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Friday, September 26, 2014

Forget Meme Run, Play Some QUALITY Flash Games

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Meme Run? More like Meme RUIN.

One more Miiverse-related article. Just a little one. The social network from Nintendo will be undergoing extensive maintenance (meaning, don't expect any amazing new features) lasting until very early Tuesday. But before all that happened, Jordan from Wii U indie game developer Ninja Pig Studios, developer of IQ Test, has a big announcement to share with the world:

Jordan Ninja Pig Studios Miiverse Meme Run released soon
“Sorry for the delay on the release of my two new games coming to Wii U exclusively. They are going to be coming out as soon as they get approved by the Nintendo product testing team. Who's excited for Meme Run?”

A bit of background on Jordan: He is referred to by some Miiverse users as "The best verified user." This is because he posts a lot of "meme" posts that the Miiverse community likes. Here's one.

So now he is trying to get this game, Meme Run, released. It's an endless runner. It looks absolutely terrible.

His last game, IQ Test, is basically "The Impossible Quiz" flash game from 2007 but for a price. This is a similar thing. Endless runners are a dime-a-dozen, but you can play a lot of them with much better music and without memes screaming at your face, like the acclaimed Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on the Wii U for $15.

Still, apparently Jordan had already developed Meme Run and thought that his Miiverse fans would love to pay some money for what was a free game. Because who wouldn't like shovelware gameplay plastered with obnoxious drapery? Ninja Pig Studios is taking the Two Tribes playbook of using Miiverse feedback to drive business decisions, while creating an active following of fans. At the time, I criticized Two Tribes for taking Miiverse feedback as if it meant anything. Since that article was written a year ago, Miiverse's user-base has multiplied by several times thanks to 3DS users having Miiverse. Such an action also ruined Miiverse by bringing down the average age/maturity of the userbase. 

We don't know for sure if playing to this crowd of people can result in business success. Regardless, we hope that the Nintendo eShop is not filled with this crap. Not to mention the legal hurdles. This is not the type of "third-party" support people really want. (I'm not sure if you've noticed, but KoopaTV has a slight bias against indie developers. This can be overcome, though!)

Do you know what free game you should play instead? Well, besides Trayvon Tyson's Punch-Out!!? (Which was finally, as of yesterday, taken off as a tab at the top of every KoopaTV page. You've had a good run.)

The newly-released A Koopa's Revenge 2. The sequel to the January 2006 flash game A Koopa's Revenge from what was formerly MCSM Studios and is now

A Koopa's Revenge 2 promotional image from
EMPOWERMENT! This is what I'm talking about!

After Power On (RP) closed on December 21, 2005 at the Nintendo NSider Forums, A Koopa's Revenge was just the thing that kept us going. It kept the Enlightenment Movement alive and inspired! It and its sequel are fantastic, full-length Flash-based platformers featuring you playing as a Koopa Troopa trying to rescue your friends/King Bowser Koopa from the evil plumber.

A story scene with Goombas and Koopa in A Koopa's Revenge
That plumber and his pals are the bosses of the first game. They're also party-crashers.

They are also a lot better in every respect than anything Ninja Pig Studios will ever develop. So play that instead. How else will you spend the week between now and Super Smash Bros. For 3DS's release? (Rawk must spend it finishing Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.)

By the way, a lot of people bash flash games for some reason, but there are real treasures here. They also do wonders for portfolio-building if you're trying to get into the videogame industry.

Not that I'll ever be able to use Trayvon Tyson's Punch-Out!! for any of that kind of purpose. Whatever, it's for your benefit that game exists, not mine! But it's to no one's benefit that Meme Run is attempting to exist.

Ludwig loved to play flash games on Newgrounds seven to ten years ago. You can Follow him on Miiverse, where he wrote a negative comment on Jordan's announcement post, at NNID PrinceOfKoopas. Just probably not during maintenance.

For another quality game that uses Flash, play Defend Anita Sarkeesian!
Too bad Flash is on its way out.


  1. It can be a good thing, but the game looks HORRIBLE!
    Unfortunately, people are into trends, and they might get a Wii U for this.
    I think we can both agree on this, we do not need games like Flappy Bird, Temple Run, and this game on something we spent $300 on!

    1. No one is going to buy a Wii U for this shit.

      That's saying that Kart 8 didn't convince you to get a Wii U. Smash 4 didn't convince you. Tropical Freeze didn't.

      But a garbage endless runner did? No, people don't behave like that.

      (At least, they shouldn't.)

    2. Well, they do!

      Everyone bought a phone for Flappy Bird...

      At least in my school

    3. ...I thought people want a phone because they're useful.

    4. You were right!
      The game is garbage!

    5. Yeah, it's out now.

      ...wot did you buy it

  2. Note: Jordan apparently deleted the Meme Run trailer off his channel.

    That's right: Ninja Pig Studios is apparently too ashamed to keep it up there.


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