Freeloader and C64 Mini Fun!

As many of you know, a little while back I bought the last two Animal Crossing games I needed for my collection: どうぶつの森+ (Doubutsu no Mori+) and どうぶつの森 e+ (Doubutsu no Mori e+). Okay, it was like 2 1/2 years ago… read the blog post where I talk about getting them here! Anyway, I had big plans to either mod my GameCube or buy a Japanese GameCube, but I did neither of those things. My husband and I received a GameCube from his mom’s collection after she passed away, and I figured I would mod that one. Nope. Turns out that’s way more of a pain in the ass then I thought it would be due to the fact that Nintendo uses some weird ass screws to hold everything together. So one day while browsing online, I found:

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The Freeloader/Action replay combo! These suckers are really hard to come by, at least in my experience. Every single time I looked up the Freeloader (which tricks your GameCube and allows you to play games from other regions) it was expensive and not worth getting. For whatever reason, I found this Freeloader/Action Replay combo for like $29, and I jumped on the chance to get it! (For the record, I have no interest in using Action Replay)

When it came in, I was SO EXCITED! At first, I couldn’t get it to work. It wouldn’t let me click on anything! After turning my system on and off a few times, though, I was able to get it working. I popped in どうぶつの森+ (Doubutsu no Mori+) and…

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YAY!!! So amazing! I played a little bit of the game, just to get a feel for it. I was so happy!

I did turn the system off and reload a few times just to make sure everything was saving properly, which it was. I am a little uncomfortable with constantly opening and closing my GameCube though, so my husband and I think it’s best if I use his mom’s old GameCube instead. I haven’t tried out どうぶつの森 e+ (Doubutsu no Mori e+) yet, but I will!

Also, I just wanted to mention really quickly that since I have a need to purchase All The Small Things (haha, shitty Blink-182 reference), when I saw that there was a mini version of the Commadore 64… well, obviously I wanted it! I saw it at GameStop for $90 but gave it the middle finger and moved on because no way did I want to spend that much on it! Two weeks later, Amazon had it on sale for $35, so…

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Of course I got it! It’s so darn cute just like all the other mini systems I have. I haven’t tried it out yet, and I’m kind of bummed that the little keyboard is just for show, but oh well. I’m still glad I got it!

Christmas Goodies!

Yeah, I’m posting about my gaming related Christmas goodies in May… but isn’t that my style? 😉

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As you can see by the lovely picture above, I got several gaming related goodies for Christmas! I got 3 Nintendo 3DS games (Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon). I actually traded Dark Moon for the Luigi’s Mansion GameCube remake, since I already had Dark Moon 😉 I also got Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch, 2 amiibo, and a Boo coffee mug! Haha it’s so cute! How could you not love Boo?

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I am super behind on Pokémon games, so I haven’t tried Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon yet, but I have been playing some Smash Bros. when I get a chance! It’s so much fun, but there was one thing I was looking forward to in this game more than anything:

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Yes!! Finally K. Rool gets some attention. He has been my absolute favorite villain ever since I played the original Donkey Kong Country in 1994. I mean yeah, he’s completely ridiculous (why does a reptile need to steal bananas anyway?), but that’s part of the fun! You can bet I got his amiibo the day it came out too 😉

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A couple days after Christmas, I also received this giant Yoshi from my awesome friend Callula!!

So there you have it! Some fun little Christmas goodies. See ya!

Creative Pin Board!

Every once and awhile, I like to do creative stuff. Problem is, I kind of suck when it comes to artsy fartsy things! My creativity lies more in my words, and even that’s a bit of a stretch sometimes. Sure, I have a degree in Computer Graphics and Design, but I consider myself retired from that field. Anyhow, I saw a YouTube video from Cinnamoniboni. She posts all sorts of fun videos, many of them gaming related! In one video, she painted a corkboard to put all of her little pins on them, and I thought it was such a cute idea! The video is below if you want to check it out.

Now, I don’t have a ton of pins or anything like that, but I have a few that I’ve been wanting to put somewhere- I just never knew how to display them. After watching the video, I thought I would try it out, since it didn’t seem overly complicated!

I started with a standard corkboard that you can find at just about any office supply store. I got mine at Office Max. I forgot to get a picture of it in its unpainted state, but here’s what the wrapper looks like, in case anyone actually gives a shit:

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I decided to paint the whole board black. I wanted a dark background with little dots of color! Hey, I said I wasn’t artsy. I can only do simple things!

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Originally, I was just going to have yellow dots of color…

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But then I decided some silver would look nice…

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And some blue…

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And finally, some red! Looks like a party!!

