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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Everything Revealed in the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Great deal. YUGE deal. Go get the deal. I did.

Over a week ago, the folks at Humble Bundle revealed the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle. It lasts less than five days as of today's publishing. (If you've read any other Nintendo site, you've probably already seen it advertised there by now. I'm just characteristically slow.) This is a collection of mostly-independent companies' games on Nintendo systems. Humble Bundle says it's “$224 worth of awesome games”, so I'll take their word on their addition skills. (I don't know if all the games included are awesome, though.)

Humble Bundle Friends of Nintendo all games selection Runbow Nano Assault EX Swords Soldiers II Citizens of Earth
It'll probably be over 130,000 bundles sold as of publishing, and over 1.25 million in dollars.
I haven't talked about Humble Bundle on this site before, but that's because they usually have their game bundles for Valve's PC Steam service and this is nominally (...isn't it?) a Nintendo site. It's quite well-known. But I'll give an explanation anyway. Basically, you get to choose the amount you're going to pay, and you get more stuff if you pay above a given price tier. There's also charity involved. You can choose what money goes to the companies and what goes to the charities, and you can give money as a tip, too.

Halfway through the bundle's duration, they added Swords & Soldiers II, Nano Assault EX, and Runbow to the “pay more than average” price tier. This joins Freedom Planet, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, and Citizens of Earth (you choose between the Wii U version and the 3DS version) in that tier. The >$1 tier has Retro City Rampage: DX, Affordable Space Adventures, and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (you get both the Wii U version AND the 3DS version). The >$13 tier is Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition and Darksiders II.

Someone tell me if it's actually bad strategy to wait for that halfway mark to see what the remaining games are and THEN pay for it, or if it's better to pay for that average at the beginning of the bundle and get those games included later, even before you know what they are.

Well, if you were trying to cost-cut as much as possible, you'd just pay the minimum amount for all of these games, right? $13? Well...

Humble Bundle Pay What You Want Friends of Nintendo charity tip 1337
I chose to pay $21.92. Not $13.

...Not if you're someone who still thinks “1337” is a relevant term. That would be me. I picked $21.92 (I originally had higher, but wanted the number to Nintendo to be exactly $13.37). If you just use the left-to-right slider, it's hard to get the exact number because one unit of sliding doesn't correspond to another penny. So I kept going down in my total by pennies until you could slide right to $13.37.

I'm just now realising that I could've just typed in 13.37 into the green shape to the right of the Nintendo slider. I didn't know you could put in text there. I thought it was just output. Whoops.

Anyway, the charities are SOS Children's Villages International. They're all about helping out homeless kids. Obviously, I don't care about orphans. Ending childhood poverty in Koopa Kingdom is some other Koopaling's initiative. Probably Morton's, since he looks like he's homeless anyway. Dude looks like he came from a mud house.

Morton Koopa Jr. Super Mario World official artwork brown stepped in shit crap gunk chocolate
Look under your foot, Morton. You just stepped in some shit.
You don't want the other Koopas to suffer that too, do you?

I care a bit more about supporting, who are the dudes that are behind the Hour of Code initiative. (They do other stuff during the year, too.) Having more computer scientists in the world helps KoopaTV out, because maybe we could have someone else that is programming-literate besides me a part of the KoopaTV staff, so the games we produce could be better. (We're only 2 for 3 in the annual Best Game of PC awards!) It would also probably mean that if kids in poverty had programming skills, they would be able to bring themselves out of poverty.

So seems more like “teach a man how to fish” rather than “give a man a fish” to me. I could be totally wrong, though, since I didn't do more than two minutes of research either way. I spent a lot more than two minutes getting the $13.37 just right, though.

Okay, so now I have all of these codes. What am I gonna do with them? I'll use some of them for myself, for sure. But I'll also give some of them out for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program (note: we have $30 total in Amazon gift cards as prizes for the end of June, as well!). Like, I don't need Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on Wii U and 3DS. I have it already on the Wii U (though I still never actually played it). So you guys can have it. I'm also not going to use the Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (if Kid Icarus Uprising and Super Smash Bros. For 3DS broke my old 3DS, what would a “real” fighting game do to it?) code, and I won't use the Darksiders II code 'cause I'm not interested in it.

(So why did I go over $13 again if I don't want either of the games in the $13 tier?)

Is there anything in particular from the list that you would really want for yourself, and wouldn't want me to play for myself? I haven't redeemed any of the codes yet, so if there's something you want, let me know.

...Alternatively, just buy the bundle yourself.

Maybe you'll see Ludwig name-drop some of these lucky games in the future once he plays them. Do you buy things regularly at Humble Bundle? Is that why you might have a huge backlog? This is clearly Ludwig's first time. He never did anything (including buying) with the Nindies bundle that was constantly promoted at E3 2015. Sorry. ...Don't take what Ludwig said about homeless kids too seriously.

If you want to game on a budget on the eShop, this Humble Bundle is a great way to do it. You'd also want to read this article.
After not helping children here, Ludwig asks that you help children later.
Morton not only steps on shit, but he sniffs some paint.
Morton just wants to help the Goombas out.


  1. I would like the Shantae code for the Wii U if you do not mind. I would participate in the offer, but I only purchase games through eShop cards, at least for now. As far as the bundle itself, it is quite a bargain, to say the least.

    1. It's an amazing bargain.

      Well, stick around at KoopaTV and place in whatever placing you'll need to, and you'll probably get the Shantae code you seek. :p

      (Unless it's an Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Special Demo code, I like to condition my free stuff. Please understand.)

  2. I got Shantae for the Wii U already. I am not sure if it is worth it for me to get it on the 3DS though.

    I joined Team Pirates mainly because of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.

    1. I believe that the Wii U version of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the better version made afterward, so there's no point in going backwards, right?

      I picked the Wii U version of Citizens of Earth, in case anyone is wondering.

    2. I got Freedom Planet like a mere month before this started. I would be a bit upset about it but my internet friend gave me a $20 eShop card so that eases the pain a bit.

      Freedom Planet is like the Sonic Genesis games but without you wanting to punch a blue hedgehog. You get to play as adorable lovely dragon, wild cat or dog instead and each plays differently. It has amazing music. I entertain my husband playing the game. I should go back to beating the last set of levels.

    3. Hm, well, I'm glad I never got Citizens of Earth while it was on normal eShop sale. 'cause it was tempting.

      Sounds good.

  3. Humble Bundle definitely contributes to my massive game backlog.

    1. I had you specifically in mind when I wrote that in the footer.


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