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What Happened? Did Malis's Cash Get Canned?

It's quite ironic as the time that @Scrobins decided to launch his interviews and discussion about Mali's Cash magazine and other homebrew / indie gaming magazines was one of the worst times possible for me, as Mali's Cash had been on a (silent) hiatus! We felt burnt out and were also disappointed by the lackluster sales of volume 3. September came and went, and then October - we initially planned on trying to produce three magazines to make up for the lack of September and October issues, but decided against it in the end since we didn't want to potentially sacrifice quality by just whipping something out quickly.


Changes for November (Issue 4) and Future Issues 

The first thing to note is that we decided to remove most advert pages from the magazine. Originally stuck in with the idea of giving Mali's Cash a reminiscent feeling of magazines of old, after some reflection it just felt as though it was a waste of space, which could be better served with more content. We'll still include an occasional advert or two, and the one on the back cover stays, but the vast majority of pages will be solely content.


Availability of Issue 4 (Two Venues and an Electronic Version)

A lot of people asked me about purchasing the magazine off of Amazon. I decided to listen and the magazine will be offered on Mag Cloud as well. The Amazon and Mag Cloud versions of the magazine are not identical - some things have been formatted a bit differently, but the content is the same between the two venues. I'll eventually upload volumes 1 - 3 on Mag Cloud as well, and although I personally don't recommend it (it's basically just a PDF file), an electronic version is also available. That wasn't my vision, but if it encourages more readers, then okay.




I believe this is our best issue yet, followed by #3. The first few issues were experimenting a bit, but I think we've started to figure out exactly what we want to do.


Availability of Issues 1, 2, and 3

Probably at the end of the year, or at Chinese New Year at the latest, I will remove the first three volumes of Mali's Cash from Amazon and edit them, before relisting them on Amazon and then also on Mag Cloud. 

Here's the skinny: apparently Amazon doesn't want advertisements in their self-published products; similarly, some of the content we feel is a bit of a gray area in terms of causing copyright issues. The Secret Life of Mario series will be removed from future volumes. While discussing the hacked games I think is fine, my approach at discussing them is a bit too literary and could be viewed as fanfiction or something, rather than a strictly factual discussion on the games and their content. This could be a problem, so they've got to go.

So if you want original versions of the first three issues, before the changes come along, grab them NOW! Changes will be made as soon as I have the time.

Volume 1:

Volume 2:

Volume 3:


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Mali's Cash Volume 4 (November 2022) Content:

Game Cart Graffiti
Those labels found on the backs of Famiclone cartridges are more valuable than you think

Exploring Zelda no Densetsu Bootlegs
Discover the obscure unauthorized versions of the original Zelda no Densetsu game

What's in an Average Clone Game Set?
What games were average gamers playing back in the late eighties and early nineties? We try to analyze it

Adopt a Top Gun Programme: 2017-2022
Mali's Cash reflects back five years after the start of the Adopt a Top Guy Programme

Exploring Unauthorized Game Gear Games
There were a ton of original, unauthorized games released on the Game Boy; now we take a look at a few of the Game Gear releases

Just What the Doctor Ordered
A new game released in 2022, Super Dr. Mario Bros. is a wet dream for lovers of both the Super Mario and Dr. Mario series

Delicious Deli D's
Head down to Delicatesses Desmarais for some of the best western food in Taichung City
The Man Behind the Mask
The staff at Mali's Cash talk to the producer of Super Dr. Mario Bros.

Exploring Tunghai Bieshu
Head down to the Tunghai Bieshu region of Taichung for a fun night of delicious food

John Vanderhoef's Byte-Off release, a Rez-like music rail shooter for the NES

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