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After giving the board time to dry, I added a few of my favorite pins to display. I have some Mario pins, Harvest Moon pins, and a Kirby pin too! My favorite pin on the board is the Pokémon Mimikyu, the little pin near the center of the board. I do have other pins, but I didn’t want to clutter up the board too much, so I may just rotate the ones I choose to display.

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This was a fun project, and it wasn’t that difficult to do. If it was, I would’ve tossed it and pretended it didn’t happen haha! I like doing creative things like this, so maybe in the future I’ll have more to show! 😉

Cute Kirby Goodies!

Hey everyone! Can you believe 2018 is almost over?! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate 🙂 Mine was busy and fun and I’m sad it’s over! At least I still have a few days left to enjoy before having to get back to the grind. Anyway, on to the post!

Everyone who knows me knows that I can be a sucker for cute things. I can’t help it! And when Kirby is involved… my willpower almost disintegrates (Almost. I’m still a cheapskate after all!). So a couple months ago, I discovered some cute Kirby stuff that I couldn’t pass up!

The first thing I found was something called a Squishme. I found this totally by accident when I was shopping at Target. I don’t know how I even saw it- it was on the bottom shelf of one of the toy aisles that I normally never even look down. Anyway, LOOK AT THIS!

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The best part is, this isn’t one of those shitty blind bags where you can only hope you get what you want- the item inside the bag is fully visible. Yes, on the packaging it says there are 8 to collect… but I have some restraint, you know! I settled for picking my favorite pose, where it looks like Kirby is puffed up and flying!

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So cute! He is super squishy and smells like strawberries for some reason? Now, I try not to squish him too much because I don’t want to ruin it! He just chills on my desk for right now.

Then, I was browsing on Amazon and I came across these insanely adorable Kirby Terrariums! There were six of them and well, they were a much better value if I bought all six 😉

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I did kind of freak out for a minute when I opened the box, though, because they all looked the same! I was really going to kick myself in the ass if I wasn’t paying attention and bought six of the same item.

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Luckily, that wasn’t the case! Anyway, each little terrarium has a small scene for you to put together. And these pieces are TINY!

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Here is each terrarium all set up:

I am so glad I bought these. They are SO CUTE and unique! I think my favorite one is the one with the snowmen 😉

So there you have it! And since I got a couple Amazon gift cards for Christmas, who knows what kind of fun stuff I’ll find next!

Birthday Goodies (Extremely Belated Post)!

Well, my birthday was way back in July, and I’m just getting around to posting the video game goodies I received… better late than never I suppose! I’m the master of putting shit off, what can I say!

Anyway, I got some neat game-related goodies! First of all, I got some super cute plushies of Toad, Goomba, Parakoopa, and Pikachu!

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And while Patrick from SpongeBob Squarepants isn’t explicitly video game related, he fits in with the rest of them! 😉

I also got the Mario amiibo from Super Mario Odyssey. He looks fabulous all dressed up!

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And just look at these very cute Pokemon figurines!

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Next, I got three games for the Nintendo Switch: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, and Mario Tennis Aces!

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My extremely talented cousin painted me this amazing picture of one of my favorite Animal Crossing characters, K.K. Slider!

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Last but certainly not least, I got an NES Classic Edition as well as a Sega Genesis Flashback Deluxe!

So yeah, I got some pretty cool stuff for my birthday. I’m especially happy to have an NES Classic, since it wasn’t exactly widely available when it first came out. I’m glad I was able to post this entry before Christmas, haha!

My Animal Crossing Collection Part 2: Toys!

In the first part of my Animal Crossing Collection post, I showed you all of my games and strategy guides. This time, I’ll show you my various “toys” (which is basically just a collection of figures and a plushie). Enjoy! 🙂

First up, I have two little figurines that I hold near and dear to my heart. Many years ago for Christmas, my husband made me clay sculptures of two of my favorite Animal Crossing characters, Octavian and Rhoda! Annoyingly, Octavian is now missing a couple legs and Rhoda is missing a leg too, which is very sad! I blame it on moving, as the figures are pretty delicate. Taking a picture of them doesn’t really do them justice, either: the detail is so amazing in person! (Also, my lighting sucks…. Octavian is a deeper red and Rhoda is a deeper blue than these pictures show)

Next, I have a small collection of amiibo. Here’s what’s funny about me: I LOVE Animal Crossing… but I didn’t have much desire to collect all of these amiibo. They aren’t cheap ya know! 😉 So I decided that I would only purchase the amiibo that I REALLY wanted, instead of getting them all just for collection’s sake. A couple of these amiibo I got really cheap, and a couple I received as gifts 🙂

Lastly, I have one lonely little Animal Crossing plushie, which I’ve shown on here before. I still don’t know if he’s Timmy or Tommy!

