SOMEONE MADE A CUSTOM ADVENTURE TIME MAGIC DECK AND IT’S FLOOPIN’ AWESOME!!!
As a huge nerd for all things Adventure Time and Magic: The Gathering related, my body and soul reacted in unusually provocative ways to this deck of Magic cards altered with Adventure Time art.
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As a die-hard Vorthos (look it up), there’s so much attention to detail to appreciate in these. For instance, the artwork for Ogre Battledriver normally depicts a giant beast whipping his minions to do his bidding. The Adventure Time version, on the other hand, shows Xergiok, the jerkface goblin king who was driven out of his kingdom by Finn and Jake for smacking on goblin hams like the true jerk that he is.
There’s loads of other cool stuff too like Flame Princess as Young Pyromancer, little flame dudes as red elementals, and even Finn wearing Jake like a suit for Titan’s Strength. Check out the gallery below.
















And they even made this super slick playmat to keep the cards looking minty fresh. It’s an homage to the Card Wars episode. 

Speaking of Card Wars, did you know Card Wars is now a real thing you can buy and play with your friends? There’s a Finn vs Jake deck and a BMO vs Lady Rainicorn. They were originally priced around $20, but on account of them being sold out everywhere and everyone wanting them because they’re awesome, expect to pay around $50 for the Finn & Jake one and almost $80 for BMO vs Lady. Craziness.
(via Reddit)

SOMEONE MADE A CUSTOM ADVENTURE TIME MAGIC DECK AND IT’S FLOOPIN’ AWESOME!!!

As a huge nerd for all things Adventure Time and Magic: The Gathering related, my body and soul reacted in unusually provocative ways to this deck of Magic cards altered with Adventure Time art.

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Albotas PSA: Bravely Default Collector’s Edition Still Available
Amazon may have sold out of pre-orders for the limited edition of the North American version of Bravely Default, but I did some scrounging and Best Buy still has it up for sale. Get in on that, quick. And before it gets to your doorstep on February 7, check out the free demo.

Albotas PSA: Bravely Default Collector’s Edition Still Available

Amazon may have sold out of pre-orders for the limited edition of the North American version of Bravely Default, but I did some scrounging and Best Buy still has it up for sale. Get in on that, quick. And before it gets to your doorstep on February 7, check out the free demo.

Metal Gear RAY by 3A
3A, known for their super-detailed, high end figures, will be releasing their Metal Gear Ray figure for pre-order on December 24 for $490. Metal Gear RAY made its debut in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. According to MGS lore, these remote controlled Gears were designed to hunt down and destroy copies of Metal Gear REX after its plans leaked and engineers around the world built their own.
Buy: Metal Gear Solid Omnibus

Metal Gear RAY by 3A

3A, known for their super-detailed, high end figures, will be releasing their Metal Gear Ray figure for pre-order on December 24 for $490. Metal Gear RAY made its debut in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. According to MGS lore, these remote controlled Gears were designed to hunt down and destroy copies of Metal Gear REX after its plans leaked and engineers around the world built their own.

Buy: Metal Gear Solid Omnibus

80’s Throwback Crew Neck from King of Games

The King of Games have released their latest sweatshirt based on classic Nintendo games. Surprisingly, this one’s a crew neck. I usually don’t like crew necks but since the graphic is so 80’s it totally works. It’s just over $100 and comes in three colorways.

Hit the link for the gallery of all the colors this fine garment is available in.

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Street Fighter II: Church Edition

These preachers sure know how to keep the Raging Demon away. Good thing they haven’t messed with me. My Third Strike skills would have parried the shit out of that shodo magic.

The Other Mario Movie
Not to toot my own magic flute, but I know a lot about videogames. But I had no idea a Mario Bros. anime existed.
Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! was released in 1986 and never made it out of its Japanese homeland. Directed by ex-Sanrio employee, Masami Hata, this was the very first film based on a videogame. It was first released in theaters (which is strange considering its 60 minute runtime) and then on VHS, never to receive a DVD version.
Need this in your collection? Unfortunately, all the coins in the Mushroom Kingdom couldn’t get you copy. Apparently the tape is even hard to find in Japan, let alone the West. Its Wikipedia page even claims it to be one of the rarest films of all time.
Someone must have gotten a hold of one though, since you can view its fansub on YouTube.

