Random acquisitions!

Collecting, MMO, Nintendo, Sega, Sony

Finally an update both on what I have acquired recently as well as what I have been playing which isn’t much as I have been out of town for a week and have been busy with multiple projects. Here are some pictures of games I have picked up in the last few months, all taken with my brand new Sony A6400 camera which despite my terrible photography skills is amazing. For the most part I have been utilizing it for video on other hobby projects but I do plan to take more photos to help round out my ability with the camera.

Super Mario Maker 2 really needs no introduction as the second game in the amazing series, tons of new features have been introduced (still no Mario 2 mechanics!).

I would like to see them add Mario 2 mechanics as well as the Game Boy games to the series, maybe something we will get in DLC or the next iteration?
Back in The Groove is a sequel to the cult classic series on the Sega Genesis, I have not had the chance to play this one yet but it looks to follow the spirit of the original so should be good fun.
This was on sale through Amazon for $14.99 and while I have yet to play my brother seems to be enjoying the game!
Another on sell grab at $19.99!
As a fan of cart racers this was a must pre-order, I have put about 1-2 hours into it and while it is clearly a remake of an older game (engine feel and all) they did a fantastic job in sprucing up the graphics. Lots of fun!
Another cart racer but this being an original release it is not bound by some of the oddities of the above from an engine/mechanics standpoint. I am also 1-2 hours into this one and am enjoying the team work mechanics the game introduces, being able to hand off power ups or otherwise play interference for team mates ads an interesting twist to the cart racer genre.

Of course I have been playing other games, the usual suspect World of Warcraft is still in my top played list as well as the amazingly well done 198X and Forza Horizon 4 to round things out.

The latest patch has brought new life back into the game, the new island which is reminiscent of the Timeless Isle from Mists of Pandaria has been lost of fun so far.
A teenage coming of age story centered around 80’s arcades and gaming, while short at only 2 hours the first chapter to this story has been fantastic so far with my favorite “classic gaming” segments of the game being the 2D shmup stage and the 3D dungeon crawler\turn based RPG stage.
Forza Horizon 4 while not having as amazing of an opening as it’s predecessor is still really good in its own right and with the recently released Lego DLC there is more to do than ever. I am having a lot of fun in my Lego Ferarri F40 (not pictured) while listening to the “Radio Awesome” station EVERYTHING IS AWESOME. ūüôā

Irmagherd and vidya gamez!

Amiibo, Anime, Collecting, Figures, Nintendo, Sega, Sony

August and September have come and almost gone, plenty of unbearable heat and hurricane Irma wrap up summer. I have not done much with retro game collecting lately but have purchased a few newer games.

Beyond collecting, I am slowly working on the start of a classic gaming podcast and the plans include streaming on the weekends. The stream itself has been up and down as the server which hosts it is on its last legs, I hope to have a new server in place sometime in October and a revamp of the content of the stream.

 

Below is the Sonic Mania Collectors Edition which comes with an awesome Sonic statue standing on top of what looks to be a 1:1 sized replica of a Sega Genesis, a mock Genesis Game cart and a metal Sonic Mania card. The only thing missing is a physical copy of the game, I hope Sega seriously considers doing so as I will pick it up in a heartbeat.

The game itself is amazing, while I have yet to finish it I am roughly half way through and everything from the soundtrack to the level design is top notch, most say this is the best 2D Sonic game since the Genesis while I believe it may also be in the running as top 2 or 3 alongside those games.. it is simply that good!

 

My first venture into “Limited Run Games” releases, while I will not become a collector of their releases, in general, I did have to purchase these re-releases¬†of two classics from my childhood.

The Dragons Trap is a rerelease done the way all remakes should be done, it includes the original game and a graphical update that retains the originals feel as close as I have ever seen done before, what’s more is you can actually¬†switch between the original and updated graphics on the fly anywhere in the game!

Night Trap was redone using original film footage and video pulled from the non¬†Sega-CD platforms to provide the best video quality released to date, the game itself was never that good to be fair but it had tons of 80’s campiness and was far ahead of its time as a live action video type game. It was one of the¬†games that made my purchase of the Sega-CD addon worth it.

