I hope you’ve all been listening to the GameFans Podcast featuring our dear WiiUDaily editor Ashley King, as well as myself from PS4Daily and Mark Hearn from XboxOneDaily. One thing we have in common with each other is our love for Nintendo. Now it’s time for me to share that love for Nintendo with you, our beloved readers. The first video game I ever played was actually Frogger on the Apple II. But I can clearly remember playing the Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time in the late 80’s. I’d come home after school and instead of unzipping my backpack and knocking out my homework, I’d pop in the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge and play until my mom came home. Busted! Fortunately for me, when my mom would take her anger out on my NES by booting it across my room, it still played just fine. Sure, the door snapped off, but it just got in the way of my games anyway. When you guys talk about Nintendo everyday with your Wii U woes or 3DS tales, I can’t help but recall my childhood growing up with NES and SNES and literally playing the early evolution of games. When Nintendo finally brought Club Nintendo to North America around this time in 2008, I couldn’t wait to be one of the first members. It is about to turn 5 years old in North America, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than giving away my cherished Club Nintendo rewards to a new generation of Nintendo gamer. The first of my collection up for grabs is the “Super Mario Characters Figure” featuring seven iconic Mario characters huddled near a warp pipe. If you’re interested in placing this Club Nintendo Elite reward on your mantle, please read the next section carefully, and good luck! If you live in North America and would like to enter for a chance to win one of my most prized Club Nintendo Elite rewards, please complete the follow steps: Follow @WiiUDaily on Twitter Tweet the following: I entered to win in the @WiiUDaily Club Nintendo Elite Reward Giveaway #NicksStuff http://wp.me/p3tYEA-5xS Leave a comment below confirming your Twitter name and tell us what your all-time absolute favorite Nintendo character is UPDATE: Please complete your Twitter or podcast/email entry by Saturday, October 5th at 12pm PDT. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via Twitter or email on Saturday evening after the next GameFans Podcast. I will need a valid mailing address (obviously). If you’re under 18 years of age, please get your parents permission. Do those three things and you’ve got 1 entry, but wait…there’s more! Want to get another entry to win? Double your chances by listening to next week’s GameFans Podcast episode #17. We’ll have a question for all the Nintendo fans out there to answer. Send your answers to podcast[at]gamefans[dot]com, hopefully along with a swell comment or question for our show, and you’ll nab yourself a second entry. If you don’t have Twitter, the podcast entry is still there for the taking. Please note that this giveaway is for residence of the US and Canada only. [UPDATE] – A winner has been chosen and that winner is… going to be announced on the next GameFans Podcast! Doh! I changed it because this is a big deal to me and I want to make a big deal of it. I plan to mail the statue out before the end of the week. local_offer Contest Nintendo wii u stars Further Reading Legendary Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go The cost of Nintendo consoles in today's dollars Wii U gets firmware update Watch the Smash 4 EVO Finals on Disney XD Take a peek at this week’s Nintendo Dow 9 things you probably didn't know about Super Mario Bros. YogiGRB To bad, i already have one of these, plus i live in the EU :'( But this is definitely a nice collectable 😀 KosmoCrisis Someone without it will be very pleased, won’t they? YogiGRB Yes they will 😀 as am i. It’s a great give away for sure Zorpix My Twit handle is @Zorpix_Fang. You’ve prolly seen me around XD Favorite Ninty character? ….. …. Yeah it’s krystal… Todd Christensen @TWChristensen and my favorite character is Koopa Troopa. I know that’s an unusual character to be your favorite, but he’s my guy when it comes to Kart. Evan Ramos @jevanramos: Link’s my favorite because of his dynamic dialogue. mike Look good I WANT IT 😀 dad da I entered to win in the @WiiUDaily Club Nintendo Elite Reward Giveaway #NicksStuff http://wp.me/p3tYEA-5xS @locohitmang3 pit from kid icarus is my favorite Ryushi My twitter is @Sir Star Wars Favorite Nintendo character? Jeez, that’s