June & July stuff so far.

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.

4K is awesome!

I decided that it was time to make the move to 4K, with the Xbox One S and its HDR and 4K Blu ray capabilities, Netflix 4k streaming, PS4 Pro being available and Xbox Scorpio on the way I decided to make the leap.

 

The crappy cell phone picture above does not do it justice but the Sony 65-inch XBR65X900E TV is amazing, as a side note Abzu is an amazing.. artful gaming experience. SO GOOD!

With a new 4K TV the PS4 Pro only makes sense, I have only tried a few games but so far I really like the graphical updates provided, even if it is not “true 4K” PC game developers could learn a thing or two about the techniques applied as the raw horsepower required for full on PC gaming 4K are still REALLY steep for most setups.

I picked up a copy of Shenmue II as it was on my wanted list and with E3 coming up my assumption is that any Shenmue III announcements will make the cost of this skyrocket (Larrabee lock?), NieR: Automata was on sale at BestBuy so once combined with the GCD and a $5 credit I had it was a no brainer for something so highly praised and on my wanted list. I have only played it for about an hour so far but the game has thoroughly impressed in this short amount of time.

The latest Nintendo Switch lineup, Mario Kart 8 is amazing and even better than its original release, PuyoPuyo Tetris is a lot of fun and Ultra Street Fighter II is an update to one of my favorite games of all time!

Fatal Fury II PC Engine CD and Paranoia Hu Card for the PC Engine from my local game store.

It looks like everyone is starting to clear these themed Wiimote Plus controllers, I already had Mario & Luigi so grabbed these two. I have Yoshi on the way and will pick up a Princess Peach soon.

A BestBuy branded NES Classic  controller on clearance (I have more of these and the extension cables on the way) and an after market NES controller, both on the cheap!

MOAR AMIIBO!!

Lucio & Diva Funko Pops, um yes!

Guardians of the Galaxy II Baby Groot and a Star Trek 50th anniversary NCC-1701!

Something to test out 4K Blu-ray, wow what a movie!

NYC 2017: Nintendo NYC!

Another trip to NYC this year and per usual we managed to hit up Nintendo NYC almost every day. 🙂

While there I managed to take a bunch of pictures (I am bad at this), they remodeled the store last year and with the recent launch of the Nintendo Switch everything is geared towards the new console at the moment.

I also managed to record some video but I will need to review the results and if salvageable I will get it edited and uploaded.

My new wallet!

The Star Power Mario was purchased at Nintendo NYC while the Barbossa was picked up at a small game store.

A random figure that they had sitting in the Zelda area of the store, Wind Waker figure from Japan? Sure..

More additions to my keychain collection, unfortunately these were the only two that they had available.

Part of the 3D Art Cell Zelda series, I believe there are 6 all together.

Limited Edition BOTW shirts!

A nice PlayStation shirt from Kinokuniya New York.

A couple The Walking Dead shirts from House of The Dead in Pittsburgh.

SWITCHED!

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!

 

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.

 

Stuff from the end of last year, in the new year…

It was a very busy end of the year last year and January started off much the same, luckily I was able to acquire some awesome stuff at great prices thanks to the Christmas/Black Friday sales!

Pikachu Luigi! I have a friend that went to Japan and stopped at a Pokemon Center for the set, they were sold out of Pikachu Mario but still had this available in the back!

I am a big fan of both A Nightmare Before Christmas and classic Disney character designs, Dorbz covered both series well.

The wife thought these would go well in the game room on end tables.  🙂

Deep game, lots of nuance so I thought this might come in handy.

Final Fantasy XV was part of a buy 2 get 1 free Black Friday deal, Sunset Overdrive was $4.99 and is awesome.. FFXV was worth the wait so far, first FF game I have played and really enjoyed in a very long time!

Also part of the buy 2 get one free deal, I am now two games behind in the Tomb Raider franchise reboot.  🙂

The Last Guardian is a game I have been waiting with much anticipation for.. for what seems like ages (literally), I will start this once I wrap with FFXV.

One of my favorite games of all time remastered, my son has started his first play through.

Utilized a coupon to pick this one up cheap, I hope it is as good as people say.

Not my usual pick, but at $4 something on sale I grabbed it for my son.

Since the last time… #Amiibo #Sega #Xbox #SonicTheHedgehog #Nintendo #Zelda

Another round of goodies… this time it sees me getting back into the Xbox club, some Sonic goodness and the next round of Amiibo!

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Black Friday sales lured me in, this is the dark blue Gamestop exclusive Xbox One S bundle with a physical Gears of War 4 and all of the Xbox 360 Gears games digitally. The controller was originally $74.99 but on sale for $35.00.

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The next batch of Amiibo, this time we get an 8-bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link and Wind Waker Link & Zelda. A really great batch!

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The limited run of SonicTails from Build a Bear, my lovely wife saw these and knew I would want them.  ^_^

She also got the Sonic shirt and Sonic 3 music added to Sonic!

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Sanic!

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The Tails design is awesome, really well done!

November post part deux!

Another batch of items, this has been a busy month of releases with Christmas right around the corner.

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The latest Pokemon game, I will be playing Moon while my son plans on playing Sun.

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With the jokingly short controller cables on the NES Classic Edition I picked up two extensions from BestBuy, these have been re-branded from the Wii era so you will need to remove two screws to take off the clear plastic clip and then screw the housing back together before use.

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The great hunt comes to an end, I have waited for over a year to find the World of Nintendo 6 inch Metroid figure, today my local Toys R Us had two in stock. ^_^

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img_2428The latest batch of Amiibo came out a few weeks back, I finally got another Ikea Detolf shelf since my first is packed full of Amiibo already… and decided to unbox these for photos before putting them in the case.

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.