The latest roundup of stuff.

It has been a busy month or two since the last post and Christmas has since come and gone, welcome to 2018!  🙂

The music stream is back up and running after I was able to replace a blown power supply, I am hoping that a failing power supply was the cause behind the server stability issues but if not I will be moving to an altogether new server to fix the issues once and for all. (The current server is quite old)

 

Since my last blog entry, Nintendo released Animal Crossing Pocket Camp and I have been enjoying it quite a bit, and if the Twitter activity I have been seeing is anything to go by so have many others.

 

Blizzard had their yearly Black Friday sales as expected but this year the prices cuts were deeper then we have seen before, plushies were so cheap you could pick some up for as little as $3.50, considering these super low prices I went all in!

A plush and matching in-game pet!

Horde emblem hat for around $4.00, yes thank you…

 

As a coffee drinking household, the below mugs were a must!

 

I have been playing a ton of Destiny 2 in the past month, so far I have completed both the launch campaign the Curse of Osiris expansion and have completed a single clear of the Leviathan raid as of this morning, the game is a lot of fun despite the drama constantly surrounding some of Bungie’s decisions.

I would love to see more focus on group communication especially Clan chat considering this is considered a FPS take on an MMO, doing both voice and text chat via Discord is ok but I would much prefer some basic in-game functionality. That said the game is tons of fun and as you can see by all of the screenshots below it is graphically impressive, you find yourself stopping and staring at the scenery at almost every turn.

 

My local retro gaming shop got in a sealed copy of Axiom Verge for the PC, it was cheap and I still needed the game so went for it.

 

There was a sale on Steam recently where if you bought a copy of Icey for $7.69 you got a free Steam Link, I have yet to use it but I have both a Gigabit Lan and 802.11ac wireless so performance should not be an issue.

 

This too was found on sale for a mere $12.00, my wife will do anything to get me to play board games. 🙂

 

The latest round of Amiibo was released and the pictures do not do them justice, the level of detail has been great on all of the BOTW Amiibo!

 

Last weekend I was able to complete the main story of Mario Odessey and while there are still tons of stars left to collect I can easily say that this is in my top 5 Mario games of all time (Maybe #1), the game is near perfection and excels in every category of gaming… the graphics are great and the soundtrack is so good I have pre-ordered the CD from Japan.

Nintendo also managed to really hit it home with nostalgia, if you are a fan of the original 8-Bit games on up there are shouts out to pretty much every mainstream game in the franchise and fans of each will be happy to experience those moments. Additionally the New Donk City Festival “level” just may be my favorite gaming moment ever, every gaming podcast I listen to has mentioned the level and both the happiness and emotion it inspires in longtime fans of the Mario games.

Mario Odessey is a 10 out of 10 as almost all reviews have claimed, gaming perfection.

 

A Cappy hat!

 

A pre-order bonus coin when purchasing Mario Odessey through Best Buy.

 

The Yoshi hat below was found at a store in Japan at Disney’s Epcot, an awesome store with something for everyone that is a fan of Japanese culture.

 

My local retro gaming shop had this for a few dollars, with official game soundtracks being so rare and just starting to become available digitally via iTunes and the like I figured I would go for it.

 

A couple retro games on my wanted list, I have no idea how I never managed to own a copy of the classic Rygar.

 

Disney Infinity figures are starting to become impossible to find, so when you come upon some on clearance for $1.00…

 

Another local retro gaming shop find, sealed and for a good price!

 

Its Sonic, don’t judge me. ^_^

 

My iPhone 6 Plus was starting to show its age after roughly 3 years of use so I upgraded to the iPhone 10, it is hands down the best iPhone I have owned and Face ID is a joy to use.

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.