tough for me, but it has to be Bowser Jr. I mean he was one tough kid, he nearly managed to defeat Mario all by himself in his first game appearance, I think he deserves real credit for just that alone. MegaJonahMan My Twitter handle is @MegaJonahMan. My favorite Nintendo Character of all time has got to be Samus Aran LopsidedPasta Hey guys! My twitter handle is @Lopsided_Pasta and my favorite character has to be Link/ Toon Link. I love both Wind Waker, and Majora’s Mask, so yeah. Mercurio2054 i have a friend that his mom threw the super nes to the fishbowl, (more than 13 years a go) and is still functioning Mercurio2054 it had to be in the 97-98 Liam my name is @TheToonFreak and my favorite has got to be that badass with with a golden sword meta knight gamesplayswill WiiUDaily Giveaway: Win some Club Nintendo “Rewards” … well not rewards but just something that you can say you earned! Sean hey im @denimchickens and my fav nintendo character is Waluigi because of how absolutely ridiculous he is. Saleh Sbeiti @SwiftOracle My favorite nintendo character is Ivysaur. Tony R. Nuñez My Twitter handle is @thisfooltony, and my all time favorite Nintendo character is Link! Adrian Man Nick, if I had this I would never give it away. Tears would be falling if I had to! Jack5221 @JackHH2551 My all-time absolute favorite Nintendo character is Bowser! Because just like me, he’s always up to no good. 😉 Starfoxguy Don’t have a twitter account and I know I’m not able to win but I just want to say that Fox McCloud is my all-time favorite Nintendo character. Abcgamer @flippypenguin YOSHI !!!!!!!!!!! jreed3842 I entered! I’m @jreed3842! My all time favorite Nintendo character is… and always will be TOAD! Sbot @sergio82473738 Link!! John Hey I entered as I need to get one of those new Mario Kart 7 Trophies! My all time favourite Nintendo character is Wario! They need to do so much more with him. @johnwpa Guest I entered to win in the @WiiUDaily Club Nintendo Elite Reward Giveaway #NicksStuff http://wp.me/p3tYEA-5xS My favorite character is the yellow Pikmin because they are SO lazy! Captain Obvious I am @anteating on twitter, and my all time favorite Nintendo character is the much underdeveloped Waluigi!! His design is fantastic and although he’s just a spin-off add on, I feel like he could be a strong addition into the main series of games. mar laguna mar laguna @marsora5 MY FAVORITE CHARACTER FROM NINTENDO IS FALCO CAUSE OF HIS STYLE AND HE IS A GOOD PARTNER wimpykid456 aww yeah NintendoNoob Only problem is my CN has been deactivated link2nintendo I’m @link2nintendo on twitter as well. Although my name pays a tribute to link my all time favorite Nintendo Character is Bowser 100%. He has one of the best character designs I’ve ever seen and it is truly inspiring. I’m currently in college as a game design major, and I aspire to create a character as beautiful as Bowser, and his color palette is just brilliant!! Ah, I’m geeking out. Rob Rideout I’m @ANBURob on twitter and I entered to win in the @WiiUDaily Club Nintendo Elite Reward Giveaway #NicksStuffhttp://wp.me/p3tYEA-5xS My favorite character is the yellow Pikmin because they are SO lazy! Huy Nguyen I’m @huyweehuyweehuy , and my favorite Nintendo character is Donkey Kong! Ivan I’m @ultraeffinbeaston Twitter. My favorite Nintendo character is Luigi because he has so much personality. His facial expressions make laugh too much. Timothy J Wolfe I am @bigbadwolfe911 on Twitter and my favorite Nintendo character of all time is Ness from Earthbound. Ross Brocklesby I already got it 🙂 Sdudyoy My user name on twitter is Sdudyoy and my favorite Nintendo character is Samus aran because she is the best Nintendo character Metroid games are awesome and fun and Samus is awesome. KosmoCrisis Other than Mario, Samus is the earliest character I can remember. Metroid owned my life. I just remember having the hardest time getting out of the first 15 minutes of that game, turning it into hours of my childhood. HylianHero7227 Im @xhylianherox and tweeted I entered to win in the @WiiUDaily Club Nintendo Elite Reward Giveaway #NicksStuff http://wp.me/p3tYEA-5xS favorite character is Link Jarod Brown @egg_jokes, my favorite Nintendo character is Ganondorf, he’s just a fun character and a fantastic villian Saint James I’m @PlessaMystic and my favorite Nintendo character of all time is Link Chris Campbell My Twitter is @USSVoyager74659. My favorite Mario character of all time is Princess Peach, because she’s just so