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It Came From The Collection #6: Nintendo Wii Light up Target Giftcard + Teardown


EPISODE 06: Nintendo Wii Light up Target Giftcard + Teardown
I’ve had this Target giftcard since 2006 but it stopped lighting up several years ago. Looks like it’s time to tear it down and see what makes it tick… err, glow!

✨ 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 Came From The Collection #5: The Whole Spin on Sega CD Pamphlet (1992)


EPISODE 5: The Whole Spin on Sega CD Pamphlet (1992)

Want to READ about what makes the Sega CD so rad? Who needs screenshots or even marketing artwork when you’ve got prose!? It’s interstellar hyperbole in a pocket-sized pamphlet on this episode of It Came From The Collection.

✨ 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.

My E3 Daydream for Nintendo: BYOSwitch

My E3 Daydream for Nintendo: BYOSwitch

I’ve got two logistical E3 nightmares to tell you about today, one that’s really happening and one that I just dreamed up in response to the former. Further below you can read Polygon’s summation of Nintendo’s elaborate plan to get more people playing Smash Bros. at E3 next month in June. But basically, it involves an email process that starts weeks in advance of E3, to reserve a ticket, for a chance to play one of two versions of the game.

Now for my elaborate nightmare scenario which is much, much cooler. Unfortunately, the linchpin is that we live in a perfect world where wifi isn’t total crap at overpopulated venues. That caveat aside, how amazing would it be if you could bring your Switch to Nintendo’s booth and simply download their E3 demos? I imagine they could hard-code the downloads to destroy themselves after 10 minutes (whether you launch the game or not), disable in-game screenshots and videos, and lock it to your Switch’s MAC address so you can’t repeatedly hammer their wifi to download again. They could even barricade their booth like a Faraday cage so you have to be inside to get connected. Want to play something again? Now you get in line for a demo station.

They’d never loosen the leash like that on super early products, and the technical hurdles would be immense, but it’d be an amazing way to try out Nintendo’s E3 lineup. People would flip out when suddenly they’re playing the latest Smash Bros. or Metroid (or Star Fox Kart?!) with their own hands on their own Switch. They’re already part of the way towards my dream; Nintendo staff will be on the lookout for people playing on their personal Switches and will be handing out exclusive tchotchkes. Just make the tchotchkes a little slip of paper with the wifi password and we’re practically living my dream! Bah. Instead, here’s that boring thing that Nintendo is actually doing:

“To shorten the time fans will need to wait in line to try it, Nintendo invites E3 attendees to reserve play slots ahead of time for just this game,” the company announced. “This should provide fans with a faster, smoother experience so they can play the Super Smash Bros.game and spend more time enjoying the rest of the June 12-14 show.”

Registered E3 2018 attendees will receive information from the event’s organizers starting June 5, in an email that outlines all possible opportunities to reserve play time with Smash Bros. Only those who sign up in advance will be able to play the game at the show; they’ll receive their tickets as a QR code upon successful registration.

The tickets will entitle players to checking out one of two modes: “for fun,” Smash Bros.’ more casual type of match, and “for glory,” which is a heated, elimination-based fight. You won’t be able to choose both, mind you; at the time of registration, you must choose which of the two you’re prepared to try out at E3.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 16th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 16th

Welcome to the middle of May! I hope you’re into free-to-play games or you like reminiscing about mobile games that are on the verge of being shut down because it’s another weird, slim week of free offerings on the PlayStation Store. The most interesting addition is an assortment of in-game items for Final Fantasy XV that celebrate King’s Knight, the real-world mobile game that the characters IN the game also play. Square Enix announced in late March that the Android and iOS game would be shut down in June and to commiserate they’ve added King’s Knight themed stickers, clothes, and music to Final Fantasy XV.

For those of you with PlayStation Plus subscriptions there also a pair of monthly top-up packs for a pair of free-to-play games:

TERA: PS Plus Pack

  • Shadowmare—a spectral mount with a Movement Speed of 280
  • Blue Baseball Cap—just in time for Spring training!
  • 15 Days of elite status which includes account benefits like double XP, fast travel, and more!

3on3 FreeStyle – 2018 PlayStation®Plus Bonus Pack (May)

  • Random Gold Card Pack
  • Skill Training Item
  • Coin Buff Ball (1D)

Lastly there’s an official Fortnite SHAREfactory theme that you can use to jazz up your clips of Thanos and a new demo for an old PlayStation VR game, Apex Construct.

Have fun being sad about King’s Knight, grab ‘n go y’all!

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 9th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 9th

Hang on, do you smell something? Oh nasty, it’s the wet fart of a super slim week of free stuff on the PlayStation Network. Sitting atop the dust pile is something that will definitely shift the sales numbers on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, 4K cutscenes for PlayStation 4 Pro machines.

This 4K Cinematic Pack renders cinematics at 4K resolution for the PlayStation®4 Pro. Experience the epic story of Baranor and the war for Mordor brought to life in breathtaking detail.

The only other freebie for the week of May 9th is another PlayStation Plus booster pack for Knights of Valour, the Three Kingdoms brawler that I waned off of last year. If you’re just coming to the free-to-play title though, you might as well grab this bundle, those free weapons really do help out in the early levels.

  • Silver Wings: Diao Chan’s exclusive purple class weapon.
  • Sickle Hook: Guan Yu’s exclusive purple class weapon.
  • Suckling Pig ×2: Restores HP by 40%.
  • Strategist’s Bag ×2: Randomly performs a magical skill.
  • Master Medicine ×2: Increases attack power by 30% for 15 seconds, not stackable.
  • Silver x50,000.

Here’s hoping the well hasn’t run totally dry in the lead up to E3 or these updates are going to be pretty mild for the next month and a half.