The SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment
System) mini will release on September 29th for $99.99. Nintendo has stated that it will be a limited
release and will stop production by the end of the year. While it might seem ridiculous to most that
Nintendo is making the SNES mini limited, you have to remember that Nintendo
has always made certain items limited since 1985. As a life-long Nintendo fan this has been
frustrating, but I understand it. Hype
Sells. Also, all these retro games will
eventually be sold on the Virtual Console (a service that lets you download
retro games onto modern consoles).
New Era’s MLB Classic Collection is a throwback
to their 90’s Pro Model fitteds. These
retro hats feature 100% wool material, a New Era tag, grey underbrim, white
sweatband, flat embroidery, and are made in the USA. This release has revitalized my interest in
New Era fitteds after years of poorly made polyester hats. I knew it was time to quit collecting
on-field fitteds as soon as the MLB batter man was missing his hat, and
occasionally the ball on the logo. Thankfully
New Era has corrected all their quality control issues and has made an immaculate
product. Every stitch is perfect, the
crown is true the original, and the sizing is correct (past hats could be off
by 3 sizes).
Please note that unlike their Heritage Wool
series from a few years back the MLB Classic Collection doesn’t have 3D
embroidery, the New Era logo on the side of the hat, or a black sweatband. Admittedly these are more subjective
preferences on a fitted that I’m personally indifferent about. Although I do love seeing the return of the
white sweatband, a feature that I used to hate but I have now grown to
love. Just seeing a brand new pristine
white sweatband just makes it look so much better. For now I have only purchased the Away blue,
Blue Jays fitted but I do plan on getting the whole Jays collection eventually.
When I first started collecting World of
Nintendo figures from Jakks Pacific I never imagined the toy line would go so
deep as to include various versions of Link.
Especially considering Nintendo having such strident restriction on
licensing Nintendo figures other than Super Mario in the past. Thankfully the prosperous toy line has been
allowed to blossom and we’re now getting Toon Link from The Wind Waker
game. Actually to be correct, we’re
getting two versions of Toon Link; one with the Wind Waker accessory and
another one with just his shield as an accessory.
This version of Toon Link with the Wind Waker
was the only version I could find in my city.
Unfortunately World of Nintendo figures are unpredictable and difficult
to find when a new wave is released.
Sometimes certain figures that are abundant in the US, aren’t even
released in Canada. Regardless of that,
I’m just so happy to finally add Toon Link to my collection. The quality of this toy is astonishing
because the only way you can get toys like this now is through importing them
from Japan. So it’s amazing that Jakks
Pacific is delivering this high quality for a reasonable price of $12-$17 in
Tomorrow is the release day of the next
installment of the 30th anniversary Zelda amiibo which features 3
different versions of Link which are from Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and Majora's
Mask. For some unknown reason Nintendo
decided to release each amiibo as a store exclusive to EB Games (Twilight
Princess), Best Buy (Majora's Mask) and Amazon (Skyward Sword) here in Canada. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reserve any of
these amiibo, and most likely won’t be able to buy them. While I was aware of the pre-order dates, I
decided to not pre-order because as a collector I prefer the experience of
entering a store and selecting the best version I want. It’s something I have been doing ever since
the first amiibo released. I never
imagined that Nintendo Canada would make these so limited that they would sell
out on pre-orders. Online they sold out
within minutes, and in-store some stores received between 8-10 figures while
other locations didn’t receive any at all.
I’m now left angry and disappointed by
Nintendo for using these evil marketing strategies to garner hype for its brand. And I do mean hype because it’s not about the
money. If it were about the money, the
NES Classic Edition would have been released in large quantities and made
Nintendo millions. While I’m sure
Nintendo must have some reasoning behind its marketing strategy, I feel like
there are times when intentionally depriving the market of some popular item
can have negative consequences. Beyond disappointing
loyal fans, and leaving profits on the table I feel like it consequently
creates a need for piracy.
As a disappointed Nintendo fan I now
feel justified in looking for NFC enabled amiibo cards.NFC (Near Field Communications) cards are unofficial
Nintendo cards that contain all the data from one particular amiibo figure.You then basically scan the tag on the card
and it works as if it were the original amiibo figure.If you can’t even buy the original figure in
a store, then this is the best option for people who want to enjoy the full
amiibo experience from their Nintendo games.So this is my only option now, especially because the resell market is
too expensive and profits don’t support Nintendo either.I can imagine this is how people who weren’t
able to get the NES Classic Edition must feel when they resort to getting a NES
Raspberry Pi in order to play those games.
By the way, how can
Nintendo consider itself a kid’s company when in order to get Skyward Sword
Link amiibo you need to have an Amazon account, linked to a credit card, with a
Skull Kid was first seen in The Legend of Zelda:
Ocarina of Time. I remember the first
time I came across him; it was a spooky moment.