beautiful and she’s always in another castle. Hahaha lol akedaveo @sm00v3d Gotta go with Mario myself… Linskarmo I don’t have Twitter. :-/ Good luck to all contestants! bizzy gie “If you don’t have Twitter, the podcast entry is still there for the taking. Please note that this giveaway is for residence of the US and Canada only.” KosmoCrisis I designed it so you can still enter. Please don’t be “perplexed face”. Linskarmo Heh. Yeah, I missed that. HSN1 Oh well, you can still enter, if you live in North America. Because you know, Europeans aren’t eligible. That’s fine. I’m not angry. I’M NOT ANGRY. John Aguilera I’m @jaguilera89 and my favorite Nintendo character is Samus Aran. I believe she made a strong impact in our gaming society by just being the first playable female character in a video game and I admire Nintendo for taking that risk. I love Metroid. When I was young I remember my mom coming home from garage sale shopping and she handed me this random game that she picked up for $5 that I’ve never heard of before titled “Super Metroid.” I was hooked from the first time I inserted that game into my SNES. From that day on I’ve picked up all the future Metroid games on launch day. Re4wii2008 I’m @Re4wii2008 and my favorite Nintendo Character (Also my Favorite Video Game Character of all time of course) is Mario! I had the N64 since I was two and Remember playing so much Super Mario 64 with my older brother! I played as him in his kart, with his bag of golf clubs, party games with his friends, and even RPG’s known as the paper Mario and Mario & Luigi Games! There is not one more known Video Game Character than Mari but Link is a very close second! Jared Garcia @jared_a_garcia My favorite Nintendo character is Samus Aran because she’s one lady not afraid to show you the goods, but first you gotta play like a champ. It’s just not tasteful to just give it up to anybody, they gotta be good. At first it was all about speed, but that was too easy. Now it’s OCD we’re talking about; items AND speed. Then you get a peak. brison dickey i’m @brison99. my all time favorite nintendo character is kirby. my first system was nintendo 64 that i got at k-mart and my first game was Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and i still have it today. i was really REALLY young when my mom got it and i was scared at some of the levels especially the inside of king dedede’s castle level…it’s only when i got older that i actually finished the game…AND NOT EVEN 100% FINISHED!!! this character made me the nintendo boy i am today even know people doubt nintendo sometimes i always know they’ll be on top. i’ll always love the “super stuffed pink puff” for making me know the meaning of nintendo and of all the great things they stand for. that’s all. ps. i’m writing this on my wiiu as your reading this. :3 KosmoCrisis I’ll be honest, Kirby is the one game I never got into. The only game I played and beat entirely 100% was Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Great game. I call him my Shang Tsung character in Smash Bros because he can essentially shape shift. Every quirky fighting game needs a shape shifter. eRegular12569 Im eRegular12569 And my all-time Favorite Nintendo game is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time because i’d i come home after school running upstairs and turning on my N64 with so much joy and awaiting to keep going on my adventure! And since then i always wanted to be like Link. Even tho im 24, i still have a chance! Therefore my favorite Nintendo Game Character is Link from the Legend of Zelda Series. Prince Ali I’m @PrinceAli64 and my favorite Nintendo character is Donkey Kong. Great memories playing DK64 growing up! KosmoCrisis Donkey Kong Country was some of the best gaming on SNES. I played alot of Super Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat II, as well as Super Mario World (my favorite MB game), but DKC was so much fun with friends. Jon I already got that KosmoCrisis Isn’t it a sweet statue?! I was surprised to get such a cool reward from Club Nintendo. I thought it’d be things like posters or something more throw away. Jon it is pretty sweet, I got mine several years ago, I think it was the 2010 platinum reward, it is actually sitting on my desk beside my computer monitor 🙂 This year I took the posters. xxnin-twin-doxx Just entered, I’m Chowflap, my favorite is link because I’ve grown up playing zelda since I was five ScrewAttack America only 🙁 418AsDf I’m @418AsDf, and my favorite