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TheStrawhatNO! is ThornBrain, Mugiwara Yoshi and BigTUnit1's Let's Play channel, based on YouTube. The team have branched out to live gaming streams, interviews, and discussion videos. The channel was made a YouTube partner on January 3, 2013, and they have a Patreon account.

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.

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TheStrawhatNO! - A First for Everything



The team's original LP channel, FATLPs, was founded by Thorn and DFatman on 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 The 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 (Part 1 and Part 2), and playing through Pikmin with just Yoshi and Thorn. The two split from Fatman on April 12, 2010. Fatman sporadically recorded and uploaded new videos onto FATLPs until 2012.

FATLPs was deleted from in 2014, resulting in the loss of everything except what was uploaded to YouTube, most of which were previews of the full video on Blip.

FATLPs Timeline

Note: Most of the following has been lost due to the FATLPs and TheStrawhatNO! Blip accounts being deleted in 2014.

  • 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. Reuploaded to TheStrawhatNO! on January 9, 2015, (Part 1, Part 2)
    • 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 Canceled).
    • 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 (now deleted). 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. Completed threads can be seen below.

The YouTube channel was made a YT partner through Necessary Gaming on January 3, 2013. They opened a Patreon account to help pay for better Let's Playing equipment in January 2014, and Thorn followed with his own Patreon in February 2015 to help pay for his rent. Olivia joined as a commentator in Summer 2014.

Let's Plays


  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
  • Punch-Out!! Wii
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, Travis and Olivia
    • Length: July 12, 2014 - Present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • The Legend of PizzaJoe - The Wind Waker HD New Game+ (Wii U)
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, Travis and Olivia
    • Length: September 1, 2014 - Present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • The Last of Us (PS3)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Travis and Yoshi
    • Length: December 25, 2014 - Present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • Skies of Arcadia: Legends (GCN)
    • Player: Travis
    • Co-commentators: Thorn and Yoshi
    • Length: February 3, 2015 - Present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley (PSP)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Word on the Wind
    • Length: February 7, 2015 - Present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread
  • Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: pending
    • Length: February 7, 2015 - Present
    • Playlist
    • SA thread


  • Bomberman Hero (N64)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Travis
    • Length: May 11, 2011 - August 24, 2011
    • Size: 22 videos - 13 main gameplay parts, 4 bonus videos, 5 Minimum-Point Speed Runs
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Bomberman Jetters (GCN)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Yoshi and Travis
    • Length: September 3, 2011 - December 20, 2011
    • Size: 11 story parts, 6 collection videos, 2 extras videos
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • 007: Agent Under Fire (GCN)
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
  • Pikmin 2 (GCN)
    • Player: Yoshi
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn and Travis
    • Length: February 8, 2012 - October 21, 2012
    • Size: 11 in-game days + 3 bonus videos
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Bomberman Generation (GCN)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi, Travis, Epee Em, Redundant, Syrg Sapphire, Galeboomer, JelloApocalypse, and Suspicious Dish
    • Length: July 22, 2012 - August 18, 2012
    • Size: 10 story parts, 1 collection video, 1 extra video showing multiplayer
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Bomberman (NES)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi and Redundant
    • Length: October 22, 2012
    • Size: 1 part
    • Video
  • Bomberman '93 (Wii Virtual Console)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi, Travis, Redundant, and Epee Em
    • Length: November 3, 2012 - November 15, 2012
    • Size: 7 parts
    • Playlist
  • Super Bomberman (SNES)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Travis
    • Length: February 5, 2013 - February 20, 2013
    • Size: 6 parts
    • Playlist
  • Journey (PS3)
    • Player: Travis
    • Solo subtitle commentary
    • Length: February 27, 2013 - March 7, 2013
    • Size: 2 parts
    • Part 1 and Part 2
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
  • Shadow of the Colossus (PS3 HD remake)
  • The Legend of PizzaJoe - Majora's Mask (Wii VC)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Yoshi, Travis and Olivia
    • Length: November 5, 2013 - August 24, 2014
    • Size: 21 parts + 1 extras video
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Sleeping Dogs (PS3)
  • Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
    • Player: Travis
    • Co-commentaters: Thorn, Yoshi and Olivia
    • Length: October 12, 2013 - November 15, 2014
    • Size: 13 main game parts, 4 Burial at Sea parts
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive
  • Survival Kids (Game Boy Color)
    • Player: Thorn and Word on the Wind
    • Co-commentaters: Olivia
    • Length: October 13, 2014 - October 25, 2014
    • Size: 7 parts + 1 extra video
    • Playlist
    • Let's Play Archive

On Hiatus



  • Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
    • Player: Yoshi


Note: Ocarina of Time through Majora's Mask was uploaded to, and the team's Blip channel was deleted in 2014. Only Majora's Mask and most of Pikmin 2 is still available to watch.

  • 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.
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Yoshi, GhostTC, 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.
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Yoshi
  • Pikmin 2 original attempt
  • 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 LP wasn't good enough to warrant continuing. Restarted LP can be seen above.
    • Player Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Yoshi, Madcapoperator; occasionally solo-commentated by Thorn, and once blind-commentated by Travis
    • Playlist
  • Bomberman Megathread
  • Fallout 3 Nuzlocke
    • Began November 11, 2013 - canceled with 5 parts due to hardware changeover and lack of interest in continuing.
    • Player: Thorn
    • Solo commentary
    • YouTube exclusive



Games and Streams

Note: Streams for Extra Life aired in 2012 and 2013, but no live gaming was recorded, only Let's Play commentaries.

  • Dark Souls (PS3)
    • Player: Travis and Thorn
    • Co-commentaters: Patreon patrons - Neohampster and Tailsnick
    • Length: August 23, 2014 - Present
    • Playlist
  • Extra Life 2014 charity stream
    • Games: Fallout: New Vegas Hardcore Mode, Shovel Knight, Audiosurf, Goat Simulator, Far Cry 3 (co-op and campaign), The Last of Us (LP parts 3 and 4), Ni no Kuni (LP part 21), Dragon's Dogma
    • Player: Thorn, ZenonXI (Far Cry 3 co-op), Travis (Dragon's Dogma)
    • Co-commentators: Patreon patrons - Chaz, ZenonXI, Epee Em, Usagihinorei, Yoshi (The Last of Us)
    • Length: November 28-30, 2014
    • Playlist
  • Dragon's Dogma (PS3)
    • Player: Travis
    • Solo commentary
    • Length: November 30, 2014 - Present
    • Playlist
  • Tomodachi Life (3DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Yoshi and Travis
    • Length: December 10, 2014 - Present
    • Playlist
  • Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madoshi (DS)
    • Player: Thorn
    • Co-commentators: Travis, Drachir, Maxwell, Benjamin
    • Part of the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Let's Play, see above


TheStrawhatPATRONS! Podcast

The team's podcast made with Patreon patrons who pledge $15 or more. It is similar to TheMidnightFrogs Podcast and to TheStrawhatNO's discussion videos.



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. These are all set to "Unlisted" but can still be accessed by clicking the links. Deleted Retsupuraes are further down the page.


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 was 9 days, though Yoshi took several gameplay cues from Speed Runs.

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