I say this because he was a young boy dancing alone in the woods. His dancing movement was so life-like, I
almost felt sad that I wasn’t able to approach him and help him (assuming he
was lost in the woods). Ocarina of Time was
really one of the first video games I felt emotional towards the characters;
characters that I cared about and wanted to befriend (Zelda, Malon, Saria,
Epona, etc…), this is why Ocarina of Time is one of my most beloved games.
Officially though, Skull Kid didn’t become an
official Zelda franchise character until Majora’s Mask. This is the version that Jakks Pacific
released for their World of Nintendo toy line; which includes Majora’s Mask as
an accessory. This toy is part of
series 2-2 from the line, and was released in 2016. I am utterly impressed by the quality of this
figure because it has numerous articulation, is made of distinctive colourful
plastic pieces, and the paint job is very clean. I’d go so far as to say this is the best
figure Jakks Pacific has released from their World of Nintendo toy line.
While I wasn’t planning on collecting this toy
line (outside of a couple Link figures) the quality of this Skull Kid has ignited
in me the desire to collect more figures.
While I have read other complaints about loose joints, my view is that
their figures are for adult collectors (not going to play with them); and as
such these figures are excellent for displaying along with the original games
in a nice display.
Here’s a watch I’m sure would have been highly
sought after if it would have been nicknamed the Xbox G-Shock. I say this because the colorway reminds me of
the colors used on the original Xbox released in 2001. That console, just like this watch comes in a
black colorway with green and white highlights.
Officially this watch is a Casio G-Shock model DW-6900CS-1CU.
While the colorway and the model type is nice,
my one complaint about this watch is that it’s a negative display. I hate negative displays because in direct
sunlight they’re difficult to read. Of
course all of this goes away in the dark when you shine that lume and it gives
you a clear reading. However this isn’t enough
for me to recommend this model and I hope that the popularity of negative
display watches goes away because I’m left with having to pass on nice colorway
watches simply because they’re negative displays.
Here’s my first pair of Nike foamposites Pro’s:
nicknamed Asteroids. I never thought I
would own a pair because they retail very expensive at $250 US. You can blame Gentry Humphrey for the
skyrocket price on retail because he took over the Hardaway line in 2012. But like most of his awful leadership, after
milking a sneaker line of terrible ideas and cheap quality, the hype dies and
eventually the sneakers hit outlets.
That’s where I came in and was able to scoop this pair up for
I’m not terribly in love with this colorway, but
it is a foamposite and I figured I might as well see what all the hype is
about. Truthfully I don’t remember this
model when it first released; and only became interested in it once I heard
others talk about it on forums. One
thing I do like about this sneaker is how it’s built to last and how it molds
around your foot over time; that’s pretty impressive for sneaker technology that
is over 20 years old. While (thankfully)
Gentry is long gone, and the foamposite line has gotten back on track in
prestige I’m still glad I was able to get this pair and experience a classic
Nike sneaker firsthand.
Name: Nike Air Foamposite Pro PRM “Asteroid”
Product Code: 616750600
Pro models carries a Swoosh on the side, and lack Hardaway insignias. This model was supposed to be part of the “Area
72” sneaker line that feature the Nike character RayGun.
Here’s something I noticed this week;
the final release box of the NES Classic mini is slightly different from the
original release. First, the golden “Official
Nintendo Seal” has been moved from the bottom right corner to the left just
above the red Nintendo logo. Second the
bottom right corner now has the ESRB rating label. I’m not a hacker so I’m not sure if this
final release NES mini console is different from the first batch.
Here’s an idea that totally blew my
mind; a mini arcade cabinet for the Nintendo Switch. This custom made cabinet (which is now sold
out) was made by ShigeryuShop on etsy.com.
I love this idea because I grew up going to the arcade as a kid, and
seeing this NEO GEO really brings back memories. I can’t even imagine how many custom themed arcade
cabinets I would love to see. For
example; you have to have an original Donkey Kong (the one that started it
all), Super Mario Bros., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marvel vs Capcom,
etc. And I’m sure Nintendo could also
release a special arcade controller to add an even greater arcade feel.
On a recent trip to a Nike outlet I was able to
buy this pair of Nike LeBron XIII’s that were on sale. The model is called USA because it’s inspired
by the Team USA Olympic team, which unfortunately LeBron was not a part of in
Rio 2016. While I usually prefer the
comfort of retro’s I decided to buy these to check out the latest in sneaker
technology. Unfortunately I find the
sneakers uncomfortable because they’re narrow, and I have wide feet. I also dislike their minimal breathability, and
a strap-like piece that presses down on my feet. While the shoes do look very beautiful this
is one model I recommend people passing on.