Random gathering of things and stuff.

Random stuff was purchased this month, mostly due to sales and the opening of a new (and the only) retro game shop in my town.

The classic, purchased at my local shop for cheap and the disk and case are in near mint condition!

Somehow this one has eluded me so I decided to pick up a copy, not the greatest game but Sonic…

A homebrew of the arcade game released for Wreck it Ralph, lot’s of fun!

A bit redundant as I own the Wii U version but they added a ton of little things that make this version of the game unique, the Amiibo is perfect and Poochy is my favorite new Nintendo character in a long time.

This was on sale at GameStop for cheap, I have not played a SF game in awhile so I am hoping that this sequel lives up to past games.

Retro Gamer Annual, why not..

I decided to start picking up Blu-ray copies of my favorite Anime, Amazon had this on sale for $6.99 so it was the perfect time to start the collection.

My focus will be on Ghibli classics, but this was too good of a deal to pass up.

Barnes & Noble had an Image Comics sale running, buy two Image comics and get the third for free. I have read great things about this series so I picked this up along with Saga Volumes 5 & 6, I am still on Volume 4 but being one of my favorite series I will definitely get back on track and caught up.

 

October & November pickups!

As usual I have had a busy past couple of months, some recent pickups outlined here with another post most likely next weekend!

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My lovely wife always thinks of me when she is out, she saw these and knew I did not have them so picked them up.

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25th anniversary Sonic pack, I love the fat Sonic items released in celebration of the franchise!

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I was one of the lucky few to have picked up a NES Classic Edition, luck really. I woke up the morning of release really early and checked all of the local retailers websites to see if any online orders were available and surprisingly was able to purchase with in-store pickup at my local Toys R Us. Somehow my purchase was still available at 6:00 PM that night, amazing.

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The latest set of Nintendo Hotwheels, this set was much easier to find than previous releases.

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This was on sale for less than $12.00 so why not, even given the latest New Leaf update this was worth it for the price.

Mega post for the past month. #Amiibo #ArcadeBlock #NES #Genesis #PhantasyStar #worldofnintendo

I haven’t posted in a little over a month so I have quite a few items to report including multiple Arcade Block shipments, game pickups and more so please read on!

  • On the non collector front I am happy to report that my first game review was recently made available on Sega-16.com, Wonder Boy on the Sega Master System which is known to many as Adventure Island on the NES is a fantastic game and I am proud to have the review available on what has been the premier Sega fan site for over a decade! http://www.sega-16.com/2015/04/wonder-boy/
  • The audio stream has been consitently popular since I redesigned the backend to be much more reliable, we hit a new listener peak a few weeks back with a simultaneous listener count of 378 unique listeners!

 

Last months Arcade Block included two shirts instead of the usual one, that said this was my least favorite block so far mostly due to my lack of interest in the FarCry shirt and the misc. items excluding the SF2 keychain were a bit lackluster in my opinion.

IMG_0099Not a bad shirt in its own right but at this point I have quite a few Majora’s Mask themed shirts already.  🙂

 

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IMG_0131 A GameBoy themed notepad, an Atari joystick stress “ball” and a Ryu Street Fighter 2 keychain that lights up and says hadouken when pressed.

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IMG_0133A Batman Arkham Knight comic book.

 

On the flip side this months Arcade Block stands out as being one of my favorite ones yet,

IMG_0156This months shirt was based off of Kingdom Hearts, the Disney themed action RPG series!

IMG_0161 A set of Pac-Man salt & pepper shakers and an Ignitor Skylander figure.

IMG_0164 A Video Games Live audio CD from the concert series with songs from Zelda, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, MGS etc. and a simple 8-bit themed chest bag clip on.

IMG_0167A full issue of Retro Videogame Magazine, I am definitely going to check this one out in digital format.

 

While at Barnes & Noble I spotted this in the bargain bin, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment typically retails for around $50.00-$75.00 but was on sale for less than the $19.99 listed. I have been keeping an eye on this for almost two years waiting for a price drop so it didn’t take much persuading for me to pick this one up.

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A few game pickups!

IMG_0123A couple classics missing from my NES collection, Karnov and the Adventures of LOLO!

IMG_0160Phantasy Star II the fantastic Sci-Fi themed RPG boxed and complete with manual and the map! I hope to get the box and manual for my copy of Phantasy Star III soon for a complete set.

IMG_0124“Duck Tales Remastered” the remastering of the NES classic was on sale at Toys R Us and once combined with a gift card was only about $4.99!

 

A few more “World of Nintendo” figures!

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I was also able to grab a couple Wave 4 Amiibo from Amazon U.K, I have all but Greninja\Jigglypuff pre-ordered from a U.S retailer and hope to get those final two exclusives after release.

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The final items I selected from the now closed Club Nintendo. 🙁

IMG_0157 A Majora’s Mask puzzle that I will assemble and frame with my wife as soon as we locate an acceptable frame to place it in.

