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Nintendo is one of the biggest video game companies today, known for its influence and impact on the video game industry. The Brothers Chaps have praised Nintendo in many interviews and have made many Nintendo references in the Homestar Runner body of work.

The probable reason for the prevalence of Nintendo allusions throughout Matt and Mike's work is the central part the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) played in their upbringing[1]. Along with cartoons and breakfast cereal, the NES was an important part of their Saturday mornings as children. As one of their motivations in creating Homestar Runner has been to recreate this lost cultural experience[2], it is not surprising that they have infused their work liberally with references to Nintendo.


Appearances by system

Game & Watch

  • Handheld Games Menu — The menu looks like a Game & Watch handheld.
  • Pigs on Head LCD Version — This game is specifically designed after the generic look of the Game & Watch series of LCD games produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991.

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Game Boy (GB)

The Game Boy all up in a blender
  • Email 2 emails — Homestar claims to have built a time machine out of Strong Bad's blender and Game Boy.
  • Thy Dungeonman II — When you try to give away something you do not have, the game states: "Just like ye to giveth away something thou doesn't have. And ye STILL has my Game Boy."
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 10Tompkins plays the original 1989 Game Boy. The Koopa shell and the mention of Bowser possibly indicate he is playing Super Mario Land, although Bowser never appeared in the Super Mario Land series. However, only two games made for the original Game Boy, Tetris Attack, and Yoshi's Cookie, featured Bowser, as they were both ported from other systems.
  • Email alternate universe — The Cheat purchases an alternate universe portal made from a Game Boy in a blender.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 13 — Tompkins is again seen playing his Game Boy, this time with a virtual pet.
  • Trogday Micro Game — The game is designed in the style of a Game Boy game, and can be played using a Game Boy/Game Boy Color emulator.
    • Burninate the Barnyard — This spinoff re-skin shares the visual style and emulator compatibility of the original.
  • Marzipan Beef Reverser — This game is designed in the style of a Game Boy game, and can be played using a Game Boy/Game Boy Color emulator.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

Virtual Boy (VB)

Nintendo 64 (N64)

Thy Dungeonman 3
"N64 Paddle" sprite
  • The catchphrase of the Rocoulm "Come on in heeeeere..." is similar to that heard when Mario enters the "Big Boo's Haunt" stage in Super Mario 64.
  • Thy Dungeonman 3 — One of the possible presents that the hag might have gotten is a Nintendo 64 Controller (called an "N64 Paddle" in this game).
  • SBCG4AP Advertisement — Strong Bad states the game was made with "that red thing you stuck in the N64", referring to the Expansion Pak.

Nintendo GameCube (GCN)

Nintendo DS (NDS)

Homebrew Poptire DS

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Switch

  • @StrongBadActual
    • August 25, 2017 — Strong Bad encourages a user to call Nintendo or Telltale Games and vote in favor of "SBCG5AP" on Nintendo Switch.
    • September 22, 2017 — Strong Bad asks a user to call their local Telltale representative for a Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Switch port.
    • January 6, 2018 — In response to a suggestion of a Videlectrix collection on Nintendo Switch, Strong Bad replies that he needs to find experts in porting "games that look like they were from an obsolete console and were played in a now-obsolete player" to a "current console that plays games that look like they are from an obsolete console".
    • January 14, 2018 — Strong Bad suggests putting the entire Videlectrix catalog on Nintendo Switch in the form of "Videlectrix Collectrix Volumes 1-5".
    • August 7, 2018 — Strong Bad tells someone to call their local Telltalem'n or Telltalelady about a SBCG4AP Switch port.
    • September 20, 2018 — Strong Bad dismisses the idea of being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, saying he is a "niche-cult-l33t-indie-underground-web-chicken tenders-acquired taste for dorks in-the-know".
    • January 30, 2019 — Strong Bad doubts SBCG4AP is high on the priority list for being ported to Nintendo Switch.
    • February 6, 2019 — Strong Bad discusses getting the rights for a SBCG4AP Switch port from Telltale Games.
    • April 16, 2019 — Strong Bad "votes yes one million" on Stinkoman being in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • May 13, 2019 — When asked about a Homestar Runner Switch game, Strong Bad replies that Videlectrix "doesn't have the clout they (never) once had".
    • June 12, 2019 — Strong Bad says he wishes he was in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (or "Super Smashy Towne Ultra-mint").
    • September 19, 2019 — Strong Bad wants SBCG4AP released on Switch, but instead considers "Dange-VR-esque: The Mighty Oak Has Fallen And OH Look Out It's Falling Directly On You Because This Is VR!!".
    • February 27, 2020 — When asked about a Stinkoman 20X6 Switch port, Strong Bad tells the user to start working on it, and notes that "Switch port" sounds like how Coach Z might say "sauce pot".


The Brothers Chaps' personal gaming lounge?
  • Email environmentHomestar Runner needs to insert a game pak, a reference to Nintendo’s cartridges names.
  • 2003 Pulse interview — Matt says, in Bubs's voice, "There was this one time when I hooked up my lawnmower to my Nintendo. And after that, I got the high score every time!"
  • Email lackey — In a DVD Easter egg, Strong Bad says that he is "already playing Nintendo in the other room" by the time that Strong Sad finishes reading the Strong Lib.
  • Hallrunner game — When talking to the mother, she calls Nintendo "intendro".
  • Bug In Mouth Disease — When Strong Bad removes his head from the TV, a room with a New-Style NES, an SNES, a black GameCube, and some Nintendo 64 game cartridges are visible.
  • @StrongBadActual Tweet (15 Jan 2019) — When asked who he mains in Super Smash Bros., Strong Bad replies he strictly "Stinkomains".


  1. ^  The Boston Globe Interview - 9 Aug 2003
  2. ^  All Things Considered Interview - 8 May 2005

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