Nintendo character is Luigi since I always preferred playing as him instead of Mario. Blaise Ventura I am @blaisedinsd on twitter and my favorite character is peach since I am always picking her in mario kart and coming to her rescue when bowser snatches her. KosmoCrisis Peach’s doppelganger is Luigi in MK, right? They are fast on the take off but have loosey goosey tires. Nice pick! I’ve always gone with Toad (total control, slowest character) for MK. I prefer tighter controls I guess. Knguro User: @Knguro12 and my favorite character is Yoshi. Love when he jumps and tries to get higher haha! johan cervantes @CervantesJohan who doesn’t love Link?? KosmoCrisis (please don’t misinterpret this) me O_o Merrfn I dont have a tweeter. I hate twitter 😛 sd Same here. I hate tweeting twits. Merrfn Twitter in a nutshell: I just got this awesome sundae at Mcdonalds guys! #TWITTERSWAG #WINNING #SOGOOD #CHOCOLATE #JEALOUSMUCH Makes me sick. discuss I agree, twitter has no purpose. Merrfn YES IT DOES #WTF #LOSER #NOLIFE #SOCIALREJECT ._. sd Hopefully this comment isn’t misinterpreted, because its a good response. KosmoCrisis This is true to an extent. It all depends on who you follow. I am following some 300+ people in the gaming community and not one of them does that. They tweet things about games they are working on, or to let everyone know about something important to gaming. If I tweet out a post I just put up, one of my following friends may retweet it for their followers to notice. It’s all about who you follow. But you’re not wrong. Jimmy Fallon recently made fun of hashtags, even though he himself exploits them on a weekly basis. Merrfn I hate hashtags, so thats why I steer clear of twitter… I really am not that into social media, and avoid it as a general rule, but I may try it some time. DarkLegacy Same here. I don’t have a twitter account KosmoCrisis Again, you can still enter! Merrfn No I can’t. I skim read the entire thing originally, and stopped reading when it said you needed twitter to enter. Just re-read it, and saw the little disclaimer saying you don’t need twitter to enter. However you need to live in the USA to enter, so I lose by default. Paper Mario Username: @demilovatorox17 My favorite Nintendo character has to be Paper Mario because he has various abilities and partners throughout his journey! Basically all of his partners from the first Paper Mario are amazing nostalgia from Nintendo. KosmoCrisis Would you say Paper Mario is the character, rather than just Mario? I see that as a variant of the character. Ultimately, he’s still Mario, but with the added abilities that come with being made of paper. Paper Mario I ultimately think that Paper Mario is its own character, due to the fact that Toon Link is classified as a standalone character. I agree he is entirely Mario in another dimension, but in a sense it’s a spinoff Mario form, for ex: Yarn Kirby, Toon Link, etc. Christopher Smith my twitter is @Daldra and my favorite nintendo character is pit because he’s awesome like his games. KosmoCrisis Pit? That’s an unusual one. Chris Boyd Twitter Name: @christi09773472 My favorite Nintendo Character: Pit, I loved his orginal game as a kid. Also loved him in Smash and even more in Uprising. I played his first game, Kid Icarus, once, loved it. and recognized istantly in the Brawl Trailer, even though I knew nothing but his name at the time. (Before they showed it lol) Caleb Dudley I’m @Mandomayhem. It’s a bit hard for me to name a fav Nintendo character. Throughout my childhood, the only times I got to play their games were at friends’ houses or when they let me borrow them. My first game system was the Wii, so I haven’t had much personal time to create favorites. I’d have to say that aesthetically, I like Dry Bowser the most. He always was my favorite on MarioKart, because he looked so cool. He was also a bit of a badge of pride as it was hard to unlock him. I hope to create more personal favorites in the future :). Drweirdo DrweirdoChaubal is my username and my absolute favourite Nintendo character would be… Ness. Just wished Earthbound 64 came out 🙁 carolynk75 @CarolynK75 is my twitter name, and Yoshi is my favorite Jim Mack @jethrogibbsfan is my twitter handle and My all time favorite character is definitely Luigi! KosmoCrisis One of my favorite GameCube games has been and will always be Luigi’s Mansion. Jim Mack Agreed KosmoCrisis julianmario Hello im @julianmario1up and my favorite character is mario. I grew up with his games ,dressed up as him and running around the town as him, and just over all love the game! Doctors Tardis Twitter is @Doctors_TARDIS and my favorite nintendo character is, well can I cop out and say Pokemon? Like all of them? If I had to pick just ONE character it would be Link KosmoCrisis Pokemon is a franchise filled with tons of characters. If you could pick one, which would it be? Doctors Tardis Can I cheat and say Arceus? Since Arceus can bring the rest of them into existence. If I really had to choose one… probably squirtle. He was my first and will always be special. Steel Fire My twitter username is: ColdSteel17 My favorite Nintendo character is Link, because he isn’t just your average hero, he is courageous, wise, and powerful. Plus, he always changes every game. You couldn’t ask for a better hero. Hope I win. 🙂 Alfonso Vicente I’m @iOCarallo and my favorite nintendo character is Samus Aran. I love Metroid games! Squid @Dark_Fawful Time for my comment: My all time being favorite of characters of Nintendo is, FAWFUL! I am having the chortles! I am being the best because the other of Nintendo characters do not have the having of pure power and FURY! Why I haven’t been be put in another of the games is beyond Fawful but, I AM BEING THE BEST! Jacob Salinas my twitter is retrogamer1996 and my favorite character is ROB THE ROBOT because at a time when video games were failing in 1985 ROB help Sell the NES and introduce young gamers not only to Mario and duckhunt but the name NINTENDO and the rest is history ICHI I had a Rob NES and gyromite, I loved it but it took a while before we got duck hunt and Mario 🙁 vGameOn I loved ROB. My NES included Duck Hunt and Gyromite as the packins. I wish I still had him, but I loved his cameo in F-Zero GX. KosmoCrisis Man, how I envied the kids that said they had a Rob. I never understood what it was for. Missed all the commercials because I was playing Super Mario Bros. all day and night. diqus sucks My all time fav nintendo character has to be Link. He’s had a huge influence on my life because i was obsessed with the Zelda games for a loooong time and i wanted to be him lol Whooo Team Link (OreoCookieJAF) on twitter Ryebread don’t have a twitter, but i will say my all-time favorite is Link 😀 and Toad gets a runner-up medal 🙂 KosmoCrisis In Mario Kart, Toad has always been my go to character. By the way, you can still get an entry without a Twitter account. I didn’t want to alienate people while attempting to get some Twitter love. If you missed how to get that entry, read the second to last paragraph for details. Thanks for the comment! Cassandra Telenko I am @TelenkoTweets. Yoshi has been my fave for a while. Yoshi’s Story is the cutest of games, but I’m also fans of Gorko, Samus, and Nabooru. KosmoCrisis My wife’s favorite character is Yoshi. She is the absolute master of all those Yoshi games. I always thought those to be some of the most challenging of all the Nintendo platformers, and ones that most people forget about. I played the newest one at E3 on a 3DS XL and I was sold! BIG Franky when you say you played the newest one, are you speaking of Yarn Yoshi? KosmoCrisis I believe that’s what it was. Chris from Phandroid caught me on video playing it from a tethered Nintendo girl’s waste. That was the Nintendo booth walk through video. BIG Franky I am @bigfranky75 on twitter…. tough call on the favorite character….if I absolutely had to narrow it down to one, I guess Samus Aran would edge out a close 4-way photo finish between her, Donkey Kong, Fox McCloud and Little Mac…. If other companies IP’s were allowed from the NES glory days (showing my age here, LOL), I’d also have to consider Simon Belmont, Ladd Spencer (Bionic Commando), Hiryu (Strider), Mega Man, and Kid Niki…. Other console faves would be Sonic (obvi), Alex Kidd, and Toe Jam & Earl. 