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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 #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.

Here’s the art that might have inspired Miyamoto’s “Samurai Mario”

 

The artwork that inspired Miyamoto's Samurai Mario t-shirt?

There’s a ton of speculation in places like the Nintendo Switch subreddit about just what was going on with Miyamoto’s “samurai Mario” shirt on Jimmy Fallon. I haven’t had time to read through much of anything outside of Polygon’s post on this mysterious Tease-Shirt but at first sight the above is all I could think of.

It’s from one of the final Club Nintendo rewards before the service was shut down in lieu of My Nintendo. It’s probably the classiest thing they ever produced for the U.S. and, ironically, it’s full of Mario & Co. in traditional/mythical Japanese attire. The samurai outfit isn’t quite exact to Miyamoto’s shirt but the designs for the calendar (which was potentially conceived 2 or more years ago) may well have been the inspiration for whatever is coming.

I’ve got no fully formed theories to throw out there, I just wanted to share this fantastic artwork since that shirt reminded me of it. Click to take a much bigger look at it.

Animal Crossing: Minecraft’s Great Uncle

It seems like I’ve always got Animal Crossing in the back of my mind. Friday night those thoughts collided with an idle hour and my DS that has somehow held its charge through months of neglect. The town of nodnoL had been pretty well developed when I stopped playing the game regularly in 2006 so there wasn’t a lot to do after I loaded it up. Of course my town was full of weeds and the shoreline littered with shells but I immediately remembered I’d done just about everything. But what was that everything?

I started thinking about what Animal Crossing is and what you do in the game. It’s always been a tough series to classify: not really an RPG with stats and quests or a simulator like SimCity. I was really daydreaming about a new Animal Crossing that would let you dig up cartoony blocks of the world when I realized — hey! — Animal Crossing is kind of like Minecraft’s great uncle. Not a direct relative, not a grandfather — I’ve never heard Notch cite it as a game he’s played, let alone an inspiration for Minecraft — but the two have a lot more in common than any other two titles I can think of.

Animal Crossing lacks the survival and combat aspects of Minecraft but both are built on the idea of letting the player explore and exploit the random worlds they’re given. “I hope Nook’s is in a good spot,” I remember thinking as nodnoL first loaded. I also remember harvesting the unique fruit in my town and collecting flowers to bring all the resources closer to my main path. I wasn’t building my home block by block but it definitely takes on the same feel as your “main base” in Minecraft. It’s a place you can expand, decorate and — most importantly — store all the unique things you find in the world.

Then I poked into my inventory and found my tools; an axe, shovel, net, fishing rod, and slingshot, most of which can deteriorate and can be upgraded to gold. User-created clothes to “reskin” your look and — oh my god, it’s still there! — a giant mural of the Prince from Katamari Damacy I painstakingly laid out near my town’s entrance. A few Question blocks from Super Mario Bros. dot the area as well and my town flag flies high featuring a turnip from Super Mario Bros. 2. Clearly the work of a nerd, just like the unexpected, inexplicably complex creations people make in Minecraft for no reason other than to see it done.

It still doesn’t help file either game under a clear-cut genre category but it does make it easier to say “if you liked this, maybe give this other thing a shot”. All this from my fleeting daydream for an Animal Crossing where you can sculpt the terrain. As if I didn’t already have high expectations for whatever Nintendo does next with the series.

Style Savvy ~ A clearance find you might like


I found the game Style Savvy for Nintendo DS on clearance at Target for $9.  I had played a little bit prior, but could tell the game had lots of potential.  (They made a huge player’s guide even) So I knew I could get $9 worth of fun out of it.

You can tell by the screen photos that it’s Japanesy and super cute.  I love the profile descriptions for the different people you meet (see first pic)  The basis of the game is you start at a clothing store, customers say “I want a vest to go with this shirt” or something and you choose one.  You quickly meet the super cute owner and are given your own store to manage.  Then you can go buy clothes to stock your store, design outfits on mannequins that customers sometimes want the whole thing of and still help customers.  There is also wifi stuff like downloading other outfits, opening your own “branch” store, shopping at other branch stores, dressing up your character and socializing.  Check your target for this or whatever, cuz it’s worth it especially at this price.

This is my wifi store!