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.

Another week of Amiibo and games.

This past week has been a busy one, last weekend I made numerous stops at local game stores looking for a few games to add to my collection. Then this week I completely retooled the streaming setup in an attempt to move away from Winamp feeding the audio to Shoutcast to something more reliable and robust, I believe I have found the proper tool in Mixxx which is an open source DJ software with tons of features that I was missing before such as volume normalization and in my opinion much improved sound quality.

Please let me know if you notice any audio issues and I will investigate, now on to the games!

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Unfortunately I was unable to get the limited edition New 3DS Majora’s Mask bundle even though I had pre ordered it from Best Buy, it was canceled a week later as preorder numbers exceeded the available stock. On the upside they gave me a $50 gift card for the trouble which I promptly used to preorder the regular edition.

 

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With a New 3DS in hand I of course had to pick up the new Majora’s Mask 3D, along with it I had preordered the new Kirby and having never played any of the Walking Dead games and being a fan of the show I thought it was the proper time to start the series.

 

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Somehow “A Link to the Past” was not apart of my collection and since no game stores near me ever have a copy I took the opportunity to grab it while it was available, along with it the remastered edition of Final Fantasy 1 & 2!

 

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More Amiibo arrived, Rosalina took forever as one shipped from France and the other Japan with both seeing big shipping delays, thanks winter storms! The other Amiibo include Ike, Meta Knight, Lucario and King Dedede.

 

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I was able to grab tickets for “The Legend Of Zelda Symphony Of The Goddesses” concert coming up later this year (they were selling out fast), we cannot wait.. it should be amazing!

 

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On the gaming front I have been playing mostly MMO’s this week including WOW, Star Trek Online and Final Fantasy XIV.. they are all fantastic games in their own ways.

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)