Comic 105 - The Weirdest Things

19th Jul 2011, 10:00 PM in Ch 4: Not the Same
The Weirdest Things
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Jocelyn 19th Jul 2011, 10:00 PM edit delete
Please note: If you’re not a gamer, the following two paragraphs will probably be indecipherable gibberish. If you ARE a gamer, you'll probably appreciate this. Either way, most of what I’m about to say is purely supplemental anyway. All you REALLY need to know is what the page itself showed. ^_^

Anyway, I’ve mentioned this several times before, but there is no actual product placement in this comic. I do love me some parodies, though. There’s no “Nintendo Entertainment System” (NES for short) with games like “Battletoads” in this comic universe. But there is a “Funtendo Entertainment System” (FES for short), featuring a game called “Fighter Frogs”.

Silly parody aside, it’s basically meant to be the same thing. That is, a very hard but very fun video game for a console that’s well over twenty years old. Incidentally, the Funtendo would realistically be before Rain or Gavin’s times by almost a full decade (since the story is “present day”, they would’ve been born into the generation of the Funtendo 64 and the GeekStation 1). They must be pretty hardcore players to really appreciate such old-school classics though.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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kyupol 19th Jul 2011, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
haha. funny comic you got there. :)
Blitzkrieg64 20th Jul 2011, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
I may not have a NES but thanks to the magic of magic, and a bit of google, emulators help with playing the good old games.
I have actually gotten good at Battletoads, enough to be able to beat the turbo tunnel and get the warp so I wouldn't have to face the fricking ice cavern ever again. Main levels that I hated were the Snakes and Clinger Winger as well as Rat Race. I can kinda forgive the snakes and rat race, but clinger winger is just plain unfair on so many levels.

Anyway, mini rant on Battletoads aside, nice comic. And good use of The Law of Conservation of Detail trope, the game cart that stood out in the last page has suddenly become something noticeable and somewhat relevant to the plot. I may have spent a night or two on TvTropes...
Max 21st Jul 2011, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
Gavins like just overwhelmed xD
CyberSkull 20th Mar 2012, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Question answered, a Battle-Toads pastiche!
Lex-Kat 14th Nov 2016, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
I loved Battletoads! But it was a rental, and I soon forgot it in favor of some other game. :(
David 5th Sep 2017, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
So, I know I'm years late (catching up on the comic), but just wanted to say... There are reasons they might have a FES, rather than a F64.

Growing up just after the NES, during the beginning of the SNES, gerneration, I've gotta say those things are expensive. Instead, we found an Atari at a garage sale that didn't even work. My dad soldered the thing back into working condition, and that was the first console we owned.

Even buying online, a NES right now is ~$70 compared to a ~$300 Wii Switch. Nostalgia/hardcore isn't the only reason one of these might end up in your home.
Guest 6th Mar 2018, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Available at GameStop! XD
AllenTGM 9th Feb 2020, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Funtendo. XD
Chrissy 31st Dec 2020, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
Don't discount kids playing with older consoles... The Atari 2600 would have technically been before my time, but I know I played it plenty elsewhere when the current system would have been the NES and original Game Boy
Mila 29th Oct 2022, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Heh... I love seeing all the parody products that show up throughout this series.
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