IMG_0170And of course the Mario bros. greeting cards…. I had some final points to spend and it was either this or Nintendogs cards.

Amiibo, Arcade Block & Crunchy Roll!

Lots of goodies have made their way here in the past 2 weeks,  I have entered the world of Amiibo with the hopes of collecting them all.. unless of course Nintendo tries to milk the 500 or so Pokemon available along the way in which case I will stick with the main franchise characters.

Two packages arrived this week, one from Arcade Block a monthly goods subscription service. The idea is that you select a theme and each month you get random goods related to said theme, the one guarantee every month is a t-shirt.

In addition to this we also received the Crunchy Roll mystery box which contained 30 random Anime DVD’s, what you get is completely random so while there are a couple known (to me anyway) franchises in the mix there are also a bunch of very obscure titles and luckily most items that are part of a larger series started with the first in the run which saves me from needing to hunt those down before they can be viewed.

 

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Marth I had to order from Amazon U.K and Zelda I found yesterday at my local GameStop, they still have not received any other figures from wave 2 as of today.

Most of the rest were also picked up at GameStop with the exceptions being Kirby from Amazon and Samus from Wal-Mart.

 

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Since playing Super Mario 3D World fans have asked Nintendo for the Toad mini games to be expanded on and Nintendo listened!

I decided to pick up Pokemon Alpha Sapphire as my first foray into the series, sadly I found out that you can only have 1 game save at a time after my son started playing the game so I will have to wait for him to finish before I can start.  🙁

Metroid Other M was one on my wanted list and at that price with game and packaging being in great condition I had to pick it up.

 

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The box that Arcade Box comes shipped in, nice retro look!

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Minecraft hanger, Team Fortress 2 wrapping paper, Super Mario Bros star stress “ball”, and a Dota 2 head band.

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Not a bad shirt, different and maybe just a bit strange but i’ll wear it none the less.  🙂

 

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As you can see quite the eclectic selection of Anime titles, a few known quantities and plenty of new areas to explore. Any recommendations on where to start would be greatly appreciated!

Nintendo, pickups, MMORPG’s and more?

It has been a busy few weeks, we have been preparing for a week long vacation in NYC over Thanksgiving amongst other things.  On the gaming front I have been busy, but have not actually played that much sadly.

I have been working on whitening a couple old NES consoles and made a few discoveries along the way, the hair creme that can be purchased over the counter does an amazing job but there are some rules that you should abide by when using it.

1. Longer is not better, I found that if you allow it to sit too long covered in creme or soaking in water to remove said creme that it will in fact start removing the painted red Nintendo logo on the front of the console

2. You MUST ensure that it does not dry out when sitting in the sun, doing so causes a blooming or splotching affect that leaves white blotches all over the shell.

3. If instead you decide to utilize a magic eraser instead of soaking the console in creme or retrobite it will to do an amazing job and will clean up a console that otherwise looked like it was ready for the dumpster, the whitening affect is there and may take several cleanings but do not expect it to be as dramatic as the creme.

If you use the creme technique my advise would be to let it sit in the sun for short sessions of 30-45 minutes.. and clean it off quickly, a little really is more in this instance. I will be writing an actual guide with pictures down the road but it does work wonders if done correctly!

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My actual game time has been filled with something I never talk about on this blog, MMORPG’s… specifically World of Warcraft and the new Warlords of Draenor expansion and Guild Wars 2.

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Everything about the new WOW expansion has been amazing so far, huge improvements in almost all areas of the game!

 

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Guild Wars 2 is a wonderful MMORPG without a monthly fee, I like how it has such an open gameplay experience that focuses on exploration over the old kill 10 rats cliche.

 

A post would not feel right without some of my recent pickups,

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The Warlords of Draenor boxed CE.

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The last of the 3 & 4 inch World of Nintendo characters!

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Cheap peripheals purchased for pennies so why not..

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A few items from the wanted list, somehow I never managed to pick these up over the years.

I will be back and posting in a week or so, I plan to spend some time at the Nintendo World Store in Midtown and will take pictures and hopefully bring back something cool.  🙂

Diggin’ In The Carts: A Documentary Series About Japanese Video Game Music!

Red Bull Music Academy just completed a 6 part documentary series about video game music called “Diggin’ In The Carts“, this fantastic series focuses on chip tunes of the 8 and 16-bit console generations but does touch on 32-bit era game music with the introduction of cd based media in episode 6.

I cannot say enough great things about this documentary, during the course of the series director Nick Dwyer interviewed some of Japan’s most renowned game composers such as Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), and Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Earthbound).

This is an absolute must watch for all fans of chip tunes, please head over to the main project page linked above or watch the imbedded youtube videos below! (Episode 6 will be added when available but can also be accessed from the main project page above)