🙂 Dave Hilden my twitter is @GharikGallant, and my favorite nintendo character is Link KosmoCrisis I feel like I’m the worst old school Nintendo fan for not having a crush on Link. He just never did anything for me and I couldn’t get into the games, the first being on NES. I don’t have the patience for those games. Mario Bros. taught me to get in and get out. I call myself more of an arcade gamer in that sense, one with a short attention span. I’m frequently suspending my Vita and DS games between sessions. Guest Link is my all time fav Nintendo character. There hasn’t been one zelda game I haven’t played. Looking foward to when the Legend of Zelda Wii U game finally comes out. Steven Vorres Twitter Name: StevieV87 Link is my all time fav Nintendo character. There hasn’t been one zelda game I haven’t played. Looking foward to when the Legend of Zelda Wii U game finally comes out. Pdxmojo81 my twitter name is Pdxmojo and my favorite Nintendo character is Kamek. He’s a jerk and always pisses you off because he makes the bad guys harder but the games longer to enjoy. Of course Samus, Mario, Bowser, and Mike Jones (from Startropics) are close seconds. Hard to pick JUST ONE favorite! Daniel Tetra from Wind Waker…. twitter: danzanfran vGameOn Twitter handle is @vgameon So many amazing characters, but Mario rises above them all. KyleJones77 KyleJones77 is my twitter username. My favorite Nintendo character is of course Link from the Zelda series! Jeff Oliver @JayAreOliver is my twitter username and my favorite Nintendo character is Luigi. Pokewarrior2000 My twitter is The Modern Marvel, and my all time favorite Nintendo character is Pikachu. I grew up with Pokemon, and he’s Ash’s partner. It’s Pokemon’s mascot, what’s not to like about Pikachu? TayVRich My ALLTIME favorite Nintendo character would have to be Ness, I did just beat Earthbound and all that so I might be a little biased, but I felt like I grew up again after experiencing this game and this character helped me to do it. Joe Greene t: @cypher1942 fc: Samus Aran Chad Laughland My twitter name is aCMoFoCord. There are tons of great Nintendo characters. Personally my favorite is Link. He has so any different incarnations, styles abilities it makes him a great character. My favorite version is DarkLink with the evil red eyes! NintendoMan @Tytygh1010 My favorite is Luigi. Chronic Gang My twitter is bossmonty and my favourite nintendo character is bowser because hes the underdog and for just once i want to see him successfully kidnap the princess and have mario lose now thats a game ill play Nathan DeFalco Twitter handle: @natedefalco My favorite Nintendo character is Little Mac. He is the ultimate underdog and that was something I can certainly relate to as a kid. Of course if you were to ask me when I was a kid who my favorite character was, I would’ve told you the Contra brothers, not knowing that a) they weren’t bros and had actual names and b) they weren’t Nintendo characters. Come to think of it, can I pick Simon Belmont as an honorary favorite? Even Captain N treated him as their very own. gabe maldonado My Twitter handle is Dublyfemkv. I have been wanting to get my hands on this statue for years!!!!! My favorite Nintendo character hmmmm, Thats tough but I have to go with Yoshi. He is loyal to a fault and packs a punch with his big forehead. It took a while for me to like him, but once I did I use him as my main character in Mario Kart, Smash, Tennis, Golf, if yoshi is there I will fight you tooth and nail to use him. 2nd Place goes to Mario, 3rd place to Falco Lombardi. I love Nintendo!!!!! Space3050 I entered to win on Twitter, using my twitter account @Space3050. My all time favorite Nintendo character would have to be Princess Zelda. Fraser ‘Beesting’ Morgan My twitter name @frasermorgan and my all-time fave Nintendo character is Flareon. CyDetrakD @CyDetrakD Hands down my fave Nintendo character would have to be Wario. Ever since the game boy game he hasn’t disappointed me yet. jaradmatula I’d love to win! My Twitter account is: @matulaj and my favorite Nintendo character is Luigi, so as you can imagine, it’s been a great year! Norik @DiegoLamela My favorite character is Samus. Best video game heroine of all time! Interloper Twitter handle’s @Broccolope. My favorite character, though a bit cliche’, is going to have to be Link; there are just too many awesome games he’s in to give it to anyone else. Nathan Martinez @Nate1294 Favorite character would have to be Don Pianta from Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door. jonnieh My twitter name is edmontonjb and I’ve always loved Daisy. I pick her every time we play Mario party. Kristina I’m sure chances are slim but whatevs, I can try & try until I win one of these things. :p Tweeted via @violaprisma alex toschi my username is whoisAlexToschi! I have to say my all time favorite Nintendo character is probably a tie between Samus and Link. It’s hard to choose between two of the best video game franchises of all time, and I have the best memories of both. Osiris11235 Nice contest! Osiris11235 My Twitter name is Osiris11235, and my favorite Nintendo character is Link!