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Greetings Reader! This is I Heart Nintendo’s third issue, and I’m starting to get the hang of this. I’m happy to say I have strangers writing for me. The great James Adkins was kind enough to write his E3 predictions for us and he did a stellar job. Hope you guys enjoy them. If you’d like to write for us, feel free to contact me at any of the places on the backpage. Just want to reitterate the stuff from before. “Pay what you want!” I Heart Nintendo is technically free, but if you really like it, perhaps throw a few sheckles in my cauffer. A convenient link to my Paypal can be found in the Magazine section of the I Heart Nintendo website ( The suggested donation is 50 cents, but feel free to pay more, less, or not at all. If you’re short on cash but still want to compensate, you can also pay by liking us/following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or send us some reader mail at All the links are found on the backpage of the magazine. You can also help by sharing the publication with anyone and everyone you can. I want it in as many hands as possible. “Yell at me.” This magazine is far from perfect, but I want to improve it as I go. If you have any design tips, editorial tips, or concerns with anything you see here, please call me on it. You don’t even have to sugar coat it if you don’t want to. My hide is tougher than World 8 of Super Mario Bros. 3.

“Submit.” James Adkins did and so can you! I’ve been doing most of the writing here alone, but would love to publish your work if you’d like. If your writing is up to par, I will gladly publish a review, a feature piece, an editorial or even art. I will credit you anyway you wish. “Share the Love.” The last pages of the Magazine feature Nintendo love, which is fan work from all manner of artists. If you want to share Nintendo love or cool finds, I’d love to feature you. I’ll link to any sites, stores, or blogs you’d like me to for sharing your love much like I’ve been doing. Also, and I want to re-iterate, share this magazine with as many folks as you can. Okay, that’s enough from me, I hope you enjoy the magazine.

Jaime Carrillo/Editor

Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia coming October 21

Capcom has a “big surprise” waiting at E3

Via Rockman Corner. The encyclopdia will be published by Brady Games. Some more info: “Full of facts, statistics, and historical information, the Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia will offer any fan of Capcom’s illustrious library of video games insight and background for all of their favorite characters and video game series. The Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia celebrates Capcom’s 30 years in the industry and gives fans concise information about every major Capcom character, their key artwork, statistics, background information, and interesting notes on the history of each character and game franchise. Including almost 200 characters from the Capcom family, this Character Encyclopedia sheds new light on these characters in a way nothing else does!”

Via Capcom. In a press release, Capcom stated, “Come join us at this year’s E3 Expo to experience all new versions of forthcoming releases DuckTales: Remastered, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara and Lost Planet 3 as well as the debut of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies. And what’s more, we have a big surprise to share with you. To find out what it is you’ll have to head to booth # 2101 in the South Hall of the LA Convention Center.” Could this mean we’ll see the triumphant return of the Blue Bomber? Knocking on wood here, but I hope this means we’ll either get Mega Man Universe or Mega Man Legends 3 back.

Is there a Shaq Fu game in our future?

Via Siliconera. The facts may surprise you. Trademarks for Shaqfighter were purchased in May by Mine O’Mine, owner of Would you play another Shaq Fu game? A rhetorical question: of course you would.

New Zelda will have unexpected elements

Via EDGE. Anouma speaking on A Link to the Past 2: “The new game will play very differently to the original. I think the new additions will make players see the game in a different way. And, of course, we’ll introduce even more unexpected elements in the Zelda game that we’re making for Wii U.” -Eiji Aonouma That’s usually what we’re always told. “This Zelda will be much different from the others!” But they end up being pretty familiar. Not that I mind. I like consistency. I’ll be interested to see what Aonouma means by “unexpected elements.”