The Other Mario Movie

Not to toot my own magic flute, but I know a lot about videogames. But I had no idea a Mario Bros. anime existed.

Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! was released in 1986 and never made it out of its Japanese homeland. Directed by ex-Sanrio employee, Masami Hata, this was the very first film based on a videogame. It was first released in theaters (which is strange considering its 60 minute runtime) and then on VHS, never to receive a DVD version.

Need this in your collection? Unfortunately, all the coins in the Mushroom Kingdom couldn’t get you copy. Apparently the tape is even hard to find in Japan, let alone the West. Its Wikipedia page even claims it to be one of the rarest films of all time.

Someone must have gotten a hold of one though, since you can view its fansub on YouTube.

How To Always Win In Connect Four

In a nutshell: always go first, always drop it down the middle on your first move, and as long as you don’t play like an idiot the game’s all yours. Math.

(via Numberphile)

Preview: Strider HD
Strider HD was one of my most anticipated games. Notice that I used the past tense. Hit the link to read about my hands-on time with Capcom’s first entry in the Strider series in 14 years.
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I said that this was Capcom’s game, but really it isn’t. Sure, they own the Strider name and character, but this game is being developed by Double Helix, the studio who brought you such gems as G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and Battleship. Capcom’s absence is evident.
First of all is the art direction. Strider 2 took place in a shattered city, a castle, a space station, and beyond. Granted, I only played one level of Strider HD, but the stage was just plain boring. I was in a generic high tech lair. Pretty much everything was smooth and blue and meh. Also generic were the bad guys. Obviously enemy models are going to be reused often, but I think I only counted three types of enemies excluding the boss. And all of their designs were Iron-Man-power-suit-and-laser-gun.


Next was the controls and physics. Strider 2 was ridiculously fast paced. If it were any faster, your Playstation would melt. You were zipping through the level, cutting down everything that got in your way. While Strider HD isn’t floaty, it is noticeably slower than Strider 2. The camera is wider as well, making the game feel even slower. Jumps take several seconds to land. The way Strider HD handles takes it down a notch and brings it back into the realm of the standard platformer as opposed to the mayhem of Strider 2.


Strider 2 had a few power-ups like a boost that could be used to shoot lasers out of your sword, a shield, and health replenishments. Strider HD's power-ups actually give Hiryu new powers. Wait, hold on. By “new” I mean he doesn't have them within the first few minutes of Strider HD. As far as I recall, all of the power-ups I got in Strider HD gave me abilities that Hiryu already had in Strider 2. What, did he forget them in his 14-year absence? Maybe there will be cool new power-ups later in the game, but I should be able to do a slide attack right off the bat.


It’s awesome that Capcom are bringing Strider back, but this isn’t the way to do it. It doesn’t feel like the next logical step in the series. There’s no progression here. It’s a step backwards. I’m hoping that they and Double Helix can prove me wrong, but Strider HD is going to be a generic platformer, unlike the unique games that launched the Strider series into cult classic status. Like the Western produced Strider Returns, this will be considered a black sheep by hardcore fans.

Preview: Strider HD

Strider HD was one of my most anticipated games. Notice that I used the past tense. Hit the link to read about my hands-on time with Capcom’s first entry in the Strider series in 14 years.

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Amazing Bootleg Mario Sofubi
I’ve never really understood it when people specifically collect bootlegs, but to each their own. This Mario sofubi toy certainly warrants a purchase based solely on its ridiculousness. It’s as if Mario were Russian instead of Italian. If you absolutely need this, you can find the eBay listing here.

Amazing Bootleg Mario Sofubi

I’ve never really understood it when people specifically collect bootlegs, but to each their own. This Mario sofubi toy certainly warrants a purchase based solely on its ridiculousness. It’s as if Mario were Russian instead of Italian. If you absolutely need this, you can find the eBay listing here.

Albotas PSA: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for $50
I haven’t bought the new Jojo’s PS3 game yet because it’s usually almost $80 plus shipping. But Play-Asia’s got it on sale for just under $50. Shipping is free if sent in an envelope and it’s only $0.50 in a box (so that the Blu-Ray case doesn’t get crushed).
Get it here.