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Here’s my whole collection:

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So there you have it! Not a ton to show, but I still like what I have. For the final Animal Crossing Collection post, I’ll show everything else Animal Crossing- related that I have 🙂

My Animal Crossing Collection Part 1: Games!

I thought it might be fun to share some pictures of my obsessive crazy collection of Animal Crossing stuff! I was originally going to make this one long post, but I figured it might be better to split it up into a couple different ones. Anyway, as many of you know, I have been a huge fan of Animal Crossing ever since it was announced for North American release back in late 2001/ early 2002, and since then I have amassed a humble collection of games and other crap that makes my little black heart happy! This first post will show all of my games, along with their respective game guides. I don’t have guides for Happy Home Designer or amiibo Festival, because they were only released in Japan and I don’t have the Japanese versions of these games. Enjoy!

**Games are listed in order of release date**

1. どうぶつの森 (Doubutsu no Mori)- Nintendo 64

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Doubutsu no Mori was released in Japan in April 2001. I finally acquired this game back in 2015 and it was one of my happiest days ever, because I was so thrilled to finally own the game that started one of my all time favorite series!

2. どうぶつの森+ (Doubutsu no Mori +)- Nintendo GameCube

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Doubutsu no Mori + was released in Japan December 2001. I originally held off on purchasing this game because I erroneously thought it was the same as the North American version of Animal Crossing. After realizing it was a different game, I bought it! Now if I can EVER find time to mod my extra GameCube to play Japanese games, I can actually play it! I’m happy just to own it, though.

3. Animal Crossing- Nintendo GameCube

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Animal Crossing was released in North America in September 2002, and was the first Animal Crossing game I ever played. And it was love at first sight! I spent countless hours befriending villagers, hunting down every last bug, fossil and fish, and decorating- and re-decorating!- my house. I also got many of my friends addicted to this game- sorry for that, guys! 😉

4. どうぶつの森 e+ (Doubutsu no Mori e+)- Nintendo GameCube

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Doubutsu no Mori e+ was released in Japan in June 2003. Like Doubutsu no Mori +, I thought this was pretty much the same thing as the North American version of Animal Crossing, maybe with a small update. After realizing there were some differences, I bought it, and now I’m just waiting to play it once I mod my extra GameCube!

5. Animal Crossing: Wild World- Nintendo DS

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Animal Crossing: Wild World was released in North America in November 2005. I was so excited for this game, I pre-ordered it, which is something I don’t do very often! I remember thinking how awesome it was to be able to play a portable Animal Crossing game. I was a little bummed that they took all the holidays away, but it is still a fantastic game!

6. Animal Crossing: City Folk- Nintendo Wii

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Animal Crossing: City Folk was released in North America in November 2008. I was super excited for this game because it took all the fun stuff Wild World had to offer and added the holidays back in, which was cool! However, I was slightly disappointed that City Folk seemed to be pretty much a port of Wild World- even the music was the same! Also, the grass wear irritated the shit out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this game though!

7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in North America in June 2013. Aside from Animal Crossing on the GameCube, this is my favorite game in the series! I had so much fun with all the new features, and I really loved how the holidays were done. The inclusion of the island was awesome too!

8. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was released in North America in September 2015. This game really allowed for creative freedom as you got to design homes for all of the villagers! I thought it was neat that you could scan in amiibo cards to get whatever villager you wanted. Curiously, you could never design your own home 😦

9. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival was released in North America in November 2015. I’ll be honest, there isn’t much to this game at all. It’s like a Mario Party- lite game: a board game without any of the mini games. It got crappy reviews, but I still like this game anyway. It’s kind of relaxing in a way, plus it does have other modes that you can unlock if you don’t want to play the board game part of it.

10. Animal Crossing: Wild World VC- Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console

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Animal Crossing: Wild World was re-released for the Wii U VC in North America in October 2016. I wasn’t aware of this for almost 2 months and I hurriedly downloaded it when I realized it was available! Yes, it’s the same game as the DS, but I don’t care. I was happy to start a new little village and re-experience the game all over again!

11. Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo- Nintendo 3DS

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo was released in North America in December 2016. A downloadable update was available from the eShop that added all the new features to your existing New Leaf game, but I wanted the physical copy of this game! It added a lot of cute features to New Leaf, including a campsite and daily goals.

12. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp- iPhone/ Android App

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was released in North America in November 2017. This fun little mobile game has kept me entertained with new events, new animals, and new items to craft! It can be a little repetitive at times, but I really appreciate how the developers try to keep things fresh. In fact, I play this game every morning before I have to leave for work- it calms me down and gets me prepared for the day.

So there you have it! All the games in my Animal Crossing collection. Here’s a couple shots of everything all together:

And yes, the Wii U gamepad represents Animal Crossing: Wild World VC, and my old iPod represents Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’m a weirdo, I know! 🙂