Category: Culture

Bloomingdale’s Nintendo Collab Underwhelms and Overprices

Bloomingdale's Nintendo Collaboration Underwhelms and Overprices

Nintenclothes are back in the spotlight with a new collection, this time from Bloomingdale’s. First up, forgive me for being a dude who doesn’t pay more than $25 for a pair of pants when I say wow, these prices: $45 for a fannypack, $50 for an inflatable pool ring, and $200 for a short sleeved shirt. Even if I loved these designs I’d have to stick with appreciating them from afar, and that leads to my bigger concern.

Dana pointed out this collection to me and we both agreed there’s something low-rent about these high-end items. “It’s just pixels and shit” were her exact words, and I can’t deny it on most of these 82 items. I’ll give it to ‘em, they sure made a lot of stuff but some of these designs are barely on par with the fare you can find at Walmart: a pixel heart with the words “Game On” above it in script font, a shirt that simply says “Nice Play” with a heart in place of the ‘A’, and a sweatshirt with rainbow stripes on either side of the word “SUPER”.

Bloomingdale's Nintendo Collaboration Underwhelms and Overprices

P.S. If you bought all three of those you’d be at $385.

Elsewhere there are tops, bottoms, and accessories that barely evoke the concept of graphic design, nevermind a connection to video games or even Nintendo. Rainbow stripes, dual tone stripes, checkerboards, and polka dot patterns are lumped in here as “gamer wear” and priced up to $200. It isn’t all bad though, there a few items I really dig the look of.

Most of the short sleeved shirt patterns are simple but appreciable, with the Donkey Kong design being the most elaborate. These mushroom swim trunks are also pretty good and the black-and-white “camo” version is frantic and rad. The one thing I might actually have bought is this assortment of Sugarfina candies in Mario Cloud, Yoshi Egg, and Strawberry Mushroom varieties. Unfortunately they’re either sold out or include one of the fun animal-derived ingredients that I avoid.

Bloomingdale's Nintendo Collaboration Underwhelms and Overprices

These aren’t so bad… still, it’d be $282.

Personally, of all the unexpected fashion crossovers we’ve seen so far it was Uniqlo that hit the best balance of design and price. Take a look at my last roundup and let us know which was your favorite or if there’s a Bloomingdale’s piece you’re already adding to cart.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 14th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 14th

It’s a bit of a slow week for freebies, that is, unless you’re a fan of styyyyylish action! To celebrate the release of another Devil May Cry HD Collection, Capcom is giving away two DmC themes for PlayStation 4 in “Alright!” and “Cool!” varieties.

For PlayStation Plus subscribers there’s a pair of monthly top-up booster packs for both Dungeon Defenders 2 and 3on3 Freestyle. And free for everybody, Trove is back with another weapon style download, this time for the Wraithflame. Finally, there’s a new theme for N++, for some reason. It was released on PS4 in 2015 and it isn’t on sale. Not sure what’s up with that but, hey, a free theme for an old game is still free.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 7th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 7th

That Gravel demo didn’t turn out to be all that great. Kinda bland but kinda fun, the demo only gives you the snow level which is always my least favorite. It did have some choice, bad voiceover from the announcer though so there’s that much. This week doesn’t hold anything personally interesting but if you’re into farm simulators, Telltale adventure games, or Horizon: Zero Dawn, by all means, read on!

SOEDESCO’s farm simulator Real Farm is getting some new free bonuses this week including a whole new map (Grünes Tal), a whole new crop (Potatoes!), and a whole bunch of free avatars depicting various farm equipment. Telltale Games is trying to entice new players with some free trials of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Minecraft Story Mode: Season 2. There are also new free booster packs for Happy Dungeons and Knights of Valor for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

It’s been just over a year since Horizon: Zero Dawn launched and Guerrilla is celebrating with a pack of free avatars and a free dynamic theme to decorate your PlayStation 4 with. Last but not least is Sprint Vector, the PSVR racing game with unique controls, that’s offering up another bunch of free avatars.

It Came From The Collection #4: Game Boy Advance SP “Actual Size” Pamphlet

EPISODE 4: Game Boy Advance SP “Actual Size” Pamphlet

Somebody flattened my Game Boy Advance SP! No, wait, it’s just a flat, fold-out pamphlet printed “actual size” which is a brilliant marketing choice for several reasons. Check it out up close and personal and now in 4K resolution and with better-than-ever audio. Let me know what you think of the quality and production.

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for February 28th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for February 28th

It’s a bit of a slow week here on the U.S. PlayStation Store but folks still managed to push out at least one new freebie in almost every category. Here’s the roundup for the week of February 28th, 2018, I’m especially interested in this Gravel game. It’s been a bit since I’ve played a fun offroad racer.

The Playroom VR – Toy Wars
Download TOY WARS, the latest addition to THE PLAYROOM VR, completely free! As a VR player, jump into your gun turret and defend the bedroom from the incoming alien invasion. Up to 3 more players can join the fun on the TV and help you in your fight!

Gravel Demo
Try out the best off-road game ever released! Gravel is an arcade racing game that will take the player to the most spectacular locations on the planet!

Themes & Avatars
Sprint Vector Theme
Rainbow Six Siege SHAREfactory theme
Laws of Machine avatar