Albotas PSA: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for $50

I haven’t bought the new Jojo’s PS3 game yet because it’s usually almost $80 plus shipping. But Play-Asia’s got it on sale for just under $50. Shipping is free if sent in an envelope and it’s only $0.50 in a box (so that the Blu-Ray case doesn’t get crushed).

Get it here.

Slimmer, Faster, Flatter, TVer, WTFer
OK, so the 2DS is a 3DS minus the 3D. And the PS Vita TV is a PS Vita that lets you only play some Vita games. And the new Vita is slightly lighter and thinner but otherwise looks nearly identical to the original. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Are the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim going to be out in December?

Slimmer, Faster, Flatter, TVer, WTFer

OK, so the 2DS is a 3DS minus the 3D. And the PS Vita TV is a PS Vita that lets you only play some Vita games. And the new Vita is slightly lighter and thinner but otherwise looks nearly identical to the original. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Are the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim going to be out in December?

Monday Morning Box Art: Ghost Chaser Densei
Monday mornings suck. Here’s some box art to make it better.
Ghost Chaser Densei is the best 16-bit beat ‘em up. It’s better than Final Fight and it’s better than Streets of Rage. Winkysoft developed the Super Famicom game and Banpresto published it in 1994. You can choose one of three characters - a dude, a robot, and an elf girl - and each has really cool Street Fighter style charge moves. Co-op is especially awesome since you can juggle bad guys like crazy.

Monday Morning Box Art: Ghost Chaser Densei

Monday mornings suck. Here’s some box art to make it better.

Ghost Chaser Densei is the best 16-bit beat ‘em up. It’s better than Final Fight and it’s better than Streets of Rage. Winkysoft developed the Super Famicom game and Banpresto published it in 1994. You can choose one of three characters - a dude, a robot, and an elf girl - and each has really cool Street Fighter style charge moves. Co-op is especially awesome since you can juggle bad guys like crazy.

Kickstart this Shizz: Mighty No. 9

Brought to you by a team of ex-Mega Man developers, including Keiji Inafune at the helm, Mighty No. 9 is a side scrolling action game that just hit Kickstarter. The game is being primarily developed for PC but Linux and Mac may follow, depending on budget. The tentative launch date is Spring 15.

Click here to Kickstart this shizz.

Gunpei Yokoi Biography from Pix’N Love
Over the past few years, Pix’N Love have released several books detailing the history of different franchises and platforms. Up next is their first biography, which describes the life and accomplishments of the late Gunpei Yokoi, creator of the Game & Watch, Game Boy, Virtual Boy, and WonderSwan, and producer of series like Donkey Kong and Metroid. The nearly 200-page book will be released in January.
Pre-Order: Gunpei Yoko: The Life & Philosophy of Nintendo's God of Toys

Gunpei Yokoi Biography from Pix’N Love

Over the past few years, Pix’N Love have released several books detailing the history of different franchises and platforms. Up next is their first biography, which describes the life and accomplishments of the late Gunpei Yokoi, creator of the Game & Watch, Game Boy, Virtual Boy, and WonderSwan, and producer of series like Donkey Kong and Metroid. The nearly 200-page book will be released in January.

Pre-Order: Gunpei Yoko: The Life & Philosophy of Nintendo's God of Toys
Monday Morning Box Art: Tare Panda Gunpey
Monday mornings suck. Here’s some box art to make it better.
The flagship game for Bandai’s Wonderswan was Gunpey, a puzzle game named after Gunpei Yokoi, who led the development of the Game Boy, Virtual Boy, and Wonderswan. The player has to swap tiles containing lines and connect them to make one big line.
Tare Panda Gunpey is basically the same, except there are pandas. In other words, it’s way better.

Monday Morning Box Art: Tare Panda Gunpey

Monday mornings suck. Here’s some box art to make it better.

The flagship game for Bandai’s Wonderswan was Gunpey, a puzzle game named after Gunpei Yokoi, who led the development of the Game Boy, Virtual Boy, and Wonderswan. The player has to swap tiles containing lines and connect them to make one big line.

Tare Panda Gunpey is basically the same, except there are pandas. In other words, it’s way better.

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