Pop quiz! How well do you guys know your Nintendo history? If you recognize the character from this strip, give yourselves a pat on the back.

Time’s up: it’s Ness, from the SNES cult classic, EarthBound!

Joking aside, I’m glad to finally make a comic referencing one of my favorite childhood games, EarthBound StarTropics! And while the odds of Mike bringing his yo-yo, bat, and psychic powers (hey, a third thing) into Smash Bros are slim, he’ll always have a special place in my heart…as the guy who made me dip my real-life instruction manual in water to find a password to progress in-game. Man, some NES games were obtuse as heck…

This is one of the more meta comics, isn’t it? I like how cheesy Ness’s joke is, I think it really drives home Mike’s frustration.

Business-owners, listen up! Do you have a retail store? Perhaps one that sells game (or comic)-related merchandise? Because we’ve still got plenty of BitF Volume One books down here, and I’m willing to part with a good number of them if you want to buy wholesale. Launch an email to me at staff (at), and maybe we can make a deal. As expected, they’re cheap in bulk.

-By Matthew