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TheStrawhatNO! is ThornBrain, Mugiwara Yoshi and BigTUnit1's Let's Play channel, based on YouTube. The channel was made a YouTube partner on January 3, 2013.

The full Let's Play list can be seen below, including ongoing, completed, canceled, and on-hiatus LPs. Thorn and Yoshi also did Retsupuraes on TheStrawhatNO from 2010-2011; The complete Retsupurae list can be seen further below, including deleted RPs.

TheStrawhatNO! - A First for Everything(12:14)

History

FATLPs

The team's original LP channel, FATLPs, was founded by Thorn and DFatman November 24, 2009; the title was an acronym for "Fatman and Thorn Let's Plays" alongside the obvious pun on Fatman's username. Fatman played through the original NES Legend of Zelda and most of LoZ: A Link to the Past, joined occasionally by a few of Fatman's friends, before Yoshi joined on December 14 and the original MidnightFrogs trio was formed.

The group continued through LoZ: Ocarina of Time with GhostTC, writing a review of the Zelda fan-movie The Hero of Time immediately beforehand, and playing through Pikmin with just Yoshi and Thorn. The two split from Fatman on April 12, 2010. Fatman continues to record and upload LPs with a new FATLPs commentary group.

FATLPs Timeline

  • The Legend of Zelda (NES)
    • Began November 24, 2009; completed December 3, 2009 with 19 parts
    • Played by Fatman, co-commentated by Thorn
  • LoZ: A Link to the Past (SNES)
    • Began December 5, 2009; completed December 30, 2009 with 20 parts
    • Played by Fatman, co-commentated by Thorn, later joined by Yoshi
  • The Hero of Time review
    • Uploaded February 11, 2010
    • Written by Thorn, narrated by Thorn and Yoshi
  • LoZ: Ocarina of Time (N64)
    • Began February 12, 2010; last part uploaded March 25, 2010 before team split (Continued on TheStrawhatNO!, see below)
    • Played by Thorn, co-commentated by Fatman, Yoshi, and occasionally Ghost
  • Pikmin (Wii)
    • Began March 5, 2010; completed March 10, 2010 with 12 parts + 1 credits video
    • Played by Yoshi, co-commentated by Thorn

TheStrawhatNO! Formation and First Year

The channel was formed April 13, shortly after the split from DFatman and FATLPs. TheStrawhatNO! takes its name from Yoshi's YouTube channel, MugiwaranoYoshi; "Mugiwara" is Japanese for "Straw hat", in itself a reference to One Piece. The Pikmin and Ocarina of Time LPs, as well as the Hero of Time review, were reuploaded on TheStrawhatNO's Blip channel. The team primarily recorded Retsupuraes through April and May 2010, (their last RP was uploaded June 2011), before returning to Let's Plays. Their RPs were occasionally compared positively to the original Retsupurae channel and Chip Cheezum & General Ironicus' RPs, though the duo don't think very positively of their RPs anymore.

The duo attempted to return to Let's Plays on April 28 by beginning a Sonic Adventure 2 LP, then continuing Ocarina of Time on May 31 from where they left off after FATLPs. SA2 failed to kick-off and was canceled within days, while OoT would go on to be canceled in August. Thorn instead sporadically recorded a Majora's Mask LP, though that too would be canceled in favour of the Something Awful LPs. Yoshi's Pikmin 2 LP also ran into technical difficulties and would have to be restarted early the next year when he could get a new computer.

Something Awful Era

Thorn began making LP threads on Something Awful's Let's Play forum on May 11, 2011 with Bomberman Hero, joined by BigTUnit1. The team jumped in viewership after beginning the thread, and have continued to build a fanbase since. So far they have completed threads for Hero, Bomberman Jetters, 007: Agent Under Fire, Bomberman Generation, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii version), Pikmin 2, Bomberman (NES), Bomberman '93, Super Bomberman, Shadow of the Colossus, and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Thorn is currently playing Ni no Kuni, and Travis is playing Sleeping Dogs and Bioshock Infinite. Thorn is also doing a double-thread with LoZ: Majora's Mask and Wind Waker New Game+. Should Yoshi get a Wii U, he will take over Wind Waker and do the HD remake.

The YouTube channel was made a YT partner through Necessary Gaming on January 3, 2013.

Let's Plays

In-Progress

  • BigTwofer1 - Sleeping Dogs and Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
  • The Legends of PizzaJoe - Majora's Mask (Wii VC) and Wind Waker New Game+ (GCN)
    • Majora's Mask
      • Began November 5, 2013
      • Played by Thorn, co-commentated by Yoshi and Travis
    • Wind Waker
      • Pending
      • Played by Thorn
    • SA thread

Completed

On Hiatus

  • Fallout 3 Nuzlocke
    • Began November 11, 2013
    • Played by Thorn
    • YouTube exclusive, may also be streamed on Twitch
    • Playlist

Upcoming

No games are currently planned for later

Canceled

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) - Began February 11, 2010 (FATLPs carry-over); canceled with 27 parts due to technical difficulties and loss of enthusiasm.
    • Played by Thorn, co-commentated by Yoshi and occasionally GhostTC; earliest parts also included DFatman.
  • Earthbound (SNES) - Began March 29, 2010 (FATLPs carry-over); canceled with 2 parts due to technical difficulties.
    • Played by Yoshi, co-commentated by Thorn.
  • Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (GCN) - Began April 28, 2010; canceled with 5 parts due to lack of enjoyment.
    • Played by Thorn, co-commentated by Yoshi.
  • Pikmin 2 original attempt - Began July 16, 2010; put on hiatus with 5 parts due to technical difficulties. Restarted LP can be seen above.
  • Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask original attempt (N64) - Began August 17, 2010; canceled with 13 parts due to the move to Something Awful, after which the MM LP wasn't good enough to warrant continuing. Restarted LP can be seen above.
    • Played by Thorn, co-commentated by Yoshi; occasionally co-commentated by Yoshi with Madcapoperator, solo-commentated by Thorn, or blind-commentated by BigTUnit1
    • Playlist
  • Bomberman Megathread

Retsupuraes

The duo began doing Retsupuraes when they started the channel purely for fun, as inspired by Retsupurae themselves and Chip & Ironicus. They were the primary videos of the YouTube channel for the first several months before the two resumed making Let's Plays. Most of these are currently set to "Unlisted" but can still be accessed by clicking the links. Deleted Retsupuraes are further down the page.

Deleted

The first five Retsupuraes and several other subsequent RPs have been deleted from TheStrawhatNO, but they have all been backed up on Thorn's MediaFire. The first five were deleted due to the noisy crickets in Yoshi's room:

Other Videos

Other Trivia

  • At the time of completion, (March 10, 2010), the Pikmin Let's Play was the fastest commentated Let's Play of the game, being completed in 12 in-game days. This excludes non-commentated Speed-Runs of the game of which the fastest is 9 days, though Yoshi took several gameplay cues from Speed Runs.
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