Aonuma says Link is like “his other child”

Via Zelda Informer. How precious. Speaking about Link Aonuma said: “When I first started making Zelda games, I was more interested in the enemy characters than in Link himself. But while I was making Twilight Princess, I was listening to the theme on an iPod while walking hand in hand with my child, and I suddenly burst into tears. I was thinking about all the awful trials Link would have to go through in the new game. I realised that Link really is my other child. I don’t inhabit the character so much as watch him from somewhere very close.” -Eiji Aonuma


What game series would you like to see revived? Raverush says: A balloon fight made completely by Iwata in his spare time that takes the artistic inventive indie approach. A question I’m sure you’ve all answered to yourselves. I love the answers we got, but there are tons more answers to this question. If you want to sound off on this and future questions, follow @WeHeartNintendo on Twitter or!

kierkatgaardsmeow says: I’d rather Nintendo revive it’s current IPs such as Star Fox and Metroid before anything else!!

Lordtoon says: I would like to see Joy Mecha Fight for 3DS as a 3D Classic game.

stickfigureyami says: all the racing games nowadays, you’d think they’d at least TRY and revive Mach Rider

Makotheemperor says: I dunno ‘bout you, but I would like to see some more Duck Hunt!


+Feature Animal Crossing Release Date: September 15, 2002 Console: Nintendo GameCube I can’t think of a game that’s drained more time from my life than the original Animal Crossing. No joke, I’ve probably invested close to months worth of gameplay time in this thing. Trading furniture with friends, playing the stalk market, visiting the island, paying off debts, designing clothes, netowrking with fans online, investing in Action Replay to get all the NES games etc. Animal Crossing is Nintendo’s life sim, but because it’s designed by Nintendo, it’s infinitley better than any non-Nintendo life sim. I can’t wear a Samus Mask in The Sims. I also can’t make musical requests from a guitar playing beagle, or haggle with a tanooki in The Sims. Still, I wish the NES games offered in the Gamecube version made a comeback, even though they would eat into the sales of Virtual Console games. I’ve played every Animal Crossing since, but no game will ever hit me quite as hard as the original did back on the Gamecube. A classic, through and through.

Because it was never localized, many Nintendo fans missed out on Mother 3 and the bevy of interesting foods it offered. This is a game you’ll be seeing me make things from for quite some time. Pig Mask Army troops love this stuff, and so will you. Beats the pants off your typical ramen. Ingredients: 2 slices thick cut bacon, sliced. 3 mushrooms, sliced, 1 shallot, minced, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake, pinch of kosher salt, 1 1/2 cups pork broth, 1 teaspoon worshteshire sauce, 1 teaspoon tomato paste, 1 packet of instant noodles (ramen, udon, or soba work well) Brown your thick but bacon in a small dry pot. You can alternativley use small pieces of pork cut up, but they’ll need a little oil to help get them going. Once your bacon is crispy, remove from pan and drain of fat. You should have about two tablespoons of rendered fat in the pot. You’ll only need one, so pour out the rest for use in another recipe. Add your sliced mushrooms, ginger, garlic, and shallots, along with a good pinch of kosher salt and red pepper flake. Cook onmedium heat stirring often or until your aromatics are golden. Add in your tomato paste and cook for about thirty seconds before adding your pork broth and worshteshire sauce. Bring to a boil.


Once a boil is achieved, add your instant noodles of choice and cook until noodles reach consistency you like. Packaged udon only needs to be heated through, so it shouldn’t take more than a minute if you’re going that route. Serve with crumbled bacon.

+Feature Will Nintendo’s New Look Mean New Ideas? By rawkhawk64 [James Adkins] With E3 just a few days away, many of Nintendo’s fans are looking to Nintendo, hoping for a launch title that will make the Wii U relevant for them. With an announcement made earlier, it looks like Nintendo’s new look is getting some fans hyped up. With their upcoming E3 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo has shied away from their usual white background with the other colors chosen based on the theme or game of the broadcast. Instead, they’re going with a black background and silver lettering. Personally, I’m hoping that means that Nintendo will have big news for releases at E3. Here’s a “Top 5” list of what I’m hoping we’ll see from our favorite company in gaming at E3.

