge

Scott is now taking eSports sponsorship requests… Anyone?


There are three levels in Super Mario Run that can only be unlocked by collecting each and every secret coin of a certain color. These are the three warp pipe levels of yore, and today, Scott will attempt to beat them. Luigi is his character of choice for his high jumps, and each hidden coin must be retrieved before he is allowed to progress to the next secret level. This is the height of challenge in Nintendo’s newest mobile game, so wish him luck and lend him your strength as he attempts the Ultimate Super Mario Run Challenge.

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Beat it Blind: Dr. Mario (NES Classic)

We’re gonna be so pro by the end of the series! eSports, come at us, bro!


Dr. Mario history runs deep in Scott’s family. Almost enough to where he could beat levels with his eyes closed by himself – but not quite! He needs a little bit of Simeon’s help, and vice versa! Today the daring duo takes on an incredible challenge, to clear away viruses without the use of their eyes and only the guiding voice of their companion to help. Timing is very important in this puzzle game, and colors MUST be matched if success is to be attained. Lend the Crew your power as you watch – and enjoy!

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What’s At the Nintendo NY Store?

Tickets to NY, please? This is somewhere we can conceivably hit up before our flight to Japan for Super Nintendo World…


It sounds like a dream: an entire multi-level store dedicated to our favorite brand, Nintendo. But it’s not a dream – it used to be the Pokemon Center, then it was Nintendo World, and now it’s Nintendo NY. And in case you were wondering, it’s based in New York. This magical retailer is run by Nintendo staff, and is decorated to the nines in Nintendo themed goodness! Baby teethers? Check. Games playable before they are released? Check. Guest appearances from famous Nintendo staff? Check. We need to visit this place.

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Last Minute Switch Predictions

Mark our words… MARK THEM!!!


With Nintendo fully revealing the Nintendo Switch TONIGHT, we couldn’t be more hyped! This is officially our last chance to make predictions pertaining to the launch of the console, its hidden features, and what we might see accompany the hardware at launch! Pass the time waiting for the Presentation by watching this episode and dropping your OWN predictions in the comments section! Related blog: 6 Ways Nintendo Can Nail the Switch Presentation http://www.twobuttoncrew.com/2017/01/08/6-ways-nintendo-can-nail-the-switch-presentation/

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