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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 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 and Watch

  • Pigs on Head game — The LCD version 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)

The obscure origin of Strong Bad

Game Boy

The Game Boy in a Blender

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

Virtual Boy

Nintendo 64

Thy Dungeonman 3

Nintendo GameCube

Nintendo DS

Homebrew Poptire DS



The Brothers Chaps' personal gaming lounge?
  • 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.
  • Bug In Mouth Disease — When Strong Bad removes his head from the TV, a room with an NES 2, an SNES, a black GameCube, and some Nintendo 64 game cartridges are visible. The game in the NES 2 is Kirby's Adventure.
  • Several of the video game titles in the floppy disk container have been released for the NES or the SNES.
  • Scrolling Shooter Games Menu — The text in this game menu makes reference to the Mega Man and Star Fox series.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 10The Ugly One asks her party guests to "get it on like Diddy Kong".
  • Why Come Only One Girl?Ganondorf, the main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda series is mentioned; Homestar Runner catches Marzipan in a bottle in the same way fairies can be caught in bottles in the series.
  • Fan Costumes '06 — Two people are shown dressed as Homestar and Mario. Upon noticing the face of the person in the Homestar costume, Strong Bad asks Homestar if he ate Luigi. Homestar then comments that Luigi tasted like mushrooms.
  • Email the chair — A hidden picture reads "nice try dodongo!" Dodongos are unintelligent dinosaur-like monsters in The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Duck Guardian — The falling robot heads resemble the original thwomp, while the eggs falling resemble those of Yoshi.
  • Hallrunner — When talking to mother, she mentions Nintendo, calling it "intendro".


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

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