New Smash Bros. Footage

We all know that Nintendo is going to have some gameplay footage for their new Super Smash Bros. game. However, I’m hoping to see more than just a few new characters and stages. Definitely a new gameplay mechanic, much like how Brawl brought us the Smash Ball. Who knows, maybe even another Adventure Mode story involving some other crazed maniac trying to take over the world. Personally, I’d like to see a situation where the main villain wins, and the Smash heroes have to slowly get their world(s) back from the villain.

Metroid Prime Wii U

Yes, we all know how terrible Metroid: Other M was for the Wii. However, I’m hoping Nintendo has not abandoned everyone’s favorite bounty hunter. After all, the Metroid series remains near and dear to my heart as one of my favorite series of games from Nintendo. I don’t know what a new adventure for Samus Aran would be, but if Nintendo does it, I’d like to see a new suit or two, as well as a new power-up or two, all making appearances beside the classic power-ups like the Morph Ball, Plasma Beam, and Missiles.

Super Mario Galaxy 3

I think another Super Mario Galaxy might be a good thing for the Wii U. After all, the last two times Mario launched into outer space, the results were stellar (pardon the pun). I think I’d rather see someone rather than Bowser trying to take over the universe, though. Perhaps bring back BeanBean baddies Cackletta and Fawful (some of you hardcore fans will remember them from Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga). Personally, I’d rather see the return of everyone’s favorite (or not) demented jester, Dimentio. I personally can see Dimentio discovering something that lets him take over the galaxy, and it’s up to everyone’s favorite plumber to save the galaxy yet again!

Mario Kart Wii U

Of course, this is on here. Mario Kart is perhaps the most, if not one of the most, successful party games that Nintendo has come out with. Forget those long, boring sessions of traveling around a board playing mini-games and buying Stars (no offense to Mario Party fans). What I want is hours spent in hectic, adrenaline-pumping races against friends and AI alike. Throw in a few new items aside the usual items, and you have a formula for nights full of fun and cussing out your friends for getting all the good items while you only get Banana Peels and Green Shells.

Legend of Zelda Wii U

Yes, this has the number one spot on my list. Legend of Zelda has always been my favorite series from Nintendo, and I think they could do amazing things with the Wii U. My biggest idea is that the player would use the Wii U pad for their item-switching needs. Also, definitely a new adventure, as opposed to just a remake (yes, I’m looking at you OoT 3D.) I don’t know what new adventure Nintendo would come up with, but I’m hoping for something fresh and new. Maybe introduce some new items, and maybe cover up that gap between Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess on the timeline.

Mario Party 10

Pokemon X & Y Info

Paper Mario Wii U

Metroid Prime Hunters 2

While I did bash Mario Party earlier, I do think it would be nice to see another board game from everyone’s favorite plumber. Lots more quirky minigames and even quirkier hosts? Recipe for family-friendly fun, right there.

Yes, another Mario game. That plumber has so many adventures, it’s entertaining. This one is unlikely, though, since Nintendo gave our 2-D plumber an adventure on the 3Ds, but I’d still like to see it.

Yes, we have a ton of info already, but I still wouldn’t mind getting more information concerning the storyline. Specifically, I’m talking about seeing what new Team we’re gonna have to deal with and stop from wreaking havoc on the world of Pokemon.

Yes, another one for the 3DS that I’d like to see become a reality if it is, then get the word out there, Nintendo! I highly enjoyed Hungers, and wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel.



Constituents clapping for a new monument and a job well done.