 

My favorite Anime character in Funko Pop form!

 

I also grabbed the Samus Returns Amiibo set (I will get the game soon).

Metroid!

Samus!

June & July stuff so far.

Amiibo, Classic Gaming, Collecting, Figures, Gaming, Guides, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Xbox

June was an incredibly busy month, we started and completed a remodel of our living room, dining room and have since moved on to the kitchen.

On the collection front, it has been busy as well with the typical smattering of Amiibo releases etc..

More Link Amiibo was released recently, look at that Majora’s Mask Link!

A bit late on posting these McDonalds Happy Meal toys from a few months back.

We have only had the time for a few hours of Arms but so far this seems to be a pretty deep fighting game, good job Nintendo!

I picked up more NES Classic Mini accessories as they continue to be cleared from retail shelves & the Yoshi Wii Remote Plus was on clearance as well since the Switch does not work with the Wii line of accessories.

The collector’s edition guide!

Crash is back!!

I have played a few levels and so far this is one of the best “HD Remakes” I have seen. Great attention to detail!

Another HD remake collection for a series I love and since Horizon was on a sale, I planned on picking this up anyway.

I was so amazed by Abzu that I had to pick up a physical copy, seeing how good it was I also jumped in on the Journey Collectors Edition.

Some classics that were on my wanted list.

I have been eying these Pops since they came out, I found the set on Amazon for less than $20 so picked it up.

With the launch of the new iPad Pro, I decided that after 6 years it was time to upgrade my iPad 2, I could not be happier with the performance of the new iPad. The keyboard will be useful in meetings at work where I often need to take notes.

An IOS gaming controller? While “mobile” gaming is generally not my forte I decided to pick one up with the launch of the Sega Forever series, some have noted performance issues with the games released so far as I can confirm on my older iPhone 6Plus which released in 2014. On the new iPad, however, there is no sign of slowdown or performance issues anywhere, I think it is safe to assume that when I upgrade to the iPhone 8 later this year it too will perform as expected.

SWITCHED!

Amiibo, Classic Gaming, Collecting, Nintendo, Sega

The launch of a new console, especially a new Nintendo console is an awesome experience and I was lucky to enjoy the midnight launch and launch day happenings with my son and brother this go around.

We spent hours putting everything together, playing BOTW and Bomberman. Good times!

I was able to pick up my pre-orderd Switch at Gamestop’s midnight launch event, the crowd was surprisingly deeper than what I saw for the PS4 and everyone was excited for what Nintendo had in store for us die hard fans in the coming years.

 

The Pro Controller, Neon Red/Blue Joy-Cons, and a Joy-Con charging grip should provide lots of multiplayer fun!

 

The launch lineup!

Zelda BOTW was an obvious one, Bomberman is a great series and while this version seems rushed the multiplayer should deliver and 1-2 Switch seemed like an obvious choice for when we have people over.

I got the Best Buy Gamers Club Discount and used a coupon to get both Bomberman and 1-2 Switch, games that are questionably not worth the full retail asking price.

 

While I missed out on the Master Edition, the Special Edition is really nice and worth the extra cash. Not shown is the season pass I also purchased via the Nintendo E Shop!

 

The Breath of the Wild soundtrack, Collectable Coin and Switch carrying case!

 

The other sides…

 

The included map!

 

Both sides of the Poster Gamestop was handing out at the launch event!

 

And of course the Breath of the Wild Amiibo, I really need to work on my lighting. Time to buy a light box kit perhaps?

 

On sale, yes please!

 

So much Nintendo I thought I would add some Sega to the mix, the new retro shop in town had a U.S Master System II that had just arrived in a lot purchase they made. These models are extremely rare in my area, in fact I have never actually seen one in person either new at retail or used so I had to pick it up. It needs some serious cleaning but this knocks one off my wanted list!

The guy who runs the shop is a big fan of Atari as the in store stock shows, this will make it easy for me to work on that side of my collection since I have neglected that area. While I started on the Atari the NES is where I really fell in love with gaming, that said there is a lot to be had on the cheap with Atari!