Do you remember the first time you played Animal Crossing? I remember scoffing off the idea when my friends Johnny and Ralph described the idea to me. I was never really a fan of The Sims or any simulation games at the time. I poo pooed every single mention and made fun of the silly commercials. “Not for me!” I cried. That is, until my pals brought the game over to my place during winter break of 2002. Five minutes in I was eating platefuls of humble pie. I’ve had a hard time falling back in love with the series ever since Wild World on the DS. I can’t count how many hours I invested in the original. Two years of my gaming life were eaten up in large part by Tom Nook and the gang. Designing prints, getting NES games, catching bugs and fish, etcetera, etcetera. Heck, City Folk left me feeling colder than Super Mario Sunshine did, but that’s a whole other story. Could New Leaf breathe New Life into a quickly staling franchise? In short, yes. I’ve been playing for days straight, and am even a little cantankerous that I have to take a break to write this review. Never has a game pulled me in so quickly and so strongly, original Animal Crossing included. There’s just too much to do. In the game, you play as mayor. No, you really don’t get too much executive powers. Believe me, I tried. I’d happily trick my constituents into giving me more and more power until I was a Thatcher-esque autocrat. Alas, my grasp for power was shortlived. Your mayor powers allow you to set ordinances (set times for stores to be open) and built monuments. Therin lies the fun. As mayor you raise money to fund extensive public works not seen since the New Deal like fountains,

bridges, and even jungle gyms. These are just a few examples. Along with public works, you can also gain attention of businesses into main street. Main street is one of my favorite additions to the game. All businesses you need to visit for daily drudgeries are all in one convenient place. The stores, museums, and Able Sister’s place are steps within each other, making the game very easy to play. Older games were plagued with stores and important buildings being far off, or divided by cliffs or rivers. No more! The island from the first Animal Crossing is back in full force, complete with mini-games to get special items. Nothing too fun here, but it’s a good place to brush up on bug catching and fishing skills. The game simply has more than every other Animal Crossing. More clothes, more furniture options (you can even design your own), and awesome capabilities for the 3DS. You can download QR code patters from anyone who shares them online, instead of manually putting them in. Taking full advantage of Streetpass capabilities, you can trade in coins (gained by walking with your 3DS) and trade them in for fortune cookies with special tickets within that you can trade in for special Nintendo items. Rock that Varia Suit with pride, son. Annoyances from past games are long gone. Blather will evaluate multiple fossils at once. He doesn’t blather (hey, now I get his name!) on about them now either, you can instead look up fun facts in your encyclopedia. Same goes for bugs and fish. Donating can also be done with ease, to the point where you actually want to invest the time in donating to the museum. City Folk was plagued with less than fast loading times, which got incredibly annoying after a while. The loading times in New Leaf are nearly non-existent. The d-pad allows you to switch through your tools with ease. The game is more user friendly than a Macbook Pro (Did the check clear? Okay good).


Mayor Jaime taking a stroll down Mainstreet

Animal Crossing New Leaf is a game you’ll be playing for the lifetime of the Nintendo 3DS and beyond. Nintendo has fixed every annoyance and given us a polished Animal Crossing experience that will be hard to top in the future. Even if it doesn’t have NES games.


+LOVE Poe in a bottle necklace by GeekOUTlet Woah this is awesome. GeekOUTlet has now made it possible to wear a Poe along your neck, showing your enemies that you vanquish evil souls that dare cross your path. And now you can own one for only $16. Available in four colors!


King Hippo Street Art By: Anonymous And it looks like Little Mac got to him. Fun fact: This particular artist chose to remain anonymous because this is technically qualifies as a crime called “vandalism.”

8-bit pale ale

By: Tall Grass Brewing From TGB’s description: “Our Hop-Rocket* infuses the character of Austrailian grown Galaxy Hops into an American Pale Ale, giving a unique tropical, almost melon aroma in a classic American style.”




Shawn “[sLouCh]” McNeil of makes custom model Pokeballs so real looking, you’ll be surprised to know there’s no actual Poketmonsters lurking inside. McNeil makes Pokeballs, Premier Balls, Ultra Balls and even has his site open for requests. Is there a special Pokeball from the games you’d like to have a tangible model of? He’ll give you a quote if you’re willing to law down the scratch. Visit Pallet Town Exports at



I Heart Nintendo Issue 3  

Nintendo news, reviews, and love for the week of June 10, 2013.

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